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Ufikile Khumalo, Scaw Metals Group Executive Chairman

The participation of corporates in trade conferences has become an integral part of doing business in the 21st century, as it brings together all the decision makers of a particular industry in one platform to aid discussions between various parties.

With this in mind Scaw Metals Group, a leading steel and steel products manufacturer in South Africa, will be participating in the 11th West African International Mining and Power Exhibition (Wampex) in Ghana from 28 May 2014 to 30 May 2014.

The exhibition seeks to capitalise on the rapidly growing and fast developing mining sector in Africa, inviting participants from major mining equipment suppliers from different parts of the continent. With Ghana as the host nation, this event serves several countries in Africa, many of whom depend upon mining as a significant means of economic development.

“We have been participating in various exhibitions over the last year and we have seen what benefits they hold for organisations like ours. We have recently moved into Ghana with the construction of our new plant and we believe that much will be achieved by our participation in Wampex,” said Markus Hannemann, Chief Executive Officer of the Scaw Metals Group.

The Wampex exhibition is supported by the governments of Nigeria, Mali and Senegal where mining is a major economic activity and an important means of uplifting the economic conditions of the local citizens. This industry also plays a pioneering role in the development of the power, construction and infrastructure sectors in West Africa.

Scaw will be showcasing its grinding media, cast, chain and wire and rope products. Our broad based product range is widely used in different industries, largely mining related but also within the offshore marine, construction, engineering, cement, railway, and agricultural sectors. As all products are manufactured to international quality standards, customers are assured of receiving the right quality product, at the right time at competitive prices.

Scaw moves into Ghana

Last year Scaw announced that it would construct a new grinding media plant in Tema, Ghana. This new plant seeks to significantly increase the company’s grinding media capacity on the African continent. This move, valued at more than US$40m, is done in partnership with the Guma Group, a South African player, as well as the Jospong Group of Companies, which is based in Ghana.

The plant, with an annual capacity of 50 000 metric tons, should become operational within 18 months and will offer significant job opportunities in the local community. The Scaw Metals Group is the largest producer of cast high chrome grinding media in the southern hemisphere and is the leading producer and supplier of high chrome and forged grinding balls primarily to the African platinum, copper and gold mining industries.

Before the announcement, Scaw already had a presence in Ghana. The company’s Ghanaian operation was registered in 2011 as a regional sales office to service the West African region. With offices in Tema, Scaw Ghana functions as a local point of contact for all of the products manufactured in South Africa by the Scaw Metals Group that may be in demand in the region.

“From our experience in Ghana thus far, we are certain that we will be able to fully utilise the vast potential in the region. The skills development we will be providing for the employees of the plant will make sure that our plant will have world-class standards and have a significant knock-on effect in the local community,” says Hannemann.

Scaw to take part in CMACS/Zaminex

Scaw will also take part in the 2014 Copperbelt Mining Agricultural & Commercial Show (CMACS) in Zambia from 28 May 2014 to 1 June 2014. This will be the 57th time that the CMACS or Zaminex will take place and this year’s theme is “sustainable & environmentally responsible development – beyond Zambia’s jubilee”.

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