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Materials Handling News

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). 

New excavator destined for SA

22nd March 2002 The CX800 hydraulic excavator is now available in South Africa in its final form and is the latest addition to Case’s proven range of CX excavators. 

New trailers up heavy mineral haulage

22nd March 2002 The mining division of Unitrans Freight has taken delivery of a fleet of ten Afrit side-trip trailers for its operation at Namaqua Sands, in the Western Cape. 

Jumbo hydraulic rock-breaker released

22nd March 2002 Consolidated Rock Machinery (CRM) announces the release of the Ingersoll-Rand’s Montabert V65 hydraulic rock breaker, one the largest units of its kind suitable for breaking oversize boulders in the opencast mining and quarrying industries. 

Diesel utility-vehicle gets makeover

22nd March 2002 In June 2000 Mining Weekly featured the introduction of the UK-developed Buffalo 611cc Diesel Quad Bike into the mining industry, a new breed of workhorse structurally and mechanically developed for heavy-duty use under extreme conditions. 

Trucks fill mining niche

By: marisa rodrigues     22nd March 2002 Equipment supplier Liebherr Africa has two new products which are both proving to be successful in their applications for the mining industry. 

Refurbed equipment offers big cost savings to mines

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     22nd March 2002 Kumba Resources’ Thabazimbi iron-ore mine has been able to achieve significant cost savings over the last few years through refurbishing old equipment instead of buying new units. 

Supplying mine's trackless machinery needs

By: Zonika Botha     14th December 2001 Leading equipment supplier Sandvik Tamrock has held a multimillion rand service and maintenance contract with Avgold’s Target Mine since development work begun on the 203 level decline shaft in 1997. 

Slag-treatment plant contract is awarded

7th December 2001 A contract for the slag-treatment and reductant plant at Ticor SA’s mineral processing facility in Empangeni has been awarded to Barker Flynn, a subsidiary of Argent Industrial. 

Big two-way conveyor for West Coast

7th December 2001 Johannesburg materials-handling contracting company Tekpro Projects has been awarded the turnkey installation of an extensive convyeyor system, with an initial project value of about R30-million. 

Local firm sells first hard-rock drill-rig to PGM mine

30th November 2001 Mining equipment firm Rham Equipment has rolled out its first locally designed and manufactured hard-rock drill rig. 

New machine info system

23rd November 2001 The Volvo Matris machine tracking information system was seen for the first time at Babcock Equipment’s Volvo Construction Equipment open day in Johannesburg. 

New loader for Middelburg mine

16th November 2001 Mpumalanga colliery Middelburg Mine Services has a new LeTourneau L-1800 front-end loader which holds the distinction of being the largest of its kind in Africa. 

Gravity-separation units record strong sales

16th November 2001 The gravity separation industry is undergoing a renaissance in the mineral-processing sector, Gekko Systems CEO Elizabeth Lewis-Gray reports. 

Jig system performs well

16th November 2001 East Rand company Humboldt Wedag SA has installed and commissioned the first full Batac jig system in an iron-ore application in South Africa at the Assmang Beeshoek mine in the Northern Cape. 

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