As an integrated systems provider, SMT Scharf has been offering transport solutions for personnel, equipment and materials in underground mining for 80 years. We are a globally operating German specialist engineering company that is at home in the domestic markets of our core customers. Our products and services are among the best in the world. We are the global market and technology leader in rail systems and chairlifts for underground mining. Our derailment-proof rail systems and transport solutions are used worldwide primarily in hard coal mines but also in the mining of gold, platinum and other ores underground. In this sector, the battery and diesel-powered versions of our rubber-tired vehicles also play an important role. And on countless tunnel construction sites around the world, our segment cranes play a key role.
The technical performance parameters of our monorails are unmatched worldwide. The monorail, which is suspended from a single rail and used in coal mines as well as in hard rock mining, can transport loads of up to 48 tons on inclines with gradients of up to 35 degrees. The battery technology of our rubber-tired vehicles makes an outstanding contribution to improving the working conditions of miners and has a sustained positive cost effect, as ventilation and cooling can be significantly reduced, or even new ventilation shafts can be dispensed. Our transport and handling systems in tunneling are highly valued and contribute significantly to increasing efficiency. Be it for transporting personnel, conveying materials or handling segments weighing several tons.
The SMT Scharf Group has a network of foreign companies in the world’s most important mining nations. These include the key core markets of China, Russia, North America, Poland, and South Africa. Thanks to a new sales office, we have also been expanding our activities on the South American market since last year and can respond to our customers’ needs locally.