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South African equipment company supplies iron-ore giant

     8th December 2017 South Africa-based process equipment sales and supply company MIP Process Technologies has landed a contract to supply equipment to global iron-ore giant Ehya Sepahan, which has operations in the Middle East, most notably Iran. Ehya Sepahan CEO Hadi Golzar and technical and planning manager... 

Environmental permit bodes well for project financing

     8th December 2017 Iron-ore explorer and developer Zanaga Iron Ore Company (ZIOC) expects the environmental permit for its iron-ore project from the Republic of Congo’s ministry of environment to help attract finance to enable the valuable resource to be brought into production. A joint venture with natural... 

Intermin reaffirms guidance as first ore is hauled from Teal Stage 2

By: Dylan Slater     6th December 2017 Western Australia-focused gold mining company Intermin Resources has started hauling the first ore from Stage 2 operations at its Teal gold mine, north-west of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, to a nearby processing plant, the ASX-listed company reported on Wednesday 

Atrum incorporates Elan project directly into portfolio, reverses decision to list

By: Dylan Slater     6th December 2017 ASX-listed coal miner Atrum Coal has reversed a decision to list its Canada-based Elan Coal properties on a stock exchange and, instead, will integrate the mining project directly into its portfolio 

RCR to design relocatable conveyor for Cloudbreak mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th November 2017 Engineering and infrastructure company RCR Tomlinson has been awarded a A$33-million contract to design, manufacture and construct a 5 km relocatable conveyor system for Fortescue Metals. The relocatable conveyor system will be trailed at the Cloudbreak mine, near Nullagine in the Pilbara. 

Vale, partner Mitsui ink $2.7bn Nacala coal corridor funding

By: Henry Lazenby     28th November 2017 Brazil’s largest diversified miner Vale has announced that it, together with its Japanese partner Mitsui & Co, has signed a $2.73-billion funding deal to finance the Nacala Logistics Corridor (NLC), that will connect the Mozambique-based Moatize coal mine, to the Nacala port. Vale said in a press... 

Ventilation and cooling in mines often work against nature

By: Simone Liedtke     24th November 2017 Mining requires a robust constitution as mines often work against nature, descending deep underground, where temperatures can rise to between 60º and 70º at the rock face, explains heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) company Johnson Controls GM Neil Cameron. 

Ventilation and cooling in mines often work against nature
YD CENTRIFUGAL CHILLER The chiller ranges in capacity from 5 300 kW to 21 100 kW

Company offers mine to market solutions

     24th November 2017 Combining concept-to-completion expertise with design and major project delivery capabilities for the minerals and metals sector, from bulk commodities to rare earths, professional services provider WorleyParsons offers its customers complete mine-to-market solutions from inception to... 

Company offers mine  to market solutions
MULTIDISCIPLIANRY APPROACH WorleyParsons takes a multidisciplinary approach, with teams comprising experts to identify challenges early and produce tailored strategies that mitigate risks

Relays assist with cable-theft detection

By: Simone Liedtke     24th November 2017 Mining system solutions supplier Becker Mining South Africa’s Proloc and ProBeck electronic protection and control relays have been designed for motor protection, as well as cable-theft detection, in diverse industries, including ventilation and cooling applications in mining and quarrying. 

Relays assist with  cable-theft detection
PROTECT AND SERVE The Proloc and ProBeck relays are programmed to detect cable theft by identifying a change in electrical impedance of a cable

Atlas Copco splits into entities focusing on mining and civil engineering, and the industrial market

By: Dylan Slater     24th November 2017 Construction and mining equipment manufacturer Atlas Copco has started a process to divide the company into two separate entities – Atlas Copco and Epiroc. Epiroc will remain a subsidiary of Atlas Copco.  

Atlas Copco splits into entities focusing on mining  and civil engineering, and the industrial market
SANJAY AHUJA Epiroc is now a house where we can live and breathe mining and rock excavation

Lower-than-guidance 2018 output expected at South Deep

By: Dylan Slater     24th November 2017 The production target for Westonaria-based South Deep gold mine, in Gauteng, is expected to be marginally lower next year than that initially laid out in the miner’s rebase plan, owing to a challenging first quarter this year, notes Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland.  

Capabilities expanded to meet demand

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th November 2017 Over the last few years, mineral testwork provider Maelgwyn Mineral Services Africa’s laboratory capabilities have expanded in accordance with industry demand.  

Mato Products celebrates thirtieth anniversary 

By: Nadine James     24th November 2017 Conveyor belt solutions company MATO Products, a member of the Multotec Group, celebrates 30 years of supplying South African mining and industrial clients this year. At the November 8 function celebrating its success and longevity, MATO Products GM Benjamin Sibanda announced that the company is... 

Mato Products celebrates thirtieth anniversary
MATO Products GM Benjamin Sibanda discusses the MATO Clip Machine. Camerawork and Editing: Darlene Creamer.

Savannah completes construction of Mutamba pilot plant, commissioning under way

By: Mia Breytenbach     20th November 2017 Aim-listed resource development company Savannah Resources has completed construction of the pilot plant for its bulk metallurgical test work programme at the Mutamba mineral sands project, in Mozambique. The Mutamba project, located in the Gaza and Inhambane provinces, is being developed in a... 

Savannah completes construction of Mutamba pilot plant, commissioning under way
The Mutamba mineral sands project, in Mozambique

Customised spillminator supplied to South African gold mine

By: Victor Moolman     17th November 2017 Engineering solutions and steel fabrication company Lani Service Centre, based in Sebenza, Johannesburg, has supplied a tailor-made spillminator equipped with vesconite bushings to a local gold mine for its underground conveyor and hopper system. “The bushings are self-lubricating, can withstand... 

Flexible couplings able to withstand extreme mining conditions

     17th November 2017 Manufactured by global bearings manufacturer The Timken Company, parts distributor Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) Quick-Flex couplings are able to withstand the most extreme mining conditions, including temperatures as high as 100 ˚C. The Timken Quick-Flex couplings, which require minimal... 

Flexible couplings able  to withstand extreme  mining conditions
FLEXIBLE APPLICATION The Quick-Flex coupling’s design makes it suitable for high-speed, low-torque, excessive-vibration drives, to a low-speed, high-torque applications

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.  

Transmission equipment components offer multiple benefits

     3rd November 2017 Technical solutions provider BMG’s portfolio of Fenner power transmission components from manufacturer Fenner Drives includes a range of high-strength friction transmission belts that offer longer service life, higher drive efficiency and reduced downtime, compared with conventional V-belts.... 

Transmission equipment components offer multiple benefits
STRONG STRETCH The elasticity of the PowerTwist's woven polyurethane fabric enables these belts to be stretched over a pulley drive without any damage

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

Project management facility designed to enhance every plant

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd November 2017 Technical solutions supplier BMG’s specialist solutions services for the mining sector encompass a complete project management facility, in Johannesburg, which is designed to improve operational efficiencies of every plant, states BMG contracts and projects GM André Smith. 

Project management facility designed to  enhance every plant
ADDITIONAL OFFERING BMG also offers extensive customer training on site at mining operations or at its upgraded premises

Technology to shift project relations from adversarial to cooperative 

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd November 2017 Fluctuating global commodity demand and prices, as well as escalating geopolitical risks are causing concern among asset owners and investors, and is resulting in capital projects either being postponed or cancelled in the South African mining industry, states specialist business and project... 

Technology to shift  project relations from  adversarial to cooperative
Specialist business and project management consultancy SSG Consulting strategy and business development GM Jacques Marais discusses the company’s KEY360 mobile application. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Turnkey solutions provided for gold mine in East Asia

     3rd November 2017 Gauteng-based mining equipment manufacturer Tech Edge Group recently supplied winches, winders and a range of ancillary products and services for a new service shaft at a gold mine in East Asia. This, the company notes, was carried out in collaboration with consultants from Australia and South... 

Turnkey solutions provided  for gold mine in East Asia
FULL TURNKEY SOLUTION Tech Edge Group offered a full turnkey solution service that included high-level design

Mechanised mining produces indirect jobs, uptake increasing

By: Victor Moolman     3rd November 2017 Despite the popular belief that the proliferation of mechanised mines in the African mining industry will lead to job losses, mechanised mining does generate new employment  opportunities, although indirectly through the maintenance, logistics, spare parts transportation, fuel requirements and... 

Mechanised mining produces  indirect jobs, uptake increasing
AUTOMATED SYSTEMS Sandvik is increasing its focus on automated mining equipment

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

First locally manufactured Joy reclaim feeder is unveiled

By: Dylan Slater     3rd November 2017 Mining equipment and service provider Komatsu has launched its first South African-manufactured Joy reclaim feeder. Joy is the high-productivity mining solutions subsidiary of Komatsu, having been acquired earlier this year in a $3.7-billion deal.  

First locally manufactured Joy reclaim feeder  is unveiled
RECLAIM FEEDER The new Joy reclaim feeder can be used for synthetic-fuel plants, power plant facilities, synthetic-gypsum plants, truck load-out facilities, port load-out facilities and coal-mining operations

Scarce funding necessitates effective project management

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd November 2017 The South African mining industry is not a sunset industry, but will continue its decline until there is a significant change in the relationship between industry stakeholders, such as government, labour and mining companies, states Paradigm Project Management (PPM) director Jeremy Clarke. 

Scarce funding necessitates  effective project management
Photo by Duane Daws
JEREMY CLARKE A common belief is that money should not be spent on project management

Openpit mining prolific in recovery of miner’s diamonds

     27th October 2017 Openpit mining is the most common method of recovering its diamonds, says international diamond company De Beers, which operates several opencast mines in Africa, namely South Africa and Botswana. De Beers Consolidated Mines (DBCM), formed in 1888, is South Africa’s largest rough diamond... 

Openpit mining  prolific in recovery  of miner’s diamonds
ORAPA Orapa is the oldest operating mine in Botswana and the largest openpit diamond mine in the world. The mine is expected to produce 145-million carats from 157-million tonnes of ore during its 14-year life

Supplier takes on larger equipment market

     27th October 2017 Industrial equipment supplier Goscor Earth Moving (GEM) has entered the large excavator market and has chosen to represent international construction and mining equipment manufacturer Sany. GEM signed an agreement with Sany on 17 May last year, to be incorporated under GEM, to operate as a... 

Supplier takes on larger equipment market
SPECIAL CONDITIONS Sany equipment has been engineered specifically for African operating conditions

Bullish Caterpillar rebounds, beats Q3 profit, revenue forecasts

By: Henry Lazenby     24th October 2017 US industrial equipment manufacturer Caterpillar has surprised investors with a significantly higher profit for the three months ended September, as higher sales volume and its focus on cost discipline resulted in improved profit margins across the three main business segments. The Deerfield,... 

Bullish Caterpillar rebounds, beats Q3 profit, revenue forecasts

ECSA renews Wits School of Mining accreditation

By: Dylan Slater     20th October 2017 The accreditation of University of the Witwatersrand’s (Wits) School of Mining Engineering has been renewed for another five-year cycle by the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA).  

ECSA renews Wits School of Mining accreditation
CUTHBERT MUSINGWINI Renewal of the Wits School of Mining Engineering’s ECSA accreditation illustrates the high standard of the school’s standard

South Africa spending less than its peers on mining research and development

By: Mia Breytenbach     20th October 2017 While South Africa had increased its investment in mining research and development (R&D) since 2014, the country’s investment was still below that of its peers, delegates heard during a panel discussion on ‘Technological Innovation and Advancements in the Mining Industry’ at the Joburg Indaba... 

Materials handling software enhanced

By: Dylan Slater     20th October 2017 New haulage functionality for underground mine operators will be built into the upcoming version of Australia-headquartered consulting and technology company Deswik’s software – Deswik.Suite.  

Gamsberg zinc project a thumbs up for South Africa amid investment slowdown

By: Mia Breytenbach     20th October 2017 Amid low levels of capital project activities in South Africa, the $400-million Gamsberg zinc and lead project, in the Northern Cape, has become the largest mining project under execution in the country. “Commentators have noted that this significant investment in the South African mining... 

Gamsberg zinc project a thumbs up for South Africa amid investment slowdown

Product tackles inclement conditions, improves productivity

By: Nadine James     13th October 2017 One of the biggest challenges facing the mining industry with regard to its motors, gear drives and belt drives is protection from adverse weather conditions and the resulting ingress of dust and moisture, says pumps manufacturer Australian Pumps, commonly known as Aussie Pumps. “In the Pilbara,... 

Product tackles inclement conditions, improves productivity
COMPREHENSIVE PROTECTION Envelop covers protect key assets from dust, corrosion, heat and ultraviolet light, reducing the cost of maintenance

Changes bring about new product lines, enhanced solutions

By: Nadine James     13th October 2017 Power transmission components supplier Altra Industrial Motion South Africa (SA) has undergone numerous changes in the past couple of years, incorporating new brands and aligning its product and service offering with that of its parent company of the same name, says Altra Industrial Motion SA GM... 

Changes bring about new product lines, enhanced solutions
EFFECTIVE SOLUTION One of the company's more distinctive solutions includes a braking system supplied for a chairlift at a platinum mine in 2013

Company highlights cost benefit of brand

By: Nadine James     13th October 2017 Bearings and power transmission product distributor Bearings International (BI) – a member of Hudaco Group – highlights the cost benefits of its KML bearings offering amid local economic conditions. The current economic climate, characterised particularly by the suppressed mining sector, has... 

Company highlights cost benefit of brand
KML BALL BEARING UNITS The KML brand caters for an array of applications, including automotive, materials handling and processing equipment

High-quality, regular maintenance enables multiple engine overhauls

     13th October 2017 Users of plant equipment driven by diesel engines can look forward to many more years of economical operation if they understand that modern engines are designed for two, three or more ‘new lives’ between overhauls, says specialist diesel engine component remanufacturer Metric Automotive... 

High-quality, regular maintenance  enables multiple engine overhauls
NEW LEASE ON LIFE Beyond their first overhaul at about 15 000 hours, most diesel engines are designed to be overhauled several times

Shaft alignment tool benefits discussed

     13th October 2017 All rotating machinery is susceptible to misalignment and the conventional methods of measuring alignment, such as rulers and dial indicators, are outdated and inaccurate, says industrial equipment supplier Comtest Group. The company points out that these methods could result in inadequate... 

Shaft alignment tool  benefits discussed
LASER PECISION Unlike the straight-edge method or dial indicators, Fluke’s 830 performs complicated alignment calculations automatically
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