Base Metals

The most common base metals are copper, lead,nickel, tin, aluminium, and zinc. Base metals are used in a wide variety of applications. For example, lead has proven to be a reliable source for batteries, and nickel often is used to strengthen and harden metal alloys, including stainless steel. Base metals also are used frequently to coat other metals. For example, zinc is used to coat galvanized steel.

BME: digital age demands high-tech teamwork

Mines are improving their collection, storage and analysis of blast-related data, to feed a continuous improvement loop.

Market watch: Iron ore and base metals

Commodity markets have rebounded strongly, even though a full economic recovery will take much longer outside of China.

Leading technology solutions – a new generation of mechanisation

Machine Intelligence (MI) offers reliable and tested technology to assist users in improving safety and productivity.

Leadership profile: Johan Ferreira

“During a difficult phase of the project, good work was done by Johan to get the financing in place.” - Andrew van Zyl

Own the impact of 2021!

The COVID-19 pandemic has rapidly increased the need for digitisation and it is crucial to embrace this change to remain competitive.

GREENFIELDS: Khoemacau Copper Mining – Khoemacau

The Khoemacau project represents a shot in the arm for Botswana’s mining sector, which has suffered some setbacks recently.

Fluor: techno-savvy

“The Digital Mine allows us to design projects to benefit clients by ensuring we maximize the value of Big Data within their operations."

Mining after COVID-19: adaptation needed to ensure safety

Government and stakeholders should develop a consistent narrative on mining in South Africa as an attractive investment destination.

AECI Mining Explosives: Harnessing a high-tech revolution

“Our latest electronics offering gives the customer the ability to locate detonators very accurately by means of GPS positioning."

Effective risk management: make the information work for you

Companies are being targeted by consultancies offering smart mines, digital mines, AI enabled mines, all operating at or on ‘The Edge’.

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