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DTI optimistic about R4bn titanium beneficiation project in Richards Bay IDZ

By: African News Agency      27th March 2017 The launch of a new R4-billion titanium beneficiation project for manufacturing titanium pigment at the Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) next month is a significant and commendable milestone in South Africa’s mineral beneficiation and industrialisation paths, Trade and Industry... 

High pressure clean-in-place pump now available

     24th March 2017 Peristaltic hose pump provider Brubin Pumps – a division of pumping solution provider Letaba Pumps – has set the benchmark in developing a solution for easier and better clean-in-place (CIP) pumps, says Brubin GM Hannes Liebenberg. 

High pressure  clean-in-place  pump now available
CLEAN-IN-PROCESS PUMP The Brubin BA Clean-In-Process (CIP) pump has a patent pending designed pump-wheel that will allow the pressing shoes to retract for efficient CIP

New concrete pump exhibited at expo in Las Vegas

     24th March 2017 Construction equipment supplier Putzmeister - as a member of heavy machinery manufacturer SANY Group - exhibited a new truck-mounted concrete pump with a 47-m, five-section boom at this year’s Construction Expo (Conexpo), held from March 7 to 11, in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

New concrete pump exhibited at expo in  Las Vegas
Photo by Duane Daws
PUTZMEISTER Putzmeister presented innovations and new products over 20 800 ft2 for the duration of the expo

One-stop solution gives company market edge

By: Simone Liedtke     24th March 2017 The ability to supply a full range of high-quality pumps with full back-up and support, as well as readily available spare parts, has placed pump supplier and manufacturer KSB Pumps and Valves in a unique position where clients can meet all their pumping requirements through a single supplier. 

One-stop solution gives company market edge
STEFANO TESTI Modern-day renewable energy plants require technologically-advanced systems

Peristaltic hose pumps to mitigate challenges

By: Simone Liedtke     24th March 2017 Owing to the high air entrainment and shear sensitivity of froth pulp, mixing equipment and peristaltic pump manufacturer Afromix applied its AFX065 peristaltic hose pump – which is already associated with arduous mining and industrial applications – to mitigate this challenge.  

Peristaltic hose pumps to mitigate challenges
FROTH APPLICATION The AFX065 was selected as the company’s first platinum froth application

Pumps make water treatment easier

     24th March 2017 Used service water from industrial processes is one of the most problematic types of waste water owing to its composition, as it is often very demanding for conveying systems, says building materials and concrete manufacturer NETZSCH Pumpen & Systeme. 

Pumps make water treatment easier
RELIABLE SOLUTIONS Reliable and robust conveying solutions do now exist for efficient treatment of industrial waste water and sludge

Pumps range included in offering to cater for demand

By: Simone Liedtke     24th March 2017 Technical solutions provider Bearing Man Group (BMG) is strategising to enhance its fluid technology services to meet growing market demand in diverse industries, including the pumps industry. 

Pumps range included in offering to cater for demand
PNEUMATIC GREASE TRANSFER About 180 kg of grease is being pumped and used daily at Richards Bay Minerals

Refurbishment demand driven by cost efficiency

By: Simone Liedtke     24th March 2017 Competition in the pumps industry has become fierce, owing to demand for cost efficiency that has seen growing calls for product refurbishment, says pumps manufacturer and distributor Mather + Platt. 

Refurbishment demand driven by cost efficiency
BEFORE REFURBISHMENT The increased call for product refurbishment has resulted in a significant growth in Mather + Platt’s refurbishment department

AMSA officially launches Gauteng steel rail hub 

     23rd March 2017 ArcelorMittal South Africa in February officially launched its Isando Distribution Centre, in Germiston, in a long-term initiative to migrate the bulk of domestic final product steel distribution from road to rail.  

AMSA officially launches Gauteng steel rail hub
AMSA officially launches Gauteng steel rail hub

Global crude steel output rose 4.1% y/y in February 

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd March 2017 Global crude steel production by the 67 countries reporting to industry body World Steel Association (worldsteel) increased 4.1% year-on-year to 126.6-million tonnes in February. China produced 4.6% more crude steel year-on-year, at 61.2-million tonnes, while Japan produced 8.3-million tonnes, a... 

EIUG supports Eskom plan for new pricing deals with power-intensive firms 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd March 2017 The Energy Intensive User Group of Southern Africa (EIUG) believes there is policy, legislative and regulatory space to introduce new electricity pricing arrangements to help restart of idle mining and process-industry activities, as well as encourage new investments to absorb Eskom’s surplus,... 

EIUG supports Eskom plan for new pricing deals with power-intensive firms

ArcelorMittal consortium submits top bid for Italian steel plant

By: Reuters     20th March 2017 ArcelorMittal, the world's top steelmaker, and Italian processor Marcegaglia have offered €1.6-billion ($1.72-billion) to buy Italy's troubled Ilva steel plant, outbidding a rival consortium, three sources said on Friday. The rival group that includes India's JSW Steel bid €1.2-billion for the... 

South Africa asks World Bank to review ease-of-doing-business position in light of InvestSA initiative 

By: Terence Creamer     17th March 2017 The South African government has officially launched a new investment facilitation service, dubbed InvestSA, which it claims will dramatically reduce red tape for foreign and domestic businesses seeking to pursue greenfield or brownfield projects in the country. The service, which has both... 

 South Africa asks World Bank to review ease-of-doing-business position in light of InvestSA initiative
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies (centre), with Lionel October (left) and Yunus Hoosen at the launch of the InvestSA one-stop shop in Pretoria

New controller increases memory and processing power

By: Victor Moolman     17th March 2017 Machine manufacturer Hurco Machine Tools’ Max5 control console, using WinMax software, is a forerunner in memory capacity, processing power and design in the machine tools industry in South Africa, says Hurco export sales manager Peter Guy. 

New controller  increases memory  and processing power
HIGH SPEED MACHINING The Hurco controls enable the machines to complete projects faster

Stainless steel body hopes to boost product demand at event

By: Nadine James     17th March 2017 Industry body and lobby group the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) hopes to drive demand for stainless steel products by exhibiting at Water Show Africa 2017, which runs alongside Power & Electricity World Africa held at the Sandton Convention Centre on March 28... 

Stainless steel body  hopes to boost product  demand at event
JOHN TARBOTON The Eiffel Tower competition will be launched for the first time at the event and first prize is an all-expenses-paid trip to Paris

China iron-ore extends gains as steel holds near 3-year high

By: Reuters     16th March 2017 Shanghai rebar steel futures cut early losses to end near a three-year high on Thursday, helping raw material iron ore extend gains to a fifth session in a row. Hopes of stronger infrastructure spending and property sales in China helped steel prices surge this week, but volatility is also high. 

New agroprocessing-, metals-focused Ipap to be released next month

By: Schalk Burger     15th March 2017 A new Industrial Policy Action Plan (Ipap) focused on supporting the agroprocessing and metals industries, including foundries and the casting sector, will be released in April, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) director-general Lionel October said at the Metal Casting Conference, in Kempton... 

Air Liquide opposes Evraz Highveld court proceedings

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th March 2017 Embattled Evraz Highveld Steel’s business rescue practitioners (BRPs) have instituted court proceedings against Air Liquide in the High Court seeking to cancel certain obligations under a supply agreement between the two companies. The application also seeks declaratory relief from Air Liquide’s... 

Indian DRI plants face iron-ore shortage

By: Ajoy K Das     15th March 2017 Indian sponge iron, or direct reduced iron (DRI), manufacturers are facing an acute shortage of iron-ore despite the government liberalising norms for the allocation of iron-ore blocks and with the country poised to achieve a five-year high in the production of the raw material. The shortage of... 

Seifsa seeks to reward companies with good health, safety performances

By: Anine Kilian     14th March 2017 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa), which will hold its yearly Awards for Excellence in May, will honour those companies that have upheld high health and safety performances in 2016.   Seifsa CEO Kaizer Nyatsumba says that, although the metals and... 

Electric vehicles won't depose stainless in nickel demand dynamics

By: Reuters     10th March 2017 Investors hoping for explosive nickel demand growth, in tandem with the electric vehicle (EV) revolution, could well be disappointed as any increase is seen as unlikely to change a market dominated by stainless steel producers. Some watching the frenzy of interest in battery materials such as... 

Electric vehicles won't depose stainless in nickel demand dynamics

Cast process ensures cost-effective production

     10th March 2017 High pressure die-casting provides the shortest route from molten metal to completed component and comprises injecting molten metal into a hardened steel mold and allowing it to solidify under pressure before ejection, says casting supplier MRT Castings, based in Andover, England. 

Cast process ensures cost-effective production
Photo by Duane Daws
COST EFFECTIVE PRODUCTION The high pressure die-casting process allows fast, precise cost effective production of components

Conference to broaden industry’s business opportunities and technology horizons

By: Simone Liedtke     10th March 2017 Owing to foundries in South Africa being isolated in their approach to problem solving, the South African Metal Casting Conference (MCC) will serve as a platform to broaden the industry’s horizons by showcasing new technologies, and providing opportunities for international and local foundry... 

Conference to broaden industry’s business opportunities and technology horizons
DALMARI MCQUEEN Owing to the interest in exhibition spaces at the 2013 pilot conference, the 2017 MCC will have 28 exhibition stands

Deep surface salt bath hardening technique offered locally

By: Simone Liedtke     10th March 2017 Diversified manufacturing facility Frankwen Forge is now offering a unique tailor-made salt-bath hardening technique, the company states, explaining that the surface of the item is run through heated molten salt and then undergoes a water quench. 

Deep surface salt bath hardening technique offered locally
INCREASED PRODUCTION The facility will be able to produce ingots of up to 12 t in various grades of carbon and alloy steels

Die-caster prepared for next growth cycle in industry

     10th March 2017 An increasing number of car parts such as engine blocks or structural parts are being manufactured from aluminum using high-pressure die casting, says die-casting technology supplier Bühler Die-Casting. 

Early signs pointing to recovery in foundry industry 

By: Simone Liedtke     10th March 2017 With the foundry industry having been under pressure last year owing to very low levels of economic growth, the drought and continuing import leakage, the South African Institute of Foundrymen (Saif) believes that signs to date this year point towards some form of industry recovery. 

Early signs pointing  to recovery in  foundry industry
Saif CEO John Davies and Saif president Takalani Madzivhandila discuss the challenges of the foundry industry. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva

Forging market for automotive application to be valued at $56-billion by 2022

     10th March 2017 Market research company Zion Market Research has published a new report highlighting that the global steel forging market for automotive applications was valued at $41.77-billion in 2016 and is expected to reach $56-billion in 2022, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.1% between... 

Forging market for automotive application to be valued at $56-billion by 2022
Photo by Duane Daws
INCREASED DRIVE Increasing cars sales are expected to drive the European automotive and automotive components market within the forecast period

Foundry process developer expands wafer-fabrication facility

     10th March 2017 Specialty foundry process developer and fabricator Noel Technologies has expanded its wafer-fabrication facility in Silicon Valley by adding square footage and installing additional equipment that boosts its production capacity by 25%. 

Foundry process  developer expands  wafer-fabrication facility
Photo by Duane Daws
EXTENSIVE CAPABILITIES The foundry’s extensive process capabilities enable short manufacturing lead times while improving device yield and performance

Industrial manufacturers to implement energy management systems

By: Simone Liedtke     10th March 2017 The National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) is assisting industrial manufacturing companies – such as foundries – to develop and implement energy management systems (EnMS) in line with ISO 50001 through its EnMS training programme. 

Industrial manufacturers to implement energy management systems
FAITH MKHACWA EnMSes are not ‘one-off’ projects, but rather need to becontinuously implemented on site

Metal casting technology station provides added value for industry 

By: Simone Liedtke     10th March 2017 As a means to add value to the casting industry in South Africa, the Metal Casting Technology Station (MCTS) – located at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) – provides technical services such as testing, failure analyses, research and development (R&D) work in laboratories, as well as product... 

Metal casting technology  station provides added value for industry
Former MCTS station manager and MCC Core Committee member Farouk Varachia and current MCTS station manager Kulani Mageza discuss the skills gap and current technologies in industry. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva

Trial castings successfully completed at foundry

By: Simone Liedtke     10th March 2017 Engineering solutions provider Weir Minerals successfully completed trial castings on new materials for the business’s Trio product range at its Heavy Bay Foundry, in Port Elizabeth, last month. 

Trial castings successfully completed  at foundry
RAPID PROTOTYPING Investments in the rapid prototyping process have enabled the foundry to make new patterns to manufacture parts

BofAML warns of rising headwinds for commodities

By: Henry Lazenby     9th March 2017 Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofAML) cast a pall on the budding optimism seen at the recent Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada’s yearly convention, in Toronto, saying that the commodity market, in general, is transitioning from tailwinds to headwinds this year. In its ‘Global... 

China steel, iron-ore hit one-month lows as sentiment sours

By: Reuters     9th March 2017 Iron-ore and steel futures in China fell to one-month lows on Thursday as investors pared back positions after pushing both commodities to multi-year highs last month. Amid stronger prices of steel and other raw materials last month, China's producer price inflation accelerated to its fastest... 

Seifsa calls for entries for yearly excellence awards

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th March 2017 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has invited manufacturers operating in the metals and engineering sector to submit their entries for the 2017 Seifsa Awards for Excellence. The awards are open to all companies in the sector, including Seifsa non-members. 

Turkey takes US to WTO over duties on pipe and tube products

By: Reuters     8th March 2017 Turkey has launched a complaint at the World Trade Organization to challenge US anti-subsidy duties on Turkish pipe and tube products, the WTO said on Wednesday. The products include oil country tubular goods, welded line pipe, heavy walled rectangular welded carbon steel pipes and tubes and... 

Krugerrand testament to what South Africa can do through beneficiation

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     7th March 2017 The Krugerrand celebrates its fiftieth anniversary this year, marking a critical milestone in South Africa’s beneficiation of its precious metals. “The success of the Krugerrand shows it is possible to add value to our precious metals if we develop local capabilities and channel resources towards... 

Krugerrand testament to what South Africa can do through beneficiation

Two investor groups vie to buy Italy's Ilva steel plant

By: Reuters     7th March 2017 Italy's Ilva steel group has received bids from two consortiums for its loss-making plant in southern Italy, it said on Monday, two years after the state took it over to save thousands of jobs and clean up the polluted site. The first bid came from ArcelorMittal, the world's largest steelmaker,... 

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