Thermal processing and bulk material handling systems company Heyl & Patterson Inc., Pittsburgh, has signed an exclusive partnership with Beijing-based BHJD Mining Engineering & Technology (Beijing) LLC, an equipment procurement and construction company that specializes in coal preparation plants.

Coal preparation plants wash coal and prepare it for transport to power plants and steel mills. An industrial dryer at the end of the process increases the coal’s heat content and makes it a higher-value product. Heyl & Patterson has been involved in coal drying technology since its founding in 1887. The agreement allows Heyl & Patterson to expand its market reach into one of the fastest-growing economies.