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Materials Handling News

Resources sector to benefit from a big logistics spend

By: Jill Stanford     16th May 2003 Transnet intends to spend just over R37,6-billion on capital projects over the next three years. 

Sand and stone quarry acquires new mobile screening plants

16th May 2003 The acquisition of Finlay 663 and 683 Supertrak mobile screening plants by Crushco for its Tweefontein sand and stone quarry and screen hire operations has, according to a director of the company Fred Sprenzel, increased production and enhanced the overall efficiency of the operations. 

Lime mine orders cone crusher

16th May 2003 Bulk materials-handling and minerals processing specialist Osborn has received its first order from the Western Cape for one of its H-Series Gyrasphere cone crushers. 

Earthmoving company completes several new mine orders

16th May 2003 When its dedicated Liebherr R974A face shovel clocked 30 000 hours, Idwala Carbonates did not hesitate to order a new Liebherr R974B backhoe excavator for its calcium carbonates quarry in Kwazulu-Natal. 

Three new crushers are commissioned

16th May 2003 Three Kawasaki cone crushers have have been commissioned by IMS Engineering at the jig plant at Beeshoek. 

Russian trucks on trial at Limpopo iron-ore mine

By: candice haase     16th May 2003 Contractor at Kumba Resources’ Kwaggashoek East iron-ore mine in Thabazimbi, Limpopo, Masingita Mining, has been testing Russian-manufactured Belaz trucks since February this year. 

Range of local electric airpower jacks available

16th May 2003 Exclusive distributors in Southern Africa for Simplex hydraulic products, Bellambie Mining & Industrial has a range of jacks that includes the Pow’r-Riser II, manufactured locally for railcar and off-road equipment jacking. 

Research body urges need for integrated transport approach

By: candice haase     4th April 2003 As the mining industry continues its efforts to improve underground efficiencies, the role of an integrated approach to underground transportation is enjoying increasing attention. 

Gem-miner in R40m equipment alliance

By: Joanne Delaurentis     4th April 2003 South African black-owned diamond miner New Diamond Corporation (NDC), and South African earth-moving equipment supplier Bell Equipment Company have signed a partnership deal worth R40-million for the supply of earthmoving equipment to NDC’s Schmidtsdrift mining project on the Vaal River... 

Blasting contractor takes delivery of drillrig

21st March 2003 Tzaneen drilling and blasting contractor, Mabunda Blasting, has taken delivery of its fourth Ingersoll-Rand drill rig from Consolidated Rock Machinery (CRM). 

Company expands to supply on-board weighing systems

By: Marius Roodt     21st March 2003 Although Autotech, of North Riding, Johannesburg, has been in existence for the better part of a decade, it is only in the last nine months that the company has moved into the provision of on-board weighing systems, says Johann Espach. 

Three new front-end loaders for a Middelburg coal-mine

21st March 2003 When, in April 2000, the life of Turkish-owned Sumo Colliery South Africa’s Eerstelingsfontein coal-mine at Belfast, Mpumulanga, came to its end, the company acquired a tract of land north of Middelburg, negotiated the mining rights and relocated the entire coal plant from the now defunct... 

Oil analysis on earthmoving equipment essential, says firm

21st March 2003 The transmission on a Caterpillar wheel loader working at Idwala Carbonates’ Opencast mine in Kwazulu-Natal has clocked up 36 000 hours as a direct result of the customers’ well-managed preventative maintenance programme, which incorporates Barloworld Equipment’s scheduled oil... 

Company appointed as distributor for international supply alliance

21st March 2003 Local firm Torquip Construction Equipment has been appointed as the distributor of Fiat Kobelco earthmoving equipment. 

Earthmoving contractor buys six new trucks

21st March 2003 Equipment supplier Liebherr is providing earthmoving contractor Quarry Cats with six Western Star trucks. 

SA branch of Korean manufacturer growing its market

21st March 2003 Subsidiary of Daewoo Heavy Industries and Machinery in Korea, Daewoo Heavy Industries South Africa, is based in Kempton Park, Gauteng. 

SA manufacturer conducts trials on new scraper tractor

21st March 2003 Richards Bay manufacturer, Bell Equipment is currently holding trials in Hluhluwe in northern Kwazulu-Natal, to test the South African market potential of its new 4206D construction scraper tractor, which was on show at Electra Mining last year. 

New articulated dump truck soon to be launched in SA

By: Marius Roodt     21st March 2003 One of the most advanced articulated dump trucks available today is set to take the world market by storm, says Terex Equipment Africa and Middle East manager Rob Carlisle. 

Phosphate producer receives new mining shovel

21st March 2003 Phosphate producer Foskor, at Phalaborwa, Limpopo Province, took delivery of a 490 t PC5500 shovel from Komatsu Southern Africa. ?The PC5500, the second-largest unit in Komatsu’s hydraulic mining shovel range, is the updated version of the H455S unit, a machine that is said to have proved... 

R40m NDC-Bell equipment deal launched

20th March 2003 South African black-owned diamond-miner New Diamond Corporation has clinched a R40-million partnership deal with South African earth-moving equipment manufacturer, Bell Equipment Company, for the supply of machinery to its Schmidtsdrift mining project on the Vaal River, near Kimberley in the... 

Two more crusher installations completed

28th February 2003 Two more Nordberg C Series jaw crushers have been added by Metso Minerals to its growing list of underground mining installations. 

US gold operation’s life-of-mine extended

By: marisa rodrigues     6th December 2002 Over a century since mining first began in the historic Criple Creek mining district, 80 km from Colorado Springs in the US state of Colorado, the Criple Creek & Victor mine (CC&V) continues to produce gold. 

Newly-merged mine-winder company

By: Zonika Botha     29th November 2002 With the formal merging of Siemag South Africa, a subsidiary of German firm Siemag Netphen, and Blane & Company Engineers, one of South Africa’s oldest mine-winder refurbishment specialists, a new company called Siemag Blanes has been established to service the needs of the mining industry. 

Longest two-way conveyor system commissioned

By: Joanne Delaurentis     1st November 2002 South Africa’s longest dual-carry, two-way conveyor system has been installed and commissioned at Anglo American’s Namakwa Sands East mine, on the Cape West Coast. 

French materials-handling firm makes inroads domestically

By: Zonika Botha     18th October 2002 Founded in 1957 by Marcel Braud, French materials handling company Manitou has steadily grown from a relatively small family-owned business to a major international group with 2 245 employees working at 18 subsidiaries and eight manufacturing plants throughout the world. 

Local firm and Australian company join forces

By: marisa rodrigues     4th October 2002 Local materials-handling specialist Engicon Systems acquired a share in Australian company Gulf International, part of the Gulf Group last month. 

International alliance opens doors to South African coal industry

By: marisa rodrigues     4th October 2002 Three of the world’s leading manufacturers of components for the mining industry, have formed a strategic alliance, which will result in a complete mining package being made available to their customers worldwide. 

Local chapter of Supply Chain Council launched

4th October 2002 In a move which will see numerous benefits for companies in the southern African region, UTi, a global supply chain solutions provider listed on Nasdaq, has worked with the internationally recognised Supply Chain Council, to facilitate the launch of a South African chapter. 

Excavator upgrade introduced to SA

4th October 2002 The new Caterpillar 330C LME, distributed in southern Africa by Barloworld Equipment, is an improvement on the 330B excavator. 

Gold-mine's drive to upgrade aided by excavator fleet

4th October 2002 Afrikander Lease (Aflease) mine near Klerksdorp, in the Northwest Province is planning to complete its upgrading project by the end of this year. 

Engine breakdowns minimised by on-site diesel technicians

27th September 2002 Expanded on-site mine support service provided by Cummins Diesel South Africa, is reportedly helping to reduce running costs, minimise downtime and lengthen engine life at some of South Africa’s biggest open-cast mining operations. 

Distribution centre development

20th September 2002 Name of the project and location Distribution centre development, Gauteng. Project description Johannesburg-based LGA Logistics Consultants was awarded a contract in the middle of last year to develop, design and offer project management services for the materials-handling systems and associated... 

R21,5m Zimbabwe contract completed

13th September 2002 Materials-handling and minerals processing specialist Osborn has completed contracts totalling more than R21,5-million at Wankie Colliery in Zimbabwe. 

Coal-mine takes delivery of new machines

13th September 2002 A coal mine that is still under development near Witbank has just taken delivery of six Caterpillar machines from Barloworld Equipment in Middelburg, also in Mpumalanga. 

Local supplier clinches vibrating equipment deal

13th September 2002 A 2 000 t/h vibrating grizzly feeder, being fed by a heavy-duty brute force feeder, is being supplied by Joest for the Kwagga Project at Optimum colliery, Mpumalanga. 

A new mobile crane delivered to colliery

13th September 2002 A new Liebherr LTM 1030/2 mobile crane has been delivered to the New Vaal colliery, just outside Vereeniging, for pit lifting. 

System optimises miner's stock levels

By: Deborah Spicer     30th August 2002 During the 18 months that Barloworld Optimus has had an outsourced contract at heavy-minerals mining company Ticor South Africa, it has achieved 97% service levels. 

R20m contract to increase productivity

By: nkolola halwindi     9th August 2002 In a R20-million contract with Gold Fields Driefontein gold-mine via Fluor, Gauteng based Koch South Africa will supply four new conveyors and refurbish ten existing conveyors as part of the No. 1 Plant modernisation. 

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