Minopex has built a concerted presence in Mozambique over the past four years to be one of the best positioned players in a dormant minerals market on the brink of more lucrative times to come.
Minopex has worked tirelessly to replicate its well-established South African operations in Mozambique over the past four years, and is now in a prime position to capitalise on a future boom in the commodity market in the country.
Invited into its initial operation in the East African nation in 2011, the mining operations and maintenance contractor has since leveraged and duplicated the vast expertise and industry knowledge across the full range of mineral processing activities to now be the leading player in Mozambique; stealing a march on any prospective competitors looking to enter the rapidly developing country in years to come.
Since being chosen by Jindal Steel and Power to carry out operations and maintenance at its Chirodzi plant, Minopex Mozambique has gone from strength to strength through the attraction and application of its full turnkey offerings.
The company’s managing director, Dave Spottiswoode says: "The move into Mozambique was a general move from our owners, Minopex South Africa, with it necessary for the company to expand across borders.
"Our turnkey approach has been very successful across the group because it saves the clients on capital, with us essentially doing the dirty work for them. The only aspect the clients own and need to bring to the project is the plant itself."
The remaining elements taken care of within the Minopex service comprises the personnel from top to bottom and all technical equipment, all the way to office furniture, vehicles, IT software and major tools needed to fulfil the requirements of the plant.
Across the wider Group, Minopex is equipped to run plants processing the full host of minerals; from diamond, chrome, platinum and gold, to coal, which the sole commodity, being catered for within Mozambique at present.
"The world’s commodity market isn’t great at the moment, and things are tight in Mozambique, but what we have done is position ourselves for the next couple of years for when things get better and take off in a rather big way," Spottiswoode continues. "We’ve set ourselves up; we’ve got the vehicles, the people, the accommodation, and everything else required within Mozambique.
"We’re there, and now we’re just waiting for the boom"