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Minerals and Metals Processing, Smelting and Refining

Quality service ensures efficient recoveries

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st May 2010 To increase the efficiency of a mine, the grade and recovery of the mining operations, it is imperative to monitor and analyse plant samples, says sample analysing company Quality Lab Services (QLS) director Dave Spottiswoode 

Minopex seeks to expand workforce, increase skills 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st May 2010 Minerals processing and maintenance company Minopex reports that, for the coming year, it aims to set up four new plants in South Africa. 

Processing company reports strong focus on skills

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     21st May 2010 Minerals processing company Minopex has a focus on training and development that offers a variety of skills enhancement, practical experience and training programmes to assist individuals in gaining knowledge and experience in the industry, as well as offering practical P1 and P2 training for... 

Minerals operations company reports 20% growth during financial downturn

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     21st May 2010 Metals and minerals operations company Minopex managed to survive the financial difficulties experienced last year completely unscathed and, in fact, experienced above average growth in terms of staff increases and turnover, shared services director Stephaan Nel tells Mining Weekly 

Operations company tackles skills shortage head-on

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     21st May 2010 Mineral operations company Minopex’s human resource (HR) manager Elize van Geert tells Mining Weekly that the company works closely with Sector Education and Training Authority the Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA) to train and develop skills that can be used in the mining industry. 

Batac jigs celebrate ten years in iron-ore applications

14th August 2009 Supplier of materials processing technology Humboldt Wedag South Africa (HWSA) supplied a pilot batch jig to raw material supplier Assmang’s Khumani mine laboratory for ongoing ore testing. 

Cyclone cluster designed to dewater ultrafine material

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th August 2009 Extractive metallurgical equipment supplier Multotec Process Equipment (MPE) has supplied the largest high-capacity cyclone cluster ever manufactured by the company to a mine in northern China. 

Mineral processor carves niche for itself

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th August 2009 Hydropyrometallurgical, minerals processing, engineering and project management company K’Enyuka believes that it is necessary to focus on innovations within the minerals and metals processing sector to provide cost-effective solutions. 

New solution for crushing of ilmenite slag

14th August 2009 Minerals and materials processing technology specialist IMS Engineering has introduced a slag jaw crusher to the mining industry. 

Fees for copper smelting established

14th August 2009 Japanese copper smelters and the world’s biggest mining company BHP Billiton, settled midyear processing fees at a 33% discount compared with contracts started six months earlier, an industry group reports. 

Evolving technology leads to more efficient furnaces

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th August 2009 Furnace design and supply company Tenova Pyromet reports that its submerged arc furnace (SAF) technology is continuously evolving toward the goal of bigger, safer, cleaner and more effective operations. 

Technology refined in 
minerals processing industry

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th August 2009 Mining equipment supplier Metso Minerals is implementing an ultrafine grinding technology to increase efficiency in metaliferous process industries. 

Process equipment 
manufacturer supplies plants to uranium mines

14th August 2009 In its pursuit to continually improve its designs, process equipment manufacturer MC Process developed an innovative engineering policy for its solvent extraction (SX) settler tanks.  

Mining company supports feasibility study for steel mill

14th August 2009 Australian mining company Gindalbie Metals says that it is pleased to support the feasibility study in respect of a steel mill proposal for Western Australia’s (WA’s) midwest region. 

Grinaker-LTA subsidiary clinches Nkomati plant contract

By: Leandi Kolver     19th September 2008 A new concentrator plant is to be built at African Rainbow Minerals (Arm’s) and Norilsk Nickel Africa’s joint project Nkomati nickel mine, in Mpumalanga. The companies contracted multidisciplinary contractor Grinaker-LTA Mechanical & Electrical Metals & Minerals to build the plant. 

Drying company develops new technology

By: Loni Prinsloo     15th August 2008 Drying, cooling and calcining company Scientific Design has developed an in-house technology to calcine ultra-fine material and concentrates. 

Steel giant completes the reline of its blast furnace

By: Loni Prinsloo     15th August 2008 The continent’s biggest steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa, completed the reline of its Newcastle Works blast furnace and sinter plant ahead of schedule, and within budget, at a cost of about R300-million. 

SA ferrochrome producers losing credibility

By: Loni Prinsloo     15th August 2008 South African ferrochrome producers faced losing credibility as supplier and customer confidence took a dip because of the electricity cuts that producers were being asked to make, said stainless-steel ingredients producer Merafe Resources CEO Steve Phiri at Metal Bulletin’s South African... 

Large crane delivered to nickel producer

15th August 2008 Crane and hoist company Condra has completed and delivered a 140-t double-girder maintenance crane ordered by nickel producer Tati Nickel, for its Activox project 

New trommel solution increases flexibility in mineral and metal processes

15th August 2008 Mining equipment supplier Metso Minerals states that its development work has led to the launch of a new patented system for mill trommel spirals, which have the potential to improve mineral and metal process efficiency even further. 

Engineering firm crushes forward

15th August 2008 Crushing technology specialist, EarthTechnica Kawasaki’s crushing installation at iron ore producer Kumba Iron Ore’s Sishen Expansion Project (Sep), successfully started production this year. 

Seamless communication from electric specialist

By: Loni Prinsloo     15th August 2008 Diversified electrical engineering company CHI Control Engineered Solutions, has designed a communication system incorporating the company’s locally designed Profibus Starter Network Adapter (Psnap) for vanadium mining and processing company Vametco Alloys. 

Gold producer advancing in Africa

By: Loni Prinsloo     15th August 2008 AIM-quoted gold producer Goldplat reports that its gold recovery plants are performing well and ahead of management expectations, with production and revenues steadily increasing. 

Power generation company expands premises

By: Loni Prinsloo     15th August 2008 Power generation service specialist Alstom is now pressing ahead with its plans to increase capacity at its Benoni plant by a furher 40% over and above its level of a year ago.  

Increased Namibian ownership of Rosh Pinah mine

By: Loni Prinsloo     15th August 2008 Diversified South Africa-based resources company Exxaro Resources (Exxaro), the Namibian Rosh Pinah Zinc Corporation (Rosh Pinah) and the Namibian empowerment company PE Minerals, announced in June this year that Exxaro has divested a 43,8% interest in Rosh Pinah to Namibian shareholder groupings. 

Smelting specialist puts safety first

By: Loni Prinsloo     15th August 2008 Smelting and technology equipment company Metix, is currently undertaking two new projects that will see the company building a 600 000 t sinter plant at ferroalloy producer Samancor’s Middleburg ferrochrome plant, and another at chrome miner ASA Metals’ plant, in Mpumalanga. 

Filtration goes through environmental control

By: Loni Prinsloo     15th August 2008 Environmental control systems-company MikroPul South Africa has been awarded a contract by engineering firm Babcock to design, build and install a bag filter system for fume-extraction of a coal-fired boiler at a mineral processing plant of uranium-miner Uranium One’s Dominion Reefs uranium mine,... 

Mining operation expanding its horizons

By: Loni Prinsloo     15th August 2008 International manufacturer and supplier of mining equipment, Manhattan Corporation, was nominated as one of South Africa’s Top 300 Companies in 2008, as well as being nominated as one of the top five mining service companies in South Africa by Topco Media. 

Mineral and metals division drills deep

By: Loni Prinsloo     15th August 2008 Multidisciplinary construction and engineering group Grinaker-LTA Metals and Minerals division secured the contract to supply the sinking stage headgear and the permanent headgear for platinum producer Impala Platinum’s No 17 shaft. 

Camec to build multimillion-dollar SX plant in DRC

By: Leandi Kolver     25th July 2008 Exploration, mining, trading and investment company Central African Mining & Exploration Company (Camec), which operates in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) says that its multimillion-dollar cobalt solvent extraction (SX) plant to be built at its Luita facility will be the biggest of... 

New pelletiser, kilns for SA-Chinese ferrochrome producer ASA

By: Leandi Kolver     7th March 2008 Helsinki Stock Exchange-listed minerals and metals processing plant and equipment designer Outotec has been commissioned by ferrochrome producer ASA Metals to deliver ferrochrome production technology at its Dilokong chrome mine expansion project. 

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