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Manitou SA January 10 www. bus- ex. com 47 in France to establish a mining division within Manitou France to look at standardising a range of machines and attachments; and to replicate the business model in other countries around the world. " Our success in mining has created an awareness of other opportunities in different geographical areas," Shankland says. " Manitou in France is known for its agricultural and construction focus, but I believe we have highlighted the wider potential in the mining sector of southern Africa and around the world. We will shortly be visiting France for talks about how we can work together within the Manitou Group to develop this exciting business within the mining world. " Soft and hard rock mining is a buoyant sector in our economy and we have demonstrated the strong demand for a customised product from a cost- effective standard platform. It is unusual for a subsidiary to take a lead in this way but I believe our experience can make a much bigger contribution in future to the overall growth of Manitou globally," he concludes. - Editorial research by Vincent Kielty engineer from a common platform which means that there is compatibility of parts across different machines and attachments. All our parts are air freighted in and the availability across the counter is very high- should a part be ordered twice in a year, the part is then carried in stock. Because of the nature of the mining industry where the machines operate 24/ 7 and 365 days a year, it is essential that parts are available as soon as possible. To this end, where necessary, we supply a consignment of parts to outlying mines to minimise downtime," he adds. The success of the Manitou SA team lies in introducing cost- effective mechanisation. This enables mine operators to realise dramatic gains in efficiency and productivity in local and overseas mining operations through a variety of machines and specialised attachments. The machines offer increased productivity, versatility, low fuel consumption and low maintenance costs, as well as longer equipment life. The impact the South African operation has achieved in the local mining sector has inspired the parent company