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Furnaces and Kilns News

South African company building new smelter in Zimbabwe

By: Victor Moolman     6th September 2018 Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie is working in the Great Dyke of Zimbabwe, close to the town of Shurungwi, where it is helping to construct the Unki platinum smelter, adjacent to a mining operation owned by platinum mining company Anglo American Platinum (Amplats). Thos Begbie was... 

Casting methodology ensures high-quality sheave wheels

By: Paige Müller     22nd June 2018 Mining sheave wheels fabricated using the casting methodology are stronger than their welded counterparts, extending the life span of mining shafts and allowing that sheave wheels be custom-made to suit specific design and application conditions, states foundry and casting specialist KEW... 

Casting methodology ensures high-quality sheave wheels
NICHE CASTER KEW Foundries remains the only manufacturer in Africa of cast headgear sheave wheels for the mining and industrial industries

Expansion strategy advances local company

By: Paige Müller     22nd June 2018 Amid a shrinking South African mining market, Vereeniging-based furnaces and industrial services provider Dickinson Group of Companies states that an extensive focus on extending its service offerings to the international market has been a key strategic success that has insulated the company... 

Expansion strategy  advances local company
MARKET VOLATILITY The volatility of the local mining market has led to heat-processing service providers moving away from the South African market

Furnaces outperform industry expectations

By: Paige Müller     1st June 2018 Two custom built 81 MVA submerged arc alternating current (AC) furnaces – designed and supplied by South African process and engineering firm Metix to Malaysia-based joint venture smelting facility Sakura Ferroalloys – have outperformed industry expectations since the smelting facility’s... 

Furnaces outperform  industry expectations
ENHANCED AVAILABILITY The submerged arc furnace provided by Metix have enjoyed an availability rate of more than 98% since installation

First ‘Resources for Future Generations’ conference to be held in Vancouver

By: Henry Lazenby     13th April 2018 The Resources for Future Generations conference (RFG2018) is scheduled to make its debut on the Canadian resource conference circuit between June 16 and 21, in Vancouver, and is shaping up to be an event unlike the myriad of competing forums held in Canada throughout the year. RFG2018 chairperson... 

First ‘Resources for Future Generations’ conference to be held in Vancouver
Photo by Resources for Future Generations Conference
RFG2018 chairperson John Thompson

S African foundry aims to expand footprint in North America 

By: Donald Makhafola     11th April 2018 The capacity of some aspects of the smelting industry in North America, such as the steel sector, has significantly deteriorated in the past 25 years, as a result of Chinese companies dominating the market and supplying cheaper products, says South Africa-based foundry and engineering company... 

S African foundry aims to expand footprint in North America
Thos Begbie CEO Edwin Dreyer discusses the North America smelting market. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd.

World's biggest mining show draws huge crowd, signalling mining investment optimism

By: Henry Lazenby     7th March 2018 The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada's (PDAC's) 2018 convention, in Toronto, drew an international crowd of 25 606 people, in what is widely considered as a clear sign that optimism is returning to the mineral exploration and mining industry following several years of turmoil.... 

World's biggest mining show draws huge crowd, signalling mining investment optimism

Mining-specific staff recruitment, management app developed 

By: Mia Breytenbach     6th March 2018 To refine and improve the execution of recruitment within the mining industry, mining and engineering professionals recruiter TrueVine Consulting has developed a new, innovative online recruitment platform, called Digger. “Digger is a digital recruitment, talent management and staff retention... 

Mining-specific staff recruitment,  management app developed
Innovative mining-specific staff recruitment, management app developed. Editing: Darlene Creamer and Christo Greyling.

Northam Platinum to create 6 500 new jobs in growth thrust 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd February 2018 Platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company Northam, which is in a strong organic and acquisitive growth phase, will be generating 6 500 new mining jobs in the next four to five years, which dovetails with President Cyril Ramaphosa's 'sunrise' aspirations expressed in his well-received State of... 

Northam Platinum to create 6 500 new jobs in growth thrust
Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne presented financial results covered by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Leon expects mining industry to have a future under Ramaphosa’s Presidency

By: Nadine James     16th February 2018 Herbert Smith Freehills partner and Africa co-chairperson Peter Leon is cautiously optimistic that the changes signalled by newly elected President Cyril Ramaphosa will benefit South Africa’s economic recovery. In a speech to the British Chamber of Business in South Africa on Thursday evening, he... 

Leon expects mining industry to have a future under Ramaphosa’s Presidency
Photo by Duane Daws
Herbert Smith Freehills partner and Africa co-chairperson Peter Leon

Local PGMs industry at risk, but service provider optimistic 

By: Simone Liedtke     13th February 2018 South Africa – which accounts for about 80% of the global platinum-group metals (PGMs) reserve – is at risk of receiving less valuable foreign exchange, owing to ever-increasing mining costs and the uncertainty created by the socio-political strife on the local platinum belt, states South African... 

Local PGMs industry at risk, but service  provider optimistic
Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie CEO Edwin Dreyer and Thos Begbie sales director Piet du Preez discuss platinum-group metals. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd.

Rio Tinto receives offer for aluminium smelter

By: Martin Creamer     10th January 2018 Diversified mining company Rio Tinto has received a binding offer from Liberty House to acquire Rio Tinto’s Aluminium Dunkerque smelter in northern France for $500-million. In accordance with French law, the London-listed company will launch a consultation process with employees, relevant... 

Rio Tinto receives offer for aluminium smelter
Rio Tinto Aluminium CE Alf Barrios

Activated carbon producer to aid tailings processing

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th December 2017 Activated carbon manufacturer Rotocarb offers tailings retreatment plants in the mining industry a solution for their water-intensive processing and wastewater treatment operations that uses local raw material, technology and deployment to produce activated carbon, which is critical in the... 

Activated carbon producer to aid tailings processing
WATER TREATMENT SOLUTION There is a big requirement for activated carbon, which local manufacturer Rotocarb can provide a solution for with locally designed technology and locally sourced raw materials

Equipment maintenance, repair products showcased

By: Dylan Slater     10th November 2017 Adhesives technology company Henkel South Africa hosted its first conference – Repair and Protect Your Mine with Loctite Conference and Exhibition – to showcase ways in which its products could be used in the mining industry to maintain, repair, protect and prolong the life span of equipment.  

Low capital cost key to continuous improvement

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd November 2017 Delivering well-executed projects at a low capital cost is key to continuous improvement within the local and global mining industry, and Sandton-based process and engineering service provider Metix attributes its ongoing success to its ability to do so for large projects on an engineering,... 

Low capital cost key to continuous improvement
INDUSTRY UPLIFTMENT The efficient delivery of a safely executed and on-time project is key to the upliftment of the industry

Modular electric houses destined for mine in Africa

3rd November 2017 Medium to heavy engineering company Parnis Manufacturing has secured a contract to fabricate modular electrical houses (E-Houses) for a mine in Africa, which it attributes to its established record for high-quality manufacture. The continued trend to make use of E-Houses has seen a marked... 

Modular electric houses destined for mine in Africa
Photo by Duane Daws
MOBILE OR MODULAR E-Houses are mobile or modular houses that are fully equipped electrical substations manufactured using insulated steel panels

The Krugerrand’s remarkable contribution to SA mining value-addition 

By: Ilan Solomons     6th October 2017 The gold bullion Krugerrand represents a most remarkable story from a beneficiation perspective with more than 60-million pieces sold over the past 50 years, equating to more than 1 660 t of local gold used in the process with about 25% of all South African gold sold currently in the form of... 

The Krugerrand’s remarkable contribution to SA mining value-addition
Special video report on the Krugerrand.

SA platinum miners enter recycling market despite ‘mixed’ expectations

By: David Oliveira     22nd September 2017 Despite the mixed performance and expectations of the recycling industry, local platinum producers Sibanye Resources and Northam Platinum this year entered the platinum-group metals (PGM) recycling market. Platinum recycling is projected to decline by 6% year-on-year to 1.76-million ounces this... 

SA platinum miners enter recycling market despite ‘mixed’ expectations

Second Copper Cobalt Africa Conference to be held next year

15th September 2017 Educational institution Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) will host the second Copper Cobalt Africa Conference at the Avani Victoria Falls Resort, in Livingstone, Zambia, in July next year. 

Second Copper Cobalt Africa Conference to  be held next year
Photo by Bloomberg
INDUSTRY REVIVAL The African Copperbelt is again experiencing a resurgence of activity following the commodity downturn of recent years

Five new pumps supplied to Limpopo platinum mine

15th September 2017 Supplier of mining system solutions Becker Mining South Africa has supplied five hydro solids (HS) slurry pumps to a new furnace slag granulation process plant at a platinum mine in Limpopo ahead of schedule. 

Poor market conditions lead to diversification

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th September 2017 Owing to tough ferrochrome and ferromanganese market conditions globally, process and engineering service provider Metix has had to widen its focus beyond ferrous metals and target the processing of other commodities.  

Myriad of opportunities in Zim’s mining sector

8th September 2017 Zimbabwe is poised for growth and, with the country committed to ensuring a sustainable growth path, there are a host of investment opportunities in the mining industry to be capitalised on. This is according to the investment promotion body Zimbabwe Investment Authority‘s Invest in Zimbabwe... 

Myriad of opportunities in Zim’s mining sector
Photo by Bloomberg
DIAMONDIFEROUS Zimbabwe has deposits of high-quality diamonds, which are in high demand on the global market

Rapid drying oven offers faster minerals processing

1st September 2017 Industrial solutions company thyssenkrupp’s Infra-Red (IR) rapid drying oven has significantly improved turnaround times for minerals processing operations specialist Minopex, owing to the oven’s fast-drying capability. Since installation, Minopex has reported great satisfaction with the IR oven.... 

Rapid drying oven offers faster minerals processing
HEAT RETENTION The oven does not lose heat, even with the door open

Despite high upfront costs, technology investments yield long-term savings – BMI

By: Mia Breytenbach     1st September 2017 With metals and mining companies increasingly investing in technology that will help reduce their carbon footprints, owing to the global drive to lower carbon emissions, meaningful efforts to improve environmental standards in the extractive industries require significant upfront costs, according... 

Despite high upfront costs, technology investments yield  long-term savings – BMI
LONG-TERM BENEFIT BMI expexts long-term cost savings to benefit companies that are ahead of the curve when it comes to prioritising green strategies

Low grades, high power costs key snags to SA chromite sector’s competitiveness

By: David Oliveira     14th July 2017 Despite South Africa’s rich chromite endowment, the low chromium oxide (Cr2O3) grades found in its orebodies and the high cost of electricity are significant barriers to the country becoming the dominant player in the global industry. Mintek metallurgical project development consultant Dr Nic... 

Low grades, high power costs key snags to SA chromite sector’s competitiveness

Mining Indaba offering new junior zone, boosting interface opportunities 

By: Martin Creamer     4th July 2017 Strong new thrusts are planned for next year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, which is scheduled to take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from February 5 to 8, once again to support investment in mining companies operating in Africa and to provide an effective platform... 

Mining Indaba offering new junior zone, boosting interface opportunities
Investing in African Mining Indaba MD Alex Grose outlines to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer the major new focus on junior miner involvement. Video and Video Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Thos Begbie’s global quality status boosted by on-the-spot Dekra 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd May 2017 The same-site working relationship that Thos Begbie has established with global quality inspectorate Dekra Industrial RSA is giving the prolific exporter of copper castings a commercial edge in its global dealings with mining and smelter-related customers worldwide. Thos Begbie now hosts the... 

Thos Begbie’s global quality status boosted by on-the-spot Dekra
Engineering News Online’s Martin Creamer talks to Thos Begbie’s Edwin Dreyer and Dekra’s Johan Gerber. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Fibre-optic pyrometer offers South Africa greater accuracy

By: Nadine James     19th May 2017 The South African minerals and metals processing industry has yet to take advantage of the fibre-optic Calex Fibre-Mini pyrometer, compared with the response from international markets, which has been favourable. The pyrometer, used to measure temperatures of reflective metals, was developed by... 

Fibre-optic pyrometer offers  South Africa greater accuracy
FIBRE-MINI PYROMETER The fibre-optic sensing head withstands up to 200 °C ambient temperature

Kiln refractory replacement expected to boost production

19th May 2017 The new kiln refractory is expected to help boost production at vanadium-focused junior miner Largo Resources’ Maracas Menchen mine, in the north east of Brazil, which is the fourth-largest producer of the commodity after South Africa. The miner completed a 20-day shutdown at Maracas to replace... 

Kiln refractory replacement expected to boost production
REJUVENATED Maracas replaced the kiln refractory during a 20-day shutdown

Furnace projects to impact mining giant’s nickel, copper

19th May 2017 Brazilian miner Vale will execute a furnace rebuild project at its Canada-based Sudbury nickel and copper smelting operation, in Ontario, thereby impacting on the miner’s 2017 production of these metals. In its first quarter performance report released last month, Vale stated that nickel and... 

Furnace projects to impact mining giant’s nickel, copper
Photo by Reuters
FLASHY UPGRADES The $88-million capital expenditure will fund maintenance and strategic projects, such as increasing the power capacity of one of the furnaces

Krugersdorp plant converts furnaces to produce ferrochrome

19th May 2017 As a result of the upward trend in ferrochrome prices, Krugersdorp-based processing plant Mogale Alloys – owned and operated by global vertically-integrated producer of speciality alloys Afarak Group’s African subsidiary, Afarak Mogale, has converted two of its four furnaces to facilitate... 

Krugersdorp plant converts furnaces to produce ferrochrome
NIMBLE OPERATION Mogale's swing plant operation, enables it to change its production capacity in line with market expectations

EIUG supports Eskom plan for new pricing deals with power-intensive firms 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd March 2017 The Energy Intensive User Group of Southern Africa (EIUG) believes there is policy, legislative and regulatory space to introduce new electricity pricing arrangements to help restart of idle mining and process-industry activities, as well as encourage new investments to absorb Eskom’s surplus,... 

EIUG supports Eskom plan for new pricing deals with power-intensive firms

A catalyst for innovation, Goldcorp pushes the envelope on technological advances

By: Henry Lazenby     11th March 2017 Canadian gold major Goldcorp is acting as a catalyst to bring innovation into the mining industry, an industry traditionally loathe to adopt new technologies that could ultimately improve the bottom line. As exemplified in its leading role in sponsoring the #DisruptMining competition during the... 

A catalyst for innovation, Goldcorp pushes the envelope on technological advances
Photo by Goldcorp
Goldcorp’s existing policies promote diversity in the work place

Canadian miner achieves record smelter production

24th February 2017 Canada-based international gold mining company Dundee Precious Metals’ (DPM’s) Tsumeb copper smelter, in Tsumeb, in Namibia, achieved record smelting production in December, with quarterly concentrate production also at a record high of 61 270 t, DPM said when it announced its mine and smelter... 

Zondereinde smelter expansion due H2 2017

By: Simone Liedtke     16th December 2016 Work on integrated platinum-group metals (PGMs) producer Northam Platinum’s Zondereinde smelter expansion project to increase the smelter’s capacity remains scheduled for completion by the second half of 2017. The 16-month project started in February and has a R750-million budget, of which, to... 

South Africa’s chrome industry well placed to ‘grow and prosper’

By: Nadine James     21st October 2016 South Africa’s relatively easy to mine chromium reserves, combined with the current deficit in the chromium market as well as the expected increase in global stainless steel consumption, has ensured that the country’s chrome sector has every opportunity to grow and prosper, says the International... 

Chilled-mirror hygrometer gives reliable control of sintering processes

14th October 2016 Moisture and humidity measurement solutions provider Michell Instruments, represented in South Africa by process control instrumentation manufacturer Instrotech, has introduced its S8000RS chilled-mirror hygrometer.   The S8000RS is the smallest hygrometer on the market, says Linbro Park,... 

Chilled-mirror hygrometer gives reliable control of sintering processes
Photo by Bloomberg
MOISTURE CONTROL The S8000RS chilled-mirror sensor is an efficient choice for moisture control in a range of metallurgical processes, including sintering

Foundry and engineering company clinches several contracts

By: David Oliveira     16th September 2016 Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie & Co received a number of orders recently to refurbish and manufacture furnace and smelting equipment, after orders from Southern Africa furnace operators dropped significantly from November last year to July this year. Thos Begbie & Co outgoing CEO... 

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