Process equipment and solutions provider MIP Process Technologies has celebrated its fifth year in business. The company’s project and equipment portfolio continues to expand with rapid speed, which now includes Pan African Resources’ Barberton Tailings Reclamation Plant (BTRP) project.

It is common knowledge that most start-up companies fail within the first five years. MIP’s doors, however, remain open for business, and the company’s growth momentum continues to climb. “2011 and 2012 have been our best business years since the company was established,” says MIP MD, Philip Hoff. “And our predictions for 2013 are showing equal promise. My intention is to doubleour forecast turnover.”

The company’s latest contract is for the supply of a 21 m diameter thickener and flocculant plant for BTRP. This follows the successful supply of primary and secondary slurry samplers for the carbon-in-leach (CIL) tailings and flotation tailings applications for the same project.

The plant is located near Barberton and was designed by Basil Read Matomo for the treatment of gold preleach materials prior to reporting to the leach circuit. “MIP has an excellent track record for this particular application, having supplied a range of units to the gold industry over the last five years,” Hoff points out.

“Our process selections are based on test work, coupled with our vast experience of thickening processes. Because we know that no two applications are exactly the same, we design and engineer a dedicated blue print for each thickener,” Hoff continues.

MIP thickeners have a special feedwell design and underflow arrangement to ensure high clarity of water for subsequent processes.

“New designs and equipment improvements and upgrades are vital to our business. To strengthen our overall equipment profile, we launched our new sampler range at the beginning of 2011.The range complements the existing products and market areas that we serve, and adds another dimension to our offering.” It includeslaunder, primary and secondary rotary, pipe samplers as well as fixed cutter units.

In addition to the BTRP project, other major MIP successes include the largest thickener of bolted construction in Africa, the largest linear screens supplied to a customer in Australia, and the successful introduction of a slurry sampler range.

MIP’s equipment range

MIP provides the full spectrum of conventional, hi-rate as well as high density thickeners, and has the capability and capacity to design and erect units from 1 m diameter pilot scale thickeners to 90 m in diameter.

The company’s equipment lineup includes attrition scrubbers, Chemineer agitators and mixers, clarifiers and thickeners, depressant make-up plants, flocculant plants, horizontal linear screens, samplers and Moyno progressive cavity pumps.

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