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Materials Handling and Logistics

Crane manufacturer 
expanding its export drive in Middle East, Europe

29th May 2009 Local crane manufacturer Condra Cranes is expanding its export drive this year, hoping to consolidate its brand in the Middle East and gain a foothold in Europe, says a company statement. 

New product for conveyor systems in mine separation plants

By: Beth Shirley     29th May 2009 Electrical and electronic engineering company Siemens’ industry automation division has developed a new distributed motor starter for conveying applications that could be beneficial in mine separation plants, batching applications and other applications where a significant number of small motors,... 

UK company hopes to grow market share in SA mines

By: Beth Shirley     29th May 2009 UK-based conveyance solutions company Miniveyor Products, which has operations across the globe, hopes to increase its market share in the South African mining industry by supplying its Miniveyor equipment for smaller- and lighter- materials-handling applications. 

IT system to enhance supply chain management for mines

By: Beth Shirley     29th May 2009 Collaborative solutions provider Collaborative Xchange (CX), a division of supply chain consulting and technology provider VSC Solutions, has developed a specialised computer-based electronic data interchange (EDI) service that enhances mine supply chain management, integration and visibility. 

Materials handling equipment for coal mine construction and maintenance

By: Beth Shirley     29th May 2009 Materials and personnel handling equipment distributor Eazi Sales and Service, a subsidiary of equipment distributor Eazi Access, has sold a mobile elevating work platform, or access platform, for the construction and maintenance at diversified miners Xstrata and African Rainbow Minerals... 

Openpit mines find ways to reduce costs

By: Beth Shirley     29th May 2009 Open-pit mines are looking to adopt in-pit crushing and conveying (IPCC) as a way to reduce operating costs and the negative effects of mining on the environment, says bulk materials handling systems provider Sandvik Materials Handling business development manager Jan Detlof-Wismer. 

Coal demand buoys materials handling industry

By: Beth Shirley     29th May 2009 Industry association the South African Institute of Materials Handling (SAIMH) vice-chairperson Adi Frittella says that coal demand, primarily for its use in State-owned utility provider Eskom’s power stations, is keeping the materials handling industry buoyant in tough economic times. 

Logistics company ensures safety of drivers

By: Beth Shirley     29th May 2009 Logistics company Imperial Logistics’ Specialised Freight Division ensures that drivers carrying hazardous freight to mines are suitably skilled to counteract any dangerous situation that may arise, says Specialised Freight Division CEO Nico van der Westhuizen. 

Big move for heavy 
equipment mover

By: Beth Shirley     29th May 2009 Heavy equipment movers Access Freight Projects (AFP) has been commissioned by Kenyan mining and manufacturing conglomerate Athi River Mining (Arm) to deliver 3 500 t/d of cement to Arm’s lime plant near the Tanzanian port of Tanga. 

Solutions for problem chute systems

29th May 2009 Chute supplier Weba Chute Systems has been approached by gold miner Eldora Gold to provide solutions to the company’s Kisladag mine’s problematic chute system.  

Hauler provides high efficiency and enhanced payload capacity

26th September 2008 Mine equipment manufacturer Bucyrus' 816C Un-A-Hauler offers clients enhanced payload capacity, advanced maneuverability and cycle time efficiency, variable frequency drive (VFD) and reduced operating costs. 

Conveyors supplied to giant Zambian copper mine

26th September 2008 Design and installation specialists of overland conveyors Sandvik Materials Handling has installed a 4,5 km conveyor system for the new multi-million rand Lumwana open pit mining venture in north-west Zambia, says Sandvik Materials Handling commissioning engineer Willem Niemandt. 

New-generation wheel loader suits specific conditions

26th September 2008 Mining and construction equipment manufacturer Komatsu Southern Africa has introduced its latest generation Komatsu 52,7 t wheel-loader model, the WA600-6, into the local market. 

Ropeway conveyance for use in transporting SA coal

By: Darren Parker     26th September 2008 Conveyance solutions provider Doppelmayr sees an opportunity in South Africa in transporting continuous coal supplies, from remote coalmines, overland to Eskom power stations, through the installation of a RopeCon continuous overland bulk materials conveyance system. 

New mineral processing technology announced by collaborators

26th September 2008 High-resolution imaging and analysis systems provider FEI, has released the MLA 600F system, a high-speed automated mineralogy analyser used in mining to improve the performance of mineral processing operations. 

High lift crane supplied to platinum mine

26th September 2008 Crane manufacturer Condra Cranes is completing the final crane of a four-unit order worth some R6-million for platinum producer Impala Platinum's (Implat's) new No 17 Shaft development project. 

New coal mining equipment sinks low

26th September 2008 Bulk materials handling specialist Sandvik is extending its product offering to the low seam coal hauling market with the introduction of the TC230E, a new battery powered coal hauler capable of operating at mining heights as low as 1,3 m. 

Motorised pulleys enter SA market

By: Darren Parker     26th September 2008 Bulk materials conveyance systems provider Melco has added the Rulmeca motorised pulley range to its product offering. The motorised pulley range, manufactured in Germany, is now available to the South African market, owing to Melco having been bought by the global Rulmeca group of Italy. 

BEE firm acquires stake in crane supplier

26th September 2008 Private equity and investment firm Sphere has acquired a 32,5% shareholding in mobile crane hire company Target Cranes, which represents a strategic investment for the new generation black economic-empowerment (BEE) company, reports Sphere. 

Earthmoving equipment company is scooped up

26th September 2008 Kwazulu-Natal heavy equipment manufacturer DCD-Dorbyl Venco, part of the DCD-Dorbyl Group, has acquired the intellectual property of excavation equipment provider Excafab, along with the brand name and all of the company’s technical drawings. The pooling of resources from the two brands... 

Sishen opertations to get a (fork)lift

By: Darren Parker     30th May 2008 The Sishen iron-ore mine in the Northern Cape, owned by the world's fourth largest supplier of sea-borne iron ore Kumba Iron Ore, has taken delivery of a 25-t Hyster forklift, which is to be used to change extra-large haul truck and wheel loader tyres.  

Magnetic sorting range added to sensor-based sorting systems

30th May 2008 Building on its expertise in sensor-based mineral sorting, materials handling specialist IMS Engineering has partnered with German separation technology expert, Steinert Elektromagnetbau, in order to market systems using magnetic technologies. 

Lightweight conveyance system enters South African market

By: Darren Parker     30th May 2008 The manufacturer of Miniveyor portable conveyor systems, Rako Products, is expanding its distribution channels into Africa with a joint venture (JV) with Miniveyor Africa, based in the heart of the platinum mining area of Rustenburg. 

UN Global Compact reaches into African corporate territory

By: Darren Parker     30th May 2008 Richards Bay Coal Terminal was one of 17 leading South African companies to join in signing the United Nations (UN) Global Compact agreement in Johannesburg last month. The signing ceremony marked the closing of the ‘Global Compact in Africa’ conference, cohosted by the National... 

High-powered team-up for the mining and mineral extraction industry

30th May 2008 A pilot plant for sorting tests has just been put into operation at mineralogy specialist company SGS Mineral Services in Lakefield Ontario, Canada. The MikroSort technology employed at the plant enables precise ore sorting and extraction for prospective customers. 

New rigid dump trucks well-received by local opencast mine operators

30th May 2008 The latest in surface-mining equipment company Komatsu’s line of 91-t payload rigid dump trucks, the HD785-7, has recently made its debut on the Southern African market. 

Market gap allows for move from agriculture to mining

By: Darren Parker     30th May 2008 Tractors designed for agricultural purposes are being used by South African mining exploration drilling company, Ferrodrill, to tow CS14 Atlas Copco core drill rigs, which are used extensively in surface mining operations. 

Bulk materials handling company unaffected by current economic slowdown

By: Darren Parker     30th May 2008 Engineered products and equipment company, Bateman Engineered Technologies (BET), has recently been awarded a number of large contracts in bulk materials handling that have been well timed for the company owing to a current economic slowdown. While other sectors may be struggling with factors... 

Major project presents major challenges and rewards

30th May 2008 Mining and construction specialist, Sandvik Materials Handling, is showcasing its skills in design and project management at the R2,9-billion Goedgevonden opencast coal mining project near Witbank, Mpumalanga. The scale of this project exceeds any previous projects of its kind for the company. 

Visibility programme increases miner's safety 

By: Darren Parker     30th May 2008 In an effort to further increase safety measures in mining, diversified technology company 3M South Africa has initiated the High Visibility Programme (HVP), which looks specifically at the visibility of mining vehicles. 

Cost-efficient high-capacity material transport over difficult terrain

By: Darren Parker     30th May 2008 In August 2007, shortly after category four Hurricane Dean ravaged the Caribbean island of Jamaica, with winds of up to 249 km/h, conveyance specialist Doppelmayr Transport Technology handed over Mt Olyphant, its biggest RopeCon system yet, to bauxite mining company Jamalco/Alcoa. The system... 

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