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Metals News

Aluminium smelter reaches halfway mark

By: System Author     15th October 1999 Construction on the US$1,3-billion Mozambique Aluminium (Mozal) plant outside Maputo is on schedule and on budget. 

Fixing method for millennium

By: System Author     15th October 1999 Fasteners 

Mini-merchants forced to import stainless

By: System Author     8th October 1999 Stainless-steel mini-merchants report that they are increasingly having to import stainless steel as the local distribution structure is ‘unfair’ and ‘uncompetitive’. 

Economic upturn predicted for welding

By: System Author     8th October 1999 Welding & Cutting 

Metal alloys with high corrosion resistance

By: System Author     1st October 1999 Developments to Watch 

SA hurt as brewery contracts go abroad

By: System Author     1st October 1999 There is some disquiet in the domestic stainless-steel sector following a decision by South African Breweries to go offshore for the supply of 41 stainless-steel vessels for its new R750-million greenfields brewery being built near Port Elizabeth. 

What South Africa will get for its R21-billion

By: System Author     1st October 1999 The list of national or non-defence industrial participation projects which will be undertaken in South Africa in return for the country’s R21-billion purchase of defence equipment is long and varied, ranging from stainless steel to tourism. 

Aluminium project approaches final straight

By: System Author     24th September 1999 The R2,4-billion expansion project at the Hulett Aluminium plant in Maritzburg, Kwazulu-Natal, is 97% complete, within schedule and on budget. 

Africa’s huge cladding potential outlined

By: System Author     24th September 1999 The African continent has great potential for the cladding industry as markets open up and financing from organisations such as the World Bank and Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) becomes available. 

Reinforcing-steel sector below 1985 levels

By: System Author     24th September 1999 With a radical downturn in the construction industry over the last few years, the reinforcing-steel industry is experiencing the same slumo in demand. 

New plate grab makes its global debut in SA

By: System Author     24th September 1999 Wire, Rope, Sling & Chain 

Local manufacturers encouraged to team up to exploit potential of aluminium sector

By: System Author     17th September 1999 State-owned development financier, the Industrial Development Corporation has completed a four-year study into the competitiveness of the South African aluminium industry. 

Wheel turns again as stainless cycle bottoms out

By: System Author     17th September 1999 Stainless Steel 

R2,5m gas converter built

By: System Author     17th September 1999 Stainless Steel 

R20m project on the brew

By: System Author     17th September 1999 Stainless Steel 

R5-million office development

By: System Author     17th September 1999 Stainless Steel 

Will Cinderella be transformed into the belle of the Eastern Cape’s industry?

By: System Author     17th September 1999 Stainless Steel 

R800-million nickel plant for Eastern Cape

By: System Author     17th September 1999 Stainless Steel 

Sink-maker is acquired

By: System Author     17th September 1999 Stainless Steel 

Gasket material proves a hot hit at steel plant

By: System Author     17th September 1999 Seals, Gaskets & Sealing Mechanisms 

SA to fight US steel unfairness

By: System Author     10th September 1999 The South African steel industry will request the World Trade Organisation to review article 6, which relates specifically to the issue of dumping, of the general agreement on tariffs and trade, and particularly its use by the US, at the third ministerial conference in Seattle in November. 

One-day low-cost housing design developed 

By: System Author     10th September 1999 A revolutionary low-cost housing design which makes use of steel shuttering to allow for the full erection and completion of a housing unit in just one day. 

Friction stir welding for aluminium

By: System Author     3rd September 1999 Developments to Watch 

Saldanha debt could be R1-billion in 2000

By: System Author     3rd September 1999 Although steel producer Iscor is convinced of reaching full production at Saldanha Steel during the course of next year, the big question now facing it is the size of the debt. 

R28m installation for aluminium project

By: System Author     27th August 1999 The R28-million mechanical installation contract at the pot-rooms of Billiton’s Mozambique aluminium smelter (Mozal) in Maputo is due to start later this month (August) 

R3-million conveyor contract for Mozal

By: System Author     27th August 1999 Materials-handling and logistics 

Labour joins Cooper’s plea for industry

By: System Author     27th August 1999 The non-existence of a national manufacturing strategy or policy is costing South Africa jobs every day. 

Millennium do for Thabo’s tent

By: System Author     13th August 1999 Consuling Engineers 

Gear failure explained

By: Roelf Diedericks     30th July 1999 When it comes to gear failure, there is good news and there is bad news. The bad news is that the cause of gear failure can range from excessive wear to catastrophic breakage; the good news is that gear failure can be prevented. In order for gear failure to be prevented, however, one needs to... 

R192m investment creates 1 610 local jobs

By: System Author     30th July 1999 A PROJECT to encourage the establishment of new business in South Africa has created 1 610 new jobs and brought in R192-million in fixed investments in 1998. A team of just 11 people, employed under Eskom’s new-business promotion (NBP) department, was instrumental in creating nearly 2 000... 

Firm’s quality listing

By: System Author     30th July 1999 CONVEYOR-belt fastening system manufacturer Mato Products has officially received its accreditation from Lloyds Register. The company has been operating as an ISO 9002 manufacturer since November 1998, and is belived to be the only local manufacturer of conveyor-belt fastening systems to have... 

R48-million bearing-supply contract signed

By: System Author     30th July 1999 A contract was signed between bearing- distributor Hudaco and steel giant Iscor last month, covering bearing supplies worth about R16-million a year. “The contract makes us one of two preferred suppliers, whereby we pick up a significant portion of Iscor’s bearing business,”... 

Spec being revised

By: System Author     30th July 1999 IN order to provide the end-user with better-quality products, the specification for small-bore steel water-piping specification, SABS 62, is undergoing revision at present, reveals Robor Tube technical market development manager Franco Mordini. Moreover, the government has now introduced a... 

Big transborder power sharing on target

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 All the main contracts have been let for the R650-million project to establish power-supply infrastructure to the 250 000-t-a-year Mozambique Aluminium Smelter (Mozal) in Maputo, Engin-eering News can today report. The start of the bulk of work began in September last year. “Even though the... 

Dust-control equipment supply contract

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 SPRINGS company Air Cleaning Equipment has been awarded a multimillion-rand contract by Koch South Africa, of Randburg, for the supply of dust-control equipment for the raw-materials handling section of the Mozal aluminium smelter near Ma-puto in Mozambique. Koch South Africa, which is contracted... 

Export critical to ensure industrial growth

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 ocal demand for stain- less steel should equal or surpass international growth figures of between 5% and 6% for this year, says Southern African Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) executive director Dave Slater. Although this picture is decidedly rosier than the outlook for the... 

The ins and outs of blast-furnace operation

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 The purpose of a blast-furnace is to chemically reduce and physically convert iron oxides into liquid iron called ‘hot metal’. A blast-furnace is a huge steel stack lined with refractory brick, where iron ore, coke and limestone are dumped into the top, and preheated air is blown into... 

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