This is a tribute to US industry. It is a rare and well deserved tribute by a thoroughly British gentleman. It is to be savored at a time when the entire world seems to be denigrating the US, or at least pointing fingers at their products and way of life.

John Chadwick writes in the latest issue of International Mining of US Technology. He tells us of Caterpillar’s new electric drive trucks. He tells us of P&H’s research and development program and the launch of a new electric shovel line. And more.

The question is where is technology in mining moving? As good an overview as I have seen recently is a presentation from the Mine Technology Group of the Phelps Dodge Mining Company. Putting this presentation together with John’s article and we must be optimistic and enthusiastic about the future of US and Canadian mining and technology.