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TAKRAF wins major contract in Africa

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TAKRAF GmbH, a Leipzig based company with a wealth of experience in development, design, fabrication, erection and commissioning of equipment and systems for the global mining and material handling industry, has secured a major contract for the turnkey supply and installation of a bauxite handling plant in Guinea, West Africa. The contract value is approximately €100 million.

Compagnie des Bauxites de Guinée (CBG), jointly owned by the international mining houses ALCOA, RIO TINTO, DADCO and the State of Guinea, mines and exports bauxite for more than 50 years and has put in place an ambitious program to increase their export capacity, for which TAKRAF supplies equipment for the unloading of railcars and crushing and conveying of the bauxite.

A major challenge is the brownfield character of the works, which means that the new supplies and modifications to the existing plant have to be carried out whilst the installation is in operation. Very limited plant downtime and difficult conditions for logistics are a further challenge.

TAKRAF is executing this contract in close cooperation with their subsidiaries in the US, China and South Africa, whereas the project lead is based in Leipzig, Germany. TAKRAFs CEO Dr Frank Hubrich underlines the importance of this project for the implementation of the company in the important markets in western Africa and praises the good cooperation between the different entities of the company. The commissioning of the plant is scheduled for 2H18.

TAKRAF, with roots dating back to 1725 and with more than 1000 employees worldwide, is affiliated to TENOVA spa, a technology based group of companies based in Milan, Italy, which in turn belongs to the Italian engineering company TECHINT, a leading integrated supplier of technology and turnkey industrial plants.

Guinea, situated on the west coast of Africa, boasts the world’s largest reserves in bauxite, a raw material used for the production of alumina, which is used in the smelting of aluminium, a metal important in the aviation industry, automobile fabrication, and many more durable goods manufacture.

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