As noted in the February issue’s major article on conveyor developments, Australian privately-owned conveyor OEM, NEPEAN Conveyors, has acquired Sandvik’s International Conveyor Components businesses and Sandvik’s Specialist Conveyor Systems business in Hollola, Finland.NEPEAN Chief Executive Officer, Miles Fuller, says the acquisition is a great fit with the organisation’s existing conveyor businesses. “NEPEAN now owns significant businesses in Europe, Scandinavia, North America, Brazil and Western Australia in addition to our existing operations throughout Australia and Africa. We will also gain a broad range of advanced technology, leading products and associated IP,” says Fuller.The businesses will be branded PROK, GURTEC and ROXON in their respective markets.“The conveyor business is core to NEPEAN. Since 1985, our growth and success has been due to our customer focus, local support capability, passionate employees, leading engineering, and empowered managers with the authority to get things done. NEPEAN’s conveyor expertise in Australia includes fully-integrated bulk materials handling solutions from the mine to the train or truck load station.“Putting the needs of customers first is part of NEPEAN’s DNA. We can only prosper if our customers are successful and we are deeply committed to this responsibility. Our relentless drive to deliver for our clients will ensure customers benefit quick responses, reduced lead times, access to the industry’s leading technical experts, and quality conveyor components for aftermarket and major projects in any location globally,” says Fuller.NEPEAN was already the largest manufacturer of pulleys and idlers in Australia. With the acquisition of Sandvik Conveyor Components, the combined capacity will position NEPEAN as one of the largest specialists in conveyor components globally; capable of producing many thousands of large engineered pulleys and millions of conveyor rollers annually to service customers in 66 countries.“Our investment in Sandvik’s Conveyor businesses, and more importantly Sandvik’s customers and employees, is a further commitment to an industry we know well. It is a key step in NEPEAN’s journey to be the global leader in innovative conveyor components,” he concluded.