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It’s not a good time to be a steel mill or coal mine in China
Updated 7 hours ago By: Bloomberg

China’s raw materials producers are at the forefront of falling industrial profits as poor demand and price deflation tear into margins at steel mills, metals smelters, chemicals firms and coal... 

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Company to manufacturer unique crane for diamond mine
26th May 2023

Crane manufacturer Condra is set to manufacture a 15-t suspension crane of unusual configuration as one of two overhead cranes ordered for underground use at a Botswana diamond mine. The second... 

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SARENS thriving in a changing industry
25th May 2023

SARENS, a family-owned business founded in 1955 and headquartered in Belgium, has undergone a significant transformation in recent years that has allowed it to decentralise its way of working,... 

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Automated cranes gain traction despite concerns
19th May 2023 By: Sabrina Jardim

Amid increasing automation in Africa’s overhead crane industry, local crane manufacturer Condra Cranes has noted a significant increase in the number of tender documents specifying provision for... 

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Proper planning limits load-based risks
19th May 2023 By: Sabrina Jardim

To ensure that heavy load deliveries are made safely and on time, heavy lifting and rigging specialists Lovemore Bros conducts thorough route planning to mitigate risks associated with transporting... 

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Lifting, rigging solutions for wildlife
19th May 2023

Industrial equipment supplier BMG’s dedicated lifting and rigging division has been involved in important projects recently, including the lifting and moving of wildlife. “A challenging task for... 

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Liande Pienaar – SHEQ Manager
Jacques Giezen – Fleet Manager
Tim Biesemans – Regional Director
Philip van Niekerk – Regional Finance Manager
Hans De Langhe – Regional Fleet and Operations Manager
Deon Van Der Pas – Regional HR Manager
Global crane leader Sarens thriving in changing industry
19th May 2023

SARENS, a family-owned business founded in 1955 and headquartered in Belgium, has undergone a significant transformation in recent years that has allowed it to decentralise its way of working,... 

Iron-ore slump deepens on China demand anxiety, supply pressure
12th May 2023 By: Reuters

Iron-ore futures wobbled on Friday and were on track for weekly losses due to waning optimism over prospects for demand recovery in top steel producer and metals consumer China, with additional... 

Demand blues push copper to lowest in more than five months
12th May 2023 By: Reuters

Copper prices hit their lowest in more than five months on Friday as fears of slowing demand in top consumer China, rising inventories and a stronger dollar reinforced negative sentiment. However,... 

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Is there a future for exoskeletons in SA mining?
5th May 2023 By: Darren Parker

While the world’s attention has been focused on the exponential advances being made in robotics and artificial intelligence, technological development in mechanical exoskeletons has largely been... 

Born in Cape Town and now cleaning waterbodies worldwide – meet the WasteShark
5th May 2023 By: Irma Venter

It’s like a Roomba for water, and it has its roots in Cape Town. If you don’t know what a Roomba is, it is a robotic vacuum cleaner that hoovers your carpets and floors autonomously.  

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Is there a future for exoskeletons in SA mining?
5th May 2023 By: Darren Parker

While the world’s attention has been focused on the exponential advances being made in robotics and artificial intelligence, technological development in mechanical exoskeletons has largely been... 

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New container handler launched
21st April 2023

Materials handling specialist BLT WORLD has launched the second-generation model Mobicon 2HL series container handlers carriers in Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands. Mobicon mini straddle... 

Self-bunded tanks are fitted with BMG’s OMTEC spin-on filters that have been specially designed for installation in the pumping compartment to ensure high quality fuel
Supplier provides fuel bunded tanks for efficient filtration
21st April 2023

A growing area of industrial equipment supplier BMG’s filtration services is in bulk fuel filtration. Self-bunded tanks, which are used on fuel farms, are fitted with BMG’s OMTEC spin-on filters... 

The Presidential Climate Commission met in in Johannesburg on April 19
PCC underlines support for electricity reforms as govt mulls coal life extensions
20th April 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Amid a likely proposal that Eskom be allowed to extend the life of certain coal power stations beyond the decommissioning dates outlined in the Integrated Resource Plan, the Presidential Climate... 

Fitch sees scope for 'digestible' tax hike on Chile copper mines
17th April 2023 By: Bloomberg

Chile can raise the tax burden for copper producers by about 5 percentage points without significantly affecting the industry or its competitiveness, according to Fitch Ratings. “If the tax burden... 

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The Verderflex Dura 80 Hose Pump: The next generation peristaltic hose pump
5th April 2023

Verder Liquids is proud to announce the release of the Verderflex DURA 80 Hose Pump, specifically designed and constructed to meet market demand. Based on feedback from our users in the field, our... 

WA invests A$40m in critical minerals
4th April 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

The Western Australian government on Tuesday announced a A$40-million investment to accelerate critical minerals discoveries. The Sustainable Geoscience Investments package, included in the... 

Thermal coal miners’ margins may narrow
31st March 2023

Major Australian thermal coal miners’ rising costs and weakening thermal coal prices may narrow their margins, but the major miners should continue to generate strong operating cash flows to... 

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Careful chute design can cut coal dust generation
30th March 2023

The generation of coal dust around conveyer systems and transfer points is a problem for operators of coal mines, coal plants and similar facilities. Coal dust is a contributor to lung disease and... 

Regulatory changes to boost energy projects
24th March 2023 By: Cameron Mackay

Recent regulatory changes in the local energy sector – such as the lifting of the licensing threshold for independent power generation – will help boost solar energy equipment supplier GameChange... 

Company provides improved operator safety
24th March 2023 By: Leah Shelene Asaram

Local high-pressure jetting equipment manufacturer Werner Pumps has invested in new devices for its rental combination of jetting and vacuum trucks to improve operator safety in the field. Werner’s... 

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S Africa a key energy market
24th March 2023 By: Cameron Mackay

Despite the disappointment for the local wind industry over the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) Bid Window 6 – which did not approve any new wind... 

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Transferrable skills, collaboration vital for transition, employment
24th March 2023 By: Cameron Mackay

With the introduction of the just energy transition, there will be a downsizing in personnel in sectors such as coal, which, in turn, will require a transfer of skills to the renewable-energy... 

ExxonMobil urges more gas investment
22nd March 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

The Victorian and New South Wales governments were facing a ‘challenge’ to secure gas supplies without lifting existing moratoriums on new production, federal Resources Madeleine King conceded this... 

Safe-haven gold accelerates as traders assess SVB fallout
13th March 2023 By: Reuters

Gold raced towards the key $1 900 level on Monday as investors sought cover from the uncertainty triggered by the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank, emboldened by bets that the Federal Reserve may... 

Minister of Electricity Kgosientsho Ramokgopa
Ramokgopa says assessment will determine what powers he needs to close 10 GW electricity deficit
7th March 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Newly-appointed Minister of Electricity, Kgosientsho Ramokgopa, reports that he will conduct an assessment over the coming seven to 14 days to help determine what powers he will request President... 

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German construction hoist installed in Secunda
3rd March 2023 By: Tracy Hancock

Gauteng industrial equipment supplier SkyJacks has installed a GEDA construction hoist on a 100-m-high vessel at chemicals and energy company Sasol’s monomers plant in Secunda, Mpumalanga. “The... 

Man with white hard hat operating Kito RX wire rope hoist in an industrial plant.
First wire rope hoist ordered
3rd March 2023 By: Tracy Hancock

Mining infrastructure systems supplier Becker Mining South Africa has sold its first Kito RX wire rope hoist to a processing plant in Rustenburg, in the North West, after launching the range in... 

China’s commodities eye banner year as focus shifts to stimulus
2nd March 2023 By: Bloomberg

Evidence of China’s rapid economic rebound has reignited hopes of a banner year for demand in the world’s top commodities importer. How Beijing chooses to support the recovery at its upcoming... 

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Musk tamps down speculation that Tesla will mine lithium
2nd March 2023 By: Bloomberg

Tesla is more focused on refining lithium than on mining the battery metal, CEO Elon Musk said amid speculation the automaker is mulling the takeover of a miner. The “limiting factor” is refining... 

Lithium miner SQM's profit more than triples on EV demand
2nd March 2023 By: Reuters

Chile's SQM, the world's second-largest lithium producer, on Thursday posted fourth-quarter net profit more than triple that of a year earlier, just beating estimates on surging demand and tight... 

Rough diamonds
Alexkor audit delayed as high staff turnover leaves finance dept unstable, AG tells Parliament
1st March 2023 By: News24Wire

High staff turnover at state-owned mining company Alexkor – notably in the finance division – has created instability in key operations, including financial reporting, the Auditor-General of SA... 

South African mining remained a trillion rand industry for the second year in 2022.
Higher commodity prices failing to spur fixed mining investment
28th February 2023 By: Martin Creamer

The regulatory uncertainties and inability of the industry to transparently, quickly and efficiently apply for mining and prospecting rights in a corruption-free manner has had severe investment... 

Allaying infrastructure obstacles can aid sector
24th February 2023 By: Cameron Mackay

Despite operational and legislative challenges, local law firm Beech Veltman CEO Warren Beech stresses that South Africa is in an ideal position to capitalise on and benefit from the increasing... 

Local interest in autonomous mobile robots is specifically focused on increasing productivity, employee safety and wellbeing, as well as on curtailing errors
AMR uptake an opportunity to upskill workers
10th February 2023 By: Tracy Hancock

While autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) are becoming an integral part of future-oriented factories, job creation remains an important factor for a company considering AMR implementation at a facility... 

Milestone for gas project
10th February 2023

Global energy major BP and project partner Technip Energies have reached a new milestone regarding the development of the highly-anticipated Greater Tortue Ahmeyim (GTA) liquefied natural gas (LNG)... 

Interest in fully automated cranes increasing in Africa – Condra MD
10th February 2023 By: Natasha Odendaal

There is increased interest in automated cranes, amid the growing awareness of the benefits of full crane automation, says crane manufacturer Condra MD Marc Kleiner. It is currently the most... 

Record year for mineral production marred by persistent issues, Minerals Council says
6th February 2023 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

The value of South African mineral production achieved a record high for the second consecutive year in 2022, but underlying mining’s considerable contribution to the country’s economy and its... 

Versatile chain hoist series shows value in shipbuilding
3rd February 2023

Included in local equipment manufacturer and supplier Becker Mining South Africa’s range of Kito lifting equipment is the durable Kito high-speed CB manual chain hoist series, which is suitable for... 

Squeezed mining companies face growth dilemma
31st January 2023 By: Reuters

High costs and the prospect of shrinking earnings have made big miners nervous about expansion, even as shareholders demand investment in response to robust commodity prices, China's reopening and... 

Peru’s violent protests imperil 30% of its copper output
Peru’s violent protests imperil 30% of its copper output
30th January 2023 By: Bloomberg

An upsurge in the violent protests wracking Peru is crimping copper output in the world’s No. 2 supplier, with about 30% of its production at risk at a time of low global stocks and high prices.... 

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New mini hydraulic excavator delivers more power, performance
27th January 2023

Built to deliver an improved customer experience, the new 5 t Cat 305 CR Next Generation Mini Hydraulic Excavator delivers more power to the hydraulic pump, higher bucket breakout forces and deeper... 

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