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Aluminium

Aluminium company achieves positive results

     29th September 2017 Aluminium supplier and exporter Hulamin delivered a strong manufacturing performance and improved financial results for the half-year ended June 30, despite difficult market conditions and the rand being 14% stronger compared with the corresponding period in 2016, says Hulamin CEO Richard Jacob.... 

Recovery rate growth lies in metals from landfills

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     29th September 2017 With South Africa already boasting a recovery rate of about 72% for used beverage cans, metals packaging industry body MetPac-SA believes that further potential lies in diverting other metal packaging such as aluminium foil, containers and empty tin cans from landfills. “With regards to aluminium... 

Recovery rate growth lies in metals from landfills
CAN-DO ATTITUDE Many households in South Africa already undertake excellent work in recycling components such as beer and soft drink beverage cans

Stalcor

By: Zandile Mavuso     29th September 2017 Established in 1973, metal company Stalcor is the largest stainless steel, aluminium and carbon steel supplier in South Africa. 

Stalcor

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... 

Company provides solutions to facilitate progress in industry
MICHAEL SCHÄFER The aluminium industry benefits from the fact that the SMS Group knows its material, its products and all its complex production processes

Stalcor

By: Zandile Mavuso     21st October 2016 Established in 1973, Stalcor is one of the top three South African distributors and processors of stainless steel, aluminium and carbon steel products sourced both locally and globally. 

Stalcor

Uncompetitive scrap metal prices causing further decline in industry

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd September 2016 Unless strong action is immediately taken to stem the export of scrap metal and keep it in South Africa at competitive prices, the scrap beneficiating industry will further decline, and directly affect the aluminium sector, says aluminium foundry alloys producer Zimco Aluminium Company (Zimalco)... 

Uncompetitive scrap metal prices causing further decline in industry
Photo by Bloomberg
ALUMINIUM SMELTING PLANT Scrap and aluminium metals are being processed further into semi-finished products

New technology optimises manufacturing process

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd September 2016 Cape Town-based aluminium-frame structure manufacturer Speed Structures is adapting skill sets to enhance adaptability of temporary structures for a variety of applications, such as military, warehousing and agriculture, as well as the traditional event, exhibition and festival industry. 

New technology             optimises manufacturing process
Photo by Speed Structures
CLEAR-SPAN MARQUEE An example of a clear-span marquee, with clear spaces between the vertical columns

China leads aluminium production

By: Sebastian Whyle     23rd September 2016 China is currently the biggest producer and consumer of aluminium in the world and has expanded its aluminium industry considerably over the past 11 years, says metals trading company Metal and Tool Trade (MTT) board chairperson Volker Schütte.  

South32 aluminium production unchanged in FY2016

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd September 2016 Mining resources company South32 announced in its full report for the 2016 financial year that South Africa aluminium saleable production was largely unchanged in, as the impact of electricity load-shedding events were lower than expected, particularly in the December 2015 half-year. 

South32 aluminium  production unchanged  in FY2016
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ALUMINIUM SMELTING Aluminium being smelted for semi-finished products

SMS group contracted to revamp aluminium plant

By: Zandile Mavuso     16th September 2016 Plant supplier SMS group has been contracted by aluminium processing company Impol Seval to revamp its aluminium hot rolling mill in Serbia. 

SA aluminium body positive about aluminium prospects 

By: Dylan Stewart     25th September 2015 Owing to the increased use of aluminium in the automotive and beverage packaging industries, demand for aluminium in South Africa has positive long-term prospects, says Aluminium Federation of South Africa (Afsa) executive director Mark Krieg. 

SA aluminium body positive  about aluminium prospects
Photo by Bloomberg
MANY APPLICATIONS Aluminium is used in the construction sector, the electrical sector, heat exchangers, solar geysers, the food and beverage packaging industry, and the transport industry

Richards Bay casthouse has new owner

By: Dylan Stewart     25th September 2015 Australia-owned bauxite miner and aluminium producer South32 has confirmed the official transfer of ownership of the Bayside casthouse in Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal to Isizinda Aluminium in a deal that will support the economic transformation of Richards Bay and the development of South Africa’s... 

Marquee company manufactures structures the size of a soccer field

By: Dylan Stewart     25th September 2015 Cape Town-based aluminium-frame-structure manufacturer Speed Structures is manufacturing a 120-m-long, 40-m-wide marquee with an apex height of 10 m for hire or sale, says company chairperson Richard Downing. 

Marquee company manufactures structures  the size of a soccer field
CRUCIAL MATERIAL Speed Structures relies totally on aluminium, especially for the extrusion components, which support the polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, covering.

First SA company to manufacture sausage U-clips

By: Dylan Stewart     25th September 2015 Durban-based precision aluminium components manufacturer AC Exports will receive a new machine for manufacturing small aluminium sausage clips this month, AC Exports chairperson Jens Reuning tells Engineering News. 

First SA company  to manufacture  sausage U-clips
FULL OFFERING AC Exports' product range, including a spool of U-clips on the far righ

Aluminium growth boosts company

By: Mia Breytenbach     26th September 2014 Owing to the continuous expansion of its specialised services in the aluminium industry, local furnace and industrial services company Dickinson Group of Companies has registered a 60% increase in business from this industry in the past 20 years. “We can now offer more products and services that... 

Aluminium growth boosts company
KEY SERVICES PROVIDER DRS Mozambique has been rendering site-wide smelter services to the aluminium industry, which include pot delining and relining

Success for aluminium glass industry

By: Mia Breytenbach     26th September 2014 Manufacturing management software developer Bizmantools has registered a ten-fold increase in business from the aluminium and glass manufacturing industries in the past year, in addition to significant positive response towards its labour productivity management software solution,... 

Success for aluminium glass industry
Photo by Bloomberg
SYSTEM NEUTRAL Productivity enabled a user to optimise aluminium purchases and cutting of aluminium

New cold-rolling mill supplied to Turkey aluminium producer

By: Mia Breytenbach     26th September 2014 Steel and aluminium plant processing technology, equipment and services specialist SMS Siemag supplied a complete cold rolling mill to Turkey-based aluminium company Asas-Alüminyum for its new works at Adapazan-Akyazi, about 150 km to the east of Istanbul. Asas-Alüminyum’s new works, valued at... 

New cold-rolling mill supplied to Turkey  aluminium producer
COMPLETE SOLUTION The cold rolling mill comprises a six-high mill stand, three shearing lines and a strip-coating line designed for 50 000 t/y

Aluminium industry awaits policy amendments

By: Mia Breytenbach     26th September 2014 The secondary aluminium industry has remained uncompetitive in the world market of beneficiated aluminium products, despite the directive of the preferential pricing on scrap metal, issued by the Department of Economic Development in September last year, Non-Ferrous Metal Industries Association... 

Aluminium industry awaits  policy amendments
Photo by Bloomberg
INDUSTRY DECLINE Without significant amendments to the preferential policy, the aluminium and scrap beneficiation industry will continue to decline

Stable energy source key challenge for aluminium industry

By: Mia Breytenbach     26th September 2014 The availability of stable energy sources at competitive prices remains a core challenge for the South African aluminium industry, says EY Africa mining and metals leader Wickus Botha. “As aluminium smelting processes are significantly energy intensive, these smelters and foundries require a... 

Stable energy source key challenge for  aluminium industry
INDUSTRY NEED To maintain a sustainable South African aluminium industry, the companies would need to secure electricity supply

Aluminium use to grow in US

By: Mia Breytenbach     26th September 2014 By 2025, more than 75% of all new pickup trucks produced in North America will be aluminum-bodied, according to a survey of vehicle manufacturers conducted by US-based consulting and research firm Ducker Worldwide. The study, which confirms a significant breakthrough for automotive aluminium into... 

Aluminium use to grow in US
Photo by Bloomberg
DEMAND INCREASE Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler will become the biggest users of aluminium sheet in the next decade

Local aluminium demand can double in the next five years

By: Mia Breytenbach     26th September 2014 Aluminium industry body Aluminium Federation of South Africa (Afsa) predicts a doubling in local demand for rolled aluminium products in the next five years and a subsequent increase in employment for the industry. “Exciting potential for the future remains, as the aluminium industry is an... 

Local aluminium demand can double in the next five years
Photo by Bloomberg
BENEFICIATION NEED Rather than exporting the sheet and rolled aluminium products, the local aluminium industry can focus on more value addition

New export guidelines for scrap metal 

     27th September 2013 The Non-Ferrous Metal Industries Association (NFMIA) reports that it fully supports the policy directive endorsed recently by Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel, which requires that scrap exporters seek permission to sell scrap metal offshore. The new guidelines for scrap metal exports... 

Conversion to aluminium beverage cans to facilitate job creation

     27th September 2013 Between R100-million and R200-million a year will flow into the scrap metals and recycling industry as a result of the conversion from tin-plated steel cans to aluminium cans, providing an additional 2 000 to 3 000 people a source of income from collecting and selling used cans, estimates South... 

Conversion to aluminium beverage cans to facilitate job creation
Photo by Bloomberg
PUSHING UP PRODUCTION The new aluminium can lines at the Bevcan Springs Nuffield plant will be capable of running eight can sizes and produce cans at speeds of up to 3 000 cans per minute, as opposed to the 1 600 steel cans currently produced per minute

New software for energy efficient window designs

By: Jonathan Rodin     27th September 2013 South African supplier and aluminium extrusion company Wispeco says its new software assists in measuring the transfer of radiant energy through aluminium windows, as all buildings are required to comply with U-value standards, which indicate a building’s level of insulation. Therefore, the... 

Addressing need to increase recycling tonnages

     27th September 2013 The twenty-first International Recycled Aluminium Conference is setting out to better the aluminium industry’s understanding of recycling by highlighting sustainable development, says Rio Tinto, product group Rio Tinto Alcan product stewardship director Jerome Lucaes. 

Demand driven by metal’s versatility, green credentials

By: Jonathan Rodin     27th September 2013 The future of aluminium use for signage, display, presentation, packaging, storage and promotional gift purposes looks bright, owing to the versatility, recyclability and ecofriendliness of the metal, reports South African aluminium fabrication and finishing specialist Metal Graphics. 

Aluminium increasingly being used owing to benefits

     27th September 2013 The use of aluminium in the housing and commercial segments of the South African market is growing, reports South African window manufacturer, Duro, national contracts manager Barry Sacks. More consumers are increasingly realising the benefits and long-term savings offered by aluminium products. 

Software solution targets practical challenges 

By: Jonathan Rodin     27th September 2013 Bizmantools, a labour productivity management solution, is the first complete manufacturing management system that addresses the practical challenges in the aluminium and glass industries where it is in use. It takes the product from the quoting stage through manufacturing to delivery and the... 

Software solution targets practical challenges
Bizmantools product developer John White discusses the benefits of the entire Bizmantools Productivity labour productivity management solution. Cameraperson: Nicholas Boyd. Editing. Shane Williams.

Aluminium industry growth slowly recovering

By: Anine Kilian     28th September 2012 Growth in South Africa’s aluminium industry has recovered slowly since the 2008/9 economic crisis, but volumes have not yet returned to pre-2008 levels, highlights Aluminium Federation of South Africa (Afsa) executive director Mark Krieg. He states that certain industries that are supplied by the... 

R4.5m baghouse for aluminium producer completed

By: Anine Kilian     28th September 2012 The construction of a new R4.5-million baghouse for secondary aluminium producer Zimalco has been completed. Air pollution control company, ‘About Air Pollution’, built the baghouse which will to enable the producer to maintain a continuous improvement of its air quality requirements and fully... 

Aluminium manufacturer upgrades local schools

By: Anine Kilian     28th September 2012 Aluminium, tilt casting and aluminium light-fixture manufacturer Wahl Industries is supplying thousands of aluminium overhead bulk fittings to various schools in the country. The company states that government has started to reinvest money in schools. Wahl has received orders to supply bulkhead... 

Imports, rising costs impact on aluminium sector

     28th September 2012 The constant threat of cheaper finished product imports and rising input costs continue to place pressure on the local aluminium sector, asserts credit soloutions provider Coface South Africa risk analyst George Marais. “South Africa’s reliance on locally produced primary aluminium is soon coming... 

Design company completes various supply contracts

By: Anine Kilian     28th September 2012 Aluminium products designer, Metal Graphics, has supplied aluminium-based products to various advertising, architectural, interior and product design companies. Products have been diverse and interesting, from an aluminium case housing a water bottle and the water cleaning solutions product... 

Afsa calls for development of a national manufacturing strategy

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     23rd September 2011 The Aluminium Federation of South Africa (Afsa) has expressed concern about the flood of imports facing South African manufacturers, which it says is eroding the value of the R55-billion-a-year local aluminium sector.  

Manufacturer starts small-scale production of new material

     23rd September 2011 Electric wire and cable manufacturer Sumitomo Electric Industries has started a small-scale production line for its newly developed porous Aluminium-Celmet material, in Osaka, Japan, to accelerate development efforts towards mass production of the material. 

US aluminium can recycling rate on the rise

     23rd September 2011 The aluminium beverage can recycling rate in the US reached its highest level in a decade last year when 58.1% of aluminium cans were recycled. 

End-users encouraged to recycle aluminium products

     23rd September 2011 The US-based Aluminium Association is encouraging its members and end-users to recycle this metal, stating that aluminium products can be infinitely recycled without losing their functional purpose. 

Engineering group awarded EPCM contract for aluminium smelter

     23rd September 2011 Engineering and construction group SNC-Lavalin has announced that it has been awarded the engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) services contract by the Emirates Aluminium Company for the Phase 2 development of its smelter in Al Taweelah, in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. 

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