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Brauteseth Fuels Expansion Using Sandvik Drill Rigs

by Adenike Adeodun

Brauteseth Blasting, situated near Port Shepstone on KwaZulu-Natal’s southern coast, has extended its operations both nationally and internationally, thanks in large part to its purchase of multiple drill rigs from Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions.

Andre Blom, the Account Manager for Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions, shared that Brauteseth Blasting purchased units from the entire range of Sandvik’s boom drills within a year. Their acquisitions included the Leopard DI550 and DI650 down-the-hole drill rigs and the Pantera DP1500i, Ranger DX800, and Ranger DX900i surface top hammer drill rigs. According to a report by Mining Weekly, the relationship between Brauteseth Blasting and Sandvik has grown stronger since Brauteseth Blasting’s initial Sandvik rig purchase in 2005.

While Brauteseth Blasting began its operations in civil engineering and quarrying, the company has since delved into surface mining. Clive Brauteseth, the Managing Director since 1989, emphasized the company’s expansion beyond KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape to areas like Limpopo, Mpumalanga, the Northern Cape, and even Zambia.

This year, Brauteseth said, the company’s count of Sandvik drill rigs is nearing 50, and they plan to purchase even more by the end of the year.

“Our 35-year partnership with Sandvik has grown stronger with time,” he noted.

“We take pride in possessing high-quality equipment and keep them in top condition, resulting in regular upgrades.”

The exceptional quality and efficiency of Sandvik drill rigs ensure operational reliability for Brauteseth Blasting, with their skilled team enhancing this advantage. Ongoing training guarantees they leverage the latest technological tools efficiently, leading to results that strengthen customer trust.

Brauteseth Blasting made strategic acquisitions between 2021 and 2022. The Leopard range, designed for high-capacity drilling in sizable mining operations, stands in contrast to the Ranger™ DX800 and Ranger™ DX900i rigs targeting the construction and smaller mining sectors. Meanwhile, the Pantera™ DP1500i serves both quarries and smaller mines.

Drawing from almost two decades using Sandvik drills, Brauteseth recognizes Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions as the market leader. He underscores the importance of adopting the latest technology to stay ahead of the competition.

“When new equipment arrives, we eagerly explore how it can enhance our capabilities and services,” said Brauteseth.

“I deeply value Sandvik’s relentless drive for innovation and their responsiveness to customer feedback.”

Blom mirrored this appreciation, highlighting the partnership’s uniqueness. Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions provide unwavering OEM support, ensuring Brauteseth Blasting operates independently and efficiently. As we move closer to 2023, the trajectory indicates Brauteseth Blasting’s intent to make more acquisitions, showcasing its continued growth.

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