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Materials Handling News

Screening company boosts capacity

16th November 2001 Leading mining contract screening company Ruslyn Mining has strengthened its operating capacity by acquiring new equipment and by reallocating existing screening plants to service newly-awarded contracts. 

New screens for Namibian mine

16th November 2001 Local company Linatex Africa has secured a R2,4-million contract for the supply of vibrating screens to the Skorpion Zinc Project, owned by Anglo American Base Metals. 

Firm sees increased modular plant sales

By: Zonika Botha     16th November 2001 Repeat orders from smaller entrepreneurial diamond-mining companies are paving the way for increased sales of Bateman-manufactured modular process plants. 

Rubber firm sees growth in Africa

16th November 2001 Local company Transvaal Rubber has seen significant growth into Africa during the first half of this year, carrying the company halfway to meeting the targeted 50% of turnover resulting from African markets. 

SA firm plans a big dump-truck ramp-up

16th November 2001 Bell Equipment launched its D-Series range of articulated dump trucks last month, comprising the Bell B40D – the flagship of the company’s range of ADTs – and the B25D. 

Haul-truck technology on show in Australia

16th November 2001 International mining information technology (IT) company Modular Mining Systems has unveiled the latest version of its emerging autonomous truck technology at a demonstration event south of Perth, Australia. 

New excavator bucket designed

2nd November 2001 The Allu bucket produced by Ideachip of Finland can be fitted to excavators and wheel loaders to process a variety of materials, including those mined in quarries. 

New range of energy-saving motors

19th October 2001 Specialist in electro-mechanical engineering Leroy Somer has launched a new range of energy-saving motors that offer high efficiency, low operating costs, increased motor life and reduced energy consumption. 

Peak mine efficiency with IT system

12th October 2001 An integrated mining information system from Caterpillar can assist mines in achieving peak efficiency, reports supplier Barloworld Equipment. 

Gearboxes drive coal terminal

5th October 2001 About 400 Hansen gearboxes drive the conveyors on Richards Bay Coal Terminal’s (RBCT’s) conveyor systems, shiploaders and stacker reclaimers. 

Range of opencast machines

5th October 2001 German manufacturer of open-pit mining equipment for continuous operation, MAN Takraf, has developed a new series of surface miners with capacities ranging from 300 m3/h to 2 000 m3/h and cutting depths of up to 1,2 m. 

Mining orders from Chile, Kazakhstan

5th October 2001 International mining equipment supplier Sandvik’s Mining and Construction business area has received several large orders for advanced equipment to underground mines in Chile and Kazakhstan for mining of copper. 

Screens for Botswana mine

5th October 2001 The reliability, low operating cost and high screening efficiency achieved over the last 20 years by Humboldt Wedag screens at Debswana’s Jwaneng diamond-mine in Botswana has resulted in the installation of two new screens. 

Redesigned conveyor drive frame

5th October 2001 International materials-handling firm Halbach & Braun has redesigned and created a new generation of conveyor drive frames for use anywhere. 

New distributorship for local firm

5th October 2001 Motor vehicle manufacturer DaimlerChrysler South Africa has appointed Liebherr Africa as the distributor for the Western Star range of off-road haul trucks for the mining and heavy-duty haul application markets. 

Company makes platinum debut

5th October 2001 Following the acquisition by DBT of Germany of the US mining equipment supplier Long-Airdox earlier this year, local subsidiary DBT South Africa has acquired the local operations of the US firm. 

Improved backhoe loader available

5th October 2001 The pace of development in backhoe-loader (BHL) technology is constantly driven by the need to provide greater performance while, at the same time, offering lower operating costs for the owner. 

New excavator for fluorspar-mine

5th October 2001 The Okorusu fluorspar-mine, 60 km north of Otjiwarongo in Namibia, has taken delivery of a Caterpillar 365B excavator from Barloworld Equipment Namibia. The mined fluorspar ore is blasted, excavated, crushed, milled and finally concentrated to 97% purity. 

New tooth gives excavator more bite

5th October 2001 The fitting of a specially-designed ripper tooth to a Liebherr R984C excavator has dramatically improved mining productivity at Trans Hex’s Saxendrift diamond-mine, the supplier reports. 

Truck helps find diamonds

5th October 2001 Materials-handling equipment supplier Barloworld Equipment has announced the first local sale of a Caterpillar 730 articulated truck to HC van Wyk Diamante in Kimberley in the Northern Cape. 

Chrome operation gets new machines

5th October 2001 The reputation of Volvo equipment and the support provided Babcock Equipment has lead a Pretoria plant-hire company to purchase three materials-handling machines for its new opencast operations. 

Million tons of waste rock screened a month

By: Zonika Botha     28th September 2001 Formerly known as Saldanha Plant Hire, the SPH group is focused on providing comprehensive materials-handling solutions to the mining industry. 

Bulldozer performs around the clock

28th September 2001 A Liebherr PR 751 Litronic bulldozer, purchased by Hanwill Truck and Plant for use on the hire contract at the Anglo Platinum mine in Potgietersrus, is performing superbly in a demanding 24-hour application, owner Willa van Niekerk tells Mining Weekly. 

Conveyor project nears end

14th September 2001 West Rand firm Nepean Conveyors is in the process of wrapping up a design, manufacture and installation contract which entailed the construction of eight conveyor systems at Matla Colliery, an Eyesizwe operation. 

Safer coal-tipping investigated

14th September 2001 As coal-mine safety legislation develops and transforms, operators will be investigating methods of product transport that offer an increased amount of safety and payload to be delivered quicker. 

Coal terminal expansion supported

14th September 2001 Transnet has announced its support of the proposal by Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) and South Dunes Coal Terminal to increase the capacity of the RBCT terminal in Kwazulu-Natal by some ten million tons of coal exports a year. 

New loader cleans up colliery

14th September 2001 Part of the Kangra group, Taaiboschspruit Colliery, has acquired a Bobcat 753 skid-steer loader from distributors, Bobcat South Africa, a division of Consolidated Rock Machinery (CRM), for clean-up operations in the washing plant. 

New heavy-duty idler rollers

14th September 2001 One of the leading designers and manufacturers of idler rollers, conveyor structures and components for belt conveyor systems, Continental Meco, has introduced a new heavy-duty idler roller for use in bulk materials handling. 

More trucks for colliery

14th September 2001 Another delivery of four Volvo articulated dump trucks (ADTs) from Babcock Equipment has been taken from Graspan Collieries, bringing the number of Volvos in its fleet to 18. 

More spin-offs from gem plant construction

7th September 2001 A five-year loading and hauling contract worth R40-million a year has been awarded to Super Stone Mining, of Kimberley, Northern Cape. 

Second of three giant trucks delivered

20th July 2001 The second 280 t AC drive Euclid rigid-frame dump truck has been delivered to Iscor’s Grootegeluk Colliery, in the Northern Province. 

Age of driverless mining machines in sight

29th June 2001 Computers may soon operate heavy-duty load-haul dumpers (LHDs) and dump trucks used in underground mining operations. 

Zinc bringing power to Namibia

29th June 2001 The project to supply the new Skorpion zinc-mine in Namibia with power is well under way, Mining Weekly can today report. 

Contract for transfer chutes awarded

By: Deborah Spicer     22nd June 2001 East Rand firm M&J Engineering has won a contract to supply all the transfer chutes for overland and plant applications at Maandagshoek platinum-mine, on the Northern Province-Mpumalanga border. 

Cost efficiency becomes critical on mine machines

15th June 2001 The greatest cost to mines in real terms is not the purchase price of a mining machine, but its operating costs over time, reports equipment supplier Liebherr. 

Small diamond miners dig bigger machines

14th June 2001 Mining and construction equipment supplier Hitachi Construction Machinery Southern Africa reports a marked swing among independent diamond digging operations towards larger hydraulic excavators. 

Defence offsets take off, but civilian deals still grounded

By: Joanne Delaurentis     8th June 2001 Defence companies involved in the R37-billion (officially - some sources outside government put it at R50-billion) re-equipping programme are eager for a thorough investigation into allegations of corruption. 

South Africa to get low-sulphur diesel

By: Joanne Delaurentis     8th June 2001 A new diesel with a sulphur content as low as 0,3% will be launched countrywide next year by petroleum giant BP. 

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