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Aluminium

Smelter expansion 60% complete

By: Luxolo Tyali     20th June 2003 The expansion of the Hillside aluminium smelter in Richards Bay is 60% complete, and still on schedule to produce its first metal in the first quarter of next year, Engineering News can today report. 

Manufacturer in multimillion rand potroom equipment deal

By: Luxolo Tyali     20th June 2003 Specialists in the fabrication of pressure vessels and related equipment, Fabritech has been awarded a multimillion rand contract to manufacture potroom equipment for the Hillside aluminium smelter expansion project, in Richards Bay. 

Local smelter equipment subsidiary in big Hillside expansion project

By: Luxolo Tyali     20th June 2003 Richards Bay-based supplier of primary aluminium smelter equipment ECL Services Africa is part of a contract for the delivery of 144 fully-equipped pot superstructures to the Hillside 3 expansion project, in Richards Bay. 

Refractory specialist involved in several projects

20th June 2003 Refractory specialist the Dickinson group is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. 

Moz smelter receives nine custom-made compressors

20th June 2003 Nine custom-built Atlas Copco compressors are meeting the main air requirements at Mozal’s expanded aluminium smelter, in Mozambique.? 

Automated aluminium covering developed for the transport sector

20th June 2003 A South African company has developed an automated aluminium structure for the transport industry. 

Walkways devised for rooftop application

20th June 2003 A division of the Pietermaritzburg company Ampliform, AliFab, has completed the manufacture and supply of aluminium rooftop walkways to a new development in Umhlanga Ridge, Kwazulu-Natal. 

Lightweight aluminium provides better transport payload, says federation

20th June 2003 Abroad, transport absorbs 20% to 30% of the total sale of aluminium, according to the Aluminium Federation of Southern Africa (Afsa). 

Local foundry on show in Germany

20th June 2003 Cape–based aluminium foundry Ajax Manufacturing is to exhibit at the GIFA/Newcast 2003 expo, which is being held from June 16 to 21 in D 

Ingot manufacturer produces 20 t/day

By: Luxolo Tyali     20th June 2003 East Rand aluminium ingots manufacturing company Aluminium Granulated Products (AGP) has grown in stature and size since its humble beginnings 18 years ago. 

Automotive market holds promise for industry . . .

By: Luxolo Tyali     20th June 2003 The automotive market holds a lot of promise for the South African aluminium industry, reports Aluminium Federation of Southern Africa (Afsa) executive director David Hughes. 

Smelter faces tough green standards

20th June 2003 Coega’s tough environmental standards are helping to attract investors, says Coega Development Corporation (CDC) environmental executive manager John Raimondo. 

Smelter coup for SA haulage firm

By: Zonika Botha     28th June 2002 Overland haulage company and flagship of Imperial Holdings, Truck Africa of Germiston, Gauteng has secured a lucrative contract to transport equipment to both the Mozal and Hillside aluminium smelter expansions projects. 

R430-million smelter equipment contract is awarded

By: Zonika Botha     28th June 2002 The largest manufacturer of machinery and equipment for primary aluminium smelters in the world, ECL of France, has been awarded a R430-million contract to supply 144 equipped superstructures, four pot-tending machines, two anode jacking frames, four raising runway beams and a furnace-tending... 

R20m automation deal is secured

28th June 2002 Operations Management Systems solutions provider Keops Isis Industrial Information Systems has won several contracts at the BHP Billiton Mozal II expansion project worth an estimated R20-million over the next three years, with the project expected to continue until August 2003. 

Electricals upgrade to boost output

28th June 2002 Global power and automation technology group ABB has won a $26-million order to supply electrical and control equipment for BHP Billiton’s Hillside aluminium smelter in Richards Bay, near Durban. 

R50m compressed-air system for smelter

28th June 2002 A division of the IST group, IST Industrial, has been awarded a R50-million turnkey contract for the upgrading and expansion of the compressed air system at the Hillside aluminium smelter. 

R30m bake furnace heats up

28th June 2002 Construction company WBHO has made something of a name for itself in the construction of aluminium smelters. The company, in a joint venture with Concor, has recently started work on a R30-million contract for the construction of the third bake furnace at the Hillside aluminium smelter in... 

Jhb firm wins R30m follow-up contract

28th June 2002 Following its successful completion of a R40-million low-voltage contract and electrical installation at the first phase of BHP Billiton’s Mozal project, near Maputo in Mozambique, Johannesburg-based company RBF Technology has won an additional R30-million contract for the supply of... 

Export route is the way to go

21st June 2002 The entire aluminium foundry industry faces a major challenge in 2002, reports Cape Town-based aluminium foundry Ajax Manufacturing MD Charles Rowe. 

Southern Africa's aluminium industry: opportunities and challenges

By: nkolola halwindi     21st June 2002 With the extension of the Hillside smelter by a further 130 000 t/y in progress, the upgrading of the Bayside capacity to 200 000 t/y and the doubling of the Mozal smelter Southern Africa will soon boast a primary capacity of some 1,35-million t/y. 

SA firm supplies millions worth of busbars to Mozal

By: nkolola halwindi     21st June 2002 In a multimillion contract, Gauteng-based Busbar Services and Dynamic Weld is in the process of supplying fabricating and linkage busbars to the Mozal II expansion project in Mozambique. 

Casting firm's R12m R&D plan

By: nkolola halwindi     21st June 2002 In a five-year plan, specialist in aluminium and zinc castings Zealous Pressure Castings (ZPC) is to invest about R12-million in technology and research and development (R&D). 

Shower-door manufacturer to reclaim its number 1 position

By: nkolola halwindi     21st June 2002 Gauteng-based firm Aluview has invested resources and expertise into Showerlux South Africa to enable the company to reclaim its position as South Africa’s leading shower-enclosure supplier. 

Aluminium-steel hybrid ladder launched

By: nkolola halwindi     21st June 2002 Manufacturer and distributor of aluminium access equipment Castor and Ladder, a division of Paint and Ladders, has introduced a new range of ladders designed from a combination of aluminium and steel. 

R3m in irrigation fittings for Middle East

By: nkolola halwindi     21st June 2002 Gravity diecast specialist Wahl Aluminium Products has launched a new range of plastic irrigation fittings for the irrigation industry to combat the increasing theft of aluminium fittings. 

Firm gets car-accessory anodising contract

By: nkolola halwindi     21st June 2002 As part of a multimillion-rand contract between Nissan South Africa and Excalibur, Astro Anodising was chosen by Excalibur to carry out the anodising on the aluminium running boards and roof rails for the new Nissan range of bakkies. 

SA abrasive firm shines in Middle East

21st June 2002 A leading local specialist manufacturer of abrasive products, buffs and compounds, Rebuff, has received an order for the supply of buffs to Lebanon. 

Aluminium tops new Durban tower

21st June 2002 Local aluminium manufacturer Alpull has recently been awarded the contract to manufacture the cowl for the new Millennium Tower in Durban. 

Distributor's R2m new warehouse

By: nkolola halwindi     21st June 2002 Stockist and distributor of aluminium and stainless steel Gammid has invested about R2-million in the construction of a third warehouse to improve its services and increase storage capacity. 

High-volume production trend enhances technology

By: nkolola halwindi     21st June 2002 Leading supplier of metal-working machines, Machine Tool Technologies has launched a range of Tekna machines for machining aluminium products. 

Product is a hit in mining and recreation

21st June 2002 Working in conjunction with the mining industry, specialist manufacturer of aluminium products and production machining Frank Lane Engineering has developed and perfected various aluminium cement grout guns, which are used extensively in the mining industry. 

Southern African business booms for French firm

21st June 2002 Giving a huge boost to the local and national economy, leading supplier of aluminium Smelters ECL Engineering has decided to make a substantial investment of R8-million in Zululand on the Kwazulu-Natal North Coast. 

Niche foundries turn to KZN recycler

21st June 2002 Kwazulu-Natal is known worldwide as the aluminium centre of Southern Africa. The extraordinary growth in primary production at the Billiton Hillside and Bayside production units, based in Richards Bay, are frequently documented in the media. 

Beam facilitates structural engineering

21st June 2002 Aluminium, as the raw material bauxite, is one of the most common metals found on earth, but unfortunately, misunderstandings about the metal are just as common. 

Collaborative research on semi-solid metal forming

21st June 2002 Since 1981, semi-solid metal forming (SSM) in commercial use, has been a well-established process in the automotive industry for the production of premium and safety-critical aluminium components, such as suspension parts, engine brackets, chassis components, fuel rails and brake cylinders. 

Exports grow for SA semifinished product supplier

21st June 2002 With the continued devaluation of the rand against the major currencies, many South African producers who use aluminium have found their products to be of a very competitive nature and hence have increased exports. 

Southern Africa becomes key aluminium hub

21st June 2002 South Africa is home to resources group BHP Billiton’s 100%-owned Hillside and Bayside aluminium smelters, both based in Richards Bay, in Kwazulu-Natal, while the Mozal smelter – in which BHP Billiton has a 47% stake – is located just outside Maputo, the Mozambican capital. 

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