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Gravico brand launched

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DCD Venco – a specialist in the fabrication, manufacture and refurbishment of medium to heavy-duty mechanical components – has been formally named as the African manufacturing partner for the Southwest Group's new range of 'Gravico' aftermarket attachments for surface mining equipment.

 

The Netherlands-based Southwest Group specialises in the engineering and development of a wide range of surface mining aftermarket attachments across the globe, to which it holds the full intellectual property rights. Locally, the attachments will be branded as Gravico, and will be manufactured exclusively at DCD Venco's 25 ha production facility in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal.

DCD Venco, which is a division of the international manufacturing and engineering group, DCD, boasts the capacity to fabricate and manufacture aftermarket and alternative components of up to 50 t for the equipment from any OEM.

Southwest Group managing director Louw Kriel says that the Gravico line of surface mining aftermarket attachments will include: backload buckets and front shovel buckets varying in capacities ranging from 7,0 m3 to 52 m3; wheel loader buckets from 10 m3 to 20 m3, dragline buckets from 30 m3 to 105 m3, dragline rigging, and dump truck bowls varying from 80 t to 363 t in capacity.

"Our main area of focus for the Gravico brand is to supply a high-end range of competitively-priced attachments for equipment used during the excavation and extraction processes in surface mining projects. DCD Venco was selected as the local manufacturing partner of choice for Gravico, due to its large manufacturing capacity and excellent reputation for quality and reliability," he says.

DCD Venco general manager, Willem Maré, points out that the company boasts numerous certifications, including; ISO 9001, ISO 3834, OHSAS 18001 and ISO 14001, which exceed local industry benchmarks. "These certifications ensure an excellent return on investment for a number of high profile end-users that require the highest standards of quality in efficient turnaround times."

Intellectual property in the manufacturing sector can take many years to develop, and Maré reveals that lead times have now been dramatically reduced as a direct result of DCD Venco selection as the official manufacturing partner for Gravico. "This synergy between the Southwest Group and DCD Venco places Gravico at the forefront of mining innovation."

According to Kriel, the key design objectives of Gravico are to reduce long-term ownership and operational costs for endusers. "Although the initial purchase price of a Gravico surface mining aftermarket attachment may not be low, the high quality design, competitive warranty and extended maintenance and repair intervals will ultimately result in total cost savings."

Maré says that production of the Gravico range began in November 2013. "The attachments will initially be manufactured on an order basis. We have an in-depth understanding of the local mining market and, in order to provide the end-user with maximum value in terms of optimisation, we will be flexible according to each ndividual project portfolio."

As investment in the African mining sector continues to increase steadily, Kriel is confident that the Gravico brand will obtain measurable market share. "Consistent growth in the African mining sector has prompted a spike in the demand for aftermarket attachments. Given the combined expertise and experience of the Southwest Group and DCD Venco in this sector, I believe that Gravico will prove to be a strong competitor in the near future," he concludes.

 

This Article was originally published in Crown Publications Mechanical Technology - December 2013

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