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African business aviation association joins global industry body

By: Keith Campbell     21st November 2017 The five-year-old African Business Aviation Association (AfBAA), which was founded in May 2012 and currently has 121 members, has become the fifteenth member of the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC), which is the global industry association for the business or executive aviation... 

Icasa publishes second draft of End-User and Subscriber Service Charter

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th November 2017 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has published a second draft of the End-User and Subscriber Service Charter regulations for public input. Interested stakeholders have until January 3 to submit their written comments, following which, Icasa will host public... 

Shell, AfriForum, TKAG to discuss Karoo fracking

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th November 2017 Shell South Africa country chairperson Hloniphizwe Mtolo will meet with civil rights and environmental protection organisations AfriForum and Treasure the Karoo Action Group (TKAG) to discuss environmental, legal and economic concerns over fracking. The groups received an official commitment from... 

Integration of efficient furnace technology into an existing breakdown mill

     3rd November 2017 SMS group to supply walking beam furnace to Forjas Iraeta Heavy Industry In August 2017, SMS group received a new contract from Forjas Iraeta Heavy Industry, S.L. (GRI Group), Spain, for the supply of a new 30-ton-per-hour walking beam furnace to be used upstream of the existing... 

Equipment supplier provides spare-part warehousing solution

By: Nica Schreuder     3rd November 2017 Owing to increasing demand for improved quality and the availability of production operations, metallurgical plant and equipment supplier SMS group provides consignment stock or warehousing facilities for their operational and insurance spare parts and components. “The service enables customers... 

A lot needs to be done to ensure universal access to water and sanitation – Tshwete

By: Dylan Slater     3rd November 2017 The roll-out of water and sanitation services to everyone in South Africa is a key priority for the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), says Deputy Minister Pamela Tshwete.  

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 for a comprehensive conversion of the company’s two-strand slab caster No. 2. With this modernization,... 

Company provides solutions to facilitate progress in industry

     29th September 2017 Aluminium has a “brilliant” future, as the light-weight material offers impressive solutions for sustainable mobility, durable packaging or urban construction projects, and the SMS group is perfectly positioned to further growth, avers systems supplier SMS group aluminium business head Michael... 

ArcelorMittal trusts in SMS group to modernize the hot strip mill at Dunkirk

     27th September 2017 Finishing mill to be equipped with modern actuators for setting strip geometry SMS group has received from ArcelorMittal Atlantique et Lorraine an order for the modernization of the hot strip mill at Dunkirk, France. The modernization covers the installation of the CVC®plus... 

MMK increases output of galvanized steel

     26th September 2017 New hot-dip galvanizing line from SMS group on stream at MMK The Russian steelmaker PJSC Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works (MMK) has commissioned the new continuous hot-dip galvanizing line No. 3 in July 2017 according to schedule. The facility was completely supplied by SMS group... 

Increasing efficiency and productivity with a new secondary metallurgy system

     22nd September 2017 ArcelorMittal Temirtau orders new ladle furnace from SMS group ArcelorMittal Temirtau, Kazakhstan, recently awarded SMS group a purchase order for the supply of a new 290-ton ladle furnace for its plant in Temirtau, Kazakhstan. The SMS group scope of supply will comprise the... 

Energy efficient liquid phase for five million tons a year

     21st September 2017 JSW Dolvi orders converter shop and secondary metallurgy at SMS group JSW Steel Limited, India, has placed an order with SMS group for the supply of a converter shop for its Dolvi plant which has to fulfill high demands in terms of energy efficiency and environmental protection. 

Voice Offers Attractive Opportunities For Resellers

     21st September 2017 The ratio of voice-based to data-based communication still leans heavily towards voice.  That’s according to Otel Communications which highlighted the fact that businesses have to invest in state-of-the-art voice services that will further their commercial objectives. 

It's official: Vuyani Jarana is SAA's new CEO

By: News24Wire      30th August 2017 Newly appointed South African Airways (SAA) CEO Vuyani Jarana has signed his employment contract with the national carrier, spokesperson Tlali Tlali confirmed on Tuesday. “SAA is pleased to announce that Mr Vuyani Jarana has accepted its offer of employment with the airline. 

Additive Manufacturing at SMS group boosts innovation in the production of spray heads

     24th August 2017 3D spray heads cut cycle time and increase tool service life in closed-die forging To produce the new 3D spray heads for forging presses, SMS group takes advantage of the opportunities afforded by additive manufacturing. 

SA air traffic company focuses on safety and the environment

By: Keith Campbell     11th August 2017 South Africa’s air traffic management agency, Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS), is working hard to improve air safety in the country. “During the 2015/2016 [financial year] our safety performance was not as we would have liked it to be, with a record low of 34 Risk Safety Index [RSI],”... 

New furnace equipment and air knife system for higher capacity and enhanced material range

     3rd August 2017 SSAB contracts SMS group to modernize hot-dip galvanizing line No. 3 in Finland SSAB has awarded SMS group a contract covering the modernization of its continuous hot-dip galvanizing line No. 3 in Hämeenlinna, Finland. The upgrade essentially involves the integration of an... 

On-The-Air (28/07/2017) 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th July 2017 A 200% increase in fuel cell vehicle sales is boosting the demand outlook for platinum; A groundswell of opposition is building up against the controversial Mining Charter and the freeze on mining deals; Mining companies are preparing to pay out billions of rands to mineworkers who contracted... 

Boosting steel production in Vietnam

     25th July 2017 Hoa Phat Group orders two converter shops from SMS group Hoa Phat Group in Vietnam has placed an order for the supply of two converter shops with a consortium consisting of WISDRI Engineering & Research Incorporation Ltd. and SMS group GmbH 

New dimensions with tolerance and quality improvements for sections

     24th July 2017 Hyundai Steel Company orders new horizontal straightener for medium section mill from SMS group Hyundai Steel Company, Seoul, Korea, has placed an order with SMS group for the supply of a straightening machine for the medium section mill at its Incheon site. 

Digitalisation evolution, not revolution

     7th July 2017 Efficient plants, machinery and services solutions company SMS group has developed strategies to promote digitalisation in the steel industry, in light of Internet 4.0, digitalisation, Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud computing becoming dominant themes in the industry. According to the SMS... 

Consumers To Benefit From Zero-Rated Sms+

     15th June 2017 South Africa's 35 million plus mobile consumers are set to benefit from a next generation SMS (Short Message Service) service which can replace the two-decade old USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Data Service) and zero-rate it to boot. Archer Digital's SMS+ is already in commercial use by one of... 

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 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 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 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 (, 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 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, 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... 

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