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Mineral Processing’s sales increased in 2013
and saw gross margin increase through excellent
operational performance at the Mont Joli, Canada
facility, the introduction of new differentiated products
into target markets and the rationalisation of many
products into the optimal plant of manufacture.
In 2013 over 95% of the raw feed material used
in Bradken’s foundries was recycled metal,
with an increasing proportion supplied by the
Metal Recycling business managed by Mineral
Processing. We will continue to grow this business
geographically to reduce input costs and support
Bradken’s expanded manufacturing footprint.
Mineral Processing will continue to use technology
and the development of new materials to create
highly differentiated products that deliver value
for its customers and drive profitability. During
the year a new, central product development
group was established in Newcastle and new
sales offices were established in Brazil, Ghana
and Western Canada. This global expansion will
continue with plans to install new selling resources
in Kazakhstan and Southwest USA in support of
business won for new mining operations through
supply to OEMs.
The business principally supplies hard rock, mainly
copper and gold mines, where production volumes
remain relatively stable at this time. With additional
available capacity for manufacture of its products
in place, Mineral Processing will continue to seek
growth through winning new mine work via OEM
contracts and by retaining the flow-on aftermarket
business, and increasing market share through
the supply and support of highly differentiated
products in the world’s major mining regions.
Nico Steenkamp and the new discharge End at Kansanshi Mine, Zambia.
Installation of Vortex Discharge Liners at Cadia Mine, Australia.