BME Spotlights Products and Service at ISEE conference

Aaron Austin

BME spotlighted its products and services at the International Society of Explosives Engineers (ISEE) Annual Conference on Explosives and Blasting Technique in Texas. BME highlighted its innovative offerings – with senior leadership and technical experts on hand to engage with the market. 

Aaron Austin, BME general manager Americas, said the ISEE event comes at a time when the company has distinguished itself from competitors by growing its investment in the region.

“Our presence at the ISEE conference gave us the chance to share not only our latest technology solutions, but our important developments and plans,” said Austin. “Our presence at the conference will demonstrate our latest generation AXXIS Titanium electronic initiation system, alongside our range of solutions that give us full-service capability.”

South Africa-based BME, a member of the JSE-listed Omnia Group, has achieved significant, strategic global expansion in recent decades. It has built its presence in North America through BME Mining Canada Inc. – a partnership with well-known local player Consbec. 

He noted that leadership attending the ISEE event included BME Managing Director Ralf Hennecke; Omnia Group Chief Executive Officer Seelan Gobalsamy; and BME Mining Canada Vice-President Richard Walker. Key global BME representatives from Indonesia and Australia were also at the conference.

“The group has demonstrated its intent in the Americas over the years, and most recently through the establishment of our production and service facilities in Nairn Centre, Ontario, Canada,” said Austin. “To be launched later this year, this facility gives us the infrastructural base to rachet up our growth plans.”

Delegates at the ISEE engaged directly with BME’s AXXIS Support Manager Hennie du Preez, who demonstrated AXXIS Titanium on the ISEE Demo Bench. D. Scott Scovira, BME’s global blasting science head, presented a conference paper at the event as well. The level of blasting technology and expertise in BME has already been recognized by ISEE expert panels, noted Austin. 

“This is the second year in a row that we have had a conference paper voted in the top three by an independent panel,” he said. “This is a clear measure of the value of BME’s technical contribution at the ISEE conference and in the sector generally.”

He added that BME is looking for appropriate investment opportunities in line with its growth ambitions. BME Mining Canada has already established itself as a local player through a recent five-year, full-service contract with a Canadian mining interest. 

“In addition to our organic growth in North America, we will also be talking to delegates about our blasting solutions that contribute to customers’ Environmental, Social, and Governance drives,” said Austin.


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