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Explosives News

Bang for your buck

By: Keith Campbell     16th December 2005 SA’s Omnia Group R&D on a new generation of electronic detonators for mining explosives & is considering providing chemicals supply chain management services to mining companies. 

'On-time-in-full' strategy adds value to customers

By: Laura Tyrer     25th November 2005 Recognising that the explosives industry is a steadily-growing market throughout Africa, African Explosives Limited (AEL) is intent on building capacity and adding customer value to its services. 

Firm acts on many fronts to deal with China threat

By: peter cromberge     5th August 2005 While AEL, the mining solutions operation of chemical firm AECI, reported a 15% increase in trading profit for the first half of the year, the issue of cheap Chinese imports continues to make AECI management see red. 

Rock-fracturing technology debuts

By: peter cromberge     5th August 2005 A new rock breaking system for use in construction and mining was launched by Johannesburg-based ImPafa Technologies in July. 

SA firm's very survival at risk as Chinese imports flood in

By: Irma Venter     29th July 2005 African Explosives Limited (AEL) MD Graham Edwards cites the dumping investigation the company has requested against cheap Chinese imports, as crucial to the continued existence of the local industry. 

Armoured vehicles for African mines

By: abdul cook     20th May 2005 Johannesburg-based African Exports Unlimited (AEU) has recently acquired contracts to provide various armoured vehicles to mines in Africa. 

Key safety research under way at CSIR

By: abdul cook     20th May 2005 CSIR Mining Technology predominantly serves the mining industry and the government of South Africa, but has become increasingly involved in Africa as well. 

Self-rescuer takes off in mining industry

By: abdul cook     20th May 2005 Afrox has this year sold its 135 000th AfroxPac self-contained self-rescuer (SCSR), confirming the company’s leadership in a segment of the mine safety market in which it had virtually no presence little more than a decade ago, reports Afrox marketing manager Trompie van Rensburg. 

Explosives company gears up for growth in coal sector

     13th May 2005 With the increased demand for coal anticipated for both the South African domestic and export markets, African Explosives Limited (AEL) is at an advanced stage of upgrading its facilities in the Witbank area in the heart of the South African coalfields. 

Explosives firm plans counterattack on China

By: Nicola Mawson     29th April 2005 In an ironic twist, explosives-company African Explosives Limited is to embark on an aggressive expansion project into China. 

Innovative technology makes blasting safer and cheaper

By: abdul cook     22nd April 2005 Johannesburg-based African Explosives Limited (AEL) has developed specialised explosive and initiating system technologies which are playing a large role in improving blasting performance in the South African mining industry. 

SA-linked electro-detonators to be marketed globally

By: Nicola Mawson     19th April 2005 A range of South African-linked electronic detonators are being released on to the global market. 

AEL plans aggressive move on China

By: Nicola Mawson     18th April 2005 Explosives company African Explosives Limited is to embark on an aggressive expansion project not only to counter low-cost Chinese imports, but to create a platform for export expansion into that country. 

Flameproof first for gold sector

     8th October 2004 Diesel flameproof specialist Elgin Flameproofing scored an important coup when it became the first company to undertake full flameproof conversions to SANS 868 specifications on diesel equipment used in South Africa’s gold mining industry. 

Blast data management system developed

By: Liezel Hill     24th September 2004 Explosives company Bulk Mining Explosives reports that it has added a further technological supplement to complement its successful BlastMap blast planning and management software. 

Explosives manufacturing goes on-site

By: Liezel Hill     17th September 2004 Chief among a suite of new mining technology offered by African Explosives Limited (AEL) is the new Energan series of on-site explosive manufacturing and delivery systems for opencast mining. 

New explosive has low water content

     17th September 2004 A subsidiary of Union Espa 

Gold-mine makes explosive choice

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     28th May 2004 Following trials which lasted several months, Gold Fields’ Kloof gold-mine has agreed to convert to Chinese-manufactured Maxnel shock-tube products distributed by black-owned Lakho Mining Services for its development and stope-blasting needs. 

New barcoding technology for Sasol Mining initiators

     19th March 2004 Specialist barcoding solution provider Harmonic Group has assisted Sasol Mining Initiators (SMI) in developing a robust scanner that effectively reduces the inherent dangers of working with explosive devices. 

SA-Norwegian explosive alliance

By: Irma Venter     2nd February 2004 Explosives specialist AEL is considering a phased capital expenditure plan worth some R90-million to automate and increase its detonator-manufacturing capacity, specifically including electronic detonators. 

Explosive alliance

By: Irma Venter     30th January 2004 Explosives specialist AEL is considering a phased capital expenditure plan worth some R90-million to automate and increase its detonator manufacturing capacity, specifically including electronic detonators. 

Restructuring campaign under way at AEL

By: Irma Venter     30th January 2004 South Africa’s oldest explosives company, AEL, has launched a broad-ranging restructuring campaign that is likely to affect all aspects of its business, from its ownership to the product it manufactures. 

Explosives firm committed to growth in Africa

     23rd January 2004 Explosives producer African Explosives Limited (AEL) has moved into the new year firmly committed to growth in Africa. 

Integration sees improved blast accuracy emerging

By: zeena isaacs     16th January 2004 Explosives company Bulk Mining Explosives (BME) reports that it has integrated its new BlastMap blast-planning and management software system with its blast design programme for electronic detonators, Visual Blast, resulting in more accurate and controlled blasting. 

Local arm of Spanish manufacturer increases production of new product

By: zeena isaacs     16th January 2004 The South African branch of Spanish explosives manufacturer, Dantex Explosives, reports that it has significantly increased production of its new nonexplosive product, Rioflex, to about 200 t/m last year. 

Strong rand aids drive to develop new mining methods

By: zeena isaacs     16th January 2004 The South African Institute of Mining & Metallurgy (SAIMM) reports that there is an active drive from explosive manufacturers and mining houses to develop new mining methods. 

The explosives industry and the problem of cost

     16th January 2004 The South African mining and quarrying industries this year stand to benefit significantly from improved services designed to provide cost-effective solutions to their blasting problems. 

BME takes opportunistic approach to growth

By: Martin Czernowalow     4th December 2003 South African specialist chemical services group Omnia said the cost-efficiency and safety of its products was positioning it to strengthen its position in the mining explosives sector even further. 

Explosives firm mulls new plant

     28th November 2003 Leading explosives manufacturer African Explosives Limited (AEL) is considering the establishment a new plant next year to re-introduce local production of black powder. 

Ammonium nitrate shortage is having a domino effect

By: zeena isaacs     21st November 2003 Blasting solutions company Bulk Mining Explosives (BME) reports that the shortage of ammonium nitrate worldwide, coupled with the rand-dollar exchange rate has affected the local explosives industry. 

Explosives company opts for a new approach

By: zeena isaacs     21st November 2003 Explosives company African Explosives Limited (AEL) is in the process of altering its client approach strategy to a service-orientated approach in the narrow-reef mining sector. 

African earnings nearly a third of explosives company’s revenue

     14th November 2003 Coming off another successful growth year in international operations – and facing the prospect of ongoing expansion opportunities in Africa – African Explosives Limited (AEL) will continue to focus on this continent in 2004, and further consolidate its position as the... 

Explosives firm completes software integration of e-detonation product

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     14th November 2003 A leading supplier of explosives to South Africa’s opencast-mining and quarrying industry, Bulk Mining Explosives (BME), reports that it has successfully integrated its BlastMap blast-planning and management software with an electronic-detonating system developed by a French company it... 

Cluff, Khumalo differ on deal terms

     27th October 2003 UK miner Cluff Mining has confirmed that differences have arisen between it and a Mzi Khumalo-linked company known as Rosario over Rosario's entitlement to new Cluff shares under an acquisition deal struck in the middle of last year - Khumalo is also a shareholder and director of Cluff. 

Newmont announces $90m tender offer

     24th October 2003 Denver-based gold miner Newmont Mining Corporation yesterday announced that its subsidiary, Newmont Capital, had launched a tender offer for any and all of the 7,5% guaranteed notes due in 2005 of another Newmont subsidiary, Newmont Finance. 

Efforts under way to standardise explosion-protection training

By: candice haase     10th October 2003 The Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) and the South African Flameproofing Association (Safa) have begun investigating methods to standardise training in explosion protection. 

Explosive empowerment deal announced

By: nkolola halwindi     10th October 2003 Drilling and blasting contractor Blasting & Excavating (B&E) has joined forces with black mining engineer Joy Rabotapi to form a new empowerment company, Siyavuya Mining. 

Flameproof the new requirement

By: candice haase     10th October 2003 As a result of legal requirements and a number of methane ignition-related tragedies underground, gold-mines are reported to be going flameproof. 

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