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Machinery firm wins £200k Chile mines deal

By Margaret Canning

A machinery company in Co Tyrone has turned the potential of Chilean copper mines into export gold in a £200,000 deal.

Anaconda Equipment International, which employs 37 people in Cookstown, won a contract to supply its machinery to Teck Mining, one of the biggest copper mines in Chile.

The equipment will be used to turn mining waste into building materials.

The firm has won business from India to South America after taking part in trade missions and exhibitions with the help of Invest NI. The latest deal comes after the firm attracted senior mining executives to its stand at ConExpo in Las Vegas.

Sales and marketing director Con Gallagher said mining bosses had learned about Anaconda's equipment from the company's website.

"They wanted to explore how we could help them solve a huge waste problem arising from their stockpiles of mining spoil," he said.

"Our engineering team looked closely at the problem and designed a bespoke solution."

Mr Gallagher said Anaconda hoped to obtain more contracts with Teck Mining and would be recruiting four more people.

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