Multotec opens new screen panel plant in China
Bucking global economic trends, mineral processing equipment specialist Multotec opened a new, larger manufacturing facility in China to meet growing demand.
The 3 200 m2 factory, which opened in May this year, is based in the busy port city of Tianjin about 100 km southeast of Beijing. It is more than double the size of the previous premises, according to Ken Tuckey, one of the directors of Multotec Screening Systems (Tianjin) Ltd. It focuses on producing the company’s polyurethane screen panels, including specialised panels for fines dewatering and classification.
“The expanded facility was necessary to increase production capacity as sales have grown rapidly since Multotec became directly involved in this business in 2017,” says Tuckey. “The investment in China is also an important part of Multotec’s global strategy to get manufacturing operations closer to end-customers wherever possible.”
Multotec had taken over the business from Tema Screening Systems in 2017, which originally began in 2006, focusing mainly on the aggregate and quarry sectors. Multotec’s sales have expanded into China’s mining industry, although the factory’s increased capacity facilitates production for other sectors and countries around the world.
“The new factory took careful planning over the past year and we had to obtain a range of strict government approvals,” says He Pu, general manager at Multotec Screening Systems (Tianjin) Ltd. and local expert with 20 years’ experience in mineral processing. “Even though the Covid-19 pandemic presented some challenges to our schedule, we were still able to move into the new plant in May.”
Pu highlights the importance of innovation as a key ingredient for any company to break into the Chinese market.
He Pu, General Manager Multotec Screening Systems, at the official opening of the new plant in Tianjin.
This has been vital to the early success of Multotec, which has proven a range of product advances around Africa and other markets. He says that recent improvements in China’s manufacturing sector also contributed to the success of the local business.
“The focus in China’s mining sector has shifted towards increased efficiencies and improved quality,” Pu says. “Multotec is now well positioned to take advantage of this especially with the innovative screen panel technology that it can offer the market. This is underpinned by our quality manufacturing processes as well as our excellent local supply chain.”
“We are ISO-accredited with strong in-house quality control expertise,” he adds. “This makes it unnecessary to bring quality control personnel from Multotec head office in South Africa, demonstrating the business’ cost-effective and sustainable foundation. The number of local staff has increased and includes a strong sales team with good links into the mining sector. The company also has distributors and agents across China, bringing services and products closer to the mines.
Using new polyurethane moulding machines, the upgraded plant runs double shifts to optimise production levels and accelerated in-house manufacturing capabilities facilitate faster delivery times to local customers. The latest technology equipment, Multotec’s experience and ongoing in-factory training ensure polyurethane panels are of consistent world-class quality.
“The opening of this plant marks the beginning of a new era for Multotec,” Pu says. “We have reached a new level of production, not only by enlarging the workshop area but also by adding new equipment.”
“The availability of Multotec’s innovative panels generated by the new plant will boost the company’s brand in the Chinese market, as well as create a firm platform for continued growth.
The Multotec Screen Systems (Tainjin) team pictured outside the new plant.