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Metso’s mobile crushing and screening solutions footprint in southern Africa has been given new traction with the launch on October 1 of a dedicated Metso mobile business unit within the Handling division of the Barloworld group. The transfer of Barloworld’s Metso business, previously part of... 

SA group delivering components of 1 100 t headgear to Zambian mine

By: Chantelle Kotze Heavy engineering group of companies Steel Services & Allied Industries (SS&AI) is delivering the components to site for a 1 100 t steel headgear manufacturing project, which is expected to be erected at the end of the year at the Mopani copper mine, in Zambia. 

SA group delivering components of 1 100 t headgear to Zambian mine
LARGE UNDERTAKING The longest abnormal piece of steelwork used in the headgear project was more than 13-m-long and weighed about 30 t

Truck dealer expands vehicle, equipment offering to mining sector

By: Chantelle Kotze Ever Star Industries, which has been trading as PowerStar South Africa, the local distributor of Chinese trucks manufactured by PowerStar Group, officially announced its restructuring at a press conference held last month at the Electra Mining Africa Exhibition, in Johannesburg. 

Truck dealer expands vehicle, equipment offering to mining sector
NHL TR100 DUMP TRUCK The dump truck has a 91 t payload capacity

Manitou unveils ‘the world’s largest telehandler’

By: Chantelle Kotze Rough-terrain machinery and material handling equipment supplier Manitou Southern Africa launched the world’s largest telehandler, the MHT-X 14350, as well as three new flameproof mining machines, a scaler, roof bolter and tow tractor at this year’s Electra Mining Africa exhibition, held last... 

Manitou unveils ‘the world’s largest telehandler’
MANITOU MHT-X 14350 TELEHANDLER The telehandler was launched at the Electra Mining Africa exhibition last month and is currently the world’s largest telehandler available on the market

Auto guided vehicle benefits SA mines

By: Bruce Montiea South African mining companies can now benefit from drive engineering company SEW-Eurodrive’s automatic guided vehicle (AGV), which has built-in safety features that make it possible to prevent accidents, helping mineworkers to safely conduct their materials handling processes, says SEW-Eurodrive... 

Auto guided vehicle  benefits SA mines
FOLLOW THE TRACK SEW-Eurodrive's automatic guided vehicle has built-in safety features that prevent accidents

Bigger trucks with better manoeuvrability for mining operations

By: Bruce Montiea Local forklift distributor and services provider Toyota Forklift added bigger trucks, with a capacity of up to 8 t, to its 8-series range of counterbalanced trucks this year, making it easier for mining operations to meet their materials handling requirements. “The trucks are suitable for mining... 

Bigger trucks with better  manoeuvrability for  mining operations
USEFUL MANOEUVRABILITY Toyota Forklift’s new counterbalance trucks are suitable for mining because of their compact size and ability to move in tight spaces

Coal rail car topping system commissioned in Moz

By: Mia Breytenbach Water treatment and process services company Nalco Africa, an Ecolab company, has completed the first installation of its rail car topping system at a coal mine in Mozambique’s Tete province. “The rail car topping system, which was completed and commissioned in August, comprises a spraying system... 

Coal rail car topping system commissioned in Moz
RAPID DEWATERING The OreBind process technology releases water from tailings to produce a high-solids cake-like material for easier handling and disposal

Company provides on-site mine shelters

By: Bruce Montiea Specialised multidisciplinary engineering, lifting and materials handling company Akhanani Electromechanical Engineering this year launched a portable workshop structure – the Dome Shelter – providing South African mining companies with a flexible and user-friendly way of constructing on-site... 

Company provides  on-site mine shelters
UNDER SHELTER The Dome Shelters work as shelter and protection for plant and equipment

Conveyor-belt training deals with industry needs

By: Bruce Montiea Conveyor systems are continuing to get larger, longer and faster, which is why safety training is becoming increasingly important, as it reduces the occurrence of events resulting from unwise actions around a conveyor that could have catastrophic consequences, says bulk materials handling... 

Conveyor-belt training  deals with industry needs
SAFETY FIRST Martin Engineering emphasises the importance of safety training

Iron-ore miner gets new apron feeder

Diversified engineering and mining group Metso has delivered a second D9 apron feeder to iron-ore miner Kumba Iron Ore’s Sishen mine, in the Northern Cape, to aid the miner in its raw materials conveying processes. The apron feeder was delivered to Sishen mine last month, after the miner... 

Logistics industry can benefit from new fleet management technology

By: Bruce Montiea The African logistics industry can benefit from using new logistics information technology (IT), as this will enable companies to make business decisions based on facts and not assumptions, says supply chain industry specialised software solutions provider Dovetail. “Logistics IT enables... 

Logistics industry can  benefit from new fleet management technology
Photo by Bloomberg
CONTAINER WORLD Logistics companies need to use track-and-trace technologies to monitor the goods in their supply chain

Magnetically susceptible density tracers for beneficiation plants

Beneficiation plants in South Africa can now make use of magnetically-susceptible density tracers provided by technology solutions provider Tenova Mining and Minerals South Africa to help them improve their mineral processing. Density tracers are a standard and inexpensive aid to determine... 

Magnetically susceptible density tracers for beneficiation plants
Photo by Bloomberg
SEPARATING TABLES Beneficiation plants in South Africa can now make use of magnetically susceptible density tracers to help them improve their mineral processing

More bulk for mines using new conveyor

Mines can save time and money by moving larger volumes of their mined materials using the Helix 800 – the new flexible screw conveyor by global bulk materials handling equipment manufacturer Hapman, says product manager Mike Zeluff. “Launched in July, the Helix 800 is one of the largest flexible... 

More bulk for mines using new conveyor
MOVING BULK The Helix 800 enables mines to move large volumes of mined materials

New Zambian mine shafts to receive BMR winders

By: Bruce Montiea Engineering group FLSmidth will next year deliver two Blair Multi-Rope (BMR) winders for raising and lowering conveyances during mining operations to new mine shafts, owned by diversfied mining major Glencore, in Zambia. FLSmidth sales manager for mine shaft systems in South Africa Wendy Norman... 

New Zambian mine shafts  to receive BMR winders
HEAVY DUTY Blair Multi-Rope winders are used for raising and lowering conveyances during mining operations

Replacement drag chain assemblies reduce downtime

Replacement drag chain assemblies, provided by heavy-duty conveying systems manufacturer CDM Systems for all types of en-masse and chain drag-type conveyors, are built to be robust, ensuring that mines limit maintenance downtime on conveyors, says company VP Andrew Parker. CDM Systems, which has... 

Replacement drag  chain assemblies  reduce downtime
REPLACEMENT CHAIN The en-masse drag chain conveyors are built for the demands of the mining and minerals processing industries

Systems approach helps design effective conveyors

A systems approach to bulk solids handling design is necessary to prevent some of the most recurrent problems on transfer chutes, which include spills, blockages, wear and tear and degradation of the material being transferred,  says transfer chute designer Weba Chute Systems. “It is essential to... 

Transportation simplified with versatile telescopic boom

By: Bruce Montiea Work-at-height equipment and allied services supplier Goscor Hi-Reach has introduced a new telescopic boom, Africa’s tallest self-propelled ‘super boom’, to the local market last month, making lifting and transporting heavy loads to high locations easier for mining and construction companies and... 

Transportation simplified with versatile telescopic boom
REACHING HIGH The Genie SX-180 makes lifting and transporting heavy loads to high locations easier

Osborn to supply R11m modular plant to Russian iron-ore facility

By: Leandi Kolver Johannesburg-based equipment manufacturer Osborn has been awarded an R11-million export order to supply a full modular plant to the Al Rosa iron-ore facility, in Russia, the company announced on Thursday. In addition to the full modular plant, which offered primary and secondary crushing and... 

Osborn to supply R11m modular plant to Russian iron-ore facility
Osborn modular plant

ELB attributes growing revenue to risk spread across industries

By: Natalie Greve Materials handling group ELB has attributed its solid full-year showing to its diversification across several industries and numerous commodities, which has resulted in the spread of risk rather than a reliance on the health of a single market. “If you specialise in [materials handling] for one... 

ELB attributes growing revenue to risk spread across industries

New SEW-Eurodrive business unit to offer solutions based on customer requirements

By: Schalk Burger A holistic solution for drives and materials handling systems in the mining industry will provide customised systems and maintenance services specifically suited to the requirements of each mine and plant, says industrial drives and gear major SEW-Eurodrive South Africa MD Ute Schoeman.... 

New SEW-Eurodrive business unit to offer solutions  based on customer requirements
UTE SCHOEMAN New technologies are promising, but end-users require customisation and extensive experience regarding implementation to improve their confidence adopting and implementing new technologies

KWG subsidiary to appeal court order waiving its consent for land easement

By: Henry Lazenby Ontario-focused explorer KWG Resources on Wednesday announced that subsidiary Canada Chrome Corp (CCC) would seek permission from the Ontario Court of Appeal to overturn the July 30 ruling of the Divisional Court of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice that ruled that CCC's consent should be... 

KWG subsidiary to appeal court order waiving its consent for land easement
Photo by KWG Resources
Staked land for railway.

Tahltan Band demands transport permits for mining-related movements

By: Henry Lazenby The Tahltan Band Council last week introduced new rules for permission to use the only road into the Tahltan community of Telegraph Creek, in British Columbia, after a series of close calls and mishaps on the road. The Band reported that at the end of July, a low-bed truck slipped off the road at... 

Tahltan Band demands transport permits for mining-related movements

Australia to use more driverless vehicles

New research by UK-based information solutions and technologies company Timetric reveals that more autonomous vehicles, also known as driverless vehicles, will be used in large underground and surface iron-ore mines in Australia. 

Australia to use more driverless vehicles
MACHINES DRIVE THE FUTURE MACHINES DRIVE THE FUTURE Rio Tinto announced in 2011 that it would own the world’s largest fleet of driverless trucks

Oz-based container solutions in global demand

By: Dylan Slater Since its introduction to the Australian market in 2012, Australia-based container solutions company Intermodal Solutions Group’s (ISG’s) pit-to-ship materials handling solution has been implemented at various ports worldwide, owing to its efficient delivery of materials handling with minimal... 

Oz-based container  solutions in global demand
SPECIALISED MINING CONTAINER Depending on how cranes are used and congestion in the port, a rate of 1 200 t/h is achievable with the pit-to-ship system

R14bn set aside for expansion of iron-ore-dedicated Port of Saldanha

By: Chantelle Kotze South Africa is the seventh-largest producer of iron-ore and having also traditionally been the fourth-largest exporter worldwide it remains well positioned to service global iron-ore demand owing to its well-established infrastructure and an iron-ore logistics corridor. 

R14bn set aside for expansion of iron-ore-dedicated  Port of Saldanha
VELILE DUBE An estimated R14-billion will be used towards the expansion of iron-ore and steel export facility, the Port of Saldanha

South American mining to reach 6.2% growth by 2017

By: Jonathan Rodin The South American mining industry will reach an estimated compound yearly growth rate of about 6.2% from 2012 to 2017, which will take the industry to a total value of $184.3-billion. Some of the world’s largest copper, bauxite, iron and nickel deposits are situated in South America, with the... 

South American mining to reach 6.2% growth by 2017
MAJOR CONTRIBUTOR Brazil's mining industry contributes almost 40% of South America's total region revenue

2014 PneuDrive Challenge focuses on green logistics

Finalists for this year’s 2014 PneuDrive Challenge – a yearly competition sponsored by pneumatic solutions provider Pneumax Southern Africa and drive engineering company SEW-Eurodrive – have until October 13 to work on their designs for this year’s competition, which is the challenge of... 

2014 PneuDrive Challenge  focuses on green logistics
Photo by Bloomberg
PNEUDRIVE 2013 Two Cape Peninsula University of Technology's students' granite waste proposal won the 2013 challenge which focused on greener mining

Company takes new hydraulic range to mine operations

By: Pimani Baloyi British high pressure hydraulic tools manufacturer Hi-Force has attended a series of roadshows to showcase some of its newly launched hydraulic solutions, as well as other mining-specific products, at various mining sites across Africa. These solutions include the HBR series of spring-eye bust... 

Company takes new hydraulic  range to mine operations
HYDRAULIC SOLUTIONS Hi-Force’s HBR range of replacement toolkits offer 18 t of hydraulic power when operated at the maximum working pressure of 700 bar

Cost-saving hydraulic hose introduced onto local market

Local hydraulics solutions provider Genflex Hydraulics has introduced the Spiral Guard range of hydraulic hose protection to its product portfolio for South Africa’s mining industry, and other industries that apply hydraulic solutions. The Spiral Guard is a lightweight  and cost-effective product... 

Cost-saving hydraulic hose introduced onto  local market
HYDRAULIC HOSE PROTECTION Spiral Guard is a lightweight and cost-effective product that protects hoses and cables from abrasion and impact

Mining companies to follow holistic approach to infrastructure development

By: Pimani Baloyi Mining companies operating in Africa are starting to understand the importance of developing infrastructure that will not only enable easy access to their operations but also benefit their host communities, says newly established logistics and materials management consultancy Greiner Mendi and... 

Mining companies to  follow holistic approach to infrastructure development
Photo by Bloomberg
NECESSARY MEASURE Infrastructure development needs to be prioritised above everything else, including mining

Quarrying operations increase materials supplier’s revenues

By: Ilan Solomons Despite the challenging economic climate currently impacting on the mining and construction sectors, JSE-listed construction materials and industrial minerals supplier Afrimat achieved a year-on-year revenue growth of 42.1% for the company’s 2013 financial year, which ended February 28. In 2013,... 

Quarrying operations increase materials supplier’s revenues
REAPING THE REWARDS The Glen Douglas quarry produced about 1.8-million tons of metallurgical dolomite last year
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