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South Africa continues its world chrome domination

     14th December 2001 The success of South African Chrome and Alloy’s smelter project will be 

Supplying finance to leading projects

     14th December 2001 Established in 1995 with a view to providing an all encompassing merchant banking service to the resources-based industry, RMB Resources has grown into one of Africa’s leading national resources participants. 

SA ferrochrome plant closed

     27th November 2001 Mining and energy giant BHP Billiton has announced the closure of its Palmiet Ferrochrome operation, located in Krugersdorp, South Africa, effective immediately. 

SA’s newest chrome producer sees recovery in 2002

     12th November 2001 Despite ferrochrome prices reaching near thirty-year lows, SA Chrome MD Terence McConnachie is confident that prices will stabilise in the next quarter when the first sale of product from its 235 000 t plant in the North West province should start. 

Union, mining group close to deal on strike

     6th November 2001 Mining company BHP Billiton said it hoped a 25-day wage strike at its Samancor unit would soon be resolved after a key union said it may end the strike today. 

Strike hits ferrochrome output

     12th October 2001 Ferrochrome producer Samancor, a subsidiary of BHP Billiton, has cut 40 000 tons of its 850 000 tons annual output because of a wage strike that started on Thursday, a BHP Billiton spokesman said. 

Now ferrochrome strike looms

     10th October 2001 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) said its members would embark on a wage strike from Thursday at the ferrochrome units of Samancor, a subsidiary of mining giant BHP Billiton. 

Chrome operation gets new machines

     5th October 2001 The reputation of Volvo equipment and the support provided Babcock Equipment has lead a Pretoria plant-hire company to purchase three materials-handling machines for its new opencast operations. 

Ferrochrome electrical contract nears completion

     7th September 2001 A fast-track electrical and instrumentation contract on a furnace and sinter plant for Bateman Titaco at Assmang’s Machadodorp ferrochrome works is being completed by B&W Industrial Technology. 

Swiss group in new facility era

By: Keith Campbell     7th September 2001 SWISS-based mining group Xstrata saw the commissioning of a number of important new facilities during the first half of this year. 

Big project push continues at manganese, chrome producer

     29th August 2001 Mining firm Associated Manganese Mines of South Africa has posted an 82,4% increase in earnings for the year ended June 30, 2001, at R231-million compared to R127-million reported in the previous year. 

Second JV furnace switched on

     20th August 2001 The second new furnace at the Wonderkop ferrochrome plant in South Africa, a joint venture between Xstrata and Samancor, a subsidiary of BHP Billiton, has been switched on. 

Concentrator proves popular in ferrochrome processing

     22nd June 2001 Increasing acceptance of Multotec Process Equipment's spiral concentrators in the ferrochrome industry has seen four installations of these spiral separation plants commissioned at Southern African and foreign mines over the past 18 months. 

Ferrochrome strike looms

     15th June 2001 Close to 800 workers at Xstrata in Rustenberg, North West Province, could embark on strike action after the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) and the company failed to resolve a two-month dispute. 

Green hurdle for chrome

By: System Author     30th June 2000 Final investigation into the potential environmental impact of Samancor’s proposed R1,5-billion ferrochrome smelter near Mooinooi, North West Province, is continuing. 

June D-day for chrome study

By: System Author     28th April 2000 A feasibility study into the viability of South African Chrome and Alloys installing a R250-million ferro-chrome smelter at Boshoek, near Rustenburg in the North West Province, is to be completed by the end of June. 

New age dawns for chrome producer

By: System Author     10th March 2000 The future of Associated Manganese Mines of South Africa’s (Assmang’s) ferrochrome operations will be assured by the development of the Dwarsrivier chromium-mine, in Mpumalanga. 

Chrome producer increases production to 800 000 t/y

By: System Author     18th February 2000 Ferrous Metals and Minerals 

Third furnace at 100% and fourth one being considered

By: System Author     18th February 2000 Ferrous metals & minerals 

Chinese commission chrome smelter

By: System Author     28th January 2000 A newcomer among local ferrochrome producers will boost South Africa’s status as the leading and growing supplier of ferrochrome to the world. 

Changing fortunes at chrome supplier

By: System Author     10th December 1999 Dwarsrivier Chrome Mine 

Ferrochrome production ‘could double’

By: System Author     3rd December 1999 Chromite mining and benefication company Hernic Ferrochrome forecasts that ferrochrome production in Southern Africa could double in the next ten years, to supply 75% of world demand. 

Chrome mine goes underground

By: System Author     1st October 1999 The fourth-largest ferrochrome producer in the world, Hernic Ferrochrome, will start development of an underground mining operation to the value of R50-million before the end of the year. 

Base-metal mines return to basics

By: System Author     10th September 1999 Base Metals 

Chrome’s come-back kid

By: System Author     27th August 1999 Come-back kid South Witwatersrand Exploration Company (Sowits) is planning a return to the South African mining scene with its new chrome-mining interests which will give rise to the construction of a new multimillion-rand ferrochrome plant. 

Action on chrome front

By: System Author     30th July 1999 wo major actions are under way affect- ing Anglovaal Mining’s (Avmin’s) chrome interests. Most important is board go-ahead for R190-million for a mine at Dwarsrivier, and R45-million has been allocated for upgrading three Machadodorp plant chrome furnaces from 24 MVA to 30 MVA, and... 

R1,2bn capex to 2004

By: System Author     30th July 1999 Capital expenditure of R1,2-billion in the next five years is planned by iron-ore, manganese and chrome producer The Associated Manganese Mines of South Africa (Assmang), Anglovaal Mining (Avmin) ferrous metals director Jan Steenkamp tells Mining Weekly. Major developments included in the... 

900 g/t PGM grade

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 It is essential that the correct balance be struck between the grade and recovery of the platinum-group metals (PGMs) at Kroondal Platinum Mine (KPM) – the higher the grade, the lower the recovery, metallurgical manager Gordon Ramsay tells Mining Weekly. “We expect to see a PGM grade... 

Software aids distribution

By: System Author     4th June 1999 AS a key supplier of chromium and manganese products to steel industries worldwide, Samancor will use the SAP business enterprise software solution to achieve shorter turnaround times. Samancor is the world’s largest integrated producer, by sales, of manganese and chrome products and over... 

Ferrochrome

By: System Author     28th May 1999 THE installation of the electrics and instrumentation for the ferrochrome smelter at Dilokong chromium mine was completed at the end of last month by RBF Technology. For this tight-scheduled project, RBF was contracted by specialist in electric arc furnace design and manufacture, Pyromet. The 27... 

Breaking chrome ingots down to size

By: System Author     12th February 1999 A special modification carried out to a Bell 310 SE backhoe loader, involving the fitting of a hammer attachment, has efficiently converted it into a cost-effective tool for the rugged and arduous task of breaking down chromium ingots. Elander van der Bergh’s Elisha Plant Hire (EPH) is able... 

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