Our History

QME was founded in 1985 by managing director Peter McParland, following a long family tradition in mining.
Peter McParland is also a director of Minco Plc a public exploration and development company with ongoing exploration projects in North America and Europe. He is also president and CEO of United Mining Rentals Ltd. which provides Sandvik & Getman underground mining and tunnelling equipment on a rental basis worldwide.

QME is comprised of the following divisions:

QME Mining & Tunnelling Division

QME Mining Division undertakes contract mining projects in Ireland and abroad. The mining division employs a team of highly experienced operations Managers, underground supervisors, miners, fitters and electricians. QME has carried out large and small scale underground development contracts since 2009.
Current and past clients include the following:

  • New Boliden Tara Mines: 2009 – Present, in excess of 14 kilometres of Development Mining. Installation of underground services. Dedicated Ore Mucking & Trucking contract. Ore management on surface and underground. Complete shotcreting process from manufacture to delivery and application.
  • Saint Gobian Gyproc Drummond Mine, Monaghan 2014 - Present, various ground support projects.
  • Dalradian Gold Limited Curraghinalt Project, Omagh, Northern Ireland 2014 - Present Underground Bulk Sample Development Project.
  • Lafarge Holcim, Glensanda Super Quarry, Oban, Scotland. Feb 2013 to July 2014. Underground Extension Tunnels, Chamber and Raise Development.
QME Rebuild Division

QME’s main workshops and head office is located on the east coast of Ireland near Navan, Co. Meath, beside New Boliden Tara Mines site and has been in operation since 1985. QME is a world leader in supplying top-quality remanufactured surface and underground mining equipment to the mining industry worldwide. Our range of equipment is extensive and represents world-class manufacturers. QME has the ability to supply both specialist and standard underground and open pit mining equipment, serviced and maintained to the highest standard.
QME has supplied underground and surface mining equipment to such names as:

  • Anglesey Mining PLC (United Kingdom)
  • Campbell Resources (Toronto Canada)
  • Aramine (France)
  • Galmoy Mines Ltd. (Ireland) Lundin Mining Ltd
  • Northgate Exploration (Canada)
  • Tara Mines Ltd. (Ireland) New Boliden
  • The Lisheen Mine (Ireland) Vedanta Group (India)
  • TVX Gold (Canada)
  • Roadstone Ltd. (Ireland)
  • Barrick (Canada)
  • De Beers (Canada)
  • Lafarge Holcim
  • Dalradian Gold Ltd. (Toronto Canada)
  • Gypsum Saint Gobian
QME Component & Parts Division

QME’s Component Division supplies and rebuilds heavy-duty transmissions, differentials, converters and drivelines for all Mining and Tunnelling equipment. Spare parts are also supplied to support all equipment.

Sales & Rentals Division

Through a sister company United Mining Rentals provide new and used equipment for rent or purchase for tunnelling and mining applications.