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MBE commenced business as McNally Bird Engg. Co. Ltd. in a serene township at Kumardhubi (near Dhanbad) as the Indian arm of McNally Pittsburg - USA. The American Company was at that time, one of the leading companies in the world engaged in the construction of coal washeries and Mineral Beneficiation plants with the erstwhile Bird & Company, a British Managing Agency acting as secretary and managers. The company started with expatriate Americans taking care of major Engineering, Design and Manufacturing functions. Over the years the company has developed new advanced technology with its own R&D activities besides technical collaboration with overseas technology suppliers.

MBE was a pioneer in the country in its initial areas of business, viz Coal Preparation, Mineral Beneficiation and Bulk Material Handling and there are several firsts attributed to MBE. Some of the major milestones in the history of MBE are:

Some Milestones

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  • The company has got an order for the Construction of Entry / Exit structure for Elankulum Station and Balance works in the Main Station building at Elankulum. Customer : Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Ltd., Kochi. Order value Rs 43.5 crores.
  • Order received for 4 laning of 106 km on NH 215 in Orissa under NHDP Phase III. Client is Orissa Steel Expressway Pvt Ltd
  • Commissioned Balance of Plant (BOP) of 2 X 250 MW Thermal Power Plant of MP Power Generating Co. Ltd., Satpura
  • Commissioned Balance of Plant (BOP) of 1X270 MW Thermal Power Plant of Ideal Power Ltd, Nagpur
  • Order received for construction of towers & villas for Olympia Merlin Developers, Chennai
  • Order received for Civil & structural works for BPCL refinery at Mahul
  • Commissioned Green Anode Plant 3 & 4 for Vedanta Aluminium, Jharsuguda
  • Commissioned Lead - Zinc beneficiation plant for HZL, SK Mines
  • Acquired through its subsidiary, MBE Mineral Technologies Pte Ltd, a 42 % stake in Specialist Energy Group (SEG) which owns Hayward Tyler Ltd, UK & Hayward Tyler Inc., USA
  • Order received for turnkey EPC of Cement plant at Jamul from ACC
  • Order for Fluorspar Concentrator for Sephaku Fluoride Ltd., South Africa
  • Order for CHP for unit 3 & 4 (2 X 500 MW) from WBPDCL, Sagardighi
  • Order for CHP & AHP for Barauni TPP ( 2 X 250 MW)
  • Order for Ash handling & Ash Water Recirculation (2 X 660 MW) from NTPC for Mauda TPP
  • Order for external water system for Mills & fire water pump houses from SAIL, Bhilai
  • Order for Construction of schools, Hostels, Quarters in Bankura & Purulia Districts. Client HRBC
  • Order for civil works for gas based TPP from Tata Projects for Kalinganagar plant
  • Commissioned Lead – Zinc beneficiation plant for HZL, Rampura Agucha mines
  • Commissioned Ball Mill for Kenya Fluorspar
  • Commissioned CHP for (4 X 600 MW) TPP for Orissa Sterlite, Jharsuguda
  • Commissioned CHP for captive power plant for Vedanta Aluminium, Jharsuguda
  • Commissioned ore processing plant for UCIL, Kadappa
  • Commissioned lignite & limestone handling system for NLC, Barsingsar
  • New factory commissioned at Savli, Vadodara
  • MSEL launched skid mounted Coal Crushing plant
  • Order for Coal Handling for MARG, Karaikal Port
  • Order for By Products Recovery Plant for Coke Oven Battery, SAIL, Bhilai
  • Order for Construction of 20 kms Highway under NHAI for Madhucon Projects
  • Order for 700 liter Bucket Wheel Excavator for NLC
  • The R&D activities of MBE & MSEL obtained recognition by DSIR, GOI
  • MSEL Launched Mobile crushing & screening plants
  • Designing, engineering, manufacturing, supply, erection, testing and commissioning of West Mill Copper Concentrator Plant & East Mill Flotation Circuit on EPC basis for Vedanta, Konkola Copper Mines, Zambia. The rated capacity of the West Mill plant is 330 TPH while the East Mill plants will undergo a capacity augmentation from 600 TPH to 900 TPH, Project cost.
  • Design, engineering, supply, structural & site supervision of East Mill Copper Concentrator and related Flotation package for Vedanta, Konkola Copper Mines, Zambia, Project cost $18.3 Mn.
  • Design, Engineering, Manufacturing, Supply, Erection, Testing & Commissioning of Balance of Plant on EPC basis including civil works for 2 X 250 MW Satpura TPS Extn. Unit 10 & 11, Project costs Rs 827 Cr.
  • Order for material handling of coal, limestone, gypsum from NTPC, Bongaigaon
  • Order for CHP for coke oven battery for SAIL Rourkela
  • Interplant Transportation facility for Ore, Coal, Sinter & Iron Fines for Rourkela Steel Plant, Project costs Rs 245 Cr .
  • MBE acquired the coal and mineral technology division of KHD Humboldt Wedag, Germany.
  • The first order for Balance of Plant (BoP) valued at Rs. 414 crores obtained from Ideal Energy Projects Ltd. for a 270 MW coal based power project for Nagpur .
  • Commissioned Hyper Dense Phase System (HDPS) for Smelter Phase II expansion for NALCO at Angul
  • Commissioned 1.5 MTPA Coal Washery for CESC at Sarsethali, Asansol
  • Acquired Sayaji Iron & Engineering Co. Ltd. - Baroda, a leading manufacturer of Crushing & Screening equipment since 1943
  • Commenced manufacturing operations in new factory at Asansol
  • Commissioned 2 Nos. 3000 TPH Stacker Reclaimer at Neyveli TPS
  • Commissioned 3000 TPH Stacker Reclaimer for Iron ore at Paradip Port
  • Entry in Steel Plant sector. Obtained order for Sinter Plant – 3 in collaboration with Tyazpromexport (Russia) from RINL, Vizag
  • Obtained order for By-Products Separation Plant in collaboration with DMT (Germany) from IISCO, Burnpur
  • Built and commissioned in global record time of 14 months a complete lead-zinc beneficiation plant for M/s Hindustan Zinc– Agucha mines.
  • Built and commissioned again in global record time of 19 months a Green Anode plant for Bharat Aluminium Company at Korba.
  • Built and commissioned India’s largest capacity Goliath Crane (300 MT) for Cochin Shipyard Ltd.
  • First indigenously designed, built and commissioned Container Handling Crane in India at Haldia Dock Complex.
  • Designed, built and commissioned India’s largest capacity Level Luffing Cranes at Kandla Port.
  • The first Indian Company to manufacture and commission a 700L capacity Bucket Wheel Excavator.
  • Designed, manufactured and successfully commissioned the world’s largest Apron Conveyor for the Aluminium industry at Angul for Nalco.
  • Entered into a licensing agreement with Kone Cranes Heavy Lifting Corporation for technology transfer for design, engineering, manufacture, erection & commissioning of a range of Port Handling Equipment.
  • Acquired 100% control over Eroterv-Waagner-Biro, Hungary, now known as EWB Kornyezetvedelmi Kft., world leader in Pneumatic conveying Technology.
  • Obtained our first major order for Water Management in a joint venture project for combined water supply to 674 habitations in Tiruchirapally District, Tamil Nadu.
  • Received order for first Dense Phase Pneumatic Conveying System for ash handling in India from Neyveli Lignite Corporation, Tamil Nadu.
1995 - 1998
  • Projects and Products Divisions awarded ISO 9001 certification by RWTUV, Germany.
  • Entered into Open cast mining sector and secured an order for 20,000 TPH shiftable conveying system followed by orders for conveyors and Bucket wheel excavators, Spreaders etc from Neyveli Lignite Corporation, Tamil Nadu.
  • Designed and built the first indigenous 5500 TPH High Speed Rapid Loading System with Silo at Jayant Coal Handling Plant, U.P.
  • Company taken over by the Williamson Magor Group.
  • Built the first indigenously designed 700 TPH Coal Washery for Bharat Coking Coal Ltd. at Sudamdih, Jharkhand.
  • Name changed to McNally Bharat Engineering Company Limited.
  • First indigenously designed Mineral Beneficiation Plant in India for beneficiation of fluorspar was built for Gujarat Mineral Development Corporation Ltd. at Kadipani, Gujarat.
  • First Carbon Paste Plant built indigenously, for Indian Aluminium.
  • Designed and built the longest Cross Country Conveying System in India for 800 TPH Coal Handling Plant of Thermal Power station at Talcher, Orissa.
  • Company was established as a joint venture between McNally Pittsburg-USA and Bird & Co., UK