Weir Minerals has supplied pumps and processing equipment to businesses across Sweden for more than 20 years, and its customers include the biggest names in the country’s iron, copper, lead, zinc and precious metals industries.
Historically, the manufacturer served the market through distribution partners, but in recent years it has invested in establishing its own sales and customer service infrastructure situated in Gällivare – a strategic location for the North of Sweden, where the highest density of its mining customers is to be found. These customers include LKAB the iron producer and the Boliden mining and smelting business.
In Gällivare, Weir Minerals Sweden AB has a competent sales office, engineering office, workshops and service centre. The service centre provides a well-equipped base for off-site maintenance work, holds strategic stock to cover the most in-demand equipment and wear parts and functions as a base for Weir Minerals Europe’s team of mobile-response engineers. The workshops are equipped to handle steel construction, rubber lining, sandblasting and painting, along with housing one of the largest autoclave (12,5 x 3,3m) in Sweden. Making Weir Minerals Sweden AB a supplier of an extensive product portfolio, custom-made metal, rubber and engineering solutions along with the capability for complete plant and turn-key projects.
Stated by Tony G Locke, managing director of Weir Minerals Europe: “Sweden, along with the other Scandinavian nations, is a key growth region for us, and we have placed a great deal of focus in recent years on ensuring we are well set up to deliver excellent service to our growing customer base in the region.”
Full mill-circuit capability
Weir Minerals offers an extensive portfolio of products for mill-circuit plants including pumps, hydrocyclones and comminution equipment – like crushers, screens, HPGR and wear resistant lining – as well as auxiliary equipment such as valves, hoses and rubber linings.
Pumps are available in a huge range of sizes and configurations to handle every possible industrial pumping application. As well as the company’s most well-known brand Warman®, which covers centrifugal slurry and dewatering pumps as well as submersible units. Weir Minerals also offers specialist equipment under its Floway®, Hazleton®, Lewis® and GEHO® brands for chemicals and other abrasive applications.
In 2014 the company acquired the Trio® brand of comminution equipment, incorporating crushers, screens, conveyers, feeders, washers and classifiers to the product portfolio. Combined with Enduron® high pressure grinding rolls (HPGR) and Vulco® wear resistant lining – Weir Minerals offer a comprehensive comminution solution to its customers across Europe.
The Cavex® hydrocyclones can be supplied as single units or in a complete cluster solution, configured with Weir Minerals own auxiliary equipment such as Isogate® valves, Linatex® premium rubber and Linatex® engineered hose.
Another auxiliary equipment in the portfolio is the Gemex® belt-tensioning system, developed by Gema Industri. It is an advanced hydraulic mounting system for the belt-drive motors which reduces process down-time by maintaining optimal alignment and tension, making replacement of worn-out belts quicker and easier.
Tony G Locke continued: “While we remain best known in some markets for our Warman® family of pumps, in recent years our portfolio of products has grown to a point where pumps are only one part of the whole mill-circuit solutions we provide.
The focus for every piece of equipment we supply is on delivering the lowest possible whole life costs of ownership. This means everything along the supply chain has to be done well, from the material we use to build our equipment, through the intelligence of the design and the care of attention of the manufacturing process to the correct specification of products and ongoing maintenance.”
Minerals and rock processing applications innately take a very heavy toll on the equipment involved. While design improvements such as reducing turbulence in flows and choosing resilient materials can help, ultimately, without a well-managed maintenance programme performance will begin to decline.
“Our relationship with our customers does not end with us delivering a processing system or individual piece of equipment”, Tony G Locke explained. “Increasingly, mine operators want whole-lifecycle support for the products we provide, offering them peace of mind and on-call expertise.
Our end goal in strengthening the service network is to help our customers be more productive by ensuring the equipment we provide delivers optimum reliability and performance for its entire operational life.”