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Aluminium

SA's highest rock-fill dam project well under way

By: Nicola Mawson     10th December 2004 The Berg water project, being implemented to supply water to the City of Cape Town, is scheduled for completion in November 2007. 

20 000 cylinder heads manufactured

By: elizabeth rebelo     1st October 2004 To date, Murray & Roberts Foundries has already manufactured some 20 000 aluminium cylinder heads for Volkswagen Germany’s LT2 commercial vehicle range, says marketing director Bernard Brussow. 

BEE at the ready for fabrication business

By: elizabeth rebelo     1st October 2004 An eight-year-old black-economically-empowered (BEE) Kwazulu-Natal engineering services company is diversifying into turnkey project fabrication services. 

SABS approves wheelchair design

By: elizabeth rebelo     1st October 2004 It is not often that a wheelchair user gets the opportunity to become a wheelchair designer and manufacturer. 

Aluminium remains an important raw material

By: elizabeth rebelo     1st October 2004 According to a report written by the European Aluminium Association (Aluminium in the Automotive Industry), the aluminium content of cars is anticipated to double within the next 10 years. 

Multimillion-rand furnace contract awarded

By: elizabeth rebelo     1st October 2004 At the beginning of September Alberton- based Efco Furnaces received a multi- million-rand contract from Murray & Roberts Foundries for a solution and ageing facility. 

Aluminium producer tenders for Gautrain project

By: elizabeth rebelo     1st October 2004 Aluminium and packaging solutions company Alcan, has tendered to supply aluminium extrusion systems for the Gautrain rapid rail link project to one of the two tendering consortiums. This is according to Andre De Wet of Gauteng based Alutrade – the local agent of Alcan 

17 students trained through CSI project

By: elizabeth rebelo     1st October 2004 Last financial year BHP Billiton Aluminium, one of the world’s largest producers of primary aluminium, contributed R56-million to corporate social investment (CSI) projects, ranging from education and health to small business and agriculture. 

30 graduates this year

By: elizabeth rebelo     1st October 2004 World-class training outcomes are celebrated in Mozambique by AstuteHR. 

Aluminium production increases in Russia

By: elizabeth rebelo     1st October 2004 Rising demand for aluminium worldwide is prompting the Russian aluminium industry to increase its production. 

Accreditation soon for Russian refinery

By: elizabeth rebelo     1st October 2004 One of Rusal’s alumina refineries, Achinsk, has passed an environmental audit and will soon be receiving ISO 14001:1996 international certification. 

Can manufacturer continues to export

By: elizabeth rebelo     1st October 2004 Southern Africa’s largest manufacturer of beverage cans, Bevcan, has the capacity to manufacture 4,2-billion aluminium can-ends a year. 

How aluminium is produced

By: elizabeth rebelo     1st October 2004 Aluminium is not like other metals which are simply mined from the earth. 

Aluminium is hard to beat

1st October 2004 The many uses of aluminium and its various alloys have made it the metal of choice for manufacturers across a whole spectrum of industries. 

Piling contract completed in September

By: zeena isaacs     4th July 2003 A multimillion rand piling contract was completed at the Hillside Aluminium smelter expansion project, in Kwazulu-Natal, by piling company, Franki Africa, in September. 

System fans are in commissioning stage

By: zeena isaacs     4th July 2003 Thirty-six alumina system fans have been supplied to the Hillside Aluminium smelter expansion project, in Kwazulu-Natal, by fan manufacturer Howden Donkin. 

145 km of cables supplied

By: zeena isaacs     4th July 2003 Electric power cable company, South Africa African Cables, supplied a total of 145 km of low and medium-voltage cable to the Hillside Aluminium smelter expansion project. 

Joint venture completes three smelter contracts

4th July 2003 Construction company WBHO, in a joint venture with Concor, has completed three contracts at the Hillside Aluminium smelter, in Kwazulu-Natal. 

Mozambique crane now in Richards Bay

By: zeena isaacs     4th July 2003 Crane and hoist manufacturing company Morris Materials Handling delivered two overhead cranes to the Hillside Aluminium smelter expansion project, in Kwazulu-Natal, at the end of January. 

Three centrifugal compressors commissioned

By: zeena isaacs     4th July 2003 Manufacturer of air and gas systems CompAir has commissioned three centrifugal compressors in the Hillside Aluminium smelter expansion project, in Kwazulu-Natal. 

First metal expected early next year

4th July 2003 The expansion of the Hillside aluminium smelter in Richards Bay is 60% complete, and is on track to produce its first metal in the first quarter of next year. 

Aboveground work starts in earthing contract

By: zeena isaacs     4th July 2003 Durban-based company SME Lightning Protection & Earthing has completed the underground earthing works at the Hillside Aluminium smelter expansion project, in Kwazulu-Natal. 

Upgrade of compressed air installation

4th July 2003 Compressed air is a crucial utility in the production of aluminium. 

Smelter receives two rotary screw compressors

By: zeena isaacs     4th July 2003 Two Aerzen rotary screw compressors that produce oil-free air have been supplied to the Hillside Aluminium smelter expansion project, in Kwazulu-Natal, by Airgas Compressors, the direct South African subsidiary of Aerzener Maschinenfabrik Germany. 

Switchgear panel supply completed

4th July 2003 Power generation, transmission and distribution company, Alstom Switchgear, completed the supply of 22 medium-voltage switchgear panels to BHP Billiton’s Hillside Aluminium smelter, in Richards Bay, for the Hillside Smelter expansion project in April. 

Communication strategy aimed at increasing efficiency

By: zeena isaacs     4th July 2003 Corporate communication company Raintree has tailormade a range of communication initiatives to suit the communication, health, safety and attitude needs of the employees at the Hillside Aluminium smelter expansion project in Richards Bay, Kwazulu-Natal. 

Insulation and bimetal plates delivered

By: zeena isaacs     4th July 2003 The electrical insulation components and bimetal plates required for the Hillside Aluminium smelter expansion project, near Richards Bay, in Kwazulu-Natal, has been delivered by Pyrotek. 

Isostatic press commissioned in Pretoria

20th June 2003 The commissioning of what is reportedly the largest high-alumina ceramics isostatic press for ceramics in the country, at Multotec Wear Lining’s Pretoria premises, is aimed at producing high quality alumina ceramics products. 

Company focuses on heat containment in the aluminium industry

20th June 2003 Insulating refractories in the aluminium industry is believed to have always been a difficult task. 

New range of windows and doors enters local market

By: Luxolo Tyali     20th June 2003 Gauteng aluminium extruder Wispeco has launched a new range of aluminium windows and doors. 

Automation contract awarded at smelter

20th June 2003 Automation firm Streamworks has secured a second contract at the Hillside aluminium smelter, when it was selected by Murray and Roberts Engineering Solutions to design and implement substations for the Hillside 3 expansion project. 

Gauteng steel and aluminium distributor refocuses

By: Luxolo Tyali     20th June 2003 Distributor of aluminium and stainless steel, Stainless Steel and Aluminium Corporation (Stalcor), of Gauteng, has embarked on a refocusing programme. 

Welding of aluminium and its alloys now much easier, says company

20th June 2003 In the past aluminium and its alloys have been regarded as difficult to weld, but as long as the alloy-grade is known, the correct consumable is used and particular attention is paid to cleanliness, minor precautions can ensure success, says Oesa MD Dick Harris. 

Cable-management system promises flexibility

20th June 2003 A cable management system, which includes aluminium distribution columns, is now available on the local market. 

Moz expansion project to reach full production in the fourth quarter

20th June 2003 Production for the Mozal 2 aluminium smelter expansion project near Maputo, in Mozambique, is ramping up smoothly to reach full capacity of 253 000 t/y by the fourth quarter of this year. 

New product promises continuous welding

20th June 2003 Continuous welding without the need for time-consuming interruptions to change the wire is now possible for South African welders, as a result of the introduction of the ESAB Marathon Pac Endless Version by Arc Engineering. 

Cable-management system promises flexibility

20th June 2003 A cable management system, which includes aluminium distribution columns, is now available on the local market. 

Composite panel a versatile building-cladding product

20th June 2003 The objective of every architect when designing an upmarket office building is to achieve functionality combined with aesthetic appeal. 

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