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Foundries, Forges & Die-casting News

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. 

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. 

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. 

Metso Minerals

28th November 2003 Vereeniging 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

Venture funds for SA biotech sector limited

30th July 2003 Investment capital for biotech companies in South Africa is limited but the situation is improving, a recent debate on the industry concluded. 

R400m capital expenditure is under way at paper mill

By: Martin Creamer     4th July 2003 A R400-million capital expenditure programme is under way at the Ngodwana pulp-and-paper mill in Mpumalanga, Engineering News can today exclusively report. 

R58m modernisation of old chemical recovery furnace

By: Martin Creamer     4th July 2003 The No 1 chemical recovery furnace (CRF) at Sappi’s Ngodwana pulp-and-paper mill in Mpumalanga is being modernised at a cost of R58-million. 

The four component parts of the Ngodwana mill

By: Martin Creamer     4th July 2003 The Sappi Ngodwana pulp-and-paper mill in Mpumalanga consists of four distinguishable parts, Engineering News has been informed in an exclusive presentation at the large forest-products operation. 

Racing car pitstop model used to create an environmental record

By: Martin Creamer     4th July 2003 A pitstop model, similar to those used in Formula One motor racing, was used to fast-track the retrofitting of environment-protecting electrostatic precipitators at a large pulp and paper mill in Mpumalanga, Engineering News can today exclusively report. The innovative model was developed by the... 

Forestry, wood industries grow opportunities

By: Karel Smrcka     20th June 2003 Sustainable forest management solutions, new technologies, wood as an energy source – these were the current themes of concerted efforts to harness the best of nature and technology. 

Yorkcor cries foul over exclusion from privatisation

By: Martin Czernowalow     4th June 2003 South African forestry company Yorkcor says it has been barred from competing in the privatisation of the State-owned Komatiland forests, and says it may take action to strike down the bidding process currently under way. 

Aluminium diecaster in three-pronged growth drive

By: Joanne Delaurentis     16th May 2003 A strategic decision to redirect its sights on global markets has seen diecasting specialist the Bel-Essex group establish a number of different manufacturing capabilities in the Eastern Cape in support of global customers in the automotive supply industry, Bel-Mec MD Anton Nolte tells... 

Cabinet approves bidders for Komatiland Forests

By: Martin Czernowalow     15th May 2003 The South African Cabinet yesterday approved a shortlist of six bidders for a stake in the Komatiland Forests, one of the State assets that is included in government’s large-scale privatisation drive. 

Biofuel developments are fast-tracked in a bid to tackle vehicle emissions

By: Karel Smrcka     9th May 2003 In the future, motor vehicles may be powered by wood energy, and that won’t mean a return to the wood-gas generators used in the Great Depression. Wood is already being used to produce liquid fuel for district heating plants and facilities, so the processing of forest resources into... 

Sappi earnings up, but predicts lower Q3

9th May 2003 Shares in South African pulp and paper giant Sappi fell yesterday after it reported a modest improvement in second-quarter earnings, but warned third quarter results would be lower because of currency volatility. 

Local foundry aims for Euro quality rating

25th April 2003 Exports of pumps have grown by at least two hundred per cent during the last three years and, although coming off a low base, exports now account for a significant percentage of overall production. 

SA gets to grips with biodiversity threat

By: katharine mckenzie     25th April 2003 Over the last few years government has become increasingly concerned with the impact of foreign vegetation on South Africa’s agricultural land and natural resources. 

‘I'm a (Cavendish Square) lumberjack and I'm okay’

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     18th April 2003 Cavendish square is a medium-sized shopping centre in Cape Town, in Claremont. Sometime ago it was revamped. 

Forest privatisation bids to be submitted to Cabinet

By: Martin Czernowalow     18th April 2003 A shortlist of bidders vying for a major stake in Komatiland Forests is set to be approved by the South African government in May, Engineering News can report. 

Two-year-old East Rand foundry reports a profit for last 12 months

By: Luxolo Tyali     18th April 2003 Supplying good quality, on time and at the right price is the philosophy behind Vestcast’s rapid growth, reports MD Johan La Grange. 

International shift in foundry activity favours South Africa, says company

18th April 2003 There has been a shift in world foundry activity to favour South Africa and, accordingly,?Steloy Castings has redefined its casting service in order to meet local and international demand. 

Face of metal manu facturing changing

18th April 2003 Technology-assisted casting has opened many doors in metal manufacturing, facilitating the manufacture of intricate designs limited only by the imagination – and without incurring exorbitant costs. 

Investment in training pays dividends

18th April 2003 The staff training programme that has been in operation at Ajax Manufacturing for many years, plays an important motivational role in the company. 

Firm distributes US safety gear range

18th April 2003 Vereeniging-based supplier of protective wear and other safety materials, Tradex International, has acquired sole distributorship for the US-based Elvex range of protective gear. 

Celebrating 50 years of die-casting

18th April 2003 High pressure die-casting company Pressure Die Castings (PDC) celebrated its 50th year in the business. 

UK foundry makes new type of ship propeller

18th April 2003 In the continuous search for more efficiency in the propulsion of large vessels through water, a UK company – in collaboration with a Danish firm – has designed and produced a new type of ship’s propeller. 

SA foundries boast good international standing, but are losing expertise

By: Luxolo Tyali     18th April 2003 The South African foundry industry is on the same level, if not better, than its international counterparts. 

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