McCloskey extend African dealer network
BL&D Plant Hire & Sales to provide new distribution channel serving Zambia and Zimbabwe
SCREENING and crushing equipment specialists McCloskey International have recently welcomed African equipment dealers BL&D Plant Hire & Sales to their global network of distributors, to serve the countries of Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Representatives of the company were present at the CAMINEX 2018 mining exhibition and conference to launch the new McCloskey dealership with a C38 cone crusher on display at the Kitwe Showgrounds in Zambia.
Headquartered in the Zambian capital Lusaka, BL&D Plant Hire & Sales employ 200 staff, comprising operators, mechanics, drivers and support staff, and supply the Zambian market with construction equipment through HHEZ, a Hyundai dealership, and plant hire services through BL&D Plant Hire.
The company has a diverse portfolio of customers within the private and public sectors and across multiple industries, including mining, aggregates, road building and infrastructure, land clearance, agriculture, and material handling and processing. BL&D will also serve these industries in Zimbabwe.
Announcing the new dealership, BL&D director Jeremy Badcock said: ‘This is an exciting time to be representing McCloskey International. After a temporary decline, rising prices have reawakened mining. With this favourable environment, foreign direct investments are adding an additional boost across industries.’
Paschal McCloskey, president and chief executive officer of McCloskey International, believes the McCloskey product range is well suited to the African market, as it is user friendly and rugged.
‘We established the company in Canada where machines are expected to withstand extreme temperatures in vastly remote areas,’ he noted. ‘As a result, they have been designed to be reliable, operator friendly and easy to maintain. These are the same features that African-based operations will be looking for in their machinery.’