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Furnaces, Kiln, Ovens and Dryers

Smelter and minerals processing contractor secures local and

10th August 2007 Smelter and mineral processing contractor, The Dickinson Group, has been awarded several local and international projects by metallurgical and industrial processing companies. 

High temperature oven ensures ultraclean glassware

10th August 2007 Manufacturer and supplier of electric laboratory chamber and tube furnaces, Carbolite, has installed a high-temperature Carbolite oven to be used for glassware purification at ELGA LabWater. 

A new approach for design and engineering in the smelting industry

By: Burgie Ireland     10th August 2007 Allied Furnace Consultants (AFC) has given a new dimension to the approach of design and engineering in smelting industry. Established by Tertius Pieters and Malcolm Theron in January 2005, the company has gone from strength to strength in the furnace industry. With their head office in Jet Part,... 

R12m new foundry just the start, says Weir Minerals Africa

By: Nelendhre Moodley     27th November 2006 Minerals solution provider Weir Minerals Africa poured its first casting on Monday at its newly-built R12-million foundry in Isando, on the East Rand. 

Cement multinational invests to keep pace with growing demand

By: Jade Davenport     24th November 2006 In a bid to meet the rapidly growing cement demand in South Africa, France-based multinational building materials giant Lafarge has committed itself to a number of short- and medium-term infrastructure investments to increase its local production capacity. 

Company secures key projects, locally and abroad

By: Bert Swart     11th August 2006 One of South Africa’s most prominentturnkey refractory and mechanicalspecialists has been awarded contracts for several key industrial and mining projects, both locally and internationally. Dickinson group CEO Trevor Dickinson tells Engineering News that the company strives toremain at the... 

Burners supplied for all applications

By: Bert Swart     11th August 2006 South African combustion-system specialist the Combustion Group (TCG) installs burners of high quality in the furnace industry and represents international agencies within southern Africa, taking on projects from small designs to projects of approximately R11-million. 

Largest furnace transformer supplied

11th August 2006 Technology firm Siemens has announced that it recently completed the most powerful furnace transformer ever manufactured at the its factory in Dresden. 

Innovative designs aid drying processes

11th August 2006 South African company Scientific Design is looking to affirm its position as a prominent supplier of engineered solutions in the field of drying, cooling and thermal processes, as well as its trademarked technology, the Firesand fluidised bed combustor. 

Heating specialist still going strong

11th August 2006 South African heating specialist company Saubatech formerly a division of Safurnco has always been at the forefront of the heating industry, says director, Andreas Thieme, and he believes the company’s experience makes it a leader providing excellence in this field. 

Kiln maker plans further expansion

11th August 2006 South African manufacturer of small furnaces, kilns, ovens and ancillary equipment for the specific niche markets, has grown from a minute footprint in the industry to that of supplying the wider industrial pottery industry, small furnaces for the purification of metals such as platinum and the... 

Explorer acquires 5 000 t/y copper furnace for DRC

11th August 2006 South African exploration company Teal has bought an electric arc-furnace with a capacity to produce about 5 000 t/y of copper. 

Contracts galore for furnace specialist

11th August 2006 Specialist in furnace batching, feeding and controlling, Chamdor-based Lockers Engineers has, within the last three months, processed R5-million worth of contracts for the ferrochrome industry. 

Local smelting specialist expands technology base

11th August 2006 Smelting and process technology company Pyromet Technologies, one of the world’s foremost designers and builders of smelting furnaces, was awarded with a €4-million contract in June this year to rebuild a furnace for a European-based company. 

Polysilicon furnace liner reduces machine downtime

11th August 2006 US-based Integrated Materials has announced the global introduction of its pure poly silicon SiFusion liner for semiconductor furnace processes. 

Local firms participate in vessel restoration

11th August 2006 South African plant-hire and equipment rental Rand-Air was one of the companies present to honour the spirit of trade and exploration symbolised by the recent visit to Cape Town harbour of the refurbished East Indiaman G 

Operations restored at Indiana steel plant

11th August 2006 Stee-producer Mittal Steel USA reported at the end of May that it had fully restored its steelmaking operations at the No. 3 basic oxygen shop at its Indiana Harbor plant in East Chicago, Indinan. 

Big push to improve pollution control at South African smelters

By: Mischa Drotsky     17th March 2006 Company offers custom-engineered in-house design As a supplier of electric-arc smelting furnaces and related technology to the ferroalloys and base-metals industries, Pyromet Technologies also designs its own in-house gas-cleaning systems for smelter applications, embracing wet and dry systems.... 

Solution heat-treatment furnace being researched

12th August 2005 Test results for an ongoing research and development project to improve uniformity and reduce cycle time in a solution heat-treatment furnace will be presented by Seco/Warwick project engineer Jack Mahoney at the ASM Heat Treat Expo on September 27 at the David L Lawrence Convention Centre in... 

Coal-injection plant opened ahead of schedule

12th August 2005 On June 1, Mittal Steel South Africa officially received the handover of its pulverised coal injection (PCI) plant for blast furnace No 5 at the Newcastle Steel Works. 

Furnaces maintenance to halt ferrochrome production

12th August 2005 The planned temporary suspension of ferrochrome production at seven furnaces at the Boshoek, Rustenburg and Wonderkop operations of the Xstrata Merafe Chrome Venture – Xstrata Alloys and Merafe Resources – has been confirmed. 

New smelter for ferrochrome producer

12th August 2005 Construction is under way on a new ferrochrome smelter for Xstrata in Steelpoort, Mpumalanga. ? 

Company secures major projects locally and abroad

By: sarah-leigh paul     12th August 2005 One of Africa’s leading independent refractory specialists in the supply of turnkey refractory and mechanical services to the mining, mineral-processing and metallurgical industries worldwide has been awarded a number of key projects. 

Smelting specialist focuses on furnace rebuilds and upgrades

By: sarah-leigh paul     12th August 2005 For centuries furnaces have been a part of civilization’s advancement and evolution. 

Furnace specialist provides toll firing and rental services

By: sarah-leigh paul     12th August 2005 With its state-of-the-art systems and latest in material technology, Thermopower Furnaces has developed a reputation as one of the industry leaders in furnace and kiln design and manufacture in South Africa. 

Projects galore for refractory specialist

By: sarah-leigh paul     12th August 2005 Established in 1981, Johannesburg-based Refraline now operates in markets as far afield as Ethiopia, the Middle East, Australia and sub-Saharan Africa. 

Oven-feed modifications increase steel output

15th July 2005 Extensive modifications to the oven feeds at the Saldanha Steel plant by Weba Chute Systems have contributed to a 20% increase in production in recent months, positioning the steel manufacturer as one of Mittal Steel’s most profitable sectors. 

Fan motors ideal for timber dryers

11th March 2005 Leroy-Somer fan motors, which are designed specifically for timber dryers, provide efficient service and extended life in difficult operating conditions. 

Enviro laws add to smelter-ech industry's challenges

By: renay de     11th February 2005 Johannesburg-based smelting technology and equipment specialist Pyromet Technologies is a world leader in the design and construction of ferroalloy furnaces. 

Firm looks back at twenty years of immense success

By: renay de     11th February 2005 Pyromet celebrated its 20th birthday in December last year. On the eve of this important occasion, which will be celebrated by the company in February, Pyromet founder and chairperson David Pheiffer looks back over the important milestones that the company has reached and tells Engineering News... 

Furnace maker broadens its focus to embrace smaller projects

By: renay de     11th February 2005 Pyromet Technologies is currently celebrating its 20th birthday. In line with this occasion, Pyromet Technologies CEO David Kovarsky tells Engineering News in an exclusive interview that Pyromet, which is the leader in the field of submerged arc furnaces, is in a strong position in the South... 

Cooling-tower maker's 'local is lekker' input-material stance

By: renay de     11th February 2005 Cooling equipment company Evapco supplies Pyromet Technologies mainly with closed-circuit cooling towers for the cooling of the furnaces that Pyromet designs and builds. 

High-tech firms' longstanding relationship

11th February 2005 Johannesburg-based LV switchgear systems company RBF Technology has had a long and mutually rewarding relationship with Pyromet. A typical example of the close working relationship between the two companies can be found in the ASA Metals works in Steelpoort, Limpopo. 

Innovative solutions for smelter pollution control

11th February 2005 Public awareness of pollution issues and the rights of all to a clean environment have increased in recent times. 

Granulation plant a first of its kind for South Africa

11th February 2005 Aside from furnaces, one of the important success stories over the past few years has been the successful commissioning by Pyromet Technologies of the country’s first pig-iron granulation plant at Saldanha Steel’s west coast flat-sheet products factory. 

DC-furnace technology is gaining new acceptance

By: elizabeth rebelo     26th November 2004 The possibility of a new R3,5-billion ferronickel smelter at the Coega industrial development zone has been driven by the increasing demand of stainless steel, especially from China. 

Refinery in six-week maintenance shutdown

By: abdul cook     19th November 2004 A six-week maintenance shutdown from October 14, following 20 months of forward planning, is being under taken by Sapref. 

Multimillion-rand furnace contract awarded

By: elizabeth rebelo     1st October 2004 At the beginning of September Alberton- based Efco Furnaces received a multi- million-rand contract from Murray & Roberts Foundries for a solution and ageing facility. 

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