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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 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... 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. 

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

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... 

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. 

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

New duties on steel products indicative of South Africa’s ‘value-chain’ approach to protection 

By: Terence Creamer     6th March 2017 The International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac) confirms that it has recommended increased protection on several downstream steel products and that it is also considering recommending duties on a range of other value-added steel products in future. In addition, the... 

New duties on steel products indicative of South Africa’s ‘value-chain’ approach to protection

Musina-Makhado SEZ to revive steel industry

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th March 2017 The South African Energy and Metallurgical Cluster has entered its implementation phase, following the signing of a R40-billion operator agreement between the State-owned Musina-Makhado Special Economic Zone (SEZ), where the cluster resides, and the Shenzhen Hoi Mor Resources Holding Company.... 

Kogi granted mining licences in Nigeria

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     3rd March 2017 Junior Kogi Iron has been granted two mining licences for its Agbaja iron-ore and steel project, in Nigeria. The two granted mining licences cover 90.7 km2 and contain 586-million tonnes of indicated and inferred mineral resources. 

‘Slight wrinkles’ on physical market to stay zinc’s rise above $3 000/t to H2 2017

By: Henry Lazenby     3rd March 2017 Despite zinc outperforming other base metals in 2016, “slight wrinkles” in the otherwise strong fundamentals for the metal will delay its price ascent beyond the $3 000/t mark before midyear, new analysis by Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofAML) Global Research shows. Analysts note that activity... 

‘Slight wrinkles’ on physical market to stay zinc’s rise above $3 000/t to H2 2017

Steel-related products’ safety emphasised

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd March 2017 Owing to the use of cheaper, often lower quality steel products, which are copies of high quality products, across industry, serious consequences, and even lead to fatalities, can result, says manufacturer of gratings, flooring and hand railing, Vital Engineering.  

Steel-related products’ safety emphasised
MEDUPI POWER STATION Vital Engineering supplied grating and hand railing products for the Medupi power station

Sasfa marks ten years of LSFB developments in SA

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd March 2017 In celebrating its tenth anniversary, the South African Light Steel Frame Building Association (Sasfa), has decided to compile an informative ten-year anniversary publication to highlight the significant achievements and developments in the light steel frame building (LSFB) industry to date. 

Sasfa marks ten years of LSFB developments in SA
JOHN BARNARD The light steel frame building industry continues to grow even in trying times

Projected sector growth to provide relief for steel industry

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd March 2017 Following its announcement in Janurary of a 1.4% growth projection for 2017 in the metals and engineering sector, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of South Africa (Seifsa) believes that the local steel industry will probably use this bottoming of the trend as an opportunity to... 

Call for entries for Steel Awards 2017

     3rd March 2017 The Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) is calling for entries for the thirty-sixth annual Steel Awards scheduled to take place simultaneously on September 13 in Gauteng, Kwazulu-Natal and the Western Cape.  

Call for entries for Steel Awards 2017
EASTGATE SHOPPING CENTRE The overall winner in 2016 was the Eastgate phase two redevelopment

Entries open for Aveng Trident Steel Awards

By: David Oliveira     3rd March 2017 Entries are open for the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction’s (Saisc’s) Aveng Trident Steel Awards 2017 and Cadex Systems South Africa Photo Competition. Saisc CEO Paolo Trinchero says after the high standard of last year’s awards, there has been “extraordinary” expectation... 

Solidarity protects local steel industry

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd March 2017 Following the National Treasury’s instruction last month that State-owned entities must use 100% locally manufactured structural steel last month, trade union Solidarity says it will act as a watchdog to ensure that this happens.  

Solidarity protects local steel industry
SAVE OUR STEEL Solidarity emphasises the importance of the local steel industry to be protected by policy

Modernisation allows for entry into new markets

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd March 2017 Among various projects planned for this year, metallurgic processing plant supplier SMS group says it will continue to promote new installations of small unit modernisation plants for steelmaking and rolling, to supply local construction industry markets with steel.  

Modernisation allows for entry into new markets
ROLLING MILL As part of its modernisation, SMS Group's rolling mill improves production lines and efficiency

Industrial effluent recovery a sustainable water solution

By: Robyn Wilkinson     3rd March 2017 With the Department of Water Affairs’ National Water Week Awareness campaign – taking place from March 17 to 23 – celebrating twenty years of water delivery for social and economic development, water treatment specialist Proxa is looking to the future of water in South Africa by developing... 

Automation a game changer in fourth industrial revolution

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd March 2017 Automation in the steel industry is one of the top ten game-changers of the fourth industrial revolution, says South African capital equipment and cutting consumables distributor First Cut MD Andrew Poole.  

Automation a game changer in fourth industrial revolution
BYSTRONIC MOBILE BENDING CELL Automated, multi-shift operation with the minimum staffing requirement is possible

Alderon set to ‘reboot’ Kami project in new iron-ore environment

By: Henry Lazenby     2nd March 2017 Project developer Alderon Iron Ore has received the updated preliminary economic assessment (PEA) for the Rose deposit, at the Kamistiatusset (Kami) iron-ore property, 10 km from Wabush, setting the stage for the revival of the high-grade project which has been shelved for several years. "The... 

Alderon set to ‘reboot’ Kami project in new iron-ore environment
Photo by Alderon Iron Ore Corp
Alderon is reviving the long-shelved Kamistiatusset iron-ore project, in Labrador

Deadlock broken between Eskom and IPPs, Joemat-Pettersson insists 

By: Terence Creamer     28th February 2017 Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson says the “deadlock has been broken” between Eskom and the renewable-energy independent power producers (IPPs), with the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) confirming its willingness to consider an application from the State-owned utility... 

Deadlock broken between Eskom and IPPs, Joemat-Pettersson insists
Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson

Price weakness stemmed from excess capital dole out – Glencore

By: Martin Creamer     27th February 2017 The commodity price weakness from 2012 to 2015 was the result of an over-allocation of capital from 2006 to 2012, Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg told an American audience on Monday. In an address to the BMO Metals and Mining Conference, in Miami, Glasenberg said that capital over-allocation in the... 

Price weakness stemmed from excess capital dole out – Glencore
Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg

AMSA unveils interim steel rail hub

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th February 2017 The official unveiling of the Isando Distribution Centre, in Germiston, on Friday, marked the next step in steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa’s (AMSA’s) long-term initiative to migrate the bulk of domestic final product steel distribution from road to rail. Dedicated rail links between... 

AMSA unveils interim steel rail hub

African land disputes arise primarily as a result of forced removals – research

By: David Oliveira     24th February 2017 Research released earlier this month by UK-based consultancy TMP Systems, and the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) found that 63% of disputes related to private-sector land and natural resources in Africa start because communities are forced to leave their land. The research explores... 

Wear solutions firm provides hands-on experience for ‘engineers of tomorrow’

By: Dylan Slater     24th February 2017 An internship programme offered by Alberton-based wear solutions company Rio-Carb aims to upskill the engineers of the future.  

Wear solutions firm provides hands-on  experience for ‘engineers of tomorrow’
DIRTY WORK The internship programme offered at Rio-Carb provides on-the-workshop-floor experience

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