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Screen media specialist keeps it in the family

The media, including galvanised and stainless steel square mesh and its specialist agavibe and polyvibe, will be manufactured in the woven wire plant at the company’s new facility in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales.

“We saw no reason to cease local manufacture,” FLSmidth’s country manager Mark Clifford said. “Our new facility has a dedicated manufacturing zone, our people are well trained and our range of screen media has a reputation for quality and performance.”

He said local manufacturing also gave FLSmidth the advantage of fast response, shorter lead times and screen customisation, plus the quality control needed to meet the performance demands of a variety of generally abrasive slurries, aggregates and industrial and commercial environments.

{{quote-A:R-W:300-I:2-Q:"The design, materials and technology inherent in the screen media range we produce continues to evolve"-WHO:Mark Clifford, Country Manager at FLSmidth}}“Additionally, any sizing, suitability or performance issues are quickly resolved,” he said. “The customer is not waiting for a response from an overseas manufacturer and the possibility of an extended resolution period.”

The locally made screens have been an integral part of the Australian mineral processing industry for some 40 years.

The first models were manufactured under the Hunter Screen Products banner, until Ludowici Australia purchased that company. In 2012 FLSmidth bought Ludowici and successfully merged the design and manufacturing processes into its own business model.

“The design, materials and technology inherent in the screen media range we produce continues to evolve, just as processing methods and the diversity of potential applications also evolve, but the quality of the products and their performance characteristics remain high and keep our screens as market leaders,” Clifford said.

Along with direct supply to customers across the country, woven wire screen media manufactured in the Hunter Valley plant are used in the company’s range of processing screens, manufactured at its facilities at Pinkenba, Queensland, and Welshpool, Western Australia.

The screen media plant is part of the company’s new 4700m2 purpose-built facility in Beresford, NSW. It is also home to customer and product support services for the region, a 1700m2 workshop, and local administration, sales and project management teams.

Source: FLSmidth Australia

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