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Aluminium News

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 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 ( – 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

Steel institute launches Power Line Association of South Africa

By: Samantha Herbst     6th September 2013 The Power Line Association of South Africa (Polasa) was launched earlier this month under the auspices of the South African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) to represent the broader interests of power transmission and distribution line fabricators and contractors, and ensure that South... 

Steel institute launches Power Line Association of South Africa
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POWER NETWORKThe newly formed Power Line Association of South Africa will provide a key service to the development of an electrical infrastructure system necessary to underpin South Africa’s economic growth into the future

Study claims steel is closing car-body weight gap with aluminium

By: Joanne Taylor     23rd August 2013 The latest studies, released in May, in a continuing series of research studies indicates that steel autobody structures can be as lightweight as the current aluminium bodies and meet all safety crash-test performance standards. 

Study claims steel is closing car-body weight gap with aluminium
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STEEL VS ALUMINIUMNew studies reveal that steel is more light weight for vehicle manufacture than aluminium while also meeting the crash test safety requirements - Bloomberg

Hulamin normalised earnings up, outlook positive

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th July 2013 The underlying performance and a more “balanced” order book during the six months ended June 30, has sparked encouragement that JSE-listed Hulamin would see more positive gains after a “tough few years”. The aluminium products producer on Monday posted a 32% decline in headline earnings a share... 

Hulamin normalised earnings up, outlook positive

Aluminium-bodied cans ready to be introduced onto the market 

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th July 2013 South Africa’s sole beverage can manufacturer Bevcan is set to start phasing in the first of the long-awaited all-aluminium beverage cans. Bevcan spent the better part of the past year converting and expanding its production lines at its factory in Springs, Gauteng, to replace its tin-plated... 

Aluminium-bodied cans ready to be introduced onto the market

Local vacuum dehydrator outperforms foreign prodct

By: David Oliveira     12th July 2013 Filtration systems specialists Filter Focus recently rented its locally designed and manufactured vacuum dehydrator to Pietermaritzburg-based aluminium manufacturer Hulamin, after proving a competitor product to be inferior. “Hulamin was recently in the market to either buy or rent a vacuum... 

Nampak H1 earnings up, CEO to step down

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th May 2013 JSE-listed packaging manufacturer Nampak, which on Tuesday reported a 3% year-on-year rise in headline earnings a share to 108.8c for the six months ended March 31, announced that its CEO Andrew Marshall would retire in March 2014. “The board wishes to thank [him] for his valuable contribution to... 

Cost-effective welding simulator for industrial training

By: Schalk Burger     8th March 2013 An affordable gas metal arc virtual welding simulator enables schools, colleges and even companies to begin entry-level welding training, or to use the simulator to assess the talents of new entrants, says education systems company Edit Microsystems product manager Tamryn Smit. The light,... 

New resonator increases laser cutting capacity by 100%

By: Samantha Herbst     1st March 2013 German-based laser manufacturer Trumpf’s new TruLaser 5000 series, comprising two-dimensional (2D) flatbed laser cutting machines, is now available in South Africa through local distributor Retecon.                TruLaser 5000 can be equipped with an 8 kW resonator, called TruFlow 8000, which... 

Mobile laser cladding unit in final design stages

By: Samantha Herbst     1st March 2013 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) National Laser Centre (NLC) is developing a mobile laser cladding system which, if all goes well, should be ready by the end of the year to service various industries, including the aerospace, defence, automotive and mining industries,... 

Laser manufacturer launches ceramic CO2 laser

By: Samantha Herbst     1st March 2013 Austria-based laser machines manufacturer Trotec has introduced a new line of carbon dioxide (CO2) laser sources from US-based manufacturer Iradion Laser, which is now available in South Africa from Trotec’s local branch in Johannesburg. Iradion’s CeramiCore technology uses a resonator body made... 

NLC to start production on LENS additive manufacturing system ‘asap’ 

By: Samantha Herbst     1st March 2013 As part of its additive manufacturing programme launched last year, the National Laser Centre (NLC) hopes to start production work on its Laser Engineered Net-Shaping (LENS) technology system as soon as possible, says NLC laser-enabled manufacturing (LEM) manager Hansie Pretorius. The LENS... 

Hulamin CFO retires

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd February 2013 JSE-listed aluminium products producer Hulamin announced on Friday that CFO Charles Hughes would retire on February 28, after 33 years of service. Former MacSteel International Trading CFO David Austin would succeed Hughes as CFO on March 1. 

Coca-Cola shifts to aluminium cans, signs R5.6bn Bevcan contract 

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th February 2013 South Africa’s sole beverage can manufacturer Bevcan has been awarded a five-year, R5.6-billion contract to produce and supply lightweight aluminium cans for Coca-Cola’s portfolio of beverages. Coca-Cola Canners of Southern Africa, a subsidiary of Coca-Cola Southern Africa, expected to deliver... 

Guinea alumina output fell 70% in 2012

By: Reuters     7th February 2013 Guinea's alumina production fell nearly 70% in 2012 compared with the previous year owing to a prolonged shutdown of the 630 000 t Fria refinery operated by RUSAL, the finance ministry said on Thursday.Work at the Fria refinery was suspended since April 2012 following a labour dispute. 

Big changes in store for SA’s transmission network as generation mix evolves

By: Terence Creamer     9th November 2012 The South African electricity transmission system will need to change materially over the next 30 years if the country is to have any realistic hope of moving ahead with its current plan to diversify its generation mix away from coal to the integration of more renewable energy, imported... 

Hulamin lands Bevcan aluminium supply contract

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th November 2012 JSE-listed aluminium products producer Hulamin and Nampak division Bevcan have entered into an agreement for the supply of aluminium sheeting for the manufacture of aluminium-bodied beverage cans. Hulamin said on Wednesday that deliveries of aluminium sheeting to Bevcan were expected to ramp-up... 

Eskom asks Nersa to review ‘prudency’ of aluminium contracts  

By: Terence Creamer     22nd October 2012 State-owned electricity utility Eskom will submit an application to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) this week to review the “prudency” and “appropriateness” of its controversial legacy contracts with BHP Billiton’s aluminium smelters, in KwaZulu-Natal. The... 

Aluminium industry growth slowly recovering

By: Anine Kilian     28th September 2012 Growth in South Africa’s aluminium industry has recovered slowly since the 2008/9 economic crisis, but volumes have not yet returned to pre-2008 levels, highlights Aluminium Federation of South Africa (Afsa) executive director Mark Krieg. He states that certain industries that are supplied by the... 

R4.5m baghouse for aluminium producer completed

By: Anine Kilian     28th September 2012 The construction of a new R4.5-million baghouse for secondary aluminium producer Zimalco has been completed. Air pollution control company, ‘About Air Pollution’, built the baghouse which will to enable the producer to maintain a continuous improvement of its air quality requirements and fully... 

Aluminium manufacturer upgrades local schools

By: Anine Kilian     28th September 2012 Aluminium, tilt casting and aluminium light-fixture manufacturer Wahl Industries is supplying thousands of aluminium overhead bulk fittings to various schools in the country. The company states that government has started to reinvest money in schools. Wahl has received orders to supply bulkhead... 

Imports, rising costs impact on aluminium sector

28th September 2012 The constant threat of cheaper finished product imports and rising input costs continue to place pressure on the local aluminium sector, asserts credit soloutions provider Coface South Africa risk analyst George Marais. “South Africa’s reliance on locally produced primary aluminium is soon coming... 

Design company completes various supply contracts

By: Anine Kilian     28th September 2012 Aluminium products designer, Metal Graphics, has supplied aluminium-based products to various advertising, architectural, interior and product design companies. Products have been diverse and interesting, from an aluminium case housing a water bottle and the water cleaning solutions product... 

Hulamin recovering from mill failure, earnings down

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th July 2012 JSE-listed aluminium products producer Hulamin regained momentum as it worked to recover from a 25 000 t production backlog created by the failure of a motor on its Camps Drift hot mill, in Pietermaritzburg, during April. The group’s record achievement of 219 000 t annualised production volume... 

Hulamin says H1 headline earnings to fall

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th July 2012 JSE-listed aluminium products producer Hulamin on Tuesday reported that its headline earnings were expected to be between R54-million and R59-million for the six months ended June 30, compared with R71-million in the corresponding period of 2011. “Operational performance and production volumes... 

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