M&A, OEMs

A critical integration

Following its acquisition of the Schenck Process mining-related business in November 2022, Sandvik has been working hard behind the scenes to bring its new offerings to market.

In October last year, Sandvik reached a key milestone in the integration of Schenck Process Mining (SP Mining) into its rock processing solutions business area, when the company changed the names of the legal entities that came with the Schenck Process acquisition.

The newly acquired entities provide Sandvik Rock Processing with a wider global reach, particularly in geographies where it previously had little presence.

SP Mining and Kwatani offerings have been united under the Sandvik brand.
Image: Sandvik

This is especially true in Australia, where Sandvik Rock Processing only had a small team, while SP Mining had the majority of its engineering and research and development (R&D) teams as well as production and service facilities in Australia.

Schenck Process Australia, which employed over 400, people became Sandvik Rock Processing Australia, which is now a major hub for Sandvik’s global Screening Solutions Division.

Since the renaming of the legal entities, the integration of the SP Mining business around the world has been a key focus area for the company.

Part of this work includes the rebranding of all aspects of the business. In parallel, the SP Mining and Kwatani equipment offerings have been united under the Sandvik brand.

Sandvik said the result is an unparalleled range of vibrating screens, feeders, screening media and train loaders.

In early May, the company achieved another key integration milestone, shipping out the first Sandvik branded SP Mining screen from its Jandakot production facility in Western Australia.

Sandvik global head of marketing – screening solutions Peter Newfield, who was previously SP Mining APAC head of marketing, was pleased with the result.

“Apart from the change to the look, branding and Sandvik nomenclature, nothing else has changed,” Newfield said. “Our legendary reliability, technology and aftermarket support remains as our customers have come to expect.

“We are now better equipped to help our customers optimise their comminution and material handling operations for maximum performance, safety and efficiency.”

Preparing to ship the first Sandvik-branded SP Mining screen from Jandakot.
Image: Sandvik

Newfield said combining the screening, feeding, and loading expertise of SP Mining and Kwatani with Sandvik’s mastery of crushing and wear protection allows the company to bring an unrivalled equipment line-up to market.

“This unique offering is underpinned by the expert process knowledge of our teams, a full range of digital tools, high-quality original equipment manufacturer spare parts, consumables, and life-cycle services,” he said.

But the integration isn’t just limited to equipment. Newfield said it has been a major project that involves every part of the business.

“Of course, a big part of the integration is making sure our key stakeholders understand the benefits of us becoming a fully integrated part of Sandvik,” he said.

As part of the integration process, SP Mining staff had to embrace the Sandvik culture and learn the company’s systems and ways of working.

“It takes time for people to adjust to change, and they need to know what is happening throughout the process,” Newfield said. “We have worked hard to communicate the changes to all our key stakeholders including our customers and employees.

“We are now changing the branding of all our Australian facilities, our motor vehicles, and the work clothes that our people wear on the job every day.

“Our website and other marketing collateral is also being changed to showcase our new product offerings and brand.”

Newfield said he expects the rebranding projects to be complete by the end of June, which is the final step in the integration process.

“Our new offering, along with the advances that our combined R&D teams are making, allow us to partner with our customers to address our industry’s biggest challenge – making mineral processing more eco-efficient,” he said. 

This feature appeared in the June–July 2024 issue of PNG Mining.

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