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Aluminium News

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 Iannucci     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 Iannucci     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 Iannucci     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 Iannucci     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 Iannucci     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 Iannucci     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 Iannucci     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. 

Aluminium smelter veteran gearing to deliver yet another megaproject success

By: Terence Creamer     31st August 2007 The newly appointed CEO of Alcan's $2,7-billion Coega aluminium smelter project effectively went full circle when he accepted the position earlier this year. Brent Hegger began his post-university career working at Alcan�s Arvida facility in northern Quebec, before 'developing an... 

Aluminium fabricator focuses on volumes, while investors also watch

By: Terence Creamer     3rd August 2007 Given that newly-listed midstream aluminium group Hulamin's growth ambitions are weighted heavily towards its pipeline of brownfield growth prospects, increasing attention is being given to its current R950-million expansion project, and to when it will begin delivering. 

BEE costs, extrusions unit take gloss off Hulamin earnings debut

By: Terence Creamer     24th July 2007 The gloss was taken off the debut earnings report by midstream aluminium group Hulamin for its half-year ended June 30, 2007, by one-off corporate restructuring costs of R160-million and a below-par performance from its extrusions unit, which translated into a headline loss of R70-million for the... 

Hulamin expects to post R70m H1 headline loss

20th July 2007 Newly-listed aluminium company Hulamin expects to post a headline loss of some R70-million, or 33c a share for the six months ended June 30, the company said on Friday. 

Alcan positive Coega smelter will go ahead - Eskom

By: Matthew Hill     19th July 2007 Government-owned power utility Eskom said on Thursday that it had been “hearing the right noises” from Alcan that the giant aluminium producer’s plans to build a smelter in Coega were on track. 

Alcan awards $100m engineering contract for Coega smelter

By: Liezel Hill     11th July 2007 Canada-based aluminium producer Alcan has awarded a contract worth more than $100-million to a joint venture comprising SNC-Lavalin, Hatch, and South Africa's Murray & Roberts, for the front-end engineering design (FEED) and management of the first phase of the company's planned 360... 

Advent of new smelter could add new string to Hulamin’s pricing bow

By: Terence Creamer     6th July 2007 South Africa’s newly-listed aluminium converter Hulamin believes it is well positioned to extract benefit from the “new pricing dynamic” that is emerging as a result of a commitment made by primary-aluminium group Alcan to offer a portion of the planned production from its... 

Young Welder of the Year to represent SA in Japan in November

By: Christy van der Merwe     6th July 2007 Twenty-year-old Phillip Janse van Rensburg scooped the accolade of �Young Welder of the year’ at an awards ceremony held last week at the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) headquarters in Gauteng. 

Empowered structure takes ladder maker up a rung

By: Christy van der Merwe     29th June 2007 Signing a black economic-empowerment (BEE) agreement is a significant commitment for a medium-sized enterprise such as SA Ladder but, slowly, the company has started reaping the benefits since signing a BEE deal with investment company Fixtrade, in April 2006. 

Hulamin eyes growth to 360 000 t/y as it embarks on solo voyage

By: Terence Creamer     25th June 2007 Independent aluminium processing company Hulamin, which began trading on the JSE on Monday morning following its unbundling from Tongaat Hulett, had no immediate need to raise capital and saw its significant organic-growth trajectory being satisfied from its own cash generation. In fact, CEO Alan... 

Reunert’s veteran chief says cable business will exercise restraint in adding new capacity

By: Terence Creamer     22nd June 2007 The veteran head of engineering and technology group Reunert, Gerrit ‘Boel’ Pretorius, says the company’s infrastructure-aligned businesses are set fair for significant growth, but will err on the side of caution when it comes to creating new capacity. 

Alcan in 'advanced' talks on Coega smelter partners, contractors

By: Matthew Hill     11th June 2007 Aluminium giant Alcan announced on Monday that it had appointed Canadian Brent Hegger as the new CEO of its $2,7-billion, or R 18,5-billion, Coega aluminium smelter, and that construction was expected to start in 2008, with first metal production occurring in 2010. 

Organic pipeline alone enough to spur doubling of Hulamin in ten years, says Fourie

By: Terence Creamer     1st June 2007 South African aluminium re-roller Hulamin - which already had approved projects to expand its rolled products output from less than 200 000 t/y currently to 250 000 t/y in 2011 - said on Friday that it was also considering various organic-expansion and value-addition projects that could lay the... 

BHP Billiton's Southern African smelters hit by power cuts

By: Matthew Hill     24th May 2007 The world's-biggest mining firm BHP Billiton said on Thursday that one of the two potlines at its Mozal aluminium smelter in Mozambique had been shut down for 40 minutes on Wednesday evening, and that it had also already experienced power supply interruptions at all its Hillside and Bayside... 

Wednesday loadshedding needed to stabilise transmission network - Eskom

By: Matthew Hill     24th May 2007 On Wednesday evening, areas in Gauteng and Mpumalanga were left without power for about an hour after State-owned Eskom was forced to manually load shed, it said late in the day. The supply interruptions began at around 18:00, and "almost all" of the affected areas had power again by... 

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