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Eaton targets South African mining industry in growth drive

Eaton Corporation Thursday hosted a Technology Day in Johannesburg, South Africa, for its African customers, kick-starting a sales and marketing campaign for its portfolio of products and services that now span every stage of the mining value chain.

In a press statement here, Eaton said “The Technology Day was attended by its senior global and Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) regional leaders, including recently-appointed global mining Director, Simon Meester, and Eaton’s new Electrical Sector Managing Director for Africa, Shane Kilfoil.

Meester joined Eaton in June from Sandvik AB where he was President, Sandvik Mining and Construction Company based in Pune, India while Kilfoil, a South African, recently took up his new position following seven years working for Eaton in several leadership roles in North America.

In the last year, Eaton has seen rapid growth in South Africa following the acquisition, in July 2011, of the four Actom Low Voltage Equipment (ALVE) business units: CHI Control, Meissner Interruptible Power and Norsa Electronics.

This means that Eaton is now the leading supplier of electrical products and services to the South African mining industry.

According to the statement, “When combined with its wide range of Hydraulic and Vehicle Group products and services, Eaton can address its customers’ key power management challenges at all six stages of the mining process: Exploration, Production Drill and Blast, Load and Haul, Crush and Screen, Material Handing and Processing.”

A global diversified industrial manufacturer with over US$ 16 billion of global sales in 2011, Eaton now employs over 600 people in manufacturing and supports facilities in Johannesburg, Rustenburg, Witbank, Durban, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town, Richards Bay and Vanderbijlpark.

The company also serves a wide range of local and multinational customers in South Africa including: Mittal Steel, Navistar, Mercedes- Benz, Tata, UD Trucks, Lonmin Mining, Sasol, MAN, Bell Equipment, Anglo American, Hino, VW Group and Exxaro Mining.

The Technology Day consisted of a series of technical seminars providing deeper insights into Eaton’s Electrical, Hydraulic and Vehicle offerings for miners. In addition, a comprehensive Exhibition Floor showcased the complete portfolio of Eaton’s mining products and services across the six stages of the mining process.

Eaton Corporation is a diversified power management company with more than 100 years of experience providing energy-efficient solutions that help its customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power.

With 2011 sales of US$ 16.0 billion, Eaton is a global technology leader in electrical components, systems and services for power quality, distribution and control; hydraulics components, systems and services for industrial and mobile equipment; aerospace fuel, hydraulics and pneumatic systems for commercial and military use; and truck and automotive drivetrain and powertrain systems for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has approximately 73,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 150 countries.


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