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Foundries, Forges & Die-casting News

Deadline for Komatiland privatisation approaches

By: Martin Czernowalow     11th February 2003 The cut-off date for submitting non-binding expressions of interest for a major stake of Komatiland Forests Limited in on February 28, the South African Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) says. 

Mpumalanga attracts R5bn in 2002

By: Keith Campbell     7th February 2003 Mpumalanga Province attracted R5-billion in investment, largely foreign, in the last fiscal year alone. 

Komatiland bidders come forward

By: Martin Czernowalow     21st January 2003 South Africa’s Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) is proceeding with the privatisation of Komtiland Forests Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of the South African Forestry Company Limited (Safcol). 

Murray & Roberts sells Cape foundry

     21st January 2003 Engineering and construction group, Murray & Roberts, has sold its Gearings Foundry in Cape Town to an international investor with supply interests into the local and global automotive industries. 

Komatiland privatisation bids close on Friday

By: Martin Czernowalow     16th January 2003 South Africa’s Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) has – for the second time – called for expressions of interest (EOI) for the acquisition of a majority interest in Komatiland Forests Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of the South African Forestry Company Limited (Safcol). 

Forestry company makes sawmilling acquisitions

     14th January 2003 Forestry company Yorkcor’s shareholders have unanimously ratified the acquisition of the assets of two sawmilling undertakings in liquidation, Bluechip Timbers Mpumalanga and Bluechip Industrial Timbers. 

Forestry firm acquires two sawmills

     15th November 2002 JSE-listed Yorkcor has acquired the assets of two established sawmills in the Piet Retief area of Mpumalanga for R6,45-million. 

Foundry plans to expand exports

By: marisa rodrigues     18th October 2002 Having doubled its export sales last year and expecting to do it again this year, South Africa’s largest stainless steel foundry, Rely Precision Castings is planning to expand its export market to 50% of production within three years. 

Foundry's turnover up 35%

     18th October 2002 Bronkhorstspruit-based foundry Steloy Castings has reported a 35% increase in turnover in the year to date compared to the previous year. 

Globalisation prompts probe into cost efficiency

     11th October 2002 The increasing globalisation of the local chemical and process industries has prompted companies to look more closely at the cost efficiencies of critical components such as pumps, Steloy Castings of Bronkhorstspruit, Mpumalanga, reports. 

An alliance for sustainable progress

By: Keith Campbell     4th October 2002 Arguably the most respected and successful of the world’s conservation organisations, with its combination of extensive field work and policy advocacy, the WWF is forging alliances with international business and mutlilateral lending institutions to conserve endangered ecosystems and... 

Foundry alleges price fixing in scrap sector

By: Martin Czernowalow     27th September 2002 The South African scrap-metal industry may face a serious shake-up, after a referral of complaint was lodged with the Competition Commission by one of the country’s major foundries. 

Demand for castings rises

     20th September 2002 Local foundry group Steloy Castings has reported a 35% increase in turnover in the year to date compared to the previous year. 

Forest privatisation process reopened

By: Deborah Spicer     20th September 2002 A new sale process for the Komatiland forests will start in the coming weeks, following a report by the Public Service Commission that irregularities occurred in the sale of 130 000 ha of forests in the Mpumalanga and Limpopo area. 

Forestry training by Internet within close reach

     20th September 2002 An education network which will develop and implement online teaching modules on different forestry topics to offer forest education to students, as well as further job training for employees of forest related companies, is slowly becoming reality. 

Foundry invests in increased automation

     20th September 2002 It is a given that automated processes guarantee the highest levels of repeatable accuracy and consistency, and this is exactly what investment casting foundries should all be aiming to achieve, believes Rely Precision Castings MD Graham Knight. 

Stainless fibre-forming capability introduced to SA

By: Deborah Spicer     23rd August 2002 Magaliesburg firm Metalloy Fibres began commercial production of 50 mm and 25 mm stainless steel fibres a month ago, having completed the two-month commissioning phase of the casting machine that produces the fibres. 

MK vets ship first mining support timber

By: Deborah Spicer     2nd August 2002 The Harmony–African Rainbow Minerals gold-mining joint venture in the Free State will receive its first shipment of support timber produced by former Umkhonto weSizwe veterans in August. 

Tapping pine trees' non-wood potential 

By: Irma Venter     2nd August 2002 Pine trees are about much more than wood. 

SA, Indian firms team up in new forests bid

     29th July 2002 South African firm Yorkcor and Paharpur Cooling Towers, of India, have joined forces in a bid for the valuable Komatiland forestry package, 75% of which is up for privatisation. 

Bearings ideal for steel milling

     19th July 2002 Bearing Man’s bearings division distributes a range of NSK bearings that provides efficient performance and reduced maintenance costs in many steel mill processes, including casting, rolling, finishing, raw materials handling and iron making. 

Facelift on the cards for steelworks' furnace

By: candice haase     19th July 2002 Cape Town Iron and Steel Works’ (Cisco) plans to upgrade the existing 35 t electric arc furnace (EAF). 

Gas burner helps steel mill improve operations

     19th July 2002 Since incorporating the BOC Burnjector technology into its operations in August last year, CitiSteel, a carbon plate steel mill based in Delaware, in the north-west of the US, has improved the energy efficiency and productivity of its manufacturing processes. 

US software fast-tracks local castings design

By: vanessa vasques     7th June 2002 Being able to use the right technology in the right circumstances is far more important than simply owning it. 

Key acquisition marks 10 years of business success

By: Marius Roodt     31st May 2002 An East Rand company is celebrating the tenth anniversary of its founding by acquiring a complementary business that will immediately increase its yearly sales turnover by more than a third. 

High-purity carbon project on the way

By: Marius Roodt     24th May 2002 Construction of a R163-million plant to produce high-purity carbon from calcined coke is due to start in Secunda, Mpumalanga, by June 2002. 

Window of opportunity for valve manufacturers

     17th May 2002 The dramatic fall in the value of the rand has further opened a window of opportunity for the local valve manufacturing industry. 

Techno opportunity for SA as Italian die-caster invests

     7th May 2002 The Department of Trade and Industry’s office in Milan, Italy, has been instrumental in the establishment of a new word-class aluminium high-pressure die-casting foundry in the Nelson Mandela metropole. 

Auto order breathes life into PE foundry

By: Irma Venter     3rd May 2002 About R55-million will be spent on upgrading the Murray & Roberts foundries to meet the needs of the five-year R1-billion contract to supply castings for Ford’s new 1,3 l and 1,6 l RoCam engines. 

Stringent testing ensures high-quality castings

     26th April 2002 The implementation of the most stringent inspection of castings to specification and thorough testing procedures has enabled Steloy Castings, of Bronkhorstspruit, to produce castings to the highest local and international standards. 

A new identity for UK casting company

     19th April 2002 The well-known Casting Development Centre, in Sheffield, UK, has a brand new corporate identity and now trades under the name Castings Technology International (CTI). 

Africa's second-largest transformer repaired

     19th April 2002 Local company LH Marthinusen, of Johannesburg, has repaired a furnace transformer at Columbus Steel, saving the customer 75% of the estimated multi million rand replacement cost. 

Cape foundry awarded Meehanite licence

     19th April 2002 Following a recent million-rand upgrade and expansion programme, the foundry at the John Thompson Africa (JTA) boiler manufacturing plant at Belville South, in Cape Town, has been licensed to produce all its castings under the Meehanite process. 

Economy with induction furnaces

     19th April 2002 The benefits of induction have been enjoyed by many industries. 

Fifty years of success for SA agent

By: Zonika Botha     19th April 2002 Local machine-tool specialists Edwin Roth & Rotmac is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this year, MD Edwin Roth reports. 

Forging firm to increase exports

By: Zonika Botha     19th April 2002 Forging and ring-rolling specialist Frankwen Forge is looking to expand its export market significantly within the next two years, sales manager Brian Lee reports. 

Foundry group reports good growth

     19th April 2002 Foundries group Ozz has, over the last 60 years, acquired extensive expertise in the manufacture of wear-resistant materials. 

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