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Explosives big-hitter rumbles sector

You can imagine the chatter when Joseph Keenan, a 20-year veteran of Australia-based Orica, turned up in Johannesburg to head smaller rival BME with a mandate to roll out the business globally.

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BME wants to blast off outside of its Africa base

The disclosure blasted its way around boardrooms from Perth to Toronto as speculation mounted Keenan was planning to go head to head with his former employer, one of the largest mining explosives