Headquartered in Magdeburg, Germany, the FAM Group has its main subsidiaries in Brazil, Chile, China, Canada and India and as well various representation offices globally. Approximately 1,400 employees work for the FAM Group around the globe for planning, project execution, designing, manufacturing, assembly and commissioning as well as servicing and rehabilitation of bulk material handling systems.
FAM efficiently combines its know-how of serial and custom-specific production. In addition to engineering services, the company offers a complete range of manufacturing services as well as aftersales service. For more than 100 years, FAM incorporates in its global solutions professional competence, engineering know-how and top-level project management.
FAM is a world-wide leading company for the design, supply and maintenance of equipment like Bucket Wheel Reclaimers, Movable Bridges, Stackers, Conveyors, Feeders, Mills, Crushers, Shiploaders and Unloaders.
The FAM team can refer to reference plants in more than 80 countries.
With its range of large equipment and individual machines, such as bucket wheel excavators, spreaders and stackers, scraper reclaimers, bridge-type reclaimers, bucket wheel reclaimers and stacker-reclaimers, shiploaders and ship unloaders as well as crushers and mills, FAM delivers the vital “hearts” for bulk handling plants in mining industry, power plants, metallurgical industry, cement industry, building material industry, chemicals industry, fertilizer industry and for port handling.
Turn-key plants for mining, conveying, storing, crushing, homogenizing, loading and unloading of minerals, raw materials and goods are first priority in the range of products of the FAM Group.
The scope of services includes engineering, design, fabrication, erection, commissioning, repair, refurbishing and after sales service.
Project: Port Moody, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Customer: K+S Potash
Delivery and scope of service: 2 x Semi-portal Scrapers
Combined stacker reclaimer
Rail Distance: 36 m
Output: 4,000 t/h
Project: Burns Harbor, Chicago, USA
Delivery and scope of service: Bucket Wheel Stacker-Reclaimer
Reclaim: 4,000 t/h
Stack: 6,000 t/h
Boom: 67 m
Material: Iron ore concentrate, iron ore pellets, coal
Project : Baffinland, Nunavut, Canada
Delivery and scope of service: 2 x Shiploader (Slewing, Shutting)
Shuttle Distance: 14m – 45m
Capicity: 6,000 t/ h
Material: Iron Ore
FAM has opened a new office in Brazil, as part of its commodity diversification and organic growth strategy. With this important strategic step, FAM is able to further support the key customers located in Brazil.
The new office, established in Belo Horizonte, is represented by Paulo Costa and Marco Antônio de Castro, both joining FAM Group and bringing along long-standing history in the mining business.
“The market reaction was very positive, to have FAM acting locally”, highlighted Paulo Costa, CEO of FAM Brazil.
“We are looking forward to combining German technology in materials handling and service competence, to generate value for our clients,” added Marco Castro, Sales Director of FAM Brazil.
German tradition and competency in mechanical engineering go together with flexibility and strong client orientation. FAM has a broad portfolio in materials handling both for iron ore and coal. FAM is well-acquainted with the challenges facing its mining industry and understands the important role of local competences to have close contacts with its clients. With the office in Brazil, FAM continues to invest in Latin America, after its successful establishment in Chile.
The first expansion stage of the handling equipment of the leach pad system in the SPENCE copper mine in northern Chile was completed in 2006.
This impressive turnkey facility consisting of 21 highly efficient machines (bucket wheel reclaimers, tripper cars, belt wagons, stackers, conveyors) and weighing approximately 7,500 tonnes was installed by FAM within only 24 months after the contract award. It was an extremely short timespan for such a massive, newly developed handling system.
This year the customer is going to replace one of the mobile conveyor bridges delivered years ago by a new bridge designed by FAM, which includes the most modern mechanical components, as well as advanced electrical and I&C technology. This upgrade will substantially increase the handling capacities in the area of leach stockpiles for copper sulfide.
By means of a tripper car, the material is transferred from the feed belt conveyor to the mobile conveyor bridge, which has a centre distance of 426m. The conveyor bridge moves on a total of nine double crawlers in the direction of the stockpile.
On top of the bridge, a tripper car runs and discharges the material systematically line by line using a cross conveyor. This ensures uninterrupted operation with a capacity of 5,500tph, which results in the achievement of a very precise stockpile shape using the FAM-developed control system based on GPS data.