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Omnia to restructure as it seeks to reduce overextended balance sheet
25th June 2019 By: Schalk Burger

Diversified chemicals group Omnia will, over the next two years, focus on improving the profit margins of its companies’ services and products, ensuring that its assets and investments deliver... 


Omnia posts full-year loss on mix of negative drivers
25th June 2019 By: Reuters

Omnia Holdings, a South African chemicals and fertiliser maker, reported a full-year loss on Tuesday as a volatile currency, droughts, changes in the mining industry and difficult global trading... 


Omnia flags full-year loss
14th June 2019 By: Reuters

South African chemicals and fertiliser maker Omnia Holdings said on Friday it expected to report a full-year loss as drought, a volatile currency, changes in the mining industry and difficult... 


Omnia Holdings to undertake R2bn rights offer
30th May 2019 By: Reuters

Omnia Holdings said on Thursday it would undertake a rights offer of R2-billion in a bid to cut debt. Omnia, which raised funds for two acquisitions and the construction of a new fertiliser plant,... 


EXPLOSIVE CAPABILITIES

The XPLOLOG platform consists of a mobile device and website dashboard that integrates with a Cloud-hosted database
BME shows product innovation at Limpopo mine
10th May 2019 By: Cameron Mackay

Explosives and blasting company BME remains at the forefront in innovation with its modern electronic detonators, explosives and advanced technical services for optimising blast results and... 


INTELLIGENT MINING
AEL’s philosophy is to develop smart blasting solutions through client engagement and understanding their needs
AEL to provide green solutions for mines in French West Africa
12th April 2019 By: Mamaili Mamaila

One of Johannesburg-based supplier and manufacturer of explosives AEL Intelligent Blasting’s core values for this year is going green, with sustainable development also informing its plans to enter... 


GOING FOR GOLD
BME manufactures explosives at emulsion plants across the region and supplies mining and quarrying operations in several countries
Explosives company expanding West African footprint
12th April 2019

South Africa-based explosives company BME continues to strengthen its presence in West Africa – which is poised to become one of the top five gold-producing regions in the world. BME – a division... 


JOE KEENAN
BME's immediate plans for the US are to establish and develop a distribution network to serve customers in mining, quarrying and construction
BME secures Alaskan coal mine contract
12th April 2019 By: Nadine James

Explosives and blasting specialist BME’s US segment has been awarded a contract by Usibelli Coal Mine (UCM) in Alaska to supply explosive products and accessories. Part of the South Africa-based... 


AECI posts record profit from operations for FY18
26th February 2019 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Specialty chemicals group AECI has achieved its highest ever profit from operations of nearly R2-billion for the year ended December 31, 2018. This was 27% higher than the R1.58-billion profit from... 


Better techniques are making a big difference in drilling and blasting, says MAXAM
8th February 2019 By: Kim Cloete

Advanced technologies in mining explosives are making major inroads in the mining industry. This was highlighted by MAXAM, a global technological leader specialising in the design, development,... 


Solar Mining Services CEO Desmond Pillay
Solar Mining Services helps to boost the Mpumalanga economy
7th February 2019 By: Kim Cloete

Solar Mining Services, a manufacturer and supplier of explosives, accessories and blasting services for the mining industry, has made strides in growing its business in South Africa. It has created... 


DIVERSE STAKEHOLDERS
There is a major focus on gender diversity, with more women actively participating throughout the event
Step change for Indaba
25th January 2019 By: Jessica Oosthuizen

The twenty-fifth anniversary of the annual Investing in African Mining Indaba will have a major focus on how growth in Africa and African mining can be supported and achieved, says event organiser... 


RIOFLEX
RIOFLEX is a highly energetic, robust and flexible density bulk hydrogel suspension-based explosive, representing the latest development in bulk explosives technology
MAXAM to demonstrate blasting technology
25th January 2019

Global technology company MAXAM – specialising in the design, development, manufacture and application of energetic materials – will exhibit its blasting solutions product range for mining,... 


BME will showcase its expertise, technology and scope of African investment at the 2019 Investing in African Mining Indaba, which will be held from February 4 to 7 at the Cape Town Convention Centre.
BME to focus on product improvement and organic growth
25th January 2019 By: Nadine James

With commodity prices either stabilising or improving and several mining projects entering the last stages of development or coming online in 2019, explosives company BME aims to enhance its... 


NEW ARRIVAL The openpit Khanye Colliery in Bronkhorstspruit is expected to produce coal for about 15 years
Colliery opened in Gauteng
14th December 2018

Last month, coal exploration and mining company Canyon Coal successfully opened its openpit Khanye Colliery with a blast following a detonation procedure led by Mineral Resources Minister Gwede... 


BULKY An estimated 600 000 t of coal production a month is expected
First coal production due in 2020
14th December 2018 By: Thabi Shomolekae

Coal mining and exploration group of companies Canyon Coal is expecting first coal production at its Springfield coal project in the second quarter of 2020, with a targeted production rate of 600... 


Safety assured for Vertical Drop delivery system
30th November 2018

Johannesburg-based supplier and manufacturer of explosives AEL Intelligent Blasting has pioneered the vertical drop emulsion delivery system which delivers the non-detonable base emulsion and... 


Omnia shares fall as it warns of interim loss
12th November 2018 By: Simone Liedtke

Local chemicals company Omnia Holdings’ share price on the JSE fell by more than 16% on Monday after it announced that it expects to swing to a loss a share for the six months to September 30. It... 


EXPLOSIVES SOLUTIONS MAXAM helps customers optimise their drilling and blasting operations, bringing transparency, cost control and improved rock output
Growing explosives sales in a declining market
19th October 2018 By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage

Although rising mineral production costs have led to declining competitiveness for the South African mining industry, which has negatively affected the sale of explosives materials company MAXAM... 


JOE KEENAN
The Internet of Things will be an important driver of blasting safety and efficiency
Blasting solutions that take mines into digital age
19th October 2018

As mining companies rapidly shift their strategies and operating models to leverage digital transformation, new technologies in blasting and explosives are making an ever more vital contribution to... 


Focus turns to nonexplosives-based rock breaking as quest for safer, more-efficient mining intensifies
Focus turns to nonexplosives-based rock breaking as quest for safer, more-efficient mining intensifies
21st September 2018 By: Donna Slater

The South African mining industry, once the backbone of economic growth, intensive job creation and development, is declining constantly, owing to the slow rates of research and development into... 


JOE KEENAN
The powerful features of the AXXIS system and its user-friendly interface are going to prove attractive to this new market
BME expands into US market
27th July 2018 By: Nadine James

South African explosives leader BME has further enhanced its international footprint by supplying its market leading AXXIS electronic detonators to customers in the US. In a statement last week,... 


FIRESTOP BARRIER Hilti South Africa was awarded new contracts this year to provide passive fire protection solutions, including the firestop, for several South African mining majors
SA needs passive fire protection
27th July 2018 By: Donald Makhafola

Safety in mining is a high priority in South Africa, and the country needs to adopt stricter regulations regarding passive fire protection systems, says global technologies company Hilti South... 


AECI achieves strong H1 performance
25th July 2018 By: Anine Kilian

JSE-listed AECI on Wednesday reported positive financial results for the six months ended June 30. Together with contributions from the acquisitions of Schirm and Much Asphalt in February and April... 


BME technology and innovation product manager Neil Alberts
Cullinan mine moves to centralised blasting to improve safety, efficiency
6th July 2018 By: Nadine James

Petra Diamonds’ Cullinan mine hopes to achieve further improvements in safety, mining efficiencies and productivity, following the implementation of BME’s AXXIS centralised blasting system across... 


Petra’s Cullinan mine uses new centralised blasting system to improve safety, productivity
Petra’s Cullinan mine uses new centralised blasting system to improve safety, productivity
27th June 2018 By: Nadine James

Petra Diamonds’ Cullinan mine hopes to achieve further improvements in safety, mining efficiencies and productivity, following the implementation of BME’s AXXIS centralised blasting system across... 


Adriaan de Lange
Omnia lifts FY18 profit by 12% y/y
26th June 2018 By: Anine Kilian

JSE-listed Omnia Holdings posted positive results for the financial year ended March 31, with group revenue having increased by 7% year-on-year to R17.37-billion, as a result of a stronger... 


VIBRATION AND SOUND
The AEL Mining Services VibrAc application is a simple tool to work out blasting parameters
New app launched for quarrying industry
22nd June 2018 By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage

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... 


Argonaut awaits imminent court scheduling over suspension of Mexico mine’s explosives permit
Argonaut awaits imminent court scheduling over suspension of Mexico mine’s explosives permit
6th June 2018 By: Marleny Arnoldi

TSX-listed gold producer Argonaut Gold on Tuesday reported that the Judiciary Court hearing with respect to the company’s explosives permit for its La Colorada mine, in Sonora, Mexico, has been... 


RFG2018 chairperson John Thompson
First ‘Resources for Future Generations’ conference to be held in Vancouver
13th April 2018 By: Henry Lazenby

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... 


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