Truco Supplies Hoses to De Beers New Generation Diamond Mine

VoorspoedTransvaal Rubber Company (Truco) - one of Africa's largest manufacturers and distributors of mining and industrial rubber products - recently supplied bends and 10 bar pulp and slurry hoses, valued at half-a-million rand and totalling 330 metres in length, to the new Dense Medium Separation plant at De Beers' Voorspoed mine, constructed earlier this year. The hoses were specifically designed and manufactured to suit the requirements of the mine.

The Voorspoed mine in South Africa will start production in 2009, producing about 800 000 carats annually and employing 420 staff. Situated 30km north-east of Kroonstad in the Free State, the mine first produced diamonds in 1906 but its then owners closed due to metallurgical processes of the day not recovering enough diamonds from the hard kimberlite.

Over the 12 to 16 years of Voorspoed's planned life, it is expected to recover over 10-million carats. South Africa produces about 15 million carats annual; the fourth largest producer in the world.

Additionally, Truco has also received pulp and slurry hose orders totalling R1-million since 2006 for the extension to the De Beers Finsch Mine where a new recovery plant has recently been commissioned at a cost of about R600 million. Some of the hoses were supplied with reusable split flange couplings to provide for more cost-effective operation, and in line with supporting De Beers ISO 140001 environmental certification. The Finsch mine is situated 195km west of Kimberly, in the Northern Cape, employing 2000 people.

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