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Uretech, HMA Group in venture to establish an African presence

Uretech, a local manufacturer of polyurethane products such as wear liners for the mining industry, has entered into an agreement with the HMA Group of Australia to have its product range distributed internationally. In turn, the HMA Group’s wide product range will now be made available in Africa for the first time.

The agreement, concluded towards the end of 2016, will see the establishment of a new South African subsidiary of the HMA Group, known as HMA South Africa, with George Hoffmann as General Manager. In terms of the agreement, HMA has been appointed as Uretech’s sole international distributor, including South Africa.

A variety of loading systems are available, including truck and train.

Established in 1966 as Halley & Mellowes, the HMA Group manufactures, services, and sells a range of capital plant equipment to diverse industries. The materials handling, wear solutions, instrumentation, and geotechnical divisions of the group will be introduced into the local market, piggybacking on Uretech’s representation in the African mining industry.

“Uretech has always been on the lookout for an international partner since we were established in 2004,” Hoffmann comments. The OEM, with its manufacturing facility in eMalahleni, has established itself as a niche market leader in Africa.

“There is a lot of synergy for both parties in terms of the agreement, as it gives the HMA Group automatic traction in the African market, while Uretech achieves global recognition. With regard to the latter, we have already received our first export orders from Australia,” Hoffmann reveals.

He has worked closely with Tony Rogers, Managing Director of the HMA Group Australasia, in bedding down the deal. “It has been an absolute pleasure in dealing with the HMA Group, as it is very progressive and dynamic in terms of acquiring and distributing new technologies globally,” Hoffmann explains.

The agreement also gives the HMA Group a toehold in the infrastructure development of Africa, where there is a vast need for rail, road and port links to maximise the pit-to-port potential of the continent’s mineral wealth.

For example, the materials handling division of the HMA Group is a leading global supplier of bulk materials loading systems in the Australasian region, with a specific focus on coal, iron ore, gravel, and sand. These can all be loaded in bulk using a variety of design and operating systems. Loading systems are available for truck applications, including over-sized and multiple wagons, and train applications for flood or volumetric loading, single or multiple batch weighed loading, and automatic or manual operation.

“It is this kind of innovative technology that the HMA Group South Africa will introduce into the African mining industry,” Hoffmann highlights. He adds that local agencies have already been secured for four leading Australian instrumentation product ranges.

Commenting on the current state of the mining industry, Hoffmann says it is an ideal time for the HMA Group to enter the African market, as prices are on the rise, indicating that the protracted slump in the commodity super-cycle has bottomed out.

“I think it is a very interesting time for both Uretech and the HMA Group in terms of their future development. The latter has largely been focused on the Australasian region, with another office in Indonesia, and this represents its first foray into a major new territory. We look forward to expanding that relationship, and introducing our customers to the very best technology from the Australian mining industry, which faces many similar challenges and operating conditions as in Africa,” Hoffmann concludes.

Established in 1966, Halley & Mellowes represents an impressive list of internationally-respected companies and manufactures under licence to a number of these companies. We also manufacture a range of products and equipment developed and designed by our own engineers. The HMA Group manufactures, services, and sells a range of capital plant equipment to a diverse range of industries. This includes the mining sector, minerals processing, materials handling, power generation, petrochemicals and oil & gas.

About Uretech
Uretech is a South African manufacturer and supplier a variety of products for the mining and materials-handling industries. Founded in 2004, Uretech has established itself as a market leader, dedicated to product innovation in a range of industries. The company has registered several patents as a result of its ongoing innovation and development. Uretech is also proud to be ISO 9001 certified since 2009. With experienced and dedicated technical sales consultants and offices in Parkwood, Vanderbijlpark and eMahlahleni, supported by experienced in-house installation teams, Uretech delivers a broad range of services and products into the Southern African marketplace.

HMA Group South Africa Contact
George Hoffmann
General Manager
Tel: (013) 650-9800
Cell: 083 283 5685
Email: ghoffmann@hmagrp.com
Web: www.hmagrp.com

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