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Manufacture of Explosives and Pyrotechnics
BY Yasmin Mahomedy
South Africa
11 February 2020
R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
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Manufacture of Explosives and Pyrotechnics


The explosives market is largely dependent on the mining industry, which continues to struggle due to increasing costs, strike action, regulatory and operational challenges, and unstable electricity supply. The mining sector returned to profitability in 2019 due to higher commodity prices and a weaker rand. But declining production, high operation costs, and load-shedding are threatening the future of mines and mining industry output. The South African market for explosives is small and extremely competitive, and competition has forced down prices, resulting in lower margins. To increase their competitive edge, companies offer value-added services such as consulting and training for blasters.


Opportunities


Future opportunities for explosives suppliers lie in technology and services as mining moves from a deep level, labour intensive, conventional mining environment to a mechanised shallower, technologically-advanced industry. Demand for more cost-effective solutions remains high and the major explosive companies continue to focus on product enhancements that will lead to mine production improvements and blast optimisation. Innovation by some companies has led to international interest in underground blasting technology while other companies have been exploring opportunities outside South Africa. The major drivers for product development and innovation are safety and efficiency such as remote control systems at sites and autonomous vehicles.


Report Coverage


This report focuses on the manufacture of explosives and pyrotechnics and includes information on the state of the sector and the factors that influence it. There are comprehensive profiles of 11 companies in the sector. These include Omnia, whose BME division’s mobile mechanised emulsion pumps technology for underground blasting applications is enabling it to expand to international markets. Profiles also include DetNet, an electronic blast initiation specialist that installed a smart blasting system at the Wits Mining Institute.


Page
1. INTRODUCTION 1
2. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 1
2.1. Industry Value Chain 2
2.2. Geographic Position 3
3. SIZE OF THE INDUSTRY 3
4. STATE OF THE INDUSTRY 4
4.1. Local 4
4.1.1. Corporate Actions 6
4.2. Regulations 6
4.2.1. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 7
4.3. Continental 8
4.4. International 9
5. INFLUENCING FACTORS 10
5.1. Mining Industry Activity 10
5.2. Economic Environment 10
5.3. Government Initiatives 11
5.4. Electricity Supply 11
5.5. Technology, R&D and Innovation 11
5.6. Labour 13
5.7. Environmental Concerns 15
6. COMPETITION 16
6.1. Barriers to Entry 16
7. SWOT ANALYSIS 17
8. OUTLOOK 17
9. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 18
10. REFERENCES 18
10.1. Publications 18
10.2. Websites 18
APPENDIX 1 20
Summary of Notable Players 20
COMPANY PROFILES 22
AECI MINING SOLUTIONS LTD 22
DENEL SOC LTD 25
DETNET SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 30
LION MATCH PRODUCTS (PTY) LTD 32
MAXAM DANTEX SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 34
MINOVA AFRICA (PTY) LTD 36
NXCO MINING TECHNOLOGIES (PTY) LTD 38
OMNIA GROUP (PTY) LTD 40
SASOL DYNO NOBEL (PTY) LTD 43
SOLAR MINING SERVICES (PTY) LTD 45
ZIMCO GROUP (PTY) LTD 47