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Foundries, Forges and Die-Casting

Metal casting a global growth market, but challenges remain

By: Sashnee Moodley     12th April 2013 Global metal casting production is expected to reach 115-million tons by 2015, but the role South Africa plays in the global industry continues to decline. 

World’s largest submerged arc furnace to be delivered to Korea

12th April 2013 International manufacturer of ferronickel Posco SNNC has contracted German engineering company SMS Siemag for the delivery of the world's largest submerged arc furnace with six electrodes for the production of ferronickel in Gwangyang, Korea. 

SA foundries follow global trends – conference

12th April 2013 Delegates at the 2013 South African Metal Casting Conference, held in the North West, between March 13 and 16 heard that the challenges faced by foundries in South Africa are not unique in the global context and that growth in the industry will come from closer attention to the needs of foundry... 

PE foundry acquisition to support global growth objectives

12th April 2013 Global minerals solutions supplier Weir Group announced that it would purchase the Port Elizabeth-based Xmeco Foundry, which will form part of their Weir Minerals Africa business unit.  

Foundry waste beneficial to other industries

By: Sashnee Moodley     12th April 2013 The foundry industry is one of the greatest recyclers; however, it generates many waste products that end up in landfills when, in fact, they can be used in several applications, says US Department of Agriculture research soil scientist Robert Dungan.  

Material efficiency can improve energy efficiency

By: Sashnee Moodley     12th April 2013 Improved understanding of material efficiency at different stages of the casting process and the associated energy and operating materials required at each of these stages can be used to gather important information needed to promote efficiency improvements at foundries, says local consultancy... 

Melting trade needs more recognition

By: Samantha Herbst     13th April 2012 The National Foundry Technology Network (NFTN), a government and industry association-led agency, and the South African Institute of Foundrymen (Saif) believe that melting is a significantly undervalued trade in the foundry sector, saying that this lack of recognition is detrimental to the... 

NFTN converting learnership programme into artisan programme

By: Samantha Herbst     13th April 2012 The industry-led, government-funded National Foundry Technology Network (NFTN) and its stakeholders are, under the guidance of the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority, in the process of converting the accredited foundry qualification learnership... 

Casting industry struggles despite automotive industry growth

By: Samantha Herbst     13th April 2012 The production volume of aluminium castings has declined by 40% in the past decade, Aluminium Federation of South Africa (Afsa) vice-chairperson Bob Stone tells Engineering News. 

Electricity costs remain a concern despite lower 2012/13 tariff increase 

By: Samantha Herbst     13th April 2012 The electricity-intensive foundry industry still has a lot of obstacles to overcome despite the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s) downward revision of State-owned power utility Eskom’s tariff increase for 2012/13, says South African Institute of Foundrymen (Saif) CEO John Davies. 

UJ initiative takes casting technologies to the community 

By: Samantha Herbst     13th April 2012 The University of Johannesburg’s (UJ’s) Metal Castings Technology Station (MCTS) is using the art of metal casting to unlock the potential of small local businesses in South Africa. Through an initiative called the Community Casting Project (CCP), funded in part by the National Foundry Technology... 

Refractory company imports solution to zoned wearing

By: Samantha Herbst     13th April 2012 Johannesburg-based refractory engineering company Refraline is offering a solution for foundries that struggle to prevent premature wear of induction furnace linings. 

Foundry industry urged to take advantage of opportunities

By: Jessica Hannah     8th April 2011 A number of industry bodies have expressed concern about a lack of interest by the local foundry industry in taking advantage of new opportunities.  

Electricity prices huge concern for foundry industry

By: Jessica Hannah     8th April 2011 Rising electricity costs are having a huge impact on the electricity-intensive foundry industry, says commercial investment foundry Vestcast MD David Barnes. 

Global demand drives local capacity increase

By: Jessica Hannah     8th April 2011 Increasing demand for silicon carbide, which is being driven by traditional buyers of Chinese production seeking alternative supply sources, has prompted local producer Sublime Technologies to increase its production capacity to 50 000 t/y. 

First-of-its-kind burner to be installed in Southern Africa

By: Jessica Hannah     8th April 2011 Multidimensional provider of turnkey thermoprocessing solutions Talec Combustion Company (Talec) will install the first E-Jet (EJ) ultra-low nitrogen oxide (NOx) regenerative ceramic burner at a foundry in southern Africa, the company reports. 

Namibian company receives three-year maintenance contract

8th April 2011 Heat technology equipment specialists Ai-Tec Namibia has been awarded a three-year contract for the maintenance of operational equipment at TSX-listed Dundee Precious Metals’ Namibian Custom Smelters (NCS) in Tsumeb, Namibia. 

SA needs to start building long-term relationships

By: Jessica Hannah     8th April 2011 South African industries need to establish long-term commitments and partnerships with foundries in the country to support this important sector, international trade fair for moldmaking and tooling, design and application development AfriMold MD Ron MacLarty asserts. 

Foundry benefits from government programme 

8th April 2011 Castings specialist KEW Foundries reports that the Department of Science and Technology’s (DST’s) Technology Localisation Programme (TLP) has assisted it in overcoming a number of short-term challenges. 

Development of pilot foundry qualification progressing well 

By: Jessica Hannah     8th April 2011 The development of a pilot foundry qualification by the industry-led, government funded National Foundry Technology Network (NFTN) is progressing well, the organisation reports. 

Adaptation key to survival in difficult times

9th April 2010 The manufacturing sector, particularly foundries, has experienced economic strain over the past year owing to the worldwide recession. One of the largest and oldest aluminium foundries in the Western Cape Ajax Manufacturing’s CE Charles Rowe says that it has been an incredibly tough year for his... 

Breaking new ground in foundry efficiency 

By: Henry Lazenby     9th April 2010 The proper handling of scrap runners and returns in a foundry may have a significant impact on a company’s profitability. In the search for continuous improvement and competitiveness, the improper handling and management of runner returns in foundries is often overlooked. 

Headgear sheave wheels supplied to Russian mine

9th April 2010 Specialist caster KEW Foundries has supplied headgear sheave wheels to the Shaft Sinkers Group, to be used on a project for global chemical giant EuroChem. The sheave wheels form part of the winder installation that will transport men and materials and waste rock during the shaft sinking phase... 

Foundries increasingly looking to alternatives

By: Henry Lazenby     9th April 2010 In an effort to cut costs, foundries are increasingly looking to alternatives, such as reusing, rather than disposing of, moulding sand, instead of buying huge amounts of new foundry sand, reports foundry equipment supplier March Projects. 

Increasing competitiveness of local foundry industry

By: Henry Lazenby     9th April 2010 A government initiative is helping local foundries to improve their productivity and product quality, while simultaneously introducing new technology and innovative production methods. The National Foundry Technology Network (NFTN) is an initiative by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)... 

New programme aims to bridge the skills gap

By: Henry Lazenby     9th April 2010 One of the challenges facing the manufacturing industry in South Africa is the drastic skills shortage, which has a great impact on sustainability. This shortage is critically felt in the foundries, forges and die casting industry, which is considered the backbone of the manufacturing industry. 

Technology assistance packages to be rolled out

By: Henry Lazenby     9th April 2010 Twenty-eight local foundries will receive technology assistance packages from the Department of Science and Technology (DST) in the coming months. These companies are among 117 foundries benchmarked by a new tool implemented by the DST, in cooperation with the United Nations Industrial... 

Forging ahead with semisolid casting technology

By: Henry Lazenby     9th April 2010 Industry leading research to develop a reliable and stable semisolid casting technique for the metals casting industry, called rheocasting, is under way in South Africa.

 

Automotive sector collapse puts damper on foundry industry

By: Lindsey Berry     10th April 2009 Casting demand from the local automotive sector is down about 35% this year, reports Auto Industrial Spartan commercial and projects director Eike Krafft. He attributes the decreased demand to the 36% drop in local new vehicle sales in the automotive industry for January and February. 

New filiter available to reduce foundry pollution

By: Lindsey Berry     10th April 2009 A horizontal flat bag filter that can be used to effectively reduce dust and pollution in foundries has been developed by Dantherm Filtration and is now available in South Africa. 

Foundry wins pumps order

10th April 2009 A number of Sulzer Pumps' orders have been awarded to KEW Foundries. The two most recent orders include pump castings for two water treatment projects in KwaZulu-Natal. 

Improved process flows grow global capability

10th April 2009 In addition to recent intensive cosmetic upgrades to its Isando facility, Weir Warman Africa has improved process flows in order to establish a lean manufacturing standard in the company. A significant investment has recently been made in the foundry as part of the initial phase of the best... 

Foundry industry reduces power use to gain competetive edge

By: Lindsey Berry     10th April 2009 The National Foundry Technology Network (NFTN) has established the Energy Utilisation project to assist foundries to reduce their energy consumption, NFTN project leader Richard Beän tells Engineering News. 

Formal foundryman qualification in place by 2010

By: Lindsey Berry     10th April 2009 A formal tertiary qualification for aspiring foundrymen will be in place at the University of Johannesburg at the beginning of next year. 

Foundries use economic downturn to develop industry

By: Lindsey Berry     10th April 2009 Production in South African foundries is down about 35% as a result of the global financial crisis, reports the National Foundry Technology Network (NFTN). Many foundries are only working three days a week or are alternating production one week on, one week off. 

Quality control essential for reducing porosity

10th April 2009 One of the most effective ways for foundries to counteract the current economic downturn is to increase efficiency in all departments, says Ajax Manufacturing CEO Charles Rowe. Ajax has, therefore, reaffirmed its commitment to quality control, especially with regard to the porosity of metals in... 

Plant upgrades create specialist foundry

By: Lindsey Berry     10th April 2009 Foundry company Lenreco has undergone several plant upgrades in the past two years in an effort to transform the predominantly cast-iron foundry into a foundry capable of working with complex materials and producing specialised castings. Lenreco was sold in June 2007 and the new ownership brought... 

Foundry equipment supply company acquisition complete

10th April 2009 The acquisition of foundry equipment supply company DISA that was announced at the beginning of last year is now complete. The company was bought by private equity firm Mid Europa Partners (MEP) which is one of the largest private equity firms investing in Central and Eastern Europe. MEP advises... 

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