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Weekly Features

Liner plates extend life of dump truck bin sixfold

By: Kimberley Smuts     1st July 2016 Chromium carbide (CrC) liner plate expert Rio-Carb has successfully supplied its R-C700 liner plates to be fitted on South African crushing specialist Danoher Construction’s R3.9-million Volvo 30 t dump truck, currently being used on a silica sand mine in Lydenburg, Mpumalanga. The R-C700 CrC... 

Moatize takes delivery of 212 t surface miner

By: Kimberley Smuts     1st July 2016 Mining services and construction provider Wirtgen South Africa (SA) has supplied its biggest surface mining model, the 212 t 4200SM, to diversified miner Vale’s Moatize coal mine project, in Tete, Mozambique. The 4200SM costs about €5-million depending on client specifications and can mine out... 

Moatize takes delivery of 212 t surface miner
REDUCED CONTAMINATION Wirtgen surface miner machinery aims to to mine cleaner coal

Motor grader incorporates latest technology

By: Kimberley Smuts     1st July 2016 Case 885B series motor graders, locally available from construction and earthmoving equipment distributor CSE Equipment, have been enhanced to offer clients the most recent technological advancements and improved design features for better performance and productivity. “Case continuously improves... 

Motor grader incorporates latest technology
MEETING MARKET NEEDS The Case 885B series has been designed for minimal downtime and reduced maintenance requirements

Moving ahead with strategy to expand offering

By: Kimberley Smuts     1st July 2016 Materials handling equipment supplier Big Lift Trucks (BLT) has been appointed the official distributor in Africa for global trommel screens and apron feeder specialist MDS International. This development, announced in May, is in line with its “carefully structured” expansion programme - an... 

Moving ahead with  strategy to expand offering
FLEXIBLE SYSTEMS MDS trommels and apron feeders available from BLT are designed for mineral processing and recycling applications

Turnkey Instruments

     1st July 2016 Gauteng-based industrial and scientific instrumentation manufacturer Turnkey Instruments South Africa (SA) produces a range of instruments for the mining and quarrying industries, as well as local police and authorities. Its product portfolio includes road vehicle brake testers and window tint... 

Turnkey Instruments

Equipment supplier to focus on innovations for local mining industry

By: Mia Breytenbach     3rd July 2015 US-based mining equipment manufacturer Joy Global aims to increase awareness of its surface mining technology offerings for the South African mining industry. The company has equipment that is helping customers optimize mine performance, such as the P&H Generation 2 wheel loader. 

Equipment supplier to focus on innovations for local mining industry
ENHANCING PERFORMANCE The P&H Generation 2 wheel loader range is designed to achieve increased operating hours and productivity, and can load 75 t to 400 t haul trucks

Front loaders supplied to diamond mine to be showcased at expo

By: Mia Breytenbach     3rd July 2015 Heavy duty and earthmoving equipment distributor North European Equipment South Africa in February supplied two Atlas Weycor AR 40 front loaders to a diamond mine in the Northern Cape. The company has been a distributor of Germany-based machine manufacturer Atlas Weycor and parent company Atlas... 

Front loaders supplied to diamond mine to be showcased at expo
PRODUCT COLLECTOR The AR 40 front loaders can efficiently move and clean out any materials underneath conveyor belt systems and processing areas at mine sites

Lack of projects, mining pressures challenging equipment suppliers

By: Mia Breytenbach     3rd July 2015 The “absolute dearth” of exciting, new mining projects, paired with the concern that South Africa is no longer a favoured destination for new mining projects are some of the greatest challenges facing equipment suppliers, states heavy equipment manufacturer Bell Equipment Sales Africa (Besa)... 

Lack of projects, mining pressures challenging equipment suppliers
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DECLINING SALES As large-scale projects are significantly limited, it is difficult for companies supplying equipment to the mining and construction sectors

Machining acquisitions enhance company’s capabilities, service

By: Mia Breytenbach     3rd July 2015 To boost its crankshaft grinding and engine component machining capabilities and capacities, heavy diesel engine and remanufactured component provider Metric Automotive Engineering has invested in several new machines, including a Berco 575 crankshaft grinder. The crankshaft grinder is designed... 

Machining acquisitions  enhance company’s  capabilities, service
MACHINERY INVESTMENT The Berco 575 crankshaft grinder is capable of grinding crankshafts with a length of up to 4.8 m and a weight of up to 5 t

Manufacturer to launch new products, ramp up ADT production

By: Mia Breytenbach     3rd July 2015 Heavy-equipment manufacturer Bell Equipment has started low-volume production of the Bell B60D articulated dump truck (ADT) for the South African market, and will launch the new Finlay dual power plants later this month. Bell Equipment product marketing manager: ADTs Tristan du Pisanie notes that... 

Manufacturer to launch new products, ramp up ADT production
DUAL POWER The Finlay dual power mobile crushing and screening concept comprises the J-1175 jaw crusher, the C-1540 cone crusher and the 694+ inclined screen

New 35-t-capacity tow tractor responds to industry needs

By: Mia Breytenbach     3rd July 2015 High-end telescopic handler distributor and rough-terrain equipment company Manitou Southern Africa has augmented its mining equipment product offering with several new machines that were launched in the local market during the first half of this year. The product launches have included the... 

New 35-t-capacity tow  tractor responds to  industry needs
UNDERGROUND TRACTOR The ManiTrax 35 t tow tractor is capable of hauling, towing and transporting equipment, tools, skids and tanks in underground mine applications

Surface miner at coal mine a first for Southern Africa

By: Mia Breytenbach     3rd July 2015 Diversified engineering company Wirtgen South Africa (SA) in May commissioned its Wirtgen 4200 SM surface miner at Brazilian mining major Vale’s Moatize mine, in Tete, Mozambique. The supply of this miner to Vale is one of Wirtgen SA’s largest projects in Southern Africa to date. 

Surface miner at  coal mine a first for Southern Africa
MARKET FOOTPRINT Up to August 2014, 59 surface miners had been sold in Africa, with nine in Southern Africa and the remainder in North Africa

Dump truck makes it into Guinness Book of Records

     4th July 2014 Belarus-based multinational engineering company Belarusian Autoworks’ (BelAZ’s) BelAZ-75710, the world’s largest mining two-axle all-wheel-drive dump truck – with a weight-carrying capacity of 450 t – has proved worthy of an entry in the Guinness Book of Records. The new vehicle, which rolled out... 

Dump truck makes  it into Guinness Book  of Records
MAMMOTH MACHINE The world’s largest mining two-axle is currently being field-tested as one of the biggest machines of its class

Growing hammer range benefits drilling applications

     4th July 2014 Mining equipment and services provider Sandvik Mining has added six- and eight-inch models to its growing RH460 DTH hammer range, designed to reduce costs, increase penetration rates and prolong the service life of drilling applications on surface mining operations. The company has also... 

Growing hammer range benefits drilling applications
IMPROVED PERFORMANCE The growing RH460 range increases the impact–energy transmission in variable ground conditions

Mining industry challenges affect manufacturing sector

By: Jonathan Rodin     4th July 2014 South African manufacturers are not immune to the negative consequences of ongoing labour unrest in the mining industry, says heavy equipment manufacturer Bell Equipment Sales South Africa (Bessa) sales and marketing director Terry Gillham. "There is no question that our mining industry has taken... 

Mining industry challenges  affect manufacturing sector
EXPERIENCING DIFFICULTY Bell customers contracted to platinum and chrome mines, particularly in the Rustenburg area, are under severe strain

New wheel loader on the market

     4th July 2014 A new 990K wheel loader, which offers more power and increased payload for greater productivity and fuel efficiency, was launched in May by mining and construction equipment manufacturer Caterpillar (Cat). The wheel loader features a redesigned cab that delivers an improved operator interface and... 

New wheel loader  on the market
HEAVY MACHINERY The new 990K model is 17.5 t, which increased from the 16.5 t payload of the H Series model

Wagons designed to serve the mining industry in South Africa and abroad

By: Jonathan Rodin     4th July 2014 Locomotives, wagons and bogies supplier DCD Rolling Stock, a member of international manufacturing and engineering company DCD Group, has sold 33 discharge hopper wagons to platinum mining operations in South Africa over the last five years, says DCD Rolling Stock supply chain manager Phillip van... 

Wagons designed to serve the mining industry in South Africa and abroad
Photo by Duane Daws
FUNCTIONALITY DCD’s latest discharge hopper wagons are designed to respond to the South African platinum belt needs

New scaffolding innovation to assist mining companies

By: Yolandi Booyens     9th August 2013 Access platform provider Boom Access states that its newest innovation could assist mining companies in improving health and safety performance, while offering time and cost savings. The Monkey Tower, which was locally launched in June , is inherently safer than scaffolding and will improve any... 

Bulk earthworks industry’s potential hampered

By: Yolandi Booyens     5th July 2013 The bulk earthworks industry has the potential to perform much better than it currently does, but a lack of industry development and strikes at South Africa’s major mining companies have hampered the industry’s potential, notes bulk earthworks supplier SA Earthworks CEO Danie van der Westhuizen.... 

Company acquiring new technologies

By: Yolandi Booyens     5th July 2013 Heavy diesel engine and remanufactured component provider Metric Automotive Engineering is awaiting the delivery of a new RTM575 crank shaft grinder from Italy, which will enable the company to grind shafts up to 4.7 m in length. The order was placed eight months ago with materials handling... 

Company manufactures record number of mobile manufacturing units

By: Yolandi Booyens     5th July 2013 Developer, producer and supplier of commercial explosives AEL Mining Services manufactured twenty one mobile manufacturing units (MMUs) in 2012 – a record number for the company. AEL Mining Services global equipment services manager Steven Burke notes that the units were all manufactured in-house. 

Company receives positive response to equipment launch

By: Yolandi Booyens     5th July 2013 Construction equipment supplier High Power Equipment (HPE) Africa notes that industry response to the launch of its Hyundai-9 Series has been positive, with increasing sales across sectors. The Hyundai-9 Series equipment range was first launched in South Africa last year, in conjunction with the... 

Demand for surface mining equipment increasing with development

By: Yolandi Booyens     5th July 2013 Work opportunities and infrastructure development are increasing across South Africa, resulting in increased activity across the quarry industry and a growing demand for earthmoving and surface mining equipment. “The acquisition of new earthmoving and surface mining equipment is starting to... 

120 t excavator introduced to SA mining industry 

By: Sashnee Moodley     6th July 2012 The new Hyundai R1200-9 hydraulic excavator recently entered the heavy-mining equipment sector in South Africa and two of these mammoth machines have already been sold to local buyers, says High Power Equipment (HPE) Africa GM Neil Sauls. 

Machine eliminates drilling, blasting, primary crushing  

By: Sashnee Moodley     6th July 2012 Diversified engineering company Wirtgen South Africa, a subsidiary of Wirtgen, Germany, is targeting coal mining operations with its range of economically efficient and environment-friendly surface miners.  

Maintenance is key for heavy machine engines

By: Sashnee Moodley     6th July 2012 Preventive and planned maintenance is important and the long-term benefits for earthmoving equipment are massive, says diesel-engine and component remanufacturer Metric Automotive Engineering operations director Andrew Yorke. 

New mining product expands company’s range

By: Sashnee Moodley     6th July 2012 Design and manufacturing company Mammoth Technologies has expanded its mining equipment range by including its Mammoth Sweeper, for use of cleaning blastholes in mining operations. 

SA interest in efficient radial stacking conveyors

By: Sashnee Moodley     6th July 2012 US materials handling conveyors manufacturer Superior Industries offers the South African mining industry its TeleStacker conveyors, a telescopic radial stacking conveyor, with an operating tonnage from 200 t/h to 5 000 t/h and which it states is the largest in the world at 58 m. 

Technologies reduce mine fleet maintenance

By: Sashnee Moodley     6th July 2012 Energy company Shell Lubricants has developed and adapted new maintenance technologies for use on heavy-duty mine machinery, such as dump trucks, front-end loaders and hydraulic excavators, to improve efficiency further and reduce the cost of operations.  

Company designs rugged, affordable trucks for harsh SA conditions

By: Sinette Goosen     1st July 2011 Truck manufacturer and distributor Powerstar reports that the company has started tapping into South African construction and mining markets with its low-cost durable trucks. 

Company expands and improves product range and business

By: Sinette Goosen     1st July 2011 South African distributor and maintenance service provider for Hyundai earthmoving equipment High Power Equipment (HPE) Africa reports that it will add a 120 t R1200-9 Hyundai crawler excavator to its existing range of 3.5 t to 80 t excavators towards the end of the year. 

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