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Explosives News

Non-destructive blasting implemented globally

     21st November 2008 A drive towards creating a non-destructive and environment-friendly blasting solution for the mining industry has lead to the development of automated and advanced explosives technologies, reports non-explosive rock breaking technology manufacturer NXCO Mining Technologies. 

Joburg blasting conference to focus on the latest technologies

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th October 2008 The sixteenth annual Explosives, Drilling and Blasting Technologies conference is to be held in Johannesburg on November 6.  

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,... 

Supplier introduces gearboxes for hazardous environments

     10th October 2008 Industrial gearbox and motor supplier BMG Drives, a division of the Bearing Man Group, supplies explosive atmosphere (Atex) compliant gear units, motors and frequency inverters under its Nord brand, that assist in fostering safe and efficient operation in hazardous environments. 

Explosionproof gear motors enhance plant operation

     3rd October 2008 Gear motors from diversified electrical engineering company SEW Eurodrive meet all the defined requirements of equipment for use in potentially explosive atmospheres (Atex) in accordance with the Atex 95 standard. 

Locally manufactured tamping device makes an explosive release

     12th September 2008 A patented, locally manufactured mechanical tamping device, the Advanced Tamping Device (ATD), which offers a significant improvement on panel advance, improved fragmentation, and a significant reduction of dust and fine rock, has been released by safety systems and equipment suppliers Booyco... 

Perception that miners do not receive support from DTI is erroneous – Deloitte

By: Leandi Kolver     22nd August 2008 There is a perception in the mining industry that it does not receive adequate support from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), in the form of grants because there is a special capital expenditure tax deduction system available for mining companies. 

AECI expects demand from mines to remain robust 

By: Chanel de Bruyn     29th July 2008 Continued growth in the global mining industry would continue to benefit chemicals and explosives firm AECI in future, CEO Graham Edwards commented on Tuesday. He explained that while some might say the global mining industry was slowing down, this referred more to the share price of mining... 

Civil explosives company still expanding into African continent

By: Rozanne Cloete     11th July 2008 Explosives company Maxam Dantex South Africa’s managing director Peter Gilbert, says that the company has secured itself firmly on South African soil for the past 20 years, while its operations in African countries like Ghana, Tanzania, Angola, Cameroon, Nigeria, Mali, Ivory Coast and Ethiopia... 

Local explosives company supplies electronic detonators to Africa

By: Rozanne Cloete     11th July 2008 South African mining explosives supplier Bulk Mining Explosives (BME), has been producing and supplying electronic delay detonators to several countries in Africa, making blasting in mining operations more accurate in the process, BME blasting technology director Tony Rorke says. 

Automated shocktube plant will cut costs by R120m/y, says AEL

By: Irma Venter     27th June 2008 Once explosives company AEL’s new automated shocktube plant is in full production, it will be the lowest cost shocktube production facility in the world, says operations director Cyril Gamede. 

Omnia’s mining division suffers margin slump as raw material costs soar 

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     27th June 2008 The massive increase in the cost of raw materials is a challenge for diversified chemical services company Omnia’s mining division, which recorded a 9,8% decrease in its operating margins for the year ended March 2008. 

Sentula more than doubles profit, CEO upbeat about future

By: Matthew Hill     25th June 2008 Mining services company Sentula Mining reported that its after-tax profit for the year ended March 31 had more than doubled to R234-million from the restated figure of R93-million. The JSE listed company rose 7,96% in Johannesburg, trading at R12,20 a share at 09:08. 

New technology making inroads into global explosives market 

By: Irma Venter     30th May 2008 Electronic initiation system specialist DetNet aims to grow its annual sales volumes to more than two-million units in 2008, up from the more than 1,2-million unit sales reported last year, says CEO Gys Landman. 

Demand for Africa’s minerals to underpin AEL’s growth 

By: Matthew Hill     15th May 2008 Explosives manufacturer AEL,a subsidiary of JSE-listed AECI, forecast revenue of R1-billion from African countries excluding South Africa, it said on Thursday. The global commodities boom has sparked a new rush for the continent's minerals, pushing up demand for the firm's products. 

AEL assembling explosives in Indonesia, says AECI CEO Edwards

By: Irma Venter     21st March 2008 Explosives specialist and AECI group company AEL has developed a new model to expand its exports from South Africa. AECI CEO Graham Edwards says the company’s first off-shore shocktube assembly operation is currently being established in Indonesia, in South-East Asia, and will be... 

Braemore announces first production results for Mintek-technology smelter

By: Matthew Hill     19th February 2008 Aim-listed Braemore Resources, which has the rights to use State-owned Mintek's ConRoast smelting technologies, said on Tuesday that it produced 6 115 oz of platinum-group metals (PGM) during the quarter ended December, which was the first of commercial production at its Johannesburg... 

Higher raw material costs weigh on Omnia's mining margins

By: Christy van der Merwe     28th November 2007 Higher raw material costs and unprofitable contracts have put diversified chemicals firm Omnia's mining division's operating margins under pressure, but the company said on Wednesday that it remained bullish about growth prospects. 

SA explosives firm to open shock tube assembly plant in Indonesia

By: Christy van der Merwe     27th November 2007 Explosives manufacturer African Explosives Limited (AEL) has taken the first step in the company's international growth strategy, and has reached agreement with an Indonesian explosives company, PT Dahana, to start a joint venture (JV) to assemble shock tube, in Subang, east of Jakarta. 

Explosives company sets new world record

By: Jonathan Faurie     23rd November 2007 Explosives company bme, part of the Omnia Group, has set a new world record at an opencast coal mine in the Middelburg area, Mpumalanga, using its electronic delay detonator (EDD) system deltaDet.  

Outsourcing services trend spells opportunity for explosives companies

By: Jonathan Faurie     23rd November 2007 Companies in the mining explosives sector should take advantage of the current trend in the mining industry to outsource service-related activities such as blasting, says bme Southern Africa manager bulk operations Albie Visser.  

South African blasting company moves into South East Asia

     23rd November 2007 Mining Explosives company Afircan Explosives Limited (AEL) has recently expanded into South East Asia.  

Strip mine overburden blasting is becoming a lost skill – explosives company

By: Jonathan Faurie     23rd November 2007 Knowledge in overburden blasting in strip mines in South Africa is on the decrease reports mining explosives company bme. 

South African explosives company lists on Lusaka Stock Exchange

By: Jonathan Faurie     27th July 2007 Commercial explosives manufacturing and distribution company, African Explosives (AEL) has made a long-term investment in the Zambian Mining industry by listing on the Lusaka Stock Exchange says AEL international business director Stuart Wade. 

Surging agriculture, mining demand bolsters Omnia outlook

By: Matthew Hill     20th June 2007 South Africa's biggest fertiliser manufacturer Omnia said on Wednesday that it expected demand for the fertiliser, mining explosives and chemicals that it supplied to grow exponentially, as the world's grain stocks were the lowest in decades, and companies scrambled for minerals in the... 

Omnia headline EPS up 58%

By: Liezel Hill     20th June 2007 Specialised chemicals group Omnia on Wednesday reported headline earnings a share of 558,2c for the 12 months ended March 31, an increase of 58% on the previous year’s results. 

Demolition expert blows away competition

By: Neal Goldwyer     18th May 2007 In May this year, demolition specialist Jet Demolition is set to receive an industry safety award for the fourth consecutive year. 

Rock, concrete breaking technology blasts onto local market

By: Guy Copans     11th May 2007 Mining technology company NXCO Mining Technologies has introduced a cartridge from rock breaking technology company NXCO called NoneX that has been developed to be more effective in breaking rock and concrete, says NXCO Mining Technologies operation manager Wynand Grobler. 

Detonator factory undergoes 'reinvention'

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     24th November 2006 Explosives specialist African Explosives Limited (AEL) is in the process of undergoing a complete restructuring and reinvention of its detonator-manufacturing factories at the company’s Modderfontein base. “The new facilities will define what state-of-the-art is,” enthuses AEL... 

Fully isolated detonator system improves blaster safety

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     24th November 2006 A fully isolated initiation system for detonators, the MagnaStart, has recently been launched by South African company AEC Electronics. 

New firm targets high-risk blasting applications

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     24th November 2006 Newly-established blasting services provider Blast Consulting Services has focused its skills on specialised high-risk applications. 

Work advancing on project to improve narrow-stope systems

By: Laura Tyrer     1st September 2006 The development work on a new “mini-bulk” intermediate explosive component delivery system, for specifically narrow stop applications, is currently being carried out independently by several explosives manufacturers, Sasol Nitro Technology Manager Dr William Spiteri tells Mining Weekly. 

Facing Chinese threat at home, AEL looks for Asian foothold

By: Irma Venter     4th August 2006 Explosives-specialist AEL, part of the AECI group, has initiated its phased entry into the South-East Asian market, says MD Graham Edwards. 

Bulk-delivery units for African conditions

By: Bert Swart     14th July 2006 To improve openpit mining operations throughout the African continent, African Explosives Limited (AEL) is driving ahead with its multimillion-rand campaign to deliver truck technology from a South African manufacturing base which is equivalent to the best in the world, says engineering and... 

Explosive dumping dispute enters new phase

By: Irma Venter     9th June 2006 Explosives specialist AEL, part of the AECI group, will later this year submit a third application to the International Trade Administration Commission (Itac) to investigate the alleged dumping of shock-tube explosive systems from China, says AEL MD Graham Edwards. This is while AEL has also... 

Training initiative enhances safety in mining

     5th May 2006 The South African mining industry is benefiting substantially from increased quality and safety standards in its blasting operations as a direct result of a unique service initiative offered by African Explosives Limited (AEL). 

Satisfying all of the platinum sector’s explosive needs

By: Laura Tyrer     27th January 2006 As the largest market that the company serves, African Explosives Limited (AEL) is providing the platinum sector with a full range of tailor-made services, from basic accessories in the form of initiating systems to a full package that includes initiating systems, explosives and service level... 

Africa offers explosive growth

By: Jade Davenport     20th January 2006 Africa’s largest explosives manufacturer African Explosives Limited (AEL) has experienced tremendous growth in the continent, which is evidenced by the fact that the financial contribution of the company’s African subsidiaries has increased over the past decade from a virtual... 

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