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Mining automation, IIoT, raise cyber risk

26th June 2019 Next-generation automation is a double-edged sword for the mining sector, increasing the risk of cyber-attacks jeopardising safety and revenues, warns GECI South African mining operations are set to embrace next-generation automation and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) systems to slash costs... 

Slogging hammer, wheel slogger upgrades offer safer maintenance

By: Tracy Hancock     21st June 2019 The slogging hammer and wheel slogger from tools and equipment supplier BMG have been upgraded to provide operators with greater efficiency and improved safety when loosening and tightening bolts and nuts during maintenance on mining equipment. Productivity is significantly improved through the... 

Canada invests in Alcoa aluminium plant upgrades

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th June 2019 The government of Canada has made a C$10-million investment in an C$85-million project that will support 520 jobs at aluminium giant Alcoa’s Deschambault-Grondines plant, in Quebec. The investment would help Deschambault-Grondines to innovate by acquiring new technology that will help it... 

Indian aluminium producers seek protection measures

By: Ajoy K Das     18th June 2019 Ahead of India’s national Budget to be presented before Parliament next month, aluminium producers are seeking a slew of protection measures. Aluminium Association of India is seeking an increase in import duty on finished aluminium from 10% to 12.5%, considering that the domestic industry was... 

LME electronic pricing trial fails to boost volumes - sources

By: Reuters     18th June 2019 The London Metal Exchange's (LME's) three-month trial of switching to electronic closing prices for one of its benchmark base metal contracts has failed to lift volumes, industry sources said, lending further support to traditional open outcry trading. The trial, which moved nickel from the ring... 

London Metal Exchange slaps alcohol ban on open outcry traders

By: Reuters     14th June 2019 The London Metal Exchange has banned open outcry traders from consuming alcohol during the day, it said on Friday, joining other London firms in halting a culture of boozy lunches. In the past, LME traders, along with many other financial service workers, had a culture of heading to the pub at... 

ILLEGAL MINING DECIMATING RAINFOREST:

By: Martin Creamer     14th June 2019 Peruvian president Martin Vizcarra is taking firm steps to eradicate illegal mining in this deforested area of the Amazon jungle, at La Pampa, Madre de Dios, in southeast Peru. Shown near abandoned illegal mines is a base from which police are operating to track down illegal operators. According... 

South Africa should go all out with platinum and manganese to be in best of two decarbonising worlds 

By: Martin Creamer     10th June 2019 South Africa, which has a wonderful platinum group metals (PGMs) endowment and an abundance of high-quality manganese ore, should go all out to be in the best of two new carbon-reducing technology worlds. On the one hand, it should do all it can to be in the world of hydrogen with the help of... 

Australia’s LNG exports lowering global emissions – Minister

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th June 2019 Australia’s natural gas exports have helped to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions, with Energy Minister Angus Taylor last week reporting that national emissions were 14.2% below the peak recorded in the year to June 2007 and 11.9% below emissions in 2005. The ‘December Quarterly Update of... 

Australia mulls fungi as potential exploration tool

By: Nadine James     7th June 2019 Australia’s national research organisation, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), is looking into fungal biogeochemical cycling as a potential method for finding new gold deposits, the organisation noted in a press release last week. CSIRO explains that... 

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