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As mining operations expand in the area, the establishment of a fully-fledged branch in Kathu is a natural progression for leading South African vibrating equipment specialist and OEM, Kwatani, which already has a considerable installed base of screens and vibrating feeders at local iron ore and manganese operations in the Northern Cape province.

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Bulk materials handling equipment manufacturer Kwatani’s ability to customise screen and vibrating equipment has seen the company maintain a strong order-book in a tough economic climate. It continues to win a number of vibrating equipment orders particularly from iron ore, diamond and mineral sands industries including a recent equipment order for a diamond operation in Siberia, says MD Kim Schoepflin.

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Kwatani, probably South Africa’s second-ranking supplier of vibrating feeders and screens in terms of size, has shrugged off the current mining downturn and says that in its current financial year (to the end of June 2014) it will beat the healthy turnover and sales revenues it recorded in 2013. Modern Mining recently visited its extensive premises in Spartan, Johannesburg to talk to newly appointed CEO Derrick Alston and MD Kim Schoepflin about the company’s plans and prospects.

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Kwatani, one of the major South African OEM suppliers of vibrating screens and feeders to the African mining industry, has announced the appointment of its new CEO Derrick Alston, who joins MD Kim Schöpflin and the Exco management team that will lead the company into its 38th year of operation. Alston, who brings to the company a depth of expertise in screening media, says he’s thrilled to take the helm of this robust and growing company.

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Kwatani, one of South Africa’s leading manufacturers of screens and feeders, has drawn up an ambitious strategic growth plan based on both organic and acquisitive growth. Says Chairman Gunter Vogel: “Not only are we planning vigorous expansion but we are also in the process of transforming the company from being almost a family-style business into a modern corporate, with all that this implies in terms of corporate governance, management systems and employment practices.” He adds that Kwatani is also looking to diversify beyond screens and feeders into related areas of the equipment field.

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