Chinese OEM supports Aury Africa with second major visit

6 February 2019: The parent company of Aury Africa, Dadi Engineering Development Group (DEDG), holds the African market in such high regard that senior management will pay a second visit to South Africa from 13 to 22 February.

The aim of the visit is to engage with potential customers in the mining industry, which has a need for high-quality screening and vibrating equipment solutions, supported by rapid turnaround around times and expert technical capabilities. This is what continues to differentiate Aury Africa on the continent.

DEDG Vice-President Xiaoming Yuan plans high-level meetings with African mining operations to showcase its industry-leading dry-sorting technology. This highly successful ‘green’ innovation does not consume water and media, thereby offering significant value in terms of water conservation.

DEDG holds a 49% stake in Aury Africa, with the remaining 51% held by black-owned local services company Nkomose Consulting Engineers & Projects, which has ensured that Aury Africa is now a Level 2 B-BBEE contributor. DEDG has designed more than 30 open-cut and underground coal-mine projects to date, as well as more than 130 coal preparation plants, and three coal-water slurry plants. It has also completed over 100 turnkey coal process plants to date.

Coal-processing equipment supplied by Aury Africa in particular ranges from vibrating banana screens to horizontal screens, high-frequency screens, and dewatering centrifuges, in addition to complete centralised control systems.

Yuan, who paid a visit to South Africa a year ago, reiterates that it is DEDG’s intention to have Aury Africa achieve the same level of success as sister companies Aury Tianjin in China and Aury Australia, which have become leaders in their respective markets.

“We hold the minerals-processing industry in Africa in high regard, as it forms an integral part of our Group’s global expansion strategy,” Yuan explains. Key to this strategy is Aury Africa introducing the latest technology to the mining industry on the continent, such as intelligent dry sorting systems and ‘smart’ plants, in order to improve operational efficiency and environmental awareness.

DEDG’s ‘smart’ plant concept utilises automated control and sensor technology to monitor key parameters to boost operational efficiency on a proactive, real-time basis. These range from pump pressure to conveyor-belt speeds. All software and hardware in this regard is proprietary, and has been developed specifically by DEDG for the mining industry.

The first ‘smart’ plant system was recently commissioned as a retrofit on a 30 mtpa coal-handling process plant in China, proving the technology’s suitability for refurbishment, which is a key criterion in the African mining industry.

“It is always a great honour to host DEDG senior management in South Africa. We are confident that Aury Africa is well on its way to becoming a solutions provider for vibrating and screening solutions for the continent, largely due to the international support and expertise we are able to tap into,” Aury Africa Managing Director Sydney Parkhouse concludes.

Aury Africa ideally positioned to reap benefit from green shoots in mining

6 March 2019: Aury Africa is ideally positioned to take advantage of the uptick in the mining industry, as indicated by the prevailing air of optimism at the Mining Indaba in Cape Town in February, according to Executive Director Mduduzi Magubane.

Mduduzi is also Managing Director of  Nkomose Consulting Engineers & Projects, a 100% black-owned South specialist mining solutions company. The Nkomose Group has entered into a Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) deal with Aury Africa, a screening and vibrating equipment solutions provider to the African mining industry.

As Executive Director, Mduduzi has direct input into ‘steering the ship’ and help guiding the way forward. “There are lots of opportunities. They need to be identified, targeted, and exploited for their potential. I intend this to be a team effort.”

Mduduzi’s vision for Aury Africa is, firstly, to establish a solid foothold in South Africa, while taking advantage of the depth of knowledge and experience within the holding company, the Dadi Engineering Development Group (DEDG). This will be the gateway to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the rest of Africa.

Aury Africa has access to the knowledge base and experience within DEDG. This is a young and vibrant company that has excellent leadership, and is following the Chinese goal of being innovative and breaking with old traditional ways of thinking. Typically, the Meiteng Dry Sorter is a good example, with over 60 units sold in China last year alone.

“There’s great potential for growth, especially where technology and artificial intelligence is integrated into the mining industry. Digital migration allows for such opportunities, where DEDG has achieved great success in this space. There are more junior miners coming into the mining space, with different ideas and applications allowing for new opportunities,” Mduduzi highlights.

Aury Africa will take advantage of the new opportunities for growth by remaining competitive and flexible. “The 2013 commodity price slump required innovative ways to ensure that, as a company, we stay afloat, while ensuring job security for all of our employees. Diversification is also important, and we have acquired different businesses to further diversify our portfolio in this industry,” Mduduzi notes.

Commenting on the state of the mining industry, Mduduzi refers to the presidential investment summit convened last year, where a number of mining houses committed to substantial amount of investment in South Africa over the next couple of years.

This demonstrates a positive outlook from investors and, to a certain extent, confidence in the Mining Charter in its current form. On the downside, resource prices and other issues have led to quite a number of job losses in the country, especially in the Platinum Group Metals (PGM) sector. The issues plaguing the power utility also impacts investor confidence and any start-up projects.

Mduduzi was born on 13 February 1986. Raised by his grandparents and mom, he spent his childhood in the small township of Zithobeni outside Bronkhorstspruit. He studied electrical and mechanical engineering. He also holds a safety risk management degree and a government certificate of competency (GCC) for Mines and Works and also holds an MBA. He has held different managerial and strategic positions in the mining industry, from coal to platinum, iron ore, and manganese.