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Using technology to achieve ESG goals

PERFFECT ATTENDANCE Multotec has exhibited at every Electra Mining Africa since its inception

RIKUS IMMINK Multotec remains committed to South Africa, which still accounts for about half of the global group’s revenue

LOCAL CONTENT Multotec products that will be showcased at Electra Mining Africa are manufactured in South Africa, with the level of local content averaging 60%

INNOVATION Multotec’s innovative pulping chute will feature prominently at Electra Mining Africa

26th August 2022

     

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Given that the Electra Mining 2020 was cancelled, owing to Covid-19, we see this year’s show as an excellent opportunity to reconnect with our customer base,” says Multotec South African operations CEO Rikus Immink.

“The overall theme will be how our equipment and systems can assist customers in realising their environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals. We will also be emphasising our strong commitment to South Africa. We are a global group, but we started in South Africa and the country still accounts for about half of our revenues.”

Virtually all Multotec’s products, to a greater or lesser extent, can reduce consumption of resources such as water and energy and allow for more efficient operations. An example is the pulping chute – an innovative concept in fines scrubbing which was first installed at Ekapa Minerals’ combined treatment plant in Kimberley, in the Northern Cape, in late 2019. More recently, it has been successfully trialled at a diamond mine in Botswana.

“The pulping chute performs the scrubbing action faster and more efficiently than a traditional rotary scrubber,” says Immink. “It can use recycled water, which is a major benefit, and it also lowers energy costs. Moreover, it involves less capital outlay. We are very proud of this innovation and it will feature very strongly on our Electra Mining stand.”

Other Multotec products which will be highlighted at the show and which are able to contribute to energy and water saving include the company’s classification cyclones, which provide efficient solutions for desliming and dewatering; its ultrafines spirals, which offer a non-chemical process for fines recovery and allow easy water recovery; its centrifuges and filter presses, which deliver effective solid liquid separation and dewatering solutions; and its screening media, whose many benefits include the recovery of non-chemical water.

Immink also notes that Mato belt cleaners, which will feature on the Multotec stand, prevent spillage and reduce cleanup requirements. “This is not a product that gets much attention and yet it can play an absolutely crucial role in cutting wastage and in maintaining a clean environment,” he states.

The energy savings made possible by Multotec’s products and systems help to reduce the carbon footprints of mine sites. “At Multotec, we take carbon footprint reduction very seriously and strive to achieve this both in our own operations and, through our equipment, at our customers’ operations,” says Immink.

“Multotec equipment that can play a significant role in this respect are our coal spirals, which produce cleaner coal with less energy consumption, our DMS [dense-medium separator] cyclones, which also deliver cleaner coal, and our mill lining solutions, which optimise mill efficiencies, thereby reducing power demand.”

The Multotec products that will be showcased at Electra Mining Africa are manufactured in South Africa, primarily at Multotec’s facilities in Spartan, Johannesburg, with an accredited local content certificate from the South African Bureau of Standards.

With global supply chains currently experiencing severe constraints, the ability to manufacture locally represents a major competitive advantage for Multotec. In addition, the company has branches in, or close to all South Africa’s mining areas, offering quick delivery of parts and products, as well as fabrication and refurbishment services.

A recent development in terms of service has been the establishment of Multotec Services, with 51% black ownership. “This initiative reflects our determination to partner with local communities and to assist our customers in reaching Mining Charter targets,” explains Immink. “In essence, we are appointing people from local communities to carry out site services – for example, tile installation and ceramic wear tiling of chutes. We also identify suitable local candidates and small businesses and train them to perform to Multotec standards.”

Immink stresses that to get the most out of Multotec’s equipment, customers need strong backup from Multotec, as well as training in product operation and management. “We are very strong in both these areas. On any particular day in South Africa, we will have about 135 engineers out in the field, engaging with our customers, working with them to provide solutions and helping them optimise operations,” he remarks.

“This on-site support is supplemented by intensive training programmes, which draw on our almost 50 years of experience in minerals processing across six continents. We can conduct training in-person, but we also make use of online platforms and it is by no means unusual for our webinars to attract around 400 participants.”

Commenting on current business conditions, Immink says that Multotec is experiencing almost unprecedented demand for its equipment, as mines ramp up operations to meet the global economy’s current appetite for minerals and metals of every type. “The level of activity suggests that Electra Mining Africa will be very successful and we’re expecting to be very busy at the show,” he concludes.

Hall 6 Stand A10, A12, A18

Edited by Creamer Media Reporter

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