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South Africa: FUCHS’ Kuruman is at the heart of iron ore, manganese mining in the N Cape

Kuruman in the Northern Cape is located among some of the biggest iron ore and manganese deposits in the world. FUCHS LUBRICANTS SOUTH AFRICA has a branch with a 600 m2 warehouse, including offices, in this important mining hub.

Both iron ore and manganese are vital ingredients in steel manufacturing. South Africa is one of the world’s largest producers and exporters, especially to China. These commodities are important to the economy as the sector generates significant employment opportunities and revenue.

Martiens Bester, manager of the Kuruman branch, has 28 years’ experience in the lubrication industry. He commenced his career with Lubritene in 1995, which was acquired by FUCHS in 2015. Martiens adds that the long-serving Kuruman team has 100 years’ collective experience, including three service technicians who also carry out maintenance on-site at key client mining sites.

“Our major focus is to proactively address any issues our clients may experience. Customer service is what keeps our doors open,” says Martiens. A key differentiator for FUCHS in Kuruman is that it offers a pump-on service, especially for large hydraulic mining shovels, which must always be fully operational for maximum productivity.

The main products supplied are high performance, semi-synthetic mining greases from FUCHS. Its RENOLIT LUBRENE LMG 960 EP 2 is a grease with semi-synthetic base oil, EP additives and solid lubricants. It exhibits excellent anti-wear and load carrying capacity and is recommended for the lubrication of slow speed anti-friction bearings, pin and bushes and universal joints and axles.

Commenting on growth opportunities for FUCHS in the region, Martiens says the iron ore and manganese sector presents much scope for expansion of existing operations. FUCHS’ itself has existing contracts with most of the major mining houses represented in the area. In addition, it supplies ancillary sectors such as earthmoving contractors, and is looking to branch out into other market segments and applications in the Northern Cape.

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