BME, which supplies explosives and services to the African mining, quarrying and construction industries, officially opened its emulsion manufacturing plant at the Kansanshi Mine in Solwezi, Zambia in August 2009.

Boniface Nkhata, the deputy minister of mines and mineral development and Bright Kateka, director mine safety in Zambia attended the opening.

The plant was built due to the importance of BME’s anchor client at Kansanshi. Given the capacity, BME plans to use the plant to fulfil all the existing Zambian emulsion market requirements and some of the nearby Kolwezi mines in the DRC.

“The plant will add to our customers supply chain security, where, in times of prosperity, when scarce resources give rise to risks, supply security can be assured. Given the problems with overland transport and logistics, the plant will also aid stability to the supply chain,” BME’s international business manager, Charles Hurly, says.

BME has operations in Botswana, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Namibia, South Africa, Senegal, Swaziland, Zimbabwe.