Tri-Pump and Ellicott Dredge Technologies (EDT) Forge Exclusive Partnership to Enhance Efficiency in African Mining Sector

[Johannesburg, 13 March 2024] — Tri-Pump, a leading provider of pumping solutions in Africa, proudly announces an exclusive distributor agreement with Ellicott Dredge Technologies (EDT), a global leader in dredging solutions. This strategic partnership aims to address the unique challenges faced by the mining sector in Africa through the implementation of innovative dredging technology.

Map of Africa representing Tri-Pump's territoryThe distributor agreement between EDT and Tri-Pump is purposed to cover key African regions, including Zambia (mining sector), Ghana, Tanzania, Mauritius, South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This strategic alignment allows for a focused approach to delivering services and solutions to mining operations in these areas.

EDT recognises the value of partnering with Tri-Pump, acknowledging their strong presence and sterling reputation in the African mining sector. Tri-Pump’s profound understanding of local cultures and the inherent challenges in mining operations makes them an ideal distributor for EDT’s products.

Under this partnership, Tri-Pump will offer a range of EDT products, including the Mud Cat E-Series Electric remote-controlled dredges and Mud Cat D-Series Diesel manned dredges with optional remote capabilities. These solutions are designed to optimise efficiency and productivity in mining operations, particularly in the management of tailings dams and lagoons.

To ensure the highest standards of service delivery, EDT adheres to rigorous processes and holds ISO 9001:2015 certification through Bureau Veritas. Additionally, EDT Sales and Field Service teams collaborate closely with Tri-Pump, providing comprehensive training and on-site support to guarantee seamless operations and minimal downtime.

EDT has a long history in Africa with deliveries to Algeria, Angola, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea, Libya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Uganda, and Zambia over the past 15 years alone.  Projects include power plants, mining operations, agriculture projects, water and wastewater treatment, industrial clean-up, aquatic vegetation control with the patented WeedMaster®  cutterhead and dredge dewatering with the patented GeoPool®  product line.

In a recent interview, Michael Young, EDT Technical Sales Manager, provided insights into the potential impact of innovations within their product line on Tri-Pump’s clients. When asked about specific developments within EDT’s offerings that might resonate with Tri-Pump’s clientele, Young highlighted the transformative capabilities of EDT’s Mud Cat electric dredges. He emphasised that these dredges offer various levels of automation for the dredging process, going as far as seamlessly sharing key metrics with the SCADA systems of mines or industrial plants. This automation technology not only helps reduce labour costs but also mitigates the safety risks associated with having personnel on the water. Furthermore, he pointed out that in the context of reprocessing tailings or process material, the automation features can even aid in quantifying the profitability of dredging operations.

Looking ahead, both Tri-Pump and EDT express openness to expanding their distributorship to other countries and regions where mutual opportunities arise, reflecting their commitment to continuous growth and innovation. “Partnering with EDT brings us immense excitement,” stated Jannie Rossouw, Group Marketing Director of Tri-Pump. “The prospect of offering dredging solutions to the mining sector is particularly thrilling for us. It seamlessly complements our existing pump portfolio. Additionally, addressing the long-standing challenge of slurry buildup in Process Water ponds for end users is something we anticipate resolving through this collaboration.”

For further inquiries, please contact:

Ryan Horton, Vice President, Ellicott Dredge Technologies, LLC
[email protected]
Office: (913) 542-5100
Cell: (715) 760-2170

About Tri-Pump:

Tri-Pump is a prominent pump solution company catering to the African mining and construction sectors since 1996. It supplies global pump brands, tailors solutions, and extends technical support, training, and servicing. With its headquarters in Mauritius, Tri-Pump distributes the world’s finest pump brands to the mining and construction industries across five African countries: Zambia, Ghana, Tanzania, South Africa, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Through its extensive network, Tri-Pump empowers industries with top-quality pump solutions tailored to their requirements.

About Ellicott Dredge Technologies:

EDT (Ellicott Dredges Technologies) is a respected supplier of high-quality horizontal cutterhead dredges, headquartered in New Richmond, WI.  EDT manufactures Mud Cat® brand electric and diesel-powered dredges for mining, industrial and wastewater, IMS Versi-Dredge® brand self-propelled diesel dredges for various waterways, and GeoPool® dewatering systems for bulk dewatering dredged materials.

EDT’s sister company, Ellicott®, is known globally for its durable and versatile dredges, with a legacy dating back to the construction of the Panama Canal. Each dredge is meticulously designed at the Baltimore headquarters, with manufacturing facilities in Baltimore, Maryland, and New Richmond, Wisconsin. Since 2009, EDT has been part of the Markel Ventures family of companies, a subsidiary of the Markel Corporation (NYSE – MKL). Markel Ventures, employing over 7,000 people across various sectors including manufacturing, consumer goods, business services, financial services, and healthcare, provides strong support to each subsidiary while allowing them to operate independently.

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