Coal mining equipment accounted for about 73% of Bucyrus' 2007 sales. Experts estimate the world's coal consumption to grow 74% by 2030. Bucyrus' is positioned to benefit from the increasing coal demand.
By acquiring DBT in May of 2007, Bucyrus added exposure to aftermarket services, which are less cyclical than demand for new equipment. Bucyrus also has more service centers in which to sell equipment and services now.