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Explosives News

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.  

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. 

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.  

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. 

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. 

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. 

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... 

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... 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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