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Earthmoving News

Mine mechanisation gains traction

By: Simon Sonnekus     1st April 2016 More South African mining companies are shifting from using conventional labour forces to mechanising their deep-level operations, as they are exposed to increased seismic stress and the subsequent seismic activity, higher temperatures and time-consuming travelling to the rock face, says... 

African mineral sands market biggest trial, logistics specialist

By: Nadine James     11th March 2016 There are limited ongoing or prospective mineral sands projects under way in Southern Africa, says heavy transport specialist Mammoet Southern Africa (SA) marketing manager Ryan Amos, but the company is still actively pursuing the regional mining market, despite the global mining industry being... 

HEAVY HAUL Mammoet is capable of transporting fully assembled mining haul trucks such as the CAT 797
HEAVY HAUL Mammoet is capable of transporting fully assembled mining haul trucks such as the CAT 797

Resources Watch 

10th March 2016 This week: Eqstra H1 profit falls on exit of noncore operations RBPlat posts FY loss, delays projects And, Sibanye Gold preparing to spend upped R3.9bn capex 

Resources Watch
Resources Watch

Solutions for energy efficient, productive mining showcased

By: Kimberley Smuts     4th March 2016 To further expand its mining and industrial solutions, global technologies and services supplier Bosch is now increasingly targeting markets in Africa and Oceania. “With positive economic development underpinned by a wealth of raw materials and an increasingly well-educated workforce and growing... 

Earthmoving solutions to launch in 2016

By: Kimberley Smuts     4th March 2016 Several new Cat earthmoving products for the mining, construction and allied industries are scheduled to be released in South Africa during 2016 by Caterpillar’s Southern African dealer, Barloworld Equipment, a division of  Barloworld. An example is the 22 t payload Cat 6020B hydraulic shovel,... 

THE CAT 6020B 
In the first phase of production, the Cat 6020B, with its 224 t operating weight, will be supplied only in backhoe configuration
THE CAT 6020B In the first phase of production, the Cat 6020B, with its 224 t operating weight, will be supplied only in backhoe configuration

Eqstra warns of lower H1 earnings, to sell Moz mining equipment assets

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     3rd February 2016 JSE-listed mobile capital equipment distributor Eqstra has, through its Mozambican subsidiary, signed a memorandum of agreement with Minas de Benga Limitada to dispose of all plant and equipment assets used in the provision of mining services during a five-year contract at Minas’ Benga coal mine,... 

Nautilus takes delivery of seafloor production tools

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd February 2016 Marine-mining pioneer Nautilus Minerals on Monday announced that the Solwara 1 Joint Venture (comprising Nautilus 85% and Eda Kopa (Solwara) Limited 15%) has taken delivery of the three seafloor production tools (SPTs) from British manufacturer Soil Machine Dynamics’ (SMD) facility, in Newcastle... 

Mine health, safety amendment still not effective

By: Nadine James     29th January 2016 Two of the additional regulations pertaining to the operation of  diesel-powered trackless mobile machinery (TMM) on mines – which were published in February 2015 – remain inoperable, as the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) has yet to stipulate a date when the specific obligations come into... 

AVERTING COLLISIONS Several of the new regulations regarding Trackless Mobile Machinery are meant to prevent or reduce collisions
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AVERTING COLLISIONS Several of the new regulations regarding Trackless Mobile Machinery are meant to prevent or reduce collisions

Service proposition enhancements to prove group’s mettle to Africa

By: Mia Breytenbach     22nd January 2016 Despite testing circumstances in the local mining industry, mineral processing equipment and solutions provider Multotec’s business is progressing well, with the group focusing on offering an improved services proposition to its mining customers across Africa, says Multotec CEO Thomas Holtz.... 

TRAINING ENDORSEMENT
Multotec provided training for 315 trainees in 2015 and aims to increase the number of trainees to more than 500 this year
TRAINING ENDORSEMENT Multotec provided training for 315 trainees in 2015 and aims to increase the number of trainees to more than 500 this year

DTI invites local companies to participate in DRC expo pavilion

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th January 2016 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has invited South African manufacturers and exporters of mining equipment and related products and services to apply to participate at DRC Mining Week 2016, scheduled to take place on June 8 and 9 in Lubumbashi, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The... 

Manufacturer drives R&D to improve efficiencies, reduce operating costs

By: Mia Breytenbach     4th December 2015 Despite a subdued demand for mining machinery globally, Richards Bay-based heavy equipment manufacturer Bell Equipment continues to invest in its articulated dump truck (ADT) research and development programme to drive down operating costs and improve ADT efficiencies while meeting more stringent... 

SIMILAR DESIGN
Like the E-series small trucks another key aim of the new design for the larger trucks is lowering the cost of every tonne on the truck
SIMILAR DESIGN Like the E-series small trucks another key aim of the new design for the larger trucks is lowering the cost of every tonne on the truck

Samarco tailings breach underscores need for industrywide best practise

By: Simon Rees     23rd November 2015 On November 5, there was a large, destructive breach of tailings dams at an iron-ore mine run by Samarco Mineração, in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais. It was reported that about ten people had lost their lives, while hundreds more had to be evacuated. Much of Bento Rodrigues village was... 

Sensor manufacturer promotes LVITs for hydraulic cylinders

By: Nadine James     13th November 2015 Recent electronic advancements have made variable inductance position sensors, known as linear variable inductance transducers (LVITs) more cost effective for mainstream in-cylinder applications, says specialised sensor manufacturer Alliance Sensors Group, a division of HG Schaevitz LLC (ASG).... 

LVIT
The in-cylinder sensor is an easily installed cost effective solution for measuring resonant frequency in hydraulic cylinders
LVIT The in-cylinder sensor is an easily installed cost effective solution for measuring resonant frequency in hydraulic cylinders

Pneumatic components distributor introduces new air-filtration series

By: Nadine James     13th November 2015 Local hydraulic and pneumatic components distributor Hydramatics Control Equipment extended its air-treatment range last month by adding the Camozzi MD series of compressed air filters, developed and manufactured in Italy, to its product offering. Hydramatics sales manager Vaughan Chapman boasts... 

CAMOZZI MD SERIES
The air filtration series is well suited to pneumatic machine tool applications
CAMOZZI MD SERIES The air filtration series is well suited to pneumatic machine tool applications

Mining solutions provider introduces hard rock mining truck

13th November 2015 US-based mining equipment manufacturer Joy Global recently debuted the Joy 16TD hard rock mining truck, its newest offering for the global mining market. Based on the popular DT-1804 truck model, the 16TD features lower hood lines for improved visibility, a digital operator display, shorter... 

16TD HARD ROCK MINING TRUCK
Joy Global has replaced its popular DT-1804 truck with the 16TD model which has all of the DT's capabilities without its design flaws
16TD HARD ROCK MINING TRUCK Joy Global has replaced its popular DT-1804 truck with the 16TD model which has all of the DT's capabilities without its design flaws

Hydraulic solutions provider launches new sectional mobile valve

13th November 2015 Power management company Eaton last month announced the launch of its CLS sectional mobile valve. The CLS provides patented load sense bleed off, pre- and post-compensated load sense relief on each section, and a highly modular design with one of the smallest envelopes in the industry. 

CLS SECTIONAL MOBILE VALVE
Eaton's new valve was designed prioritise work functions, improving machine efficiency and safety
CLS SECTIONAL MOBILE VALVE Eaton's new valve was designed prioritise work functions, improving machine efficiency and safety

Increased volumes of mining, construction assets auctioned online

By: Mia Breytenbach     30th October 2015 Owing to the continued global and local economic challenges that the local mining industry faces, several mining houses are shifting their focus from growth and expansion to efficiency and cost control, says online mining and construction equipment auctioneering company Clear Asset. The slowdown... 

ONLINE ATTRACTION
Clear Asset’s September auction registered 29 000 unique auction views and 1 674 bids, with the Vermeer trencher sold to a buyer in the US
ONLINE ATTRACTION Clear Asset’s September auction registered 29 000 unique auction views and 1 674 bids, with the Vermeer trencher sold to a buyer in the US

Mining contractor refocuses on after sales service offering

By: Nadine James     23rd October 2015 Environmental opencast mining contractor DynaD has renewed its focus on its after-sales services, partly owing to slow growth and development in a lacklustre coal sector, says DynaD drill and blasting director Chris Bester. “Nothing much happened in the coal industry in the past year,” he says,... 

DK DRILL RIG
DynaD service offering includes refurbishing the DK drill rig range
DK DRILL RIG DynaD service offering includes refurbishing the DK drill rig range

Openpit contractor’s mandate extended

23rd October 2015 Aveng Mining subsidiary and mining contractor Aveng Moolmans has been awarded a five-year extension of its contract with the Tshipi Borwa openpit manganese mine, in the Northern Cape. The mine is owned by empowerment company Tshipi e Ntle Manganese Mining, and the contract extension was put into... 

TSHIPI BORWA MINE
Mine owner Tshipi e Ntle will continue its relationship with Aveng Moolmans
TSHIPI BORWA MINE Mine owner Tshipi e Ntle will continue its relationship with Aveng Moolmans

Caterpillar restructuring to see more than 10 000 retrenchments by 2016

By: Henry Lazenby     25th September 2015 US-based heavy machinery and mining equipment manufacturer Caterpillar will retrench more than 10 000 employees by the end of 2016 as part of a significant restructuring and cost reduction plan, designed to lower operating costs by about $1.5-billion a year, once fully implemented. Starting later... 

Caterpillar restructuring to see more than 10 000 retrenchments by 2016

Heavy lifting and logistics company aims for mining market

By: Donna Slater     25th September 2015 Global heavy-lifting, heavy-haulage and logistics company Mammoet is aiming to break into the mining industry with its comprehensive logistics offering, coupled with its traditional heavy-lifting and ability to move heavy equipment, says local branch Mammoet Southern Africa (SA). 

INTACT HAULAGE
Mammoet is able to transport intact dragline machines using its self-propelled modular transport units
INTACT HAULAGE Mammoet is able to transport intact dragline machines using its self-propelled modular transport units

Compact loaders suitable for mining environment

By: Donna Slater     25th September 2015 Construction equipment company CSE Equipment’s range of US-manufactured Case SR- and SV-series skid-steer loaders is suitable for materials handling operations at mines, owing to their compact design, small turning circles and hydrostatic four- wheel drive, as well as roll-over protection and... 

VERSATILE MACHINERY
CSE Equipment’s SR- and SV-series skid-steer loaders have advanced features for improved performance
VERSATILE MACHINERY CSE Equipment’s SR- and SV-series skid-steer loaders have advanced features for improved performance

Material feeders commissioned at Namibia mine

By: Donna Slater     25th September 2015 Durban-based materials handling company Big Lift Trucks South Africa (BLT SA) delivered two Samson 85 t material feeders to Namibian diamond miner Namdeb Diamond Corporation’s mine in Oranjemund, Namibia, in March, with the machines being fully commissioned the same month. 

OFFLOADING
The material feeders can receive materials directly from 40 t dump trucks and have a buffer holding capacity of up to 66.2 t of material
OFFLOADING The material feeders can receive materials directly from 40 t dump trucks and have a buffer holding capacity of up to 66.2 t of material

Geotech analysis made easier with monitoring system

By: Bruce Montiea     28th August 2015 Australia-based exploration and emerging producer Havilah Resources in June bought a surface laser monitoring and tracking system to use at its opencut Portia gold mine, in South Australia. The mine will use the Sentry monitoring system, designed by mining software, hardware and services provider... 

OBSERVING 
Maptek’s Sentry surface laser monitoring and tracking system simplifies geotech analysis
OBSERVING Maptek’s Sentry surface laser monitoring and tracking system simplifies geotech analysis

Survey finds Latin American mines least satisfied with cost of maintaining EOM equipment

By: Henry Lazenby     24th August 2015 Online data, analysis and advisory services firm Timetric has found that mines throughout Latin America are dissatisfied with their original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) over cost-related factors, in particular maintenance and servicing costs. In the survey ‘Winning and Retaining Business in... 

South Africa more than just the recipient of investments, says Davies

By: African News Agency      8th July 2015 The handover of a 40 t dump truck to a Russian company at the seventh Brics summit in Ufa illustrated South Africa’s ability to do more than simply receive investments, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said on Wednesday. “We are not just potential recipients of investments but we are also... 

Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies and Bell CEO Gary Bell
Photo by African News Agency
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies and Bell CEO Gary Bell

Front loaders supplied to diamond mine to be showcased at expo

By: Mia Breytenbach     3rd July 2015 Heavy duty and earthmoving equipment distributor North European Equipment South Africa in February supplied two Atlas Weycor AR 40 front loaders to a diamond mine in the Northern Cape. The company has been a distributor of Germany-based machine manufacturer Atlas Weycor and parent company Atlas... 

PRODUCT COLLECTOR
The AR 40 front loaders can efficiently move and clean out any materials underneath conveyor belt systems and processing areas at mine sites
PRODUCT COLLECTOR The AR 40 front loaders can efficiently move and clean out any materials underneath conveyor belt systems and processing areas at mine sites

Machining acquisitions enhance company’s capabilities, service

By: Mia Breytenbach     3rd July 2015 To boost its crankshaft grinding and engine component machining capabilities and capacities, heavy diesel engine and remanufactured component provider Metric Automotive Engineering has invested in several new machines, including a Berco 575 crankshaft grinder. The crankshaft grinder is designed... 

MACHINERY INVESTMENT
The Berco 575 crankshaft grinder is capable of grinding crankshafts with a length of up to 4.8 m and a weight of up to 5 t
MACHINERY INVESTMENT The Berco 575 crankshaft grinder is capable of grinding crankshafts with a length of up to 4.8 m and a weight of up to 5 t

New 35-t-capacity tow tractor responds to industry needs

By: Mia Breytenbach     3rd July 2015 High-end telescopic handler distributor and rough-terrain equipment company Manitou Southern Africa has augmented its mining equipment product offering with several new machines that were launched in the local market during the first half of this year. The product launches have included the... 

UNDERGROUND TRACTOR
The ManiTrax 35 t tow tractor is capable of hauling, towing and transporting equipment, tools, skids and tanks in underground mine applications
UNDERGROUND TRACTOR The ManiTrax 35 t tow tractor is capable of hauling, towing and transporting equipment, tools, skids and tanks in underground mine applications

Lack of projects, mining pressures challenging equipment suppliers

By: Mia Breytenbach     3rd July 2015 The “absolute dearth” of exciting, new mining projects, paired with the concern that South Africa is no longer a favoured destination for new mining projects are some of the greatest challenges facing equipment suppliers, states heavy equipment manufacturer Bell Equipment Sales Africa (Besa)... 

DECLINING SALES As large-scale projects are significantly limited, it is difficult for companies supplying equipment to the mining and construction sectors
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DECLINING SALES As large-scale projects are significantly limited, it is difficult for companies supplying equipment to the mining and construction sectors

Manufacturer to launch new products, ramp up ADT production

By: Mia Breytenbach     3rd July 2015 Heavy-equipment manufacturer Bell Equipment has started low-volume production of the Bell B60D articulated dump truck (ADT) for the South African market, and will launch the new Finlay dual power plants later this month. Bell Equipment product marketing manager: ADTs Tristan du Pisanie notes that... 

DUAL POWER
The Finlay dual power mobile crushing and screening concept comprises the J-1175 jaw crusher, the C-1540 cone crusher and the 694+ inclined screen
DUAL POWER The Finlay dual power mobile crushing and screening concept comprises the J-1175 jaw crusher, the C-1540 cone crusher and the 694+ inclined screen

Equipment supplier to focus on innovations for local mining industry

By: Mia Breytenbach     3rd July 2015 US-based mining equipment manufacturer Joy Global aims to increase awareness of its surface mining technology offerings for the South African mining industry. The company has equipment that is helping customers optimize mine performance, such as the P&H Generation 2 wheel loader. 

ENHANCING PERFORMANCE
The P&H Generation 2 wheel loader range is designed to achieve increased operating hours and productivity, and can load 75 t to 400 t haul trucks
ENHANCING PERFORMANCE The P&H Generation 2 wheel loader range is designed to achieve increased operating hours and productivity, and can load 75 t to 400 t haul trucks

Surface miner at coal mine a first for Southern Africa

By: Mia Breytenbach     3rd July 2015 Diversified engineering company Wirtgen South Africa (SA) in May commissioned its Wirtgen 4200 SM surface miner at Brazilian mining major Vale’s Moatize mine, in Tete, Mozambique. The supply of this miner to Vale is one of Wirtgen SA’s largest projects in Southern Africa to date. 

MARKET FOOTPRINT
Up to August 2014, 59 surface miners had been sold in Africa, with nine in Southern Africa and the remainder in North Africa
MARKET FOOTPRINT Up to August 2014, 59 surface miners had been sold in Africa, with nine in Southern Africa and the remainder in North Africa

Machine-to-machine systems improve mine efficiency

By: Donna Slater     8th May 2015 Technology-enabling machines that communicate with each other can significantly improve the efficiency of mines’ load and haul operations, says mining advisory and mine design and planning software business Cyest Analytics CEO Andreas Cambitsis. 

IMPROVEMENT OPPORTUNITY 
Mining load and haul operations were identified by Cyest Analytics and Vodacom Business as presenting the greatest opportunity for time-management improvement
Photo by Bloomberg
IMPROVEMENT OPPORTUNITY Mining load and haul operations were identified by Cyest Analytics and Vodacom Business as presenting the greatest opportunity for time-management improvement

Despite sliding mining sales, Caterpillar lifts Q1 profit

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd April 2015 American mining equipment manufacturer and financier Caterpillar has reported a sharp increase in first-quarter profits despite lower sales, as restructuring effort over the past 12 months gained traction. For the three months ended March 31, the NYSE-listed firm improved profits by 20% to... 

Despite sliding mining sales, Caterpillar lifts Q1 profit

Value of indaba for aggregate and sand industry to be evaluated

By: Ilan Solomons     23rd January 2015 The Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (Aspasa) will this year send a delegation to the Investing in African Mining Indaba for the first time to evaluate the value of the event for the local aggregate and sand industry. Aspasa director Nico Pienaar says that Aspasa did... 

NICO PIENAAR The value of the Mining Indaba will be evaluated and feedback will be given to Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa members
NICO PIENAAR The value of the Mining Indaba will be evaluated and feedback will be given to Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa members

Networking key to indaba success

By: Donna Slater     23rd January 2015 With a focus on encouraging equipment sales this year, online equipment marketplace Clear Asset is hoping to secure several high-value pre-arranged meetings at the 2015 Investing in African Mining Indaba. 

DRIVING INDUSTRY
Clear Asset will, this year, investigate additional areas where its online auction solutions could add value
DRIVING INDUSTRY Clear Asset will, this year, investigate additional areas where its online auction solutions could add value

Market receptive to new hydraulic starter

By: Pimani Baloyi     14th November 2014 Johannesburg-based hydraulic starter motors manufacturer Powerworks’ pre-engaged hydraulic starter motor, which was certified as compliant to European directive Atmosphere Explosives’ (Atex’s) requirements in 2011, is being well received globally. Powerworks technical director Nick Ruberg tells... 

HYDRAULIC STARTER MOTOR
Powerworks believes its starter motor is the only one of its kind
HYDRAULIC STARTER MOTOR Powerworks believes its starter motor is the only one of its kind
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