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 supplies unique plant to Rossmin

A R27-million order for a turnkey crushing and screening plant for a new mine in KwaZulu-Natal reflects equipment manufacturer Osborn’s ability to deliver unrivalled, customised solutions that are a perfect match to customers’ requirements.

According to product sales manager Shane Beattie, this new plant features a unique process designed by Osborn to minimise fines generation in the production of calcite and lime. It has been supplied by Osborn to Umzimkhulu Industrial Holdings’ Rossmin open cast limestone mining operation at Port Shepstone, on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast.

“The plant was designed and installed to only produce two sized products: 80mm +30mm and -30mm +10mm. The -10mm is a by-product,” Beattie explains.

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.