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Astec Industries aims to expand its presence in the mining sector and wholly owned subsidiary Osborn is perfectly suited to help realise this strategy.

The journey Osborn and Astec have taken since merging in 2000 has been a prosperous one. Already one of South Africa’s leading materials handling and crushing and screening contractors, the company has grown substantially thanks to its expanded product line distribution licence agreements in sub-Saharan Africa from Astec.

“The coal sector in particular continues to drive a lot of revenue for the company, with a solid South African footprint. After all, we were acquired by Anglo American decades ago as a result of our coal handling ability. We have also been successful in the country’s biggest commodity growth areas of iron ore and manganese. So much so that we plan to open a branch in the Northern Cape to expand on our current representation,” says Osborn’s sales director Noel Bessler. “We are also recognised for our full back-up service for all the product ranges.”

The company recently introduced a focused export sales business arm (for Osborn products), which is doing well in far off places such as Russia, South America and Kazakhstan, in addition to Southern Africa.

“We are a specialised mining and construction company with almost a century of experience. Our depth of knowledge and experience in these sectors will ensure our position within the Astec Group is of extreme importance as the company looks to expand its global mining presence,” says Bessler.

Osborn’s in-house range of equipment, coupled with its distribution licence agreements, is extensive and constitutes one of Astec’s largest divisions: aggregate and mining. The company will be exhibiting a number of products during the Bauma Africa exhibition, aimed at cementing its service offering to current and potential clients.

One of the company’s most exciting product lines, from BTI, will be on show at Bauma. Th e rock breakers are increasingly sought after for their reliability and simple design. Over the past decade, since Osborn started managing the sales and marketing for BTI (also a member of the Atec Industries Group), BTI’s growth in the sub- Saharan region has been significant.

Bessler is looking forward to showcasing Osborn’s latest product line, which is from KPI-JCI and includes a range of vertical and horizontal shaft impactors. “This equipment is brand new to Osborn and enables us to compete in new markets.” Bessler adds: “One of the unique features of the KPI-JCI vertical shaft impactor (VSI) is its versatility. The same machine can be configured to run in standard, semi-autogenous and fully autogenous modes. The VSI crushers deliver highly consistent end products, are available in both stationary and portable configurations, and crank out up to 500 tph production output.”

Another machine that will be proudly on display at the Bauma exhibition is Astec Mobile Screen’s high-frequency screen, engineered to provide higher production capacities and more efficient sizing compared to conventional screens. High-frequency screens feature aggressive vibration applied directly to the screen, which allows for the highest capacity in the market for the removal and separation of fine material, as well as chip sizing, dry-manufactured sand and more.

Osborn’s internal range of equipment adds further diversity to the entire product and service offering, and has been aligned to be complementary to its distribution product licence ranges.

While the company will only have its locally designed and built track jaw crusher plants on display, it is also well recognised for its apron feeders, rotary breakers, single and double toggle jaw crushers, which in many cases are recognised as household names.

The product line also includes:

  • a range of big screening and vibrating equipment
  • modular crushing and screening plants, which have performed and sold very well in the Northern Cape
  • minerals sizers, which the company first introduced two years ago
  • an idler manufacturing business (mining main focus).

Larger solutions like modular plants, which will not be on display due to size and cost limitations, will also be available in multimedia format for viewing at the show. Looking at the modular jaw crusher, Bessler notes how new and existing customers are recognising the value of Osborn’s ‘plant in a box’. “For customers seeking equipment that is easier to transport, our modular plants offer an affordable solution that fits the bill.”

Such plants are ideal for quick plant expansions and are available in four different sizes: 2540, 3042, 3055 and 3648. The modular cone crushing plants come in sizes 38, 44, 52 and 57 and the modular screening plants in 6 x 16 inches and 6 x 20 double and triple decks. Osborn will also showcase an American Augers DD-110 horizontal directional drill. American Augers’ auger boring machines are designed for the fast, efficient installation of wider diameter pipes from 450 to 3 500 mm.

“They eliminate the safety risks associated with traditional tunnelling methods like pipe jacking and are more efficient by using the quick tram mode that is unique to American Augers’ equipment,” Bessler explains. “The mid-sized DD-110 horizontal directional drill is a self-contained unit that excels in hard-to-reach jobsites and boasts the most rotary torque in its class (18 982 Nm).”

Bessler points out that the GEFCO product range falls in line with Astec’s focus on the energy sector, as gas continues to become an increasingly attractive alternative to coal for power generation. GEFCO Inc., which will also have a presence at Bauma, is a world leader in the design and manufacture of portable drilling rigs and related equipment for the water well, environmental, groundwater monitoring, construction, mining and shallow oil and gas exploration and production industries.

Osborn/ NCP offers a wide range of standard and custom designed mills. Sizes range from 1.6 m up to 11.6 m in diameter for various mining operations. Osborn has over 220 mills in operation globally. The mill range includes AG, SAG, ball, rod and pebble mills.

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