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Modderfontein museum preserving dynamite history

By: Jade Davenport The use of explosive material, particularly dynamite, has played an integral, although somewhat understated, role in facilitating the development and growth of South Africa’s mighty mining industry for more than a century. Indeed, it is all very well having the richest treasure trove of metals... 

Explosives company launches mobile manufacturing units for customers with small operations

By: Jonathan Faurie South Africa-founded explosives engineer and manufacturer African Explosives Limited (AEL) Mining Services, part of the AEL group of companies, has launched its new range of 15 t mobile manufacturing units (MMUs) engineered for customers with smaller operations. 

Electronic initiation design house aiming for growth of up to 40% this year

By: Jonathan Faurie High technology electronic initiation design house DetNet has reports that it expects 2011 to be a significant growth year after achieving volumes akin to 2008 during 2010.  

Capex approved for SA’s first nitric acid plant in almost 30 years

By: Jonathan Faurie Explosives company BME, a member of the Omnia group, reports that it is looking to strengthening its market position by 2012, when the company will complete the construction of the country’s first nitric acid (HNO3) production plant in almost 30 years. Nitric acid is used to produce ammonium... 

AEL’s African expansion projects 
on track for 2011 completion

By: Jonathan Faurie Explosives manufacturer African Explosives Limited reports that the company’s expansion projects in its West, East and Central African regions are progressing satisfactorily and are on course for a 2011 ramp up. 

Production ramps up at emulsions plant

Manufacturer of packaged explosives African Explosives Limited (AEL) Zambia reports that, since the completion of the construction of its bulk emulsions manufacturing plant, production levels have ramped up significantly.  

SA explosives firm to open shock tube assembly plant in Indonesia

By: Christy van der Merwe Explosives manufacturer African Explosives Limited (AEL) has taken the first step in the company's international growth strategy, and has reached agreement with an Indonesian explosives company, PT Dahana, to start a joint venture (JV) to assemble shock tube, in Subang, east of Jakarta. 

AEL gets board thumbs-up for last phase of detonator plant

By: Mariaan Webb The board of AECI approved the third and final phase of African Explosives Limited's (AEL's) automation programme at its Modderfontein detonator plants. 

Explosives firm refocuses its efforts in gold industry

By: Brindaveni Naidoo The expansion and deepening projects embarked on by gold mining companies in South Africa have prompted explosives producer African Explosives Limited (AEL) to focus its efforts on making its systems, products and supply chain more effective. 

AEL gets board thumbs-up for last phase of automation programme

By: Mariaan Webb The board of AECI has approved the third and final phase of African Explosives Limited's (AEL's) automation programme at its Modderfontein detonator plants, it said on Tuesday.  

Fluorspar miner Sallies couldn�t even pay for explosives, Dale confides ahead of R75m capital raising

By: Martin Creamer JSE-listed fluorspar miner Sallies was in such a �mess� that it was unable to pay for basic mining consumables like explosives, the company�s new non-executive chairperson Tom Dale disclosed last week ahead of Sallies� R75-million capital raising, which closes on June 29. 

New explosives training initiative for mining sector

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia In an effort to provide for the current need for training in the mining sector African Explosives Limited (AEL) has launched a new education and training initiative. 

Explosives manufacturer targets African expansion

By: cheryl reddy Explosives manufacturer, African Explosives Limited (AEL), of Johannesburg is planning a growth strategy targeting African countries that the company is not already active in. 

Detonator factory undergoes 'reinvention'

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia Explosives specialist African Explosives Limited (AEL) is in the process of undergoing a complete restructuring and reinvention of its detonator-manufacturing factories at the company’s Modderfontein base. “The new facilities will define what state-of-the-art is,” enthuses AEL... 

Explosives plant

By: Talent Ngandwe African Explosives Limited (AEL) is to invest $4,5-million in an explosives plant at Lumwana mine in the North-Western province of Zambia. 

Explosives group responds to margin squeeze with automation and antidumping action

By: Mariaan Webb Africa's largest mining explosives supplier, African Explosives Limited, part of the AECI group, will commission the first phase of its detonator factory modernisation and automation programme at Modderfontein, on the East Rand, in October, CEO Schalk Engelbrecht said. Delivering the group's... 

Bulk-delivery units for African conditions

By: Bert Swart To improve openpit mining operations throughout the African continent, African Explosives Limited (AEL) is driving ahead with its multimillion-rand campaign to deliver truck technology from a South African manufacturing base which is equivalent to the best in the world, says engineering and... 

Keeping safe in an unforgiving business

By: Amy Heydenrych With a past fraught with numerous injuries, the explosives business is a risky one where a careless mistake can cost one one’s life. 

Fleet replacement to improve explosives delivery

By: Dennis Ndaba Soputh African opencast mining stands to benefit substantially from the fact that African Explosives Limited (AEL) market leader in South Africa and leading explosives producer in Africa, has reached an advanced stage of replacing its entire core fleet of on-site explosive 

Training initiative enhances safety in mining

The South African mining industry is benefiting substantially from increased quality and safety standards in its blasting operations as a direct result of a unique service initiative offered by African Explosives Limited (AEL). 

Explosives giant achieves environmental recognition

As Africa’s leading explosives producer, African Explosives Limited (AEL) has attained its most significant success in its core value of striving to continually improve the sustainability of its environmental performance. 

Training central to world class blasting system

By: Matthew Hill In its drive to add maximum value to mining operations throughout Africa, African Explosives Limited (AEL), the continent’s largest explosives manufacturer and distributor, has developed a unique and effective method it calls ‘a world class supply, delivery and performance system’. 

ITAC walked away from responsibilities - AECI

By: Nelendhre Moodley Industrial firm AECI has taken the view that Department of Trade and Industry's International Trade Administration Commission’s (ITAC’s) decision to drop an investigation into alleged dumping of Chinese shock-tubes on to the South African market was nothing less than "walking away... 

Satisfying all of the platinum sector’s explosive needs

By: Laura Tyrer As the largest market that the company serves, African Explosives Limited (AEL) is providing the platinum sector with a full range of tailor-made services, from basic accessories in the form of initiating systems to a full package that includes initiating systems, explosives and service level... 

Africa offers explosive growth

By: Jade Davenport Africa’s largest explosives manufacturer African Explosives Limited (AEL) has experienced tremendous growth in the continent, which is evidenced by the fact that the financial contribution of the company’s African subsidiaries has increased over the past decade from a virtual... 

'On-time-in-full' strategy adds value to customers

By: Laura Tyrer Recognising that the explosives industry is a steadily-growing market throughout Africa, African Explosives Limited (AEL) is intent on building capacity and adding customer value to its services. 

Explosives giant sharpens its service to the coal industry

Local company African Explosives Limited (AEL) is now well advanced in upgrading its facilities in the Witbank coalfields to meet the demands of the South African domestic and export coal markets. 

Explosive group’s Ghana detonator output at record levels

Growing mining activity in Africa - and the potential for further expansion of the industry - has allowed the continent’s leading explosives producer to achieve encouraging results in its African markets. 

New concept to improve mining performance

The South African mining industry stands to benefit substantially from a new application of mining technology which is being developed by African Explosives Limited (AEL). 

SA firm's very survival at risk as Chinese imports flood in

By: Irma Venter African Explosives Limited (AEL) MD Graham Edwards cites the dumping investigation the company has requested against cheap Chinese imports, as crucial to the continued existence of the local industry. 

SA explosives firm unveils 'new-frontiers' strategy

By: Nicola Mawson South African explosives firm African Explosives Limited (AEL), which is headed by Graham Edwards and is a subsidiary of AECI, has developed a new growth strategy that seeks to lessen its dependence on the local gold-mining industry and which will take its business to new resources frontiers,... 

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