Bulk Handling Today July/August 2020

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On The Move There’s a vibrancy about thyssenkrupp’s Mining business unit in South Africa in 2020. With innovative new products on offer, it’s no surprise the team is excited.


he "Bulk Handling Today" team met with Henry Swart, business development manager for materials handling & mining systems, to find out the source of their enthusiasm and why the barracuda® bucket wheel excavator is such a game changer.

Under one roof

thyssenkrupp has had a long presence in the region. Initially operating through an agent in South Africa, the German powerhouse cemented its African foothold in 1959 by establishing Krupp South Africa (Pty) Ltd. in Johannesburg. An illustrious history saw numerous mergers and name changes as the company widened its footprint, stepping across South Africa’s borders into the entire continent. Showcasing its steadfast commitment to customers along their operational journey through service and after-sales excellence, the company opened a Service Centre in Chloorkop in March 2009, which encompasses an own training academy and is regarded as one of the most sophisticated service centres on the continent. This technologically advanced facility specialises in the complex engineering and refurbishment of OEM parts and

UCS Comparison between barracuda ® and a traditional IPC shovel



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components, spare parts management, field services, plant upgrades and redesigns, life-cycle services, operation and/or maintenance contracts as well as machine audits.

A great heritage, but there’s more

“We are fortunate to have access to a wide range of technologies from mineral processing to mining systems and materials handling. Our company’s success is based on a blend of factors: Highly skilled employees; energy efficient superior quality equipment, technology and solutions; our customer centric focus and our concentrated efforts to expanding our African footprint.” Through its Minerals Processing unit, thyssenkrupp offers customers a wide range of crushing and grinding technology. To meet Africa’s growing demand for energy, a dedicated Power & Energy division delivers efficient innovations such as turnkey biomass fired plant solutions, from boiler supply to building the complete plant around the boiler. The Materials Handling unit delivers exceptional pit-to-port solutions for efficient bulk handling solutions with equipment such as drum reclaimers, stackers, travel cars, ash spreaders, conveyors and ship loaders. “We are deeply rooted in Africa with a large installed base on the continent. Our newest in-pit crushing