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Company uses sonic drilling for core recovery in sand

19th October 2018 Geotechnical services company Geomech Africa, subsidiary of Geogroup, imported its 20 tonne, SDC 450-24 sonic drill rig from Canada at a cost of US$1-million specifically to handle deep borehole work in mineral sands at multinational diversified miner Rio Tinto’s Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) sands... 

Global steel body hikes demand forecasts, but says risks remain

By: Reuters     16th October 2018 The World Steel Association on Tuesday doubled its 2018 and 2019 forecasts for growth in global demand for the material used in everything from cars to construction, but said that trade tensions were clouding the outlook for the sector. The caution over trade from a body that represents 85% of... 

Customisable drive solution enhances operations

By: Paige Müller     12th October 2018 Spain-based inverter manufacturer Ingeteam highlights that its Ingedrive low- and medium-voltage, variable-speed drives (VSDs) provide compact, customisable and powerful drive system solutions for the African mining industry. Ingeteam converters and automation division commercial sales manager... 

ENERGY SHOWDOWN:

By: Martin Creamer     12th October 2018 Thousands of German protesters faced off with police last month to stop giant excavators like this one at the RWE lignite mine in Hambach from further diminishing the area’s 1 200-year-old forest. Demand for coal and lignite has intensified following the government’s decision to phase out nuclear... 

Mercedes-Benz rolls out fuel-cell SUV to tackle tech hurdles

By: Bloomberg     10th October 2018 Mercedes-Benz will soon start handing over its latest fuel-cell electric car to fleet customers to keep a toe-hold in a promising technology that’s been hampered by the difficulties of storing and refueling hydrogen. The Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell model combines a fuel cell with a battery that can... 

Bacanora grows Germany resource, funding talks for Mexico project ongoing

By: Mariaan Webb     9th October 2018 London-listed Bacanora Lithium has grown the measured and indicated resource at its 50%-owned Zinnwald project, in southern Saxony, Germany, by 30% to 124 974 t of contained lithium. The total resource estimate for the project, including measured, indicated and inferred, is now 142 240 t of... 

South Africa researching hydrogen storage for platinum-using fuel cells

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2018 South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is researching innovative hydrogen storage technologies that have the potential to be key enablers of platinum-catalysed fuel cells, which generate clean electricity using hydrogen as a fuel and platinum as a catalyst. The... 

FROM COAL MINE TO HYDROPOWER STATION:

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2018 Coal mining is all but over at the 150-year-old Prosper Haniel anthracite mine in Bottrop, Germany, now earmarked for pumped storage electricity generation. When the sun is shining or the wind is blowing, excess renewable energy will be used to pump the mine’s underground water to surface for... 

Costs, limited markets hampering progress towards hydrogen economy

By: Schalk Burger     5th October 2018 The use of platinum group metals- (PGMs-) based fuel cells in electricity and mobility applications is expected to provide ample commercial opportunities for South Africa, in line with worldwide trends to decarbonise electricity generation and transport. However, the high cost of these... 

Electra Mining was once again a successful event for Becker Mining South Africa.

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th October 2018 According to Becker Mining SA, highlights of this year’s event included meeting many potential new customers and receiving positive feedback from existing customers about the high quality and dependable performance of the Becker product range. It was noted that the flexibility of Becker Mining’s... 

Czech approves Cinovec DFS level drilling programme

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st October 2018 European Metal Holdings has received permission from the Czech authorities to start a comprehensive drilling campaign as part of its definitive feasibility study (DFS) for the Cinovec lithium/tin project. The drilling is aimed at converting a sufficient portion of the existing indicated mineral... 

Local strides to hydrogen economy tempered by cost, industrialisation questions

By: Schalk Burger     27th September 2018 The use of platinum group metals-based fuel cells in electricity and mobility applications is expected to provide ample commercial opportunities for South Africa, in line with worldwide trends to decarbonise electricity generation and transport. However, the high cost of these technologies,... 

On-The-Air (21/09/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     21st September 2018 Japan is forecasting a massive market for fuel cells that use South African platinum; South African company Isondo this week reported that it is at the ready to produce fuel cell components locally; and Global commentators this week called on resource-rich African countries to use their wonderful... 

Fuel cell parts manufacturer ready to commission plant

By: Donald Makhafola     21st September 2018 Fuel cell components manufacturer Isondo Precious Metals (IPM) hopes to commission its platinum-containing membrane electrode assembly (MEA) manufacturing plant in the upcoming months, pending the finalisation of the balance of funding. The state-of-the-art MEA manufacturing technology plant from... 

Manufacturer ready to commission plant

By: Donald Makhafola     21st September 2018 Fuel cell components manufacturer Isondo Precious Metals (IPM) hopes to commission its platinum-containing membrane electrode assembly (MEA) manufacturing plant in the upcoming months, pending the finalisation of the balance of funding. The state-of-the-art MEA manufacturing technology plant from... 

CNN-flighted advert projecting huge growth for platinum-using fuel cells

By: Martin Creamer     18th September 2018 French company Air Liquide, a member of the Davos-launched Hydrogen Council that includes platinum-mining company Anglo American, is currently flighting an advertisement on the global television network CNN, which forecasts exceptional growth for the hydrogen and fuel cell market. Quoting the... 

Bell remains bullish about South African market

By: Nadine James     14th September 2018 JSE-listed Bell Equipment achieved a 6% year-on-year increase in revenue to R3.7-billion for the six months to June 30. Headline earnings a share increased by 10% to 131c and an interim dividend of 20c was declared. 

Martin Engineering 

13th September 2018 Established in 1944, Martin Engineering is the leading international developer, manufacturer and supplier of innovations to make the handling of bulk materials cleaner, safer and more productive. Martin offers technologies that boost flow, reduce dust and spillage, extend component life and... 

RWE fears lignite industry collapse in hasty coal exit by Merkel

By: Bloomberg     12th September 2018 Chancellor Angela Merkel’s plan to phase out coal-fired power plants in Germany should stop short of “prematurely” closing brown coal facilities, or she risks the collapse of the nation’s mining industry as well as persistent blackouts, RWE AG said in a report. Shuttering coal plants may have a... 

Cybernetics aims to leave a lasting mark

12th September 2018 Cape Town-based automation and system integration specialist Cybernetics Automation will put on display a comprehensive range of conventional to fully automated marking solutions manufactured by Germany’s Borries Marking Systems. Cybernetics business manager Maurice Curtis says Borries... 

Severe drought halts production at second K+S site in Germany

By: Reuters     11th September 2018 An ongoing severe drought in Germany has prompted minerals miner K+S on Tuesday to shut down production at a second site at its Werra mine network in central Germany. K+S shut down production at its Wintershall site two weeks ago and has now temporarily halted output at is Hattorf site, as... 

Gedore 

11th September 2018 GEDORE Tools SA (Pty) Ltd was established in New Germany, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa in 1965. The decision by GEDORE Germany (100 YEARS OLD in 2019) to invest in South Africa was based on the increasing industrialisation of South Africa, combined with the advent of motor vehicle assembly and... 

Gauteng-focus stands RGM Cranes in good stead

11th September 2018 Overhead cranes and services supplied by RGM Cranes are recognised as the “gold standard” for reliable and safe lifting within the Gauteng region, says MD Alex Dowling, who believes that the company’s focus on providing its services to Africa’s largest industrial and mining hub has stood it in... 

Savannah lists on Frankfurt exchange

By: Mariaan Webb     4th September 2018 Aim-listed lithium project developer Savannah Resources has added secondary listing on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange to increase its investor and corporate visibility in mainland Europe. The choice of a listing in Frankfurt is significant, as Germany is one of the continents’ largest consumers of... 

Bell reports strong H1 results, remains bullish on South African market

By: Nadine James     31st August 2018 JSE-listed Bell Equipment achieved a 6% year-on-year increase in revenue to R3.7-billion for the six months to June 30. Headline earnings a share increased by 10% to 131c and an interim dividend of 20c was declared. 

Lead and zinc in supply deficit

By: Nadine James     31st August 2018 The International Lead and Zinc Study Group (ILZSG) released preliminary data for world lead and zinc supply and demand for the first half of 2018, last week, noting that refined lead demand exceeded available supply, and that there was a deficit in refined zinc supply of about 17 000 t. The... 

MBE Minerals

30th August 2018 As a leading supplier of minerals beneficiation technology to the African mining sector, MBE Minerals SA has an impressive reference base of successful installations in the region. The company has been active on the continent for well over 40 years. The company’s skilled engineers receive... 

thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions South Africa

29th August 2018 Diversified industrial group thyssenkrupp has extensive experience in materials handling and minerals processing circuits, and the service support of its own manufactured equipment. A fully owned subsidiary of thyssenkrupp, headquartered in Essen, Germany, thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions South... 

Roff Industries on reducing dust explosion risks

29th August 2018 Local manufacturer Roff Industries believes that organisations spending huge amounts on certified explosion-proof electrical equipment could achieve substantial savings by avoiding the main hazard – the build-up of dust. 

Merlin Systems displays its locally designed products

27th August 2018 Electra Mining Africa exhibitor Merlin Systems will put on display a range South African-designed products that offer the electrical panel manufacturing industry a local product that meets international standards. 

BOGE raising the bar for energy efficiency in low-pressure systems

27th August 2018 German compressed air specialist BOGE is setting new standards for continuous energy-efficient supply with its new Low Pressure Turbo 150 machine, which it says offers some of the best energy efficiency values at an operating pressure of up to four bar. 

Klingspor Abrasives SA

23rd August 2018 Klingspor Abrasives is a manufacturer of the highest quality industrial sanding and grinding products. Their history is a long one which dates back over 100 years. KLINGSPOR originated in Germany where it is still one of the world’s largest and most respected abrasive manufacturers making some of... 

Flagship mini substation steals the show

23rd August 2018 Multi-disciplinary project engineering house Red Metal Mining (RMM) will showcase a model of its flagship product, the underground cast resin mini substation, as well as its cast resin dry-type transformer which is housed in the substation, at this year’s Electra Mining Africa 2018 trade show.... 

New-gen scanning technology released, interest from SA companies

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     17th August 2018 Global corporate engineering and consulting group DMT has released the new-generation Slim Borehole Scanner (SBS) technology for imaging extra-slim drill holes with a diameter of 23 mm, with keen interest from local mining companies, says DMT director Sodhie Naicker. One of the SBS’s primary... 

Israel seeks early re-tender of mining rights to shore up Dead Sea

By: Reuters     13th August 2018 The Dead Sea is shrinking at the rate of about a meter a year, leaving behind deserted beaches and sinkholes in a slow-motion environmental disaster. The main culprit is the drying up of the Jordan river, its main tributary, as communities upstream draw on it for farming and drinking. But... 

Difficult conditions in ferro-alloys segment impacts on Afarak’s H1 profitability

By: Simone Liedtke     10th August 2018 The second quarter of 2018, ended June 30, was particularly difficult for specialty alloys producer Afarak, the company said on Friday, with the ferro-alloys segment having shown a bad performance which negatively impacted on the group’s overall financial results. This, Afarak pointed out, was... 

Premium prices being paid for Kumba’s quality iron-ore 

By: Martin Creamer     24th July 2018 China’s flight to quality iron-ore is benefiting South Africa’s Kumba Iron Ore, which is receiving strong price premiums for high-grade ore.  Two thirds of Kumba ore is lump ore compared with the third or less of its main competitors. 

Uranium tariffs threaten nuclear plants Trump is trying to save

By: Bloomberg     20th July 2018 The Trump administration’s decision to consider tariffs on uranium imports may raise the cost of fuel for nuclear reactors and undermine a separate initiative to shore up struggling electricity generators. The Commerce Department said Wednesday it will probe whether uranium imports “threaten to... 

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