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Aluminium News

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. 

Company to increase aluminium alloy production

23rd September 2011 Aluminium products developer Constellium plans to inaugurate two new foundries in Issoire and Voreppe, in France, during the last quarter of this year to increase production of its Airware technology, which comprises a range of complementary, high-performance and low-density alloys that are... 

Security barrier manufacturer expands into aluminium shutters

23rd September 2011 Security solutions provider Trellidor has expanded its security barrier range with the introduction of Trellidor Rollerstyle aluminium roller shutters. 

BHP Billiton weighs legal options after Eskom ruling 

By: Terence Creamer     5th August 2011 Mining group BHP Billiton was on Friday still considering the contents of a South Gauteng High Court ruling, which ordered that State-owned power utility Eskom should release information and records relating to electricity sales contracts with BHP Billiton’s Hillside and Mozal aluminium smelters,... 

Rand clouds Hulamin’s outlook after H1 turnaround

By: Terence Creamer     25th July 2011 An improved operational performance underpinned a 167% rise in Hulamin’s interim headline earnings to R71-million for the period to June 30, 2011. But the aluminium re-roller warned that the turnaround had been achieved off a “low base” and expressed caution about the outlook, owing to the... 

Hulamin extends BHP Billiton supply deal, to seek further certainty

By: Terence Creamer     28th February 2011 Aluminium products manufacturer Hulamin confirmed on Monday that it had reached an agreement with BHP Billiton to extend an existing rolling-slab supply agreement by a year, until June 2012, and that further metal supply extensions might still be possible. BHP Billiton indicated previously that... 

Hulamin revises half-year earnings forecast

By: Petronel Smit     11th February 2011 South African aluminium semifabricator Hulamin has revised its earnings and headline earnings expectations for the year ended December 2010 to between R70-million, at 25c a share, and R78-million, at 28c a share. The JSE-listed company on Friday reported that the revised forecast resulted from... 

Laser marking for 
stainless steel products  

22nd October 2010 US manufacturer of laser engraving and cutting technology Epilog Laser has taken fibre laser technology and combined it with a flying optics beam delivery system to create the Fibermark laser system for direct metal marking.  

International sustainability study highlights energy 
saving benefits

24th September 2010 A new international sustainability study on automotive materials highlights the life-cycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction and energy-saving benefits of aluminium and magnesium. 

New aluminium load body application

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th September 2010 Steel supplier KMG Steel Service Centre and vehicle body manufacturer Ergon Cranes & Engineering have introduced an aluminium prototype dropside tipper load body. 

€30m aluminium 
recycling plant 
for Norway

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th September 2010 Integrated aluminium company Norsk Hydro is investing €30-million in the construction of an aluminium recycling plant, in Karmøy, Norway. 

Market trend for outdoor living space results in new folding system

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th September 2010 European architectural solutions provider Reynaers Aluminium has expanded its range of offerings with its CF 77 folding system, following the market trend for outdoor living space. 

Call to impose an export tariff on scrap metal

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th September 2010 The secondary aluminium industry is calling for South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to impose an export tariff on scrap metals, as the current high cost of buying the metals by local aluminium companies is shrinking the industry. 

Awards aim to create awareness

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th September 2010 Following a difficult year in the UK’s aluminium industry, owing to the closures of some of the industry’s smelters in the past year, and a loss of some 700 jobs, the Aluminium Extruders Association with support from the Aluminium Federation (Alfed) organised the Power of Aluminium Awards,... 

Enviro legislation increases challenges for local companies

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th September 2010 The latest enactments of environmental legislation, which include energy, air and water legislation, challenge industry as they question capital investment decisions that were made under a different decision environment when capital was expensive, energy cheap and water, waste and air legislation... 

Aluminium sheet used for wine bottle closures

24th September 2010 South African aluminium semifabricator Hulamin supplies some 3 000 t of aluminium to the wine and beverage closure industry, with a large percentage used for wine bottle closures. The wine trade is a multibillion rand international industry and the ongoing debate on the different forms of... 

Eskom says no firm power-contract deal yet for SA smelters 

By: Terence Creamer     6th September 2010 State-owned power utility Eskom is no longer committing to a firm date for the conclusion of discussions with BHP Billiton relating to the contracts for the supply of electricity to the resources group's Hillside and Bayside aluminium smelters, in South Africa. In a response to questions posed... 

Hulamin wants aluminium import duties reintroduced, earnings up

By: Chanel de Bruyn     26th July 2010 In line with expectations, aluminium semifabricator Hulamin on Monday reported headline earnings of R26,5-million for the six months ended June 30, 2010, up marginally on the R25,3-million earned in the first half of 2009. The group, now led by CEO Richard Jacob, reported a 32% increase in sales... 

Hulamin expects half-year earnings to remain stable

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th July 2010 Aluminium semifabricator Hulamin on Friday said its 2010 interim earnings and headline earnings of between R24-million and R28-million would be flat on the R25-million achieved in the first half of 2009. Output volumes in the Hulamin rolled products business had increased by 32% to 184 000 t, on... 

Mozal power price to be 'higher', but still 'competitive'

By: Terence Creamer     31st May 2010 Resources group BHP Billiton says that its Mozal aluminium smelter, in Mozambique, will "definitely" remain profitable, despite an amendment to its favourable electricity-supply contract with South African power utility Eskom. The group confirmed with Engineering News Online that the power price... 

Hulamin says R750m rights offer aligned to growth aspirations

By: Chanel de Bruyn     26th April 2010 South African aluminium semifabricator Hulamin has confirmed plans to raise R750-million through a rights offer to its shareholders to pay off its debt and further expand its production capacity. Outgoing CEO Alan Fourie announced in February that the company was reassessing its capital... 

BHP, Eskom review aluminium smelter power agreements

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th April 2010 The world's biggest mining company, BHP Billiton, and South African power utility Eskom will renegotiate controversial electricity supply agreements currently in place for BHP's aluminium smelters in South Africa and Mozambique, and expect to have a new deal in place by the third quarter. “This... 

Hulamin expands rolling slab output, reviews capital structure

By: Chanel de Bruyn     15th February 2010 Aluminium semifabricator Hulamin was reassessing its capital structure to ensure that it could take advantage of “considerable growth potential” in the next four years, while also planning to implement measures to boost its own rolling slab output, outgoing CEO Alan Fourie said on Monday. The... 

Hulamin sees sales volumes returning to precrisis levels

By: Chanel de Bruyn     15th February 2010 Sales volumes for aluminium semifabricator Hulamin were returning to precrisis levels, but local demand remained weak, the company said on Monday. Hulamin’s net profit fell 67% to R89,6-million in the year ended December 31, 2009, compared with a net profit of R268,8-million the year before,... 

Hulamin chief Fourie to retire in 2010

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st December 2009 Aluminium semi-fabricator Hulamin has begun the search for a new CEO, after Alan Fourie indicated his intention to retire from the position during 2010. The appointment of a new CEO will incorporate a “suitable transition period”, Hulamin said in a statement on Monday. 

Hulamin completes R970m rolled products expansion 

By: Chanel de Bruyn     10th December 2009 Aluminium semifabricator Hulamin’s R970-million Rolled Products expansion project, in Pietermaritzburg, has been successfully completed ahead of schedule. The company, led by CEO Alan Fourie, on Thursday said that the project had increased the rolled products capacity by about 20% and would... 

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