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Earthmoving News

Manufacturer prioritises safety-assured equipment

By: Pimani Baloyi     31st October 2014 Fulfilling its commitment to ensuring mineworker and property safety, rough-terrain machinery manufacturer Manitou Southern Africa says its mining equipment features the most advanced safety technology, such as flameproofing systems, explosion-resistant designs and enhanced operability. Company... 

Bell Equipment

31st October 2014 Established in 1954, Bell Equipment is a proudly South African company, which this year celebrates 60 years in the design, manufacture, distribution and support of materials handling equipment. With 75% of what the company sells in South Africa manufactured in-country, Bell is focused on... 

Bell Equipment

Barloworld Handling

24th October 2014 Metso’s mobile crushing and screening solutions footprint in southern Africa has been given new traction with the launch on October 1 of a dedicated Metso mobile business unit within the Handling division of the Barloworld group. The transfer of Barloworld’s Metso business, previously part of... 

Barloworld Handling

Simulator training reduces fuel consumption, tyre wear and risk

By: Donna Slater     24th October 2014 Australia-based equipment training simulator company Immersive Technologies’ vehicle simulator training is assisting mine-vehicle operators, especially those working at opencast mining operations, in ensuring that they are shifting gears properly, using their vehicles’ full braking capability and... 

Simulator training reduces fuel consumption, tyre wear and risk
COMPREHENSIVE RANGE Many well-known mining vehicle brands and models are available to train operators through Immersive Technologies’ simulators

Earthmoving company reaches milestone with new scraper

26th September 2014 Earthmoving machinery and construction equipment manufacturer Caterpillar’s Decatur, Illinois facility, in the US, last month launched the facility’s latest wheel tractor-scraper, reaching a milestone total of 75 000 wheel tractor-scrapers that the facility has produced over the years. The... 

Earthmoving company reaches milestone with new scraper
HEAVYWEIGHT Wheel tractor-scrapers have been updated over the years to meet the changing requirements of earthmoving projects

Local colliery to receive new simulator range

By: Mia Breytenbach     19th September 2014 Global advanced training simulator provider ThoroughTec is delivering its new Cybermine Soft Rock mining simulator range to mining major BHP Billiton’s Khutala colliery – one of South Africa’s biggest collieries – in Mpumalanga. The Cybermine Soft Rock range of mining simulators includes a... 

Local colliery to receive new simulator range
EFFECTIVE TRAINING ThoroughTec’s high-fidelity simulators are designed to be as realistic as possible, from cab appearance to the authentic replication of operator interfaces

Zambian Minister commissions mining equipment

12th September 2014 Zambian Minister of Agriculture and Livestock Wylbur Simuusa visited Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) in his capacity as Nchanga Member of Parliament last month to familiarise himself with the company’s operations. Speaking after commissioning of new equipment at the Chingola Open Pits (COP) F&D, which... 

Zambian Minister commissions mining equipment
MINE CITY Kitwe, in the Copperbelt province of Zambia, is home to many mining operations, including LSE listed mining company Vedanta’s Konkola Copper mine

Standby capacity for SA mines

By: Pimani Baloyi     5th September 2014 Harare-based mining equipment supplier Machinery Exchange, in expectation of a time when Zimbabwe’s mining industry can live up to its full potential, prioritises staff training, the supply of quality services and world-class equipment and keeping abreast of global trends in its sector, says... 

Standby capacity  for SA mines
BRENDAN & GEOFF REILLY Machinery Exchange has trained its staff and ensures that it keeps abreast of global mining trends

New pre-shaft sinking system developed for mining industry

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th August 2014 South African construction group Murray & Roberts Cementation has developed a pre-shaft sinking system – the first of its kind in Africa – which will be used at a mine site early next year. The pre-shaft sinking system, also known as the gantry system, was designed and engineered over the past... 

New pre-shaft sinking system  developed for mining industry
CONTINENTAL FIRST Murray & Roberts Cementation designed a compact gantry system for pre-shaft sinking in the mining industry

New vertical pipeline supports narrow-reef emulsion system

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th August 2014 Mining explosives company BME is establishing a 300 m vertical emulsion pipeline – the deepest in the world – at a South African gold mine currently implementing BME’s new narrow-reef emulsion system. The pipeline, scheduled for completion at the end of this year, will reduce the usual shaft time... 

New vertical pipeline  supports narrow-reef  emulsion system
BLASTING EFFICIENCY BME’s portable charging unit enables mines to employ safer and more cost-effective emulsion-based blasting technology

Mining equipment manufacturer Kopex increases its presence in Africa

29th August 2014 Mining equipment manufacturer and service provider Kopex Group, which is headquartered in Poland, is increasing its presence on African soil, where it sees increased demand for more user- and environment-friendly mining equipment. Through its subsidiary company, Hansen + Genwest, based in Benoni,... 

Mining equipment manufacturer Kopex increases its presence in Africa

Hansen + Genwest eager to spread its wings

29th August 2014 outh African transformer and switchgear manufacturer Hansen + Genwest is eager to diversify its product range and expand its customer base, setting its sight on acquisitions and spreading its wings into the rest of Africa. The Benoni, South Africa-based company, which prides itself on selling the... 

Hansen + Genwest eager to spread its wings

Grindrod Rail’s focus firmly on Africa as mining expands

29th August 2014 Private rail service provider Grindrod Rail is well placed to take advantage of the demand for commodities from Africa, providing key services for strategic customers wishing to get their product to port and supporting national rail operators in meeting their rail commitments. The historic under... 

Grindrod Rail’s focus firmly on Africa as mining expands

Company takes new hydraulic range to mine operations

By: Pimani Baloyi     18th July 2014 British high pressure hydraulic tools manufacturer Hi-Force has attended a series of roadshows to showcase some of its newly launched hydraulic solutions, as well as other mining-specific products, at various mining sites across Africa. These solutions include the HBR series of spring-eye bust... 

Company takes new hydraulic  range to mine operations
HYDRAULIC SOLUTIONS Hi-Force’s HBR range of replacement toolkits offer 18 t of hydraulic power when operated at the maximum working pressure of 700 bar

Mining industry challenges affect manufacturing sector

By: Jonathan Rodin     4th July 2014 South African manufacturers are not immune to the negative consequences of ongoing labour unrest in the mining industry, says heavy equipment manufacturer Bell Equipment Sales South Africa (Bessa) sales and marketing director Terry Gillham. "There is no question that our mining industry has taken... 

Mining industry challenges  affect manufacturing sector
EXPERIENCING DIFFICULTY Bell customers contracted to platinum and chrome mines, particularly in the Rustenburg area, are under severe strain

Dump truck makes it into Guinness Book of Records

4th July 2014 Belarus-based multinational engineering company Belarusian Autoworks’ (BelAZ’s) BelAZ-75710, the world’s largest mining two-axle all-wheel-drive dump truck – with a weight-carrying capacity of 450 t – has proved worthy of an entry in the Guinness Book of Records. The new vehicle, which rolled out... 

Dump truck makes  it into Guinness Book  of Records
MAMMOTH MACHINE The world’s largest mining two-axle is currently being field-tested as one of the biggest machines of its class

New wheel loader on the market

4th July 2014 A new 990K wheel loader, which offers more power and increased payload for greater productivity and fuel efficiency, was launched in May by mining and construction equipment manufacturer Caterpillar (Cat). The wheel loader features a redesigned cab that delivers an improved operator interface and... 

New wheel loader  on the market
HEAVY MACHINERY The new 990K model is 17.5 t, which increased from the 16.5 t payload of the H Series model

Growing hammer range benefits drilling applications

4th July 2014 Mining equipment and services provider Sandvik Mining has added six- and eight-inch models to its growing RH460 DTH hammer range, designed to reduce costs, increase penetration rates and prolong the service life of drilling applications on surface mining operations. The company has also... 

Growing hammer range benefits drilling applications
IMPROVED PERFORMANCE The growing RH460 range increases the impact–energy transmission in variable ground conditions

Wagons designed to serve the mining industry in South Africa and abroad

By: Jonathan Rodin     4th July 2014 Locomotives, wagons and bogies supplier DCD Rolling Stock, a member of international manufacturing and engineering company DCD Group, has sold 33 discharge hopper wagons to platinum mining operations in South Africa over the last five years, says DCD Rolling Stock supply chain manager Phillip van... 

Wagons designed to serve the mining industry in South Africa and abroad
Photo by Duane Daws
FUNCTIONALITY DCD’s latest discharge hopper wagons are designed to respond to the South African platinum belt needs

Manufacturing in the mining industry can yield economic growth

By: Zandile Mavuso     27th June 2014 South Africa’s National Development Plan emphasises the critical and indispensable role of manufacturing as a key driver of economic growth, and a segment in which this country could achieve greater outcomes is the manufacture of mining equipment. There are caveats, though: better policies must... 

Manufacturing in the mining industry can yield economic growth

Mine planning essential for opencast environment

9th May 2014 A project team with mine planning as its core business is best positioned to deliver appropriate, integrated, optimum and executable mine designs, says mining consultancy Ukwazi. Ukwazi is the largest-capacity mining engineering-focused consulting services provider in Africa and has successfully... 

ONTC to remain in public hands, telecom division to be sold

By: Henry Lazenby     4th April 2014 Ontario’s Northern Development and Mines Minister Michael Gravelle on Friday announced that the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission (ONTC) would remain in public hands, but would sell the communications arm Ontera. Ontario will continue to operate the motor coach, Polar Bear Express, rail... 

ONTC to remain in public hands, telecom division to be sold
Photo by Ontario Northland Transportation Commission
Ontario Northland Transportation Commission

Moatize coal operation awaits new infrastructure to achieve full capacity

By: Keith Campbell     7th March 2014 Brazilian mining major Vale’s Moatize coal operation in the Tete province of Mozambique remains constrained by logistical inadequacies, although its output was slightly higher in 2013 than in 2012. However, the miner remains confident in the future of the mine. “Moatize is being developed to be a... 

New report points to encouraging signs for Quebec and Canadian miners

By: Henry Lazenby     5th March 2014 Despite the current challenges the mining industry faces, Canadian junior mining executives appear to have a renewed sense of optimism, particularly those in Quebec, where Bill 70 – adopted last December to reform the Mining Act – had provided the industry with a stable and predictable regulatory... 

New report points to encouraging signs for Quebec and Canadian miners

Miners must revisit business models to achieve maximum savings - KPMG

By: Simon Rees     3rd March 2014 Mining companies should re-visit and re-evaluate their business models to ensure the maximum benefit of cost and efficiency savings, head of KPMG Canada’s Value Creation service Simon Beer told members of the Canadian Institute of Mining’s Management and Economics Society on February 26. Many... 

Miners must revisit business models to achieve maximum savings - KPMG

Company to highlight own brand, add new products to Botswana offering 

By: Ilan Solomons     21st February 2014 Local drill equipment provider Schwalbe will place greater emphasis on promoting its self-manufactured Orange rock-tool equipment range and will introduce new products to the Botswana mining industry to meet clients’ growing demand, MD Jonathan Betsalel tells Mining Weekly. “This year, Schwalbe... 

Company to highlight own brand, add new products to Botswana offering
Schwalbe MD Jonathan Betsalel discusses the company's aim of expanding its product offering to Botswana's mining industry this year

New service-driven geomatics supplier breaking even

By: Pimani Baloyi     29th November 2013 Geospatial products distributor Aciel Geomatics has attributed its start-up success to the company’s approach to business and its focus on being more of a service provider than simply a products provider. “We recognised that the future of this business would be to enter into a contractual... 

Study aims to improve blasting methods

By: Carina Borralho     22nd November 2013 South African mining industry explosives supplier BME technical manager Refiloe Kekana has co-written a paper that aims to increase the mining industry’s depth of understanding in rock and its characteristics, thereby helping mining companies to plan explosions more efficiently. “This paper... 

Local manufacture of Gravico-branded surface mining equipment to be launched this month

By: Chantelle Kotze     15th November 2013 The production of a new range of Gravico-branded aftermarket attachments for surface mining equipment is expected to start this month, after officially being launched onto the Southern African market last month. 

Industrial plant rental solution effectively used in mining industry

25th October 2013 The success of companies undertaking and executing large-scale projects in the mining sector, such as opencast mining activities, is heavily dependent on the capacity and reliability of its suppliers, says compressor hire company Rand-Air. 

Caterpillar narrows Q3 profit, again cuts FY outlook

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd October 2013 The significant downturn in the mining market has hurt the world’s largest earthmoving-equipment manufacturer Caterpillar’s third-quarter earnings, forcing the company to readjust its full-year outlook lower. Caterpillar on Wednesday said that for the quarter ended September 30, its sales and... 

FETs not churning out suitable artisans for a mining sector that needs to mechanise at a faster pace 

By: Sashnee Moodley     4th October 2013 The South African mining sector needs to mechanise at a faster pace to remain competitive and the skills needed to achieve this are sourced from the artisan pool, but the skills shortage in this area is increasing because further education and training (FET) colleges are not providing the... 

Prefeasibility study nearing completion

13th September 2013 Australia-based resources company Blackthourn Resources (BTR) reports that the prefeasibility study (PFS) work for its Kitumba project at the Mumbwa copper/gold mine in Zambia, is currently being completed. 

Software released to improve excavation accuracy

By: Chantelle Kotze     9th August 2013 Mining technology developer Maptek reports that it launched its PerfectDig software program to the global mining market at the end of June, following successful field trials at coal mines, in Australia.  

Hydraulic wrenches an added advantage for maintenance

21st June 2013 Underground mining infrastructure systems supplier Becker Mining South Africa (SA) has added hydraulic torque wrenches to its range of Simplex hydraulic and mechanical maintenance equipment, which are designed for heavy duty bolting applications during maintenance on the mines. 

CAT to supply longwall systems to four Consol mines

5th April 2013 Largest producer of coal from underground mines in North America Consol Energy has placed orders for Caterpillar (CAT) longwall equipment, including more than 1 100 roof supports, worth $300-million. Delivery of the equipment started at the end of 2012 and will be completed in mid-2013. 

Bell Equipment granted Terex Finlay distributorship in South Africa

5th April 2013 South African original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) Bell Equipment has been granted distribution rights by machinery manufacturer Terex Finlay for its range of mobile crushing, screening and recycling equipment in South Africa. 

Bell sees drop in profit, production in 2012, but believes 2013 will be better

By: Irma Venter     19th March 2013 Construction and mining equipment group Bell on Tuesday reported a 12% increase in revenue to R5.67-billion, up from the previous year’s R5-billion. Profit for the year, at R242.9-million, was, however, down from 2011’s R296.8-million. Bell said in a statement that 2012 had proved to be a mixed... 

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