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After five successful years representing global leader Metso Outotec in southern Africa, Jet Park-based Pilot Crushtec has renewed its distributorship for another five.

Despite periods of challenging economic conditions in recent years, Pilot Crushtec has earned global accolades within the Metso Outotec distributor network. According to Francois Marais, director sales and marketing at Pilot Crushtec, the company has already won annual awards for Best Aftersales Distributor and for Best Sales Growth. 

“We value this partnership with one of the world’s leading brands, and have demonstrated through our solid performance the positive synergies that we leverage,” says Marais. “The years from 2017 through to 2019 in particular saw exceptional growth year-on-year for both our Metso Outotec offering and our business as a whole.”

He highlights that the two companies’ offerings in the crushing and screening market complement each other very well, and they share a commitment to high quality products, services and support. 

“For customers, the renewal of our distributorship confirms their faith in our products and strengthens their security of investment going forward,” he says. “It assures the market once again that their capital investments are being well supported through our extensive parts holdings and service excellence.”

The new agreement covers additional products and territories within the region, facilitating a wider offering in terms of new equipment and aftermarket aspects. According to Adam Benn, director capital sales North EMEA, Russia & CIS and Southern Africa at Metso Outotec, there was no hesitation in signing a renewal of the distribution agreement with Pilot Crushtec.

“Having just celebrated its 30th anniversary in business, Pilot Crushtec has built a strong reputation,” says Benn. “This applies not only to their supply of equipment and associated services, but their experienced team’s hands-on knowledge and can-do attitude to opportunities and challenges.” 

He emphasises Pilot Crushtec’s investment in time and resources training their teams and their customer base – an effective strategy for keeping skills current and for listening to customers’ development needs. With technical facilities that rank among the industry’s best, the company manufactures plant locally while also offering a one-stop repair and refurbishment solution.

“Having a distribution network that is close to its customers is a fundamental part of Metso Outotec’s group strategy,” he says. “In addition to being well located, our distributors need to keep a good inventory of equipment and parts, which is something that Pilot Crushtec prioritises as a vital cornerstone of their business strategy.”

Looking ahead to Metso Outotec’s future focus, Benn says that business is returning to normal with the construction segment proving resilient with recovering activity levels. 

“The short-term focus will be on continuing to strengthen our products and services, while working on developing the next generation of technology and solutions required by our customers,” he says. 


The age of the dual power, or bi-power, mobile crushers and screens is here – allowing contractors, quarries and mines to reduce operational costs and increase equipment availability while enjoying the versatility of being able to run their crushers and screens on any remote location.

According to Charl Marais, sales manager at Pilot Crushtec, the bi-power feature is yet another market-leading innovation by Metso, which was also a pioneer in the concept of mobile crushing and screening equipment. 

“Having listened to its market and developed mobile crushers, Metso also heard the call for its crushers to be driven by both on-board diesel generators or using a ‘’plug and play’’ option to connect to grid electricity,” says Marais. 

“Although bi-powered options are not new to Metso’s fleet on some of their mobile units, Pilot Crushtec now encourages these features, which are available to its customers locally, and we are seeing clear signs of interest in the market.”

He highlights the significant reduction in operating costs that can be achieved by running a mobile crusher on grid electricity. 

Firstly, there are savings in diesel fuel, which is the biggest contributor to higher operating costs, as well as significant savings in diesel engine maintenance and servicing costs. Mobile units can be driven from an external power supply with the cost of electricity from a central grid generally much lower than the cost of diesel generated electricity per kW. 

“Secondly, there is better availability of the mobile crusher or screen, as less time is required for scheduled servicing on hybrid mobile machines,” he says. 

Other advantages of running mobile crushers and screens off electric power is the elimination of CO2 gas emissions and reduction in engine noise which is especially important when operating in urban areas. Considering the carbon footprint impact, fewer diesel engine services also equate to reduced lubricant usage and fewer consumable parts. These hybrid machines also use less hydraulic oil as drives have been replaced by electric motors.

“The necessary servicing of the mobile crusher and screen diesel engine would typically reduce equipment availability by a further 10 %,” he says. 

This raises the performance of the machine substantially, improving its cost effectiveness over the duration of a crushing contract. The additional 10% uptime that can be achieved with a hybrid machine allows the customer to service a contract within time constraints. At the same time, the dual power option equips the machines to be applied on contracts in remote areas where grid power is unavailable.

“The versatility of the bi-power units that run either off the electrical grid or off a diesel engine allows them to be used in various contract structures,” he says. “So this feature makes long term sense even when they are being purchased initially for a short term contract.”

Recent changes in South Africa’s power generation landscape are also turning the spotlight on the value of dual power units. To address the shortage of electricity in the country, large power consumers like mines are looking at generating their own energy from renewable sources. As mines also usually require crushing facilities, this has started opening doors for Metso’s hybrid innovation.

“We have already engaged with mines who are considering constructing their own solar plants to generate electricity, which could then, of course, drive a bi-power mobile crusher,” he says. “This option would make sense not only from a cost perspective, but would also reduce the mine’s carbon footprint – an issue of growing concern in the mining sector.”

He notes that the cost effectiveness of using grid or local electricity sources – instead of diesel – improves with the size of the crushing machine, with substantial efficiency gains being made in applications where throughputs are 500 tph or more. Various items in Metso’s mobile product range are already available with the dual power feature, says Marais. 

“In the mobile jaw crusher range, the  LT120E, LT130E, LT106E*, LT150E*, LT160E*, LT200E* come with dual power options,” he says. “While in the mobile impactor range the LT1213E*, LT1213SE*, LT1315E*, LT1418E*, LT1620E*and LT7150E* come with dual power options. Dual power options are available in the following mobile cone crusher units – the LT330D, LT200HPSE* and LT330GPSE*. Lastly in the mobile screen range the ST2.4E, ST2.8E, ST3.5E,ST3.8E, ST4.8E and ST4.10E come with dual power options.”

Marais concludes by point out that Pilot Crushtec is South Africa’s leading supplier of mobile and semi-mobile crushing and screening equipment, and is the official Metso distributor for sub-Saharan Africa. 


Continually advancing its crushing technology, Pilot Crushtec International has released its new Pilot Modular VS100 vertical shaft impact (VSI) crusher for tertiary and quaternary applications.

The Pilot Modular VS100 is a remodelled and improved version of the company’s popular entry-level Pilot Modular AC06 VSI crusher, according to Francois Marais, sales and marketing director at Pilot Crushtec. The AC06 has, for over 25 years, been successfully serving the aggregate and mining sectors with hundreds of units in the field both locally and internationally. 

Advanced materials and manufacturing methods have enhanced the Pilot Modular VS100, while it has retained the functionality and reliability of the tried-and-tested AC06 model. The versatile crusher is used mainly for producing sand and fines, and for enhancing the quality of aggregate.

“Among the features of the new VS100 are elements that make for a safer working environment,” says Marais. “These include a new inclined staircase, and a three-sided platform that is both non‑slip and chemical resistant.”

He emphasises that this high performance machine is packed with years of experience and know-how. The hydraulic pack both opens and automatically rotates the lid, revealing the modular rock chamber and rotor. The jib crane is installed as a standard item, for safe removal of the rotor. 

“The modular rock chamber allows you to go from autogenous crushing to an anvil ring crushing configuration, and is designed for efficient rock-box build-up,” he says. “The VS100 is also future-proof – with the option of two rotor sizes, five motor sizes, five rotor speeds and a rotor by-pass system.”

Marais explains that these options allow plant capacity requirements to be optimised with economical power consumption, making the unit versatile enough to allow upgrades as plant production requirements increase. 

“Once you start the crusher and the material pours into the newly designed omni-directional feed chute, you notice how smoothly the new advanced vibration isolation keeps the plant running smoothly,” he says.

The new-generation triple bearing, grease lubricated cartridge has an optional Auto Lube system to facilitate regular lubrication for added reliability, while the modular serviceable rotors reduce operational costs. Once the worn wear parts have been replaced – and correct tip material selected to suit the stone – the rotor can be balanced using the balancing kit provided. Pilot Crushtec SupportLink technicians are available to train customers’ maintenance teams during commissioning, ensuring smooth and cost-effective operation into the future.

“Overall, the new Pilot Modular VS100 is the complete package,” says Marais. “With its improved safety features for overall compliance, this brand new design allows operations to increase tonnages from 10 tph to 100 tph, depending on the application.” 

He also points to the unit’s ease of maintenance, made possible by the smart design and the simple operations of the crusher. These factors make the new Pilot Modular VS100 a wise and operator-friendly investment for any operation making use of VSI crushing. The skid-mounted module requires only a level compact surface for installation, and no civils infrastructure.