ON THE COVER: In March 2021 John Deere announced the expansion of its construction line-up to 18 countries in Southern and Western Africa. In addition to the John Deere machines, customers in these markets have access to product support through the world-renowned John Deere dealer network. Upon introduction John Deere focused on the 21-ton E210 excavator in its excavator offering. It is now actively marketing the E300 LC, a 30-ton mid-sized excavator. Modern Quarrying spoke to Griffiths Makgate, John Deere’s Construction and Forestry Sales Manager: Africa and Middle East about this excavator’s performance, uptime and cost of ownership, but also about John Deere’s pledge to assist customers to keep machines running.
Buying cheap, may not necessarily be cheaper
There is a perception in the crushing and screening industry that some capital equipment offered by Pilot Crushtec and Metso is not as cost effective as competitors, when in fact the truth is that these premium products often come with many essential features as standard, while other suppliers, with what may appear to be ‘less expensive’ equipment, offer these as optional extras or not at all. Modern Quarrying spoke to Francois Marais, Pilot Crushtec’s Sales and Marketing Director about how the notion of ‘saving your way to profitability’ does not make sense in the highly competitive quarrying sector.
Upgrades increase quarry’s capacity, efficiency and availability
AfriSam’s Pietermaritzburg Quarry (PMB Quarry) provides a diverse portfolio of aggregate products that are suitable for readymix, asphalt, civils, road building and concrete product manufacturing in the construction sector. The operation’s material output is currently vital to key infrastructural improvements in the area which include the upgrades to the N3, municipal roads, and various building projects. Modern Quarrying visited the facility to learn about upgrades that will lead to optimised operations and the ability to step up production when the construction industry fully recovers.