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Lucchini South Africa


Lucchini South Africa, subsidiary of Italian manufacturer of forged railways products, Lucchini RS, was established in 2016. Significantly, Lucchini RS was the first international manufacturer of forged wheels to localise part of the wheel manufacturing in South Africa. Forged wheels are sent from Italy to a well-equipped machining facility in Germiston, Gauteng, where the equipment and processes utilised are the same as those used across the Lucchini RS Group, maintaining high quality standards.
 

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Rain halts mining at Tarcoola

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     Updated 4 hours ago Mining operations at the Tarcoola gold project, in South Australia, have been temporarily suspended on the back of two significant rainfall events in close proximity to each other. ASX-listed WPG Resources said on Wednesday that all roads leading to the mine have been temporarily closed, which... 

BHP cuts coking coal, copper guidance, narrows iron-ore range

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     Updated 7 hours ago Diversified major BHP Billiton on Wednesday lowered its metallurgical coal and copper production targets, narrowed its iron-ore guidance and said that it plans to sell some noncore US shale gas acreage. The mining major reduced its metallurgical coal production guidance for the 2017 financial... 

Creamer Media announces special offer for Real Economy Yearbook to be published in June

     25th April 2017 The next edition of Creamer Media’s Real Economy Yearbook will be published on 30 June 2017 and will provide a researched overview of the state of play in a number of industrial and mining sectors. As in previous years, the Real Economy Yearbook will include updates on key news developments in... 

CIG uncertain about local outlook, but sees growth potential in Africa

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th April 2017 Pan-African infrastructure group Consolidated Infrastructure Group (CIG) on Monday posted revenue growth of 29% to R2.7-billion for the six months to February 28, owing to its strategy to expand across Africa’s energy markets. The company further reported a 20% year-on-year increase in its... 

Anglo American achieves strong Q1 operational performance

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th April 2017 Diversified major Anglo American, led by CEO Mark Cutifani, posted a strong operational performance in the quarter ended March 31, with higher output achieved for most of its products, except copper and nickel. South African coal production increased 9% to five-million tonnes in the first quarter... 

Japan steel industry head says concerned at Trump 'protectionism'

By: Reuters     24th April 2017 Japanese steelmakers are concerned at "protectionism" by US President Donald Trump, Japan Iron and Steel Federation chairperson Kosei Shindo said on Monday, following Trump's first shot across China's bows over steel exports. Japan is the world's second-largest steel producer, although Shindo... 

Japan steelmakers scramble for coking coal to make up Debbie losses

By: Reuters     24th April 2017 Japanese steelmakers have bought coking coal from the US, Canada and China to replace supply lost after a cyclone closed rail links in Australia, their biggest supplier, industry and trader sources said. Still, the Japanese buyers are paying nearly double the $150/t price that they were... 

Nigerian finance minister says country needs to tap its non-oil revenues

By: Reuters     21st April 2017 Nigeria plans to get out of recession by boosting government revenues and cracking down on corruption, Finance Minister Kemi Adeosun said on Thursday, and will also issue more international debt to pay for infrastructure projects. The country is in its second year of recession, brought on by... 

Rio Tinto iron-ore, coal production hit by heavy rains

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     20th April 2017 Diversified giant Rio Tinto has seen production decline across its asset portfolio, as the Western Australia and Queensland operations were impacted by wet weather conditions during the three months to March. Iron-ore production from the Pilbara operations declined by 10% compared with the... 

Osisko picks future Windfall Lake mill site in Lebel-sur-Quévillon, Quebec

By: Henry Lazenby     14th April 2017 Montreal-based Osisko Mining has identified a site near Lebel-sur-Quevillon, in Quebec, for the future mill complex that will treat ore from its flagship Windfall Lake gold project. Osisko stated Wednesday it intends to evaluate the site location through the environmental assessment process and... 

Dredging of Port of Maputo access channel completed

By: Irma Venter     14th April 2017 The dredging of the access channel to the Port of Maputo from 11 m to up 14.4 m (chart datum) has been completed. “Those three additional metres allow us to affirm, with pride, that we are a port prepared to receive Capesize ships,” says Maputo Port Development Company (MPDC) CEO Osório Lucas. 

Whitehaven says Australia cyclone outages to hit coking coal prices for months

By: Reuters     13th April 2017 Australia's Whitehaven Coal Ltd said on Thursday that coking coal prices would remain high for months as supply disruptions since Cyclone Debbie damaged train lines and interrupted exports reverberate through markets. Whitehaven, whose mines about 1 300 km (800 miles) south of the cyclone's path... 

See Africa’s largest selection of targeted security and fire products under one roof at Securex 2017

     13th April 2017 Everyone has something they need to protect. For some it’s personal and business material assets, for most it’s the safeguarding of family members and personnel, and for others it’s the protection of sensitive data. Finding solutions that are simultaneously budget-friendly and reliable is often... 

Cyclone wreckage lays bare met coal's top exporter weak link

By: Bloomberg     13th April 2017 Two weeks after a cyclone tore through Australia’s biggest metallurgical coal mining basin, the industry is still reeling. The outages are a flashback to deluges in 2008 and 2010-11, which forced miners in the world’s largest exporter of the steel-making commodity to update operations with... 

Heidelberg–Springs road project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     13th April 2017 The project will improve the link between Nigel/Springs and the N3, in Gauteng. 

TSX slips with financials; gold miners and Bombardier shine

By: Reuters     12th April 2017 Canada's benchmark stock index ended barely lower on Tuesday as financial stocks weighed, while a flight to safety helped gold miners and shares of Bombardier Inc jumped on reports it was discussing a merger of rail operations with Siemens. Gold prices jumped to a fresh five-month high and bond... 

Siemens shares hit fresh record after report of Bombardier rail talks

By: Reuters     11th April 2017 Shares in Siemens spiked higher to hit a fresh record high after a Bloomberg report said the German industrial giant and Bombardier are in talks to combine their train operations. People familiar with the matter cited by the news agency said the possible venture would merge their train-making and... 

Rail – The Future of Africa’s Industrialisation

     11th April 2017 Rail infrastructure upgrades remain a core focus of the ongoing industrialisation of Africa, where the transportation of goods and commodities is often difficult and costly, due to underinvestment in rail infrastructure. China’s October 2015 announcement to pledge US$50-billion towards the... 

Iron miners, Quebec govt ink MoU to develop Pointe-Noire multi-user port

By: Henry Lazenby     11th April 2017 The Quebec government, together with Tata Steel Minerals Canada and Quebec Iron Ore (QIO, a subsidiary of Champion Iron) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to collaborate in a multi-user approach, to manage and develop the industrial facilities at Pointe‑Noire, in Sept-Îles, Quebec.... 

Up to 13Mt of Qld coking coal exports to be delayed

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     10th April 2017 Between 12-million and 13-million tonnes of coking coal exports will likely be delayed from Queensland, following ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie. Resources and Northern Australia Minister Matt Canavan has said a further two-million to three-million tonnes of thermal coal exports may also be delayed,... 

Mountain size trouble for Australian coal lines

By: Reuters     7th April 2017 Global coking coal supplies have been drastically interrupted by a small stretch of rail that wraps around a modest-sized Australian mountain range – and repair crews are unable to find a quick fix. Australian rail operator Aurizon Holdings Ltd said on Friday it would take another four weeks to... 

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,... 

Consulting engineer develops process for projects

By: Simone Liedtke     7th April 2017 Project work for global engineering company Hatch’s Environmental and Social Services Group (Hatch ESSG) is picking up significantly, owing to its continual evolution of the Hatch project life-cycle process (PLP) that includes a strong focus on integrating the social, community and environmental... 

Naples–Bari high-speed railway line, Napoli–Cancello section, Italy

By: Sheila Barradas     7th April 2017 The project will provide a rail service for the new Napoli Afragola station. 

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,... 

How can outsourcing your mining company’s FIFO travel requirements increase efficiencies?

     6th April 2017 By Lucy Donald, Director and Head of Mining Division at WRS – Worldwide Recruitment Solutions The process of managing FIFO rosters is something which gives a lot of our clients a real headache, with limited automation the process is ripe for mistakes and places a real burden on internal processes... 

Scaw expands chain-making capacity with R110m investment in automated plant

By: Terence Creamer     6th April 2017 Specialist steel products manufacturer Scaw Metals has invested R110-million to expand and modernise the production of large-diameter chain and masterlink components at its McKinnon Chain factory in Vereeniging, in southern Gauteng. Large-diameter chains are used in various industries for lifting... 

Africa’s railways: A multibillion dollar industry

     6th April 2017 An efficient and effective transport system is essential to the success of any economy and Africa is no exception. From freight to passenger, Africa’s railway systems holds the key to the continents’ development. We are seeing this in some of the world’s fastest growing economies, who call Africa... 

Qld govt opens Olive Downs EIA for comment

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     6th April 2017 The Queensland government has opened the draft terms of the environmental-impact assessment for the proposed Olive Downs coal project for public comment. “This is the first step in a rigorous process for this mine proposal that could create more than 500 construction jobs a year over two years,”... 

Glencore the fifth coal miner to declare force majeure in cyclone-hit Australia

By: Reuters     5th April 2017 Global miner Glencore on Wednesday declared force majeure on coal shipments from the cyclone-hit Bowen Basin in Australia, after the storm damaged railway lines, disrupting delivery to ports. Glencore runs five coal mines in the region and it is the fifth miner to declare force majeure - a clause... 

BHP declares force majeure on Bowen Basin coal deliveries

By: Reuters     5th April 2017 BHP Billiton, the world's biggest exporter of coal used to make steel, declared force majeure on Wednesday for coal deliveries from its mines in Australia's Bowen Basin after a cyclone damaged railway lines, disrupting delivery to ports. BHP has interests in 11 coal mines in the Bowen Basin,... 

Hard running floodwaters to delay coal rail re-opening in Australia - source

By: Reuters     5th April 2017 The reopening of Aurizon Holdings Ltd's Blackwater rail line, a key link between coking coal mines and export ports in cyclone-hit northeast Australia, will be delayed after suffering more water damage than expected, according to a source. The Blackwater line was scheduled to re-open later this... 

Transnet calls for private sector support in funding South Africa’s logistics infrastructure

By: Shirley le Guern     4th April 2017 Transnet cannot foot the entire R400-billion bill for logistics infrastructure alone. At least 25% should come from the private sector, which has sufficient funds “sitting and being lazy” on its balance sheets,Transnet CE Siyabonga Gama told delegates at the eThekwini Maritime Cluster’s annual... 

Transnet unveils Trans-Africa locomotive

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     4th April 2017 State-owned rail company Transnet on Tuesday unveiled the first locomotive to be designed, engineered and manufactured in Africa, the Trans-Africa locomotive. The company said the locomotive, which will be assembled at the company’s production facility in Koedoespoort, east of Pretoria, marked a... 

Second Australia miner declares force majeure in wake of Cyclone Debbie

By: Reuters     4th April 2017 Australia's QCoal on Tuesday became the second miner to declare force majeure in the wake of Cyclone Debbie, as the deadly storm's damage to railway lines in the country's northeast disrupts exports and pushes coal prices higher. The cyclone, which struck last week as a category four storm, one... 

Peabody Energy emerges from bankruptcy protection

By: Henry Lazenby     4th April 2017 The world’s largest private sector coal producer Peabody Energy has emerged from US Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the company said on Monday. The merging entity has a new capital structure, including new equity that will start trading on the NYSE on Tuesday morning under the ticker ‘BTU’. 

New Transport Minister will not interfere in legal proceedings initiated by former PRASA board 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     3rd April 2017 Newly appointed Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi on Monday said he would not interfere with ongoing court proceedings initiated by the former board of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) to have former Transport Minister Dipuo Peters’ decision to dissolve the board set aside.... 

Floods hamper restart of Qld coal exports

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     3rd April 2017 The resumption of coal exports from Queensland could be delayed by several weeks, as the state recovers from the damage caused by cyclone Debbie, which hit last week. The Goonyella system, which connects the Darymple Bay coal terminal and the Hay Point coal terminal, has been closed since March... 

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