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Aluminium News

Joint agreement to market furnaces

By: System Author     25th June 1999 An agreement to market oxy-fuel-fired tilting rotary furnaces to aluminium and other non-ferrous melting and processing customers worldwide has been signed by Air Products & Chemicals (APCI) and Altek International. Under the agreement, Air Products’ proprietary oxy-fuel combustion controls... 

Smelter strives to keep rising costs at bay

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Intended to assist in securing Bayside Aluminium’s position in the global aluminium market, a business process re-engineering exercise undertaken by Deloitte Consulting is realising substantial benefits for this Richards Bay smelter. “In a commodity market where prices are constantly... 

Novel plasma dross-treatment project hots up

By: System Author     25th June 1999 A dross-treatment project using plasma as the heat source is being researched by Eskom’s research and development section, Technology Research Investigations (TRI), together with an industrial partner. This type of system is already being operated by an international company in Canada using... 

Taiwanese aluminium cladding for industry

By: System Author     25th June 1999 The sole agent for world-class cladding product Alucomat is Norma Building Elements, of Southdale, Gauteng. Sourced from Jyi Shyang Industrial of Taiwan, the product has been hailed as a revolutionary and versatile decorative composite panel, developed for use in curtain-wall and cladding... 

Aluminium fabricators cut costs

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Correct process and gas selection can help aluminium fabricators reduce overall welding costs and improve productivity at the same time, argues a leading welding specialist. Afrox process development welding specialist Wayne Holt works in co-operation with Afrox clients to develop more efficient... 

Mozal is on schedule and within budget

By: System Author     25th June 1999 The Mozal aluminium smelter project at Maputo in Mozambique remains on schedule and on budget. Engineering exceeded the planned 4% progress for April, achieving 5%. Overall progress was on target at the end of April, with a total of 70%. The engineering department has now passed the peak work... 

Kwazulu-Natal aluminium expansion rolls on

By: System Author     25th June 1999 The next significant start-up milestone in Hulett Aluminium’s (Hulamin’s) multibillion-rand expansion in Maritzburg, Kwazulu-Natal, has been achieved on schedule following the successful coating of the first coil on the new continuous annealing and coil coating line (CCL2). Commenting... 

Mozal service provider wins accreditation

By: System Author     18th June 1999 Becoming the first Southern African wage bureau to achieve ISO 9002 accreditation is special, to do so while operating on site in a Third World environment must be unique. Established by Privest/ ABC Recruitment primarily to ensure the timely and correct payment of wages to each and every person... 

Dect installation

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Aluminium producer Bayside Aluminium has invested in digital enhanced cordless technology (Dect) to facilitate mobile communications at its Richards Bay operations. Implemented in two phases, the project incorporated the supply of private automatic branch exchange (PABX) equipment developed and... 

Global welding machine order

By: System Author     11th June 1999 DANISH company Migatronic has won an order to supply welding machines worldwide to bodyshops repairing the new Ferrari Modena. The contract, awarded by Ferrari itself, was hotly contested by three European welding-machine manufacturers ahead of the launch of the aluminium sportscar in March this... 

R7,5m medical campus project

By: System Author     11th June 1999 A R7,5-million project to construct a new Lung Institute building on the UCT medical campus in Cape Town, is progressing well. Located near the start of the Settlers Freeway, the building will be used for patient consultation and research and will be able to handle 300 day patients. An X-ray... 

Grey green paint blues overcome at Mozal

By: System Author     4th June 1999 Paint and coatings manufacturer Dulux South Africa has successfully overcome technical problems that initially plagued the company’s supply of primer to coat the structural steel for the Mozal aluminium smelter project in Mozambique. The problem started with the unusual, if not... 

Profit from waste

By: System Author     28th May 1999 THROUGH well-focused product-development initiatives, Sasol has been able to convert waste products into profitable products. These include high-quality recarburiser and other special grades of coke produced from waste pitch and other residues. The coking technology was developed by the research... 

Four sites investigated for aluminium smelter

By: System Author     21st May 1999 Four sites have been identified as potential locations for a multibillion-dollar aluminium smelter being studied for Beira in central Mozambique. Known as the Beira aluminium smelter study (Bass), it is being supported by the US Technical Development Agency (USTDA) and is being undertaken by... 

Construction progressing well at smelter project

By: System Author     14th May 1999 A R60-million portion of the construction work at Billiton’s US$1,8-billion Mozambique Aluminium (Mozal) primary aluminium smelter, situated outside Maputo, is being undertaken by GBR, a joint venture between Grinaker Concrete Construction and Basil Read. With overall construction work on... 

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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