Tarkwa plant

The Tarkwa plant in Ghana – the two pumps
visible on the milling circuit are
feeding a 12-place cluster of
Krebs gMax26 cyclones

Krebs Engineers Africa (Pty) Limited — South African office of the American-based Krebs Engineers operation — is in the midst of a substantial growth phase resulting from the vibrant performance of the mining industry in Southern Africa.

An acknowledged leader in hydrocyclone separation solutions, Krebs Engineers is headquartered in Tucson, Arizona, and has stand-alone companies in South Africa, Australia, Chile, Brazil, Europe, the Philippines, and China.

Recognised as the world’s leading cyclone supplier, the company has also moved into the manufacture and supply of the pumps required to feed slurry to its cyclones.

“We are making a huge push to increase our product ranges and ensure that we have the whole kit so that we can quote on complete concentrators as far as pumps and cyclones go,” says sales manager Brad Moralee. “We are able to offer a full range of all-metal pumps, and will have a full range of rubber-lined pumps by the first quarter of 2008,” he adds.

“In South Africa we manufacture high chrome parts for pumps, steelwork fabrication and cyclone clusters. For economic reasons we split our fabrication between South Africa and China, as there is too much business here to cope locally,” Moralee explains.

“With regard to pumps,” he says, “we manufacture a large proportion of our high chrome parts in South Africa. Various parts are sourced from Krebs in other parts of the world, but final assembly of anything required for Southern Africa takes place in South Africa,” he adds.

Krebs Engineers Africa has only been in existence for six years, but has secured contracts worth millions from various parts of Southern Africa. “We are strong in Africa, we are growing, and we are increasing our market share quite substantially,” Moralee contends.

“Among the main existing customers for the company’s cyclones and pumps are platinum giants Anglo Platinum, Impala and Lonmin, as well Anglo Coal in South Africa; diamond leaders De Beers and Namdeb; Williamson Diamonds in Tanzania; Kansanshi, Frontier, Lumwana, Konkola, Luanshya and Mopani in Zambia; and all the major mines in Ghana and Mali,” Moralee confirms, “and exciting future prospects exist in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Botswana and Mozambique.”