Murray & Roberts Cementation believes that a company’s success is not built solely on the projects it undertakes, but similarly on its participation in industry events.The company is repeating its attendance at Mining Indaba, reputed to be the world’s largest gathering of mining’s most influential stakeholders and decision-makers vested in African mining.
“We recognise that Mining Indaba is Africa’s premier mining event. We have been involved with the event for many years and have derived a great deal of value from our participation,” Allan Widlake, Murray & Roberts Cementation’s business development executive, says.
Widlake adds that one of the basic tenets on which Murray & Roberts Cementation bases its decision to have a presence at the event is the incredible exposure the conference provides.
“If you consider that Mining Indaba is an event at which all mining houses are represented, it is clear that this presents companies with the perfect opportunity to interact with the major decision makers in industry.
“The representatives who attend the event not only provide us with valuable information on imminent and future investments, but we are also exposed to investors and commodity advisors.
“The chance to interact with them further provides us with access to forecasts concerning the conditions likely to prevail in the industry in the coming year,” Widlake continues.
“As a service provider to the industry rather than an equipment or consumable supplier, Murray & Roberts Cementation gains maximum benefit from the Mining Indaba through the key analysis of current and future trends.
“The information and intellectual knowledge that is shared at such an industry event is invaluable to us in our forward planning,” Widlake says.
While the company will present its standard offerings to the market, it will also utilise the event as a launchpad for its representation in the oil and gas construction services market.
This means that all four Murray & Roberts platforms will be showcased: Construction Australasia Oil & Gas and Minerals; Engineering Africa; Construction Africa and the Middle East; and Construction Global Mining.
Construction Australasia Oil & Gas and Minerals consists of the Murray & Roberts Group’s direct investment in Clough Limited, an integrated engineering, procurement and construction contractor focused on oil and gas in Australia and Southeast Asia.
Through this comprehensive basket of offerings, Murray & Roberts will be able to demonstrate its ability to mobilise suitable divisions or companies within the group to execute unique projects within the diversified sectors.
“Dealing with one reputable group of companies that can handle all eventualities within large projects is a desire often voiced by major companies.
“Through our collaborative group efforts, we are able to provide clients with a focused, yet extremely comprehensive service, across mining infrastructure, building and civils, as well as the energy sector.”
While Murray & Roberts Cementation will continue to grow its South African footprint, the company has also made substantial investments into the African continent.
“We see growth into sub-Saharan Africa as critical to our sustainability, which is a major reason for our ongoing attendance at Mining Indaba. One example of our confidence in the African mining sector is the opening of a permanent Murray & Roberts operating base in Kitwe, Zambia, late in 2013,” Widlake says.
Murray & Roberts Cementation has worked on several major projects in Zambia, including its current shaft sinking and equipping contract for the Synclinorium Shaft for Mopani Copper Mines (MCM). More recently the company secured a contract to sink a man/material and rock hoisting shaft at MCM’s Mufulira mine.
Widlake says that Murray & Roberts Cementation’s ability to offer a world class solution that meets mine project timeframes has grown its reputation and customer base in the country.
“Not only has Murray & Roberts Cementation benefited from these projects, but the projects have also helped to create hundreds of employment opportunities and facilitated skills transfer to the people of Zambia.
“In addition, as part of our African growth strategy across the construction and engineering group, Murray & Roberts has also established a permanent presence in Ghana. Our next focal area is the setting up of offices in Mozambique,” Widlake adds.
“Events such as Mining Indaba provide a thorough insight into the major mining projects taking place on the African continent. They also demonstrate the openness of certain countries to invest, which creates an understanding of where developments are likely to take place.
“For Murray & Roberts Cementation, the information we gain from the event, coupled with the interpersonal communication we derive from meeting with established and junior miners, is beyond compare,” Widlake concludes.