Quarry giant decides on Sandvik exclusivity

Gulf quarry operator Stevin Rock has standardised its fleet of equipment to Sandvik products in order to maximise productivity and meet the demands of the regional construction industry.

Gulf quarry operator Stevin Rock has standardised its fleet of equipment to Sandvik products in order to maximise productivity and meet the demands of the regional construction industry.

The company supplies more than 35% of the rock and aggregate industry in the UAE and surrounding Gulf states from its three limestone and gabbro quarries in Ras Al Khaimah.

"Over the past five years we have seen an enormous increase in demand, particularly from Dubai and from other markets in the region," said, Naser Bustami, general manager, Stevin Rock. "We are now producing 32 million tonnes a year and this is projected to increase to 40 million tonnes."

He added that the company recently decided to replace its mixed fleet of rock drilling rigs and to standardise on one manufacturer in order to meet a range of criteria, including optimum rock drilling, ease of operation, and fast and reliable service and maintenance.

Stevin Rock bought two hydraulic crawler drills of comparable specifications - one from Sandvik and one from another manufacturer - and operated them in the same quarry to evaluate their performance.

"We had no preconceived notions as to which was best, and we had no allegiance to either manufacturer," said Bustami.

"But after extensive trials it was clear that the Sandvik drill was doing everything we wanted of it."

Dynatrade Automotive Group, Sandvik's distributor in the UAE, has supplied all the equipment and undertaken the training of Stevin Rock's workforce.

"Drill operator training is especially important, as some operators may not have experience with the new technology. We are producing huge volumes of rock therefore he must learn and understand the machine and be able to begin working with it at optimum efficiency almost from the very start," said Bustami.

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