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Imports challenge for pumps manufacturing, foundry industry

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     15th June 2018 One of the biggest challenges for local foundries and pumps manufacturers is competition from imported products, says Kimberley-based metal castings specialist KEW Foundries. “I would say about 70% to 80% of the pumps used in South Africa are imported,” KEW Foundries operations director Jaime... 

Furnaces outperform industry expectations

By: Paige Müller     1st June 2018 Two custom built 81 MVA submerged arc alternating current (AC) furnaces – designed and supplied by South African process and engineering firm Metix to Malaysia-based joint venture smelting facility Sakura Ferroalloys – have outperformed industry expectations since the smelting facility’s... 

New pumping system to dewater deep mine shafts

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     4th May 2018 Centurion-based, family owned, pumping solutions provider Hazleton Pumps has patented a new pump technology that will dewater deep-level mine shafts more efficiently. The Hippo high head series submersible slurry pump system can remove acid mine drainage (AMD) water from flooded mine shafts in a... 

Rio Tinto becomes first aluminium producer certified under new sustainability benchmark

By: Henry Lazenby     11th April 2018 Mining giant Rio Tinto has become the first company in the world to be certified under the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) – a new benchmark for healthy environmental, social and governance practices across the aluminium lifecycle of production, use and recycling, the company announced on... 

Russia’s Chelyabinsk reports higher output

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th March 2018 Russian zinc and zinc alloys producer Chelyabinsk Zinc Plant (CZP) has increased its production by 4.7% in the year ended December. Saleable SHG zinc and zinc-based alloys production amounted to 183 002 t of in 2017, compared with 174 803 t in 2016, the LSE-listed company reported on Tuesday. 

Vanitec Applauds New Stricter Chinese Rebar Standard

15th February 2018 Vanitec, the International Trade Association representing the companies and organisations involved in the processing, manufacture, mining, research and use of vanadium and vanadium-containing products, today praised the Standardization Administration of the People’s Republic of China on its... 

Regulatory uncertainty casting shadow over South Africa amid forecast for further minerals market uptick

By: Mia Breytenbach     19th January 2018 The South African mining industry has had a tumultuous time because of the controversial Reviewed Draft Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Charter for the South African Mining and Minerals Industry, also known as Mining Charter III, which, amid lingering political uncertainty, led to low... 

Regulatory uncertainty casting shadow over SA amid forecast for further minerals market uptick

By: Mia Breytenbach     19th January 2018 The South African mining industry has had a tumultuous time because of the controversial Reviewed Draft Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Charter for the South African Mining and Minerals Industry, also known as Mining Charter III, which, amid lingering political uncertainty, led to low... 

SA Hippo Flameproof Submersible Pumps Exported Has A 98% Local Content.

9th November 2017 The HIPPO Flameproof Submersible Slurry Pump Range which has been designed, developed and manufactured in South Africa has a minimum of 98% local content – with only the bearings and mechanical seals being imported. All manufactured components for the HIPPO Pump Range have a 100% local content... 

Latest products showcased in real-life working environment

6th October 2017 Mining equipment and services provider Sandvik demonstrated its expertise as a supplier to the aggregates and construction industries at the tenth Steinexpo demonstration exhibition in Germany, exhibiting products for various applications in the raw materials industry. Steinexpo, held from August... 

BLSA statement misleading, says Transnet

By: Anine Kilian     28th September 2017 State-owned Transnet on Thursday said Business Leadership South Africa’s (BLSA’s) statement claiming that it had suspended Transnet’s membership is inaccurate and misleading.    Transnet explained that BLSA had approached it earlier this year to consider renewing its membership for this year but... 

Concrete Rehabilitation Success At Finsch By Botes & Kennedy Manyano

28th September 2017 Botes & Kennedy Manyano offered Petra Diamonds a practical workable solution for the rehabilitation of three concrete silos at its Finsch Diamond Mine in the Northern Cape. The design and construct project was aimed at restoring the structural integrity of the silos while addressing issues such... 

Zinc refiner needed in South Africa

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th August 2017 A local zinc refiner needs to be established to provide more intimate support for the South African galvanising industry to capitalise on the recovery of the South African economy, says International Zinc Association of South Africa (Izasa) regional director Rob White. He notes that, with the... 

Thos Begbie’s global quality status boosted by on-the-spot Dekra 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd May 2017 The same-site working relationship that Thos Begbie has established with global quality inspectorate Dekra Industrial RSA is giving the prolific exporter of copper castings a commercial edge in its global dealings with mining and smelter-related customers worldwide. Thos Begbie now hosts the... 

Despite strong vanadium price recovery, Largo still under water 

By: Henry Lazenby     15th May 2017 The strong price recovery of the industrial metal vanadium pentoxide (V2O5) has not yet been enough to lift producer Largo Resources into the black, casting material doubts on the company’s ability to meet its financial obligations should it be unsuccessful in raising more cash. During the first... 

Emotional Molefe weighs judicial review and future after damning Public Protector report  

By: Terence Creamer     3rd November 2016 Eskom CEO Brian Molefe has indicated that he is weighing his future options as head of the State-owned electricity producer following the release of a Public Protector report, which raises serious questions about his role in facilitating a coal deal involving Tegeta, a mining company linked to... 

Heavy Investment Into Weir Heavy Bay Foundry

3rd October 2016 Weir Group’s investment into Weir Heavy Bay Foundry continues at pace, positioning the operation as a best cost producer of high quality castings. The recent commissioning of an advanced secondary sand plant at Weir HBF will allow the Port Elizabeth foundry to reduce manufacturing costs, further... 

Ventilated turbo pulley saves on costs

By: Robyn Wilkinson     30th September 2016 Industrial equipment supplier Bearings International (BI) is enhancing the marketing of its ventilated turbo pulley (VTP), which has the ability to significantly reduce operating costs, to the South African crushing industry. 

Surplus coal to halt India coal block auctions

By: Ajoy K Das     29th September 2016 Surplus coal is likely to delay the auction of more coal blocks and is casting doubt over India’s plans to produce one-billion tons a year by 2020. Officials in the Coal Ministry and at Coal India Limited (CIL) say it will be futile to put more coal reserves on the block, given the adverse... 

Hot Platinum  

14th September 2016 Hot Platinum (HPT) is a South African technology company focused on the development and manufacture of innovative induction heating systems for processing precious and base metals.  

Cost benefits of crushers for Zambian copper mines significant

By: Robyn Wilkinson     2nd September 2016 Designer and manufacturer of diversified mining processing equipment MMD Mineral Sizing Africa is designing customised underground sizing stations for underground copper mines in Zambia. 

Mining complex refurbished with no major delays

19th August 2016 Eleven products from specialist chemicals company Sika have been used in the refurbishment of platinum producer Impala Platinum’s (Implats’) Rustenburg operations, a 14-shaft complex in the Bushveld Igneous Complex near Rustenburg, which was completed in June. Since this active platinum... 

Pneumatic equipment no longer centre stage, but still has place

By: Sebastian Whyle     15th July 2016 The uptake of pneumatic tools at mine sites has slowed, owing to new mining technology and techniques, equipment provider Borwa Mining Instruments MD Lebogang Matlou tells Mining Weekly.  

Govt committed to supporting young people’s participation in mining – DMR

By: Ilan Solomons     1st July 2016 The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) is committed to supporting youth upliftment programmes aimed at improving young people’s knowledge about South Africa’s minerals and their development, DMR deputy director-general Joel Raphela told delegates at the 2016 Youth in Mining, Procurement and... 

Conveyor engineered to withstand high temperatures

By: Robyn Wilkinson     20th May 2016 Global mining solutions provider Tenova TAKRAF Africa is introducing the Superbelt conveyor technology, developed by Italian environment-friendly hot bulk materials handling solutions provider Magaldi Italy, to Southern Africa. The conveyor has been designed specifically for hot bulk materials... 

Push to supply longer-term lodgings  

By: Malusi Mkhize     24th March 2016 Housing and building construction system company Moladi believes mining companies, which are currently dealing with the commodities downturn, should invest in longer-term building solutions for the purpose of on-site accommodation, as opposed to more traditional prefabricated modular buildings.... 

Supplier boosting productivity with new casting machine

By: Simon Sonnekus     11th March 2016 Screening and vibrating equipment supplier Aury Africa intends to boost its productivity this year with the acquisition of a new polyurethane casting machine. The multimillion-rand machine will enable the Boksburg-based company to produce its own polyurethane screening panels, liners and wedges... 

Multotec Rubber To Market Citic Steel Mill Liners In Africa

1st February 2016 Multotec Rubber has concluded an agreement with CITIC Heavy Industries to market its steel liners in Africa. This is a significant move by CITIC as Multotec Rubber has an extensive representative footprint on the continent and this, together with its value add services, will see the footprint of... 

Corruption concerns have increased implications for mining and exploration M&A

By: Simon Rees     29th October 2015 Buyers are becoming increasingly wary of corruption issues when buying projects, operations or other companies, and those looking to sell will have to be more mindful of this, says PricewaterhouseCoopers Canada MD and anticorruption expert Frederic Miller.   “Nobody these days wants to buy a... 

New 18M3 Adds Power, Capability to Cat® Mining Motor Grader Range

26th October 2015 With the addition of the new 18M3 Motor Grader to the Caterpillar lineup, mining operations using trucks with capacities to 190 tons (172 tonnes) can now choose the popular workhorse of the industry, the 16M3, or if more capability is required, the more productive 18M3. The new 18M3 features an... 

Alcoa’s transformation climaxes in upstream, downstream business spinouts

By: Henry Lazenby     28th September 2015 US-based speciality alloys manufacturer Alcoa will split into two Fortune 500 companies, separating its legacy upstream business segment from its downstream value-adding business segment, which it has been aggressively building out over the past several years. Alcoa explained on Monday that the... 

Furnace cooling components supplied to Zambian smelter

By: Mia Breytenbach     11th September 2015 Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie last month supplied new start-up face equipment to the new smelter of Canada-based First Quantum Minerals’ (FQM’s) Zambia-based Kansanshi copper mine. “The equipment supplied to the Isasmelt furnace includes copper-cooling components, cooling elements... 

IBC receives 2nd Lockheed Martin purchase order for F-35 Lightning II castings

By: Henry Lazenby     3rd September 2015 Vancouver-based IBC Advanced Alloys has received a second contract to produce components for the F-35 Lightning II electro-optical targeting system (EOTS), which makes use of IBC’s new disruptive beryllium-aluminium alloy casting process, known as Beralcast. This purchase order extended... 

Deliveries, not purchase orders place IBC Advanced Alloys ahead of pack 

By: Henry Lazenby     10th August 2015 Advanced alloys and precision castings company IBC Advanced Alloys is confident that its new disruptive beryllium-aluminium alloy casting process, known as Beralcast, would attract attention from diverse industries, where the striving for increased efficiency drove demand for super lightweight... 

Partnership supplies flameproof plug and socket to mines

24th July 2015 Industrial equipment supplier Hysense Trading in conjunction with Lean Mining Solutions (LMS) this month launched a new 250 A flameproof plug and socket into the market. Hysense Trading supplies products and consumables to the mining and metals industries, and will be supplying the LMS plug and... 

Farlam finds against Lonmin, recommends enforced housing delivery 

By: Martin Creamer     25th June 2015 The Farlam Commission of Inquiry into the Marikana massacre has found against platinum-mining company Lonmin on five counts and has urged the Department of Mineral Resources to compel the London-listed company to provide housing for mineworkers in what arguably ranks as the inquiry's most... 

Dust from abandoned Cliffs' mine casts pall over eastern Canadian town

By: Reuters     19th June 2015 Heavy dust clouds blowing from Cliffs Natural Resources' abandoned Wabush iron-ore mine into a small township in the eastern Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador is putting a focus on the liability of miners that seek creditor protection and walk away from assets. Iron-ore and coal... 

India seeks bilateral talks with Afghanistan on stalled mining project

By: Ajoy K Das     15th June 2015 The Indian government will initiate bilateral talks with the Afghan government to salvage a floundering $10-billion mining and steel project in that country. Discussions between the two External Affairs Ministries were expected to decide the fate of the Indian mining and steel mill investments... 

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