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In this issue of Capital Equipment News, following a notable migration towards mobile asphalt plants in South Africa, we look at Associated Asphalt Equipment’s delivery of the first Leeboy-Ticel mobile asphalt plant in South Africa to a local road contractor in Steelpoort, Limpopo.
Associated Asphalt Equipment (AAE), a South African supplier of asphalt equipment, bitumen handling and earthmoving equipment in sub-Saharan Africa, has commissioned the first Leeboy-Ticel CF120 mobile asphalt plant in the country. Supplied to a road contractor, Loge Construction, the plant will service the contractor’s asphalt needs, as well as other road contractors working in Steelpoort and surrounding areas within a radius of 80 km, such as Burgersfort.
According to Zaahid Sader, General Manager at AAE, Loge Construction and several other contractors in the area previously had to source asphalt to service their road contracts from commercial suppliers in Polokwane, some 160 km away. This had a significant impact on costs and would very quickly erode the available budgets to undertake road maintenance and rehabilitation projects.
It is a known fact that hauling asphalt over such long distances is detrimental to the hot asphalt due to the contribution to short-term aging. This is compounded by the fact that when the asphalt arrives on site ready to be used, the temperature would have dropped to the lower part of the compaction envelope and in some instances will be well below that and very cold. These factors all contribute to premature failure of the asphalt on the roads.
With the new Leeboy-Ticel mobile asphalt plant set up in the Steelpoort area, these problems are now being addressed and will hopefully also provide the local municipality and other project owners with the means to undertake much needed maintenance and rehabilitation projects in the area.
Reyan Fortune, Technical Advisor at AAE, says setting up and commissioning of the first LeeBoy-Ticel asphalt plant in South Africa has been an exciting time. He argues that the plant’s simplicity and practical design definitely sets a new standard, and this was a key factor in AAE’s decision to distribute this range locally. Fortune is also certain that the plant will be of immense benefit to local customers.
Fortune has noted what he terms “rapid changes” in the asphalt industry in South Africa over the past six years, and believes migration towards mobile asphalt plants was inevitable. Already, AAE reports increased enquiries for its LeeBoy-Ticel mobile asphalt plants, and following the commissioning of the first unit, envisages two additional units being delivered into the region within the first half of this year.
Cummins South Africa – Cummins’ largest distribution arm in Africa – recently celebrated 70 years of doing business in southern Africa. With a business that is largely exposed to cyclical industries such as construction and mining, the global engine manufacturer says dependability is the pillar behind its seven-decade success in the face of challenging business cycles.
Cummins Southern Africa is present in 11 countries within the SADC region, supported by a strong foothold of 16 distribution centres covering business areas including construction, mining, agriculture, defence and power generation.
Rachid Ouenniche, MD of Distribution for Cummins Africa-Middle East, says dependability across all areas of the company’s business, from quality of its product through to aftermarket support, is the basis for its seven-decade milestone in South Africa and southern Africa at large.
Cummins SA has grown to become the anchor of Cummins’ African business. The company is now the largest Cummins distributor in Africa, and is one of the two largest distribution businesses of the engine maker in Middle East and Africa.
Innovation lifts in
Eazi Access has introduced the first Magni HTH 30.12 telehandler into its rental fleet. After several demonstrations across a number of applications, it has since been deployed at a mine in Mpumalanga, South Africa, to work in a special application that has seen Magni’s innovative Cylinder Clamp attachment put to work for the very first time.
The 30 t Magni HTH 30.12 telehandler is designed for heavy industry and mining sectors. John Maddern, commercial manager at Eazi Access, tells Capital Equipment News that the machine was put through its paces at several mines in South Africa, demonstrating its capabilities in a range of applications. It was at a Mpumalanga mine where it was demonstrated with Magni’s innovative Cylinder Clamp attachment used to remove and fit cylinders on gigantic face shovels. While this attachment already existed in the Magni product offering, this was the first time it was put to work at a job site.
The Cylinder Clamp has a capacity of 11 t, opening measurements of 250 to 620 mm, clamp rotation of 344°, cylinder rotation of ± 30°, a tilting angle of 90° and longitudinal safety clamps measuring from 2 760 mm to 5 800 mm.
Steve Hasselbach, Witbank branch manager at Eazi Access, says the demonstration was very successful. Previously, using conventional means, it took about 24-48 hours to remove the face shovel’s cylinders. The conventional way also called for costly scaffolding, a crane and rigging teams to remove the 8 t cylinder off the gigantic face shovels. Using the 30 t Magni HTH 30.12 telehandler equipped with a Cylinder Clamp attachment, the same cylinders can now be removed within a mere 35 minutes.