24 August, 2020, Johannesburg – BME, a member of the Omnia Group has broken the South African record for the largest electronic detonator blast, initiating 3,780 detonators in a single blast at a manganese mine near Hotazel in the Northern Cape.
BME has launched a new, free Blasting Guide application for Android mobile devices, enabling users to rapidly calculate and check blast designs.
The AXXIS TITANIUM system, the latest generation of BME’s tried and tested AXXIS blasting systems, is expected to be launched later this year as a successor to the company’s second-generation version.
Through South Africa’s strict Covid-19 lockdown, essential service provider BME has supported coal mines’ blasting operations so that Eskom power stations can keep the country’s lights on.
Another world record for BME.
As mining companies increasingly look to new technologies to improve their productivity, they are starting to think differently about how they approach digitisation and automation.
As mining companies rapidly shift their strategies and operating models to leverage digital transformation, new technologies in blasting and explosives are making an ever more vital contribution to bottom-line improvements.
On Wednesday, 13 February, two high schools in the Merafong Community were the proud recipients of a school mobile laboratory. The initiative results from a close collaboration between the Mayor’s Office at the Merafong City Local Municipality and BME.
South Africa-based explosives leader BME will be showcasing its African presence, expertise and technology at the 2019 Investing in African Mining Indaba from February 4 to 7 in Cape Town; it will also highlight its strengthened presence in West Africa, which is poised to become one of the top five gold-producing regions in the world.
As Zambia’s copper mining focus shifts west from Kitwe, Ndola and Chingola to the growing operations at Solwezi and Kalumbila, blasting leader BME supplies some of the largest minerals operations in the country – with further potential for growth across the border in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).