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A Guide to Large Caterpillar Dozer Hire

Dozers are an invaluable piece of machinery for mining and construction sites. With large, powerful engines and the ability to shift significant amounts of materials, these are a popular and common choice on many projects. Offered as part of the African Plant & Equipment rental fleet, large Caterpillar dozers offer power and reliability. Caterpillar’s exclusive elevated sprocket design also ensures increased productivity and decreased downtime, as well as simplifying maintenance. When it comes to demanding jobs, Caterpillar dozer hire is the perfect solution for your site. Advantages of dozer hire Our rental solutions offer a promise of flexibility and reliability giving...

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Exciting New Mineral Discovered in Australia

As a supplier of heavy plant equipment, African Plant & Equipment is always on the lookout for interesting news stories to share with our clients in the mining industry. This time we turn to reports from Australia where a new mineral called putnisite has been discovered amidst the rugged, mineral-rich state of Western Australia. With almost 4,000 minerals having been discovered, studied and transformed to date, it’s hard to believe that there are still new discoveries to be made. And yet that’s exactly what happened earlier this year when a mining prospector came across a new pink-purple mineral while prospecting...

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A Guide to Africa's Mineral Wealth

The future of mining in Africa is bright for mining companies and auxiliary operations such as earth moving equipment hire and other related mining machinery providers. Not only are several countries expected to unearth billions of dollars worth of minerals from the ground this year, but billions more in the way of foreign direct investment are also expected to be pumped into the continent. A great infographic we stumbled across shows that China has become one of the most important consumers of minerals mined in Africa. In the 14-year period (1995 -2009) African exports to China rose from $1.4 billion...

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Metal-Absorbing Plants May Offer Greener Mining Future

The mining industry and mining equipment suppliers are always keeping an eye on environmentally beneficial solutions to their operations. This has led many in the industry to turn their attention to an exciting new scientific discovery; one that promises to show how metal-absorbing plants may offer a greener mining future. Creating specific mining machinery to complete this task is easier said than done, so let’s take a look at where Mother Nature may be able to step in. What are metal-absorbing plants? While these plants and what they do may sound like it's ripped from the pages of a science-fiction novel,...

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ZIMEC Zambia 2014: African Mining Industry Event

The 4th Zambia International Mining and Energy Conference and Exhibition was held in Lusaka, Zambia on the 24th to the 25th of June. Held at The New Government Conference Centre, the exhibition is an opportunity for industry professionals to come together to network, learn and exhibit. Following the success of the 2013 conference in which 483 people from 28 counties attended to listen to 56 different speakers and visit 78 different exhibitor booths, the event is returning for its fourth year. Last year guests were given the opportunity to learn about Zambia’s key operating mines and their development strategies, investments...

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How to Repair Earth Moving Equipment in 7 Steps

African Plant & Equipment provides earth moving equipment, plant hire and machinery to the African mining industry. One of our key values is safety and this is crucial if you are faced with a problem when using your earth moving equipment. If you do happen to run into trouble, we offer an onsite repair service and solutions for your mining machinery, or you can follow this 7 step plan to diagnose the problem and repair it. Finding the problem with your plant and heavy equipment 1. What is the problem? You firstly need to figure out what is wrong with...

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African Mining Industry Outlook: Copper

Though copper has been in use for over 10,000 years, the industry surrounding it continues to grow. Zambia’s copper belt alone will see five new mines developed over the next five years. While Zambia is traditionally considered to be the home of African copper mining, a handful of other countries are also involved. As a result of increased activity in the mining, earth moving equipment in Africa has also increased exponentially. African now a major player in global mining sector Copper has a range of uses that make it essential to a variety of industries, and thus to the development of...

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8 Essential Places to Visit in Zambia

We’ve picked out 8 of the top spots to add on the itinerary on your next visit to Zambia

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The A-list of Earth Moving Equipment

Although there are all kinds of specialist earth moving equipment available for civil construction, mining or road construction, four of the most versatile and widely used pieces of heavy machinery are loaders, excavators, bulldozers and dump trucks. Here’s why they’ve earned their place on the A-list of earth moving equipment.

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African Mining Outlook: Gold

The African mineral industry is one of the largest in the world and sustains the economy of many African countries who are dependent on the rich mineral resources beneath the 30 million kilometre surface of their continent.

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