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Electra Mining Botswana attracting top names and industry support

     26th June 2017 Leading local and international suppliers to the mining, industrial and power generation sectors have embraced the business growth opportunity that Electra Mining Botswana presents in the region. Komatsu Botswana, Atlas Copco Botswana, Hansen & Genwest, Cummins SA, Phoenix Contact, Worley Parsons... 

America's only rare earth mine mired in distressed debt dispute

By: Bloomberg     23rd June 2017 A long-running fight between distressed debt investors is threatening to scuttle the reopening of the only US mine producing rare metals used in hybrid electric cars and some military hardware. A court-appointed trustee for bankrupt Molycorp Minerals will ask a judge Friday to approve the sale of... 

Blanket increases in import duty put industry under pressure

By: Robyn Wilkinson     23rd June 2017 Although the implementation of a hot-rolled coil (HRC) safeguard duty in South Africa aims to protect and support the local steel manufacturing industry, its unintended consequences for downstream customers are placing further pressure on an economy already under stress, says fastener products... 

The business benefits of booklet labels

     21st June 2017 Many businesses in South Africa are not making optimal use of their packaging and labelling space. Not only is your product labelling a valuable brand platform that comes into direct contact with customers in the retail environment, but it is also a space – in certain industries – that needs to... 

New building inaugurated for company anniversary

     20th June 2017 Endress+Hauser Flowtec AG looks back 40 years – world-leading manufacturer for flow measuring technology The market for high-quality flowmeters has been growing for decades, with the name Endress+Hauser Flowtec AG in Reinach, Switzerland, closely linked to the last 40 years. “The new facility,... 

Virtualscape Visuals – Visual Communication for the Mining & Engineering Industries.

     19th June 2017 Visual content is an organisation’s secret weapon Video has become a powerful tool for companies across many industries. For mining companies, especially, multifaceted concepts when portrayed as moving visuals are stronger, make a greater impact and leave an impression, says Aliza Visagie,... 

Company aims for positive impact on environment

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 Environmental management company I-CAT Environmental Solutions aims to deliver a product and service offering that impacts the environment favourably when compared with traditionally used products. 

Equipment supplier introduces four new welding machines

     16th June 2017 Welding equipment supplier African Oxygen (Afrox) has incorporated four new models from equipment manufacturer Miller’s range of welding machines for use in large industrial applications. 

Why hygienic design of bearings is key to food safety

     12th June 2017 An emphasis on the hygiene element of the design of equipment can play an important role in controlling the safety of food products manufactured. However, applying this too broadly without focussing specifically on the hygienic design of the components part of the system, can potentially risk the... 

Mexico owes Canada miners over $360m, led by Goldcorp – documents

By: Reuters     9th June 2017 Mexico's tax agency is holding over $360-million in tax rebates owed to six Canadian miners, including $230-million to Goldcorp, according to sources and official documents seen by Reuters, escalating the situation into a showdown between the Mexican government and Canadian mining firms operating... 

OEM customer sticks with the best in condition monitoring with SKF’s IMX online system

     7th June 2017 SKF supplied an IMX online conditioning monitoring system to support a long-standing OEM customer who received a request from the end-user for assistance with vibration analysis and readings on crushing and pulverising machinery. SKF Key Accounts Manager, Anneritha Maritz, explains that the... 

Prepare well for a digital future, advises Pragma

By: Kim Cloete     6th June 2017 Leaders in the management of buildings, machinery and assets have been advised to prepare well for a future in which digital solutions will take centre stage. Engineering company Pragma CEO Adriaan Scheeres told attendees at the Southern African Asset Management Association (SAAMA) conference, in... 

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. 

Mining, industrial and agricultural trade show supports diversification

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th June 2017 Although Zambia is the largest copper producer in Africa and seventh largest globally, in recent years the copper sector has been hit hard by falling commodity prices. This has driven a need to diversify the country’s economy. Solid growth is forecast for Zambia’s mining between 2017 and 2021,... 

Industry 4.0 and IoT: Transforming the Manufacturing Industry

     1st June 2017 A massive change is coming in the way that manufacturing does business, ranging from the design and manufacturing of goods to how we service customers. Industry 4.0, otherwise known as the ‘4th Industrial Revolution’, along with IoT (Internet of Things) is central to digital transformation in the... 

SKF participates in raids against retailers of counterfeit bearings

     1st June 2017 Three simultaneous raids in China are the latest in efforts to combat the sale of counterfeit bearings SKF has participated in three simultaneous raids against retailers of counterfeit bearings in China. The raids, which were led by Chinese police, resulted in the seizure of counterfeit bearings... 

Limpopo illegal miners appear in court

By: African News Agency      29th May 2017 Five people allegedly involved in massive illegal mining of chrome in Limpopo are expected to appear in Sekhukhune and Mecklenburg courts on Monday. Police spokesman Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said the suspects aged between 33 and 44 were arrested last week during an operation by the police and... 

Chairside milling beneficial for dental industry

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th May 2017 With the dental industry moving towards chairside milling for clinics, digital production solutions company Telpro Management launched electronics manufacturer Roland’s DWX-52DC tooth milling machine last month.  

Zimbabwe plans 'use it or lose it' mine-permit programme for gold

By: Bloomberg     19th May 2017 Zimbabwe may confiscate unused mining licenses from companies and liberalize gold trading as ways to boost output. Large mines are “sitting on lots of unused claims,” the southern African country’s Chamber of Mines said in a document outlining initiatives of the proposed Command Mining program.... 

Upgrades in pipeline for valve manufacturing facility

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th May 2017 Since valves manufacturer AVK Southern Africa’s (AVK SA’s) acquisition of valves manufacturer Gunric in December last year, AVK has taken full control of Gunric’s manufacturing facility in Robertville, Gauteng.  

PMSA

By: Zandile Mavuso     12th May 2017 Concrete equipment manufacturer PMSA offers the most technologically advanced and high-quality machinery available to the precast concrete sector including brick, paver, block and specialist decking and retaining wall block products in South Africa. 

Sustainable safe and profitable underground mining with Atlas Copco automation technology

     11th May 2017 The implementation of automation technology in Atlas Copco’s underground operations promotes mine productivity and reduces operating expenses by enhancing machine performance, capabilities and reliability as well as creating safer working conditions. Committed to assisting mines in ensuring a... 

Business networking at Africa’s biggest trade event

     5th May 2017 By participating in business to business (B2B) meetings at the renowned African Utility Week, small, medium-sized and micro enterprises (SMMEs) in the water and power utility sector that benefit from European Union (EU) support will be better able to expand business abroad. Business Beyond... 

SKF destroys 15 tons of fake bearings

     4th May 2017 Counterfeit bearings with a market value of approximately EUR 1 000 000 were destroyed in Greece, following the successful completion of legal proceedings commenced in 2009. SKF has recently completed legal proceedings against a dealer of counterfeit bearings in Greece. Initiated in 2009, a total... 

Atlas Copco’s AutoDrill 2 - automated drilling at its best

     3rd May 2017 “Mines that keep abreast of and implement the latest cutting-edge technology today are the mines that will still be around tomorrow,” says Regional Business Line Manager for Atlas Copco Drilling Solutions, Heino Hammann. “State-of-the-art technology is incorporated into both hardware i.e.... 

CNH Industrial launches local youth training programme

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th April 2017 Capital goods company CNH Industrial launched the new TechPro2 2017 programme in Ennerdale, Johannesburg, last month. TechPro2 is a technical training programme for young people, with the aim of preparing highly qualified personnel to be placed in the automotive industry. The joint initiative is... 

Distributor emphasises lubricant’s cost benefits

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th April 2017 Southern Africa-focused bearings and power transmission products distributor Bearings International (BI) recently conducted a product focus designed to educate staff on the benefits of using reaming, tapping and drilling lubricant RTD, to strengthen its long-standing supplier-distributor... 

Expo to showcase latest developments in machine tools industry

By: Simone Liedtke     28th April 2017 This year’s Machine Tools Africa (MTA) is set to showcase the latest technology developments, machinery, products, services and solutions, says event management company Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery portfolio director Charlene Hefer. 

Machines produce components for isotope facility 

By: Simone Liedtke     28th April 2017 Machine component manufacturer Precision Separators bought six computer numerical control (CNC) machines from machine industry company Hurco to manufacture and produce components for private company Klydon’s medical isotope facility MoF6. 

Junior iron-ore miner outlines ambitious aims, supports local steel production

By: Ilan Solomons     26th April 2017 Junior iron-ore miner Manngwe Mining plans to expand its asset base and increase production at its existing operation over the next five years to provide integrated steel and mining company ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) with between four-million and five-million tons of iron-ore a year.... 

First-class service keeps customers returning to Babcock

     26th April 2017 Babcock’s tailor-made aftersales service and reliable technical support, coupled with competitive pricing, were major deciding factors in Bidfreight Port Operations’ recent purchase of two additional SDLG wheeled loader machines from Babcock. Bidfreight Port Operations (BPO) is one of the largest... 

Western Cape to grow business ties with incoming French government

By: African News Agency      25th April 2017 The Western Cape Investment and Trade and Promotion Agency (Wesgro) said on Monday it was closely monitoring the remaining leg of the first round of France’s most contested and controversial election with the aim of growing business ties with France and the European Union (EU). Widely considered... 

Cutting-edge machine tools supplies come alive at industry event

     20th April 2017 Local machine tools suppliers together with their international principals will be showcasing the latest technology and innovation at Machine Tools Africa. Taking place at the Expo Centre in Johannesburg from 9-12 May, visitors will see machine tools in action with many daily demonstrations... 

Minister Jeff Radebe to speak on opening day at Machine Tools Africa

     20th April 2017 Minister Jeff Radebe, Minister of The Presidency, will be speaking on the opening day at Machine Tools Africa, a trade exhibition taking place at the Expo Centre in Johannesburg from 9-12 May. Minister Radebe will discuss the National Development Plan and its impact on the SA manufacturing... 

South Deep rebase plan paving way for healthier economics, safer mining

By: Dylan Slater     13th April 2017 The South Deep gold mine, in Westonaria, Gauteng, is set to steadily ramp up production using a fully mechanised deep-level underground fleet, allowing for operations to be conducted at increasingly greater efficiencies, while ensuring improved personnel health and safety, as well as morale. The... 

Strand jacks an effective option for sugar mills

By: Robyn Wilkinson     12th April 2017 Machine moving and rigging specialist Lovemore Bros is adding four 70 t strand jacks to its service offering, providing an effective heavy-lifting alternative to conventional cranes for many industries, including the sugar industry. 

Premium Miller welding equipment now available for rental from Afrox

     10th April 2017 As of April 2017, Afrox will be offering tailor-made welding equipment rental packages to the South African market, affording customers the option to rent a selection of premium welding machines for short- to medium-term projects. This first-of-a-kind rental equipment offer from Afrox... 

SA firm sees potential for elevated-track solution in everything mining to public transport

By: Irma Venter     7th April 2017 South African company Milotek will later this year start construction of a fractional rapid transit (FRT) system at a private coal mine in Mpumalanga. Milotek director and inventor Andries Louw believes this system will revolutionise the way goods are moved in the mining industry and also,... 

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