BME, together with Protea Mining Chemicals, forms the mining division within the Omnia Group. The Omnia Group is a JSE-listed diversified provider of specialised chemical products and services used in the mining, agriculture and chemicals sectors.
Omnia has been in business for 61 years and has its head office in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Group’s operations extend across Africa, Australasia and Brazil. Omnia differentiates itself from commodity chemical providers by adding value at every stage of the supply and service chain through technological innovation and by deploying our intellectual capital.
Formed in 1984 on the strength of a new cold emulsion technology that has since become an industry standard. BME now offers cutting-edge products and services at every stage in the explosives supply chain. We are today a leading manufacturer and supplier in Africa of explosives, related accessories and blasting services to the mining, quarrying and construction industries.
We work wherever our customers take us. Our footprint covers 17 African counties including South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Swaziland, Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, DRC, Sierra Leone, Mali, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Senegal and Eritrea. BME also has legal entities in Indonesia and Australia and continues to expand.
As a division of the JSE-listed Omnia Group, BME has leveraged considerable investment in our manufacturing base, including:
Our expertise and experience of working in Africa allows us to rapidly supply and commission emulsion plants at any location. With the production infrastructure and supply network that we have developed over the past three decades, our clients are assured of seamless service. We also enforce a best practice environment that prioritises health and safety for all stakeholders.
From bulk emulsions, plants and trucks – to software and initiating systems.
We provide a wide range of technical services from routine blast monitoring using modern equipment and software to advanced consultancy and optimisation projects. Our leading design software, including BLASTMAP, and our AXXIS Digital Initiation System provide the advantage in achieving cost saving initiatives in blasting. The aim is more wealth for you through improved efficiencies from blasting optimally.
Creating customer wealth by leveraging our knowledge.
BME is characterised by a strong and distinctive culture. Combining the values of a family business with the virtues and strengths of a professionally managed public company, we operate according to a robust spirit of enterprise underpinned by a reputation for the highest levels of integrity.
BME named winner of the CAIA Sustained High Performance Award 2020 (Category B)
Finalise joint venture with Indonesian partner – expanding our global footprint.
Expansion into North and South America.
XPLOLOG is commissioned at a large open cast copper mine to gather blasting information in the field.
Launch AXXIS underground centralised blasting system – allowing underground mining operations to initiate blasts from a safe and convenient place on surface.
World-record blast of 7350 AXXIS electronic detonators fired at an Australian coal-mine.
Two automated lines are commissioned for AXXIS detonators.
Another world-record blast of 6690 AXXIS electronic detonators is fired at a Zambian copper mine.
BME Australia is awarded a two-year contract with a large coal-mining company.
A world-record blast of 5665 detonators is fired at an Australian coal mine.
Launch first Portable Charging Unit (PCU) for use in the narrow reef environment at a platinum mine.
AXXIS second electronic generation detonator launched.
Commission a bulk emulsion vertical drop at 318 m at a gold min—a world-first.
BME celebrates being in business for 30 years.
BME enters the Australian market with the sale of AXXIS electronic detonators in Australia.
BME‘s twelfth emulsion plant is commissioned.
The narrow reef emulsion system is launched, bringing the benefits of emulsion blasting to narrow reef operations.
Omnia’s patented PGAN (Porous Granular Ammonium Nitrate) plant is commissioned, using raw materials from Omnia’s nitric acid and ammonium nitrate facilities to supply the Southern African market.
A second Nitric Acid Complex is launched in Sasolburg, boosting South Africa’s nitric acid output by 330 000 tons a year, bringing the country’s capacity to about 1,4 million tons a year. This ensures supply security for BME customers.
Receive approval for accreditation as a Training Provider with the Mining Qualification Authority, leading to the offering of their Rock-breaking qualification.
First new generation AXXIS electronic detonator blasts successfully fired.
A second plant is commissioned in Mauritania.
An emulsion plant is established in Zambia
A modern shock tube assembly plant with testing facilities.
A used-oil collection division is established to compliment the introduction of used oil in emulsions.
A third plant is commissioned in Mali.
An emulsion plant is commissioned in Senegal.
BME launches its new logo and branding.
A third emulsion plant in Mauritania.
A second emulsion plant in Mali.
A second bulk emulsion facility is commissioned at Losburg.
The acquisition of a French electronic detonator company opens the door for BME to enter the sophisticated detonator market.
BME‘s first plant in West Africa is commissioned in Mali.
The first international emulsion plant in East Africa is established in Tanzania.
BME starts operating in Tanzania—the first BME client outside South Africa.
The first working uphole emulsion project is commissioned at PMS Phalaborwa.
Blastinfo, BME‘s technical consulting division, is established to provide advanced technical support to its clients.
The Megamite plant is built and commissioned to supply cartridge explosive products for underground operations.
BME diversifies into underground explosives and accessories.
BME takes over the full supply of bulk explosives products to Optimum Colliery, positioning BME as a major supplier of bulk explosives to South African surface mines.
BME‘s explosives product range is expanded with the establishment of the ANFO manufacturing and bagging plant near Rustenburg.
Omnia establishes a porous prill ammonium nitrate facility at Sasolburg.
First emulsion truck built.
First heavy ANFO truck built.
Dryden emulsion plant commissioned.
Omnia acquires BME from MSI to diversify into the mining explosives market.
Introduce used oil (supplied by Sishen Iron Ore mine) into manufacturing of HEF emulsions, for huge environmental benefits.
MSI (Mining Services International) USA, a business based on cold emulsion technology, establishes BME in South Africa, for the supply of bulk explosives to Sishen.
Our business model has been tried and tested over many years, and is fine-tuned as our markets and customers evolve. We sustain and grow our business by continuously enhancing the value we offer our local and international customers through product innovation, growing our intellectual capital and working to further raise our already exceptional service levels. A continuous feedback loop with our customers at all points of engagement keeps our business model on track.
BME has a balanced presence in sectors that are essential to the sustainable use of the world’s finite resources, and will play a key role in sustaining Africa’s future development. We will continue to develop and leverage our intellectual property to add focused value to the chemicals, mining and agriculture markets in Africa and abroad.