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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... 


BME launches new emulsion brand, eyeing North American market
6th April 2018 By: Nadine James

After three decades of advancement in its emulsion offerings, South Africa-based explosives leader BME is subsuming its well-known brands such as HEF, and Megapump under the name of Innovex.... 


World's biggest mining show draws huge crowd, signalling mining investment optimism
World's biggest mining show draws huge crowd, signalling mining investment optimism
7th March 2018 By: Henry Lazenby

The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada's (PDAC's) 2018 convention, in Toronto, drew an international crowd of 25 606 people, in what is widely considered as a clear sign that optimism... 


DIGGING IT
Through the Digger app mining professionals are informed of available positions globally, directly on their mobile devices
Mining-specific staff recruitment, management app developed
6th March 2018 By: Mia Breytenbach

To refine and improve the execution of recruitment within the mining industry, mining and engineering professionals recruiter TrueVine Consulting has developed a new, innovative online recruitment... 


AECI mining division reports improved operating profit
27th February 2018 By: Megan van Wyngaardt

Explosives and specialty chemicals group AECI's mining solutions segment's revenue declined by 2.2% to R9.7-billion in the year ended December 31, owing to lower ammonia prices and a stronger rand... 


AECI CEO Mark Dytor
AECI posts record HEPS for FY17
27th February 2018 By: Megan van Wyngaardt

Explosives and specialty chemicals group AECI on Tuesday reported its highest recorded headline earnings per share (HEPS) to date, at 959c, for the financial year ended December 31. HEPS were up... 


Herbert Smith Freehills partner and Africa co-chairperson Peter Leon
Leon expects mining industry to have a future under Ramaphosa’s Presidency
16th February 2018 By: Nadine James

Herbert Smith Freehills partner and Africa co-chairperson Peter Leon is cautiously optimistic that the changes signalled by newly elected President Cyril Ramaphosa will benefit South Africa’s... 


TAILORED COMMERCIAL EXPLOSIVES SERVICES Maxam offers a comprehensive range of measurement capability and solutions to assist customers in reducing their total cost of ownership and overall risk
Blasting company returns to Mining Indaba
26th January 2018

Blasting products and solutions provider Maxam Terra Solutions will return to the Investing in African Mining Indaba, where it will exhibit its range of explosives products at the International... 


SERVICE OFFERING
BME will carry out ore blasting using its BME’s Axxis electronic detonation system and will deploy four 20 t emulsion trucks, as well as a stemming truck
BME’s West African footprint expands as it clinches Mali blasting service contract
15th December 2017 By: Mia Breytenbach

West Africa remains an exciting region for South Africa-based explosives and blasting leader BME, which has won a full blasting service contract for a new opencast gold mining operation that is set... 


TESTED TRUE
BME’s Axxis digital initiation system, BlastMap III software and electronic detonators were used in six successful test blasts in Atlanta, in the US
SA firm takes first steps into US market with new blasting technology
8th December 2017 By: Mia Breytenbach

With growth for the Axxis blasting technology having increased substantially each year over the past five years, Africa-based blasting and explosives leader BME has, in enhancing the brand’s... 


Omnia delivers double-digit H1 growth
28th November 2017 By: Natasha Odendaal

JSE-listed Omnia on Tuesday posted double-digit growth in earnings for the first half of the 2018 financial year as the agriculture segment normalised after harsh drought conditions ended and the... 


CHAIRED PROJECT The first project from AEL Mining Services Chair in Innovative Rock Breaking Technology will be to determine safe blast-clearance radii for blasting
AEL Mining Services launches rock-breaking technology chair at University of Pretoria
10th November 2017 By: Mia Breytenbach

Johannesburg-headquartered developer, producer and supplier of commercial explosives AEL Mining Services has, in partnership with the University of Pretoria (UP), launched the AEL Mining Services... 


EXPLOSIVE EXCELLENCE The blast was conducted in the main pit of Kansanshi and involved 6 690 electronic delay detonators that were initiated using BME’s Axxis digital initiation system
BME claims world record for most electronic detonators fired in single blast
27th October 2017 By: Ilan Solomons

Johannesburg-headquartered explosives and services supplier BME says it has broken the world record for the most electronic detonators fired in a single blast. This was achieved in conjunction with... 


LEARNING CURVE R.A. McClure presents courses that are suitable for individuals involved in blasting operations such as drillers, blasters, managers and operators
Miners need to focus on long-term economic benefits
20th October 2017 By: Marleny Arnoldi

To alter the cheaper-cost mindset miners sometimes adopt in trying economic times, explosives technical services company R.A. McClure president Robert McClure recommends focusing on long-term... 


ENHANCED RECOVERY
By using the Maxclip solution with a propellant-based nondetonating cartridge, narrow reef mines can reduce the crush zone around holes and recover more minerals
Nondetonating timing system promoted to Africa
20th October 2017 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Unless mines pursue safer options, explosives suppliers will continue to supply more dangerous traditional products, stresses initiation system provider Master Blaster CEO Mark Davis.  


CARTRIDGE BENEFITS
Using expanding gas improves workplace safety, recovery, reduces costs and also reduces the impact of the mining process on the environment
Safer rock-breaking alternatives offered
20th October 2017 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Rock-breaking technology supplier Nxco Mining Technologies offers nondetonating cartridges that use a pyrotechnic composition to break rock based on its tensile strength, rather than on its... 


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