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India’s OVL and Sudan seek to settle default payments through fresh talks

By: Ajoy K Das     20th August 2018 ONGC Videsh Limited (OVL), the overseas arm of India’s national oil, gas exploration and production major ONGC, has agreed with the Sudan government to work out a mechanism to settle the $400-million outstanding dues of the Indian oil company. The decision to find a solution through negotiations... 

Endless strip production line, China

By: Sheila Barradas     27th July 2018 Henan Yaxin Steel Group Co is building an Endless strip production line with a capacity of 1.6-million metric tons a year. 

US probe darkens Glencore's horizons from Africa to Americas

By: Bloomberg     4th July 2018 The US corruption and money-laundering probe into Glencore Plc represents the sum of all fears for the world’s largest commodity trader and its billionaire CEO Ivan Glasenberg. The possibility that the Justice Department would add to the dizzying array of regulatory and legal headaches the Swiss... 

Fast And Accurate Plotting

21st June 2018 Fast and accurate marking of openings, reservations and other cuts saves a bunch of money in the hollow core slab production process. But not only that - accuracy also saves people at the construction site from spending time struggling with unfitting duct installations. The new automatic Elematic... 

Technology revolutionises machine tools industry

By: Halima Frost     8th June 2018 Additive manufacturing, which includes the use of three-dimensional and computer-aided-design to make stronger and more reliable components for the machine tool industry, has revolutionised the machine tool industry, says machine tools supplier Reliable Technical Consultants (Retecon). Retecon... 

Supplier expanding its tools range

By: Halima Frost     8th June 2018 Machine Tool and Metrology equipment supplier WD Hearn will exclusively distribute and service coordinated measuring machines (CMM) from LK Metrology – formerly known as Nikon Metrology. WD Hearn have also been appointed sole agents for ANCA CNC Machines in South Africa who manufacture CNC Tool &... 

Five financial tips for savvy female entrepreneurs

28th May 2018 Casting off the security of a nine-to-five job to kick-start your own business can be both enormously challenging and rewarding, especially for aspiring female entrepreneurs making their way in traditionally male-dominated fields. It’s therefore encouraging to see more and more women taking the... 

Entry-level energy management solution launched

By: Schalk Burger     25th May 2018 The Simatic Energy Manager Basic solution has been designed for entry-level energy management, and includes Web-based dashboards and access to a cloud-based open Internet of Things analytics platform, as well as a mobile application (app) to monitor consumption data, says industrial control... 

New casting format, new oscillation drive technology

30th April 2018 Celsa Barcelona chooses direct oscillation drive from SMS Concast for the upgrade of their beam blank caster with a new strand Cia Española de Laminación S.L. (CELSA) Barcelona, Spain, has awarded SMS Concast, a company of SMS group 

Continuous slab caster modernisation, China

By: Sheila Barradas     20th April 2018 Angang Iron & Steel Group Co is modernising the CMM1 twin-strand continuous slab caster at the Anshan plant No 3 steelworks, in Liaoning province. 

Controlled permeability formwork liners prevent tank degradation

13th April 2018 To reduce the formation of blowholes and other blemishes on concrete surfaces Formtex Controlled Permeability Formwork (CPF) liners, supplied by nonwoven roll goods supplier Fibertex SA, have been designed and manufactured for concrete surface enhancement in diverse applications, including highly... 

Rio Tinto becomes first aluminium producer certified under new sustainability benchmark

By: Henry Lazenby     11th April 2018 Mining giant Rio Tinto has become the first company in the world to be certified under the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) – a new benchmark for healthy environmental, social and governance practices across the aluminium lifecycle of production, use and recycling, the company announced on... 

Bolt-together building system designed for use by those with little experience

By: Dylan Slater     30th March 2018 Klevabrick is a new low-cost building system, designed to help build homes with little to no prior building skills, thereby adding to the available methods of low-cost building.  

Multi Alloys – casting a wider product footprint

27th March 2018 Multi Alloys (Pty) Ltd recently boosted its product offering with the addition of centrifugal castings. “With effect from 1st October 2017 we are able to offer customers centrifugally cast pipes and similar axial-symmetric items,” says director Ken Perel. 

Russia’s Chelyabinsk reports higher output

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th March 2018 Russian zinc and zinc alloys producer Chelyabinsk Zinc Plant (CZP) has increased its production by 4.7% in the year ended December. Saleable SHG zinc and zinc-based alloys production amounted to 183 002 t of in 2017, compared with 174 803 t in 2016, the LSE-listed company reported on Tuesday. 

Wall Colmonoy Celebrates 80 Years of Making Metals Work Harder

27th March 2018 Wall Colmonoy, a global materials engineering group of companies engaged in the manufacture of advanced metal coatings and components, was established in 1938 in Detroit, Michigan by Albert F. Wall. Mr. Wall was a Canadian who immigrated to Detroit in the 1920s, after graduating as a Chemical... 

Process control manufacturer expands sales to South Africa

9th March 2018 Die-casting process control systems manufacturer Visi-Trak Worldwide has expanded its direct sales distribution to several countries, including South Africa, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Korea and to South-East Asia. The company explains that this expands upon its current network of... 

Automated systems reduce production waste

9th March 2018 The implementation at one of the largest foundries in the South Africa of supervised and unsupervised machine learning capabilities produced a 0% external scrap rate, saving the manufacturer as much as R10-million a month, explains business management consultant Dataprophet cofounder Daniel... 

Vanitec Applauds New Stricter Chinese Rebar Standard

15th February 2018 Vanitec, the International Trade Association representing the companies and organisations involved in the processing, manufacture, mining, research and use of vanadium and vanadium-containing products, today praised the Standardization Administration of the People’s Republic of China on its... 

Laoting steel plant, China

By: Sheila Barradas     9th February 2018 HBIS Laoting Steel Co is building a new production facility for high-quality steels. 

Steel workers approve Thyssenkrupp-Tata Steel labour deal – source

By: Reuters     5th February 2018 Steel workers at Thyssenkrupp have voted in favour of a labour agreement that will safeguard jobs and plants in a planned joint venture with Tata Steel, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters on Monday. About 20,500 members of German union IG Metall had been asked to vote on the... 

Dolvi steelworks expansion, India

By: Sheila Barradas     2nd February 2018 JSW Steel is expanding its Dolvi steel plant, with the addition of two continuous slab-casting plants. 

Portuguese firm to support SA’s auto tool-making skills push

By: Zandile Mavuso     26th January 2018 With South Africa having shown growth in the automotive manufacturing sector in the past few years, integrated mould manufacturer CR Moulds laments the shortage of South Africa-based toolmaking skills to match the current positive industry growth. 

South African CEOs less optimistic than global counterparts

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th January 2018 The state of South Africa’s economy, its high unemployment rate, further looming ratings downgrades and political and policy uncertainty are among the top concerns casting shadows over business expectations in the next 12 months, PwC’s yearly CEO survey reveals. Only 37% of the South African CEOs... 

Regulatory uncertainty casting shadow over South Africa amid forecast for further minerals market uptick

By: Mia Breytenbach     19th January 2018 The South African mining industry has had a tumultuous time because of the controversial Reviewed Draft Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Charter for the South African Mining and Minerals Industry, also known as Mining Charter III, which, amid lingering political uncertainty, led to low... 

Wits unveils oldest hominid fossil

By: Schalk Burger     19th January 2018 The oldest and most complete fossil of an Australopithecus prometheus, named Little Foot owing to the 1994 discovery of four small foot bones by University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) Evolutionary Studies Institute Professor Ron Clarke, in the Sterkfontein caves, was unveiled in December. The... 

Focus on digital skills, technology to reignite SA’s manufacturing sector

18th January 2018 By Daniel Schwartzkopff, co-founder: DataProphet   The manufacturing industry's role in the South African economy has seen a long and sustained decline: from contributing nearly a quarter of GDP in the 1980s, the sector added a mere 13% to the country’s GDP in 2016. Job creation has also not... 

Precast concrete provides a safer means of building

17th January 2018 One of the many of advantages of hybrid-concrete construction (HCC) is that it is a safer alternative to conventional in-situ building techniques. Sections or portions of a construction project are undertaken off site in a controlled factory environment, while only skilled teams are required to... 

VWSA uses competition to select five black suppliers to enter supply chain

By: Irma Venter     15th December 2017 Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) has crowned five black-owned component supplier companies as the winners in its Ntinga Project. The Ntinga Project was launched on October 19, with the announcement of ten finalists. These finalists were each provided mentorship by an existing VWSA supplier,... 

Sanitaryware manufacturer on marketing road trip

By: Nadine James     15th December 2017 Sanitary ware manufacturer Grohe Dawn Watertech Holdings (GDWT) – which recently became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Japanese housing equipment company LIXIL Corporation – has embarked on a national tour to familiarise South African contractors, developers and aspiring do-it-yourself enthusiasts... 

Company supplies Western Cape-based distribution centre

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th December 2017 Concrete construction specialist Bedrock Group has supplied 194 precast tilt-up concrete columns for the construction of food retailer Shoprite Holdings’ 63 000 m2 main distribution campus for the Cape Town area, in Brackenfell, in the Western Cape.  

Oldest hominid fossil ‘Little Foot’ unveiled – Wits

By: Schalk Burger     7th December 2017 The oldest and most complete fossil of an Australopithecus prometheus, named Little Foot owing to the 1994 discovery of four small foot bones in the Sterkfontein caves by University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) Evolutionary Studies Institute Professor Ron Clarke, was unveiled on Wednesday. The... 

SMS group strengthens its position as service provider in Japan

7th December 2017 Cooperation between Japan Engineering Network, Co. (JEN) and SMS group K.K. bundles competences in repair service for continuous casting plants Japan Engineering Network, Co.(JEN) and SMS group K.K., based in Tokyo, Japan, have signed a business partnership agreement on repair services for... 

Volkswagen names fives winners in empowerment supplier project

By: Irma Venter     30th November 2017 Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) has crowned five black-owned component supplier companies as the winners in its Ntinga Project. The Ntinga Project was launched on October 19, with the announcement of ten finalists. These finalists were each provided mentorship by an existing VWSA supplier,... 

1 000 locally manufactured valves sold to aid electrical power distribution

By: Nadine James     10th November 2017 National research institution Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) collaboration with valve manufacturer Paltechnologies (Paltech) has led to the first locally manufactured aluminium valve. To date, about 1 000 butterfly valves, each 80 mm in diameter, have been manufactured... 

SA Hippo Flameproof Submersible Pumps Exported Has A 98% Local Content.

9th November 2017 The HIPPO Flameproof Submersible Slurry Pump Range which has been designed, developed and manufactured in South Africa has a minimum of 98% local content – with only the bearings and mechanical seals being imported. All manufactured components for the HIPPO Pump Range have a 100% local content... 

Sophisticated modernization concept for the production of high-quality structural steel, boiler, tube and heavy-plate grades

30th October 2017 ArcelorMittal Asturias (Avilés) has contracted SMS group for tailor-made conversion of slab caster No. 2 ArcelorMittal Asturias, Avilés, Spain, has contracted SMS group www.sms-group.com for a comprehensive conversion of the company’s two-strand slab caster No. 2. With this modernization,... 

Molefe’s pension trial date set for three days

By: News24Wire      24th October 2017 Former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe’s court date has been set to be heard in Pretoria’s North Gauteng High Court for three days at the end of November. That is according to the Department of Public Enterprises spokesperson Colin Cruywagen on Tuesday. 

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