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Aluminium

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. 

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.

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... 

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
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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

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

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
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INDUSTRY DECLINE Without significant amendments to the preferential policy, the aluminium and scrap beneficiation industry will continue to decline

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
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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
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BENEFICIATION NEED Rather than exporting the sheet and rolled aluminium products, the local aluminium industry can focus on more value addition

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

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

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
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SYSTEM NEUTRAL Productivity enabled a user to optimise aluminium purchases and cutting of aluminium

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. 

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. 

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
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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

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. 

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... 

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... 

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

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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.  

Company to increase aluminium alloy production

     23rd September 2011 Aluminium products developer Constellium plans to inaugurate two new foundries in Issoire and Voreppe, in France, during the last quarter of this year to increase production of its Airware technology, which comprises a range of complementary, high-performance and low-density alloys that are... 

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. 

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. 

Security barrier manufacturer expands into aluminium shutters

     23rd September 2011 Security solutions provider Trellidor has expanded its security barrier range with the introduction of Trellidor Rollerstyle aluminium roller shutters. 

Software system to improve productivity of glass, aluminium sectors

     23rd September 2011 Productivity consultancy BizmanTools’ locally developed manufacturing management software system BizmanTools - Productivity, is making an impact in the aluminium and glass industries, says owner John White. 

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. 

Aluminium sheet used for wine bottle closures

     24th September 2010 South African aluminium semifabricator Hulamin supplies some 3 000 t of aluminium to the wine and beverage closure industry, with a large percentage used for wine bottle closures. The wine trade is a multibillion rand international industry and the ongoing debate on the different forms of... 

Awards aim to create awareness

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th September 2010 Following a difficult year in the UK’s aluminium industry, owing to the closures of some of the industry’s smelters in the past year, and a loss of some 700 jobs, the Aluminium Extruders Association with support from the Aluminium Federation (Alfed) organised the Power of Aluminium Awards,... 

Call to impose an export tariff on scrap metal

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th September 2010 The secondary aluminium industry is calling for South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to impose an export tariff on scrap metals, as the current high cost of buying the metals by local aluminium companies is shrinking the industry. 

Enviro legislation increases challenges for local companies

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th September 2010 The latest enactments of environmental legislation, which include energy, air and water legislation, challenge industry as they question capital investment decisions that were made under a different decision environment when capital was expensive, energy cheap and water, waste and air legislation... 

International sustainability study highlights energy 
saving benefits

     24th September 2010 A new international sustainability study on automotive materials highlights the life-cycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction and energy-saving benefits of aluminium and magnesium. 

Market trend for outdoor living space results in new folding system

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th September 2010 European architectural solutions provider Reynaers Aluminium has expanded its range of offerings with its CF 77 folding system, following the market trend for outdoor living space. 

New aluminium load body application

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th September 2010 Steel supplier KMG Steel Service Centre and vehicle body manufacturer Ergon Cranes & Engineering have introduced an aluminium prototype dropside tipper load body. 

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