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Metals News

World steel sector remains under pressure

20th July 2001 The world steel industry is entering the new millennium faced with surplus capacity, continuing pressure on prices, uncertainly about energy costs, mounting environmental pressures and increasing demands from steel consumers. 

More opportunity for steel in the UK

20th July 2001 South African steel manufacturers should step up their export marketing efforts to the UK now. 

Groundwork is completed for joint venture success

20th July 2001 The joint venture initiative – Shosholoza Steel Supplies – between Barloworld and Robor is on track Engineering News can today report. 

Brewer contributes to stainless development

13th July 2001 South African brewer SAB has implemented important strategic partnering alliances over the years with key suppliers of materials, equipment and services, that have been to the mutual benefit of all parties, 

Steelmaker spending R700m to clean air and water

By: Laura Franz     13th July 2001 Over the next decade, steel producer Iscor Flat Steel Products (Iscor FSP) intends investing some R700-million in rendering its 2 300 ha Vanderbijlpark works, in Gauteng, and the surrounding environment more environment-friendly, reports GM Willem Coertzen. 

Moz becomes entrenched as a world aluminium hub

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     6th July 2001 Canadian company SNC and South Africa’s Engineering Management Services, contracted to implement the brownfields project to double primary aluminium production at the Mozal smelter, in Mozambique, are already on site and the new plant is expected to receive initial raw material shipments in... 

Pabar

6th July 2001 Pabar specialises in metal-processing, tool-manufacturing and roll-forming, which facilitates a wide product offering, including seat recliners, body hinges, bumpers, window frames, top rails, brackets, slides, wheelbarrows, sinks and a variety of press parts, among other items. 

SA firm loses R80m Mozal 2 contract

28th June 2001 A leading South African engineering firm, Dorbyl Heavy Engineering (DHE), has reacted with anger to the news that it has lost out to a French multinational in an R80-million contract to supply steel superstructures for the second-phase expansion of the Mozal aluminium smelter in Mozambique. 

44% stainless surge into EU

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     25th June 2001 European Union (EU) countries last year imported 116 929 t of flat-rolled stainless-steel products from Columbus Stainless, South Africa's sole producer, representing an increase of 44% over 1999, reports MD Dave Martin. 

Permanent growth revolution for Gauteng metal-presser

22nd June 2001 Local metal-pressing and roll-forming company Pabar, of Krugersdorp, Gauteng, has grown from strength to strength since its establishment in 1965, says director Mike Barbaglia. 

Firm completes roof structure for Turkey

22nd June 2001 Local aluminium manufacturer Alpull has supplied the first, of what it hopes will be many, Apliform roofing structures to Turkey. 

New aluminium tool for telecoms fleet

By: Joanne Delaurentis     22nd June 2001 The Telkom contract, which was awarded last year to debis Fleet Management, has resulted in the development of new aluminium technology set to yield significant benefits within the fleet management industry. 

Aluminium standing tall in architecture

By: Joanne Delaurentis     22nd June 2001 The production of curtain walls for large-scale modern construction is taking off in South Africa, says Aluminium Federation of South Africa marketing manager Henning Viljoen. 

Smelter expansion rearing to go

By: Joanne Delaurentis     22nd June 2001 The proposed expansion of the Mozambique aluminium smelter Mozal still has the green-light, despite delays on final approval decisions from the shareholders, says manager of Mozambique affairs Peter Cowie. 

Aluminium outdoor kits are developed

22nd June 2001 Aluminium producers Frank Lane Engineering of Johannesburg, Gauteng has developed a range of Rugged outdoor kits, utilising aluminium and steel to design and manufacture kits for camping, caravaning, fishing and the four by four fraternity. 

Aluminium gives sports roadster more pizzazz

22nd June 2001 An aluminium component used in the rear suspension of the Ford GT40 sports car replica for export to the US, has made a significant contribution to the handling of the road model of the vehicle according to Owen Ashley, MD of the Cape Town based manufacturers Cape Advanced Vehicles (CAV). 

New production system developed

22nd June 2001 Cape Town based aluminium and glass design and manufacturer Aluplan Architectural Aluminium has developed the ISO 100 system of 20-25 extrusion dies for a variety of applications. 

Aluminium cladding for airport hotel 

22nd June 2001 South African aluminium producer Hulett Aluminium Fabricated Products (Hulafab), a division of Hulett Aluminium in Maritzburg, supplied approximately 3 500 m of Hula-Bond composite cladding panels in a champagne finish for the new Airport Sun Inter-Continental Hotel in Johannesburg. 

'Magic' metal used since ancient times

22nd June 2001 While aluminium was only discovered some 160 years ago, and has been produced in industrial quantities for only the last 100 years, aluminium-bearing compounds have been used by man from the earliest times, reports the UK Aluminium Federation. 

Aluminium no longer a stand-alone metal

22nd June 2001 Aluminium industry members must quickly adapt to new realities if they hope to transform from an industry that has historically destroyed economic value to one that consistently maximises the creation of economic value, warns global aluminium producer Alcan executive vice president Richard Evans. 

Asset-management system for smelters

22nd June 2001 Iceland company Altech of Reykjavik has a state-of-the-art asset management and maintenance system already in service with Nordic Aluminium. 

SA has an open door to global products

22nd June 2001 South African firm Alutrade are the sole agents of Alusuisse (members of the Alcan Group) in Southern Africa. 

Much export potential for SA's aluminium products

By: Joanne Delaurentis     22nd June 2001 Southern Africa has the ability to convert more of its primary aluminium into value-added product through a sophisticated value chain, says Hulett Aluminium MD Peter Staude. 

Smelter project team wins excellence award

By: Joanne Delaurentis     22nd June 2001 Project implementer SNC-Lavalin EMS has been awarded the project management excellence award 2001 awarded by the Project Management Institute of South Africa (PMISA) for its submission of the Mozal aluminium smelter project in Mozambique. 

Smelter project team wins excellence award

22nd June 2001 Project implementer SNC-Lavalin EMS has been awarded the project management excellence award 2001 awarded by the Project Management Institute of South Africa (PMISA) for its submission of the Mozal aluminium smelter project in Mozambique. 

Long-term refractory contract awarded

22nd June 2001 Kwazulu-Natal firm Dickinson Refractory Services, a division of the Dickinson group, has been awarded the long-term site-wide refractory service contract at the Hillside aluminium smelter. 

Remote controls for US smelter

22nd June 2001 Washington aluminium smelter the Intalco Alcoa Works has relied on Cattron EZ Controllers for remote control operations of its cranes. 

Aluminium an indispensable metal

22nd June 2001 Aerrplanes, cars, cookware, even construction. Aluminium forms an integral part of modern living. 

Diecaster's five-year plan to be the best

22nd June 2001 Diecaster Zealous Pressure acquisition of R5-million worth of equipment is all part of a five-year plan by an ambitious and young management team to dominate the high-pressure high casting field. 

Firm competitive with new technology

22nd June 2001 Based on the East Rand Zimco Aluminium (trading as Zimalco) is reportedly the largest secondary aluminium smelter in South Africa. 

New way to weld aluminium

22nd June 2001 Until now it has been thought that either pure tungsten or zirconiated tungsten electrodes were necessary to weld aluminium and its alloys with the Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) arc welding process. 

Phase two of Moz aluminium smelter gets the go-ahead

22nd June 2001 The boards of Billiton, Mitsubishi Corporation of Japan, and the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa (IDC) have announced the decision to go ahead with the Mozal expansion project, Mozal 2. 

Aluminium export market imperative

By: Joanne Delaurentis     22nd June 2001 The need to develop the South African aluminium export market is patent, said president of the Aluminium Federation of South Africa Tony Paterson at the Aluminium Conference in March. 

Strip mill offset plan

22nd June 2001 A decision on where to locate the proposed newstainless-steel cold-rolling facility associatedwith South Africa’s defence acquisition programme is still “many months away”, Columbus Stainless MD Dave Martin tells Engineering News. 

Contina Storage Systems

15th June 2001 Contina manufactures high-precision 19” aluminium rack cabinets and 19” wall-mounted enclosures. 

Exports to EU surge by 35%

15th June 2001 Recent favourable trade conditions, and the provisional implementation of the South Africa European Union (EU) free-trade agreement (FTA) resulted in a 35% increase in South Africa's exports to the EU in the year 2000. 

Steel sector in skills dearth

8th June 2001 The South African steel industry is facing a critical skills dilemma, Churchyard & Umplby MD Rob Churchyard claimed at the South African Institute of Steel Construction's workshop last month. 

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