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Metals News

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... 

R11-million pedestrian bridge on schedule

By: System Author     14th May 1999 Construction of an R11-million pedestrian bridge, which will span Philippi station and the adjacent staging yards, is on schedule. The bridge, which is being constructed by Stocks South, will incorporate a novel 127 m skywalk and provide a safe route for pedestrians. The main centre portion of... 

Acquisition paves way for exports

By: System Author     7th May 1999 PNEUMATIC specialist Parker Hannifin, of Kempton Park, Gauteng, has bought Global Fluid Power (GFP), a manufacturer of pneumatic cylinders, ISO subplates and directional valves. The company was established ten years ago, and is located in Middelburg, in Mpumalanga. It will form part of the Parker... 

Painting up a storm at Mozambican aluminium smelter

By: System Author     7th May 1999 Various painting and coating contracts for the Mozal aluminium smelter, collectively worth more than R7-million, have been secured by Reef Industrial Painters (RIA) of Alrode, Gauteng. The company, a member of Cape Investments Holdings, a leading black-empowerment industrial services consortium,... 

High-temp polymer for corrosion protection

By: System Author     7th May 1999 Research and development chemists have introduced a new, high-temperature polymer coating that provides protection against erosion-corrosion under conditions of full immersion at temperatures of up to 185?C. The new coating is expected to open the door to markets which, until now, have not been... 

R4m lining contract for big cobalt plant

By: System Author     7th May 1999 The contract for the lining of vessels and bund areas on the Kasese cobalt process plant in Western Uganda, reported to be worth R4-million, has been awarded to corrosion-control company Gordon Bennett (GB), of Kliprivier, Gauteng, by Bateman Mineral and Industrial on behalf of Kasese Cobalt... 

Image of stainless steel as a corrosion panacea

By: System Author     7th May 1999 SUCH is the image of stainless steel that it is usually viewed as the panacea to every problem of metal degradation in a corrosive environment. However, according to the Southern African Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) spokesperson Dave Rowlands, it would be na 

Turnkey hydraulic package offered in SA

By: Deborah Spicer     7th May 1999 The range of hydraulic equipment manufactured by Denison, and imported from the US and Europe to South Africa through the Denquip group, has a stronger-than-ever presence in the country. “With some changes taking place in the group itself, as well as a change of agency in South Africa, some... 

SA steel traders encouraged to add value

By: System Author     7th May 1999 The South African steel merchant sector is increasingly going to have to embrace value-adding activities if it hopes to remain a major part of the domestic steel environment, Macsteel co-chairperson Michael Hoffman says. Making a rare public statement at a steel seminar organised by Investec, and... 

Pneumatic system for trenchless piping

By: System Author     7th May 1999 A range of pneumat- ic equipment used to install underground pipes and cables without digging trenches is available from Reef Trenchless Technology SA (RTT), a wholly-owned company of Reef Pneumatics and Industrial Supplies. “The conventional method of digging trenches when one needs to... 

Coatings for buried steel

By: System Author     7th May 1999 SEVERAL coating systems for the corrosion-protection of buried steel pipelines are available in South Africa. These include liquid epoxies, both solvent-borne and solvent-free; bituminous coatings consisting of fibre-reinforced bitumen; and extruded, modified bitumen and powder coatings with... 

Greasing up on electrical contact

By: System Author     30th April 1999 A range of greases especially formulated to protect electrical contact surfaces is being marketed by electro-mechanical manufacturer Contact Engineering of Boksburg. Sourced from SBB International of Canada on an exclusive agency basis, the CTX dielectric compounds have been formulated... 

Liquid-ring vacuum pumps

By: System Author     30th April 1999 iquid-ring vacuum pumps and compres- sors from Nash have been in existence for more than 85 years. High reliability, ease of operation, low power requirements and environmental acceptability ensure that this type of pump is widely used in a broad range of industrial applications worldwide. Main... 

Botswana gate-valve project

By: System Author     23rd April 1999 Gauteng iron foundry Active Foundry has completed all spheroidal graphite iron components for eight 1 000 mm gate-valves bound for a project in Botswana. Since 1991, the company has consistently increased the complexity and quality of its valve castings, which require certain expertise similar to... 

R6,5m fire system for Mozal

By: System Author     16th April 1999 A R6,5-MILLION contract for a fire-detection, public address and evacuation system at the Mozal aluminium smelter in Maputo, Mozambique, has been secured by Progressive Systems Technologies (PST) of Randburg, Gauteng. In September last year the company was awarded the Southern African... 

Satellite dishes supplied for Africa

By: System Author     16th April 1999 Telecom manufacturer and equipment supplier Skywave supplies satellite dishes to the local industry. Powder-coating of these dishes is carried out at the company’s powder-coating facility, featuring a camel-back oven and a motorised continuous line. The pretreatment process is available for... 

SA studies second iron-ore rail line

By: System Author     16th April 1999 South Africa is studying the possibility of creating a second iron-ore rail line from Sishen in the Northern Cape to the as-yet-undeveloped Coega harbour near Port Elizabeth. If implemented, it would lift overall ore exports to 38-million tons a year from the Northern Cape mines, and offset the... 

Steel processor secures 15-year gas supply

By: System Author     16th April 1999 A R25-million-a-year 15-year contract for the total gas requirements at Duferco Steel Processing in Saldanha Bay, Western Cape, has been awarded to industrial gas supplier Afrox. The joint-venture project between the Industrial Development Corporation and Swiss-based steel trader Duferco to... 

R14m structural steel contract

By: System Author     16th April 1999 A R14-million structural steel contract for the casthouse at the Mozal smelter in Mozambique has been awarded to Cemenco Steel Structures, a Cementation group company. Awarded by project manager SLE, the contract involves fabrication and erection of about 1 300 t of steel. Detailing and... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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