As part of the Becker Group’s expansion strategy in Australia, Becker Mining Australia has acquired the Vale Group of companies. Vale comprises seven companies and provides engineering, mechanical, electrical and labour solutions. Dr Franz Becker, Chief Executive Officer of Becker Mining Systems: “Vale brings to the Becker group a range of new and complementary products and services, along with a wealth of experience and capabilities in their various operations”.Dr Becker signed the Agreement on July 1 with the Managing Director of the Vale Group, Gerard Cleary. “As part of the Becker group, Vale now have access to leading edge technologies, strong financial backing and a true global support network”, said Cleary who has now become the Business Development Manager for the Becker Vale company.The group of Vale companies will be consolidated in to two entities, Becker Vale and Vale Industrial. Both companies will have Phill O’Meley as the new Managing Director. Previously the General Manager, he re-iterated the benefits of the acquisition for the existing staff and for the future of the Vale businesses. “It’s an exciting time for Becker and Vale in Australia and our respective customers will soon see the tangible benefits”.Tony Napier, the Managing Director of Becker Mining Australia said “the combination of the Vale companies, with our existing Becker NCS subsidiary will significantly enhance Becker’ presence and capabilities in Australasia. It has been extremely pleasing to meet many of the Vale team and be so warmly welcomed, I look forward to working with Phill, Gerard and the team from Vale”.Becker Vale will continue with engineering, manufacturing and overhaul of both mechanical and electrical product lines. Becker’ products will be introduced to the Australian market and supported by Becker Vale. A strong labour hire unit (previously Vale Contracting) that focuses on the underground coal markets will also be integrated. Becker Vale aims to be a one stop shop for many electrical and mechanical solutions, from concept, engineering, fabrication, installation and after sales support. Vale Industrial consolidates the labour hire and industrial aspects of the Vale group of companies and will focus on labour/maintenance, recruitment and professional placements. The head office of Becker Vale will continue to be at Moss Vale.Becker Mining Systems AG is a global provider of mine wide solutions and is one of the leading suppliers of underground infrastructure systems within the fields of energy distribution, automation, communication as well as transportation and roof support.