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Materials Handling News

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. 

Dry-mining systems in demand in Africa

By: vanessa vasques     19th July 2002 German-based materials-handling company MAN Takraf Fordertechnik, which has a subsidiary company, MAN Takraf South Africa, based in Johannesburg, has been awarded a contract to construct an overland conveying system at Tobene in Senegal. 

A woman with an earthmoving-equipment passion

By: Deborah Spicer     5th July 2002 While female suppliers to the mining industry are still as rare as hens’ teeth due to the difficulty they encounter when entering this male-dominated field, some suppliers have been successful despite these obstacles. 

Safety-first materials handling approach

     28th June 2002 Well-known within the mining industry for the quality of its products and the good back-up service it provides, AIM (Spartan) has won several contracts from Anglo American Platinum Corporation to supply goods to its Modikwa project. 

Mechanisation exceeds expectations at mine

     28th June 2002 World-class development rates are being exceeded with equipment supplied by Sandvik Tamrock to the contractors doing development work at Modikwa mine in the Limpopo Province. 

Grizzly feeder refurbished at Botswana mine

     14th June 2002 Mining equipment supplier Humboldt Wedag South Africa, a subsidiary of the German multinational supplier KHD Humboldt Wedag, has been contracted by the Debswana Mining Company to refurbish an existing Humboldt Wedag resonance grizzly feeder, for use at the new Debswana Damtshaa mine in Botswana. 

Dealer restructures its KZN operations

     7th June 2002 Consolidated Rock Machinery (CRM) has restructured its Kwazulu-Natal operations to expand its market share and enhance service levels in this region. 

Iron-ore mine awards conveyor belt contract

     7th June 2002 Leading conveyor belt manufacturer Goodyear has won a multimillion-rand contract to supply about 11 000 m of conveyor belting to a large iron-ore mine in the Northern Cape. 

Zinc-mine takes delivery of forklift trucks

     7th June 2002 Skorpion Zinc Mine in the south-western Namibian desert has just taken delivery of 15 Hyster forklift trucks. 

A clean sweep for Swedish equipment

     7th June 2002 The order of another Volvo from the diamond digging industry is a further indication of the reliability and productivity of these machines in the toughest working environments. 

Tower cranes are to raise gold production

     7th June 2002 Johannesburg-based SA French, the Southern African distributors for Potain, has recently supplied two new tower cranes for use in the 220 000 t/m gold plant at South Deep mine, in Gauteng, which is a joint venture between Western Areas and Canadian miner Placer Dome. 

Mpumalanga mine replaces 20-year-old coal haulers

     7th June 2002 An established track record for cost efficient and reliable operation saw three new Euclid-Hitachi CH 135 coal haulers being commissioned at Kleinkopje colliery, in Mpumalanga, at the beginning of this year. 

Platinum ore no match for chute systems

     7th June 2002 The installation of Weba Chute Systems at Anglo Platinum’s Amandelbult UG2 Concentrator has resulted in a marked reduction in the high wear associated with the UG2 material being processed at this platinum-mine in the Northern Province. 

Diagnostic monitoring bridges technical gap

By: candice haase     7th June 2002 Diagnostic monitoring is a service that process plant specialist Bateman has recently offered its customers. 

South America beckons SA firm

     7th June 2002 Gauteng-based crane and hoist manufacturer Condra has been invited to submit tenders to several mining expansion projects in South America. Management believes success is likely because of the high profile of the Condra brand in this region, and because of a solid record built up over fifteen... 

High-payload shuttle car added to series

     7th June 2002 Joy Mining Machinery South Africa recently introduced a lower-profile high-capacity shuttle car to the region. 

Pta quarries corral new workhorses

     7th June 2002 Canyon Rock recently took delivery of three new Liebherr hydrostatic drive wheel loaders for use in the company's Pretoria quarries. 

New loader for W Cape quarries

     7th June 2002 Transand in Mossel Bay has taken delivery of the new 12,3-t model Liebherr L 538 wheel loader with stepless hydrostatic travel drive, to be used for materials handling at the company’s quarries. 

Equipment refurbisher sets new standards

By: candice haase     7th June 2002 Local firm Manhattan Mining Equipment is engaged in developing standards for equipment production refurbishment that will meet with the ISO 9001 ratings. 

Conveyor system contract awarded for southern Namibian zinc-mine

     7th June 2002 Bateman Materials Handling has awarded the contract to Continental Meco for the manufacture and supply of conveyor idler assemblies for 21 belt conveyors and five belt feeders at the new Anglo American Skorpion Zinc Mine and refinery in southern Namibia, north of Rosh Pinah. 

20 km of conveyor belting to be sold

     7th June 2002 One of the leading South African manufacturers and distributors of mining, marine and industrial products, Transvaal Rubber (Truco), is in the process of aggressive expansion into a number of markets not previously serviced by itself. 

SA's top five mining capital equipment exporters

By: Joanne Delaurentis     20th May 2002 South African mining capital equipment exporters are beginning to realise their potential in the global environment, and are launching into markets that were previously untouched by local suppliers. 

SA's top five mining capital equipment exporters

By: Joanne Delaurentis     17th May 2002 South African mining capital equipment exporters are beginning to realise their potential placing in the global environment, and are launching into markets that were previously untouched by local mining equipment suppliers. 

R100m openpit contract kicks off

     17th May 2002 "South African earthmoving contractors, associated principally with the civil engineering construction industry, have increasingly over the last 15 years put their earthmoving and equipment maintenance expertise at the disposal of mining corporations to undertake contract mining operations, "... 

SA eyes 82-million tons of coal exports by 2004

By: Deborah Spicer     3rd May 2002 A memorandum of understanding between the National Ports Authority (NPA) and the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT), that allows the terminal’s phase-five expansion to go ahead despite a lack of concensus on the lease agreement for the portion of NPA-owned land on which the expansion is due... 

Mining industry in grip of outsourcing fever

By: marisa rodrigues     22nd March 2002 A major trend in the mining industry in the last few years has been outsourcing of the management of mobile equipment to the supplier. 

Equipment suppliers face mounting competition

By: marisa rodrigues     22nd March 2002 Suppliers and contractors of mobile mining equipment are having to become increasingly competitive in order to secure orders and contracts, believes Bell Equipment marketing director: mining Terry Gillham. 

Colliery replaces earthmovers

     22nd March 2002 Anglo Coal’s Kleinkopje colliery, based just south of Witbank, has a history of using Euclid rigid-frame dump truck and coal haulers supplied by Hitachi Construction Machinery South Africa (HCSA). 

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