Sandvik opens new production unit in South Africa

Sandvik continues to invest in South Africa by setting up local manufacturing capabilities to build high quality load and haul equipment close to its customers. In addition, Sandvik is introducing Sandvik LH115L, a reliable and robust 5-tonne low profile loader designed for demanding African conditions.

Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology has almost 70 years' history of servicing the South African market. During this time, it has become well-acquainted with the challenges facing its mining industry and understands the important modernizing role that private investment and local manufacturing can play in extending mine life, skills development and employment and the achievement of sustainable, inclusive growth.

Sandvik has identified the opportunity to support local industry through local manufacture of Sandvik products and localization of machines, supporting both employment and local suppliers. The organization has therefore decided to establish its own local manufacturing facility for the complete production of Sandvik LH115L five-tonne LHDs for the African market. This highlights Sandvik's commitment to meaningful contribution to the South African economy.

In addition to the LH115L, Sandvik's Product Area Load and Haul is bringing its global standards and processes in high quality manufacturing to this new facility. "We are creating knowledge transfer to set up the proven processes and systems that we already have in our other manufacturing locations around the world so that we can be in a position to add other Sandvik products to this manufacturing site when needed", says Mats Eriksson, President for Product Area Load and Haul at Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology.

OPERATIONS RAMP UP IN JET PARK, SOUTH AFRICA

Having made the decision to invest, the South African manufacturing facility began prototype operations in July 2017 and will initially produce LH115L machine. "Facility operations will follow a staged approach, with capacity ramping up based on customer demand," says Steve Greisiger, Production Manager Jet Park, Product Area Load and Haul.

Sandvik's current overall workforce totals 1400, based at the regional hub in Jet Park, seven main branches and multiple mines and workshops across the country. "This latest local manufacturing facility represents an exciting new chapter in the company's development and underscores our desire to play a part in the skills development and local manufacturing capabilities," concludes Simon Andrews, Vice President, Sales Area Southern Africa, Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology.

NEW SANDVIK LH115L

The Sandvik LH115L five-tonne low profile loader is a new product that Sandvik will be launching in South Africa. Both cost-efficient and durable, the loader has been developed and optimized for local mining conditions. It is also the first product to be manufactured locally, using local suppliers, locally-sourced components and local employees, with training programs in place.

Sandvik LH115L machine builds on the proven capabilities of its predecessor, the EJC115L, with the latest safety features. The new LH115L loader has high availability and is easy to maintain, resulting in optimized lifetime operational costs. In addition, Sandvik provides the full low profile portfolio offering of underground drills and bolters to ensure matching sets of equipment.

The Sandvik LH115L complies with the latest safety requirements and, with its powerful drivetrain, robust frame designed for low profile operations and simplified electronics, is optimized to provide high levels of availability and unequalled productivity in the harshest African conditions.

​​Turku, Finland, 5 September 2017 ​

For more information, contact:
Mats Eriksson
President, Product Area Load and Haul
Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology
tel: +358 20 544 131
e-mail: mats.a.eriksson@sandvik.com

Simon Andrews
Vice President, Sales Area Southern Africa
Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology
tel: +27 82 807 4671
e-mail: simon.andrews@sandvik.com
or
Kimmo Ulvelin
Product Line Manager, Narrow Vein & Low Profile loaders
Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology
tel: +358 50 4335022
e-mail: kimmo.ulvelin@sandvik.com

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Sandvik Group
Sandvik is a high-tech and global engineering group offering products and services that enhance customer productivity, profitability and safety. We hold world-leading positions in selected areas – tools and tooling systems for metal cutting; equipment and tools, service and technical solutions for the mining and construction industries; products in advanced stainless steels and special alloys as well as products for industrial heating. In 2016, the Group had approximately 43,000 employees and sales of 82 billion SEK in more than 150 countries within continuing operations.

Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology
Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology is a business area within the Sandvik Group and a global leading supplier of equipment and tools, service and technical solutions for the mining and construction industries. Application areas include rock drilling, rock cutting, crushing and screening, loading and hauling, tunneling, quarrying and breaking and demolition. In 2016, sales were approximately 31 billion SEK with about 14,000 employees in continuing operations.