Sandvik Rock and Processing Solutions is planning an integration of its two newest acquisitions, Kwatani and Schenck Process Group, under one umbrella in South Africa as it aims to expand its footprint as a top crushing and screening supplier in Africa.
Sandvik officials note the strategy is to further develop the strong reputation and offerings of each business, and to strengthen the group’s regional manufacturing and engineering capabilities.
Kwatani was acquired in December 2021, and the mining related business of Schenck Process Group (SP Mining) was acquired in October 2022.
Mats Dahlberg, Sandvik vice president for Screening Solutions in Europe, Middle East and Africa, pointed out that Sandvik Rock Processing Solutions will continue to have a strong customer focus, providing the screening solutions that the customer needs and asks for.
“This we will do by strengthening our regional manufacturing and engineering capabilities in South Africa,” he added.
He also noted it will support the company’s ambition to further strengthen its presence throughout Africa by building on the existing Sandvik entities located throughout Africa.
“The process will ensure the business is close to customers, providing not only leading screening solutions but also quality service and support availability,” he said.
The Kwatani acquisition has already been very positive for the Sandvik group, with good volume growth year on year, Kwatani which was previously a family business is leveraging half a century of experience, innovation and customer loyalty.
Dahlberg emphasised that Kwatani’s success is based on a truly customer-first perspective and a strong team spirit within the organisation, all of which is underpinned by its strong local engineering and manufacturing capabilities.
“We feel very confident that Kwatani’s legacy gives great growth opportunity to the Sandvik crushing and screening business both in Africa and globally,” he said. “Significantly, while the Kwatani screening solutions will in future be sold and branded as Sandvik, the well-respected Kwatani product name will remain both in Africa and the rest of the world.”
The other leg of Sandvik Rock Processing Solutions South Africa is the regional arm of SP Mining, one of the global market leaders in screening solutions in the industry. Dahlberg pointed out that this acquisition strengthens Sandvik’s capability to support customers in Africa through additional manufacturing capabilities, engineering and service capabilities.
“Together the Kwatani and SP Mining offering gives us world leading solutions for some of the largest screens available in the world, as well as an improved lifecycle offering to our customers,” he said.