Sandvik's annual Global Distributor Conference demonstrates latest advances in mobile crushers and screens
Sandvik Construction Mobile Crushers and Screens held its annual Global Distributor Conference in Ireland from the 11th – 15th January. Over 120 people, representing 60 Sandvik Mobiles’ distributors from around 40 different countries, participated at the conference. The attendees were welcomed by Sandvik Construction President Dinggui Gao, before taking advantage of workshops, seminars and seeing the latest mobile crushers and screen plants demonstrated. Delegates from 60 distributors were in attendance this year to receive updates on Sandvik Construction's overall business, product briefings, as well as a range of activities aimed at helping customers’ world-wide.
The conference began with an official welcome and introduction by Sandvik Construction’s President, Dinggui Gao. He said of the conference: “I am delighted to attend and have the opportunity to meet our Mobiles’ partners. It has been a challenging year, but fantastic to see the drive, enthusiasm and commitment within the Mobiles’ sales network.” Following this address, President for Product Area Equipment, Joanne Cooke, presented an overview on Sandvik Construction as a business.
Attendees were then updated on the Mobiles’ business by members of the Mobiles’ management team. Terry Allison, Managing Director, provided an update on the business and the production facilities in Ballygawley, Ireland. This included a presentation on a new £1.6 million powder coating facility investment, which distributors were delighted to hear is now fully operational. Eugene Lyons, Sandvik's Global Sales and Marketing Director, presented a sales update, and John Nethery, Vice President Product Management and R&D, outlined recent product launches and the developments to come in 2016.
The distributors were also taken to a local quarry in order to view some of the newest developments to Sandvik's Mobiles’ range demonstrated. This included the latest addition to the scalper range, the compact and extremely versatile QE241. This was set up in two different applications in order to demonstrate its ability to operate as both a scalping and sizing screen. A QH331 Hydrocone crusher, one of the most advanced cone crushers on the market, according to Sandvik, was displayed with the optional hanging screen system. This setup recirculates the oversize material, or alternatively, through rotating the conveyor hydraulically through 90°, facilitates stockpiling of a readily screened product. The screening range was also displayed in order to highlight the performance and efficiency of our screening technology, in particular Sandvik's latest compact addition to the Doublescreen range, the QA335 Doublescreen.
This event also displayed 6 key models from the Premium range of mobile jaw, cone and impact crushers, screens and scalping equipment. Sandvik says this represents only a fraction of the product range available.
Eugene Lyons says he was especially pleased to see the full range along with the hanging screen options now available on display. He says the pride of place given to the QH331 highlighted that one of the key messages of the conference was how advanced and versatile the company's range of cone crushers really is.
“Our Hydrocone crusher is one of the most technologically advanced in the market, and is a tried and tested design, which is something we are extremely proud of," said Lyons. "In order to drive sales and increase our market share, we decided to run some cone focused seminars during the conference. These were welcomed by our distributors and we have received some great feedback. As a result, we look forward to seeing an increase in our cone sales over the coming year.”