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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... 

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... 

South African company awarded contract at aluminium smelter

By: Anine Kilian     13th July 2012 Cape Town-based Air Compressor Engineering (ACE) was awarded a compressed air supply contract in March by diversified resources group BHP Billiton for its Mozal aluminium smelter, in Mozambique.  

Hulamin completes Pietermartizburg mill repairs

18th June 2012 JSE-listed aluminium products producer Hulamin on Monday reported that its Camps Drift hot finishing mill, in Pietermaritzburg, has been repaired and recommissioned, 46 days after initial component failure. The company said it had lost 25 000 t of production during the period 

Physical simulation of manufacturing processes at UCT

1st June 2012 A thermal-mechanical test system, the Gleeble 3800, has been installed in the Centre for Materials Engineering at the University of Cape Town owing to a National Research Foundation special equipment award. The Gleeble 3800, worth $1.05-million, is a fully-integrated, digital closed-loop control... 

Hulamin shuts damaged KZN mill for repairs

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th May 2012 JSE-listed aluminium products producer Hulamin on Monday reported that it stood to lose 23 000 t of production as its Camps Drift hot finishing mill, in Pietermaritzburg, was being repaired. The mill was shut down owing to a component failure and was expected to be restarted by June 11, the... 

Equipment acquisition to improve processing speed

By: Leandi Kolver     2nd March 2012 An investment in new laser-cutting equipment will enable sheet-metal components and subassemblies manufacturer Fabrinox to achieve a higher processing speed on thin metals. 

Hulamin headline earnings up 7%, sales volumes rise

By: Henry Lazenby     20th February 2012 JSE-listed aluminium products producer Hulamin on Monday reported a 7% increase in headline earnings to R80-million, while its turnover for the 2011 financial year, ended December 31, was up by 20%, at R6.96-billion. Operating profit, before the metal price lag effect, increased by 19% to... 

Heavyweight industry group issues carbon tax warning 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd January 2012 An industry lobby group comprising large mining groups and mineral processing companies is cautioning against the proposed introduction of a carbon tax in South Africa until South Africa has fully charted its abatement potential and the costs implications of implementing its renewable-energy... 

Afsa calls for development of a national manufacturing strategy

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     23rd September 2011 The Aluminium Federation of South Africa (Afsa) has expressed concern about the flood of imports facing South African manufacturers, which it says is eroding the value of the R55-billion-a-year local aluminium sector.  

Manufacturer starts small-scale production of new material

23rd September 2011 Electric wire and cable manufacturer Sumitomo Electric Industries has started a small-scale production line for its newly developed porous Aluminium-Celmet material, in Osaka, Japan, to accelerate development efforts towards mass production of the material. 

US aluminium can recycling rate on the rise

23rd September 2011 The aluminium beverage can recycling rate in the US reached its highest level in a decade last year when 58.1% of aluminium cans were recycled. 

End-users encouraged to recycle aluminium products

23rd September 2011 The US-based Aluminium Association is encouraging its members and end-users to recycle this metal, stating that aluminium products can be infinitely recycled without losing their functional purpose. 

Engineering group awarded EPCM contract for aluminium smelter

23rd September 2011 Engineering and construction group SNC-Lavalin has announced that it has been awarded the engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) services contract by the Emirates Aluminium Company for the Phase 2 development of its smelter in Al Taweelah, in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. 

Software system to improve productivity of glass, aluminium sectors

23rd September 2011 Productivity consultancy BizmanTools’ locally developed manufacturing management software system BizmanTools - Productivity, is making an impact in the aluminium and glass industries, says owner John White. 

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