Reaching New Horizons

FLSmidth has relocated the manufacturing of its core screen media products to the modernised Delmas Supercenter facility, providing a base from which to grow its sub-Saharan markets.

This follows the 2017 decision to proceed with an investment at the 120,000m2 premises in Delmas.

“In line with this strategy, FLSmidth has opted to focus on the in-house manufacture of three core product lines, polyurethane, wedge wire, and ceramic wear solutions,” says Stephan Kruger, FLSmidth Director for Manufacturing and Warehousing in the region.

Sales concluded, jobs preserved
FLSmidth concluded the sale of its non-core screen media product lines, including woven wire screens, perforated plate and wire conveyor belts, to crusher support services. During this process, FLSmidth secured a preferential supply agreement to support local industry customers with the continued supply of these products.

The transaction has also preserved 79 jobs in the manufacturing sector, retaining a considerable production capacity within the country. Thirty of the employees have been relocated to the FLSmidth Delmas operation.

“We have invested in state-of-the-art equipment, including full Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machining capability,” says Stephan. “The new facilities include 5-axis and 6-axis machining centres, introducing a high level of technology to support the product lines in our business while optimising production costs.”

The investment in production capacity will allow FLSmidth to manufacture a broader range of components for its spare parts portfolio in-house, and to do this more cost effectively.

Products to be produced
The wedge wire screens to be produced at the facility are commonly used in carbon recovery in carbon-in-pulp (CIP) and carbon-in-leach (CIL) plants in the gold sector. They are also used for dewatering and magnetite recovery in the coal sector and in other applications such as water filtration and sugar production.

Willie van Wyk
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