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Explosives News

Omnia still pursuing North American entry after Nordex offer is withdrawn

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd August 2016 JSE-listed Omnia Holdings has withdrawn and terminated its offer to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of Canadian firm Nordex Explosives. The chemicals company on Monday said Nordex shareholders had approved the change of control private placement and going private transaction with... 

Impeded release of nitrates mitigating enviro impact of mining explosives

By: Dylan Slater     19th August 2016 Developments over the past three decades by mining explosives manufacturer BME, have resulted in a lowered negative impact on the environment through the impeded release of nitrates during blasting operations, thereby, preventing possible groundwater contamination and allowing enhanced recycling... 

Impeded release of nitrates mitigating enviro impact of mining explosives
EXPLOSIVES DEVELOPMENT Emulsion-based explosives released about 0.7% of its nitrate content into water in tests

Detonation system’s Australian footprint expanding

By: Sebastian Whyle     5th August 2016 The AXXIS Digital Initiation System from explosives company BME has been well received in Australia and is regarded highly in its mining sector, BME technical director Tony Rorke tells Mining Weekly.  

Detonation  system’s Australian footprint expanding
Photo by Ilan Solomons
ADVANCING IN AUSTRALIA BME is actively working towards growing its customer base in Australia

Omnia raises bid for Nordex

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th August 2016 Shareholders of Canadian firm Nordex Explosives have one month to accept a now-formal fully funded, all-cash inflated takeover bid by JSE-listed Omnia Group. Omnia this week, through its mining division BME, raised the stakes with an offer of C$0.22 per Nordex share, taking the deal to... 

Explosionproof hoists, cranes

     22nd July 2016 Operating electrical equipment in explosive atmospheres requires specially designed and constructed lifting equipment to avoid the risk of explosion posed by gases, liquids, dusts, vapours and other substances, states lifting solutions company Konecranes. Owing to the risks involved, Konecranes... 

Explosionproof hoists, cranes
RISK OF EXPLOSION REDUCED Konecranes manual hoists are an economical solution in hazardous environments where electricity is not available or practical

Omnia urges Nordex shareholders to accept its buyout offer

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st July 2016 JSE-listed Omnia Holdings believes its C$0.20 a share all-cash offer to acquire Canadian firm Nordex Explosives still provides the highest value to Nordex shareholders. This comes after Nordex on July 18 announced that another bidder, Société Anonyme d'Explosifs et de Produits Chimiques (EPC),... 

South Africa’s BME to make play for Canadian explosives firm

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th July 2016 JSE-listed Omnia Holdings will, through its BME subsidiary, make an all-cash offer to acquire Canadian firm Nordex Explosives for C$0.20 a share. “Today, we are announcing our intention to make this premium all-cash offer to Nordex shareholders. Unfortunately, the directors of Nordex were unable... 

Omnia remains ‘leading player’ in African opencast sector, despite dwindling global mining revenues

By: Mia Breytenbach     8th July 2016 Despite the downturn in global mining revenues and volumes, JSE-listed Omnia’s Mining division has been “remarkably resilient” and continues “to forge ahead in maintaining its position as a leading player” in the opencast mining industry on the African continent, says group CEO Rod Humphris. The... 

Omnia remains ‘leading player’ in African opencast  sector, despite dwindling global mining revenues
PRESSURED INDUSTRY Omnia’s Mining division achieved a lower operating profit of R526-million for the financial year ended March 31owing to lower volumes being mined

South America attractive market for explosives manufacturer

By: Nadine James     1st July 2016 South African explosives manufacturer and distributor AEL Mining Services has increased its presence in South America, owing to the nature and resilience of the South American mining industry. AEL GM for business development in South America and West Central Africa Alois Kwenda notes that,... 

South America  attractive market for explosives manufacturer
BOOMING MARKET South America’s status as a major mining destination and its potential for new mining projects despite the current environment of depressed commodities prices make it even more attractive

Despite volume slump, Omnia sees growth opportunities in mining sector

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th June 2016 Despite the downturn in global mining revenues and volumes, JSE-listed Omnia’s Mining division has been “remarkably resilient” and continues “to forge ahead in maintaining its position as a leading player” in the opencast mining industry on the African continent, group CEO Rod Humphris said on... 

Commodity markets entering period of stability, Orica CEO says

By: Bloomberg     23rd June 2016 Orica, the largest supplier of explosives to the mining industry, has begun to observe stability in commodity markets that have been marked by volatility, sinking profits and job cuts after a global boom ended. “We still see a lot of volatility, but I think that I’ve seen more stability than... 

Production, maintenance reporting systems to improve production fleet

     17th June 2016 Mining and communications technology provider 3D-P has released the 3D-P Production Reporting and 3D-P Maintenance Reporting systems, powered by iVolve, to improve the efficiency of mines. Adding to its current portfolio of application integration solutions and wireless network services, 3D-P... 

Production, maintenance reporting systems to  improve production fleet
Photo by Bloomberg
EFFICIENCY OF MINES Production and maintenance reports contribute to better decision-making

Solution for disposal of used oil answer to reducing emissions

By: Robyn Wilkinson     17th June 2016 An environment-friendly product for the disposal of used oil generated by quarries and other mining operations has been developed by commercial explosives and blasting solutions developer AEL Mining Services. The solution is also expected to help the mining industry prepare for the carbon tax... 

Solution for disposal of used oil answer to reducing emissions
GREENER BLASTING SOLUTIONS An ecofriendly product for the disposal of used oil from quarries is offered by AEL Mining Services

Monitoring technology facilitates live tracking of explosives supply

By: Kimberley Smuts     27th May 2016 Commercial explosives producer and supplier AEL Mining Services has developed advanced monitoring technology to provide a fully integrated system that ensures technologically advanced supply chain management. Launched last month, the technology will be deployed throughout the year to AEL sites in... 

Monitoring technology facilitates live tracking of explosives supply
CUSTOMER DEMANDS TRACKED AEL Miing Services' advanced monitoring technology provides a visual representation of the amount of emulsion stored on site at any time

Australian opencast mine completes world’s largest blast

By: Kimberley Smuts     6th May 2016 The Daunia opencut coal mine, in the north-eastern state of Queensland, Australia, broke the world record for the largest-ever electronic detonator blast in December, firing 5 665 detonators in 2 683 blastholes using the South Africa-developed AXXIS digital initiation system from explosives firm... 

Australian opencast mine completes world’s largest blast
BLAST SETS RECORD The size and success of the blast at Daunia demonstrates the ease of use of the AXXIS system

Explosives company helps expedite gold pour

     8th April 2016 Developer, producer and supplier of commercial explosives AEL Mining Services has helped Canadian midtier gold miner Asanko Gold complete the first phase of the development of its new Obotan mine, in the Amansie West district of Ghana’s Ashanti region a month ahead of schedule. 

Explosives  company helps  expedite gold pour
BREAKING GROUND Blasting at Asanko’s new mine has facilitated the exposure of enough ore benches for mining to feed the mill at desired throughput rates

West African chamber to launch at Ghana mining event

     8th April 2016 The newly formed West African Chamber of Mines (Wacom), which comprises chief executives from the chambers of mines in Ghana, Mali, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Burkina Faso, will be officially launched at the twelfth West African Mining & Power Exhibition (Wampex) in June. 

West African chamber to launch at Ghana mining event
LOCATION LOCATION The West African Mining & Power Exhibition serves as a valuable platform for networking between key industry players

AECI generates 56% of total earnings from mining

By: Mia Breytenbach     4th March 2016 Explosives and specialty chemicals company AECI reported that 56% of the group’s revenue for 2015 has been generated from the global mining industry, of which explosives contributed 44% and mining extraction and chemicals 12%. Speaking at the company’s results presentation for the year ended... 

AECI generates 56% of total earnings from mining
Photo by Bloomberg
EXPLOSIVE PERFORMANCE Overall explosives volume sales in Africa increased by 14%, attributed to positive volume growth in the central and West Africa and favourable product mixes

Bulk land sale boosts AECI’s earnings to 6% a share

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd February 2016 Explosives and specialty chemicals company AECI’s headline earnings per share (HEPS) rose 6% to 894c for the year ended December 31, mostly owing to benefits gained from the company’s bulk property sale in Somerset West in June 2015, which contributed 230c to HEPS. Speaking at the company’s... 

Bulk land sale boosts AECI’s earnings to 6% a share
AECI CEO Mark Dytor

AEL’s Simon Tose accepted as SAIMM fellow

By: Anine Kilian     1st February 2016 Local explosives manufacturer and distributor AEL Mining Services mining optimisation manager Simon Tose has been accepted as a fellow of the South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM).   Tose said he would take the opportunity to give back to the industry, especially the youth.... 

AEL’s Simon Tose accepted as SAIMM fellow
AEL Mining Services mining optimisation manager Simon Tose

Africa still focus of explosives company

     22nd January 2016 JSE-listed Omnia Group’s mining explosives division, BME, continues to invest in its growing African footprint despite the depressed mining climate, as the continent remains a strategic focus area for opportunities in the mining industry. “BME is developing the business in various parts of Africa... 

Africa still focus of explosives company
BLASTING PRECISION The AXXIS digital initiation system allocates precise firing times to the electronic detonators, allowing engineers to design complex firing sequences in a blast

AEL expands South American footprint

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st January 2016 Local explosives manufacturer and distributor AEL Mining Services is expanding its footprint in South America by now offering its full suite of products and technical expertise directly to its customers, rather than through distributors. This, AEL South America and West Central Africa business... 

Collaboration key to sustainable growth

By: Nadine James     15th January 2016 Explosives suppliers and manufacturers needed to start establishing common goals, share knowledge on training, and standardise testing methodology and best practices to ensure sustainable economic growth, said integrated energy and chemicals company Sasol senior manager of technical services Ron... 

Collaboration key  to sustainable growth
BLASTING INDUSTRY TRIALS Problems in the mining sector have forced stakeholders in explosives to re-evaluate education and research standards within the explosives industry

Virtual reality set to revolutionise explosives education

By: David Oliveira     11th December 2015 Virtual reality (VR) will revolutionise education, said University of Pretoria mining engineering department senior lecturer Wolter de Graaf, At the inaugural Explosives Education and Research in Africa seminar, held in Johannesburg last month. De Graaf was speaking in light of the achievement in... 

Call to bridge explosives skills gap as many current personnel approach retirement age

By: David Oliveira     27th November 2015 Knowledge management was key to bridging the knowledge gap in the explosives industry, North-West University chemical and mineral engineering lecturer and explosives engineering programme manager Joe-Nimique Cilliers said at the inaugural Explosives Education and Research in Africa conference, in... 

Continued investment and partnerships pivotal under current market downturn 

By: Zandile Mavuso     27th November 2015 In the current economic downturn, JSE-listed Omnia Group’s mining explosives division BME believes that partnership and continuing to improve productivity through product innovation is key to survival. 

Continued investment and partnerships pivotal  under current market downturn
BME MD Joseph Keenan discusses BME’s optimism about continuing to innovate for the mining sector (camera: Nicholas Boyd, Editing: Lionel Da Silva)

3D blasting method achieves safe and effective results

By: Bruce Montiea     20th November 2015 Stereo photogrammetry has proven its value in the mining industry as an easy and cost-effective way to profile rock faces for blast design and characterisation, says blast engineering and consulting firm RA McClure (RAM) president Robert McClure. McClure stated this at explosives supply chain... 

3D blasting method achieves safe and effective results
PROFILING ROCK FACES Photogrammetric reconstruction recovers three-dimensional information using at least two photos showing the same part of a scene, such as a rock surface, from different angles

Benefits of electronic detonation being realised

     20th November 2015 Electronic detonators are fast becoming an integral part of effective mining processes across the world, says electronic initiation system designer DetNet marketing director Johann Smit. “[The benefits of] electronic blast [initiation] are being recognised worldwide,” he says, adding that using... 

Benefits of electronic detonation being realised
EASY TO USE The DigiShot Plus is an easy-to-use electronic initiating system primarily for use in surface blasting applications

Blast design system aids risk management

     20th November 2015 Using mining software, hardware and services provider Maptek’s blast design and management system, BlastLogic, mines can pre-empt blast-related risk and productivity issues through the instantaneous sharing and visualisation of operational data. “BlastLogic accelerates the process of creating and... 

Blast design system aids risk management
INTELLIGENT SOLUTION With BlastLogic, superior blast performance is achieved through fusing distinct data sets associated with mine planning, drill guidance, field surveys, load design parameters and post-blast evaluation to create a more intelligent blast design

Innovation needed to reduce blasting costs

     20th November 2015 Blasting and mining companies should collaborate to find ways of performing blasts efficiently, says commercial explosives supplier AEL Indonesia technical manager Carlos Paz, noting that blasting projects should also be approached more innovatively to drive cost reductions. He adds that... 

Innovation needed to reduce blasting costs
BLASTING OPTIMALLY Electronic detonators play an important role in performing blasts in an efficient and cost effective way

Mines must consider postblast fume problems

By: Bruce Montiea     20th November 2015 Mines should try to create conditions that reduce the risk of toxic-fume production during blasting, says business consulting service company Kilmorie Consulting. The company notes that, in most cases, fumes emanating from the use of explosives are nontoxic; however, an understanding of the... 

Mines must consider postblast fume problems
Photo by Bloomberg
CAUTION NEEDED The potential for postblast fume problems has to be taken into consideration at managerial level so that clear direction on fume minimisation can be provided to all staff

Muckpile-fragmentation monitoring system provides fast, economical solution when blasting

     20th November 2015 Miners are now able to quantify the post-blast fragmentation of rocks using the Split-ShovelCam system, an economical alternative to manual sampling that provides an instant objective measure, as opposed to subjective qualitative estimates. The system, whose latest version was released in... 

Muckpile-fragmentation monitoring system provides fast, economical solution when blasting
ACCURATE RESULTS The Split-ShovelCam system automatically captures images of post-blast muckpiles so that operators can be immediately updated with rock fragmentation results

New blasting company MD to focus on customer engagement

By: Bruce Montiea     20th November 2015 A continuous focus on customers to better understand their requirements and include their voice in in-house decision-making processes will be the main strategy of newly appointed explosives supply chain company BME MD Joseph Keenan. “In the early days of my role, I have had the opportunity to... 

New blasting company MD to focus on  customer engagement
WIDELY USED TECHNOLOGY BME’s AXXIS electronic detonators are used across Africa and other mining markets such as Australia and Colombia

Explosives industry needs knowledge management to close gaps  

By: David Oliveira     16th November 2015 Knowledge management was key to bridging the knowledge gap in the explosives industry, North-West University chemical and mineral engineering lecturer and explosives engineering programme manager Joe-Nimique Cilliers said at the inaugural Explosives Education and Research in Africa conference, in... 

Existing technology used to enhance blast design methods

     23rd October 2015 Mining solutions provider and explosives supplier BME’s technical director Tony Rorke asserts that the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), global positioning systems (GPS) and three-dimensional (3D) photogrammetric software, has enhanced the field of blast design, thus improving blast results... 

Existing technology used to enhance blast design methods
HIGH QUALITY IMAGING Pre- and post-blasting photos taken with an unmanned aerial vehicle

Omnia appoints new explosives division MD

By: Sashnee Moodley     18th September 2015 JSE-listed chemicals group Omnia has appointed Joseph Keenan the new MD of its explosives division, Bulk Mining Explosives. Group CEO Rod Humphris said in a statement to shareholders on Friday that Keenan was an accomplished international executive with more than 20 years of global experience in... 

Omnia appoints new explosives division MD
Joseph Keenan

Precautionary measures highlighted by explosives regulations

By: Mia Breytenbach     18th September 2015 Changes in the explosives regulations under the Mine Health and Safety Act are increasing the focus on safety through prescribed precautionary measures for explosives and blasting, states commercial law and litigation firm Fasken Martineau South Africa (SA). The changes were promulgated in July... 

Precautionary measures  highlighted by  explosives regulations
Photo by Bloomberg
REGULATORY CHANGE Additional prescribed measures in the explosives regulations cover the storage, preparation, detonation and destruction of explosives in mining methods

Latest technology renders mines ready for the future

     28th August 2015 Mining houses that are deploying the latest technology in the areas of robotics, sensors, automation, wearables and connectivity will likely emerge as winners in the unceasing quest for operational excellence in the mining industry, says global information technology, consulting and outsourcing... 

Latest technology renders mines ready for the future
SAFETY UNDERGROUND Anglo American is partnering with tertiary institutions to advance its underground mining technologies
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