OTR GLOBAL – Mining Tire Solutions’ principal consultant is Tony Cutler, a qualified engineer with 40 years of mining and earthmover tyre experience.
Cutler has held senior technical and operational roles in mining tyre management. He has extensive onsite management experience – notably at Escondida copper mine in Chile – and has set up OTR tyre management projects in Australia, Indonesia, Canada and Brazil.
His consulting work has taken him to Australia, USA, Indonesia, Peru, Colombia, Argentina, Chile, Canada, Brazil, Ghana, South Africa and Botswana. He was involved in the development of tyre analysis techniques such as batching and axle fitment bias compensation and has led several investigations into tyre explosion events including the Radomiro Tomic fatality in 2000.
Cutler has authored a number of technical and OTR tyre related papers including two major reports on the status of the global OTR tyre market. The first, in 2004, predicted the crisis in mining tyre supply; an update followed in 2007. Following a mining tyre fatality in 2015, he investigated and categorised all known fatalities and serious incidents involving OTR tyres worldwide over the previous two decades, compiling a profile on their causes and relevant preventative and mitigating controls.
Further background: Tony Cutler graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Mining Engineering degree and joined Hamersley Iron in 1974 as a graduate engineer at Paraburdoo. His development program started at the bottom – working as a pit labourer on the cable crew manually feeding heavy electric shovel and drill power cable into and out of a ‘boat’ towed behind a Caterpillar 824 dozer. It progressed to haul truck driver, drill offsider, haul truck instructor and mine production foreman. He finally moved into an engineering role, initially as grade control engineer – relatively complex at Paraburdoo because of the heterogeneous, high impurity nature of the orebody – and then as a mine planning engineer. Cutler joined Otraco in 1977 as technical services engineer. He knew nothing about tyres – his mining engineering studies did not cover them (most university and mining school courses still barely touch on tyre management) – so he once again started at the bottom, learning by work experience and mentoring from the company’s founder and its senior engineer. He also undertook a study trip to Japan visiting the head office and two factories from each of Bridgestone, Yokohama and Toyo – three of the major OTR tyre manufactures at the time. Key events of his period with Otraco included starting and running the company’s first overseas operation at Rio Tinto’s Kelian gold mine in Indonesia in 1994, a two-and-a-half year stint in Chile managing the Escondida project and directing South American operations, and leading the project start-ups at Vale’s Carajas and Sossego mines in Brazil and Rio Tinto’s IOC operation in Canada. He also conducted the technical audit of Anglo American’s Mogalakwena tyre operation that eventually led to the company’s first onsite management contract in Southern Africa. He is still learning about earthmover tyres.