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Aluminium News

Provincial spinoff from aluminium project surpasses estimates

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     21st November 2003 Empowerment companies and the economy of Kwazulu-Natal in general have benefited immensely from the $449-million expansion of BHP Billiton’s Hillside Aluminium smelter, in Richards Bay. 

'Power deal crucial to any new aluminium expansion plan'

By: Terence Creamer     19th November 2003 The securing of long-term power contracts will be crucial to any decision by resources group BHP Billiton (BHPB) to further expand its aluminium smelter production footprint in Southern Africa. 

SA prioritising public fixed investment - Manuel

By: laurian clemence     21st October 2003 Finance Minister Trevor Manuel believes that South Africa’s macroeconomic stability is creating the necessary platform for greater capital expenditure by government, but that public-private partnerships (PPPs) will also be important in the delivery of economic infrastructure. 

Hulett questions Alcoa’s antidumping petition

     20th October 2003 South African-based producer of aluminium rolled products Hulett Aluminium has questioned the background to an antidumping petition filed against it in the US by Alcoa, the world’s largest aluminium producer. 

Swedish aluminium firm concerned about Euro strength

     20th October 2003 Swedish firm Sapa AB, a leading maker of aluminium profiles and aluminium heat exchanger strip for car radiators, said at the weekend it was worried about the strengthening of the euro. 

Alcoa files antidumping petition against Hulett

     17th October 2003 Alcoa, the world's biggest aluminum producer, said yesterday it filed an antidumping petition with trade authorities against South African producer Hulett Aluminium, citing unfair trade practices in imports of aluminum alloy rolled plate. 

Mozambique going downstream with aluminium – President Chissano reveals

By: Martin Creamer     17th October 2003 Mozambique is taking steps to go downstream with aluminium, president Joachim Chissano revealed last week. 

Seat-belt component firm looks to raise output

By: nkolola halwindi     17th October 2003 Manufacturer of seat-belt spindles and various other diecasting components KPL Die Casting hopes to increase its manufacturing capacity significantly, indicates MD Sally Marengo. 

Aluminum project finds few friends in Patagonia

     14th October 2003 In a long, skinny country like Chile, location is usually a matter of north or south. 

Moz going downstream with aluminium - Chissano

By: Martin Creamer     9th October 2003 Mozambique is taking steps to go downstream with aluminium, president Joachim Chissano revealed yesterday. 

Alcan wins approval to open Pechiney bid

     7th October 2003 Canadian aluminium maker Alcan will open its €4-billion takeover bid for French rival Pechiney on October 7 after clearing final regulatory hurdles in France. 

Lightweight construction lightens up the future

By: Karel Smrcka     3rd October 2003 Joining techniques provide important enabling technologies for lightweight construction because they permit new lighter constructions to be made with adequate strength and also enable different materials to be joined together. 

Pechiney signals Coega smelter to go ahead

     1st October 2003 French aluminum firm Pechiney, which has accepted a bid from Canada's Alcan, has signalled that its Coega smelter project in South Africa will go ahead despite the changes, a South African minister said yesterday. 

IDC seeks high-level meeting with Alcan on Coega smelter plan

By: Terence Creamer     18th September 2003 South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has requested a meeting with executives from North American aluminium giant Alcan to discuss prospects for the $2,2-billion Coega aluminium smelter now that Pechiney had decided to accept Alcan’s takeover offer. 

Materials take to the road

By: Karel Smrcka     12th September 2003 The motor car industry and components suppliers are among the biggest users of materials in manufacturing. 

Nigeria delays choosing bidder for aluminium plant

     26th August 2003 Nigeria has deferred the choice of a core investor for its 193 000-tons-a-year aluminium smelter, after a legal audit revealed the firm signed agreements that mortgaged its future, officials said. 

IDC to take 12,5% in Pechiney smelter

     20th August 2003 South Africa's Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) said on Tuesday it was paying $275-million for a 12,5% stake in the Coega aluminium smelter being developed by France's Pechiney. 

Tongatt-Hulett reports successes in Moz and Russia

     20th August 2003 South African food and aluminium group Tongaat-Hulett said yesterday its sales in Mozambique have exceeded 10 000 t a month, for the first time in July. 

Russian aluminium firm's output surges

     31st July 2003 The world’s second largest aluminium producer, Rusal of Russia, announced volume growth across all main product lines for the first half of 2003. 

Pechiney to press ahead with Coega plans

     23rd July 2003 French aluminium producer Pechiney said on Tuesday it would press ahead with its South African aluminium smelter project regardless of whether a bid for the company from Canadian rival Alcan was successful or not. 

Pechiney board says Alcan offer inadequate

     9th July 2003 French aluminium company Pechiney said today an unsolicited 3,4-billion euro takeover offer from Canadian rival Alcan was inadequate and against shareholder, staff and its own interests. 

Pechiney board to meet to hatch Alcan bid response

     9th July 2003 The board of French aluminium maker Pechiney would have met yesterday to thrash out a formal response to a hostile takeover bid from Canada's Alcan that it has already called unfriendly and underpriced. 

Alcan launches hostile bid for Pechiney

     8th July 2003 Canada's Alcan yesterday launched a hostile 3,4-billion euro cash-and-stock bid for French rival Pechiney, in a deal that would create the world's largest aluminium group by revenues. 

145 km of cables supplied

By: zeena isaacs     4th July 2003 Electric power cable company, South Africa African Cables, supplied a total of 145 km of low and medium-voltage cable to the Hillside Aluminium smelter expansion project. 

Aboveground work starts in earthing contract

By: zeena isaacs     4th July 2003 Durban-based company SME Lightning Protection & Earthing has completed the underground earthing works at the Hillside Aluminium smelter expansion project, in Kwazulu-Natal. 

Construction contract for smelter awarded

     4th July 2003 A general construction and management contract valued at $600-million for the construction of an aluminium smelter in South Africa has been awarded to Technip-Coflexip of France, in a joint venture with the Bateman group. 

Eskom pledges R2,3bn to provide Coega smelter with electricity

By: Luxolo Tyali     4th July 2003 Negotiations between South African power utility, Eskom, together with the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), on equity participation in the Pechiney aluminium smelter, to be constructed at Coega, in the Eastern Cape, are at an advanced stage, reports Eskom spokesperson Fani Zulu. 

First metal expected early next year

     4th July 2003 The expansion of the Hillside aluminium smelter in Richards Bay is 60% complete, and is on track to produce its first metal in the first quarter of next year. 

Insulation and bimetal plates delivered

By: zeena isaacs     4th July 2003 The electrical insulation components and bimetal plates required for the Hillside Aluminium smelter expansion project, near Richards Bay, in Kwazulu-Natal, has been delivered by Pyrotek. 

Joint venture completes three smelter contracts

     4th July 2003 Construction company WBHO, in a joint venture with Concor, has completed three contracts at the Hillside Aluminium smelter, in Kwazulu-Natal. 

Mozambique crane now in Richards Bay

By: zeena isaacs     4th July 2003 Crane and hoist manufacturing company Morris Materials Handling delivered two overhead cranes to the Hillside Aluminium smelter expansion project, in Kwazulu-Natal, at the end of January. 

Piling contract completed in September

By: zeena isaacs     4th July 2003 A multimillion rand piling contract was completed at the Hillside Aluminium smelter expansion project, in Kwazulu-Natal, by piling company, Franki Africa, in September. 

Switchgear panel supply completed

     4th July 2003 Power generation, transmission and distribution company, Alstom Switchgear, completed the supply of 22 medium-voltage switchgear panels to BHP Billiton’s Hillside Aluminium smelter, in Richards Bay, for the Hillside Smelter expansion project in April. 

System fans are in commissioning stage

By: zeena isaacs     4th July 2003 Thirty-six alumina system fans have been supplied to the Hillside Aluminium smelter expansion project, in Kwazulu-Natal, by fan manufacturer Howden Donkin. 

Egypt to boost aluminium output by mid-2004

     27th June 2003 Egypt Aluminium reckons it will finish work on upgrading one of its pot lines by mid-2004, boosting output by 50 000 t a year at the country's sole aluminium producer, an official at the plant's state holding company Metallurgical Industries, said yesterday. 

Automated aluminium covering developed for the transport sector

     20th June 2003 A South African company has developed an automated aluminium structure for the transport industry. 

Automation contract awarded at smelter

     20th June 2003 Automation firm Streamworks has secured a second contract at the Hillside aluminium smelter, when it was selected by Murray and Roberts Engineering Solutions to design and implement substations for the Hillside 3 expansion project. 

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