Posted: Friday 8th June 2012

Weir Minerals’ recently opened sales and service centre in Nederweert, Netherlands, has just delivered a €750,000 order for international marine contractor, Van Oord.

The new centre, which opened its doors in January this year, has supplied a range of slurry pumps and spare parts for two of Van Oord’s recent build cutter dredgers - the Athena and Arthemis.

Van Oord is one of Weir Minerals longest established clients in the Netherlands which uses the firm’s mineral processing equipment on more than 30 vessels the world over.

The business currently has more than 150 Weir Minerals pumps operating worldwide and regularly calls on Weir Minerals’ worldwide support services network for essential maintenance and parts replacement, with engineers often flying direct to Van Oord’s vessels from the Netherlands.

As part of this latest agreement Weir Minerals will provide training to Van Oord’s ship operatives before they embark on their first projects.

To enable it to expand its operation, Weir Minerals moved its centre from Venlo to Nederweert.

From the new site, near the Belgian border, the Weir Minerals team is conveniently placed to visit sites across the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg.

A permanent team of Weir Minerals technicians are based at the centre so that repair and maintenance can be carried out nearby, minimising turnaround time.

Strategically managed stock is also kept at the location, allowing commonly ordered smaller items to be delivered rapidly to customer locations.

Tony G Locke, Managing Director of Weir Minerals Europe, said: “Our pumps deliver some of the highest performance rates available, making them an essential tool across a range of industrial activities, including marine dredging.

“Our new centre in Nederweert is a key hub from which we can support a wide variety of mineral processing or slurry handling industries across the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. It is essential in supporting our expansion both geographically and outside of our core mining customer base.”

Weir Minerals Europe delivers end-to-end solutions for all mining, transportation, milling, processing and waste management processes across a range of industries and in over 30 different territories.

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