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Materials Handling News

Bell Equipment enters tipper truck market with Kamaz partnership

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     22nd June 2018 South African materials handling equipment supplier Bell Equipment has entered the Southern Africa tipper truck market through a partnership with Russian heavy duty truck manufacturer Kamaz. The new partnership was celebrated at bauma CONEXPO AFRICA 2018, held in March, in Johannesburg, where the... 

Skills needed in local quarrying industry

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     22nd June 2018 The surface mining association, Aspasa, raised awareness about skills shortages in the local opencast mining and quarrying profession through a presentation delivered to an international audience of peers at the Global Aggregates Information Network (Gain) conference, in Spain, last month. Skills... 

Skills needed in local quarrying industry
NICO PIENAAR Leadership and supervision skills are needed urgently in the local quarrying industry

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

New app launched for quarrying industry

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     22nd June 2018 Johannesburg-headquartered developer, producer and supplier of commercial explosives AEL Mining Services has launched a new application (app), the Vibration and Acoustic Calculator (VibrAc). VibrAc will assist local quarries in calculating the various elements involved in blasting and in... 

New app launched for quarrying industry
VIBRATION AND SOUND The AEL Mining Services VibrAc application is a simple tool to work out blasting parameters

Rio-Carb commissions academic research into the future of South Africa’s mining sector

By: Nadine James     21st June 2018 Chromium carbide (CrC) wear solutions provider Rio-Carb MD Martin Maine has identified a gap in the mining sector in the form of a lack of local beneficiation in the second-tier supply chain in the South African mining industry, and has commissioned academic research to establish how the country... 

Rio-Carb commissions academic research into the future of South Africa’s mining sector
Rio-Carb MD Martin Maine

South African mining-focused EV manufacturer launched

By: Nadine James     20th June 2018 Battery-driven mining vehicle solution provider Battery Power Industries (BPI) officially launched on Wednesday. The South African original-equipment manufacturer specialises in the development of battery energy systems, electrical traction systems and high-speed charging systems for underground... 

South African mining-focused EV manufacturer launched

Mining, manufacturing sectors urged to focus on local content

By: Anine Kilian     19th June 2018 There is a close relationship between mining and manufacturing, especially in terms of the equipment that is manufactured and supplied to the mining industry, Manufacturing Circle executive director Phillipa Rodseth said at the Manufacturing Indaba, on Tuesday. Speaking during a panel session on... 

Wheel loader boasts exceptional performance

1st June 2018 Earthmoving equipment and construction equipment dealer HPE Africa’s Hyundai HL780-9S wheel loader, which is being used by plant hire company Vanalls Plant Hire at a manganese smelter in eMalahleni, in Mpumalanga, to break up and transport silica manganese, is “coping efficiently in harsh... 

Wheel loader boasts  exceptional performance
HEAVY DUTY The HL780-9S has been fitted with durable tyre chains for enhanced performance, improved traction and tyre protection

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

Company equipped to capitalise on strengthening market

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st June 2018 With the materials, bulk handling and logistics market “largely improved” over the past two years, drive engineering specialist SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa is capitalising on the opportunities this provides, building on its entrenched role and successes, SEW branch manager Jonathan McKey tells... 

Custom-designed chutes required for bulk materials handling

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st June 2018 Transfer chute systems form an integral part of bulk materials handling applications, and it is important that they meet the specific requirements of individual mining houses, says Germiston-based material transfer solutions provider Weba Chute Systems technical director Alwin Nienaber. Bulk... 

Custom-designed chutes required for bulk materials handling
TRANSFER WINDOW The Weba Chute System is a custom engineered transfer point solution designed to address the numerous issues plants face with material movement

Solution enhances use rates for mine fleet

1st June 2018 A total fuel-filtration solution from power and engine multinational Cummins’ Fleetguard has ensured that a haul-truck fleet at a large copper mine in Zambia has achieved use rates of between 85% and 90%, after previously experiencing operational difficulties relating to substandard fuel... 

Solution enhances use rates for mine fleet
TOTAL SOLUTION Fleetguard provides a comprehensive filtration solution

Lift truck company’s Pietermaritzburg branch up and running

1st June 2018 Material handling solutions provider Goscor Lift Truck Company’s (GLTC’s) recently expanded Pietermaritzburg facility symbolises the most important tenet of its philosophy –to ensure that the company does whatever it takes to ensure the best possible service for its clients. This division falls... 

Mining, industrial contracts for ELB in SA and abroad

By: Nadine James     1st June 2018 ELB Engineering Services (ELB) announced last week that it had been awarded the drying system for the M.V. Grand Banks life extension project for marine mining company De Beers Marine. Additionally, the company noted that it had completed train loading station (TLS) and stacker projects for the... 

Mining, industrial contracts for ELB in SA and abroad
STACK THE DECK ELB’s multidisciplinary approach has led to a range of mining and industrial projects in the last year

Modular chute system to reduce safety risks, increase uptime

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st June 2018 With mining operations valuing the optimisation of their assets, and safety and uptime remaining focal points, wear solutions provider Rio-Carb has “answered the industry’s call” with the development of a new modular chute, Rio-Carb director Sias Suurd tells Mining Weekly. Developing this modular... 

Modular chute system to reduce safety risks, increase uptime
CHUTE YOUR SHOT Rio-Carb’s modular chute system reduces the risks associated with liner maintenance on chute systems

Miners expect to weather one-day Canadian Pacific rail worker strike

By: Henry Lazenby     31st May 2018 A one-day strike by Canadian Pacific (CP) Railway engineers and conductors is not expected to have a lasting impact on Canada’s mining operations, the Mining Association of Canada (MAC) said on Wednesday. Members of Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) downed tools on Tuesday night following... 

Miners expect to weather one-day Canadian Pacific rail worker strike

Captive Canadian miners decry minister’s move on Bill C-49

By: Henry Lazenby     30th April 2018 Canadian miners are voicing frustration and concern over the federal government’s removal of a Senate amendment relating to final offer arbitration (FOA), and with its modification of an amendment giving the Canada Transportation Agency own-motion power, in Bill C-49 – legislation that amends the... 

Caterpillar ups profit outlook on doubling Q1 headline profit, record earnings

By: Henry Lazenby     24th April 2018 Global mining and construction equipment manufacturer Caterpillar has reported record first-quarter profit as strength in many of its end-markets and a strong emphasis on cost control boosted margins. The Deerfield, Illinois-based company reported adjusted profit of $2.82 a share – up 120%... 

Caterpillar ups profit outlook on doubling Q1 headline profit, record earnings

Mining equipment supplier Weir buys US market leader Esco in $1.3bn tie-up

By: Henry Lazenby     19th April 2018 UK-based mining equipment dealer Weir has signed a binding $1.29-billion accord to buy Portland, Oregon-based Esco – a local market leader in the mining, construction and industrial markets. "We are acquiring a high-quality business at the right time, with the market in the early stages of its... 

Mining equipment supplier Weir buys US market leader Esco in $1.3bn tie-up

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

Local services provider offers long-term services in Africa

By: Melissa Zisengwe     13th April 2018 Leading turnkey furnace and industrial services provider the Dickinson Group aims to secure more long-term contracts in the outsourced mining services industry in Africa in 2018. According to Dickinson Group sales manager Brighton Mapiku, the company is working on completing three major... 

Local services provider offers long-term services in Africa
EXPANSION STRATEGY The Dickinson Group’s expansion strategy will continue to propel its growth across the continent

Komatsu sales growth to slow as miners avoid new equipment buys

By: Reuters     12th April 2018 Japanese machine maker Komatsu expects revenue growth from mining to slow as a surge in demand for equipment maintenance fades while miners remain wary of large new investments, an executive at the company said on Wednesday. Miners were forced to curb spending by a collapse in commodities prices... 

Hydrocyclone improves recovery, optimises processing

By: Nadine James     30th March 2018 Depleting ore grades and rising energy costs are creating new challenges for minerals processing, in response, Metso introduced MHC Series Hydrocyclone. The solution, although officially launched in 2016, is currently being trialled at a copper porphyry mine in the US. Metso Africa and Middle... 

Deloitte launches Intelligent Mining Solution to encourage digital transformation

By: Nadine James     22nd March 2018 Advisory firm Deloitte has launched an Intelligent Mining Solution that illustrates how digital transformation in mining can address legacy industry challenges, improve safety and enable the required step change in performance. Deloitte collaborated with several technology business partners to... 

Bell Equipment delivers significantly better results

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th March 2018 Heavy equipment manufacturer Bell Equipment has delivered significantly improved results in 2017, with profit rising to R272.1-million, from R38.6-million in 2016 when the company recorded operating losses of R185-million from its African operations outside South Africa.  

Mineral sands see strengthening market conditions

16th March 2018 The pricing for the mineral sands product suite continued to improve throughout 2017 with the zircon market in particular benefitting from improving demand dynamics and emerging supply side shortfalls, says mineral sands miner Mineral Deposits (MD). Further, within the high-grade titanium dioxide... 

Mineral sands see strengthening market conditions
Photo by Bloomberg
SHUTDOWN SLOWDOWN A gearbox failure caused a slowdown in operations at the TiZir titanium and iron ilmenite upgrading facility, in Norway

Angolan railway and port restarts exporting minerals after 30 years of disruption

By: Rebecca Campbell     16th March 2018 The export of minerals from the interior of south central Africa through the port of Lobito in Angola, by means of the Benguela Railway (Caminho de Ferro de Benguela – CFB) restarted during the first week of this month. This marked the resumption of a service that was disrupted more than 30 years... 

Transnet rejects claim of no significant mining-linked rail and port investment in 15 years

9th March 2018 Anglo American South Africa deputy chairperson Norman Mbazima argues that a revitalisation of South Africa’s rail and port networks will be key to ensuring a recovery in mining investment. Speaking at the Investing in African Mining Indaba, he lamented that he had not seen any significant rail... 

Transnet rejects claim of no significant mining-linked rail and port investment in 15 years

BASF opens new lab in Joburg

By: Nadine James     9th March 2018 Specialised chemicals company BASF Mining Solutions South Africa, last month opened its new agglomeration laboratory, based at research organization Mintek’s premises, co-located with BASF Mining Solutions’ existing sample preparation and solid-liquid separation laboratory. Following the... 

BASF opens new lab  in Joburg
NATURAL PROGRESSION The agglomeration lab was a natural progression for the company, which has been exploring means of enhancing recoveries for the last five years

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.

Disruptive MTB solution to provide for continuous operations

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     2nd March 2018 JSE-listed raise boring and drilling services provider Master Drilling launched its new mobile tunnel boring (MTB) system at the Investing in African Mining Indaba, which was held from February 5 to 8, in Cape Town. The system, specifically designed for the mining sector, is suited to the... 

Disruptive MTB solution to provide  for continuous operations
Photo by Duane Daws
DANIE PRETORIUS Master Drilling’s mobile tunnel boring system is due to arrive in South Africa in the last quarter of 2018 and it will be used at a local mine

M&R’s oil and gas unit turns to ‘complementary markets’ amid project slowdown

By: Terence Creamer     1st March 2018 The oil and gas unit of engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) is actively pursuing projects in “complementary markets”, owing to a slowdown in new project activity in the Australasian oil and gas sector. The value of M&R’s oil and gas order book has fallen to below R4-billion,... 

M&R’s oil and gas unit turns to ‘complementary markets’ amid project slowdown
M&R CEO Henry Laas

Digitalisation to impact on every aspect of mining – Schneider

By: Dylan Slater     23rd February 2018 Of all the trends impacting on the mining industry, none will be as critical as digitalisation, says power management and automation systems Schneider Electric South Africa mining, minerals and metals (MMM) Africa business VP Wilhelm Swart.  

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

Pipe for tailings system supplied on schedule 

By: Victor Moolman     16th February 2018 An 840-m-long, high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipeline was installed in October last year to transport corrosive tailings to a tailings dam at the ore beneficiation plant located close to the underground Morula chrome mine – owned by ferrochrome company Hernic – in Brits, in the North West. 

Pipe for tailings system supplied on schedule
Plasti-Tech managing member Brad Chamont explains the pipe specs and where they have been installed. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Christo Greyling.

‘Digital mine’ solution for local market launched

By: Dylan Slater     16th February 2018 In tandem with the yearly mining investment conference Investing in African Mining Indaba, digital industrial company GE launched its global Digital Mine solution onto the South African market.  

TFR transports record chrome volumes from mines to ports

By: Schalk Burger     14th February 2018 State-owned Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has transported a record 5.77-million tons of chrome by rail from mines to the ports in the first 47 weeks of the current financial year. This exceeds the 5.75-million tons of chrome transported by rail in the prior financial year. 

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