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Alliance heralds new flameproof range

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I.POWER Solutions is increasing its presence in the Australian mining market with the formation of a strategic alliance with UK flameproof switchgear manufacturer Baldwin and Francis.

Baldwin and Francis' range of industrial, flameproof and intrinsically safe products is used in the heavy industrial, process and mining markets worldwide.

The alliance gives i.Power Solutions' customers direct access to Baldwin and Francis' entire range of flameproof and intrinsically safe products and increases the market presence of both companies.

Under the agreement, i.Power Solutions will bring to the Australian market internationally certified flameproof equipment for use on longwalls and other underground coal mining projects.

It will be the only company in South East Asia to exclusively distribute Baldwin and Francis' flameproof and non-flameproof switchgear and motor control systems including mine power centres, multi-motor control load centres, individual motor starters, CHP longwall controllers and the BMAC intrinsically safe PLC system.

According to Tim Haight, i.Power Solutions' marketing director, the alliance combines Baldwin and Francis' global expertise in flameproof and intrinsically safe products with i.Power Solutions' local expertise to provide Australian mines with cutting edge solutions.

"We can now offer underground mines a broader package of equipment and leverage into hazardous area mines. The combined expertise in complementary technologies will enable i.Power Solutions to provide a solution for virtually any mining environment.”

With Australia continuing to be one of the world's biggest underground equipment markets, the deal will allow Baldwin and Francis to grow its customer base and extend its reach into an emerging market.

Dave Dowell, Baldwin and Francis' marketing manager said as part of the relationship, Baldwin and Francis would provide full-time support to i.Power Solutions to enable the company to increase its capability in the flameproof market place.

"Over the past few years, Baldwin and Francis has focussed on becoming a key technology provider to the coal mining industry rather than just a product supplier,” he added.

The announcement coincides with the recent opening of i.Power Solutions' new Mackay overhaul workshop. The regional workshop will enable i.Power Solutions to provide repair facilities for flameproof and non-flameproof mining equipment, in addition to general switchboard repairs.

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