Sheffield engineered production hoist bound for Peru

Heavy engineering expert DavyMarkham has completed production for a multi-million pound contract to supply mine hoists to Peru.

The Darnall based company secured a contract in 2011 to provide Volcan Compañia Minera, the world’s fourth largest producer of zinc and silver, with two heavy duty mine hoists for its Pique Andaychagua mining project in the Yauli province, more than 90 miles northeast of the Peruvian capital, Lima.

An eight feet single drum service hoist, with a personnel-carrying cage and a payload capacity of 2,400kg, was shipped in January 2012 and will operate to a shaft depth of  970 metres. The second hoist ready for shipment is a 12 feet double drum production hoist which will have a payload capacity of 9,000kg and will be capable of hauling twin ore skips.

The electrical drives and controls for the new hoists were subcontracted to ABB Sweden, a long term commercial partner of the Sheffield company in the mining sector. ABB also supplied the hydraulic brake control system for DavyMarkham’s disk brake assemblies.

DavyMarkham project manager David Platts said: “Our work with Volcan Compañia Minera is our first in Peru and it has been an exciting challenge for the company entering into a new market. This project not only puts DavyMarkham on the map for mining, but demonstrates the quality of engineering in Sheffield.

“DavyMarkham is establishing itself as a well-respected company in the mining sector, securing projects globally.”

The senior project team from Volcan Compañia Minera visited DavyMarkham’s Prince of Wales Road workshop in June to see the production hoist before it is shipped to Peru. Once in South America, a member of the DavyMarkham team will supervise its installation.

David said: “Despite being thousands of miles apart our companies have worked together closely to ensure the smooth running of the project.”

DavyMarkham’s international work has received government praise in recent months. After visiting the company during Sheffield’s Global Manufacturing Festival in March, Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister of State Jeremy Browne MP said: “Latin America is a fast-growing region and the rewards of exporting there can be huge.

“This government firmly believes that manufacturing and exporting should be the cornerstones of our plans for economic recovery. Companies like DavyMarkham are testament to the difference initiative and innovation can make, and we want to help other companies realise their ambitions too.”

Once installation of DavyMarkham’s hoists is complete, the Volcan Compañia Minera mine will produce an estimated 4,000 tonnes per day from depths of up to 970 metres. Peru occupies a strong position in the global production of gold, silver, lead, copper and zinc and market experts believe it could soon become the mining industry leader in Latin America.

DavyMarkham recently completed another mining project in Canada, designing, manufacturing and installing three hoists weighing a combined 470 tonnes for the Lalor Mine Project in rural Manitoba as part of contracts worth £10 million.