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Materials Handling News

Internship to benefit more students

By: Nadine James     28th April 2017 Alberton-based wear solutions company Rio-Carb plans to expand its internship programme, aimed at preparing second-year engineering students for their careers, in the near future. With two students having completed the internship programme, launched last year, the Chromium Carbide (CrC) plate... 

Major contract secured for Guinea bauxite plant

     14th April 2017 A major contract, valued at about €100-million, has been secured by German integrated solutions provider to the global mining, bulk materials handling and minerals industries Tenova Takraf for the turnkey supply and installation of a bauxite handling plant in Guinea, West Africa. The plant, for... 

Major contract secured for Guinea bauxite plant
BAUXITE PLANT IN GUINEA The Compagnie des Bauxites de Guinée plant is scheduled for commissioning in the second half of 2018

SA firm delivers underground rolling stock to Chinese mine

By: David Oliveira     7th April 2017 South African original-equipment manufacturer Galison in March completed the delivery of an automated underground rolling stock solution to Chinese State-owned copper mine Pulong, in Yunnan province, China, at a cost of about $5-million. The delivery was completed earlier this month and the... 

SA firm delivers underground rolling stock to Chinese mine
DESIGNED TO DELIVER Galison’s wagons are capable of carrying up to 40 t of rock each in trains of ten wagons, which are pulled by a 65 t locomotive

Scaw expands chain-making capacity with R110m investment in automated plant

By: Terence Creamer     6th April 2017 Specialist steel products manufacturer Scaw Metals has invested R110-million to expand and modernise the production of large-diameter chain and masterlink components at its McKinnon Chain factory in Vereeniging, in southern Gauteng. Large-diameter chains are used in various industries for lifting... 

Scaw expands chain-making capacity with R110m investment in automated plant
The new fully automated chain-manufacturing facility

First SA-made four rope handling system 

By: Victor Moolman     31st March 2017 South Africa’s first locally designed and built mobile rope-handling system, designed for installing both head and tail ropes onto a four-rope Koepe friction winder, is ready to be used at platinum miner Wesizwe Platinum’s Bakubung mine in the North West, mining equipment manufacturer Tech Edge... 

First SA-made four rope handling system
Tech Edge Group MD Bannister Erasmus and Tech Edge Group executive chairperson Russell Moore explain how the rope-handling equipment was designed and made for the Bakubung platinum mine. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Growth in demand for underground equipment efficiency – research

     31st March 2017 A recent trend in the global underground equipment market is the immense push to develop advanced and more effective mining equipment for transportation, excavation, washing and screening processes to help reduce energy costs. 

Growth in demand for underground equipment efficiency – research
Photo by Bloomberg
FUELLING FOCUS Savvy companies are rapidly supplanting outdated machinery with energy efficient alternatives to save costs

South African OEM completes equipment delivery to Chinese copper mine

By: David Oliveira     20th March 2017 South African original-equipment manufacturer Galison earlier this month completed the delivery of an automated underground rolling stock solution, comprising 40 underground wagons and two tipping stations, to Chinese State-owned copper mine Pulong, in Yunnan province, China, at a cost of about... 

South African OEM completes equipment delivery to Chinese copper mine
Galison's 20 m3 wagons are capable of carrying 40 t of rock in a single load

New dry beneficiation tech has multiple benefits

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th March 2017 The Coaltech Research Association plans to further evaluate a new, dry dense medium separation (DMS) process later this year at a pilot plant at a coal mine in Witbank. Since mid-2015, Coaltech has been investigating the new process that was commercialised by electricity and coking company... 

New dry beneficiation tech has multiple benefits
FGX DRY-PROCESSING UNIT A layer of coal is subjected to a high-frequency vibration to separate coal from stone

Surface miner proves its mettle in S Africa trials

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th March 2017 Mining and construction services provider Wirtgen South Africa has successfully finalised trials of its 2200 SM surface miner at three coal mines, in Mpumalanga, where the capabilities of the machine were tested under local mining conditions, proving that it is a viable alternative to opencast... 

Surface miner proves its mettle in S Africa trials
MULTIPURPOSE MINER The 2200 SM surface miner can separate thin coal seams, and cut, crush and load coal ore in one operation

thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th March 2017 Industrial plants and systems engineering, construction and service specialist thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions (tkIS) is one of five business areas of global engineering company thyssenkrupp. tkIS has a global network of roughly 19 000 employees at 70 locations, enabling the company to supply... 

thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions

Welding Alloys South Africa

     17th March 2017 To lead the market in engineered wear protection solutions and flux cored welding wire technology, Welding Alloys South Africa (WASA) is focused on responding to its customers’ needs. Part of the Welding Alloys group, which covers more than 150 countries through a network of 30 subsidiaries... 

Welding Alloys South Africa

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

ELB, ENFI team up to advance joint interests in rest of Africa

By: Ilan Solomons     3rd March 2017 South African engineered solutions provider ELB Engineering Services and Chinese engineering company ENFI Engineering Corporation have signed a strategic partnership agreement to tackle mineral and metal process projects and associated infrastructure projects in sub-Saharan Africa. At a private... 

ELB, ENFI team up to advance joint interests  in rest of Africa
MAKING IT OFFICIAL ELB CE Dr Stephen Meijers and ENFI VP Wei Jiaming signing partnership agreement to formalise companies’ long standing working relationship

Tough times call for cost-saving measures

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd March 2017 Mining in South Africa is tougher and costlier than ever, with investment flowing out of the country, instead of into the industry, says transport, industrial and heating fuel provider Shell South Africa commercial lubricants business-to-business marketing manager Tendani Ndwamise. 

Tough times call for cost-saving measures
INCREASING COMPLEXITY Heavy-duty machinery and equipment in the mining sector are becoming more complex and require the highest levels of professionalism from operators and servicing technicians

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... 

South African wear solutions specialist appoints Namibian sales agent

     24th February 2017 South African wear solutions specialist RioCarb has appointed a new sales agent in Namibia and is confident this will improve its customer service and product delivery, as well as rapidly grow its market share in the country this year. The chromium carbide (CrC) liner plate expert signed an... 

South African wear solutions specialist  appoints Namibian sales agent
CRC PIPES Rio-Carb expects Wesco Engineering Services' knowledge of industry to afford it more opportunities to increase the supply of its R-C700 CrC wear plates and CrC pipes

Tantalite Valley mine shareholder appoints global supply-chain-savvy CEO

     24th February 2017 Aim-listed investment company Kennedy Ventures, a shareholder in the Tantalite Valley mine (TVM), near Warmbad, in Namibia’s Karas region, appointed a new CEO whose knowledge of the international tantalum market is expected to facilitate future investments as the company grows. The company... 

Coal terminal avoiding ‘catastrophic failure’, doubling equipment capacity

By: Victor Moolman     17th February 2017 Phase 1 of the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) yard machine upgrade, in KwaZulu-Natal, will be completed in February 2018, says engineering and infrastructure advisory services company Aurecon. 

Coal terminal avoiding  ‘catastrophic failure’,  doubling equipment capacity
Photo by Duane Daws
SHIP LOADER The Richards Bay Coal Terminal averaged 76 vessels a month in 2016, peaking at 95 vessels in November

Localised conveyor belt supply to boost operational efficiencies

By: Simone Liedtke     17th February 2017 Over the past three to four years, metal prices have dropped precipitously and North American mining operators have been forced to implement more operational efficiencies, states conveyor belt vulcaniser product provider Shaw Almex CEO Tim Shaw. 

Localised conveyor belt supply to boost operational efficiencies
CONVEYOR BELT SOLUTION Many operators have turned to offshore conveyor belt suppliers, resulting in premature product failures and unreliable supply

Three-deck screener now includes rinser

     17th February 2017 Ohio, US-based mobile crushing and screening equipment manufacturer IROCK Crushers has redesigned its TS-522 TD track portable screening plant to include a rinser. 

Three-deck screener now includes rinser
IROCK RINSER Users can set up the unit in as little as 20 minutes using hydraulically powered features such as conveyors and easy-to-use controls

A ‘lean, mean’ structure and less burdensome laws key to successful mining of Middle Orange River diamond deposits

By: Ilan Solomons     10th February 2017 The Middle Orange River (MOR) alluvial diamond deposits between Hopetown, Douglas and Prieska, along with deposits along the Riet and Vaal rivers, in the Northern Cape, represent three unique sinks or repositories of high-quality gem diamonds, says independent diamond consultant Dr John Bristow.... 

A ‘lean, mean’ structure and less burdensome laws key to  successful mining of Middle Orange River diamond deposits
Photo by Steyn Diamante
VALUABLE COMMODITY Riet river diamonds yield exceptional gemstone diamonds with prices averaging about $2 500/ct and grades ranging between 0.15 carats per hundred tonnes (cpht) and 0.35 cpht

African company one of biggest underground mining contractors

By: Martin Creamer     2nd February 2017 The predominantly Africa-based Murray & Roberts Cementation has served the mining industry for more than a century. Along with Cementation Canada, Cementation USA and RUC Cementation Australia, the Murray & Roberts Underground Mining Platform ranks among the biggest underground mining contracting... 

African company one of biggest underground mining contractors
Photo by Duane Daws
VENETIA MODEL What the Venetia underground diamond mine will look like when complete

Amtec

     27th January 2017 Witbank-based Applied Mineral Technologies (Amtec) specialises in the construction of materials handling systems and processing plants. “Amtec is especially proficient and experienced in brownfield and shutdown construction activities having successfully undertaken many ‘difficult’ projects in... 

Amtec

De Beers calls for greater collaboration in global diamond industry

By: Dylan Slater     27th January 2017 A sustainable future for the global diamond mining and manufacturing industry is dependent on its ability to work together and pull towards the common goal of industry value growth, says De Beers CEO Bruce Cleaver. Speaking at a reception for customers of its Global Sightholder Sales business... 

De Beers calls for greater collaboration in global diamond industry
AUTONOMOUS DEVELOPMENT Caterpillar is undertaking a project to adapt hardware and software to retrofit Komatsu’s 930E mining trucks with its autonomous technology

Enhanced breakers delivered to junior coal miners

     27th January 2017 Within a year of unveiling its semimobile Bradford Breaker to the mining industry, comminution equipment specialist Tenova Takraf Africa has delivered two machines for junior coal miners ACC Coal’s Overlooked colliery and Bisichi Mining’s Black Wattle colliery, both in Mpumalanga, South Africa. 

Enhanced breakers delivered to junior coal miners
EVOLVING TECHNOLOGY The semimobile Bradford Breaker offers the benefits of a traditional breaker in a more compact machine

New equipment to be showcased

     27th January 2017 Equipment developers Volvo Construction Equipment and Terex Trucks will be represented by plant and equipment supplier Babcock at the 2017 Investing in African Mining Indaba, where it will showcase new products from the manufacturers that will be introduced this year as part of the company’s... 

New equipment  to be showcased
BIGGER AND BETTER The Volvo A60H 60 t articulated hauler is the largest of its kind in the world

Raubex

     27th January 2017 With more than four decades of experience in the Southern African construction and mining industry, infrastructure development and materials handling specialist Raubex Group is a leading player on the sub-continent. Listed on the JSE since 2007, Bloemfontein-headquartered Raubex specialises in... 

Metso launches ‘comprehensive’ in-the-pit solutions

By: Ilan Solomons     20th January 2017 Mines are continuously being challenged to rethink how to shape their operations to be more sustainable and profitable. It is for these reasons that diversified engineering group Metso has launched its “comprehensive” in-the-pit solutions (ITPS) which seek to optimally improve the entire mining... 

Metso launches ‘comprehensive’  in-the-pit solutions
IN-THE-PIT SOLUTIONS Metso’s in-the-pit solutions are advanced options for conventional production processes where truck haulage has hitherto been used

New laboratories opened based on demand

By: Kimberley Smuts     20th January 2017 Oil and fuel analysis expert WearCheck has shown considerable growth in Africa in 2016 establishing three new laboratories around the continent’s mining hotspots, a move largely driven by demand from mining operations looking to cut operational costs. As a result of this expansion, the company... 

Specialist supplies 20 drives to Liqhobong mine

By: Kimberley Smuts     20th January 2017 Drive engineering specialist SEW-Eurodrive has successfully filled an order for the delivery of 20 drive systems and a gear motor from its X series range for the newly constructed Liqhobong diamond mine, in Lesotho. The drives and gear motor were installed for a conveyor application.... 

Specialist supplies 20 drives to Liqhobong mine
COMPLETE CUSTOMISABLE SOLUTION All conveyor systems on the Liqhibong diamond mine have been fitted with SEW-Eurodrive products

BC agrees Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion meets 5 prerequisites

By: Henry Lazenby     12th January 2017 British Columbia has issued an environment assessment certificate for Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Expansion project, adding its own 37 specific conditions. These conditions are based on the National Energy Board's (NEB's) project report on May 19, 2016, recommending to the federal government... 

BC agrees Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion meets 5 prerequisites
Photo by British Columbia Government
British Columbia Premier Christy Clark

Booysendal North mine expansion to add 30 000 oz/y

By: Simone Liedtke     16th December 2016 The deepening of platinum producer Northam Platinum’s Booysendal North upper group two (UG2) mine is expected to add 30 000 oz/y of saleable 4E (platinum, palladium, rhodium and gold) product to the Booysendal mine when completed in 2018. 

Booysendal North mine expansion  to add 30 000 oz/y
INCREASING OUNCES The project is expected to increase North mine yearly production to 190 000 oz

Junior miner to complete facility expansions this year

By: Robyn Wilkinson     16th December 2016 All of the facility expansions under way at the Krone-Endora project, in Limpopo, are on track for completion by the end of the year, says Canadian junior mining company Diamcor Mining CEO Dean Taylor. 

Junior miner to complete facility expansions this year
DEAN TAYLOR The current upgrades under way should address all optimisation opportunities identified by past testing and commissioning exercises at Krone-Endora

New ocean mining vessel fitted with dust-extraction system

By: Dylan Slater     16th December 2016 Ocean mining vessel, the deep-water diamond exploration and sampling motor vessel (MV) SS Nujoma has been fitted with a dynamic scrubber to assist with wet dust extraction on board, once the vessel goes into operation. The dynamic scrubber was provided by mining, bulk materials handling and... 

New ocean mining vessel fitted with dust-extraction system
OCEAN MINING The MV SS Nujoma entering Cape Town before the installation of the dynamic scrubber system

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... 

Efficient Engineering secures top empowerment rating as its transformation journey continues

By: Terence Creamer     15th December 2016 All three business units at leading South African heavy engineering and solutions group Efficient Engineering have been verified as level 1 broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) companies under the South African government’s new codes. Verification agency BEE on Call confirmed the... 

Efficient Engineering secures top empowerment rating as its transformation journey continues
Lenny Govender & Vees Moodley

Sibanye testing alternative to explosives-based rock breaking

By: Ilan Solomons     9th December 2016 The South African mining industry requires a paradigm shift in its fundamental approach to mining processes to ensure that it can move away from the use of explosives, says diversified miner Sibanye Resources safe technology and innovation project engineer Alex Fenn. He argues that explosives are... 

Sibanye testing alternative to explosives-based rock breaking
Photo by CMTI
NONEXPLOSIVE MINING ENABLER The Multi-Track1000 is 930 mm in height and has four independent track assemblies, which are capable of three different degrees of motion

Logistics firm records 50% growth, driven by SA, South American mining sectors

By: Mia Breytenbach     25th November 2016 Logistics provider Dachser South Africa (SA) has, over the past three years seen a 50% increase in growth driven by the South African mining industry, as well as by growth in the South American mining industry, says MD Detlev Duve. “As there remain tremendous growth opportunities for logistics in... 

Logistics firm records 50% growth,  driven by SA, South American mining sectors
INTEGRATED LOGISTICS Dachser believes that digitalisation, integrated with logistics, will increase efficiency in the mining industry and shape it for the future
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