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Weir Minerals launches ceramic hose for slurry handling

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Weir Minerals has launched a new product offering for the slurry transportation industry: the Linatex ceramic hose, which combines the company’s Linacure rubber with high-quality 92% alumina ceramic tiles.

The new hose, which has been optimised through testing in real mining applications, is suitable for sites handling hard ores such as gold, coal, copper, lithium or iron ore.

“It’s the quality of our rubber that really sets us apart from the competition, providing superior penetration of the tile layer and preventing tiles from dislodging during operation,” commented Rod Dawson, regional rubber applications manager for Weir Minerals Australia. “To maximise resistance, Linatex ceramic hose also utilises hexagonal tiles, which are more resistant to dislodgment and wear than traditional square patterns.

“For a new product to be able to fall under the Linatex brand, it must provide the very best in performance. We’ve put a lot of energy and resources into developing a hose that meets the demands facing miners around the world, and I can’t wait for more customers to see the results for themselves.”

The tiles are available in 3mm, 6mm and 12mm thick configurations to suit a range of applications, with half-tile options ensuring optimal resistance in high-wear areas around the flange.

Mark Doyle, global product manager for rubber, spool and hose, added: “We’ve been making hoses for 40 years. Over that time the Linatex range of hoses has grown to include a variety of solutions that meet the most demanding slurry transport applications. Linatex ceramic hose complements our industry-leading range of slurry hose liners, such as Linatex, Linagard OSR and bromobutyl.”