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Aluminium News

EIUG supports Eskom plan for new pricing deals with power-intensive firms 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd March 2017 The Energy Intensive User Group of Southern Africa (EIUG) believes there is policy, legislative and regulatory space to introduce new electricity pricing arrangements to help restart of idle mining and process-industry activities, as well as encourage new investments to absorb Eskom’s surplus,... 

Die-caster prepared for next growth cycle in industry

     10th March 2017 An increasing number of car parts such as engine blocks or structural parts are being manufactured from aluminum using high-pressure die casting, says die-casting technology supplier Bühler Die-Casting. 

Russia proposes creating aluminium Opec – Trade Minister

By: Reuters     28th February 2017 Russia is proposing the creation of an Opec-like organisation for the global aluminium industry, TASS news agency quoted Russian Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov as saying on Monday. Russia's Rusal was overtaken by China's Hongqiao as the world's biggest aluminium producer several years... 

Price weakness stemmed from excess capital dole out – Glencore

By: Martin Creamer     27th February 2017 The commodity price weakness from 2012 to 2015 was the result of an over-allocation of capital from 2006 to 2012, Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg told an American audience on Monday. In an address to the BMO Metals and Mining Conference, in Miami, Glasenberg said that capital over-allocation in the... 

Price weakness stemmed from excess capital dole out – Glencore
Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg

IHS Materials Price Index jumps to 18-month high; emergent weakness to undermine momentum

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd December 2016 Analytics firm IHS Markit reports that its Materials Price Index (MPI) rose for a sixth consecutive week, increasing 1.4% to hit a fresh 18-month high. IHS Global Insight Pricing & Purchasing senior economist Ben Orhan pointed out that ferrous metals once again drove the index higher, gaining... 

IHS Materials Price Index jumps to 18-month high; emergent weakness to undermine momentum

H1 performance points to improved FY performance for Hulamin

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th October 2016 Improved operating performance during the first half of the year – and subsequent improvements in the third quarter – have left JSE-listed Hulamin with expectations of a 20%-plus increase in earnings for the full year. In a trading update to shareholders on Friday, Hulamin highlighted predictions... 

Getting to grips with grade

     21st October 2016 Stainless steel is defined as a steel alloy with a minimum of 11% chromium content and performs better than ordinary steel in high temperatures and cryogenic applications, according to national distributor of stainless steel 3CR12, aluminum and special steels company Euro Steel. Stainless steel... 

New technology optimises manufacturing process

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd September 2016 Cape Town-based aluminium-frame structure manufacturer Speed Structures is adapting skill sets to enhance adaptability of temporary structures for a variety of applications, such as military, warehousing and agriculture, as well as the traditional event, exhibition and festival industry. 

New technology             optimises manufacturing process
Photo by Speed Structures
CLEAR-SPAN MARQUEE An example of a clear-span marquee, with clear spaces between the vertical columns

South32 aluminium production unchanged in FY2016

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd September 2016 Mining resources company South32 announced in its full report for the 2016 financial year that South Africa aluminium saleable production was largely unchanged in, as the impact of electricity load-shedding events were lower than expected, particularly in the December 2015 half-year. 

South32 aluminium  production unchanged  in FY2016
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ALUMINIUM SMELTING Aluminium being smelted for semi-finished products

Uncompetitive scrap metal prices causing further decline in industry

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd September 2016 Unless strong action is immediately taken to stem the export of scrap metal and keep it in South Africa at competitive prices, the scrap beneficiating industry will further decline, and directly affect the aluminium sector, says aluminium foundry alloys producer Zimco Aluminium Company (Zimalco)... 

Uncompetitive scrap metal prices causing further decline in industry
Photo by Bloomberg
ALUMINIUM SMELTING PLANT Scrap and aluminium metals are being processed further into semi-finished products

SMS group contracted to revamp aluminium plant

By: Zandile Mavuso     16th September 2016 Plant supplier SMS group has been contracted by aluminium processing company Impol Seval to revamp its aluminium hot rolling mill in Serbia. 

Preventative measures necessary to stop China dumping steel – Solidarity 

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th August 2016 Trade union Solidarity on Tuesday raised an alarm about the potential collapse of South Africa’s already-strained steel industry as cheap imports and “unfair trade practices” threaten the sustainability of local steel producers. Presenting its views to the International Trade Administration... 

Preventative measures necessary to stop China dumping steel – Solidarity 

Company supplies single chamber melting, casting furnace

     5th August 2016 Mechanical engineering company Hertwich Engineering will supply a melting and casting furnace with a capacity of 55 000 t of aluminium a year, as well as a charging machine, to Austrian aluminium product supplier AMAG. Commissioning of the new furnace is scheduled for mid-2017. The move to... 

Company supplies single chamber melting, casting furnace
DUAL FURNACE The new aluminum melting and casting furnace will have a capacity of 55 000 t a year

Hulamin weathers weak H1 with strong exports

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     25th July 2016 JSE-listed aluminium producer Hulamin’s earnings a share increased to 48c apiece for the six months ended June 30, compared with the 24c a share recorded in the six months to June 30, 2015. Headline earnings a share increased to 48c apiece in the six months under review, compared with the 25c... 

Insimbi sells 20% of its share capital to New Season Investment Holdings

By: Anine Kilian     13th June 2016 As part of its broader strategic black economic empowerment (BEE) and transformation initiative, JSE-listed alloy supplier Insimbi announced on Monday that it had sold 20% of its total issued share capital to industrial investment company New Season Investment Holdings. Insimbi’s founding... 

Insimbi sells 20% of its share capital to New Season Investment Holdings

Hulamin still frustrated by lack of aluminium tariff protection

By: African News Agency      22nd April 2016 Hulamin on Thursday expressed its continued frustration at the lack of tariff protection against cheaper imports as metals price remained weak, resulting in a significant negative impact on the financial performance of the company. Hulamin chairperson, Mafika Edmund Mkwanazi, in a statement said... 

Hulamin still frustrated by lack of aluminium tariff protection

Hope for aluminium casting industry

By: Sascha Solomons     8th April 2016 The Aluminium Federation of South Africa (Afsa) believes that potential for growth of the foundry industry currently lies in the automotive sector, as this is the largest market for aluminium castings. “Legislation worldwide is driving automotive companies and original-equipment manufacturers to... 

Hope for aluminium casting industry
Photo by Reuters
ALUMINUNUM GROWTH The aluminium foundry sector produces about 5 000 t/y of components

New opportunities emerge in China despite aluminium slump

By: Kim Cloete     17th March 2016 While the growth rate of aluminium use in China has fallen sharply since 2011, the country is expecting increased growth in the fields of transportation, packaging and electricity over the next five years. “Daily output has slowed down and shutting-down capacity has been rising quarter by... 

New opportunities emerge in China despite aluminium slump

Potential to ramp up employment in downstream aluminium industry

By: Kim Cloete     17th March 2016 Aluminium fabricator Hulamin has outlined ways to substantially grow the aluminium industry supply chain and boost employment. CEO Richard Jacob said it was possible to create 29 000 jobs in the industry by 2018, compared with the 16 000 registered in 2011. 

Potential to ramp up employment in downstream aluminium industry

Subdued outlook for aluminium in S Africa and globally

By: Kim Cloete     17th March 2016 South Africa’s aluminium export growth is expected to remain subdued this year at 0.4% and at just under 1.2% in 2017, according to the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa). 

Subdued outlook for aluminium in S Africa and globally
Seifsa chief economist Henk Langenhoven

Hulamin appoints new CFO

By: Samantha Herbst     10th March 2016 JSE-listed aluminium supplier Hulamin has appointed Anton Krull as its new CFO. He rejoins Hulamin from ASX-listed packaging company Amcor, where he has served as finance director of South African operations. Previously, Krull served Hulamin in several senior financial positions for seven years,... 

Hulamin appoints new CFO

No escape for Eskom from BHP Billiton deal, says S African energy regulator 

By: African News Agency      8th March 2016 There was no imaginable way for Eskom to escape from its onerous contract to supply BHP Billiton’s Hillside smelter and ease the knock-on effect on the ordinary consumer, the National Energy Regulator of South Africa said in response to questions from MPs on Tuesday. Nersa’s head of electricity... 

No escape for Eskom from BHP Billiton deal, says S African energy regulator
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Nersa head of electricity regulation Thembani Bukula

Creamer Media publishes Steel 2016: A review of South Africa's steel sector research report

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th March 2016 Creamer Media’s Steel 2016 Report examines South Africa’s steel industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into the global steel market and and particularly into South South Africa’s steel sector, including production and consumption, main producers and a brief overview of the... 

Creamer Media publishes Steel 2016: A review of South Africa's steel sector research report

Second metals, engineering indaba set for May

By: Anine Kilian     8th February 2016 The metals and engineering sector, which has been underperforming in recent years, will come under microscopic scrutiny when stakeholders from business, labour and government meet at the second Southern African Metals and Engineering Indaba in May. Former Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe would... 

Second metals, engineering indaba set for May
Seifsa CEO Kaizer Nyatsumba

Big scrap looms over proposed new scrap export rules 

By: Terence Creamer     29th January 2016 South African scrap merchants and domestic scrap consumers are taking strongly opposing positions regarding proposed amendments to the price preference system (PPS) policy guidelines, which will govern the future exportation of ferrous and nonferrous scrap metal. The proposed changes were... 

Big scrap looms over proposed new scrap export rules

Hulamin, Nampak ink new supply deal

By: Natalie Greve     14th December 2015 Aluminium supplier Hulamin has agreed terms with Nampak for the supply of some 110 000 t of rolled aluminium can end, can body and can tab stock over a three-year period, starting in April next year. The previous supply agreement totalled about 50 000 t and terminated in March 2016. The new... 

Hulamin, Nampak ink new supply deal

Highveld seeks alternatives to retrenchment, inks deal with DoL

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th December 2015 In an attempt to limit the impact of business rescue on employees, Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium has inked a deal with trade unions and the Department of Labour (DoL) that would see 600 staff placed on a six-month skills improvement programme. Funded by the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF),... 

Highveld seeks alternatives to retrenchment, inks deal with DoL

Two leading steel re-rollers to oppose application for 10% duty on hot-rolled coil

By: Terence Creamer     12th November 2015 Two leading steel processing companies will make a submission to International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac) to voice their objection to ArcelorMittal South Africa’s (AMSA’s) application for tariff protection of 10% on hot-rolled coil (HRC). HRC is the flat-steel product... 

Two leading steel re-rollers to oppose application for 10% duty on hot-rolled coil

US official optimistic meats dispute will be resolved ahead of Jan 4 deadline 

By: Terence Creamer     10th November 2015 A senior US Embassy official said on Tuesday that “significant” progress had been made in narrowing the differences between South Africa and the US on the so-called “three meats” issue and that he was optimistic the outstanding differences would be resolved before year-end and well ahead of the... 

US official optimistic meats dispute will be resolved ahead of Jan 4 deadline
President Barack Obama has placed South Africa on Agoa notice

Aluminium auto panel production expected to accelerate

By: Mia Breytenbach     2nd October 2015 The automotive industry’s shift from manufacturing vehicle body panels in steel to manufacturing them in aluminium is a trend that is expected to significantly accelerate, says aluminium industry representative body the Aluminium Federation of South Africa (Afsa). Afsa executive director Mark... 

Aluminium auto panel  production expected  to accelerate
Photo by Bloomberg
ACCELERATING TREND The amount of aluminium used in vehicles is expected to increase by about 100% or more in North America and globally

Automotive sector to drive aluminium growth, says metallurgist

By: Dylan Stewart     25th September 2015 Metallurgical plant and rolling mill technology provider SMS group has identified the automotive industry as a crucial target market for the company, where its aluminium rolling technology can be applied, says SMS group Technical Services South Africa executive VP Michael Schäfer. 

Automotive sector to  drive aluminium growth, says metallurgist
Photo by Bloomberg
SMOOTH PRODUCTION Consistent flatness is required to feed the material into downstream processing lines

First SA company to manufacture sausage U-clips

By: Dylan Stewart     25th September 2015 Durban-based precision aluminium components manufacturer AC Exports will receive a new machine for manufacturing small aluminium sausage clips this month, AC Exports chairperson Jens Reuning tells Engineering News. 

First SA company  to manufacture  sausage U-clips
FULL OFFERING AC Exports' product range, including a spool of U-clips on the far righ

Marquee company manufactures structures the size of a soccer field

By: Dylan Stewart     25th September 2015 Cape Town-based aluminium-frame-structure manufacturer Speed Structures is manufacturing a 120-m-long, 40-m-wide marquee with an apex height of 10 m for hire or sale, says company chairperson Richard Downing. 

Marquee company manufactures structures  the size of a soccer field
CRUCIAL MATERIAL Speed Structures relies totally on aluminium, especially for the extrusion components, which support the polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, covering.

Richards Bay casthouse has new owner

By: Dylan Stewart     25th September 2015 Australia-owned bauxite miner and aluminium producer South32 has confirmed the official transfer of ownership of the Bayside casthouse in Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal to Isizinda Aluminium in a deal that will support the economic transformation of Richards Bay and the development of South Africa’s... 

SA aluminium body positive about aluminium prospects 

By: Dylan Stewart     25th September 2015 Owing to the increased use of aluminium in the automotive and beverage packaging industries, demand for aluminium in South Africa has positive long-term prospects, says Aluminium Federation of South Africa (Afsa) executive director Mark Krieg. 

SA aluminium body positive  about aluminium prospects
Photo by Bloomberg
MANY APPLICATIONS Aluminium is used in the construction sector, the electrical sector, heat exchangers, solar geysers, the food and beverage packaging industry, and the transport industry

Industrial vacuum delivered to aluminium smelter

By: Sashnee Moodley     28th August 2015 Local furnace and industrial services company Dickinson Group last month delivered its new MegaVac Cyclone Loader to resources company South 32, where the machine will be used for a large basement cleaning project for the company’s Mozal aluminium smelter, in Mozambique. 

Industrial vacuum delivered to  aluminium smelter
MEGAVAC CYCLONE LOADER The unit will be used in South 32’s smelter for the recovery of 90 t/d of bath material

South32 sees opportunity to work with Eskom on further coal supply

By: Martin Creamer     24th August 2015 New diversified mining company South32, which on Monday reported 56%-higher underlying earnings of $1-billion, sees an opportunity to work with Eskom on additional coal supply.   The demerged BHP Billiton entity, which is fast-tracking the implementation of its regional operating model in South... 

South32 sees opportunity to work with Eskom on further coal supply
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