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On-The-Air (17/08/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     17th August 2018 Yet another huge mine is in serious financial trouble, which is throwing up the dread of more mass retrenchment. South Africa should adopt the growth model that has proved so resoundingly successful for the economy of Canada. The Constitutional Court should be called upon to lift the veil of... 

Sweden's Granges halts plans for US aluminium joint venture

By: Reuters     17th August 2018 Sweden's Granges put on ice on Friday plans to form an aluminium manufacturing joint venture in the United States with Japan's Mitsubishi Aluminum Co, saying that the project was less attractive in "current circumstances". It did not specify what circumstances it was referring to though a Granges... 

Construction advancing on eCobalt’s Idaho project

By: Anine Kilian     17th August 2018 Construction at eCobalt Solutions’ Idaho cobalt project, in the Idaho cobalt belt, continues to advance on time and on budget, the company said on Thursday. “Very good progress has been made at the project by our exceptional team of mining professionals,” CEO Paul Farquharson said in statement on... 

Commodity price increases lack conviction – IHS

By: Nadine James     17th August 2018 Commodity analysts IHS Markit on Thursday reported that the Materials Price Index (MPI) had risen by 0.5% in the last week, but that the index’s ten subcomponents were evenly split between those showing increases and those showing declines, highlighting the uncertainty in markets. The MPI... 

CSIR, Mandela Mining Precinct combine forces in push to improve safety and productivity

By: Nadine James     17th August 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), as part of its collaboration with the Mandela Mining Precinct, has either developed or adapted several technologies that could be applied in mining environments to improve safety, productivity and efficiency. The function of the Mandela... 

Zambia’s refined copper outlook positive

17th August 2018 Zambia will remain one of the fastest growing refined copper producers in the world over the coming years, owing to strong domestic smelting capacity, rising mine output and continuing government support, according to economic research company BMI Research, a member of the Fitch Group. As the... 

CSIR, Mandela Mining Precinct combine forces in push to improve safety and productivity

By: Nadine James     17th August 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), as part of its collaboration with the Mandela Mining Precinct, has either developed or adapted several technologies that could be applied in mining environments to improve safety, productivity and efficiency. The function of the Mandela... 

Most Extensive Low Voltage Electric Motor Range From Zest Weg Group

16th August 2018 Electric motor applications require a reliable, robust fit-for-purpose product that will give the end user the requisite low total cost of ownership. Fanie Steyn, manager responsible for rotating machines at Zest WEG Group, says it is encouraging that most industries in southern Africa have woken... 

Lithium-ion batteries, energy storage on strong demand growth trajectory

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th August 2018 The automotive industry’s use of lithium-ion batteries is on track to grow seven-fold to 650 GWh by 2025, from 70 GWh in 2017; the increase in energy storage, although from a lower base, will add to this, says specialist international publisher Metal Bulletin. It adds that the electrification of... 

Beowulf marks maiden resource milestone at Aitolampi

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th August 2018 Aim-listed Beowulf has announced a maiden mineral resource estimate for its Aitolampi graphite project, which it believes has the potential to serve the developing battery manufacturing market in Finland and Sweden. The Aitolampi project, in eastern Finland, has an indicated and inferred mineral... 

Key industry knowledge to be delivered at co-located conferences

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd August 2018 Electra Mining Africa offers further value-add to visitors attending industry conferences, which will be taking place alongside the trade show.   With a heritage to be proud of and backed by 46 years of experience, Electra Mining Africa is ranked as one of the largest mining shows in the world... 

Free-to-attend seminars to share latest industry insights

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd August 2018 Taking place from 10-14 September at the Expo Centre in Nasrec, Johannesburg, visitors to this year’s Electra Mining Africa will not only have the potential of engaging with 900+ exhibitors across the inside halls and outside exhibit areas, they will also have the opportunity to attend daily... 

Electra Mining Africa: five days, five themes

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd August 2018 Taking place from 10-14 September at the Expo Centre in Nasrec, Johannesburg, leading players in the mining, manufacturing, electrical and power industries are looking forward to engaging with visitors and sharing information on their latest products, services and solutions. “There will be an... 

TRI opens subsidiary in South Africa  

By: Paige Müller     3rd August 2018 Global independent third-party geotechnical testing and research company TRI Environmental launched its new African subsidiary, TRI Africa Environmental Services, last month.   Owing to an increase in demand for its third-party quality assurance geotechnical testing services on the African... 

When modularity matters

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd August 2018 Texas-based sand and gravel company relocates its CDE wet processing plant to new site to optimise return on investment. Texas-based Metroplex Sand & Gravel   company has been enjoying the benefits of the CDE modular approach to wet processing equipment. The company has recently exercised the... 

New graphite factory bolsters mining, foundry product offerings

By: Schalk Burger     2nd August 2018 A new graphite facility, Graphite Freezeline Solutions, was opened last month on industrial engineering firm Thos Begbie’s manufacturing campus, in Middelburg. It will reduce the time to manufacture products that include graphite components, especially for the mining and foundry industry, says... 

Canada to soften carbon tax as firms fret about US competition

By: Reuters     2nd August 2018 Canada will soften the impact of a planned carbon tax on major emitters of greenhouse gases after businesses complained it would make them less competitive with the United States, officials said on Wednesday. The move underlines the challenges facing Canada as it tries to deal with Washington... 

Strutfast is the cable specialist on Africa's mines

By: Creamer Media Reporter      31st July 2018 Cable management solutions specialist Strutfast says it has become the recognised African cable management brand for the mining sector, having successfully supplied its solutions to hundreds of mining projects across the African continent. “Strutfast has developed an enviable international... 

New Indian EV battery policy to determine response to Bolivia lithium invite

By: Ajoy K Das     31st July 2018 An Indian government policy advisory body will publish a policy offering subsidies for lithium-based electric vehicle (EV) battery manufacturing, which will determine the response to an invitation from the Bolivian government for joint ventures (JVs) in lithium-rich Latin American nation. The... 

SA HIPPO applauds trade minister for dissolving SABS board

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th July 2018 Dr Rob Davies, the South African minister of Trade and Industries dissolved the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) Board on 28 June 2018 and placed the SABS under administration owing to SABS failing to exercise its fiduciary duties in terms of the Standards Act and the Public Finance... 

Zambia remains a fast growing refined copper producer

By: Anine Kilian     27th July 2018 Zambia remains one of the fastest-growing refined copper producers in the world, backed by strong  domestic smelting capacity, rising mining output and ongoing government support, says BMI Research. Zambia will remain a regional leader and an important global player in refined copper production... 

Company meets stringent fire and explosives safety requirements

By: Donald Makhafola     27th July 2018 The increasing demand for strict fire and explosion protection in the hazardous areas of mining has led specialist manufacturer and designer of flameproof diesel engine systems Elgin Flameproofing to introduce the new Elgin 112TR tow tractor model for underground coal mining applications. The... 

Iron-ore processing requires stronger equipment

By: Paige Müller     27th July 2018 Materials handling wear solutions company Rio-Carb’s turnkey liner solutions are “ideal” for reducing the regular and costly maintenance required by iron-ore processing facilities, says Rio-Carb director Sias Suurd. He tells Mining Weekly that iron-ore is particularly demanding on processing... 

AECI achieves strong H1 performance

By: Anine Kilian     25th July 2018 JSE-listed AECI on Wednesday reported positive financial results for the six months ended June 30. Together with contributions from the acquisitions of Schirm and Much Asphalt in February and April respectively, AECI increased its revenue by 24% to R10.47-billion and profit from operations by 35%... 

Cleveland-Cliffs delivers 171% y-o-y increase in earnings a share

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th July 2018 NYSE-listed Cleveland-Cliffs has increased its earnings a share from continuing operations by 171% to $0.76 apiece for the quarter ended June 30, compared with $0.28 apiece in the second quarter of 2017. The company on Friday reported consolidated revenues of $714-million, compared to the prior... 

Hydraulic cylinder manufacturer to focus on expansion, African markets

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     20th July 2018 Following Germiston-based investment company iSipho Capital Holdings’ acquisition of 90% of Boksburg-based hydraulic and pneumatic manufacturer Anderson & Kerr Engineering in 2017, the hydraulic manufacturer will actively focus on client and market expansion to increase turnover, market footprint... 

Hytec focuses on improving turnaround times

20th July 2018 Kempton Park-based hydraulic cylinder manufacturer Hytec Engineering, which is part of the Hytec Group, has enhanced its service offering this year by purchasing four additional computer numerical control (CNC) machines to increase quality improvements and lower cylinder downtime with the... 

Chile's SQM seeks approval for $450m lithium plant expansion

By: Reuters     18th July 2018 Chilean miner SQM on Wednesday began the process of seeking government approval for a $450-million expansion of its lithium carbonate plant, which could more than double its production as demand rises for the key element in the manufacturing of batteries. SQM said in an environmental impact... 

R2.6bn boost for platinum demand

By: Martin Creamer     17th July 2018 Platinum demand received a R2.6-billion boost on Tuesday when South Africa’s State-owned Public Investment Corporation (PIC) joined forces with Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) to promote the development of innovative and competitive technological uses of platinum-group metals (PGMs). By each... 

SA mines relying heavily on unskilled workers despite Industry 4.0 gaining traction 

By: Dylan Slater     13th July 2018 Contrary to the expected move towards employing a higher number of skilled personnel at mines to catalyse modernisation and mechanisation targets, the South African mining industry has backtracked, employing a significant number of unskilled personnel instead, according to a report compiled by... 

SA mines relying heavily on unskilled workers despite Industry 4.0 gaining traction

By: Dylan Slater     13th July 2018 Contrary to the expected move towards employing a higher number of skilled personnel at mines to catalyse modernisation and mechanisation targets, the South African mining industry has backtracked, employing a significant number of unskilled personnel instead, according to a report compiled by... 

Coal to remain a significant energy source for decades – WCA

By: Nadine James     13th July 2018 Coal will remain a vital growth enabler and source of energy for decades to come, says World Coal Association CEO Benjamin Sporton. He notes that demand for coal will remain stable to positive, as a result of increased industrialisation and electrification, especially in Africa and South-East Asia. 

Trump started the metals rally, now he's the reason it's ending

By: Bloomberg     11th July 2018 The US election of Donald Trump lit a fire under metals markets in 2016 as investors took a liking to his pro-business agenda. Now, copper and other metals are tanking as Trump’s trade war against China threatens to derail economic growth. Copper sunk to an almost one-year low and has fallen 16%... 

Miners welcome ACCC power plans

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     11th July 2018 The resources sector has welcomed recommendations from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to significantly improve electricity affordability for Australian consumers and businesses. The ACCC in March launched an inquiry to identify the root causes of the high electricity... 

Mentis Engineered Non-Slip Floor Grating Gains Traction

10th July 2018 There is a trend away from serrated grating because while it is suitable for some applications, there are others where over an extended period it will no longer provide the underfoot traction required to ensure safety. Floor grating is never a case of one size fits all, and according to Lance... 

Platinum jewellery heading for good year – PGI 

By: Martin Creamer     9th July 2018 Significant demand growth is under way in the platinum jewellery market, which remains the second biggest ounce contributor to platinum demand at 2.5-million ounces of yearly fabrication, some 35% of total demand. “We’re seeing a lot of growth in the market. Obviously, the platinum price is... 

Green tech to drive industrial demand for silver

By: Nadine James     6th July 2018 The ongoing green technologies revolution, driven by the exponential growth of new energy vehicles (NEVs) and continued investment in solar photovoltaic (PV) energy, should boost global industrial demand for silver over the next decade, says non-profit industry organisation Silver Institute in a... 

Going to great lengths for the value pipeline

6th July 2018 Aegion South Africa provides 18m spools for concentrate hydro-transportation at mining project resulting in 10 % project cost savings In the high-stakes game of mining today, margins are tighter and under more pressure than ever. To remain viable, mining companies are becoming more scientific... 

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