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Chinese Venture for Yorkshire Mining Firm

Published: 11th October 2007

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In the foreground two men passing contracts from left Gordon McShannon Chief Executive of Hydra Mining and Zhang Ke Bin, Chairman Taiyuan Mining Machinery Group Ltd. (TMMG).

In the background (left to right): Brian Purdy Export Sales Manager Hydra Mining, Mick Vincent Production Manager Hydra Mining, John Warren Managing Director Hydra Mining and Chen Manyu Engineer TMMG.

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South Yorkshire Investment Fund chief executive Tony Goulbourn with John Warren, managing director of Hydra Mining.

A South Yorkshire manufacturer for the mining industry is close to completing a joint venture with a major Chinese organisation.

Hydra Mining Tools International Ltd. has joined forces with the Taiyuan Mining Machinery Group (TMMG) to further establish their operations in China.

The company, which has sites in Doncaster and Rotherham, design and manufacture mining equipment and proprietary cutting systems for use, primarily, in the deep coal mining and potash industries around the world.

South Yorkshire Investment Fund (SYIF) has assisted Hydra Mining Tools with the expansion through a £50,000 loan.

Gordon McShannon, Chief Executive of Hydra Mining Tools, said: “The joint venture will enable us to penetrate the Chinese coal market and secure jobs in South Yorkshire. In order for the company to expand further we needed to make a strategic move into China, which has the biggest coal mining market in the world.

"UK mining is dwindling with only six pits now in operation, so we needed to look overseas to sustain the workforce and maintain our viability. This investment from SYIF will enable us to do this."

China mines more than two billion tonnes of coal every year, compared with 20 million tonnes in the UK.

Hydra Mining already exports to more than 20 countries, but previously had little operations in China. However, the joint venture will see Hydra Mining becoming one of the main exporters to the Far East country.

Gordon added: "The industry in China is 100 times bigger than in the UK, so we needed to obtain a foothold in that country. We believe our technology will be good for the Chinese market, increasing productivity and improving health and safety standards and helping Hydra to secure the future of the company in South Yorkshire."

South Yorkshire Investment Fund chief executive, Tony Goulbourn, said: “The investment made by SYIF will reinforce Hydra's position as one of the leading players in the world for the design and manufacture of shearer drums and proprietary cutting systems for use in the deep coal mining industry.

"The success of the venture in China will have a positive affect on the company’s workforce in South Yorkshire. It is another example of expertise coming from this region to benefit other areas of the world."

Hydra Mining Tools, who also received additional financial support from Barclays Bank for the joint venture, has its headquarters in Rotherham, where carbide, mineral cutting tools, tool holders, cutting chains, conveyor rollers and related components are produced.

The Doncaster factory specialises in fabrication work, producing shearer drums, continuous miner drums and cutting heads. In addition, a wide range of general machining activities, plate rolling, profile cutting and press work facilities are contained within the site.

Hydra Mining Tools also has overseas units in the USA and South Africa.  

South Yorkshire Investment Fund can provide seedcorn, loan and equity linked investments, ranging from £15k to £2.5m, specifically to help small and medium businesses meet the gaps in funding they need for growth and development.

For more information on how South Yorkshire Investment Fund can help your business please call 01709 386 377.

Editor's Notes

About South Yorkshire Investment Fund

South Yorkshire Investment Fund  provided seedcorn, loan and equity linked investments, ranging from £15k to £2.5m, specifically to help small and medium businesses meet the gaps in funding they need for growth and development.

Created as part of the Objective 1 programme, the Fund is a private and public sector business finance provider. The European Regional Development Fund and Yorkshire Forward are investors in the Fund.

South Yorkshire Investment Fund also provided access to Business Angel investments from the Yorkshire Association of Business Angels and Microloans through BiG Business Loan Fund and Donbac Microloan Fund.

Finance Yorkshire has now taken on responsibility for providing gap finance in Yorkshire and the Humber.

For further details please contact Suzanne Tinkler,  on 0845 649 0000.

South Yorkshire Investment Fund Ltd is a company limited by guarantee (Registered No 3936065). South Yorkshire Investment Fund comprises three sub funds, the South Yorkshire Investment Capital Fund, the South Yorkshire Investment Development Fund, which are each managed by YFM Venture Finance Limited, and the South Yorkshire Investment Small Business Fund, which is managed by Finance South Yorkshire Ltd. YFM Venture Finance Limited (Tel 0113 294 5000) and Finance South Yorkshire Ltd (Tel 01709 386 377) are each authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority. South Yorkshire Investment Fund also provides a number of services, which are not regulated by The Financial Services Authority. These include the pilot Seedcorn Fund, BiG Business Loan Fund, Mentorbank and access to the Donbac Microloan Fund. BiG Business Loan Fund is managed by Donbac Ltd (company registration No. 01925556) and Key Fund Yorkshire Ltd (Tel 0114 242 8900).