NRZ me­chan­i­cal unit opened up to out­siders

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Pros­per Ndlovu

THE Na­tional Railways of Zim­babwe (NRZ) has opened up its mas­sive me­chan­i­cal work­shop fa­cil­i­ties in Bu­l­awayo for out­side com­mer­cial jobs.

The giant util­ity is show­cas­ing this op­por­tu­nity at the on-go­ing Min­ing, Engi­neer­ing and Trans­port Ex­hi­bi­tion (Mine En­tra) in Bu­l­awayo, a plat­form it has par­tic­i­pated in for the past 23 years.

Pub­lic re­la­tions man­ager, Mr Nyasha Mar­a­vanyika, said their mas­sive me­chan­i­cal work­shop of­fers huge po­ten­tial, op­por­tu­ni­ties and growth prospects through­out the min­ing, engi­neer­ing and trans­port value and re­lated sec­tors.

“As a re­sult of the ini­tia­tive, NRZ engi­neer­ing work­shops com­pris­ing of qual­i­fied engi­neer­ing staff from four NRZ di­vi­sions namely me­chan­i­cal, sig­nals, elec­tri­cal and bridge-yard, have been re­branded to “In­ter-Rail-Tech” with the motto ‘engi­neer­ing drive for suc­cess’, said Mr Mar­a­vanyika.

“The work­shops are among the largest in­te­grated engi­neer­ing work­shops in South­ern Africa and are geared to pro­vide a one stop so­lu­tion to the min­ing and engi­neer­ing in­dus­tries.”

He said the new In­ter-Rail-Tech would pro­vide com­mer­cial ser­vices cov­er­ing a wider spec­trum of me­chan­i­cal, elec­tri­cal and struc­tural engi­neer­ing, of­fer­ing de­sign­ing, fab­ri­ca­tion, man­u­fac­tur­ing, re­con­di­tion­ing, re­pairs, rewind­ing, ser­vic­ing and con­sul­tancy as well as boiler and wire rope main­te­nance in­spec­tions.

“With qual­i­fied tech­ni­cal staff com­pris­ing of engi­neers, tech­ni­cians and ar­ti­sans, the NRZ has re­alised that there is a huge mar­ket for In­ter-Rail-Tech ser­vices. In­terRail-Tech is tar­get­ing min­ing, pro­duc­tion, man­u­fac­tur­ing and agri­cul­tural sec­tors as well as in­di­vid­u­als to serve them, as it be­lieves no job is too small or too large to ex­e­cute,” said Mr Mar­a­vanyika.

He said the idea be­hind In­ter-Rail-Tech brand came courtesy of its ex­cess ca­pac­ity in the form of idle ma­chin­ery. The de­sire to ac­com­mo­date out­side jobs sig­ni­fies the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s drive to un­lock value and in­crease ca­pac­ity uti­liza­tion of these work­shops, said Mr Mar­a­vanyika.

“The gap in the mar­ket for ser­vices of­fered by In­ter-Rail-Tech came as a re­sult of a num­ber of com­pa­nies based in Bu­l­awayo, the Mid­lands and the coun­try at large clos­ing down due to op­er­a­tional and eco­nomic chal­lenges. This has prompted the NRZ work­shops, which have been re­ceiv­ing en­quiries from in­dus­try across the board for the util­i­sa­tion of their ser­vices, to play a key role in stand­ing-in for the closed in­dus­tries,” he said.

In­ter-Rail-Tech boasts a wide range of in­dus­trial ma­chin­ery and equip­ment, CNC-Com­put­erised lathe ma­chine; balanc­ing ma­chine for balanc­ing ro­tors, tur­bines and ar­ma­tures; press­ing ma­chines which can press up to 150 tons; a foundry; jack ham­mers for civil works; vac­uum pres­sure im­preg­na­tion plant; mo­bile cranes and bull­dozer. It also of­fers a one stop shop where a com­plete qual­ity prod­uct is de­liv­er­able and is mar­ket flex­i­ble through barter deals.

“The In­ter-Rail-Tech projects speak vol­umes about NRZ’s fu­ture ori­ented think­ing cou­pled with a zeal to con­sol­i­date our po­si­tion of ‘ un­lock­ing engi­neer­ing ca­pac­ity – cat­a­lyst for eco­nomic growth’, al­lows us to set new trends within the engi­neer­ing field,” said Mr Mar­a­vanyika.

Go­ing for­ward, he added, NRZ’s In­terRail-Tech seeks to adopt to­tal qual­ity man­age­ment and is work­ing to­wards ISO Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.

Min­is­ter of Mines and Min­ing De­vel­op­ment Cde Win­ston Chi­tando stresses a point to ex­hibitors and del­e­gates at the of­fi­cial open­ing of Mine En­tra at the ZITF in Bu­l­awayo yes­ter­day. Lis­ten­ing (from left) are the In­dus­try, Com­merce and En­ter­prise De­vel­op­ment Deputy Min­is­ter Raj Modi and Min­is­ter of En­ergy and Power De­vel­op­ment Cde Jo­rum Gumbo. — (Pic­ture by Eliah Saushoma)

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