NRZ’s Inter-Rail-Tech Embarks On Import Substitution Drive For The Mining Sector

Inter-Rail-Tech (Integrated Rail Technologies), the engineering services unit of the National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ), recently exhibited at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair, (ZITF) exhibition. This year’s theme, “Re-think, Re-imagine, Re-invent, Value Chains for Economic Development”. Inter-Rail-Tech consist of different engineering departments capable of providing solutions to the challenges faced by local industries including miners

The National Railways of Zimbabwe is Re-energising in the provision of rail transport and logistics value chain solutions for economic development. Inter-Rail-Tech’s participation was under the Diversified investments for the organisation, focusing on clinching deals to manufacture mining equipment spares for small-scale and established miners.

Inter-Rail-Tech can save the country and miners the much needed foreign currency by manufacturing spares locally and at competitive prices. Most of the spares used in the mining sector are imported but Inter-Rail-Tech is able to manufacture them to customers’ specifications.

Mining spares which can be manufactured by Inter-Rail-Tech at its massive workshops include sleave wheels, cocopan wheels, dolly wheels, rollers for conveyors, non-standard bolts, nuts, flanges and crane wheels. It can also repair heavy mining equipment such as jaw crushers while it has the expertise to rewind motors and generators.

Inter-Rail-Tech has since its establishment, close to five years ago, clinched a number of contracts to supply spares for established mining companies in the country. On display at this year’s ZITF were various engineering products that can be manufactured by the NRZ.

In addition, Inter-Rail-Tech consists of NRZ’s Mechanical, Signals, Electrical and Bridgeyard sections. Previously providing engineering solutions for NRZ rail operations only, but their activities have been expanded to take outside jobs.

NRZ mechanical workshops are among the largest in Zimbabwe and are equipped with machinery to do most jobs required by industry. The rail entity’s new brand, Inter-Rail-Tech, was established in 2017 to unlock NRZ’s engineering expertise and capacity.

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