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Foundries, Forges & Die-casting News

BEE timber company breaks new ground in SA

     23rd April 2004 This month marked the harvesting of the first indigenous trees in South Africa under a unique commercial licensing agreement awarded by the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (Dwaf) to newly-formed empowerment company Makhulakancane, trading as Isizulu Timber, at Sokhulu, near Richards Bay. 

Chilean port operator secures $15m loan from IFC

     19th April 2004 The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank, will provided a $15-million loan to San Vicente Terminal Internacional (SVTI), which operates the Port of San Vicente, a medium-sized port in Chile, specialising in handling forest products in bulk, break bulk... 

Aluminium castings are praised

By: elizabeth rebelo     16th April 2004 One of the Cape’s largest suppliers of manifolds for the high performance auto-application market, Rowland Manifolds, has been relying on the Ajax Manufacturing foundry to produce superior aluminium castings for many years. 

Automotive foundry functional by May

By: elizabeth rebelo     16th April 2004 In a strategic quest to support first-tier original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs), Zealous Pressure Casting has constructed an independent , 1 200 m2 automotive die-casting foundry to serve the automotive industry. 

Casting is sometimes preferred to fabrication

     16th April 2004 Most metal forming methods require some compromise in design to allow for manufacturing processes. 

East Rand becomes home to forgings plant

By: elizabeth rebelo     16th April 2004 A manufacturing plant has been established in Kempton Park by Feat Manufacturing for the supply of hot, closed die and upset forgings. 

Exports are a growing portion of turnover

By: elizabeth rebelo     16th April 2004 An added focus on exports stands to benefit not only the local foundry industry but South African industry as a whole, says Steloy Castings MD Danie Slabbert. 

Inferior cables are a problem, says manufacturer

By: elizabeth rebelo     16th April 2004 Local furnace cable manufacturer Flexicor Cables faces recurring problems with the mining and foundry industries where furnace designers and engineers specify the incorrect cable. 

Intelligent machines in the forest

By: Karel Smrcka     16th April 2004 Information technology has moved forest machines into a new era. In Finland almost all harvesting is done with satellite positioning and digital maps. Ponsse Oyj was the first company in the world to bring distance diagnostics onto the market. 

Name change demonstrates global vision

By: elizabeth rebelo     16th April 2004 One of South Africa’s largest producers of cast aluminium wheels for the automotive industry has taken on a new identity 

National casting technology centre being assessed

By: elizabeth rebelo     16th April 2004 The need for a state-of-the-art advanced national casting centre has been highlighted as a leading initiative within the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Strategy (AMTS), which is an implementation strategy in support of the South African government’s integrated manufacturing strategy... 

New fuse-welder torch introduced for foundries

     16th April 2004 A state-of-the-art fuse welder torch from Colmonoy has been introduced by Flame Spray Technologies. 

Parts handed over to automotive company

By: elizabeth rebelo     16th April 2004 Port Elizabeth engineering company Xmeco Heavy Engineering, a division of the Xmeco group, was awarded a contract to design and produce certain highly-specialised replacement parts for a large automotive component supplier. 

R50m in equipment for auto project

By: elizabeth rebelo     16th April 2004 One of South Africa’s largest automotive piston manufacturers, Kolbenco, is investing R50-million in foundry equipment for a new DaimlerChrysler project. 

Scrap-metal policy still to be finalised 

By: elizabeth rebelo     16th April 2004 The long-awaited revised scrap-metal policy, which has taken some three years to come to the fore, was implemented at the beginning of last month. 

Survey suggests foundry industry has growth potential

By: elizabeth rebelo     16th April 2004 South Africa casts some 500 000 tons of metal a year, generating a turnover of R10,3-billion a year, and contributes 0,32%to the country’s total gross domestic product. 

Yorkcor to challenge Komatiland sale

     6th April 2004 JSE Securities Exchange-listed forest products group Yorkcor has given notice of its intention to oppose the sale of the Komatiland Forest to the Bonheur consortium, which is 70%-controlled by US resource company Global Forest Products. 

R396m deal wraps up SA’s forestry restructuring

By: Martin Czernowalow     1st April 2004 The sale of a 75% stake in the Komatiland Forest and MTO concluded the South African government’s privatisation process of the country’s forestry assets. 

Railway tyres to 42 countries

By: ongezwa manyathi     26th March 2004 South Africa’s leading forged railway-tyre manufacturer exports more than half of its products to 42 countries. 

Scrap metal trader to invest R100m in Durban foundry

     24th March 2004 South African scrap metal trader West Side Scrap Metals has acquired a steel foundry in Edwin Swales, Durban, which was originally owned and operated by the country’s transport utility, Transnet. 

Steinhoff plans large-scale investment in Cape

By: Martin Czernowalow     3rd March 2004 Multinational manufacturer of furniture and household goods Steinhoff International Holdings said yesterday it was planning a large-scale investment programme for the southern and eastern Cape, as part of a new business model that is set to improve margins and efficiencies. 

Kasrils promises movement on forestry restructuring

By: Martin Czernowalow     11th February 2004 Forestry restructuring in South Africa would be completed and the expansion of commercial plantation forestry in the Eastern Cape would be promoted – a clear contribution to the challenge of addressing the social transition, said Water Affairs and Forestry Minister Ronnie Kasrils yesterday. 

Paper giant anchors Gauteng’s Innovation Hub

By: candice haase     23rd January 2004 The first phase of construction at what will become the centre of Gauteng’s intellectual-capital development, The Innovation Hub, began in September 2003. 

Still scope to move South African aluminium downstream

     23rd January 2004 Although the aluminium industry in South Africa has a huge competitive advantage over other countries in the world, mainly due to cheaper electricity for smelting, there is still a need for the industry to shift to value adding manufacturing, says Japan External Trade Organisation (Jetro),... 

Timber industry moves to curb overloading

By: tom robbins     16th January 2004 Major players in the timber industry have launched a self-regulating load accreditation programme aimed at reducing overloading, as well as under-loading, on their trucks. 

SA forestry company's earnings exceed expectations

     9th December 2003 State-owned commercial forestry company South African Forestry Company Limited (Safcol) said yesterday that, following the first 12 months as a restructured group, it achieved a profit before tax of R140,2-million for the year ended June 30, 126% up on the previous year's R62,1-million. 

Cabinet approves preferred bidder for Komatiland

     4th December 2003 After a rigorous tender and evaluation process, the South African government has announced the appointment of Bonheur as the preferred bidder for the Komatiland forestry package, which forms part of State’s privatisation drive. 

Metso Minerals

     28th November 2003 Vereeniging 

Simulation software for foundries

By: Karel Smrcka     28th November 2003 ConiferCast is a powerful software bundle with a possibility to include all the necessary tools for simulating casting processes that involve metal flow and solidification. 

City Power awards switchgear contract

     14th October 2003 Power technology company, ABB’s medium voltage division has won the annual contract for the supply of secondary switchgear to City Power. 

State forestry group bullish on earnings

     12th September 2003 The State-owned South African Forestry Company (Safcol) announced yesterday that it expects to report record earnings for 2003 once its financial statements have been fully audited. 

Timber firm progressing empowerment strategy

By: Deborah Spicer     12th September 2003 Forest products company York Timber Corporation (Yorkor) has made solid progress in its empowerment structures, announced chairperson Solly Tucker at a presentation on the results for the six months to June this year. 

Building demand lifts Yorkcor’s earnings

By: Martin Czernowalow     2nd September 2003 South African timber company Yorkcor posted robust financial results for the first half of the year, thanks, in part, to an improvement in the housing and construction sectors. 

Komatiland appoints new FD

     26th August 2003 Wholly owned subsidiary of the South African Forestry Company (Safcol), Komatiland Forests yesterday announced the appointment of Olaf van der Westhuizen as its new financial director. 

Mondi announces R34m BEE deal

     26th August 2003 In a R34,5-million transaction, Mondi South Africa has sold its Ramanas sawmill, Lusaba kiln facility and 4 900 ha of adjacent FSC-accredited eucalyptus sawlog plantations, all near Hazyview, in Mpumalanga, to Vuka Alliance Consortium. 

Chain factory expansion to come to fruition in October

By: candice haase     22nd August 2003 Two years of upgrading and expansion at McKinnon Chain’s Vereeniging forge and chain factory, in Gauteng, will culminate in October this year with the launch of the Max Alloy Gr8 range of chains and fittings. 

Gas-cleaning systems at engine block foundries upgraded

     15th August 2003 Two fast-track contracts to upgrade gas cleaning at two major South African foundries manufacturing cast-iron motor vehicle engine blocks were recently completed by Springs-based dust control and gas cleaning specialists, Air Cleaning Equipment, a division of MikroPul. 

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