TOKYO — Trade ministers of a Pacific Rim trade bloc are meeting in Tokyo, gearing up to roll out and expand the market-opening initiative.The Pacific Rim free trade agreement, rejected by President Donald Trump after he took office in 2017, took effect at the end of last year after Australia became the sixth nation to ratify it. So far, seven of the 11 member countries have done so, and others are expected to follow through soon.The trade officials are expected to discuss expanding the bloc at the meeting Saturday in Japan’s capital.Known as the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership, it aims to streamline trade and slash tariffs to facilitate more business among member nations with a combined population of nearly 500 million people and GDP of $13.5 trillion.The Associated Press
ESCO, a global provider of wear parts and attachments for the mining industry has a new service site in Middelburg, South Africa. ESCOs Wear Management suite of products and services are available at this new supply site. Wear Management marries ESCO’s proven mining products with the expertise of its service technicians. This offering starts with Wearcheck 360 in which ESCO provides a full evaluation of a customer’s operation and then provides a range of services and products to solve any deficiencies.The Wear Management program at Middelburg has been tailored for customers in the surrounding mining cluster. Some of the products in the Wear Management toolkit include ESCO Kwik-Lok II runners, bimetallic buttons and blocks, crusher wear liners and accessories, and truck bodies for rock, overburden and coal. The Middelburg site also offers a mobile service truck that allows ESCO technicians to provide service or maintenance work at a customer’s location, reducing costly downtime. The all-terrain truck includes on-board electrical generation to power up to five welding machines, compressed air supply, specialized welding and cutting gasses, portable line boring and automated bore welding equipment, and a 12-ton crane.