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Materials Handling News

Equipment refurbisher sets new standards

By: candice haase     7th June 2002 Local firm Manhattan Mining Equipment is engaged in developing standards for equipment production refurbishment that will meet with the ISO 9001 ratings. 

Conveyor system contract awarded for southern Namibian zinc-mine

7th June 2002 Bateman Materials Handling has awarded the contract to Continental Meco for the manufacture and supply of conveyor idler assemblies for 21 belt conveyors and five belt feeders at the new Anglo American Skorpion Zinc Mine and refinery in southern Namibia, north of Rosh Pinah. 

20 km of conveyor belting to be sold

7th June 2002 One of the leading South African manufacturers and distributors of mining, marine and industrial products, Transvaal Rubber (Truco), is in the process of aggressive expansion into a number of markets not previously serviced by itself. 

SA's top five mining capital equipment exporters

By: Joanne Delaurentis     20th May 2002 South African mining capital equipment exporters are beginning to realise their potential in the global environment, and are launching into markets that were previously untouched by local suppliers. 

SA's top five mining capital equipment exporters

By: Joanne Delaurentis     17th May 2002 South African mining capital equipment exporters are beginning to realise their potential placing in the global environment, and are launching into markets that were previously untouched by local mining equipment suppliers. 

R100m openpit contract kicks off

17th May 2002 "South African earthmoving contractors, associated principally with the civil engineering construction industry, have increasingly over the last 15 years put their earthmoving and equipment maintenance expertise at the disposal of mining corporations to undertake contract mining operations, "... 

SA eyes 82-million tons of coal exports by 2004

By: Deborah Spicer     3rd May 2002 A memorandum of understanding between the National Ports Authority (NPA) and the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT), that allows the terminal’s phase-five expansion to go ahead despite a lack of concensus on the lease agreement for the portion of NPA-owned land on which the expansion is due... 

Mining industry in grip of outsourcing fever

By: marisa rodrigues     22nd March 2002 A major trend in the mining industry in the last few years has been outsourcing of the management of mobile equipment to the supplier. 

Equipment suppliers face mounting competition

By: marisa rodrigues     22nd March 2002 Suppliers and contractors of mobile mining equipment are having to become increasingly competitive in order to secure orders and contracts, believes Bell Equipment marketing director: mining Terry Gillham. 

Colliery replaces earthmovers

22nd March 2002 Anglo Coal’s Kleinkopje colliery, based just south of Witbank, has a history of using Euclid rigid-frame dump truck and coal haulers supplied by Hitachi Construction Machinery South Africa (HCSA). 

New excavator destined for SA

22nd March 2002 The CX800 hydraulic excavator is now available in South Africa in its final form and is the latest addition to Case’s proven range of CX excavators. 

New trailers up heavy mineral haulage

22nd March 2002 The mining division of Unitrans Freight has taken delivery of a fleet of ten Afrit side-trip trailers for its operation at Namaqua Sands, in the Western Cape. 

Jumbo hydraulic rock-breaker released

22nd March 2002 Consolidated Rock Machinery (CRM) announces the release of the Ingersoll-Rand’s Montabert V65 hydraulic rock breaker, one the largest units of its kind suitable for breaking oversize boulders in the opencast mining and quarrying industries. 

Diesel utility-vehicle gets makeover

22nd March 2002 In June 2000 Mining Weekly featured the introduction of the UK-developed Buffalo 611cc Diesel Quad Bike into the mining industry, a new breed of workhorse structurally and mechanically developed for heavy-duty use under extreme conditions. 

Trucks fill mining niche

By: marisa rodrigues     22nd March 2002 Equipment supplier Liebherr Africa has two new products which are both proving to be successful in their applications for the mining industry. 

Refurbed equipment offers big cost savings to mines

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     22nd March 2002 Kumba Resources’ Thabazimbi iron-ore mine has been able to achieve significant cost savings over the last few years through refurbishing old equipment instead of buying new units. 

Supplying mine's trackless machinery needs

By: Zonika Botha     14th December 2001 Leading equipment supplier Sandvik Tamrock has held a multimillion rand service and maintenance contract with Avgold’s Target Mine since development work begun on the 203 level decline shaft in 1997. 

Slag-treatment plant contract is awarded

7th December 2001 A contract for the slag-treatment and reductant plant at Ticor SA’s mineral processing facility in Empangeni has been awarded to Barker Flynn, a subsidiary of Argent Industrial. 

Big two-way conveyor for West Coast

7th December 2001 Johannesburg materials-handling contracting company Tekpro Projects has been awarded the turnkey installation of an extensive convyeyor system, with an initial project value of about R30-million. 

Local firm sells first hard-rock drill-rig to PGM mine

30th November 2001 Mining equipment firm Rham Equipment has rolled out its first locally designed and manufactured hard-rock drill rig. 

New machine info system

23rd November 2001 The Volvo Matris machine tracking information system was seen for the first time at Babcock Equipment’s Volvo Construction Equipment open day in Johannesburg. 

New loader for Middelburg mine

16th November 2001 Mpumalanga colliery Middelburg Mine Services has a new LeTourneau L-1800 front-end loader which holds the distinction of being the largest of its kind in Africa. 

Gravity-separation units record strong sales

16th November 2001 The gravity separation industry is undergoing a renaissance in the mineral-processing sector, Gekko Systems CEO Elizabeth Lewis-Gray reports. 

Jig system performs well

16th November 2001 East Rand company Humboldt Wedag SA has installed and commissioned the first full Batac jig system in an iron-ore application in South Africa at the Assmang Beeshoek mine in the Northern Cape. 

Screening company boosts capacity

16th November 2001 Leading mining contract screening company Ruslyn Mining has strengthened its operating capacity by acquiring new equipment and by reallocating existing screening plants to service newly-awarded contracts. 

New screens for Namibian mine

16th November 2001 Local company Linatex Africa has secured a R2,4-million contract for the supply of vibrating screens to the Skorpion Zinc Project, owned by Anglo American Base Metals. 

Firm sees increased modular plant sales

By: Zonika Botha     16th November 2001 Repeat orders from smaller entrepreneurial diamond-mining companies are paving the way for increased sales of Bateman-manufactured modular process plants. 

Rubber firm sees growth in Africa

16th November 2001 Local company Transvaal Rubber has seen significant growth into Africa during the first half of this year, carrying the company halfway to meeting the targeted 50% of turnover resulting from African markets. 

SA firm plans a big dump-truck ramp-up

16th November 2001 Bell Equipment launched its D-Series range of articulated dump trucks last month, comprising the Bell B40D – the flagship of the company’s range of ADTs – and the B25D. 

Haul-truck technology on show in Australia

16th November 2001 International mining information technology (IT) company Modular Mining Systems has unveiled the latest version of its emerging autonomous truck technology at a demonstration event south of Perth, Australia. 

New excavator bucket designed

2nd November 2001 The Allu bucket produced by Ideachip of Finland can be fitted to excavators and wheel loaders to process a variety of materials, including those mined in quarries. 

New range of energy-saving motors

19th October 2001 Specialist in electro-mechanical engineering Leroy Somer has launched a new range of energy-saving motors that offer high efficiency, low operating costs, increased motor life and reduced energy consumption. 

Peak mine efficiency with IT system

12th October 2001 An integrated mining information system from Caterpillar can assist mines in achieving peak efficiency, reports supplier Barloworld Equipment. 

Gearboxes drive coal terminal

5th October 2001 About 400 Hansen gearboxes drive the conveyors on Richards Bay Coal Terminal’s (RBCT’s) conveyor systems, shiploaders and stacker reclaimers. 

Range of opencast machines

5th October 2001 German manufacturer of open-pit mining equipment for continuous operation, MAN Takraf, has developed a new series of surface miners with capacities ranging from 300 m3/h to 2 000 m3/h and cutting depths of up to 1,2 m. 

Mining orders from Chile, Kazakhstan

5th October 2001 International mining equipment supplier Sandvik’s Mining and Construction business area has received several large orders for advanced equipment to underground mines in Chile and Kazakhstan for mining of copper. 

Screens for Botswana mine

5th October 2001 The reliability, low operating cost and high screening efficiency achieved over the last 20 years by Humboldt Wedag screens at Debswana’s Jwaneng diamond-mine in Botswana has resulted in the installation of two new screens. 

Redesigned conveyor drive frame

5th October 2001 International materials-handling firm Halbach & Braun has redesigned and created a new generation of conveyor drive frames for use anywhere. 

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