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Nico Steenkamp
“Our new operation in
Johannesburg will bring
the full Bradken service,
including our leading
innovation and technology
expertise, to our customers
in South Africa and the
greater African region,”
Enda said.
“It will give the mining
market direct access to
the comprehensive
infrastructure Bradken
has established here and
all over the world. All our
customers can be
assured of knowing our
differentiated consumable
and capital products will
be available to them when
they need them, along
with full service and
customised solutions.”
Early success in Africa
The South African market has
already welcomed Bradken’s
Fixed Plant (formerly Wear Plate
and Block) division into its fold
with open arms.
In the past year, Regional
Sales Manager – Africa, Alec
Grobbelaar has been working
across the entire African mining
market, which covers a range of
resources including coal, iron
ore, diamonds, platinum and gold.
The first order received by the
South African office was from
a Zambian mine for 17-on-12
liners with studs.
The mine was so impressed
with the product and service,
it doubled its second order.
Kumba-Sishen Iron Ore Mine
has also placed a trial order for
skidblocks and 12-on-12
Duaplate Wear Strips.
General Manager Fixed Plant,
Craig Lee said orders like this
were a great way forward for the
new South African operation.
“Trials like these will really give
this customer and the whole
African market confidence in
the Bradken products.”
Other South African customers
include Anglo Platinum, Anglo
Coal, Goldfields, Minopex and
VRN Steel. Alec is currently
negotiating with Harmony
Gold Mines, Anglo Gold, BHP
Manganese and Assmang
Iron Ore.
Alec is also increasing
Bradken’s presence in the
market by attending monthly
mining exhibitions held in
mining areas throughout
Africa using exhibition products
developed for last year’s Mining
Expo in Johannesburg.
Nico Steenkamp
Joined Bradken
May 2010
Having worked
in the technical
design field for
large industrial
applications before
joining Bradken,
Nico’s technical
expertise makes
him well suited
to his design role,
not only for the
Mineral Processing
business, but also
for other African
Pieter van Zyl
Joined Bradken
October, 2010
Pieter has worked
in the industrial
industry and has
solid experience
in dealing with
foundry and
mining customers.
George Eckley
GET & Buckets
Joined Bradken
February, 2011
George has been
working in the
foundry industry
for the last 20
years and selling
Ground Engaging
Tools (GET) for the
last 10. He brings
with him a wealth
of South African
market knowledge
and is responsible
for establishing
Bradken in the
South African GET
Alec Grobbelaar
Regional Sales
Fixed Plant
Joined Bradken
April, 2010
As the founding
member of the
African sales
team, Alec
managed the
entire Bradken
range, with
his extensive
experience of the
market making
him the ideal
person to establish
our South African
operations. Alec
will now focus on
selling the Fixed
Plant range of
wear solutions.
Willie Venter
Crawler Systems
Joined Bradken
January, 2011
With experience
in the heavy
equipment mining
supply industry
in South Africa
and Africa, Willie
is well suited
for marketing
Bradken Crawler
Herman Bosman
Regional Sales
Power & Cement
Joined Bradken
February 2010
Herman has
industrial selling
experience in
South Africa
and Africa and
is managing
the SA state
owned electricity
supplier – Eskom -
contract. Herman
is currently
expanding the
Power & Cement
business to the
cement industry
in South Africa
and in the coming
months will also
market the GET &
Buckets business.
Alec with his first Duaplate
liners order.
Nico Steenkamp
Pieter van Zyl
George Eckley
Alec Grobbelaar
Willie Venter
Herman Bosman