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Our core purpose is to consistently meet or exceed the reasonable expectations of our major stakeholders (which specifically include our employees, customers, suppliers, shareholders and the communities that surround us). We do this by creating value through the manufacture of high-value aluminium semi-fabricated products. In doing so, we contribute to the upliftment of the standard of living in the region. We achieve this by stimulating business activities associated with adding value to the large quantities of primary aluminium produced in the region and through pursuing related business opportunities within which we can further apply our capabilities.

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Opportunities from the Indian Ocean Rim

By: Riaan de Lange     24th March 2017 Indian Ocean Rim Association Well, this certainly is a blast from the past. It was a long time ago. I had just joined the then South African Chamber of Business (Sacob) – on March 1, 1995 – and, within a few days, I was jetting off to Mauritius. I thought that I had hit the big time, and yes, the... 

Pumps range included in offering to cater for demand

By: Simone Liedtke     24th March 2017 Technical solutions provider Bearing Man Group (BMG) is strategising to enhance its fluid technology services to meet growing market demand in diverse industries, including the pumps industry. 

RS Components offers 800 new Bahco tools for thousands of applications

     23rd March 2017 New tools offer specific tailored capabilities for multiple different and demanding industries RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc, the global distributor for engineers, has added over 800 products to its Bahco tool range. 

EIUG supports Eskom plan for new pricing deals with power-intensive firms 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd March 2017 The Energy Intensive User Group of Southern Africa (EIUG) believes there is policy, legislative and regulatory space to introduce new electricity pricing arrangements to help restart of idle mining and process-industry activities, as well as encourage new investments to absorb Eskom’s surplus,... 

LED lights beneficial to beer industry

By: Johane Turkstra     17th March 2017 Luminaire manufacturing company Beka Schréder advocates that using light-emitting diode (LED) lights is more effective for beer brewing and bottling facilities because the type of light source used could negatively affect the beer brewing process. Using artificial lighting within the beverage... 

New system expands product range

     17th March 2017 The condition monitoring equipment range from technical solutions provider Bearing Man Group (BMG) has been expanded by the newly launched portable SPM Leonova Diamond Aligner (SPM Leonova) system. 

New agroprocessing-, metals-focused Ipap to be released next month

By: Schalk Burger     15th March 2017 A new Industrial Policy Action Plan (Ipap) focused on supporting the agroprocessing and metals industries, including foundries and the casting sector, will be released in April, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) director-general Lionel October said at the Metal Casting Conference, in Kempton... 

Seifsa In Search Of The Most Innovative Company Of The Year In The Metals And Engineering Sector

     15th March 2017 The company that will have stood head and shoulders above its competitors in the metals and engineering sector when it comes to innovation will be celebrated in Sandton, Johannesburg during a gala dinner at the 2017 SEIFSA Awards for Excellence, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of... 

Spirit AeroSystems says ex-CEO breached retirement deal – Elliott filing

By: Reuters     10th March 2017 Elliott Management reported in a regulatory filing that Spirit AeroSystems Holdings has said its former chief executive officer, Larry Lawson, has breached his retirement contract by consulting for the hedge fund during its proxy fight with Arconic. Elliott hired Lawson as a consultant on... 

Tech metals supply lagging demand as electric car production increases

By: David Oliveira     10th March 2017 The burgeoning lithium-ion battery market, buoyed by increased demand for and production of electric vehicles (EVs), among other end-uses, is making it increasingly difficult for producers of tech metals such as lithium and cobalt to keep pace with the demand from technology developers. Global... 

Cast process ensures cost-effective production

     10th March 2017 High pressure die-casting provides the shortest route from molten metal to completed component and comprises injecting molten metal into a hardened steel mold and allowing it to solidify under pressure before ejection, says casting supplier MRT Castings, based in Andover, England. 

Die-caster prepared for next growth cycle in industry

     10th March 2017 An increasing number of car parts such as engine blocks or structural parts are being manufactured from aluminum using high-pressure die casting, says die-casting technology supplier Bühler Die-Casting. 

BofAML warns of rising headwinds for commodities

By: Henry Lazenby     9th March 2017 Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofAML) cast a pall on the budding optimism seen at the recent Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada’s yearly convention, in Toronto, saying that the commodity market, in general, is transitioning from tailwinds to headwinds this year. In its ‘Global... 

Seifsa calls for entries for yearly excellence awards

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th March 2017 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has invited manufacturers operating in the metals and engineering sector to submit their entries for the 2017 Seifsa Awards for Excellence. The awards are open to all companies in the sector, including Seifsa non-members. 

Vital Engineering’s ‘powerful’ project wins in many sectors

     9th March 2017 According to a well-known adage: ’Success doesn’t come to you; you go to it.’ This very much applies to Vital Engineering, which has gone more than the extra mile to successfully complete the 2 largest gratings, handrail and stair tread supply contracts so far in Africa. The contracts in question... 

‘What a difference a year makes’ – analysts outline mostly strong commodity fundamentals despite uncertainty

By: Henry Lazenby     7th March 2017 “What a difference a year makes,” John Butcher, principal economist at commodity consultancy Wood Mackenzie exclaimed during a technical programme at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada’s yearly convention this week. While global economic growth came in at a disappointing 2.3% in... 

Stakeholder engagement key to African development success

By: Henry Lazenby     7th March 2017 Capital for development ebbs and flows with global economic cycles, pushing to the fore the need for long-term regulatory security when it comes to multinational miners developing projects in Africa, said Ashanti Gold CEO and director Tim McCutcheon during a panel discussion on Africa’s mining... 

Uncertain politics, policy development permeates commodities price outlook 

By: Henry Lazenby     3rd March 2017 A common factor in the outlook for most commodities included in The Bank of Nova Scotia Commodity Price Index is the outsized near-term importance of highly uncertain politics and policy, the group’s commodity economist Rory Johnston said in a special report of the Commodity Price Index this... 

Arconic names former UTC exec to board amid proxy fight with Elliott

By: Reuters     3rd March 2017 US specialty metals maker Arconic Inc said on Thursday it appointed former United Technologies Corp executive David Hess as an independent director on its board amid a proxy battle with hedge fund Elliott Management Corp. Arconic said Hess, formerly chief customer officer of aerospace at UTC,... 

New minerals back idea of man-made epoch for Earth – study

By: Reuters     1st March 2017 Scientists have identified more than 200 minerals created as side-effects of human industries in a sign that mankind's imprint on the Earth is so deep that it marks a new geological epoch, a study said on Wednesday. Rare chemical combinations such as those found in mines, ore dumps or smelters... 

TRIMET relies on continuous homogenizing units from Hertwich Engineering

     28th February 2017 TRIMET Aluminium SE is replacing the 30-year-old batch homogenizing furnaces at its Essen production facility with a modern continuous homogenization unit from Hertwich Engineering, a company of SMS group. The new unit – the second of its type at this location – is due to go into operation in... 

Russia proposes creating aluminium Opec – Trade Minister

By: Reuters     28th February 2017 Russia is proposing the creation of an Opec-like organisation for the global aluminium industry, TASS news agency quoted Russian Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov as saying on Monday. Russia's Rusal was overtaken by China's Hongqiao as the world's biggest aluminium producer several years... 

Hulamin FY results shine on record sales, triple-digit earnings rise

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th February 2017 Despite uncertain trading conditions, JSE-listed Hulamin delivered a “record” set of financial results for the year ended December 31, with an improved sales and manufacturing performance expected to roll over into this year. Hulamin ended the 2016 financial year with record sales, triple-digit... 

HowardPhillips puts quality and service back into the powder coating industry

     24th February 2017 The name HowardPhillips represents a team of specialists with a shared goal of providing customers with world-class quality aluminium powder coating solutions.  The company is spearheaded by powder coating industry guru Barney Phillips who, when establishing HowardPhillips (Pty) Ltd. in August... 

The first powered flight in South Africa

By: Jade Davenport     17th February 2017 The field of aviation achieved a new milestone last week with the safe passage of the world's longest commercial flight. That Qatar Airways plane travelled a distance of 14 535 km between the Qatari capital of Doha,  and Auckland, New Zealand, in one continuous stretch – a journey that covered... 

Emirates Global Aluminium orders seventh Hertwich batch homogenizing unit

     16th February 2017 Emirates Global Aluminium has placed an order for the supply of an additional batch homogenizing furnace for the heat treatment of billets with Hertwich Engineering, a company of the SMS group. Including this new unit, which will go into operation at the end of 2017, a total of five batch... 

Major South African coal extension project on cards – South32

By: Martin Creamer     16th February 2017 A decision will be taken in the June quarter on go-ahead for the Klipspruit Life Extension coal project in Mpumalanga, which is said to have robust economics. The original BHP Billiton capital expenditure (capex) of $500-million-plus for the two-year development has been more than halved under... 

South32 swings to H1 profit on stronger commodity prices

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     16th February 2017 Diversified miner South32 has reported a massive surge in underlying earnings to $479-million for the six months to December 31, compared with $26-million in the previous corresponding period. “The disciplined application of our strategy and stronger commodity prices underpinned a significant... 

Woodside's Tremaine appointed Origin CFO

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     14th February 2017 ASX-listed Origin Energy has appointed fellow-listed Woodside’s Lawrie Tremaine as its new CFO. Tremaine is current executive VP and CFO at Woodside, and was previously employed by aluminium major Alcoa in senior financial roles during a 17-year career. 

Nickel market rebalancing put on hold as divergent Indonesia, Philippines strategies signal standoff

By: Henry Lazenby     14th February 2017 A rebalancing of the nickel market has been cast into doubt as divergent strategies by major producers Indonesia and the Philippines muddles the outlook, a recent report by Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofAML) has found. While Indonesia looks to increase nickel exports, the Philippines is... 

AMSA keen to tap power tariff deal as Eskom mulls ‘incentive pricing’  

By: Terence Creamer     10th February 2017 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) is optimistic that Eskom, with the support of the energy regulatory, could extend pricing incentives to it and other energy-intensive businesses in light of its surplus position and government’s appeal for interventions to reignite growth in the... 

Elidz Enterprises Impact Local Economy

     10th February 2017 The operations of enterprises in the East London Industrial Development Zone have had a tremendous impact on the broader economy of the Eastern Cape Province.  This is according to a report released in 2016 by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) which evaluated the ELIDZ’s impact on job creation,... 

Company expects increased product demand in 2017

By: Kimberley Smuts     10th February 2017 South African bearings and power transmission products distributor Bearings International (BI) predicts another successful year for the Rocol range of products, as a result of increased interest in the lubricant Rocol Reaming, Tapping, Drilling (RTD) range for reaming, tapping and drilling... 

First organic coolant in the lubrications market

By: Kimberley Smuts     10th February 2017 The correct coolant chemistry is vital in maintaining the longevity of engines, says diesel engine and technology specialist Cummins Filtration technical services support lead - Africa Tim Hayward, explaining that coolants increase the lifespan of engines by removing compounds that are difficult... 

Two ‘gold’ Rolls-Royce Phantoms to be added to fleet at ultraluxury Macau hotel

By: Irma Venter     10th February 2017 Two ‘gold’ Rolls Royce Phantoms are set to join a fleet of 30 Phantoms soon to operate at Chinese billionaire Stephen Hung’s The 13 ultra-luxury hotel development in Macau, southern China. The 13’s fleet of Phantoms, valued at R236-million when placed in 2014, represents the single largest order... 

Up the uptime with high quality electrical products from Powermite

     9th February 2017 Component, equipment and system specialist, Hudaco company Powermite, leads the southern African market in the supply of a fully comprehensive range of high quality, locally manufactured electrical products for a wide range of mining, marine and industrial machinery including mobile generators,... 

Rio returns cash to shareholders as it swings to FY profit

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     8th February 2017 Diversified miner Rio Tinto will return some $3.6-billion in cash to shareholders after swinging to a full-year profit. The group posted a net profit of $4.62-billion for the 2016 financial year, ended December 31, compared with a net loss of $866-million the year before. 

Fluor Selected for Bauxite Mining Project in Guinea

     8th February 2017 Fluor Corporation announced today that Guinea Alumina Corporation S.A. has awarded Fluor an engineering and program management consultancy contract for a major bauxite mine in the Boké region of Guinea, Africa. Fluor booked the approximately $700 million contract value into backlog in the fourth... 

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