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Minerals processing and industrial mining components company Tega Industries South Africa has major growth aspirations for the future and is taking fundamental steps to achieve them, MD Fernando Monteiro tells Laura Cornish.

While the global aspirations of its India-based parent company, Tega Industries, has always been global growth, the company has more recently set its sights on expanding its presence in Africa. The company’s first entrance into Africa was Ghana in 1999, where it remains active today. The company caters to five different market sectors, including ports, power, steel and cement, with the mining sector the largest revenue contributor to the company.

  “It has only been in the past eight to 10 years that the company’s growth strategy has become streamlined and today focuses largely on generating business and long-term contract opportunities in sustainable mining countries. Today these are primarily on the African, European, Australian and South American continents. Our approach is to provide our clients with local content and a local business approach,” Monteiro explains.

 In 2006, the Indian major acquired South Africa-based Beruc, which added mill linings and wear applications to its mining portfolio. The local company has been based on the former Beruc property in Benoni Industrial, Gauteng, ever since.

Tega Industries’ mill linings and conveyor components businesses are well established and recognised in the industry. Its Spill-Ex universal support system effectively controls spillage at loading points and thus improves the performance of the skirt board sealing system. The support system is universal, making it fully adjustable to suit different belt widths, trough angles and conveyor profiles encountered at different materials handling sites. The entire Tega product suite also includes conveyor components, screens and other industrial products.

 A necessary expansion

“Our property has become inadequate and is unable to facilitate further growth. It is also very fragmented. In August 2011, we purchased a large-scale manufacturing facility in Vulcania, Brakpan, which we are hoping to relocate to within the next six months,” Monteiro describes.

The move will expand the company’s premises space from its current 3 300 m² to 44 000 m². “Not only will it allow us to improve and streamline our workflow processes, but will also enable us to increase capacity, leaving potential for future expansions further down the line as well.

 Facilitating strategic growth

Monteiro joined the company (as MD) in June 2012. “My appointment was a strategic one – to assist growing Tega further into African markets and expand our product range. This means looking at introducing complementary products into the Tega portfolio, primarily in minerals processing, over the next one to three years.” Monteiro’s ‘forte’ is in the minerals processing sector, having been involved in the industry for 26 years.

“In addition to developing and growing the company’s mineral processing expertise, my overall long-term goal is to change the peripheral perception of what we are – a holistic solutions provider.”

Tega Industries has already celebrated numerous minerals processing successes, primarily in the copper, gold, platinum and diamond sectors. It has an office in Chingola, Zambia, and is in the process of opening up a new branch in Kolwezi, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

 

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