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Aluminium

US aluminium can recycling rate on the rise

23rd September 2011 The aluminium beverage can recycling rate in the US reached its highest level in a decade last year when 58.1% of aluminium cans were recycled. 

End-users encouraged to recycle aluminium products

23rd September 2011 The US-based Aluminium Association is encouraging its members and end-users to recycle this metal, stating that aluminium products can be infinitely recycled without losing their functional purpose. 

Engineering group awarded EPCM contract for aluminium smelter

23rd September 2011 Engineering and construction group SNC-Lavalin has announced that it has been awarded the engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) services contract by the Emirates Aluminium Company for the Phase 2 development of its smelter in Al Taweelah, in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. 

Software system to improve productivity of glass, aluminium sectors

23rd September 2011 Productivity consultancy BizmanTools’ locally developed manufacturing management software system BizmanTools - Productivity, is making an impact in the aluminium and glass industries, says owner John White. 

Company to increase aluminium alloy production

23rd September 2011 Aluminium products developer Constellium plans to inaugurate two new foundries in Issoire and Voreppe, in France, during the last quarter of this year to increase production of its Airware technology, which comprises a range of complementary, high-performance and low-density alloys that are... 

Security barrier manufacturer expands into aluminium shutters

23rd September 2011 Security solutions provider Trellidor has expanded its security barrier range with the introduction of Trellidor Rollerstyle aluminium roller shutters. 

New aluminium load body application

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th September 2010 Steel supplier KMG Steel Service Centre and vehicle body manufacturer Ergon Cranes & Engineering have introduced an aluminium prototype dropside tipper load body. 

Market trend for outdoor living space results in new folding system

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th September 2010 European architectural solutions provider Reynaers Aluminium has expanded its range of offerings with its CF 77 folding system, following the market trend for outdoor living space. 

International sustainability study highlights energy 
saving benefits

24th September 2010 A new international sustainability study on automotive materials highlights the life-cycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction and energy-saving benefits of aluminium and magnesium. 

Awards aim to create awareness

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th September 2010 Following a difficult year in the UK’s aluminium industry, owing to the closures of some of the industry’s smelters in the past year, and a loss of some 700 jobs, the Aluminium Extruders Association with support from the Aluminium Federation (Alfed) organised the Power of Aluminium Awards,... 

€30m aluminium 
recycling plant 
for Norway

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th September 2010 Integrated aluminium company Norsk Hydro is investing €30-million in the construction of an aluminium recycling plant, in Karmøy, Norway. 

Call to impose an export tariff on scrap metal

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th September 2010 The secondary aluminium industry is calling for South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to impose an export tariff on scrap metals, as the current high cost of buying the metals by local aluminium companies is shrinking the industry. 

Enviro legislation increases challenges for local companies

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th September 2010 The latest enactments of environmental legislation, which include energy, air and water legislation, challenge industry as they question capital investment decisions that were made under a different decision environment when capital was expensive, energy cheap and water, waste and air legislation... 

Aluminium sheet used for wine bottle closures

24th September 2010 South African aluminium semifabricator Hulamin supplies some 3 000 t of aluminium to the wine and beverage closure industry, with a large percentage used for wine bottle closures. The wine trade is a multibillion rand international industry and the ongoing debate on the different forms of... 

Aluminium industry takes strain

By: Lindsey Berry     25th September 2009 The global financial crisis has had a severe impact on both local and global aluminium production, which has decreased by between 20% and 30% says Aluminium Federation of South Africa (Afsa) executive director Mark Krieg. 

Aluminium a tool for 
sustainability in green building

By: Lindsey Berry     25th September 2009 Aluminum can contribute to the growing green building market as it is a sustainable material, and is easily and frequently recycled reports the Aluminium Federation of South Africa (Afsa). 

Tooling industry experiences some recovery

By: Lindsey Berry     25th September 2009 The local tooling industry has recovered slightly from its significantly decreased production period between the end of last year and midway through this year, the Toolmaking Association of South Africa (TASA) reports. 

Scrap industry faces additional challenges during the recession

By: Lindsey Berry     25th September 2009 The increased costs of overheads in the recycling sector, which have resulted from significantly lower volumes of scrap being produced by the diminished manufacturing sector, is one of the three primary challenges for the local scrap metal industry, says the Metal Recyclers Association (MRA) of... 

Seventy-two per cent recovery rate of cans through recycling

By: Lindsey Berry     25th September 2009 Collect-a-Can reports that 72% of food and beverage cans in South Africa are reclaimed through the recycling process. 

Cladding system customised 
for stadium

25th September 2009 The Moses Mabhida stadium is in the final stages of construction and is set to be one of the most aesthetically satisfying sports facilities in the world, as well as one of South Africa’s landmark stadiums for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. 

China dominates global aluminium industry

25th September 2009 China continues to dominate the global aluminium industry, accounting for one-third of world production and world consumption of primary aluminium according to metals and minerals consultants Roskill Information Services’ The Economics of Aluminium 9th Edition report. 

SA energy crisis affects Mozambique aluminium export

26th September 2008 Mozambique’s production and exports of aluminium will be lower than hoped for this year, owing to electricity shortages in South Africa. 

Initiative works to resolve foundry tool room skills shortage

26th September 2008 The formation of the Western Cape Tooling Initiative (WCTI), a local chapter of the Tooling Association of South Africa (Tasa), a section 21 company, is playing an important role in resolving the skills shortage being experienced in the foundry tool room, says aluminium foundry Ajax Manufacturing... 

Light metals research debated

26th September 2008 The national priority sector of light metals came under national and international scrutiny at a metals and metals processes colloquium organised by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Materials Science and Manufacturing in August. 

Nonferrous metal importer expands into Asia

26th September 2008 South African semifinished products in nonferrous metals importer, Metal & Tool Trade (MTT), has established associated offices in Shanghai and Singapore. 

International institute focuses on reducing aluminium’s environmental impact

By: Jacqueline Holman     26th September 2008 The International Aluminium Institute (IAI), the global forum for the leaders of the aluminium industry, states in its April 2008 report, Aluminium: Pioneering a Voluntary Global Industry Sectoral Approach, that it seeks to encourage the global industry to adopt a path of continuous improvement... 

Aluminium foundry sector on the decline

By: Jacqueline Holman     26th September 2008 Aluminium Federation of Southern Africa (Afsa) executive director Mark Krieg says the aluminium foundry sector has declined by 40% over the last five years, while the wrought aluminium sector is growing steadily by about 7% a year. 

Aluminium federation calls for urgent skills development

By: Jacqueline Holman     26th September 2008 The Aluminium Federation of South Africa (Afsa) executive director Mark Krieg says the demand for education and skills development in the aluminium industry remains high, as the next ten years will see the retirement of many skilled people who will need to be replaced. 

Technology network established to support foundry industry

By: Jacqueline Holman     26th September 2008 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has established the National Foundry Technology Network (NFTN) as a key foundry industry support initiative. 

South African firm supplies aluminium sheets for three Olympic stadiums

By: Dennis Ndaba     22nd August 2008 Aluminium sheets produced at aluminium reroller Hulamin’s Pietermaritzburg plant have been used in iconic projects such as the Spencer street station in Melbourne, Australia, and at the National Grand Theatre, in Beijing, China. 

IDZ could create 15 000 jobs by 2010

By: Desislava Tzoneva     7th December 2007 The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) could create 15 000 jobs between August 2007 and July 2010 at its Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) in the Eastern Cape, spokesperson Ongama Mtimka tells Engineering News. This estimate is based on the number of signed investors and planned investments by... 

Aluminium smelter on track

By: Desislava Tzoneva     7th December 2007 The aluminium smelter to be built by Alcan at the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) is currently moving forward apace. Some $200-million of the $2,7-billion investment required for the smelter has already been committed by Alcan to the project, Alcan spokesperson Rob Valdmanis tells... 

Zone's power requirements to necessitate R6,4bn expenditure

By: Desislava Tzoneva     7th December 2007 Some R6, 4-billion will be spent on power infrastructure to ensure the supply of electricity to the Alcan aluminium smelter currently being built at the Eastern Cape Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ). 

Proposed refinery to produce 200 000 brl/day

By: Desislava Tzoneva     7th December 2007 Dubbed one of the biggest post-2010 investments in South Africa, the possible R39-billion oil refinery that PetroSA may install at the Coega industrial development zone (IDZ) will generate a projected 200 000 barrels of oil a day. 

Fuel hunger prompts pipeline build

By: Desislava Tzoneva     7th December 2007 National oil company PetroSA's plans to build a pipeline from the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) is the result of identified production capacity limitations in Gauteng which fail to produce sufficient quantities of all grades and types of automotive fuels to meet expected demand.  

Translocation project preserves Coega's plant life

By: Desislava Tzoneva     7th December 2007 Around one-and-a-half million plants have been collected and translocated from the greenfield Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) to date, in an effort to ensure that plants endemic to the area are preserved. 

Training initiative secures funding for 25 learners

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th September 2007 Technology and business incubator Downstream Aluminium Centre for Technology (Dact) recently secured funding from mining giant BHP Billiton for skills development of 25 learners from rural communities around Richards Bay. The development programme aims to impart skills in metal fabrication and... 

South African aluminium sector set for 7% annual growth - Afsa

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th September 2007 The Aluminium Federation of Southern Africa (Afsa) reports that the local market is set to grow between 7% and 8% a year, for the next ten years. Afsa aluminium specialist Dr Tony Paterson states that while this is a substantial growth, consideration should be given to the fact that the country... 

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