Association of British Mining Equipment Companies announces new Vice President


ABMEC, the Association of British Mining Equipment Companies is pleased to announce the appointment of its new Vice President: Jim Jones, Sales Director for Fenner Dunlop Engineered Conveyor Solutions based in Marfleet, Hull.

The role of Vice President demonstrates a huge commitment to the Association and its members; the position lasts two years, and leads to presidency for a further two years. Jim will succeed the current President, Paul Briggs of Ampcontrol UK in May 2016.

Jim started his career in mining in 1975 when he joined Hem Heath Colliery in North Staffordshire, UK as an apprentice mechanic. He moved to Holditch Colliery in North Staffordshire in 1982 as assistant engineer, the youngest ever in the Western Area.

In 1992 he joined Fenner Dunlop on the technical sales team for heavy duty conveyors in South Africa, and was soon promoted to Sales Manager. In 1997 he joined Joy Mining South Africa as Account Manager Longwall Systems, then returned to the UK to run his family steel stockholding business.

He returned to Fenner Dunlop in 2004, as Sales Manager, and was soon at director level. Following a reshuffle within the company in September 2014 he was promoted to Sales Director for Soft Rock Applications for Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Although Jim believes there are challenging times ahead for mining equipment manufacturers in established markets, he is bullish on the potential for coal and soft rock applications in emerging markets such as India, China and Vietnam, where western equipment and technical expertise will be invaluable in helping producers satisfy the forecast growth in demand. Jim predicts that the current slump in the mining industry should pick up in around 18 months’ time, with potash seeing the first signs of recovery followed quickly by other resources.

Jim joined the ABMEC Council committee in 2007 and has agreed to serve as VP, to allow Fenner Dunlop to repay ABMEC for work carried out representing the company, including participation at several exhibitions and missions led by the Association. His aim is to elevate the profile of ABMEC in the mining equipment market, worldwide.

In his spare time, Jim is a keen motorcyclist and enjoys his Harley Davidson. He also supports Stoke City Football Club, accompanied by his wife, Zoe.