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Metals & Engineering News

Joint agreement to market furnaces

By: System Author     25th June 1999 An agreement to market oxy-fuel-fired tilting rotary furnaces to aluminium and other non-ferrous melting and processing customers worldwide has been signed by Air Products & Chemicals (APCI) and Altek International. Under the agreement, Air Products’ proprietary oxy-fuel combustion controls... 

Smelter strives to keep rising costs at bay

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Intended to assist in securing Bayside Aluminium’s position in the global aluminium market, a business process re-engineering exercise undertaken by Deloitte Consulting is realising substantial benefits for this Richards Bay smelter. “In a commodity market where prices are constantly... 

Novel plasma dross-treatment project hots up

By: System Author     25th June 1999 A dross-treatment project using plasma as the heat source is being researched by Eskom’s research and development section, Technology Research Investigations (TRI), together with an industrial partner. This type of system is already being operated by an international company in Canada using... 

Taiwanese aluminium cladding for industry

By: System Author     25th June 1999 The sole agent for world-class cladding product Alucomat is Norma Building Elements, of Southdale, Gauteng. Sourced from Jyi Shyang Industrial of Taiwan, the product has been hailed as a revolutionary and versatile decorative composite panel, developed for use in curtain-wall and cladding... 

Aluminium fabricators cut costs

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Correct process and gas selection can help aluminium fabricators reduce overall welding costs and improve productivity at the same time, argues a leading welding specialist. Afrox process development welding specialist Wayne Holt works in co-operation with Afrox clients to develop more efficient... 

Mozal is on schedule and within budget

By: System Author     25th June 1999 The Mozal aluminium smelter project at Maputo in Mozambique remains on schedule and on budget. Engineering exceeded the planned 4% progress for April, achieving 5%. Overall progress was on target at the end of April, with a total of 70%. The engineering department has now passed the peak work... 

Kwazulu-Natal aluminium expansion rolls on

By: System Author     25th June 1999 The next significant start-up milestone in Hulett Aluminium’s (Hulamin’s) multibillion-rand expansion in Maritzburg, Kwazulu-Natal, has been achieved on schedule following the successful coating of the first coil on the new continuous annealing and coil coating line (CCL2). Commenting... 

World record steel production achieved

By: System Author     25th June 1999 STAINLESS steel giant Columbus Steel, of Middelburg, has achieved a record production of 5 400 tons of stainless steel in three days. This achievement even exceeds the acceptance criteria of 51 heats in three days for the equipment. The steel melting plant was the first section of the Columbus... 

Local company wins madagascar wheel contract

By: System Author     25th June 1999 LOCAL company Rely Precision Casting has been awarded a contract to cast 1,4-m-diameter Pelton-wheels for Madagascar’s Mandraka power station. Through main contractors Sulzer, the company has been contracted to cast four stainless-steel wheels, which are required to build the two... 

IT system rollout in KZN

By: System Author     25th June 1999 SOFTWARE company AST Kwazulu-Natal has completed the redevelopment of all the core production application systems for Iscor’s integrated profile products steelworks in Newcastle, Kwazulu-Natal. The project once more confirms the effectiveness of the successful ‘big-bang’... 

Local metal-finishing industry welcomes cleaner production

By: System Author     18th June 1999 A process to develop a cleaner production (CP) project in the metal- finishing industry by September was started in March this year by the Danish Co-operation for Environment and Development (Danced). As a response to a pamphlet circulated within various industrial sectors to introduce CP methods... 

Mozal service provider wins accreditation

By: System Author     18th June 1999 Becoming the first Southern African wage bureau to achieve ISO 9002 accreditation is special, to do so while operating on site in a Third World environment must be unique. Established by Privest/ ABC Recruitment primarily to ensure the timely and correct payment of wages to each and every person... 

Major German merger benefits SA subsidary

By: System Author     18th June 1999 The merging of two large German companies – and a new alliance with a US engineering firm – has helped a wholly-owned South African subsidiary to win a refinery-upgrade contract. Following the coming together in Germany of steel contender Thyssen and stainless-steel giant Krupp,... 

So much complex technology hangs on a thread

By: System Author     18th June 1999 When you think about it, nuts and bolts play a vital, but seldom-recognised role in our lives. Although based on a simple helical thread, they represent a highly complex niche of technology, which impinges on virtually every facet of the manufacturing industry. The Greek mathematician Archimedes... 

Steel giant sells off refractories business

By: System Author     18th June 1999 Steel giant Iscor has announced an agreement with the Hernic Industrial group for the sale of its refractories business as part of an ongoing strategy to divest itself of its non-core assets. Executive chairperson Hans Smith states that the sale would release more than R100-million and is in line... 

Dect installation

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Aluminium producer Bayside Aluminium has invested in digital enhanced cordless technology (Dect) to facilitate mobile communications at its Richards Bay operations. Implemented in two phases, the project incorporated the supply of private automatic branch exchange (PABX) equipment developed and... 

Global welding machine order

By: System Author     11th June 1999 DANISH company Migatronic has won an order to supply welding machines worldwide to bodyshops repairing the new Ferrari Modena. The contract, awarded by Ferrari itself, was hotly contested by three European welding-machine manufacturers ahead of the launch of the aluminium sportscar in March this... 

R7,5m medical campus project

By: System Author     11th June 1999 A R7,5-million project to construct a new Lung Institute building on the UCT medical campus in Cape Town, is progressing well. Located near the start of the Settlers Freeway, the building will be used for patient consultation and research and will be able to handle 300 day patients. An X-ray... 

Moves to drive catalytic converters further

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Producers of one the main components of a catalytic converter, the ceramic substrate, have been approached by members of the South African catalytic converter industry, together with the Catalytic Converter Interest Group (CCIG), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and the Stainless Steel... 

Significant upgrades on the go at Saldanha

By: System Author     11th June 1999 The multipurpose and iron-ore terminals at Saldanha are undergoing significant upgrades aimed at increasing throughput capacities at the port in order to cope with heightened export volumes from Saldanha Steel, due to come on-line later this month, as well as an upsurge in shipping demand from... 

Frail SA foundries mull over Swedish ‘lifeline’

By: System Author     11th June 1999 The introduction locally of Swedish technology could see foundries switching to a new input raw material which reportedly holds significant benefits for the frail foundry industry. This follows a R7,8-million investment by foundry and engineering business Thos Begbie & Company in Middelburg,... 

Innovative techno for jetty construction

By: System Author     11th June 1999 PILING for the new dry bulk terminal jetty at Richards Bay, part of the third export expansion project, has been constructed using technology never before seen in a South African marine application. It involved the use of an environment-friendly polymer drilling fluid which poses no threat to... 

Steel under pressure

By: System Author     11th June 1999 STEEL export markets have been under severe pressure as a result of the drop in demand in the Far East and large-scale dumping of surplus production particularly by Japan, Korea and ex CIS countries. US dollar export prices in respect of hot-rolled coil have now reached the level of US$180 (Fobs)... 

Crane hire contract

By: System Author     11th June 1999 LOCAL company Johnson Crane Hire has been awarded a crane-hire contract by SLE, an SNC-Lavalin-EMS joint venture, for the Mozal site. Johnson’s ability for handling an intricate contract of this nature was instrumental in the company securing this contract. Not only is the company able to... 

Grey green paint blues overcome at Mozal

By: System Author     4th June 1999 Paint and coatings manufacturer Dulux South Africa has successfully overcome technical problems that initially plagued the company’s supply of primer to coat the structural steel for the Mozal aluminium smelter project in Mozambique. The problem started with the unusual, if not... 

Stainless-steel fabrication seminar

By: System Author     4th June 1999 The latest global developments in the fabrication of stainless steel will be tackled in a free seminar to be conducted in Durban by the Southern African Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda). Sponsored by Sassda in the interests of promoting cost-effective use of stainless steel, the... 

Traditional slag properties enhanced by new strategy

By: System Author     4th June 1999 As part of its strategy to regain market share in the South African cement industry, specialist slag producer Slagment has employed leading-edge technology to develop Slag 5000, a more finely-ground blast-furnace slag that enhances the properties of traditional slag, reveals MD Shaun Patterson.... 

Black empowerment on the right track

By: System Author     4th June 1999 WHAT is believed to be the largest black-owned company in the railway construction and rail maintenance business, Zomba Civils & Building, has bought a 50% interest in Racec Gauteng, a leading private railway contractor. Effective as of May 1, the deal will see Zomba CEO Charles Modise assuming... 

Profit from waste

By: System Author     28th May 1999 THROUGH well-focused product-development initiatives, Sasol has been able to convert waste products into profitable products. These include high-quality recarburiser and other special grades of coke produced from waste pitch and other residues. The coking technology was developed by the research... 

Iron-ore line No 2 is being investigated

By: System Author     28th May 1999 State rail corporation Spoornet is amenable to assessing the possibility of reopening its rail infrastructure from the Northern Cape down to the Eastern Cape for the export of iron-ore through the proposed Coega harbour. Transnet deputy MD and Spoornet head Mafika Mkwanazi says it remains... 

Merger boosts turnkey ability of company

By: System Author     28th May 1999 One of the latest initiatives within General Electric (GE) includes the merger of GE Electrical Distribution and Control (ED&C) and GE Industrial Control Systems (ICS) to form one of its ten core businesses worldwide, known as GE Industrial Systems. The result is a leading global supplier of... 

Four sites investigated for aluminium smelter

By: System Author     21st May 1999 Four sites have been identified as potential locations for a multibillion-dollar aluminium smelter being studied for Beira in central Mozambique. Known as the Beira aluminium smelter study (Bass), it is being supported by the US Technical Development Agency (USTDA) and is being undertaken by... 

South African stainless steel sales increase

By: System Author     21st May 1999 Sales in the local stainless-steel market have increased by 18% since December 1997. which Columbus Stainless – South Africa’s only producer of stainless steel – views as a positive move as it strives to enhance the domestic market wherever possible. The local demand for... 

Global crisis tarnishes local industry’s shine

By: System Author     21st May 1999 What is the current state of the copper, brass and bronze industry? Things are fairly depressed – much in line with the economy of the country, but there are interesting opportunities on the horizon. Much of the market for copper and its alloys is related to the building and construction... 

Brass beats steel

By: System Author     21st May 1999 In many industries, even the automotive industry, tradition dominates materials selection. Many designers, engineers and purchasing managers are convinced that brass is too expensive for simple repetition-turned products. While the off-the-shelf cost of brass raw material may be more than twice... 

Construction progressing well at smelter project

By: System Author     14th May 1999 A R60-million portion of the construction work at Billiton’s US$1,8-billion Mozambique Aluminium (Mozal) primary aluminium smelter, situated outside Maputo, is being undertaken by GBR, a joint venture between Grinaker Concrete Construction and Basil Read. With overall construction work on... 

Low-cost housing must not be an eyesore

By: System Author     14th May 1999 Low-cost housing developments in Kwazulu-Natal are becoming more aesthetically pleasing with the supply of seamless tiled roofs, which are taking the place of traditional corrugated-iron covering, reports Harvey Roofing Products Knights divisional product manager Dion Perotti. The company is... 

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