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Mining industry challenges affect manufacturing sector

By: Jonathan Rodin     4th July 2014 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... 

Dump truck makes it into Guinness Book of Records

4th July 2014 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

New wheel loader on the market

4th July 2014 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

Growing hammer range benefits drilling applications

4th July 2014 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

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

By: Jonathan Rodin     4th July 2014 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     27th June 2014 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

9th May 2014 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     4th April 2014 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

Moatize coal operation awaits new infrastructure to achieve full capacity

By: Keith Campbell     7th March 2014 Brazilian mining major Vale’s Moatize coal operation in the Tete province of Mozambique remains constrained by logistical inadequacies, although its output was slightly higher in 2013 than in 2012. However, the miner remains confident in the future of the mine. “Moatize is being developed to be a... 

New report points to encouraging signs for Quebec and Canadian miners

By: Henry Lazenby     5th March 2014 Despite the current challenges the mining industry faces, Canadian junior mining executives appear to have a renewed sense of optimism, particularly those in Quebec, where Bill 70 – adopted last December to reform the Mining Act – had provided the industry with a stable and predictable regulatory... 

New report points to encouraging signs for Quebec and Canadian miners

Miners must revisit business models to achieve maximum savings - KPMG

By: Simon Rees     3rd March 2014 Mining companies should re-visit and re-evaluate their business models to ensure the maximum benefit of cost and efficiency savings, head of KPMG Canada’s Value Creation service Simon Beer told members of the Canadian Institute of Mining’s Management and Economics Society on February 26. Many... 

Miners must revisit business models to achieve maximum savings - KPMG

Company to highlight own brand, add new products to Botswana offering 

By: Ilan Solomons     21st February 2014 Local drill equipment provider Schwalbe will place greater emphasis on promoting its self-manufactured Orange rock-tool equipment range and will introduce new products to the Botswana mining industry to meet clients’ growing demand, MD Jonathan Betsalel tells Mining Weekly. “This year, Schwalbe... 

Company to highlight own brand, add new products to Botswana offering
Schwalbe MD Jonathan Betsalel discusses the company's aim of expanding its product offering to Botswana's mining industry this year

New service-driven geomatics supplier breaking even

By: Pimani Baloyi     29th November 2013 Geospatial products distributor Aciel Geomatics has attributed its start-up success to the company’s approach to business and its focus on being more of a service provider than simply a products provider. “We recognised that the future of this business would be to enter into a contractual... 

Study aims to improve blasting methods

By: Carina Borralho     22nd November 2013 South African mining industry explosives supplier BME technical manager Refiloe Kekana has co-written a paper that aims to increase the mining industry’s depth of understanding in rock and its characteristics, thereby helping mining companies to plan explosions more efficiently. “This paper... 

Local manufacture of Gravico-branded surface mining equipment to be launched this month

By: Chantelle Kotze     15th November 2013 The production of a new range of Gravico-branded aftermarket attachments for surface mining equipment is expected to start this month, after officially being launched onto the Southern African market last month. 

Industrial plant rental solution effectively used in mining industry

25th October 2013 The success of companies undertaking and executing large-scale projects in the mining sector, such as opencast mining activities, is heavily dependent on the capacity and reliability of its suppliers, says compressor hire company Rand-Air. 

Caterpillar narrows Q3 profit, again cuts FY outlook

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd October 2013 The significant downturn in the mining market has hurt the world’s largest earthmoving-equipment manufacturer Caterpillar’s third-quarter earnings, forcing the company to readjust its full-year outlook lower. Caterpillar on Wednesday said that for the quarter ended September 30, its sales and... 

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. 

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