SBM Reports On Successful ConExpo Show

The SBM booth in Las Vegas was dominated by the JAWMAX 400 40-ton jaw crusher. (SBM Mineral Processing photo)

Tue March 28, 2023
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After seeing 140,000 visitors and a positive mood in all participating industries, ConExpo-Con/AGG closed with an extremely positive result. This was confirmed by Austrian processing specialist SBM Mineral Processing, which presented its products for the American market in Las Vegas.

"It was a very good show for us," said Erwin Schneller, managing director of SBM Mineral Processing, shortly after the show. "In fact, due to the high number and frequency of visitors to our booth, we probably achieved much more than we set out to do.

"Our focus this year was clearly on mobile processing technology, although there were also initial discussions about the next step, the introduction of our EUROMIX super-mobile concrete mixing technology to the American markets."

All in all, the optimism typical of the U.S. market was once again palpable, Schneller added.

"The economy has taken off — the major infrastructure projects are having a direct impact on the willingness to invest throughout the country, especially in the building materials sector. There is also a noticeable change in technology: High-quality recycling is becoming more and more of an issue, and economic efficiency in construction — fuel costs and transportation costs — but also the conservation of natural resources are increasingly coming to the fore.

"The tailwind from the market has certainly helped us to achieve our goal of expanding our sales and service network in North America," said Schneller.

To date, SBM has been active in Canada with national dealers and its own North American Parts & Service Hub. The company also plans to enter the United States, the world's largest single market for mobile mineral recycling, in the near future.

"Our discussions with appropriate partners — including leading financing companies — have been very promising. In terms of our total global sales, we expect an increase of around 30 percent in the medium term."

Market Is Getting 'Greener'

"It was almost like a home game for us," said Helmut Haider, SBM sales manager mineral processing, commenting on the trend toward sustainable technologies, which was evident in the presentation of "zero-emission" concepts across all sectors.

"We are the only processing specialist to offer 100 percent hybrid electrification on all 12 track-mounted models in the JAWMAX jaw crusher and REMAX impact crusher ranges, covering a productivity range of up to 700 tph."

Add to this the proven economics of SBM technology: 20 to 40 percent less fuel consumption per hour is now a real selling point, even in the perhaps less fuel-sensitive American market. Not to mention the significantly lower total cost of ownership due to easier transport, less maintenance and simple and safe operation through to the intelligent SBM control system CRUSH CONTROL, the company said.

Including the "plug-in option" of the SBM hybrids, which is already available in many markets, up to 70 percent of the total cost of ownership can be saved compared to diesel-hydraulic or only partially electrified solutions, according to the manufacturer.

At its booth in Las Vegas, SBM Mineral Processing showcased the JAWMAX 400 jaw crusher with an hourly capacity of up to 400 tph and a maximum operating weight of just under 38 tons.

Together with its sister model, the JAWMAX 450 (450 tph), and the corresponding REMAX 400/450 impact crushers (400/450 tph), SBM is setting the international benchmark for track-mounted plants with a total weight of around 55 tons in terms of productivity and mobility.

The American experts were particularly impressed by the REMAX production screens, which are available in 1, 2 or 3-deck versions, depending on the type, and ensure particularly high added value in the operation of the highly flexible impact crushers, the manufacturer said.

Future Starts Now

With the REMAX 600, SBM opens up a whole new performance segment: maximum throughput of up to 600 t/h, five end products in one pass and compact, one-piece transport with a slim total weight of 80 tons. The new flagship impact crusher, which was unveiled at bauma, attracted a great deal of interest in Las Vegas, and the first customer machines will be delivered by the end of the year, according to SBM.

The term "autonomous crushing" also quickly made the rounds. SBM plans to implement the new concept for the first time in the REMAX 600. Intelligent sensor and camera technology, worldwide interactive communication of the plant in the field with database-supported central controllers that independently adjust all crusher settings and further production steps are the key components of the ambitious project, which SBM plans to complete by 2024 together with AI and processing experts from the Austrian University of Leoben.

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(L-R, top): Mike Maher of SBM's Canadian distributor ProTrack; SBM Sales Manager Helmut Haider. (L-R, bottom): SBM Distributor Manager Mike Brookshaw; SBM Managing Director Erwin Schneller; Canadian customers Bodia and Gerrard White, Norstone Excavating; and Norbert Dieplinger, SBM Int. Business Development Manager. (SBM Mineral Processing photo)