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B&W Mechanical Handling celebrates 10 years with the Aumund Group

World Cement,

B&W Mechanical Handling Ltd, based in Cambridgeshire, UK, is celebrating 45 years in the industry and 10 years since it joined the Aumund Group in 2002. The Group is comprised of conveying equipment specialist Aumund Fördertechnik and stacker and reclaimer expert SCHADE Lagertechnik, both of which count the cement industry among their principle markets.

The B&W product portfolio proved to have considerable synergy with the existing Group product range and found a ready market in the cement sector and later in power, particularly handling alternative fuels and biomass materials as part of the worldwide sustainability ambitions of the major electricity generators and cement manufacturers. With its mobile Shiploaders and Stormajor™ B&W brought excellent connections to the ports and marine terminals business sector, spawning a new Group Sales Division for this market.

The history of B&W goes back to 1967 with the formation of B&W Engineering as a partnership between Raymond Woodbine and Tom Brown, trading in the agricultural industry in the city of Ely, UK. Following the 1976 boom in the UK farming industry, the business experienced rapid expansion and the limited company was formed. The Samson™ surface feeder was born from these boom times, specifically designed for root crops but soon to be diversified into the industrial sector handling aggregates, coal, clay and heavier minerals as the application range expanded. The early farming machines were always mobile, allowing the equipment to be moved from farm to farm. This inherent mobility proved a major bonus in the ports and marine terminals sector. For example, by combining a Samson™ with a mobile loading boom any bulk material could be exported from any berth providing a flexible bulk export facility without the need for dedicated port infrastructure. This concept has been extended to increasingly large machines able to load Panamax or even Capesize vessels at loading rates of 2500 tph.

Over the last decade with the Aumund Group, B&W products have become modularised for an international market, with localised specifications tailored for each geographical market sector. As a result, B&W has evolved into an international player with the support of an extensive multinational Group including integrated sales and service companies on every continent, supporting clients in their local market, time zone and language. In addition, the concept of high performance mobile handling solutions has also found favour in the mining and minerals sector. 

Adapted from press release by Louise Fordham.

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