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Furnaces, Kiln, Ovens and Dryers

Aluminium production increases in Russia

By: elizabeth rebelo     1st October 2004 Rising demand for aluminium worldwide is prompting the Russian aluminium industry to increase its production. 

R3m ferrochrome contract expected in August

By: lauren rota     13th August 2004 Due to the increased chrome, stable steel and all ferrous and non-ferrous metal prices, a local furnace drilling-and-tapping-equipment supplier has received orders for new machines. 

R18m turnover expected for the year

13th August 2004 Alberton-based Efco Furnaces is set to have its best sales year since the management buyout of the company in 2001, MD Dave Terry reports.? 

Inroads made into chrome and metal mines

13th August 2004 Two years since its introduction to the South African market, Goodyear furnace-door hose has taken off, especially in Mpumalanga, where it is used on a large number of the region’s large chrome and metal mines, with new orders being received by new customers daily, a company spokesperson... 

Cement company commissions burner

13th August 2004 The increase in efficiency and lifespan of a burner was required by Lafarge Cement for the number 6 kiln at its Lichtenburg works, for which reason it decided to purchase a Pyro-Jet burner.? 

Timber motors operate reliably at high temperatures

13th August 2004 Fan motors which are designed by Leroy Somer specifically for timber dryers provide efficient service and extended life in difficult operating conditions.? 

New technology reduces burner emissions

13th August 2004 The M-Pakt ultra-low emissions burner produces nitrogen oxide (NOx) and carbon monoxide (CO) emissions up to 95% lower than conventional burners. 

Furnace power doubles through technology

By: lauren rota     13th August 2004 A market demand for higher power supply to direct current (dc) furnaces has resulted in the development of twin-electrode dc furnace technology.? 

Multimillion-rand contract for furnaces and melters

13th August 2004 Johannesburg thermal-processing equipment specialist Prestige Furnaces and Engineering, was awarded a multimillion-rand contract to design, construct and commission a state-of-the-art 16-ton 750 kW coreless induction-alloying zinc-holding furnace and a one-ton 600 kW coreless induction aluminium... 

Pollution control drives smelter upgrades

By: lauren rota     13th August 2004 A growing area of work for a local furnace-construction company results from environmental pressure to improve pollution collection in the minerals-smelting industry. 

Hazardous organic waste-treatment permit issued

By: lauren rota     13th August 2004 In June, the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism issued the first-ever local permit to a Midrand-based permanent facility for the treatment of hazardous waste. 

Hot export contracts for furnace company

By: Helene Le Roux     6th August 2004 The export market is hotting up for local smelting technology and equipment company Pyromet Technologies, which is involved with orders for clients abroad totalling more than R25-million. The export contracts awarded to the firm entail the supply of equipment, software and engineering expertise... 

Billion-rand target

By: Martin Creamer     30th July 2004 The R600-million-a-year metals trading company Metallurg South Africa is on track to become a billion-rand-a-year company, its MD Danny O’ Connor forecasts in an exclusive interview to mark the company’s highly-successful management buyout (MBO). 

Refractory breakthrough

By: Martin Creamer     30th July 2004 The refractory division of Metallurg South Africa is being buoyed by a breakthrough into the non ferrous industry. 

Robotics diversification

By: Martin Creamer     30th July 2004 Metallurg is making a promising entry into specialised robotic automation in joint venture with FL Schmidt of Denmark, Metallurg commercial director Frederick Botha tells Engineering News in an exclusive interview to mark the successful management buyout (MBO) of Metallurg from its former US parent. 

Service obsession beats

By: Martin Creamer     30th July 2004 “We’re going to run out of stock in an hour or two”, was the gist of an urgent telephone call Colin Botha received at five in the morning on a public holiday last month. 

Ingenious niche market pursuits

By: Martin Creamer     30th July 2004 An ingenious pursuit of niche markets is fuelling growth for the speciality division of Metallurg South Africa, which supplies the welding, steel, optical and animal-feed industries. 

Evergreen company ballast

By: Martin Creamer     30th July 2004 One of Metallurg’s greatest assets is its evergreen chairperson Langham Carter, 66, in whom much business acumen resides. 

SA engineering firm showcases furnace innovation

By: Zonika Botha     2nd July 2004 South African engineering group Bateman has developed a new hydraulically-operated electrode clamping device for open and submerged-arc furnaces. 

Dango & Dienenthal SA

21st May 2004 Dango & Dienenthal SA (DDSA) designs, fabricates, installs and commissions tapping products for blast furnaces, measuring products, forging and handling products, ferroalloy plant products, and skimming and filtration products. The company is well-known for its clay guns and tap-hole drills. 

Cement firm takes serious look at energy alternatives

By: Zonika Botha     14th May 2004 Cement manufacturer Holcim South Africa is considering the introduction of alternative fuels at its Dudfield kiln, near Lichtenburg, in the North West Province. 

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. 

Limpopo ferrochrome furnace is 50% complete

By: renay de     15th August 2003 Johannesburg smelting technology and equipment specialist Pyromet Technologies has reached the half way-mark on a contract awarded to design, construct and commission an additional submerged arc furnace at ASA Metals, in Steelpoort, in the Limpopo Province. 

SA-made smelting furnace delivered to Mali

By: renay de     15th August 2003 Another high-efficiency induction smelting furnace has been completed by LH Power Electronics. 

Powder-coating plant specialist designs a new curing oven

By: renay de     15th August 2003 Over the past two years, Foster Thermal has installed a number of powder-coating plants designed for the coating, curing and cooling of heavy engine blocks, ranging in mass from 75 kg to 320 kg. 

Family business sees increased growth over the last two years

By: renay de     15th August 2003 Johannesburg manufacturer and supplier of sample preparation and laboratory equipment for the mining and allied industries, Effective Laboratory Supplies (ELS), is a small family company that has doubled its turnover in the last two years. 

Heating specialist acquires its third subsidiary

By: renay de     15th August 2003 On August 1 heating specialist Hi-Tech Elements purchased its third subsidiary company, Eastern Controll. 

Chrome-miner commissions its new smelter

15th August 2003 The new greenfields smelter and pelletising and sintering plant for SA Chrome and Alloys has been commissioned as a lump sum turnkey project by Bateman at Boshoek, some 20 km north of Rustenburg, in the North West Province. 

June a profitable month for furnace company

15th August 2003 Since its establishment in 1994, Custom Furnaces has grown from a small company to receiving international recognition for its technology in the furnace industry. 

Company provides furnaces and kilns to the mining industry

15th August 2003 East Rand company Manhattan Corporation has supplied numerous furnaces, kilns and dryers to the mining industry within South Africa, and the African continent. 

KZN heating company reports double-digit annual growth

15th August 2003 In March this year, Zululand Engineering Enterprises was purchased by Bez Bezuidenhout, and is now known to the industry as Zee Heating. 

Bedsprings maker installs continuous conveyor oven

15th August 2003 East Rand company Prestige Furnaces and Engineering has installed a high temperature uniformity, continuous chain conveyor oven for the tempering of high-quality bed springs at Bedding Components Manufacturer (BCM). 

Local company obtains Southern African manufacturing licence

15th August 2003 The Fer-Min-Ore process plant division has obtained the license for the manufacture and supply of Torbed reactors in Southern Africa. 

Platinum big business for furnace specialist

15th August 2003 The Dickinson group has completed more than 80 major six-in-line and electric arc furnace initial construction and rebuild projects for the nonferrous industries in Southern Africa. 

Burners and pipetrains being installed at the Hillside smelter

15th August 2003 Since last year, the Combustion Group (TCG) has been in discussion with Solios Thermal of Wolverhampton, in the UK, for the supply and installation of burner equipment for aluminium holding furnaces, destined for the Hillside smelter expansion project, in Richards Bay. 

Packaging company’s glass furnace to be rebuilt by October

15th August 2003 A business unit of the AST Group, AST Automation, has been contracted by Nampak Glass to assist in rebuilding the electrical component of its glass furnace. 

Spouting bed dryer added to KZN company’s range

15th August 2003 A new drying concept has been added to Energy Engineering’s range of industrial dryers. 

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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