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Materials Handling News

Tough times call for cost-saving measures

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd March 2017 Mining in South Africa is tougher and costlier than ever, with investment flowing out of the country, instead of into the industry, says transport, industrial and heating fuel provider Shell South Africa commercial lubricants business-to-business marketing manager Tendani Ndwamise. 

Canadian miner achieves record smelter production

     24th February 2017 Canada-based international gold mining company Dundee Precious Metals’ (DPM’s) Tsumeb copper smelter, in Tsumeb, in Namibia, achieved record smelting production in December, with quarterly concentrate production also at a record high of 61 270 t, DPM said when it announced its mine and smelter... 

South African wear solutions specialist appoints Namibian sales agent

     24th February 2017 South African wear solutions specialist RioCarb has appointed a new sales agent in Namibia and is confident this will improve its customer service and product delivery, as well as rapidly grow its market share in the country this year. The chromium carbide (CrC) liner plate expert signed an... 

South African wear solutions specialist  appoints Namibian sales agent
CRC PIPES Rio-Carb expects Wesco Engineering Services' knowledge of industry to afford it more opportunities to increase the supply of its R-C700 CrC wear plates and CrC pipes

Tantalite Valley mine shareholder appoints global supply-chain-savvy CEO

     24th February 2017 Aim-listed investment company Kennedy Ventures, a shareholder in the Tantalite Valley mine (TVM), near Warmbad, in Namibia’s Karas region, appointed a new CEO whose knowledge of the international tantalum market is expected to facilitate future investments as the company grows. The company... 

Coal terminal avoiding ‘catastrophic failure’, doubling equipment capacity

By: Victor Moolman     17th February 2017 Phase 1 of the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) yard machine upgrade, in KwaZulu-Natal, will be completed in February 2018, says engineering and infrastructure advisory services company Aurecon. 

Coal terminal avoiding  ‘catastrophic failure’,  doubling equipment capacity
Photo by Duane Daws
SHIP LOADER The Richards Bay Coal Terminal averaged 76 vessels a month in 2016, peaking at 95 vessels in November

Localised conveyor belt supply to boost operational efficiencies

By: Simone Liedtke     17th February 2017 Over the past three to four years, metal prices have dropped precipitously and North American mining operators have been forced to implement more operational efficiencies, states conveyor belt vulcaniser product provider Shaw Almex CEO Tim Shaw. 

Localised conveyor belt supply to boost operational efficiencies
CONVEYOR BELT SOLUTION Many operators have turned to offshore conveyor belt suppliers, resulting in premature product failures and unreliable supply

Three-deck screener now includes rinser

     17th February 2017 Ohio, US-based mobile crushing and screening equipment manufacturer IROCK Crushers has redesigned its TS-522 TD track portable screening plant to include a rinser. 

Three-deck screener now includes rinser
IROCK RINSER Users can set up the unit in as little as 20 minutes using hydraulically powered features such as conveyors and easy-to-use controls

A ‘lean, mean’ structure and less burdensome laws key to successful mining of Middle Orange River diamond deposits

By: Ilan Solomons     10th February 2017 The Middle Orange River (MOR) alluvial diamond deposits between Hopetown, Douglas and Prieska, along with deposits along the Riet and Vaal rivers, in the Northern Cape, represent three unique sinks or repositories of high-quality gem diamonds, says independent diamond consultant Dr John Bristow.... 

A ‘lean, mean’ structure and less burdensome laws key to  successful mining of Middle Orange River diamond deposits
Photo by Steyn Diamante
VALUABLE COMMODITY Riet river diamonds yield exceptional gemstone diamonds with prices averaging about $2 500/ct and grades ranging between 0.15 carats per hundred tonnes (cpht) and 0.35 cpht

African company one of biggest underground mining contractors

By: Martin Creamer     2nd February 2017 The predominantly Africa-based Murray & Roberts Cementation has served the mining industry for more than a century. Along with Cementation Canada, Cementation USA and RUC Cementation Australia, the Murray & Roberts Underground Mining Platform ranks among the biggest underground mining contracting... 

African company one of biggest underground mining contractors
Photo by Duane Daws
VENETIA MODEL What the Venetia underground diamond mine will look like when complete

Amtec

     27th January 2017 Witbank-based Applied Mineral Technologies (Amtec) specialises in the construction of materials handling systems and processing plants. “Amtec is especially proficient and experienced in brownfield and shutdown construction activities having successfully undertaken many ‘difficult’ projects in... 

Amtec

De Beers calls for greater collaboration in global diamond industry

By: Dylan Slater     27th January 2017 A sustainable future for the global diamond mining and manufacturing industry is dependent on its ability to work together and pull towards the common goal of industry value growth, says De Beers CEO Bruce Cleaver. Speaking at a reception for customers of its Global Sightholder Sales business... 

De Beers calls for greater collaboration in global diamond industry
AUTONOMOUS DEVELOPMENT Caterpillar is undertaking a project to adapt hardware and software to retrofit Komatsu’s 930E mining trucks with its autonomous technology

Enhanced breakers delivered to junior coal miners

     27th January 2017 Within a year of unveiling its semimobile Bradford Breaker to the mining industry, comminution equipment specialist Tenova Takraf Africa has delivered two machines for junior coal miners ACC Coal’s Overlooked colliery and Bisichi Mining’s Black Wattle colliery, both in Mpumalanga, South Africa. 

Enhanced breakers delivered to junior coal miners
EVOLVING TECHNOLOGY The semimobile Bradford Breaker offers the benefits of a traditional breaker in a more compact machine

New equipment to be showcased

     27th January 2017 Equipment developers Volvo Construction Equipment and Terex Trucks will be represented by plant and equipment supplier Babcock at the 2017 Investing in African Mining Indaba, where it will showcase new products from the manufacturers that will be introduced this year as part of the company’s... 

New equipment  to be showcased
BIGGER AND BETTER The Volvo A60H 60 t articulated hauler is the largest of its kind in the world

Raubex

     27th January 2017 With more than four decades of experience in the Southern African construction and mining industry, infrastructure development and materials handling specialist Raubex Group is a leading player on the sub-continent. Listed on the JSE since 2007, Bloemfontein-headquartered Raubex specialises in... 

Metso launches ‘comprehensive’ in-the-pit solutions

By: Ilan Solomons     20th January 2017 Mines are continuously being challenged to rethink how to shape their operations to be more sustainable and profitable. It is for these reasons that diversified engineering group Metso has launched its “comprehensive” in-the-pit solutions (ITPS) which seek to optimally improve the entire mining... 

Metso launches ‘comprehensive’  in-the-pit solutions
IN-THE-PIT SOLUTIONS Metso’s in-the-pit solutions are advanced options for conventional production processes where truck haulage has hitherto been used

New laboratories opened based on demand

By: Kimberley Smuts     20th January 2017 Oil and fuel analysis expert WearCheck has shown considerable growth in Africa in 2016 establishing three new laboratories around the continent’s mining hotspots, a move largely driven by demand from mining operations looking to cut operational costs. As a result of this expansion, the company... 

Specialist supplies 20 drives to Liqhobong mine

By: Kimberley Smuts     20th January 2017 Drive engineering specialist SEW-Eurodrive has successfully filled an order for the delivery of 20 drive systems and a gear motor from its X series range for the newly constructed Liqhobong diamond mine, in Lesotho. The drives and gear motor were installed for a conveyor application.... 

Specialist supplies 20 drives to Liqhobong mine
COMPLETE CUSTOMISABLE SOLUTION All conveyor systems on the Liqhibong diamond mine have been fitted with SEW-Eurodrive products

BC agrees Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion meets 5 prerequisites

By: Henry Lazenby     12th January 2017 British Columbia has issued an environment assessment certificate for Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Expansion project, adding its own 37 specific conditions. These conditions are based on the National Energy Board's (NEB's) project report on May 19, 2016, recommending to the federal government... 

BC agrees Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion meets 5 prerequisites
Photo by British Columbia Government
British Columbia Premier Christy Clark

Booysendal North mine expansion to add 30 000 oz/y

By: Simone Liedtke     16th December 2016 The deepening of platinum producer Northam Platinum’s Booysendal North upper group two (UG2) mine is expected to add 30 000 oz/y of saleable 4E (platinum, palladium, rhodium and gold) product to the Booysendal mine when completed in 2018. 

Booysendal North mine expansion  to add 30 000 oz/y
INCREASING OUNCES The project is expected to increase North mine yearly production to 190 000 oz

Junior miner to complete facility expansions this year

By: Robyn Wilkinson     16th December 2016 All of the facility expansions under way at the Krone-Endora project, in Limpopo, are on track for completion by the end of the year, says Canadian junior mining company Diamcor Mining CEO Dean Taylor. 

Junior miner to complete facility expansions this year
DEAN TAYLOR The current upgrades under way should address all optimisation opportunities identified by past testing and commissioning exercises at Krone-Endora

New ocean mining vessel fitted with dust-extraction system

By: Dylan Slater     16th December 2016 Ocean mining vessel, the deep-water diamond exploration and sampling motor vessel (MV) SS Nujoma has been fitted with a dynamic scrubber to assist with wet dust extraction on board, once the vessel goes into operation. The dynamic scrubber was provided by mining, bulk materials handling and... 

New ocean mining vessel fitted with dust-extraction system
OCEAN MINING The MV SS Nujoma entering Cape Town before the installation of the dynamic scrubber system

Zondereinde smelter expansion due H2 2017

By: Simone Liedtke     16th December 2016 Work on integrated platinum-group metals (PGMs) producer Northam Platinum’s Zondereinde smelter expansion project to increase the smelter’s capacity remains scheduled for completion by the second half of 2017. The 16-month project started in February and has a R750-million budget, of which, to... 

Efficient Engineering secures top empowerment rating as its transformation journey continues

By: Terence Creamer     15th December 2016 All three business units at leading South African heavy engineering and solutions group Efficient Engineering have been verified as level 1 broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) companies under the South African government’s new codes. Verification agency BEE on Call confirmed the... 

Efficient Engineering secures top empowerment rating as its transformation journey continues
Lenny Govender & Vees Moodley

Sibanye testing alternative to explosives-based rock breaking

By: Ilan Solomons     9th December 2016 The South African mining industry requires a paradigm shift in its fundamental approach to mining processes to ensure that it can move away from the use of explosives, says diversified miner Sibanye Resources safe technology and innovation project engineer Alex Fenn. He argues that explosives are... 

Sibanye testing alternative to explosives-based rock breaking
Photo by CMTI
NONEXPLOSIVE MINING ENABLER The Multi-Track1000 is 930 mm in height and has four independent track assemblies, which are capable of three different degrees of motion

Logistics firm records 50% growth, driven by SA, South American mining sectors

By: Mia Breytenbach     25th November 2016 Logistics provider Dachser South Africa (SA) has, over the past three years seen a 50% increase in growth driven by the South African mining industry, as well as by growth in the South American mining industry, says MD Detlev Duve. “As there remain tremendous growth opportunities for logistics in... 

Logistics firm records 50% growth,  driven by SA, South American mining sectors
INTEGRATED LOGISTICS Dachser believes that digitalisation, integrated with logistics, will increase efficiency in the mining industry and shape it for the future

Introducing change could yield financial value

By: Kimberley Smuts     18th November 2016 Introducing a proactive blast design approach and new technology can be intimidating for mining companies, as it requires change, but they should keep an open mind as downstream improvements are a catalyst for financial value, says international blast engineering and consulting firm RA McClure... 

Introducing change could yield financial value
Photo by Bloomberg
EXCAVATION EFFICIENCY Overcoming blasting inaccuracies improves all the downstream processes

Mobile technology helps eliminate blasting obstacles

By: Kimberley Smuts     18th November 2016 Explosives firm BME explored how mobile technology and centralised data could provide mine managers with an edge to comprehensively eliminate potential blast problems, through among others management of blast inputs, thereby improving blast results, at its annual Drilling and Blasting Conference.... 

Cone crusher equipped with fail-safe hydraulics

     11th November 2016 The high-performance cone crusher from US bulk materials processing and handling systems manufacturer and supplier Superior Industries, is the manufacturer’s first entry into crushing technologies for bulk processing applications. The company highlights that besides a strong commitment to service... 

Cone crusher equipped with fail-safe hydraulics
RUGGED PATRIOT The cone crusher is equipped with fail-safe hydraulics to defend the unit against damaging mechanical overload

Metso raising awareness about advantages of its offerings

By: Mia Breytenbach     11th November 2016 By focusing on reducing costs and downtime for the mining industry, mining and industrial solutions provider Metso aims to raise awareness about the advantages of several of its offerings. This includes the newly developed protective Poly-Cer ceramic liner for its HP / MP range of crushers, the... 

Metso raising awareness about advantages of its offerings
POLY-CER CERAMIC LINER Comprises a wear ceramic that has been vulcanised into rubber, providing high resistance against abrasion

Coltan processing technology developed for Africa advances

By: Robyn Wilkinson     4th November 2016 Mining and metals company AB Minerals is introducing a new disruptive processing technology, which has been developed to assist African columbite–tantalite (coltan) mining countries with the low-cost production of metallurgical-grade tantalum powder and niobium oxide using an industrial-scale... 

Coltan processing technology  developed for Africa advances
FOCUS ON AFRICA The Great Lakes region is the world’s largest producer of coltan and a key location for AB Minerals' first processing plant

Focused on processing in Africa’s artisanal mining sector

By: Robyn Wilkinson     4th November 2016 While many large mining companies in Africa are processing sizeable mineral deposits, there is also a vast smaller scale and artisanal mining sector, requiring solutions tailored to their processing needs, such as those supplied by mining equipment supplier Appropriate Process Technology (APT). 

Focused on  processing in Africa’s artisanal mining sector
SHORT BUILD TIMES APT’s larger TT500 TriTank model was operational within eight weeks of delivery to site in Tanzania

Partnerships lower cost of ownership

By: Robyn Wilkinson     4th November 2016 In response to the mining industry’s focus on lowering capital and operating costs, filtration and separations solutions provider Roytec Global, whose R240-million order book is predominantly filled by large African mining projects, has concentrated its manufacturing capacity in China, enabling... 

Partnerships lower cost of ownership
MAXIMUM RECOVERY The stainless steel thickeners in Roytec’s counter-current decantation circuit are designed to ensure the maximum recovery of copper and cobalt after each acid leaching step

Amplats targeting 80% mechanised production but timeline extended to 2027 as price slumps

By: Ilan Solomons     28th October 2016 Platinum producer Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) is developing a range of mechanised technologies and is aiming to produce 80% of its platinum using mechanised mining methods by 2027. Amplats mining services head Frik Fourie says the company started implementing this strategy in 2011 when the... 

Amplats targeting 80% mechanised production but timeline extended to 2027 as price slumps

Durban company expands trommel, apron feeder range

     28th October 2016 Durban-based materials handling equipment supplier Big Lift Trucks (BLT) has launched the MDS M412 trommel,  which offers cost-effective solutions for smaller production requirements in minerals processing and recycling applications. BLT Africa and Indian Ocean Islands MD Ken Mouritzen says the... 

Durban company expands trommel, apron feeder range
SMALLER PRODUCTION SOLUTION The M412 trommel screen can produce four products concurrently at an output rate of 150 t/h

Electric hauler prototype on cards for January

By: Aarifah Nosarka     28th October 2016 The prototype of the 25 t electric hauler vehicle, with applications in soft- and hard-rock mining, from Johannesburg-headquartered underground trackless mining machinery manufacturer Fermel, is expected to be trialed from January 2017 to June 2017. “The prototype is 85% complete and undergoing... 

Electric hauler prototype on cards for January
GREEN BREAKTHROUGH The development of the electric traction system on the Fermel battery-driven electric hauler has led to improved battery management, but, more importantly, zero-emissions mining technology

Enhanced drivetrain solutions a response to mining industry needs

By: Aarifah Nosarka     28th October 2016 Drivetrain, sealing and thermal-management technologies supplier Dana expects to start preproduction tests in the first quarter of 2017 for its Spicer 20D rigid nonsteering axle designed for underground mining applications in harsh, rugged environments. The company is concluding verification... 

Enhanced drivetrain solutions a response to mining industry needs
SPICER 20D The axle offers up to 35% more brake power to ensure reliability under full load conditions on all operating grades

Greater urgency needed in adopting mechanisation in South Africa

By: Aarifah Nosarka     28th October 2016 For the local mining industry to ensure its sustainability, the industry needs to accelerate the rate at which it is adopting new technology, mechanical engineering consultant CMTI Consulting MD Dr Danie Burger tells Mining Weekly. “The transitioning of mines to greater mechanisation and... 

Greater urgency needed in adopting mechanisation in South Africa
DANIE BURGER The transition of mines to include greater mechanisation and automation is way too slow

High-performance chain range extended

     28th October 2016 Engineering components supplier Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) Tsubaki high-performance chain range, which offers enhanced strength and reliability, an extended operating life and a better environmental footprint now includes a “robust” Workhorse elevator series. BMG GM Carlos Beukes says the... 

High-performance chain  range extended
RUGGED COMPONENT Workhorse elevator chains are designed to resist the abrasive and demanding forces of aggregate elevators

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