FLSmidth won a $30 million contract from Zijin Mining Group Co. to supply a SAG mill and ball mill to the Majdanpek copper mine in southeast Serbia. Zijin contracted for the crusher and grinding circuit as part of a larger initiative to modernize the mine, sited 180 miles from Belgrade. Delivery is calendared for between a year and 18 months from now, FLSmidth reported. The project is expected to be completed in 2020, at which point the mine will have the largest of Zijin’s three Serbian copper concentrators.

Separately, FLSmidth announced it opened a new 8,000-m2 service center for mining customers in Copiapó, Chile. The center has a primary emphasis on supplying solutions that extend asset life cycle, such as repairs and rebuilds; equipment and components upgrades; parts and consumables strategic stocking programs; tailored training programs; technical assistance; and customized service packages. The center will also provide support to miners regarding inspections, process audits and technical issues.

Leadership at the company said the center is strategically sited in a key locale. “The huge mining industry potential in the area and our large installed base requires an infrastructure like this so we can work closer with our customers, get to know their challenges and deliver sustainable productivity solutions to their operations,” Andrés Costa, president, South America, FLSmidth, said.

The Copiapó center joins other FLSmidth facilities in the region, such as centers in São Paulo (Brazil), Arequipa (Peru), Iquique, Antofagasta and Santiago (Chile).