What we do?
Gearvest Pty Ltd is a heavy engineering company that focuses on the building and refurbishing of earthmoving machine buckets and bowls. Although the focus has always been on the ultra-large segment of the market, much value can be added to smaller open cast and underground operators. The company has close ties and associations with prominent suppliers in this industry, allowing a significant degree of control and quality in its value chain. One such role player is BOROX AB, a leading global manufacturer of wear parts and packages for leading OEM companies.
Offering a high level of community-driven development.
As the global drive towards localisasion increasingly comes onto the foreground, Gearvest’s prime focus is on the empowerment of stakeholders in the business-workers, suppliers, and eventually the broader community to make an impact in industrial development. In this regard, associated companies, like Leyton Developments Pty Ltd and Harvest Floor NPC, will increasingly play a key role.
Gearvest is a level 2 BBBEE
How we can help you
The heavy engineering facilities typically provide the following services:
Manufacturing and Refurbishment
Manufacturing and Refurbishment of ultra-large buckets and load bowls, including the refurbishment of sticks, booms, hydraulic tanks, car bodies etc.
Gearvest has access to considerable machining capacity, either in-house or via associates specialising in various services of fabricated items.
Field service teams
Fully equipped field service teams are available and able to assist with breakdowns and emergency repairs by Gearvest Limpopo- an independent support company.
Education and Training
Accredited training with NOSA rating on lifting equipment, rigging/slinging, welding and in the areas of SHEQ. Harvest Floor NPC fulfils this crucial role.
This includes the regrousering of track shoes.
This applies to line boring dimensions exceeding 320mm OD. ETS Pty Ltd provides this service.
Gearvest is the only SA bucket builder linked internationally to an OEM steel mill, manufacturing quenched and tempered materials for earthmoving machines.
Heavy engineering workshops
Heavy engineering workshops are based at Anglo Platinum’s Mogalakwena Mine as well as in Pretoria.
These workshops are supported by and linked to:
- Borox Wear Parts, supplying parts and wear materials as well as technical services supporting cost effective manufacturing and refurbishment processes.
- Leyton Invest, supporting operations in terms of administrative functions, HR, costing and accounting. Leyton Invest also acts as the investment arm.
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Bucket Design and Improvement
Engineering Design Capability
- The Drafting Office is well equipped in terms of capability and intellectual property in order to play a leading role in bucket design and integrating it with appropriate wear package designs for specific applications. The strength lies in impact absorption and wear resistance materials, wear pattern design and various overlays to increase bucket life. With new bucket designs, FEM and DEM simulations are often included.
- BOROX AB in Sweden offers exceptional support in new wear material development where quenching and tempering are undertaken in world-class automated facilities.
- Condition monitoring is the new buzz word in mining operations and indeed the area where Gearvest’s focus is on maintenance of buckets to improve life and assist in the design of new wear package patterns.
Line Boring Specialists
ETS Pty Ltd was formed as a separate entity focusing on the development of new techniques and team skills in line boring exceeding 320mm OD. As no formal training course exists in South Africa for training line boring operators, most of the techniques, including laser and the development of a unique Gearvest line boring machine design, was done in-house.
In line with the Mining Charter, Leyton Developments focus on the industrial development of localised business in communities where infrastructural development is lagging. The aim is to develop localised business opportunities by making facilities available, often on incubation level, developing and growing from there, creating job opportunities in the process, and contributing to economic advancement in most instances where the mining sector provides the market pull.
Harvest Floor NPC
Harvest Floor is a Non- profit Co with its main objective of supporting communities in the educational arena. This would typically include vocational training and entrepreneurship development, training support to incubation facilities, and the development in general of commercial understanding and business ethics. In this process, Harvest provides training support to Gearvest and all other investors under the Leyton Developments banner but take education also to the community with various Teach the Teacher programmes and support of educational institutions.
Gearvest Limpopo houses all the various field service facilities and teams operating at the mine, maintains equipment and assists with breakdowns and emergency repairs in field.
Our latest developments
For the very first time, a chrome carbide cum tungsten overlay was successfully applied and tested as face shovel material, leading to a significant improvement in bucket life.
The implementation of quality systems and improved control functions will lift the bar in quality bucket building.
The Non Profit Company Harvest Floor has kicked off with the first “water to school” project in Limpopo. Harvest Floor aims to be heavily involved with local community development and will provide the framework within which other investors can manage their social funding contributions.