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Jewellery with diamonds, even with small ones, sells better than without diamonds

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Lucapa’s Wetherall on the past, present and the future

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India’s gem and jewellery industry expects the government will consider its demand for lower import duty on raw materials

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“Only do business with clients who have impeccable integrity,” suggests Davy Blommaert, banker

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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.