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FETs not churning out suitable artisans for a mining sector that needs to mechanise at a faster pace 

By: Sashnee Moodley     4th October 2013 The South African mining sector needs to mechanise at a faster pace to remain competitive and the skills needed to achieve this are sourced from the artisan pool, but the skills shortage in this area is increasing because further education and training (FET) colleges are not providing the... 

Prefeasibility study nearing completion

     13th September 2013 Australia-based resources company Blackthourn Resources (BTR) reports that the prefeasibility study (PFS) work for its Kitumba project at the Mumbwa copper/gold mine in Zambia, is currently being completed. 

Software released to improve excavation accuracy

By: Chantelle Kotze     9th August 2013 Mining technology developer Maptek reports that it launched its PerfectDig software program to the global mining market at the end of June, following successful field trials at coal mines, in Australia.  

Hydraulic wrenches an added advantage for maintenance

     21st June 2013 Underground mining infrastructure systems supplier Becker Mining South Africa (SA) has added hydraulic torque wrenches to its range of Simplex hydraulic and mechanical maintenance equipment, which are designed for heavy duty bolting applications during maintenance on the mines. 

CAT to supply longwall systems to four Consol mines

     5th April 2013 Largest producer of coal from underground mines in North America Consol Energy has placed orders for Caterpillar (CAT) longwall equipment, including more than 1 100 roof supports, worth $300-million. Delivery of the equipment started at the end of 2012 and will be completed in mid-2013. 

Bell Equipment granted Terex Finlay distributorship in South Africa

     5th April 2013 South African original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) Bell Equipment has been granted distribution rights by machinery manufacturer Terex Finlay for its range of mobile crushing, screening and recycling equipment in South Africa. 

Bell sees drop in profit, production in 2012, but believes 2013 will be better

By: Irma Venter     19th March 2013 Construction and mining equipment group Bell on Tuesday reported a 12% increase in revenue to R5.67-billion, up from the previous year’s R5-billion. Profit for the year, at R242.9-million, was, however, down from 2011’s R296.8-million. Bell said in a statement that 2012 had proved to be a mixed... 

Construction imminent at Tormin mineral sands mine

By: Samantha Herbst     15th March 2013 Construction at Australia-based mineral sands company Mineral Commodities Limited’s (MRC’s) new Tormin mineral sands mine will start in April, with first production expected within eight months, towards the beginning of the fourth quarter, reports CEO Andrew Lashbrooke. The mine, located on the... 

Botswana-based company sees growth for the mining sector

By: Gia Costella     1st March 2013 Designer, manufacturer, distributor and servicer of engines and related technologies Cummins Botswana is confident of the potential for measurable growth in the local mining sector, following the establishment of the $3-billion Cut-8 extension at mining company Debswana Diamond Company’s Jwaneng... 

Finnish loaders making inroads in South Africa

     28th August 2012 Loaders manufactured in Finland by Avant Tecno Oy will be exhibited at Electra Mining Africa 2012. The company was founded in 1991 and is today a leading manufacturer of loaders under 1500 kg, with its factory located in Ylöjärvi, Finland. 

Contract mining and plant rental division pushes up Eqstra profit

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st August 2012 JSE-listed Eqstra on Tuesday reported improved financial results for the 2012 financial year, boosted by increased aftermarket sales in its industrial equipment division, as well as an upsurge in rental activity from its contract mining and plant rental division. Profit increased to R488-million... 

Policy failing to grasp full potential of SA’s world-leading mining equipment sector

By: Terence Creamer     20th July 2012 South Africa has significant technological capacity in its mining equipment and services sector that should be nurtured and enhanced through supportive government policy, a recently published academic paper argues.  

Machine eliminates drilling, blasting, primary crushing  

By: Sashnee Moodley     6th July 2012 Diversified engineering company Wirtgen South Africa, a subsidiary of Wirtgen, Germany, is targeting coal mining operations with its range of economically efficient and environment-friendly surface miners.  

Maintenance is key for heavy machine engines

By: Sashnee Moodley     6th July 2012 Preventive and planned maintenance is important and the long-term benefits for earthmoving equipment are massive, says diesel-engine and component remanufacturer Metric Automotive Engineering operations director Andrew Yorke. 

SA interest in efficient radial stacking conveyors

By: Sashnee Moodley     6th July 2012 US materials handling conveyors manufacturer Superior Industries offers the South African mining industry its TeleStacker conveyors, a telescopic radial stacking conveyor, with an operating tonnage from 200 t/h to 5 000 t/h and which it states is the largest in the world at 58 m. 

New mining product expands company’s range

By: Sashnee Moodley     6th July 2012 Design and manufacturing company Mammoth Technologies has expanded its mining equipment range by including its Mammoth Sweeper, for use of cleaning blastholes in mining operations. 

Technologies reduce mine fleet maintenance

By: Sashnee Moodley     6th July 2012 Energy company Shell Lubricants has developed and adapted new maintenance technologies for use on heavy-duty mine machinery, such as dump trucks, front-end loaders and hydraulic excavators, to improve efficiency further and reduce the cost of operations.  

120 t excavator introduced to SA mining industry 

By: Sashnee Moodley     6th July 2012 The new Hyundai R1200-9 hydraulic excavator recently entered the heavy-mining equipment sector in South Africa and two of these mammoth machines have already been sold to local buyers, says High Power Equipment (HPE) Africa GM Neil Sauls. 

Barloworld buys SA, Botswana Bucyrus units from Caterpillar

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th May 2012 JSE-listed Barloworld is set to become the sole Bucyrus distributor in Southern Africa with the $115-million acquisition of the Bucyrus equipment distribution and support businesses in South Africa and Botswana from Caterpillar Global Mining, the industrial group reported on Wednesday.... 

Namibian office to provide new opportunities

By: Reggie Sikhakhane     18th May 2012 The establishment of a Namibian office this year could assist mining specialist VBKom Consulting Engineers to expand its footprint and service the mining industries of neighbouring African countries.  

Interest in qualifications bolstered by DMR

By: Yolandi Booyens     11th May 2012 The skills gained through opencast-mining qualifications are in high demand in the mining industry, owing to the Department of Mineral Resources’ stricter requirements for competency in the industry to improve safety, says training company Xtract Training Services. 

Updated expertise to be made available to industry

By: Yolandi Booyens     11th May 2012 The third edition of the reference book ‘Blasthole Drilling in Open Pit Mining’, which serves as a guide to mining engineers in the opencast mining industry, will be released in September this year, mining services company Atlas Copco reports. 

Growth experienced after 2009 workload shedding

By: Yolandi Booyens     11th May 2012 After shedding 90% of its workload in 2009, owing to the economic downturn, mining services company Trollope Mining Services has experienced a 92% growth rate with the promise of a further 27% growth by the end of June 2012.  

Caterpillar profit jumps to $1.59bn, raises profit outlook

By: Henry Lazenby     25th April 2012 US-based construction and mining equipment manufacturer Caterpillar on Wednesday posted record quarterly earnings of $1.59-billion and raised its profit outlook for the year. The 29% year-on-year increase in first-quarter profit was achieved on the back of growth in the mining sector, strong... 

Tenova to give Bateman wider market presence in Chile, Australia 

By: Martin Creamer     21st February 2012 Mining project house Bateman Engineering is expected to be given a wider market presence in both South America and Australia following its acquisition by Tenova of Italy. Tenova CEO Gianluigi (Gigi) Nova reports that Tenova’s $150-million (R1.2-billion) acquisition of Bateman has already secured... 

South Deep mine places order for five LHDs

     17th February 2012 After the underground commissioning of the only fully mechanised rock bolter available in the South African mining industry, Gold Fields’ South Deep gold mine has ordered eight Sandvik LH514 14 000 kg load haul dumpers (LHDs). 

Caterpillar shatters profit records in 2011

By: Matthew Hill     26th January 2012 Caterpillar Inc, the world's biggest manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, on Thursday shot the lights out with its fourth-quarter earnings announcement, unveiling its biggest year-on-year revenue increase since 1947 – the year the Paris Peace Treaties were signed. The company... 

Ruukki announces management changes

By: Henry Lazenby     19th January 2012 Helsinki- and London-listed Ruukki group on Thursday announced that chief commercial officer Stefano Bonati would assume responsibility for the company’s speciality alloys business, following the resignation of COO Theuns de Bruyn, who was leaving the company to pursue other business... 

German company to host bauma trade show in South Africa in 2013

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th December 2011 Trade fair company Messe München International is bringing its international tradeshow bauma to South Africa for the first time in September 2013. 

Sentula headline earnings flat, CEO sees volatile period ahead

By: Henry Lazenby     18th November 2011 JSE-listed mining services provider and coal miner Sentula Mining on Friday reported a R230-million loss for the half-year ended September 30, despite a 10% revenue increase to R1.35-billion. Headline earnings, which strip out certain one-off costs, remained unchanged at 10.6c a share when... 

Sentula issues interim trading update

By: Henry Lazenby     16th November 2011 JSE-listed Sentula Mining on Wednesday said it expected to report a loss of between 38.47c a share and 38.97c a share for the six months ended September 30. This compared with the earnings a share of 9.89c in the same period last year. 

New generation of compact mining equipment

By: Joanne Taylor     11th November 2011 Supplier of multipurpose machines Bobcat Equipment South Africa has launched its latest generation of telescopic handlers and M-Series skid-steer loaders that can be used for various mining applications. 

First Cat-branded product from former Bucyrus line starts operating

     4th November 2011 The first multidisciplinary equipment company Caterpillar-branded product from the former German mining equipment manufacturer Bucyrus line has started operation at a mine in Finland.  

HPE Africa launches new excavator range

By: Jessica Hannah     21st October 2011 South African distributor and maintenance service provider for Hyundai earthmoving equipment High Power Equipment (HPE) Africa has launched its new range of -9 Series Hyundai excavators into Southern Africa.  

Communications solution for mining industry

     9th September 2011 A need for an all-encompassing communications solution within the mining industry has been identified by several organisations in South Africa, says multidisciplinary creative communications provider Flight Communications. 

First university in the US to select local company’s simulation system

     9th September 2011 Designer and manufacturer of simulators Thoroughbred Technologies has supplied its ThoroughTec Simulation division’s fourth generation CYBERMINE4 simulator, becoming the US’s first advanced underground mine training simulator to be acquired by a university.  

Eqstra to cease distributing Terex mining equipment by end 2013

By: Irma Venter     23rd August 2011 Contract mining and equipment group Eqstra Holdings would cease distributing Terex mining equipment at the end of 2013, said Eqstra CEO Walter Hill on Tuesday. Reporting on the company’s financial results for the year ended June 30, he noted that Eqstra had a contract in place until the end of... 

Capital equipment market remains strong − Caterpillar

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     25th July 2011 Caterpillar, which bought mining equipment manufacturer Bucyrus last year, expects the global capital equipment market to remain strong, with further growth expected in the long term, outgoing GM for Southern Africa Fernando Armas told Mining Weekly Online. Despite tough conditions worldwide,... 

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