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Cape Town water usage must come down by 100 million litres - city

By: News24Wire      23rd May 2017 Water use in Cape Town must be brought down by 100 million litres immediately, the City of Cape Town said in a statement on Monday. “Dam storage levels are now at 20,7%, which is 0,7% down from a week ago. With the last 10% of a dam’s water mostly not being usable, dam levels are effectively at... 

Five mobile transformers delivered to Mkondeni unit

     19th May 2017 Five mobile transformers were delivered to State-owned power utility Eskom’s Mkondeni unit in KwaZulu-Natal in March.  The plan to purchase the five 132/88-22/11KV mobile transformers started in 2011 and was followed by a rigorous procurement process. Industrial corporation Siemens was awarded... 

Slovenian company Impol expanding its casthouse capacity

     12th May 2017 Hertwich to supply aluminum melting furnace Impol d.o.o. based in Slovenska Bistrica in Slovenia has placed an order for a stationary melting furnace and charging equipment for a melting rate of six to eight tons per hour with Hertwich Engineering, a company of the SMS group. It will be part of a... 

Four bidders shortlisted for Blantyre water project 

By: Marcel Chimwala     12th May 2017 Malawi’s Blantyre Water Board (BWB) has shortlisted four bidders for a project to tap water from the Likhubula river to the city, the country’s commercial capital. The project will be financed by a $23-million loan from the Export and Import (Exim) Bank of India. 

SIDENOR places order with SMS group for modernization of bar mill in Basauri

     19th April 2017 The Spanish company SIDENOR ACEROS ESPECIALES, S.L. has placed an order with SMS group www.sms-group.com for the modernization of its bar mill in Basauri. The goals of the modernization are to achieve a more effective rolling process and an improvement in material properties. The SMS group scope... 

Global agriculture innovators vie for top honours at Future Agro Challenge awards 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th March 2017 Two South African innovators in the agriculture industry, Reel Gardening and Meat Naturally, will on Wednesday battle it out against 48 other agripreneurs for the title of Agripreneur of the Year. As part of agriculture innovation hub Future Agro Challenge’s (FAC’s) Global Championships, held in... 

Transporters disagree with implementation of appointment only system at Durban terminal

By: Shirley le Guern     10th March 2017 The trucking fraternity has not taken kindly to an announcement on Friday by Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) that it will impose an appointment only system for trucks at the Pier 2 Container Port Terminal, in Durban, from April 1. At a presentation at the Container Terminal, regional manager Thula... 

Steel Dynamics Roanoke Bar Division orders new reheating furnace and finishing equipment from SMS group

     9th March 2017 Steel Dynamics Inc. (SDI), Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA, awarded the contract for an expansion of the merchant bar mill at its Roanoke Bar Division, Virginia operation to SMS group www.sms-group.com. The upgrade is to integrate a new reheating furnace and a completely new finishing area into the... 

VSMPO grants SMS group FAC for a combined forging/ring rolling line for titanium alloys

     9th March 2017 VSMPO-AVISMA Corporation from Yekaterinburg (Russia) has granted SMS group www.sms-group.com the final acceptance certificate (FAC) for the supplied ring rolling plant. The new plant produces jet engine rings made of titanium alloys. With the new ring rolling plant, consisting of a PL 8000-V3... 

Big River Steel officially opens North America’s latest steel complex

     6th March 2017 On March 1, 2017, the American steel producer Big River Steel (BRS) officially opened its new steelmaking plant in Osceola in the U.S. State of Arkansas. Numerous guests from the steel industry, politics and economy attended the grand opening, among them Asa Hutchinson, Governor of the State of... 

Hoa Sen Group continues to trust in reversing cold mill technology from SMS group

     3rd March 2017 Vietnamese cold strip producer Hoa Sen Group has awarded the Indian joint venture partner of SMS group (www.sms-group.com), Esmech Equipment Pvt. Ltd., the order for the full-line supply of a second twin-stand reversing cold mill. The mill of the CCM® type (Compact Cold Mill) will be set up at... 

Modernisation allows for entry into new markets

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd March 2017 Among various projects planned for this year, metallurgic processing plant supplier SMS group says it will continue to promote new installations of small unit modernisation plants for steelmaking and rolling, to supply local construction industry markets with steel.  

Big River Steel officially opens North America’s latest steel complex

     2nd March 2017 On March 1, 2017, the American steel producer Big River Steel officially opened its new steelmaking plant in Osceola in the U.S. State of Arkansas. Numerous guests from the steel industry, politics and economy attended the grand opening, among them Asa Hutchinson, Governor of the State of... 

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 www.sms-group.com 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... 

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... 

Yonggang orders four-strand billet caster for new SBQ products from SMS Concast

     22nd February 2017 Yonggang, based in Zhangjiagang, China, has awarded SMS Concast, a company of SMS group www.sms-group.com, the order to supply a new four-strand SBQ billet caster. The project will involve replacing an old caster, while retaining part of the existing equipment, such as the ladle turret and the... 

Eight digital banking scams to lookout for

     21st February 2017 As access to banking services through digital channels continues to grow, so does the need to protect consumers against the prevalence of online banking fraud.   Yolande Steyn, Head of Innovation at FNB says “We view security as an integral part of a seamless online banking experience. Therefore,... 

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... 

Shandong Iron & Steel orders continuous caster for ultra-wide medium slabs from SMS group

     16th February 2017 Shandong Iron & Steel Group Co Ltd, Rizhao, China, has placed an order with SMS group www.sms-group.com for the supply of a continuous caster for ultra-wide slabs. The single-strand caster is designed for an annual production of 1.5 million tons of steel slabs with widths of up to 3,250... 

Think layers of security – and start with the physical

     16th February 2017 It takes more than security software to protect your corporate network, says Netshield. As security vendors predict more focused and personalised cyberattacks in 2017, companies should consider multiple layers of security to protect their companies. This is the word from Inus Dreckmeyr, CEO of... 

Businesses require a balanced approach to IoT

     15th February 2017 Companies shouldn’t allow the hype around IoT to blind them to its very real applications in specific industries, says Netshield. While the hype around the Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud computing is enough to put most sane business people off the concept, Netshield CEO Inus Dreckmeyr advises... 

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 www.sms-group.com, 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... 

ArcelorMittal Bremen to install new HD spray system developed by SMS group in its continuous caster

     14th February 2017 ArcelorMittal Bremen has placed an order with SMS group www.sms-group.com to supply the newly developed HD spray system with air-mist cooling for its continuous slab caster. The modification at the two-strand vertical bending machine is to be completed during a plant shutdown scheduled for the... 

Shandong Iraeta to receive world’s biggest ring rolling machine from SMS group

     13th February 2017 Shandong Iraeta Heavy Industry Co., Ltd, China, has placed an order with SMS group www.sms-group.com for the supply of a newly developed ring rolling machine for the production of seamlessly rolled rings. With this radial-axial ring rolling machine, SMS group is entering entirely new dimensions.... 

SMS group to modernize entry section of a pickling line at SSAB in Finland

     6th February 2017 SSAB has awarded SMS group www.sms-group.com an order covering the modernization of a continuous pickling line entry section in its Hämeenlinna plant. This modernization will significantly increase the line’s availability and its output as well as the degree of automation and safety. Especially... 

High productivity and product quality due to energy savings of up to 25 percent

     3rd February 2017 apt Hiller GmbH headquartered in Monheim, Germany, has meanwhile ordered already the fourth front-loading extrusion press from SMS group www.sms-group.com. The new extrusion press operates with an extrusion force of 27 MN (2,700 tons) in front-loading design, thus enabling high productivity and... 

Our brave new world

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     27th January 2017 It is I think the stuff that dreams are made of: a system is invented whereby organisations, governments and individuals can seamlessly communicate with  one another without tediously writing and delivering letters and notices. It is with us now: email, SMS, Whatsapp, cellphones. Instant... 

Xingcheng Special Steel has placed an order with SMS group for the modernization of bar mill No. 1

     26th January 2017 The Chinese company Jiangyin Xingcheng Special Steel Works Co., Ltd. from Jiangyin, Jiangsu Province, China, has placed an order with the SMS group www.sms-group.com for the modernization of its SBQ mill “Bar Mill No. 1”. The bar mill that has an annual capacity of 1,000,000 tons will thereby be... 

Saarstahl issues final acceptance to SMS group for upgraded high-capacity wire rod mill in Burbach

     26th January 2017 Saarstahl AG has granted acceptance to SMS group www.sms-group.com for the expansion of the high-capacity wire rod mill at the Burbach location. To employ larger initial pass sections (180 x 180 millimeters), improve the rolling conditions and secure competitiveness in the long term, Saarstahl... 

Zekelman Industries places orders with SMS group for modernization of ERW tube lines

     25th January 2017 Atlas Tube, a company of Zekelman Industries, reiterates its trust in tube welding technology from SMS group www.sms-group.com. Over the past two years, the company has placed several orders with SMS group aimed at expanding and enhancing the product spectrum of the 8 5/8-inch and 16-inch lines... 

MTN partners with Engen to allow Rwandans to buy fuel using MTN Mobile Money

     15th December 2016 Engen customers in Rwanda can now purchase fuel, lubricants and other goods using MTN Mobile Money. With this launch, MTN Mobile Money customers will be able to make transactions at all 10 Engen service stations in Kigali, with an expected rollout to up-country service stations by early 2017.... 

Lower energy consumption, higher filter performance

     12th December 2016 Sweden-based Uddeholm AB Hagfors, manufacturer of tool steel for industrial tools, has successfully commissioned phase one of the modernization of the EAF fume treatment plant with latest filter technology from SMS group www.sms-group.com . As phase one of the project, SMS group upgraded the roof... 

Eskom hunts electricity thieves after 29 deaths and 82 injuries over 3 years 

By: African News Agency      9th December 2016 Eskom on Thursday requested the help of the public to bring to book electricity thieves who are allegedly responsible for the deaths of 29 people and for the serious injuries suffered by 82 others in Kwazulu-Natal over the past three years. Eskom said the deaths and injuries were as a result of... 

Waspa's Tips For Mobile Data December

     8th December 2016 It's "Mobile Data December" as South Africa's 35 million cellular users up their mobile data consumption in pursuit of a truly festive season. "Whether it's online shopping, travel bookings or social media postings, South Africans are already heating up their handsets as the country cruises... 

1 500 houses in Risinga View village in Limpopo now have electricity – Eskom

By: African News Agency      6th December 2016 As many as 1 500 houses in Risinga View village, near Giyani in Limpopo, have been connected to the grid allowing them to have electricity for the for the first time, Eskom said on Tuesday. The project at Risinga View started in July 2016 and took four months to complete. It was energised from... 

New technology enables control of express deliveries

     2nd December 2016 Express parcels company DPD Laser has rolled out an advanced mobile technology platform at its Dawn Wing and Time Freight businesses that it believes sets it up as an industry leader in the South African express service sector.  The platform offers customers unprecedented real-time visibility and... 

Ulysses brings first cash to Genesis

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     30th November 2016 The Ulysses gold project, in Western Australia, has generated its first cash for owner Genesis Minerals, under a toll milling arrangement with Paddington Gold. Genesis said that the initial payment for the first parcel of ore processed through the Paddington mill marked another milestone in the... 

Terminal pay season opens at mothballed Botswana nickel miner

By: African News Agency      29th November 2016 The payment of terminal benefits to all former employees of liquidated Botswana nickel miner BCL Limited will start on November 30 amid expectations that it would be concluded by December 16, the provisional liquidator has announced. The government of Botswana, which was the majority shareholder,... 

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