BME expansion includes Canadian investments

By |  January 19, 2024
Canada and the U.S. are among BME's growth markets around the world. Photo: BME

Canada and the U.S. are among BME’s growth markets around the world. Photo: BME

BME, a blasting and explosives company based in South Africa, continues to expand globally in markets worldwide.

In Canada, for instance, BME has been building assembly plants for electronic and non-electric detonators.

“This gives us the opportunity to highlight our differentiators such as our blasting technology and digital tools, as well as blasting products and our high level of technical service,” says Ralf Hennecke, managing director of BME.

Additionally, BME says it continues to roll out expansion plans in African countries, Australia and Indonesia.

“These markets are exciting for us as they boast high mineral exploration rates and a diverse range of battery and other minerals, which are important for future growth,” Hennecke says.

In Australia, Hennecke says BME has been successfully conducting electronic detonator trials. The company is also focused on developing non-nitrous technology.

“We are also successfully partnering in the field of technology, where our recent tie-up with Hypex Bio strengthens our sustainability ambitions for non-nitrous emulsions,” Hennecke says. “Using hydrogen peroxide is a ground-breaking technology in our sector, and a direction that we want to help pioneer globally.”

Separately, BME says dual-salt emulsions are now assisting mines to meet their decarbonization targets due to the lower greenhouse gas emissions from blasts. 

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