Source: The West Briton
Redruth company lands contract with first new UK mine in 45 years
A Redruth-based company has landed a contract commissioning them to manufacture equipment for the first new metal mine to be opened in the UK for 45 years.
Holman Wilfley will provide eight Holman model 8000 gravity tables for the £130million Drakelands tungsten and tin mine, on the edge of Plymouth.
Holman Wilfley director Chris Bailey said: “We welcome this UK supply contract for a new mine project of this kind.
“In the past the Holman gravity tables would have been installed in large numbers in support of tin mines across the South West, today most of the gravity tables used by customers in this country are for separating out metals in recycling plants.
“We are proud to be associated with a mining project of this status closer to home.
“Securing this contract is testimony to the skills of our eight employees and the quality of their workmanship and our product. We also sub-contract work out to other companies in Cornwall, such as the manufacturers of components for the tables, which we then assemble and quality test before despatching from our Redruth workshop.
“As well as providing work for our staff, this contract has contributed to our plans to increase our Engineering Apprenticeship training programme and because the mine project is local to us, it will enable us to enhance our equipment servicing facilities for the UK and Europe.”
Holman Wilfley, who exports 80% of their equipment overseas, will be using their apparatus to separate out tin and tungsten extracted by Australian Wolf Minerals.
Wolf Minerals managing director Russell Clark said: “The scale and specialist nature of work required for the Drakelands Mine Hemerdon project is already delivering significant positive economic benefits for local companies, their supply chains and the wider economy.
“There is a wealth of specialist expertise and enthusiasm in Devon and Cornwall for this project and we are very pleased to be supporting local companies and harnessing their skills to create a world class mine.
The Drakelands Mine project is expected to create about 200 direct jobs and pump hundreds of millions of pounds into the south west economy over the next ten years.
The £150,000 contract awarded to Holman Wilfley for a June 2014 delivery is one of many awarded to Devon and Cornwall businesses with contract values ranging from £100,000 to £3 million.
The mine is scheduled to become operational in mid-2015.
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