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Hydraulics, Pneumatics and Hydropower

Market for hydropower generators gains momentum

By: Dimakatso Motau     19th November 2010 Low, medium and high-voltage motor and generator supplier Marelli Electrical machines South Africa (MEMSA), which forms part of Italy-based MarelliMotori, reports that the demand for its range of hydropower generators has increased significantly in the power utility sector. 

Product enhances mining applications

By: Dimakatso Motau     19th November 2010 Diversified engineering company Becker Engineering, part of the Becker Group, reports that it has completed two orders to supply transport utility Transnet and various opencast mines in neighbouring countries with its Simplex range of air-powered hydraulic pumps. 

Product range 
contributes to growth

By: Dimakatso Motau     19th November 2010 Supplier of vacuum and pressure equipment filters and spares Air & Vacuum Technologies (Vactech) reports that its sales targets have significantly increased over the past few years, owing to the new range of products that have been added to its portfolio. 

Product provides value-added benefits for end-user

By: Tracy Hancock     16th July 2010 Hydraulics manufacturer Eaton Hydraulics, a component of diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation’s industrial sector, has launched its X-Flex spiral hose, which promises to decrease machinery downtime and improve production in the mining industry. This is as part of the company’s... 

Micro hydropower system reduces energy consumption

By: Tracy Hancock     16th July 2010 Mining companies Anglo Platinum (Angloplat) and Gold One are taking full advantage of pump manufacturer Cemo Pumps’ Crown V4 microhydropower system to comply with the energy reduction demand placed on the South African mining industry by State-owned power utility Eskom. 

Service and product 
support provided to Richards Bay clients

16th July 2010 Despite the current economic downturn, hydraulic hoses and fittings supplier the Genflex Group remains optimistic about opportunities in the sectors it services and has announced that the company has bought the entire equity in international hydraulics company Pirtek, in Richards Bay.


Hydropower leads 
to decline in coal 

By: Tracy Hancock     16th July 2010 The demand for hydropower has put a dampener on the coal-mining industry in the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries, as the demand for coal dropped by 10,4% in 2009. This is the steepest 
decline on record, explains oil giant BP’s ‘Statistical Review of World... 

Company focuses 
products, services 
on mining 

By: Tracy Hancock     16th July 2010 Industrial consumables and engineering firm BMG’s specialist hydraulics division BMG Hydraulics has specifically enhanced its products and services to cater to the mining industry.

“Our exposure and long history with the mining industry has been one of the contributing factors and motivations... 

Industry performance erratic, but market stabilising

By: Tracy Hancock     16th July 2010 All industries have been affected by the global recession, even the hydraulics industry’s widespread customer base, which includes the mining sector. The performance of the sectors it services has been highly erratic over the past 18 months to 24 months, with most sectors underperforming, says... 

Hydraulics industry is strong, but has a few obstructions

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th November 2009 The hydraulics, pneumatics and hydropower industry is currently experiencing an emerging trend whereby pirated spare parts have been introduced to the market by grey importers. This results in the selling of low-quality copies of reputable brands that masquerade as genuine products South African... 

Global hydraulics manufacturer chooses series to unify its 

20th November 2009 Global hydraulic manufacturer Hydac International has announced that it has implemented supplier of networking equipment and network management Cisco’s unified communications 500 series for small business as part of its strategy to expand operations in Africa. 

Hydraulic hose and 
fittings manufacturer 
expands footprint

20th November 2009 Despite the economic downturn, own-brand hydraulic hose and fittings supplier the Genflex Group is continuing to make inroads in several industries, including mining. 

Quieter pneumatic drill 
introduced to mining 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th November 2009 Compressor and tool manufacturer CompAir has developed a new pneumatic rock drill to suit the changing legislations for noise level control in mining. 

ISO status for 
hydraulic cylinder tubes supplier

20th November 2009 Supplier of honed hydraulic cylinder tubes and cast iron bars for the hydraulics industry, Honingcraft, has achieved an International Standards Organisation (ISO) 9001:2008 certification, aligning quality procedures with international best practice standards and paving the way for company exports. 

New hydraulic rock drills launched

By: Carla Thomaz     17th July 2009 Rock drill manufacturer Atlas Copco’s Underground Rock Excavation (URE) division, part of Atlas Copco’s Construction and Mining Technique business area, has launched two new versions of its COP1838 hydraulic rock drill, the COP1838MUX and COP1838HUX. 

Hydraulics firm looks to capture further market share

By: Carla Thomaz     17th July 2009 Despite the current economic volatility, hydraulic hose and fittings supplier Genflex Hydraulics is confident that its growth and increased turnover will continue to be achieved through innovative sourcing of competitive pricing from its overseas principles. 

Hydraulics division to trade under new name

17th July 2009 Specialist distributor of engineering components the Bearing Man Group’s (BMG) new specialist hydraulics division Goldquest will trade as BMG Hydraulics from July. 

Product range endures demanding maintenance procedures

17th July 2009 The Simplex range of hydraulic products, distributed exclusively throughout Southern Africa by diversified engineering company Becker Engineering, which is part of the Becker Group of companies, includes hydraulic nut splitters, designed for use during demanding maintenance procedures on the mines. 

Training critical to bridge the skills gap

By: Carla Thomaz     17th July 2009 The escalating costs of hydraulic equipment have made it increasingly imperative that systems are properly maintained to ensure long and trouble-free service. 

Hydraulic systems contract awarded for iron-ore stacker reclaimer project

17th July 2009  

Hydraulics company to expand into mining

By: Darren Parker     21st November 2008 Hydraulic engineering company RB Engineering Services (RBES) supplies many hydraulic components that can be used in mining, and RBES MD Richard Bartholomew says that the company is starting to put more structures in place so as to better grow in that direction. 

Hydrostatic braking system increases safety underground

By: Darren Parker     21st November 2008 Hydraulic engineering specialist Lindos Hydraulics, formerly Brakecore Hydraulics, has introduced a braking system, which employs hydrostatic braking to increase safety in underground mining equipment in South Africa. 

Low quality hydraulic hose imports challenging for local suppliers 

By: Darren Parker     21st November 2008 South African importer of Chinese hydraulic hose Genflex Hydraulics director David Michelle says that there has been a general increase in the importation of hydraulic hose from the Far East, a situation which has not been without challenges. 

Largest rock breaker in Africa gets cracking 

By: Darren Parker     21st November 2008 Hydraulic machinery manufacturer Atlas Copco has supplied the largest pedestal boom rock breaker in Africa to Anglo Platinum's (Angloplat's) PPRust platinum mine. Rock breaker division manager Gordon Jackson says that the machine is performing to the expected standard. 

Local pump manufacturer offers hydropower applications

By: Rozanne Cloete     18th July 2008 The manufacturing arm of chrome plating company Crown Industries, Cemo Pumps, has enhanced its existing range of pumps to accommodate water rock drilling applications in underground mining, says Cemo Pumps MD Brian Leib. 

New range of synthetic lubricants soothes hydraulic systems

18th July 2008 Engineering consumables specialists Bearing Man, now distributes its range of locally manufactured Habot synthetic speciality lubricants, which is designed to meet the exact lubricating needs for the efficient operation of hydraulics systems and pneumatic tools in mining operations. 

Diversified engineer offers hand-held solutions

18th July 2008 Diversified engineering company Becker Engineering’s range of Simplex hydraulic and mechanical equipment now includes robust hand and power pumps, designed for use during maintenance operations on scrubbers, sag mills, and ball mills in mines. 

Hydraulics enterprise supplies solution to De Beers Marine

18th July 2008 Hydraulics and automation enterprise Afripower, trading as Hytec, in June completed a project for marine-mining unit of world number-one diamond producer, De Beers Marine, involving the design, supply and commissioning of several hydraulic systems, as well as four pneumatic systems, for use on a... 

Hydraulics supplier powers up

18th July 2008 Hydraulics supplier Genflex Hydraulics has introduced a locally produced dual-purpose portable power unit for use in hydraulic applications. 

Hydraulics specialist offering software solutions

By: Rozanne Cloete     18th July 2008 Local hydraulics service company Turnkey Hydraulics, remains focused on the need to offer the local mining industry the latest software technology which is used in leading markets worldwide, Turnkey sales engineer Victor Price tells Mining Weekly. 

Materials handling company offers pneumatic conveying alternatives

By: Rozanne Cloete     18th July 2008 Materials handling company Clyde Bergemann Africa (CBZ), continues to provide its services in the materials handling field, specifically in the dense phase pneumatic conveying of powdered and granular materials in the mining sector. 

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