Global wire and rope manufacturer Bridon International reports that it is making inroads into Africa, with a replenished work force and a new sales office in Randfontein, Gauteng.
The company, which manufactures steel wire ropes for deep shaft and surface mining applications, has recently secured its first sinking rope order for a platinum project in South Africa and has received a second order for a sinking project at a copper mine in Zambia.
Further, it has recently recorded successful local trials of its Dyform 24LS ropes at a gold mine. The ropes surpassed previous records (80 000 life cycles), with life cycles of 98 900 with no sign of deterioration.
Similarly, trials of the new Dyform Bristar Dragline Hoist ropes are providing a service life that is more than 50% higher than local competition, the company states.
Meanwhile, Bridon will continue to establish strategic stocking points and identify new agents and distributors in Africa, while introducing more personnel to the work force.
The company also has plans to expand into new and emerging markets, with the opening of a new sales office in Lubin, Poland. This new facility opens a new distribution channel for Bridon to effectively reach new and existing customers in Eastern Europe.
In line with its focus on global technology leadership across all of its markets, Bridon International is constructing a multimillion-pound Technology Centre at its headquarters in Doncaster, in the UK.
The centre will expand Bridon’s product development capacity and will also offer customers the chance to work with Bridon to develop and test new equipment to meet their most challenging needs.
At this year’s Electra Mining event, the company will showcase both existing and new product lines.
Its existing product lines include triangular strand hoist ropes for ultradeep shaft mining, full-lock coil winding ropes, half-lock coil guide ropes, cable belt ropes and shovel ropes.
New product lines that will be showcased include Tiger 24LS / Tiger Dyform 24LS hoist and balance ropes, Tiger Dyform Big T Bristar dragline ropes, Tiger Blue DuraCore shovel ropes and Tiger 34M SPI extruded balance ropes.
The latter three products have been specifically designed by Bridon’s polymer experts to significantly increase fatigue performance in the most demanding mining applications.
The Tiger 24LS Dyform hoist rope has been engineered to deliver the lowest possible cost per ton hoisted. The linear contact between wires in both inner and outer strands reduces internal nicking and reduces torque values to deliver high flexibility, reduced internal fretting and superior cycle count.
The Tiger Big T Bristar dragline consists of an independent wire rope core, covered with a fluted polypropylene material with helical grooves around its outer surface. This surface is formed by a unique extrusion process and increases the durability and longevity of the rope.
The Tiger Blue DuraCore has been designed to enhance performance and life in medium- and large-sized shovels, offering up to 20% longer rope life. The Maximum Life Core made of a unique formula of polymers and elastomers makes this rope resilient in extreme temperatures and ensures that it can outperform any rope in cost per ton.
The Tiger 34M SPI Extruded balance rope’s full plastic impregnation and sheathing offering longevity by allowing high protection against internal and external corrosion and reduced wear between strands. Bridon is able to manufacture the 34M SPI in ‘one pass’ allowing a simultaneous sheathing and plastic impregnation process to deliver a rope of superior performance, reliability and safety.
Every Bridon rope is tested in extreme conditions to ensure accuracy in load distribution, reduced internal friction and increased bend fatigue. This allows Bridon to deliver overall cost reduction for users by providing a longer service life from its ropes.