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Geotech analysis made easier with monitoring system

By: Bruce Montiea Australia-based exploration and emerging producer Havilah Resources in June bought a surface laser monitoring and tracking system to use at its opencut Portia gold mine, in South Australia. The mine will use the Sentry monitoring system, designed by mining software, hardware and services provider... 

Survey finds Latin American mines least satisfied with cost of maintaining EOM equipment

By: Henry Lazenby Online data, analysis and advisory services firm Timetric has found that mines throughout Latin America are dissatisfied with their original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) over cost-related factors, in particular maintenance and servicing costs. In the survey ‘Winning and Retaining Business in... 

South Africa more than just the recipient of investments, says Davies

By: African News Agency The handover of a 40 t dump truck to a Russian company at the seventh Brics summit in Ufa illustrated South Africa’s ability to do more than simply receive investments, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said on Wednesday. “We are not just potential recipients of investments but we are also... 

South Africa more than just the recipient of investments, says Davies
Photo by African News Agency
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies and Bell CEO Gary Bell

Equipment supplier to focus on innovations for local mining industry

By: Mia Breytenbach US-based mining equipment manufacturer Joy Global aims to increase awareness of its surface mining technology offerings for the South African mining industry. The company has equipment that is helping customers optimize mine performance, such as the P&H Generation 2 wheel loader. 

Equipment supplier to focus on innovations for local mining industry
ENHANCING PERFORMANCE The P&H Generation 2 wheel loader range is designed to achieve increased operating hours and productivity, and can load 75 t to 400 t haul trucks

Front loaders supplied to diamond mine to be showcased at expo

By: Mia Breytenbach Heavy duty and earthmoving equipment distributor North European Equipment South Africa in February supplied two Atlas Weycor AR 40 front loaders to a diamond mine in the Northern Cape. The company has been a distributor of Germany-based machine manufacturer Atlas Weycor and parent company Atlas... 

Front loaders supplied to diamond mine to be showcased at expo
PRODUCT COLLECTOR The AR 40 front loaders can efficiently move and clean out any materials underneath conveyor belt systems and processing areas at mine sites

Lack of projects, mining pressures challenging equipment suppliers

By: Mia Breytenbach The “absolute dearth” of exciting, new mining projects, paired with the concern that South Africa is no longer a favoured destination for new mining projects are some of the greatest challenges facing equipment suppliers, states heavy equipment manufacturer Bell Equipment Sales Africa (Besa)... 

Lack of projects, mining pressures challenging equipment suppliers
Photo by Bloomberg
DECLINING SALES As large-scale projects are significantly limited, it is difficult for companies supplying equipment to the mining and construction sectors

Machining acquisitions enhance company’s capabilities, service

By: Mia Breytenbach To boost its crankshaft grinding and engine component machining capabilities and capacities, heavy diesel engine and remanufactured component provider Metric Automotive Engineering has invested in several new machines, including a Berco 575 crankshaft grinder. The crankshaft grinder is designed... 

Machining acquisitions  enhance company’s  capabilities, service
MACHINERY INVESTMENT The Berco 575 crankshaft grinder is capable of grinding crankshafts with a length of up to 4.8 m and a weight of up to 5 t

Manufacturer to launch new products, ramp up ADT production

By: Mia Breytenbach Heavy-equipment manufacturer Bell Equipment has started low-volume production of the Bell B60D articulated dump truck (ADT) for the South African market, and will launch the new Finlay dual power plants later this month. Bell Equipment product marketing manager: ADTs Tristan du Pisanie notes that... 

Manufacturer to launch new products, ramp up ADT production
DUAL POWER The Finlay dual power mobile crushing and screening concept comprises the J-1175 jaw crusher, the C-1540 cone crusher and the 694+ inclined screen

New 35-t-capacity tow tractor responds to industry needs

By: Mia Breytenbach High-end telescopic handler distributor and rough-terrain equipment company Manitou Southern Africa has augmented its mining equipment product offering with several new machines that were launched in the local market during the first half of this year. The product launches have included the... 

New 35-t-capacity tow  tractor responds to  industry needs
UNDERGROUND TRACTOR The ManiTrax 35 t tow tractor is capable of hauling, towing and transporting equipment, tools, skids and tanks in underground mine applications

Surface miner at coal mine a first for Southern Africa

By: Mia Breytenbach Diversified engineering company Wirtgen South Africa (SA) in May commissioned its Wirtgen 4200 SM surface miner at Brazilian mining major Vale’s Moatize mine, in Tete, Mozambique. The supply of this miner to Vale is one of Wirtgen SA’s largest projects in Southern Africa to date. 

Surface miner at  coal mine a first for Southern Africa
MARKET FOOTPRINT Up to August 2014, 59 surface miners had been sold in Africa, with nine in Southern Africa and the remainder in North Africa

Turnkey Instruments

Gauteng-based industrial and scientific instrumentation manufacturer Turnkey Instruments South Africa (SA) produces a range of instruments for the mining and quarrying industries, as well as local police and authorities. Its product portfolio includes road vehicle brake testers and window tint... 

Turnkey Instruments

Machine-to-machine systems improve mine efficiency

By: Dylan Slater Technology-enabling machines that communicate with each other can significantly improve the efficiency of mines’ load and haul operations, says mining advisory and mine design and planning software business Cyest Analytics CEO Andreas Cambitsis. 

Machine-to-machine systems  improve mine efficiency
Photo by Bloomberg
IMPROVEMENT OPPORTUNITY Mining load and haul operations were identified by Cyest Analytics and Vodacom Business as presenting the greatest opportunity for time-management improvement

Despite sliding mining sales, Caterpillar lifts Q1 profit

By: Henry Lazenby American mining equipment manufacturer and financier Caterpillar has reported a sharp increase in first-quarter profits despite lower sales, as restructuring effort over the past 12 months gained traction. For the three months ended March 31, the NYSE-listed firm improved profits by 20% to... 

Despite sliding mining sales, Caterpillar lifts Q1 profit

Networking key to indaba success

By: Dylan Slater With a focus on encouraging equipment sales this year, online equipment marketplace Clear Asset is hoping to secure several high-value pre-arranged meetings at the 2015 Investing in African Mining Indaba. 

Networking key to  indaba success
DRIVING INDUSTRY Clear Asset will, this year, investigate additional areas where its online auction solutions could add value

Value of indaba for aggregate and sand industry to be evaluated

By: Ilan Solomons The Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (Aspasa) will this year send a delegation to the Investing in African Mining Indaba for the first time to evaluate the value of the event for the local aggregate and sand industry. Aspasa director Nico Pienaar says that Aspasa did... 

Value of indaba for  aggregate and sand  industry to be evaluated
NICO PIENAAR The value of the Mining Indaba will be evaluated and feedback will be given to Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa members

Market receptive to new hydraulic starter

By: Pimani Baloyi Johannesburg-based hydraulic starter motors manufacturer Powerworks’ pre-engaged hydraulic starter motor, which was certified as compliant to European directive Atmosphere Explosives’ (Atex’s) requirements in 2011, is being well received globally. Powerworks technical director Nick Ruberg tells... 

Market receptive to  new hydraulic starter
HYDRAULIC STARTER MOTOR Powerworks believes its starter motor is the only one of its kind

Bell Equipment

Established in 1954, Bell Equipment is a proudly South African company, which this year celebrates 60 years in the design, manufacture, distribution and support of materials handling equipment. With 75% of what the company sells in South Africa manufactured in-country, Bell is focused on... 

Bell Equipment

Manufacturer prioritises safety-assured equipment

By: Pimani Baloyi Fulfilling its commitment to ensuring mineworker and property safety, rough-terrain machinery manufacturer Manitou Southern Africa says its mining equipment features the most advanced safety technology, such as flameproofing systems, explosion-resistant designs and enhanced operability. Company... 

Manufacturer prioritises  safety-assured equipment
MANITOU MHT-X 14350S This machine’s maximum lift capacity of 35 t makes it the world’s largest telehandler available on the market

Barloworld Handling

Metso’s mobile crushing and screening solutions footprint in southern Africa has been given new traction with the launch on October 1 of a dedicated Metso mobile business unit within the Handling division of the Barloworld group. The transfer of Barloworld’s Metso business, previously part of... 

Barloworld Handling

Simulator training reduces fuel consumption, tyre wear and risk

By: Dylan Slater Australia-based equipment training simulator company Immersive Technologies’ vehicle simulator training is assisting mine-vehicle operators, especially those working at opencast mining operations, in ensuring that they are shifting gears properly, using their vehicles’ full braking capability and... 

Simulator training reduces fuel consumption, tyre wear and risk
COMPREHENSIVE RANGE Many well-known mining vehicle brands and models are available to train operators through Immersive Technologies’ simulators

Earthmoving company reaches milestone with new scraper

Earthmoving machinery and construction equipment manufacturer Caterpillar’s Decatur, Illinois facility, in the US, last month launched the facility’s latest wheel tractor-scraper, reaching a milestone total of 75 000 wheel tractor-scrapers that the facility has produced over the years. The... 

Earthmoving company reaches milestone with new scraper
HEAVYWEIGHT Wheel tractor-scrapers have been updated over the years to meet the changing requirements of earthmoving projects

Local colliery to receive new simulator range

By: Mia Breytenbach Global advanced training simulator provider ThoroughTec is delivering its new Cybermine Soft Rock mining simulator range to mining major BHP Billiton’s Khutala colliery – one of South Africa’s biggest collieries – in Mpumalanga. The Cybermine Soft Rock range of mining simulators includes a... 

Local colliery to receive new simulator range
EFFECTIVE TRAINING ThoroughTec’s high-fidelity simulators are designed to be as realistic as possible, from cab appearance to the authentic replication of operator interfaces

Zambian Minister commissions mining equipment

Zambian Minister of Agriculture and Livestock Wylbur Simuusa visited Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) in his capacity as Nchanga Member of Parliament last month to familiarise himself with the company’s operations. Speaking after commissioning of new equipment at the Chingola Open Pits (COP) F&D, which... 

Zambian Minister commissions mining equipment
MINE CITY Kitwe, in the Copperbelt province of Zambia, is home to many mining operations, including LSE listed mining company Vedanta’s Konkola Copper mine

Standby capacity for SA mines

By: Pimani Baloyi Harare-based mining equipment supplier Machinery Exchange, in expectation of a time when Zimbabwe’s mining industry can live up to its full potential, prioritises staff training, the supply of quality services and world-class equipment and keeping abreast of global trends in its sector, says... 

Standby capacity  for SA mines
BRENDAN & GEOFF REILLY Machinery Exchange has trained its staff and ensures that it keeps abreast of global mining trends

Grindrod Rail’s focus firmly on Africa as mining expands

rivate rail service provider Grindrod Rail is well placed to take advantage of the demand for commodities from Africa, providing key services for strategic customers wishing to get their product to port and supporting national rail operators in meeting their rail commitments. The historic under... 

Grindrod Rail’s focus firmly on Africa as mining expands

Hansen + Genwest eager to spread its wings

outh African transformer and switchgear manufacturer Hansen + Genwest is eager to diversify its product range and expand its customer base, setting its sight on acquisitions and spreading its wings into the rest of Africa. The Benoni, South Africa-based company, which prides itself on selling the... 

Hansen + Genwest eager to spread its wings

Mining equipment manufacturer Kopex increases its presence in Africa

Mining equipment manufacturer and service provider Kopex Group, which is headquartered in Poland, is increasing its presence on African soil, where it sees increased demand for more user- and environment-friendly mining equipment. Through its subsidiary company, Hansen + Genwest, based in Benoni,... 

Mining equipment manufacturer Kopex increases its presence in Africa

New pre-shaft sinking system developed for mining industry

By: Mia Breytenbach South African construction group Murray & Roberts Cementation has developed a pre-shaft sinking system – the first of its kind in Africa – which will be used at a mine site early next year. The pre-shaft sinking system, also known as the gantry system, was designed and engineered over the past... 

New pre-shaft sinking system  developed for mining industry
CONTINENTAL FIRST Murray & Roberts Cementation designed a compact gantry system for pre-shaft sinking in the mining industry

New vertical pipeline supports narrow-reef emulsion system

By: Mia Breytenbach Mining explosives company BME is establishing a 300 m vertical emulsion pipeline – the deepest in the world – at a South African gold mine currently implementing BME’s new narrow-reef emulsion system. The pipeline, scheduled for completion at the end of this year, will reduce the usual shaft time... 

New vertical pipeline  supports narrow-reef  emulsion system
BLASTING EFFICIENCY BME’s portable charging unit enables mines to employ safer and more cost-effective emulsion-based blasting technology

Company takes new hydraulic range to mine operations

By: Pimani Baloyi British high pressure hydraulic tools manufacturer Hi-Force has attended a series of roadshows to showcase some of its newly launched hydraulic solutions, as well as other mining-specific products, at various mining sites across Africa. These solutions include the HBR series of spring-eye bust... 

Company takes new hydraulic  range to mine operations
HYDRAULIC SOLUTIONS Hi-Force’s HBR range of replacement toolkits offer 18 t of hydraulic power when operated at the maximum working pressure of 700 bar

Dump truck makes it into Guinness Book of Records

Belarus-based multinational engineering company Belarusian Autoworks’ (BelAZ’s) BelAZ-75710, the world’s largest mining two-axle all-wheel-drive dump truck – with a weight-carrying capacity of 450 t – has proved worthy of an entry in the Guinness Book of Records. The new vehicle, which rolled out... 

Dump truck makes  it into Guinness Book  of Records
MAMMOTH MACHINE The world’s largest mining two-axle is currently being field-tested as one of the biggest machines of its class

Growing hammer range benefits drilling applications

Mining equipment and services provider Sandvik Mining has added six- and eight-inch models to its growing RH460 DTH hammer range, designed to reduce costs, increase penetration rates and prolong the service life of drilling applications on surface mining operations. The company has also... 

Growing hammer range benefits drilling applications
IMPROVED PERFORMANCE The growing RH460 range increases the impact–energy transmission in variable ground conditions

Mining industry challenges affect manufacturing sector

By: Jonathan Rodin South African manufacturers are not immune to the negative consequences of ongoing labour unrest in the mining industry, says heavy equipment manufacturer Bell Equipment Sales South Africa (Bessa) sales and marketing director Terry Gillham. "There is no question that our mining industry has taken... 

Mining industry challenges  affect manufacturing sector
EXPERIENCING DIFFICULTY Bell customers contracted to platinum and chrome mines, particularly in the Rustenburg area, are under severe strain

New wheel loader on the market

A new 990K wheel loader, which offers more power and increased payload for greater productivity and fuel efficiency, was launched in May by mining and construction equipment manufacturer Caterpillar (Cat). The wheel loader features a redesigned cab that delivers an improved operator interface and... 

New wheel loader  on the market
HEAVY MACHINERY The new 990K model is 17.5 t, which increased from the 16.5 t payload of the H Series model

Wagons designed to serve the mining industry in South Africa and abroad

By: Jonathan Rodin Locomotives, wagons and bogies supplier DCD Rolling Stock, a member of international manufacturing and engineering company DCD Group, has sold 33 discharge hopper wagons to platinum mining operations in South Africa over the last five years, says DCD Rolling Stock supply chain manager Phillip van... 

Wagons designed to serve the mining industry in South Africa and abroad
Photo by Duane Daws
FUNCTIONALITY DCD’s latest discharge hopper wagons are designed to respond to the South African platinum belt needs

Manufacturing in the mining industry can yield economic growth

By: Zandile Mavuso South Africa’s National Development Plan emphasises the critical and indispensable role of manufacturing as a key driver of economic growth, and a segment in which this country could achieve greater outcomes is the manufacture of mining equipment. There are caveats, though: better policies must... 

Manufacturing in the mining industry can yield economic growth

Mine planning essential for opencast environment

A project team with mine planning as its core business is best positioned to deliver appropriate, integrated, optimum and executable mine designs, says mining consultancy Ukwazi. Ukwazi is the largest-capacity mining engineering-focused consulting services provider in Africa and has successfully... 

ONTC to remain in public hands, telecom division to be sold

By: Henry Lazenby Ontario’s Northern Development and Mines Minister Michael Gravelle on Friday announced that the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission (ONTC) would remain in public hands, but would sell the communications arm Ontera. Ontario will continue to operate the motor coach, Polar Bear Express, rail... 

ONTC to remain in public hands, telecom division to be sold
Photo by Ontario Northland Transportation Commission
Ontario Northland Transportation Commission
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