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DTI says it is moving ahead with scrap export-tariff study

By: Terence Creamer     30th October 2008 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has refuted reports, including one carried on Engineering News Online, that it had agreed to postpone its processes surrounding the possible introduction of export tariffs on ferrous and nonferrous scrap metal until an independent probe had been... 

Metals industry awaits details of scrap export tariff

By: Terence Creamer     10th October 2008 Government and the South African metals sector had agreed in principle on the need to impose export tariffs on ferrous and nonferrous scrap metal to shore up supply of this increasingly-sought-after resource for local industry. However, the finer details had to be worked out and were still... 

Metals sector's apprentice intake breaches 4 000 mark for first time in nearly 10 years 

By: Terence Creamer     10th October 2008 Apprentice numbers in South Africa's metals sector rose to over 4 000 for the first time since 1999 during 2008, Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of South Africa (Seifsa) president Johan Fourie revealed at the weekend, adding that he was optimistic that intake levels would surpass 5... 

Hulamin expects global demand to hold, but says local sales may slow

By: Chanel de Bruyn     1st August 2008 Despite a slowdown in the global economy and a softening in demand for aluminium rolled products in some regions, JSE-listed aluminium reroller Hulamin expected global demand to increase this year.  

Hulamin expects global demand to hold, but warns local sales may slow

By: Chanel de Bruyn     22nd July 2008 Despite a slowdown in the global economy and a softening in demand for aluminium rolled products in some regions, JSE-listed aluminium reroller Hulamin expected global demand to increase this year. CEO Alan Fourie on Tuesday commented that the company, which exported about 70% of its products,... 

AltX-listed Mazor to move to main board

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th July 2008 AltX-listed steel and aluminium fabricator Mazor Group would move to the main board of the JSE on July 14, the company reported on Monday. Mazor, which listed on AltX in November last year, would be listed in the construction and materials sector and the building materials and fixtures sub-sector. 

Renegotiated wage increase for metal, engineering workers

By: Matthew Hill     20th June 2008 Trade union solidarity on Friday signed a revised wage accord for its members in the metal and engineering sectors, after last year's agreement would have seen them getting below-inflation pay hikes. The previous deal was "unacceptable" to workers unions, after inflation scaled 10% this year,... 

Hulamin expects improved interim earnings

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th June 2008 JSE-listed aluminium reroller Hulamin on Tuesday said its earnings and headline earnings for the half-year ended June 30 was expected to be between R174-million and R188-million, or between 81c a share and 87c a share. This compared with a headline loss of R70,3-million, or 33c a share, the same... 

Coega aluminium smelter owner delays project to 2012 

By: Christy van der Merwe     29th May 2008 Aluminium producer Rio Tinto Alcan on Thursday indicated that it expected its Coega aluminium smelter to only come on line in 2012. Rio Tinto Alcan Aluminium CEO Dick Evans said that South Africa's power constraints meant that the energy-intensive project on the country's South East... 

Aluminium extrusion company tackles the skills challenge 

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     16th May 2008 In an effort to alleviate the massive skills shortage in the aluminium fabrication sector, aluminium extrusion company Wispeco Aluminium has invested over R1, 2-million in a project called the SpazaAL, aimed at developing young black entrepreneurs. 

Mazor says entered into negotiations

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th May 2008 AltX-listed steel and aluminium supplier Mazor on Thursday warned shareholders to exercise in caution when dealing in their shares as it entered into negotiations that, if sucessfully concluded, might have a material effect on its share price. This comes just a day after the group's CEO,... 

Rio Tinto Alcan ready to engage with ANC to seek Coega smelter solution

By: Matthew Hill     12th May 2008 World number-one aluminium producer Rio Tinto Alcan said on Monday that the task team looking into the timing of its planned aluminium smelter at Coega was making good progress, and that the firm still viewed South Africa as a "good place to do business". Director of communications and... 

Rio Tinto in talks with govt to review terms, timing of SA smelter

By: Liezel Hill     13th March 2008 Diversified miner Rio Tinto is in discussions with the South African government to review the timing of its planned aluminium smelter at Coega, in the Eastern Cape, in light of the country's power shortage, the company said on Thursday. “A team, consisting of members from government,... 

BHP to close parts of Bayside smelter to achieve 10% cut in energy use

By: Liezel Hill     11th March 2008 Diversified resources group BHP Billiton plans to close two potlines at its Bayside aluminium smelter, in Richards Bay, South Africa, in order to reduce the group's overall power consumption from its Southern African operations by 10%, the company said on Tuesday. On request from... 

Hulamin sets sights on further capacity expansion

By: Matthew Hill     22nd February 2008 While 2008 will be a year of consolidation for midstream aluminium group Hulamin, as it gears up for its nearly R1-billion expansion to raise production to 250 000 t/y of rolled products by 2012, CEO Alan Fourie is already eyeing further expansions that could take it to the 300 000-t/y level. 

Hulamin sets sights on further capacity expansion

By: Matthew Hill     12th February 2008 While 2008 would be a year of consolidation for midstream aluminium group Hulamin, as it geared up for its nearly R1-billion expansion to raise production to 250 000 t/y of rolled products by 2012, CEO Alan Fourie was already eyeing further expansions that could take it to the 300 000 t/y level.... 

Hulamin reports R40m in '07 headline earnings

By: Matthew Hill     12th February 2008 JSE-listed aluminium reroller Hulamin said on Tuesday that its headline earnings for the year ended December 31 equalled R40-million, or 18c a share, which was about one-fifth of the R204-million figure for 2006, after one-off restructuring costs. This was after Hulamin boosted revenue by 20% to... 

SA moves to assure energy-heavy investors 

By: Terence Creamer     25th January 2008 The South African government stressed on Friday that its policy of seeking to attract large industrial investors had not been altered by the prevailing electricity crisis, and that Eskom, which is wholly State-owned, would honour its offtake commitments to the existing smelters, as well as to the... 

Zone's power requirements to necessitate R6,4bn expenditure

By: Desislava Tzoneva     7th December 2007 Some R6, 4-billion will be spent on power infrastructure to ensure the supply of electricity to the Alcan aluminium smelter currently being built at the Eastern Cape Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ). 

Steel and aluminium company debuts on AltX

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     21st November 2007 Steel and aluminium fabricator Mazor Group made its entrance onto the AltX on Wednesday with its first shares trading at R4,50 a share, up from the placement price of R4 a share. 

SA reviews duties on chemical, aluminium and textile inputs

By: Terence Creamer     7th November 2007 A comprehensive review of tariff protection on certain upstream industrial inputs - including chemicals and plastics, textile for apparel and clothing, and aluminium - has been launched by the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac). 

Steel and aluminium supplier to make AltX debut

1st November 2007 The Mazor group, a supplier of steel and aluminium products in the Western Cape, plans to list on the JSE's AltX bourse in late November to pave the way for the company to expand its national footprint.  

BHP to study building $3bn aluminium smelter in DRC

By: Matthew Hill     22nd October 2007 The world’s biggest mining company, BHP Billiton, on Monday said that it had signed an agreement with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to jointly investigate the development of a $3-billion aluminium smelter in the Bas Congo region. 

Nampak mulls bigger Angola hub as it pulls trigger on R600m beverage-can project

By: Terence Creamer     3rd October 2007 Diversified South African packaging group Nampak - which on Wednesday unveiled plans for a R600-million beverage-can manufacturing plant in Angola - was already considering the creation of a larger multiproduct manufacturing hub in the Southern African country, which was currently riding an... 

Training initiative secures funding for 25 learners

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     28th September 2007 Technology and business incubator Downstream Aluminium Centre for Technology (Dact) recently secured funding from mining giant BHP Billiton for skills development of 25 learners from rural communities around Richards Bay. The development programme aims to impart skills in metal fabrication and... 

South African aluminium sector set for 7% annual growth - Afsa

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     28th September 2007 The Aluminium Federation of Southern Africa (Afsa) reports that the local market is set to grow between 7% and 8% a year, for the next ten years. Afsa aluminium specialist Dr Tony Paterson states that while this is a substantial growth, consideration should be given to the fact that the country... 

Growing aluminium sector directs the course for local organisation

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     28th September 2007 Recently appointed executive director of the Aluminium Federation fo Southern Africa (Afsa) Mark Krieg states that the aluminium industry in Southern Africa is a huge, vibrant, and growing business. This growing market is, to some extent, defining the future of the organisation itself. “I... 

Richards Bay aluminium pilot plant set to produce in November

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     28th September 2007 Heavy structural and mechanical engineering group Duys Engineering reports that its aluminium melting pilot plant in Richards Bay, should produce its first metal in November this year. Duys Engineering CEO Henk Duys states that the R10-million project is about 60% completed, with only the... 

Aluminium shining bright in architecture

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     28th September 2007 The Association of Architectural Aluminium Manufacturers of South Africa (Aaamsa) reports that the industry is currently focusing on energy efficient design, and new trends and technologies pursuing this, are continuously forthcoming. The European Aluminium Association (EAA) reports that... 

R950m aluminium expansion on track

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     28th September 2007 Aluminium group Hulamin reports that its R950-million expansion is on track to meet the originally agreed upon milestones, which will see first production in late 2008, and project completion by 2009. "The project is progressing well and supply contracts are in place for all the important items... 

New facility unleashes potential of aluminium and glass giant

28th September 2007 One of South Africa’s largest producers and distributors of value-added glass and aluminium components and products, such as shower, sliding, folding and hinge doors, and mirrors and windows, AGI Aluminium is already benefiting significantly from its newly built manufacturing facility in... 

Aluminium use lowers greenhouse gas emissions

28th September 2007 The world aluminium industry reported in July, that the application of automotive aluminium in passenger cars manufactured in 2006 will lead to potential global savings of approximately140-million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalent greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and to energy savings... 

South African light metals development network classified as world class

28th September 2007 The national Light Metals Development Network (LMDN) hosted by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) recently received high praise from a panel of international and local experts. As part of a formal review of the LMDN and government�s overarching advanced metals initiative,... 

Environment friendly welding rods launched in South Africa

28th September 2007 New environmentally safe aluminium welding rods have been launched in South Africa. Durafix sub-Saharan distributor Aldacore Trading states that the welding rods ensure dependable, nonporous joints which are stronger than the parent metal and have no toxicity hazards associated with the welding... 

Aluminium foundry celebrates 55 years

28th September 2007 Western Cape aluminium foundry Ajax Manufacturing, is celebrating its fifty-fifth anniversary, making it one of the oldest aluminium foundries in the province. 

Alcan to donate $50 000 to Ghana flood victims

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     26th September 2007 Global materials company Alcan will donate $50 000, through the Canadian Red Cross, in response to a September 17 emergency appeal by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, to aid victims of recent flooding in the upper east region of Ghana. 

Alcan inks support pact for Coega smelter, hopes to wrap up ports deal next month

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     18th September 2007 Aluminium group Alcan hopes to finalise an agreement with Transnet National Ports Authority by the end of next month, for the port access and material-handling and storage facilities agreements for its mutibillion-dollar Coega aluminium smelter, Coega aluminium CEO Brent Hegger said on Tuesday. 

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