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SRK provides expert advice and solutions for clients requiring specialised services, mainly in the fields of mining, geotechnics, water, waste and the environment.

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IHS materials index posts sixth gain in seven weeks

By: Henry Lazenby     18th August 2017 The materials price index (MPI) from Global Insight by IHS Markit has recovered about half the losses it suffered between February and June. The latest reading of the MPI, an index measuring the weighted average of weekly spot prices for a basket of globally traded manufacturing inputs comprising... 

Attention to detail crucial for conveyor belts

By: Robyn Wilkinson     18th August 2017 Stringent adherence to safety protocols and a fit-for-purpose design are important factors governing the successful use of conveyor belts to increase production rates in mining, say industrial rubber products manufacturer Dunlop Industrial Products product managers Paul Nel and Dave Pitcher.  

Eco Friendly Entrance Matting Launched

     10th August 2017 With a global shift towards green thinking and environmentally friendly products Matco, the entrance matting brand of Coba Africa, is excited to announce the launch of their new eco-friendly Treadwell entrance matting. Using state-of-the-art recycling technology, tyres and belt material is... 

Omnia acquires Umongo to strengthen its chemical business

     10th August 2017 Chemical services business Omnia Group’s acquisition of a 90% stake in Umongo Petroleum, effective from 1st March this year, will create new opportunities for Omnia’s chemical business by broadening its current offering and strengthening its sub-Saharan Africa strategy. 

Atlas Copco’s new rotary vane vacuum pump series – cooler, quieter and up to 15% more efficient

     10th August 2017 Atlas Copco’s new GVS A rotary vane vacuum pumps feature a very compact design, fewer components, excel in reliability and are up to 15% more efficient making them ideal for a wide range of both industrial production and research applications. The new generation GVS A which is completely... 

Monitoring To Raise Mill Efficiency, Reduce Stoppage Time

     8th August 2017 Unreliable and time consuming methods of monitoring the condition of mill liners are now a thing of the past, as mines can now ensure higher efficiencies by tracking liner wear in real time. With the introduction of MultoScan by Multotec Rubber, milling plants can accurately measure a mill’s... 

Konecranes celebrates the delivery of the 1000th RTG

     3rd August 2017 Konecranes has been delivering Rail Mounted Gantry (RMG) cranes to intermodal operators all over the world for many years. This year marks the delivery of the 1000th Konecranes Rubber Tired Gantry (RTG) crane – a milestone in its impressive history. It was installed at the Georgia Ports Authority... 

Local company to supply wheel assemblies for new BMW X3  

By: Victor Moolman     28th July 2017 Wheel assembly solution provider Wheel Assemblers will supply tyre and rim assemblies for the new X3 (G01) model from German vehicle manufacturer BMW South Africa (SA) to be built in Rosslyn, Pretoria. 

Wheel Assemblers (Pty) Ltd

     28th July 2017 Established in 2003 to focus on automotive wheel assembly outsourcing, Gauteng-based Wheel Assemblers has grown into a nigh-R100-million-a-year-turnover company servicing automakers Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) and BMW South Africa under multiyear contracts. The company invested... 

First Cut’s solutions-driven business ethic creates cutting-edge solutions to enable productive use of recycled materials

     24th July 2017 First Cut, a leading South African distributor of cutting consumables and capital equipment, has been proud to be able to assist in promoting recycling in South Africa. Through a positive 'can do' attitude to service and excellent product quality- and in three notable examples - the company has... 

Oil, chemical weakness force IHS materials price index lower

By: Henry Lazenby     21st July 2017 The materials price index (MPI) from Global Insight by IHS Markit fell 0.7% last week, driven by weakness in the oil and chemicals sectors, the firm announced on Thursday. It was the MPI’s first decline since the middle of June, as weakness in oil, down 1.5%, and chemicals, down 3.9%, pulled the... 

Composite repair systems an alternative to welding and most steel repairs

     11th July 2017 Industrial lining solutions providers Groupline Projects (GLP) – a subsidiary of Wonderstone, which forms part of the Assore Group of companies – now offer revolutionary alternatives to welding, in the form of Armasteel and Armacoat composite repair systems, in South Africa. Since 2008, the... 

Supplier moves to unify its global efforts

     7th July 2017 Engineered mining solutions provider, Tega Industries, has embarked on an extensive globalisation drive to standardise production across its six manufacturing plants in India, Australia, South Africa and Chile. With the aim of standardising its production practices and ensuring uniform quality... 

Control system minimises dust escape during grab discharge

By: Simone Liedtke     7th July 2017 Materials handling equipment supplier BLT South Africa’s Samson travelling Eco-Hoppers have an effective dust control system that minimises the escape of dust during the grab discharge cycle. 

New premises for SEW-EURODRIVE PE to cater for growing Eastern Cape market

     5th July 2017 SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa’s Port Elizabeth branch has relocated to Unit 4, Aldo Business Park, Old Cape Road in Greenbushes, reflecting both the growth of the branch and the importance of the Eastern Cape region, according to Branch Manager Francois Sieberhangen. Although Port Elizabeth is the... 

Welding Alloys South Africa

     4th July 2017 To lead the market in engineered wear protection solutions and flux cored welding wire technology, Welding Alloys South Africa (WASA) is focused on responding to its customers’ needs. Part of the Welding Alloys group, which covers more than 150 countries through a network of 30 subsidiaries... 

SAPPMA and PPCA’s pipes XI conference

     30th June 2017 More than 35 of South Africa and the world’s top experts on issues relating to plastic piping, water infrastructure and engineering will be presenting at this year’s PIPES XI Conference – an annual event hosted by the Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (SAPPMA).  This year’s... 

Red Roc Hi-Lift Pinch Valves Offer Unique Inline Rubber Sleeve Changing Without Needing Lifting Equipment

     15th June 2017 Afrivalve, a division of eDART Slurry Valves, now offers a simple patented design of the Red Roc Hi-Lift pinch valve allows for inline changing of the rubber sleeve, without the use of lifting equipment and has been granted a patent number 2017/02223.   This unique and innovative feature offers a... 

Deck Maps Get The Most Out Of Screens

     13th June 2017 Screening media specialist Multotec is using its ‘deck map’ methodology to constantly raise the bar in optimising screen output and lifespan, according to Shawn Faba, Multotec Manufacturing product manager screening. “Multotec has built on its concept of the composite deck for over a decade, and... 

IHS Markit's materials price index registers 3.1% weekly decline

By: Henry Lazenby     9th June 2017 A broad basket of commodities tracked by market research house IHS Markit has declined the most in a single week since mid-April, falling 3.1% last week in a broad retreat. IHS senior economist Ben Orhan said in a news release to Mining Weekly Online on Thursday that the commodity price index... 

KBI Announces Of Exciting Partnership With Aquflow USA

     8th June 2017 Kirloskar Brothers International (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd (KBI) is excited to announce its recent partnership with a US based Pump manufacturer AquFlow; who has appointed SPP Pumps SA (Pty) Ltd as the exclusive distributor of the AquFlow products in SA June 1, 2017. AquFlow was originally founded... 

South African economy enters recession as Q1 GDP contracts 0.7% 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th June 2017 South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) contracted by 0.7% in the first quarter of the year, pushing the country in a technical recession. This followed on the 0.3% contraction in GDP in the fourth quarter of last year. 

Thermaspray’s plasma coating solutions are helping the adhesives and labelling industries out of sticky situations

     5th June 2017 The remarkable properties of plasma coating technologies from coating specialists, Thermaspray, can extend component service life and reduce costs significantly. This is achieved by improving component performance and efficiency in the adhesives and labelling industry. Replacing parts with new... 

New torque limiter sizes added to developer’s range

     26th May 2017 Power transmission component developer KTR has extended its line of lightweight torque limiters overload couplings by adding two new sizes. 

Preferred-trader numbers all very confusing

By: Riaan de Lange     26th May 2017 On May 8, the South African Revenue Service (Sars) announced that, on that day, it would officially launch its Customs Preferred Trader Programme, which, it said, marked the culmination of an extensive process aimed at introducing one of the most significant trade facilitation initiatives in its... 

Hudson Rubber (Pty) Ltd

     23rd May 2017 Hudson Rubber (Pty) Ltd was founded in 1959 in Pretoria, South Africa and is a well- known brand in the industry. The company was owned by the founding family until October 2016 when it was sold to private investors. The Hudson Rubber capacity was further expanded in November 2016 when a merge... 

Company offers process solutions for valve systems

     19th May 2017 It is often the tiny inconspicuous details that determine human and environmental safety as well as the operating costs incurred and the process yield, says global valves, automation components and piping products manufacturer Gemü, which is why it offers customised process solutions which join... 

Training facility in final stages

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th May 2017 Valve company Invincible Valves is in the final stages of completing its new training facility on-site at the company’s factory in Knights, in Germiston.  

No corruption in nuclear negotiations, Eskom chief nuclear officer assures 

By: Kim Cloete     18th May 2017 Eskom’s chief nuclear officer David Nicholls is still firmly committed to the principle that nuclear is the way to go for a sustainable energy future and says he knows of no corruption in negotiations on a deal to procure new nuclear energy capacity. “I’ve been in the middle of this deal for... 

Oxford Instruments launches X-MET8000 Expert Geo - a new high-performance handheld XRF analyser for geochemical analysis throughout the mining process

     18th May 2017 Oxford Instruments has added the X-MET8000 Expert Geo to its successful range of X-MET8000 handheld XRF (X-ray fluorescence) analysers for geochemical analysis throughout the mining process, from the early stages of exploration to process waste analyses. X-MET8000 Expert Geo offers fast material... 

Chief selected for Imperial’s newest business venture

By: Irma Venter     12th May 2017 The automotive business of the JSE-listed Imperial group has a new leader. Former Imperial CFO, Osman Arbee, was named as the CEO of Imperial’s newest business venture, the Motus Corporation, in January. Arbee has been with Imperial for close to 13 years. 

More about electric cars

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     12th May 2017 In a previous instalment of this column, I wrote about Mercedes-Benz going to produce an electric car. By this I mean the automaker is going to produce a car for sale to the to the public that will be 100% electrical in drive – it will not be a hybrid car with a generator that switches on when... 

No quick fixes to housing problems – City of Joburg

By: News24Wire      9th May 2017 City of Johannesburg officials are working with local councillors to address the demand for housing in Eldorado Park, following violent protests on Monday. “We recognise the frustrations of this community, following years of mismanagement and neglect in our city. We ask our residents for patience... 

Strongbow’s South Crofty to revive age-old tin mining tradition in Cornwall 

By: Henry Lazenby     21st April 2017 Bolstered by strengthening tin prices and improving fundamental support in the long term, Canadian mineral exploration firm Strongbow Exploration is set to revive a mining tradition in England’s county of Cornwall, that reaches back thousands of years to the early Bronze Age. The company’s... 

Flooring project completed at Cape Town hospital

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th April 2017 Vinyl supplier Polyflor South Africa (SA) recently completed a 16-storey building flooring project for the relocation of Christiaan Barnard Hospital –part of healthcare provider Netcare Group – in Cape Town, which has been under construction for 18 months.  

Parprol Process Oil Range Available Through Engen Industrial Lubricants

     13th April 2017 Engen Petroleum, a leading producer and marketer of a wide range of fuels, lubricants and oil-based products in South Africa are the proud suppliers of a range of high quality, virgin process oils under the Parprol name.  These new generation process oils utilise Group I base oils.   The Engen... 

Saskatoon weir hydropower station, Canada

By: Sheila Barradas     13th April 2017 A new run-of-river hydropower system is proposed at the existing Saskatoon weir that will produce up to 6.1 MW of clean power. 

Manufacturing output contracts 3.6% y/y in Feb

By: Anine Kilian     11th April 2017 South Africa’s manufacturing output contracted by 3.6% year-on-year in February. The largest contributors to the decline were the petroleum, chemical, rubber and plastics and food and beverages sectors. 

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