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Aluminium News

Acquisition paves way for exports

By: System Author     7th May 1999 PNEUMATIC specialist Parker Hannifin, of Kempton Park, Gauteng, has bought Global Fluid Power (GFP), a manufacturer of pneumatic cylinders, ISO subplates and directional valves. The company was established ten years ago, and is located in Middelburg, in Mpumalanga. It will form part of the Parker... 

Painting up a storm at Mozambican aluminium smelter

By: System Author     7th May 1999 Various painting and coating contracts for the Mozal aluminium smelter, collectively worth more than R7-million, have been secured by Reef Industrial Painters (RIA) of Alrode, Gauteng. The company, a member of Cape Investments Holdings, a leading black-empowerment industrial services consortium,... 

High-temp polymer for corrosion protection

By: System Author     7th May 1999 Research and development chemists have introduced a new, high-temperature polymer coating that provides protection against erosion-corrosion under conditions of full immersion at temperatures of up to 185?C. The new coating is expected to open the door to markets which, until now, have not been... 

Greasing up on electrical contact

By: System Author     30th April 1999 A range of greases especially formulated to protect electrical contact surfaces is being marketed by electro-mechanical manufacturer Contact Engineering of Boksburg. Sourced from SBB International of Canada on an exclusive agency basis, the CTX dielectric compounds have been formulated... 

R6,5m fire system for Mozal

By: System Author     16th April 1999 A R6,5-MILLION contract for a fire-detection, public address and evacuation system at the Mozal aluminium smelter in Maputo, Mozambique, has been secured by Progressive Systems Technologies (PST) of Randburg, Gauteng. In September last year the company was awarded the Southern African... 

Satellite dishes supplied for Africa

By: System Author     16th April 1999 Telecom manufacturer and equipment supplier Skywave supplies satellite dishes to the local industry. Powder-coating of these dishes is carried out at the company’s powder-coating facility, featuring a camel-back oven and a motorised continuous line. The pretreatment process is available for... 

Enviro-hazard removed from plastic

By: System Author     9th April 1999 A new worldwide patented technology developed by a South African company cleans and separates granulated polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and polyethylene contaminated with copper or aluminium. Kew Polymers, in Wynberg, Gauteng, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kew Cables, which supplies electrical cables... 

R20-million Mozal contract

By: System Author     9th April 1999 The delivery of a system functional analysis specification – the first milestone in the project to implement real time supervisory (RTS) systems at the Mozambique Aluminium (Mozal) smelter – is nearly complete. Centurion company Keops Isis, awarded the R20-million contract last year,... 

R39-million Mozal steelwork contract

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 A R39-million contract for the supply of steelwork for the pot-room superstructures for the US$1,8-billion Mozal aluminium smelter in Maputo has been awarded to Dorbyl Engineering’s (DHE) Vereeniging works. Construction of the smelter got off the ground in the latter half of last year, with... 

New range improves bearing load rating

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 Manufacturer of split roller-bearings Cooper Bearings, of the UK, will be launching its new range of 01E series roller-bearings through local distributor Bearings International, a subsidiary of Hudaco, this month. “The new 01E range is an upgraded version of the 01 series, and will replace... 

R20-million Mozal control contract awarded

By: System Author     26th March 1999 A contract for real- time supervisory (RTS) systems, better known in the aluminium industry as Level 2 RTS, which will perform supervisory control and data acquisition (Scada) functions in six sectors of the Mozal aluminium smelter project in Maputo, has been awarded to industrial information... 

Auto welding advances

By: System Author     19th March 1999 Research into the use of aluminium for automotive body panels has resulted in innovations in the welding industry, reports welding-equipment supplier Weld-Cut Equipment MD Warwick Hogan. The liquefying features of aluminium, which make it difficult to weld, have resulted in the development of... 

Big job-creating projects push

By: System Author     12th March 1999 Twelve manufacturing project ideas worth an estimated R2,6-billion have been identified by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) for immediate further action following extensive scoping studies. The projects have been prioritised from a bank of some 200 employment-intensive projects... 

R3,7-million Mozal power-supply contract

By: System Author     26th February 1999 A R3,7-million con- tract for the sup- ply of high-voltage (HV) circuit-breakers for the substations and power stations involved in the multimillion-rand 400 kV power-supply project to Maputo has been awarded to Alstom High Voltage Equipment (HVE). Motraco, the joint-venture company established... 

Contract ends at expanded aluminium plant

By: System Author     12th February 1999 Gauteng company Marathon Materials Handling (MMH) completed its portion of a R40-million contract for the supply of materials-handling systems for the R2,4-billion Hulett Aluminium Maritzburg plant’s advanced aluminium rolled products expansion in November. The company was subcontracted by... 

Asbestos alternatives favoured

By: System Author     5th February 1999 DUE to the increasing pressure on asbestos, alternative materials are fast finding acceptance in South Africa, despite being more costly to install. “In the long run, considering that asbestos products and processes might soon have to be removed and replaced, alternative materials are less... 

Foundry assists business

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 WELL-known Cape-based aluminium foundry Ajax Manufacturing has invested a considerable sum in its toolroom facility over the last decade. Director Roger Fife, who is responsible for the toolroom, commented that the original plan was to provide the necessary up-to-date equipment and technology for... 

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