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Furnaces and Kilns News

Use of recycled copper components limits costs

By: Halima Frost     20th August 2021 South Africa-based foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie has successfully manufactured and supplied recycled copper cast components to a platinum group metals (PGMs) smelter near Rustenburg, in the North West, over the past three months. About 115 000 kg of raw copper and 6 500 kg of... 

South Africa on verge of nice breakthroughs in hydrogen, says new SAIMM president  

By: Martin Creamer     17th August 2021 South Africa is on verge of nice breakthroughs in hydrogen, says newly elected Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) president Isabel Geldenhuys. Speaking to Mining Weekly in a Zoom interview, Geldenhuys expressed the view that all the big mines with big moving machinery... 

An image of new SAIMM president Isabel Geldenhuys
South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy president Isabel Geldenhuys interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Mining vital to economy, can help guide country's path – President 

By: Martin Creamer     5th July 2021 Mining is vital to the South African economy and the opportunities that exist in mining can help guide the country’s path to a more inclusive and equitable economy, President Cyril Ramaphosa stated on Monday. Writing in his From the Desk of the President column, Ramaphosa placed mineral and... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

New furnace camera improves inspection efficiency

28th May 2021 Metals and minerals processing company Metso Outotec is launching a robust furnace camera to reduce or even eliminate the need to switch the power off or cut the material feed to inspect the furnace. The new camera ensures that operators can safely monitor conditions inside the furnace in real... 

FURNACE CAMERA
The furnace camera is a fully integrated solution that is fast and easy to install into new or existing furnaces
FURNACE CAMERA The furnace camera is a fully integrated solution that is fast and easy to install into new or existing furnaces

Air drying kit to maintain performance for mines

28th May 2021 Eliminating the build-up of moisture is an ongoing challenge in the mining and offshore sectors, where the harsh and hazardous environments make it daunting to maintain the integrity of key infrastructure and equipment, which needs clean and dry air to operate efficiently. “Condensation and... 

DECIDEDLY DESICCANT
Oxair supplies desiccant air dryers that can help combat condensation in pipelines and keep machinery running for longer
DECIDEDLY DESICCANT Oxair supplies desiccant air dryers that can help combat condensation in pipelines and keep machinery running for longer

New dryer range piques mining interest

By: Darren Parker     28th May 2021 The introduction of compressed-air equipment manufacturer Artic Driers International’s new SA Series heatless pressure swing air dryers has sparked significant interest in the South African mining sector, says CEO Allen Cockfield. “Local mining engineers like the tough, simple, local build... 

STRAIGHT FORWARD Local mining engineers like the tough, simple, local build because it is easier to service
STRAIGHT FORWARD Local mining engineers like the tough, simple, local build because it is easier to service

New services enhance repairs

By: Darren Parker     28th May 2021 Furnace services company Dickinson Group of Companies’ (DGC’s) new service offerings help to ensure more cost-effective furnace maintenance and repair. DGC added endoscopic furnace inspection services to its service offering, which is ideal for smaller scale maintenance and repair work, just... 

ENDOSCOPIC VIEW The highly robust furnace endoscopy devices can be used to inspect units at any temperature
ENDOSCOPIC VIEW The highly robust furnace endoscopy devices can be used to inspect units at any temperature

Furnace sector heating up after Covid-19

By: Darren Parker     28th May 2021 There has been a significant increase in project activity for furnace services company Dickinson Group of Companies (DGC) since the start of this year. DGC commercial manager Louwrens Minnie tells Mining Weekly that the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic caused a slump in activity last year, but... 

SAFETY FIRST The most dangerous part of doing furnace rebuilds is the demolition that first has to take place
SAFETY FIRST The most dangerous part of doing furnace rebuilds is the demolition that first has to take place

Merafe loss decreases, electricity risk remains, logistics challenge intensifies  

By: Martin Creamer     8th March 2021 Although the loss suffered by ferrochrome company Merafe Resources decreased in 2020, its electricity risk remains and its logistics challenges are intensifying. Merafe’s revenue and operating income is primarily generated from the Glencore Merafe Chrome Venture, which has a total capacity of... 

Merafe Resources CEO Zanele Matlala.
Merafe Resources results presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

SMS Group to buy Andritz Maerz's copper furnace business

By: Donna Slater     13th January 2021 Industrial furnace company Andritz Maerz and plant supplier SMS Group have entered into an agreement to transfer the global copper furnace business, including the related intellectual property and service activities, from Andritz Maerz to SMS. SMS states that the acquisition further strengthens... 

SA company aims for preferred supplier status in Australia

By: Cameron Mackay     16th October 2020 Australia is abundant in minerals, with more mines being established every year; this results in more mined ore having to be processed, says local foundry company Thos Begbie sales engineer Esli Bantjes. He states that the company’s goal is to be the preferred supplier of components for... 

SCM21 PROJECT SUPPLIER
Thos Begbie will manufacture and supply new and improved components to
BHP’s Olympic Dam underground copper mine’s flash and electric furnace
SCM21 PROJECT SUPPLIER Thos Begbie will manufacture and supply new and improved components to BHP’s Olympic Dam underground copper mine’s flash and electric furnace

Company meets demands amid pandemic challenges

By: Theresa Bhowan     5th October 2020 Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie has received multiple orders to manufacture components for the pyrometallurgical industry. The company continues to manufacture copper components for this industry despite the constraints of limited resources in the engineering industry. 

TEAMWORK
Thos Begbie has adapted operations to use virtual platforms to conduct meetings, inspections and webinars
TEAMWORK Thos Begbie has adapted operations to use virtual platforms to conduct meetings, inspections and webinars

Local value chain should include TiCI4, powder

4th September 2020 A PhD study on developing a roadmap for the South African titanium metal industry indicated that the South African titanium metal value chain should be expanded to include local TiCl4 and titanium metal powder production. The study was conducted at the Graduate School of Technology Management, at... 

COMPLETING THE FLOW 
With South Africa being one of the largest producers of mined titanium, rutile and ilmenite, many would assume that the country has a thriving titanium industry
COMPLETING THE FLOW With South Africa being one of the largest producers of mined titanium, rutile and ilmenite, many would assume that the country has a thriving titanium industry

Foundry company ensuring safe platinum smelting

By: Tracy Hancock     21st August 2020 Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie expects to finalise production of the Phase B coolers for platinum producer Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) Anglo Converter Plant (ACP) in Rustenburg, in the North West, by November this year. This will ensure the interchangeability with the... 

TIMEOUS TURNAROUND
Thos Begbie is ensuring the interchangeability of furnace components at the Anglo Converter Plant in Rustenburg
TIMEOUS TURNAROUND Thos Begbie is ensuring the interchangeability of furnace components at the Anglo Converter Plant in Rustenburg

Electra Mining Africa 2020 going digital with Connect – and it’s free of charge 

By: Martin Creamer     20th August 2020 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 showcase opportunities from September 7 to 11. For the first time in 48 years, Electra Mining Africa... 

Specialised Exhibitions MD Gary Corin.
Specialised Exhibitions MD Gary Corin outlines Electra Mining Africa 2020 Connect plans to Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Flight to quality favours South Africa – Kumba Iron Ore 

By: Martin Creamer     29th July 2020 The flight to iron-ore quality, driven by environmental concerns and the need for cleaner production and less air pollution, is a demand trend that favours South Africa’s high quality iron-ore. That is the view of Kumba Iron Ore executive head marketing and seaborne logistics Timo Smit, who was... 

Illustrated is Kumba Iron Ore's pit-to-port performance in the six months to June 30.
Illustrated is Kumba Iron Ore's pit-to-port performance in the six months to June 30.

Furnace company supplying two rebuilds

By: Halima Frost     29th May 2020 Furnace technology designer and fabricator Allied Furnace Consultants (AFC) is currently supplying technology equipment, including water-cooled roofs, water-cooled off gases and water-cooled shells, to two large rebuild projects in South Africa. The projects service both the ferrochrome and... 

TOO COOL
Water-cooled roofs, off gasses and shells are being supplied by Allied Furnace Consultants on two local rebuilds
TOO COOL Water-cooled roofs, off gasses and shells are being supplied by Allied Furnace Consultants on two local rebuilds

Incinerator installation continues

By: Halima Frost     29th May 2020 South Africa-based furnace and kiln manufacturer Thermopower Furnaces tells Mining Weekly that it will soon continue with the final stages of an incinerator hand-over, as the client has started phasing in contractor access to its site after South Africa’s moving to Level 4 of the Covid-19... 

TRIED & TESTED
The testing facility at Thermopower Furnaces facility help the company offer a full turnkey solution to its clients
TRIED & TESTED The testing facility at Thermopower Furnaces facility help the company offer a full turnkey solution to its clients

Company facilitates efficient furnace shutdown projects

By: Halima Frost     29th May 2020 Demolition solutions provider Jet Demolition offers specialised demolition services and machines that are easily adapted to the challenging conditions of furnace-related shutdown projects. “Furnaces have a finite lifetime before requiring significant maintenance and repair work,” says Jet... 

Mining may resume at 50% capacity – Minister 

By: Martin Creamer     16th April 2020 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 lockdown days, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe said on Thursday. Thereafter,... 

Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Matashe during virtual media conference.
Photo by Veronica Creamer
Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Matashe during virtual media conference.

Engineering company exploits gap in market

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     10th April 2020 South Africa-based foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie sales engineer Esli Bantjes explains that the shortage of capital in South Africa has forced mining companies to cut back on retaining full-time maintenance crews, instead outsourcing this critical service when necessary. This has... 

GETTING HEATED
To repair the launder, the tapping process had to be halted, and that work was done within 2 m to 3 m of a working furnace in heat-stroke conditions
GETTING HEATED To repair the launder, the tapping process had to be halted, and that work was done within 2 m to 3 m of a working furnace in heat-stroke conditions

Valves industry continues to struggle

By: Darren Parker     6th March 2020 The valves sector in South Africa has shrunk every quarter since 2017, with about 9 000 jobs lost since the start of 2020. South African Valve and Actuator Manufacturers Association (Savama) chairperson Pam du Plessis tells Mining Weekly that the outlook for 2020 is bleak. 

MANUFACTURING COOLDOWN
Numerous South African foundries and smelters have doused their furnaces and shut their doors, leading to job losses in a number of manufacturing sectors
MANUFACTURING COOLDOWN Numerous South African foundries and smelters have doused their furnaces and shut their doors, leading to job losses in a number of manufacturing sectors

Recent developments bode well for copper, copper alloys

By: Mamaili Mamaila     6th December 2019 Several developments are making copper and copper alloys increasingly important, says metallurgical industry plant and integrated systems provider SMS group. 

MORE THAN JUST A METAL
Copper is more than just a mined metal – it not only provides jobs but also promotes a higher standard of living
MORE THAN JUST A METAL Copper is more than just a mined metal – it not only provides jobs but also promotes a higher standard of living

First glimpse into Mining Indaba 2020 programme 

By: Martin Creamer     26th September 2019 The twenty-sixth Investing in African Mining Indaba – scheduled to take place in Cape Town from February 3 to 6 next year – will offer delegates new insight into issues facing Africa’s resources sector. “We’re building on the success of the 2019 Mining Indaba in terms of the high level of... 

Investing in African Mining Indaba.
Investing in African Mining Indaba.

Underground vehicles that use hydrostatic technology launched in South Africa

By: Schalk Burger     20th September 2019 Metals industry equipment and service company South African Mining and Smelting Solutions (SAMSS) has launched its range of underground mining utility vehicles in the South African market. SAMSS, which is a subsidiary of multinational foundry industry equipment manufacturer Dango and Dienenthal,... 

2T DUAL-LIFT
The dual-lift utility vehicle has an 8 m, 2 t crane
Photo by Kutlwano Matlala
2T DUAL-LIFT The dual-lift utility vehicle has an 8 m, 2 t crane

Increased demand for customised furnaces

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     31st May 2019 There has been an increase in demand for customised furnaces from the mining industry, says South Africa-based kiln and furnace manufacturer Van Tuyl Kilns and Furnaces director Richard McCullough. He tells Mining Weekly that mining companies are requesting smaller, customised electric furnaces... 

PERFECT MATCH
The new controller will be compatible with Van Tuyl’s existing furnaces range
PERFECT MATCH The new controller will be compatible with Van Tuyl’s existing furnaces range

South African foundry aims to become one-stop shop

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     31st May 2019 South African foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie has extended its service offering by adding a new graphite facility to its production line having acquired a new graphite carbon refractory plant last year at its manufacturing campus in Middelburg, Mpumalanga. The new graphite facility,... 

ESLI BANTJES
Recent investments has resulted in the company controlling all the processes required to meet client requirements
ESLI BANTJES Recent investments has resulted in the company controlling all the processes required to meet client requirements

Commissioning of tin concentrate dryer finalised

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     31st May 2019 South Africa-based furnace and kiln manufacturer Thermopower Furnaces commissioned a tin concentrate dryer at tin mine developer Alphamin Resources’ Bisie tin mine, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in March. Thermopower director William Oldnall tells Mining Weekly that the rotary dryer is... 

TESTING
Thermopower has manufactured the rotary dryer for the Bisie tin mine and a laboratory unit for national mineral research organisation Mintek to carry out iron-ore reducibility testing
TESTING Thermopower has manufactured the rotary dryer for the Bisie tin mine and a laboratory unit for national mineral research organisation Mintek to carry out iron-ore reducibility testing

Casting methodology ensures high-quality sheave wheels

By: Paige Müller     22nd June 2018 Mining sheave wheels fabricated using the casting methodology are stronger than their welded counterparts, extending the life span of mining shafts and allowing that sheave wheels be custom-made to suit specific design and application conditions, states foundry and casting specialist KEW... 

NICHE CASTER KEW Foundries remains the only manufacturer in Africa of cast headgear sheave wheels for the mining and industrial industries
NICHE CASTER KEW Foundries remains the only manufacturer in Africa of cast headgear sheave wheels for the mining and industrial industries

Expansion strategy advances local company

By: Paige Müller     22nd June 2018 Amid a shrinking South African mining market, Vereeniging-based furnaces and industrial services provider Dickinson Group of Companies states that an extensive focus on extending its service offerings to the international market has been a key strategic success that has insulated the company... 

MARKET VOLATILITY
The volatility of the local mining market has led to heat-processing service providers moving away from the South African market
MARKET VOLATILITY The volatility of the local mining market has led to heat-processing service providers moving away from the South African market

Furnaces outperform industry expectations

By: Paige Müller     1st June 2018 Two custom built 81 MVA submerged arc alternating current (AC) furnaces – designed and supplied by South African process and engineering firm Metix to Malaysia-based joint venture smelting facility Sakura Ferroalloys – have outperformed industry expectations since the smelting facility’s... 

ENHANCED AVAILABILITY
The submerged arc furnace provided by Metix have enjoyed an availability rate of more than 98% since installation
ENHANCED AVAILABILITY The submerged arc furnace provided by Metix have enjoyed an availability rate of more than 98% since installation

First ‘Resources for Future Generations’ conference to be held in Vancouver

By: Henry Lazenby     13th April 2018 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 event unlike the myriad of competing forums held in Canada throughout the year. RFG2018 chairperson... 

RFG2018 chairperson John Thompson
Photo by Resources for Future Generations Conference
RFG2018 chairperson John Thompson

S African foundry aims to expand footprint in North America 

By: Donald Makhafola     11th April 2018 The capacity of some aspects of the smelting industry in North America, such as the steel sector, has significantly deteriorated in the past 25 years, as a result of Chinese companies dominating the market and supplying cheaper products, says South Africa-based foundry and engineering company... 

QUALITY PRODUCTS Thos Begbie has the capacity to meet any client requirement in size, quality and complexity
Thos Begbie CEO Edwin Dreyer discusses the North America smelting market. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd.

World's biggest mining show draws huge crowd, signalling mining investment optimism

By: Henry Lazenby     7th March 2018 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 is returning to the mineral exploration and mining industry following several years of turmoil.... 

World's biggest mining show draws huge crowd, signalling mining investment optimism

Mining-specific staff recruitment, management app developed 

By: Mia Breytenbach     6th March 2018 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 platform, called Digger. “Digger is a digital recruitment, talent management and staff retention... 

DIGGING IT
Through the Digger app mining professionals are informed of available positions globally, directly on their mobile devices
Innovative mining-specific staff recruitment, management app developed. Editing: Darlene Creamer and Christo Greyling.

Northam Platinum to create 6 500 new jobs in growth thrust 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd February 2018 Platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company Northam, which is in a strong organic and acquisitive growth phase, will be generating 6 500 new mining jobs in the next four to five years, which dovetails with President Cyril Ramaphosa's 'sunrise' aspirations expressed in his well-received State of... 

Paul Dunne and Martin Creamer
Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne presented financial results covered by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Leon expects mining industry to have a future under Ramaphosa’s Presidency

By: Nadine James     16th February 2018 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 economic recovery. In a speech to the British Chamber of Business in South Africa on Thursday evening, he... 

Herbert Smith Freehills partner and Africa co-chairperson Peter Leon
Photo by Duane Daws
Herbert Smith Freehills partner and Africa co-chairperson Peter Leon

Local PGMs industry at risk, but service provider optimistic 

By: Simone Liedtke     13th February 2018 South Africa – which accounts for about 80% of the global platinum-group metals (PGMs) reserve – is at risk of receiving less valuable foreign exchange, owing to ever-increasing mining costs and the uncertainty created by the socio-political strife on the local platinum belt, states South African... 

EDWIN DREYER
Mining costs are escalating at a rate that cannot be recovered through the price of commodities, leading to restructuring and a resultant loss of employment
Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie CEO Edwin Dreyer and Thos Begbie sales director Piet du Preez discuss platinum-group metals. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd.
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