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Furnaces and Kilns News

Company provides Brazilian plant with six furnace control systems

By: Kelly Farthing     8th May 2009 Minerals processing and metallurgical engineering products provider Mintek has installed its sixth FurnStar-Minstral, an advanced process control (APC) system for furnaces, at the Cia Ferro Ligas da Bahia (Ferbasa) plant in Bahia State, Brazil. The installation at Ferbasa brings the total number... 

Multiuse device suits the furnace industry

     8th May 2009 Process automation company Endress+Hauser once again sets the pace in recording technology with its Ecograph T, a paperless recorder that displays, records and transmits information.  

Flash dryer delivered on time and within budget

     8th May 2009 K’Enyuka has delivered the Impala Platinum flash dryer project to Implats with a zero lost time injury frequency rate on budget and on time. 

Turnkey furnace specialist completes projects

By: Kelly Farthing     8th May 2009 Specialist in turnkey furnaces and refractory services to the pyrometallurgical and minerals processing industries, the Dickinson Group, has completed a significant number of major furnace projects during 2008 and the first quarter of 2009. 

Smelting company kept busy with current projects

     8th May 2009 Designer and supplier of high-capacity electric submerged-arc smelting furnaces Tenova Pyromet will see the completion of various projects over the coming years. 

Furnace shuts down owing to market conditions

     8th May 2009 Diversified resources group Exxaro Resources has taken a decision to expedite the commencement of the relining of Furnace 1 at Namakwa Sands. 

Mining equipment rentals skyrocket as miners move away from outright purchases

By: Leandi Kolver     5th December 2008 Equipment rental company Rentworks is experiencing a spike in its mining equipment rentals owing to the current economic downturn. 

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,... 

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. 

Drying company develops new technology

By: Loni Prinsloo     15th August 2008 Drying, cooling and calcining company Scientific Design has developed an in-house technology to calcine ultra-fine material and concentrates. 

Smelting specialist puts safety first

By: Loni Prinsloo     15th August 2008 Smelting and technology equipment company Metix, is currently undertaking two new projects that will see the company building a 600 000 t sinter plant at ferroalloy producer Samancor’s Middleburg ferrochrome plant, and another at chrome miner ASA Metals’ plant, in Mpumalanga. 

Tenova Pyromet says Peru project will lead to more copper industry contracts

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     8th August 2008 Local submerged-arc smelting furnace designer and supplier Tenova Pyromet says that the implementation of its first matte launder at mining and metals company Doe Run Peru’s (DRP) operation in the Andes, in South America, may well “open doors for future projects in the copper industry.”  

ASA Metals’ Dikolong furnace project now 26% complete

By: Leandi Kolver     1st August 2008 Furnace and smelter specialist Tenova Pyromet has completed 26% of its ASA Metals’ Dilokong mine project near Burgersfort. 

Lonmin shuts SA platinum furnace for at least seven days

By: Matthew Hill     30th June 2008 World number-three platinum producer Lonmin on Monday said that it had shut down its Number One furnace for at least one week, after it detected a water leak there. Spokesperson Alex Shorland-Ball said that the miner was planning another month-long shutdown at the end of the year, to change the... 

Lonmin hit by number of small smelter explosions, miner says not serious

By: Chanel de Bruyn     21st May 2008 The world's third-largest platinum producer, Lonmin, on Wednesday denied that there had been any "serious explosions" at its Merensky smelter or that it had failed to report any incidents to the Department of Minerals and Energy (DME). South African trade union Solidarity on... 

Durban steel plant reopens furnaces after fatal explosion

     9th May 2008 JSE-listed African Rainbow Minerals (ARM), the joint owner of Assmang, states that a further two furnaces at its Cato Ridge plant will have restarted in April, 2008. 

Furnace specialist expanding its horizons

By: Loni Prinsloo     9th May 2008 Designer and supplier of electric submerged-arc smelting furnaces, Tenova Pyromet, is six months into the building contract of two ferrochrome 66-MW closed furnaces for charge chrome producer ASA Metals. 

Pyrometallurgy specialist celebrates forty years of production

By: Loni Prinsloo     9th May 2008 Furnace and kiln specialist, Thermopower Furnaces, is celebrating its fortieth year of production in the pyrometallurgy industry. 

South African aviation industry getting heat treatment

By: Loni Prinsloo     9th May 2008 Furnace manufacturing company, Custom Furnaces, has completed a custom-built heat-treatment furnace for the South African aviation industry with a total value of about R40-million. 

Engineering firm gains global license to market furnace cooling technology

By: Loni Prinsloo     9th May 2008 Engineering project house Bateman Engineering's pyromettallury division has secured world-wide rights to market the technology to the nonferrous pyrometallurgical industry, with the conclusion of a license agreement between Bateman Engineering and the University of Melbourne, in Australia. 

Gold certificate for componenet manufacturer

By: Loni Prinsloo     9th May 2008 Furnace-component manufacturer Bruno Quatro has been awarded a gold certificate by steel producer Evras Highveld Steel as its top engineering supplier for 2007.  

Smelting specialist providing new technology

By: Loni Prinsloo     9th May 2008 Smelting and technology equipment company Metix has been commissioned to convert two conventional open furnaces for ferrochrome producer, Hernic Ferrochrome, to closed furnaces 

Dryer specialist supplying the furnace industry

By: Loni Prinsloo     9th May 2008 Compressed air dryer supplier, Arctic Driers, has supplied an F 500 air-dryer to ferroalloys business Assmang for its ferromanganese plant in Machadodorp, in Mpumalanga. 

BHP starts cutting power demand at aluminium smelters

By: Christy van der Merwe     31st January 2008 The world's largest diversified miner, BHP Billiton, announced on Thursday that it would reduce power demand at the Bayside, Hillside, and Mozal aluminium smelters by 10%, under instruction from the South African government and electricity utility Eskom, in an effort to stabilise the power... 

Project pipeline remains robust despite price jitters, says new Bateman Minerals chief

By: Terence Creamer     27th August 2007 The minerals and metals unit of Aim-listed project house Bateman Engineering was continuing to experience strong demand for its products and services despite a recent softening in key commodity prices, with the newly appointed head of the division, Eddie du Rand, suggesting that there were signs... 

B&W to raise R60m ahead of AltX listing

By: Matthew Hill     11th June 2007 Electrical and instrumentation construction company B&W is hoping to raise R60-million through a private placement and a vendor placement of its shares, as it heads to its debut on Johannesburg's AltX, it said on Monday. 

Samancor Chrome to spend R1,4bn on local value-add projects by 2010

By: Matthew Hill     30th April 2007 Ferrochrome producer Samancor Chrome would spend R1,4-billion on beneficiation projects in South Africa over the next two years, including a new pelletiser plant, a DC furnace and a smelter, the firm told Mining Weekly Online last week. Speaking in an exclusive interview at Samancor's... 

Construction of R30m metal-recovery plant under way in Mpumalanga

By: Jade Davenport     1st December 2006 Construction of a R30-million metal-recovery plant has officially started at local ferrochrome producer ASA Metals’ Dilokong chrome mine, in Mpumulanga. 

State mining royalties proposals improve, but still causing some concern

By: Keith Campbell     17th November 2006 The Chamber of Mines (CoM) regards the second draft of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Royalty Bill as an improvement on the original version, issued in 2003. 

Ugandan President encourages SA involvement in mining in his country

By: Keith Campbell     27th October 2006 The East African country of Uganda is seeking to revive its mining and minerals industry by encouraging foreign investment in the sector. 

A passage to India

By: Keith Campbell     1st September 2006 A Canadian mining mission is to visit India in November. 

Gravity-solutions provider to 'revolutionise' SA mineral processing

By: Amy Heydenrych     18th August 2006 Encouraged by the recent backing of Australian industry association Amira, a gravity-concentration research programme instigated by Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) lecturer Allan Nesbitt and supported by Australian gravity solutions provider, Gekko Systems, is well on its way to... 

New products to be launched at trade show

By: Amy Heydenrych     18th August 2006 The Electra Mining exhibition is well known as an excellent platform from which to launch new products to the mining industry. 

Studies under way for pilot processing plants

By: Amy Heydenrych     18th August 2006 As part of its research and development process, Mintek is currently running four large pilot campaigns for various PGM and base metal projects in South Africa and the rest of Africa. 

World’s largest omniscreen begins operation

     18th August 2006 A 10-ft OmniScreen, the largest of its kind in the world, has been supplied to Xstrata Chrome Kroondal by minerals-processing specialist IMS Engineering (IMS). 

Ion-exchange fibre technology to optimise metal processes

By: Amy Heydenrych     18th August 2006 In its ongoing quest to optimise processes in South African and African mineral and metal industries, multidisciplinary centre of innovation Mintek has devised a means to make the recovery, puri-fication and separation of metals more economical. 

Local smelting specialist awarded €4-million European contract

By: Amy Heydenrych     18th August 2006 Leading designer and builder of smelting furnaces Pyromet Technologies was awarded with a €4-million contract in June this year to rebuild a furnace for a European-based company. Pyromet project manager Johan Bester says that the project is a rebuild of the existing furnace and includes the... 

Pyrometallurgy conference set for 2007

By: Amy Heydenrych     18th August 2006 The third international symposium on Pyrometallurgy (Pyromet 07) is being held at Falmouth beach resort hotel, Falmouth, UK. 

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