Africa’s industrialisation and multitude of infrastructure projects throughout the continent are giving Chinese heavy equipment manufacturer Sany, a huge scope to reinforce its growth strategy outside China. Cherry Ellis spoke to Xiao Jiang, General Manager of Sany Central Southern Africa (Sany CSA).
Sany CSA, operating in South Africa for the last five years, has sold just over 880 units ranging from cranes, trucks, excavators and motor graders, rollers, port machinery. “Outside of China, we are the biggest and most profitable company with record profits recorded. 2013 was our best year thus far, selling machines in central and southern Africa in excess of R2.7 billion, having maintained an annual growth of nearly 40%,” said Jiang.
Sany Group’s business is essentially divided into domestic and overseas markets. The company has 10 Regional Divisions outside of China; with Sany CSA being one of the biggest. The company also sells into Africa and are represented by local companies in Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana and Zambia.
“Sany is here to stay, we have invested in land and will build an assembly plant in Johannesburg soon. The assembly plant will help us save on transport costs. Coupled with this, we are carrying a parts holding of R60 million and at any given time machine stock worth R120 million,” said Jiang.
Looking at the current year, Jiang said that with all the strikes, the longest being a mining strike of five months, the market as a whole suffered. Our saving grace is the fact that we can offer a variety of equipment.
The Sany Cranes, represented in South Africa by Saxeni Equipment, has reported tremendous success and while the SA market declined this year, business into Zambia, Tanzania the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zimbabwe has shown significant growth.
“Machines that have proved their moneys’ worth is the mining rigid dump truck, ranging from 33t – 230t. Long gone are the days that our equipment need to prove themselves in the field, we have machines running for
2,5 years with 10 000hours and more, without any problems,” said Jiang.
On the crane side, the popular models include the 750t, 630t, 400t and 250t crawler cranes.” If we look at the crane industry, we can compete with the best offered in the local market, not only with productivity, but in pricing as well.
“Going forward we are looking at broadening our scope on offer and will import bulldozers, front-end loaders, articulated dump trucks and backhoe loaders. With this new range, we can offer the mining, construction and building industries a complete package for their earthmoving solution,” said Jiang.
Sany CSA’s presence at the Electra Mining 2014 Expo proved its commitment to bring the best machines to South Africa.
The company pulled out all the stops at this years’ Electra Mining Expo that took place at Nasrec in Johannesburg. Some of the machines that proved popular to the visitors included the SMG200 motor grader, the SRC550H rough terrain crane, the STC1000C truck mounted crane, Sany’s SY335 excavator, and the SRT55, rigid dump truck.
The SRT 55 rigid dump truck is powered by Cummins and offer a respective payload of
Since its launch about two years ago the Sany’s SMG200 motorgrader has proven its worth in the industry. The machine is fitted with a 4 270mm mouldboard, a rear mounted ripper and a front push-block. It is fitted with a Cummins QSC8.3 diesel engine developing 143kW @ 1950rpm.
It has a direct drive powershift transmission with eight forward and six reverse gears. The total weight including the mouldboard, rear mounted ripper, front push-block and 17.5×25 tyres is 19 804kg.
SRC550H rough terrain crane The Sany SRC550H rough terrain crane has a maximum lifting capacity of 55t and has a fully extended boom of 42.5m plus a fly jib of 16.4m. The SRC550H was designed in the USA and is fitted with a USA Cummins QSB6.7 diesel engine, a Dana power-shift transmission and Rexroth hydraulics.
STC1000C truck mounted crane
The SANY STC1000C truck mounted crane has a maximum lifting capacity of 100t and has a fully extended boom of 52m plus a fly jib of 18m. The STC1000C is fitted with two Mercedes diesel engines, a 12 speed ZF transmission and Rexroth hydraulics.
Sany SY335 excavator
The Sany SY335 excavator offers gross power of 216 kW and a digging depth of 7 377mm. The excavator sports a newly designed cab with excellent space, wide visibility and easy access to controls to maximize operator comfort. The machine is powered by an Isuzu engine.
Sany CSA is represented in South Africa by:
• Dougall Equipment – Sany dealer for earthmoving and mining equipment.
• SAXENI Equipment – Sany dealer for hoisting equipment and cranes.
• Gijima Heavy Machine – Sany dealer for harbour equipment.
“We will continue to support our dealers in South Africa and are looking at establishing new branches besides Durban and Polokwane,” concluded Jiang.