IMS MD Paul Bracher says the vast geographical footprint stipulated in the agreement gives IMS both maximum flexibility to use its global sourcing and manufacturing capabilities and the opportunity to significantly extend its market coverage.
The range includes the new Astro Jaw crusher and the new Cybas-I cone crusher. “The Cybas-I, in particular, is the result of collaboration between IMS and Kawasaki, which built on the reliability of the previous range and, at the same time, improved throughput,” says Bracher.
He adds that considerable emphasis was placed on reducing costs by optimising component design. “The result is better performance at lower cost,” he says
Meanwhile this new technology is not the only area in which the buoyant IMS is currently investing. To improve customer service, they have recently moved into new, state of the art premises in Spartan, which, for the first time, will house all of IMS’s functions and services.
The new premises, apart form sales, marketing and general management functions will include an integrated service workshop and repair area. “Having brought together and centralised our service facilities, warehousing and engineering functions, turnaround times for refurbishment, repairs and the building of new crushers will improve as will customer service in general as a result of the facilitation of easier and better communication between our functions,” says Bracher.
Two important initiatives that will be housed in the new premises, a test plant and a crushing school, both of which scheduled to open before the end of 2011, are also part of the current investment strategy.
Bracher says the test facility will ensure IMS’s ability to ‘match the machine with the material’.
“We believe that the focus needs to be on system design and the optimisation of the entire circuit. In this way we can lower costs and focus on our customers getting maximum value from the end products from which they earn their revenue,” he says.
The crushing school will do the job of training both IMS staff and customers in the latest techniques as well as keeping them abreast with the basics. “Nothing is more important than constantly updating our knowledge base with the latest best practice. In this way we can focus on continuous improvement and the crushing school will play a key role in this.”
Bracher says that he is confident about the future. ”We are very positive about the long-term prospects and will continue to invest in those areas that will help our customers be more efficient in their businesses,” he concluded.
IMS Engineering’s product range consists of HAZEMAG primary, secondary and tertiary horizontal shaft impactors, double-rotor primary hammer crushers, hammer mills, rapid dryers and apron, wobbler and reciprocating feeders, MinPro feeder-breakers and chain conveyors, Kawasaki gyratory, jaw and cone crushing and milling technologies and Steinert magnetic and sensor-based sorting and separation systems. Added to this range is the market leading high-pressure roller press technologies of Köppern. These include HPGR for high pressure comminution, compaction presses and hot and cold briquetting technology.