Johannesburg, South Africa – July 2011 - As Africa opens up to international markets, Marsay Equipment has taken advantage of the fact that South Africa is still regarded as the “engine room” of Africa. Even countries as far away as Guinea in West Africa, which is equidistant from the European market, recognise the fact that South Africa is a reliable source of good reconditioned stone crushing and mining equipment.
Marsay Equipment is supplying the equipment to a London based diamond mining company, which is working on 5 new projects in Guinea. According to Marsay Equipment’s Managing Director, Tim Marsay, the company is hoping through this transaction to get a foot in the door to supply further stone crushing and mining equipment for other mining projects in the West African country.
In addition to private mining projects, the government of Guinea is currently in the process of launching various massive infrastructure and housing projects in which as many as 20 new 100T per hour stone crushing plants may be required.
“Private contractors on the project have contacted us to to get involved,” adds Marsay. “A project of this nature will need to be approached in association with new equipment suppliers. Quotes for these projects are currently in the hands of the contractors who are awaiting the green light from the government of Guinea.”
Marsay says that throughout Africa, diamond mining appears to be in the process of a re-awakening as indicated by the recent profits announced by the De Beers group.
“This seems to be showing a spin-off with new entrants to the alluvial diamond mining market,” he adds. “As a result of this, there has been an upturn in enquiries in the past couple of months. This will hopefully turn into business in the used equipment sector of the market in which Marsay Equipment participates as a significant player.”