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Materials Handling News

Demand for African resources, but common codes needed

By: Simone Liedtke     14th July 2017 African mining has entered into the new up-cycle for commodities, which is fuelled by the economic growth profile in the eastern hemisphere – which includes China, Mongolia and the Pacific rim region, as well as the global uncertainty over the value of and the sustained availability of ‘cash-money’. 

Diversified openpit miner looks to entire continent for growth

By: Simone Liedtke     14th July 2017 Multidisciplinary openpit mining company Afrimat intends to develop its strategy of growth through diversification further by exploiting new opportunities in Africa by remaining “agile and entrepreneurial”. 

Diversified openpit miner looks to entire continent for growth
DIRO IRON-ORE MINE Afrimat is aiming to reach a production rate of one-million tons a year of saleable product

Mali gold project production targeted for December

By: Simone Liedtke     14th July 2017 Multi-asset gold company Hummingbird Resources is developing the advanced Yanfolila gold project, in Mali, as a low-cost, high-grade openpit mining operation, with first gold production targeted for December. 

Mali gold project production targeted  for December
YANFOLILA GOLD MINE The overall investment to bring the project into production will be around $88-million

Power increasingly expensive input cost in Southern African mining

By: Simone Liedtke     14th July 2017 In Southern Africa, power is becoming a far higher input cost in industries and processes than it was in the past, says mining ventilation solutions provider TLT Actom director Craig Johnston, highlighting that one of the major input costs at any underground mine or process plant is that of... 

Power increasingly expensive input cost in Southern African mining
TOTAL VENTILATION One of the major input costs at any underground mine or process plant is that of ventilation or air used in the process

Rest of Africa accounts for 50% of optimistic OEMs’ workload

14th July 2017 South African process equipment supplier MIP Process MD Phillip Hoff is positive that 2017 will be a good year for the original-equipment manufacturer (OEM). “Our pricing and [the level of] quality mean we are still highly competitive, compared with Asian and Chinese manufacturers.” 

Rest of Africa accounts for 50% of optimistic OEMs’ workload
PHILLIP HOFF Seventy-five per cent of MIP Process’s business is outside of South Africa, as opposed to 25% about a year ago

New mining technologies inspire optimism in South America

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th July 2017 While there is a level of general caution, owing to the inherent “volatile nature” of the mining industry, the South American mining market is mostly characterised by growing optimism, owing to the benefits of mining technologies, posits global leader in the development of advanced dragline and... 

New mining technologies inspire optimism  in South America
Photo by Bloomberg
ADVANCING SECTOR Some of South America’s newer mines, as well as those yet to be developed, are favouring an uptake of technology that ensures the lowest possible mining costs per ton

Conveyor belt measuring systems delivered to notable iron-ore project

7th July 2017 Laser measurement technology supplier LASE has delivered 15 LaseBVC laser-based measuring systems for bulk volume transported on conveyor belts to an iron-ore mining project at the S11D Eliezer Batista complex owned by Brazilian mining major Vale. Opened in December 2016, the iron-ore mining... 

Conveyor belt measuring systems delivered to  notable iron-ore project
ONE FOR THE BOOKS Vale’s iron-ore mining project in North Brazil is the largest of its kind in the company’s history

Laguna Verde surveys yield encouraging results

7th July 2017 Mineral resource company Wealth Minerals has completed transient electromagnetic and gravity geophysical surveys at the Laguna Verde lithium project, in northern Chile, with its geophysical contractor reporting that the data quality is good to excellent for both surveys. The resulting gravity... 

Laguna Verde  surveys yield encouraging results
CHANGE-UP Laguna Verde was originally targeted for its surface brines; however, exploration results over the past six months have switched Wealth Minerals' focus to a conventional lithium brine model

New mobile screen launched in S Africa

By: Victor Moolman     7th July 2017 Mobile crushing and screening equipment supplier Kleemann, part of international specialist construction equipment manufacturer Wirtgen, has launched the Mobiscreen MS 703 EVO, which is capable of processing 350 t/h, in South Africa. 

New mobile screen launched in S Africa
Photo by Victor Moolman
SCREENING CAPACITY The MS 703 EVO is capable of screening four final aggregate sizes

Motion Metrics sells six payload monitoring systems to local mine

By: Ilan Solomons     7th July 2017 Monitoring solutions provider Motion Metrics has sold six of its ShovelMetrics payload monitoring solution systems for hydraulic shovels to a South African precious metals mine looking to improve its loading and hauling productivity. The company says that the systems will be installed on six of... 

Motion Metrics sells six payload monitoring systems to local mine
Photo by Motion Metrics
DETAILED ANALYSIS Payload monitoring for hydraulic shovels uses a series of orientation and pressure sensors to provide bucket-by-bucket payload measurements to ensure efficiencies

Welding Alloys South Africa

4th July 2017 To lead the market in engineered wear protection solutions and flux cored welding wire technology, Welding Alloys South Africa (WASA) is focused on responding to its customers’ needs. Part of the Welding Alloys group, which covers more than 150 countries through a network of 30 subsidiaries... 

Welding Alloys South Africa

Mining Indaba offering new junior zone, boosting interface opportunities 

By: Martin Creamer     4th July 2017 Strong new thrusts are planned for next year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, which is scheduled to take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from February 5 to 8, once again to support investment in mining companies operating in Africa and to provide an effective platform... 

Mining Indaba offering new junior zone, boosting interface opportunities
Investing in African Mining Indaba MD Alex Grose outlines to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer the major new focus on junior miner involvement. Video and Video Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Association applying changes to expand representation

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd June 2017 Owing to it being approached by various other opencast mining and quarrying companies and bodies, private-sector producers’ association Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (Aspasa) will from now on only be known as Aspasa as it has dropped the ‘aggregate and sand’ from its... 

Association applying changes to expand representation
SEVERE NEED There is a severe need for services to be delivered from a central and well-organised body to the opencast mining sector

Loaders drive down cost

23rd June 2017 An investment in three Bell wheel loaders to drive down the rand-per-ton cost of aggregate production, is paying off handsomely for the owners of Flanders Quarry, in Mount Edgecombe, Durban, enthuses South African mining machinery and equipment manufacturing company Bell Equipment. 

Loaders drive down cost
BIGGER AND BETTER The first Bell Loader supplied to Flanders Quarry improved its productivity substantially because it was a bigger machine, quicker and more robust

Multidisciplinary mining company says market is challenging

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd June 2017 With the general depletion of natural sand reserves around South Africa, especially within large cities, multidisciplinary materials openpit mining company Afrimat has invested in sand producing plants – especially in Gauteng – to produce high-quality concrete sands to ensure higher concrete... 

Multidisciplinary mining company says market  is challenging
CHALLENGING CONDITIONS Overall, the construction materials sector remains relatively flat

New technologies, mechanisation require adapted mining maintenance

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd June 2017 There are numerous developments globally that combine analytics with advanced technologies to enhance the effectiveness of maintenance solutions, complementing the broader trend of mines moving away from one-off cost reductions and employing sustainable cost-management programmes that improve... 

New technologies, mechanisation  require adapted mining maintenance
OVER TO YOU Earlier this year, Takraf Africa signed a contract with junior coal miner Black Wattle to maintain its semimobile Bradford Breaker

Standard approach needed to maintenance, downtime on mines

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd June 2017 If the mining industry could standardise maintenance and downtime procedures, it would help “tremendously” to facilitate more efficient, cost-effective, faster maintenance, says capital plant equipment manufacturer Halley & Mellowes group of companies (HMA).  

Standard approach needed to maintenance, downtime on mines
LONG LIFE Improving and maintaining cyclone performance for a longer period is critical to overall plant performance and downstream processes

Busiest project bidding period ever – ELB 

By: Martin Creamer     20th June 2017 Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed ELB Group is having its busiest project bidding period ever, and is seeing a strengthening in base metals and great opportunities in gold. “In the last six months, we’ve experienced our busiest bidding period ever,” ELB Group CE Dr Stephen Meijers told Mining... 

Busiest project bidding period ever – ELB
Creamer Media is talking to Dr Stephen Meijers, the CEO of The ELB Group, which was established as long ago as 1919 and which continues to be a world-class engineering performer off a strong South African base. Camerawork: Darlene Creamer. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

‘Solid’ industry employing survival strategies

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     16th June 2017 Independent process industry consultant Santosh Gunpath is cautiously optimistic about the future of the South African mining pumps industry. “There is no definitive direction for this sector, with companies following a wait-and-see approach while keeping costs to a minimum.” 

‘Solid’ industry employing survival strategies
GROWTH POTENTIAL While the stability, progress and growth of the mining pumps industry lies predominantly in maintaining its existing installed base, potential does exist for growth in other areas

Pretoria company to service, supply new pumps range

16th June 2017 Mechanical seals, rotating and engineering protection, and sealing equipment supplier Mechanical Rotating Solutions (MRS), situated in Pretoria, has been appointed as a service and product supplier of global pumps manufacturer KSB Pumps & Valves.    KSB boasts an annual sales revenue of almost... 

Pretoria company to service, supply new pumps range
PRODUCT ACCESS Mechanical Rotating Solutions will be granted access to the full range of original-equipment manufactured in Germany by KSB Pumps & Valves

JV contract secured to desilt acid ponds

16th June 2017 Industrial pump rental service provider Integrated Pump Rental, in a joint venture (JV) with supplier and service provider of equipment to mining and allied industries EC Mining, has secured a contract to desilt four acid ponds at a copper mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This... 

JV contract secured  to desilt acid ponds
CAUSE AND EFFECT Acid ponds and dams that have become silted have serious repercussions for a mining operation

Pump tackles acidic liquids containing solids

16th June 2017 Centurion-based pumps manufacturer Hazleton Pumps has introduced a high-volume, high-head, medium- and/or high-voltage range of Hippo submersible slurry pumps manufactured from specialised material capable of pumping acidic liquids containing solids at high heads. The company says the success of... 

Pump tackles acidic  liquids containing solids
PUMP INSPIRATION The design of the high-volume, high-head, medium- and/or high-voltage Hippo pump follows the success of the submersible slurry pump developed for export to the oil sands mines at Fort McMurray, in Alberta, Canada

Vortex slurry sump pumps range expanded

16th June 2017 Centurion-based pumps manufacturer Hazleton Pumps has expanded its range of Hippo vortex slurry sump pumps that address blockages at coal processing plants. The company points to continuous enquiries from customers for sump pumps capable of handling larger solids as well as pumping at higher... 

Contract underpins ‘ongoing commitment’ to developing services

9th June 2017 Integrated logistical solutions provider Grindrod Mauritius believes it is well positioned to assist with logistics services for the Balama graphite project, in Mozambique, owing to its long operational history in the country with regard to land transport coordination, agency services and port... 

Contract underpins  ‘ongoing commitment’  to developing services
Photo by Bloomberg
IN IT FOR LONG HAUL Integrated logistical solutions provider Grindrod will truck graphite concentrate product the 490 km from the Balama mine site to the Port of Nacala, in Mozambique

New mine design focused on realising business excellence

By: Robyn Wilkinson     9th June 2017 Johannesburg-based project management and engineering company Paradigm Project Management (PPM) will apply its “three halves” philosophy to design and develop diamond producer Stellar Diamonds’ Tongo-Tonguma project, in Sierra Leone. 

New mine design focused on realising business excellence
Photo by Duane Daws
RADICAL REVIEW NECESSARY With a diamond supply shortfall looming, exploration companies must employ innovative planning to obtain funding for new projects

S Africa to be updated on global trends

2nd June 2017 The nineteenth Beltcon Conference will provide the South African materials handling and mining sector with an update on practical and theoretical developments in the international industry, bringing “all that is noteworthy and new in conveying techniques” to the local market, says the organising... 

S Africa to be updated on global trends
SPECIALISED EQUIPMENT Innovative conveyor belt designs, such as Australian conveyor supplier Nepean Conveyors’ wet transfer conveyor, will be discussed at this year’s Beltcon

First flameproof skid steer for underground use supplied to Matla

By: Robyn Wilkinson     2nd June 2017 The first flameproof skid steer, the JCB 155, developed by explosion protection and industrial equipment provider Exis Engineering, together with equipment manufacturer JCB, has been supplied to mining company Exxaro’s Matla coal mine, in Mpumalanga. 

First flameproof skid steer for underground use supplied to Matla
SAFETY AT THE FORE The JCB 155 is the first skid steer in the world capable of safely operating in hazardous underground environments

Hard-wearing materials handling solution key to energy savings

By: Robyn Wilkinson     2nd June 2017 Energy-saving solutions employed in materials handling processes that allow for the strategic redirection of energy use in mining operations are crucial for securing the future of the South African mining industry, says long-life wear solutions provider Rio-Carb director Martin Maine. 

Hard-wearing materials handling solution key  to energy savings
Photo by Duane Daws
PRECISE FINISHES Plasma cutting ensures clean surface finishes on Rio-Carb’s liner plates, which reduces friction between the plates and material moving through a discharge chute

Demand up for conveyor belt fire protection solution

By: Robyn Wilkinson     2nd June 2017 Environmental management company I-CAT is seeing an uptick in demand for its fire-protection systems as global mining houses increasingly recognise that effective firefighting technologies at their operations are a primary component of mining safety. The Pretoria-based company’s T-Rotor... 

Demand up for  conveyor belt fire  protection solution
Photo by Duane Daws
ANDRO GIBHARD Effective fire protection solutions are imperative for high fire-risk elements on mining conveyor belts

Lift trucks and support services boost warehouse efficiency

2nd June 2017 Forklift and warehouse specialist Goscor Lift Truck has supplied 38 machines to mining and industrial equipment supplier Weir Minerals’ Alrode facility, in Gauteng. 

Lift trucks and  support services boost  warehouse efficiency
BILLY DOOLING Doosan forklifts will facilitate the lifting of a range of items at Weir Minerals’ Alrode warehouse

Greater demand expected for larger capacity hoists

By: Robyn Wilkinson     2nd June 2017 Lifting equipment supplier CMCO Material Handling is preparing for increased demand for its Yale ERGO 360 ratchet lever hoist when the full range of the equipment arrives in South Africa this month, meeting the evolving needs of the mining industry. 

Greater demand expected for larger capacity hoists
ERGONOMIC DESIGN The lever and crank design of the Yale ERGO 360 ratchet lever hoists enable the operator to control the unit safely and effectively

Festoon systems ‘life blood’ of bulk materials handling

2nd June 2017 As mining companies continue to look for ways to make their operations more efficient and cost effective and remain competitive as the global market emerges from a protracted period of low commodity prices, effective supporting equipment, such as festoon systems, have become increasingly... 

Festoon systems ‘life blood’  of bulk materials handling
Photo by Duane Daws
KEEPING MACHINERY MOVING Powermite’s I-Beam cable carrier is suited for heavy-duty applications, including bulk container handling by cranes typically found at ports

Manufacturer expands to meet screening media module size demand

2nd June 2017 Industrial machinery provider Metso is expanding its global manufacturing capacity for rubber screening media used in minerals processing by investing €1.7-million in three new injection presses. 

New crane tailored to small, medium-sized businesses

By: Robyn Wilkinson     2nd June 2017 The South African market’s response to lifting group Konecranes’ CXT UNO wire rope hoist crane has been encouraging since its global launch in January, with Konecranes Southern Africa service, sales and marketing director John MacDonald attributing this to the combined reliability and... 

New crane tailored to small, medium-sized businesses
MAKING TECHNOLOGY ACCESSIBLE The CXT UNO was developed as an economical solution for small and medium-sized businesses

Hoists to improve pump installation, maintenance at Limpopo mine

2nd June 2017 Mining system solutions provider Becker Mining South Africa has secured an order for two 10 t electric chain hoists with motorised trolleys from equipment supplier Klevan Mining – Becker Mining’s distributor in Limpopo. 

Hoists to improve pump installation, maintenance at Limpopo mine
SMOOTH OPERATOR Motorised trolleys on the Kito ER2 hoist will ensure smooth and precise traversing and positioning of the equipment

Dozer designed to ramp up productivity

2nd June 2017 The new Cat D8R dozer from construction and mining equipment manufacturer Caterpillar features increased horsepower and a larger standard blade for greater productivity in mines of all types, together with a range of optional technologies to help operators get more work done in less time. 

Dozer designed to  ramp up productivity
BIGGER BLADE Equipped with the largest standard blade in its class at 10.3 m3, the D8R dozer can move up to 13% more material per pass than previous models

Intermodal terminals benefit emerging smaller players

By: Robyn Wilkinson     2nd June 2017 Market response to the newly established intermodal terminals in Elandsfontein, Gauteng, and Musina, Limpopo has been positive; however, industry still perceives the use of rail as a challenge. 

Intermodal terminals benefit emerging smaller players
Photo by Bloomberg
INSTRUMENTAL SUPPORT Demonstrating its support for road-to-rail migration, State-owned enterprise Transnet Freight Rail has ensured that rail services are well managed and fairly priced

Tensioning system extends conveyor belt life

By: Robyn Wilkinson     2nd June 2017 The new automatic pneumatic tensioning system for conveyor belt cleaners from Neponset-headquartered bulk materials handling solutions provider Martin Engineering will be available in South Africa through its office in Mpumalanga in the second half of this year. 

Tensioning system  extends conveyor belt life
AUTOMATION ACCURACY Users benefit from a consistently correct blade tension and reduced power demand on start-up when using Martin Engineering's Automated Blade System

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