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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 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.”

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.