Sandvik Mobile Crushers and Screens announce 2000th machine built in Ballygawley
Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010
Sandvik Mining and Construction are proud to announce the completion of the 2000th mobile unit, a QI330 tracked jaw crusher, built at their Ballygawley factory in Northern Ireland. Manufacturing commenced there under the Fintec Marque in 2002, and this milestone, particularly given the tough current economic climate, is testament to the hard work of management and staff of the former Fintec factory. It further recognises the continuing demand for Sandvik products, and the continuing investment by Sandvik in the locality.
In the spring of 2007 Sandvik acquired Fintec (along with UK based manufacturer Extec) together with the Ballygawley factory. Both companies, world leading manufacturers of mobile crushing and screening equipment in their own right, have allowed Sandvik to add mid-size and light equipment to its customer offering, thereby positioning Sandvik to become an even stronger supplier in a rapidly growing industry. The two factories are seen as key strategic operations in Sandvik’s developing product offering, and position Sandvik right at the heart of the Irish and UK mining and construction industries.
Following the acquisitions the Ballygawley factory is now not only a key manufacturing site for Sandvik’s state of the art mobile crushing and screening product line, but in 2009 it was made the global product development centre for screens and feeders. By concentrating the development of screens and feeders, both stationary and mobile, combined at a single location, Sandvik have been able to obtain access to local expertise. They have also gained the economies of scale required to develop the next generation of industry leading screens and feeders, and show their commitment to the work force, and the locality surrounding the existing factory. This is in conjunction with the Ballygawley factory being a highly production manufacturing base, and head quarters for Sandvik Mining and Construction’s Ireland operation.
A principal reason for Sandvik’s decision in locating this vital component of its research and development operation at the Ballygawley facility is due to the concentration of highly skilled, and experienced, design engineers. The region furthermore supports an industry infrastructure that grew in Northern Ireland over the last fifty years, and shows that it is still the home to some of the world’s leading talent in the mobile screening and crushing industry.
The manufacture of the 2000th machine built at the Ballygawley site was marked by a short presentation on the 20th January. The QJ330 crusher (see over for machine details) was unveiled during a presentation made by Steve Powell, Managing Director of Sandvik Mobile crushers and screens, who was accompanied by Olli Haavisto, together with Liam Henry, who represented the manufacturing side of the business. The event was attended by Arlene Foster, acting First Minister and Enterprise Minister for Northern Ireland, together with other local politicians, representatives of the local community, and key partners from the area.
This milestone follows on from Queens Award for Enterprise accreditations in 2005 and 2007, and is seen as cementing the way for a very bright future for the Ballygawley factory.