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14 Jan

Shipping index helps Brazilian miners compete

[ad_1] Australia’s bulk commodity shippers could be challenged by international competition. Photo: Shutterstock A drop in the Baltic Dry index – a price indicator for the shipping of bulk commodities – could significantly impact the competitiveness of Australian miners with their Brazilian counterparts. BHP, Rio Tinto and Fortescue Metals Group, who together represent a major

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14 Jan

Whitehaven production doubles thanks to Maules Creek opening

[ad_1] Coal miner Whitehaven has upgraded its guidance for the 2015/16 financial year after a strong December quarter saw a doubling of production thanks to its newly-opened Maules Creek mine in the Gunnedah Basin in NSW. Maules Creek, which was plagued by opposition from environmental groups and farmers, began operations in July 2015. Whitehaven is

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14 Jan

CIMIC launches $153.1m hostile takeover for Sedgman

[ad_1] The Sedgman-built West Senakin CHPP in Indonesia. Photo: Sedgman CIMIC Group has made an unconditional final offer to acquire 100% of smaller engineering firm Sedgman, in a bid which values the company at $243m. CIMIC, which was known as Leighton Holdings until April 2015, already owns 39.99% of Sedgman, an Australian based engineer which

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13 Jan

Laing O’Rourke’s Australian business up for grabs

[ad_1] Laing O’Rourke works across a number of Australian sectors including rail. It worked on BHP’s RGP5 Railway in the Pilbara, pictured here. Photo: Laing O’Rourke Unsolicited bids from multiple parties have led UK-based engineering and construction firm Laing O’Rourke to put its Australian business on the block. Group chairman Ray O’Rourke said in a

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24 Dec

Shanghai powder show hosts record crowds

[ad_1] Crowds at IPB 2015. Photo: Powtech Oliver Probert – Sydney December 23, 2015 More than 7,100 trade visitors attended the International Powder & Bulk Solids Processing Conference & Exhibition (IPB) in Shanghai in late October, according to event organiser Powtech. The attendance figure was up from 6,890 in 2014. This made IPB the largest gathering

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24 Dec

ACCC sheds light on Brookfield’s proposed undertakings

[ad_1] Pacific National crane at Chullora. Photo: Cameron Boggs The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has kicked off market consultation on the revised undertakings offered by the Brookfield consortium in its proposed takeover of ports and rail group Asciano. The ACCC raised preliminary competition concerns over Brookfield’s planned takeover in a Statement of Issues on

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23 Dec

NSW approves Alkane’s Dubbo zirconia project

[ad_1] Zirconium bars. Photo: Creative Commons / Alchemist-hp The NSW Government has approved a mining lease for Alkane Resources subsidiary Australian Zirconia Limited’s Dubbo Zirconia Project (DZP). Following on from planning approval from the state government in May 2015, the Resources division of the NSW Department of Industry has advised that a mining lease for

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23 Dec

Commodity slump hits Aurizon

[ad_1] Aurizon train on its way to WICET. Photo: Aurizon Aurizon’s share price slid 10% this morning after the company lowered its coal volume forecast, and announced roughly $215m in asset impairments ahead of its half-yearly report in February. The Queensland-based rail operator said volumes in its major freight operation, and minor iron ore haulage

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23 Dec

Merry Christmas from ABHR

[ad_1] Santa getting a hold of his huge logistics task. Photo: Shutterstock Charles Macdonald – Sydney December 23, 2015 The Wednesday, December 23 newswire will be the last from the Australian Bulk Handling Review in 2015. We would like to wish readers a happy holiday season, and prosperity in the new year. We would like

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23 Dec

Sydney meeting shines light on drymix potential

[ad_1] Mr Ferdinand Leopolder of drymix.info. With Australia’s drymix mortar community set to assemble in Sydney on February 18th, ABHR spoke to Mr Ferdinand Leopolder, the man behind the conference and a far broader international suite of drymix information and meetings. For Australia’s construction and building sectors, the problems linked to traditional on-site mortar preparation

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