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Materials Handling News

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... 

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. 

Company prefers sponsoring event, expands African footprint

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th January 2018 Minerals and cement industry equipment and services supplier FLSmidth will be the exhibit hall title sponsor for the Investing in African Mining Indaba for the third consecutive year.  

Company prefers  sponsoring event, expands African footprint
EXPANDING NETWORK FLSmidth is reaching out to Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Kenya, Botswana, Mozambique, Madagascar, Angola and Cameroon to appoint agents and representatives

Manufacturer expands offering

26th January 2018 To fill a perceived gap between Japanese multinational manufacturing corporation Komatsu’s PC600 and PC850 ranges of excavators, the company launched its PC700LC-8R SE (PC700) excavator in December last year, after consulting with many operators engaged in the global mining industry.  

Manufacturer expands offering
EXCAVATING INTEREST The first two units of Komatsu’s PC700 excavator range to reach South African shores are already hard at work

Staying abreast of industry challenges and needs vital

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th January 2018 The Investing in African Mining Indaba is opportune for keeping abreast of global trends, developments and challenges, as well as potential clients’ needs, enabling original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to adapt and customise their products, solutions and services accordingly, says... 

Staying abreast of industry challenges and needs vital
VERSATILE VIBRATING Kwatani’s manufacturing facility caters for the engineering design, manufacturing, assembly and testing of vibrating screens and feeders for a spectrum of commodities and industrial applications

Northern Cape mining development takes delivery of three cranes

By: Dylan Slater     26th January 2018 A new mining development in the Northern Cape received three new cranes as part of a six-crane order from Johannesburg-based manufacturer Condra.  

Tailings retreatment company to emphasise value of its plants

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th January 2018 Although tailings retreatment has been practised for 16 years in South Africa, it is still relatively new; it is not mines’ core business and, therefore, they require convincing with regard to the profitability of installing a plant at the back-end of their operations, says platinum group metals... 

Tailings retreatment company to emphasise value of its plants
Photo by Duane Daws
ERICA LAUBSCHER, TANIA PIENAAR & DAVE BAIGENT One of Tailtech’s strengths lies in its ability to run its plants located at large mining operations at a gross profit of up to 95% during some months

Nkomati mine tailings pipeline project set for completion next month

By: Mia Breytenbach     19th January 2018 Multidisciplinary engineering services provider TDS Projects Construction, in partnership with Robor Pipe Systems, has started construction of 13-km-long tailings pipeline for the Nkomati nickel mine’s Onverwacht site, in Mpumalanga. Reports from site indicate that the project is on track for... 

Nkomati mine tailings pipeline project set for completion next month
PROJECT PROGRESS All the pipes required for the project have been delivered and more than 4 500 m of piping have been installed to date

Opencast mining tyre safety increased with use of up to 98% pure nitrogen

By: Victor Moolman     19th January 2018 On-site nitrogen generator supplier NitraLife has supplied numerous opencast mines across Southern Africa with nitrogen generators, and has noticed increased nitrogen use to inflate large off-the-road (OTR) tyres of mining vehicles. The company has established its client base in the region over... 

Opencast mining tyre safety increased with use of up to 98% pure nitrogen
OPENCAST UPTAKE Most large opencast mines in South Africa and several opencast mines in Botswana, Mozambique, Zambia, Namibia and the Democratic Republic of Congo are using nitrogen generators from NitraLife

Rainbow starts drilling programme at Burundi project

By: Dylan Slater     10th January 2018 LSE-listed Rainbow Rare Earths has commenced a drilling programme at its Gakara project, in Burundi, which is aimed at supporting the mine plan for the currently productive areas of the licence and exploring the significant geological anomalies that were identified last year.  

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