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Latest acquisition extends Concord Cranes’ reach in Namibia

     Updated 32 minutes ago Concord Namibia, which forms part of the Concord Cranes Group, has expanded its geographical reach in Namibia through the strategic acquisition of a Walvis Bay-based company. Concord Cranes recently acquired Walvis Bay-based plant hire company Rent-A-Plant Namibia, a Namibian based-and-run... 

Volvo Trucks grows 6% in 2017, aims for another 5% in 2018

By: Irma Venter     20th February 2018 Volvo Trucks Southern Africa has increased Volvo truck sales by 6% in 2017, from 1 957 units in 2016, to 2 074 units in 2017. Volvo trucks secured a third sport in the South Africa heavy-duty commercial vehicle segment in 2017, the only segment in which it competes. 

Australian minerals sector calls for workplace relations, education reform to build future workforce

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th February 2018 Australia’s higher education system should be reformed and outdated workplace relations laws that discourage investment and stifle innovation and efficiency should be fixed to build the future Australian minerals workforce, said Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) interim executive director David... 

Sprinter reboots for digital efficiency as global parcel, food deliveries soar

By: Irma Venter     19th February 2018 Global parcel deliveries reached roughly 44-billion units in 2014, growing by almost 48%, to 65-billion parcels, in 2016.  This trend is far from flattening out. Various studies expect yearly growth rates of between 6% and 8% a year through to 2025. 

High-quality engineering services drive successful completion of road rehabilitation project

     19th February 2018 JG Afrika, a leading South African engineering consultancy, played a prominent role in the successful rehabilitation of a 58,4 km section of the R399 on behalf of the Western Cape Government’s Department of Transport and Public Works.  Importantly, the R304,6-million construction programme... 

Isuzu launches standalone South African business, new mu-X utility vehicle

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th February 2018 Isuzu Motors South Africa (IMSA) on Friday not only launched its standalone business at its manufacturing plant in Struandale, Port Elizabeth – apart from the General Motors brand, following the latter’s exit from South Africa last year –  but also showcased its new bakkie-derived sports utility... 

Radial tyre portfolio available on the market

     16th February 2018 Technology company Continental is introducing two additional EM-Master E4/L4 radial tyre sizes to the market, the company indicated in an announcement last month. “This now completes our range of radial tyres for use on wheel loaders and dump trucks in particular for construction work and... 

Industry upbeat despite fall in January vehicle sales

By: Irma Venter     16th February 2018 New-vehicle sales in the domestic market declined by 8.9% in the first month of the year, to 45 888 units, compared with January last year. Sales numbers released by the Department of Trade and Industry show that January new-passenger car sales dropped by 11.6 %, to 32 642 units. 

Three months to first gold at Dalgaranga project

By: Schalk Burger     15th February 2018 Construction of the Dalgaranga gold project, in Western Australia, is on budget and ahead of schedule with first gold expected in May, ASX-listed gold exploration and development company Gascoyne Resources reported on Thursday. Construction of the 2.5-million-ton-a-year Dalgaranga processing... 

Mongolia's January coal exports drop nearly 25% from last year

By: Reuters     14th February 2018 Mongolia's coal exports dropped by nearly a quarter in January from a year earlier, with deliveries disrupted by ongoing congestion at the border with key trading partner China. The fall was part of a 6.3% year-on-year decline in overall mineral exports, according to data published by Mongolia's... 

Kumba profit up 12% in 'royal flush' year – CEO

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th February 2018 In a year that CEO Themba Mkhwanazi describes as a "royal flush", Kumba Iron Ore posted a 12% increase in headline earnings to R9.7-billion. Headline earnings reached R30.47 a share, while earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation increased by 6% year-on-year to R19.6-billion... 

Terracom adds one year to Blair Athol life, targets further resource expansion

By: Schalk Burger     13th February 2018 Coal mining company Terracom on Tuesday announced that, in collaboration with Deswik Mining Consultants, it had upgraded the reserves of the Blair Athol thermal coal mine, in Queensland, from 15.6-million tonnes to 18-million tonnes. This upgrade effectively adds about one extra year to the mine... 

On-The-Air (09/02/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     9th February 2018 Every Friday morning, SAfm's AMLive's radio anchor Sakina Kamwendo speaks to Martin Creamer, publishing editor of Engineering News and Mining Weekly.  Reported here is this Friday's At the Coalface transcript: Kamwendo: China's colossal Clean Air Revolution is poised to give massive support to... 

Electric trucks sale targeted for 2019

     9th February 2018 Truck manufacturer Volvo Trucks will start selling electric trucks in Europe in 2019, with the first units already being put into operation together with selected reference customers this year. 

Major projects rely on SMEIPP expertise from Tubular

     9th February 2018 Tubular’s expertise, resources and in-house self-sustainable facilities make the company the preferred choice for major capital projects requiring structural steelwork, mechanical, electrical, instrumentation, platework and piping (SMEIPP) solutions. Tubular are specialists in the supply of... 

New dawn for platinum mining – Robert Friedland

By: Martin Creamer     7th February 2018 New cars being produced in Japan have platinum- and copper-intensive fuel cell drives that outdo battery-powered electric vehicles (EVs) in cold climates as the EV batteries drain when the heaters are switched on, Ivanhoe Mines executive chairperson and founder Robert Friedland said on Wednesday.... 

Increasing demand is platinum solution – Amplats

By: Martin Creamer     6th February 2018 Platinum group metals (PGMs) react positively to the amount of money spent on marketing, in a similar way to diamonds, Anglo American Platinum CEO Chris Griffith said on Tuesday. Speaking during a panel discussion on day two of the Mining Indaba, Griffith said PGMs were unlike copper, coal or... 

Master Drilling unveils novel mobile tunnel boring system at Indaba

By: Mia Breytenbach     6th February 2018 JSE-listed Master Drilling has launched its new South African-developed mobile tunnel boring system, which is suitable for the excavation of various types of tunnels. Master Drilling executive director Koos Jordaan explained at the unveiling of the system at the Investing in African Mining... 

Mining essential to human progress – Rio Tinto

By: Martin Creamer     5th February 2018 The images of large yellow mine trucks flashed across the big screen at this year’s Mining Indaba looked pretty ordinary. But that misperception was quickly cut short when Rio Tinto CE Energy and Minerals Bold Baatar told the full-house audience: "What you're watching are robots on wheels.... 

Digitisation gives valuable operational insight for logistics companies

By: Donald Makhafola     2nd February 2018 The advent and adoption of digitisation, fuelled by developments in the Internet of Things (IoT), analytics and smart factory technology, gives organisations insight into their cost of production, variances, output capacity, warehousing capability and requirements. International... 

Technology increases collaboration in supply chain

By: Donald Makhafola     2nd February 2018 Innovative industry players are removing intermediaries in the supply chain and threatening the market dominance of traditional logistics providers, says advisory firm PwC Africa transport and logistics leader Dr Andrew Shaw. “Digitisation creates a common platform with opportunities for... 

Articulated forklifts save energy costs

     2nd February 2018 Under increasing pressure to trim warehousing costs and to achieve maximum efficiency, warehouse operators are recognising that the space-saving abilities of Bendi articulated trucks are also creating opportunities for significant energy savings compared with premises in which counterbalance,... 

Truck replacement cycle expected to resume in 2018, after 2017 sales slump

By: Irma Venter     2nd February 2018 The South African new-truck market continued its steady decline in 2017, dropping by 2.65% to 25 042 units, compared with the 27 011 units sold in 2016. The new-truck market reached 30 469 units in 2015 and 31 554 units in 2014. 

Tubular – Professionals of choice for SMEIPP services

     2nd February 2018 Structural steelwork, mechanical, electrical, instrumentation, platework and piping (SMEIPP) services specialists for the construction industry Tubular offers clients a seamless process from foundation level to commissioning and the final handover of the project. A well respected and privately... 

January new-vehicle sales decline by 8.9%

By: Irma Venter     1st February 2018 New-vehicle sales in the domestic market declined by 8.9% in the first month of the year, to 45 888 units, compared with January last year. Sales numbers released by the Department of Trade and Industry on Thursday showed that January new-passenger car sales dropped by 11.6 %, to 32 642 units. 

Komatsu celebrates 10th anniversary of commercial deployment of Autonomous Haulage System (AHS):100-AHS-trucks-in-operation milestone inspires plans to accelerate pace of mining automation

     1st February 2018 Komatsu Ltd (President and CEO: Tetsuji Ohashi) (hereafter “Komatsu”) today announced the company is celebrating the tenth anniversary of the commercial deployment of its Autonomous Haulage System (hereafter “AHS”). Today, more than 100 AHS trucks operate in Australia, North and South America.... 

Rio-Carb is a one-stop shop for complete wear solutions

     29th January 2018 A number of innovations adopted successfully in 2017 has seen Rio-Carb become a one-stop shop for all wear solutions, in addition to supplying a range of wear materials.These innovations include modular chutes, the design of hybrid liner packages for haul trucks, upgraded liner packaging, and an... 

DACHSER South Africa flies high to deliver a seamless logistics service

     26th January 2018 When a client required fast, cost-effective and tailored assistance in moving raw, high-bulk materials for the automotive industr DACHSER South Africa provided the optimal solution in the form of air charters. Air charters are fast-becoming a competitive logistics option for just-in-time (JIT)... 

Ford complains rising metals costs hurt profits, rivals unphased

By: Reuters     24th January 2018 When Ford Motor reports fourth-quarter results on Wednesday afternoon, it is expected to fret that rising metals costs have cut into profits, even as rivals say they have the problem under control. Aluminium prices have risen 20% in the last year and nearly 11% since December 11. Steel prices... 

UD Trucks wraps up R30m plant investment, studies Eicher assembly

By: Irma Venter     24th January 2018 UD Trucks Southern Africa (UDTSA) has completed a R30-million phase-one upgrade of its Rosslyn assembly plant, in Tshwane. The aim of the investment was to modernise the plant to mirror the UD Trucks’ Ageo plant, in Japan.  

Novelis to build $300m aluminium plant amid auto optimism

By: Bloomberg     23rd January 2018 Aluminium flat-rolled products maker Novelis Inc. plans to build a $300 million plant in Kentucky targeted at automotive customers looking to minimise vehicle weight amid more stringent efficiency rules. “It just reiterates the industry’s view on this very strong penetration as the material of... 

Oyu Tolgoi reaches milestone with shaft completion, maintains force majeure

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd January 2018 Rio Tinto subsidiary Turquoise Hill said that Oyu Tolgoi, a copper and gold mine in the southern Gobi desert, in Mongolia, has marked an early development milestone at the Hugo North Lift 1, with the completion of the sinking of Shaft 2, including reaching final depth, shaft bottom mass... 

BLT SA – specialists in the supply and support of an extensive range of container and bulk handling port equipment – participated at the TOC Africa 2017 conference, held recently in Durban at the ICC.

     22nd January 2018 “This world class terminal operations conference, which focused on port and terminal technology and operations, was well supported by port equipment and technology operators and suppliers,” says Ken Mouritzen, BLT SA. “This was the perfect forum for global collaboration and for local, regional... 

Jungheinrich Group provides free 5-year warranty on its lithium-ion batteries

     22nd January 2018 5-year performance warranty on Jungheinrich's lithium-ion batteries. Jungheinrich after-sales service to repair or exchange batteries free of charge. Expansion of in-house lithium-ion battery production Hamburg, 1 June 2017. Effective immediately, the Jungheinrich Group is providing a free 5-year... 

19.1 kilometres of shelving for new goods distribution centre

     22nd January 2018 " Jungheinrich delivers multi-slot racks, compartmentalised racking systems and vehicles " Company serves as a one-stop shop for planning and implementation Hamburg/Bochum, 22 September 2017: Automotive manufacturer Opel just recently opened its European distribution centre for spare parts... 

South African company building new smelter in Zimbabwe

By: Victor Moolman     19th January 2018 Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie is working in the Great Dyke of Zimbabwe, close to the town of Shurungwi, where it is helping to construct the Unki platinum smelter, adjacent to a mining operation owned by platinum mining company Anglo American Platinum (Amplats). Thos Begbie was... 

New-truck market expected to grow by 1.5% in 2018, says UD Trucks

By: Irma Venter     16th January 2018 The South African new-truck market continued its steady decline in 2017, dropping by 2.65% to 25 042 units, compared with the 27 011 units sold in 2016. The new-truck market reached 30 469 units in 2015 and 31 554 units in 2014. 

At Mining Indaba 2018, Caterpillar presents broad range of machines, technology and services to support African mining

     15th January 2018 Caterpillar will present its unmatched range of innovative technologies and services at Mining Indaba, February 5-8 in Cape Town, South Africa. With a focus on optimizing operations, whether surface or underground, large or small, Caterpillar and Cat® dealers are dedicated to working with mining... 

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