Executive chairman
of Bateman Engineering,
John Ferreira
Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 20 April 2010 – Bateman Engineering N.V. and THE BEIJING AXIS China Sourcing Unit have announced the formalisation of the Bateman-Beijing Axis “’ a China-focused procurement business that will assist firms on a global basis to benefit from the optimised cost-effectiveness, delivery times and quality available when sourcing from China for capital projects, equipment and commodities.

A joint statement issued here explained that the new partnership “’ established as an equity joint venture (JV) between the two parties “’ would provide services in three areas:

  • procurement from China for Bateman Engineering’s projects across the globe;
  • procurement for independent external clients across the globe and predominantly in the mining and resources; industrial, manufacturing and engineering; and power and infrastructure sectors; and
  • bulk commodity procurement, marketing and trading on behalf of both bulk commodity producers and users.

It added that they were supplied across the supply chain – from procurement needs analysis; supplier identification, evaluation, pre-qualification, selection and negotiation through to contract management; expediting and logistics.  At the same time, the company also supported Chinese firms that were looking at global sourcing.

“Bateman Beijing Axis brings together the complementary skills and knowledge of both entities to create a unique source of expertise available to clients on a global basis”, says chief executive Kobus van der Wath.

Executive chairman of Bateman Engineering, John Ferreira commented: “The combination of Bateman Engineering’s project management, leading process engineering and overall technical capability with THE BEIJING AXIS’s extensive China sourcing experience and knowledge, is further enhanced by both entities’ established networks, supplier databases and execution track record.”

Bateman Engineering and THE BEIJING AXIS China Sourcing Unit have both been independently providing China sourcing services for the past eight years, resulting in a comprehensive and tested sourcing capacity. The firm works with international clients from its offices worldwide in China, India, Australia, Russia and South Africa.