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Materials Handling and Logistics

Local company completes Malaysian project

By: Pimani Baloyi     30th May 2014 South Africa-based materials handling services provider DemcoTech Engineering has completed a four-year contract for the multimillion-dollar iron-ore import/export facility in Lumut, Perak, Malaysia, for Brazilian major mining group Vale. The complex includes an ore storage yard and a marine... 

Mining equipment manufacturer prioritises safety, offers upgrade services

30th May 2014 US-based construction and mining equipment manufacturer Caterpillar’s newly released Cat 834K wheel dozer aims to enhance safety and ensure optimal productivity. The new dozer series, launched in January, is an improvement on the original Cat 834K wheel dozer, which was initially introduced to... 

Mining supplier focuses on increasing conveyor belt productivity

30th May 2014 Monitoring conveyor belt performance and tending to any damage as it happens is integral to bulk materials handling for the mining industry, as it enhances productivity, says mining equipment supplier Becker Mining South Africa. Becker Mining has launched the BRS-2 belt rip detection system,... 

Weighbridge solution installed at Mpumalanga coal mine

By: David Oliveira     30th May 2014 Software development company Dariel Solutions is installing its Weigh Bridge Connectivity (WBX) goods-delivered and goods-received system at a diversified mining major’s coal operations, in Mpumalanga, says Dariel Solutions executive director Greg Vercellotti. Dariel Solutions secured the... 

Weighbridge solution  installed at Mpumalanga coal mine
Photo by Orange Ink
GREG VERCELLOTTI We have come a long way in terms of weighbridge automation

SA materials handling 20 years behind

By: Pimani Baloyi     30th May 2014 When it comes to materials handling and logistics management, South Africa’s mining industry is 20 years behind other industries, says nonprofit organisation the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport South Africa (CILTSA). CILTSA VP Martin Bailey tells Mining Weekly that properly managed... 

SA materials handling 20 years behind
GROWTH POTENTIAL SA mining companies are yet to dip into the massive savings potential of efficient logistics and supply chain management

Equipment manufacturer launches new backhoe loader

30th May 2014 US-based capital equipment supplier New Holland Construction launched its new series of B100C backhoe loader trucks – which are capable of quick and efficient cutting of marble – in April. The company states that Italy-based marble-cutting machine manufacturer Benetti Macchine Spa developed the... 

Equipment manufacturer launches new backhoe loader
The NHC B100C

New logistics company launched  

By: Pimani Baloyi     30th May 2014 Project supply chain management company Greiner and Associates in April established a new company, Greiner Mendi and Associates (GMA), which offers consultancy services to companies that want to transport goods into and out of Africa. GMA MD Lars Greiner tells Mining Weekly that the company aims... 

New logistics  company launched
Greiner Mendi and Associates MD Lars Greiner and company director Napo Ramorapedi discuss their new business venture.

Injection technology improves efficiencies, reduces harmful furnace emissions

By: Ilan Solomons     27th September 2013 Global materials handling company Clyde Bergemann is focusing on the injection of fine solids into plasma furnaces and triple electrode furnaces, specifically used for high-end smelting functions in the nonferrous metals and ferrous metals mining industry, to improve operating efficiencies and... 

SA materials handling machines to assist global mines

By: Ilan Solomons     27th September 2013 Global mining operations can benefit from a range of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) rollers, which are available through Gauteng-based manufacturer and supplier of bulk materials handling conveyor equipment Melco, says Melco MD Gavin Hall. “The company’s range of Supreme HDPE rollers serve as... 

Service centre to assist mining bulk materials handling vehicles

By: Ilan Solomons     27th September 2013 Global tyre technology provider Michelin Tyre Company South Africa, launched South Africa’s first Michelin Truck Service Centre (MTSC) in Villiers, in the Free State, in partnership with tyre distributor Multi Tyres. “The MTSC will offer truck and bus owners a one-stop shop for maintenance, tyres... 

Company focuses on fast, efficient logistics for mining industry

By: Ilan Solomons     27th September 2013 Logistics and express services provider DHL Express in July upgraded its quality-control centre, in Johannesburg; the centre proactively monitors all the company’s shipments and flight patterns, as well as natural disasters or political issues that might have an impact on its network. DHL... 

IT logistics crucial to mining operations

By: Ilan Solomons     27th September 2013 Information technology (IT) plays a pivotal role in ensuring the efficient functioning of a mine’s supply chain operations, says logistics software solutions provider Dovetail. “For this reason, Dovetail added a new functionality to its MobileControl solution device towards the end of June, which... 

Fund aids development of materials handling company

27th September 2013 Global diversified mining major Anglo American’s enterprise development arm, Zimele’s support to a small Limpopo-based materials handling company, Mckhenzi Trading, is a primary example of how the company’s business development fund assists in the development of small and medium-sized enterprises... 

Company overcomes recession challenges

27th September 2013 Materials handling solutions company M&J Engineering has doubled in size over the past four years, underlining the company’s focus on high quality bulk material handling solutions, says M&J Engineering MD Mark Baller. He believes that a portion of this growth can be attributed to the inherent... 

Air chartering company raises profile of on-board courier division

By: Ilan Solomons     27th September 2013 Air charter solutions provider Chapman Freeborn is raising the profile of its specialist on-board courier division, following the successful global expansion of the service last year, Chapman Freeborn Africa MD Iain Clark tells Mining Weekly. Chapman Freeborn's specialist on-board courier... 

Extreme-condition and heavy-duty doors increasingly popular

By: Ilan Solomons     27th September 2013 Materials handling system provider DDL Equipment is currently installing extreme-condition doors at mines in the North West, Northern Cape, Mpumalanga and in Botswana. The installation will increase the opening and closing speeds of the door systems and reduce the amount of dust entering the... 

Ball mill to be supplied to copper mine in DRC

By: Ilan Solomons     27th September 2013 Heavy mechanical equipment supplier DCD Heavy Engineering was contracted in May by global engineered solutions, mineral processing and shaft equipment provider FLSmidth to supply Democratic Republic of Congo- (DRC-) focused copper and cobalt miner Katanga Mining, in the DRC, with a ball mill.... 

Upgraded software packages add value to mining operations

By: Ilan Solomons     27th September 2013 Enterprise software and service provider Ventyx, subsidiary of power and automation technology group ABB, has, over the past 18 months, introduced enhanced capabilities to its intelligent mining suite, with a particular focus on mine planning, mine-to-market logistics and production accounting.... 

Materials handling system upgraded

27th September 2013 Bulk materials handling equipment manufacturers Samson Materials Handling, has launched its upgraded wheeled BF40415T Stormajor, which is a tracked derivative of the Stormajor principle and offers higher performance as well as increased reliability and maneuverability. This system delivers a... 

Canadian materials handling company wins 2013 innovation award

27th September 2013 Canadian industrial material and haulage solutions manufacturer Rail-Veyor Technologies’ bulk materials handling solution for surface and underground applications has earned the company this year’s Bell Canada Innovation Award. In July, Rail-Veyor was acknowledged as having successfully... 

Wear-resistance technology reduces costs for mines

By: Ilan Solomons     27th September 2013 Bulk materials handling applications specialist Kingfisher Industrial supplied material handling equipment to a number of mining operations in Africa last month, including separation equipment to gold mining company AngloGold Ashanti’s Obuasi gold mine, located 200 km north-west of Accra, in... 

World’s biggest motorised pulley to be installed at coal mine

By: Yolandi Booyens     31st May 2013 Mining giant Anglo American’s 73%-owned Kriel colliery, situated 45 km south of eMalahleni, in Mpumalanga, will become the first operation in Africa to adopt a 250 kW Rulmeca motorised pulley, which is the largest in the world and exclusively available in the local market through conveyor... 

Air chartering company broadens service offering

By: Yolandi Booyens     31st May 2013 Air charter solutions provider Chapman Freeborn Airchartering secured a new strategic cooperation agreement earlier this year with cargo carriers Lufthansa Cargo, states Chapman Freeborn cargo sales manager Patricia Monethi. The global aircraft charter specialist conducts Lufthansa Cargo’s... 

Company’s services decreasing costs and increasing production

31st May 2013 Drive system manufacturer Voith reports that decreasing costs and increasing production – priorities for maintaining competitiveness – are on every industry’s agenda in today’s environment of dwindling resources and surging costs. The turbo gear market, particulary, is a challenging environment... 

Electronic proof of delivery crucial in effective transport and logistics

31st May 2013 The speed of data circulation is a critical business driver and information systems play a vital role in decision-making processes, particularly for organisations that transport goods. It is imperative that these companies can provide their customers with information as to where exactly their... 

Engineering company to commission Mozambique equipment installation

31st May 2013 Global engineering company FLSmidth is currently expediting new orders for materials handling and minerals processing equipment for a long-term coal client in the Tete region of Mozambique. The minerals processing equipment will see Africa’s largest horizontal filters installation being... 

Mining industry can ill afford ongoing fuel increases

By: Yolandi Booyens     31st May 2013 The need to mitigate the impact of higher fuel costs through cheaper alternatives can result in businesses taking decisions that will have a negative impact in the long term, states Blue Strata’s logistics manager Penny Henley. On February 6, the price of the 93- and 95-octane grades of petrol in... 

New tyre handler forklift to assist copper mine

By: Yolandi Booyens     31st May 2013 Limpopo-based copper miner Palabora Mining Company (PMC), has taken delivery of a new heavy-duty TCM 13.5 t tyre handler forklift truck, designed for demanding materials handling tasks on mines, from equipment supplier Criterion Equipment – a wholly owned subsidiary of Invicta Holdings Limited.... 

Platinum mine orders 20 discharge hopper wagons

31st May 2013 Mining giant Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) Rustenburg Platinum Mines have placed an order with DCD Rolling Stock for 20 side-discharge hopper wagons, which will be used to transport platinum ore from the mine’s various shafts to the processing plant. Manufacturing of the wagons is under... 

Product gains headway in Russia

31st May 2013 South African cranes, hoists and components manufacturer Condra’s Bulgarian subsidiary reports that it has secured orders from Russia for a further three overhead cranes, expanding the footprint created by last year’s initial installation in that country, and cementing the partnership between... 

Robotics to take over manual labour – Sapics

By: Yolandi Booyens     31st May 2013 The move towards automation across industries will reduce the dependency on manual labour and increase the capacity of the materials handling sector, while placing even more pressure on unproductive and unreliable labour, notes Sapics president Cobus Rossouw. Sapics director Liezl Smith points... 

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