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Explosives News

BME to prioritise expanding African footprint this year, says MD

By: Jonathan Faurie     4th February 2011 Explosives engineer and manufacturer BME, a member of the Omnia Group, reports that the company will spend a significant portion of 2011 focusing on growing its African footprint off the back of strong commodity demand from Asia.  

Electronic initiation design house aiming for growth of up to 40% this year

By: Jonathan Faurie     21st January 2011 High technology electronic initiation design house DetNet has reports that it expects 2011 to be a significant growth year after achieving volumes akin to 2008 during 2010.  

Explosives company to display local expertise

21st January 2011 Explosives company BME’s has high expectations for Mining Indaba 2011, the company reports. Marketing and international business manager Charles Hurly says: “We expect another great Mining Indaba, where industry leaders will share experiences and display new products. BME is looking forward to... 

Metal nitrates extracted from AMD used in explosives test

By: Christy van der Merwe     19th November 2010 Environmental solutions developer Earth Metallurgical Solutions (EMS), through its proprietary acid mine drainage (AMD) treatment process, has used the metal nitrates extracted from mine effluent to produce a stabiliser used in emulsion explosives. EMS CEO Richard Doyle said that the company has... 

Software development to optimise mining operations

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th November 2010 Explosives and mining services company AEL Mining Services has developed several customised software blast-modelling packages that enable customers to make informed blasting decisions on mine sites.  

Moving on research and development

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th November 2010 Explosives supplier Bulk Mining Explosive’s (BME’s) research into the development of improved explosives solutions has resulted in several products and services being introduced into the South African explosives market, says BME blasting director Tony Rorke. 

Funds raised for nitric acid plant

19th November 2010 The proceeds from diversified chemicals services provider Omnia’s rights offer of R1-billion, will be used for the construction of a R1,4-billion nitric acid (HNO3) plant, in Sasolburg. The offer closed in September and attracted subscriptions of about R2-billion. 

Largest electronic blast at Optimum Colliery

19th November 2010 Mining services company AEL Mining Services has completed a successful trial blast using the DigitShot Plus electronic initiating system at coal miner Optimum Colliery, which is based about 40 km east of Middelburg, in Mpumalanga province. 

Capex approved for SA’s first nitric acid plant in almost 30 years

By: Jonathan Faurie     19th November 2010 Explosives company BME, a member of the Omnia group, reports that it is looking to strengthening its market position by 2012, when the company will complete the construction of the country’s first nitric acid (HNO3) production plant in almost 30 years. Nitric acid is used to produce ammonium... 

AEL’s African expansion projects 
on track for 2011 completion

By: Jonathan Faurie     5th November 2010 Explosives manufacturer African Explosives Limited reports that the company’s expansion projects in its West, East and Central African regions are progressing satisfactorily and are on course for a 2011 ramp up. 

Explosion-protection regulation deadline looms

By: Tracy Hancock     1st October 2010 Founder member of the explosion-protection (Ex-protection) steering committee of the South African Flameproof Association (Safa) Dr Johannes Auret, reports that all certificates for Ex-protection equipment older than 1998, have to be renewed by October, in terms of edition 1,01 of 2007 of the... 

Fire-retardant material reduces toxicity during combustion

By: Tracy Hancock     1st October 2010 Specialist in the design, development and manufacture of wear, corrosion and insulation solutions Uretech has received certification for the use of its polyurethane liners in underground mining operations. The company has decreased the toxicity levels of gases emitted by its polyurethane liners... 

Focus on renewing current Zambian contracts

By: Dimakatso Motau     10th September 2010 Explosives supplier BME says that it is focusing on renewing its current contracts in Zambia by providing sustainable and reliable tailor-made services to the mining industry. 

Company services the Central African market

10th September 2010 Producer and supplier of explosives AEL Zambia has made significant investments into Central Africa and manufactures the majority of products sold in the region through its plants.  

Plant will increase company’s capacity by 140%

By: Tracy Hancock     9th July 2010 Explosives supplier Bulk Mining Explosives’ (BME’s) capacity to supply ammonium nitrate to its customers across Africa will be substantially increased in two years when Omnia’s nitrate acid (HNO3) plant, in Sasolburg, comes on line, reports BME marketing and international business manager Charles... 

AECI subsidiaries develop a stabler homogeniser

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd July 2010 Mining blasting solutions provider AEL Mining Services and its sister company, chemical developer Lake International Technologies have developed a new homogeniser. 

Explosives company 
awarded blasting contract for vent shaft project

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     25th June 2010 Explosives and mining services company AEL Mining Services has been awarded the blasting contract to deepen Gold Fields’ South Deep gold mine’s ventilation shaft. 

Retaining skills of blasting specialists a challenge

By: Tracy Hancock     7th May 2010 There is cause for concern within the South African opencast mining industry as the retention of blast specialists’ expertise has become increasingly difficult with more and more skilled South Africans opting to emigrate or work abroad, reports explosives supplier Bulk Mining Explosives (BME)... 

Basil Read may hive off mining into separately listed entity – CEO 

By: Martin Creamer     12th March 2010 The mining division of the JSE-listed Basil Read construction group may be hived off into a separately listed entity, Basil Read CEO Marius Heyns said on Friday. Heyns told Mining Weekly Online that the company was working on a strategy to extract optimum value for shareholders from its opencast... 

New explosives code to come into effect within months

By: Jonathan Faurie     29th January 2010 In an effort to bring South Africa on par with best-practice safety standards in the mining industry, new regulations are being introduced for the mine explosives industry. 

Explosives industry able to consolidate during downturn

By: Lindsey Berry     22nd January 2010 Continued demand for explosives for use in daily mining activities has buoyed the supply market for the product despite the global financial downturn, says explosives supplier BME divisional MD Francois Hay.  

Omnia optimistic about future of its 
mining division despite 11% loss

By: Loni Prinsloo     11th December 2009 JSE-listed Omnia’s mining division reported a revenue loss of 11% for the half year ended September 2009 compared with the previous half year, but is far from being discouraged and expects positive growth for this division in coming months. 

Omnia sees growth from mining sector

By: Chanel de Bruyn     30th November 2009 Mines were starting to emerge from the lull they entered during the economic downturn, which would likely result in positive growth for the explosives and chemicals division of JSE-listed Omnia, MD Rod Humphris said on Monday. Volumes for the mining sector had held up well, and even shown some... 

Explosives company launches new-generation mobile 
manufacturing unit

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     20th November 2009 Commercial explosives and blasting solutions company AEL Mining Services has introduced its new-generation E-20 T Mobile Manufacturing Unit (MMU) at an official launch at its head office, in Modderfontein, Johannesburg, at the beginning of October. 

New narrow-reef emulsion system demonstrated at blast conference

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     20th November 2009 Explosives supplier BME demonstrated the newest model of emulsion pumps, the Narrow Reef Pump System for narrow-reef-mining operations, at the seventeeth yearly blast conference to show the advantages it has over other current explosive systems. 

Local blasting accessories manufacturer introduces new disposable initiator

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     20th November 2009 Blasting accessories manufacturer and supplier AEC Electronics (AECE) has developed a new disposable Shocktube initiator, the ShockStart model. The ShockStart is used to initiate Shocktube, a hollow plastic tubing that is loaded with a small amount of explosive powder for underground and surface... 

New products to increase company focus on mining sector 

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     20th November 2009 Manufacturer of flexible conduits Flexicon, of the UK, and its local exclusive distributor and representative Elquip Solutions, aims to, as part of their marketing strategy, increase their focus on hazardous environments, including the mining industry, through the introduction of a new range of... 

New explosives pumping technology
 to be showcased at Joburg conference 

By: Jonathan Faurie     30th October 2009 New pumping technology, which will pump emulsion explosives into narrow reef mines, will take centre stage at the seventeenth yearly BME conference, which is to be held on 5 November. The company supplies explosives and services to the African mining, quarrying and construction industries.


Testing, certification prevent underground explosions

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd October 2009 Explosion prevention services provider Explolabs says that mines in Southern Africa should be more aware of certification for explosion protected equipment such as flameproof equipment. 

Solutions company pioneers early-warning device for hot holes

2nd October 2009 Commercial explosives and blasting solutions provider AEL Mining Services has developed and launched Hot Eye, a temperature monitoring device that will assist in detecting and reducing the safety risks posed by hot holes in coal surface mining. 

Mine explosions decrease with redesigned products 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd October 2009 Designer and manufacturer of flameproof equipment for mines Proof Engineering has improved the design of its product line to increase safety and reduce risks associated with fires and explosions in mines. 

Omnia says Africa’s mineral resources to sustain growth of its mining division

By: Loni Prinsloo     11th September 2009 The mining industry will remain a feature of the African continent’s future growth and development, and the growing demand for explosives and chemicals to exploit the rich mineral deposits will continue to underpin the growth of the company’s mining business, states South African diversified and... 

Egyptian gold project marks North African expansion for explosives manufacturer 

By: Carla Thomaz     10th July 2009 Blasting solutions and explosives manufacturer AEL Mining Services has successfully installed its emulsion plant at the Sukari gold project, in Egypt, and has begun blasting operations at the mine.  

Business as usual for Africa’s 
mining industry

By: Carla Thomaz     10th July 2009 International economies may have been battered and bruised by economic uncertainty, but in African mining circles it is business as usual as commodities continue to play an important part in the continent’s future, says explosives supplier BME. 

Omnia subsidiary commissions shocktube plant

By: Jonathan Faurie     3rd July 2009 Mine explosives company BME, part of the Omnia Group, has recently commissioned its Shocktube production plant in Losberg, in the North West province, in an effort to improve its service offering to the mining industry. 

US-developed blast-modelling software now available in SA

By: Jonathan Faurie     19th June 2009 A powerful modelling tool that takes blast planning inside the physics of a blast, which promotes efficiency and effectiveness, has been introduced to South Africa by explosives company BME, part of the Omnia group. 

Local firm develops alternative to fuse-and-igniter-cord blasting systems 

By: Jonathan Faurie     22nd May 2009 An innovative alternative to conventional fuse and igniter cord blasting systems is set to improve the safety standards of underground blasts reports mine explosive company BME. 

Chemical firms under pressure to lower prices as mines save costs

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th April 2009 Chemicals suppliers would be forced to become more competitive in future, as demand for commodities have fallen and mines look to save costs, growth consulting company Frost & Sullivan said on Monday. The consulting firm, which has launched a new analysis tool, the Chemicals and Materials... 

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