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At the Temium iron ore mine in Mexico, Austin Powder provides pattern design and blasting services to mine the ore. The Austin crew combines teamwork and experience to help our customer achieve their goals while always maintaining a safe and healthy working environment.

  • Products Used

    • Hydromite
    • Emulex
    • Emulex C
    • HEET
    • Austinite
    • Detonating Cord
    • Fuse Assembly


12/16/2020 Did you know that Austin Powder has been on the project since the early stages when the roads, tailing management facilities, and pre-stripping projects were underway? Today we are the sole explosives and blasting service supplier in the mining operations in the Botija pit.

January Calendar Story

Red Devil Trial

With MSHA's approval to use gassed emulsions underground, Austin Powder is demonstrating the benefits of its Red Devil gassed emulsion delivery system, which is already proven in Europe and Latin America.

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UVA Mine - Chile

The UVA Mine in Chile is one of the most recent examples of state-of-theart mining technology. This unique underground mine uses an ore transfer system supported by equipment that is remotely operated from a control room located outside the mine. Austin participates in this project using their Red Devil system and E*STAR Centralized Underground Blasting Equipment and detonators.

Blast site after detonation

West Plains Mining Expansion - United States

Austin Powder's longtime customer, West Plains Mining, was cut-off from several large stone markets simply by distance. With several million tons of reserves on hold, and a desire to expand in the future, West Plains needed assistance with implementing a new transportation system. Austin was up to the challenge and helped take West Plains to the next level with rail and road expansion.

Worker in production facility

New Class 5 HMX Plant - Argentina

Austin Powder is taking explosive production to a new level with the modernization of its HMX plant in Rafaela. Austin can now produce a new

Worker pouring materials

Iron Ore Mining - Mexico

At the Temium iron ore mine in Mexico, Austin Powder provides pattern design and blasting services to mine the ore. The Austin crew combines teamwork and experience to help our customer achieve its goals while always maintaining a safe and healthy working environment.

Workers placing materials on site

Fulfilling the Mission - Canada

In Ontario, Canada the Austin team was able to break a year's worth of rock for our customer in a single blast! The team fired 1,416 E*STAR detonators and over 86,000 kg (189,597 lbs) of Hydromite with two blasting machines to produce 259,405 tons (285,945 tons) of rock.

Workers manually placing materials

Preg Dunite (Serpentinite) Quarry - Austria

The Preg Dunite Quarry is known for its production of dunit, a very hard and abrasion-resistant rock, that is primarily used as an aggregate for asphalt and ballast for railroad lines. Of course, blasting is the first step to fragment the rock for further processing and Austin is proud of the role it plays in supplying products, technical support and blasting services.

ESTAR being setup

Antwerp Port - Belgium

One of the largest E*STAR blasts of 2020 was performed in Antwerp Port in Belgium. Demolition of at 8,000 m2 (86,111 ft2) concrete base plate utilized 6.87 tons of explosives and 2,210 detonators. The location was flooded by 1.5 m (5 ft) of water and blasted in 9.5 seconds.

US Highway Construction

This $209 million Design-Build project is West Virginia Department of Highways' largest to date. It includes the design, grade, and drain for US 48 (Corridor H) and the US 219 Connector. The work includes 12 million cubic yards (9.17 million cubic meters) of heavy earthwork, significant rock blasting, and five bridge structures ranging up to 1,200 ft. (365 m) long and 250 ft. (76 m) tall. Austin Powder provides explosives and blasting for the prime contractor, Kokosing Construction Company Inc. Austin began blasting on the project in 2017.

E*STAR Tunnel - Norway

Norway has over 1,100 road tunnels that collectively span 800 km (497 thousand). Of these tunnels, 73 are over 3,000 m (1.9 thousand) long. Norway is excavating approximately 8 million m3 (1.05 million yd3) of rock in new road, rail and water tunnels every year. Safety and environmental issues have moved the market to electronics in almost all new highway projects, which makes E*STAR Tunnel a long-awaited upgrade for this market.

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Lam Tin Site Formation Works - Hong Kong

Hong Kong's population is on the rise. To help relief traffic congestion, the Tseung Kwan O – Lam Tin Tunnel (TKO-LTT) tunnel is being built to get ahead of the district's future development. Austin Powder provides products for the surface blasting for the exchange and tunnel blasting for the project. The construction is scheduled to be completed in 2021.

Truck on site next to water

Extracting Limestone - United States

Mining in Florida has its own set of challenges, especially when it comes to blasting marine limestone in wet mining operations. In a wet and muddy environment, and where the blaster will never see the face, Austin Powder adapts to overcome challenges and deliver results safely and effectively.





We are a traditional manufacturer of initiation systems for industrial blasting operations and an important technological and research base for production and further development of initiation systems.

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Austin Powder Service CZ implements the latest technologies and products for blasting works, such as laser profiling, electronic modeling, and electronic detonators.