Keestrack has increased its Chinese unit sales by more than 20% in 2018, leaving the mobile crushing and screening plant manufacturer on course to sell around 60 machines in the calendar year.
Thomas Hagspiel, the company’s China and Southeast Asia managing director, said the Belgian global crushing and screening equipment firm had been delighted with Chinese customers response to Keestrack’s product offer over the past four years. The company is currently second only to Kleemann in annual China market mobile track-mounted plant sales.
The latest encouraging unit sales figures are a vindication of Keestrack’s decision to launch its own subsidiary in China, Keestrack Construction Equipment, in 2007. Keestrack China covers the Chinese and South Asian markets with a state-of-the-art production facility located in Chuzhou. The subsidiary also has a fast-growing sales organisation. In 2012, the Chinese factory produced the first hybrid, diesel/electric classifier, the Keestrack C6e, especially for the Chinese market.
Left to right: Michael Brookshaw, Kjell Sorlie and Keestrack group president Kees Hoogendoorn in front of the exhibition-showcased K6 scalper
Four key models are being unveiled this week. The track-mounted B4 jaw crusher, also available in hybrid plug-in B4e version with drop off power-supply module, ensures less wear and better crushing capacities due to its double-deck vibrating pre-screen (2300mm x 1000mm) The 600mm maximum feed size plant has a throughput capacity of up to 400tonnes/hour.
Also on show are the up to 250tonnes/hour fully-hybrid H4e cone crusher, the up to 500tonnes/hour tracked R6 mobile impact crusher, and the proven 600tonnes/hour capacity K6 scalper, now also available with an energy saving hybrid plug-in electric drive.
Kjell Sorlie, owner of Oslo Pukk Kjell Sorlie AS, a granite aggregate processing business near Oslo, Norway, has become the first buyer globally of Keestrack’s B7 hybrid mobile tracked jaw crusher, fitted with a Sandvik CJ412 jaw box. “I’m using 25 litres of fuel and hour compared to 60 litres with my previous jaw plant,” said Sorlie, “that will save me NOK 450,000 a year (US$52,200). I’m very happy with its productivity as well as its fuel saving.”
Michael Brookshaw, Keestrack global distributor manager, said: “We are having an incredible show. It’s like another bauma Munich. It’s really been an international exhibition. We’ve had visitors from South America, Russia and other countries.”