Vasilkovsky Selects Wenco for Vasilkovsky Gold

May 8, 2010

VANCOUVER, BC, CANADA (May 2010) — Vasilkovsky has chosen to install the Wenco Fleet Management System on the entire fleet at Vasilkovksy Gold mine, the largest gold deposit in the central Asian state of Kazakhstan with proven reserves of 370 tonnes.

The system to be installed at Vasilkovsky is specifically designed to automatically assign trucks in order to achieve the best utilization of all mining equipment and maximize production.

Vasilkovsky will be receiving Wenco's core service, high precision BenchManager for shovels, and third party high precision drill sensor monitoring for the Atlas Copco drill fleet.

Vasilkovksy Gold will be receiving BenchManager for the shovel fleet consisting of Komatsu PC 1800s. BenchManager Shovel Positioning gives operators visual confirmation of ore quality and visual confirmation of material type, promoting ore quality control at the loading point. When integrated with Wenco's Fleet Management System, truck assignments are automatically determined according to material type, load quality, and requirements of ore quality at the blend points.

Iosif Tabakman, Regional Manager, said that, "Vasilkovsky was impressed with the success of installation performed by Wenco at Olmypia mine, and the operation of the Mesh Network at Nurba and Olympia mine."

MESH networking provides self-healing, reliable coverage over wide areas and deep convoluted pits. The selfhealing system has the logic to find the most reliable and shortest path of data transfer back to the host and vice versa.

About Vasilkovsky

Vasilkovsky Gold Field is one of world's largest gold fields. The operation was opened in 1963 and has reserves estimated at 370 tons. Vasilkovskoe Zoloto produces about 1000 kg of cathodic gold per year.

About Wenco International Mining Systems

For over 30 years, Wenco International Mining Systems has worked with mining companies to extract unrealized value. Under this mission, Wenco has developed an integrated suite of solutions to support the digital transformation of the mining industry. Fleet management, asset health, data analytics, and other technologies join together in the spirit of open interoperability and scalability to raise mine productivity and efficiency, lower routine costs, and establish a safe and smooth mining operation.

Wenco is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi Construction Machinery headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.