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The World's Largest Gate Valve

     23rd March 2017 “When the world’s most impressive pipeline scheme asks for 100 year asset life valves, you listen. Blackhall Engineering Limited has a proven track record of making 100 year asset life valves, and we’ve recently designed and manufactured the World’s Largest Gate Valves ever for Texas, USA. My... 

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... 

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. 

Conference to broaden industry’s business opportunities and technology horizons

By: Simone Liedtke     10th March 2017 Owing to foundries in South Africa being isolated in their approach to problem solving, the South African Metal Casting Conference (MCC) will serve as a platform to broaden the industry’s horizons by showcasing new technologies, and providing opportunities for international and local foundry... 

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. 

Early signs pointing to recovery in foundry industry 

By: Simone Liedtke     10th March 2017 With the foundry industry having been under pressure last year owing to very low levels of economic growth, the drought and continuing import leakage, the South African Institute of Foundrymen (Saif) believes that signs to date this year point towards some form of industry recovery. 

Metal casting technology station provides added value for industry 

By: Simone Liedtke     10th March 2017 As a means to add value to the casting industry in South Africa, the Metal Casting Technology Station (MCTS) – located at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) – provides technical services such as testing, failure analyses, research and development (R&D) work in laboratories, as well as product... 

Trial castings successfully completed at foundry

By: Simone Liedtke     10th March 2017 Engineering solutions provider Weir Minerals successfully completed trial castings on new materials for the business’s Trio product range at its Heavy Bay Foundry, in Port Elizabeth, last month. 

ADITYA BIRLA orders most efficient CONTIROD®* copper wire rod plant for Indian market from SMS group

     2nd March 2017 ADITYA BIRLA, Hindalco Industries Ltd. from Mumbai, India, has placed an order with SMS group to supply a CONTIROD®*plant, of the type CR 3500. The line for casting and rolling of wire rod in one process with a production capacity of 35 tons of copper wire rod per hour has the... 

Metalloinvest places an order with SMS Concast for the revamp of a continuous caster at Ural Steel

     15th February 2017 SMS Concast, a company of SMS group, has been awarded a contract by Metalloinvest, Russia, to modernize a four-strand continuous casting machine CCM-1 at metallurgical works “Ural Steel”. The aim of the upgrade is to enable the casting of round billets of 455 millimeters... 

Transnet rejects claims that its locomotive acquisition programme is in tatters

By: Anine Kilian     25th January 2017 State-owned Transnet has denied media reports that its R50-billion acquisition programme for 1 064 new locomotives is in tatters. Transnet in 2014 awarded original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) CSR Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive and Bombardier Transportation South Africa contracts for the supply of... 

Eskom insists Koeberg not affected by manufacturing anomalies afflicting French reactors 

By: Terence Creamer     13th December 2016 South African electricity utility Eskom insisted on Tuesday that the Koeberg nuclear power station, located in the Western Cape, is not affected by manufacturing anomalies that have afflicted the French nuclear industry this year, resulting in several reactor outages. The State-owned company... 

A.B.E Concrete Protection For Upgrading Of Three Cape Waste Water Treatment Plants

     30th November 2016 A.B.E Construction Chemicals has supplied specialised products for the protection of the concrete surfaces and joints of three waste water treatment works in the Cape Province. A.B.E is part of the Chryso Southern Africa Group. Dean Botha, a.b.e. Technical Sales Consultant in the Eastern Cape,... 

Eastern Cape SMMEs to manufacture dolosse for N2 refurbishment project

By: David Oliveira     25th November 2016 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) announced last month the appointment of four small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) in the Eastern Cape to manufacture interlocking concrete blocks, known as dolosse. The roads agency, which has a responsibility to protect its... 

Hertwich Engineering to supply a compact remelt plant for aluminum to SAI in Taiwan

     23rd November 2016 SuperAlloy Industrial CO. Ltd. (SAI), located in Dou-Liu City, Taiwan, has placed an order with Austrian Hertwich Engineering, a company of SMS group (, for the supply of a compact remelt plant for aluminum billets in sizes up to maximum 305 millimeters diameter and 7,000... 

Rocla Launches Thuthukisa Sanitation Inititiative

     23rd November 2016 The Rocla Thuthukisa Sanitation Initiative has launched its ‘Community Cast’ system which has been established to empower local communities, entrepreneurs, contractors and SMME’s to become manufacturers and suppliers of the most innovative and highest quality concrete toilet structures in Africa,... 

PT. Gunung Garuda successfully produces beam blanks on new four-strand caster supplied by SMS group

     22nd November 2016 SMS Concast, a subsidiary of the SMS group, had been awarded the contract to supply a new four-strand beam blank caster as a replacement for an older caster at PT. Gunung Garuda in Bekasi, Indonesia. The new beam blank caster today produces two section sizes (460 mm x 400 mm... 

Bangkok Iron and Steel Works provides FAC for new meltshop to SMS group

     15th November 2016 Together with SMS group , Bangkok Iron and Steel Works (BISW), Thailand, successfully commissioned a new meltshop for the production of high-quality steel grades. Within the city of Bangkok, SMS group supplied a 60-tons ladle furnace, a 60-tons vacuum degasser, a 3(4)-strand... 

New technology extended to wagon and passenger bogies

By: Simone Liedtke     4th November 2016 Having become the first rolling stock company in the southern hemisphere to pioneer its own fabricated lightweight, cost-competitive locomotive bogie, South Africa-based locomotives company DCD Rolling Stock is extending its technology to wagon and passenger coach bogies aimed at the global market. 

Subcontractor working on expansion and skills development programmes

By: Simone Liedtke     4th November 2016 Tier-two subcontract manufacturer to original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) IEC Holden, which supplies electric motors and generators to the railway, power generation, oil and gas, and mining industries, is currently directly contracted to OEMs that supply the Transnet Freight Rail rail... 

Emotional Molefe weighs judicial review and future after damning Public Protector report  

By: Terence Creamer     3rd November 2016 Eskom CEO Brian Molefe has indicated that he is weighing his future options as head of the State-owned electricity producer following the release of a Public Protector report, which raises serious questions about his role in facilitating a coal deal involving Tegeta, a mining company linked to... 

Hertwich Engineering supplies horizontal continuous caster

     28th October 2016 TRIMET Essen increases capacity for high-quality aluminum foundry alloys TRIMET Aluminium SE has reacted to the growing demand for high-quality foundry alloys by investing in a second horizontal continuous casting plant at its Essen works. Hertwich Engineering, a subsidiary of the SMS group... 

Rail engineering breakthrough from DCD Rolling Stock

     28th October 2016 Having become the first rolling stock company in the southern hemisphere to pioneer its own fabricated lightweight, cost-competitive locomotive bogie, South Africa-based DCD Rolling Stock is now also extending its technology into wagon and passenger coach bogies aimed at the global market.... 

Energy-efficient CMT® minimill for the production of reinforcing bars

     27th October 2016 Moon Iron & Steel commissions SMS group with the supply of a complete minimill Oman-based Moon Iron & Steel Co. S.A.O.C. (MISCO) has contracted SMS group ( to build a new rebar production minimill. The new steel complex, the first of its kind in the Middle East region, is being... 

PEM® Fasteners for Printed Circuit Board Applications Enable Secure and Reliable Attachment Using Minimal Hardware

     25th October 2016 Several dedicated families of PEM® fasteners from PennEngineering® enable secure and reliable attachment for a wide range of printed circuit board applications.  Depending on type and style, these fastener solutions can satisfy component-to-board, board-to-board, board-to-chassis, or stacking or... 

SMS Technical Services opens new workshop in the U.S.A.

     6th October 2016 In Osceola, in the southern U.S. state of Arkansas, SMS Technical Services has opened a new service and maintenance workshop less than two miles away from the steel plant of Big River Steel (BRS). SMS Technical Services will take care of all service and maintenance activities... 

Chryso Goes With The Flow

     3rd October 2016 Built environment professionals are placing greater demands on concrete to flow in a certain way and they are looking for better finishes. Concrete using CHRYSO’s Fluid Premia 500 range has repeatedly met and exceeded these requirements. The technology provides excellent water reduction... 

Heavy Investment Into Weir Heavy Bay Foundry

     3rd October 2016 Weir Group’s investment into Weir Heavy Bay Foundry continues at pace, positioning the operation as a best cost producer of high quality castings. The recent commissioning of an advanced secondary sand plant at Weir HBF will allow the Port Elizabeth foundry to reduce manufacturing costs, further... 

At Dillinger, the new two-strand vertical caster supplied by SMS group sets new benchmarks

     29th September 2016 By commissioning the new two-strand vertical slab caster CC6 and casting slabs of up to 500 millimeters thickness for premium heavy plate, Dillinger Hüttenwerke (Dillinger) and SMS group have set a milestone in thick slab casting technology. With an investment volume totaling... 

Surplus coal to halt India coal block auctions

By: Ajoy K Das     29th September 2016 Surplus coal is likely to delay the auction of more coal blocks and is casting doubt over India’s plans to produce one-billion tons a year by 2020. Officials in the Coal Ministry and at Coal India Limited (CIL) say it will be futile to put more coal reserves on the block, given the adverse... 

RYKER INDIA orders CONTIROD® copper wire rod casting and rolling line from the SMS group

     27th September 2016 RYKER BASE PRIVATE LIMITED, a joint venture of Polycab Wires and Cables and Trafigura, India, has placed an order with SMS group for the supply of a CONTIROD® CR-3500 line. The line for the casting and rolling of wire rod in a single process will have a production capacity of 35... 

Eskom under fire as Ingula costs said to balloon to R36bn 

By: News24Wire      22nd August 2016 Eskom’s board is facing calls to appear before Parliament with documents relating to the Ingula pumped storage scheme, which has allegedly seen costs spiral from R8.9-billion to R36-billion. On July 27, President Jacob Zuma unveiled the first of four turbines at Ingula, which is on the border of... 

Company supplies single chamber melting, casting furnace

     5th August 2016 Mechanical engineering company Hertwich Engineering will supply a melting and casting furnace with a capacity of 55 000 t of aluminium a year, as well as a charging machine, to Austrian aluminium product supplier AMAG. Commissioning of the new furnace is scheduled for mid-2017. The move to... 

South African Genre Films Represented at Fantasia Film Festival

     2nd August 2016 The Department of Trade and Industry together with the Association for Transformation in Film and Television and The National Film and Video Foundation, recently took a delegation of emerging filmmakers to the Frontières, Co-Production Market, part of the Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal... 

World Power Products reinvents to set the efficiency benchmark in sheet metal fabrication

     1st August 2016 World Power Products, South Africa’s leading sheet metal fabricator, is a smart and dynamic company that adapts with the times to ensure the sustainable and on-time delivery of world-class products and service solutions. Since its founding in 1963 in the south of Johannesburg by the late Peter... 

Gautrain agency crunching numbers on new lines, tunnels and rolling stock

By: Irma Venter     29th July 2016 Building and operating the Gautrain rail system has always been a complex numbers game, ever since former Gauteng Premier Mbhazima Shilowa first announced the project in 2000. Six years from the start of operations in 2010, not much has changed. 

Gautrain agency crunching numbers on new lines, tunnels and rolling stock

By: Irma Venter     29th July 2016 Building and operating the Gautrain rail system has always been a complex numbers game, ever since former Gauteng premier Mbhazima Shilowa first announced the project in 2000. Six years on from the start of operations in 2010, not much has changed. 

As consortium leader, SMS group supplies turnkey production plant for the manufacture of railroad wheels to RINL

     28th July 2016 Indian steel producer Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited  has placed an order with SMS group ( to supply a plant for the manufacture of railroad wheels. From the fall of 2018, RINL will start production in the new factory in the Northern Indian province of Uttar Pradesh. SMS group... 

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