Materials handling specialist Osborn Engineered Products has supplied equipment totalling R14 million to a new manganese mine in the Northern Cape, thanks to the hard-wearing reputation of its machines in the manganese industry.

Osborn product specialist Francois Scott elaborates: “We secured this order, which was for a new manganese mine situated between Black Rock and Sishen, based on the number of machines that we already have operating in this area.”

In the past 12 months, Osborn has supplied eight machines to this part of the country, primarily for manganese production. “Some 90% of all the machines operating here are Osborn’s,” Scott adds. He says that this, combined with fact that this customer (a prominent new mining company in the region) has Osborn crushers operating successfully at another site, led to it choosing Osborn for this latest order, which includes an apron feeder, vibrating grizzly feeder, jaw crusher and an Osborn 57SBS Gyrasphere cone crusher. The installation and commissioning were undertaken by Osborn.

Also included in the equipment supplied was a BTi MRHT25BXR50 stationary Rockbreaker system, which is perfectly suited to this hard rock application. Osborn is the local distributor for Breaker Technology, a world-class supplier of stationary and mobile Rockbreakers to all industries.

The production of manganese – an essential ingredient of steel – represents an area of vast untapped potential for the South African mining industry. The country has 80% of the world’s identified high-grade manganese reserves, but has only cornered 15% of the world market.

“With Osborn’s rugged machines having established their reputation in this tough industry, we look forward to supplying even more equipment to this fast-growing sector,” Scott concludes.

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