November 3, 2017 - Denmark’s FLSmidth has completed its acquisition of Sandvik Mining Systems’ projects business except for the transfer of assets in South Africa, which is awaiting merger control clearance. The acquisition includes continuous surface mining and minerals handling technologies and competences that strengthen the group's core minerals business. The purchase is intended to increases FLSmidth’s coverage of the full mining value chain.
"With this acquisition we will be able to increase the productivity of the complete ‘Pit to Plant’ operation by better integrating upstream mining with downstream processing. The acquisition also allows us to digitalise the full value chain and enables a better utilisation of existing leading technologies by obtaining direct access to all key processes and equipment," said Manfred Schaffer, Group Executive Vice President, Minerals Division of FLSmidth.
The acquisition includes the part of Sandvik Mining Systems that is closest to the mine, which excludes Sandvik's conveyor component and its Finland based businesses. It includes all products for continuous surface mining, inpit crushing and minerals handling technologies and related intellectual property, including reference lists, drawings and data for installed base. The deal includes the transfer of over 200 employees from Sandvik. FLSmidth will also provide project management services to Sandvik on the majority of ongoing projects to be delivered during 2017 - 2019 period and parts and services for the installed equipment.
The closing of the acquisition in South Africa is expected to occur in early 2018.