FLSmidth is strengthening its African footprint with the opening of a new office in Accra. The new presence in Ghana will provide a hub for regional operations, as there is already a large installed base not just in Ghana, but in other neighboring countries including Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Mali and Guinea.

“We have done business for many decades in West Africa and have a wide network of distributors and agents,” said Deon de Kock, vice president for FLSmidth Sub-Saharan Africa. “Ghana is West Africa’s biggest and fastest growing economy with a diverse and rich resource base. There are positive signs of recovery in the minerals sector in West Africa, especially in the gold mining segment. We want to build our own in-house resources in this region, and fine tune our service and support activities to add more value to our customers’ operations.”

The Accra office will be staffed by Ghanaian employees. Joseph Appiah Kubi has been appointed general manager of the new Ghana office that will also be a venue for product and process training for customers. The office will be fully operational by the end of September.