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A yellow blasting mechanism linked to a cell phone being held in a hand, used to incorporate new technologies when blasting at mines
Explosives company achieves world-class rating
29th October 2021 By: Halima Frost

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... 

An image of BME's Double Salt Emulsion in beaker.
Explosives growth follows industry growth
15th October 2021 By: Nadine Ramdass

The African explosives sector remains steady, owing to an increase in African mining opportunities and positive market conditions, says BME Southern African Development Community (SADC) MD Ralf... 

An image of the Differential Global Positioning System on a mining blast site
Differential GPS brings much needed autonomy to blasting
15th October 2021

AECI Mining Explosives’ new, high-accuracy (sub-1m) Differential Global Positioning System (DGPS) brings autonomy to the blast hole tagging process, thus maximising efficiency by eliminating... 

An image of a mine worker using Enaex's Mine I-Truck to delivers down-the-hole explosives
Explosives tech aims to humanise mining
15th October 2021 By: Nadine Ramdass

The lack of new investment in the form of new mining projects has resulted in little growth for the explosives industry, and while the expansion projects of existing operations have helped the... 

Image of a BME emulsion manufacturing plant
Explosives company aims to extend its reach
8th October 2021 By: Cameron Mackay

As part of bulk emulsion explosives and mining technology manufacturer BME’s ongoing strategic global expansion strategy, the company plans to continue growing its footprint in mining in West... 

Predicted growth to bolster services demand
10th September 2021 By: Claire O'Reilly

Mining explosives and blasting technology supplier BME, a member of diversified chemicals group Omnia, expects growth opportunities that will run parallel to the predicted growth of the Zambian... 

Pic/Image of Omnia CEO Seelan Gobalsamy
Omnia firmly in a growth phase following restructuring – CEO
16th August 2021 By: Simone Liedtke

Diversified chemical manufacturing company Omnia intends to “settle down” following the completion of its strategic restructuring, and to take some time to focus on its people, culture and setting... 

An image/photo of BME Indonesia staff and trucks
Company provides custom service packages
23rd July 2021 By: Nadine Ramdass

Explosives and blasting services provider BME Indonesia are providing the Indonesian mining industry with packages that can be customised based on the industries’ and customers’ requirements. This... 

Keller’s type LEO 1 Ei and LEO 2 Ei electronic pressure gauges feature microprocessor-assisted compensation
Electronic gauges for hazardous areas
16th July 2021

Industrial electronics producer Instrotech is offering geotechnical solutions specialist Keller’s range of five intrinsically-safe electronic pressure gauges for use in areas subject to gas... 

BME’s technology drive is based on solutions that can integrate with each other
Digital blasting on the rise in Africa
9th July 2021 By: Darren Parker

Africa’s mining industry is embracing digital technologies in blasting, says explosives technology company BME technology and marketing GM Ralf Hennecke. He explains that digital blasting... 

A SALTY PROPOSITION BME’s high-quality, double salt emulsions release minimal carbon emissions and noxious fumes in blasting
Explosives demand in Africa picking up
9th July 2021 By: Darren Parker

With demand for explosives improving, mining explosives technology company BME, part of JSE-listed Omnia Group, has been successfully maintaining supply to customers across Africa. BME GM Ralf... 

Australia’s Thiess extends AECI contract by five years
6th July 2021 By: Donna Slater

Explosives company AECI’s Australian subsidiary has been awarded a five-year contract extension by mining contractor and services provider Thiess for the supply of bulk emulsion explosives,... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
Mining vital to economy, can help guide country's path – President
5th July 2021 By: Martin Creamer

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... 

Enaex to open pioneer DaveyTronic electronic detonator assembly plant in Africa
7th June 2021 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Blasting services company Enaex Africa has recently approved a R16-million investment in the pioneer Enaex Electronic Initiation Systems assembly plant in Africa. This local assembly facility will... 

Software released that predicts vibration, airblast outcomes
4th June 2021

The world’s largest manufacturer of commercial explosives and innovative blasting systems Orica recently announced the release of its new Advanced Vibration Management (AVM) software that links... 

This integrated EVDS delivers the base emulsion and sensitiser required directly to a storage facility underground.
Emulsion delivery system a ‘game changer’
14th May 2021

In an expansion project at its Chambishi mine in Zambia, metal company Non-Ferrous China Africa (NFCA) opted to install explosives company AECI Mining Explosives’ emulsion vertical delivery system... 

Aspasa launches online explosives audit, encourages members to register qualified engineers
3rd May 2021 By: Simone Liedtke

Surface mining industry association the Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (Aspasa) has launched an innovative and nonintrusive online explosives audit in its ongoing... 

The drive for larger blasts where the mine’s scale and geology allow for them - has several benefits for an operation
Group introduces new blasting brand
30th April 2021 By: Khutso Maphatsoe

Blasting technology is moving mining towards a more sustainable future, a trend spurred by the recent launch of blast services provider BME’s Blast Alliance brand on April 1, says BME MD Joe... 

Chilean mining city of Calama rocked by blast at explosives factory
19th April 2021 By: Reuters

A large blast rocked the northern Chilean mining city of Calama on Friday afternoon following an explosion in a storage warehouse belonging to Enaex , which produces explosives for the mining... 

Hydrogen South Africa hydrogen ventilation research site in North West.
Canadian underground mining likely to take hydrogen ventilation lead – HySA
6th April 2021 By: Martin Creamer

Canadian and Australian mines are big on wanting hydrogen ventilation in underground mining operations, and Canada will likely lead in the use of hydrogen underground. This is the view of Professor... 

The Knowledge Base provides analysis and descriptions of the use of commercial explosives many topics, including applications and use of explosives in mining and construction
Company releases drill, blast knowledge base
2nd April 2021

Underground drill and blast planning software company iRing has introduced an extensive, searchable and comprehensive Knowledge Base that provides answers to questions concerning the use of... 

AECI CEO Mark Dytor
AECI sets 2025 sustainability targets
26th March 2021 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Chemicals group AECI has set itself six group-specific sustainability targets for 2025, as shared in the company’s first-ever sustainability report published on March 26. The sustainability... 

Since the launch of WebGen in 2017, Orica has executed more than 1 550 blasts that have been detonated using the wireless technology
New blasting system to be launched in 2021
12th March 2021 By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah

Explosives and blasting systems provider Orica will launch the next generation of the wireless blasting system solution, WebGen 200. The WebGen 200 is set for commercial release in late 2021; with... 

AECI CEO Mark Dytor
AECI’s diversification strategy helped to deliver solid 2020 performance amid challenging year
24th February 2021 By: Marleny Arnoldi

JSE-listed chemicals group AECI has declared a final cash dividend of 470c apiece for the year ended December 31, 2020, despite a 55% year-on-year decrease in profit from operations to... 

The state of the global economy has been an important external factor, leading to weak commodity prices that weighed on mining pre-Covid. However, several commodities have recovered well in recent months.
Conducive environs offer lucrative prospects despite difficulties
29th January 2021 By: Mamaili Mamaila

Many of Africa’s mineral deposits can deliver good yields to investors, even after the additional costs that are often incurred when operating in regions without sufficient infrastructure. 

Temporary staffing services can address the fluctuating staffing requirements of blasting companies
High demand for TES in blasting sector
16th October 2020 By: Tracy Hancock

The use of temporary employment services (TES) is common among South African blasting companies, and demand for this service is high, says TES provider Workforce Staffing area manager Hendri... 

AECI Mining Explosives’ Michelle Le Roux and Christo Peltz with South African Civil Aviation Authority-certified dogs and handlers from Vapor Wake K9 South Africa
Explosives manufacturer helps fight illicit explosives
16th October 2020

To promote the fight against the illegal use of explosives, commercial explosives supplier AECI Mining Explosives has partnered with private-sector canine programme Vapor Wake K9 South Africa... 

FRAGTrack is an automated fragmentation measurement device that accurately and reliably measures rock size and fragmentation after the blasting stage in mining and quarrying
FRAGTrack wins international Good Design award
16th October 2020

Explosives and blasting systems provider Orica announced last month that its innovative fragmentation measurement technology FRAGTrack was awarded a Good Design accolade in the engineering... 

PRIORITISING SAFETY Record-breaking feats can only be celebrated when all involved are safe
Company sets detonator new record
16th October 2020

The Enaex Africa team set another record for the highest number of detonators (3 876 units) fired in a single blast in South Africa, using DaveyTronic detonators at United Manganese of Kalahari... 

Omnia Group’s Sasolburg nitric acid plant enhances supply security in the group and ensured that BME had no stockouts during the hard lockdown
Sustaining security of supply, efficiency amid state of disaster
16th October 2020 By: Tracy Hancock

Adapting to the ‘new normal’ bought on by the Covid-19 outbreak will require companies to listen to and meet the changing needs of customers by adopting new working methods and complying with... 

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