Sandvik opens new production unit in SA

Sandvik’s LH115L low-profile loader will be manufactured at its South African facility in Jet Park.
Image credit: Sandvik

Sandvik has launched its local manufacturing facility in Jet Park, near Johannesburg, for the complete production of the Sandvik LH115L five-tonne low-profile loader, designed for demanding African conditions.

With an almost 70-year history of servicing the South African market, Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology has become well-acquainted with the challenges facing its mining industry. The company understands the important modernising role that private investment and local manufacturing can play in extending mine life, skills development and employment and the achievement of sustainable, inclusive growth.

By establishing its own local manufacturing facility, Sandvik is taking an advantage of an identified opportunity to support local industry through local manufacture of Sandvik products and localisation of machines, supporting both employment and local suppliers. This highlights the organisation’s commitment to making a meaningful contribution to the South African economy.

In addition to the LH115L, Sandvik’s Product Area Load and Haul is bringing its global standards and processes in high-quality manufacturing to this new facility. “We are creating knowledge transfer to set up the proven processes and systems that we already have in our other manufacturing locations around the world so that we can add other Sandvik products to this manufacturing site when needed,” says Mats Eriksson, president for Product Area Load and Haul at Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology.


The LH115L is the first product to be manufactured locally, using local suppliers, locally-sourced components and local employees, with training programmes in place.
Image credit: Sandvik

The South African manufacturing facility began prototype operations in July 2017 and will initially produce the LH115L machine. “Facility operations will follow a staged approach, with capacity ramping up based on customer demand,” says Steve Greisiger, production manager Jet Park, Product Area Load and Haul.

Sandvik’s current overall workforce totals 1 400, based at the regional hub in Jet Park, seven main branches and multiple mines and workshops across the country. “This latest local manufacturing facility represents an exciting new chapter in the company’s development and underscores our desire to play a part in the skills development and local manufacturing capabilities,” says Simon Andrews, vice president, Sales Area Southern Africa, Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology.

The cost-efficient and durable Sandvik LH115L five-tonne low profile loader is a new product launched in South Africa, and has been developed and optimised for local mining conditions. It is also the first product to be manufactured locally, using local suppliers, locally-sourced components and local employees, with training programmes in place.

The Sandvik LH115L builds on the proven capabilities of its predecessor, the EJC115L, with the latest safety features. The new LH115L loader has high availability and is easy to maintain, resulting in optimised lifetime operational costs. In addition, Sandvik provides the full low-profile portfolio offering of underground drills and bolters to ensure matching sets of equipment.


Mats Eriksson, resident for Product Area Load and Haul at Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology, and Gary Hughes, head of Global Sales for Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology, at the launch of the LH115L low-profile loader and Sandvik South African manufacturing facility.
Image credit: Robyn Grimsley

The Sandvik LH115L complies with the latest safety requirements and, with its powerful drivetrain, robust frame designed for low profile operations and simplified electronics, is optimised to provide high levels of availability and unequalled productivity in the harshest African conditions.

 

12 Sep 2017


By Robyn Grimsley
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