The decision by South African-based Ozz Foundries to exhibit for the first time at this year’s Copperbelt Agricultural and Commercial Show in Zambia proved a worthwhile investment.
Known as Zaminex, the show is held in Kitwe, and is predominantly focused on mining and related industries. Exhibitors include heavy industrial mining suppliers, vehicle and transport companies, mining and industrial suppliers, and mining houses.
“It was enormously successful from our point of view, because we were able to interact with our customers in the region and meet potential clients,” says company general manager: marketing Darren Brown. Ozz Foundries, which develops and manufactures high quality, wear resistant products for the mining industry.
One of major mining operations that we had discussions with was Lumwana, whose US$762 million (R5.3 billion) copper project is expected to produce an annual average of 150 000 tonnes of copper over a mine life of 17 years.
“The initial deal we discussed involved the supply of crusher wear parts, and will be worth R250 000,” says Brown. “This shows us that there is enormous potential in the area, especially considering the increased interest and investment in the copper belt, with all the expansion projects and new plants being constructed.”
Brown emphasised the fact that great interest was shown in the company’s range of wear resistant castings and associated products, as well as its ability to deliver more technical support to companies within the copper belt.
One of the highlights of the show saw former Zambian president, Kenneth Kaunda visiting stands to show support and thank foreign exhibitors and visitors for attending.