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Earthmoving News

Name change for new colliery

By: Darren Parker     10th December 2021 One of coal mining company Canyon Coal’s – a subsidiary of investment company Menar –  new collieries has changed its name from De Wittekrans to Gugulethu ahead of the start of construction. The new name means “our value” or “our pride” in Nguni languages. “The purpose of the name change was to... 

Company boasts substantial supply increase

By: Halima Frost     3rd December 2021 The  average monthly turnover and tonnage throughput of Zambia-based steel product supplier Afrope Zambia has increased sixfold since its acquisition by South African logistics and trading company Inter Trade Africa in 2019. The company has expanded its product offering to the mining consumables... 

A man welding a steel mes screen used in the copper mines as a support underground, at the Afrope manufacturing plant in Zambia
STEELY SPARKS The amount of steel used in products used in mine support systems such as screen mesh Central Africa Copperbelt has increase exponentially

Transport group eyes Copperbelt

By: Halima Frost     3rd December 2021 Specialist logistics group Unitrans Africa plans to use its copper handling success, in Botswana, as a launchpad to enter into mining operations in the Copperbelt of Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. “Our recent success in on-mine copper materials handling and pit development, paired... 

A large yellow mining machine with EV capability used to load ore onto Unitrans road trains
POWER PUSH The use of electric power vehicles in the mining sector is being successfully pushed further up into the Central African region by Unitrans

Miners warn against change in fuel rebate

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd November 2021 The resources sector has warned that scrapping of the existing diesel fuel tax credit could damage the Australian mining and exploration industry. The warning comes after reports emerged that iron-ore founder Andrew Forrest was privately lobbying the federal government to phase out the diesel... 

Image shows a smiling Andrew Forrest
Photo by Bloomberg
Fortescue founder and chairperson Andrew Forrest

Barloworld hands over Caterpillar equipment to Tharisa

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     16th November 2021 Barloworld Equipment South Africa on November 16 handed over two CAT 785D Mining Trucks to platinum group metals and chrome concentrates producer Tharisa for its mining operations near Rustenburg in the North West province. Tharisa is longstanding customer of Barloworld Equipment South Africa. 

Tharisa CEO Phoevos Pouroulis and Barloworld Equipment Southern Africa CEO Emmy Lekka during the ribbon cutting and key handover
Photo by Creamer Media's Tasneem Bulbulia
Ribbon cutting and key handover

Health, safety training increases productivity

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     5th November 2021 Mining training company Prisma Training Solutions ensures that its customers can realise a return on investment by increasing productivity and efficiency through training. The company states that this is vital for all mining operations. Each mine and mining method offers unique risks. 

a head and shoulders shot of Prisma Training Solutions MD Jacques Farmer
JACQUES FARMER Just because mining takes place on the surface, does not mean there are fewer health and safety riska

Explosives company achieves world-class rating

By: Halima Frost     29th October 2021 Mining explosives and blasting technology supplier BME, a member of diversified chemicals group Omnia, tells Mining Weekly it has achieved a record-low recordable case rate of 0.05% in the blasting sector for the last financial year. A recordable case rate is a well-established measure of safety... 

A yellow blasting mechanism linked to a cell phone being held in a hand, used to incorporate new technologies when blasting at mines
BLOWING UP The use of technology in applications such as blasting at mines has seen an increase in safety and blast accuracy

Company showcases tech innovations on new forum

By: Halima Frost     29th October 2021 Industrial equipment multinational Siemens launched its inaugural Smart Mining Forum as an online event from August 3 to 5. The event highlighted Siemens’ technical expertise and showcased real examples of its software and technology solutions while current and future trends in sustainable mining... 

A cell phone and a deep groove ball bearing cross section highlighting Siemens SIDRIVE IQ application
DRIVING TECHNOLOGY Siemens offers numerous new technologies aimed at the mining sector which it highlighted its Smart Mining Forum

Volvo Group says launches world's first fossil-free steel vehicle

By: Reuters     13th October 2021 Truck maker AB Volvo said on Wednesday it had produced a prototype of what it said would be the world's first vehicles made of fossil-free steel. Volvo and steel-maker SSAB announced in April an agreement to produce the vehicles and start the production of prototypes this year. 

Mill maintenance contract keeps fires burning

1st October 2021 Global technology company ABB has signed a long-term agreement with Swedish mining house Luossavaara-Kiirunavaara Aktiebolag (LKAB) to provide service to twelve mine hoists and the hoisting motors at the Kiruna mine, in Northern Sweden. Kiruna is the largest underground iron-ore mine in the... 

ABB hoisting system 740 m underground at LKAB's Kiruna mine in Sweden. Photograph courtesy of LKAB and Peter Ylivainio
GOING DOWN The hoist supply and maintenance contract at the LKAB mine in Sweden has been awarded to ABB

Company appoints Indonesian distributor

1st October 2021 Mineral processing technology provider Metso Outotec has appointed Indonesian equipment supplier PT Trakindo Utama as a distributor for aggregate solutions as of last month. PT Trakindo Utama will provide Metso Outotec’s track-mounted, wheel-mounted, and stationary crushers and vibrating... 

Three representative of Metso Outotec and PT Trakindo Utama standing in a Trakindo reception area
GREAT DISTRIBUTION PT Trakindo Utama is a “world-class” provider of construction heavy equipment solutions in Indonesia with 50 years of experience

Barloworld reflects on resilient group performance

By: Schalk Burger     28th September 2021 JSE-listed equipment and services company Barloworld says the group achieved a resilient performance for the 11 months to August 31, in what remains a tough operating environment. The resilient performance was driven by a robust performance from industrial equipment, together with a substantial... 

Equipment procurement shakeup

By: Claire O'Reilly     24th September 2021 Owing to rising commodity prices and subsequent efforts to ramp up production, the mining industry is focused on the availability of larger earthmoving equipment, ensuring that equipment disposal companies can play a critical role. 

This picture is of a mining vehicle being shipped by MHS Plant and Equipment to a Zambia-based junior miner
EQUIPMENT ROTATION Equipment being shipped by MHS Plant and Equipment to a Zambia-based junior miner

Transport company has high hopes for Indaba

By: Halima Frost     24th September 2021 This year’s Joburg Indaba brings with it hopes of increased and ongoing investment in the mining sector, specialist transport company Unitrans regional business development manager Joubert van Schalkwyk tells Mining Weekly. The event, which will be held virtually on October 6 and 7, will help... 

An image of a large Unitrans road train with four trailers being loaded with coal at a colliery
LONG TRAIN RUNNING Road trains offered by Unitrans allow for greater loads negating the need for more vehicles on the road

Strong attendance expected for Indaba

By: Halima Frost     24th September 2021 Although the Joburg Indaba mining conference will be hosted virtually for the second year running, owing to the Covid-19 pandemic and the global responsibility to limit face-to-face interactions, event organiser Resources 4 Africa CEO Paula Munsie says the virtual format presents new... 

An image of host and master of ceremonies Bernard Swanepoel at a podium hosting a pre-Covid-19 Joburg Indaba, and engaging with delegates
BETTER REACH Although face-to-face interactions are always first choice, the option to attend online extends the reach of the Joburg Indaba

New valve manufactured for tailings pipelines

By: Halima Frost     24th September 2021 Although South African company Dynamic Fluid Control (DFC) has only soft launched its new slurry knife gate high-pressure valve, the SKG-HP, it has been well received by clients. The clients intend to use the valve in highly corrosive applications such as moving tailings from a processing plant... 

An image of a large blue high pressure valve used in tailings pipelines strung from a hoist
TAILINGS CONTROL The movement of tailings to a tailings dam can be facilitated through a pipeline with robust valves such as the DFC SKG-HP valve

Sandvik says half of underground equipment sales will be electric by 2030

By: Donna Slater     22nd September 2021 Mining solutions provider Sandvik forecasts strong momentum for electric mining equipment over the coming decade and anticipates that it could account for more than half of its equipment sales to the underground mining sector by 2030. This market growth is expected to accelerate on the back of... 

Bell Equipment to launch self-driving truck in 2022 

By: Irma Venter     10th September 2021 Bell Equipment will launch its first autonomous articulated dump truck (ADT) on the global market next year, says Bell Equipment CEO Leon Goosen. The truck will also be available in South Africa. 

Image of Bell ADT trucks
The Bell ADT

Location tech adds real value

By: Halima Frost     3rd September 2021 Since the installation of a real-time intelligent location system – developed by global location technology platform company Quuppa – the mine in which it has been installed has reported a reduction in downtime and an uptick in productivity, communications device provider Ya Batho tells Mining... 

A black xox or tag manufactured by Quuppa and installed by Ya Batho measures real time positioning in a manganese mine in South Africa
TAG YOU'RE IT The Quuppa positioning tags are installed at critical points through out the mine for fast and effective position monitoring

Centre bridges gap between technology, people

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd September 2021 Mining engineering multinational Sandvik Mining and Rock Solution’s Zimbabwe-based Technology Centre is assisting the mining industry’s journey into the digital future by bridging the gap between technology and people. The centre, Sandvik territory manager Ian Bagshaw explains, is the “human... 

Pic/Image of Sandvik's Tecnhology Centre in Zimbabwe
DIGITAL JOURNEY The Technology Centre is assisting Zimbabwe’s mining industry on its exciting journey into the digital future

Latest software releases showcased at expo

20th August 2021 The latest software releases from software developer Minemax will be available for preview at this year’s MINExpo International, which takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada, in the US. Attendees can visit Minemax at booth #5635 in the Central Pavilion, of the Las Vegas Convention Centre. Minemax... 

New products, services on show from OEM

20th August 2021 Original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions will introduce new products and services, while showcasing some of its latest innovative technologies, at this year’s MINExpo International – the globe’s largest mining tradeshow – taking place in Las Vegas, in the US, from... 

A photo of an Automine-enabled underground LHD
MINING INTO THE FUTURE Sandvik’s Automine-equipped vehicles enable autonomous mining

OEM to have strong presence at expo

20th August 2021 Original-equipment manufacturer Caterpillar’s theme for this year’s MINExpo International is “together, we’re mining better”. The company’s 5 124 m2 exhibit will feature a range of product displays, new equipment introductions, previews of what the future holds and remote operating stations. 

A photo of the Cat 794 AC electric drive truck
AUTOTRUCKS, ROLL OUT The Cat 794 AC electric drive trucks will represent Caterpillar’s fleet of autonomous trucks

Latest crane safety, truck developments on show

20th August 2021 Custom service and lube body manufacturer Summit Truck Bodies will be showcasing the latest developments in crane safety technology at mining show MINExpo International, which is taking place at the Las Vegas Convention Centre (LVCC) in Las Vegas, Nevada, in the US, from September 13 to 15.... 

A photo of the Ford F-550 Summit Gunnision Edition at MINExpo 2016
NICE BOD The Summit Gunnison Edition, first revealed at MINExpo in 2016 on a Ford F-550, has a new package designed for Chevy Silverado 6500 HD

Innovations on display

20th August 2021 Software and advisory services company RPMGlobal will showcase some of its latest software offerings and new sustainability capabilities at this year’s MINExpo International, mining’s largest tradeshow, which is taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada, in the US, from September 13 to 15. The company... 

A photo of RPMGlobals’ software being demonstrated
ROBUST SOFTWARE MINExpo International will be the first opportunity for many attendees to learn more about RPMGlobal’s software-as-a-service offerings

Partnership formed to teach rural women excavator operating skills 

By: Donna Slater     19th August 2021 As part of efforts to uplift women during Women’s Month, South Africa-focused platinum developer Nkwe Platinum and multinational gold and copper explorer and developer Zijin Mining Group, have partnered with heavy machinery manufacturer Sany Southern Africa, to provide an entry-level excavator... 

A Sany excavator
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
An excavator instructor supervises one of the women undergoing excavator operating training at Sany's Boksburg depot

SAIMM remembers Navin Singh

By: Donna Slater     17th August 2021 The mining career of Mandela Mining Precinct developer, Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) fellow and, most recently, Kumba Iron Ore’s head of technology, Navin Singh has been celebrated by the SAIMM after he died on July 12. Singh, who was with the SAIMM since 2018, was... 

An image of Navin Singh
Navin Singh

thyssenkrupp confirms sale of mining technologies business to FLSmidth

By: Donna Slater     29th July 2021 Diversified industrial group thyssenkrupp has confirmed the sale of its mining technologies business unit to mining engineering, equipment and service solutions company FLSmidth. The sale of the enterprise, valued at €325-million, is an important milestone in the realignment of the thyssenkrupp... 

Sustainable mining possible, if ecosystem and individual company approach taken - Michelin

By: Schalk Burger     29th July 2021 Making mining sustainable requires an ecosystem approach in which mining sector supply chain partners and service providers play their part to ensure mining benefits people, the planet and is profitable for companies, says mobility multinational Michelin Africa, India and the Middle East head of... 

Mining vital to economy, can help guide country's path – President 

By: Martin Creamer     5th July 2021 Mining is vital to the South African economy and the opportunities that exist in mining can help guide the country’s path to a more inclusive and equitable economy, President Cyril Ramaphosa stated on Monday. Writing in his From the Desk of the President column, Ramaphosa placed mineral and... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

New excavator suited to local mines

By: Halima Frost     2nd July 2021 Construction equipment supplier HPE Africa says its new crawler excavator series is suited to earthmoving applications in South Africa’s mining and construction environments.  The R210 Smart Plus crawler excavator series was introduced to HPE Africa’s portfolio in May, with advanced design... 

MAKING GROUND
The new crawler excavators introduced to the HPE portfolio are suited to earthmoving applications
MAKING GROUND The new crawler excavators introduced to the HPE portfolio are suited to earthmoving applications

Manufacturer invests in autonomy research

By: Halima Frost     2nd July 2021 As part of a continuous effort to optimise payload and improve customers’ profit margins, while decreasing emissions and impact on the environment, South African earthmoving equipment provider Bell Equipment has invested heavily in research and development in its drive toward realising full... 

GOLDEN MACHINES
Bell Equipment aims to maximise the efficacy of its articulated dump trucks to eventually attain a 'golden lap'
GOLDEN MACHINES Bell Equipment aims to maximise the efficacy of its articulated dump trucks to eventually attain a 'golden lap'

New excavator teeth cutting ground

2nd July 2021 Earthmoving and utility equipment manufacturer Komatsu’s new Kprime Tooth System from wear solutions specialists Hensley Industries is now available as standard on new Komatsu excavators. The Kprime Tooth System has been designed as a stronger and longer-lasting product, offering additional... 

BARING ITS TEETH
The new Kprime Tooth System fitted to Komatsu Excavators are stronger and longer lasting than previously fitted teeth
BARING ITS TEETH The new Kprime Tooth System fitted to Komatsu Excavators are stronger and longer lasting than previously fitted teeth

Trommels, feeders for surface mining available

By: Halima Frost     2nd July 2021 The MDS static and mobile trommels, as well as the apron feeders, of South Africa-based equipment supplier BLT World are compatible with the crushers, feeders, recycling and other screening plants in South African surface mining operations. “Our customers in the mining sector have shown a... 

BEAT THE DRUM
The MDS trommels offered by BLT World have drums which can accommodate three different screen sizes
BEAT THE DRUM The MDS trommels offered by BLT World have drums which can accommodate three different screen sizes

Phalaborwa dumps contain rare earths worth $4.7bn, says London junior 

By: Martin Creamer     30th June 2021 “We have high value rare earth elements totalling $123/t in our gypsum stacks and multiply that by 38-million tonnes and that can give you an idea of the value of these stacks,” Rainbow Rare Earths CEO George Bennett has told Flagstaff TV. The gypsum dumps – built up from half a century of hard... 

Rainbow Rare Earths CEO George Bennett
Rainbow Rare Earths CEO George Bennett

300-plus vehicle fleets assessed for cleaner, safer mine mobility in five regions – ICMM 

By: Martin Creamer     15th June 2021 As part of the cleaner, safer vehicles initiative of the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), more than 300 vehicle fleets have been assessed for cleaner, safer mobility on more than 300 mines in five regions globally, ICMM health, safety and product stewardship director Sarah Bell... 

ICMM health, safety and product stewardship director Sarah Bell
International Council on Mining and Metals’ Sarah Bell interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Sandvik expects bigger market for battery-driven mining gear in two to three years

By: Reuters     10th June 2021 Sandvik expects the market for battery-electric underground mining equipment to hit a higher gear in two to three years, as mining companies attempt to lower emissions and cut costs. With an electrification boom looming, Sandvik, whose competitors include Epiroc and Caterpillar, could sell more... 

Refurb programme sustains business during Covid

By: Cameron Mackay     14th May 2021 Machine supplier Bell Equipment’s ReMan repower programme, through which refurbishments of articulated dump trucks (ADTs) are conducted by Bell Equipment, has helped the company to mitigate some of the economic impact of Covid-19 in Zambia. Bell Equipment Zambia MD Mike Quin says the impact of... 

SUPPORTING A STAGNANT INDUSTRY
There has been an increase in demand for refurbishing the B40D series ADTs, in particular, across all sectors of the Zambian mining industry
SUPPORTING A STAGNANT INDUSTRY There has been an increase in demand for refurbishing the B40D series ADTs, in particular, across all sectors of the Zambian mining industry
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