Record Order Book for Osborn

Apron Feeder

Bulk materials handling and minerals processing specialist Osborn is started the year on a high note, with a record number of orders for its robust, high quality machines, including 27 new apron feeders that will be fabricated and delivered during this year.

These outstanding orders reflect the growing reputation of Osborn's apron feeders as the machine of choice among customers in the African mining and quarrying industries, notes product specialist Francois Scott. "Osborn apron feeders combine competitive pricing with exceptional quality," he states

A complete range of standard and heavy-duty apron feeders is offered, to suit the most arduous operating conditions. They are available in a wide range of sizes, from 900mm to 3 500mm wide, to handle heavy, lumpy and abrasive materials, and provide reliable means of controlling the feed rate, to prevent surge loads to primary crushers, belt conveyors and other plant and equipment.

Osborn's recent orders include 21 new apron feeders for an iron ore mine expansion in the Northern Cape. These will be utilised in the second and third stage of the mine's expansion, explains Scott.

Osborn apron feeders are also making their mark further afield, with orders received for four machines for a gold mine in Mali and one for a coal operation in Turkey, he reports.

An order has also been secured for two new apron feeders for a mine in the DRC, he says. "The material mined is Cu Ore, high clay content 'sticky material'."

Osborn has previously supplied 13 apron feeders for Phase 1 of the iron ore mine expansion, and Scott says the latest order is based on the success of these machines, as well as the client's need for interchangeability of parts and spares. "Osborn is widely recognised as the leader in apron feeders, and many of our new orders are from customers who have found that our robust, reliable machines have exceeded their expectations.

“Osborn apron feeders enable our customers to choose the models best suited to their requirements,” he stresses.

In addition to the burgeoning demand for its apron feeders, Osborn is also starting 2010 with a healthy order book filled with orders for other machines, including large screens, a range of jaw crushers and cone crushers and various other vibrating feeders. "Despite the economic downturn, we achieved a record number of machine sales during the past year," notes marketing director Martin Botha.

With one of the largest and most modern manufacturing facilities in South Africa, Osborn also offers installation, commissioning, spares, reconditioning and after sales service on its apron feeders and all other equipment.