COMPETING with leading OEMs from around the world, vibrating screen specialist OEM Kwatani has snatched a mammoth export order for over 70 screens.
“This is Kwatani’s largest order to date and is probably the largest single order for screens ever placed on a company in Africa,” says Jan Schoepflin, Kwatani General Manager Sales and Service.
“We are proud to have won such a prestigious bid in the face of intense competition, showing how our global reputation has been growing.”
The order, from a large copper mine in central Asia, is for large double-deck multi-slope screens, which feed high pressure grinding rolls (HPGRs), as well as for single-deck linear screens feeding concentrators.
The screens in this order will be installed on isolation frames to minimise the extent to which dynamic loads affect the plant’s building structures. Kwatani is well known for its design, manufacture and servicing of large, robust screens which are engineered for tonnage.
“As the largest OEM for vibrating screens and feeders in Africa, we have had great success on the continent and abroad with our large ‘banana’ screens,” says Schoepflin. “These and our other custom engineered screens have been supplied to over 50 countries to date.”
With growing demand from a buoyant mining sector, the company recently added another 3,000 m² to its existing 17,000 m² facility in Spartan, Johannesburg. Its design and manufacturing capabilities are ISO 9001:2015 certified, ensuring that the latest order to Asia will comply with the highest global standards.
“We also pride ourselves on the quality and resilience of our supply chain, which underpins our ability to manufacture to demanding deadlines,” he says.
“We carefully select our supply partners – most of whom are local enterprises – and collaborate closely with them to build their sustainability and responsiveness.”
“As the screens are delivered, Kwatani service technicians will supervise their installation and commissioning on site, as part of our customer support,” says Schoepflin. “Our specialists will witness the cold commissioning – running without load – as well as hot commissioning with full load. We will confirm everything is running to specification and to customer expectations.”
Kwatani will conduct training of the mine staff in maintenance and troubleshooting, so that they can fulfil these essential duties independently. The mine will be able to source all the necessary spares from Kwatani, who will also send an engineer or technician to site to supervise and sign off on certain major tasks.