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Sandvik supports aggregate production in Panama

Panama Development of Infrastructure (PDI), located 40 kilometres north of Panama City, is currently assisting the Petaquilla Gold Mine, part of Petaquilla Minerals, in producing high quality aggregates from excavated materials at the mine. In order to support the activities of Petaquilla Minerals, the only mining company currently operating in Panama, PDI is using a selection of Sandvik drilling, crushing and screening equipment, all manufactured by, which has been supplied, and is supported by, Sandvik's distributor in Panama, Grupo Tecún.

Sandvik supports aggregate production in Panama

The Petaquilla Gold Mine is not just a mine, but also a major source of aggregates for the local construction industry. Due to the diverse activities of mining and aggregates production at one site, Petaquilla Minerals identified a requirement for a drilling, crushing and screening solution that was both flexible and adaptable, not only for their demanding requirements, but also to those of their customers. Hence, in seeking a productive and versatile solution for their requirements, the company decided to invest in Sandvik equipment, selecting a DX800 drill rig, a UJ440i mobile crusher and a QA450 triple deck Doublescreen mobile screener.

The Sandvik equipment was supplied by Grupo Tecún, Sandvik Construction and Sandvik Mining's distributor in Panama, which not only supplies the equipment, but also provides first class after market support. The company, which originally hails from Guatemala, began business over 50 years ago, and now possesses operations in Panama, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Despite diverse business interests, representing many first class companies, Grupo Tecún now considers the construction and industries equipment they represent to be one of their premier brands. Of their decision to become Sandvik's authorised distributor in Panama, Luis Fernando García, General Manager of Mines and Quarries de Tecún, stated: "The global availability of Sandvik equipment, and the personalized attention received from the company, is what led us to choose (to represent) this brand; we know that we offer our clients the latest technology which will produce for them high profitability."

Of the relationship that has developed with Sandvik Construction through Grupo Tecún and PDI, Mr David Baralt, General Manager and Chief Operations Officer at Servicios Mineros de Petaquilla, said - "We are seeking friendly suppliers, who understand how their products are connected to our production. We strongly believe in Sandvik for the recognized quality of their equipment worldwide." Thus, it has proved vital for Petaquilla that the Sandvik construction equipment is supported by a local company, thereby enabling the provision of first class after sales service direct from Grupo Tecún, but with the reassurance provided by the excellence of the Sandvik products and global presence. Of this relationship with customers, and representation from first class distributors, Said Vivas, Business Line Manager, Sandvik Mobile Crushers and Screeners commented; "It is important for us (Sandvik Construction) to have someone with the experience, and local presence, to serve customers during the work of the machine, as well as the ability to offer stock to potential customers."

Sandvik supports aggregate production in Panama

Impressive productivity and reduction
The extensive range of Sandvik mobile crushing and screening equipment is designed for maximum productivity, offering advanced solutions for virtually any crushing application, stationary or mobile. Furthermore Sandvik, due to its global presence, is able to supply key components and a wide range of consumables, all supported by teams of aftermarket professionals who are able to support the equipment wherever it is operating. In Petaquilla's case the UJ440i jaw crusher is used to process Andesite rock from the quarry, crushing down from 700 mm - 150 mm, at an average production rate of between 450-500 tph. Due to the demanding nature of both the material and the production requirements, the UJ440i, is able to call on Sandvik's support via Grupo Tecún in order to ensure that this impressive productivity is maintained.

In processing the aggregates, and in addition to the UJ440i crusher, the company also uses a QA450 triple deck Doublescreen, which is able to achieve a production rate of up to 600 tons per hour, depending upon the material, the feed size, and the required fractions. This highly productive unit provides an extremely flexible solution as it can produce four material sizes, plus an oversize from the grid. The high production capability is due to the patented Doublescreen screen box, which features two independent triple deck screen boxes, with independent drives, that are able to have their amplitudes and screen angles adjusted depending upon application. Said Vivas, identified the advantages of the UJ440i and QA450 as being: "Easy to transport to the quarry, can be operated in less than an hour, saving installation time and obtaining permits; but mostly these are very versatile machines, flexible and of very high production capacity."

The delivery and use of the QJ440i, together with the equally impressive QA450 and DX800, strengthens the position of Sandvik in Central America. The interesting application at the Petaquilla Gold Mine highlights how the faith displayed by the customer in Sandvik's history and reputation, the quality of the product, and the support provided Grupo Tecún, has presented benefits to all parties, facilitating what is hoped to be many years of successful partnership.

For further information, please contact:

Virginia Varela-Eyre
Marketing Manager Construction, Americas
Sandvik Construction
Tel: +1 404 589 2823
Fax: +1 404 589 2923
E-mail: virginia.varela-eyre@sandvik.com

Rrelated products: UJ440i, DX800

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