FLSmidth and Chinese mining equipment supplier sign joint venture agreement

Photo:  Alongside representatives from NHI Group of China and FLSmidth, Manfred Schaffer signs the formal agreement establishing the Joint Venture between both companies.

Photo:  Alongside representatives from NHI Group of China and FLSmidth, Manfred Schaffer signs the formal agreement establishing the Joint Venture between both companies.

FLSmidth and Northern Heavy Industries Group Co., Ltd (NHI Group), based in Shenyang, China, have signed an agreement to enter into a joint venture - with an equal amount of shares - for the design and supply of mining equipment targeting the mid-market segment.

The joint venture will be established with its own board of directors and management under the name NHI-Fuller (Shenyang) Mining Co., Ltd (NHI-Fuller), which will financially report results as part of the Minerals Division in FLSmidth. Subject to obtaining regulatory approval, it is anticipated that NHI-Fuller will be operational in the first quarter of 2017.

The NHI-Fuller products will be designed for the specific needs of mid-market or CAPEX sensitive customers in the mining industry and will be marketed under the NHI-Fuller brand name.

While the initial focus will be to supply crushing products, the goal of the joint venture will be to become the leading mid-market mining equipment supplier for other product lines as well.

"In 2014, we announced that part of our strategy in the Minerals Division was to enter the expanding mid-market for mining equipment. With the NHI Group, we have now found a perfect industrial partner for this quest," says Group Executive Vice President of the Minerals Division in FLSmidth, Manfred Schaffer.

More about NHI

NHI employs more than 10,000 people and is among China's leading heavy machinery manufacturers. They design, manufacture and sell various types of mining equipment to more than 30 countries, worldwide. NHI’s sales channels within China as well as abroad will contribute greatly to the success of this joint venture.