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Quarrying

Madagascar quarrying operation flourishing

17th June 2016 Sun Minerals Madagascar, a potential 20-year joint venture (JV) between mining and exploration company Norcross Madagascar Group (NMG) and quarry extracting company SRE India, planned to start opening a second quarry at the Peacock Blue labradorite project under the JV in May, with hopes the new... 

Company retires production of mining excavator

17th June 2016 After being available for sale for almost 30 years, Swiss-based equipment manufacturer Liebherr has decided to retire production of the  R 984 excavator. One-third of these 120 t class machines were shipped within Europe, while another third were sent to Africa. The very last unit was delivered... 

MANUFACTURING TERMINATED 
Liebherr has decided to retire production of the R 984 excavator
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MANUFACTURING TERMINATED Liebherr has decided to retire production of the R 984 excavator

Solution for disposal of used oil answer to reducing emissions

By: Robyn Wilkinson     17th June 2016 An environment-friendly product for the disposal of used oil generated by quarries and other mining operations has been developed by commercial explosives and blasting solutions developer AEL Mining Services. The solution is also expected to help the mining industry prepare for the carbon tax... 

GREENER BLASTING SOLUTIONS An ecofriendly product for the disposal of used oil from quarries is offered by AEL Mining Services
GREENER BLASTING SOLUTIONS An ecofriendly product for the disposal of used oil from quarries is offered by AEL Mining Services

Grindrod locomotives launch spares and technical support Partnerships

17th June 2016 In addition to the core business of manufacturing locomotives for shunting and main line operations, locomotive manufacturing, refurbishment and maintenance company Grindrod Locomotives is further expanding its offering to include a continent-wide spare parts supply business, says Pretoria-based... 

Grindrod Locomotives COO Leon Broom
Grindrod Locomotives COO Leon Broom

Stable quarry growth hampered by cost, legislative challenges

By: Mia Breytenbach     19th June 2015 As a result of the local construction industry’s recovery and government’s multibillion-rand infrastructure projects, the South African quarrying industry is on a steady growth path, says Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of South Africa (Aspasa) director Nico Pienaar, adding that... 

GROWTH EXPECTED
As a result of the local construction industry’s recovery and government’s multibillion-rand infrastructure projects, the South African quarrying industry is on a steady growth path
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GROWTH EXPECTED As a result of the local construction industry’s recovery and government’s multibillion-rand infrastructure projects, the South African quarrying industry is on a steady growth path

Crusher-backing compound to improve machinery life

By: Mia Breytenbach     19th June 2015 The use of effective crusher-backing compounds and release agents is a critical component in enhancing the life of crushing equipment used in the quarrying and mining industry, says water transfer and control solutions provider Summit Agencies. “Impact and shock vibrations can cause significant... 

TOUGH BACKING
The Korrobond compound serves as a backing and reinforcing layer between machine parts and as a damper when subjected to impact and shock loads
TOUGH BACKING The Korrobond compound serves as a backing and reinforcing layer between machine parts and as a damper when subjected to impact and shock loads

Commodity based software solution a first for quarry planners

19th June 2015 Mining consultancy and software solutions provider RungePincockMinarco (RPM) last month released a commodity-based software solution focused on scheduling in the cement and aggregates quarrying industry, the Quarry XPAC Solution. The product is configured to the requirements of the quarrying... 

CAPABILITY EVALUATION
The Quarry XPAC Solutiona provides scheduling visibility, including the ability to evaluate multiple scenarios to achieve optimal exploitation of quarry deposits
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CAPABILITY EVALUATION The Quarry XPAC Solutiona provides scheduling visibility, including the ability to evaluate multiple scenarios to achieve optimal exploitation of quarry deposits

Fuel-efficient blasthole drill rig can drill larger holes

By: Mia Breytenbach     19th June 2015 Sweden-based construction and mining tools and equipment manufacturer Atlas Copco launched its PowerROC T50 surface drill rig, designed for use at limestone, cement and aggregate quarries, onto the African market earlier this month. The PowerROC T50 is a tophammer, blasthole drill rig that is... 

DRILLING PERFORMANCE
The newly developed rock drill COP 3060 for surface applications provided the PowerROC T50 with a high penetration rate
DRILLING PERFORMANCE The newly developed rock drill COP 3060 for surface applications provided the PowerROC T50 with a high penetration rate

Materials supplier to boost African operations

By: Mia Breytenbach     19th June 2015 JSE-listed construction materials and industrial minerals supplier Afrimat is intensifying its focus on further geographical expansion and opportunities in Africa. “Afrimat constantly considers areas where there will be strong demand for its products, with a dedicated business development team... 

EXPANSION BOOST
Afrimat’s new business development remains a key component of the group's growth strategy with future expansions including Mozambique
EXPANSION BOOST Afrimat’s new business development remains a key component of the group's growth strategy with future expansions including Mozambique

Bulk of modular screening media system range to be manufactured locally

19th June 2015 Diversified engineering group Metso last month launched its internationally renowned Trellex 305PS modular screening media system into the Southern African quarrying sector. Metso screening media global sales specialist Julian Steinmann notes that the bulk of the range will be manufactured... 

LOCAL CONTENT The bulk of the Trellex 305PS system will be manufactured locally
LOCAL CONTENT The bulk of the Trellex 305PS system will be manufactured locally

Crushing process enhancements to boost quarry production

19th June 2015 Optimising crushing processes is a reliable way of boosting a quarry’s production with benefits that extend from extraction of materials to the stockpile and sale of graded products, states process technology and services provider Metso Minerals Southern Africa construction GM Alan Fletcher.... 

CRUCIAL IMPORTANCE
Understanding the correct types of crushing processes required to manufacture the necessary products in the required tonnages is vital knowledge
CRUCIAL IMPORTANCE Understanding the correct types of crushing processes required to manufacture the necessary products in the required tonnages is vital knowledge

Quarrying operations increase materials supplier’s revenues

By: Ilan Solomons     4th July 2014 Despite the challenging economic climate currently impacting on the mining and construction sectors, JSE-listed construction materials and industrial minerals supplier Afrimat achieved a year-on-year revenue growth of 42.1% for the company’s 2013 financial year, which ended February 28. In 2013,... 

REAPING THE REWARDS The Glen Douglas quarry produced about 1.8-million tons of metallurgical dolomite last year
REAPING THE REWARDS The Glen Douglas quarry produced about 1.8-million tons of metallurgical dolomite last year

Cone crusher enhances operations at Eastern Cape quarry

4th July 2014 Crushing and screening company Pilot Crushtec International’s Pilot Modular/Trio MC90 cone crusher has improved crushing efficiency levels and saved costs at the Ugie Mac sand, gravel and stone quarry, in the Eastern Cape, says Pilot Crushtec national sales manager Nicolan Govender. The cone... 

HIGH-QUALITY MATERIAL 
The Pilot Modular Trio MC90 and two Pilot Modular conveyors are currently operating at the Ugie Mac quarry site
HIGH-QUALITY MATERIAL The Pilot Modular Trio MC90 and two Pilot Modular conveyors are currently operating at the Ugie Mac quarry site

Strong Sheq adherence stands quarry in good stead

4th July 2014 Cement and concrete manufacturer AfriSam says its Coedmore sand and stone quarry in Bellair, KwaZulu-Natal has survived tough market conditions and robust industry competition by adhering to strict safety, health, environment and quality (Sheq) principles. “Our Sheq credo has been instituted and... 

SAFETY BARRIER SYSTEM When drilling or blasting takes place, blue poles are sunk into the ground 3 m away from the crest and static climbing rope is strung between the poles to indicate where the no-go areas are
SAFETY BARRIER SYSTEM When drilling or blasting takes place, blue poles are sunk into the ground 3 m away from the crest and static climbing rope is strung between the poles to indicate where the no-go areas are

Turnkey manufacturer to supply vertical roller mills to Tanzanian cement plant

4th July 2014 Owner-managed engineering company Loesche recently received its first order from cement producer and supplier Tanga Cement Company for the supply of two vertical roller mills for Tanga’s cement plant, in Tanzania. The order covers the full manufacture and supply of two Loesche vertical roller... 

CEMENT RAW MATERIAL GRINDING MILL
Loesche is ISO 9001:2008 quality management system certified
CEMENT RAW MATERIAL GRINDING MILL Loesche is ISO 9001:2008 quality management system certified

Illegal sands, aggregate mining a concern

4th July 2014 Bitter battles are currently being fought over mining rights and the validity of permits issued by various government departments to mine sands and aggregate sites, particularly along the coastal regions of South Africa, says the Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa... 

ILLICIT ACTIVITIES Illegal mining leads to the illegal occupation of land, illegal power and water connections, pollution, and the degradation of the natural environment
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ILLICIT ACTIVITIES Illegal mining leads to the illegal occupation of land, illegal power and water connections, pollution, and the degradation of the natural environment

Equipment manufacturer targets local mining and quarrying sectors

By: Ilan Solomons     4th July 2014 The South African branch of Belgium-based mobile track-mounted crushing and screening equipment manufacturer Keestrack Group aims to make inroads into the local quarrying and mining sectors, the company tells Mining Weekly. Having established its Southern African head office in Middelburg,... 

IN OPERATION The Frontier scalping screen is being used at a coal mine in Mpumalanga
IN OPERATION The Frontier scalping screen is being used at a coal mine in Mpumalanga

New products launched at bauma Africa 2013

20th September 2013 Supplier of earthmoving, construction, mining and quarrying equipment ELB Equipment reports that it exhibited its range of equipment at the first bauma Africa exhibition, held at the Gallagher Convention Centre, in Midrand. As part of its exhibition, ELB showcased a number of quarrying brands... 

New quarry plant unique to South Africa

By: Jonathan Rodin     20th September 2013 Tooling, material technology, mining and construction engineering group Sandvik Construction which is a business area within the Sandvik Group reports that it is nearing the completion of a 350 t/h plant in Mthatha, in the Eastern Cape, Sandvik construction sub-Saharan Africa VP Glen Schoeman... 

Mining industry remains challenging

By: Jonathan Rodin     20th September 2013 Importers and distributors of underground mining, surface mining and quarrying rock tools, Schwalbe, which supplies the Orange Rock Tools range to the Southern African market, reports that it is experiencing some challenges in a stressed mining industry. 

Entire new range showcased at bauma Africa

20th September 2013 South Africa's leading supplier of mobile and semi-mobile crushing, screening, recycling, sand washing, stockpiling, compacting and material handling solutions, Pilot Crushtec reports that it has showcased an entire new range of crushing and screening products at the inaugural bauma Africa... 

New equipment to be released at bauma

20th September 2013 South African original-equipment manufacturer, Bell Equipment reports that it is planning to debut its sixty-ton articulated dump truck (ADT), the B60D, used for transporting loose material such as sand or gravel, at the inaugral bauma Africa, which will run from September 18 to September 21at... 

New mobile screening introduced to the South African market

By: Jonathan Rodin     20th September 2013 Belgium-based manufacturer of mobile track mounted crushing and screening equipment, Keestrack, exhibited at the inaugural bauma Africa 2013, in conjunction with the sole accredited sub-Saharan dealer, Metal’lum, which also introduced Metal’lum’s new range of track mounted crushing and screening... 

Conveyance system assists productivity at Sudanese cement plant

20th September 2013 Conveyance solutions provider Doppelmayr’s RopeCon system is assisting in transporting raw materials from a new crushing plant to the processing plant of Sudanese cement manufacturer Berber Cement to meet its daily demand of transporting 9 000 t of limestone to its new cement plant in Al... 

Modular plants proving successful

20th September 2013 Materials handling contractor Osborn reports that it is now able to offer a full quarry processing plant by adding the new Kolberg-Pioneer Incorporated, Johnson Crushers International (KPI-JCI) vertical shaft impactor (VSI) crusher to its modular plant set-up, product sales manager Chris Slade... 

New quarry machine line-up being showcased at bauma Africa

20th September 2013 Mining equipment manufacturer Terex Finlay reports that it will be exhibiting at the inaugural bauma Africa, in conjunction with South African original equipment manufacturer Bell Equipment, its new distributor in Southern Africa. 

Crushing and screening system to ensure maximum capacity for the future

20th September 2013 Technology supplier Metso, which also operates in sub-Saharan Africa, has been contracted to upgrade the capacity of construction materials and building products supplier Monier’s Nebiri quarry in Papua New Guinea, to meet long-term growth targets through a strategic partnership. 

Technology suited to assist quarry industry

By: Yolandi Booyens     21st September 2012 Quarry workers are at high risk of electrocution, as cables and equipment can be exposed to wet conditions, damaged by falling objects or dug up during excavation, the national independent watchdog for work-related health, safety and illness Health and Safety Executive (HSE) UK states on its... 

Correct waste management crucial

By: Yolandi Booyens     21st September 2012 Waste management is generally a problem in the mining industry, with abandoned quarries often used by mining companies for the illegal disposal of wastewater or other hazardous waste. This is tempting, as most quarries are situated in remote areas close to other mining operations and the cost of... 

New techniques impact on fossil discoveries

By: Yolandi Booyens     21st September 2012 Quarry operations and the paleoanthropology fraternity continuously liaise to ensure fossils and artefacts are preserved; however, modern mining techniques have made it more difficult to recover fossils and artefacts from quarries, says University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) Professor and reader... 

Little done by government to mitigate illegal quarrying – Aspasa

By: Yolandi Booyens     21st September 2012 The practice of illegal mining is still the number one complaint of the members of the Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (Aspasa), who experience financial repercussions, owing to unfair competition caused by this activity. “As government holds the mineral rights in... 

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