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PDAC opens global doors for SA explosives leader

Continued lethargy in the global economy – aggravated by the outbreak of the coronavirus – did not dampen the enthusiasm of BME’s engagements at the recent Prospectors and Developers Association Conference (PDAC) in Toronto, Canada.

South Africa-based explosives leader BME was once again showcasing its brand and global presence, including in North America.

“This year was particularly exciting for us to be exhibiting, following the launch of BME Mining Canada Inc. last year – our joint venture with Consbec, the largest civils drill and blast contractor in Canada,” said BME General Manager Technology and Marketing, Ralf Hennecke. “There was considerable excitement among the decision-makers and businesses we met about the entry of another experienced player into the region’s explosives and blasting market.”


Hennecke said the mood at the Toronto gathering was buoyed by a gradual uptick in exploration projects and a number of mine expansions – even though the outlook for most base metals was conservative.

“It was pleasing to see that Canada was in the top three exploration performers globally, which bodes well for the country’s mining future,” he said.

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He noted that many of the mining companies represented at the event also had operations in BME stronghold regions like West Africa, and even operated in other BME territories like South-east Asia. The company’s globalisation strategy was also paving the way for greater future involvement in global mining tenders, he said.

Ralf Henneck
Ralf Henneck – BME General Manager Technology and Marketing

“Events like PDAC allow us to steadily build links in new territories like North America, leveraging the relationships we already have with majors and juniors in that market,” said Hennecke. “In addition to prospective mining customers, we also regularly meet a range of important service providers and contractors with whom we might work in future.”

Emphasising BME’s commitment to collaboration in the market – especially in the digital and technological space – he said these links were increasingly important to facilitate the integration of technologies in the interest of more productive mining.

“Mines are looking to synergise their supply chains to ensure they benefit optimally from the various services and product developments,” he said. “This means that technology providers must have the capacity to continuously integrate their offerings into customers’ systems – even collaborating with other technology providers to do so. This integration is vital to allow mines to harness the power of new innovations.”