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Coal industry role-players remain confident that the commodity will continue to play a crucial role in energy production in South Africa and worldwide amid and despite the depressed coal market, which could drive more mines to closure.

The low commodity price has resulted in local mines having to employ modern sustainable mining practices and tightly manage their costs to remain financially viable.

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The expected increase in food production, in conjunction with challenges, such as water scarcity and economic restrictions, will force the agriculture and food and beverage (F&B) sectors to adapt packaging, and processing practices to improve performance and reduce operational costs, says vibrating-equipment manufacturer Kwatani (Kwatani) service GM Theresa Walton.

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Several key issues can affect the life cycle and productivity of a screen and have an impact on the bottom line at minerals processing operations. These include the shortage of skills within the industry, which often results in sub-standard maintenance being performed. In addition, maintenance is often undertaken on a reactive rather than a proactive basis, which can lead to further costly issues.

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Locally owned and operated vibrating equipment specialist Kwatani remains focused on delivering sustainable, engineered-for-tonnage mining solutions to one of the mining industry’s most significant sectors – coal - which will remain the primary source of energy across the globe for decades to come.

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South African-based, custom-build equipment supplier Kwatani has established operations in Botswana to better supply the country’s mining industry with vibrating screens and feeders.

 

Kwatani partnered with local mechanical engineering company Lucient Engineering and Construction Services to establish the operations in Jwaneng, to achieve growth in Africa, says Kwatani managing director Kim Schoepflin.

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Underlining its philosophy of actively partnering with its customers, Kwatani strives to be situated strategically close to customer operations. In order to render the best possible support to its footprint of vibrating screens and feeders in the Botswana mining industry, this South African company has now established Kwatani Botswana (Pty) Ltd in Jwaneng.

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Specialist vibrating equipment supplier Kwatani South Africa launched its exclusive range of Kwatani Unbalanced Drives in March, states company service GM Theresa Walton.

 

The new range of unbalanced motors will be available in four-, six- and eight-pole configurations, with a working moment ranging from 100 kg/cm to 2 050 kg/cm for voltages from 380 V up to 690 V.

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Coal remains the backbone of the world energy system, providing more than 40% of the world’s electricity, and it is predicted that coal will soon overtake oil as the largest source of primary energy. With this emphasis there is a demand from the coal industry for more sustainable modern mining practices, and locally owned and operated Kwatani continues to partner with customers to provide solutions that are engineered for tonnage.

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In addition to importing a range of electromagnetic drives exclusively from Aviteq of Germany, specialist vibrating equipment supplier Kwatani also supports its range of locally, in-house manufactured SFH electromagnetic super feeder drives.

 

Kim Schoepflin, managing director, Kwatani, says that the company has built its reputation on developing an in-depth understanding of its customers’ specific application needs, and this has ensured that customised solutions which reduce downtime are provided.

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Specialist vibrating equipment manufacturer and supplier Kwatani continues to demonstrate its capacity to provide turnkey screening solutions to the mining sector. A recent contract saw the company providing design, engineering, fabrication and delivery of a range of vibrating screens and feeders to a manganese mine in the Northern Cape.

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