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Aluminium News

South32’s Hillside smelter, Solana to introduce sustainable energy in Richards Bay

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th July 2022 Diversified miner South32’s Richard’s Bay-based Hillside Aluminium smelter has partnered with energy company Solana Energy to transform the Richards Bay and King Cetshwayo district economic regions and bring much-needed sustainable energy to these commercial hubs. The partners will embark on a... 

Industry body assures job security for welders  

By: Halima Frost     24th June 2022 Despite a marked increase in the uptake of robotic welding systems, owing to Covid-19 and the fast-tracking of automation, artisanal welding will never be completely replaced, says Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) Certification CEO Herman Potgieter. “The Covid-19 pandemic has played a... 

A man in a ditch welding a water pipe out in the open, which would be inaccessible to a robotic welder
Southern African Institute of Welding Certifications CEO Herman Potgieter discusses the uptake of technology in the welding sector.

Pipe welding work completed

24th June 2022 A successful example of technical solutions provider BMG Fluid Power team’s ability to carry out on-site welding during the installation and replacement of piping, plate work, stainless steel and other components has been highlighted during the installation of pipework over a 48-hour shift shut... 

A Jasic branded welding machine with a Jasic welding mask being used by a BMG welder with sparks flying
WONDER WELD BMG’s range of Jasic welding equipment was the preferred brand for on site welding at a pipework installation

New waterjet machine bought

By: Halima Frost     24th June 2022 To meet growing demand for specialised cutting services, waterjet cutting specialist Aquajet has procured a new precision waterjet machine from jet machining manufacturer Omax to complement its three existing Omax machines. “The machine is part of our ambitious expansion, which aims to increase... 

A brand-new front desk with metal lettering in blue and grey that say Aquajet, which was cut using an Omax waterjet cutter
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BIGGER BETTER The larger premises and addition of new machines will increase productivity output for Aquajet

New premises, machine cater to growing demand

24th June 2022 In May, global arc welding equipment manufacturer Miller Electric released its new Millermatic 355 metal inert gas (MIG) welder, an easy-to-use machine designed for fabricators and manufacturers who need to MIG weld a variety of materials. The Millermatic 355 can operate on single-phase or... 

A new blue welding machine offered by Miller Electric
POWER PACK The new, powerful Millermatic metal inert gas welder is an east-to use option for fabricators and manufacturers

Testing phase of steam drum finalised

By: Halima Frost     24th June 2022 Earlier this month, steel fabricator and welding specialist Hydra-Arc finished the post weld heat treatment (PWHT) and pressure test of the third of four drums on an order for a client in the sugar industry.   The order – procured in August last year, which will be supplied and commissioned by... 

A welder at Hydra Arc's Middleburg premises is seen welding a large drum which will be used in the sugar industry
UNDER PRESSURE The pressure testing and post weld heat treatment of three of four drums on order has been finalised

Alliance formed for global supply of laser welder

24th June 2022 Last month, metallurgical industry supplier SMS group and material joining equipment manufacturer Taylor-Winfield Technologies joined together in a global strategic alliance for the supply, support and service of SMS’s proprietary X-Roll heavy gauge coil joining laser welder. Taylor-Winfield has... 

An aerial view of the X-Roll heavy gauge coil joining laser welder offered by SMS group and which will now be manufactured and supplied by Taylor-Winfield Technologies
ON A ROLL The alliance leverages the strengths of both companies to accelerate the growth of the X-Roll laser welder

Compact grinding and polishing system launched

24th June 2022 Having realised that consumers want smaller packaging units and functional sets containing components that are designed to work in harmony with one another, cutting and grinding solutions manufacturer PFERD has scaled down the packaging unit for its popular COMBICLICK system. “It’s like all the... 

A small cutting disk on an angle grinding a piece of steel with sparks flying to the side
COMPACT GRINDER The smaller packages for PFERD's COMBICLICK system are now available

Ghana seeks strategic partner to upgrade VALCO aluminium smelter

By: Reuters     14th June 2022 Ghana is on a roadshow to find a strategic partner to "revamp" state-owned Volta Aluminum Company's (VALCO) aluminium smelter, Ghana Lands and Natural Resources minister Samuel Jinapor said on Monday at the Africa CEO Forum conference in Abidjan. Jinapor said Ghana, which has ample reserves of... 

S African coatings event well attended

By: Halima Frost     10th June 2022 This year’s Coatings for Africa 2022 conference, organised by global events organiser DMG Events, was held at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Gauteng, from May 4 to 6. The event was hosted by multinational coatings industry representatives The Coatings Group and supported by industry bodies... 

A man standing at a podium speaking on the topic of coatings and paint development at teh Coatings for Africa 2022 expo held in Sandton last month
HOT TOPIC The Coatings for Africa event was held in Sandton last month after a four year haitus

Hulamin’s shares fall on withdrawal of buyout offer

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th June 2022 JSE-listed aluminium products supplier Hulamin’s share price has taken a 24% dive to around 378c apiece following the withdrawal of a buyout offer. Hulamin in August last year received an expression of interest from an unnamed party to acquire the business, which Hulamin believed would have... 

Company performs complex breakdown repair on rotor

3rd June 2022 Electro-mechanical services and repairs company Marthinusen & Coutts (M&C) recently performed comprehensive repairs to the rotor of an aging 30 MW generator which had failed during operation at JSE-listed forest group Sappi’s Saiccor pulp mill in Umkomaas, KwaZulu-Natal. 

An image of a generator rotor
MECHANICAL REBUILD Generator rotor undergoing dimensional checks in M&C mechanical rebuild

Local assembly of MACC drives to slash lead times

3rd June 2022 Drive technology supplier SEW Eurodrive’s expanded local capability out of its new Aeroton facility will include the assembly of SEW M-Series Air Cooled Condenser (MACC) air-cooled condenser drives for delivery at a rate of three units a week 

An image of an air-cooled condenser.
AIR COOL CONDENSERS Air-cooled condenser (ACC) systems used in steam-driven power generation plants.

Gordhan calls for ban on sale of scrap metal to protect SA's infrastructure

By: News24Wire      5th May 2022 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan says in order to to alleviate the risk of continued damage, theft and vandalism of freight rail infrastructure in the country, government should consider a temporary ban on the sale of scrap metal. Gordhan was replying to questions in the National... 

Fasteners, bearings and welding equipment all within supplier’s ambit

By: Sabrina Jardim     29th April 2022 Fasteners, bearings and welding products and equipment are relevant for the metal fabrication sector, which is built on cutting metal and welding it. If metal cannot be bolted together with fasteners, then it can be welded together, 

An image depicting the WAAM 3D printing process for metal
WAAM The WAAM 3D Printing for Metal: Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing with Cold Metal Transfer (CMT) from Fronius

Waterjet cutting services relevant for vessels, heat exchangers

By: Sabrina Jardim     22nd April 2022 Waterjet cutting service provider MAXJET processes baffle and tube plates up to a thickness of 50 mm, which are commonly used in vessels and heat exchangers. “Our process makes for simpler downstream works, while our cold cutting processes allow for materials to be processed without affecting... 

An image depicting a silver tube plate heat exchanger
SERVING THE INDUSTRY Waterjet cutting service provider MAXJET processes baffle and tube plates up to 50 mm thick

Rusal exports first Guinea bauxite in nearly a month, data shows

By: Reuters     7th April 2022  Russian aluminium giant Rusal, whose global operations have been hobbled by the war in Ukraine, has exported its first bauxite shipment from its mines in Guinea in nearly a month, an analysis of shipping data showed on Wednesday. Unlike a number of other Russian companies, Rusal is not the... 

Higher realised prices, local demand drives Hulamin’s return to profitability  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th March 2022 JSE-listed aluminium semi-fabricator and supplier Hulamin’s response to the hardships of 2019 and 2020 has paid off with a return to profitability in 2021. The group posted a 760% year-on-year rise in operating profit to R538-million for the year ended December 31, 2021, on the back of... 

Rolled aluminium
Hulamin CEO Richard Jacob unpacks the company's operational performance in 2021

Hulamin reports improved performance in 2021

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th March 2022 JSE-listed Hulamin says it responded to the tough trading conditions of 2019 and 2020, producing improved results for the year ended December 31, 2021. In a business review and trading update published on March 14, it notes that the company’s focus for the year was on increasing volumes,... 

An image showing rows of aluminium bars
Photo by Bloomberg
A higher rand London Metal Exchange aluminium price was one of the contributing factors to Hulamin's improved profitability.

Hillside Aluminium calls for refractory service providers for carbon, reduction departments and casthouse services 

By: Schalk Burger     10th March 2022 The Hillside Aluminium smelter, in Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal, has called for expressions of interest from refractory services companies to render furnace repairs and maintenance, ladle and launder relining and repairs, as well as pot relining and cathode sealing services for its reduction and... 

An aerial view of Hillside Aluminium's Richards Bay operations

Carmakers face soaring metal costs with Russian supplies at risk

By: Reuters     8th March 2022 Saving up for a new ride? Better start putting more cash aside. Russia's invasion of Ukraine is ramping up the price of metals used in cars, from aluminium in the bodywork to palladium in catalytic converters to the high-grade nickel in electric vehicle batteries, and drivers are likely to the... 

Former London plumber taps aluminum scrap from Africa as metal soars

By: Bloomberg     2nd March 2022 As deepening shortages push aluminium to record highs, a London-based startup is raising cash to boost production of the critical industrial metal from untapped reserves of scrap in Africa’s biggest cities. Founded in 2015 by Raymond Onovwigun, a 31-year-old former plumber, Romco Metals has... 

Aluminium prices to remain high into 2023 amid high input costs, disrupted production

By: Donna Slater     18th February 2022 Following impressive rallies in the first and third quarters of 2021, financial risk management, solutions and insights company Fitch Solutions Country Risk and Industry Research (Fitch Solutions) is revising its aluminium price forecasts for this year and next upwards to $3 000/t and $2 800/t,... 

An image of aluminium rolls
Aluminium rolls

South32 to proceed with energy efficiency project at Hillside smelter

By: Darren Parker     17th February 2022 Diversified miner South32 has made a final investment decision on the roll-out of the AP3XLE energy efficiency project at its Hillside aluminium smelter, in KwaZulu-Natal. The technology has already been deployed at the company’s Mozal aluminium smelter in Mozambique. 

South32's Hillside aluminium smelter
South32's Hillside aluminium smelter

What conflict in Ukraine would mean for oil, gas and food

By: Bloomberg     15th February 2022 Tensions over Ukraine are entering a critical period, driving up prices of raw materials key to the global economy, and piling pressure on governments already struggling with surging inflation. The US has warned that Russia could attack its neighbor as early as this week, even though Moscow has... 

Glass shortages in Africa help indebted Nampak sell drinks cans

By: Bloomberg     9th February 2022 Demand for aluminum and tin cans is on the rise in Africa, delivering a boost to the most indebted packaging company on the continent and the Middle East. Nampak is taking advantage of the supply-chain disruptions that have led to a shortage of glass bottles, CEO Erik Smuts said in an interview.... 

Hulamin full-year loss to narrow despite first-half challenges, July unrest

By: Donna Slater     14th December 2021 Aluminium semi-fabricator and supplier Hulamin reports that, despite a subdued start to the year, its headline loss a share is expected to narrow to 54c, compared with the headline loss a share of 68c reported for the 2020 financial year. Its loss a share is expected to narrow to 60c, from 75c... 

EGA’s Guinea bauxite ore makes its way to Chinese minerals group

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th December 2021 Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) has signed a three-year agreement to supply China’s Bosai Minerals Group with bauxite ore from the Republic of Guinea. Under the agreement, EGA will supply Bosai Minerals Group with several million tonnes of bauxite ore each year, with the first shipment expected... 

Nampak's improved year-end results reflect focus on reducing risk, growing profits

By: Schalk Burger     6th December 2021 JSE-listed packaging manufacturing multinational Nampak achieved headline earnings a share of 62.3c, a 109% year-on-year increase in trading profit to R1.4-billion and a 24% increase in revenue to R14-billion for the financial year ended September 30. These numbers reflect the company's... 

US revises EU steel proposal as tariff-hike deadline looms

By: Bloomberg     13th October 2021 The US has submitted a new proposal to the European Union to solve a Trump-era dispute on steel tariffs, offering more-generous terms, according to people familiar with the matter. The updated proposal involves so-called tariff-rate quotas that Bloomberg reported last month, but provides for a... 

Global metals, mining demand ‘tepid at best’ – WoodMac

By: Simone Liedtke     6th October 2021 With the global metals and mining markets having faltered under the weight of Covid-19 pandemic-driven lockdowns, demand outside of China was “tepid at best and in freefall at worst”, says global research and consultancy group Wood Mackenzie (WoodMac). From a mined commodities perspective,... 

Pic of Mining Equipment

EU trade chief says time running out to fix US steel dispute

By: Bloomberg     28th September 2021 The European Union’s (EU's) trade chief warned that only about a month remains to resolve a metals dispute with the US, and failure to do so means new EU tariffs will hit American products on Dec. 1. “Allowing for internal decision-making procedures in the EU, we really need an agreement already... 

Rare earth elements discovered

24th September 2021 Last month, mining company Australian Bauxite Limited (ABX) confirmed its discovery of rare earth element (REE) accumulations within its bauxite tenement in northern Tasmania that are enriched in the strategically important REE metals neodymium and praseodymium, along with terbium and dysprosium. 

HybroHeat furnace technology developed

By: Anna Moross     24th September 2021 With the development of the HybroHeat furnace technology, plant supplier SMS group underlines once again its position as world market leader for aluminium extrusion plants. 

An image of the hybroheat furnace technology
HYBROHEAT FURNACE TECHNOLOGY HybroHeat furnace technology combines the advantages of cost-efficient preheating of log material in a gas furnace and precise temperature setting

Military unit seizes power in Guinea, dissolves constitution

By: Bloomberg     6th September 2021 A group of soldiers seized power in Guinea and dissolved the nation’s constitution, according to a statement broadcast on state television. The announcement came hours after heavy gunfire erupted near the presidential palace in the capital, Conakry, earlier on Sunday morning. Agence France-Presse... 

Hulamin continues turnaround, despite pandemic 

By: Simone Liedtke     31st August 2021 Aluminium supplier and exporter Hulamin continued with its turnaround actions for both its rolled and extruded product segments, despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, for the period ended June 30. In the six-month period, Hulamin’s rolled and extruded product sales increased by 43% and 58%,... 

Pic/Image of Aluminium Pieces.
Hulamin CFO Mark Gounder presents for the first time as he discusses the company's interim financial results. Video: Creamer Media's Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

South32 posts higher manganese, aluminium output from South African operations 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th August 2021 Diversified miner South32 has posted a 21% year-on-year increase in manganese output from its South African mines to 2.26-million tonnes for the year ended June 30. The JSE-, ASX- and LSE-listed miner has a 44% interest in two manganese mines – Mamatwan and Wessels – in South Africa, based in... 

Hillside Aluminium, in Richards Bay
Hillside Aluminium, in Richards Bay
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