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Roymec Technologies is an engineering and project management specialist company providing process equipment, plant design and, where required, turnkey construction solutions and services in the field of solid liquid separation and allied processes. By Ian Armitage


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oymec Technologies, little known as it may be, is a valuable case study of how to get things right. By focussing on the details the Johannesburg, Sandton-based company has supplied equipment into 25 countries globally, including 12 in Africa. It is a R140 million company. “Roymec Technologies’ growth has been impressive by any measure,” says sales director Hoosen Essack. “Reference installations in 25 countries is no insignificant achievement.” Established in 2000 in association with the materials handling engineering and construction company Roymec (Pty), Roymec Technologies began life as an equipment retailer. It now no longer simply sells equipment but partners with clients, and is able to offer turnkey equipment solutions, from concept through to commissioning of complete solids liquid separation processes. Major African projects undertaken include equipment supply to the gold industry in Mali and Tanzania, the coal sector in South Africa and Botswana, the copper and cobalt sectors in Zambia and the DRC, the zinc sector in Namibia, the uranium sector in South Africa and Malawi, and the more recently the base

metals sector in Madagascar. “We have a lot of experience of equipment supply for a variety of clients, into a variety of sectors, in a variety of locations,” Essack says. “This is a clear demonstration of our ability to deliver the right solutions.” Roymec Technologies supplies a range of owned and licensed solid liquid separation equipment including thickeners, linear screens, vacuum belt filters, filter presses, pin bed clarifiers, segmented tanks, flocculant and reagent plants and SX dual media filters. It has recently added the technologically upgraded disc and drum filter range from German company Bokela to meet the need of fine coal dewatering in the local coal and energy sector. “We deliver as a partner rather than as an equipment vendor,” Essack says. “Our basic philosophy is that we supply equipment to people. The humanity of these interactions makes us partners, and as a result more than just equipment peddlers. It is therefore why many of the people we supply equipment to become lifelong customers. A simple yet effective and rewarding relationship for all.” The point at which clients come back is somewhat of a key milestone in any business. One can argue what they’re coming back for is


Roymec Technologies (Pty) Ltd FEATURE

the process equipment, which involves a large capital outlay for clients. That being said what they really want is a committed and trustworthy project partner to deliver on the promise of cost effective, reliable and an optimised solution. “Our product range is extensive and spans a wide range of solids liquid separation equipment and processes from molecular level to ultrafine clarification to coarse particle thickening and filtration,” technical director Bruce Martinson adds. “Our close relationships with our clients translates into developing unique tailored solutions to specific challenges that they have. Clients see us as an extension of their business, which gives us the opportunity to add greater value than mere equipment supply.” The products Roymec Technologies supply are mainly used for ore processing on metallurgical plants, but have found applications in the effluent treatment, pulp and paper, water, food, energy and industrial sectors. “We provide total solutions from concept through to commissioning,” says Martinson Roymec Technologies Technology’s products are unique in that they are custom designed and individually built for each client and every application. Its equipment offering is tailored to the applications and the client’s specific needs. Part of the equipment supply aspect involves both mechanical and process warranties which are an integral component of the business. “Our products have been developed over decades, and refined across the globe on actual operating plants,” says Essack. “Roymec Technologies and our global partners have a history of development.” Roymec Technologies’ products are manufactured locally and abroad. The designs are also completed in-house, where it is able to keep an eye on quality and test the products thoroughly prior to them being released to the client. In cases where it supplies designs for manufacture abroad, Roymec Technologies is involved in the workshop inspection during 6

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manufacture and assembly to ensure highest quality standards are kept. “Quality is important to us and our products have been successfully operating on major projects around the world,” says Essack. Roymec Technologies is wholly South African owned. It was formed by a group of qualified engineers who are to this day hands on in the day-to-day operations of the business. This seems to be at the core of the success of this business. “It’s business as usual,” says Essack. “Roymec Technologies continues to service the industrial and mining sector with the supply of client focussed, tailor made filtration and separation solutions and process equipment. The recent purchase arrangement of Roymec (Pty) Ltd has not affected the ownership or operation of Roymec Technologies (Pty) Ltd., as the FLS range is a high end product directed at wealthy clients.” Being financially strong, with an excellent market share, Roymec Technologies continues to grow. In fact it is currently staffing up to cope with a predicted upswing of the mining and metals sector where it does the bulk of its business. Roymec Technologies also continues to invest in R&D and is at the point of formally announcing the realisation of over eighteen months of intensive research that will dramatically enhance its thickening and screening equipment performance and provide significant cost and operating benefits for its clients. “Our clients are very demanding and we are committed to finding the best possible solutions for them; R&D is vital in this respect,” Martinson says. “We understand clients’ focus regarding value, cost of ownership and reliability, and are constantly looking at our products with a view to developing them further and improving efficiency and performance,” he adds. “R&D is a cornerstone of our business and we are constantly refining our 8

Our product range is extensive and spans solids liquid separation equipment, processes and technologies and comprise thickeners, clarifiers, screens, vacuum and pressure filters, ion exchange, dual media and coalescing filters, elution systems and reagent and flocculant plants

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technology to exceed market demands.” “We are bullish about the future,” says Martinson. “We are particularly excited by the energy sector, particularly uranium. Over the last 30 years uranium has been the ‘black sheep’ of the metallurgical industry. The specialist skills pool in uranium extractive metallurgy has been dispersed. Together with improvements in screening, separation and thickening we have become an established separation specialist in this field.” Roymec Technologies has been involved in each of the last five uranium projects in Africa. “We see it as an important growth industry for us,” says Essack. Roymec Technologies is also looking to move into other energy related sectors like coal. “We want to grow our product and client base,” says Essack. “Our growth is a remarkable story and it’s up to us to take the next step and become a truly global brand – that’s the aim,” he concludes. END


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