Africa, Middle East expansion

3rd February 2006 By: andrew lanham

Sandvik, through its business area Sandvik Mining & Construction, and ETS, a South African design and project management company, have signed an agreement by which the future Sandvik will develop new business opportunities for materials hand-ling in Africa and the Middle East, areas that were previously covered by ETS. The two companies have cooperated on several projects over the past five years and have jointly undertaken projects across three continents, including Europe and Africa. Chris Brindley, president of Sandvik Mining & Construction Re- gion Africa, said that the agreement with ETS opened up new business opportunities with companies “with whom we already have well-established relations”.

“We have worked with ETS for five years and it has been a mutually beneficial relationship. We are looking forward to expanding this new business within Sandvik,” Brindley said.

Alf Pain, MD of ETS, said that Sandvik’s financial muscle would open up new opportunities for the type of business they currently pursue. “Our agreement with Sandvik elevates the business to a new level of opportunity and we will now be able to operate in a new arena where the business opportunities are much greater. This agreement is a great thing for us,” Pain said.

Sandvik, through its Mining and Construction business area, is an expert in conveyor technology and the handling of bulk materials in the surface and underground mining, minerals processing industries, power plants and port terminals. Combined with Sandvik’s extensive line of crushing and screening equipment, the company is able to supply the market’s foremost crushing and screening equipment for the mining and construction industries.

ETS is a single-source multi- disciplinary design and project construction management com-pany, specialising in the provision of bulk materials-handling systems and complete ore communition plants.

ETS has a strategic alliance with AC Tek Inc in the US and the company specialises in the conceptual and engineering design of high-speed, curved overland conveyors, as well as the analysis and simulation in confirming the optimisation of designs.