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Explosives News

Sound ESG performance a non-negotiable in quarrying

By: Lumkile Nkomfe      14th June 2024 Environmental performance holds particular significance in the quarrying industry, with quarries re-evaluating their strategies and operational models, driven by an imperative to align with customer and industry sustainability goals, reports bulk emulsion explosives and blasting solutions... 

Lead removed from electronic blasting products

14th June 2024 Commercial explosives and blasting systems manufacturer Orica is expanding its lead-free non-primary explosives detonator (NPED) technology through the manufacturing of what it claims is the world’s first lead-free electronic blasting system range, at its plant in Gyttorp, Sweden. This... 

An image of Orica's fully lead-fee electronic blasting systems
INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS Orica's new, fully lead-free variant will integrate the company's non-primary explosives detonator technology, removing lead azide in the detonator, while the product range will not contain any substances of very high concern

Reserve Bank concern about decline of public markets welcome development – Miller  

By: Martin Creamer     12th June 2024 The concern that South Africa’s Reserve Bank expressed last week on the state of this country’s public markets is seen as a welcome development by AmaranthCX director and public market promoter Paul Miller. Everything the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) has done has not been enough to change... 

AmaranthCX director Paul Miller.
AmaranthCX director Paul Miller interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Agriculture, mining remain growth areas for Omnia, despite difficult operating environment

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th June 2024 JSE-listed chemicals group Omnia has reported a 10% decrease in operating profit to R1.7-billion for the financial year ended March 31, saying this reflected volatile market conditions and global economic strain. Net profit, however, increased by 1% to R1.16-billion, while earnings a share... 

Omnia CEO Seelan Gobalsamy
Omnia CEO Seelan Gobalsamy

Latest cadastre agreement excites South Africa’s Junior Indaba panel  

By: Martin Creamer     21st May 2024 There were expressions of excitement at the South Africa’s Junior Indaba on Tuesday when attendees at the important mining event learnt of the signing of the service-level agreement (SLA) for South Africa's long-awaited mining cadastral system, a key tool for orderly mineral exploration... 

Opening Junior Indaba panel (from left) Lili Nupen, Tseliso Maqubela, Errol Smart, Mosa Mabuza, Bernard Swanepoel.
Junior Indaba covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

How 30 years of democracy has transformed South Africa's mining industry  

By: Martin Creamer     25th April 2024 South Africa’s 30 years of democracy has changed the character of this country’s mining industry profoundly, Minerals Council South Africa emphasised in a report that highlights the industry’s significant advance since the dawning of democracy in 1994. Importantly, South Africa’s highly regarded... 

Minerals Council South Africa CEO Mzila Mthenjane.
Minerals Council South Africa CEO Mzila Mthenjane.

Minerals Council South Africa setting out to boost local demand for green hydrogen 

By: Martin Creamer     17th April 2024 Minerals Council South Africa is focused on increasing the domestic demand for green hydrogen, which it sees as contributing to the kickstarting of the hydrogen economy in South Africa. “The applications that we’re looking at are stationary as well as mobility applications of using hydrogen... 

From left, Dr Rebecca Maserumule, Sietse van der Woude, Zanele Mavusa Mbatha
From left, Dr Rebecca Maserumule, Sietse van der Woude, Zanele Mavusa Mbatha.

Mines investing R46m to put an end to fall-of-ground fatalities   

By: Martin Creamer     5th April 2024 South Africa’s mining industry is investing R46-million in an action plan to eliminate fall-of-ground (FoG) fatalities. The FoG action plan is being implemented through Minerals Council South Africa with the assistance of its Rock Engineering Technical Committee, and supported by the South... 

The next breakthrough must be zero fatality
Action plan to end fall of ground fatalities covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer.

Resources Watch  

27th March 2024 This week: Stage set for mining explosives centenarian to capture global top-three spot, Copper 360 output set to quickly double on Nama Copper acquisition and, RBCT, TFR show that private-public collaboration can work very well – Menar  

Resources Watch
Resources Watch

Mechanical cutting is going to be key for mining going forward – Master Drilling  

By: Martin Creamer     26th March 2024 Mechanical cutting, in which huge progress is being made, is going to be key for the mining industry going forward, Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius emphasised on Tuesday, when his Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed company presented a dividend-yielding set of 2023 full-year results that... 

Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius.
Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Expect digital unveiling, more innovation, greenness from 100-year-old mining-wired AECI  

By: Martin Creamer     22nd March 2024 Mining explosives and chemicals company AECI, which turned 100 this week, will be unveiling a digital strategy for the mining market during the course of this year. It is also looking to become greener as it keeps innovation closest to its rapidly internationalising heart. 

AECI CEO Holger Riemensperger. Picture: Hush Naidoo.
AECI CEO Holger Riemensperger interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

AECI, Copper 360, public-private partnership make headlines   

22nd March 2024 In this week's episode of Second Take, Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer talks about the AECI being on track become a global top 3 player in the industry by 2030; Copper 360's first concentrate from the plant it has just acquired from Nama Copper; and the partnership between the Richards Bay... 

AECI, Copper 360, public-private partnership make headlines
AECI, Copper 360, public-private partnership make headlines

Stage set for mining explosives centenarian to capture global top-three spot   

By: Martin Creamer     20th March 2024 The stage is set for proudly South African mining explosives trailblazer, AECI, to become the third biggest in its field globally by 2030, AECI Group chairperson Dr Khotso Mokhele told an enthusiastically applauding audience at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), where the newly strategised... 

Mining explosives pioneer AECI celebrating 100 years of business at the JSE.
AECI's 100-year celebration covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer. Picture: Hush Naidoo.

BME to start local manufacturing of blasting technology in Western Australia

By: Sabrina Jardim     8th March 2024 Having actively built its foundation in the Australian mining market over the past decade, global blasting and explosives specialist BME is ramping up its footprint and capability with facilities in the west of the country. “Our first decade in Australia has been focused on importing and... 

BME MD Ralf Hennecke
BME MD Ralf Hennecke

M&R gets back on track with narrowed losses, lower debt

By: Darren Parker     6th March 2024 JSE-listed Murray & Roberts (M&R) has reported a significant year-on-year reduction in its attributable loss for the six months ended December 31, 2023, signalling a positive turn in its financial performance. The company recorded a substantially reduced attributable loss of R95-million for the... 

3 workers or engineers in PPE on a construction or mining site

Amid disposals, AECI aligns internationalisation strategy to regions geared for rapid critical minerals growth 

By: Terence Creamer     28th February 2024 JSE-listed AECI, which is undergoing far-reaching restructuring to re-focus on its core mining and chemicals businesses and reduce debt, reports strong initial interest in the six noncore companies that it plans to dispose of over the coming 18 months for combined proceeds of about R2.5-billion.... 

AECI CEO Holger Riemensperger
AECI CEO Holger Riemensperger

Power aggregators seen as key accelerators of South African mining’s energy transition  

By: Martin Creamer     13th February 2024 Many energy projects selling to one buyer, who in turn sells to many mines – this procurement model is seen as a key financial tool to accelerate the energy transition of South Africa’s mining industry. “We think the aggregator model can really accelerate the requirements of the mines to get... 

Nedbank CIB) Energy Finance Co-Head Amith Singh.
Nedbank CIB Energy Finance Co-Head Amith Singh interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Transformed AECI to go big globally

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th February 2024 JSE-listed South African multinational AECI aims to be the global number three company in its core market segment of mining explosives and mining chemicals, by 2030. Of the company’s business, 80% is already outside South Africa and 30% is outside Africa, CEO Holger Riemensperger emphasises to... 

AECI CEO Holger Riemensperger
AECI CEO Holger Riemensperger

South Africa’s mining industry now 39% black-owned, Mining Indaba hears 

By: Martin Creamer     5th February 2024 In 2004, the year South Africa’s far-reaching Mining Charter was first introduced, black ownership in South Africa’s globally recognised mining industry stood at a negligible 2%. This has now leapt nearly 20 times higher to approximately 39%, South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa highlighted in... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Mining Indaba.
President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Mining Indaba.

Company showcases contribution to positive disruption

By: Halima Frost     26th January 2024 Explosives and mining chemicals company AECI Mining will attend this years’ Investing in African Mining Indaba to showcase some of its new technologies and innovations aimed at unlocking value in the mining industry. “As a global organisation, we aspire to embark on partnerships with our clients... 

A man holding a remote detonator for an explosive set at a mine
EXPLOSIVE TOPIC according to AECI the concept of positive disruption clearly speaks volumes to the explosives in mining sector

Green blasting tech to be showcased

By: Halima Frost     26th January 2024 Commercial explosives and blasting systems developer Orica will showcase its lead-free, non-electric detonator range, its 4D underground (UG) bulk explosives solution as well as its new electronic blasting system, at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, to be held in Cape Town next... 

A man sitting in front of an AI Generated screen indicating the cycle of a remote blasting sequence
PLUG N' PLAY The new remote detonation technology offered by Orica will be showcased at this year's Investing in African Mining Indaba

Indaba theme apt for sector – explosives company

26th January 2024 This year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba 2024 theme ‘Embracing the power of positive disruption: A bold new future for African mining’ could not be more appropriate for the directions being forged in the field of mine blasting and explosives, reports mining explosives and blasting... 

Rock and gravel flying through the air in an optimally placed blast
BLASTING BOUNDARIES The safety and environmental aspects surrounding blasting in the mining sector will be addressed at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba

AECI outlines new strategy as it celebrates its centenary

By: Sabrina Jardim     23rd January 2024 JSE-listed AECI celebrates its centenary this year, with Group CEO Holger Riemensperger attributing the company’s success to its solution-focussed value proposition and dedication from its workforce. Riemensperger describes AECI as a “remarkable success story founded on unique customer... 

An image depicting AECI Group CEO Holger Riemensperger
AECI Group CEO Holger Riemensperger

Cadastre imminent, 2024 to be used as year to clear backlogs, says Minerals Minister 

By: Martin Creamer     18th January 2024 The introduction of an electronic cadastral system to record and enable online access to mining data is imminent, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe emphasised in an interview with Radio 702 host Clement Manyathela on Thursday. Mantashe disclosed to Manyathela that agreement had... 

Gwede Mantashe
Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Donna Slater
Gwede Mantashe

AECI reorganises executive leadership team

By: Donna Slater     20th December 2023 Diversified group AECI reorganised the structure of its executive leadership team, on December 20, to be more aligned to a corporate business that will enable the delivery of its strategic ambition to double the profitability of its core mining and chemicals business by 2026. This is also in... 

Greenfield investment lagging badly, mining’s contribution to economy halved 

By: Martin Creamer     1st December 2023 The growth of investment in fresh new greenfield mining projects is lagging badly and the contribution of the South African mining industry to the national economy has more than halved in the last two decades, Minerals Council South Africa’s latest Facts and Figures 2022 points out. Net fixed... 

Mining's net fixed capital formation, shown in blue, must be boosted.
Mining's net fixed capital formation, shown in blue, must be boosted.

Smart technology for mobile explosives units

1st December 2023 Mining explosives and blasting technology supplier BME is leveraging smart technology, artificial intelligence and machine learning as a key aspect of its automation efforts to enhance the productivity and safety of its mobile manufacturing units (MMUs). The smart MMUs provide realtime data on... 

African Rainbow Minerals provides R20-million for Wits University research 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd November 2023 Diversified mining company African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) is supporting postdoctoral research into water, energy and digitalisation at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in Johannesburg. The investment is firmly located within the university’s mining precinct and dovetails with the... 

ARM founder and executive chairperson Dr Patrice Motsepe and Wits ARM Building.
ARM founder and executive chairperson Dr Patrice Motsepe and Wits ARM Building.

AECI to sell noncore assets, focus on core mining, chemicals capability

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th November 2023 Diversified chemicals solutions company AECI will increase focus on its core mining and chemicals capability and divest noncore businesses. The group aims to double the profitability of its core mining and chemicals business by 2026 and become a global top three integrated mining explosives and... 

AECI equipment

AECI mining projects boost earnings amid other pressures

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th November 2023 An increase in mining explosives sales volumes in Southern Africa, Central Africa and Asia Pacific has helped to keep JSE-listed chemicals group AECI’s revenue and earnings in the nine months to September 30 on par with the same period of last year. The group’s Mining division has recorded a 30%... 

Nonelectric detonators gain traction

By: Halima Frost     20th October 2023 Since the launch of mining explosives and blasting technology supplier BME’s new Viperdet MS series of detonators in August, the products have been used in 11 successful blasts in the South African quarrying sector. According to BME, the mining segment of chemicals company Omnia, the series is an... 

An explosion with ground being blown up in a controlled explosion using the BME Viperdet MS series of Detonators
BLOWING UP IN POPULARITY The new BME Viperdet MS series of detonators has been used in 11 successful blasts since its launch in August

Lead-free detonator range safer for environment

20th October 2023 Commercial explosives and blasting systems developer Orica is taking another step towards its purpose to sustainably capitalise from the Earth’s resources by commercially launching what it claims is the “world’s first” lead-free nonelectric detonator range – Exel Neo. The company announced last... 

A detonator and charge placed on the wall of an opencast mining operation with
EXEL-ENT RESULTS The new Exel Neo range of non-electric detonators are a global first lead-free detonator which offers excellent results

New explosives innovation prioritises safety

20th October 2023 The DigiShot Ranger, designed by South African mining explosives manufacturer AECI Mining Explosives has been designed to cater specifically for smaller mines, quarries and civil blasting operations, offering inherent safety features and improving functionality for operators. Technological... 

A detonator and charge placed on the wall of an opencast mining operation with
TOP SHOT The DigiShot Ranger offering inherent safety features and improving functionality for operators

Omnia acquires minority stake in Swedish clean explosives company

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th October 2023 JSE-listed chemicals group Omnia has partnered with Sweden-based Hypex Bio Explosives Technology through the acquisition of a minority stake in the company. Hypex has been developing sustainable civil explosive solutions, including an emulsion using hydrogen peroxide (HP) that offers... 

Omnia CEO Seelan Gobalsamy
Photo by Creamer Media's Marleny Arnoldi
Omnia CEO Seelan Gobalsamy

Enaex chases North American deals as mine-blasting demand grows

By: Bloomberg     3rd October 2023 Chilean industrial conglomerate Sigdo Koppers said it is scouring the market for acquisition targets in North America to grow its share of mining explosives as deteriorating ore grades push up demand for blasting. The group’s Santiago-listed explosives unit, Enaex, has built up a large presence... 

Enaex vehicles in operation at a mining site

Regional focus

By: Sabrina Jardim     8th September 2023 Amid the global energy transition and general upswing in commodity demand, there has been a significant increase in the number of new openpit projects coming on line for lithium mining, in Zimbabwe, says diversified explosives and chemicals group AECI Mining Explosives MD Alois Kwenda. As a... 

AECI Mining Explosives Mobile Manufacturing Unit (MMU) at a customer site
EXPLOSIVES DEMAND AECI Mining Explosives reports increasing demand for its underground bulk explosives, shock tube initiators and blasting technical services in Zimbabwe

AECI completes R45m Dinaser acquisition in Brazil

By: Darren Parker     4th September 2023 Explosives manufacturer AECI Mining has concluded the R45-million acquisition of Brazilian explosives business Dinaser Industria.  The acquisition, executed through local Brazilian entity AECI Mining Produtos  

explosion on mine

AECI commissions 1 MW solar project at Chem Park factory

By: Schalk Burger     10th August 2023 JSE-listed chemicals group AECI has installed and commissioned a 1MW solar project at Chem Park, its AECI Chemicals manufacturing site, in Johannesburg. The Chem Park project marks the first stage of a four-phase solar programme approved by the AECI executive committee in 2021, and the company... 

AECI Chamicals' Chem Park premises
AECI Chamicals' Chem Park premises
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