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Explosives News

Live fire demonstrations showcase technology

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th July 2015 To emphasise the importance of adopting effective fire-suppression solutions designed for specific, special fire risks, environmental solutions company I-Cat showcased several fire-suppression technologies, which the company recently introduced to the industry, through live demonstrations last... 

Mining industry to benefit from emergency services event

By: Leandi Kolver     24th July 2015 Mine owners and mining-sector stakeholders will benefit from attending the 2015 South African Emergency Services Institute (SAESI) Conference, Exhibition and Training event owing to the inherent risks of the industry, conference organiser Sean Macnamara from Interact Media Defined tells Mining... 

Mining industry to benefit from emergency services event
RESCUE CHALLENGES The SAESI 2015 training component includes various challenges during which emergency management services personnel can compete individually or as a tea

Speciality chemicals demand rising

By: David Oliveira     10th July 2015 An appreciation of the differences in ore characteristics and the need to improve mine tailings are driving demand for speciality chemicals in African mining, says growth consultancy Frost & Sullivan chemicals, materials and food research associate Lloyd Rubaba. He notes that demand for... 

Speciality chemicals demand rising
NEW PROJECTS, NEW OPPORTUNITIES Mining chemicals companies are eager to take advantage of the 30 mining projects, which are scheduled to start production by 2018

Zambia copper mine blast company’s biggest blast to date

By: Dylan Stewart     10th July 2015 Explosives supplier and service provider BME achieved its biggest blast to date in March at Kansanshi copper mine, in the north-west of Zambia, detonating 4 141 electronic delay detonators (EDDs) in a single blast in the operation’s north-west pit. 

AEL manager elected board member of Institute of Quarrying

By: Zandile Mavuso     8th May 2015 Mining explosives manufacturer AEL Mining Services global mining optimisation manager Simon Tose has been elected as a board member of the Institute of Quarrying (IOQ). 

Opencast mines benefit from electronic detonation technology

     8th May 2015 The popularity of electronic initiation in blasting is bound to grow as more opencast mines and quarries benefit from the reliability and accuracy of these systems and the broader impact of high-quality blasts to their operational bottom-line, says specialised mining chemical products and... 

Opencast mines benefit from electronic detonation technology
BURNING FRONT Illustration of a cross-section through a blast showing the sequence of detonator initiation using a shocktube initiation system with typical firing times shown

AECI appoints acting CEO for mining subsidiary

By: Natalie Greve     17th April 2015 Explosives and specialty chemicals group AECI has appointed Edwin Ludick as acting MD of subsidiary AEL Mining Services, with effect from May 15, until the process to appoint a permanent candidate has been completed. Ludick is a member of the AECI executive committee and an executive of the... 

Amplats trials BME’s portable emulsion system at Tumela

By: Ilan Solomons     27th March 2015 Explosives company BME is supporting platinum miner Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) efforts to improve and modernise its operations through the introduction of a new portable emulsion system at the miner’s Tumela underground mine in Thabazimbi, Limpopo. BME officially opened its first... 

Amplats trials BME’s portable emulsion system at Tumela
TRIAL AND ERROR BME will roll out 54 portable charging units and train the shaft’s 180 underground personnel on how to use the new equipment during the four-month trial period

Documentaries on horrors of mining’s past mooted at Coalsafe 

By: Martin Creamer     12th March 2015 The names of each of the nine mineworkers killed last year in South Africa’s coal mines were flashed singly on to a large screen during a solemn minute’s silence at Thursday’s packed coal safety conference at Emperor’s Palace, where special homage was paid to the thousands of mineworkers who... 

Documentaries on horrors of mining’s past mooted at Coalsafe
CoalSafe 2015 conference speakers outline to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer that strong initiatives are under way to implement zero harm practices in the South African coal-mining sector, which suffered nine fatalities last year – two up on 2013. Photographs: Duane Daws: Photographs. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

BME launches narrow-reef emulsion site at Amplats’ Tumela mine

By: Ilan Solomons     4th March 2015 Explosives company BME officially opened its first narrow-reef emulsion site and training centre at platinum miner Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) Tumela underground mine in Thabazimbi, Limpopo on Wednesday. Tumela mine production manager Pierre Prinsloo said the bulk emulsions system was... 

Property sale, speciality chemicals division provide impetus for AECI 

By: Ilan Solomons     24th February 2015 The completion of the bulk surplus property sale of a 2 300 ha Heartland property in Modderfontein to Chinese investment company Shanghai Zendai and a “record performance” from the speciality chemicals cluster were key to the growth of JSE-listed speciality chemicals and explosives group AECI’s... 

Property sale, speciality chemicals division provide impetus for AECI
To watch a video in which AECI CEO Mark Dytor discusses the group's performance in 2014 and aims for the year ahead. Camera work and editing: Nicholas Boyd

New partnership generates cutting-edge technology

By: Dylan Stewart     20th February 2015 The June 2014 acquisition of US-headquartered mining software developer MineSight by design, measurement and visualisation technology provider Hexagon AB to form its new division Hexagon Mining (HxM) has created many possibilities, highlighted by MineSight’s new data repository and analytics... 

New partnership generates cutting-edge technology
HXM BLAST Viewing the volume of influence solids and polygons will be among the features of MineSight's new blast technology

Orica unveils new African headquarters

By: Ilan Solomons     5th February 2015 Australian services provider Orica on Thursday officially opened its new 2 600 m2 double-storey African headquarters in Isando, Gauteng, to support and grow the company’s footprint in Africa. The building featured several boardrooms, as well as a multipurpose training centre for the company’s... 

Orica unveils new African headquarters

Godfrey Gomwe joins AECI board

     12th January 2015 South African explosives and specialty chemicals group AECI has appointed Godfrey Gomwe as nonexecutive director, effective January 31.  

Godfrey Gomwe joins AECI board
Godfrey Gomwe

AEL Mining Services appoints new global sourcing manager

By: Chantelle Kotze     5th December 2014 As part of its growth expansion strategy, explosives manufacturer AEL Mining Services announced the appointment of Francois van Niekerk to manage its global sourcing department. 

AEL Mining Services appoints new global sourcing manager
Francois van Niekerk Van Niekerk, who replaces Sylvester Duma, has spent an 11-year tenure at AEL Mining Services

Futurist sees Africa’s rise, calls for faster integration

By: Chantelle Kotze     28th November 2014 Only 13% to 15% of Africa’s trade takes place within the continent – compared with 63% in Europe and 40% in North America – leaving huge scope for better economic integration among African countries, according to futurist and scenario planner Guy Lundy. 

Futurist sees Africa’s rise, calls for faster integration
GUY LUNDY Although Africa’s borders were starting to become more efficient, it had a lot of work to do regarding the integration of its regional economies

Omnia expecting future benefit from new underground mining product, H1 profit lower

By: Leandi Kolver     25th November 2014 Specialised chemicals provider Omnia was expecting to see financial gains from its new underground charging unit, which enables it to take its emulsion into the underground mining space, during the next financial year, MD Rod Humphris said on Tuesday. Speaking at a presentation of the group’s... 

Omnia expecting future benefit from new underground mining product, H1 profit lower
Photo by Duane Daws
Omnia CEO Rod Humphris

Bigger blasts better for mines, says consultant

By: Ilan Solomons     21st November 2014 To ensure that mining pits are cleared in one blast, instead of being cleared before several smaller explosions, mining companies are requiring larger volumes of explosives, in the region of 75 t to 150 t, says local specialist blast consulting firm Blast Consulting Services. MD Marco Olivier... 

Bigger blasts better for mines, says consultant
BIG BLAST Large-scale blasting allows for the mining process to start sooner as only one blast has to be performed

Blasting project work remains steady

By: Ilan Solomons     21st November 2014 Specialist blast consulting company Blast Consulting Services (BCS) is undertaking blasting work at several platinum and ferrochrome mining projects in the North West for several mining companies. BCS MD Marco Olivier says the company is blasting at these mining sites almost every day and that... 

Blasting project work remains steady
NURTURING BLASTING MASTERS Blasting Consulting Services provides trainees with two-and-half years of blasting training, which covers all aspects of blasting

Electronic detonators provide best success rate

By: Ilan Solomons     21st November 2014 The rate and sequence at which energy was released in a blast ultimately determined the successful outcome of a blast, making electronic detonators in surface and underground mining applications the best option, as they provided the best results, said explosives company AEL Mining Services... 

Electronic detonators provide best success rate
CE 4 TAGGER The CE 4 Tagger offers significantly improved operating times of 20 hours under standard operating conditions

Explosives environment, cost efficiency in the spotlight

By: Ilan Solomons     21st November 2014 Mining companies increasingly needed cost-effective, safe and environment-friendly explosives systems that were simpler to use and produce, said explosives company AEL Mining Services technology group executive director Liesel de Villiers at an event held by the company in Bryanston,... 

Explosives environment,  cost efficiency in the spotlight
USED-OIL LIFE CYCLE Black oil in emulsion refers to the life cycle of used oil

Explosives technology offering showcased

By: Ilan Solomons     21st November 2014 Explosives company AEL Mining Services showcased its new Buffalo Booster, which improves blasting operations, at its 2014 Blasting Masterclass conference, in Bryanston, last month. AEL technology group executive director Liesel de Villiers said at the event that the company was scheduled to have... 

Explosives technology  offering showcased
BUFFALO BOOSTER The Buffalo Booster is made of nonexplosive materials which become explosive only about one hour after being manufactured

Used oil recycling important for explosives

By: Ilan Solomons     21st November 2014 The use of recycled fuel oil as a key ingredient in ammonium nitrate-based explosives is an accepted practice in the local explosives industry. However, few users of the explosives give much thought to the processes that are involved in collecting, transferring and transforming the used oil in an... 

Used oil recycling important for explosives
USED OIL END PRODUCT It is possible to recover value from a product once it has reached the end of its life through recycling and reuse

BME conference contributes to explosives education, information sharing

By: Chantelle Kotze     14th November 2014 Mining explosives company BME hosted its twenty-second yearly Drilling and Blasting Conference at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s International Conference Centre, in Pretoria, last week as part of the company’s contribution to education and information sharing on blasting... 

BME conference contributes to explosives education, information sharing
FRANCOIS HAY Despite low commodity prices throughout Africa, BME's vision as a group is to create customer wealth by leveraging its knowledge

AEL leans on coal, iron-ore

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th October 2014 As strikes in South Africa’s mining space, particularly within underground operations, weigh on AECI during 2014, the JSE-listed group has moved to lean more on the coal and iron-ore sectors to bolster the group’s bottom line. Speaking at an investor day at AECI’s Woodmead offices, on Tuesday,... 

AEL leans on coal, iron-ore
Photo by Duane Daws
AECI CEO Mark Dytor

AEL entrenching itself in Latin American market

By: Zandile Mavuso     24th October 2014 Explosives company AEL Mining Services says its supply of electronic detonators to the Latin American countries has been successful in the past four years, with the company’s focus currently on maintaining its presence in the area by advancing technologically. 

Companies commoditising explosives as Asian market slows

By: Zandile Mavuso     24th October 2014 The fall of thermal coal prices in China has impacted the Asian mining industry negatively as it has led to companies requiring explosives to be commoditised, says explosives company AEL Mining Services. 

Electronic blasting best prevents hazardous explosions

     3rd October 2014 Explosives manufacturer and supplier AEL Mining Services (AEL) is developing wireless electrical blasting technology that will prevent hazardous explosions during the blasting process. AEL group consulting mining engineer Simon Tose says the company is committed to mitigating the damage that the... 

Electronic blasting best prevents hazardous explosions
Photo by Bloomberg
NEW METHOD Electronic blasting gives the mining company control over the blasting process’ environmental impact

New vertical pipeline supports narrow-reef emulsion system

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th August 2014 Mining explosives company BME is establishing a 300 m vertical emulsion pipeline – the deepest in the world – at a South African gold mine currently implementing BME’s new narrow-reef emulsion system. The pipeline, scheduled for completion at the end of this year, will reduce the usual shaft time... 

New vertical pipeline  supports narrow-reef  emulsion system
BLASTING EFFICIENCY BME’s portable charging unit enables mines to employ safer and more cost-effective emulsion-based blasting technology

AEL eyes Australian market for growth

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th July 2014 AECI’s explosives arm AEL has branched out into Australia as it teams up with undisclosed customers for the supply of explosives into this new market. An AECI office had been established in Brisbane, while preparations were under way to ship a bulk emulsion plant from South Africa to an operating... 

AEL eyes Australian market for growth
Photo by Duane Daws
AECI CEO Mark Dytor

Shift to electronic blasting yields safety, efficiency benefits for miners

By: Chantelle Kotze     18th July 2014 The evolution from fire setting in the Bronze Age to blasting using electronics in the modern era has yielded significant benefits for the mining industry, says explosives manufacturer and supplier AEL Mining Services group consulting mining engineer Simon Tose. 

Shift to electronic blasting yields safety,  efficiency benefits for miners
SIMON TOSE AEL is committed to making blasting safer

Omnia posts record FY revenue on mining, currency gains

By: Natalie Greve     24th June 2014 Specialised chemicals provider Omnia has lifted revenue 21% to a record R16.3-billion for the twelve months ended March 31, 2014, on the back of volume and sales price increases in its mining and agricultural divisions, price increases in the chemicals division and foreign currency gains. Gross... 

Omnia posts record FY revenue on mining, currency gains

Electronic blasting’s safety, enviro and efficiency benefits

By: Zandile Mavuso     6th June 2014 Explosives manufacturer AEL Mining Services says that with mining being a risky operation, developing ways to make the process safer and more efficient has been the main driver in the evolution from the bronze-age setting to modern-day blasting with electronics. 

BME continues to grow after 30 years, focused on expansion

By: Chantelle Kotze     16th May 2014 Celebrating three decades in business, mining explosives company BME has noted continual growth on the African continent throughout this time and has firmly set its future growth sights on further expanding its footprint in Southern and East Africa. 

BME continues to grow after 30 years, focused on expansion
Nitric Acid Complex, Sasolburg

Orica secures BEE partner, set to expand African footprint

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th April 2014 ASX-listed global commercial explosives and mining and tunnelling ground support provider Orica and South Africa-headquartered investment group Reindus Holdings have partnered to further Orica Mining Services South Africa’s (OMSSA's) African expansion ambitions. The venture, in which Reindus... 

Orica secures BEE partner, set to expand African footprint
Leven Moodley and Dallas Wilkinson

Aussie blaster sets its sights on Africa

By: Ilan Solomons     7th March 2014 Australia-based drill and blast services provider Action Drill & Blast has developed significantly in Australia in the last four years, but the company told Mining Weekly at the Investing in African Mining Indaba that the time was right for expansion into Africa. Action Drill & Blast... 

Aussie blaster sets its sights on Africa
CORRECT BLASTING IS CRITICAL Successful drill and blast operations begin with the correct blast design – holes need to be drilled in the right place and to the right depth

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... 

Steadying SA mining sector bolsters AECI’s FY earnings

By: Natalie Greve     25th February 2014 Increased demand for chemical explosives by the South African mining sector drove speciality group AECI’s earnings for the year ended December 31 northwards, pointing to a stronger minerals industry than that of 2012. However, strikes in the platinum mining industry this year had already impacted... 

Steadying SA mining sector bolsters AECI’s FY earnings

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