South African wear solutions specialist RioCarb has appointed a new sales agent in Namibia and is confident this will improve its customer service and product delivery, as well as rapidly grow its market share in the country this year.
The chromium carbide (CrC) liner plate expert signed an agreement with Walvis Bay-based mechanical engineering company Wesco Engineering Services, which provides it with access to the marine, oil and gas, mining, fishing and general industrial sectors in Namibia and sub-Saharan Africa.
The company, based in Alrode, Johannesburg, is focused on increasing its African footprint and believes its products will add value to mining operations in Namibia, which is rich in mineral resources.
Rio-Carb, which was founded in 1982, in conjunction with the Rio Tinto SA group, states that it has long-standing relationships with various clients in Namibia, citing Namib-desert-based Rössing Uranium, a member of the Rio Tinto group of companies, as one of its clients. Rössing is the longest-running and one of the world’s largest openpit uranium mines.
The company states that its main products are PR-C700 CrC liner plates, PR-C700 CrC pipes, wear- resistant components manufactured from chromium carbide alloys and manganese impact plates. It also refurbishes components such as chutes and hoppers.
The company also claims that its R-C700 liner plates have been used extensively in various projects in Namibia, and clients in the country now consider R-C700 the product of choice.
Rio-Carb is especially pleased with Wesco GM Sias Suurd and expects the company’s knowledge to afford Rio-Carb more opportunities to increase the supply of its R-C700 CrC wear plates and CrC pipes, as well as secure more refurbishment contracts for areas where wear is a sifniciant challenge.