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Explosives News

AECI posts record profit from operations for FY18

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th February 2019 Specialty chemicals group AECI has achieved its highest ever profit from operations of nearly R2-billion for the year ended December 31, 2018. This was 27% higher than the R1.58-billion profit from operations achieved in 2017. 

Better techniques are making a big difference in drilling and blasting, says MAXAM

By: Kim Cloete     8th February 2019 Advanced technologies in mining explosives are making major inroads in the mining industry. This was highlighted by MAXAM, a global technological leader specialising in the design, development, manufacture and application of energetic solutions, at the Investing in African Mining Indaba, in Cape... 

Solar Mining Services helps to boost the Mpumalanga economy 

By: Kim Cloete     7th February 2019 Solar Mining Services, a manufacturer and supplier of explosives, accessories and blasting services for the mining industry, has made strides in growing its business in South Africa. It has created more than 100 jobs and invested R500-million in South Africa since setting up in the country in... 

Solar Mining Services helps to boost the Mpumalanga economy
Solar Mining's Charles Hurly discusses the company's product offerings and its growth plans, while CEO Desmond Pillay talks about the company's impact on the Mpumalanga economy. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Step change for Indaba

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     25th January 2019 The twenty-fifth anniversary of the annual Investing in African Mining Indaba will have a major focus on how growth in Africa and African mining can be supported and achieved, says event organiser Mining Indaba content director Harry Chapman. The theme of this year’s event is Championing... 

Step change for Indaba
DIVERSE STAKEHOLDERS There is a major focus on gender diversity, with more women actively participating throughout the event

MAXAM to demonstrate blasting technology

25th January 2019 Global technology company MAXAM – specialising in the design, development, manufacture and application of energetic materials – will exhibit its blasting solutions product range for mining, quarries and infrastructure works, at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba. MAXAM has an... 

MAXAM to demonstrate  blasting technology
RIOFLEX RIOFLEX is a highly energetic, robust and flexible density bulk hydrogel suspension-based explosive, representing the latest development in bulk explosives technology

BME to focus on product improvement and organic growth 

By: Nadine James     25th January 2019 With commodity prices either stabilising or improving and several mining projects entering the last stages of development or coming online in 2019, explosives company BME aims to enhance its product offering while investing in its existing footprint, says BME MD Joe Keenan. BME will showcase its... 

BME to focus on product improvement and organic growth
BME MD Joe Keenan discusses the company’s strategy for 2019

Colliery opened in Gauteng

14th December 2018 Last month, coal exploration and mining company Canyon Coal successfully opened its openpit Khanye Colliery with a blast following a detonation procedure led by Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe in Bronkhorstspruit, Gauteng. As part of the ceremony, Mantashe, Canyon MD Vuslat Bayoglu, and... 

Colliery opened  in Gauteng
Photo by Creamer Media
NEW ARRIVAL The openpit Khanye Colliery in Bronkhorstspruit is expected to produce coal for about 15 years

First coal production due in 2020

By: Thabi Madiba     14th December 2018 Coal mining and exploration group of companies Canyon Coal is expecting first coal production at its Springfield coal project in the second quarter of 2020, with a targeted production rate of 600 000 t of run-of-mine coal a month. The project, comprising a coal deposit of 307.86-million tons, is... 

First coal production  due in 2020
Photo by Creamer Media
BULKY An estimated 600 000 t of coal production a month is expected

Safety assured for Vertical Drop delivery system

30th November 2018 Johannesburg-based supplier and manufacturer of explosives AEL Intelligent Blasting has pioneered the vertical drop emulsion delivery system which delivers the non-detonable base emulsion and sensitiser required directly to a storage facility, boosting safety and efficiency. These storage... 

Omnia shares fall as it warns of interim loss

By: Simone Liedtke     12th November 2018 Local chemicals company Omnia Holdings’ share price on the JSE fell by more than 16% on Monday after it announced that it expects to swing to a loss a share for the six months to September 30. It expects to report a loss a share of between 85c and 170c, compared with the earnings a share of 423c... 

Growing explosives sales in a declining market

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     19th October 2018 Although rising mineral production costs have led to declining competitiveness for the South African mining industry, which has negatively affected the sale of explosives materials company MAXAM regional director Brett Wheatcroft says this has created opportunities for the introduction of... 

Growing explosives sales  in a declining market
EXPLOSIVES SOLUTIONS MAXAM helps customers optimise their drilling and blasting operations, bringing transparency, cost control and improved rock output

Blasting solutions that take mines into digital age

19th October 2018 As mining companies rapidly shift their strategies and operating models to leverage digital transformation, new technologies in blasting and explosives are making an ever more vital contribution to bottom-line improvements. A combination of market volatility, changing global demand and radically... 

Blasting solutions that take mines into digital age
JOE KEENAN The Internet of Things will be an important driver of blasting safety and efficiency

Focus turns to nonexplosives-based rock breaking as quest for safer, more-efficient mining intensifies

By: Dylan Slater     21st September 2018 The South African mining industry, once the backbone of economic growth, intensive job creation and development, is declining constantly, owing to the slow rates of research and development into newer, safer, modernised, mechanised and continuous mining methods. A key pillar of improving mining... 

Focus turns to nonexplosives-based rock breaking as quest for safer, more-efficient mining intensifies

BME expands into US market

By: Nadine James     27th July 2018 South African explosives leader BME has further enhanced its international footprint by supplying its market leading AXXIS electronic detonators to customers in the US. In a statement last week, BME MD Joe Keenan noted that the company is already active with shipments of AXXIS detonators to... 

BME expands  into US market
JOE KEENAN The powerful features of the AXXIS system and its user-friendly interface are going to prove attractive to this new market

SA needs passive fire protection

By: Donald Makhafola     27th July 2018 Safety in mining is a high priority in South Africa, and the country needs to adopt stricter regulations regarding passive fire protection systems, says global technologies company Hilti South Africa mining, business development manager Hector Cerdio. More awareness should also be created... 

SA needs passive fire protection
FIRESTOP BARRIER Hilti South Africa was awarded new contracts this year to provide passive fire protection solutions, including the firestop, for several South African mining majors

AECI achieves strong H1 performance

By: Anine Kilian     25th July 2018 JSE-listed AECI on Wednesday reported positive financial results for the six months ended June 30. Together with contributions from the acquisitions of Schirm and Much Asphalt in February and April respectively, AECI increased its revenue by 24% to R10.47-billion and profit from operations by 35%... 

Cullinan mine moves to centralised blasting to improve safety, efficiency  

By: Nadine James     6th July 2018 Petra Diamonds’ Cullinan mine hopes to achieve further improvements in safety, mining efficiencies and productivity, following the implementation of BME’s AXXIS centralised blasting system across its underground operation. The system was officially launched on Wednesday. 

Cullinan mine moves to centralised blasting to improve safety, efficiency
BME technology and innovation product manager Neil Alberts explains the AXXIS centralised blasting system. Camerawork and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Petra’s Cullinan mine uses new centralised blasting system to improve safety, productivity

By: Nadine James     27th June 2018 Petra Diamonds’ Cullinan mine hopes to achieve further improvements in safety, mining efficiencies and productivity, following the implementation of BME’s AXXIS centralised blasting system across its underground operation. The system was officially launched on Wednesday. 

Petra’s Cullinan mine uses new centralised blasting system to improve safety, productivity

Omnia lifts FY18 profit by 12% y/y 

By: Anine Kilian     26th June 2018 JSE-listed Omnia Holdings posted positive results for the financial year ended March 31, with group revenue having increased by 7% year-on-year to R17.37-billion, as a result of a stronger performance by the mining and chemicals divisions. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and... 

Omnia lifts FY18 profit by 12% y/y
Omnia CEO Adriaan de Lange talks about the group's profitable financial year

New app launched for quarrying industry

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     22nd June 2018 Johannesburg-headquartered developer, producer and supplier of commercial explosives AEL Mining Services has launched a new application (app), the Vibration and Acoustic Calculator (VibrAc). VibrAc will assist local quarries in calculating the various elements involved in blasting and in... 

New app launched for quarrying industry
VIBRATION AND SOUND The AEL Mining Services VibrAc application is a simple tool to work out blasting parameters

Argonaut awaits imminent court scheduling over suspension of Mexico mine’s explosives permit

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th June 2018 TSX-listed gold producer Argonaut Gold on Tuesday reported that the Judiciary Court hearing with respect to the company’s explosives permit for its La Colorada mine, in Sonora, Mexico, has been postponed and is awaiting imminent court scheduling.  

Argonaut awaits imminent court scheduling over suspension of Mexico mine’s explosives permit

First ‘Resources for Future Generations’ conference to be held in Vancouver

By: Henry Lazenby     13th April 2018 The Resources for Future Generations conference (RFG2018) is scheduled to make its debut on the Canadian resource conference circuit between June 16 and 21, in Vancouver, and is shaping up to be an event unlike the myriad of competing forums held in Canada throughout the year. RFG2018 chairperson... 

First ‘Resources for Future Generations’ conference to be held in Vancouver
Photo by Resources for Future Generations Conference
RFG2018 chairperson John Thompson

BME launches new emulsion brand, eyeing North American market

By: Nadine James     6th April 2018 After three decades of advancement in its emulsion offerings, South Africa-based explosives leader BME is subsuming its well-known brands such as HEF, and Megapump under the name of Innovex. According to BME ammonium nitrate-based products, equipment and services product manager Dr Rakhi Pathak,... 

World's biggest mining show draws huge crowd, signalling mining investment optimism

By: Henry Lazenby     7th March 2018 The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada's (PDAC's) 2018 convention, in Toronto, drew an international crowd of 25 606 people, in what is widely considered as a clear sign that optimism is returning to the mineral exploration and mining industry following several years of turmoil.... 

World's biggest mining show draws huge crowd, signalling mining investment optimism

Mining-specific staff recruitment, management app developed 

By: Mia Breytenbach     6th March 2018 To refine and improve the execution of recruitment within the mining industry, mining and engineering professionals recruiter TrueVine Consulting has developed a new, innovative online recruitment platform, called Digger. “Digger is a digital recruitment, talent management and staff retention... 

Mining-specific staff recruitment,  management app developed
Innovative mining-specific staff recruitment, management app developed. Editing: Darlene Creamer and Christo Greyling.

AECI mining division reports improved operating profit

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th February 2018 Explosives and specialty chemicals group AECI's mining solutions segment's revenue declined by 2.2% to R9.7-billion in the year ended December 31, owing to lower ammonia prices and a stronger rand against the dollar - more than 50% of revenue in this segment is dollar based. Profit from... 

AECI posts record HEPS for FY17

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th February 2018 Explosives and specialty chemicals group AECI on Tuesday reported its highest recorded headline earnings per share (HEPS) to date, at 959c, for the financial year ended December 31. HEPS were up 17% year-on-year, while earnings a share increased by 22% year-on-year to 900c. 

AECI posts record HEPS for FY17
Photo by Duane Daws
AECI CEO Mark Dytor

Leon expects mining industry to have a future under Ramaphosa’s Presidency

By: Nadine James     16th February 2018 Herbert Smith Freehills partner and Africa co-chairperson Peter Leon is cautiously optimistic that the changes signalled by newly elected President Cyril Ramaphosa will benefit South Africa’s economic recovery. In a speech to the British Chamber of Business in South Africa on Thursday evening, he... 

Leon expects mining industry to have a future under Ramaphosa’s Presidency
Photo by Duane Daws
Herbert Smith Freehills partner and Africa co-chairperson Peter Leon

Blasting company returns to Mining Indaba

26th January 2018 Blasting products and solutions provider Maxam Terra Solutions will return to the Investing in African Mining Indaba, where it will exhibit its range of explosives products at the International Cape Town Convention Centre from February 5 to 8. Maxam, originally founded in 1872, as one of... 

Blasting company returns to Mining Indaba
TAILORED COMMERCIAL EXPLOSIVES SERVICES Maxam offers a comprehensive range of measurement capability and solutions to assist customers in reducing their total cost of ownership and overall risk

BME’s West African footprint expands as it clinches Mali blasting service contract

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th December 2017 West Africa remains an exciting region for South Africa-based explosives and blasting leader BME, which has won a full blasting service contract for a new opencast gold mining operation that is set to become the largest producer in Mali. From 2006 to 2015, 18 mines were opened in the region,... 

BME’s West African footprint expands  as it clinches Mali blasting service contract
SERVICE OFFERING BME will carry out ore blasting using its BME’s Axxis electronic detonation system and will deploy four 20 t emulsion trucks, as well as a stemming truck

SA firm takes first steps into US market with new blasting technology

By: Mia Breytenbach     8th December 2017 With growth for the Axxis blasting technology having increased substantially each year over the past five years, Africa-based blasting and explosives leader BME has, in enhancing the brand’s growth, taken its first steps into the US market. The company conducted six successful test blasts in... 

SA firm takes first steps into US market with new blasting technology
TESTED TRUE BME’s Axxis digital initiation system, BlastMap III software and electronic detonators were used in six successful test blasts in Atlanta, in the US

Omnia delivers double-digit H1 growth

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th November 2017 JSE-listed Omnia on Tuesday posted double-digit growth in earnings for the first half of the 2018 financial year as the agriculture segment normalised after harsh drought conditions ended and the mining segment started to show signs of improvement. Profit after tax increased by 27% to... 

AEL Mining Services launches rock-breaking technology chair at University of Pretoria

By: Mia Breytenbach     10th November 2017 Johannesburg-headquartered developer, producer and supplier of commercial explosives AEL Mining Services has, in partnership with the University of Pretoria (UP), launched the AEL Mining Services Chair in Innovative Rock Breaking Technology, which will reside within the Department of Mining... 

AEL Mining Services launches rock-breaking technology  chair at University of Pretoria
CHAIRED PROJECT The first project from AEL Mining Services Chair in Innovative Rock Breaking Technology will be to determine safe blast-clearance radii for blasting

BME claims world record for most electronic detonators fired in single blast

By: Ilan Solomons     27th October 2017 Johannesburg-headquartered explosives and services supplier BME says it has broken the world record for the most electronic detonators fired in a single blast. This was achieved in conjunction with its client Kansanshi Mining at its Kansanshi operation, in North-Western province, in Zambia.... 

BME claims world record for most  electronic detonators fired in single blast
Photo by BME
EXPLOSIVE EXCELLENCE The blast was conducted in the main pit of Kansanshi and involved 6 690 electronic delay detonators that were initiated using BME’s Axxis digital initiation system

Reactive ground detection tech advancing, conference nears

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th October 2017 Explosives and blasting company BME is in the testing and development stage of adapting its XRF Delta Pro mineral scanning technology to quickly identify reactive ground conditions on-the-spot to prevent blast site incidents, thereby ensuring safer blasting practices.  

Reactive ground  detection tech advancing, conference nears
GROUNDWORK TESTING BME is adapting its XRF Delta Pro mineral scanning technology to quickly identify reactive ground conditions

Miners need to focus on long-term economic benefits

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th October 2017 To alter the cheaper-cost mindset miners sometimes adopt in trying economic times, explosives technical services company R.A. McClure president Robert McClure recommends focusing on long-term downstream gains and valuable technological investments.  

Miners need to focus on long-term economic benefits
Photo by Bloomberg
LEARNING CURVE R.A. McClure presents courses that are suitable for individuals involved in blasting operations such as drillers, blasters, managers and operators

Nondetonating timing system promoted to Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th October 2017 Unless mines pursue safer options, explosives suppliers will continue to supply more dangerous traditional products, stresses initiation system provider Master Blaster CEO Mark Davis.  

Nondetonating timing system  promoted to Africa
ENHANCED RECOVERY By using the Maxclip solution with a propellant-based nondetonating cartridge, narrow reef mines can reduce the crush zone around holes and recover more minerals

Safer rock-breaking alternatives offered

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th October 2017 Rock-breaking technology supplier Nxco Mining Technologies offers nondetonating cartridges that use a pyrotechnic composition to break rock based on its tensile strength, rather than on its compressive strength as is the case with traditional explosives.  

Safer rock-breaking  alternatives offered
CARTRIDGE BENEFITS Using expanding gas improves workplace safety, recovery, reduces costs and also reduces the impact of the mining process on the environment
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