FLSmidth is poised to expand extensively into the minerals arena, a key corporate strategy that is only likely to be challenged by the skills shortage.
So says Peter Lohrmann, newly appointed MD of FLSmidth South Africa (seen left), who took over management of the company from August 2011, following the retirement of the company's former MD Dave Reid.
"We have excellent products and a substantial in-house technology base, which we harness to provide solutions to customers' unique requirements. We believe this capability goes beyond what most other companies are able to offer. In fact, we are being called upon to innovate technology solutions to such an increasing extent, that we are seeing our company actually transitioning from a supplier of equipment to a single source solutions provider, capable of designing, operating and maintaining systems - a full scope solutions provider."
Lohrmann joined the company in 1983. He also ran FLSmidth Buffalo, a Witbank-based world class supplier of feeding and crushing equipment for mining and general industry. In 2008, Lohrmann came over to FLSmidth's head office in Roodepoort as deputy MD. Commenting on becoming MD, he says: "I'm anticipating a pretty seamless transition, having worked side by side with Dave on many issues and served with him on the Board of FLSmidth South Africa for several years. The only significant change I face in this new role is the rapid pace at which the company is expanding."