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Foundries, Forges and Die-Casting

Programmes set to bridge widening skills gap

By: Donna Slater     10th April 2015 Initiative of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) the National Foundry Technology Network (NFTN) last year updated several industry-focused skills development programmes to bridge the widening skills gap and mitigate the effects of an ageing industry, as many skilled foundrymen are nearing... 

Local foundry benefits from State rail expansion

By: Donna Slater     10th April 2015 State-owned rail utility the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) rail expansion and renewal project is prompting much-needed large-scale orders for the casting industry, which is encouraging Bronkhorstspruit-based specialist foundry Steloy Castings to invest in new equipment... 

Steloy has upgraded its design, project management, castings, machining and nondestructive testing facilities
NEW EQUIPMENT Steloy has upgraded its design, project management, castings, machining and nondestructive testing facilities

High Duty Castings

10th April 2015 Established in 1991, privately owned South African foundry High Duty Castings (HDC) has provided its customers with more than two decades of quality components. The company prides itself on having close relationships with its clients, 40% of whom have been loyal customers since HDC’s inception.... 

High Duty Castings

Forum tackles industry challenges

By: Jonathan Rodin     11th April 2014 The New Foundry Generation Forum, launched in August last year, enhances a chosen group of young leaders in the foundry industry, identified and selected by a committee. The forum aims to develop skills in the industry by dealing with problem- solving, productivity, quality, cost and delivery... 

Foundry training centre begins training candidates

By: Jonathan Rodin     11th April 2014 Gauteng’s first foundry training centre was officially launched in September last year at the Ekurhuleni East College (EEC) for further education and training in Kwa Thema, Springs, to create a hub for foundry-related skills training and technology transfer. The first intake of apprentices... 

New machine increases forging company’s forging capability

11th April 2014 Product supplier and manufacturer Frankwen Forge installed a four-axis computer numerical controlled machine during the late last year, says Frankwen Forge sales manager Vince Horsburgh. He says that the machine enables the company to machine complex, integrally reinforced lip-type nozzles, final... 

Forging company improves BBBEE rating

11th April 2014 Steel and steel product manufacturer Scaw Metals Group has been awarded a Level 3 broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) rating, emphasising its commitment to being a responsible corporate in South Africa. 

Bright future for multifaceted foundry industry, despite decline  

By: Jonathan Rodin     11th April 2014 The metal-casting industry has experienced a period of decline, with several closures of foundries in recent years. However, the recent signs of economic recovery in Europe and North America, the continued strong growth of the African continent’s economy and the weakening of the Rand, are all... 

Bright future for multifaceted foundry industry, despite decline
SAIF CEO John Davies discusses tackling the forging industry’s challenges and Viking Foundry operations manager Greg Estman discusses the foundry.

Foundries get competitive boost from network

11th April 2014 One of the most significant steps in many years towards assisting local aluminium foundries to compete in the highly competitive global market, has come in the form a benchmarking programme for a selected number of foundries by the National Foundry Technology Network (NFTN), which is partly... 

Company commissions new coatings plant

By: Jonathan Rodin     11th April 2014 A coating preparation plant (CPP) and dip tank were installed and commissioned by local foundry consumable supplier Foseco – the foundry division of Vesuvius – in January, says Foseco South Africa sales and marketing manager Enno Krueger. There is a continuing requirement for foundries to... 


11th April 2014 Steloy Castings, which was founded in 1984, is a specialist foundry group based in South Africa, supplying static and centrifugally cast components for heat, wear, corrosion and abrasion resistance to a myriad of local and international customers. From its three foundry complexes, including two... 


Solutions to survive electricity crisis presented

By: Sashnee Moodley     12th April 2013 Foundries need to ensure energy efficiency without compromising production to deal with rising energy costs in South Africa. 

Foundries must collaborate, cooperate to combat industry challenges

By: Sashnee Moodley     12th April 2013 The local and international foundry sectors need to work together to deal with the challenges that affect the industry, as every foundry faces these challenges, says industry-led, government-funded National Foundry Technology Network (NFTN) project leader Adrie el-Mohamadi. 

New range of furnaces enters local industry

By: Sashnee Moodley     12th April 2013 In light of the electricity supply constraints in South Africa, the new-generation energy efficient induction tilt melting (ITM) range of furnaces from induction-heating solutions company Hot Platinum (HPT), was launched to the foundry industry in January. 

New range of glass tempering furnaces launched in SA

12th April 2013 A new range of energy efficient glass tempering furnaces, from glass processing solutions company Cooltemper, has been launched in South Africa to provide glass processors with broader options when choosing machinery. 

Metal casting a global growth market, but challenges remain

By: Sashnee Moodley     12th April 2013 Global metal casting production is expected to reach 115-million tons by 2015, but the role South Africa plays in the global industry continues to decline. 

World’s largest submerged arc furnace to be delivered to Korea

12th April 2013 International manufacturer of ferronickel Posco SNNC has contracted German engineering company SMS Siemag for the delivery of the world's largest submerged arc furnace with six electrodes for the production of ferronickel in Gwangyang, Korea. 

SA foundries follow global trends – conference

12th April 2013 Delegates at the 2013 South African Metal Casting Conference, held in the North West, between March 13 and 16 heard that the challenges faced by foundries in South Africa are not unique in the global context and that growth in the industry will come from closer attention to the needs of foundry... 

PE foundry acquisition to support global growth objectives

12th April 2013 Global minerals solutions supplier Weir Group announced that it would purchase the Port Elizabeth-based Xmeco Foundry, which will form part of their Weir Minerals Africa business unit.  

Foundry waste beneficial to other industries

By: Sashnee Moodley     12th April 2013 The foundry industry is one of the greatest recyclers; however, it generates many waste products that end up in landfills when, in fact, they can be used in several applications, says US Department of Agriculture research soil scientist Robert Dungan.  

Material efficiency can improve energy efficiency

By: Sashnee Moodley     12th April 2013 Improved understanding of material efficiency at different stages of the casting process and the associated energy and operating materials required at each of these stages can be used to gather important information needed to promote efficiency improvements at foundries, says local consultancy... 

Melting trade needs more recognition

By: Samantha Herbst     13th April 2012 The National Foundry Technology Network (NFTN), a government and industry association-led agency, and the South African Institute of Foundrymen (Saif) believe that melting is a significantly undervalued trade in the foundry sector, saying that this lack of recognition is detrimental to the... 

NFTN converting learnership programme into artisan programme

By: Samantha Herbst     13th April 2012 The industry-led, government-funded National Foundry Technology Network (NFTN) and its stakeholders are, under the guidance of the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority, in the process of converting the accredited foundry qualification learnership... 

Casting industry struggles despite automotive industry growth

By: Samantha Herbst     13th April 2012 The production volume of aluminium castings has declined by 40% in the past decade, Aluminium Federation of South Africa (Afsa) vice-chairperson Bob Stone tells Engineering News. 

Electricity costs remain a concern despite lower 2012/13 tariff increase 

By: Samantha Herbst     13th April 2012 The electricity-intensive foundry industry still has a lot of obstacles to overcome despite the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s) downward revision of State-owned power utility Eskom’s tariff increase for 2012/13, says South African Institute of Foundrymen (Saif) CEO John Davies. 

UJ initiative takes casting technologies to the community 

By: Samantha Herbst     13th April 2012 The University of Johannesburg’s (UJ’s) Metal Castings Technology Station (MCTS) is using the art of metal casting to unlock the potential of small local businesses in South Africa. Through an initiative called the Community Casting Project (CCP), funded in part by the National Foundry Technology... 

Refractory company imports solution to zoned wearing

By: Samantha Herbst     13th April 2012 Johannesburg-based refractory engineering company Refraline is offering a solution for foundries that struggle to prevent premature wear of induction furnace linings. 

Foundry industry urged to take advantage of opportunities

By: Jessica Hannah     8th April 2011 A number of industry bodies have expressed concern about a lack of interest by the local foundry industry in taking advantage of new opportunities.  

Electricity prices huge concern for foundry industry

By: Jessica Hannah     8th April 2011 Rising electricity costs are having a huge impact on the electricity-intensive foundry industry, says commercial investment foundry Vestcast MD David Barnes. 

Global demand drives local capacity increase

By: Jessica Hannah     8th April 2011 Increasing demand for silicon carbide, which is being driven by traditional buyers of Chinese production seeking alternative supply sources, has prompted local producer Sublime Technologies to increase its production capacity to 50 000 t/y. 

First-of-its-kind burner to be installed in Southern Africa

By: Jessica Hannah     8th April 2011 Multidimensional provider of turnkey thermoprocessing solutions Talec Combustion Company (Talec) will install the first E-Jet (EJ) ultra-low nitrogen oxide (NOx) regenerative ceramic burner at a foundry in southern Africa, the company reports. 

Namibian company receives three-year maintenance contract

8th April 2011 Heat technology equipment specialists Ai-Tec Namibia has been awarded a three-year contract for the maintenance of operational equipment at TSX-listed Dundee Precious Metals’ Namibian Custom Smelters (NCS) in Tsumeb, Namibia. 

SA needs to start building long-term relationships

By: Jessica Hannah     8th April 2011 South African industries need to establish long-term commitments and partnerships with foundries in the country to support this important sector, international trade fair for moldmaking and tooling, design and application development AfriMold MD Ron MacLarty asserts. 

Foundry benefits from government programme 

8th April 2011 Castings specialist KEW Foundries reports that the Department of Science and Technology’s (DST’s) Technology Localisation Programme (TLP) has assisted it in overcoming a number of short-term challenges. 

Development of pilot foundry qualification progressing well 

By: Jessica Hannah     8th April 2011 The development of a pilot foundry qualification by the industry-led, government funded National Foundry Technology Network (NFTN) is progressing well, the organisation reports. 

Adaptation key to survival in difficult times

9th April 2010 The manufacturing sector, particularly foundries, has experienced economic strain over the past year owing to the worldwide recession. One of the largest and oldest aluminium foundries in the Western Cape Ajax Manufacturing’s CE Charles Rowe says that it has been an incredibly tough year for his... 

Breaking new ground in foundry efficiency 

By: Henry Lazenby     9th April 2010 The proper handling of scrap runners and returns in a foundry may have a significant impact on a company’s profitability. In the search for continuous improvement and competitiveness, the improper handling and management of runner returns in foundries is often overlooked. 

Headgear sheave wheels supplied to Russian mine

9th April 2010 Specialist caster KEW Foundries has supplied headgear sheave wheels to the Shaft Sinkers Group, to be used on a project for global chemical giant EuroChem. The sheave wheels form part of the winder installation that will transport men and materials and waste rock during the shaft sinking phase... 

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