Werner Baller, founder of Weba Chute Systems, has passed away, leaving behind him a bulk material handling legacy.
Born in 1940 in Brotdhof, West Germany, Baller earned a National Diploma in Ceramic Engineering from Koblens / Rhein, Hoergrenshausen. His pursuit of excellence took him to South Africa in 1965, marking the beginning of a remarkable legacy.
In 1983, Baller’s entrepreneurial spirit led him to acquire a small mining supply firm, M&J Engineering. His approach transformed this company into Weba Chute Systems, a global leader in custom engineered chute systems for bulk material transfer, which also resulted in the development of nine patented products, including the groundbreaking Weba Chute System, which revolutionised the industry with its unique ‘super tube’ or cascade design.
The company said: “Werner was more than an entrepreneur and engineer; he was a beloved family man known for his passion, integrity and unconditional love. His legacy extends beyond his professional achievements, embodying the values of honesty and dedication in every aspect of his life.”
Today, Weba Chute Systems, under the leadership of Werner’s son, Mark Baller, continues to be an industry leader, exemplifying the innovation and quality Werner instilled. His induction into the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame in 2018 is a testament to his enduring impact on the industry.
The company added: “Werner’s journey from a small German town to the pinnacle of engineering innovation is a story of determination, ingenuity and unwavering commitment. His contributions have left an indelible mark on the mining and engineering industries, and his legacy will continue to inspire future generations.”