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Enviro-hazard removed from plastic

By: System Author     9th April 1999 A new worldwide patented technology developed by a South African company cleans and separates granulated polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and polyethylene contaminated with copper or aluminium. Kew Polymers, in Wynberg, Gauteng, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kew Cables, which supplies electrical cables... 

R20-million Mozal contract

By: System Author     9th April 1999 The delivery of a system functional analysis specification – the first milestone in the project to implement real time supervisory (RTS) systems at the Mozambique Aluminium (Mozal) smelter – is nearly complete. Centurion company Keops Isis, awarded the R20-million contract last year,... 

Sewer-catchpit cleaner launched

By: System Author     9th April 1999 THE tender for the supply of a novel sewer catchpit/stormwater cleaner machine has been clinched by Goscor Industrial. A specialised machine manufactured in the US, the Vactor meets the requirements of this broad description. The unit is the latest in the Goscor range of specialised equipment for... 

New range improves bearing load rating

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 Manufacturer of split roller-bearings Cooper Bearings, of the UK, will be launching its new range of 01E series roller-bearings through local distributor Bearings International, a subsidiary of Hudaco, this month. “The new 01E range is an upgraded version of the 01 series, and will replace... 

Nuclear fuel cranes produced locally

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 THE manufacture of 5 t and 10 t stainless-steel overhead gantry cranes for the movement and storage of nuclear fuel in a controlled environment for a UK client has been completed by Strachan & Henshaw South Africa. A first for the local company, the contract was secured after British Nuclear Fuel... 

R39-million Mozal steelwork contract

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 A R39-million contract for the supply of steelwork for the pot-room superstructures for the US$1,8-billion Mozal aluminium smelter in Maputo has been awarded to Dorbyl Engineering’s (DHE) Vereeniging works. Construction of the smelter got off the ground in the latter half of last year, with... 

Robust bearing pullers

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 A RANGE of steel-grip bearing pullers, which are robust, lightweight and user-friendly devices designed for efficient performance and reduced downtime, is available from Bellambie Mining & Industrial. “Due to the different sizes, shapes and condition of bearings being removed, it is... 

Steel giant tackles gas emissions

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 Steel giant Iscor has reportedly become the first company in South Africa to launch a project in partnership with foreign firms to study methods to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases (GHG), such as carbon dioxide, which are produced at its steelworks as a result of the its commercial... 

Company steels itself for outsourced inspection

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Telecom-infrastructure company Brolaz Projects, of Gauteng, has outsourced steelwork inspections to local government-approved inspection authority Innovative Inspection Services (IIS) of Midrand. Brolaz is a turnkey service company supplying infrastructure for telecom projects, including the... 

Dewatering filter-press installation for steel giant

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Design engineering company Delkor Technik, of Gauteng, has been awarded a multimillion-rand contract for the construction of a filter-press installation to dewater scrubber dusts generated by the wet-scrubbing of the off-gases from the blast furnace at Iscor Vanderbijlpark Works. The filter press... 

Millionth switch delivered

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Fruit-juice manufacturer Ceres Fruit Juices has taken delivery of its millionth Liquiphant level switch manufactured by Endress + Hauser. The unit, the Liquiphant FTL 330L, is one of more than 100 units installed throughout the company’s Cape plant over the last year. This particular model... 

No stain from Y2k bug

By: System Author     26th March 1999 South African integrated stainless-steel producer Columbus Stainless, of Middelburg, Mpumalanga, has taken up the challenge of ensuring that, when the new millennium rolls around, it can rest easy. As the only stainless-steel producer in South Africa, the company sold more than 337 000 t of... 

Novel portable filter system introduced

By: System Author     26th March 1999 A revolutionary new mechanically-oper- ated portable filter system known as the Bewasan Classic, which is especially suited for use in the mining industry for purifying battery water, has been introduced to South Africa by Pure Water Technology. Marketing manager Franco Diederiks explains that... 

R20-million Mozal control contract awarded

By: System Author     26th March 1999 A contract for real- time supervisory (RTS) systems, better known in the aluminium industry as Level 2 RTS, which will perform supervisory control and data acquisition (Scada) functions in six sectors of the Mozal aluminium smelter project in Maputo, has been awarded to industrial information... 

South Africa sets international precedent in stainless steel

By: System Author     26th March 1999 INDIA is following South Africa’s example with the establishment of a stainless- steel awards programme this year. In 1999 India will launch its own awards programme, the aims of which are to encourage innovation and entrepreneurial development while promoting excellence in the... 

Worldwide steel production declines

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Worldwide steel production for the first month of this year has declined by almost 10% in comparison with the same period last year, the International Iron and Steel Institute (IISI) reveals. Total January crude steel production reported by 63 steel-producing nations to the IISI was 60,8-million... 

Auto welding advances

By: System Author     19th March 1999 Research into the use of aluminium for automotive body panels has resulted in innovations in the welding industry, reports welding-equipment supplier Weld-Cut Equipment MD Warwick Hogan. The liquefying features of aluminium, which make it difficult to weld, have resulted in the development of... 

Special steel set to boost Newcastle works

By: System Author     19th March 1999 A breakthrough has been made in the production of special bar quality (SBQ) steel at Iscor’s Newcastle works in Kwazulu-Natal, which will see a boost in production of this high-value-added steel. A loss-making activity until February this year, SBQ steel production is now set to become a... 

Stainless steel exports booming

By: System Author     19th March 1999 Sustained, dedicated co-operation among South African companies in the stainless steel and related industries has resulted in an unprecedented growth in finished product exports of 34% from 1997, exceeding the industry’s target export volumes by 19%. “This is, in part, the result of... 

Steel recovery not a given

By: System Author     19th March 1999 While July this year should see the start of a recovery in global sheet steel prices, it should not be taken for granted. Commodities Research Unit of London steel expert John Johnson warns that China and Japan will have negative growth this year and fairly stagnant economies in 2000 as well,... 

Big job-creating projects push

By: System Author     12th March 1999 Twelve manufacturing project ideas worth an estimated R2,6-billion have been identified by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) for immediate further action following extensive scoping studies. The projects have been prioritised from a bank of some 200 employment-intensive projects... 

Go downstream, SA wire-makers urged

By: System Author     12th March 1999 The formation of a wire cluster in South Africa could see value being added to the 327 000 t or 40% of all locally-produced wire rod, which is being exported from South Africa in primary form at present. Only around 153 000 t of secondary wire products are being exported at present, while 19% of... 

Leading gas manufacturer in expansion drive

By: System Author     12th March 1999 Leading manufacturer, supplier and distributor of industrial and speciality gas products and chemicals into Southern Africa Air Products reports that the main challenge encountered over the last 30 years includes moving from being a new player in the market to establishing itself as one of the... 

R4m capex at Gauteng yeast producer

By: System Author     12th March 1999 Yeast producer Yeastpro is rising to the occasion by embarking on yet another capital-investment project at its Industria, Gauteng, plant by replacing the yeast-cream storage tanks in its drying plant. The estimated R4-million project, which has already begun, is scheduled to be completed by the... 

SA sink-maker in UK

By: System Author     12th March 1999 MOBENI-based sink and specialist stainless-steel sanitaryware manufacturer, City Metal Products (CMP), has embarked on a export drive to the UK following the appointment of a distributor in that country. CMP has reached an agreement with Sissons, Europe’s leading fabricator and supplier of... 

Mill products software solution developed

By: System Author     5th March 1999 South Africa’s metals, forest products and textiles industries have been leading the way for their sectors globally in the enterprise software market. They have been working with world enterprise company SAP to further develop SAP’s core enterprise solution, R/3, making it more... 

New steel-roofing partnership is forged

By: System Author     5th March 1999 Steel roofing company Fielders, of Brakpan, Gauteng, has entered into a strategic partnership with South Africa’s giant steel merchant Macsteel. Fielders MD Chris Woodcock tells Engineering News that the company has established the alliance in a bid to increase its sales and distribution... 

R1,4m screening contract completed

By: System Author     5th March 1999 A R1,4-million contract for the supply of a complete plant for the screening of coke at Iscor Pretoria has been completed by Pilot Crushtec. The plant was supplied to Tau Mining and Management Services, of Witbank, for installation at the Iscor Plant at Pretoria, says MD Sandro Scherf. “The... 

Cooling tower agency won

By: Deborah Spicer     26th February 1999 The sub-Saharan African agency for Tower Tech water coolers has been awarded to Midrand, Gauteng, company Industrial Water Cooling (IWC). These cooling towers, partly imported from the US, have many features not found on conventional cooling towers. The finished products have an 80% local content... 

Environmental certification on the rise

By: System Author     26th February 1999 Why is environmental management so important? The backbone of environmental management is sustainable development, which covers the concept of needs and the idea of limitation imposed by the state of technology and social organisation on the environment’s ability to meet present and future... 

Non-core rescue bid

By: System Author     26th February 1999 South African steel producer Iscor believes it can release between R1-billion and-R1,5-billion over the next few years by exiting non-core business activities. The group is also still considering separate listings for its mining and steel divisions in an effort to seek a rerating of its stock. At... 

R3,7-million Mozal power-supply contract

By: System Author     26th February 1999 A R3,7-million con- tract for the sup- ply of high-voltage (HV) circuit-breakers for the substations and power stations involved in the multimillion-rand 400 kV power-supply project to Maputo has been awarded to Alstom High Voltage Equipment (HVE). Motraco, the joint-venture company established... 

R40-million catalyst-plant expansion a hit

By: System Author     26th February 1999 A R40-million expan- sion of the existing Degussa automotive-catalyst plant in Port Elizabeth has been completed in a record six months, in line with increased demand for coated monoliths for export to European, South American and Far Eastern markets. A new company, Degussa Catalyst, was... 

Steel giant urged to grow small; stay tall

By: System Author     26th February 1999 Just as Lewis Carroll’s Alice drank a potion to shrink herself down to a size which would enable her to pass through the door leading to a beautiful garden, so South African steel giant Iscor is hoping to do the same. In ‘growing itself smaller’, the firm hopes to boost margins... 

Free stainless-steel fabrication seminarz

By: System Author     19th February 1999 THE latest developments in the fabrication of stainless steel, both internationally and locally, will be covered in a series of free seminars to be conducted around the country by the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda). Sponsored by Sassda, the seminars are in the... 

Contract ends at expanded aluminium plant

By: System Author     12th February 1999 Gauteng company Marathon Materials Handling (MMH) completed its portion of a R40-million contract for the supply of materials-handling systems for the R2,4-billion Hulett Aluminium Maritzburg plant’s advanced aluminium rolled products expansion in November. The company was subcontracted by... 

Cryogenic air-separation plant commissioned

By: System Author     12th February 1999 A cryogenic air-separ- ation plant, said to be the largest oxygen-producing plant in the Southern Hemisphere, was commissioned by Air Liquide for Saldanha Steel, in the Western Cape, in December, reports Air Liquide central sales and marketing manager Lee Furby. The plant, which is able to... 

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