South Africa’s mining industry has been steadily declining over the decades and its subsequent contribution to the economy is reducing. Despite this trend, vibrating screen specialist Vibramech has consistently grown its output. To ensure it maintains this momentum moving forward the company is showcasing a variety of solutions which are aimed at assisting the sector to drive down costs should difficult market conditions persist in 2018.
“Persistent challenging market conditions, which we anticipate will continue in 2018, has strengthened our resolve to continue designing the right equipment for our clients according to our own tried and tested methodologies,” says David Massey, Vibramech MD.
In support of this, the company is expanding it sales team with three additional people and is further to this improving its research and development team with the appointment of an additional qualified mechanical engineer. “The 1 500 m² expansion of our manufacturing facilities is also scheduled for completion by middle of 2018.”
Rising to the challenge
In 1980, three years after Vibramech was established, the mining industry contributed 21% to South Africa’s Gross Domestic Product. According to Statistics South Africa, for every R100 that the South African economy produced that year, R21 was due to mining. In 2016 the mining industry produced only R8 for every R100 that the South African economy produced.
Vibramech remains cognisant of the decline in the mining sector’s contribution to the country’s GDP – in 2017 capital expenditure in the mining industry was at a 10-year low. There are furthermore many uncertainties and legislative constrictions in this sector which makes a growth turnaround unlikely.
To cater to South Africa’s weakening industry, Vibramech offers a variety of cost-saving solutions:
• To continue manufacturing all equipment in-house at Vibramech’s factory in Chamdor, 35 km west of Johannesburg. Almost every piece of equipment is tailor-made to suit a client’s specific requirements, from both a plant layout viewpoint and process considerations.
• Vibramech has recently purchased adjacent land of 12 000 m2 to cater for its expansion goals, which includes improving lead times and bringing cost savings to its clients.
• A staff complement of 200 controls all activities from sales through to engineering and manufacturing.
• All equipment is designed and manufactured by Vibramech without the use of manufacturing sub-contractors. This ensures complete control over quality and scheduling. Furthermore, Vibramech’s flexible and practical approach to screen design enables the client to optimise the vibrating equipment geometry to suit its specific requirements, resulting in tailor-made equipment.
Vibramech’s dedicated field services department continues to service any equipment supplied into the field. It also has a regional office in eMalahleni to service new and existing clients in the Steelpoort and Mpumalanga areas. The appointment of further locally based regional representatives for the Northern Cape, North West and Limpopo provinces is also in the pipeline for 2018.
Vibramech, a B-BBEE compliant company under a SANAS accredited generic scorecard, is southern Africa’s largest manufacturer of vibrating mineral processing equipment. With a current installed base of over 9 000 pieces of equipment, it dominates South African market share.
“The brand remains synonymous with quality, reliability and robust designs. We are able to supply equipment across the globe, in sectors such as gold, diamond, coal, iron ore, manganese, platinum, chrome, nickel, uranium, copper, mineral sands and aggregate operations,” Massey outlines.
The company’s equipment range comprises multi-slope (or Banana) screens, horizontal and inclined screens, dewatering screens, grizzly feeders, pan feeders, tubular feeders and grease tables, which are operating in processing plants, ocean vessels and mining operations.
Regardless of market conditions, Vibramech will continue to deliver robust equipment designs that will provide many years of reliable service, resulting in lower operating cost and reduced down time. Please visit Vibramech’s new website at www.vibramechglobal.com for an overview on how we can assist with your current and future mineral processing requirements.