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MINING: Osborn's New Modular Plant Wins Fans


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With demand growing for its robust, high quality equipment - including a recently-launched modular crushing and screening plant that's generating significant interest in the mining and quarrying industry - Johannesburg-based Osborn is upbeat and prepared for a prosperous 2011.

Marketing director Martin Botha says the firm has a lot to smile about as they wrap up this year on a high note. "Our wide equipment range, that covers many diverse industries and applications - from coal and gold to asphalt - means Osborn has been relatively unaffected by downturns in specific sectors. We are also reaping the rewards of our growing international dealer system, netting recent orders as far afield as Russia and Yemen."

Osborn's new modular plant was showcased at Electra Mining, and Martin reports that it attracted much interest. The plant was launched by Osborn in response to industry demand for complete crushing solutions that can be easily transported and shipped. Martin elaborates: "The development of Osborn's new modular plant was driven initially by the huge demand for our mobile, track-mounted crushers. Customers are increasingly seeking equipment that is easier to transport. Our new modular crushing and screening plants offer an affordable solution that fits this bill."

While not mobile, the plants are easily transportable. Dubbed Osborn's "Kit in a Box", three options are available - the modular jaw crushing plant, modular cone crushing plant and a modular screening plant. They are broken down to fit into two standard 40ft open top shipping containers, with enough space for some spare parts, Martin states.. "They can be easily transported anywhere in the world, and only a mobile crane is required for on site erection. This is essentially a 'plug and play' plant," Martin quips. The "kit" comes complete with all fasteners and a service manual for the machines. All the standard equipment is supported by Osborn's 24/7/365 service, and spares are readily available from Osborn's Elandsfontein facility, he adds.

Martin notes that Osborn's offering is robust and long-wearing. "We try to remain on the heavier side of equipment supply. We have built our plants for strength and longevity. They are also safe and serviceable, with improved access for servicing the units."

There's already a buzz in the industry about Osborn's new offering, with one of the modular crushing plants having been sold into Zambia, and many enquiries received, including interest from Australia.

"The modular plant is set to be a sought-after addition to Osborn’s line-up of tough, high quality machines, which includes apron feeders, screens and an expansive range of crushers for the mining and quarrying industries," Martin concludes.

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