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Furnaces and Kilns News

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,... 

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.

Rio Tinto receives offer for aluminium smelter

By: Martin Creamer     10th January 2018 Diversified mining company Rio Tinto has received a binding offer from Liberty House to acquire Rio Tinto’s Aluminium Dunkerque smelter in northern France for $500-million. In accordance with French law, the London-listed company will launch a consultation process with employees, relevant... 

Rio Tinto Aluminium CE Alf Barrios
Rio Tinto Aluminium CE Alf Barrios

Activated carbon producer to aid tailings processing

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th December 2017 Activated carbon manufacturer Rotocarb offers tailings retreatment plants in the mining industry a solution for their water-intensive processing and wastewater treatment operations that uses local raw material, technology and deployment to produce activated carbon, which is critical in the... 

WATER TREATMENT SOLUTION There is a big requirement for activated carbon, which local manufacturer Rotocarb can provide a solution for with locally designed technology and locally sourced raw materials
WATER TREATMENT SOLUTION There is a big requirement for activated carbon, which local manufacturer Rotocarb can provide a solution for with locally designed technology and locally sourced raw materials

Equipment maintenance, repair products showcased

By: Donna Slater     10th November 2017 Adhesives technology company Henkel South Africa hosted its first conference – Repair and Protect Your Mine with Loctite Conference and Exhibition – to showcase ways in which its products could be used in the mining industry to maintain, repair, protect and prolong the life span of equipment.  

Low capital cost key to continuous improvement

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd November 2017 Delivering well-executed projects at a low capital cost is key to continuous improvement within the local and global mining industry, and Sandton-based process and engineering service provider Metix attributes its ongoing success to its ability to do so for large projects on an engineering,... 

INDUSTRY UPLIFTMENT
The efficient delivery of a safely executed and on-time project is key to the upliftment of the industry
INDUSTRY UPLIFTMENT The efficient delivery of a safely executed and on-time project is key to the upliftment of the industry

Modular electric houses destined for mine in Africa

3rd November 2017 Medium to heavy engineering company Parnis Manufacturing has secured a contract to fabricate modular electrical houses (E-Houses) for a mine in Africa, which it attributes to its established record for high-quality manufacture. The continued trend to make use of E-Houses has seen a marked... 

MOBILE OR MODULAR E-Houses are mobile or modular houses that are fully equipped electrical substations manufactured using insulated steel panels
Photo by Duane Daws
MOBILE OR MODULAR E-Houses are mobile or modular houses that are fully equipped electrical substations manufactured using insulated steel panels

The Krugerrand’s remarkable contribution to SA mining value-addition 

By: Ilan Solomons     6th October 2017 The gold bullion Krugerrand represents a most remarkable story from a beneficiation perspective with more than 60-million pieces sold over the past 50 years, equating to more than 1 660 t of local gold used in the process with about 25% of all South African gold sold currently in the form of... 

The Krugerrand’s remarkable contribution to SA mining value-addition
Special video report on the Krugerrand.

SA platinum miners enter recycling market despite ‘mixed’ expectations

By: David Oliveira     22nd September 2017 Despite the mixed performance and expectations of the recycling industry, local platinum producers Sibanye Resources and Northam Platinum this year entered the platinum-group metals (PGM) recycling market. Platinum recycling is projected to decline by 6% year-on-year to 1.76-million ounces this... 

SA platinum miners enter recycling market despite ‘mixed’ expectations

Second Copper Cobalt Africa Conference to be held next year

15th September 2017 Educational institution Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) will host the second Copper Cobalt Africa Conference at the Avani Victoria Falls Resort, in Livingstone, Zambia, in July next year. 

INDUSTRY REVIVAL
The African Copperbelt is again experiencing a resurgence of activity following the commodity downturn of recent years
Photo by Bloomberg
INDUSTRY REVIVAL The African Copperbelt is again experiencing a resurgence of activity following the commodity downturn of recent years

Five new pumps supplied to Limpopo platinum mine

15th September 2017 Supplier of mining system solutions Becker Mining South Africa has supplied five hydro solids (HS) slurry pumps to a new furnace slag granulation process plant at a platinum mine in Limpopo ahead of schedule. 

Poor market conditions lead to diversification

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th September 2017 Owing to tough ferrochrome and ferromanganese market conditions globally, process and engineering service provider Metix has had to widen its focus beyond ferrous metals and target the processing of other commodities.  

Myriad of opportunities in Zim’s mining sector

8th September 2017 Zimbabwe is poised for growth and, with the country committed to ensuring a sustainable growth path, there are a host of investment opportunities in the mining industry to be capitalised on. This is according to the investment promotion body Zimbabwe Investment Authority‘s Invest in Zimbabwe... 

DIAMONDIFEROUS 
Zimbabwe has deposits of high-quality diamonds, which are in high demand on the global market
Photo by Bloomberg
DIAMONDIFEROUS Zimbabwe has deposits of high-quality diamonds, which are in high demand on the global market

Rapid drying oven offers faster minerals processing

1st September 2017 Industrial solutions company thyssenkrupp’s Infra-Red (IR) rapid drying oven has significantly improved turnaround times for minerals processing operations specialist Minopex, owing to the oven’s fast-drying capability. Since installation, Minopex has reported great satisfaction with the IR oven.... 

HEAT RETENTION The oven does not lose heat, even with the door open
HEAT RETENTION The oven does not lose heat, even with the door open

Despite high upfront costs, technology investments yield long-term savings – BMI

By: Mia Breytenbach     1st September 2017 With metals and mining companies increasingly investing in technology that will help reduce their carbon footprints, owing to the global drive to lower carbon emissions, meaningful efforts to improve environmental standards in the extractive industries require significant upfront costs, according... 

LONG-TERM BENEFIT
BMI expexts long-term cost savings to benefit companies that are ahead of the curve when it comes to prioritising green strategies
LONG-TERM BENEFIT BMI expexts long-term cost savings to benefit companies that are ahead of the curve when it comes to prioritising green strategies

Low grades, high power costs key snags to SA chromite sector’s competitiveness

By: David Oliveira     14th July 2017 Despite South Africa’s rich chromite endowment, the low chromium oxide (Cr2O3) grades found in its orebodies and the high cost of electricity are significant barriers to the country becoming the dominant player in the global industry. Mintek metallurgical project development consultant Dr Nic... 

Low grades, high power costs key snags to SA chromite sector’s competitiveness

Mining Indaba offering new junior zone, boosting interface opportunities 

By: Martin Creamer     4th July 2017 Strong new thrusts are planned for next year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, which is scheduled to take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from February 5 to 8, once again to support investment in mining companies operating in Africa and to provide an effective platform... 

Investing in African Mining Indaba MD Alex Grose (right) with Martin Creamer
Investing in African Mining Indaba MD Alex Grose outlines to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer the major new focus on junior miner involvement. Video and Video Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Thos Begbie’s global quality status boosted by on-the-spot Dekra 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd May 2017 The same-site working relationship that Thos Begbie has established with global quality inspectorate Dekra Industrial RSA is giving the prolific exporter of copper castings a commercial edge in its global dealings with mining and smelter-related customers worldwide. Thos Begbie now hosts the... 

Thos Begbie’s Edwin Dreyer (centre) with Dekra’s Johan Gerber (right) and Martin Creamer left.
Engineering News Online’s Martin Creamer talks to Thos Begbie’s Edwin Dreyer and Dekra’s Johan Gerber. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Fibre-optic pyrometer offers South Africa greater accuracy

By: Nadine James     19th May 2017 The South African minerals and metals processing industry has yet to take advantage of the fibre-optic Calex Fibre-Mini pyrometer, compared with the response from international markets, which has been favourable. The pyrometer, used to measure temperatures of reflective metals, was developed by... 

FIBRE-MINI PYROMETER The fibre-optic sensing head withstands up to 200 °C ambient temperature
FIBRE-MINI PYROMETER The fibre-optic sensing head withstands up to 200 °C ambient temperature

Kiln refractory replacement expected to boost production

19th May 2017 The new kiln refractory is expected to help boost production at vanadium-focused junior miner Largo Resources’ Maracas Menchen mine, in the north east of Brazil, which is the fourth-largest producer of the commodity after South Africa. The miner completed a 20-day shutdown at Maracas to replace... 

REJUVENATED Maracas replaced the kiln refractory during a 20-day shutdown
REJUVENATED Maracas replaced the kiln refractory during a 20-day shutdown

Furnace projects to impact mining giant’s nickel, copper

19th May 2017 Brazilian miner Vale will execute a furnace rebuild project at its Canada-based Sudbury nickel and copper smelting operation, in Ontario, thereby impacting on the miner’s 2017 production of these metals. In its first quarter performance report released last month, Vale stated that nickel and... 

FLASHY UPGRADES The $88-million  capital expenditure will fund maintenance and strategic projects, such as increasing the power capacity of one of the furnaces
Photo by Reuters
FLASHY UPGRADES The $88-million capital expenditure will fund maintenance and strategic projects, such as increasing the power capacity of one of the furnaces
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