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Speed up productivity with efficient overhead sectional doors from Maxiflex

     17th August 2017 The Crawford range of high quality, robust overhead sectional doors from Maxiflex has been bolstered with the recent introduction of a new high speed solution that boasts an operational speed four times faster than standard counterparts. In 2013 Maxiflex was appointed sole Sub Saharan distributor... 

China's Chalco plans $500m investment in Guinea bauxite project

By: Reuters     16th August 2017 Aluminium Corp of China (Chalco) plans to invest $500 million in a project to produce bauxite, used to make aluminium, in Guinea starting next year, the mines ministry said. The deal comes after a trip by the Guinean mines minister, Abdoulaye Magassouba, to China and follows other major Chinese... 

Zinc breaks through $3 000 barrier as metals rally gathers pace

By: Bloomberg     16th August 2017 Zinc surged above $3 000 a metric ton amid persistent global deficits, and aluminium climbed as China reined in illegal capacity, adding fresh impetus to the rally even as some investors expressed concerns. Zinc jumped as much as 2.6% to $3 037/t on the London Metal Exchange, the highest level... 

Mercedes-Benz Trucks 3D-prints an aluminium thermostat cover

By: Irma Venter     14th August 2017 Mercedes-Benz Trucks’ first three dimensional (3D) printed spare part made of metal – a thermostat cover for truck and Unimog models from older model series – has passed all quality assurance processes at Mercedes-Benz, and is now celebrating its premiere. “We ensure the same functionality,... 

Russian tycoon Prokhorov agrees to sell 7% stake in Rusal to Vekselberg

By: Reuters     11th August 2017 Russian aluminium giant Rusal said tycoon Mikhail Prokhorov has agreed to sell around a 7% stake to billionaire Viktor Vekselberg for $503.9-million, concluding lengthy negotiations over a sale. Prokhorov, a minority shareholder in Hong Kong-listed Rusal, had been in talks to sell a 12% stake in... 

Bloodhound set to be driven for the first time in October

By: Irma Venter     11th August 2017 The Bloodhound supersonic car (SSC) will be driven for the first time at Cornwall Airport Newquay, in the UK, this October, twenty years after the current land-speed record of 1 228 km/h was set.   Wing Commander Andy Green, who steered the Thrust SSC to a new record on October 15, 1997, will... 

Furnaces and kilns manufacturers are feeling the heat

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th August 2017 Furnaces and kilns manufacturers are taking strain, as with many other industries, owing to financial difficulties amid the current economic climate, says furnaces and kilns manufacturer Van Tuyls director and owner Richard McCullough. McCullough indicates that the number of manufacturers in the... 

US finds China aluminium foil subsidised, imposes duties

By: Reuters     9th August 2017 The US Commerce Department said on Tuesday it made a preliminary finding that imports of aluminium foil from China are subsidised, and it imposed countervailing duties ranging from 16.56% to 80.97%. US aluminium foil producers had filed petitions with the US government accusing Chinese producers... 

One step ahead

     7th August 2017 The increasing relevance of electromobility offers opportunities for light metal casting The automobile industry is experiencing a strong trend towards electromobility. The figures and deadlines given vary, but as of 2025, the industry expects a considerable increase in the number of electric... 

LME seeks consensus to cut rents for storing metal

By: Reuters     7th August 2017 The London Metal Exchange is seeking agreement from its network of metal warehouse owners to cut the rents charged for storage, which could boost the amounts of metal registered under LME warrant and improve transparency. Rents for aluminium on warrant, which gives the material LME backing,... 

As batteries make power play, South Africa mulls market participation

By: Irma Venter     4th August 2017 The world changed more than could be imagined in the 1990s. Not only was it the advent of all things Internet and digital connectivity, it also saw the birth of the rechargeable lithium battery, required to charge humankind’s new tools, such as cellphones and laptop computers. Today, the chase is... 

As batteries make power play, South Africa mulls market participation

By: Irma Venter     4th August 2017 The world changed more than could be imagined in the 1990s. Not only was it the advent of all things Internet and digital connectivity, it also saw the birth of the rechargeable lithium battery, required to charge humankind’s new tools, such as cellphones and laptop computers. Today the chase is... 

New Springs plant able to recycle used juice and milk cartons

By: Dylan Slater     4th August 2017 An investment worth R46-million in a new liquid packaging recycling plant is enabling paper and plastics packaging company Mpact Recycling to recycle used juice- and milk cartons at its Springs-based paper mill facility on the East Rand.  

Products ensure safety in offshore operations

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th August 2017 In the marine and offshore environment, metal corrosion is a major cost and safety factor. Steel gratings, stair treads, pressed floors and safety handrails manufacturer Vital Engineering offers a range of products designed to counter the effects of corrosion in maritime environments.  

Reduce solid particle erosion damage & avoid downtime with thermal spray coating technology from Thermaspray

     3rd August 2017 The application of thermal spray coatings from South Africa’s surface engineering and coating technology specialist, Thermaspray, helps to reduce erosion damage to components, equipment and systems which can lead to costly downtime and even failure. Erosion is caused when a gas or liquid carries... 

BMI says outlook for Russian nickel sector bleak

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd August 2017 Fitch group company BMI has lowered its forecast for Russian nickel production in 2017, and says the outlook for the country’s domestic production over the next five years looks bleak. BMI stated this week that Russia’s nickel production would remain on a negative trend this year, following a... 

Asian battery makers eye nickel top-up as cobalt price bites

By: Reuters     3rd August 2017 Soaring cobalt prices are prompting Asia's top battery makers to tweak the recipe for lithium-ion batteries used to power electric cars and mobile phones - reducing the amount of cobalt and adding more nickel. With forecasts for electric vehicle (EV) battery demand to jump 20-fold over the... 

Electric-car revolution is shaking up the biggest metals markets

By: Bloomberg     3rd August 2017 The revolution in electric vehicles set to upturn industries from energy to infrastructure is also creating winners and losers within the world’s biggest metals markets. While some of the largest diversified miners like Glencore argue fossil fuels such as coal and oil still play a crucial role... 

Hulamin lifts H1 earnings, eyes further improvements

By: Natasha Odendaal     31st July 2017 JSE-listed Hulamin’s financial report for the half-year ended June 30 shows a continued uptick in earnings, with expectations that the upward double-digit momentum will continue into the second half of the year. The company on Monday reported a 17% rise in basic and headline earnings a share to... 

India's Vedanta Q1 consolidated profit doubles

By: Reuters     25th July 2017 Vedanta, the Indian unit of diversified energy group Vedanta Resources, reported a doubling of quarterly consolidated profit on Tuesday, as higher zinc prices helped the company to reap improved margins. Consolidated profit came in at 15.25-billion rupees in the quarter ended June 30, with... 

Mpact launches R46m liquid packaging plant

By: Anine Kilian     25th July 2017 Paper and plastics packaging company Mpact on Tuesday launched a R46-million liquid packaging plant at its Springs mill, in Ekurhuleni. The plant will recycle 25 000 t/y of liquid packaging products, which has so far seen limited beneficiation in South Africa. 

Norsk Hydro rides aluminium price, divisions underperform

By: Reuters     25th July 2017 Overall profit growth at Norsk Hydro was overshadowed on Tuesday by below-forecast performances from several businesses including rolled products, knocking the aluminium producer's shares. Norsk Hydro's stock was down 3.04% at 12:01 GMT, lagging an Oslo benchmark index, and CEO Svein Richard... 

AR Controls acquires leading valve manufacturer

     21st July 2017 Valve and actuator technology manufacturer and supplier AR Controls of Vanderbijlpark has announced that it has acquired IncoValve and Controls. The latter will be established as a leading producer for a range of industries. IncoValve and Controls has worked closely with AR Controls to combine... 

Fast-growing Chinese aluminium sector attracts increased govt scrutiny

By: Henry Lazenby     21st July 2017 As the Chinese aluminium sector comes under greater pressure to moderate its capacity growth, the government is cracking down on so-called ‘illegal’ smelters, analysis by Wood Mackenzie global aluminium markets senior research analyst Ami Shivkar has found. Shivkar argues that unqualified... 

Mercury probe passes key tests on way to 2018 launch

By: Keith Campbell     21st July 2017 The joint European Space Agency (ESA) and Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) modular space probe BepiColombo has passed its final test in its launch and transit flight “stack” configuration, ESA announced on July 6. BepiColombo will become only the third spacecraft to explore the planet... 

Two Fifty One mixed-use tower development project, UK

By: Sheila Barradas     21st July 2017 The project is 80% complete. 

South32 reports lower FY production for most commodities

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     20th July 2017 Diversified miner South32 on Thursday reported an increase in production across most of its portfolio for the three months to June, compared with the previous quarter, but its full-year performance was lower for several commodities. The Perth-headquartered group, which operates in Australia and... 

Afrox maximises efficiency in metal preheating with OXYGON®

     19th July 2017 Afrox is maximising efficiency in the metal production industry with its powerful OXYGON® solutions – effective vessel preheating processes that go beyond conventional burner designs by harnessing the highly efficient power of a flameless oxyfuel combustion system. These advanced and controlled... 

Afrox maximises efficiency in metal preheating with OXYGON®

     18th July 2017 Afrox is maximising efficiency in the metal production industry with its powerful OXYGON® solutions – effective vessel preheating processes that go beyond conventional burner designs by harnessing the highly efficient power of a flameless oxyfuel combustion system. These advanced and controlled... 

Demand growth for some metals may exceed 1 000% – World Bank

By: Martin Creamer     18th July 2017 A new World Bank report highlights the potential impacts that the expected continuing boom in low-carbon energy technologies will have on demand for many minerals and metals, including Southern Africa's platinum, manganese and chrome. Using wind and solar energy, and energy storage batteries, as... 

Driving bearing innovation for Formula 1

     18th July 2017 In Formula 1, weight, friction and unexpected failures are enemies of high performance, and every detail matters. With a long history of providing superior solutions to aid superior performance, SKF’s work in the sector continues to be highly specialised. The foundations of Formula 1 can be... 

Rio Tinto cuts iron-ore and coal guidance

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     18th July 2017 Diversified major Rio Tinto has revised its full year production guidance for iron-ore and coal, as rail maintenance in the Pilbara and Cyclone Debbie in Queensland, took their toll. During the three months to June, Rio Tinto produced 79.8-million tonnes of iron-ore from its Pilbara operations... 

Special deals, again?

By: Terence Creamer     14th July 2017 South Africans will no doubt remember the ugly 2008 standoff between Standard Bank and BHP Billiton over whether Eskom should, in the midst of power shortages, honour a favourable metal-price-linked electricity supply deal with the diversified miner’s aluminium smelters in South Africa and... 

New Transair® aluminium pipework products ease installation and give weight, space and cost savings in technical room applications

     11th July 2017 The Transair® business unit of The Fluid System Connectors Division Europe of Parker Hannifin Corporation, the global leader in motion and control technologies, has announced the launch of new Transair aluminium pipework products designed for compressed air, vacuum and inert gas applications in... 

Atlas Copco railway compressors are built to last

     10th July 2017 Atlas Copco Compressor Technique exhibited its world-class compressed air technology solutions for the railway industry at Rail Africa 2017. Atlas Copco oil-injected screw compressors as well as oil-free scroll, piston and pantograph compressors are used on railway vehicles throughout the world,... 

CSIR collaboration leads to the first locally manufactured aluminium valve

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th July 2017 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) collaboration with local butterfly valve manufacturer Paltechnologies (Paltech) has resulted in the successful development of a standard 80 mm diameter aluminium butterfly valve for use on electrical power transformers. The Paltech... 

Besam automatic door systems at Lanseria International Airport

     6th July 2017 ASSA ABLOY Entrance Systems’ automatic entrance and exit solutions facilitate passage at Lanseria International Airport’s international departures terminal as well as to offices at the facility. First established in 1974 and located North of Johannesburg, Lanseria is South Africa’s only... 

Nersa calls for comment on special pricing deal to unlock ferrosilicon production 

By: Terence Creamer     4th July 2017 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) is calling for written comments on an application by Eskom to implement a two-year incentive pricing package that will enable the restart of ferrosilicon production in the Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces. The regulator turned down an earlier... 

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