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.

ENDIAMA’S DEAL WITH SOUTH AFRICAN LOGISTICS GROUP

Enditrade is a 100% owned subsidiary of Endiama, while Chavda & Associates is a procurement, logistics and support company with long experience in the mining sector. Chavda & Associates, headed by Mahaveer Chavda, also has an extensive and impressive track record in dealing with Angola’s infrastructural challenges.

Endiama is a shareholder in all of Angola’s diamond mines, and the rationale behind the partnership deal between Chavda and Enditrade is to ensure lower costs at these mines through efficient management of the logistics chain.

AFRICAN EAGLE A THOROUGHBRED EXPLORER

The company has some 5,000 km2 of licenses in Zambia, some 2,500 km2 of licenses in Tanzania and 1,000 km2 of licenses in Mozambique, the three countries in which it operates.

Unlike many junior mining groups these days, African Eagle is a traditional exploration company.

“We have no intention of being producers, and we will not start up mines. We have different skill sets, and unlike some juniors we are able to focus on what we are good at. That is exploration and deal making,” says African Eagle managing director, Mark Parker.

LIBERIA’S IRON ORE DRAWS INTEREST

Mittal Steel recently entered into an agreement with the Liberia that gives the company access to about one billion tonnes of iron ore reserves in the western part of the country.

Mittal Steel envisages it would spend US$900 million during the lifetime of the project to develop this ore body. This will cover development of the mines, related railway and port infrastructure and provides means for community development.

PAVILION AND HATCH IN WORLDWIDE AGREEMENT

Pavilion Technologies, which specialises in advanced process control (APC) and environmental compliance solutions, has formed a worldwide strategic alliance with Hatch.

The partnership will provide Hatch customers in the cement, mining, metallurgy, and energy (hydro, windpower, and fossil) sectors with industry-specific solutions powered by Pavilion8 advanced process control and performance management software. The initial geographic focus of the partnership will be in North America, South Africa and Australia.

MADAGASCAR’S AMBATOVY PROJECT GETS ITS FINAL PARTNER

One of Japan’s largest integrated trading and investment companies, Sumitomo has joined Dynatec and Implats by acquiring a 25% interest in the Ambatovy nickel project in Madagascar. Sumitomo has a market capitalisation of US$10.4 billion and this deal puts into place all the partners required to move the project forward.

The Ambatovy feasibility study released by Dynatec in February 2005 indicated the potential for 60,000 tonnes a year of nickel metal and 5,600 tonnes a year of cobalt metal, with cash operating costs expected to be near the bottom of the global cost curve.

APE PUMPS SETS ITSELF APART

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APE Pumps is a manufacturer of specialist pumps, and an estimated 25% of its business is either directly or indirectly linked to the mining sector.

It has both the experience of a long history, and the energy of a new and dynamic company. APE Pumps’ history goes back to its formation in the United Kingdom in 1878, and it opened its first South African office in 1892. In 1952 the company began manufacturing in South Africa, under the name Sangus. However, APE Pumps is also only in effect nine years old as it took its present form in 1997, following a management buyout. Today the Gauteng, South Africabased company employs 65 people, in addition to the 54 people at its forge, where it manufactures the castings for its pumps. APE Pumps’ casting facility uses some 60% to 65% of its capacity on APE products and also does work for other companies that are not direct competitors. The castings factory does some 60 tonnes a month of castings.

BLUEPRINT FOR BIODIVERSITY GOOD PRACTICE IN MINING

Mining companies seeking to improve their biodiversity performance can now do so with the help of a new 142- page guide that has been published by the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM).

ICMM’s Good Practice Guidance for Mining and Biodiversity is designed for use by mining companies at all stages of their operations, from initial exploration to mine closure planning and implementation.

PROVIDING GLOBAL TECHNICAL SOLUTIONS FOR MINERALS EXTRACTION

Outokumpu Technology’s global vision is to provide technical solutions for the profitable extraction of minerals in many countries in Africa, Australia, America, Middle East, Europe and Asia. Its mission is to contribute to the processing of metals and related materials by providing innovative solutions to the producers of concentrates of metals and to the metallurgical and minerals industries. The South African office is responsible for the sales and marketing of mineral processing equipment to the African continent.

PROVIDING GLOBAL TECHNICAL SOLUTIONS FOR MINERALS EXTRACTION

Outokumpu Technology’s global vision is to provide technical solutions for the profitable extraction of minerals in many countries in Africa, Australia, America, Middle East, Europe and Asia. Its mission is to contribute to the processing of metals and related materials by providing innovative solutions to the producers of concentrates of metals and to the metallurgical and minerals industries. The South African office is responsible for the sales and marketing of mineral processing equipment to the African continent.

THE EVOLUTION OF PNEUMATIC CONVEYANCE

As a specialist in pneumatic conveying together with their partner Claudius Peters, ELB Engineering Services recently launched its Fluidcon system. Pneumatic conveying has always been an acceptable means for transporting fine materials from one location to the other. From a positive point of view, the initial investment and maintenance costs are typically lower when compared to mechanical conveying systems. However, the energy consumption for the air supply on pneumatic systems is considerably higher than other options power requirements.
The Claudius Peters Fluidcon system uses the advantages of typical pneumatic conveying at considerably lower energy requirements.

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