Rentech’s expertise in the Mining industry dates back to 1966, when its parent company, then known as Willard Africa, started the first local manufacturing of lead-acid batteries for industrial applications in South Africa.
These batteries were used to power mining cap lamps, and in the 1980s the company initiated the production and assembly of cap lamps.
Services to the mining industry branched out and soon included the production and supply of batteries for underground locomotives for coal mining as well as the management of lamp rooms and battery bays at the mines.
Today, health and safety are non-negotiable factors in the mining industry, and battery-powered equipment that is cost-effective and offers a far greater degree of safety opposing to diesel-driven systems has become the specified standard. With in-depth experience of underground environments and requirements, Rentech is a preferred supplier of high performance lead-acid batteries and electrical-driven equipment as well as services to mining customers.
In addition to these advantages, there is an increasing move towards automation of mine machinery, and the use of remotely controlled mining robots, which favour the use of electric drives and battery-driven vehicles.
Credit: EE Publishers (2017)