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Casting methodology ensures high-quality sheave wheels

By: Paige Müller     22nd June 2018 Mining sheave wheels fabricated using the casting methodology are stronger than their welded counterparts, extending the life span of mining shafts and allowing that sheave wheels be custom-made to suit specific design and application conditions, states foundry and casting specialist KEW... 

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... 

Skills development key to reviving local pumps industry – Sapsda

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     15th June 2018 The Southern African Pump Systems Development Association (Sapsda) believes that the development of skills in the local manufacturing industry will be key in reviving the South African pumps manufacturing industry and combating cheap imports. “There are currently more pumps being imported than... 

Edwin Dreyer

By: Martin Creamer     1st June 2018 This week Mining Weekly features Edwin Dreyer, owner and executive director of Thos Begbie Holdings, a R220-million, 160-employee manufacturer of components for smelting and processing operations in the pyrometallurgical industry utilising foundry castings and heavy engineered and machined... 

S African foundry aims to expand footprint in North America 

By: Donald Makhafola     11th April 2018 The capacity of some aspects of the smelting industry in North America, such as the steel sector, has significantly deteriorated in the past 25 years, as a result of Chinese companies dominating the market and supplying cheaper products, says South Africa-based foundry and engineering company... 

Kram Engineering

16th March 2018 The study of friction, wear and lubrication is of enormous practical importance. In recent decades, this field, termed tribology, has received increasing attention, as it has become evident that the waste of resources resulting from high friction and wear is greater than 6% of South Africa’s... 

SA Hippo Submersible Slurry Pump® goes to Sierra Leone Diamond Mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th March 2018 HAZLETON PUMPS® successfully manufactured and delivered five HIPPO Submersible Slurry pumps® for Carl Hamm PPS (Pty) Ltd, a subsidiary of the German company Carl Hamm GMPH. Carl Hamm Pipes Pumps Solutions specializes in dewatering from surface where access is problematic and provide complete... 

Local Certification Not Accepted Internationally Forces SA Hippo To Set Up Companies In Canada And USA

By: Celeste Koortsen     19th February 2018 In 1993 HAZLETON PUMPS designed, developed and manufactured the first HIPPO Flameproof Submersible Slurry pump be used underground in the South African coal mines.  These pumps had to comply with the IEC 60097-1 regulations and certified by the SABS. As a result of the success of the HIPPO... 

Trump weighs tariffs, quotas on US steel, aluminium imports

By: Reuters     14th February 2018 US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he was considering a range of options to address steel and aluminium imports that he said were unfairly hurting US producers, including tariffs and quotas. Trump's comments - his strongest signal in months that he will take at least some action to... 

Modular pump form exported to N America

2nd February 2018 To further enhance its presence in the US and Canada, South African slurry pumps provider Hazleton Pumps intends to ship its signature Hippo submersible slurry pumps in kit form, with electrical winding, assembly and testing to be undertaken on arrival to ensure the pumps are able to function... 

SA Hippo Founder Celebrates 38 Years Of Innovative Manufacturing.

11th December 2017   Hazleton Pumps International (Pty) Ltd previously known as Electro-Mech (Pty) Ltd was registered on 23 October 1979 with electrical and mechanical contracting being the main business activities of the company. Electro-Mech further expanded the business to include borehole drilling and the... 

Precision control boosts productivity on Bobcat E55 compact excavator

23rd November 2017 Precision control of the boom, arm, and bucket is critical in harsh operating environments such as Africa. It is for this reason that Bobcat Equipment South Africa is punting the Bobcat E55 compact excavator as the toughest and most efficient machine on the market today. Precision control and... 

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... 

Metso’s Vereeniging factory celebrates 60 years of service  

By: Ilan Solomons     6th October 2017 This year marks 60 years since global engineering and technology corporation Metso's factory in Vereeniging was established. The factory became part of the Metso group in 1970 and has played "a crucial role" not only in the South African, but also the African mining industry. 

Welding Alloys South Africa

6th October 2017 The market leader in engineered wear protection solutions and flux-cored welding wire technology, proudly South African Welding Alloys South Africa (WASA) has been servicing the sub-Saharan African market since 1976. Part of the Welding Alloys group, which covers more than 150 countries through a... 

Metso showcases ongoing commitment to servicing South African mining sector 

By: Ilan Solomons     13th September 2017 This year marks 60 years since global engineering and technology corporation Metso's factory in Vereeniging was established. The factory became part of the Metso group in 1970 and has played "a crucial role" not only in the South African, but also the African mining industry. 

Electra Mining Botswana to showcase latest products and technologies

6th September 2017 Botswana’s largest mining, industrial and power generation exhibition will be showcasing the latest products and technologies, equipment and machinery, and cutting-edge systems and services when it opens its doors in September. Taking place at the Gabarone Fairgrounds from 12-14 September,... 

Metso renovating KZN foundry to meet growing mining-sector demand

By: Dylan Slater     14th July 2017 Industrial company servicing the mining industry Metso is investing €3.5-million in crusher wear parts manufacturing in Africa by renovating a second melting furnace at the Isithebe foundry, in KwaZulu-Natal to meet growing demand from the mining industry for such components.  

Pump tackles acidic liquids containing solids

16th June 2017 Centurion-based pumps manufacturer Hazleton Pumps has introduced a high-volume, high-head, medium- and/or high-voltage range of Hippo submersible slurry pumps manufactured from specialised material capable of pumping acidic liquids containing solids at high heads. The company says the success of... 

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... 

Utilizing High-Volume; High-Head; Medium/High Voltage Submersible Pumps For Acid Mine De-Watering

10th April 2017 The harsh mining conditions in Southern Africa require submersible pumps to pump high volume of liquid containing solids at high heads and which have led to the design and development of the world’s first Medium/High Voltage Submersible Slurry Pump capable of pumping high volumes of liquids... 

Nigeria plan to link mines to steel mill seen as Buhari test

By: Bloomberg     18th January 2017 Nigeria’s plan to build a railway to supply iron-ore to its idle Ajaokuta steel plant could be the biggest sign yet that President Muhammadu Buhari is implementing his policy to diversify away from oil. The project began in 1979 with what the World Bank in 2002 called obsolete Soviet technology,... 

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... 

Import duty on polyurethane prepolymers pushes up price

26th August 2016 The government’s decision to impose an import tariff on polyurethane prepolymers has dealt a blow to the South African agents of Australia-owned and -operated Era Polymers, but Johannesburg-based Diverse Urethanes remains upbeat and believes that there is room for the imported product in the... 

Komatsu’s 363 tonne capacity 980E-4: its largest-ever haul truck

24th August 2016 Komatsu Australia has announced the release of the 980E-4 electric-drive haul truck – its largest-ever – with a payload capacity of 363 tonnes (400 US tons). Power for the 980E-4 comes from a Komatsu SSDA18V170 Tier 2 engine, rated at 2611 kW which in combination with its GE Mining dual IGBT... 

South African pumps enter Israeli market

By: Sascha Solomons     10th June 2016 Centurion-based slurry pumping solutions provider Hazleton Pumps has entered another market, supplying an Israeli company with its locally manufactured Hippo pumps range, which is designed to meet the needs of projects worldwide. Hazleton Pumps CEO Thys Wehmeyer highlights that the family-owned... 

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... 

High energy costs, low prices heap pressure on aluminium industry

By: Kim Cloete     17th March 2016 Industry players and government say they are committed to growing the aluminium industry despite harsh times for the sector caused largely by very depressed aluminium prices.   “Aluminium prices have remain depressed, arguably the lowest in our history. Supply and demand is out of kilter and cost... 

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... 

Low-grade, high-tonnage challenge significant

By: Kimberley Smuts     2nd October 2015 Multinational corporation ThyssenKrupp notes that the low-grade, high-tonnage challenge is the most significant hurdle the mining industry is facing in relation to the comminution process. The company explains that most of the higher-grade orebodies have been mined, requiring the processing of... 

New range of tangential face milling cutters and inserts launched

By: Kimberley Smuts     2nd October 2015 Tooling manufacturer Dormer Pramet launched its new range of tangential face milling cutters and inserts for heavy roughing in April this year. “Sales figures have constantly increased since the launch of this product range. We have positive results in many countries, especially Germany, Czech... 

Ultra high performance plug valves for slurry

14th September 2015 AZ-Armaturen South Africa Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of the German operation, AZ-Armaturen Group, is, among other products, a manufacturer of high-quality, sleeved, self-lubricating plug valves which are intended primarily for use in the aggressive and abrasive environments of the chemical,... 

Liners reduce downtime at Zambian Copperbelt mills

11th September 2015 Rubber manufacturing company Multotec Rubber, in conjunction with extractive metallurgy company Multotec Zambia, has relined two mills with its heavy-duty (HD) MultoMet liners for a customer in the Zambian Copperbelt, significantly reducing mill downtime, says Multotec Rubber MD Spike Taylor.... 

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... 

Automation does not mean loss of jobs – manufacturer

7th August 2015 While technology is shifting the way businesses operate, a move towards automation does not have to come at the cost of jobs, says Australian mining and resources sector-focused manufacturer Keech CEO Dr Herbert Hermens. “Some businesses are failing to see the opportunity that automation brings –... 

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... 

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