Komatsu Autonomous Mining Equipment Sees First Deployment in Europe

Oct. 27, 2021

The Komatsu FrontRunner Autonomous Haulage System (AHS) will be deployed on 11 930E-5 ultra-class haul trucks at Aitik, one of Europe's largest open pit copper mines, located in northern Sweden and owned by the Swedish company Boliden.

Boliden is a metals company with a focus on sustainable development. The company’s core competence is within the fields of exploration, mining, smelting, and metals recycling.

The introduction of FrontRunner at Aitik will mark the first time the system is rolled out in Europe. Together with Hesselberg Maskin AB, the local Komatsu distributor, Komatsu Europe will also provide training and support throughout the project.

The FrontRunner system is expected to be a significant upgrade to Boliden’s fleet at its Aitik mine. It combines Komatsu electric drive trucks with autonomous haulage technology with the goal of helping mining customers increase productivity and reduce total cost of ownership while promoting zero harm.

Komatsu FrontRunner has moved over 4 billion tons since its first commercial deployment in 2008 at CODELCO’s Gabriela Mistral (Gaby) copper mine in Chile.

Source: Komatsu