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Mining Services News

South Africa is to host international conference

By: Joanne Delaurentis     2nd November 2001 The second ever Surface Mining Conference will be held in September next year in Gauteng. 

Mobile plant sales down

By: Joanne Delaurentis     2nd November 2001 South African quarries appear to be shying away from the purchase of capital mobile equipment Hitachi operations manager Barry Nash tells Mining Weekly. 

Cleaner compressors to be introduced

By: Joanne Delaurentis     2nd November 2001 The environmental performance of Ingersoll-Rand Portable Power’s large portable compressors from 17 m3/min and above, will be significantly increased to meet the new stage two European Union emissions legislation that takes effect at the start of next year. 

New trucks help quarry perform

By: Joanne Delaurentis     2nd November 2001 Following a management decision made by Alpha Plant & Services in the latter part of 1999 to complement its core business of excavator hire to include the hire of off-road dump trucks, the East Rand operation has been involved in several load and haul contracts in the mining and quarrying... 

Wheel-loader on parade in Tzaneen

2nd November 2001 Materials-handling equipment supplier Liebherr was invited by the Clay Brick Association to demonstrate the credentials of the company’s L538 wheel loader. 

SA tour group visits UK exhibition

2nd November 2001 Some of South Africa’s leading quarrying and construction companies were among those who attended the Hillhead Exhibition in the UK earlier this year. 

Loader supplied to Pietersburg quarry

2nd November 2001 The first of the newly launched Volvo D Series loaders has been supplied by Babcock Equipment to Alpha Sand and Stone. 

Explosion specialist in training drive

2nd November 2001 A new specialised training drive by African Explosives Limited’s (AEL) James Sydney specialist division is aimed at intensifying its already growing service to the quarrying, construction and dimension stone industries in South and Southern Africa. 

New rock breaker for plant-hire firm

2nd November 2001 A new hydraulic rock breaker has been purchased by West Reef Plant Hire to breakdown oversized boulders at a quarry at Eikenhof, south of Johannesburg. 

Firm sees growth in demand for crushers

2nd November 2001 Local company IMS Engineering has noted a significant swing to the use of its hard rock horizontal shaft impact crusher by quarries in preference to using both cone crushers and vertical shaft impactors to produce cubical road specification aggregate. 

Two profiling instruments launched

2nd November 2001 UK instrumentation supplier Pulsar Measuring Systems, which has been supplying laser-profiling and hole-deviation equipment for use with a variety of blast-survey software packages for more than ten years, has introduced two new compact and lightweight three-dimensional (3D) laser-profiling... 

German-designed crushers

2nd November 2001 German firm Aubema designs, manufactures and installs crushing and grinding machinery for the mining, pit and quarry and raw minerals industries, as well as for power engineering and environmental technology. 

Export orders rolling in for local filter presses

26th October 2001 South African process equipment and plant supply specialist Delkor Technik has been awarded a R10-million contract to supply filter presses to Skorpion zinc-mine, in Namiba. 

$350m HBI plant on cards for SA

26th October 2001 The construction of a low-cost $350-million hot-briquetted iron (HBI) project in South Africa, is being promoted by minerals and metallurgical technology parastatal Mintek. 

SA tech helps cash-strapped Congo mine

26th October 2001 Hydropower systems designer Steinm 

Empowerment-in-mining plans

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     26th October 2001 Black economic empowerment (Bee) companies are set to benefit over the next few years from several projects worth billions of rands being promoted by mineral and metallurgical parastatal Mintek. 

Mintek defends hazardous-waste work

26th October 2001 State metals and minerals researcher Mintek says that the organisation’s work performed for now-liquidated Australian zinc producer Pasminco on hazardous waste is of value to the environment worldwide and should be applauded, rather than slated. 

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. 

SA technology in Chinese gold plant

By: Laura Franz     12th October 2001 South African metals and minerals research council Mintek and its partner, BacTech Enviroment, of Canada, have successfully commissioned the Laizhou Gold Metallurgy Plant bioleaching facility in Shandong Province, in the People’s Republic of China. 

Electrical equipment for hazardous areas

12th October 2001 Electrical equipment, wiring and accessories specialist Legrand manufactures the ATX range of electrical equipment designed specially to enhance safety in hazardous areas on the mines. 

Change in legislation on the cards

12th October 2001 Although technologies used in the manufacturing and development of explosion-protected products have not seen fundamental shifts over the last decade, legislation regarding the use of these products is subject to change. 

Flameproof switches for lights

12th October 2001 A manufacturer of light fittings for hazardous areas has standardised on Bartec micro limit switches for fluorescent light diffusers. 

Fire-detection system installed

12th October 2001 An infrared fire-detection and warning system has been installed at a fuel depot in Botswana using a combination of South African and Italian technologies. 

Flameproof motors offered

12th October 2001 The flameproof Brook Cromptons W flameproof motor range from Rexnord-Hansen South Africa, offer a number of benefits such as low lifetime cost and mechanical adaptability to users and original-equipment manufacturers. 

More assistance provided for small-scale miners

12th October 2001 A technology demonstration centre has been set up by metals and minerals research organisation Mintek, of Johannesburg, to assist grassroots operators and small business in the field of mining. 

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. 

Mines academic gets award

By: Irma Venter     5th October 2001 With the advent of Technikons gaining the right to award professorships, the Technikon Witwatersrand (TWR) awarded a Professor Emeritus to Dr Jos Lurie, former head of the TWR’s School of Mines and senior director of the Faculty of Mining and Metallurgy. 

Old mill made 'as good as new'

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2001 Advanced refurbishing of mining equipment is being carried out by Manhattan Mining Equipment of Gauteng. 

SA firm wins worldwide sales rights

5th October 2001 German firm KHD Humboldt Wedag has allotted the worldwide sales rights of its screens to its wholly-owned South African operation. 

Installation completed at diamond-mine

5th October 2001 Local company Electron Technologies has successfully completed an electrical and instrumentation installation at the secondary crusher on De Beers’ Venetia Mine, 80 km west of Messina in the Northern Province. 

New incentives hoped to lure investors to Malawi

By: Marcel Chimwala     5th October 2001 In a bid to attract investors to its mining sector, Malawi is offering several incentives. 

300 recommendations to boost mining's sustainability

By: Keith Campbell     5th October 2001 THE Southern African region of the global Mining, Minerals and Sustainable Development programme has completed its basic research programme & made 300 recommendations to its stakeholders. 

Merger creates a new force in mining services

5th October 2001 Metso Minerals, formerly known as Nordberg, has merged with Svedala to form a new global market leader in the supply and service of processes for industries related to rock-size reduction, classification, minerals separation and recovery, materials-handling and wear protection. 

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. 

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