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Materials Handling News

Chain offers improved reliability of mechanical components in harsh conditions

30th September 2022 Tsubaki engineering class SJ3 sealed joint chains, with improved sealing technology, are designed to improve the reliability of many mechanical components exposed to harsh conditions in coal mining. Available from industrial engineered products and components manufacturer BMG, Tsubaki’s patented... 

Supplier’s equipment improves materials handling efficiencies

30th September 2022 Materials handling equipment supplier BLT WORLD’s MDS static and mobile trommels and apron feeders – which are able to screen rocks as large as 1.5 m –  have been designed for compatibility with other surface equipment in the mining sector. This includes crushers, feeders, recycling plants and... 

Electric hoists ensure safe and stable operations

30th September 2022 Equipment supplier Becker Mining South Africa’s heavy-duty 10-t Kito electric hoist – which was installed in the head frame of a shaft at a platinum mine in 2014 – continues to offer safe and dependable operation in harsh conditions, seven years later. “This robust hoist replaced an existing... 

Gear unit range for lifting drives launched

30th September 2022 Equipment supplier BMG has launched a new range of NORD MAXXDRIVE-XD industrial gear units, designed to enhance the efficiency of lifting gear used in many industries, including the mining sector. “Lifting applications place great demands on the limited installation space for drives. NORD... 

Company aims to expand product range

By: Cameron Mackay     30th September 2022 Local industrial equipment supplier Shumani Industrial Equipment is expanding its product offering to compete in the South African mining sector. While the company’s exposure to the mining market is limited, its products can be used for support functions in mining, rather than for the production... 

Pumps manufacturer proves its mettle at expo

By: Halima Frost     16th September 2022 Multinational pump manufacturer KSB Pumps and Valves showcased its third-generation Mill Duty Xtra (MDX) heavy pumps to the African market at this year’s Electra Mining Africa 2022 expo. 

A large blue pump used in mills and mines for dewatering
A LITTLE XTRA The new MDX range of pumps has founded on three generations of success

Local supplier sole distributor of specialised pumps

16th September 2022 Local pump importer and distributor AQS Liquid Transfer is the sole supplier of industrial pump manufacturers Sandpiper and Versamatic air-operated double diaphragm (AODD) pumps for the South African mining sector. An AODD pump uses compressed air to move liquids or solids up or down a pipe network. 

An underground mine with a pump in the shaft
SOLID TRANSFER Air-operated double diaphragm pumps use compressed air to move liquids or solids up or down a pipe network

New pump launched at expo

By: Halima Frost     16th September 2022 Local manufacturer Goodwin Submersible Pumps Africa, the South African division of global pumps manufacturer Goodwin International, officially launched its new submersible offering, the Goodwin SlurryChamp hydraulic submersible pump, at this year’s Electra Mining Africa 2022 expo. The expo was... 

A large yellow submersible slurry pump
PUMP FOR THE WIN The design of the new SlurryChamp pump was based on Goodwins ANZE submersible slurry pump

Yale Lifting Solutions intends to create ‘intelligent motion’ to advance and improve lives  

By: Simone Liedtke     9th September 2022 Lifting and materials handling equipment provider Yale Lifting Solutions’ purpose is to create ‘intelligent motion’ that moves the world forward and improves lives.  It is working towards achieving this through improving customer communication and by offering efficient solutions to improve... 

Yale FD Khutso Mashile
Yale FD Khutso Mashile talks to Creamer Media at this year's Electra Mining.

Manitou Group reveals new additions to product range at Electra Mining 

By: Simone Liedtke     9th September 2022 Heavy equipment manufacturer Manitou will be revealing its newest Manitou Heavy Telescopic Handler Machines at this year’s Electra Mining Africa exhibition. Manitou is “committed to reducing its environmental impact” and has therefore embarked on a “massive” electrification project, says Middle... 

Middle East and Africa VP Darren Hall
Middle East and Africa VP Darren Hall talks to Creamer Media at this year's Electra Mining.

Melco rolls from strength to strength thanks to bulk unit handling capabilities

By: Simone Liedtke     30th August 2022 Goods conveying is a critical aspect of production, packaging and distribution of numerous large consumer products and industrial components, says conveyor equipment manufacturer Melco Conveyor Equipment. Part of the Rulmeca Group, Melco supplies rollers, idlers, pulleys and motorised pulleys for... 

Pic of Melco's Germiston-based manufacturing facility
Melco's Germiston-based manufacturing facility

Wits Mining Institute to host three-day technology seminar

By: Donna Slater     29th August 2022 The University of the Witwatersrand’s Mining Institute (WMI) is set to host a three-day seminar on mining technology, from September 27 to 29, on the theme of “Turning research curiosity into twenty-first century minerals industry performance, relationships and technology”. The seminar, to be... 

An image of the DigiMine
The Wits Mining Institute's DigiMine

MLT Group announces new generation of Super-Screw range for conveyor splicing

By: Simone Liedtke     29th August 2022 The new generation of manufacturer MLT Group’s Super-Screw range allows for a reduction in conveyor downtime, while also improving productivity, the company says, noting that it is “an optimal way to splice conveyor belts”. In order to meet the needs of all its customers, the permanent endless... 

Pic of the company's Super-Screw in use at a quarry conveyor belt
The company's Super-Screw in use at a quarry conveyor belt

BTECH Process, Diemme® Filtration partner for joint exhibition at EMA 2022

By: Simone Liedtke     26th August 2022 Liquid/solid solutions provider BTECH Process and filtration specialist Diemme® Filtration will be undertaking their first joint exhibition in South Africa at the 2022 iteration of the bi-annual Electra Mining Africa (EMA) exhibition, which will be held in September. The decision to co-exhibit at... 

Diemme Filtration and BTECH's GHT5000F Domino Filter Press

Supplier leveraging industry experience to carve out market segment

By: Simone Liedtke     19th August 2022 Industrial equipment supplier Caslad is leveraging its industry experience and contacts to solidify themselves as a large player within the light industrial and materials handling market segment. Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, the company has seen a dramatic increase in sales through... 

Supplier leveraging industry experience to carve out market segment

South Africans called on to apply for funding to build South Africa’s hydrogen economy 

By: Martin Creamer     19th August 2022 A call for funding applications to be submitted for the development of the hydrogen economy is made in an advertisement placed today by South Africa’s Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), an entity of the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI). The call is for funding applications to be... 

Call for applications for funding for developing the hydrogen economy in South Africa.
Call for applications for funding for developing the hydrogen economy in South Africa.

FLSmidth’s acquisition of TK Mining to conclude end of August

By: Darren Parker     12th August 2022 The final closing of mining engineering, equipment and services company FLSmidth’s acquisition of multinational engineering company ThyssenKrupp’s mining business TK Mining will take place on August 31, now that all conditions and requirements for the transaction have been met. FLSmidth confirmed... 

Environmental, social and governance elevating to safety-equalling status, mining webinar hears  

By: Martin Creamer     11th August 2022 The shift from linear to circular value chains has the potential to impact all aspects of mining and requires a rethink, Anglo American Platinum sustainable impact head Stephen Bullock has told a Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) webinar. In a presentation on the... 

Anglo American Platinum sustainable impact head Stephen Bullock.
Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy webinar covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Platinum-based fuel cells key for heavy-haul industry – WPIC

By: Donna Slater     4th August 2022 The World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) reports that interest in using hydrogen fuel cells in the heavy-haul industry is growing rapidly, with several interesting developments currently under way. Platinum-based, proton exchange membrane (PEM) hydrogen fuel cells provide zero emissions... 

President Ramaphosa’s got it right, says ex-Eskom CEO on new energy plan  

By: Martin Creamer     1st August 2022 African Rainbow Energy and Power CEO and former Eskom CEO Brian Dames concurs fully with the energy plan unveiled by President Cyril Ramaphosa. “I think he’s got it right,” was Dames's summing up of the President's energy initiative during a discussion at the Coal & Energy Transition Day, covered... 

Creamer Media screenshot image.
Coal & Energy Transition Day covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Purpose-built drive solutions for African mining

29th July 2022 Motors and drives original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) SEW-EURODRIVE notes the completion of the new multimillion local assembly facility in Johannesburg has resulted in lead time advantages.  The OEM is currently delivering on a R200-million investment in the expanded South African facility,... 

A visual representation of the DriveRadar Internet of Things predictive maintenance solution
COMPREHENSIVE VIEW In support of the reliability of mine equipment, SEW-EURODRIVE can also install its DriveRadar predictive maintenance management solution

John Deere brings redesigned ADT to South African shores

By: Donna Slater     28th July 2022 Heavy equipment manufacturer John Deere’s South African branch, having been in the country for 140 years, launched its redesigned 41.8 t, 460 series articulated dump truck (ADT) to the domestic market on July 26. Aimed primarily at the mining industry, the 460E-II series has been redesigned to... 

An image of John Deere's 460E-II series articulated dump truck
John Deere's newly redesigned 460E-II series articulated dump truck can carry more, is easier to operate and service, and has reliability improvements.

Radical renewables, hydrogen ramp-up needed, coal energy transition day hears 

By: Martin Creamer     27th July 2022 A radical ramp-up of renewable energy and green hydrogen capacity will be needed by 2040 to take South Africa towards a net-zero climate change commitment, the Coal & Energy Transition Day heard on Wednesday. On the coal-fired power front, South Africa would from the 2040s/2045s need to have... 

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Photo by Creamer Media
Presidential Climate Change Commission executive director Chrispian Olver.

Diamond miners require supportive regulation

By: Mandisa Nyathi     17th June 2022 Government needs to provide regulatory laws that protect the interests of natural diamond owners with the rise of laboratory-grown diamonds in the market, Aim- and BSE-listed Botswana Diamonds MD James Campbell tells Mining Weekly. 

image of men drilling on Thorny River licence area
ILLUMINATING OPERATION Botswana Diamonds exploring the Thorny River licence area

Aggregate prices to rise with fuel price

By: Tracy Hancock     10th June 2022 The rising cost of fuel in the wake of the Russia-Ukraine conflict is placing increased pressure on South Africa’s quarries, which are at pains to limit the impact on the price of their aggregates. “Aggregates are low-value commodities with comparatively low profit margins. Therefore, rising fuel... 

THE FUEL EFFECT
Quarries can no longer absorb rising operational and transport costs, which will directly impact on the cost of mining per ton
THE FUEL EFFECT Quarries can no longer absorb rising operational and transport costs, which will directly impact on the cost of mining per ton

Increased efficiency cuts carbon, advances net-zero path, research finds  

By: Martin Creamer     8th June 2022 Like all other key industries, mining is having to advance along a net-zero path as part of the global decarbonisation drive. Gone are the days when innovation and financial improvement can be sold on their own without a carbon advantage. (Also watch attached Creamer Media video.) 

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Rocsole CEO Mika Tienhaara interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

New system benefits mining operations

By: Sabrina Jardim     3rd June 2022 Global mining specialist and supplier of equipment and systems for openpit and underground mining, bulk materials handling and minerals processing company TAKRAF has introduced a materials handling system that links a mine to the final point of ore discharge at its processing facilities,... 

An image depicting first ore at the head drive station of the gearless drive overland conveyor, in Chile
CONVEYOR ‘COPPER’ATION First ore at the head drive station of the gearless drive overland conveyor, in Chile

Acquisitions strengthen contractor’s capability

3rd June 2022 The global mining platform of engineering and mining contractor Murray & Roberts has significantly extended its capabilities over several years with two key acquisitions in the US and Australia, says Murray & Roberts CEO Mike da Costa. The two companies in which majority interests have been... 

Image depicting Mike da Costa, Murray & Roberts CEO
MIKE DA COSTA Terra Nova is a perfect fit for Murray and Roberts’ mining platform and gives us the capability of delivering, for example, conveying systems of up to 12 000 t/h capacity

Group acquires conveying systems company

3rd June 2022 Leading international manufacturer of intralogistics systems in the field of conveying and loading systems, sorting and distribution the BEUMER Group has acquired supplier of conveying systems and loading technology FAM GmbH. The contracts were signed with the expectation that the transaction... 

An image depicting an aerial view of the BEUMER offices
ACQUISITION BENEFITS Through the acquisition, the BEUMER Group offers FAM a long-term perspective based on high quality, sustainability and innovation

Mining specialists active in energy transition

By: Sabrina Jardim     3rd June 2022 In light of the global energy transition, global mining specialist and equipment supplier for openpit and underground mining, bulk materials handling and minerals processing TAKRAF is guided by various green principles when providing solutions for its clients, says TAKRAF belt conveyor systems... 

An image depicting the blue and yellow TAKRAF maintenance cart on a steep 26% decline section at a copper mine, in the US
ALL DOWNHILL FROM HERE The TAKRAF maintenance cart on a steep 26% decline section at a copper mine, in the US

Firm launches new tech

3rd June 2022 Global leader in bulk handling equipment solutions Martin Engineering has launched its innovative N2 remote monitoring system for conveyor belt cleaners in countries across Europe, Middle East, Africa and South Asia. Designed for any belt cleaner using a polyurethane blade, the N2 Position... 

An image depicting the N2 gateway hub through which data passes on its way to the Cloud
N2 BENEFITS the N2 PI system tracks belt cleaner performance and informs users when servicing is required using an intuitive cloud-based mobile app or desktop dashboard

Alliance promotes citizen-owned firms in fuel

27th May 2022 In a ground-breaking development for the Botswana oil and gas industry, leading diamond producer Debswana and national oil body Botswana Oil have entered a strategic partnership that is aimed at capacitating citizen-owned companies in the fuel supply value chain. Through the agreement, Botswana... 

A large fuel tanker at a filling station in Botswana
FILL 'ER UP The partnership between Debswana and Botswana Oil will capacitate citizen-owned companies in the fuel supply value chain

Hydrogen can be stored in existing fossil fuel infrastructure for years, world webinar hears  

By: Martin Creamer     26th May 2022 Hydrogen can be stored in existing fossil fuel infrastructure for years if need be, giving it the potential to become a universal energy carrier in the same way as oil is now but without the environmental impact, World Hydrogen Leaders webinar heard this week. Allowing hydrogen to make use of... 

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Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies strategy and implementation head Dr Andreas Lehmann.

Platinum-boosted South African hydrogen electrolyser leaps ahead   

By: Martin Creamer     25th May 2022 The proof-of-concept of the platinum group metals-boosted advanced alkaline electrolyser – the AAE ­– has been successfully completed by Hydrox Holdings of Randburg in a pioneering achievement that offers the potential for South Africa to enter the fray as world demand for hydrogen electrolysers... 

Creamer Media photographer.
Hydrox CEO Corrie de Jager interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer.

Dwyka gets its clients hands on technology to showcase capability

By: Donna Slater     24th May 2022 In its endeavours to “make tech tangible”, mining technology company Dwyka Mining Services hosted a mining technology showcase on May 18 to get clients and potential future clients physical hands-on technology to help them understand its capability and potential. Dwyka MD Jamie van Schoor says... 

An image of a drone and operator
Dwyka Mining Services MD Jamie van Schoor with a DJI Matrice drone and Hovermap payload at Dwyka's Midrand offices

Metso Outotec launches new padded truck body  

By: Darren Parker     23rd May 2022 Industrial technology company Metso Outotec has launched its new truck body, which is a one-piece, lightweight, hybrid truck bowl that combines the benefits of high-strength steel and rubber. It was designed to lower hauling costs, in addition to offering a safer working environment and... 

Caterpillar eyes energy transition as growth driver for mining business

By: Reuters     18th May 2022 Construction equipment maker Caterpillar believes demand for critical minerals as the clean energy transition gathers pace will translate to solid returns for its mining business, CEO Jim Umpleby said in an interview on Tuesday. The company is aiming at a global market worth about $5-trillion for... 

Minexx appoints responsible sourcing manager

By: Donna Slater     17th May 2022 Minerals blockchain platform Minexx has appointed Dominique Kayigire responsible sourcing manager – a newly created position – to further accelerate the company’s ability to secure mineral supply chains, from being mined to the point at which they are used in electronic products.   He joins... 

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