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From Left: Louw Kriel, Willem Mare and Rob King
From Left: Louw Kriel, Willem Mare and Rob King

6 November, 2013: 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 'Gravlco' aftermarket attachments for surface mining equipment, being officially launched on 31 October 2013.

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 to. Locally, the attachments will be branded as Gravlco, and will be manufactured exclusively at DCD Venco's 25 ha production facility In Newcastle, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Southwest Group managing director Louw Kriel
Southwest Group managing director Louw Kriel

DCD Venco, which is a division of international manufacturing and engineering company DCD, boasts the capacity to fabricate and manufacture components of up to 50 tons for OEM equipment, which ranges from dump trucks and bulldozers, to wagon tipplers, mills and power station components.

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

Truck Bodies
Truck Bodies

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

DCD Venco general manager Willem Mare points out that the company boasts numerous certifications, Including; ISO 9001, ISO 3834, OSHAS 18001 and ISO 14001, which exceed local Industry benchmarks. "These certifications ensure an excellent return-on-lnvestment 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 Mare reveals that lead times have now been dramatically reduced as a direct result of DCD Venco being named as the official manufacturing partner for Gravico. "This synergy between Southwest Group and DCD Venco places Gravlco at the forefront of innovation."

Hydraulic excavator and backhoe buckets.
Hydraulic excavator and backhoe buckets.

According to Kriel, the design objectives of Gravlco is to ultimately reduce long term ownership and operational costs for the end user. "Although the Initial purchase price of a Gravico surface mining aftermarket attachment may not be lower, the high quality design, competitive warranty and extended maintenance and repair intervals will ultimately result In long term savings."

Mare expects production of the Gravico range of surface mining aftermarket attachments to begin 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 Individual 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 Gravlco will prove to be a strong competitor in the near future," he concludes.

This Article was originally published in Crown Publications Capital Equipment News - February 2014

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