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Explosives News

Detonator factory undergoes 'reinvention'

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     24th November 2006 Explosives specialist African Explosives Limited (AEL) is in the process of undergoing a complete restructuring and reinvention of its detonator-manufacturing factories at the company’s Modderfontein base. “The new facilities will define what state-of-the-art is,” enthuses AEL... 

Work advancing on project to improve narrow-stope systems

By: Laura Tyrer     1st September 2006 The development work on a new “mini-bulk” intermediate explosive component delivery system, for specifically narrow stop applications, is currently being carried out independently by several explosives manufacturers, Sasol Nitro Technology Manager Dr William Spiteri tells Mining Weekly. 

Facing Chinese threat at home, AEL looks for Asian foothold

By: Irma Venter     4th August 2006 Explosives-specialist AEL, part of the AECI group, has initiated its phased entry into the South-East Asian market, says MD Graham Edwards. 

Bulk-delivery units for African conditions

By: Bert Swart     14th July 2006 To improve openpit mining operations throughout the African continent, African Explosives Limited (AEL) is driving ahead with its multimillion-rand campaign to deliver truck technology from a South African manufacturing base which is equivalent to the best in the world, says engineering and... 

Explosive dumping dispute enters new phase

By: Irma Venter     9th June 2006 Explosives specialist AEL, part of the AECI group, will later this year submit a third application to the International Trade Administration Commission (Itac) to investigate the alleged dumping of shock-tube explosive systems from China, says AEL MD Graham Edwards. This is while AEL has also... 

Training initiative enhances safety in mining

5th May 2006 The South African mining industry is benefiting substantially from increased quality and safety standards in its blasting operations as a direct result of a unique service initiative offered by African Explosives Limited (AEL). 

Satisfying all of the platinum sector’s explosive needs

By: Laura Tyrer     27th January 2006 As the largest market that the company serves, African Explosives Limited (AEL) is providing the platinum sector with a full range of tailor-made services, from basic accessories in the form of initiating systems to a full package that includes initiating systems, explosives and service level... 

Africa offers explosive growth

By: Jade Davenport     20th January 2006 Africa’s largest explosives manufacturer African Explosives Limited (AEL) has experienced tremendous growth in the continent, which is evidenced by the fact that the financial contribution of the company’s African subsidiaries has increased over the past decade from a virtual... 

Bang for your buck

By: Keith Campbell     16th December 2005 SA’s Omnia Group R&D on a new generation of electronic detonators for mining explosives & is considering providing chemicals supply chain management services to mining companies. 

'On-time-in-full' strategy adds value to customers

By: Laura Tyrer     25th November 2005 Recognising that the explosives industry is a steadily-growing market throughout Africa, African Explosives Limited (AEL) is intent on building capacity and adding customer value to its services. 

Firm acts on many fronts to deal with China threat

By: peter cromberge     5th August 2005 While AEL, the mining solutions operation of chemical firm AECI, reported a 15% increase in trading profit for the first half of the year, the issue of cheap Chinese imports continues to make AECI management see red. 

Rock-fracturing technology debuts

By: peter cromberge     5th August 2005 A new rock breaking system for use in construction and mining was launched by Johannesburg-based ImPafa Technologies in July. 

SA firm's very survival at risk as Chinese imports flood in

By: Irma Venter     29th July 2005 African Explosives Limited (AEL) MD Graham Edwards cites the dumping investigation the company has requested against cheap Chinese imports, as crucial to the continued existence of the local industry. 

Armoured vehicles for African mines

By: abdul cook     20th May 2005 Johannesburg-based African Exports Unlimited (AEU) has recently acquired contracts to provide various armoured vehicles to mines in Africa. 

Self-rescuer takes off in mining industry

By: abdul cook     20th May 2005 Afrox has this year sold its 135 000th AfroxPac self-contained self-rescuer (SCSR), confirming the company’s leadership in a segment of the mine safety market in which it had virtually no presence little more than a decade ago, reports Afrox marketing manager Trompie van Rensburg. 

Key safety research under way at CSIR

By: abdul cook     20th May 2005 CSIR Mining Technology predominantly serves the mining industry and the government of South Africa, but has become increasingly involved in Africa as well. 

Explosives company gears up for growth in coal sector

13th May 2005 With the increased demand for coal anticipated for both the South African domestic and export markets, African Explosives Limited (AEL) is at an advanced stage of upgrading its facilities in the Witbank area in the heart of the South African coalfields. 

Explosives firm plans counterattack on China

By: Nicola Mawson     29th April 2005 In an ironic twist, explosives-company African Explosives Limited is to embark on an aggressive expansion project into China. 

Innovative technology makes blasting safer and cheaper

By: abdul cook     22nd April 2005 Johannesburg-based African Explosives Limited (AEL) has developed specialised explosive and initiating system technologies which are playing a large role in improving blasting performance in the South African mining industry. 

SA-linked electro-detonators to be marketed globally

By: Nicola Mawson     19th April 2005 A range of South African-linked electronic detonators are being released on to the global market. 

AEL plans aggressive move on China

By: Nicola Mawson     18th April 2005 Explosives company African Explosives Limited is to embark on an aggressive expansion project not only to counter low-cost Chinese imports, but to create a platform for export expansion into that country. 

Flameproof first for gold sector

8th October 2004 Diesel flameproof specialist Elgin Flameproofing scored an important coup when it became the first company to undertake full flameproof conversions to SANS 868 specifications on diesel equipment used in South Africa’s gold mining industry. 

Blast data management system developed

By: Liezel Hill     24th September 2004 Explosives company Bulk Mining Explosives reports that it has added a further technological supplement to complement its successful BlastMap blast planning and management software. 

Explosives manufacturing goes on-site

By: Liezel Hill     17th September 2004 Chief among a suite of new mining technology offered by African Explosives Limited (AEL) is the new Energan series of on-site explosive manufacturing and delivery systems for opencast mining. 

New explosive has low water content

17th September 2004 A subsidiary of Union Espa 

Gold-mine makes explosive choice

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     28th May 2004 Following trials which lasted several months, Gold Fields’ Kloof gold-mine has agreed to convert to Chinese-manufactured Maxnel shock-tube products distributed by black-owned Lakho Mining Services for its development and stope-blasting needs. 

New barcoding technology for Sasol Mining initiators

19th March 2004 Specialist barcoding solution provider Harmonic Group has assisted Sasol Mining Initiators (SMI) in developing a robust scanner that effectively reduces the inherent dangers of working with explosive devices. 

SA-Norwegian explosive alliance

By: Irma Venter     2nd February 2004 Explosives specialist AEL is considering a phased capital expenditure plan worth some R90-million to automate and increase its detonator-manufacturing capacity, specifically including electronic detonators. 

Explosive alliance

By: Irma Venter     30th January 2004 Explosives specialist AEL is considering a phased capital expenditure plan worth some R90-million to automate and increase its detonator manufacturing capacity, specifically including electronic detonators. 

Restructuring campaign under way at AEL

By: Irma Venter     30th January 2004 South Africa’s oldest explosives company, AEL, has launched a broad-ranging restructuring campaign that is likely to affect all aspects of its business, from its ownership to the product it manufactures. 

Explosives firm committed to growth in Africa

23rd January 2004 Explosives producer African Explosives Limited (AEL) has moved into the new year firmly committed to growth in Africa. 

The explosives industry and the problem of cost

16th January 2004 The South African mining and quarrying industries this year stand to benefit significantly from improved services designed to provide cost-effective solutions to their blasting problems. 

Local arm of Spanish manufacturer increases production of new product

By: zeena isaacs     16th January 2004 The South African branch of Spanish explosives manufacturer, Dantex Explosives, reports that it has significantly increased production of its new nonexplosive product, Rioflex, to about 200 t/m last year. 

Strong rand aids drive to develop new mining methods

By: zeena isaacs     16th January 2004 The South African Institute of Mining & Metallurgy (SAIMM) reports that there is an active drive from explosive manufacturers and mining houses to develop new mining methods. 

Integration sees improved blast accuracy emerging

By: zeena isaacs     16th January 2004 Explosives company Bulk Mining Explosives (BME) reports that it has integrated its new BlastMap blast-planning and management software system with its blast design programme for electronic detonators, Visual Blast, resulting in more accurate and controlled blasting. 

BME takes opportunistic approach to growth

By: Martin Czernowalow     4th December 2003 South African specialist chemical services group Omnia said the cost-efficiency and safety of its products was positioning it to strengthen its position in the mining explosives sector even further. 

Explosives firm mulls new plant

28th November 2003 Leading explosives manufacturer African Explosives Limited (AEL) is considering the establishment a new plant next year to re-introduce local production of black powder. 

Explosives company opts for a new approach

By: zeena isaacs     21st November 2003 Explosives company African Explosives Limited (AEL) is in the process of altering its client approach strategy to a service-orientated approach in the narrow-reef mining sector. 

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