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Eqstra warns of lower H1 earnings, to sell Moz mining equipment assets

By: Megan van Wyngaardt JSE-listed mobile capital equipment distributor Eqstra has, through its Mozambican subsidiary, signed a memorandum of agreement with Minas de Benga Limitada to dispose of all plant and equipment assets used in the provision of mining services during a five-year contract at Minas’ Benga coal mine,... 

Nautilus takes delivery of seafloor production tools

By: Creamer Media Reporter Marine-mining pioneer Nautilus Minerals on Monday announced that the Solwara 1 Joint Venture (comprising Nautilus 85% and Eda Kopa (Solwara) Limited 15%) has taken delivery of the three seafloor production tools (SPTs) from British manufacturer Soil Machine Dynamics’ (SMD) facility, in Newcastle... 

Mine health, safety amendment still not effective

By: Nadine James Two of the additional regulations pertaining to the operation of  diesel-powered trackless mobile machinery (TMM) on mines – which were published in February 2015 – remain inoperable, as the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) has yet to stipulate a date when the specific obligations come into... 

Mine health, safety amendment still not effective
Photo by Bloomberg
AVERTING COLLISIONS Several of the new regulations regarding Trackless Mobile Machinery are meant to prevent or reduce collisions

Close-Up Mining

Mining, earthmoving and plant hire specialist Close-Up Mining is currently contracted by mining heavy weights Anglo Coal and Glencore, as well as various mid-tier and junior miners in Mpumalanga. It has also previously been subcontracted to service diamond giant De Beers Consolidated Mine’s open... 

Close-Up Mining

Service proposition enhancements to prove group’s mettle to Africa

By: Mia Breytenbach Despite testing circumstances in the local mining industry, mineral processing equipment and solutions provider Multotec’s business is progressing well, with the group focusing on offering an improved services proposition to its mining customers across Africa, says Multotec CEO Thomas Holtz.... 

Service proposition enhancements to prove group’s mettle to Africa
TRAINING ENDORSEMENT Multotec provided training for 315 trainees in 2015 and aims to increase the number of trainees to more than 500 this year

DTI invites local companies to participate in DRC expo pavilion

By: Megan van Wyngaardt The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has invited South African manufacturers and exporters of mining equipment and related products and services to apply to participate at DRC Mining Week 2016, scheduled to take place on June 8 and 9 in Lubumbashi, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The... 

Manufacturer drives R&D to improve efficiencies, reduce operating costs

By: Mia Breytenbach Despite a subdued demand for mining machinery globally, Richards Bay-based heavy equipment manufacturer Bell Equipment continues to invest in its articulated dump truck (ADT) research and development programme to drive down operating costs and improve ADT efficiencies while meeting more stringent... 

Manufacturer drives R&D to improve efficiencies,  reduce operating costs
SIMILAR DESIGN Like the E-series small trucks another key aim of the new design for the larger trucks is lowering the cost of every tonne on the truck

Samarco tailings breach underscores need for industrywide best practise

By: Simon Rees On November 5, there was a large, destructive breach of tailings dams at an iron-ore mine run by Samarco Mineração, in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais. It was reported that about ten people had lost their lives, while hundreds more had to be evacuated. Much of Bento Rodrigues village was... 

Hydraulic solutions provider launches new sectional mobile valve

Power management company Eaton last month announced the launch of its CLS sectional mobile valve. The CLS provides patented load sense bleed off, pre- and post-compensated load sense relief on each section, and a highly modular design with one of the smallest envelopes in the industry. 

Hydraulic solutions provider launches new sectional mobile valve
CLS SECTIONAL MOBILE VALVE Eaton's new valve was designed prioritise work functions, improving machine efficiency and safety

Mining solutions provider introduces hard rock mining truck

US-based mining equipment manufacturer Joy Global recently debuted the Joy 16TD hard rock mining truck, its newest offering for the global mining market. Based on the popular DT-1804 truck model, the 16TD features lower hood lines for improved visibility, a digital operator display, shorter... 

Mining solutions provider introduces  hard rock mining truck
16TD HARD ROCK MINING TRUCK Joy Global has replaced its popular DT-1804 truck with the 16TD model which has all of the DT's capabilities without its design flaws

Pneumatic components distributor introduces new air-filtration series

By: Nadine James Local hydraulic and pneumatic components distributor Hydramatics Control Equipment extended its air-treatment range last month by adding the Camozzi MD series of compressed air filters, developed and manufactured in Italy, to its product offering. Hydramatics sales manager Vaughan Chapman boasts... 

Pneumatic components distributor introduces  new air-filtration series
CAMOZZI MD SERIES The air filtration series is well suited to pneumatic machine tool applications

Sensor manufacturer promotes LVITs for hydraulic cylinders

By: Nadine James Recent electronic advancements have made variable inductance position sensors, known as linear variable inductance transducers (LVITs) more cost effective for mainstream in-cylinder applications, says specialised sensor manufacturer Alliance Sensors Group, a division of HG Schaevitz LLC (ASG).... 

Sensor manufacturer promotes LVITs for hydraulic cylinders
LVIT The in-cylinder sensor is an easily installed cost effective solution for measuring resonant frequency in hydraulic cylinders

Increased volumes of mining, construction assets auctioned online

By: Mia Breytenbach Owing to the continued global and local economic challenges that the local mining industry faces, several mining houses are shifting their focus from growth and expansion to efficiency and cost control, says online mining and construction equipment auctioneering company Clear Asset. The slowdown... 

Increased volumes of mining, construction assets auctioned online
ONLINE ATTRACTION Clear Asset’s September auction registered 29 000 unique auction views and 1 674 bids, with the Vermeer trencher sold to a buyer in the US

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

Mining contractor refocuses on after sales service offering

By: Nadine James Environmental opencast mining contractor DynaD has renewed its focus on its after-sales services, partly owing to slow growth and development in a lacklustre coal sector, says DynaD drill and blasting director Chris Bester. “Nothing much happened in the coal industry in the past year,” he says,... 

Mining contractor refocuses on after sales service offering
DK DRILL RIG DynaD service offering includes refurbishing the DK drill rig range

Openpit contractor’s mandate extended

Aveng Mining subsidiary and mining contractor Aveng Moolmans has been awarded a five-year extension of its contract with the Tshipi Borwa openpit manganese mine, in the Northern Cape. The mine is owned by empowerment company Tshipi e Ntle Manganese Mining, and the contract extension was put into... 

Openpit contractor’s  mandate extended
TSHIPI BORWA MINE Mine owner Tshipi e Ntle will continue its relationship with Aveng Moolmans

Caterpillar restructuring to see more than 10 000 retrenchments by 2016

By: Henry Lazenby US-based heavy machinery and mining equipment manufacturer Caterpillar will retrench more than 10 000 employees by the end of 2016 as part of a significant restructuring and cost reduction plan, designed to lower operating costs by about $1.5-billion a year, once fully implemented. Starting later... 

Caterpillar restructuring to see more than 10 000 retrenchments by 2016

Compact loaders suitable for mining environment

By: Dylan Slater Construction equipment company CSE Equipment’s range of US-manufactured Case SR- and SV-series skid-steer loaders is suitable for materials handling operations at mines, owing to their compact design, small turning circles and hydrostatic four- wheel drive, as well as roll-over protection and... 

Compact loaders suitable for mining environment
VERSATILE MACHINERY CSE Equipment’s SR- and SV-series skid-steer loaders have advanced features for improved performance

Heavy lifting and logistics company aims for mining market

By: Dylan Slater Global heavy-lifting, heavy-haulage and logistics company Mammoet is aiming to break into the mining industry with its comprehensive logistics offering, coupled with its traditional heavy-lifting and ability to move heavy equipment, says local branch Mammoet Southern Africa (SA). 

Heavy lifting and logistics  company aims for mining market
INTACT HAULAGE Mammoet is able to transport intact dragline machines using its self-propelled modular transport units

Material feeders commissioned at Namibia mine

By: Dylan Slater Durban-based materials handling company Big Lift Trucks South Africa (BLT SA) delivered two Samson 85 t material feeders to Namibian diamond miner Namdeb Diamond Corporation’s mine in Oranjemund, Namibia, in March, with the machines being fully commissioned the same month. 

Material feeders  commissioned at  Namibia mine
OFFLOADING The material feeders can receive materials directly from 40 t dump trucks and have a buffer holding capacity of up to 66.2 t of material

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... 

Geotech analysis made easier with monitoring system
OBSERVING Maptek’s Sentry surface laser monitoring and tracking system simplifies geotech analysis

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
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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

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
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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
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