New Managing Director for Osborn

Johan Goosen has been appointed managing director of Osborn Engineered Products SA.

Goosen joins Osborn from Atlas Copco, where he managed Drilling Solutions and, in his most recent role of regional business line manager, was responsible for Mining and Rock Excavation Services. During his time with the firm, Goosen exceeded financial targets despite the challenging market, and he made significant contributions to increasing the business’s market share and improving customer relations.

“Johan has a very good understanding of our industry and its challenges,” comments Richard Patek, group president of Astec Aggregate & Mining, of which Osborn is a subsidiary.

Osborn exports first mineral sizer to Kazakhstan

South African mining equipment specialist Osborn has secured an export order to Kazakhstan, for an Osborn Mineral Sizer that will be employed by Kazakhaltyn Mining-Metallurgical Concern (MMC) in its kimberlite mining operation.

Osborn marketing director Martin Botha reveals that this order is a significant one as it is the first Osborn Mineral Sizer to be exported to Kazakhstan. “It reflects our growing success in the region, where we already have numerous Osborn machines in operation.” Botha credits Osborn’s very pro-active Russian and Kazakhstan agents with the inroads that the company is making in Kazakhstan, and notes that the distributor secured this order for an Osborn Mineral Sizer that will replace jaw crushers at a kimberlite mine.

Quality spares, repairs and service in demand

While the current challenging economic climate and decline in commodities prices are prompting mines and quarries to cut capital expenditure, there is an increased focus on securing quality spare parts, repairs and service, according to Brian Frost, national parts manager at Osborn.

He reveals that by tailoring its structure and strategy to meet the changing needs of customers, equipment supplier Osborn is not only weathering the current tough times, but growing some areas of its business.

Introducing Osborn’s parts sales team: (from left) Brian Frost,
Sharon Deczy, Annelize Moore, Christina Pais, Ashley Rajcoomar,
Angela Dobson, Debbie Roux and Luqman Ebrahim