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Blasting solutions that take mines into digital age

19th October 2018 As mining companies rapidly shift their strategies and operating models to leverage digital transformation, new technologies in blasting and explosives are making an ever more vital contribution to bottom-line improvements. A combination of market volatility, changing global demand and radically... 

BME expands into US market

By: Nadine James     27th July 2018 South African explosives leader BME has further enhanced its international footprint by supplying its market leading AXXIS electronic detonators to customers in the US. In a statement last week, BME MD Joe Keenan noted that the company is already active with shipments of AXXIS detonators to... 

Cullinan mine moves to centralised blasting to improve safety, efficiency  

By: Nadine James     6th July 2018 Petra Diamonds’ Cullinan mine hopes to achieve further improvements in safety, mining efficiencies and productivity, following the implementation of BME’s AXXIS centralised blasting system across its underground operation. The system was officially launched on Wednesday. 

Petra’s Cullinan mine uses new centralised blasting system to improve safety, productivity

By: Nadine James     27th June 2018 Petra Diamonds’ Cullinan mine hopes to achieve further improvements in safety, mining efficiencies and productivity, following the implementation of BME’s AXXIS centralised blasting system across its underground operation. The system was officially launched on Wednesday. 

BME’s West African footprint expands as it clinches Mali blasting service contract

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th December 2017 West Africa remains an exciting region for South Africa-based explosives and blasting leader BME, which has won a full blasting service contract for a new opencast gold mining operation that is set to become the largest producer in Mali. From 2006 to 2015, 18 mines were opened in the region,... 

SA firm takes first steps into US market with new blasting technology

By: Mia Breytenbach     8th December 2017 With growth for the Axxis blasting technology having increased substantially each year over the past five years, Africa-based blasting and explosives leader BME has, in enhancing the brand’s growth, taken its first steps into the US market. The company conducted six successful test blasts in... 

Reactive ground detection tech advancing, conference nears

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th October 2017 Explosives and blasting company BME is in the testing and development stage of adapting its XRF Delta Pro mineral scanning technology to quickly identify reactive ground conditions on-the-spot to prevent blast site incidents, thereby ensuring safer blasting practices.  

Mineral scanner to facilitate identification of reactive ground

26th May 2017 In another step towards safer blasting practice, Johannesburg-headquartered explosives and services supplier BME is adapting its XRF Delta Pro mineral scanner to quickly identify reactive-ground conditions that could lead to blast site incidents. “This can give us real-time information that... 

Possible commodity price upturn, cost-cutting innovations augur well for mining sector, BME conference delegates told

By: Dylan Slater     9th December 2016 The possibility of an upturn in commodity prices may be positively turning, as well as news of cost-saving innovations for mines as they struggle to remain profitable, were the highlights of the yearly BME Drilling and Blasting Conference, held in Pretoria last month. The volume of total mining... 

Mining’s future needs innovation from suppliers

18th November 2016 The fate of mining does not lie in the hands of mines alone, everyone involved in the mining supply chain must accept that the recovery and future of the industry relies on the best value creation at every step in that chain, emphasises South Africa-based cold emulsion explosives innovator BME.... 

Mobile technology helps eliminate blasting obstacles

By: Kimberley Smuts     18th November 2016 Explosives firm BME explored how mobile technology and centralised data could provide mine managers with an edge to comprehensively eliminate potential blast problems, through among others management of blast inputs, thereby improving blast results, at its annual Drilling and Blasting Conference.... 

S Africa explosives expert building brand awareness in North America

By: Kimberley Smuts     23rd September 2016 Explosives firm BME, as part of its geographical growth strategy, will attend this year’s MINExpo International exhibition and conference from September 26 to 28 at the Las Vegas Convention Centre, in Nevada, US. The company’s globalisation strategy includes increasing brand awareness in the... 

Omnia still pursuing North American entry after Nordex offer is withdrawn

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd August 2016 JSE-listed Omnia Holdings has withdrawn and terminated its offer to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of Canadian firm Nordex Explosives. The chemicals company on Monday said Nordex shareholders had approved the change of control private placement and going private transaction with... 

Impeded release of nitrates mitigating enviro impact of mining explosives

By: Dylan Slater     19th August 2016 Developments over the past three decades by mining explosives manufacturer BME, have resulted in a lowered negative impact on the environment through the impeded release of nitrates during blasting operations, thereby, preventing possible groundwater contamination and allowing enhanced recycling... 

Detonation system’s Australian footprint expanding

By: Sebastian Whyle     5th August 2016 The AXXIS Digital Initiation System from explosives company BME has been well received in Australia and is regarded highly in its mining sector, BME technical director Tony Rorke tells Mining Weekly.  

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),... 

Continued investment and partnerships pivotal under current market downturn 

By: Zandile Mavuso     27th November 2015 In the current economic downturn, JSE-listed Omnia Group’s mining explosives division BME believes that partnership and continuing to improve productivity through product innovation is key to survival. 

New blasting company MD to focus on customer engagement

By: Bruce Montiea     20th November 2015 A continuous focus on customers to better understand their requirements and include their voice in in-house decision-making processes will be the main strategy of newly appointed explosives supply chain company BME MD Joseph Keenan. “In the early days of my role, I have had the opportunity to... 

Existing technology used to enhance blast design methods

23rd October 2015 Mining solutions provider and explosives supplier BME’s technical director Tony Rorke asserts that the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), global positioning systems (GPS) and three-dimensional (3D) photogrammetric software, has enhanced the field of blast design, thus improving blast results... 

Explosives solution enables timeous identification of reactive ground

By: Zandile Mavuso     21st August 2015 Explosives company BME states that its double-edged emulsion explosives solution allows customers to quickly identify reactive ground and apply the appropriate product when blasting at their mining operations. 

Zambia copper mine blast company’s biggest blast to date

By: Dylan Stewart     10th July 2015 Explosives supplier and service provider BME achieved its biggest blast to date in March at Kansanshi copper mine, in the north-west of Zambia, detonating 4 141 electronic delay detonators (EDDs) in a single blast in the operation’s north-west pit. 

BME enters Indonesia’s coal mining sector

By: Zandile Mavuso     5th June 2015 Explosives company BME is expanding its footprint into Indonesia’s coal industry where it hopes its pumpable emulsion explosives will benefit the industry positively. 

Opencast mines benefit from electronic detonation technology

8th May 2015 The popularity of electronic initiation in blasting is bound to grow as more opencast mines and quarries benefit from the reliability and accuracy of these systems and the broader impact of high-quality blasts to their operational bottom-line, says specialised mining chemical products and... 

AEL manager elected board member of Institute of Quarrying

By: Zandile Mavuso     8th May 2015 Mining explosives manufacturer AEL Mining Services global mining optimisation manager Simon Tose has been elected as a board member of the Institute of Quarrying (IOQ). 

Longest vertical pipeline worldwide to deliver emulsion

By: Dylan Stewart     27th March 2015 Explosives supplier BME is setting up a 318 m vertical pipeline – the longest in the world – to enable the direct delivery of emulsion to a South African underground mine, BME senior operations manager Selwyn Pearton says. 

Amplats trials BME’s portable emulsion system at Tumela

By: Ilan Solomons     27th March 2015 Explosives company BME is supporting platinum miner Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) efforts to improve and modernise its operations through the introduction of a new portable emulsion system at the miner’s Tumela underground mine in Thabazimbi, Limpopo. BME officially opened its first... 

BME launches narrow-reef emulsion site at Amplats’ Tumela mine

By: Ilan Solomons     4th March 2015 Explosives company BME officially opened its first narrow-reef emulsion site and training centre at platinum miner Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) Tumela underground mine in Thabazimbi, Limpopo on Wednesday. Tumela mine production manager Pierre Prinsloo said the bulk emulsions system was... 

African gold mine receives mobile firefighting set

By: Mia Breytenbach     30th January 2015 Pumps and pump components supplier Grundfos supplied a containerised firefighting set – the first Grundfos set of its kind to be supplied worldwide – to one of West African gold producer Perseus Mining’s gold mines, in Ghana, in October last year. The South African arm of the Denmark-based parent... 

Futurist sees Africa’s rise, calls for faster integration

By: Chantelle Kotze     28th November 2014 Only 13% to 15% of Africa’s trade takes place within the continent – compared with 63% in Europe and 40% in North America – leaving huge scope for better economic integration among African countries, according to futurist and scenario planner Guy Lundy. 

Used oil recycling important for explosives

By: Ilan Solomons     21st November 2014 The use of recycled fuel oil as a key ingredient in ammonium nitrate-based explosives is an accepted practice in the local explosives industry. However, few users of the explosives give much thought to the processes that are involved in collecting, transferring and transforming the used oil in an... 

BME conference contributes to explosives education, information sharing

By: Chantelle Kotze     14th November 2014 Mining explosives company BME hosted its twenty-second yearly Drilling and Blasting Conference at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s International Conference Centre, in Pretoria, last week as part of the company’s contribution to education and information sharing on blasting... 

New vertical pipeline supports narrow-reef emulsion system

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th August 2014 Mining explosives company BME is establishing a 300 m vertical emulsion pipeline – the deepest in the world – at a South African gold mine currently implementing BME’s new narrow-reef emulsion system. The pipeline, scheduled for completion at the end of this year, will reduce the usual shaft time... 

Omnia posts record FY revenue on mining, currency gains

By: Natalie Greve     24th June 2014 Specialised chemicals provider Omnia has lifted revenue 21% to a record R16.3-billion for the twelve months ended March 31, 2014, on the back of volume and sales price increases in its mining and agricultural divisions, price increases in the chemicals division and foreign currency gains. Gross... 

BME continues to grow after 30 years, focused on expansion

By: Chantelle Kotze     16th May 2014 Celebrating three decades in business, mining explosives company BME has noted continual growth on the African continent throughout this time and has firmly set its future growth sights on further expanding its footprint in Southern and East Africa. 

Explosives supplier aims to enhance exposure at 2014 Mining Indaba

By: David Oliveira     24th January 2014 South Africa-based explosives supplier BME will exhibit for the fifth consecutive year at the 2014 Investing in African Mining Indaba, which the company regards as a platform to increase its international exposure. ”Each year, BME has noticed the raising of the bar at the Mining Indaba, with an... 

Study aims to improve blasting methods

By: Carina Borralho     22nd November 2013 South African mining industry explosives supplier BME technical manager Refiloe Kekana has co-written a paper that aims to increase the mining industry’s depth of understanding in rock and its characteristics, thereby helping mining companies to plan explosions more efficiently. “This paper... 

BME expanding explosives manufacturing capacity to secure supplies to Southern African customers

By: Chantelle Kotze     22nd November 2013 Explosives supplier BME, a member of specialist chemical services provider Omnia group, is bolstering the ways in which it manages its supply security constraint for its Southern African clients. 

Explosives manufacturer expanding into more African countries

By: Zandile Mavuso     8th November 2013 Opencast mining explosives manufacturer BME is finding ready markets in the African mining industry and is planning a steady expansion into several countries, including Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia and Mozambique. Already, more than half of BME’s turnover comes from contracts in African countries... 

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