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Materials Handling News

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... 

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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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Presidential Climate Change Commission executive director Chrispian Olver.

Supplier leveraging industry experience to carve out market segment

By: Simone Liedtke     27th July 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

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

By: Simone Liedtke     15th July 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

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

By: Simone Liedtke     20th June 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

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

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

By: Simone Liedtke     15th June 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

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... 

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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... 

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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... 

World Coal Association favours just energy transition to net zero future  

By: Martin Creamer     5th May 2022 The World Coal Association, and its member companies, are in favour of a just transition to a net zero future, World Coal Association chairperson July Ndlovu said on Thursday. In his keynote address to the Southern African Coal Conference, Ndlovu emphasised the sincerity of the association’s... 

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World Coal Association chairperson July Ndlovu

Northam a step closer to extending Zondereinde mine’s life 

By: Donna Slater     28th April 2022 Platinum group metals (PGM) miner Northam, through drilling contractor Master Drilling, completed drilling of the No 3 Shaft at its Zondereinde mine on April 27, thereby extending the life of the mine and enabling easier and quicker access for personnel to the working face, as well as getting ore... 

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Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Master Drilling's RD8-R1 drill rig on site at the riase boring of Northam's Zondereinde Number three Shaft

President Ramaphosa to deliver keynote address at Mining Indaba 2022

By: Martin Creamer     20th April 2022 President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver a keynote address at the 2022 Investing in African Mining Indaba, which takes place in Cape Town from May 9 to 12. The attendance of Ramaphosa, who will speak on Tuesday, May 10, signals the continued importance of mining to the South African economy as a... 

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President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Green finance taxonomy to help investors make green project decisions – law firm 

By: Martin Creamer     5th April 2022 South Africa’s first green finance taxonomy will help investors and financial institutions make more informed decisions on ‘green’ projects, say Webber Wentzel’s Patrick Heron and Joon Chong. Heron and Chong describe the taxonomy, launched by National Treasury last Friday, as an official... 

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Patrick Heron (left) and Joon Chong.

Trevali rolls out digital technologies to further digitalisation goals

By: Donna Slater     4th April 2022 Canada-headquartered base metals miner Trevali is increasingly rolling-out its use of the Emmesent Hovermap simultaneous localisation and mapping light detection and ranging scanner, both underground and on the surface, as the miner moves towards increased digitalisation of its mines. With its... 

Tsodilo eyes Trans-Zambezi Railway extension for ore transport benefits

By: Donna Slater     28th March 2022 Diamond and metals explorer Tsodilo Resources is enthused about the completion of the final feasibility study (FFS) for the Trans-Zambezi Railway extension project between the towns of Grootfontein, Rundu and Katima Mulilo in Namibia. Tsodilo chairperson and CEO James Bruchs says the proposed... 

Battery electric mining vehicles can boost efficiencies, sustainability

By: Schalk Burger     24th March 2022 Battery electric vehicles (BEVs) will play a role in improving health and safety, boosting efficiencies and achieving sustainability goals, including by combining on-mine renewable energy generation with BEVs, says mining equipment company Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions. “In countries where... 

Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions' 18 t LH5188 loader
Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions' 18 t LH5188 loader

More countries approve FLSmidth's buyout of thyssenkrupp's Mining business

By: Schalk Burger     23rd March 2022 Industrial engineering and equipment multinational FLSmidth has received regulatory clearances from the Australian, South African, Peruvian and Chilean authorities in relation to its acquisition of industrial and technology multinational subsidiary thyssenkrupp’s Mining business. FLSmidth first... 

Underground graders coming to Africa

18th March 2022 Underground equipment manufacturer MacLean Engineering announced last month that the first-ever MacLean GR5 underground road grader has been shipped to Africa and that additional units have been scheduled for factory production. The newest addition to MacLean’s Mine-Mate utility vehicles, which... 

A yellow grader used for underground roads and pathways part of MacLean’s Mine-Mate utility vehicles range, this is teh GR5
HIGHER GRADE The MacLean GR5 underground road grader is coming to African shores and mines

Abandoned mines can be used for energy storage

By: Halima Frost     18th March 2022 Sweden-based sustainable power transition enabler Mine Storage co-founder and CEO Thomas Johansson notes that the company’s concept of using abandoned underground mines – or those under care and maintenance – as energy storage facilities has progressed to the prefeasibility phase. He explains... 

A photo of Mine Storage CEO Thomas Johansson stood in front of a lake and wooded area
THOMAS JOHANSSON The first underground mine storage facility will be constructed in Sweden

Local crane supplier optimistic about African mining 

By: Sabrina Jardim     11th February 2022 Expressing a positive outlook for the African mining industry in 2022, Condra Cranes MD Marc Kleiner, says the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has the potential for better resource development. The Gauteng-based company is a supplier of cranes and hoists to the DRC, and Kleiner notes that... 

Marc Kleiner, Conra Cranes MD
Condra Cranes MD Marc Kleiner discusses the company’s involvement in the DRC and its outlook for the country’s mining industry.Video edited by: Nicholas Boyd

Directors face potential liability for climate change risks – Webber Wentzel 

By: Martin Creamer     8th February 2022 Directors face potential liability if they fail to carry out their fiduciary duties to curb climate change risks and do not make complete disclosures about climate-related risks, Webber Wentzel partner Merlita Kennedy and associate Tobia Serongoane stated on Tuesday. In a release to Mining... 

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Webber Wentzel associate Tobia Serongoane (left) and partner Merlita Kennedy.

Metso Outotec to start next phase in the development of its Metals business

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th January 2022 Metso Outotec will take the next structural development steps in its business portfolio, following the completed integration of its Minerals business and the successful turnaround of its Metals business. Metso is a process technology, equipment and services company serving the minerals, metals... 

Transnet highlights turnaround at Richards Bay Bulk Terminal

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th January 2022 The loading rate of vessel MV Braverus at 1 205 t/h for a total of 167 341 t of magnetite, which was completed on January 14, is an early indicator of recovery at the Richards Bay Bulk Terminal, Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) highlights in a statement. It notes that this performance comes just a... 

An image showing the MV Braverus loading magnetite at the Richards Bay Bulk Terminal
MV Braverus loading magnetite at the Richards Bay Bulk Terminal
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