It's that time of the year where we take the opportunity to reflect on the year that was.
It's hard to believe that 2017 is already coming to a close. It's true what they say "time flies when you're having fun" and fortunately here at RCT, we are passionate about what we do and what we can achieve with hard work. We are constantly innovating; finding ways to improve our existing solutions, while creating new solutions to meet clients evolving needs and to ensure RCT remains at the forefront.
This year saw RCT achieve numerous, monumental milestones.
This included the official opening of RCT's branch in Ontario, Canada and with it the establishment of another division of valuable team members helping the company to cater to this part of the world on a local level.
As well as increasing our regional presence in Canada, RCT has further expanded its presence across the globe by participating at numerous mining events and expos. The company participated at CIM Convention (Canada), Austmine Mining Conference and Exhibition (Australia), Exponor (Chile), The Big Event CME (Canada), Elko Mining Expo (USA), Mining Indonesia 2017 (Indonesia) as well as presenting at What's Down the Track (Australia) and Mining World (Russia).
Although, predominately known for our impact on the mining sector this year saw RCT play an even bigger role in the industrial industry with the release of the new and improved SmarTrack® industrial fleet management solution and the ControlMaster® MTX 1000 remote control. While the MTX was built to withstand the harshest mining environments, it's been a popular choice for all industrial purposes due to its lightweight design and versatility.
Speaking of fleet management, this year RCT used its vast experience with collating relevant information in the logistics market and made its mining fleet management debut with the launch of the EarthTrack® Fleet Management Solution. We saw a gap in the market for a reliable package around third-party hardware, and jumped at the chance to fill that niche; which is a quality the company excels in.
This trait was also reflected with RCT's launch of its Communications Solutions offering, which can help clients enter, expand or completely digitise its operations by integrating solutions to a new or existing network, cementing the company's position at the forefront of the digital revolution in mining.
Our Truck Guidance solutions have also been a huge success; positioning the system as the only autonomous system to fit any model and make of truck, just like all of RCT's range of extensive solutions and parts available.
2017 also saw the delivery of some exciting, cutting-edge projects including a world first at the Roy Hill project with the delivery of a dynamic multiple Geofence package which was successfully interfaced to fixed and mobile asset elements within the boundaries of a coarse ore stockpile. RCT Custom department is also in the process of delivering its largest surface automation project with Russia's Caterpillar dealer, Vostochnaya Technica at Polyus' Olimpiada mine near Krasnoyarsk. Stay tuned for more on this in the new year.
Although there have been many significant achievements over the past year; one of the biggest recognitions received was when RCT's founder, Bob Muirhead being named as Austmine's Champion of Innovation for 2017. This prestigious award was a testament to Bob's vision, talent and hard work over the past 45 years; where the Australian mining icon has been instrumental in driving mining safety and productivity.
We are now just weeks out from 2018 and myself and the team are excited about everything the coming year has in store.
On behalf of myself and all of the team at RCT, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our clients and channel partners for their continuous support and we wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy 2018.