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allmineral, a Perfect Fit with IMS

Leading materials and minerals processing technology provider IMS Engineering, part of the Hazemag group, has announced the integration into its organization of German-based allmineral, a leading manufacturer of advanced sorting technology.

Hazemag parent company Schmidtkranz acquired the controlling share in allmineral in 2011, and after a year of strategic planning and preparation, the integration has now been executed.

allmineral already had an existing customer base in South Africa, and IMS sales manager Shannon McKewan says that the synergies between IMS and allmineral run deep. “The fit is incredible,” he says. “The addition of allmineral to the stable, which already includes STEINERT, gives us the opportunity to create a focused and powerful separations business unit.”

IMS provides comminution and separation solutions and technologies to three industries: mining and minerals, construction material preparation, and recycling. The company’s recently consolidated relationship with STEINERT, developer and manufacturer of some of the world’s leading sorting technologies, including fast-growing sensor-based sorting, has allowed the company to offer powerful solutions in mining and minerals and recycling sectors.

With the integration of allmineral, recognized as a world expert in the beneficiation of, inter alia, gravel and sand, IMS is able to offer a comprehensive set of separation technologies and solutions to the regional market, drawing on the power of these two companies.

McEwan says that where Steinert specialises in magnetic separation and sensor sorting, including X-ray and 3D sorting, allmineral provides low intensity magnetic separation (LIMS), medium intensity magnetic separation (MIMS) and wet high intensity magnetic separation (WHIMS).”What makes this arrangement so advantageous to all involved – especially to our customers – is that there is no conflict between the two companies. In fact, their portfolios dovetail perfectly, complementing each other to fill any gaps in IMS’s offering,” he says.

“The tripartite relationship between IMS, allmineral and STEINERT makes us one of the powerhouses in separation technology in Africa,” says McEwan.

The four flagship products of allmineral are the alljig (wet jigging machines for density separation), allflux (for the separation of slurried fines), ALLAIR (air jigging machines for separation without water), and gaustec (wet, high-intensity magnetic separation, or WHIMS).

The logistics of the transition have so far been smooth, with both companies recognizing the mutual benefit of the integration. IMS will benefit from the additional product technology, while allmineral will be able to leverage off IMS’s existing markets and benefit from IMS resources, such as its renowned engineering and service department.

IMS has already invested in installing allmineral technology in its test centre in Spartan, Johannesburg. At the industry-leading centre, IMS engineers conduct informative tests with clients’ materials, to ensure that they are able to pick the right sorting solutions for their specific materials.