The global copper industry is in crisis

Copper industry in crisis, new areas pursued

The global copper industry is in crisis – traditional orebodies are becoming depleted and the commodity market has depressed the price of copper to such an extent that mining companies cannot afford to invest in expansion or new equipment, says foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie group executive Edwin Dreyer. “Lower ore values mean additional tonnage must be mined to obtain the same yield as before, which…

Smelter welding project completed

South Africa-based foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie successfully completed a smelter welding project and timeously delivered erosion-resistant copper coolers, which are being installed to a smelter in Southern Africa. Thos Begbie started the project in March this year and delivered the coolers at the end of April, 2019, Thos Begbie sales engineer Esli Bantjes tells Engineering News. The company used hardfacing to make the coolers erosion-resistant. Hardfacing is a…