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South African wear solutions specialist appoints Namibian sales agent

     24th February 2017 South African wear solutions specialist RioCarb has appointed a new sales agent in Namibia and is confident this will improve its customer service and product delivery, as well as rapidly grow its market share in the country this year. The chromium carbide (CrC) liner plate expert signed an... 

Group to split to improve customer focus

     17th February 2017 Swedish sustainable productivity solutions provider Atlas Copco will create a new company focused on mining and civil engineering, should it receive backing at its annual general meeting in April. 

Group to split to improve customer focus
STREGTHENING FOCUS Mining and Rock Excavation Technique and Construction Tools are expected to benefit from a more focused management responsibility

Localised conveyor belt supply to boost operational efficiencies

By: Simone Liedtke     17th February 2017 Over the past three to four years, metal prices have dropped precipitously and North American mining operators have been forced to implement more operational efficiencies, states conveyor belt vulcaniser product provider Shaw Almex CEO Tim Shaw. 

Localised conveyor belt supply to boost operational efficiencies
CONVEYOR BELT SOLUTION Many operators have turned to offshore conveyor belt suppliers, resulting in premature product failures and unreliable supply

Three-deck screener now includes rinser

     17th February 2017 Ohio, US-based mobile crushing and screening equipment manufacturer IROCK Crushers has redesigned its TS-522 TD track portable screening plant to include a rinser. 

Three-deck screener now includes rinser
IROCK RINSER Users can set up the unit in as little as 20 minutes using hydraulically powered features such as conveyors and easy-to-use controls

Babcock to launch new equipment, says customers upbeat about 2017

By: Ilan Solomons     7th February 2017 Engineering support services company Babcock will, during the course of this year, launch new “ground-breaking construction equipment”. “Babcock is renowned and respected for delivering high-production machinery that is also fuel efficient. Therefore, this year, we are adding the Volvo A60H, the... 

African company one of biggest underground mining contractors

By: Martin Creamer     2nd February 2017 The predominantly Africa-based Murray & Roberts Cementation has served the mining industry for more than a century. Along with Cementation Canada, Cementation USA and RUC Cementation Australia, the Murray & Roberts Underground Mining Platform ranks among the biggest underground mining contracting... 

African company one of biggest underground mining contractors
Photo by Duane Daws
VENETIA MODEL What the Venetia underground diamond mine will look like when complete

Caterpillar beats Q4 earnings forecast, optimistic about infrastructure plans

By: Henry Lazenby     27th January 2017 US earthmoving and construction equipment manufacturer Caterpillar has reported flat year-on-year adjusted earnings for the December quarter, reflecting pressure in many of its end markets owing to weak economic conditions in several parts of the world. The Peoria, Illinois-based company reported... 

Caterpillar beats Q4 earnings forecast, optimistic about infrastructure plans

De Beers calls for greater collaboration in global diamond industry

By: Dylan Slater     27th January 2017 A sustainable future for the global diamond mining and manufacturing industry is dependent on its ability to work together and pull towards the common goal of industry value growth, says De Beers CEO Bruce Cleaver. Speaking at a reception for customers of its Global Sightholder Sales business... 

De Beers calls for greater collaboration in global diamond industry
AUTONOMOUS DEVELOPMENT Caterpillar is undertaking a project to adapt hardware and software to retrofit Komatsu’s 930E mining trucks with its autonomous technology

New equipment to be showcased

     27th January 2017 Equipment developers Volvo Construction Equipment and Terex Trucks will be represented by plant and equipment supplier Babcock at the 2017 Investing in African Mining Indaba, where it will showcase new products from the manufacturers that will be introduced this year as part of the company’s... 

New equipment  to be showcased
BIGGER AND BETTER The Volvo A60H 60 t articulated hauler is the largest of its kind in the world

Raubex

     27th January 2017 With more than four decades of experience in the Southern African construction and mining industry, infrastructure development and materials handling specialist Raubex Group is a leading player on the sub-continent. Listed on the JSE since 2007, Bloemfontein-headquartered Raubex specialises in... 

New laboratories opened based on demand

By: Kimberley Smuts     20th January 2017 Oil and fuel analysis expert WearCheck has shown considerable growth in Africa in 2016 establishing three new laboratories around the continent’s mining hotspots, a move largely driven by demand from mining operations looking to cut operational costs. As a result of this expansion, the company... 

Efficient Engineering secures top empowerment rating as its transformation journey continues

By: Terence Creamer     15th December 2016 All three business units at leading South African heavy engineering and solutions group Efficient Engineering have been verified as level 1 broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) companies under the South African government’s new codes. Verification agency BEE on Call confirmed the... 

Efficient Engineering secures top empowerment rating as its transformation journey continues
Lenny Govender & Vees Moodley

Caterpillar will consider retaining jobs in US under Trump

By: Bloomberg     8th December 2016 Under a Donald Trump government, Caterpillar will consider keeping jobs in the US that may have otherwise been shifted abroad, CEO Doug Oberhelman said. Tax changes and other policies proposed by president-elect Trump would help generate more jobs and it’s “reasonable” to think the economy can... 

Aveng wins Gamsberg zinc mining contract

By: Martin Creamer     6th December 2016 A contract to establish and mine the Gamsberg opencast zinc operation has been awarded to Aveng Moolmans by Black Mountain Mining, a Vedanta Zinc International operation. Vedanta acquired zinc assets including Gamsberg from Anglo American in 2010 for $1 338-million. 

Aveng wins Gamsberg zinc mining contract
Photo by Duane Daws
Vedanta Zinc International CEO Deshnee Naidoo

Copper mining offers growth opportunity to dust suppressant supplier

By: Nadine James     2nd December 2016 Johannesburg-based nanotechnology provider Cruze Holdings expects to secure more work from African copper mining operations as its products generate savings by ensuring companies spend less on their existing road dust suppression measures. The company may double its mining revenue within the next... 

Copper mining offers growth opportunity to  dust suppressant supplier
DOWN WITH DUST Cruze Holdings dust palliatives are extremely effective, simple to apply and cost-effective

SA mines urged to quickly to benefit from technology innovations

By: David Oliveira     2nd December 2016 South Africa’s mining industry needs to move quickly to take advantage of the opportunities and mitigate the risks inherent in the onset of disruptive technology innovations to remain competitive, advises management consultancy Datta Burton & Associates (DBA). DBA partner Aaron Burton tells... 

Introducing change could yield financial value

By: Kimberley Smuts     18th November 2016 Introducing a proactive blast design approach and new technology can be intimidating for mining companies, as it requires change, but they should keep an open mind as downstream improvements are a catalyst for financial value, says international blast engineering and consulting firm RA McClure... 

Introducing change could yield financial value
Photo by Bloomberg
EXCAVATION EFFICIENCY Overcoming blasting inaccuracies improves all the downstream processes

Gold Fields plans $1.4bn investment to extend Damang’s life-of-mine

By: David Oliveira     4th November 2016 Gold Fields will invest $1.4-billion to extend the life of its Damang mine, in Ghana, from 2017 to 2024, the company announced last month at its third quarter operating update in Johannesburg. Over the life of the mine, 165-million tons will be mined, with 32-million tons processed at a grade of... 

Greater urgency needed in adopting mechanisation in South Africa

By: Aarifah Nosarka     28th October 2016 For the local mining industry to ensure its sustainability, the industry needs to accelerate the rate at which it is adopting new technology, mechanical engineering consultant CMTI Consulting MD Dr Danie Burger tells Mining Weekly. “The transitioning of mines to greater mechanisation and... 

Greater urgency needed in adopting mechanisation in South Africa
DANIE BURGER The transition of mines to include greater mechanisation and automation is way too slow

High-performance chain range extended

     28th October 2016 Engineering components supplier Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) Tsubaki high-performance chain range, which offers enhanced strength and reliability, an extended operating life and a better environmental footprint now includes a “robust” Workhorse elevator series. BMG GM Carlos Beukes says the... 

High-performance chain  range extended
RUGGED COMPONENT Workhorse elevator chains are designed to resist the abrasive and demanding forces of aggregate elevators

Caterpillar’s Q3 profit sags, casts dim outlook with lowered 2016 guidance 

By: Henry Lazenby     26th October 2016 The world’s largest earthmoving and mining equipment manufacturer Caterpillar has booked a sharply lower third-quarter profit, citing global economic weakness and an abundance of used equipment available, which is slowing sales. The NYSE-listed company expressed concern that the tough market... 

Caterpillar’s Q3 profit sags, casts dim outlook with lowered 2016 guidance

Canadian company expands further into Africa

     21st October 2016 Canada-headquartered tyre management and supply company Kal Tire has acquired tyre manufacturer Tredcor Zambia, strengthening the company’s footprint within the Zambian earthmoving market. Kal Tire states that its Mining Tire Group continues to expand and focus on the latest developments in tyre... 

Canadian company  expands further  into Africa
Photo by Bloomberg
CUSTOMER CENTRIC Kal Tire’s Mining Tire Group continues to expand and focus on the latest developments in tyre services driven by its customers’ growing needs

Dispatch technology reduces time of scheduled delays

     21st October 2016 Activity Dispatch, the latest advancement in dispatching technology from mining systems manufacturer Wenco Mining Systems can help mines reduce wasted time by eliminating the unnecessary time spent on shift change, meal breaks and other short pauses in production. The technology loads these... 

Dispatch technology  reduces time of  scheduled delays
VEHICLE PARKING The Active Dispatch system ensures that trucks arrive at the right time to be used by operators

Equipment supplier adapts to meet industry needs

By: Victor Moolman     21st October 2016 Mining equipment supplier Tenova Takraf Africa is offering junior miners in the surface mining industry a tailor-made package that will help new mining operations produce State-owned power utility Eskom-grade coal. 

Equipment supplier adapts to meet  industry needs
BRADFORD BREAKER The coal breaker has and its support structure have been designed for easy relocation to a new mining area

GPS-enabled surface miners to launch in South Africa

By: Victor Moolman     21st October 2016 Industrial equipment supplier Vermeer expects to soon make its GPS-enabled precision surface miner available for sale to the South Africa market, following positive test results at a local coal mining operation. Vermeer application specialist Paul van Helden says precision surface miners can be... 

Houndé progressing on time, within budget

     21st October 2016 Construction at West Africa-focused gold producer Endeavour Mining’s Houndé gold project, in Burkina Faso, which began in April, is progressing on schedule and within budget, with the first gold pour expected during the fourth quarter of 2017. The Houndé project is an openpit mine with a... 

Houndé progressing on time, within budget
Photo by Duane Daws
GOLD PRODUCTION Endeavour hopes to start producing gold in the fourth quarter of 2017

New collision awareness system eliminates nuisance alerts

     21st October 2016 US-headquartered mine management solutions provider Modular Mining Systems has launched its fourth-generation collision awareness system (CAS), which is available as a standalone system or can be integrated with Modular’s Dispatch fleet management system. 

New collision awareness system eliminates nuisance alerts
Photo by Bloomberg
COLLISION WARNING The collision awareness system from Modular aims to improve awareness of potential vehicle interactions

Simplicity of design hooks miner to Terex trucks since mid-1980s

By: Dylan Slater     21st October 2016 Heavy equipment manufacturer Terex Trucks claims its simplicity of design and “unwavering customer service and support” has kept South African miner Atlantis Mining loyal to the equipment brand.  

Simplicity of design hooks miner to Terex trucks since mid-1980s
WORKHORSE The Terex trucks used by Atlantis Mining each run two 9.5-hour shifts in a 24-hour period, five days a week, as well as two Saturday shifts of eight hours

Canadian tyre company expanding presence in Africa

By: Dylan Slater     30th September 2016 Canada-headquartered tyre management and supply company Kal Tire is expanding its presence in Africa, and especially in South Africa, in the light of compliance with the Mining Charter and implemention of a broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) programme.  

Canadian tyre company expanding  presence in Africa
LARGE INJURY REPAIR Kal Tire has the expertise to repair large injuries on ultra-class tyres up to 63-inch

Finnish solutions come to Southern Africa

     30th September 2016 Mobile and semimobile materials processing equipment supplier Pilot Crushtec International has been appointed the main distributor of Finnish mining solutions provider Metso’s aggregates products and services in Southern Africa. 

Finnish solutions come to Southern Africa
ENHANCED PRODUCT RANGE Pilot Crushtec now offers Metso’s range of crushing equipment, which includes mobile and semimobile skid-mounted jaw crushers, in addition to its existing products

Local roller manufacturer expands into new markets 

By: Victor Moolman     30th September 2016 South African conveyor, roller manufacturer and distributor Megaroller expects its new manufacturing plant outside Toronto, in Canada, to be operational from mid-November. Megaroller is expanding its footprint into North America, launching its Canadian distributorship at this year’s MINExpo... 

Local roller manufacturer expands into new markets
Megaroller business development manager Adrian Evans discusses the future of Megaroller.

New products for crushing and screening

     30th September 2016 Crushing and screening equipment supplier Powerscreen launched three new products for the crushing and screening industry this year; the 2100 screen, the Warrior 1400XE screen and the Premiertrak 600 jaw crusher. 

Shaftless conveyor system repairs to be completed before year-end

By: Victor Moolman     30th September 2016 Materials handling solutions provider Spiral Tech Screw Conveyors expects to complete repairs to the triplex shaftless spiral conveyor systems at platinum miner Impala Platinum’s (Implats) Marula mine, in Rustenburg, before the end of the year. 

Shaftless conveyor system repairs to be completed before year-end
Photo by Victor Moolman
EFFORTLESS WORK Shaftless screw systems can handle aggressive materials with ease owing to the hardened materials used

UK equipment supplier upgrades fleet with South African loaders

     30th September 2016 Continuing its investment in its crushing and screening division, Derbyshire-based plant hire and contracting firm Woods has updated two of its L2606E loaders, supplied by South African mining equipment provider Bell Equipment, with like-for-like models. 

MacLean Engineering to supply battery-powered fleet for Goldcorp’s diesel-free Borden mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd September 2016 Goldcorp is planning to build what is expected to be the world's first diesel-free hard rock gold mine at its Borden project, near Chapleau, Ontario. The company has appointed Collingwood, Ontario-based MacLean Engineering to provide a fleet of battery-powered mobile underground mining equipment... 

Haulage solution being modernised at Phakisa shaft

By: Robyn Wilkinson     23rd September 2016 Mining and industrial equipment supplier Deebar is upgrading the Deebar Rail-Veyor remote-controlled, electrically powered light-rail haulage solution which it installed in 2005 at gold miner Harmony’s Phakisa gold mine, in Welkom. 

Haulage solution being modernised at Phakisa shaft
STEAMING AHEAD The Rail-Veyor has not been hampered by the downturn in commodities prices, as the system offers significant benefits in terms of helping mines reduce their operating costs

Completion of fuel cell projects earmarked for 2017

By: Aarifah Nosarka     16th September 2016 Platinum producer Impala Platinum (Implats) is finalising the development of a fuel cell-driven load haul dumper (LHD) prototype, which it expects to be ready for trials in underground mines by the end of next year, fuel cell coordinator Fahmida Smith tells Mining Weekly. Diesel-fueled LHDs are... 

Consultant promotes technology over subsidies to ensure sustainability

By: Nadine James     16th September 2016 Coal mining companies need to embrace the technological revolution if they are to overcome current challenges, including lower commodity prices, rising labour costs and increased regulatory pressures, says commodity and industrial consulting firm Bryanston Resources. According to Bryanston... 

Consultant promotes technology over subsidies  to ensure sustainability
LORENZO TENCATI It is technology, not government subsidies, that will add value to the South African mining industry
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