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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... 

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
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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

Hulamin announces R300m recycling investment amid Bayside supply concerns

By: Natalie Greve     24th February 2014 JSE-listed aluminium products manufacturer Hulamin has announced a R300-million investment in additional scrap separation, processing and recycling equipment, with start up planned in mid-2015, in a bid to wean the company off its partial dependency on rolling slab from BHP Billiton’s Bayside... 

Hulamin announces R300m recycling investment amid Bayside supply concerns

Hulamin cautions over slab supply as BHP Billiton mulls closure of Bayside 

By: Natalie Greve     16th January 2014 Aluminium products manufacturer Hulamin has advised shareholders that it has entered into negotiations with BHP Billiton South Africa over the future of slab supply from the Bayside casthouse, in Richards Bay. This followed BHP Billiton having initiated a formal consultation with employees in its... 

Hulamin cautions over slab supply as BHP Billiton mulls closure of Bayside

Alcoa strikes long-term accord with Airbus to supply aerospace parts 

By: Henry Lazenby     17th December 2013 TORONTO (miningweekly.com) – US aluminium producer and refine Alcoa this week announced that it had inked a $110-million multi-year agreement with aeroplane manufacturer Airbus to supply value-add titanium and aluminium aerospace parts. NYSE-listed Alcoa said the products would be made at its... 

Alcoa strikes long-term accord with Airbus to supply aerospace parts

New black-owned engineering company gears up for big railways prospects

By: Terence Creamer     15th October 2013 Amid high-level calls for the emergence of black industrialists, a new black-owned manufacturing company has been formed through a merger of pipe-bending specialist Delberg Engineering and metals trader Corrotherm Special Metals Africa. The company began trading under the name Delberg Engineering... 

New black-owned engineering company gears up for big railways prospects
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Edwin Dreyer, Louis Delport and Owen Maroleni

Collaborative effort under way to develop next generation of foundrymen

By: Schalk Burger     11th October 2013 Foundries have partnered with government departments, research and development organisations and universities to develop foundry skills through the Gauteng Foundry Training Centre (GFTC), says National Foundry Technology Network (NFTN) project manager Adrie El Mohamadi. The newly built GFTC is... 

    Collaborative effort under way to develop next generation of foundrymen

New export guidelines for scrap metal 

27th September 2013 The Non-Ferrous Metal Industries Association (NFMIA) reports that it fully supports the policy directive endorsed recently by Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel, which requires that scrap exporters seek permission to sell scrap metal offshore. The new guidelines for scrap metal exports... 

Conversion to aluminium beverage cans to facilitate job creation

27th September 2013 Between R100-million and R200-million a year will flow into the scrap metals and recycling industry as a result of the conversion from tin-plated steel cans to aluminium cans, providing an additional 2 000 to 3 000 people a source of income from collecting and selling used cans, estimates South... 

Conversion to aluminium beverage cans to facilitate job creation
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PUSHING UP PRODUCTION The new aluminium can lines at the Bevcan Springs Nuffield plant will be capable of running eight can sizes and produce cans at speeds of up to 3 000 cans per minute, as opposed to the 1 600 steel cans currently produced per minute

New software for energy efficient window designs

By: Jonathan Rodin     27th September 2013 South African supplier and aluminium extrusion company Wispeco says its new software assists in measuring the transfer of radiant energy through aluminium windows, as all buildings are required to comply with U-value standards, which indicate a building’s level of insulation. Therefore, the... 

Addressing need to increase recycling tonnages

27th September 2013 The twenty-first International Recycled Aluminium Conference is setting out to better the aluminium industry’s understanding of recycling by highlighting sustainable development, says Rio Tinto, product group Rio Tinto Alcan product stewardship director Jerome Lucaes. 

Demand driven by metal’s versatility, green credentials

By: Jonathan Rodin     27th September 2013 The future of aluminium use for signage, display, presentation, packaging, storage and promotional gift purposes looks bright, owing to the versatility, recyclability and ecofriendliness of the metal, reports South African aluminium fabrication and finishing specialist Metal Graphics. 

Aluminium increasingly being used owing to benefits

27th September 2013 The use of aluminium in the housing and commercial segments of the South African market is growing, reports South African window manufacturer, Duro, national contracts manager Barry Sacks. More consumers are increasingly realising the benefits and long-term savings offered by aluminium products. 

Software solution targets practical challenges 

By: Jonathan Rodin     27th September 2013 Bizmantools, a labour productivity management solution, is the first complete manufacturing management system that addresses the practical challenges in the aluminium and glass industries where it is in use. It takes the product from the quoting stage through manufacturing to delivery and the... 

Software solution targets practical challenges
Bizmantools product developer John White discusses the benefits of the entire Bizmantools Productivity labour productivity management solution. Cameraperson: Nicholas Boyd. Editing. Shane Williams.

Nedbank provides Hulamin with R1.65bn funding solution

By: Leandi Kolver     19th September 2013 Nedbank on Thursday announced that it has finalised the terms of a R1.65-billion multifaceted funding solution with Pietermaritzburg-based aluminium manufacturer Hulamin. The solution would allow Hulamin to consolidate its existing finance products and would provide it with the flexible and... 

Nedbank provides Hulamin with R1.65bn funding solution

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