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Metals & Engineering News

New foundry to be commissioned

By: System Author     23rd June 2000 Aluminium 

SA copper, brass and bronze industries still struggling

By: System Author     19th May 2000 Copper, brass and bronze 

Custom-made valves for steel operation

By: System Author     19th May 2000 Valves 

Trident Component Manufacturing

By: System Author     12th May 2000 Factory 

Steel flange price relief

By: System Author     5th May 2000 Local steel producer Iscor has granted a temporary concession on the price of flange steel. 

SA could supply 5% of world aluminium

By: System Author     21st April 2000 A feasibility study into a possible R2,5-billion expansion of Billiton’s Hillside aluminium smelter in Richards Bay, Kwazulu-Natal, is expected to be completed by November. 

Aluminium smelter is old but not cold

By: System Author     21st April 2000 Richards Bay aluminium smelter Bayside Aluminium is continuing its vigorous cost-improvement programme in view of a decreasing aluminium price. 

Stainless wins gold

By: System Author     14th April 2000 Following strict assessment by a team of Southern African Maintenance Association evaluators, the winner of the ABB/Sama Mainenance Excellence Award was announced at a gala evening held in Midrand last month. 

Mozal beats liquidity squeeze

By: System Author     7th April 2000 The Industrial Development Corporation has concluded a $100-million funding agreement with Dresdner Bank, the Industrial Development Bank of Japan and Abbey National Treasury Services, to support the Mozambique aluminium smelter project. 

Redundant-stock trader

By: System Author     31st March 2000 Believed to be the only company specialising in the purchase and resale of excess valve stock, Big H Metal & Trading, of Sebenza, Gauteng, has an entire storeroom and courtyard filled to capacity with a variety of valves and stainless-steel fittings, flanges, tubing, plate and instrumentation items. 

Steelwork inspections outsourced

By: System Author     31st March 2000 Innovative inspection services 

SA/Japan steel JV forms on-line firm

By: System Author     24th March 2000 Steel trading company Macsteel has formed an alliance with steel giant Nippon Trading, of Japan, to create an on-line trading site. 

Nelro Engineering

By: System Author     17th March 2000 Factory 

Aluminium: the new gold of the east coast

By: System Author     10th March 2000 The announcement by resources group Billiton that it is considering increasing its Southern African aluminium production capacity by as much as 400 000 t/y. 

Steel price crippling flange maker

By: System Author     10th March 2000 The high price of South African-made steel is forcing a local flange manufacturer out of volume manufacturing and into trading – with dire possible consequences for its 26 employees. 

Full-steam ahead for steel exports

By: System Author     25th February 2000 One of South Africa’s leading steel producers, Highveld, is convinced prospects for steel have improved so much that it will attempt to capitalise on this trend by producing at higher levels during 2000. 

Columbus weighs anchor at good production levels

By: System Author     25th February 2000 The steel plant at SA’s only integrated stainless-steel mill has begun exceeding nameplate design capacity – yet another indication that the corner seems to have been turned at Columbus. 

SA design staves off imports

By: System Author     11th February 2000 The first furnace-tending vehicle to be developed in South Africa has been delivered to the $1,3-billion Mozambique Aluminium (Mozal) smelter. 

Stainless take-off expected

By: System Author     11th February 2000 South Africa’s stainless-steel producer, Columbus, appears to be in for a better year with signs of a serious take-off in stainless-steel prices. 

R7,9m roll-grinder rebuilding contract

By: System Author     28th January 2000 Machine Tools 

SA stainless steel wins container maker’s favour

By: System Author     21st January 2000 World leader in tank container manufacture Consani Engineering is very bullish about the industry’s future prospects. 

Novel luminaire is a first for South Africa

By: System Author     21st January 2000 Steel Fabrication & Cladding 

New stainless-steel colouring company

By: System Author     21st January 2000 Steel Fabrication & Cladding 

SA-made braider exported to the US

By: System Author     21st January 2000 What is believed to be the biggest stainless-steel wire hydraulic hose-braiding machine ever to be built in South Africa was exported to the US last month. 

Iron project put on the back burner

By: System Author     21st January 2000 The State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has pulled back from the promotion of the Maputo Iron and Steel Project, which could well mean that the project will never see the light of day. 

SA steel still going to US

By: System Author     21st January 2000 Steel producer Iscor reports that it is still able to market its products in the US market despite steps already taken against it in a pending anti-dumping suit concerning cold-rolled steel exports. 

Industry steels itself to cope with a severe downturn in prospects

By: System Author     21st January 2000 Steel Fabrication & Cladding 

R12,5m stone preheater is built

By: System Author     21st January 2000 Steel Fabrication & Cladding 

Washing plant for colliery

By: System Author     21st January 2000 Steel Fabrication & Cladding 

Structural steel: material of choice

By: System Author     21st January 2000 Steel Fabrication & Cladding 

Alloy selection is critical for brazing

By: System Author     21st January 2000 Steel Fabrication & Cladding 

New grating product is taking the floor

By: System Author     21st January 2000 Steel Fabrication & Cladding 

First metal forecast by end of next year

By: System Author     10th December 1999 Mozal 

Phase two presents continued involvement

By: System Author     10th December 1999 Mozal 

R133m-worth of Mozal contracts tied up

By: System Author     10th December 1999 Mozal 

R5-million contract for fabricated steelwork

By: System Author     10th December 1999 Top Prison Projects 

Industry steels itself with new developments

By: System Author     10th December 1999 Developments to Watch 

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