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We are RME

RME is the world's most trusted original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of mill relining technologies. Our mission is to reduce hazardous risk and improve the availability of mineral concentrators.

Our Promise

At RME, we are dedicated to help our customers to achieve the peak concentrator performance. We deliver on our promise to provide the best possible experience for our people and customers through exceptional care, technical support, and customized engineering solutions.

We understand that downtime is costly for our customers, so we are dedicated to reducing mill relining time as much as possible. Our Mill Relining System can save customers millions of dollars in downtime costs by reducing traditional mill relining time.

We are also committed to safety, and our Mill Relining System is designed to improve safety by reducing the need for manual labor and working at heights. Our team of experienced engineers and technicians is also dedicated to providing our customers with the best possible support and guidance.

At RME, we are committed to our customers and to the mining industry. We are proud to offer the best possible grinding mill relining technologies and services, and we look forward to helping our customers achieve their goals.

RME's Aspiration is to improve the human condition through access to metals at lower cost.

We enable our Customer to remove fatal risk through innovative solutions.

Our commitment to our industry is to visibly, defensibly and sustainably improve our Customer's concentrator performance.

At RME, we are dedicated to improving our Customers’ concentrator performance with exceptional care, technical support and customised engineering solutions. Our values reflect the culture that we encourage and celebrate, and the experience we are creating for our people and Customers.

  • Innovative Solutions

We will deliver innovative solutions guided by deep customer insights and the smart use of technologies.

  • Collaborative Partnerships

We will develop targeted collaborative partnerships to develop ideas and products and keep us abreast of changes in our world.

  • Measurable Impact

We will measure and demonstrate the value we deliver to our customers and to the performance of RME.

  • Organisation Capability

We will evolve the capability of RME to support our strategy and the needs of our customers.

  • Be recognised for changing the mill relining industry through demonstrable safetly leadership.
  • Deliver the "glocal" Customer experience that is demonstrable and makes us a trusted partner.
  • Deliver increasingly, competitive value through technology leadership, efficient production and service delivery.
  • Maximise the revenue potential from our servicing business.
  • Advance the automation and/or data capture capability of our products
  • Broaden the suite of products the RME sells and the sales channels to support the products.
  • Deliver a reliable commercialisation/project completion capability.
  • Improve our market and external environment intelligence.
  • Maximise the potential of the organisation and its employees by developing talent and focusing on employee engagement.

The way we do things at RME:


We improve productivity with automated tools and new technologies that speed up the replacement of liners. That means greater mill availability and faster relines. 


Our durable RUSSELL MRMs are built to last with a protective coating that can withstand harsh mill environments. Our skilled technicians provide support to keep your mills running smoothly, and we offer technology upgrades for enhanced performance and dependable relines.


Our RME Mill Relining System has evolved over time. Our INSIDEOUT Technology allows safe and efficient mill relining from outside. We offer upgrades, repairs, and accessories to maintain asset performance and reduce safety risks.

The RME Story

Early 1980s

The formative years

As a graduate mechanical engineer at Mount Isa Mines, John Russell saw first-hand how replacing grinding mill liners was a dangerous and time consuming activity that impacted plant availability. 


A vision to mechanise mill relining

RME was established with the vision to mechanise the mill relining process, shorten reline times, and improve concentrator availability and profitability – all while improving the safety of the work environment. 


The hard work started paying off

The hard work started paying off, and RME was now a team of three: two mechanical engineers, Peter Rubie and John Russell, and draftsman, Doug Neild. 


The world's first mill relining machine

RME’s first RUSSELL Mill Relining Machine (MRM), a RUSSELL 6, was commissioned by Mount Isa Mines (MIM) for their lead zinc concentrator rod mills. As a result, relining times for the rod mill dropped from 44 hours to 24 hours: two 12 hour shifts.


World's first 7-axis mill relining machine

In a pioneering move, RME was chosen to design and supply a 7-axis MRM to a new Leinster Nickel Project in Western Australia. It was the first large-capacity liner-placement machine in the world capable of lifting 2500kg liners. Affectionately nicknamed "MRM No. 2," this inaugural RUSSELL 7 faithfully served the site's 32ft SAG mill for over 30 years before being replaced with a new RUSSELL 7 in 2023.

Early to mid 1990s

RME's global impact becoming evident

It was clear that RUSSELL MRMs were transforming mineral processing. Their ability to mechanically manipulate liners overcame manual handling limitations, allowing bigger, but fewer, pieces to be used, which reduced reline times. This also paved the way for larger SAG mills, which were built to suit the largest RUSSELL MRMs at the time.


Solving the worn liner removal problem

As mill liners became larger, removing them became harder due to issues like liner and liner bolt peening. While RME had a solution for liner handling, the industry needed to solve the worn liner removal problem; a powerful recoilless hydraulic hammer purpose-built for the ‘knock-in’ process. In 1995, RME lodged a patent for the Linerbolt removal tool, co-invented by John Russell and Peter Rubie.


THUNDERBOLT Recoilless Hammer

If RUSSELL 7s made mill relining good, the new THUNDERBOLT Recoilless Hammer, made mill relining great. It profoundly revolutionised worn liner removal. The combination of the THUNDERBOLT Recoilless Hammers and RUSSELL 7 MRM working in unison secured the foundation for the RME Mill Relining System. Crews now had the tools to slash traditional grinding mill relining times. 


Engineered for Impact: The 1500 Joule Advantage

The BHP Minera Escondida copper mine in Chile commissioned a larger THUNDERBOLT Recoilless Hammer, now known as the THUNDERBOLT 1500 Special Performance Recoilless Hammer. Even the toughest SAG mill discharge-end bolts met their match agsinst the relentless force of this mighty hammer. Packing a consistent 1500 joules of energy, 55-60 blows per minute, made shorter work of any knock-in challenge. 


Addressing every step, from ‘feed-off’ to ‘feed-on’

With the combination of the THUNDERBOLT Recoilless Hammers and RUSSELL 7 MRM forming the foundation of the RME Mill Relining System, RME was now working to improve every step on the mill relining path. This period saw the development of RUSSELL FCTs – for the removal and transport of mill feed chutes.


Continued investment in reline crew safety

RME partnered with metallurgist Stephen Kittel to conduct detailed time and motion studies of mill relines globally. These studies pinpointed safety and efficiency gaps, inspiring the O-ZONE Liner Lifting Tool tool range, and precipitated the invention THUNDERBOLT T-MAGs, and RUSSELL Elevating Platforms. RME also developed  certified training courses with the TAFE Queensland to support the upskilling and safety of local reline crews.


World's first RUSSELL TWIN MRM

RME’s 100th RUSSELL MRM was built for Gibraltar Mine in British Columbia, Canada. It was painted gold to commemorate its place in RME history. In the same year, RME built the world’s first RUSSELL TWIN MRM for BHP Minera Escondida Mine in Chile.  TWINs are two totally independent mill relining machines that can deliver a genuine doubling of mill relining productivity. Over 17 RUSSELL TWIN MRMs are now in use around the world, with 14 of those in South America.


World-class manufacturing facility built

2009 saw the establishment of RME’s operations in North America to support its growing Customers base in the region. In April of that same year, RME moved into its purpose-built, world-class, ISO-certified manufacturing facility at Hursley Road in Toowoomba. The new facility provided the team with the necessary resources to scale up manufacturing and ample workspaces for the engineering teams working on product development. 



RME built its 200th RUSSELL MRM for BHP Billiton’s Kambaloda Nickel mining operations in Western Australia. Machine #200 was a RUSSELL 7 with a rated capacity of 2500kg for servicing the site’s 26' x 17' SAG mill.


Africa operations and global support and training centre established

2021 saw the establishment of RME in Africa and South Africa to serve this important developing market. RME’s global Customer Support and Training Centre was also completed and commissioned at its Hursley Road headquarters in Toowoomba



RME celebrated its 300th RUSSELL MRM, built for the Dugald River Mine in North-West Queensland, one of the world's highest-grade known zinc deposits. Machine 300 was a RUSSELL 7 with a 1500kg capacity and was cleverly engineered as a ‘combo machine’ to service two mills on this mine site – a 22'x14' SAG mill and a 19'x 29'6" ball mill.


Vertical axis mill relining machines

RME engineered and built the world’s first mill relining machine for vertical axis stirred grinding mills. The first machine was the RUSSELL 6V Mill Relining Machine developed for the Escondida copper mine in the Atacama Desert, Northern Chile.


Transforming risk rating and knock-in duration

This year represented a significant expansion of RME’s suite of mill relining safety and performance technologies. RME hosted a demonstrator event to introduce RME INSIDEOUT Technology, RUSSELL SAFETY Products and THUNDERBOLT SKYWAY, RME’s semi-automated guidance and suspension system for roboticising the operation of THUNDERBOLT Recoilless Hammers. 



RME celebrated the completion of the 400th RUSSELL MRM, built for Australian gold producer Northern Star Resources Limited. This 400th machine replaced MRM #5, which was originally delivered in 1993. The new model was a RUSSELL 7 2500kg for servicing a 24' x 10' SAG mill at the Kanowna Belle mine site near Kalgoorlie in Western Australia.


500 RUSSELL Mill Relining Machines

RME celebrated its 500th RUSSELL MRM – another major milestone since the introduction of the first RUSSELL MRM in 1990. This machine was a 7-axis 6000kg capacity for long-time Customer Northern Star Resources. It was built to service a 36' x 26'60" SAG mill at the company's Thunderbox project in Western Australia. MRM #500 was also delivered with a raft of safety and productivity accessories including a new grapple attachment for safer mucking out, a powered slew linercart, a pivoting floor with integrated seat, and more.


World’s first semi-automated mill relining system!

A major milestone was announced at SAG 2023 – the realisation of RME's long-held goal: to provide customers with remarkable safety and efficiency benefits by enabling mill relining without anyone inside. This vision is now a reality with the RME Advanced Technology Mill Relining System, successfully commissioned at a mine site in Indonesia. The system addresses both worn liner removal and new liner placement phases of mill relining. This success is a result of the extraordinary work by RME's engineering team and strong collaboration with pioneering copper-producing customers and key industry partners.


RME expands RUSSELL Liner Exchange Machines

RME significantly expanded its RUSSELL Liner Exchange Machine range, offering accessible solutions for virtually any sized mill. This expansion included additional RUSSELL MRM models thanks to its modular, upgradeable, AutoMotion™-ready platform. Notably, the new RUSSELL All-Reach Grapple increased the rated capacity of 7-axis machines to 10T. Value engineering also led to a wider selection of cost-effective RUSSELL Mill Liner Handlers (MLHs), ensuring even smaller, cost-constrained mills can improve safety and productivity through high-quality and reliable mill relining solutions.


Our mission continues

Our relentless investment in innovation continues to reduce reline times and improve safety. This is materialised by our RME Advanced Technology and RME INSIDEOUT Technology, with the RUSSELL Claw for safer mucking out and RME BOLTBOSS for external bolting. These advancements are enabling relining from outside the mill, and we're determined to make this technology accessible to as many mine sites as possible. Our commitment to optimising the performance potential of every Customer's mill relining system is stronger than ever. We are RME!

Supporting our Customers


RUSSELL Mill Relining Machines manufactured since 1985


RUSSELL MRMs still in service and supported by RME


THUNDERBOLT Recoilless Hammers manufactured since 1990

440+ / 64+

Mine sites / Countries with RME equipment


International Sales and Service Centres


Employees worldwide

We are creating the future of mill relining

Mineral processors need to address issues that are more challenging and more urgent than ever.

On one hand they must reduce the risks that remain associated with hazardous mill relining. On the other, maximise mill availability for meeting the world’s mineral needs.

It is this pursuit to improve safety and productivity that drives RME to innovate for our industry.

This has led us to envision a future where relining is performed with no one inside the mill, an environment that allows us to accelerate the machines and reline at faster speeds than ever before.

And now this future is here.

RME Advanced Technology

The RME Advanced Technology Mill Relining System showing automomous technologies and relining taking place from outside of a SAG mill
RME Advanced Technology Mill Relining System

The RME Team

John Russell  - $Founder, Executive Chairman and Chief Engineer

John Russell

Founder, Executive Chairman and Chief Engineer

Peter Rubie  - $Non-Executive Director

Peter Rubie

Non-Executive Director

Joe Pease - $Principal Consultant at Mineralis, Advisor to RMEH Board​

Joe Pease

Principal Consultant at Mineralis, Advisor to RMEH Board​

John Russell  - $Founder, Executive Chairman and Chief Engineer

John Russell

Founder, Executive Chairman and Chief Engineer

John Howard​ - $Chief Financial Officer, Chief Executive Team​

John Howard​

Chief Financial Officer, Chief Executive Team​

Cherylyn Russell  - $Chief Customer Officer, Chief Executive Team​

Cherylyn Russell

Chief Customer Officer, Chief Executive Team​

Eddie Bosnjak  - $Chief Sales Officer, Chief Executive Team​

Eddie Bosnjak

Chief Sales Officer, Chief Executive Team​

Geoff Wadsworth  - $General Manager Manufacturing, Leadership Team​

Geoff Wadsworth

General Manager Manufacturing, Leadership Team​

Andrew Ball  - $Group Manager Asset Support, Leadership Team​

Andrew Ball

Group Manager Asset Support, Leadership Team​

Simon Thompson​ - $General Manager Engineering, Leadership Team​

Simon Thompson​

General Manager Engineering, Leadership Team​

Mark Warrener  - $Regional General Manager, APAC/EMERU, Leadership Team​

Mark Warrener

Regional General Manager, APAC/EMERU, Leadership Team​

Manuel Galvez  - $Regional General Manager, ​ South America, Leadership Team​

Manuel Galvez

Regional General Manager, ​ South America, Leadership Team​

Kabelo Mogobye  - $Regional General Manager, ​ Africa & South Africa, Leadership Team​

Kabelo Mogobye

Regional General Manager, ​ Africa & South Africa, Leadership Team​

Owen Flemming  - $Regional General Manager, North/Central America, Leadership Team​

Owen Flemming

Regional General Manager, North/Central America, Leadership Team​

Wayne Herbertson​ - $Group Manager, RME Advanced Technology Projects

Wayne Herbertson​

Group Manager, RME Advanced Technology Projects

Stephen Jones​ - $Group Manager - Finance and Administration​

Stephen Jones​

Group Manager - Finance and Administration​

Pierre Van Rooyen - $Global Asset Support Engineering Manager​

Pierre Van Rooyen

Global Asset Support Engineering Manager​

Neil Wright - $Global Quality Manager

Neil Wright

Global Quality Manager

Alfonso Munoz​ - $Global Health, Environment & Safety (HSE) Manager​

Alfonso Munoz​

Global Health, Environment & Safety (HSE) Manager​

Jenna Swann - $Global Human Resources Manager

Jenna Swann

Global Human Resources Manager

Joshua Bryant - $Global Manager Production Planning

Joshua Bryant

Global Manager Production Planning

Nayara Tanin - $Global Marketing Manager

Nayara Tanin

Global Marketing Manager

Andreas Carnell - $Global Manager, Strategic Market Development

Andreas Carnell

Global Manager, Strategic Market Development

Tarnya McBurney - $Global Product Manager, RUSSELL Mill Relining Machines + Feed Chute Transporters​

Tarnya McBurney

Global Product Manager, RUSSELL Mill Relining Machines + Feed Chute Transporters​

Christian Kramer​ - $Global Product Manager, THUNDERBOLT Product Range​

Christian Kramer​

Global Product Manager, THUNDERBOLT Product Range​

John Williams​ - $Global Product Manager, SS&O​

John Williams​

Global Product Manager, SS&O​

David McKewen - $Global Manager - Small Mill Solutions

David McKewen

Global Manager - Small Mill Solutions

Peter Mann - $Global Business Development Manager - Small Mill Solutions​

Peter Mann

Global Business Development Manager - Small Mill Solutions​

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Brent Stevenson - $ETO TAKT Manager

Brent Stevenson

ETO TAKT Manager

Brett Humphrey​ - $ETO TAKT Manager

Brett Humphrey​

ETO TAKT Manager

Mark Warrener  - $Regional General Manager, APAC/EMERU, Leadership Team​

Mark Warrener

Regional General Manager, APAC/EMERU, Leadership Team​

Lucinda Talbot  - $Regional Sales Manager, APAC/EMERU

Lucinda Talbot

Regional Sales Manager, APAC/EMERU

Adrian Naumann - $Business Development Manager - APAC

Adrian Naumann

Business Development Manager - APAC

Glenn Evans - $Service Account Manager - APAC

Glenn Evans

Service Account Manager - APAC

Gary Medill - $Service Account Manager - APAC

Gary Medill

Service Account Manager - APAC

Matthew B. Thompson - $Service Account Manager, Indonesia

Matthew B. Thompson

Service Account Manager, Indonesia

Leo Yu - $Technical Service Account Manager, APAC

Leo Yu

Technical Service Account Manager, APAC

Darren Wall - $Customer Support Specialist - APAC

Darren Wall

Customer Support Specialist - APAC

Manuel Galvez  - $Regional General Manager, ​ South America, Leadership Team​

Manuel Galvez

Regional General Manager, ​ South America, Leadership Team​

Kabelo Mogobye  - $Regional General Manager, ​ Africa & South Africa, Leadership Team​

Kabelo Mogobye

Regional General Manager, ​ Africa & South Africa, Leadership Team​

Want to join our team?

RME is a diverse, inclusive team of engineers, manufacturers, and robotics experts who are passionate about providing innovative solutions to the mineral processing industry. If you are interested in a rewarding career in engineering, manufacturing, or robotics, we encourage you to apply. 

What we do

Discover our highly efficient and cost-effective mill relining products that has been proven to save our clients millions of dollars in maintenance and downtime expenses. Let us help you achieve significant cost savings and maximize your productivity with our mill relining expertise and commitment to quality.

RME's Integrated Management System

The RME Quality, Safety and Environmental Management System is integrated and certified in accordance with ISO 45001, ISO 14001 and ISO 9001. This includes the design, production, Customer support and service of specialist mining and mineral processing equipment in Toowoomba. The RME Integrated Management System contains no exclusions. It is applicable for all areas of RME’s business operations in Australia. International Sales and Service Centres form part of the RME Management System with the view of future inclusion into the RME Australia scope for individual certification. For more information on RME's commitment to Quality, Safety and Environmental and our Company Directives, please contact RME.