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Difficulties continue for Afarak in Q3

By: Simone Liedtke     16th November 2018 Industry seasonal effects, coupled with some internal adversities, primarily in the ferro-alloys segment, continue to make this a difficult year for specialty alloys producer Afarak. During the company’s third-quarter period, ended September 30, the benchmark price for ferrochrome fell further,... 

Gold miner smuggles in workers by night to bypass strikers  

By: Bloomberg     16th November 2018 Gold Fields is having to sneak maintenance teams into its South Deep mine in South Africa after protesters shot at vehicles trying to enter the site, where workers have been on strike since Nov. 2. Small teams of essential workers are using secret entrances to enter the mine and sometimes have to... 

HAZLETON PUMPS introduces the SA HIPPO submersible slurry pump on-site mechanical seal replacement system.

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th November 2018 The HIPPO Submersible pump range has been successfully in use since 1984 and HAZLETON PUMPS decided to re-design this range of pumps in order that the mechanical seals can be replaced on-site by the user without having to remove the shaft, bearings, the electrical stator winding or the pump... 

Disappearing forests

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     2nd November 2018 In rather melodramatic fashion, one journalist, writing in June this year, portrayed the rate at which the world is losing its forests thus: “Image looking down on huge swathe of lush forest – but before you can pull out your phone to take a picture, it’s gone.” A look at the latest tree cover... 

Atlas Copco WEDA 50+ and 60+ pumps take dewatering solutions to the next level

30th October 2018 Atlas Copco has solidified its place at the forefront of the pumps industry with the introduction of WEDA 50+ and 60+ dewatering pumps. These pumps have been designed to provide customers with enhanced levels of performance alongside improved efficiency, hassle-free maintenance as well as... 

Breakthrough In Copper Recoveries From FLSMIDTH

29th October 2018 In an effort to improve leach kinetics and recoveries of primary copper concentrates, minerals process solutions provider FLSmidth developed the Rapid Oxidative Leach (ROL) process – capable of attaining over 97% copper dissolution in less than six hours under atmospheric conditions. This advance... 

Dirty Water No Problem For Sykes Water Transfer Range

29th October 2018 Water transfer applications in many industries across Africa must often deal with unpredictable water quality, so it is important to specify a pump built for African conditions - tough, reliable and robust. According to Henru Strydom, Sykes product specialist at Integrated Pump Rentals, the... 

BMG supplies range of hydraulic and pneumatic seals

19th October 2018 Technical solutions provider BMG – the only official distributor for hydraulic and pneumatic seals manufacturer and sealing solutions provider Hallite Seals in Central and Southern Africa – supplies an extensive range of hydraulic and pneumatic seals and sealing solutions for demanding... 

Recognition increases for improved packaging

19th October 2018 To increase brand recognition, bearings manufacturer Kharkov Bearing Plant (HARP) decided to improve its multi-unit package for transportation of ball bearings with an outer diameter of 180 mm. HARP MD Natalia Akimenko states that the decision was taken in order to take care of its European... 

Supportive climate

By: Terence Creamer     19th October 2018 South Africans were naturally preoccupied on October 8 with whether or not Nhlanhla Nene’s offer to resign as Finance Minister would be accepted by President Cyril Ramaphosa, who subsequently appointed Tito Mboweni to the post. On that same day, however, representatives from 195 countries... 

Proven Innovative Scrolled Design On Centrifuge

16th October 2018 Known for its robust construction, the Siebtechnik Conturbex Screen Scroll Centrifuge offers ease of operation due to its ability to absorb process variations. Its scrolled or wormed design is well proven in solid liquid separation applications, across a broad spectrum of industries. The... 

Nylon anchors from fischer are a strong, safe alternative to plastic plugs

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th October 2018 Available in South Africa exclusively from leading distributor Upat, fischer has used pure polyamide material for over 50 years, with constant composition, to ensure that the material lasts for decades, Upat Technical Manager Kevin Owen explains. Nylon is the generic designation for a family of... 

Gold Fields CEO asks for 'more time' as investors get antsy  

By: Bloomberg     15th October 2018 Gold Fields shareholders getting impatient over the company’s failure to stem losses at the huge South Deep deposit in South Africa shouldn’t lose hope, said CEO Nick Holland. Gold Fields said in August it’s embarking on yet another turnaround plan at the operation, its only one left in South... 

Huawei Launches Smart 100G Enhanced MS-OTN Solution, Helping Guangzhou Metro Group Build a Safer Subway

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th October 2018 At HUAWEI CONNECT 2018, Huawei officially released its Smart 100G Enhanced MS-OTN solution. Based on its experience in constructing a bearer network for Guangzhou Metro Group, Huawei shared understanding about the services trends and requirements of subway upper-layer networks, dedicated... 

Forward-thinking municipality uses pumps to generate electricity

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th October 2018 A technical team serving the requirements of the Drakenstein Municipality in the Western Cape has designed one of the country’s largest pump and turbine stations to be used for water reticulation to the nearby town of Paarl in dry periods, and as turbines to generate electricity for the city... 

SKF ReMan boosts customer productivity through short lead times of refurbished LSBs

9th October 2018 SKF ReMan recently assisted two key customers in reducing input costs and improving their profitability through efficient sourcing, team collaboration, excellent refurbishing capabilities and ‘just in time’ delivery of Large Size Bearings (LSBs). Seamless operation is fundamental to the... 

Las Lagunas facing steep power costs

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th October 2018 ASX-listed PanTerra Gold has warned that operating costs at its Las Lagunas gold tailings retreatment project, in the Dominican Republic, would increase by some $200 000 a month for up to the next six months. The announcement comes after the company received advice from its contracted power... 

Alrosa reports record throughput at Almazy Anabara unit

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th October 2018 Almazy Anabara, a subsidiary of Russian State-miner Alrosa, has exceeded its production target by 9%, delivering a record mining throughput in the 2018 washing season, with 5.4-million carats having been minded. The 2018 washing season lasted from May to September. 

India’s Mines Ministry pushes for governance of minor mineral sector

By: Ajoy K Das     5th October 2018 India’s Mines Ministry is pushing 21 mineral bearing states to bring about better organisation and governance of the fragmented minor mineral sector, plagued by illegal mining and major law and order issues. The Mines Ministry has convened a meeting of all these states next week, to take stock... 

Mining remains key driver in low to middle income countries – ICMM

4th October 2018 Despite falling commodity prices, many of the world’s poorest countries have become more dependent on their income from mining, new research published by the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) has found. The ICMM on Thursday released the fourth edition of its Mining Contribution... 

Cargo Carriers helps its customers navigate complex supply chains

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd October 2018 Supply chains are becoming more complex and a higher degree of coordination is, therefore, required to manufacture or produce products and get them to market. One of the largest contributors towards this scenario is customer expectations, including a need to drive down costs. 

Uncompromising Quality Standards Stand Andrew Mentis In Good Stead

3rd October 2018 In the current economic climate, with projects needing to reduce costs wherever possible, there may be a very real danger that inferior quality products will be used. This can obviously have a detrimental effect on safety. National technical sales consultant at Andrew Mentis, Lance Quinlan says... 

Euro Manganese starts trading on ASX and TSX-V

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd October 2018 European manganese developer Euro Manganese has raised a combined C$8.6-million through a dual Canadian and Australian listing and initial public offering (IPO). The company raised C$2.5-million in an IPO on the TSX-V exchange in Canada, placing 10-million common shares at a price of C$0.25 each. 

RS Components introduces industrial videoscope for equipment inspection applications

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd October 2018 High-resolution IP68-rated videoscope designed to meet challenges of industrial maintenance troubleshooting and quality assurance testing in harsh environments RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), a global multi-channel distributor, has introduced the rugged... 

Kusile power plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     28th September 2018 The remaining Kusile units are progressing well. 

York Timbers lifts FY18 Ebitda by 12%

By: Simone Liedtke     25th September 2018 Despite challenging market conditions, integrated forestry company York Timbers increased its earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) and core earnings by 12% and 59%, respectively, for the full year ended June 30. The company on Tuesday pointed out that the Ebitda... 

SEW clinches major order for five M-Series industrial gear units for West African mine

25th September 2018 Having an in-house Projects Department to focus on the specific requirements of project houses, OEMs, and other tender-related project activity is starting to bear fruit for drive and automation specialist SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa, which has clinched a major order for five M-Series industrial... 

Uniflex-Hydraulik GmbH / 2-year warranty

25th September 2018 Social-Media-Post HM 665 with Control C.2: The top production crimper with an opening stroke of more than 180 mm. Thanks to an opening diameter without dies of 580 mm, the HM 665 can be used to crimp industrial hoses up to 12" with ANSI flanges and pipe fittings up to 16" without removing the... 

Free State has potential to host further commercial kimberlites – Botswana Diamonds

By: Simone Liedtke     25th September 2018 The Free State has the potential to host further commercial kimberlites, says Botswana Diamonds, referencing research in various archives into the history of diamond mining in South Africa. Following the initial document research work and ground truthing, Aim-listed Botswana Diamonds has since... 

Rand steady ahead of Fed rates announcement on Wednesday

By: News24Wire      25th September 2018 The rand held steady over the long weekend, opening at R14.37 on Tuesday morning following the public holiday on Monday. The local currency was trading at R14.38 to the greenback by 11:23. 

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... 

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