ABB has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Stäubli Electrical Connectors to collaborate in bringing solutions to market to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with heavy mining machinery.

Stäubli is a leading manufacturer of connector solutions, and global technology company ABB intends to explore the development of electrification solutions that will meet the demands of industrial applications. These include high power requirements, automated and safe operations, adaptation to harsh environmental conditions and meeting approved standards. The focus will be on mine infrastructure solutions for battery electric vehicles (BEVs).

“As a global provider of reliable connectors with a strong commitment to drive innovation, we have many key applications across various industries. Every industry demands unique technological solutions, with mining now developing for a more sustainable future in the long-term.”

Winnijar Kauz, global head of e-mobility, Stäubli Electrical Connectors.

According to Kauz, today’s mining environments need industrial leaders to collaborate and support the transition to all-electric operations. He said that Stäubli looked forward to teaming up with ABB to explore and develop technology solutions that will lead the way for emission free mining operations.

Max Luedtke, ABB’s global head of mining, commented that mining and heavy industry customers seeking to decarbonize their operations are looking for innovative solutions to support the electrification of their fleets.

“These solutions are needed to facilitate the transition to net zero emission transport and to fast-track the development of new emissions-reducing systems. The goal is for electrification and automation of the whole mining operation.”

Max Luedtke, global head of mining, ABB.

ABB is celebrating 130 years of experience in the mining industry in 2021. The company delivers complete electrification, automation and digital solutions, industry-specific products and lifecycle services across every stage of the mining cycle.

Mehrzad Ashnagaran, ABB’s global product line manager electrification and composite plant, said that the MoU was another cornerstone of ABB’s dedication towards sustainability in mining and to reach a platform which is able to provide new solutions to the market out of collaboration between companies.

“Partnering and joining forces amongst domain experts and complementing the offering for the best possible customer experience in terms of productivity and safety while focusing on environmental aspects is what drives us at ABB.”

Mehrzad Ashnagaran, global product line manager (electrification and composite plant), ABB.

The agreement between the two companies was signed by Ashnagaran and Philippe Grunenberger, Stäubli’s director of global general industries.