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Aluminium

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. 

Global aluminium industry ensures its sustainability

21st June 2002 Aluminium is a young and modern metal. It has only been produced on an industrial scale since 1886, when Hall and H 

Much export potential for SA's aluminium products

By: Joanne Delaurentis     22nd June 2001 Southern Africa has the ability to convert more of its primary aluminium into value-added product through a sophisticated value chain, says Hulett Aluminium MD Peter Staude. 

Firm completes roof structure for Turkey

22nd June 2001 Local aluminium manufacturer Alpull has supplied the first, of what it hopes will be many, Apliform roofing structures to Turkey. 

Aluminium export market imperative

By: Joanne Delaurentis     22nd June 2001 The need to develop the South African aluminium export market is patent, said president of the Aluminium Federation of South Africa Tony Paterson at the Aluminium Conference in March. 

New aluminium tool for telecoms fleet

By: Joanne Delaurentis     22nd June 2001 The Telkom contract, which was awarded last year to debis Fleet Management, has resulted in the development of new aluminium technology set to yield significant benefits within the fleet management industry. 

Smelter expansion rearing to go

By: Joanne Delaurentis     22nd June 2001 The proposed expansion of the Mozambique aluminium smelter Mozal still has the green-light, despite delays on final approval decisions from the shareholders, says manager of Mozambique affairs Peter Cowie. 

Aluminium outdoor kits are developed

22nd June 2001 Aluminium producers Frank Lane Engineering of Johannesburg, Gauteng has developed a range of Rugged outdoor kits, utilising aluminium and steel to design and manufacture kits for camping, caravaning, fishing and the four by four fraternity. 

Aluminium gives sports roadster more pizzazz

22nd June 2001 An aluminium component used in the rear suspension of the Ford GT40 sports car replica for export to the US, has made a significant contribution to the handling of the road model of the vehicle according to Owen Ashley, MD of the Cape Town based manufacturers Cape Advanced Vehicles (CAV). 

New production system developed

22nd June 2001 Cape Town based aluminium and glass design and manufacturer Aluplan Architectural Aluminium has developed the ISO 100 system of 20-25 extrusion dies for a variety of applications. 

Aluminium cladding for airport hotel 

22nd June 2001 South African aluminium producer Hulett Aluminium Fabricated Products (Hulafab), a division of Hulett Aluminium in Maritzburg, supplied approximately 3 500 m of Hula-Bond composite cladding panels in a champagne finish for the new Airport Sun Inter-Continental Hotel in Johannesburg. 

'Magic' metal used since ancient times

22nd June 2001 While aluminium was only discovered some 160 years ago, and has been produced in industrial quantities for only the last 100 years, aluminium-bearing compounds have been used by man from the earliest times, reports the UK Aluminium Federation. 

Aluminium no longer a stand-alone metal

22nd June 2001 Aluminium industry members must quickly adapt to new realities if they hope to transform from an industry that has historically destroyed economic value to one that consistently maximises the creation of economic value, warns global aluminium producer Alcan executive vice president Richard Evans. 

Asset-management system for smelters

22nd June 2001 Iceland company Altech of Reykjavik has a state-of-the-art asset management and maintenance system already in service with Nordic Aluminium. 

SA has an open door to global products

22nd June 2001 South African firm Alutrade are the sole agents of Alusuisse (members of the Alcan Group) in Southern Africa. 

Aluminium standing tall in architecture

By: Joanne Delaurentis     22nd June 2001 The production of curtain walls for large-scale modern construction is taking off in South Africa, says Aluminium Federation of South Africa marketing manager Henning Viljoen. 

Smelter project team wins excellence award

22nd June 2001 Project implementer SNC-Lavalin EMS has been awarded the project management excellence award 2001 awarded by the Project Management Institute of South Africa (PMISA) for its submission of the Mozal aluminium smelter project in Mozambique. 

Long-term refractory contract awarded

22nd June 2001 Kwazulu-Natal firm Dickinson Refractory Services, a division of the Dickinson group, has been awarded the long-term site-wide refractory service contract at the Hillside aluminium smelter. 

Remote controls for US smelter

22nd June 2001 Washington aluminium smelter the Intalco Alcoa Works has relied on Cattron EZ Controllers for remote control operations of its cranes. 

Aluminium an indispensable metal

22nd June 2001 Aerrplanes, cars, cookware, even construction. Aluminium forms an integral part of modern living. 

Diecaster's five-year plan to be the best

22nd June 2001 Diecaster Zealous Pressure acquisition of R5-million worth of equipment is all part of a five-year plan by an ambitious and young management team to dominate the high-pressure high casting field. 

Firm competitive with new technology

22nd June 2001 Based on the East Rand Zimco Aluminium (trading as Zimalco) is reportedly the largest secondary aluminium smelter in South Africa. 

New way to weld aluminium

22nd June 2001 Until now it has been thought that either pure tungsten or zirconiated tungsten electrodes were necessary to weld aluminium and its alloys with the Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) arc welding process. 

Phase two of Moz aluminium smelter gets the go-ahead

22nd June 2001 The boards of Billiton, Mitsubishi Corporation of Japan, and the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa (IDC) have announced the decision to go ahead with the Mozal expansion project, Mozal 2. 

Local consumption of aluminium expected to improve

By: System Author     23rd June 2000 Aluminium 

Local manufacturers are paying more for materials

By: System Author     23rd June 2000 Aluminium 

Contracts and projects awarded to local manufacturer

By: System Author     23rd June 2000 Aluminium 

Shipbuilder uses 140 tons of aluminium every year

By: System Author     23rd June 2000 Aluminium 

New foundry to be commissioned

By: System Author     23rd June 2000 Aluminium 

Window of opportunity for primary producers

By: System Author     25th June 1999 A global shortage of secondary alum- inium is predicted between 2000 and 2007, which could provide good opportunities for local primary aluminium producers such as Billiton and Mozal, argues CSIR Centre for Product Development spokesperson Dr Oliver Damm. The centre is part of the... 

Latest Mozal contracts secured

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Turnkey refractory specialist the Dickinson group, of Vereeniging, Gauteng, has been awarded the cathode-sealing and potlining contracts for the Mozal aluminium smelter at Maputo in Mozambique. The former is for 5 820 graphite cathodes, and the latter for 291 AP 30 pots. Through its Kwazulu-Natal... 

Agency for Italian profile-rolling machines secured

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Tube-bending and sawing-equipment specialist Vite Machine Tools, of Jet Park, Gauteng, has landed the agency for the CS series of profile-rolling machines from SAF Curvatrici of Italy. This series of rolling machines has been designed specifically for the cold- rolling of aluminium profiles into... 

Managing solutions for the aluminium sector

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Industrial-information systems specialist Keops Isis, of Centurion, Gauteng, is the leading provider of operations-management solutions (OMS) in the primary aluminium production sector of Southern Africa. OMS – including manufacturing execution systems (MES) – bridges the gap between... 

Millennium challenge for aluminium

By: System Author     25th June 1999 There is no doubt that the start of the new millennium holds many things for South Africa as a whole, and the aluminium industry in particular, says John Askeland, newly-elected chairperson of the Aluminium Federation of Southern Africa (Afsa). “Some are clearly opportunities; some are... 

SA aluminium prospects shine brightly

By: System Author     25th June 1999 What is the current state of the local aluminium industry? At the semi-fabrication level the aluminium industry is about R8-billion a year – to some extent this depends on the ruling London Metal Exchange price. This includes an allowance for the importation of alumina, so I am talking... 

Export markets offer lifeline to local firms

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Only those local companies that have succeeded in establishing export markets are doing well; the higher the proportion of their sales that are local, the more these companies will be battling right now, observes Zimco Aluminium (Zimalco) MD Bruce Addison. Zimalco, of Benoni South, Gauteng, is... 

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