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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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

Company steels itself for outsourced inspection

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Telecom-infrastructure company Brolaz Projects, of Gauteng, has outsourced steelwork inspections to local government-approved inspection authority Innovative Inspection Services (IIS) of Midrand. Brolaz is a turnkey service company supplying infrastructure for telecom projects, including the... 

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... 

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... 

Special steel set to boost Newcastle works

By: System Author     19th March 1999 A breakthrough has been made in the production of special bar quality (SBQ) steel at Iscor’s Newcastle works in Kwazulu-Natal, which will see a boost in production of this high-value-added steel. A loss-making activity until February this year, SBQ steel production is now set to become a... 

Steel recovery not a given

By: System Author     19th March 1999 While July this year should see the start of a recovery in global sheet steel prices, it should not be taken for granted. Commodities Research Unit of London steel expert John Johnson warns that China and Japan will have negative growth this year and fairly stagnant economies in 2000 as well,... 

Stainless steel exports booming

By: System Author     19th March 1999 Sustained, dedicated co-operation among South African companies in the stainless steel and related industries has resulted in an unprecedented growth in finished product exports of 34% from 1997, exceeding the industry’s target export volumes by 19%. “This is, in part, the result of... 

Leading gas manufacturer in expansion drive

By: System Author     12th March 1999 Leading manufacturer, supplier and distributor of industrial and speciality gas products and chemicals into Southern Africa Air Products reports that the main challenge encountered over the last 30 years includes moving from being a new player in the market to establishing itself as one of the... 

R4m capex at Gauteng yeast producer

By: System Author     12th March 1999 Yeast producer Yeastpro is rising to the occasion by embarking on yet another capital-investment project at its Industria, Gauteng, plant by replacing the yeast-cream storage tanks in its drying plant. The estimated R4-million project, which has already begun, is scheduled to be completed by the... 

SA sink-maker in UK

By: System Author     12th March 1999 MOBENI-based sink and specialist stainless-steel sanitaryware manufacturer, City Metal Products (CMP), has embarked on a export drive to the UK following the appointment of a distributor in that country. CMP has reached an agreement with Sissons, Europe’s leading fabricator and supplier of... 

New steel-roofing partnership is forged

By: System Author     5th March 1999 Steel roofing company Fielders, of Brakpan, Gauteng, has entered into a strategic partnership with South Africa’s giant steel merchant Macsteel. Fielders MD Chris Woodcock tells Engineering News that the company has established the alliance in a bid to increase its sales and distribution... 

Mill products software solution developed

By: System Author     5th March 1999 South Africa’s metals, forest products and textiles industries have been leading the way for their sectors globally in the enterprise software market. They have been working with world enterprise company SAP to further develop SAP’s core enterprise solution, R/3, making it more... 

Steel giant urged to grow small; stay tall

By: System Author     26th February 1999 Just as Lewis Carroll’s Alice drank a potion to shrink herself down to a size which would enable her to pass through the door leading to a beautiful garden, so South African steel giant Iscor is hoping to do the same. In ‘growing itself smaller’, the firm hopes to boost margins... 

Non-core rescue bid

By: System Author     26th February 1999 South African steel producer Iscor believes it can release between R1-billion and-R1,5-billion over the next few years by exiting non-core business activities. The group is also still considering separate listings for its mining and steel divisions in an effort to seek a rerating of its stock. At... 

R40-million catalyst-plant expansion a hit

By: System Author     26th February 1999 A R40-million expan- sion of the existing Degussa automotive-catalyst plant in Port Elizabeth has been completed in a record six months, in line with increased demand for coated monoliths for export to European, South American and Far Eastern markets. A new company, Degussa Catalyst, was... 

Environmental certification on the rise

By: System Author     26th February 1999 Why is environmental management so important? The backbone of environmental management is sustainable development, which covers the concept of needs and the idea of limitation imposed by the state of technology and social organisation on the environment’s ability to meet present and future... 

Free stainless-steel fabrication seminarz

By: System Author     19th February 1999 THE latest developments in the fabrication of stainless steel, both internationally and locally, will be covered in a series of free seminars to be conducted around the country by the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda). Sponsored by Sassda, the seminars are in the... 

Cryogenic air-separation plant commissioned

By: System Author     12th February 1999 A cryogenic air-separ- ation plant, said to be the largest oxygen-producing plant in the Southern Hemisphere, was commissioned by Air Liquide for Saldanha Steel, in the Western Cape, in December, reports Air Liquide central sales and marketing manager Lee Furby. The plant, which is able to... 

Gas change ups output

By: System Author     12th February 1999 Steel processors and fabricators can improve their steel-plate output by switching to high-performance acetylene fuel gas, reports Afrox Fabrication process development manager Craig Fourie. “By replacing low-performance fuel gases with acetylene, steel processors and fabricators could... 

SA aeroconveyor exported to Vietnam

By: System Author     12th February 1999 Bulk solids conveyor company Aeroconveyors is at present involved with contracts totalling R5-million, with one of them being the company’s first export contract which is destined for Vietnam, reports manager Lee Thain. Valued at over R350 000, the contract is for a German company that... 

Integrated flow of information

By: System Author     12th February 1999 A multimillion-rand information technology project designed to enable Iscor Speciality Steels (ISS) to achieve world-class operational excellence has begun to bring benefits. “To compete in the world market today requires integrated information, and that is what is being delivered by the... 

Screw-conveyor flighting units

By: System Author     12th February 1999 Helicoid or continuous-screw flighting for the bulk materials-handling industry in South Africa has been manufactured by Bruton Spiralflite since 1972. The screw-conveyor flighting comes in a range of sizes and pitches from 56 mm outside by 16 mm internal diameter to 508 mm outer by 165 mm... 

Pretoria company targets US with invention

By: System Author     12th February 1999 AN associate company of Pro-Hot USA of Pretoria, Action Link International LLC – which markets the Pro-Hot system in the US – was awarded a ‘best booth’ award at the 1998 China Expo held in Los Angeles during December last year. Held yearly in Los Angeles, the China Expo... 

Prospects sink in R65m sanitary market

By: System Author     5th February 1999 THE R65-million-a-year stainless-steel sink industry is likely to shrink by at least 10% during the coming year. City Metal Products (CMP) MD Gerhard Kotzee says the fall-off in residential building, combined with high interest rates, will have an impact on the sink-manufacturing industry.... 

South African steel producers set for a bumpy ride this year

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 SOUTH Africa’s steel producers are in for a tough time this year in the face of two big obstacles. These are the expected sharp decline in world steel prices, and European Union (EU) anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigations into South African steel producers. The first of these... 

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