“Lab-Grown Diamonds is probably the biggest scam this industry has ever seen,”: Leibish Polnauer, Founder-President, Leibish & Co.

An interesting story from the Leibish & Co takes you way back to the year 1979 when young Leibish Polnauer, then a diamond polisher, was travelling to London, having just found out that the factory at which he worked had been shut down. He found an advertisement...

24 june 2019

Botswana mining industry players speak on speculative exploration licences

Speculative mineral exploration licences was a recurring theme from presentations made by three players in Botswana mining industry at a conference convened in Gaborone. The country has issued thousands of exploration licences, across the mining industry...

17 june 2019

Design is the key to all markets

Besides being an astute businessman, Mumbai-born Laksh Pahuja is a designer par excellence known globally for his awe-inspiring unusual jewellery pieces. Trained at the Gemological Institute of India and Harrow College of Art England, Laksh combines...

10 june 2019

Mutual mass destruction will not serve anybody’s purposes

The recent moves by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), including its letters urging some companies to abide to the revised edition of FTC Jewelry Guides and the explanations from FTC attorney Robert Frisby posted on the FTC website were...

03 june 2019

Pavel Sokolov: Every stone has its beauty

THE ‘GEMSTONES BY SOKOLOV’ brand has been popular for over 25 years. The aim of this company is to supply any kind of gem studs to the Russian market including the unique ones except diamonds of any cut. The product range by the SOKOLOV Company is very...

27 may 2019

AGD Diamonds signs cooperation protocol with Caterpillar and Zeppelin Russland

12 april 2019
While on a visit to Bauma-2019 this last Wednesday, the delegation of AGD Diamonds held talks and signed a protocol on cooperation with Caterpillar, the US-based manufacturer of mining equipment, as well as with its official representative in Russia, Zeppelin Russland.

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               Image credit: AGD Diamonds

Heavy CAT dozers and loaders are used to strip overburden, mine ore and dump waste rock at the Grib diamond mine. Zeppelin Russland provides full-service support for this kind of equipment. The parties decided on the main areas of cooperation, which includes providing spare parts and outlining further prospects for the acquisition of new excavators, dump trucks, loaders and dozers.
AGD Diamonds’ employees have highly rated Caterpillar’s state-of-the-art automated technologies implemented on open-pit dump trucks. It was noted that the management of AGD intends to consider the possibility of their application at the company’s mining site. The parties also discussed the use of open-pit vehicles operating on compressed gas and the use of articulated dump trucks. Caterpillar and Zeppelin Russland happen to be among the strategic and priority partners of AGD Diamonds.