Local availability of mills rather than import
In developing countries it is usually preferable to purchase a mill in-country. This helps reduce transport costs and helps to support the local economy and engineering capacity (where the mills are manufactured locally). Quality should be checked carefully in such situations as the manufacturing ability and standards in developing countries are often lower than those of developed countries. As mentioned previous chapters there are a variety of locally produced traditional mills available in some countries which are suitable for certain milling applications.
Sometimes it is possible to find second-hand mills, especially in areas where there is intensive mineral mining activity. Again great care should be taken when purchasing used plant, as it could be counter-productive if the machinery then has to be shipped overseas for an expensive overhaul or recondition.
After sales service and spare parts is an important consideration in many developing countries where it could be difficult to obtain either, or in remote locations where the time required for a service engineer to arrive could mean a significant ‘down-time’ for the mill. It is worth looking into this before buying a mill and having contingency plans in place in case of breakdowns. If a mill is purchased locally there is more likelihood of finding spare parts and competent technicians.