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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... 

the automated C650 offers two distinct benefits when drilling coal deposits
New rig offers autonomous capabilities on smaller blast holes
18th September 2020 By: Halima Frost

Construction engineering company Basil Read Mining has launched a new autonomous drill that could offer an increase of about 30% in productivity, compared to manual drilling, contracts director... 

Omnia's mining division celebrates record-breaking achievements
14th September 2020 By: Simone Liedtke

Diversified chemicals group Omnia Holdings is celebrating several record-breaking achievements across Protea Mining Chemicals and BME, which together form the group’s mining division. Protea Mining... 

BME achieves another blasting record
BME achieves another blasting record
24th August 2020 By: Simone Liedtke

Explosives, related accessories and blasting services provider BME has broken the South African record for the largest electronic detonator blast by initiating 3 780 detonators in a single blast at... 

Specialised Exhibitions MD Gary Corin.
Electra Mining Africa 2020 going digital with Connect – and it’s free of charge
20th August 2020 By: Martin Creamer

The Electra Mining Africa Connect week will enable exhibitors to promote their products and services free of charge alongside industry-related informative webinars, media activations and product... 

New blasting record set at Northern Cape mine
13th August 2020 By: Simone Liedtke

Blasting services company Enaex Africa has set a new record for the highest number of detonators fired in a single blast in South Africa, by blasting 3 618 units at United Manganese of Kalahari's... 

BME has a promising representation of women in its ranks, from operator level to mining engineers, including the company’s logistics and central services
Women representation in mining ‘getting there’
7th August 2020 By: Mamaili Mamaila

Women have definitely been taking up more opportunities in the mining sector, and this is even evident when visiting underground operations, says explosives and blasting company BME. 

AECI CEO Mark Dytor
AECI still turns healthy profit, dividend owing to a robust response plan
29th July 2020 By: Marleny Arnoldi

JSE-listed chemicals group AECI has declared a gross interim cash dividend of 100c apiece for the six months ended June 30, owing to its well managed cash resources and despite the negative effects... 

A well-integrated fire suppression system minimises the risks of costly downtime that a fire can entail
Webinar discusses heavy-duty-mining-vehicle fire risk
24th July 2020 By: Mc'Kyla Nortje

Vehicle fire suppression system solutions provider Dafo Vehicle Fire Protection hosted a webinar last month to discuss the most common fire risk trends for heavy duty mining vehicles, as well as... 

Active roadway barriers are automatic explosion-suppression systems designed specifically to stop and suppress methane gas and coal dust explosions at the point of ignition
Active barriers part of guidelines on preventing explosions
24th July 2020 By: Mc'Kyla Nortje

Following the update on the prevention of flammable gas and coal dust explosions in collieries published in April this year by the Mine Health and Safety Council (MHSC), active roadway barriers are... 

Devastation left in the wake of a tailings dam burst owned by Vale and BHP Billiton in Mariana, Brazil
Sacred site destruction demonstrates industry's need to improve corporate citizenship
24th July 2020 By: Mamaili Mamaila

Diversified miner Rio Tinto's destruction of a 46 000-year-old sacred Aboriginal site in the Juukan Gorge in the Pilbara – which occurred in last month following a misunderstanding during the... 

BME highlights efforts to secure mining supply chains under lockdown
21st July 2020 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Covid-19 lockdown restrictions around Southern Africa have put the spotlight on mines’ supply chain security, especially with regard to key inputs like explosives and specialised blasting services.... 

Company facilitates efficient furnace shutdown projects
29th May 2020 By: Halima Frost

Demolition solutions provider Jet Demolition offers specialised demolition services and machines that are easily adapted to the challenging conditions of furnace-related shutdown projects.... 

Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Matashe during virtual media conference.
Mining may resume at 50% capacity – Minister
16th April 2020 By: Martin Creamer

All mining operations, excluding collieries supplying Eskom which have been permitted to operate at full capacity throughout national lockdown, may now resume at 50% capacity during the remaining... 

Strong exploration activity in Canada serves for a bit of good news
3rd April 2020 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Amid a surge of bad news for businesses and societies globally, explosives manufacturer BME is nonetheless excited about the exploration landscape for mining in Canada. The company launched its... 

AECI CEO Mark Dytor
AECI’s Mining Solutions business boosts group profitability in 2019
25th February 2020 By: Marleny Arnoldi

JSE-listed chemicals manufacturer AECI reported growth in all its operating segments in the year ended December 31, and managed to achieve 10% growth in its headline earnings per share (HEPS).... 

Commission finds in favour of Enaex, Sasol Explosives merger
14th February 2020 By: Marleny Arnoldi

The Competition Commission has unconditionally approved a proposed merger whereby international explosives distributor Enaex intends to acquire JSE-listed petrochemicals company Sasol’s Explosives... 

In focus at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba is the leveraging of precious metals and battery metals to create economic stability and thriving communities
No boom expected for battery metals
24th January 2020 By: Darren Parker

The battery metals market is not expected to show a significant upturn this year, says blasting solutions and explosives manufacturer BME Southern Africa operations GM Albie Visser. “We do not... 

Sasol, Enaex conclude negotiations to establish explosives JV
19th November 2019 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Integrated energy and chemicals company Sasol and Enaex, a subsidiary of the Sigdo Koppers Group, have concluded negotiations to establish a joint venture. The companies will file an application... 

The MP2 emulsion pumping system is ideal for large-scale mechanised underground operations
Mobile emulsion pumps technology goes global
1st November 2019 By: Darren Parker

South African explosives company BME is taking its MP2 mobile mechanised emulsion pump technology for underground blasting applications to international markets. BME product manager Neil Alberts... 

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