The Aury group regards Africa as one of the most promising mining markets in the world, especially as the Australian market has reached a mature stage.
This is the view of Aury Australia Chairman Xiaoming Yuan, who recently paid a visit to Aury Africa’s Boksburg, Johannesburg head office to meet the new management team put in place at the local company.
Aury Africa is now headed up by Syd Parkhouse, a professional engineer with 40 years’ in the global mining industry. He is supported by George Sturgeon as Business Development Manager, Ameen Peters as Regional Sales Manager, Kiran Singh as Production Manager, and Active Ngwenya as Sales Administrator.
Yuan comments that the new management team has injected new life into Aury Africa, and therefore it is important for the global group to not only align itself with these objectives, but to reiterate its support as well.
“In terms of business development, the Australian market is now much more mature than Africa. After the management changeover, Aury Africa is a reinvigorated company. Hence it needs the continued support of both Aury Australia and Aury China. What is perhaps most important is that Aury Australia engineers are available to provide technical back-up in Africa,” Yuan explains.
“It is important for us to have the Aury brand accepted by the mining industry in Africa, due to our superior products that are competitive from a quality and price point of view. Part of our ongoing strategy is to engage the African market with the latest developments internationally.”
One of the latest innovations from Aury for the coal-mining sector is a dry separator to remove stone material from coal. This technology uses less water than traditional coal-washing processes. It is much more energy-efficient as well, which boosts productivity significantly.
Another innovation that Aury is looking to introduce locally is a coal fines separator, able to remove waste material without it having to be channelled first to a tailings dam, thereby saving water and being more environment-friendly.
“With mining companies under huge pressure to cut costs, Aury Africa is ideally positioned to assist with essential maintenance and refurbishment so that these mining companies are fully prepared to take advantage of the coming upturn in the commodity super-cycle,” Parkhouse concludes.