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Aluminium News

Richards Bay casthouse has new owner

By: Dylan Stewart     25th September 2015 Australia-owned bauxite miner and aluminium producer South32 has confirmed the official transfer of ownership of the Bayside casthouse in Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal to Isizinda Aluminium in a deal that will support the economic transformation of Richards Bay and the development of South Africa’s... 

Marquee company manufactures structures the size of a soccer field

By: Dylan Stewart     25th September 2015 Cape Town-based aluminium-frame-structure manufacturer Speed Structures is manufacturing a 120-m-long, 40-m-wide marquee with an apex height of 10 m for hire or sale, says company chairperson Richard Downing. 

Marquee company manufactures structures  the size of a soccer field
CRUCIAL MATERIAL Speed Structures relies totally on aluminium, especially for the extrusion components, which support the polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, covering.

First SA company to manufacture sausage U-clips

By: Dylan Stewart     25th September 2015 Durban-based precision aluminium components manufacturer AC Exports will receive a new machine for manufacturing small aluminium sausage clips this month, AC Exports chairperson Jens Reuning tells Engineering News. 

First SA company  to manufacture  sausage U-clips
FULL OFFERING AC Exports' product range, including a spool of U-clips on the far righ

Automotive sector to drive aluminium growth, says metallurgist

By: Dylan Stewart     25th September 2015 Metallurgical plant and rolling mill technology provider SMS group has identified the automotive industry as a crucial target market for the company, where its aluminium rolling technology can be applied, says SMS group Technical Services South Africa executive VP Michael Schäfer. 

Automotive sector to  drive aluminium growth, says metallurgist
Photo by Bloomberg
SMOOTH PRODUCTION Consistent flatness is required to feed the material into downstream processing lines

Industrial vacuum delivered to aluminium smelter

By: Sashnee Moodley     28th August 2015 Local furnace and industrial services company Dickinson Group last month delivered its new MegaVac Cyclone Loader to resources company South 32, where the machine will be used for a large basement cleaning project for the company’s Mozal aluminium smelter, in Mozambique. 

Industrial vacuum delivered to  aluminium smelter
MEGAVAC CYCLONE LOADER The unit will be used in South 32’s smelter for the recovery of 90 t/d of bath material

South32 sees opportunity to work with Eskom on further coal supply

By: Martin Creamer     24th August 2015 New diversified mining company South32, which on Monday reported 56%-higher underlying earnings of $1-billion, sees an opportunity to work with Eskom on additional coal supply.   The demerged BHP Billiton entity, which is fast-tracking the implementation of its regional operating model in South... 

South32 sees opportunity to work with Eskom on further coal supply
Photo by Duane Daws
Graham Kerr

Scaw may retrench workers as it considers restructuring 

By: Natalie Greve     5th August 2015 Steel product manufacturer Scaw Metals Group announced on Wednesday that the company was contemplating restructuring and had issued a notice in terms of Section 189A of the Labour Relations Act, which could result in a reduction in employee numbers. "This unfortunate decision has been... 

Scaw may retrench workers as it considers restructuring

Use of aluminium vehicle body panels on the rise

By: Shirley le Guern     29th July 2015 Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) has begun the second phase of its aluminium localisation initiative, the company’s strategic business development, procurement and export manager Philip Jooste, told the National Localisation Indaba, in Durban, on Tuesday. This included a greenfield project with... 

Use of aluminium vehicle body panels on the rise

Hulamin focuses on growing local demand amid global headwinds 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th July 2015 Weakened demand from China, paired with the ongoing electricity challenges in South Africa, have led to JSE-listed Hulamin’s headline earnings a share falling to 25c a share for the six months to June 30, compared with 40c in the first half of last year. Further, the company’s earnings before... 

Hulamin focuses on growing local demand amid global headwinds
Hulamin CEO Richard Jacob discusses the company's outlook

Creamer Media publishes Real Economy Insight: Steel 2015 brief

8th July 2015 This eight-page brief is a synopsis of key developments in the steel industry over the past 12 months. It provides an overview of the global and South African steel markets, South Africa’s major steel producers and events that have shaped these markets. 

Creamer Media publishes Real Economy Insight: Steel 2015 brief

Bahrain-based group to inaugurate $50m Moz aluminium factory 

By: Natalie Greve     3rd June 2015 Describing Mozambique as an “excellent” platform from which to serve key markets in Africa, Bahrain-based industrial group Midal Cables would on Wednesday launch a $50-million, 14 500 m2 aluminum factory located adjacent to the Mozal joint venture aluminium smelter, in Maputo, Mozambique. Midal... 

Bahrain-based group to inaugurate $50m Moz aluminium factory

Hazleton Pumps, Scaw come out top in Seifsa Awards

29th May 2015 South African pump manufacturer Hazleton Pumps International took top honours in the Most Innovative Company and Customer Service of the Year categories of the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa’s (Seifsa’s) Awards for Excellence, on Thursday night. Steel products... 

Hazleton Pumps, Scaw come out top in Seifsa Awards

Seifsa reiterates energy constraint, cost concerns

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th May 2015 The local metals and engineering sector cannot grow as a result of South Africa’s unreliable energy supply and the fact that, on average, energy costs in the sector account for about 8% of intermediary input costs, Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) CEO Kaizer... 

Seifsa reiterates energy constraint, cost concerns

Seifsa alarmed by unhealthy metals and engineering data 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th May 2015 Economic data released during the first quarter of the year show alarming trends in the metals and engineering sector, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) said on Tuesday. The data also confirmed the organisation’s forecasts from earlier this year that the... 

Seifsa alarmed by unhealthy metals and engineering data

Power cuts to shrink Hulamin’s H1 earnings 20%

By: Natalie Greve     23rd April 2015 While noting that it was not possible to forecast the extent of electricity curtailment over the remainder of the year, aluminium manufacturer Hulamin says it is “already clear” that its earnings per share (EPS) and headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the six months to June 30 will be more... 

Power cuts to shrink Hulamin’s H1 earnings 20%

Creamer Media publishes Steel 2015: A review of South Africa's steel sector research report

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st April 2015 Creamer Media’s Steel 2015 report provides an overview of the key developments in the global steel industry and particularly of South Africa’s steel sector over the past year, including details of production and consumption, as well as the country's primary carbon steel and stainless steel... 

Creamer Media publishes Steel 2015: A review of South Africa's steel sector research report

Slow growth ahead for global steel demand – worldsteel

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th April 2015 A slowdown in China’s demand for steel is set to restrain global steel industry growth over the next two years, the World Steel Association’s (worldsteel’s) latest Short Range Outlook (SRO) for 2015 and 2016 revealed on Monday. Following a marginal 0.6% uptick in 2014, global apparent steel use... 

Slow growth ahead for global steel demand – worldsteel

Auto components crucial for aluminium industry

By: Dylan Slater     10th April 2015 South Africa’s automotive sector is currently one of the key drivers of aluminium demand in the country, which stakeholders attribute to the global trend of manufacturers using an increasing amount of aluminium for vehicle components, particularly for passenger vehicles. 

Auto components crucial for aluminium industry
VISION 2020 The aluminium industry is embarking on a strategy aimed at doubling the volume of cars manufactured a year in South Africa by 2020, from 600 000 to 1.2-million

Better receivers, engineering benefit MeerKAT, SKA

By: Schalk Burger     10th April 2015 Multiple and more sensitive receivers are being deployed on the 64 antennas of the MeerKAT radio telescope array, which will improve the scientific data it gathers, says Square Kilometre Array (SKA) South Africa science and engineering associate director professor Justin Jonas. “The good design... 

Better receivers, engineering benefit MeerKAT, SKA
Photo by Schalk Burger
MEERKAT 63 RECEIVERS A host of receivers on the antenna provides high fidelity and sensitivity and was informed by the KAT-7 prototype

Aluminium can market, auto sheet demand drives FY growth for Hulamin

By: Natalie Greve     23rd February 2015 Sales volumes of South African aluminium manufacturer Hulamin’s rolled products increased 3% to 196 000 t in the year ended December 31, with heat-treated plate and canstock products emerging as the portfolio’s strongest performers. Exports of rolled products by the JSE-listed group contributed... 

Aluminium can market, auto sheet demand drives FY growth for Hulamin

Seifsa calls for robust intervention in environmental law 

9th February 2015 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) on Monday said South Africa’s strict environmental legislation was a significant challenge for small-, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) that could hamper further growth of this sector if not dealt with “as a... 

Seifsa calls for robust intervention in environmental law

Neasa to contest Labour Minister’s metals industry extension

9th February 2015 The National Employers' Association of South Africa (Neasa) on Monday lodged a review application in the Labour Court in Johannesburg to set aside the decision by Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant to extend the 2014 to 2017 wage agreement between the Steel and Engineering Industry Federation of... 

Neasa to contest Labour Minister’s metals industry extension

Hulamin CEO returns from medical leave of absence

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th January 2015 Richard Jacob will return as CEO of JSE-listed Hulamin following a medical leave of absence. Jacob took medical leave in July last year. 

Hulamin CEO returns from medical leave of absence
Hulamin CEO Richard Jacob

Metal sector strike cost SA growth – SARB

By: Sapa     8th December 2014 The month-long strike in the metal sector knocked back the third-quarter growth rate of the South African economy by more than half of what it could have been, the SA Reserve Bank (SARB) said on Monday. In its latest Quarterly Bulletin, the bank said the annualised real economic growth rate... 

Metal sector strike cost SA growth – SARB

Hulamin likely to swing to profit in 2014

By: Natalie Greve     20th October 2014 After a R1.5-billion impairment charge resulted in Hulamin reporting negative earnings per share (EPS) of 422c for the 2013 financial year, the aluminium supplier said on Monday that EPS and headline earnings per share for the 2014 financial year were expected to exceed 70c. Hulamin expected to... 

Metals and engineering sector set to contract in 2014 - Seifsa

By: Terence Creamer     3rd October 2014 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) warned on Friday that the metals and engineering sector could contract by between 2% and 3% in 2014, owing primarily to the fallout from a month-long strike in July. The sector, which made up about 30% of the broader... 

Metals and engineering sector set to contract in 2014 - Seifsa
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Henk Langenhoven

Aluminium growth boosts company

By: Mia Breytenbach     26th September 2014 Owing to the continuous expansion of its specialised services in the aluminium industry, local furnace and industrial services company Dickinson Group of Companies has registered a 60% increase in business from this industry in the past 20 years. “We can now offer more products and services that... 

Aluminium growth boosts company
KEY SERVICES PROVIDER DRS Mozambique has been rendering site-wide smelter services to the aluminium industry, which include pot delining and relining

Success for aluminium glass industry

By: Mia Breytenbach     26th September 2014 Manufacturing management software developer Bizmantools has registered a ten-fold increase in business from the aluminium and glass manufacturing industries in the past year, in addition to significant positive response towards its labour productivity management software solution,... 

Success for aluminium glass industry
Photo by Bloomberg
SYSTEM NEUTRAL Productivity enabled a user to optimise aluminium purchases and cutting of aluminium

New cold-rolling mill supplied to Turkey aluminium producer

By: Mia Breytenbach     26th September 2014 Steel and aluminium plant processing technology, equipment and services specialist SMS Siemag supplied a complete cold rolling mill to Turkey-based aluminium company Asas-Alüminyum for its new works at Adapazan-Akyazi, about 150 km to the east of Istanbul. Asas-Alüminyum’s new works, valued at... 

New cold-rolling mill supplied to Turkey  aluminium producer
COMPLETE SOLUTION The cold rolling mill comprises a six-high mill stand, three shearing lines and a strip-coating line designed for 50 000 t/y

Aluminium industry awaits policy amendments

By: Mia Breytenbach     26th September 2014 The secondary aluminium industry has remained uncompetitive in the world market of beneficiated aluminium products, despite the directive of the preferential pricing on scrap metal, issued by the Department of Economic Development in September last year, Non-Ferrous Metal Industries Association... 

Aluminium industry awaits  policy amendments
Photo by Bloomberg
INDUSTRY DECLINE Without significant amendments to the preferential policy, the aluminium and scrap beneficiation industry will continue to decline

Stable energy source key challenge for aluminium industry

By: Mia Breytenbach     26th September 2014 The availability of stable energy sources at competitive prices remains a core challenge for the South African aluminium industry, says EY Africa mining and metals leader Wickus Botha. “As aluminium smelting processes are significantly energy intensive, these smelters and foundries require a... 

Stable energy source key challenge for  aluminium industry
INDUSTRY NEED To maintain a sustainable South African aluminium industry, the companies would need to secure electricity supply

Aluminium use to grow in US

By: Mia Breytenbach     26th September 2014 By 2025, more than 75% of all new pickup trucks produced in North America will be aluminum-bodied, according to a survey of vehicle manufacturers conducted by US-based consulting and research firm Ducker Worldwide. The study, which confirms a significant breakthrough for automotive aluminium into... 

Aluminium use to grow in US
Photo by Bloomberg
DEMAND INCREASE Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler will become the biggest users of aluminium sheet in the next decade

Local aluminium demand can double in the next five years

By: Mia Breytenbach     26th September 2014 Aluminium industry body Aluminium Federation of South Africa (Afsa) predicts a doubling in local demand for rolled aluminium products in the next five years and a subsequent increase in employment for the industry. “Exciting potential for the future remains, as the aluminium industry is an... 

Local aluminium demand can double in the next five years
Photo by Bloomberg
BENEFICIATION NEED Rather than exporting the sheet and rolled aluminium products, the local aluminium industry can focus on more value addition

‘Cautious’ Hulamin ups H1 earnings, to seek import tariff protection

By: Natalie Greve     28th July 2014 Aluminium products supplier Hulamin, which on Monday reported a 42% year-on-year lift in earnings for the first half of 2014, has revealed that it is preparing an application for reciprocal import tariff protection, which it plans to lodge shortly with the International Trade Administration... 

‘Cautious’ Hulamin ups H1 earnings, to seek import tariff protection

Hulamin CEO to take medical leave of absence

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st July 2014 JSE-listed aluminium products manufacturer Hulamin announced on Tuesday that its CEO, Richard Jacob, would take a medical leave of absence from July 18 to receive specialist medical care in South Africa and neurological surgery in the US. Jacob is expected to return to his CEO position after a... 

Hulamin CEO to take medical leave of absence

Creamer Media publishes Steel 2014 research report

20th May 2014 Creamer Media’s Steel 2014 report provides an overview of the global steel industry and particularly of South Africa’s steel sector over the past year, including details of production and consumption, as well as the country's primary carbon steel and stainless steel producers. 

Creamer Media publishes Steel 2014 research report

Evraz appoints Valenta as CEO

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th April 2014 Steel and vanadium producer Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium on Wednesday appointed executive director and FD Jan Valenta CEO, with immediate effect, after Michael Garcia stepped down. Olga Luzik would replace Valenta, who was appointed FD and director in 2011. 

Evraz appoints Valenta as CEO
Photo by Duane Daws
Michael Garcia

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