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Earthmoving News

Sandvik offers safe, dependable blast drilling

6th July 2018 Mining equipment and services provider Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology has delivered and commissioned the first DR461i, now identified as the DR412i rotary blast hole drill, to the African continent.  According to Sandvik, the DR412i blast-hole drill improves productivity while returning fuel... 

Custom lube vehicle boosts mine’s safety, productivity

6th July 2018 Earthmoving equipment distributor Hitachi Construction Machinery Africa, in conjunction with its Mozambique subsidiary dealership, Hitachi Construction Machinery Mozambique, has designed and provided a custom-built lubricant vehicle for diversified mining giant Vale to enhance the availability of... 

ENGENDERING SAFETY 
Hitachi’s custom-built lubricant vehicle enhances safety and optimises equipment availability
ENGENDERING SAFETY Hitachi’s custom-built lubricant vehicle enhances safety and optimises equipment availability

Manufacturer to launch new excavator

By: Melissa Zisengwe     6th July 2018 Heavy machinery manufacturer SANY will launch the new 75 t SY750 excavator this month for the local mining industry, having first launched the excavator onto the global market in 2017. According to SANY, the new excavator will be the first of its kind in South Africa. The excavator, primarily... 

FIRST SALE Goscor Earthmoving Equipment has clinched its first sale of a SY750 excavator to a local major coal-mining company
FIRST SALE Goscor Earthmoving Equipment has clinched its first sale of a SY750 excavator to a local major coal-mining company

Bell Equipment extends excavator range, Kobelco partnership

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     6th July 2018 South African earthmoving equipment manufacturer and supplier Bell Equipment is expanding its partnership with Japanese excavator specialist Kobelco Construction Machinery (Kobelco) with a range of three mini excavator models and three larger models launched in April. Bell is the exclusive... 

EXPANDING RANGE 
Bell Equipment is extending its excavator range with the addition of new Kobelco excavators
EXPANDING RANGE Bell Equipment is extending its excavator range with the addition of new Kobelco excavators

Bell Equipment enters tipper truck market with Kamaz partnership

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     22nd June 2018 South African materials handling equipment supplier Bell Equipment has entered the Southern Africa tipper truck market through a partnership with Russian heavy duty truck manufacturer Kamaz. The new partnership was celebrated at bauma CONEXPO AFRICA 2018, held in March, in Johannesburg, where the... 

KAMAZ TRUCKS
The Kamaz tipper trucks were formally introduced to the South African market at bauma CONEXPO AFRICA 2018
KAMAZ TRUCKS The Kamaz tipper trucks were formally introduced to the South African market at bauma CONEXPO AFRICA 2018

Skills needed in local quarrying industry 

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     22nd June 2018 The surface mining association, Aspasa, raised awareness about skills shortages in the local opencast mining and quarrying profession through a presentation delivered to an international audience of peers at the Global Aggregates Information Network (Gain) conference, in Spain, last month. Skills... 

NICO PIENAAR
Leadership and supervision skills are needed urgently in the local quarrying industry
NICO PIENAAR Leadership and supervision skills are needed urgently in the local quarrying industry

New app launched for quarrying industry

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     22nd June 2018 Johannesburg-headquartered developer, producer and supplier of commercial explosives AEL Mining Services has launched a new application (app), the Vibration and Acoustic Calculator (VibrAc). VibrAc will assist local quarries in calculating the various elements involved in blasting and in... 

VIBRATION AND SOUND
The AEL Mining Services VibrAc application is a simple tool to work out blasting parameters
VIBRATION AND SOUND The AEL Mining Services VibrAc application is a simple tool to work out blasting parameters

Rio-Carb commissions academic research into the future of South Africa’s mining sector

By: Nadine James     21st June 2018 Chromium carbide (CrC) wear solutions provider Rio-Carb MD Martin Maine has identified a gap in the mining sector in the form of a lack of local beneficiation in the second-tier supply chain in the South African mining industry, and has commissioned academic research to establish how the country... 

Rio-Carb MD Martin Maine
Rio-Carb MD Martin Maine

Mining, manufacturing sectors urged to focus on local content

By: Anine Kilian     19th June 2018 There is a close relationship between mining and manufacturing, especially in terms of the equipment that is manufactured and supplied to the mining industry, Manufacturing Circle executive director Phillipa Rodseth said at the Manufacturing Indaba, on Tuesday. Speaking during a panel session on... 

As ATON prepares mandatory offer, M&R board says higher price still ‘undervalues’ company

By: Terence Creamer     29th May 2018 The takeover battle for engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) by German investment company ATON intensified this week with ATON announcing its intention to make a new mandatory offer, following a Takeover Special Committee (TSC) ruling instructing ATON to withdraw its earlier... 

As ATON prepares mandatory offer, M&R board says higher price still ‘undervalues’ company

Company moves to introduce new haulers for mining industry

11th May 2018 Engineering support services company Babcock is preparing to introduce a new line-up of rigid haulers into the mining, opencast and quarrying sector in Southern Africa. The new line-up follows vehicle manufacturer Volvo Construction Equipment’s (Volvo CE’s) announcement earlier this year that it... 

OPENCAST USES
The trucks made by Volvo and supplied by Babcock are used in the opencast mining industry across South Africa
Photo by Bloomberg
OPENCAST USES The trucks made by Volvo and supplied by Babcock are used in the opencast mining industry across South Africa

Reclaiming competitiveness through R&D-led mining modernisation 

By: Martin Creamer     27th April 2018 The modernisation of mining operations is essential to contribute towards the survival of the South African mining industry by enabling mining at increased depths and narrow, hard rock reefs. 

RECLAIMING SOUTH AFRICA’S COMPETITIVENESS Department of Science and Technology chief director of technology localisation, beneficiation and advanced manufacturing Beeuwen Gerryts (left), being interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer
Beeuwen Gerryts interviewed by Martin Creamer.

First ‘Resources for Future Generations’ conference to be held in Vancouver

By: Henry Lazenby     13th April 2018 The Resources for Future Generations conference (RFG2018) is scheduled to make its debut on the Canadian resource conference circuit between June 16 and 21, in Vancouver, and is shaping up to be an event unlike the myriad of competing forums held in Canada throughout the year. RFG2018 chairperson... 

RFG2018 chairperson John Thompson
Photo by Resources for Future Generations Conference
RFG2018 chairperson John Thompson

Massive housing project being developed on historical mining area near Joburg CBD

By: Donna Slater     30th March 2018 An historical mining area, now known as Fleurhof, on the northern edge of the Witwatersrand basin in the central Rand Goldfield, immediately south-west of the City of Johannesburg (CoJ), is being transformed into a vast new housing development with the help of alternative mining solutions and... 

Massive housing project being developed on historical mining area near Joburg CBD

Polymer bushings find favour in mining

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     23rd March 2018 Specialised polymer manufacturer Vesconite Bearings has been supplying bushings made from the polymer Hitemp 150 for use in rock drills, significantly improving their wear life, and reducing their replacement intervals. Hitemp 150 was developed about 20 years ago and is an internally lubricated... 

QUALITY BUSHINGS
The Hitemp 150 bushings have to be replaced only three to four times a year
QUALITY BUSHINGS The Hitemp 150 bushings have to be replaced only three to four times a year

Bell Equipment delivers significantly better results

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th March 2018 Heavy equipment manufacturer Bell Equipment has delivered significantly improved results in 2017, with profit rising to R272.1-million, from R38.6-million in 2016 when the company recorded operating losses of R185-million from its African operations outside South Africa.  

Liviero chooses Komatsu equipment for coal operations

16th March 2018 When mining and construction company Liviero Mining elected to increase its dozer fleet to raise output at two major coal-producing sites in Mpumalanga, at Tweefontein where the company provides contracting services for a diversified mining company Glencore and Vanggatfontein, which it manages... 

PERFORMANCE AND EFFICIENCY Komatsu's range of opencast equipment moves in the region of 40 million banked cubic meters of material a year
PERFORMANCE AND EFFICIENCY Komatsu's range of opencast equipment moves in the region of 40 million banked cubic meters of material a year

ELB posts R52m interim profit

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th March 2018 Solutions provider and capital equipment supplier ELB on Wednesday announced interim profit of R52-million, a 13% year-on-year increase on the R46-million reported in the same period of 2016, with headline earnings a share increasing from R1.42 to R1.58.  

World's biggest mining show draws huge crowd, signalling mining investment optimism

By: Henry Lazenby     7th March 2018 The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada's (PDAC's) 2018 convention, in Toronto, drew an international crowd of 25 606 people, in what is widely considered as a clear sign that optimism is returning to the mineral exploration and mining industry following several years of turmoil.... 

World's biggest mining show draws huge crowd, signalling mining investment optimism

Mining-specific staff recruitment, management app developed 

By: Mia Breytenbach     6th March 2018 To refine and improve the execution of recruitment within the mining industry, mining and engineering professionals recruiter TrueVine Consulting has developed a new, innovative online recruitment platform, called Digger. “Digger is a digital recruitment, talent management and staff retention... 

DIGGING IT
Through the Digger app mining professionals are informed of available positions globally, directly on their mobile devices
Innovative mining-specific staff recruitment, management app developed. Editing: Darlene Creamer and Christo Greyling.

Leon expects mining industry to have a future under Ramaphosa’s Presidency

By: Nadine James     16th February 2018 Herbert Smith Freehills partner and Africa co-chairperson Peter Leon is cautiously optimistic that the changes signalled by newly elected President Cyril Ramaphosa will benefit South Africa’s economic recovery. In a speech to the British Chamber of Business in South Africa on Thursday evening, he... 

Herbert Smith Freehills partner and Africa co-chairperson Peter Leon
Photo by Duane Daws
Herbert Smith Freehills partner and Africa co-chairperson Peter Leon

Engineering group Sandvik rides strong demand as profit tops forecast

By: Reuters     5th February 2018 Swedish engineering group Sandvik posted better than expected fourth-quarter core profit on Monday and said demand had been strong across all of its business areas. The Swedish maker of metal-cutting tools, mining equipment and speciality steels has been riding booming demand for mining gear as... 

Joi Ito to headline #DisruptMining finale

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd February 2018 Tech mogul Joi Ito will deliver a keynote address at the #DisruptMining finale on March 4, during the annual Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) Conference, in Toronto. A director of the MIT Media Lab and professor of the Practice of Media, Arts and Sciences at MIT, Ito is an... 

Showcase of SA's manufacturing prowess to debut in 2019

By: Donna Slater     2nd February 2018 To showcase the best South Africa has to offer in terms of local manufacturing and South African-produced capital equipment, capital equipment manufactures lobby group the South African Capital Equipment Exporters Council (Saceec) has partnered with exhibition organisers Specialised Exhibitions... 

Gold sponsor to exhibit latest tech and services

26th January 2018 Capital equipment giant Caterpillar says it is focused on optimising operations – whether surface or underground, large or small – and resolving the issues critical to their success, and will present its technologies and services at the 2018 Investing in African Mining Indaba, in Cape Town.  

DRIVING EFFICIENCY
At 22 t capacity, the AD22 is the smallest underground truck in the Caterpillar equipment line, yet it offers greater payload than competitor trucks of the same size
DRIVING EFFICIENCY At 22 t capacity, the AD22 is the smallest underground truck in the Caterpillar equipment line, yet it offers greater payload than competitor trucks of the same size

Manufacturer expands offering

26th January 2018 To fill a perceived gap between Japanese multinational manufacturing corporation Komatsu’s PC600 and PC850 ranges of excavators, the company launched its PC700LC-8R SE (PC700) excavator in December last year, after consulting with many operators engaged in the global mining industry.  

EXCAVATING INTEREST
The first two units of Komatsu’s PC700 excavator range to reach South African shores are already hard at work
EXCAVATING INTEREST The first two units of Komatsu’s PC700 excavator range to reach South African shores are already hard at work

Upgraded condition monitoring app launched

By: Nadine James     26th January 2018 Condition monitoring specialists WearCheck launched an updated version of their condition-monitoring application (app) last month. The app was first launched mid-2017. The app provides WearCheck customers with instantaneous mobile access to their condition-monitoring data – which provides... 

NEIL ROBINSON The app is free of charge, data is highly secure and the login process uses the same password credentials as the WearCheck online system
NEIL ROBINSON The app is free of charge, data is highly secure and the login process uses the same password credentials as the WearCheck online system

Middle Island plans follow-up drilling to enhance Wirraminna deposit

By: Donna Slater     18th January 2018 Gold exploration and development company Middle Island on Thursday reported the outcomes of a pit optimisation study for the Wirraminna deposit, in Western Australia.  

Environmental permit bodes well for project financing

8th December 2017 Iron-ore explorer and developer Zanaga Iron Ore Company (ZIOC) expects the environmental permit for its iron-ore project from the Republic of Congo’s ministry of environment to help attract finance to enable the valuable resource to be brought into production. A joint venture with natural... 

Intermin reaffirms guidance as first ore is hauled from Teal Stage 2

By: Donna Slater     6th December 2017 Western Australia-focused gold mining company Intermin Resources has started hauling the first ore from Stage 2 operations at its Teal gold mine, north-west of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, to a nearby processing plant, the ASX-listed company reported on Wednesday 

Atrum incorporates Elan project directly into portfolio, reverses decision to list

By: Donna Slater     6th December 2017 ASX-listed coal miner Atrum Coal has reversed a decision to list its Canada-based Elan Coal properties on a stock exchange and, instead, will integrate the mining project directly into its portfolio 

Pilot Crushtec launches modular solutions, increases service offering

By: Mia Breytenbach     1st December 2017 Crushing and screening specialists Pilot Crushtec International has launched two new products – the Pilot Modular MAXIscalp 600 and the Metso Nordplant C80 primary crushing station intended for use in modular configurations – at its 2017 Open Day last month.   The MAXIscalp 600 is the world’s... 

MODULAR FLEXIBILITY
The MAXIscalp 600 scalping plant has a set-up that provides flexibility to adapt to changing operational requirements
MODULAR FLEXIBILITY The MAXIscalp 600 scalping plant has a set-up that provides flexibility to adapt to changing operational requirements

Ausdrill wins contract extensions in Africa and Australia

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th November 2017 Mining services company Ausdrill said on Tuesday it had secured two contract extensions at African operations and one in Western Australia. The ASX-listed firm reported that South Africa-based AngloGold Ashanti had awarded its wholly owned subsidiary African Mining Services (AMS), a provision... 

Atlas Copco splits into entities focusing on mining and civil engineering, and the industrial market

By: Donna Slater     24th November 2017 Construction and mining equipment manufacturer Atlas Copco has started a process to divide the company into two separate entities – Atlas Copco and Epiroc. Epiroc will remain a subsidiary of Atlas Copco.  

SANJAY AHUJA
Epiroc is now a house where we can live and breathe mining and rock excavation
SANJAY AHUJA Epiroc is now a house where we can live and breathe mining and rock excavation

Flexible couplings able to withstand extreme mining conditions

17th November 2017 Manufactured by global bearings manufacturer The Timken Company, parts distributor Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) Quick-Flex couplings are able to withstand the most extreme mining conditions, including temperatures as high as 100 ˚C. The Timken Quick-Flex couplings, which require minimal... 

FLEXIBLE APPLICATION The Quick-Flex coupling’s design makes it suitable for high-speed, low-torque, excessive-vibration drives, to a low-speed, high-torque applications
FLEXIBLE APPLICATION The Quick-Flex coupling’s design makes it suitable for high-speed, low-torque, excessive-vibration drives, to a low-speed, high-torque applications

Transmission equipment components offer multiple benefits

3rd November 2017 Technical solutions provider BMG’s portfolio of Fenner power transmission components from manufacturer Fenner Drives includes a range of high-strength friction transmission belts that offer longer service life, higher drive efficiency and reduced downtime, compared with conventional V-belts.... 

STRONG STRETCH The elasticity of the PowerTwist's woven polyurethane fabric enables these belts to be stretched over a pulley drive without any damage
STRONG STRETCH The elasticity of the PowerTwist's woven polyurethane fabric enables these belts to be stretched over a pulley drive without any damage

Mechanised mining produces indirect jobs, uptake increasing

By: Victor Moolman     3rd November 2017 Despite the popular belief that the proliferation of mechanised mines in the African mining industry will lead to job losses, mechanised mining does generate new employment  opportunities, although indirectly through the maintenance, logistics, spare parts transportation, fuel requirements and... 

AUTOMATED SYSTEMS
Sandvik is increasing its focus on automated mining equipment
AUTOMATED SYSTEMS Sandvik is increasing its focus on automated mining equipment

Modular electric houses destined for mine in Africa

3rd November 2017 Medium to heavy engineering company Parnis Manufacturing has secured a contract to fabricate modular electrical houses (E-Houses) for a mine in Africa, which it attributes to its established record for high-quality manufacture. The continued trend to make use of E-Houses has seen a marked... 

MOBILE OR MODULAR E-Houses are mobile or modular houses that are fully equipped electrical substations manufactured using insulated steel panels
Photo by Duane Daws
MOBILE OR MODULAR E-Houses are mobile or modular houses that are fully equipped electrical substations manufactured using insulated steel panels
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