100% black-owned MIP Process Technologies offers the global mining industry unparalleled minerals processing expertise and experience which has seen the company continue to maintain and grow its contract order book in spite of the commodities recession. MD Philip Hoff has devoted his working career to timeously delivering cost competitive, superior products which in turn assist mining companies deliver viable and profitable projects, he tells Laura Cornish.

In the space of eight years the MIP Process Technologies (MIP) business has grown rapidly, from a small South Africa-based, single premises business to an entity with global presence and offices in North America and an agent network which supports mining-popular regions and continents. [quote]

Not only does Hoff boast one of the longest careers in South Africa supplying minerals processing equipment to the mining sector, he has also surrounded himself with a team of skilled experts who support his strategic business ethic to outshine his competitors with effi cient product performance and after-sales service as well.

“Our general manager Rogan Roulstone, who joined MIP late last year, has expanded our skills set off ering further. His hydrometallurgical knowledge complements our strong extractive metallurgical expertise foundation and will further expand our solution propositions for clients. In combination with our best-inclass mechanical and process engineering workforce team, there are no limitations to our minerals processing capabilities,” Hoff points out.

2016 steadily climbing

The number of projects MIP has already completed this year, together with an array of projects underway or in the pipeline, bears testimony to Hoff ’s recession-defying success. “2016 has been kind to us so far and looks set to represent another strong year for the business.”

Hoff reveals that the company’s repeat business work flow has started contributing significantly to the contract portfolio – a sign that demonstrates execution and delivery excellence. “Client partnerships and relationships are built on trust and commitment and because we excel in both of these areas our close association with the industry continues to flourish and mature,” Hoff states.

“Our installation base also speaks for itself – every thickener, linear screen, fl occulant plant, etc. continues to operate at optimum effi ciency and perform according to original design specification.”

The MD further attributes MIP’s current success to its lean business structure where decisions can be made quickly and costs kept to a minimum. To supplement this the company has invested in a largescale fabrication facility in Benoni which guarantees dedicated fabrication and in turn improved service and faster delivery.

A globe of business opportunities

The volume of work which MIP has more recently executed beyond the African continent is significant, equating to a significant portion of its total order book. Highlighting some of these projects, Hoff says the company supplied a flocculant plant to a gold project in the Philippines last in 2015.

“We are also doing a lot of work on the Asian continent and recently delivered a 15 m diameter thickener, fl occulant plant and agitators to an iron ore project and are currently underway with the fabrication and supply of a 24 m thickener to a consumer-based business which owns a copper and gold mining operation to guarantee the supply of metal for the products it supplies.”

Closer to home, MIP recently secured an order to supply counter current decantation (CCD) thickeners and a fl occulant plant for a copper project in the Democratic Republic of Congo. “We have undertaken numerous fi rsts in the company, and have excelled every time. These CCD thickeners will be no diff erent and only expand our repertoire of thickening solutions further.”

In southern Africa, the company recently supplied a variety of repeat samplers to a copper project in Botswana.

Local opportunities still on offer

The South African marketplace still presents good opportunities for the business, Hoff affirms, noting that the country remains an important region for MIP.

This year the company has already completed the supply of a thickener and fl occulant for an Australian client’s chrome project in the Steelpoort area. “We also delivered new linear screens to a gold project on the West Rand and a large 30 m diameter thickener to one of the larger platinum producers in the country, who has also indicated the possibility of additional orders in the year.”

MIP recently secured an order to supply a 12 m and 8 m thickener, together with a fl occulant plant for the same Australian customer.

Dust extraction business on the rise

Having recently completed the supply, installation and commissioning of two scrubber plants for a major copper producer in the DRC, Hoff is confi dent MIP’s dust extraction business holds the key to a new phase of growth. “We are on the brink to sign a large contract with a chrome supplier for a new furnace taphole extraction system which includes a substantial bagfi lter unit.”

“We are working with a German technology supplier to ensure we tap into the worldwide market with the latest technologies and an expanded business line,” Hoff shares.

MIP’s standard bag fi lter range now includes bag lengths up to 5 000 mm. This means smaller but more cost eff ective units can be utilised while delivering the same resultant air quality. Further to this, smaller equipment has also been value-engineered to provide a more cost eff ective-solution.

“Dust extraction off ers an additional string to our bow and one that comes at a critical time for major industries such as mining,” says Hoff . The requirements for disposal of particulates in the atmosphere are becoming increasingly stringent. According to a World Health Organisation report in 2014, seven million people die annually due to air pollution which in many instances is attributed to coal and wood burning, industrial exhaust gasses, clay brick factories and open cast mining vehicles.

MIP’s dust extraction range ensures all aspects of pollution control are covered – from cleaning toxic gasses to dust particles. Companies need to show government how they will meet new environmental regulations by submitting plans on how to achieve this. “We can provide assistance and support with a phased implementation approach if required,” Hoff reveals. MRA