Platinum Group Metals

The platinum-group metals, more commonly known as PGMs, are iridium, osmium, palladium, platinum, rhodium, and ruthenium. Platinum group metals incorporates, mining, exploration, processing, precious metals. Electric vehicles use both palladium and rhodium, as well as platinum for use in the manufacture of the catalytic converter. Platinum and palladium are used in jewelry manufacture. PGMs are usually mined in deep level, narrow reef mines, where safety is of utmost concern.

NAMIBIAN CRUSHING AND SCREENING MARKET ON THE UP

Technologically advanced crushing and screening equipment is playing an increasingly important role in the diamond mining and construction industries in Namibia.

In the past year, Rex Quip (Pty) Limited — the Namibian Black Economic Empowerment supplier of well-known European and South African brand names in mining, earthmoving, building and civil construction equipment - has sold crushing and screening equipment worth more than R8-million in the region.

OPTIMAL PERFORMANCE FOR LESS MONEY

Weba chute system
A Weba Chute System installed
at a coal plant in the USA

A South African manufacturer of custom-designed transfer point solutions for bulk materials handling is embarking on a concerted drive which will ensure optimal performance and lower costs per ton for its mining customers.

GIANT TYRES CHANGED SAFELY

Maniscopic MHT
The Maniscopic MHT 10160 tyre handler
grabs the wheel on both sides,
ensuring that it is stable
and completely balanced

A leading distributor of high-end telehandlers and rough terrain equipment has supplied Kleinkopje Colliery – part of AngloCoal in Mpumalanga – with a specialised vehicle which ensures a high degree of safety in the removal and fitting of tyres on the mine’s fleet of dump trucks.

BRAZILIAN MOVE TO EASE GLOBAL ELECTRICS DEMAND

Cramped Zest
Cramped space as Zest struggles
to meet increased demand

International demand for electrical machinery and equipment is outstripping supply and resulting in longer lead-times, which is proving economically and operationally detrimental to the mining industry. In order to alleviate the situation and meet burgeoning demands, leading Brazilian manufacturer WEG is increasing its global exports and boosting its capacity by building new production lines and factories.

NEW WARNING SYSTEM FOR MINING VEHICLES

Booyco warning
Booyco’s new active proximity warning
system is aimed at operations where
large and small vehicles operate
simultaneously, as at this
Anglo Coal operation

A South African company specialising in the supply and maintenance of electronic mine safety equipment, Booyco Electronics, has introduced an active proximity warning system for earthmoving and mining vehicles to warn operators when they approach risky work zones.

NEWCOMER TAKES OFF IN SOUTHERN AFRICA

Tarkwa plant
The Tarkwa plant in Ghana – the two pumps
visible on the milling circuit are
feeding a 12-place cluster of
Krebs gMax26 cyclones

Krebs Engineers Africa (Pty) Limited — South African office of the American-based Krebs Engineers operation — is in the midst of a substantial growth phase resulting from the vibrant performance of the mining industry in Southern Africa.

ELB ENGINEERING SERVICES

The company provides innovative solutions to the mining, minerals, ports and industrial sectors. Its core platform is cooperation agreements with worldleading technology and knowhow providers.

ELB Engineering Services has four technology clusters in the company — Bulk Handling, Pneumatic Conveying and Associated Equipment, Modular Process Plants, and Life Extension Services. The demands from the global market on world-class expertise have taken their toll on the South African resource pool, and to this end ELB has opened a technology / engineering centre in Germany, providing machine and rebuild design capability backed by a design office. This office allows ELB to augment its in-house capability with the best machine design ability.

TWP EXPANDS

Nigel Townshend
TWP Holdings CEO
Nigel Townshend

TWP Holdings Limited CEO Nigel Townshend says that the company is going through massive expansion, driven largely by the booming demand for resources. “To achieve sustainable growth we need to follow the trends and needs of new and existing clients as they shift their search for metals and minerals to underexplored parts of the world and at greater depths than ever before,” he adds.

WATER MANAGEMENT – IMPROVED SYSTEM FOR MINES

Research and development specifically aimed at more cost-effective management of mine water usage has led local water treatment specialists, TAG Water Systems/MC Process, to design a new turnkey water treatment system, the first of which has been commissioned in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

“Clean potable drinking and process water, to run the plant, was the motivation to develop a dual purpose system.” says TAG managing director Rogan Roulstone. “To meet the criteria we designed a dissolved air flotation (DAF) system with a combined potable drinking water treatment unit that recovers process water unfit for human consumption, but suitable for re-use in the plant,” he adds.

DCD-DORBYL THRIVES

DCD-Dorbyl Heavy Engineering has been commissioned by various divisions of Outotec – a leading global provider of process solutions, technologies and services for the mining and metallurgical industries – to produce no fewer than 19 ball and SAG mill shells for customers in three African and six overseas countries. This is a set of orders which will take the company well into 2008, according to marketing manager Bennie Bosch.

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