Marketing and international business manager Charles Hurly says:
“We expect another great Mining Indaba, where industry leaders will share experiences and display new products. BME is looking forward to displaying its local expertise in the development of the AXXIS EDD systems that set worldwide trends and also discussing our full suite of products”.
“Another area of focus will be our commitment to local and African markets and informing delegates of the efforts we have made to ensure that security of supply forms the basis of all our services to the mining industry”, he said.
Supply security is becoming an increasingly important concept to the mining industry, particularly where explosives are concerned.
“Imagine building a new production plant knowing that there is an electricity shortage, or planting a field of maize when the experts predict that a prolonged drought is on the way. Imagine trying to mine when there are no explosives available. These suppositions confirm that the decision to commission the new Omnia nitric acid and ammonium nitrate plants are vital to meet any future explosives need that may arise”.
“Plant development to secure supplies of essential explosives to the mining industry is essential. The supply chain starts with sourcing raw materials and the production and manufacturing process and extends into delivery. “In between, investment in appropriate technologies and new products and an ability to assist customers with technical advice complete the picture,” Hurly says.
The new plants will enable BME to increase production of its porous granular ammonium nitrate, a BME technology.
“We are looking forward to the opportunity to network with existing, new and potential local and international customers as well as other leaders in the industry.”
BME is a supplier of explosives and services to the African mining, quarrying and construction industries. BME has operations in Botswana, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Namibia, South Africa, Senegal, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe and where opportunities present themselves elsewhere.