Founded in 1989, New Concept Mining's objective was to provide innovative, quality products to improve safety and productivity in the mining industry.
Early success came with the introduction of a range of mono-rope equipment that effectively eliminated finger amputations that were commonplace at the time. New Concept Mining became the market leader in the field and has supplied all the major gold and platinum mines throughout Southern Africa.
During its existence NCM has won Cullinan, Design Institute of South Africa (DISA), South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) design awards as well as Anglo American Supplier Awards.
From 1994 the company has been involved in stope support products. Various types of temporary and permanent mine support systems were developed and launched before the Jackpot range of hydraulic pre-stress devices was launched in September 1997 at the SARES conference. NCM has established itself as the market leader in this field and has focused its efforts on hydraulic pre-stressing devices and associated technology, ceasing production of temporary props and mono-rope equipment. Continuous re-investment in the business has been made over the years to optimise quality, capacity, service and costs thus providing our customers peace of mind in the critical area of mine support.
Since 1997, economies of scale, value engineering and improvements have resulted in the price of Jackpots decreasing in the face of rising input costs such as steel.
During 2004 New Concept Mining introduced the Hydrabolt range of expandable roofbolts, which has resulted in significant changes in mining in South Africa, again offering unparalleled improvements in mining productivity and safety.
The current product range is as follows:
The Jackpot range of standard pre-stress units (140 NT JP / 160 NT JP / 183 NT JP / 220 NT JP / 260 NT JP and the Jackpot with Pressure Relief Valve; The Hydrabolt and X-Pandabolt ranges of expandable roofbolts, ranging in length from 0.9m to 3.0m; Jackpack pack support pre-stressing plates and various Headboards; a full range of installation and pumping accessories custom designed for the installation of NCM products is also available.
In addition to roof support products the FOGLight electronic telltale is also supplied by NCM.
New Concept Mining is internationally accredited to ISO 9001:2008. Through stringent application of quality controls and process improvements the current operational failure rate of products is constantly improving and meets the most demanding standards.
A highly experienced team of Service Managers and Underground Instructors provide underground training and troubleshooting.
NCM strives to offer the best possible levels of service, and in an independent market survey, 70% of the respondents nominated New Concept Mining as the best mining supply company in South Africa. Customer service and support has always been paramount at NCM. The service team has a combined total of over 200 years of mining experience and provides a vital link between new product development, factory and customer. Many of the products now in use underground were developed through this close cooperation between mine production personnel and New Concept Mining.
RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
New Concept Mining has a team of Engineers working on various research and development projects. These projects are focused around innovative mining support solutions. An example of this capability is the Hydrabolt – hydraulic roof bolting system, the Jackpot with internal PRV (pressure relief valve) which provides accurate hydraulic yield, a combination nozzle for correctly inflating both Jackpots and Hydrabolts from the same high pressure Airpump, the RS-Bolt for use in stopes where the fall-out thickness to be supported is greater than the stoping width and the FOGLight electronic telltale.
Technical advice and service to the local market for all products is available to mining customers throughout South Africa via branches in Carletonville (covering the Carletonville, Klerksdorp and Welkom Gold Mining areas), Rustenburg and the Eastern Limb (covering the Platinum Mines). Customers in South America are serviced from our team based in our Lima office.
Other markets are supplied and serviced through our various agents who are fully supported from our head office in Johannesburg.
The Managing Director since 2001 is Philip Maxton, a Mechanical Engineering graduate who, after working in the mining industry for many years, obtained an MBA from the University of Cape Town.