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MAXAM ready to blast at Glencore’s Lomas Bayas copper mine

MAXAM is to supply its high-energy bulk explosive, RIOFLEX, alongside other solutions, to the Glencore-operated Lomas Bayas mine, in Chile, as part of a blasting services contract.

The Lomas Bayas open-pit copper mine is in northern Chile and produces copper cathode on site. In the first half of 2019, Lomas Bayas produced 40,000 t of copper metal, up from 33,800 t a year earlier, Glencore said.

MAXAM said: “With this contract, MAXAM continues to expand its operations and global presence, and currently has more than 80 industrial facilities, subsidiaries in more than 50 countries on five continents and 6,500 employees worldwide.

“In fact, MAXAM is the second largest operator of blasting solutions for mining, quarries and infrastructure in terms of international presence.”

RIOFLEX is a highly energetic, robust and flexible density bulk product that, MAXAM says, achieves excellent performance in all types of rock. It has been tested in more than 140 sites in 25 countries.

Diego Rodríguez, Regional Director of MAXAM in Latin America, said: “We are delighted to collaborate with Minera Lomas Bayas and offer our innovative solutions in the operation. At every operation, our clients always highlight our closeness and experience, contributing to improve their efficiency and productivity, something that we will undoubtedly also deliver in Lomas Bayas.”

MAXAM sets out to improve cartridge explosives offering

MAXAM says it has consolidated its commitment to innovation with the development of an improved cartridge explosives offering.

The global technology company specialising in energy materials and blasting solutions made the announcement at the Mining and Minerals Hall held in Seville, Spain, from October 15-17, 2019.

MAXAM said: “With the aim of responding and adapting to increasingly demanding environments, the company has complemented the high performance of its dynamite, RIODIN, thanks to the introduction of new screw-in/attachable rods, more robust and functional packages.”

This will increase the loading speed of the explosive in the borehole, consequently improving the performance and safety associated with handling the RIODIN product, it said.

In addition to this, MAXAM has taken advantage of the MMH event to announce the development of what will be the new generation of cartridge explosives: RIOTECH. This highly energetic product, currently under development with a launch in Spain soon expected, comes with a completely new formulation specifically designed to provide better fragmentation, it said.

For Antonio Vidal, General Manager MAXAM in Spain, “both product lines reinforce the portfolio of MAXAM’s unique solutions as well as loading units. At MAXAM we develop customised solutions that respond to the needs of the market with a clear goal: to optimise the operations of our customers in any segment and condition.”

MAXAM Tire extends Large Mining series product line

MAXAM Tire has made three new additions to its Large Mining series of tyres.

The company says it has engineered its haulage tyres (MS401, MS402, MS403) to provide the industry with the “best solution for mining applications”.

It continued: “The Large Mining product line is the result of extensive research and testing in multiple mine locations across several continents.”

In order to meet the toughest application requirements, the new haulage tyres use recently developed compounding and carcass construction, according to the company. “These enhancements allow MAXAM’s Large Mining products to provide the best delivered value, greatest productivity and lowest cost per tonne value of operation,” it said.

Available for haul trucks up to 290 t (320 tons) MAXAM offers three specific tread patterns available in multiple compounds based on site TKPH/TMPH to meet different surface mine application requirements.

The MS401 (pictured) features an aggressive tread design with heat-resistant under tread, ideal for applications that require maximum traction and high site TKPH/TMPH, MAXAM said.

The MS402 has enhanced shoulder lugs and a solid centerline providing increased protection, traction and tread life in haulage applications.

The MS403, meanwhile, integrates an advanced tread design for flexibility in all applications, from smooth haul roads to rough and rocky terrain. “Designed to deliver lowest cost per hour/tonne, the MS403 is the proven solution for the mining industry,” the company said.

MAXAM hopes new high-energy cartridge watergel catches on in Latin America

MAXAM has used the backdrop of the 34th edition of the Perumin conference in Arequipa, Peru, to announce a new production line of cartridge explosives to be made at its Cocachacra plant in the country.

The manufacture of RIOGEL, alongside the initiation systems and RIOXAM ANFO products the company produces at its Cochachacra plant, should increase MAXAM’s capabilities in Latin America, it said.

RIOGEL is the latest generation of high-energy cartridge watergel developed by MAXAM and has important advantages over other products. “Thanks to its high energy, it allows optimal rock fragmentation, increasing the productivity of the operation,” the company said, adding that it guarantees a good blasting result even under dynamic pressure.

“With a better balance of oxygen in its composition, RIOGEL reduces the emission of toxic fumes such as nitrogen oxide and carbon monoxide,” MAXAM says. This shortens the return times to blasting fronts and, thus, optimises the operations’ performance.

It also comes with environmental benefits given its manufacturing process requires 95% less water than an emulsion.

José Luis Alonso, General Manager, MAXAM in Peru, said: “In addition to offering innovative products that allow us to increase the productivity of our customers, at MAXAM we have the technical capabilities to respond to their specific needs. We offer adapted and valuable solutions in Peru, Chile, Ecuador, Bolivia and the rest of South America.”

The company is showing the advantages of RIOGEL as well as its innovations and latest developments in blasting services during the Perumin tradeshow, from September 16-20.

New name and new speakers for MMH mining event in Seville

The international Mining and Minerals Hall (MMH), in Seville, Spain, has more than 70 speakers lined up for its next edition, taking place on October 15-17.

MMH 2019, taking place at the Seville Conference and Exhibition Centre (FIBES), is the third edition of the meeting. While it will keep the same format as the previous two events, this year’s MMH has changed focus. Previously named Metallic Mining Hall, the change is aimed at creating an inclusive meeting for the entire mining sector embracing sectors such as industrial minerals this time around.

The King, Don Felipe VI, Pedro Sánchez, President of the Government, and Juan Manuel Moreno, President of Junta de Andalucía, will be leading MMH’s Honorary Committee, which has devised an event that will attract participation from the main mining industries and representation from ancillary service companies. The exhibition area, which has been expanded since the last event in 2017, is to host more than 100 companies.

MMH has attracted a stellar list of speakers this time around, who will analyse the latest industry trends and share their experiences in the regional industry, which has recovered its role as one of the most important engines of the Andalusia economy.

As Javier Targhetta, CEO of the metallurgy company Atlantic Copper, and Commissioner of this new edition of MMH, said: “This evolution of the Hall can only be explained by the recovery of a sector which, in the last few years, has striven to find new ways and procedures to develop its activity efficiently and sustainably.”

Targhetta is right. In the two years since the last edition of MMH, the Riotinto copper mine has expanded, MATSA has ramped up its operations and, more recently, Cobre Las Cruces is considering a significant mine life extension through a new underground and pyrometallurgical project.

Targetta continued: “This is shown by the increase in the number of professionals from the different fields of mining who will participate in the scientific conference and will also enrich the knowledge of the conference attendants with their work, their experience and their innovative spirit.”

Sustainability and achieving a more sustainable, environmentally friendly mining industry will be a key theme of the conference, with roundtables such as ‘Competitiveness, sustainability and security of energy supply for mining and industry’ looking to confront the issue head on. This panel will see José Luis del Valle Doblado take on the chairman’s role, drawing on his experience as President of the MMH Scientific Committee and Chair of LAR ESPAÑA and WiZink.

The panel, ‘Circular economy opportunities for the mining industry’, meanwhile, will be moderated by Vicente Gutiérrez Peinador, General Manager of CONFEDEM, the National Mining Association of Spain. He will, no doubt, also have some thoughts to share on the sustainability panel given CONFEDEM recently became the fifth national mining association outside of Canada to adopt the Mining Association of Canada’s Towards Sustainable Mining® initiative.

Luis Montoto Rojo, Communications Director of Junta de Andalucía’s Taxation, Industry and Energy Department, will have his work cut out as moderator of a session titled, ‘Social licence to operate: mining industry management and its connection with society’. Miners in Andalucia, in recent years, have done well to win back the trust of local and regional communities following a tailings dam failure at the Los Frailes lead-zinc mine, in 1998, that damaged the two’s relationship. Expect to hear some examples of this positive engagement during the panel.

This is not all. The event program also includes presentations by José F Sánchez-Junco, CEO of explosives and blasting expert MAXAM, speaking on the subject, ‘Innovation and energetic materials in the mining operation’.

The Confederation of Rock and Industrial Mineral Extractive Industries (COMINROC) has played an integral role in organising the third edition of MMH, having signed an alliance with MMH and Congresos y Turismo de Sevilla (CONTURSA), the company managing the MMH venue, FIBES, back in March. Representing 10 sectors of the extractive industry, namely aggregates, lime, cement, industrial minerals, ornamental rock, clay, slate, magnesite, siliceous sand and gypsum, COMINROC’s participation was key in ensuring miners from these segments participated in this third edition. César Luaces Frades, Technical General Secretary of COMINROC, will present, ‘Extractive industry strategy for biodiversity: a key actor’, at the event.

Meanwhile, Glenn Orveillon, an expert in the circular economy and industrial leadership of the European Commission, will share his experience of working in the institution in a session titled, ‘Circular economy in the European Union’.

Atlantic Copper’s Targhetta will moderate a panel titled, ‘Present situation, threats and opportunities of metallic mining’, steering a stellar lineup of participants including Alberto Lavandeira, CEO of Atalaya Mining – the owner of the historic Riotinto copper mine – Audra Walsh, CEO of MATSA – the owner of three base and precious metal mines in Andalucia – Isabel Suárez Díaz, Secretary General of the Geological and Mining Institute of Spain, IGME; Juan Pedro Soler, CEO of Cobre Las Cruces – the only hydrometallurgical copper producer in Europe; and Mark Rachovides, President of Euromines.

The ‘Mining policies and investments’ panel will be moderated by Antonio García Muñoz, Managing Partner of Lener’s Mining Sector area; and ‘Biodiversity management in the extractive industry’ will be chaired by Lafarge Holcim España’s Pilar Gegúndez Cámara.

The following talks will also be given: ‘Raw materials and geopolitics’ by Isaac Querub, Co-Founder and Partner of Moka Consulting; and ‘Premises for the new Mining Strategy in Andalusia, starting point’, by Natalia González Herrera, Junta de Andalucía’s General Secretary of Industry, Energy and Mines.

Finally, several round tables will take a future view on the mining sector of Andalucia.

‘Challenges and opportunities in the rock and industrial mineral sector’ will be moderated by Aniceto Zaragoza Ramírez, General Manager of The Spanish Cement Association, OFICEMEN. Mining original equipment manufacturer Epiroc will be represented up on stage by José Manuel Sánchez Blanes, President of Drilling Solutions. He will moderate a panel titled, ‘Innovation and development in the mining industry: mining as a forward-looking project’. Given Epiroc’s investments in battery-electric and automated equipment for underground mines, he will have much to add here.

Horizon 2020, the European Union’s biggest research and innovation program ever with nearly €80 billion ($88 billion) of funding available over seven years (2014 to 2020), will also be discussed during the conference. Lydia González, Spain’s representative in the program’s committee, CDTI, will present, ‘Research and innovation on raw materials in Horizon Europe, UE’s 9th Framework Programme 2021-2027’.

There will also be a series of workshops at the event to suit all participants needs.

To hear more about the event, visit the website here.

International Mining is a media sponsor of the third edition of MMH in Seville

MAXAM looks to improve engagement with global customer base

MAXAM has announced the launch of a new online channel to address customer needs worldwide as part of the company’s transformation process towards becoming a global technology leader present in over 50 countries worldwide.

The new website offers improved user experience navigation with a responsive design, according to MAXAM.

Fernanda Cardama, MAXAM Global Head of People and Resources, said: “This new online channel has been envisioned to meet the costumer’s online journey to better reach and engage with our global audiences all over the world.”

The new global domain (www.maxamcorp.com) will, according to the company, enable access to:

  • Customised solutions supported by MAXAM’s best in class technology platform of energetic materials, focusing on mining, quarries, infrastructure construction, seismic prospecting and special applications;
  • Case studies of MAXAM global operations carried out in the most challenging conditions such as the expansion of the Panama Canal and the Port of Singapore, demolition of the Puertollano Tower and the construction of the Brenner Tunnel; and
  • In-depth insights developed by MAXAM technical experts and leadership team tackling industry trends and management visions: co-creation with customers to generate value, digitalisation and underwater blasting.

MAXAM bolsters Australia blasting solution capabilities with new WA sites

MAXAM says it has reinforced its commitment to the Australia blasting market with the opening of two manufacturing sites at McLarty Reserve in Western Australia.

Strategically located 120 km south of Perth, both sites have been relocated from the former Baldivis reserve and “solidifies MAXAM’s commitment to produce high-quality blasting solutions for its key customers across Australia and the South Pacific region”, the company said.

In these sites, the company manufactures RIOFLEX, its high energy bulk explosive, and its RIONEL non-electronic detonators. It is the sole blasting solutions provider in the country to manufacture both products in Western Australia, according to MAXAM.

The company said: “MAXAM took the opportunity to transfer both facilities and develop state-of-the-art sites at their new location, with both automatic and manual production lines. In order to support mining sector growth in Australia, MAXAM designed new highly adaptable RIOFLEX and RIONEL plants with inbuilt capabilities to increase volumes by more than three times, reaching its maximum technical capacities.”

Michael Briggs, MAXAM Australia General Manager, said products such as RIOFLEX, “the most versatile and energetic bulk technology in the market”, allow the company to provide customised solutions to its customers. “In fact, working together with our clients is in our DNA, delivering sustainable value,” he said.

Ramón Paramio, MAXAM Terra Solutions General Manager, added: “We started our internationalisation in Australia back in 1987 and since then we have become a truly global player in the blasting solutions industry. We are proud to keep investing in this market, supporting our customers to make their operations more sustainable, productive and efficient.”

Teck trialling new blasting process to protect water quality in BC, Canada

As part of its commitment to improving water quality in British Columbia’s Elk Valley region, a number of research projects are underway to prevent nitrate from entering the environment and protect water quality in the region.

One source of nitrates is from explosives that interact with water during the blasting process, Teck said. “When this occurs nitrates can leach out of blastholes and enter the natural environment. To stop this from occurring plastic liners are used to prevent explosive materials from coming into contact with water,” the company said.

However, in order to use plastic liners, blast holes have historically needed to be dewatered so that the liner can reach the bottom of the hole and stay there, Teck said. “For blastholes that refill with water, a new approach was required.”

To tackle this problem, Teck undertook a research project to determine how plastic liners could be used in blastholes that naturally refill with water (often called dynamic blastholes). The research project was led by Teck with support from suppliers Maxam, Teck’s explosives provider, and Friesen Plastics, Teck’s liner supplier. Together, various combinations of procedures, liner types/packaging and explosive bulk truck modifications were trialed until a new system was developed.

Teck explained: “The emulsion in a liner system involves using the charging hose on the explosives truck to place the plastic liner in the bottom of a dynamic blasthole. The hole is then loaded with water resistant explosive from the bottom up, both filling the liner and keeping it in place. Once complete, the end result is a lined blasthole with the explosives protected from the water.”

In order for the plastic liner to be effectively placed down the blasthole, a hydraulic arm and funnel were added to the explosive bulk truck hose and the traditional borehole plastic liners had to be compressed into an accordion shape, according to Teck. The hydraulic arm allows for the hose to be placed directly over the blasthole and the funnel removes the wrinkles from the compressed plastic liner as it unfolds and is pushed to the bottom of the hole. “This ensures consistent lining of every blasthole while meeting our needs of durability and functionality,” the company said.

A common problem identified during early tests was the plastic liner being pulled back up the blasthole as the hose was withdrawn.

To address this, a system was developed that applies mineral oil to the bulk truck hose which acts as a lubricant allowing the hose to be withdrawn while keeping the plastic liner and blast material in the hole, Teck said.

“This process has now been successfully field tested on over 400 holes and has proven to be a safe and effective design,” the company said.

This new process is currently being piloted at Teck’s Fording River and Greenhills operations, but the plan is to implement across all of Teck’s steelmaking coal operations in 2019, the company said.

”As a result, every blasthole in the Elk Valley that is operationally accessible will contain a liner that protects both the explosive product and the environment. This will significantly reduce nitrate at source and help to protect water quality.”

MAXAM to showcase underground blasting solutions at Indaba

MAXAM will be showcasing the latest blasting technologies on offer to its customers in Africa at Mining Indaba in Cape Town next week as it makes its third consecutive appearance at the event.

MAXAM has a workforce of more than 800 employees and projects in over 20 countries, and has the largest footprint in the Africa continent among the leading blasting solutions providers, it says.

“This position is cemented in its comprehensive range of technologies and local capabilities to support customers,” MAXAM said. “The company is also the leading supplier of packaged explosives and offers both watergel and emulsion bulk products, boosting a versatile portfolio to adapt to specific needs from its different customers.”

Brett Wheatcroft, Regional Director of MAXAM in Southern Africa, said Africa is one of the most important mining areas in the world and the company’s commitment to the continent is clear.

“We have been investing here for more than 40 years and the results couldn’t be better: we are a leading player within our segment of activity and have a growing customer base that more and more values our differential, high-value combination of technologies and technical support.”

MAXAM will take advantage of Mining Indaba to showcase its complete range of solutions for underground operations. Customers attending the event will have the chance to get to know more about one of its novel technologies, RIOFLEX, a highly energetic, robust and flexible density bulk product that, MAXAM says, achieves excellent performance in all types of rock. “This bulk watergel contributes to minimise the total cost of ownership due to the savings in the drilling and blasting application and the whole value chain of the mine as a result of a better fragmentation,” the company said.

RIOFLEX has been tested in more than 140 sites in 25 countries, becoming a benchmark for customers looking to improve the productivity of their mines, quarries and infrastructure projects, according to the company.

Fernando Beitia, Director of Bulk Products of MAXAM, will talk about the company’s emulsion and watergel technologies at a conference during the event.

MAXAM reflects on 25 years of Santa Barbara Innovation Awards

MAXAM is celebrating the 25th edition of its Santa Barbara Innovation Awards, a pioneering initiative in the industry aimed at the company’s more than 6,500 employees.

Through these awards the technology company, which specialises in energetic materials, seeks to promote a culture of innovation at all levels of the organisation, MAXAM said.

According to Miguel Ángel Flórez, Chief Technology Officer of the company, these awards have inspired some of the company’s most innovative work.

“MAXAM’s professionals in the field face complicated and extremely differing environments such as a mine in Siberia in -40°C, underwater blasting machines in Panama, or projects in sub-Saharan Africa in over 40° of heat,” he said.

“It is they who can quickly detect any new challenge to improve the security and efficiency of operations. Thanks to them, to the nonconformist, innovative spirit of our teams, some significant technological advances have emerged from Santa Barbara that respond to the specific needs of our customers.”

In the last 10 years alone, the awards have spawned innovative developments aimed at increasing the efficiency, precision and security of blasting solutions for mining and civil engineering.

For example, the success of the Panama Canal extension project, completed by MAXAM in 2015, saw technologies such as the RIOBLAST design and simulation software and the on-site assembled explosive product via trucks play key roles; both developed from their presentation at the Santa Barbara Innovation Awards by employees of the company.

Other significant developments made from winning ideas for the company have been the BER system for the real-time visual inspection of boreholes and the RIOSENSOR device, which contribute to clear security, efficiency and productivity improvements in the mining projects.

The awards are open to any employee, who has the opportunity to identify and propose new ideas and solutions that generate a differential value for the company and its customers.