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Weekly Features

Company retires production of mining excavator

     17th June 2016 After being available for sale for almost 30 years, Swiss-based equipment manufacturer Liebherr has decided to retire production of the  R 984 excavator. One-third of these 120 t class machines were shipped within Europe, while another third were sent to Africa. The very last unit was delivered... 

Cost-effective products for quarrying

By: Robyn Wilkinson     17th June 2016 Heavy-equipment manufacturer Bell Equipment is introducing cost-effective products to help mining and quarrying companies manage the challenges in their industries. Bell Equipment quarry industry specialist Tyron Ravenscroft notes that, much like the mining industry, the quarrying industry is... 

Cost-effective products for quarrying
B25E SUPERTRUCK Bell Equipment’s supertruck provides a lower cost-per-ton solution for quarrying

Ghana QLA competition finalists announced

     17th June 2016 Five finalists have been announced for the third edition of the Quarry Life Award (QLA) competition organised by Ghanian cement manufacturer Ghacem, subsidiary of German multinational building materials company the Heidelburg Cement (HC) group. The winning projects will be revealed in the third... 

Ghana QLA competition finalists announced
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EFFECTIVE IDEAS REWARDED The QLA competition enables its competitors to source ideas on the effective regeneration and management of biodiversity in its mining sites across the world

Grindrod locomotives launch spares and technical support Partnerships

     17th June 2016 In addition to the core business of manufacturing locomotives for shunting and main line operations, locomotive manufacturing, refurbishment and maintenance company Grindrod Locomotives is further expanding its offering to include a continent-wide spare parts supply business, says Pretoria-based... 

Grindrod locomotives launch spares and  technical support  Partnerships
Grindrod Locomotives COO Leon Broom

Knowledge hub for quarrying

     17th June 2016 Construction equipment provider Sandvik Construction has launched a Web portal called "Crushology" to help quarry owners and operators get more from their equipment, thereby improving operational productivity and economy. The Crushology Web portal, launched in March, features a collection of... 

Knowledge hub for quarrying
ENHANCING DRILLING EFFICIENCY Sandvik believes that knowledge is the fundamental for the development of new techniques and technologies involved in quarrying

Madagascar quarrying operation flourishing

     17th June 2016 Sun Minerals Madagascar, a potential 20-year joint venture (JV) between mining and exploration company Norcross Madagascar Group (NMG) and quarry extracting company SRE India, planned to start opening a second quarry at the Peacock Blue labradorite project under the JV in May, with hopes the new... 

Madagascar quarrying operation flourishing
BETTER AND BETTER As the Peacock Blue labradorite quarry develops, the gemstone crystal size has increased

Products to launch at expo

     17th June 2016 Dump truck producer Terex Trucks, mobile crushing, screening and recycling equipment manufacturer Terex Finlay and washing equipment supplier Terex Washing Systems (TWS) will preview, launch and showcase a range of equipment and machinery for the mining and quarrying industries at Hillhead 2016,... 

Products to launch at expo
GENERATION 10 TA400 Terex Trucks will launch the articulated dump truck at Hillhead 2016

Solution for disposal of used oil answer to reducing emissions

By: Robyn Wilkinson     17th June 2016 An environment-friendly product for the disposal of used oil generated by quarries and other mining operations has been developed by commercial explosives and blasting solutions developer AEL Mining Services. The solution is also expected to help the mining industry prepare for the carbon tax... 

Solution for disposal of used oil answer to reducing emissions
GREENER BLASTING SOLUTIONS An ecofriendly product for the disposal of used oil from quarries is offered by AEL Mining Services

UK show sees strong demand

By: Kimberley Smuts     17th June 2016 The Hillhead international quarrying and recycling show is famous for its live demonstrations and 2016 will be no different with a range of equipment being put through its paces in a live quarry environment. Demand for the 2016 event has been strong with every square metre now allocated,... 

UK show sees strong demand
UNIQUE OFFERING Hillhead demonstrates real ‘job of work’ in a live quarry environment

Bulk of modular screening media system range to be manufactured locally

     19th June 2015 Diversified engineering group Metso last month launched its internationally renowned Trellex 305PS modular screening media system into the Southern African quarrying sector. Metso screening media global sales specialist Julian Steinmann notes that the bulk of the range will be manufactured... 

Bulk of modular screening media system range to be  manufactured locally
LOCAL CONTENT The bulk of the Trellex 305PS system will be manufactured locally

Commodity based software solution a first for quarry planners

     19th June 2015 Mining consultancy and software solutions provider RungePincockMinarco (RPM) last month released a commodity-based software solution focused on scheduling in the cement and aggregates quarrying industry, the Quarry XPAC Solution. The product is configured to the requirements of the quarrying... 

Commodity based software solution a first for quarry planners
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CAPABILITY EVALUATION The Quarry XPAC Solutiona provides scheduling visibility, including the ability to evaluate multiple scenarios to achieve optimal exploitation of quarry deposits

Crusher-backing compound to improve machinery life

By: Mia Breytenbach     19th June 2015 The use of effective crusher-backing compounds and release agents is a critical component in enhancing the life of crushing equipment used in the quarrying and mining industry, says water transfer and control solutions provider Summit Agencies. “Impact and shock vibrations can cause significant... 

Crusher-backing  compound to improve  machinery life
TOUGH BACKING The Korrobond compound serves as a backing and reinforcing layer between machine parts and as a damper when subjected to impact and shock loads

Crushing process enhancements to boost quarry production

     19th June 2015 Optimising crushing processes is a reliable way of boosting a quarry’s production with benefits that extend from extraction of materials to the stockpile and sale of graded products, states process technology and services provider Metso Minerals Southern Africa construction GM Alan Fletcher.... 

Crushing process  enhancements to boost quarry production
CRUCIAL IMPORTANCE Understanding the correct types of crushing processes required to manufacture the necessary products in the required tonnages is vital knowledge

Fuel-efficient blasthole drill rig can drill larger holes

By: Mia Breytenbach     19th June 2015 Sweden-based construction and mining tools and equipment manufacturer Atlas Copco launched its PowerROC T50 surface drill rig, designed for use at limestone, cement and aggregate quarries, onto the African market earlier this month. The PowerROC T50 is a tophammer, blasthole drill rig that is... 

Fuel-efficient blasthole drill rig can drill larger holes
DRILLING PERFORMANCE The newly developed rock drill COP 3060 for surface applications provided the PowerROC T50 with a high penetration rate

Materials supplier to boost African operations

By: Mia Breytenbach     19th June 2015 JSE-listed construction materials and industrial minerals supplier Afrimat is intensifying its focus on further geographical expansion and opportunities in Africa. “Afrimat constantly considers areas where there will be strong demand for its products, with a dedicated business development team... 

Materials supplier to boost African operations
EXPANSION BOOST Afrimat’s new business development remains a key component of the group's growth strategy with future expansions including Mozambique

Stable quarry growth hampered by cost, legislative challenges

By: Mia Breytenbach     19th June 2015 As a result of the local construction industry’s recovery and government’s multibillion-rand infrastructure projects, the South African quarrying industry is on a steady growth path, says Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of South Africa (Aspasa) director Nico Pienaar, adding that... 

Stable quarry growth hampered by cost, legislative challenges
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GROWTH EXPECTED As a result of the local construction industry’s recovery and government’s multibillion-rand infrastructure projects, the South African quarrying industry is on a steady growth path

Cone crusher enhances operations at Eastern Cape quarry

     4th July 2014 Crushing and screening company Pilot Crushtec International’s Pilot Modular/Trio MC90 cone crusher has improved crushing efficiency levels and saved costs at the Ugie Mac sand, gravel and stone quarry, in the Eastern Cape, says Pilot Crushtec national sales manager Nicolan Govender. The cone... 

Cone crusher enhances operations at Eastern Cape quarry
HIGH-QUALITY MATERIAL The Pilot Modular Trio MC90 and two Pilot Modular conveyors are currently operating at the Ugie Mac quarry site

Equipment manufacturer targets local mining and quarrying sectors

By: Ilan Solomons     4th July 2014 The South African branch of Belgium-based mobile track-mounted crushing and screening equipment manufacturer Keestrack Group aims to make inroads into the local quarrying and mining sectors, the company tells Mining Weekly. Having established its Southern African head office in Middelburg,... 

Equipment manufacturer targets local mining and quarrying sectors
IN OPERATION The Frontier scalping screen is being used at a coal mine in Mpumalanga

Illegal sands, aggregate mining a concern

     4th July 2014 Bitter battles are currently being fought over mining rights and the validity of permits issued by various government departments to mine sands and aggregate sites, particularly along the coastal regions of South Africa, says the Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa... 

Illegal sands, aggregate  mining a concern
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ILLICIT ACTIVITIES Illegal mining leads to the illegal occupation of land, illegal power and water connections, pollution, and the degradation of the natural environment

Quarrying operations increase materials supplier’s revenues

By: Ilan Solomons     4th July 2014 Despite the challenging economic climate currently impacting on the mining and construction sectors, JSE-listed construction materials and industrial minerals supplier Afrimat achieved a year-on-year revenue growth of 42.1% for the company’s 2013 financial year, which ended February 28. In 2013,... 

Quarrying operations increase materials supplier’s revenues
REAPING THE REWARDS The Glen Douglas quarry produced about 1.8-million tons of metallurgical dolomite last year

Strong Sheq adherence stands quarry in good stead

     4th July 2014 Cement and concrete manufacturer AfriSam says its Coedmore sand and stone quarry in Bellair, KwaZulu-Natal has survived tough market conditions and robust industry competition by adhering to strict safety, health, environment and quality (Sheq) principles. “Our Sheq credo has been instituted and... 

Strong Sheq adherence stands quarry in  good stead
SAFETY BARRIER SYSTEM When drilling or blasting takes place, blue poles are sunk into the ground 3 m away from the crest and static climbing rope is strung between the poles to indicate where the no-go areas are

Turnkey manufacturer to supply vertical roller mills to Tanzanian cement plant

     4th July 2014 Owner-managed engineering company Loesche recently received its first order from cement producer and supplier Tanga Cement Company for the supply of two vertical roller mills for Tanga’s cement plant, in Tanzania. The order covers the full manufacture and supply of two Loesche vertical roller... 

Turnkey manufacturer to supply vertical roller mills to Tanzanian cement plant
CEMENT RAW MATERIAL GRINDING MILL Loesche is ISO 9001:2008 quality management system certified

Conveyance system assists productivity at Sudanese cement plant

     20th September 2013 Conveyance solutions provider Doppelmayr’s RopeCon system is assisting in transporting raw materials from a new crushing plant to the processing plant of Sudanese cement manufacturer Berber Cement to meet its daily demand of transporting 9 000 t of limestone to its new cement plant in Al... 

Crushing and screening system to ensure maximum capacity for the future

     20th September 2013 Technology supplier Metso, which also operates in sub-Saharan Africa, has been contracted to upgrade the capacity of construction materials and building products supplier Monier’s Nebiri quarry in Papua New Guinea, to meet long-term growth targets through a strategic partnership. 

Entire new range showcased at bauma Africa

     20th September 2013 South Africa's leading supplier of mobile and semi-mobile crushing, screening, recycling, sand washing, stockpiling, compacting and material handling solutions, Pilot Crushtec reports that it has showcased an entire new range of crushing and screening products at the inaugural bauma Africa... 

Mining industry remains challenging

By: Jonathan Rodin     20th September 2013 Importers and distributors of underground mining, surface mining and quarrying rock tools, Schwalbe, which supplies the Orange Rock Tools range to the Southern African market, reports that it is experiencing some challenges in a stressed mining industry. 

Modular plants proving successful

     20th September 2013 Materials handling contractor Osborn reports that it is now able to offer a full quarry processing plant by adding the new Kolberg-Pioneer Incorporated, Johnson Crushers International (KPI-JCI) vertical shaft impactor (VSI) crusher to its modular plant set-up, product sales manager Chris Slade... 

New equipment to be released at bauma

     20th September 2013 South African original-equipment manufacturer, Bell Equipment reports that it is planning to debut its sixty-ton articulated dump truck (ADT), the B60D, used for transporting loose material such as sand or gravel, at the inaugral bauma Africa, which will run from September 18 to September 21at... 

New mobile screening introduced to the South African market

By: Jonathan Rodin     20th September 2013 Belgium-based manufacturer of mobile track mounted crushing and screening equipment, Keestrack, exhibited at the inaugural bauma Africa 2013, in conjunction with the sole accredited sub-Saharan dealer, Metal’lum, which also introduced Metal’lum’s new range of track mounted crushing and screening... 

New products launched at bauma Africa 2013

     20th September 2013 Supplier of earthmoving, construction, mining and quarrying equipment ELB Equipment reports that it exhibited its range of equipment at the first bauma Africa exhibition, held at the Gallagher Convention Centre, in Midrand. As part of its exhibition, ELB showcased a number of quarrying brands... 

New quarry machine line-up being showcased at bauma Africa

     20th September 2013 Mining equipment manufacturer Terex Finlay reports that it will be exhibiting at the inaugural bauma Africa, in conjunction with South African original equipment manufacturer Bell Equipment, its new distributor in Southern Africa. 

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