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The bauma CONEXPO AFRICA trade show, to be held at the Johannesburg Expo Centre from March 13 to 16, 2018, is expected to attract more than 400 exhibitors and 20 000 visitors and – according to the organisers – will feature a supporting programme designed to give attendees “a comprehensive overview of the technologies of the future.”

The show is designed to provide a platform for the suppliers of construction, building and mining machinery and equipment to display the latest they have on offer in a 68 000 m2 exhibition area. Being held for the third time after being launched in 2013, bauma CONEXPO AFRICA is, says Stefan Rummel, MD of Messe München GmbH, the largest trade fair of its kind in Africa and will offer numerous innovations and interaction opportunities.

A view of the last bauma CONEXPO AFRICA held in 2015.

The focus will be on networking and communication between specialists from various fields. In the demo area, selected exhibitors will give live demonstrations of their machines and equipment. The ‘speakers’ corner’ will provide visitors the opportunity to engage with exhibitors regarding the latest developments in the industry through presentations and case studies.

The North American-based Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), joint venture partner of bauma CONEXPO AFRICA, is bringing to the show tech talks with top representatives from well-known businesses and universities. The recorded sessions were first presented at AEM’s CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017 exhibition. The topics discussed will range from the smart construction site, with the use of robots, to technologies for building resilient and sustainable infrastructure. The development of the world’s first 3D-printed excavator, designed at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), US Department of Energy, in Tennessee, will also be presented during the tech talks.

Among the exhibitors will be Bell Equip­ment, which will be showcasing its new range of Kobelco excavators and introducing the Dakar Rally winning KAMAZ range of heavy-duty tipper trucks at its 2 300 m² stand.

“We expect both these new partners and product ranges to generate a considerable amount of interest as they bring quality and competitive machine solutions to our local market, and all backed by the most extensive support network in Southern Africa,” says Sales and Marketing Director of Bell Equipment Sales South Africa (BESSA), Mark Hughes.

“The Kobelco range of excavators, from 5,5 t to 85 t, was added to the Bell stable in mid-2017 and has been extremely well accepted by the Bell customer base. Japanese-based Kobelco is widely recognised as a global excavator specialist and through this partnership we are able to offer competitively priced and perfectly matched loading tools for our range of articulated dump trucks in the construction, quarrying, mining and forestry industries.”

Additionally, the introduction of the KAMAZ trucks at the end of 2017 has given Bell a presence in the Southern Africa tipper truck market for the first time, to further expand the company’s one-stop-shop offering to customers in the region.

Established in 1969, KAMAZ manufactures out of Naberezhnye Chelny in Russia and today accounts for half the trucks sold in that country, as well as being represented in 80 countries around the world.

The first phase of the KAMAZ introduction consists of four models, which are available in left hand or right hand drive configurations. The models include two 6x4 trucks with payloads of 15 and 20 tonnes, a 6x6 truck with a payload of 19,5 tonnes and an
8x4 truck with a payload of 25,5 tonnes.

Commenting on the value of trade shows, and bauma CONEXPO AFRICA in particular, Bell Equipment Group Marketing Director, Stephen Jones, says: “There is absolutely no doubt that trade shows can be extremely beneficial to both the users and providers of plant. With bauma CONEXPO AFRICA providing the platform for this interaction, it is imperative that those who can make it work come out and support it.”

Another company with strong ties to the mining industry which will have a strong presence at the show is SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa. Comments the company’s National Sales Manager, Norman Maleka: “Our aim is to offer complete solutions, as opposed to simply being a component supplier. Our expertise, experience, and extensive project track record stand us in good stead in this regard.”

Describing bauma CONEXPO AFRICA as an ideal platform to target potential end users of its diverse products, in a wide range of industrial sectors, Maleka notes that visitors to the SEW-EURODRIVE stand will be able to see its latest products in action, including a mini conveyor set-up and transfer station.

Featuring prominently on the stand will be the company’s ECDriveS®. This latest innovation comprises a modular driven roller and gear motor and boasts a 20 % higher power rating and overload capacity. An integrated encoder allows for accurate positioning, with intelligent centralised or decentralised motor control, improved service life and durability, and future-proof Ethernet networking.

The latest DRN series of IE3-compliant motors from SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa will also be displayed as will the LTP-B Eco Drive for pump and fan control in a range of niche sectors including underground mining.

The Wirtgen Group South Africa will use bauma CONEXPO AFRICA 2018 to display its innovative solutions for road construction and rehabilitation as well as for mining and mineral processing from across its group of internationally operating companies, comprising Wirtgen, Vögele, Hamm, Kleemann, Benninghoven and Ciber.

Having exhibited at the two previous editions of the show in 2013 and 2015, the Wirtgen Group South Africa rates bauma CONEXPO AFRICA as a great platform to showcase its latest technologies available, says Waylon Kukard, Sales Manager.

Truck manufacturer Scania will be featuring its complete construction solutions, comprising a wide application range and extended services. Vehicles on display will include the P410CB8x4MHZ brick carrier; the P410CB8x4MHZ CTS 15 m³ tipper; the P360CB6x4EHZ 12 m³ tipper; the P310CB6x4MSZ 6 m³ mixer; the P360CB6x4EHZ 16 000 litre water tanker; and the G460CB8x4EHZ mining dumper.

The mining dumper is built for tough mining operations; the vehicle provides an increased payload of up to 25 % compared with its predecessor, while offering fuel efficiency of about 9 ℓ/hour depending on the operation.

The show is expected to have several national pavilions and a number of industry associations will be participating including the Southern African Institute of Mining & Metallurgy (SAIMM), the Botswana Chamber of Mines, the Contractors Plant Hire Association (CPHA) and the Construction and Mining Equipment Suppliers’ Association (CONMESA). Exhibitors are drawn from a large number of countries, with probably the biggest number of foreign participants – to judge from the exhibitor list – coming from China and India. Other countries that will be well represented include Italy and Germany.

Further information on bauma CONEXPO AFRICA is available at www.bcafrica.com.

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