Montreal-based Major Wire Industries Limited has appointed ELB Equipment, a member of the ELB Group, as its new Authorised Dealer representing the complete line of screen media solutions for aggregate and mining operations. ELB Equipment has branches to serve all of the provinces in South Africa, Burundi, Kenya, Lesotho, Rwanda and Uganda as well as affiliated dealers that cover other Sub-Saharan countries, including Angola, Botswana, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.ELB Equipment, based in Boksburg, near Johannesburg), is described as “one of a few South African companies that can offer a broad range of earthmoving, construction, mining and quarrying equipment from a single supplier. The company’s goal is to provide customers with specialised solutions to enhance their production and profitability, as well as provide service and product support after each sale. To provide for the screen media needs of their customers, ELB Equipment already has plans underway to have its own Major Wire Certified Finishing Facility by the end of March 2015. This facility will allow ELB Equipment to deliver orders for OptimumWire woven wire to the market with a very short lead-time.As an alternative to traditional woven wire and polyurethane and rubber panels, Major Wire offers Flex-Mat 3 High-Performance Screen Media which is available in both tensioned and modular versions. Flex-Mat 3’s independently vibrating wires increase throughput of in-specification product up to 40% over traditional woven wire or polyurethane and rubber panels by increasing both screening action and expanding each screen decks’ open area. Due to its superior wire wear life, additional production is also possible by reducing the wire diameter creating additional throughput. OptimumWire is manufactured with a high carbon and high manganese content, providing more resistance to abrasion and better performance for aggregate screening operations worldwide. Its high ductility, hardness and tensile strength make it less susceptible to breaking in high-impact conditions and with highly abrasive materials, so it lasts longer and minimises labour, maintenance and lost production costs.
German mining equipment manufacturers incorporated within the German Engineering Association (VDMA) have chosen a new name. From now on the organisation is referring to itself as VDMA Mining. The manufacturers state that they have adopted this new name “both to reflect the industry’s international outlook and in response to the public’s negative perception of the German term ‘Bergbau’ meaning coal mining, which does not enjoy a very positive image in the country.”But the approximately 135 companies affiliated with VDMA Mining have not only given themselves a new name. They have also chosen a new Chairman, Dr Michael Schulte Strathaus. The Managing Director of Schulte Strathaus, Cyrus Schwingtechnik and Cyrus Vibration Machines India replaces Dr Paul Rheinländer who had held the position for the past six years and did not stand for re-election. Schulte Strathaus praised the engagement of his predecessor whose concerted efforts had expedited VDMA Mining’s re-orientation and promoted international standardisation. The new Chairman holds a degree in business administration is married and has three children. He is also a member of the North Rhine-Westphalia Economic Council and holds the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.Schulte Strathaus expects the current lukewarm business climate to revive for German manufacturers in 2015. He describes the situation on the raw material markets as “unsettled”. Whilst falling oil prices have certainly led to a reduction in operating costs in mines which both increases profit and creates scope for investment, this is offset by sometimes massive decreases in raw material prices and overproduction. With an estimated turnover of around €3.3 billion in 2014, the industry has fallen back to 2008 levels. And that, according to Schulte Strathaus, with considerably increased capacity in some cases. read more