JettyTruco (Transvaal Rubber Company), a leading South African rubber specialist, has opened a new manufacturing plant as part of its accelerated export drive into Africa. Recent and current contracts to supply products to various mining projects throughout Africa have spurred the company's expansion initiative. These projects are valued at over R8m.  "Various hoses and hose fittings were supplied to a number of mines throughout Africa. Our range of rubber pulp and slurry hoses is ideal for use in the mining industry. It offers durable and cost effective solutions for any mining problem," says Truco Project Manager Herbie Crooks.

"We recently supplied an order for the Kansanshi mine refurbishment project in Zambia. This is a mine extension project. The original plant was built in 2004 and we supplied all the pulp and slurry hoses. A few months later we received another order for the Kansanshi pressure oxidisation project which aims to introduce a pressure oxidisation and ancillary plant to enable the mine to convert some of the concentrates into feed for the copper cathode plant."

Crooks says Truco supplied hoses and high pressure hose fittings to Venetia diamond mine in the Limpopo Province for use in the building of a secondary crusher in order to boost mine capacity, as well as to the new open cast copper Guelb Moghrein mining project in Mauritania.

"As the sole distributor of German company Fentek's products, we also received an order to supply rubber dock fenders and bollards for use in the construction of the Moma Jetty project in northern Mozambique."

In its most recent deal, Truco is working closely with a project house and contractors to supply hoses for the dredging and floating plant for a mine in East Africa. This multi-million rand deal came about partly due to the company's success on similar projects on the west coast of Southern Africa.

Crooks notes that the commissioning of the new manufacturing plant reinforces the commitment that Truco has to supporting the new mining projects throughout Africa.

"The new plant ensures that we are able to meet the increased demand for our products and satisfy industry requirements. Situated at the existing Chamdor site, the new factory was commissioned to handle additional large diameter hose manufacturing from its sister plant. It is capable of manufacturing specialised hoses such as the 1000mm dredging hose used in the West Coast diamond fields."

"These recent deals underscore our ability to provide world-class rubber products to the local and African markets. There are currently 65 new mining projects in sub Saharan Africa of which 46 are in a bankable stage. Truco is taking full advantage of these new mining projects and is actively seeking to become the preferred hose supplier in Africa by satisfying the new mine requirements with quality products," concludes Crooks.

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