After having dramatically ramped up exploration activities in all three mining locations since 2018, LKAB can now present the result: an increase in mineral resources during 2020 by 45%, from 1.2 to 1.7 billion tonnes. “This should enable us to maintain

production until at least 2060. Furthermore, the deposits are open at depth, meaning that their extent at depth is not known,” says Pierre Heeroma, Senior Vice President Exploration.

Huge increase in mineral resources reported in past three years Over the past

two years LKAB has invested some 700 million kronor in the search for new deposits and in ascertaining the extent of existing ones. Focus has been placed on areas close to the mines, since the exploration potential is considered


Wall Colmonoy has launched a range of wear plates that will be marketed under the brand ColWear. The new plates are produced using proprietary Colmonoy nickel and Wallex cobalt alloys, with optional tungsten carbide. Vacuum-furnace production techniques developed over decades have been used to improve the metallurgical properties of the alloy matrix.

One of the big breakthroughs

in developing ColWear plates was achieving superior resistance to abrasion, whilst at the same time offering excellent heat and corrosion resistant properties. The plates are in strong demand for processes such as

separation, grinding and conveying, where abrasive material is a key wear issue.

Synthetic rope upgrades hoist durability

Konecranes is introducing a new synthetic rope upgrade to its S-series hoists, to provide significant advantages over alternative materials. Synthetic rope reduces wear and tear of both the rope and the components, as

it has less surface pressure and friction against the reeving components. “Synthetic rope is also lightweight

and safer to handle, because it’s barb-free. It requires no lubrication, which reduces maintenance costs over time. Additionally, it is simple to install and can easily bend and guide around the sheaves,” says James Dowe, Managing Director, Konecranes Australia and New Zealand. “For companies looking at modernising or updating their existing hoists, synthetic rope is a cost-effective, safe and durable solution, designed to last in service,” he concludes.

great and the proximity to existing infrastructure facilitates future mining.


A gold mining company with assets in one of the most prolific gold producing regions of Canada is now benefiting from the adoption of Qdos and APEX peristaltic pumps from Watson- Marlow Fluid Technology Group (WMFTG). Deployed in two important applications, Harte Gold is now enjoying far better flow rate efficiency, along with reductions in both maintenance requirements and downtime. The company is subsequently looking to invest in further pumps from WMFTG. ReNu peristaltic pumphead

technology is at the core of the Qdos pump. It ensures accurate and repeatable chemical dosing, reduces wastage and eliminates any potential for operator exposure to chemicals. 7

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