Mechanical CSUs on the rebound?


Since the downturn in commodity prices, times have been tough for mechanical CSU sales, but lately there has been a rally.

Lower demand for metallurgical and thermal coal in the years after 2010 was bound to hurt suppliers of mechanical continuous shiploaders/unloaders (CSUs). But this was compounded by a global construction slowdown that hit the other staple commodity that CSUs handle, cement.
In grain handling, too, growing competition from pneumatic CSUs has not made life any easier for their mechanical screw or chain counterparts. 
But there was something of a recovery in 2016, which has continued into this year, albeit with most of the known orders being won by Cargotec’s Siwertell division. 
Most recently, Siwertell signed a contract with a Spanish-Korean consortium, TR-Samsung, for a ship-unloader to support a new biomass-fuelled power plant under construction in Teesside, UK. Delivery will take place in October 2018.

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