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Mining Services News

Cost of fire suppression tailored in tough times

     22nd July 2016 Although mines are under extreme pressure to operate at tight margins, owing to the decline in commodities prices, fire suppression solutions company I-CAT has solutions in place to meet their needs. “We are geared to absorb the commodities price fluctuations and can ride the cycle to its... 

Explosionproof hoists, cranes

     22nd July 2016 Operating electrical equipment in explosive atmospheres requires specially designed and constructed lifting equipment to avoid the risk of explosion posed by gases, liquids, dusts, vapours and other substances, states lifting solutions company Konecranes. Owing to the risks involved, Konecranes... 

Explosionproof hoists, cranes
RISK OF EXPLOSION REDUCED Konecranes manual hoists are an economical solution in hazardous environments where electricity is not available or practical

Expos still valuable in a difficult market

By: Robyn Wilkinson     22nd July 2016 Industry expos remain an important platform for forging business connections, showcasing technology and discussing solutions to the challenges currently facing companies in the iron-ore sector, says exhibition organiser Mining & Technical Exhibitions (MTE) operations manager Andrew Macnamara.  

Expos still valuable in a  difficult market
UPBEAT REPORTS Many attendees of the Kathu Mining and Technical Expo reported that they remain positive about the industry’s outlook

Heavy lifts at Kolomela save time, money

     22nd July 2016 Mobile crane hire company Johnson Crane Hire has completed two heavy lifts for mining and bulk handling equipment supplier Tenova Takraf and civil engineer EMC Engineering at the Kolomela iron-ore mine in the Northern Cape, achieving significant cost and time savings for both clients by working... 

Heavy lifts at Kolomela save time, money
HEAVY HOISTS Johnson Crane Hire completed two heavy lifts at the Kolomela iron-ore mine in 11 days

Iron-ore market likely to stay in oversupply

By: Robyn Wilkinson     22nd July 2016 Despite China’s commitment to reducing its crude steel production capacity, the iron-ore market remains oversupplied and this is unlikely to change in the foreseeable future, says engineering consultant Core Consultants CEO Lara Smith. 

Local company outlines aspirations, challenges bigger players 

By: Ilan Solomons     22nd July 2016 Local mining solutions provider RapX is seeking to challenge the dominance of multinational mining equipment and services providers in the South African coal sector while exploring opportunities abroad. RapX director and majority shareholder Maila Masetlwa says it is difficult to compete with... 

Local company outlines aspirations, challenges bigger players
RapX director and majority shareholder Maila Masetlwa discusses the company’s strategy of making inroads into the local and global mining equipment suppliers sector. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva

Maximum value must be derived from mines, especially in challenging market

By: Robyn Wilkinson     22nd July 2016 State-owned research council for the minerals industry Mintek is investigating the recovery of iron-ore waste material, in the form of fines, in an attempt to help mines extract the maximum possible value from their operations. 

Mines offered credit line to secure US equipment, services

By: Ilan Solomons     22nd July 2016 With mines struggling to raise capital to buy capital equipment and services for their projects, international commercial lender American Trade & Finance Company (Atrafin) is offering miners the opportunity to buy high-quality US solutions by providing them with the required finance. The company... 

Mines offered credit line to secure US equipment, services
CREDIT LIFELINE American Trade & Finance Company is well placed to provide finance for mines to secure high-quality US products and services

Mining solutions provider expands in CIS countries

By: Robyn Wilkinson     22nd July 2016 Despite globally depressed iron-ore prices, there are still opportunities for the supply of minerals processing solutions in Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries like Russia and China, says mining equipment specialist Osborn Engineered Products export director Martin Botha. 

Mining solutions provider expands in CIS countries
MINING WORLD RUSSIA Johannesburg-based Osborn cemented its presence in Russia by exhibiting at the event this year

Product reduces unplanned downtime, machinery replacement

By: Kimberley Smuts     22nd July 2016 Australian-listed speciality chemicals development company Alexium International has made significant inroads into the resins, films and polymers industry, owing to its newly commercialised environment-friendly flame-retardant (FR) treatment Alexiflam, which is well suited to the mining industry.... 

Product reduces unplanned  downtime, machinery replacement
UNPLANNED DOWNTIME DIVERTED One of Alexiflam's largest applications in the mining sector comprises polymers used to protect the circuit board wiring in machinery against fire

Proven proficiency benefits operations

By: Robyn Wilkinson     22nd July 2016 Globally, low commodities prices are putting pressure on mining companies to ensure that all aspects of their operations are performed at the highest standard possible, including the proficiency of their laboratories, says support services provider to laboratories in the mining sector Qotho... 

Proven proficiency  benefits operations
IMPROVING CREDIBILITY Qotho's iron-ore proficiency testing scheme enables iron-ore laboratories (mine and commercial) to check the quality of their performance against that of competitors and peers

Omnia urges Nordex shareholders to accept its buyout offer

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st July 2016 JSE-listed Omnia Holdings believes its C$0.20 a share all-cash offer to acquire Canadian firm Nordex Explosives still provides the highest value to Nordex shareholders. This comes after Nordex on July 18 announced that another bidder, Société Anonyme d'Explosifs et de Produits Chimiques (EPC),... 

Japan’s Komatsu to buy US Joy Global for $2.89bn

By: Bloomberg     21st July 2016 Komatsu, the world’s second-biggest mining and construction equipment maker, agreed to buy Joy Global for $2.89-billion, in a deal signaling the Japanese company is optimistic that a recent rebound in commodities prices will endure. Tokyo-based Komatsu will pay $28.30 a share in cash for the... 

South Africa’s BME to make play for Canadian explosives firm

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th July 2016 JSE-listed Omnia Holdings will, through its BME subsidiary, make an all-cash offer to acquire Canadian firm Nordex Explosives for C$0.20 a share. “Today, we are announcing our intention to make this premium all-cash offer to Nordex shareholders. Unfortunately, the directors of Nordex were unable... 

Crusher upgrades to increase productivity

     15th July 2016 Mine and industrial services provider Metso has introduced a new generation of crusher upgrades for its heritage branded crusher models that aim to increase productivity by up to 30%, with the complete range having been specifically designed for the mining market.  

Crusher upgrades to  increase productivity
MAINTENANCE MADE EASIER Maintenance can be reduced through the improved lifetime of components, more reliable crushing and easier maintenance procedures

Fear strangling transformation, but BEE aids specialist’s growth

By: Sascha Solomons     15th July 2016 Black economic-empowerment (BEE) transformation in South Africa is not as successful as it could be, as BEE engagement is challenged by previously advantaged individuals not understanding the benefits of  growth driven transformation, including the transfer of skills to the previously... 

Fear strangling transformation, but BEE aids specialist’s growth
Photo by Duane Daws
EMBRACING BEE ENGAGEMENT Part Solutions Interactive’s restructuring includes substantial black ownership at holdings, subsidiary and associate levels

Finns unveil acid mine water solution targeted at South African mining sector

By: Dylan Slater     15th July 2016 A new solution to treat acid mine drainage (AMD), targeting the South African mining industry, was launched on July 5, in Johannesburg, as a viable and cost effective solution to remove metals and sulphates from contaminated mine water.  

General Pneumatic Natal

     15th July 2016 General Pneumatics Natal has grown to become one of the major players in the industrial pneumatic supply market since being established in Kempton Park, Gauteng, in 1978, originally named General Pneumatics. The company’s original product range consisted of quick couplers for the pneumatic... 

General Pneumatic Natal

Huge potential to replicate hybrid power solution in African mining sector

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th July 2016 Australia’s largest offgrid solar and battery storage facility has been successfully commissioned and has started providing electricity to the DeGrussa copper and gold mine in Western Australia. As local renewable energy leadership believes this project will pioneer the way in Africa for offgrid... 

Huge potential to replicate hybrid power solution  in African mining sector
GENERATING CAPACITY The 10.6 MW solar hybrid system is fully integrated with the existing 19 MW diesel-fired power station at Sandfire Resources’s DeGrussa mine

New diesel-hydraulic tunnelling jumbo provides high-quality drilling solution

     15th July 2016 A new tunnelling jumbo, the DT912D, has been added to the range of products offered by breaking, drilling, crushing tools and equipment provider Sandvik Construction and is equipped with the company’s RD525 hydraulic rock drill, or optionally the RD520.  

New diesel-hydraulic tunnelling jumbo provides high-quality drilling solution
PERFORMANCE BOOST The DT912Da tunnelling jumbo RD525 hydraulic rock drill, which offers 'superior drilling performance' with high lifetime

Pneumatic equipment no longer centre stage, but still has place

By: Sebastian Whyle     15th July 2016 The uptake of pneumatic tools at mine sites has slowed, owing to new mining technology and techniques, equipment provider Borwa Mining Instruments MD Lebogang Matlou tells Mining Weekly.  

Pneumatic equipment no longer centre stage, but still has place
RIGOROUS REQUIREMENTS Mining companies are cleaning house, looking for genuine, nonfronting and reliable black-youth-owned mining suppliers

Rapid transformation required to avoid revised Mining Charter risks

By: Sascha Solomons     15th July 2016 Companies in the mining sector will need to respond quickly to avoid the risks resulting from the impact of the revised Mining Charter on South Africa’s Broad-Based Black Economic-Empowerment (BBBEE) Codes of Good Practice. Therefore, they will need not only the services of black... 

Rapid transformation required to avoid revised Mining Charter risks
Photo by Bloomberg
EXPRESS CHANGE CRITICAL Conventional management consultants should implement sound business architecture methods to facilitate rapid business transformation

Working towards improving confidence in black-owned businesses

By: Sascha Solomons     15th July 2016 Black-owned companies servicing the mining industry are faced with challenges owing to the demand created for their services by the existing Mining Charter, which stipulates the need for black empowerment of emerging companies servicing the sector, says materials handling and hauling expert... 

Working towards improving confidence in black-owned businesses
Photo by Duane Daws
FIKILE MASHININI Mining houses have little trust in 100%-black-owned companies, which is influenced by South Africa’s political background

African mining has potential to grow stronger

By: Victor Moolman     8th July 2016 Africa is the most mineral-rich continent in the world and has the potential to become a mining mecca, says global consulting firm KPMG. 

African mining has potential to grow stronger
Photo by Bloomberg
CONDITIONAL SUCCESS Mining has a future in Africa if issues such as security, corruption and supply chains can be well managed and resolved

Bada’s initial drill phase set for August

By: Nadine James     8th July 2016 Resource company Essel Group Middle East (EGME) expects to start Phase 1 of its drilling programme for its Bada potash project, in Eritrea, next month. EGME CEO Punkaj Gupta says the remainder of its 2016 exploration campaign will primarily be focused on drilling test holes to examine the layers... 

Bada’s initial drill  phase set for August
HOT PROSPECT The Bada licence is located in the northern-most part of Danakil depression where temperatures can exceed 50 °C

Budget cuts re-emphasise safety, efficiency on mines

By: Sebastian Whyle     8th July 2016 African mines are under pressure to increase their safety and efficiency standards, all the while adhering to tighter budgets owing to commodity price fluctuations, tyre and wheel service provider Kal Tire Southern Africa VP John Sims tells Mining Weekly. 

Budget cuts re-emphasise safety, efficiency on mines
STICKLER FOR SAFETY Innovations in the mining vehicle wheel and tyre service sector aim to make the servicing of components safer

Call for African mining professionals to attend event

     8th July 2016 Technology developer Maptek is inviting African mining professionals to gather at Switch on Innovation, the company's technology conference, to learn how Maptek technology can fulfil their productivity and safety goals. “African mines need solutions that help achieve their business goals,” says... 

Call for African mining professionals to attend event
SURVEYING TECHNOLOGY New three-dimensional scanning technology from Maptek allows maps to be made of a wide array of different mines

Changing mining landscape shapes trends

By: Nadine James     8th July 2016 During a mining industry downturn – which typically occurs every 10 to 15 years – the exploration and funding landscape changes; this has implications for Africa, which aims to drive development through mining, says mining consultancy The MSA Group. In 2011, iron-ore and copper were extremely... 

Construction of tailings storage facilities at Tharisa platinum mine to be completed in six months 

By: Dylan Slater     8th July 2016 Mine development and construction company Fraser Alexander has concluded a contract for platinum group metals (PGM) miner Tharisa Minerals to install and commission a tailings storage facility at its Tharisa mine.  

Construction of tailings storage facilities at Tharisa platinum mine to be completed in six months
Fraser Alexander CEO Velile Nhlapo tells Mining Weekly about the company’s latest tailings contract

Drilling reveals visible gold in Burkina Faso

     8th July 2016 Gold developer West African Resources has reported high-grade reverse circulation (RC) drilling results from the M1 prospect at its Tanlouka gold project, in Burkina Faso. 

Drilling reveals visible gold in Burkina Faso
VISIBLE GOLD Visible gold has been found in the core drilling samples from the Tanlouka gold project, in Burkina Faso

Mines need to overcome current challenges in the near future

By: Victor Moolman     8th July 2016 The South African economy contracted by 1.2% quarter-on-quarter during the first quarter of 2016, dragged lower by the poor performance of mining and agriculture – the economy was also 0.2% weaker year-on-year. The performance of mining came amid a drop in volumes and weak commodity prices and... 

Mines need to overcome current challenges in  the near future
TRYING TIMES Mines have to improve operations to stay afloat in the global economy

Mozambique mining to benefit from infrastructure developments

By: Keith Campbell     8th July 2016 Encouraging news for the Chibuto heavy minerals sands project in Mozambique is that three companies are, it has been reported, interested in developing the Chongoene Logistics Corridor, without which Chibuto will not be viable on an sustained basis. The information was revealed by Transport and... 

Ncondezi contractor, financing yet to be finalised

By: Victor Moolman     8th July 2016 Construction of the Ncondezi Power Company (NPC) coal-fired power plant and the Ncondezi coal mine, in the Tete province of Mozambique, is expected to start in the second half of 2017, once power developer Ncondezi Energy has finalised an engineering, procurement and construction contractor and... 

Ncondezi contractor, financing yet to  be finalised
THERMAL COAL Coal mined at the Ncondezi openpit coal mine will be used to power the new Ncondezi power plant

New cooling system creates safer working conditions

     8th July 2016 The Bulyanhulu gold mine near Lake Victoria, in Tanzania, owned by gold miner Acacia Mining has installed two new custom-built Frick ammonia water chillers from heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) company Johnson Controls. 

New cooling system creates safer working conditions
RUSSEL HATTINGH The chillers are custom-built ammonia units using screw compressors and plate-type heat exchangers

Omnia remains ‘leading player’ in African opencast sector, despite dwindling global mining revenues

By: Mia Breytenbach     8th July 2016 Despite the downturn in global mining revenues and volumes, JSE-listed Omnia’s Mining division has been “remarkably resilient” and continues “to forge ahead in maintaining its position as a leading player” in the opencast mining industry on the African continent, says group CEO Rod Humphris. The... 

Omnia remains ‘leading player’ in African opencast  sector, despite dwindling global mining revenues
PRESSURED INDUSTRY Omnia’s Mining division achieved a lower operating profit of R526-million for the financial year ended March 31owing to lower volumes being mined

Peristaltic pump to be launched at Electra Mining

By: Nadine James     8th July 2016 The Southern Africa launch of the VerderFlex Vantage 5000 peristaltic cased pump will take place at this year’s Electra Mining Africa at the Expo Centre in Nasrec, Johannesburg, from September 12 to 16, says pumps supplier Verder Pumps South Africa (VPSA). Electra Mining is the biggest mining... 

Peristaltic pump to be launched at Electra Mining
VANTAGE 5000 The peristaltic pump offers a flow rate of up to 6 600 ml/min at 7 bar, almost double the rate of other leading brands

Policy body advancing implementation of African Mining Vision

     8th July 2016 Policy implementation body the African Mineral Development Centre (AMDC) – established to support, promote and assist in the implementation of the objectives of the African Mining Vision (AMV) – has presented at workshops across Africa on initiatives that are expected to drive continental growth... 

Policy body advancing implementation of African Mining Vision
Photo by Reuters
COMMODITIES CORRIDOR The African Mineral Development Centre is advocating for for multistakeholder, and interdisciplinary collaboration on resource corridor development

Reactore Solutions

     8th July 2016 Reactore is a modular ERP system that is uniquely able to integrate with all major software and hardware systems in use at the majority of mines.  The solution is written with Scala, a reactive technology, providing real time data flow for timely scheduling and management of operations and... 

Reactore Solutions
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