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Foundries, Forges & Die-casting News

Hope for aluminium casting industry

By: Sascha Solomons     8th April 2016 The Aluminium Federation of South Africa (Afsa) believes that potential for growth of the foundry industry currently lies in the automotive sector, as this is the largest market for aluminium castings. “Legislation worldwide is driving automotive companies and original-equipment manufacturers to... 

Potential growth in technology 

By: Sascha Solomons     8th April 2016 Amid the economic downturn and lack of skills in the foundry industry, the South African Institute of Foundrymen (SAIF) believes that growth opportunities for the industry lies in embracing technological development that will create new market opportunities. “To become more competitive, we, as an... 

Potential growth in technology
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SURVIVAL OF THE FOUNDRY INDUSTRY To be more competitive the industry has to strive to be technologically advanced to cater for new market demands

Steel industry faces toughest year

By: Dylan Slater     26th February 2016 As local steel demand stagnates and exports decrease, various steel industry role-players and industry analysts have predicted this year will be the toughest one for local steel manufacturers, as companies have been forced to mothball or sell plants, cut jobs and even close operations.  

Steel industry faces toughest year
SURVIVAL The Southern African Institute of Steel Construction says the local steel construction industry will survive the current challenging environment owing to years of resilience

Scrap metal issue requires inclusive industry debate

By: Dylan Slater     26th February 2016 The recent concerns regarding the proposed amendments to the price preference system (PPS) policy guidelines for local scrap metal require debate and input from all role-players, such as exporters of and domestic users of scrap metal, says steel industry representative organisation the Southern... 

Scrap metal issue requires inclusive industry debate
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PRECIOUS RESOURCE Scrap metal should be retained in South Africa and used as a national resource to decrease the price of local steel

Machine tools trade exhibition returns

By: Nadine James     16th October 2015 Exhibition organiser Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery last month announced the official launch of Machine Tools Africa 2017, an upcoming trade conference and exhibition that is expected to be the biggest Africa-based trade expo of its kind. The exhibition will be held at the Johannesburg Expo... 

Machine tools trade  exhibition returns
MAKING A COMEBACK The largest African trade exhibition of its kind will take place in May 2017

Construction and mining markets targeted

By: Dylan Stewart     16th October 2015 “Presenting its products to members from the construction and the mining industries was the focus for steel product manufacturer Scaw Metals at this year’s BAUMA CONEXPO AFRICA, held at Johannesburg Expo Centre from September 15 to 18,” says company sales and marketing executive head George... 

Construction and mining markets targeted
PUTTING IT OUT THERE Scaw Metals' stand at BAUMA CONEXPO AFRICA 2015

Aluminium auto panel production expected to accelerate

By: Mia Breytenbach     2nd October 2015 The automotive industry’s shift from manufacturing vehicle body panels in steel to manufacturing them in aluminium is a trend that is expected to significantly accelerate, says aluminium industry representative body the Aluminium Federation of South Africa (Afsa). Afsa executive director Mark... 

Aluminium auto panel  production expected  to accelerate
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ACCELERATING TREND The amount of aluminium used in vehicles is expected to increase by about 100% or more in North America and globally

Deliveries, not purchase orders place IBC Advanced Alloys ahead of pack 

By: Henry Lazenby     10th August 2015 Advanced alloys and precision castings company IBC Advanced Alloys is confident that its new disruptive beryllium-aluminium alloy casting process, known as Beralcast, would attract attention from diverse industries, where the striving for increased efficiency drove demand for super lightweight... 

Deliveries, not purchase orders place IBC Advanced Alloys ahead of pack
The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II electro optical targeting system, for which IBC Advanced Alloys completed Beralcast azimuth gimbal housing components.

Record number of exhibitors attend metals trade fair

7th August 2015 A record 2 200 companies, taking up almost 87 000 m2 of stand space, attended this year’s Bright World of Metals conference, which took place in Düsseldorf, Germany from June 16 to June 20. 

New series of dosing furnaces unveiled

7th August 2015 Thermal process technology manufacturer StrikoWestofen Group in June released a completely redesigned series of dosing furnaces at the International Foundry Trade Fair (Gifa) 2015 in Dusseldorf, Germany. 

Wits professor receives tribology excellence award

By: Schalk Burger     8th May 2015 University of Witwatersrand (Wits) associate professor Natasha Sacks received the 2015 Louw Alberts Award last month for her outstanding contribution to tribology from the South African Institute of Tribology (SAIT). Sacks, currently with the Wits School of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering,... 

  Wits professor receives tribology excellence award
NATASHA SACKS Sacks conducts training for employees enrolled for master’s degrees or PhDs to produce better materials and tools

Localisation, beneficiation must be cognisant of global value chains

By: Schalk Burger     17th April 2015 South Africa’s industrial policies might be ignoring the importance of global value chains because focusing on realistic competitive advantages might allow for the sustainable production of intermediate goods that dovetails with multinational, globalised supply chains. This is one of the messages... 

Localisation, beneficiation must be cognisant of global value chains
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MANUFACTURING South Africa’s manufacturing stimulation policies must be cognisant of global value chain opportunities and risks

Hope for dwindling foundry industry

By: Dylan Slater     10th April 2015 The sustainability of South Africa’s foundry industry can be maintained if stakeholders shift their focus to upgrading equipment and technologies, boosting skills development and reducing imports, says foundry industry body the South African Institute of Foundrymen (SAIF). 

Hope for dwindling foundry industry
INDUSTRY HOPE There is some optimism from industry regarding an increased allocation for infrastructure developments from government

Auto components crucial for aluminium industry

By: Dylan Slater     10th April 2015 South Africa’s automotive sector is currently one of the key drivers of aluminium demand in the country, which stakeholders attribute to the global trend of manufacturers using an increasing amount of aluminium for vehicle components, particularly for passenger vehicles. 

Auto components crucial for aluminium industry
VISION 2020 The aluminium industry is embarking on a strategy aimed at doubling the volume of cars manufactured a year in South Africa by 2020, from 600 000 to 1.2-million

Programmes set to bridge widening skills gap

By: Dylan Slater     10th April 2015 Initiative of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) the National Foundry Technology Network (NFTN) last year updated several industry-focused skills development programmes to bridge the widening skills gap and mitigate the effects of an ageing industry, as many skilled foundrymen are nearing... 

Programmes set to bridge widening skills gap
BRIDGING THE SKILLS GAP The National Foundry Technology Network offers programmes aimed at developing students’ skills from a basic foundry level through to a qualified artisan level

Local foundry benefits from State rail expansion

By: Dylan Slater     10th April 2015 State-owned rail utility the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) rail expansion and renewal project is prompting much-needed large-scale orders for the casting industry, which is encouraging Bronkhorstspruit-based specialist foundry Steloy Castings to invest in new equipment... 

Local foundry benefits from State rail expansion
NEW EQUIPMENT Steloy has upgraded its design, project management, castings, machining and nondestructive testing facilities

Demand increase for preventative maintenance strategies

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th November 2014 Steel plant processing technology, equipment and services specialist SMS Siemag South Africa, a division of SMS Group, has registered significant demand growth for preventative maintenance in the local ferrous, nonferrous and ferroalloys industries, paired with a 10% to 15% increase in technical... 

Demand increase for preventative maintenance strategies
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PREVENTATIVE STRATEGY SMS Group assists the industry in monitoring predictive failure and scheduled shutdowns

Exports affecting local companies’ access to good-quality scrap metal

By: Sashnee Moodley     31st October 2014 Trends in the steelmaking industry have shown that local access to good-quality scrap is being hampered by the increasing exports of this material.  

Coil and sheets supplied to PRASA project

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th October 2014 Stainless steel flat products producer Columbus Stainless received the first order in February this year to supply coils and sheets for the first 20 passenger train sets that form part of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) passenger coach replacement project. “The majority of... 

Coil and sheets supplied to PRASA project
FIRST ORDER Columbus Stainless supplied type 301 and 304L coils and sheets for the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s passenger coach replacement project

New coverall range launched for industry

By: Mia Breytenbach     17th October 2014 Local specialised protective-clothing manufacturer Charnaud introduced its new Aci-Flam and Metal-Safe ranges of protective clothing to industry last month. Charnaud supplies products and specialised footwear to industries dealing with, for example, hot-metal smelting, firefighting, shaft... 

New coverall range launched for industry
INDUSTRY FIRST The Metal-Safe personal protective garments are made from Lenzing FR, antistatic, high-strength synthetic and other fibres

Aluminium industry awaits policy amendments

By: Mia Breytenbach     26th September 2014 The secondary aluminium industry has remained uncompetitive in the world market of beneficiated aluminium products, despite the directive of the preferential pricing on scrap metal, issued by the Department of Economic Development in September last year, Non-Ferrous Metal Industries Association... 

Aluminium industry awaits  policy amendments
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INDUSTRY DECLINE Without significant amendments to the preferential policy, the aluminium and scrap beneficiation industry will continue to decline

Stable energy source key challenge for aluminium industry

By: Mia Breytenbach     26th September 2014 The availability of stable energy sources at competitive prices remains a core challenge for the South African aluminium industry, says EY Africa mining and metals leader Wickus Botha. “As aluminium smelting processes are significantly energy intensive, these smelters and foundries require a... 

Stable energy source key challenge for  aluminium industry
INDUSTRY NEED To maintain a sustainable South African aluminium industry, the companies would need to secure electricity supply

Efforts under way to revitalise tool, die and mouldmaking in SA

By: Schalk Burger     15th August 2014 The South African tool, die and mouldmaking (TDM) industry is being revitalised to locally produce the tools, dies, moulds and fixtures required by the manufacturing sector. Local TDM capability is key to enable the manufacturing industry to remain competitive, says Toolmaking Association of... 

Efforts under way to revitalise tool, die and mouldmaking in SA
HENK SNYMAN TDM supports broader industrial activity that has a multiplier-effect on the potential to beneficiate raw materials in many industries

Merseta advocates practical trade experience to plug South Africa’s technical gaps

By: Schalk Burger     11th July 2014 The Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority (Merseta) advocates artisan training, coupled with workplace experience, as a way of developing technical skills that are in demand, which will create high-quality jobs and more technically qualified... 

Foundry expects 15% growth in valve casting demand

By: Mia Breytenbach     9th May 2014 To meet the increase in demand in valves and valve-casting manufacturing, specialist foundry group Steloy Castings has invested more than R1-million in new facilities and technologies, which includes the installation of a new cold box core-making machine, states Steloy marketing and sales... 

Foundry expects 15% growth in valve casting  demand
CASTING EXPECTATIONS Steloy Castings expects a 15% growth in the valve-casting sector of the market

Forum tackles industry challenges

By: Jonathan Rodin     11th April 2014 The New Foundry Generation Forum, launched in August last year, enhances a chosen group of young leaders in the foundry industry, identified and selected by a committee. The forum aims to develop skills in the industry by dealing with problem- solving, productivity, quality, cost and delivery... 

Foundry training centre begins training candidates

By: Jonathan Rodin     11th April 2014 Gauteng’s first foundry training centre was officially launched in September last year at the Ekurhuleni East College (EEC) for further education and training in Kwa Thema, Springs, to create a hub for foundry-related skills training and technology transfer. The first intake of apprentices... 

New machine increases forging company’s forging capability

11th April 2014 Product supplier and manufacturer Frankwen Forge installed a four-axis computer numerical controlled machine during the late last year, says Frankwen Forge sales manager Vince Horsburgh. He says that the machine enables the company to machine complex, integrally reinforced lip-type nozzles, final... 

Bright future for multifaceted foundry industry, despite decline  

By: Jonathan Rodin     11th April 2014 The metal-casting industry has experienced a period of decline, with several closures of foundries in recent years. However, the recent signs of economic recovery in Europe and North America, the continued strong growth of the African continent’s economy and the weakening of the Rand, are all... 

Bright future for multifaceted foundry industry, despite decline
SAIF CEO John Davies discusses tackling the forging industry’s challenges and Viking Foundry operations manager Greg Estman discusses the foundry.

Local foundries key to meeting increased demand

By: Mia Breytenbach     21st March 2014 As castings comprise the bulk of the cost and material of pumps and valves, local foundries play a significant part in enabling industry to reach competitiveness targets, states specialist foundry group Steloy group sales manager Leon Reeves. Although the current foundry market suffers from the... 

Local foundries key to meeting increased demand
INCREASED DEMAND Foundries are expected to meet the demand for castings, which from part of valves and pumps components

South African steel industry needs protection policies  

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th February 2014 Owing to the discovery of and exploration for shale gas in the US and Canada, as well as gas finds off Mozambique and Asia, the global steel industry is set to undergo a radical makeover, but South Africa may not immediately benefit from the lower gas prices, states advisory company Deloitte... 

South African steel industry needs protection policies
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POLAND SHALE GAS The discovery of and exploration for shale gas and gas finds across the world can reduce gas prices which will benefit steel producing companies that use gas to manufacture steel

Steel distributor to introduce new products 

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th February 2014 Steel distribution and processing company Duferco Distribution Services’ steel sales have increased by about 300% since January last year, as more industries, such as mining, transport, recycling and cement, are expressing interest and buying its Quard and Quend steel, S355 and pressure vessel... 

Steel distributor to  introduce new products
STEEL INCREASE Duferco Distribution Services will introduce new quench and tempered steel materials in a width of 3 m onto the South African market this year

Modest recovery forecast for South African steel industry

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th February 2014 International credit insurer Coface noted a 40% increase in the number of steel company liquidations in 2013. “Coface encountered 55 cases of liquidation in the local steel industry last year,” Coface industry analyst Warrick Robertson says, adding that the credit insurer observed a 56% increase... 

Modest recovery  forecast for South African steel industry
WARRICK ROBERTSON Although international credit insurer Coface forecasts a modest recovery for the steel industry, the company emphasizes that sub-Saharan Africa is a growing market for South African steel products

New version of marking system to mark two dimensional code

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th February 2014 The new version of the InfoDent 8400-20 pin marking system, designed for marking hot, primary metals or steel products, which was launched in mid-2013, has an improved controller, which increases the marking speed and can print machine-readable information, or two-dimensional codes, says supplier... 

New version of marking system to mark two dimensional code
MARKING SMART The new InfoDent 8400-20 pin marking machine can print on uneven surfaces and machine-readable information or two-dimensional code onto hot steel products

Crane contracts increased by 142% in 2013

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th February 2014 Lifting equipment and service company Konecranes Southern Africa (SA) is manufacturing nine overhead cranes, with an estimated value of R8-million, for the steel industry and continues its inspection and service contracts for local and multinational steel manufacturers and distributors, states... 

Crane contracts increased by 142% in 2013
CRANE OPERATION The Konecranes service procedure and service manual has proven to reduce crane operating costs and thus increasing production capacity, reliability and efficiency

Capital investment programmes can boost industry

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th February 2014 Specialist foundry Steloy Castings will complete a multimillion dollar order for stanchion support assemblies, this month, which will be sent to a petrochemicals refinery in China. “The order comprised an assembly of castings, the bulk of which consists of tubes, which are used in the stanchions.... 

Capital investment programmes can boost industry
CASTING OPPORTUNITY Capital investment programmes, such as the Strategic Integrated Projects, will provide opportunities for the casting industry to supply cast and centrifugally cast products

Survey reveals increase in use of light steel frame building method

28th February 2014 An industry survey conducted by the Southern African Light Steel Frame Building Association (SASFA) revealed an increase in the use of the light steel frame building (LSFB) method in South Africa.   “Mainly, the survey showed that the mass of steel used in South Africa to profile light steel... 

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