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South African company building new smelter in Zimbabwe

By: Victor Moolman     17th October 2018 Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie is working in the Great Dyke of Zimbabwe, close to the town of Shurungwi, where it is helping to construct the Unki platinum smelter, adjacent to a mining operation owned by platinum mining company Anglo American Platinum (Amplats). Thos Begbie was... 

Innovative Vertical Gravity Samplers

12th October 2018 Designed And Manufactured By Edart To meet the requirement of an international customer, eDART Slurry Valves, a leading South African valve manufacturer, successfully designed, tested and manufactured a Vertical Gravity Sampler (VGSA) for application within the minerals processing sector. 

Rand-Air’s contaminant and oil-free air makes for good medicine

12th October 2018 In the process of manufacturing pharmaceuticals, every input into the final products has to be scrupulously hygienic and sterile, from the start to the end of the manufacturing process. Leaders in the rental of portable air and power solutions Rand-Air is proud to have been able to contribute to... 

New pop rivet tool for construction sector

12th October 2018 Powertool manufacturer Milwaukee’s new M12 BPRT pop rivet system, is available locally through construction fastener distributor Upat South Africa. Considering the sheer number of rivets needed during prefabrication, assembly and field installation work, particularly in the construction sector,... 

SAPSDA joins SASSDA

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th October 2018 In 2013 the South African Pump Manufacturers Association (Sapma®) was requested by the dti as well as ESKOM to form the South African Pump Cluster and in order to comply with the dti requirement to form a cluster, Sapma had to change from being an employer’s association to become a development... 

SA HIPPO goes big at the 2018 SASSDA Awards

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th October 2018 Introduction In view of the success of the HIPPO Slurry pump and pumping systems range HAZLETON PUMPS® has entered into six of the categories for 2018 SASSDA awards; namely: 

Fitch Solutions revises zinc price forecast for 2018 downwards

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th September 2018 Fitch Solutions Macro Research has revised its forecast zinc price for this year down to an average $3 000/t, compared with the previously expected $3 100/t, after the zinc price fell by more than expected in the third quarter. The decrease in the zinc price is attributable to the escalating... 

China battery firms set up $700m nickel JV in Indonesia

By: Reuters     28th September 2018 Chinese battery firm GEM on Friday said it was teaming up with four companies to invest a total of $700-million in a project to produce battery-grade nickel chemicals in Indonesia. The investment comes as several global metals producers have also set their sights on Indonesia's nickel reserves,... 

How to use SEIFSA indices for Contract Price Adjustment (CPA)

27th September 2018 Congratulations you have just landed a very big tender contract! Despite this significant achievement you are unsure on how to proceed with the process, and different questions come to mind 

Africa’s metals, engineering cluster needs to do more to attract investment 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st September 2018 Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) chief economist Dr Michael Ade has declared Africa’s metals and engineering sector open for business. Ade was addressing delegates on the second day of Seifsa’s fourth annual Metals and Engineering Indaba, in Johannesburg. 

DST bolsters biomass industry with new consortium

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th September 2018 The Department of Science and Technology (DST) has established a biorefinery research consortium (BRC) to create new value chains from waste biomass. The consortium is a partnership between the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the Tshwane University of Technology, the... 

PSV brings on board two key partnerships to drive strategy going forward

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th September 2018 AltX-listed industrial holding company PSV Holdings has finalised an equity transaction with Regis Holdings and concluded a broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) partnership with Beryl Holdings Partners. Regis is a Mauritanian-headquartered investment holding company, and Beryl... 

voestalpine contracts SMS group to supply main melting-area components for new stainless steel plant in Kapfenberg, Austria

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th September 2018 Voestalpine BÖHLER Edelstahl, a subsidiary of the international technology and capital goods group voestalpine and located in Kapfenberg, Austria, has placed an order with SMS group (www.sms-group.com) to supply an electric arc furnace, an AOD converter and secondary metallurgical facilities for... 

Successful modernization of AOD converter at SěAH CSS

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th September 2018 The 100-ton AOD converter at the SěAH CSS stainless steel mill in Changwon, South Korea, was successfully re-commissioned in March 2018, after installation of an electro-hydraulic torque retainer from SMS group. The purpose of the modernization was to minimize the destructive forces acting on the... 

Nickel producers eye Indonesia to plug into EV battery market

By: Reuters     14th September 2018 Several global metals producers have set their sights on Indonesia's nickel reserves to tap an expected surge in demand for the metal for electric vehicle batteries. Sumitomo Metal Mining (SMM) said on Thursday that it and nickel miner PT Vale Indonesia are conducting a feasibility study to... 

Vitaglass - ‘reinforcing’ the trend toward maintenance-free, glass fibre reinforced gratings

13th September 2018 For nearly 80 years, Vital Engineering has been providing clients across various industry sectors – from food and beverage, marine exploration, minerals sands processing, architectural, construction, petrochemical, mining, and power generation – with a range of products. This comprises non-slip... 

Nickel price to benefit from short supply, strong steel demand through 2019

By: Reuters     12th September 2018 Slower production increases in leading supplier Indonesia and continued growth in stainless steel demand are forecast to extend a supply shortage in the global nickel market, supporting price gains through 2019. Nickel, which recently hit its lowest since December, could climb as high as $16 000... 

High-performance production plant for stainless steel strip in Belgium

10th September 2018 Aperam orders annealing and pickling line for stainless steel cold strip from SMS group Aperam Stainless Belgium has contracted SMS group (www.sms-group.com) to supply an annealing and pickling line for stainless steel cold strip to its Genk plant in Belgium. Production start is scheduled for... 

350,000 tons per year of galvanized steel strip for the Chinese construction and home appliances industries

10th September 2018 Ruifeng orders continuous hot-dip galvanizing line from SMS group Ruifeng (Shandong Ruifeng Stainless Steel Co.), China, has selected SMS group (www.sms-group.com) to supply a continuous hot-dip galvanizing line for steel strip, which is to be erected in Binzhou in the Chinese province of... 

On-The-Air (07/09/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     7th September 2018 The planned imposition of carbon tax on South Africa’s smelters is going to put thousands of people out of work and lose South Africa billions of rands in lost export revenue. The promising new gold recovery project on the Far West Rand is another example of the private sector working together... 

Easy-to-read identification system keeps ‘tag’ of valuable assets

7th September 2018 An easy-to-read and install identification system for everything from hoses to heavy equipment is available from Banding & Identification (ID) Solutions Africa. Easy Read means maximum tagging effectiveness for enhanced traceability. Such has been the success of the Easy Read system locally that... 

New flowmeter from Instrotech introduced

7th September 2018 Control instrumentation distributor and manufacturer Instrotech is offering the latest Kobold Model VKP flowmeter that works on the Variable Area principle, still one of the most-used measurement principles in flow engineering.  Instead of the conical measuring pipe generally used, a conical... 

Manganese star performer, more stability in iron-ore price – Assore

By: Martin Creamer     6th September 2018 Manganese was the star performer for diversified mining company Assore in the 12 months to June 30, when the Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed record-performer experienced greater stability in iron-ore pricing but also chrome price volatility caused by global tariff uncertainty. In reporting... 

Montego expands Eastern Cape pet food factory

By: Schalk Burger     31st August 2018 Local pet food manufacturer Montego Pet Nutrition increased production at its Graaff-Reinet facility, in the Eastern Cape, by 30%. The R70-million expansion, which will also create 30 more direct jobs, included a new 3 600 m2, R15-million depot, divided equally for use as a warehouse and treats... 

Stacking up the benefits! Maxiflex introduces the new Stackdoor® security grille

24th August 2018 Maxiflex is proud to introduce Stackdoor®, a completely unique and innovative certified security door solution that combines robustness, high safety specifications, efficiency and optimum security in a neat, compact and flexible package. Manufactured in The Netherlands, Stackdoor’s... 

Stacking up the benefits! Maxiflex introduces the new Stackdoor® security grille

24th August 2018 Maxiflex is proud to introduce Stackdoor®, a completely unique and innovative certified security door solution that combines robustness, high safety specifications, efficiency and optimum security in a neat, compact and flexible package. Manufactured in The Netherlands, Stackdoor’s... 

Pail Tipper For Dense Bulk Materials

24th August 2018 SOUTH AFRICA ¾ A new TIP-TITE™ Pail Tipper from Flexicon dumps pails containing high density bulk solid materials into downstream processing or storage vessels dust-free. The unit accommodates pails of up to 19 litres measuring up to 380 mm in height, and weighing up to 340 kg. 

Getting to the bottom of things

24th August 2018 A new low profile Flexible Screw Conveyor with integral bin and caster-mounted frame has been introduced to bulk handling suppliers Flexicon South Africa's range. The low profile conveyor, launched nationally in May, can roll below mezzanines and other low-headroom areas, receive material from... 

Electropolished metals making pumping smoother

By: Halima Frost     24th August 2018 Following the introduction of the Packo Pump brand to the South African food and beverage industry, industrial equipment supplier Verder Pumps South Africa says the brand is electropolished as part of its finishing process. Verder Pumps Packo Pumps product specialist Dwight Nortman explains that... 

Resistance thermometer on offer

17th August 2018 Control instrumentation distributor and manufacturer Instrotech has on offer international instrumentation engineering enterprise Kobold’s TNK resistance thermometers, which have applications in a number of industries, including steel.  The TNK resistance thermometers, owing to their extreme... 

KML bearings from BI a perfect fit for food-and-beverage applications

16th August 2018 The KML range of corrosion-resistant, food-grade ball bearings, distributed exclusively in Southern Africa by leading supplier BI, continue to set the quality and hygiene benchmark in the food-and-beverage industry. With over 35 years’ experience in power transmission, KML Bearings has developed... 

Power clean your home and work space with Black & Decker’s new pressure washers

15th August 2018 Black & Decker has a more than a 100 year’s history of producing innovative products that make life simple, so the introduction of two new high-pressure washers is sure to make a splash in the South African market. With the variety of surfaces across a home and work that need regular cleaning,... 

Montego expands Eastern Cape pet food factory

By: Schalk Burger     14th August 2018 Local pet food manufacturer Montego Pet Nutrition increased production at its Graaff-Reinet facility, in the Eastern Cape, by 30%. The R70-million expansion, which will also create 30 more direct jobs, included a new 3 600 m2, R15-million depot, divided equally for use as a warehouse and treats... 

Thermaspray’s Plasma coatings solve a sticky situation

13th August 2018 The excellent release properties of Plasma non-stick coatings from Thermaspray render this surface coating technology ideal for a wide range of applications within industries such as food processing, printing and packaging, paper and pulp, tyre and rubber, and conveyor belt manufacturing. These... 

Ovens supplied to varied industries

10th August 2018 Global manufacturer of thermal-processing equipment Thermal Product Solutions (TPS) in July announced the shipment of a custom Gruenberg bench oven to the movable machinery industry. The bench oven is rated for Class B operation in accordance with the NFPA 86 specifications. 

Tasmanian nickel mine to restart, Transamine secures offtake

By: Reuters     7th August 2018 Privately held Dundas Mining is restarting its Avebury nickel mine in Tasmania early next year and Swiss trading house Transamine has secured the offtake, a source familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. Avebury, which had most recently been owned by China-backed MMG, was sold to Dundas last... 

‘Solid’ safety: Vital Engineering’s solid forged handrails and stair tread nosing – safety assured for the local and pan-African mining sector

7th August 2018 Mining is a primary creator of wealth and employment, and, as such, places demands on the people and equipment employed this all-important sector. To keep mines operating efficiently, quick, safe access to areas such as minerals processing plants is essential. Founded in 1939, Vital Engineering... 

Glencore-Merafe venture’s H1 ferrochrome output decreases as production costs rise

By: Simone Liedtke     6th August 2018 JSE-listed Merafe Resources’ attributable ferrochrome production from the Glencore-Merafe chrome venture for the six months ended June 30, decreased by 2.3% to 211 000 t, with production for the period equivalent to an installed capacity utilisation of 88%. Total production costs per tonne of... 

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