Zamm Imports, leader in ‘Crushing technology’

The increasing demand for African mineral and natural resources has continued to attract

various multinational companies seeking to venture on the continent, Zambia, inclusive in

search of ‘reliable crushing infrastructure’.

The increasing mineralization by many African countries, led by Zambia, Africa’s top copper

producer, has spurred the demand for mining and aggregate processing technology in the

country, giving leeway for several companies to find a ready market for their technology to

assist improve infrastructure.

The stead increase on Africa, buoyed by the continued inflow of foreign investment and the

subsequent need for secondary infrastructure especially in Zambia, has given rise to many

companies in the private sector to find a niche for their markets especially the crushing

machinery to maximize production both in mining and other sectors.

This in turn has given ample market for mobile and semi-mobile modular crushing and

screening equipment in Africa which have grown rapidly in recent years chiefly because

of unwavering demand for aggregate and the resulting increase in plant production

capabilities.

One of the companies that has capiitalised on the increased demand for the technology is

Ndola-based Zamm Imports Limited, which has continued to grow from strength to strength

as demand for its equipment continues on the rise since its inception.

The company’s plant which started on a small scale-has grown four-fold and with it has now

embraced 18 Pilot Crushtec machines which is now operational, having been commissioned

in July 2010.

Dubbed ‘The biggest Pilot Crushtec modular plant’, has since been installed at a limestone

crushing site in Ndola, in northern Zambia, lying about 450 kilometres north of the Zambian

capital, Lusaka.

Its presence on the market has helped raise hope for effective and maximized production of

various metals and other products in both mining and the private sector in general.

Various players have identified its potential to grow and its achievements are not far from

being attained, being a going concern.

“I believe this plant is a showpiece for both Pilot Crushtec and Zamm Imports Ltd and I am

proud to have been part of the process to create it,” Pilot Crushtec Africa sales manager

Wayne Warren is quoted by Mining Weekly as having said.

According to Warren, the plant which has been named Zamm-Stone Crusher, “is one of the

nicest plants in Zambia” and includes most of the products in the current Pilot Crushtec

range.

Included in the deal were: a Pilot Modular/TRIO MJ3042 jaw crusher, three Pilot Modular

MC 1000 11m conveyors, a Pilot Modular MC1050 20m conveyor, a Pilot Modular DD4815

double deck screen, a Pilot Modular MC800 16m conveyor, a Pilot Modular MC800 20m

conveyor, a Pilot Modular/TRIO MC130 standard cone crusher, a Pilot Modular MC130

short head cone crusher, a Pilot Modular MC1200 25m conveyor and a Pilot Modular/TRIO

TD6118 triple deck screen.

Zamm Imports owner and founder, Jignesh Soni, is optimistic with the future of the

company which initially a small enterprise and has grown to competitive levels since

inception.

It is envisioned that the plant will initially be used to crush 2000 tons of 0-5mm, 5-10mm,

10-19mm and 19-25mm aggregate per day given the expanse of the raw material where

the company is located.

“The Ndola area has the largest reserve of the finest quality limestone in Zambia and we will

be using the plant to supply the booming construction sector and the mining sector, where

the limestone is used to neutralize acid,” explains Jignesh.

The speed of delivery and installation impressed Jignesh as the order was finalised in March

and the plant was fully set up by the middle of June.

“After many enquiries to various South African and Chinese companies, I was shown the full

range of Pilot Modular/TRIO crushers at Pilot Crushtec which particularly impressed me as

this approach eliminates the need for any civil works, which can take up to a year to set up

and commission,” he explained.

With the largest modular plant ever installed by Pilot Crushtec at the company’s disposal,

Jignesh is overwhelmed by the fact that Zamm-Stone Crusher was and is the largest.

“But I am impressed about this fact and hope to build an even bigger plant the future. I am

always on the lookout for future business in the crushing category and will expand further

into crushing ores for the mining industry in the Copperbelt. Pilot Crushtec will be my first

point of call when I need to purchase a plant,” he adds.

In 1999 Jignesh established Zamm Imports as an importer, distributor and retailer of

electrical goods, furniture, fabrics and all household goods. It has outlets in both Ndola and

Kitwe on the Zambian Copperbelt province and also has a transport division with a fleet of

25 Volvo superlink trucks.

After receiving a contract to supply Zambian Portland Cement (ZPC) with aggregate, the

company expanded into various parts of the country where it has set up branches to meet

in the increased demand for the facility in the industry.

Zamm Imports’ potential to ‘override and conquer’ the African market has been noted by

various players that believe, the equipment has raised more hope for Africa’s crushing

abilities and maximize on time to meet the demand for such services.

African targets are currently being exceeded, contributing to 90% of export sales and 40%

of overall sales. There is a lot going on in Africa, especially with the infra- structure needed

around mines owing to the commodities boom, players in the industry have observed.

The Pilot Modular crushing and screening plant, the largest ever in Zambia, was installed

and commissioned at Zambian limestone aggregate producer, Zamm Imports late last

year. At the time, company’s African sales manager, Wayne Warren who saw the potential

was optimistic for the Zambian market’s growth and remarked; “Zambia is growing its

infrastructure at an ever-increasing rate, expanding road and rail networks and constructing

power stations, all of which are geared to exploit its mineral wealth,” Warren says.

The company supplied five processing machines to platinum-group metals producer

Zimplats’ Selous metallurgical complex, and has seen a steady growth in demand for its

modular systems in other African markets, most significantly Zambia, Tanzania and the

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), earlier this year,.

“In August, we received orders for one of our larger aggregate plants in Zambia, and a

smaller modular plant for gold mining has just arrived in Tanzania. We have just sent off a

modular primary crusher and conveyors for the gold-mining industry in Mali and various

modular cone crushers and screens to the DRC to upgrade an existing copper ore plant.

Both mobile and modular equipment have been moving fast,” says Warren.

Demand growth in these markets can be attributed to an increase in investment from Asia,

as well as the company’s strategy of high visibility in Africa.

“Chinese foreign investment has given new life to Africa and is responsible for so much

secondary infrastructure building. Although there is concern that they are taking away local

or regional work opportunities, my experience has shown me that it is actually increasing

opportunities. Every country that is struggling in the world today is trying to find work in

Africa, and that is what is creating this boom,” Warren Warren adds.

“Owing to where we are located in South- ern Africa, and our support structures, Chinese

companies are willing to purchase regionally.

Further, African countries are insisting on better-quality infrastructure from Chinese

investment, which results in their buying our modular and mobile equipment,” he says.

Further, financing issues have not hampered product exports and equipment installations

as the majority of Pilot Crushtec’s Africa-based clients pay cash upfront, with no bank

financing.

However, supplying into Africa does present challenges for the company, but its on-
the-ground approach and emphasis on a quick turnaround have been successful for the

company in the African market.

“Getting the equipment to site is challenging because of transport and other logistical issues

in Africa but, once equipment has arrived, our technicians take no longer than two weeks on

site to commission the plant. It takes longer for our systems to reach a site than it does for

the systems to be operationalised once they are there,” says Warren.

Locally, the company continues to service the South African mining industry but it has

experienced a decline in projects relating to infrastructure development, owing to the

completion of larger construction and roadworks projects initiated three to four years ago

and the absence of new large-scale projects, explains Scherf.

Pilot Crushtec’s modular systems comprise a standardised suite of compatible equipment

including jaw, cone, impact and vertical shaft impact crushers, screens and conveyors that

can be moved and configured for individual clients. Warren says that the highest demand

in Africa has been for the company’s modular crushing and screening plants, owing to their

ease of mobility and high production capacity.

In particular, the track-mounted MegaStak stockpile conveyors and Rubble Master mobile

impact crushers have been well received in the market.

Pilot Crushtec will be holding its annual open day on October 13 at the company’s premises

in Jet Park, which will feature the launch of new product offerings including the TwisterTrac

VS300 VSI crusher, the Pilot Modular/TRIO MC 170 (66”) cone crusher, a MegaStak TC1050

tracked conveyor, and the CDE EvoWash 71 sand-washing plant.

With the oncoming of such crushing technology, Zamm Imports has led the way for

economic growth in Zambia-what with the high-tech crushing plant set up in the middle of

Zambia?

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