2016 marks the 100-year anniversary of Weir Minerals Netherlands. For a century, the company has been committed to delivering innovation and engineering excellence to its customers.
With a worldwide reputation for developing and manufacturing GEHO® slurry pumps, Warman® axial flow pumps and Enduron® high pressure grinding rolls, Weir Minerals Netherlands has maintained its leading position through innovation.
Commenting on this milestone, Weir Minerals Netherlands managing director Jan Peter van Leeuwen said, “For the past century, Weir Minerals Netherlands has been committed to developing and producing innovative solutions for transporting and handling ores, minerals and tailings. This dedication has helped us to design and develop some of the world’s most advanced pumps, built to handle the most abrasive and corrosive slurries and tailings.”
In 1916 the forward thinking Holthuis family purchased a foundry and machining factory and established a company which has been developing innovative products ever since. In 1929, it became clear that pumps were the future when the company began manufacturing pumps.
During the 1950s, the owners’ sons took over management of the company and worked together to develop a piston pump, which was branded GEHO. The pump was a huge success and a key driver to the growth of the company, setting the standard for pumping systems.
The company became part of the Weir Group in 1994, an acquisition which accelerated the growth of the company’s manufacturing capability through Weir Group’s excellence in engineering solutions.
In 2003, Weir Group signed an agreement with KHD to design, manufacture and distribute High Pressure Grinding Rolls (HPGR) for minerals processing applications and Weir Minerals Netherlands became the global Design Centre of Origin (DCO) for Enduron® HPGR.
This innovative grinding technology is backed by continuous research and in-house pilot scale test facilities in Europe, Australia, North America and Latin America.
To date, the company has sold more than 1600 GEHO slurry pumps to more than 65 countries worldwide. These pumps have operated in the most demanding applications for more than 500 different projects.
Today, after more than 100 years’ experience, Weir Minerals Netherlands runs on a strong customer-oriented approach and the team is focused on long-term relationships with its customers.
Weir Minerals Netherlands may be turning 100, but its products are more innovative than ever; recently investing in technology through the acquisition of a pipeloop facility in Melbourne, Australia. This research facility forms part of the specialist tailings treatment unit of Weir Minerals Netherlands to expand their tailings and pipeline solutions.
Weir Minerals Netherlands Sales and Marketing Director Stuart Hayton comments on the company’s tailings solutions: “The use of tailings solutions helps our minerals customers reduce risk, increase storage capacity on a reduced footprint and reduce power and water consumption. The Weir Minerals portfolio covers all aspects of our stable tailings solutions and offers equipment, services and turnkey projects as required. We’re passionate about providing cost effective and sustainable solutions to our customers.”