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Claire O'Reilly

Claire O'Reilly

Claire O'Reilly is a Creamer Media Features Journalist for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

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Expansion in site for company

8th April 2022 With the pyrometallurgical industry continuously evolving, smelter campaign life spans have extended from a two- to three-year furnace campaign cycle to a ten-year campaign cycle, consequently driving foundry and heavy engineering company Thos Begbie to exceed its current limitations in terms of... 

Drilling contractor plans to evolve grouting services

25th March 2022 Drilling technology solutions provider Rosond’s grouting services are one of the foundations on which the company has built its reputation in the mining industry and, as such, it is a critical part of its complete service offering. 

Packaged-goods plant receives full makeover

18th March 2022 Automation company Iritron is executing a project for a major South African packaged-goods company, which requires refurbishing and upgrading a plant with the latest optimised control systems.  

Prevailing food-borne disease needs to be addressed

18th March 2022 Since its initial outbreak in 2017, Listeria monocytogenes has been an ongoing challenge in South Africa, and food testing laboratory and food safety consultancy Food Consulting Services Laboratories director Grant Lawrence argues that it is important that the food sector puts stringent control... 

New contract pushes company towards one-stop-shop goal

11th March 2022 Foundry and heavy engineering company Thos Begbie has been awarded a consecutive contract to do more component installations for the Sibanye-Stillwater platinum smelter plant, in the North West. 

New burrs designed for foundries

11th March 2022 Abrasive tool solutions developer, manufacturer and supplier PFERD offers a range of tungsten carbide burrs, specifically designed for the foundry and castings industry. 

Company plans to expand wear parts market locally

11th March 2022 High chrome white iron foundry Mitak is celebrating its fiftieth birthday this year, and plans to expand its reach locally in the coming 10 years. 

New tyre models launching later this year

25th February 2022 Two models from the SPVAN01 tyre range, manufactured by global tyre and rubber company Sumitomo Rubber, are set to be launched later this yea 

Noncontact temperature measurement vital for cement industry

18th February 2022 Industrial infrared sensors and systems for noncontact temperature measurement are vital to the cement industry and can be employed throughout a plant for process monitoring and predictive maintenance, says automation and control product sales and engineering services company R & C... 

Newly built facility to cater for calibration market

18th February 2022 The newly built Water Flow Meter Calibration facility in Alberton, Gauteng, completed last month, has been built solely for the purpose of providing South African National Accreditation System (SANAS) accredited water flow meter calibrations to the South African market, says calibration services... 

Society aims to bridge graduate skills gap for industry

18th February 2022 With the development of control devices and systems changing and migrating to smart technology in preparation for artificial intelligence (AI) for easier maintenance and faster responses, there is a significant skills gap between the expertise needed for this transition, and the curricula of... 

Reagents finally ready to break into PGMs market

11th February 2022 Reagents manufacturer and supplier Axis House has identified 2022 as the year to introduce its platinum group metals (PGMs) range of technical reagents – comprising collectors, depressants and frothers – into the Southern African market. 

Turnkey lubrication for platinum mine customer

11th February 2022 Bearing and seal manufacturer SKF’s South African distributor Bolt & Engineering Distributors (B.E.D.) supplied and fitted System 24 to provide a seamless solution for a platinum mine that was facing lubrication problems on its agitators. 

Role of SEZs expanding in African mining

11th February 2022 Over the last decade, dozens of new special economic zones (SEZs) have been created to cater to the mining industry and as new zones are announced, this will change many of the underlying assumptions about the African mining industry, says Adrianople Group cofounder and chief researcher Thibault... 

Profits mimic recycled demand

11th February 2022 Since the emergence of exchange traded funds, platinum has increasingly been used as an investment vehicle. Owing to its value, platinum tends to be recycled quite readily and, because of its rarity and use as a store of value, “there’s no more important precious metal to recycle and refine than... 

Platinum industry expected to take off

11th February 2022 Global platinum investment organisation the World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) believes that the current state of the platinum group metals (PGMs) industry is, overall, buoyant as PGMs continue to be in demand for a range of industrial, and other, applications. 

Supplier reconditions hydraulic cylinder assemblies

28th January 2022 Honed tube, chrome bar and cylinder kits supplier Honingcraft group of companies has reconditioned its hydraulic cylinder barrels and hydraulic cylinder rods as semi-finished assemblies. 

SA’s aggressive decarbonisation strategy to start

21st January 2022 South Africa is planning to source 41% of its total energy supply from renewable energy –including solar photovoltaic (PV), wind, hydropower and concentrating solar thermal power components – by 2030, which energy solutions provider Energy Partners Intelligence head of business development Tygue... 

Integrated solution offers less reliance on national grid

21st January 2022 South Africa-based renewable-energy solutions company Solareff has designed and installed an integrated solar photovoltaic (PV), diesel generator and battery energy storage system (BESS), with an engineered energy management system (EMS), for a retail developer on the West Rand. 

Integrated solution offers less reliance on national grid
SUNNY SOLUTIONS Now about 30% of the electricity load is generated from solar energy for a retail developer on the West Rand, generated from these photovoltaic panels

Solar streetlight designed for longevity

21st January 2022 Last month, lighting solution manufacturer Beka Schréder began the first SOLARPOLE project roll-out in the country.  

Solar streetlight designed for longevity
SOLARPOLE LUMINAIRE The SOLARPOLE is a vertical, aesthetic solar lighting solution for road and urban applications

SA traders subjected to losses in iron-ore investments

3rd December 2021 South Africa often misses the most lucrative parts of boom markets, says African commodity market consultancy Core Consultants CEO Lara Smith. 

SA traders subjected to losses in iron-ore investments
MISSED OPPORTUNITIES By the time SA tarders had finalised sales and purchase agreements, organised finance and port allocation, the prices started to trend downward

Wastewater use in desalination, a viable drought solution

26th November 2021 Water treatment supplier Quality Filtration Systems (QFS) has designed a solution-based technology – the Coastal Drought Buster – for coastal towns to augment their conventional water sources. 

New filtration product developed

26th November 2021 Dust and liquid filtration systems manufacturer Crosible Filtration, in collaboration with afabric developer, have developed a product called Pyro-flo. 

New filtration  product developed
INPENATRABLE FILTER FABRIC Pyro-flo can achieve 1 mg/Nm3 emissions in acidic, high-temperature baghouses that operate from 260 °C to 280 °C.

LSFB creates faster, more economical construction

19th November 2021 Developers, local authorities and housing associations are quickly embracing steel framing technology, such as light-steel-frame building (LSFB), says the International Zinc Association Africa Desk (IZA Africa Desk).  

Second phase of plant expansion begins  

19th November 2021 Secondary steel manufacturer Veer Steel Mills has entered its second phase of expansion with the construction of a melt shop – the newest addition to its plant in Alrode, Alberton. 

Second phase of plant expansion begins  
MELTING AWAY  A melt shop has commenced construction and will be the newest addition to Veer’s plant in Alrode, Alberton 

Mobile e-air compressor suitable for niche markets

5th November 2021 Given global demand for carbon-neutral products, industrial equipment manufacturer Atlas Copco Industrial Southern Africa is increasing its range of electric equipment, such as its mobile e-air compressor, says business line manager David Stanford. 

Mobile e-air compressor  suitable for niche markets
ATLAS COPCO E-AIR COMPRESSOR The e-air range delivers compressed air with a flow of 3 m3/min to 37 m3/min, with its running costs reduced by up to 50% when compared with diesel alternatives

Amendments demand stringent compliance

5th November 2021 With the new amendments to the Carbon Tax Act earmarked to pave the way for developing a national standard to approve offset carbon positive projects and administer these projects on a national database, Economic Development Solutions (EDS) head of business development Eckart Zollner says... 

Amendments demand stringent compliance
ECKART ZOLLNER Economic Development Solutions head of business development

Project managers’ skill set must evolve

29th October 2021 Project management in South Africa requires continued change in all facets of society, with projects having to consider and address the needs of a multitude of stakeholders while being successful and profitable, says consulting and contracting company ProjectWay director Reniel Engelbrecht 

Project managers’  skill set must evolve
RENIEL ENGELBRECHT . The reality in projects is that more collaboration between client and contractor can be beneficial for project development, and allow for more flexibility and agility when facing varying external pressures

Viable project management for small-scale mining success

29th October 2021 The multidisciplinary nature of mining projects requires strict, iterative processes in terms of establishing what will make the project and its future operation viable, says Johannesburg-based consulting and project management company Bowline.  

Weighing the viability of in-house, outsourced project management

29th October 2021 The concept of project co-sourcing – a hybrid model that uses in-house management and outsourced project managers – is not yet readily practiced in South Africa because of perceived resource and intellectual property risks to both owner and contracting firms. During co-sourcing, the resources are... 

Weighing the viability of in-house, outsourced project management
GIEL BEKKER n-house project management is strategically focused, while outsourced project management is implementation-focused and tactically orientated

Sustainable rare earths separation facility on horizon

29th October 2021 UK-based exploration and development company Pensana, formerly Pensana Rare Earths, is aiming to establish, subject to funding, a world-class, independent and sustainable supply chain of rare-earth metals vital for electric vehicles (EVs), wind turbines and other strategic industries, says... 

Market responds well to high-pressure pumps

22nd October 2021 High-head pumps are the workhorses of many fluid control systems, and their role can often be mission-critical in dewatering applications in construction and mining, where the control and removal of surface water is a primary safety concern, says industrial equipment manufacturer Atlas Copco... 

Market responds well to high-pressure pumps
High Head PAC H108 A centrifugal pump used for water transfer in the oil and gas sector, quarrying and surface mining, as well as construction and municipal applications

Illegal sand mines continue to profit

22nd October 2021 Statistics released by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) inaccurately reflect the volume of illegal mining operations in South Africa, says mining industry body Aspasa (formerly Aggregate and Sand Producers of Southern Africa).  

Illegal sand mines continue to profit
DIRTY DEALINGS Illegal sand and aggregate mining threatens the financial sustainability of legal operations

East Manganese achieves first ore

22nd October 2021 Investment company Menar's first manganese asset, the East Manganese mine, located near Hotazel, in the Northern Cape, mined ore for the first time in September.  

East Manganese achieves first ore
MANGANESE PLEASE East Manganese is an opencast mining operation with a 900 000 t reserve and is estimated to have a life-of-mine of two-and-a-half years

Modernisation transition made easier

8th October 2021 Modernised plants have shown greater resilience while operating under restrictions, which has been evident during Covid-19 in South Africa, and although technology empowers business, many mines remain hesitant to upgrade their control technology, according to manufacturer and distributor of... 

Synchronous belt technology advanced

8th October 2021 Manufacturer of application-specific fluid power and power transmission solutions Gates Industrial Europe has released the Gates PowerGrip GT4 – a newly designed ethylene elastomer (EE) high-torque synchronous belt for the industrial and mining sectors.  

Synchronous belt technology advanced
OWERGRIP GT4 SYNCHRONOUS BELT The PowerGrip GT4 belt construction replaces chloroprene with a special EE formulation that delivers a much higher performance

Equipment procurement shakeup

24th September 2021 Owing to rising commodity prices and subsequent efforts to ramp up production, the mining industry is focused on the availability of larger earthmoving equipment, ensuring that equipment disposal companies can play a critical role. 

Equipment procurement shakeup
EQUIPMENT ROTATION Equipment being shipped by MHS Plant and Equipment to a Zambia-based junior miner

Supplier to break into mining

24th September 2021 Industrial equipment supplier and specialist Shumani Industrial Equipment is striving to secure its spot and compete in the mining industry, with Shumani MD Victor Nemukula noting that a few opportunities have arisen.  

Election result ignites opportunity to participate in supercycle

10th September 2021 With copper in the midst of a supercycle, and the recent ousting of Zambian President Edgar Lungu and the election of President elect Hakainde Hichilema, the potential for rapid reform to increase production and “seize what remains of the super cycle, should not be overlooked”, says law firm... 

Predicted growth to bolster services demand

10th September 2021 Mining explosives and blasting technology supplier BME, a member of diversified chemicals group Omnia, expects growth opportunities that will run parallel to the predicted growth of the Zambian mining sector. 

Generators necessary despite new legislation

27th August 2021 With load-shedding a reoccurring problem for mines and businesses in Southern Africa, standby power generation company Generator and Plant Hire South Africa (GPHSA) suggests that mines will still need to rent generators for a while, even with the introduction of the new electricity regulations. 

Generators necessary despite new legislation
500KVA DIESAL GENERATOR Generators deployed on mines as standby power to give uninterrupted power where load shedding is expected.


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