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TWP awarded EPCM contract for 
Wesizwe’s Ledig project

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th October 2010 Engineering projects firm TWP Projects has been appointed as the engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) contractor on JSE-listed mining exploration company Wesizwe’s Frischgewaagd-Ledig platinum-group metals (PGMs) project, until December 2010.  

Local fabricator makes ‘the world’s biggest rope shovel bucket’

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd July 2010 Following two years of testing a smaller version at phosphate and phosphoric acid producer Foskor, in Phalaborwa, mining equipment manufacturer VR Steel has announced the completion of the largest fabricated rope shovel bucket in the world. 

Product provides value-added benefits for end-user

By: Tracy Hancock     16th July 2010 Hydraulics manufacturer Eaton Hydraulics, a component of diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation’s industrial sector, has launched its X-Flex spiral hose, which promises to decrease machinery downtime and improve production in the mining industry. This is as part of the company’s... 

Micro hydropower system reduces energy consumption

By: Tracy Hancock     16th July 2010 Mining companies Anglo Platinum (Angloplat) and Gold One are taking full advantage of pump manufacturer Cemo Pumps’ Crown V4 microhydropower system to comply with the energy reduction demand placed on the South African mining industry by State-owned power utility Eskom. 

Company focuses 
products, services 
on mining 
industry

By: Tracy Hancock     16th July 2010 Industrial consumables and engineering firm BMG’s specialist hydraulics division BMG Hydraulics has specifically enhanced its products and services to cater to the mining industry.

“Our exposure and long history with the mining industry has been one of the contributing factors and motivations... 

Industry performance erratic, but market stabilising

By: Tracy Hancock     16th July 2010 All industries have been affected by the global recession, even the hydraulics industry’s widespread customer base, which includes the mining sector. The performance of the sectors it services has been highly erratic over the past 18 months to 24 months, with most sectors underperforming, says... 

Lack of finance, not lack of demand, affects sales during recession

By: Schalk Burger     2nd July 2010 The decline in sales of earthmoving and mining equipment during the global recession can largely be attributed to a lack of finance more than a lack of demand, says earthmoving and mining equipment supplier High Power Equipment Africa (HPE Africa) MD Alan Grady. 

Miniloaders see broad use in underground mining

2nd July 2010 Earthmoving equipment supplier company Avant reports that the underground mining applications that miniature loaders are used for are broad, owing to the attachments available for the machines. The machines are used for cleaning between rail tracks, to support drilling with a 7,5-kW customised... 

Training offered for 
different work 
environments 

By: Schalk Burger     2nd July 2010 The Operator Training Academy at earthmoving equipment suppliers Barloworld Equipment provides operator training for different work situations and assists with familiarising trainees with the different needs and challenges of these environments. Further, the company is expanding its training of... 

Arctic Circle opencast iron-ore mine reopens in Norway

2nd July 2010 The Sydvaranger opencast iron-ore mine, at the northern tip of Norway, 400 km north of the Arctic Circle, was reopened after 14 years out of service. This is the first new iron-ore mining operation to be launched in Europe in the twenty-first century, reports earthmoving, mining and construction... 

Seals designed for 
hydraulic earthmoving equipment

2nd July 2010 Seals designed for use earthmoving and surface mining environments improve the performance of hydraulic cylinders of earthmoving equipment, says engineering firm Bearing Man Group (BMG) seals division GM Ken Steel. 

New series of motor 
graders launched 

2nd July 2010 Earthmoving equipment manufacturer Caterpillar launches its new K-series motor graders to replace its H-series graders. The K-series graders was developed specifically to meet the unique needs of lesser-regulated markets while maintaining the standard of quality and reliability of the earlier... 

Two drive pulleys for conveyor belt

2nd July 2010 The conveyor belt running between mining giants Anglo Thermal’s Zibulo mine and BHP Billiton’s Klipspruit project’s Phola coal processing plant, in Emalahleni, in Mpumalanga province, is sixteen km long, and is the longest variable-speed driven belt in Africa. It required drive pulleys at both... 

Company supplies telehandlers to $975m project 

By: Tracy Hancock     28th May 2010 Specialists in the rental, repair and sale of telescopic material handlers (telehandlers) Eazi Access Rental is supplying ten JLG telehandlers to diversified miner BHP-BiIliton’s estimated $975-million Douglas-Middleburg optimisation (DMO) project. The optimisation of the Douglas coal mine,... 

Doors open for opencast mining contractors

7th May 2010 The first quarter of 2010 has seen a rebound in the heavy equipment manufacturing sector with opencast mining contractors coming back into the mix after a massive world mining and commodity prices slump. Equipment manufacturer Bell Equipment Sales South Africa GM Terry Gillham reports that many... 

Basil Read may hive off mining into separately listed entity – CEO 

By: Martin Creamer     12th March 2010 The mining division of the JSE-listed Basil Read construction group may be hived off into a separately listed entity, Basil Read CEO Marius Heyns said on Friday. Heyns told Mining Weekly Online that the company was working on a strategy to extract optimum value for shareholders from its opencast... 

Bucyrus agrees to buy Terex mining unit for $1,3bn

By: Liezel Hill     21st December 2009 US mining equipment manufacturer Bucyrus International has agreed to buy Terex Corporation's mining equipment business for $1,3-billion in cash, to widen its product offering. Terex can opt to receive $300-million of the purchase price in Bucyrus shares, the companies said.  

SA mechanical workhorses among gigantic machines to be featured on Discovery Channel next month

By: Loni Prinsloo     30th October 2009 The world’s most incredible machines, including a group of remarkable South African workhorses, will take centre stage on Discovery Channel, in November, when the channel’s new action-packed engineering show, X-Machines, premieres. 

Caterpillar unveils fifth-generation mining truck

By: Loni Prinsloo     16th October 2009 The world’s biggest manufacturer of mining and construction equipment Caterpillar has released its newest version mining truck, the fifth-generation 793F Cat Mining Truck. 

Mining fleet company playing key part 
in Pilanesberg mine production ramp-up

By: Loni Prinsloo     2nd October 2009 One of the Terex’s largest equipment fleets is playing a central role in the ramp-up phase of junior-miner Platmin’s Pilanesburg mine on the Western Limb of the Bushveld Complex. 

Iamgold awards mining fleet software contract to Wescon

21st July 2009 Global positioning system-based fleet management systems provider Wenco was installing its software and mobile data terminals on Canadian gold-miner Iamgold’s entire mining vehicle fleet at the Essakane mine, in Burkina Faso. “Wenco’s system will facilitate solar-powered communication throughout... 

SA manufacturer 
upgrades articulated dump truck

By: Kelly Farthing     3rd July 2009 Heavy equipment manufacturer Bell Equipment has introduced a new mark VI D-Series articulated dump truck (ADT).  

Equipment supplier 
weathering the storm

By: Kelly Farthing     3rd July 2009 South African industrial group Barloworld reports that its automotive division is delivering good results despite difficult markets.

 

Mining equipment manufacturer reports big drop in sales

By: Kelly Farthing     3rd July 2009 Manufacturer and supplier of steel attachments for surface mining equipment VR Steel is reporting a drop in sales owing to adverse market conditions worldwide. 

Heavy equipment company well positioned for 
economic upswing

By: Kelly Farthing     3rd July 2009 Mining and construction equipment supplier McCarthy Heavy Equipment, a subsidiary of McCarthy Limited, is confident that it will be well positioned for growth when the market turns for the better. 

Barloworld still sees strong equipment demand from mining sector 

By: Chanel de Bruyn     11th May 2009 The Southern African equipment division of JSE-listed diversified industrial group Barloworld would, in 2009, sell 90% of the number of machines it had sold into the mining industry in 2008, despite the slowdown in that sector. Barloworld CEO Clive Thomson told shareholders that this was... 

New fleet arrives at Castle Gold's El Castillo mine

By: Liezel Hill     20th April 2009 Portions of a new equipment fleet are on site and starting operations at the El Castillo mine, in Mexico, and owner Castle Gold expects the new equipment to boost the total monthly mine production of waste and ore material to 600 000 t effective immediately, the firm said. This rate represents a... 

New continuous miner increases production

By: Beth Shirley     27th March 2009 Mining machinery manufacturer Joy Mining is currently developing the world’s largest underground continuous miner, the Joy 12HM37, capable of cutting six metres of coal seam and increasing production by 50%, says Joy Mining technical director Ben Snyman.  

Safe, cheap conveying system competes with labour in tough times

By: Beth Shirley     27th March 2009 As the recession becomes apparent in the mining industry, with project shutdowns and delays, companies are attempting to stay afloat by reducing expenditure. Conveyance solutions company Miniveyor Products has developed safe and efficient conveying equipment that is suited to mining houses that... 

Stimulus package will lay groundwork to rehire employees - Caterpillar

By: Liezel Hill     13th February 2009 The financial stimulus bill, which was approved by the US Congress on Friday, may help create an environment in which construction equipment giant Caterpillar could consider rehiring employees that have been laid off in recent months, chairperson and CEO Jim Owens said on Friday. Caterpillar... 

Caterpillar offers early retirement to 2 000 workers

By: Liezel Hill     11th February 2009 NYSE-listed construction equipment giant Caterpillar is offering a voluntary early-retirement incentive package to about 2 000 production employees, the group announced on Wednesday. The packages will be offered to workers at its Illinois facilities, as well as in Denver, Colorado; Memphis,... 

VR Steel acquires entire share capital of Chinese mining equipment maker

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     16th January 2009 Local manufacturer of steel products for the mining industry VR Steel, which had a 66,67 % stake in VRC Mining Equipment, has now acquired the entire capital share, of the Chinese-based company, which was established in mid-2008.  

Caterpillar cuts executive salaries, launches voluntary retrenchment plan

By: Liezel Hill     22nd December 2008 NYSE-listed construction equipment giant Caterpillar will cut executive pay by as much as half in 2009, reduce senior management salaries and implement a hiring freeze, the company announced on Monday. The steps were necessary because of “the continued deterioration of conditions” in the markets... 

Mining equipment rentals skyrocket as miners move away from outright purchases

By: Leandi Kolver     5th December 2008 Equipment rental company Rentworks is experiencing a spike in its mining equipment rentals owing to the current economic downturn. 

De Beers concludes R170-million rental transaction with RentWorks

By: Leandi Kolver     21st November 2008 The world’s leading diamond-mining company De Beers, has signed a rental agreement valued at R170-million with asset rental company RentWorks. 

Ontario promotes mining equipment, services in Mexico

By: Liezel Hill     16th October 2008 Representatives of Ontario's Ministries of Northern Development and Mines and International Trade and Investment will be in Mexico next week to promote the Canadian province's mining equipment and services sector. The Ministries are cohosting a booth at the Expo-Minera Sonora 2008 trade show,... 

VR Steel to sell Hofmann products in SA

By: Chanel de Bruyn     13th October 2008 Steel products manufacturer VR Steel will represent Australian dragline and shovel supplier Hofmann Engineering in South Africa, in a deal that is expected to earn the firm R50-million a year. The steel manufacturer said in a statement that on Monday that it would stock the full range of Hofmann... 

SA firm to distribute Astra trucks in Southern Africa 

By: Irma Venter     19th September 2008 Gauteng and Kwazulu-Natal based High Power Equipment (HPE) has gained the rights to become the sole Southern African importer and distributor of the Astra ranges of rigid dump trucks and articulated dump trucks. 

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