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David Brown Gear Industries Quality and innovative design are the secrets to the success of David Brown Gear Industries. Gay Sutton talks to Bill Gorman of the South Africa division and learns how continuous investment in equipment and skills is keeping the company ahead in the marketplace T he mining industry undoubtedly uses enormous equipment and David Brown Gear Industries ( DBGI) of South Africa designs and manufactures the high quality, highly specified and often enormous gears and gear boxes required by the international mining sector. The company is part of the David Brown Gear Systems Group, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. Alongside six sister manufacturing sites around the world, the South African factory at Benoni near Johannesburg is supported by a global network of sales offices, agents and distributors. However, it is the South African and Australian factories that specialise in mining; and Benoni's engineers have been travelling the world installing these highly specialised pieces of equipment, venturing as far afield as the frozen wastes of Siberia and more moderate climes of North America. " We are the largest manufacturer of gear boxes in South Africa. We design and manufacture them here to standard, non- standard and client specifications. Within the group we are also the centre of excellence for large girth gears," explains Bill Gorman, sales director for South Africa. " We have a Maag SH1400 machine capable of February 10 www. bus- ex. com 55 upagear