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Materials Handling News

Drones offer significant benefits for mine surveying and analysis

By: Dylan Slater     26th August 2016 The remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) industry is growing at a staggering rate and such systems are increasingly being taken up by mining companies as a tool to manage their assets, operations and land.  

SA urged to grasp opportunities afforded by platinum and gold resurgence, rising coal exports

By: Dylan Slater     26th August 2016 According to consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting South Africa, the fact there are signs of resurgence in platinum, a stronger gold price and growing coal exports to India should be triggers for South Africa’s mining leadership to grasp the opportunities it missed in the last... 

SA urged to grasp opportunities afforded by platinum and gold resurgence, rising coal exports
MARCIN WERTZ Strong leadership is vital to ensure the next mining upturn can be capitalised upon

Caterpillar to cut nearly 200 jobs as it seeks alternatives for certain underground products

By: Henry Lazenby     19th August 2016 In dealing with the longest down cycle in its 90-year history, US mining equipment manufacturer Caterpillar is pursuing strategic alternatives for its room-and-pillar products and discontinuing the manufacture of track drills. The Peoria, Illinois-based company said Thursday it would forthwith... 

Omnia asks TSX-V to deny or reprice Nordex going-private placement

By: Henry Lazenby     12th August 2016 Johannesburg-based Omnia Holdings has submitted a letter to the TSX-V asking it to consider denying or repricing a proposed change-of-control transaction through which Société Anonyme d’Explosifs et de Produits Chimiques (EPC) intends to take Canadian firm Nordex Explosives private. According to... 

Mining machines maker Komatsu enters underground market with $3.7m Joy Global bid

By: Henry Lazenby     12th August 2016 The board of Japanese mining equipment manufacturer Komatsu has given the green light for the firm to make its biggest-ever acquisition by buying its rival, Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based Joy Global, in a bid valued at $3.7-billion, the company announced Friday. Komatsu has signed a $2.89-billion... 

Innovation Metals successfully separates high-value rare earths

By: Henry Lazenby     12th August 2016 Mississauga-based private rare earths company Innovation Metals Corp (IMC) has successfully demonstrated that its proprietary RapidSX can produce commercial-grade praseodymium-neodymium (Pr-Nd) oxide, using feedstock from the Mineração Serra Verde (MSV) deposit in Goias state, Brazil. The company... 

DHL enters into freight forwarding agreement with Madagascar mine

By: Ilan Solomons     12th August 2016 Global logistics company DHL Group has entered into an initial three-year global freight forwarding agreement with the Ambatovy nickel and cobalt mine, in Madagascar. Ambatovy is a joint venture (JV) operation among diversified Canadian resource company Sherritt International, Japanese trading... 

DHL enters into freight forwarding agreement with Madagascar mine
AMBATOVY MINE SITE, MADAGASCAR DHL is responsible for providing import customs clearance for airfreight shipments of mining spare parts into Madagascar with delivery to the Ambatovy mine site

Skiptainer helps PE terminal increase manganese export volumes

By: Mia Breytenbach     12th August 2016 Port operator Transnet Port Terminals’ (TPT’s) skiptainer solution has proven successful in meeting rising demand for the export of manganese, says TPT Port Elizabeth (PE) terminal manager Nelisiwe Mbenekazi. She says that there was significant demand abroad for manganese, but TPT was unable to... 

Skiptainer helps PE terminal increase manganese export volumes
Photo by Duane Daws
MANGANESE FLOW Transnet Port Terminals handled 160 000 t since December in the 2013/14 financial year and expects to handle 1.6-million tons for the 2016/17 financial year

Aus company involved with work at top South African projects

By: Victor Moolman     5th August 2016 Australian consulting company QCC Resources and process solutions company Mineral Technologies have discussed with Waterberg Coal Company (WCC), the lead partner of the Waterberg coal project, supplying the proposed mine’s coal handling and processing plant (CHPP). 

Aus company involved  with work at top South African projects
LC3 SPIRAL The new spiral from Mineral Technologies can provide two high-quality coal products

Cost of fire suppression tailored in tough times

     22nd July 2016 Although mines are under extreme pressure to operate at tight margins, owing to the decline in commodities prices, fire suppression solutions company I-CAT has solutions in place to meet their needs. “We are geared to absorb the commodities price fluctuations and can ride the cycle to its... 

Cost of fire suppression  tailored in tough times
LOURENS JANSERN VAN RENSBURG LOURENS JANSERN VAN RENSBURG I-CAT is geared to absorb the commodities price fluctuations and can ride the cycle to its eventual upturn

Explosionproof hoists, cranes

     22nd July 2016 Operating electrical equipment in explosive atmospheres requires specially designed and constructed lifting equipment to avoid the risk of explosion posed by gases, liquids, dusts, vapours and other substances, states lifting solutions company Konecranes. Owing to the risks involved, Konecranes... 

Explosionproof hoists, cranes
RISK OF EXPLOSION REDUCED Konecranes manual hoists are an economical solution in hazardous environments where electricity is not available or practical

Crusher upgrades to increase productivity

     15th July 2016 Mine and industrial services provider Metso has introduced a new generation of crusher upgrades for its heritage branded crusher models that aim to increase productivity by up to 30%, with the complete range having been specifically designed for the mining market.  

Crusher upgrades to  increase productivity
MAINTENANCE MADE EASIER Maintenance can be reduced through the improved lifetime of components, more reliable crushing and easier maintenance procedures

Working towards improving confidence in black-owned businesses

By: Sascha Solomons     15th July 2016 Black-owned companies servicing the mining industry are faced with challenges owing to the demand created for their services by the existing Mining Charter, which stipulates the need for black empowerment of emerging companies servicing the sector, says materials handling and hauling expert... 

Working towards improving confidence in black-owned businesses
Photo by Duane Daws
FIKILE MASHININI Mining houses have little trust in 100%-black-owned companies, which is influenced by South Africa’s political background

Mozambique mining to benefit from infrastructure developments

By: Keith Campbell     8th July 2016 Encouraging news for the Chibuto heavy minerals sands project in Mozambique is that three companies are, it has been reported, interested in developing the Chongoene Logistics Corridor, without which Chibuto will not be viable on an sustained basis. The information was revealed by Transport and... 

Mining equipment sector to reach $156bn by 2022 – report

By: Ilan Solomons     6th July 2016 The global mining equipment sector is forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 7.9% between 2016 and 2022, to reach a value of over $150-billion by 2022. This was according to a new report published on Monday by global market research company Allied Market Research (AMR) titled ‘World... 

Mining equipment sector to reach $156bn by 2022 – report

Liner plates extend life of dump truck bin sixfold

By: Kimberley Smuts     1st July 2016 Chromium carbide (CrC) liner plate expert Rio-Carb has successfully supplied its R-C700 liner plates to be fitted on South African crushing specialist Danoher Construction’s R3.9-million Volvo 30 t dump truck, currently being used on a silica sand mine in Lydenburg, Mpumalanga. The R-C700 CrC... 

Liner plates extend  life of dump truck  bin sixfold
WORKING LIFE EXTENDED Rio-Carb designed, manufactured and installed the liners to specifically fit Danoher Construction’s 30 t Volvo dump truck

Mining materials haulage system among receivers of enviro recognition

By: Ilan Solomons     1st July 2016 Conservation organisation World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) South Africa has announced the three winners of the 2016 South African Climate Solver Awards in recognition of innovations that reduce carbon emissions or boost access to clean energy. They are Heliolab, a “revolutionary” heliostat... 

Mining materials haulage system among receivers of enviro recognition
Photo by Source: WWF-SA/Substance Films
2016 SOUTH AFRICAN CLIMATE SOLVER AWARD WINNERS Milotek CEO Andries Louw, Ducere Holdings MD Andre Reyneke and Stellenergy CEO Paul Gauche

Moatize takes delivery of 212 t surface miner

By: Kimberley Smuts     1st July 2016 Mining services and construction provider Wirtgen South Africa (SA) has supplied its biggest surface mining model, the 212 t 4200SM, to diversified miner Vale’s Moatize coal mine project, in Tete, Mozambique. The 4200SM costs about €5-million depending on client specifications and can mine out... 

Moatize takes delivery of 212 t surface miner
REDUCED CONTAMINATION Wirtgen surface miner machinery aims to to mine cleaner coal

Moving ahead with strategy to expand offering

By: Kimberley Smuts     1st July 2016 Materials handling equipment supplier Big Lift Trucks (BLT) has been appointed the official distributor in Africa for global trommel screens and apron feeder specialist MDS International. This development, announced in May, is in line with its “carefully structured” expansion programme - an... 

Moving ahead with  strategy to expand offering
FLEXIBLE SYSTEMS MDS trommels and apron feeders available from BLT are designed for mineral processing and recycling applications

Osborn to supply grizzly feeder, jaw crusher to Angolan mine

By: Dylan Slater     1st July 2016 Mining equipment manufacturer Osborn Engineered Products, last month, secured a R12-million export order to a mine in Angola, for robust machines that will enable the world’s fourth largest diamond mine to process the more competent material which it is currently mining.  

Osborn to supply grizzly feeder, jaw crusher to Angolan mine
NEW MACHINERY The vibrating grizzly feeder will assist the Catoca mine in processing more competent material

Aspire subsidiary awarded concession for cross-country rail corridor

By: Samantha Herbst     29th June 2016 ASX-listed metallurgical coal explorer and infrastructure company Aspire Mining’s subsidiary, Northern Railways, has been awarded a rail concession from the Mongolian government to build, operate and transfer a 547 km section of the newly agreed upon Northern Rail Corridor from Erdenet, in... 

Gold recovery expert working with government to uplift staff

By: Simon Sonnekus     24th June 2016 Local mining and raw material processing firm Ncamiso Mining is currently working closely with the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) to train and develop staff through short courses based on the goals of both the company and its employees.  Ncamiso MD Fikile Mashinini says the continued... 

Gold recovery expert  working with government to uplift staff
REMEDIATION Ncamiso's latest achievement is its maximum gold recovery and environmental remediation partnership with Mintails Mining South Africa

Higher gold price ensures stable South African sector

By: Simon Sonnekus     24th June 2016 The record high gold price has proven to be a stroke of luck for South African companies functioning within the global gold sector. According to professional services firm KPMG gold commodity lead and partner Daniel Hooijer, the R600 000/kg price has lessened the blow of the low dollar gold price. 

Higher gold price  ensures stable South African sector
DANIEL HOOIJER Depleted gold reserves in South Africa have produced a predicament for companies looking to find new orebodies

Skills compatibility, dual-skilled labour enhance agreements  

By: Sebastian Whyle     17th June 2016 The mine maintenance industry is facing a significant skills shortage, exacerbated by commodity price instability, industrial conveyor maintenance service provider ELB Conveyor Maintenance director Sharmlin Govender tells Mining Weekly. 

Skills compatibility, dual-skilled labour enhance agreements
ELB Conveyor Maintenance Director Sharmlin Govender talks on the state of the industry and the company's biggest achievements. Camerawork: Nichols Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

UK show sees strong demand

By: Kimberley Smuts     17th June 2016 The Hillhead international quarrying and recycling show is famous for its live demonstrations and 2016 will be no different with a range of equipment being put through its paces in a live quarry environment. Demand for the 2016 event has been strong with every square metre now allocated,... 

UK show sees strong demand
UNIQUE OFFERING Hillhead demonstrates real ‘job of work’ in a live quarry environment

Mining still a key pillar of SA economy despite weak commodity prices

By: Dylan Slater     10th June 2016 With an estimated $2.5-trillion worth of proven mineral reserves, South Africa’s mining sector remains a major player in the country’s economy, despite weak commodity prices, making a direct contribution of around 8% to gross domestic product and providing 14% of total employment, according to... 

German company develops four machines for blind-shaft construction, enlargement

By: Dylan Slater     3rd June 2016 German mechanised tunnelling engineering company Herrenknecht AG has developed a range of four shaft boring machines for the safe and rapid construction of blind shafts or shaft enlargements to a depth of 2 000 m.  

German company develops four machines  for blind-shaft construction, enlargement
JANSEN PROJECT Herrenknecht’s Shaft Boring Roadheader in use at BHP Billiton’s Jansen project in Canada

Vacuum solutions provider assists diamond industry

By: Simon Sonnekus     3rd June 2016 Heavy-duty industrial vacuum systems designer, manufacturer and supplier Hencon Vacuum Technologies is testing an automated, remote-controlled dual-vacuum unit at diamond miner Petra Diamonds’ Cullinan mine, in Gauteng, which is expected to reduce theft. The Honeydew-based company is conducting... 

Vacuum solutions provider assists diamond industry
DAVID DE OLIVEIRA The use of Hencon Vacuum Technologies' dual vacuum system allows a tunnel to be bored without the need for immediate roof support being installed

Companies in partnership to enhance gold recovery, enviro remediation

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th May 2016 Local mining and raw material processing firm Ncamiso Mining has collaborated with ASX-listed mining company Mintails Mining SA-Mogale Gold to carry out vital services to ensure maximum gold recovery and environmental remediation. Ncamiso specialises in screening gold from material that would... 

Companies in partnership to enhance gold recovery, enviro remediation
INCREASING YIELD Ncamiso Mining’s work includes the screening out of fine and materials from waste rock to increase gold yield

Diversification to increase service value

     27th May 2016 While larger mining companies operate their process plants on a traditional owner/operator basis, many juniors still prefer to contract out the operation of their mines as it eliminates unforeseen costs and secures proven skills, technologies and associated systems that they would not have access... 

Diversification  to increase service value
Photo by Bloomberg
DIVERSIFICATION IS KEY Enhancing overall services to clients increases the need for contracting

Importance of fire-safe conveyers emphasised

By: Kimberley Smuts     27th May 2016 Fire is a pervasive threat to conveyor belt systems at mines and can cause substantial damage to the conveyed material, electromechanical components of the conveyor system and the belt if the necessary fire-protection systems are not in place. This can result in costly damage and downtime,... 

Importance of fire-safe conveyers emphasised
FIRE-DETECTION ESSENTIAL ASP Fire designs, installs and maintains a range of fire-detection and -suppression equipment to suit customer needs

Lift truck company appoints Namibian dealer

By: Kimberley Smuts     27th May 2016 Materials handling equipment solutions provider Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC) has signed a three-year contract with Windhoek-based equipment and machinery supplier Barex Equipment, appointing the company as its new dealer in Namibia. Namibia is home to gem-quality rough diamonds, uranium... 

Lift truck company appoints Namibian dealer
NAMIBIAN OFFERING Barex Equipment will initially offer Doosan and Bendi forklifts, and will expand to include the Crown, Hubtex and Taylor Dunn product ranges

Local manufacturer showcases equipment in Russia

By: Dylan Slater     27th May 2016 Johannesburg-based equipment manufacturer Osborn attended the Mining World Russia exhibition last month to showcase its range of South African-designed and manufactured equipment.  

Local manufacturer showcases equipment in Russia
LOCALLY MADE South African equipment manufacturer Osborn exhibited its products in Russia

Monitoring technology facilitates live tracking of explosives supply

By: Kimberley Smuts     27th May 2016 Commercial explosives producer and supplier AEL Mining Services has developed advanced monitoring technology to provide a fully integrated system that ensures technologically advanced supply chain management. Launched last month, the technology will be deployed throughout the year to AEL sites in... 

Monitoring technology facilitates live tracking of explosives supply
CUSTOMER DEMANDS TRACKED AEL Miing Services' advanced monitoring technology provides a visual representation of the amount of emulsion stored on site at any time

Promising better service delivery

By: Kimberley Smuts     27th May 2016 The operations division of German engineering company SEW-Eurodrive’s South African branch is eager to consolidate current successes and improve service delivery, with MD Raymond Obermeyer admitting that more needs to be done to maintain current clients in South Africa and gain new clients in the... 

Promising better service delivery
BUDGETS BEING DIVERTED As a result of reduced overhead costs, customer service is more important than ever

Responding to client demand

By: Kimberley Smuts     27th May 2016 Multidisciplinary professional services firm Hatch this year aims to enhance its service offering to its customers through the provision of Gateway Logistics. This system forms part of responding to the changing needs of clients and helping businesses adapt to unstable markets by launching a “new... 

Responding to client demand
SERVICE OFFERING ENHANCED Hatch Goba's Gateway Logistics includes international sourcing and procurement at the best quality and lowest cost

Rough terrain forklift enters the Southern African market

By: Kimberley Smuts     27th May 2016 Materials handling partner and forklift supplier Masslift Africa expects to release the B50 MP 4WD Bomaq Badger, a 4x4 rough terrain forklift, offering greater manoeuvrability on dirt roads and uneven terrain than standard forklifts, in Africa before the end of this year. Masslift Africa sales... 

Rough terrain forklift enters the Southern African market
MEETING INDUSTRY REQUIREMENTS The Bomaq Badger 4x4 forklift is tailor-made to suit the terrain typically found on mines

Weighing the effect of mining mechanisation

By: Kimberley Smuts     27th May 2016 Materials handling and hauling company Ncamiso Mining is looking to acquire more mechanised systems, as this should increase its productivity by between 60% and 70%. However, to create jobs, increase profitability and provide sustainable employment for the community surrounding mines, the company... 

Weighing the effect of mining mechanisation
REHABILITATION UNDER WAY A restorative project being undertaken by Ncamso involves removing contaminated waste so that land can be developed for hydroponic fish farming
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