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India to incentivise consortiums to build iron-ore pellet plants

By: Ajoy K Das     21st September 2018 India’s Mines Ministry is exploring ways to incentivise private merchant iron-ore miners to form consortiums to construct pelletisation plants in mineral bearing states, in view of a changing raw material preference of steel mills worldwide, particularly in China. Government companies like... 

Helping innovate to improve service delivery in outlying areas of South Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th September 2018 While ageing infrastructure remains a significant challenge in rural areas, this is an opportunity for smaller municipalities and their supply-chain partners to find innovative ways of developing and maintaining the assets they need to provide services to the poor. Shaun Hadkinson, CoreSlab’s... 

Gladiator raises cash to fast-track North Arunta project

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th September 2018 Gladiator has received firm commitment to raise up to A$625 000 to further the North Arunta project, in the Northern Territory. The capital raising entails commitments for a placement of 105-million shares at 0.2c apiece to raise up to A$210 000 placements before costs to sophisticated and... 

Large Bridges Showcase Concor Infrastructure Expertise On N2 Road Contract

17th September 2018 Concor Infrastructure has made solid progress constructing and extending more than eleven structures, including two large bridges and four overpass bridges, on the exciting N2 highway upgrade between Mtunzini and Empangeni in KwaZulu-Natal. This substantial South African National Roads Agency SOC... 

Vizag Steel Plant successfully commissions new bloom & round combi-caster from SMS Concast

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th September 2018 RINL’s (Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Ltd.) Visakhapatnam Steel Plant (VSP) has successfully commissioned the new continuous casting machine in Visakhapatnam, India, which was supplied by SMS Concast, a company of SMS group (www.sms-group.com). With a casting radius of twelve meters, the five-strand... 

RNC says Fathers Day vein delivers more high-grade gold

By: Mariaan Webb     17th September 2018 TSX-listed RNC Minerals on Monday announced that it had doubled the strike length of the high-grade coarse gold structure of the Fathers Day vein, in the Beta Hunt mine, to about 10 m and added that it would provide an update on the estimated ounces from this new Australian gold discovery later... 

Kim Pratley

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     14th September 2018 This week we profile Kim Pratley, CEO of Pratley Group, a manufacturing company   

Vitaglass - ‘reinforcing’ the trend toward maintenance-free, glass fibre reinforced gratings

13th September 2018 For nearly 80 years, Vital Engineering has been providing clients across various industry sectors – from food and beverage, marine exploration, minerals sands processing, architectural, construction, petrochemical, mining, and power generation – with a range of products. This comprises non-slip... 

Ultra Lithium buys property adjacent to its Lucky Lake claim

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th September 2018 TSX-V-listed explorer Ultra Lithium has entered into an agreement with fellow-listed International Lithium to buy the Forgan Lake lithium property, in the Thunder Bay, north-western Ontario. The Forgan Lake property, consisting of about 256 ha land in 16 units, comprises one legacy claim... 

Alaris aiming to grow global footprint with solid FY18 results

By: Simone Liedtke     11th September 2018 AltX-listed Alaris Holdings on Tuesday said its continuing operations performed well during the financial year ended June 30, with a number of large orders received from Europe and the Middle East. During the period, the technology holding company managed to grow revenue by 17% from... 

Innovative lubrication system supplied by SKF and Lincoln Lubrication is eight times faster!

10th September 2018 A seamless bearing lubrication solution from SKF, in partnership with Lincoln Lubrication South Africa, has helped to significantly speed up the production line for a key OEM customer and leading local trailer manufacturer and supplier. The ability to lubricate only one bearing at a time on the... 

All Beta Hunt options back on the table following high-grade discovery

By: Mariaan Webb     10th September 2018 Canadian miner RNC is reconsidering its options for the Beta Hunt mine and says it is no longer in exclusive discussions with a preferred bidder for the Western Australian mine, following a new high-grade gold discovery. RNC announced on Monday that it had produced 9 250 oz of high-grade gold... 

Vesconite

7th September 2018 Self-lubricated polymer bearings and bushes manufacturer VescoPlastics welcomes visitors to its stand (Hall 6 Stand C23) at Electra Mining Africa, which will be held at Nasrec, Johannesburg, from September 10 to 14. VescoPlastics caters for most bearing and wear-plate-bearing requirements of the... 

SKF extends maintenance intervals with its new cylindrical roller bearing unit

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th September 2018 SKF extends passenger train wheelset maintenance intervals with the launch of its new SKF Passenger bearing 1.7 Mkm Cylindrical Roller bearing Unit (CRU). Launched at this year's InnoTrans 2018 fair, the SKF Passenger bearing 1.7 Mkm CRU is a sealed and greased unit that has been developed to... 

SKF extends maintenance intervals with its new cylindrical roller bearing unit

5th September 2018 SKF extends passenger train wheelset maintenance intervals with the launch of its new SKF Passenger bearing 1.7 Mkm Cylindrical Roller bearing Unit (CRU). Launched at this year's InnoTrans 2018 fair, the SKF Passenger bearing 1.7 Mkm CRU is a sealed and greased unit that has been developed to run... 

SKF ReMan extends service life of centre suction roll bearing after more than 20 000 hours of operation!

By: Creamer Media Reporter      31st August 2018 SKF ReMan delivered a 60% cost saving to a key paper mill customer by refurbishing a SKF centre suction roll bearing which had exceeded 20 000 hours of service life. When the SKF suction roll bearing which was installed at the paper mill in November 2015, reached over 20 000 hours of operation,... 

SKF ReMan extends service life of centre suction roll bearing after more than 20 000 hours of operation!

31st August 2018 SKF ReMan delivered a 60% cost saving to a key paper mill customer by refurbishing a SKF centre suction roll bearing which had exceeded 20 000 hours of service life. When the SKF suction roll bearing which was installed at the paper mill in November 2015, reached over 20 000 hours of operation,... 

Proudly South African precision bearing packer launched 

By: Schalk Burger     30th August 2018 A new Proudly South African precision bearing packer just launched is intended for bearings used in mining, engineering, transport and heavy industry. The locally developed unit allows for easy and precise lubrication of bearings with an inner diameter of 15 mm to 150 mm and a maximum outer... 

Indian govt cracks the whip to get states to complete fresh exploration by year-end

By: Ajoy K Das     30th August 2018 The Indian government has cracked the whip on mineral bearing states to ensure that they hold timely auctions of 288 mineral blocks, leases of which are slated to lapse in 2020. The federal Mines Ministry has issued an ultimatum to all mineral-bearing states to complete fresh exploration of... 

SKF provides technical acumen as proud sponsor of the 2018 Sasol Solar Challenge

28th August 2018 SKF is proud to be one of the event sponsors in the prestigious 2018 Sasol Solar Challenge (SSC). The eight day solar journey kicks off in Pretoria, Gauteng, on 22 September, finishing in Stellenbosch, Western Cape, on 29 September. This biennial competition draws teams from across the world;... 

Master Drilling mulling year-end dividend, launching blast-free borer

By: Martin Creamer     28th August 2018 Innovative drilling technologies company Master Drilling, which will next month launch a new blast-free mobile tunnel boring machine that is expected to have a far-reaching beneficial impact on mining, on Tuesday reported satisfactory results for the six months ended June 30. The Johannesburg... 

Dafo Vehicle Fire Protection participating in new research project on electric and hybrid vehicle fire risks

24th August 2018 A growing number of electric and hybrid vehicles are driving on our roads. Knowledge on the risks associated with these vehicles with new energy carriers is limited. A vehicle fire is often extremely intense and can have significant safety and environmental consequences. The risk of vehicle... 

thyssenkrupp Technical Apprenticeship Programme develops people for a sustainable future

24th August 2018 thyssenkrupp Technical Apprenticeship Programmes are successfully developing people to secure a sustainable future not only for the company, but also for southern African industry and the regions in which thyssenkrupp is operating. “We are very happy to contribute to the development of skills in... 

Starrett band saws from First Cut – new levels of portable cutting convenience for both professional and DIY users

23rd August 2018 For more than 125 years, manufacturers worldwide have depended on Starrett for quality tools and equipment, which have always been at the forefront of innovation. Traditionally, steel-cutting band saws tended to be larger equipment items that were not particularly portable. However, in... 

Arrow sells last of Pilbara project to Pacton

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     23rd August 2018 Junior Arrow Minerals has struck a deal with TSXV-listed Pacton Gold to divest of its remaining 49% interest in the Pilbara gold project, for C$2-million. The consideration will consist of C$1-million in cash and two-million Pacton shares. 

SA HIPPO warns about the hidden cost of submersible pumping

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd August 2018 When a Submersible pump is installed and in operation, in most cases the pump is completely submerged and out of sight while very little attention is paid to the actual operating costs involved. Before purchasing a submersible pump, the main consideration should be the total cost of ownership,... 

SKF ups the digital ante - Göteborg plant 4.0

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st August 2018 Swedish group, SKF, has been implementing its digital transformation since 2015, investing close to €19 million to carry out its digital revolution at its historical Göteborg plant which has, for over a century, been producing the quality bearings on which the Swedish group’s success is based.... 

SKF ups the digital ante - Göteborg plant 4.0

21st August 2018 Swedish group, SKF, has been implementing its digital transformation since 2015, investing close to €19 million to carry out its digital revolution at its historical Göteborg plant which has, for over a century, been producing the quality bearings on which the Swedish group’s success is based.... 

SA Express airline cleared to fly again

By: Rebecca Campbell     16th August 2018 Small, State-owned South African airline SA Express confirmed on Thursday that it would restart its operations on August 23. This announcement followed a statement by Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan to Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises on Wednesday that the carrier... 

KML bearings from BI a perfect fit for food-and-beverage applications

16th August 2018 The KML range of corrosion-resistant, food-grade ball bearings, distributed exclusively in Southern Africa by leading supplier BI, continue to set the quality and hygiene benchmark in the food-and-beverage industry. With over 35 years’ experience in power transmission, KML Bearings has developed... 

Daro exploration producing promising outputs

By: Schalk Burger     14th August 2018 Exploration work at the Daro copper/gold project, in northern Ethiopia, has produced promising results at the Teklil prospect and a significant gold-bearing quartz vein at the Keren prospect has been discovered, while stream sediment analysis has defined new target areas for exploration, Aim- and... 

Ultra-reliability of Hub Seals secures largest single order for SKF

10th August 2018 When a key OEM customer approached SKF for a high quality Hub Seal solution on their trailers, the CR Scotseal Hybrid, with its sealed for life hub arrangement and simplicity of fitment, met every required specification. The customer manufactures and supplies trailers to customers across the vast... 

Difficult conditions in ferro-alloys segment impacts on Afarak’s H1 profitability

By: Simone Liedtke     10th August 2018 The second quarter of 2018, ended June 30, was particularly difficult for specialty alloys producer Afarak, the company said on Friday, with the ferro-alloys segment having shown a bad performance which negatively impacted on the group’s overall financial results. This, Afarak pointed out, was... 

South African farmers face tough road to recovery

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     10th August 2018 Local orchards and vineyards could take between five and seven years to fully recover from the recent drought, provided there is average or above-average rainfall for three consecutive years, says agriculture industry association Agri SA head of natural resources Janse Rabie. “Because of the... 

Ovens supplied to varied industries

10th August 2018 Global manufacturer of thermal-processing equipment Thermal Product Solutions (TPS) in July announced the shipment of a custom Gruenberg bench oven to the movable machinery industry. The bench oven is rated for Class B operation in accordance with the NFPA 86 specifications. 

Enhanced compressed air dryer launched

10th August 2018 Global manufacturing and industrial equipment supplier, SPX Flow, through compressed air treatment supplier Artic Driers International, has introduced a “radically” new approach to compressed air drying, according to an Artic Driers International statement in July. The incessant need to reduce... 

Local company develops precision bearing packer 

By: Schalk Burger     10th August 2018 The new precision Pumprite bearing packer was launched last month for bearings used in the transport, mining, engineering and heavy industries. The locally developed unit allows for easy and precise lubrication of bearings with an inner diameter from 15 mm to 150 mm inner diameter and a maximum... 

Rio starts earn-in in Uganda

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     9th August 2018 ASX-listed junior Sipa Resources on Thursday reported that its earn-in and joint venture (JV) agreement with the exploration arm of diversified miner Rio Tinto, has now started. The two companies in May struck an agreement that would see Rio earn up to a 75% interest in Sipa’s Kitgum-Pader base... 

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