Heavy duty apron feeder is a mechanical equipment, specially designed for bulk material handling. It is widely used in almost all industries such as power, steel, cement plants, and mining. Heavy duty apron feeder is designed to withstand the toughest load. Large dump trucks are used for loading of heavy duty apron feeder and it can start under full load. Manufacturers of heavy duty apron feeder are aggressively looking to add innovative elements to their product category. To form a continuous moving bed, the heavy duty apron feeder features one or more endless chains to which overlapping pans are attached, particularly suited for conveying heavy duty raw materials such as coal, rock, coke, stone, clay, ore, gravel, slag, etc. They are frequently used as feeders located under hoppers and crushers. Heavy duty apron feeders can be installed in vertical and horizontal conditions depending on the feeding zone of system layout. Apron feeders are used to feed or extract lumpy, large, heavy, and abrasive ores under different impact conditions - including frozen or stinky, wet operations. A heavy duty, robust design provides many years of service life and minimal downtime. The new generation heavy duty apron feeders are designed to cater to the practical working surroundings and needs of industry sites. Apron feeders are built today in various sizes and with a wide variety of components, to handle heavy and lumpy materials. In the past, apron feeders were manufactured to last forever. However, due to cost effective design, emphasis is now being placed on return on capital. The cost can vary depending on user specifications and the design philosophy of the manufacturers. Some of the parameters for selecting a heavy duty apron feeder are material carried, capacity, length, method of feeder loading, degree of lift, hopper opening, pan construction, and type of drive.The latest trend gaining momentum in the market is technological developments in material handling equipment. Earlier, a combination of mechanical and control devices was considered as a material handling equipment. These equipment that were confined within the boundaries of a manufacturing or distribution facility were used to convey objects or materials from the source to the destination.

The heavy duty apron feeder market is expected to grow at a good rate in the coming years. Rise in infrastructural development around the world is the key factor that would drive the heavy duty apron feeder market over the forecast period. Additionally, increasing operational capabilities of heavy duty apron feeders is also one of the major drivers of the heavy duty apron feeder market. Vendors are involved in the manufacture of new-age apron feeders that offer increased operational capabilities to users. These new generation heavy duty apron feeders can be used not only to process and extract light to heavy-duty raw materials to the crusher equipment but also to mix and blend raw materials for crushing. Moreover, growth in public?private partnerships for the construction of public infrastructure systems in countries such as India and China, and increase in government initiatives toward infrastructure development propel the growth of the heavy duty apron feeder market. The high initial capital investment, and use of high-class and costly material in the manufacturing of equipment might act as a restraint to the heavy duty apron feeder market. Various factors such as growth in industrial projects, increasing number of projects which involve heavy duty apron feeders such as power, mining, cement plants, and repowering of old projects are likely to provide good growth opportunities to the heavy duty apron feeder market during the forecast period.

The heavy duty apron feeder market can be segmented in terms of installation type, application, and region. Based on installation type, the heavy duty apron feeder market can be segmented into horizontal heavy duty apron feeder and vertical heavy duty apron feeder. In terms of application, the heavy duty apron feeder market can be segmented into aggregates, coal, concrete, crushing, feeding, mining, and others. In terms of region, the market is divided into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, and South America. The heavy duty apron feeder market in North America has been classified into the U.S., Mexico, and Rest of North America. The Asia Pacific region has been sub segmented into Australia, New Zealand China, India, and the Rest of Asia Pacific while the market in Europe has been divided into the U.K., Germany, Italy, and Rest of Europe.

Some of the key players operating in the global heavy duty apron feeder market are MDS International, Williams Patent Crusher and Pulverizer Co., Inc., Metso Corporation, thyssenkrupp, MMD GPHC Ltd, McLanahan, N.M. Heilig, Sandvik, and Terex. Key operating players in the market focus on design and develop smart, fuel- & energy-efficient machinery, thus accelerating the market growth. Furthermore, companies operating in the market focus on launch of quality and efficient products to retain their customer base.

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