mining , building and civil construction equipment supplier Rex Quip has sold R8-million worth of crushing and screening equipment in Namibia.
Sales director for Rex Quip Alan Lang says that with the mobile and static crushing and screening equipment available from Pilot Crushtec, Rex Quip is able to offer refining solutions for the mining, civil engi- neering, and building construction industries.
“The Finley brand is popular in Namibia. A large supplier of building sand, aggregates, bricks and pavers in Windhoek, Brick & Concrete Industries, has opted to buy a Finlay 200E static washing plant that is cost-effective.”
“By improving the washing process, this customer has a 22% saving on sand, that was previously discarded. When it comes to cement, the plant is able to achieve a saving of 15% to 18% on cement mixes for delivery by ready-mix trucks” he says.
He adds that with Rex Quip’s output, and a growing demand from mining and construction, sales of equipment from Pilot Crushtec have grown steadily in Namibia in recent years.
“Competition is stiff, but our market share is growing. In mobile scalpers and screens, I estimate that we have 70% market share in Namibia. With regard to washing plants, we have captured 100% of the market share,” he says.
Lang adds that Orange River Diamond Mines has recently commissioned a Finlay 883 Megatrak Mark II that is used for heavy-duty scalping. The Finlay 883 machine, which separates the 40-mm material from the diamond-bearing fines, was commissioned last year and is currently being used in exploration.
Since 2006, the Finaly 683 and 693 Supertrak mobile rinsers, that provide production rates of 180 t/h and 300 t/h respectively in wet screen – ing operations, have been sold to a diamond recovery operation on the west coast of Namibia.
Another Pilot Crushtec product that has been popular on the Namibian market is the Tecon Crushpactor, a tow-behind grid roller, used in road conststruction.
Looking ahead, Lang noted that the mining and construction industries in Namibia are growing and technical support for Pilot Crushtec and Finlay products is an added advantage in a highly competitive market. “Each month a technician in our company travels an average of 8 000 km to meet our backup ser-vice needs, while, at the same time, he or she provides customers with a consignment of stock spares because distances are so vast in Namibia,” he says.
Commenting on the sales in Namibia, Africa sales manager Graham Kleinhans says that he is happy that the crushing and screening equipment is operating well in tough conditions, with searing temperatures of between 40C and 50C. “We see tremendous prospects for the Pilot Crushtec modular range and for Finaly equipment in Namibia,” says Kleinhans.
Rex Quip is the Namibian dealer for Pilot Crushtec and the Southern African representative of Finlay.
Meanwhile, local coal-mining company Umcebo Mining has achieved the target production of 130 000 t/m at its opencast mining operation at Grootpan, in the Belfast region of Mpumulanga.
Umcebo achieved this with the help of the latest range of modular crushing equipment brough from Pilot Crushtec.
The choice of modular and mobile equipment for Grootpan has maintained operating efficiencies at the mine, emphasises Xantium director Willie Humphries.
“The equipment bought is costeffective. As we progress with our mining operations, we are able to move the crushing and screening equipment to the stockpiles, instead of having to transport coal from the stockpile to the crushing equipment,” he adds.
Humphries adds that the equipment is working well, operating for 350 hours a month, providing constant results and meeting market requirements.
Coal from the crushers is produced at 120 mm in size.
“We chose Pilot Crushtec because we know the backup support provided by this company is among the best. The delivery time is also good, and when the equipment arrived at the mine, we were able to start crushing almost immediately,” Humphries says.
The purchase by Xantium included two giant diesel-powered J1175 mobile Finlay jaw crushers introduced to the South African market last year, as well as the recently introduced Finlay 694 three-deck mobile screen, which has four on-board stockpiling conveyors and a high-capacity belt-feed hopper.
The new single toggle Finlay J1175 jaw crusher is fitted with a 1 070 mm 10005 5 760 mm Jacques crusher chamber on a heavy-duty undercarriage. The modern hydrostatic-driven machine has a 9-m3 hopper and provides high throughput and a large reduction ratio.
Operations director at Pilot Crushtec Frank Scherf maintains that while electrically powered modular equipment is cheaper to operate, mobile diesel-powered equipment is necessary in more remote locations. The equipment provided meets all the needs at Grootpan.
Pilot Crushtec is a supplier of mobile and semimobile crushing, screening and materials-handling products. Currently, the company markets its products in more than 25 countries that include countries in Africa, Europe and the Middle East. More recently, Pilot Crushtec also started exporting to India and New Zealand.
“We try to deliver ex-stock which means a few days’ or a week’s delivery time on a big plant. Pilot Crushtec has a customer support division and five support link and plant erection teams on the road to provide the best backup service possible,” concludes Scherf.