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Aluminium News

Aluminium-in-vehicles textbook could make varsity debut

By: elizabeth rebelo     11th March 2005 The Aluminium Federation of South Africa (Afsa) aims to introduce its recently-launched hardcover textbook, Aluminium Designs for the Commercial Vehicle Industry, into the University of Johannesburg. 

Metals firm enlarges its empowered base

By: Zonika Botha     4th March 2005 South Africa’s leading metals group Kulungile Metals has brought a new black-economic empowerment (BEE) partner on broad, bringing the company’s total BEE shareholding to 49% 

Madiba icon central to PE rejuvenation effort

By: elizabeth rebelo     4th February 2005 The winner of the competition for the design of the Statue of Freedom, launched by the Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA) in January, and will be announced on July 18, to coincide with the birthday of former president Nelson Mandela. 

Coega dumps 'ancho-tenant' fixation

By: elizabeth rebelo     14th January 2005 The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) is no longer exclusively focusing on obtaining a “so called anchor tenant” for the Coega industrial development zone in the Eastern Cape, reports CDC CEO Pepi Silinga. 

What's next in the world of welding

By: Karel Smrcka     19th November 2004 Since the introduction of the coated electrode 100 years ago, several other processes have been invented, for instance SAW (submerged arc welding), TIG (tungsten inert gas) welding, MIG/MAG (metal inert gas/metal active gas) welding, plasma cutting and FCAW (flux cored arc) welding. 

Science and art merge in tableware design

By: elizabeth rebelo     15th October 2004 Stainless steel is a metal usually associated with hard-core engineering, factories and foundries, but well-known South African designer Carrol Boyes manages to skillfully combine the science of engineering with art to produce creative and highly-sought-after tableware. 

Distributors play key role in materia's development

By: elizabeth rebelo     15th October 2004 Distributors play a key role in the development of stainless steel in South Africa and are at the forefront of promoting the metal in the local market. 

Hulett 'disappointed' with antidumping ruling

By: Martin Czernowalow     7th October 2004 South African-based producer of aluminium rolled products Hulett Aluminium yesterday said that the US Department of Commerce (DOC) has ruled, in an antidumping case filed against the group in the US, that a dumping margin of 3,5% existed - a finding that the group described as... 

20 000 cylinder heads manufactured

By: elizabeth rebelo     1st October 2004 To date, Murray & Roberts Foundries has already manufactured some 20 000 aluminium cylinder heads for Volkswagen Germany’s LT2 commercial vehicle range, says marketing director Bernard Brussow. 

BEE at the ready for fabrication business

By: elizabeth rebelo     1st October 2004 An eight-year-old black-economically-empowered (BEE) Kwazulu-Natal engineering services company is diversifying into turnkey project fabrication services. 

SABS approves wheelchair design

By: elizabeth rebelo     1st October 2004 It is not often that a wheelchair user gets the opportunity to become a wheelchair designer and manufacturer. 

Aluminium remains an important raw material

By: elizabeth rebelo     1st October 2004 According to a report written by the European Aluminium Association (Aluminium in the Automotive Industry), the aluminium content of cars is anticipated to double within the next 10 years. 

Aluminium producer tenders for Gautrain project

By: elizabeth rebelo     1st October 2004 Aluminium and packaging solutions company Alcan, has tendered to supply aluminium extrusion systems for the Gautrain rapid rail link project to one of the two tendering consortiums. This is according to Andre De Wet of Gauteng based Alutrade – the local agent of Alcan 

17 students trained through CSI project

By: elizabeth rebelo     1st October 2004 Last financial year BHP Billiton Aluminium, one of the world’s largest producers of primary aluminium, contributed R56-million to corporate social investment (CSI) projects, ranging from education and health to small business and agriculture. 

30 graduates this year

By: elizabeth rebelo     1st October 2004 World-class training outcomes are celebrated in Mozambique by AstuteHR. 

Aluminium production increases in Russia

By: elizabeth rebelo     1st October 2004 Rising demand for aluminium worldwide is prompting the Russian aluminium industry to increase its production. 

Accreditation soon for Russian refinery

By: elizabeth rebelo     1st October 2004 One of Rusal’s alumina refineries, Achinsk, has passed an environmental audit and will soon be receiving ISO 14001:1996 international certification. 

Can manufacturer continues to export

By: elizabeth rebelo     1st October 2004 Southern Africa’s largest manufacturer of beverage cans, Bevcan, has the capacity to manufacture 4,2-billion aluminium can-ends a year. 

How aluminium is produced

By: elizabeth rebelo     1st October 2004 Aluminium is not like other metals which are simply mined from the earth. 

There will be a smelter at Coega – IDC

By: Martin Czernowalow     24th September 2004 The Coega aluminium smelter will go ahead, South Africa’s State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) said last week, confirming that talks with potential investors are still under way. 

There will be a smelter at Coega - IDC

By: Martin Czernowalow     17th September 2004 The Coega aluminium smelter will go ahead, South Africa's State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) said yesterday, confirming that talks with potential investors are still under way. 

Sugar, industrial group unveils rand-beating strategy

By: Zonika Botha     20th August 2004 Sugar and industrial group Tongaat-Hulett has revealed an action plan that could potentially improve its yearly profitability substantially. 

Aluminium group sets up Russian industrial park

     13th August 2004 The world’s third largest aluminium producer Rusal this week launched a new programme intended to lead to development of Russia’s largest industrial park complex on property associated with its production facilities in Krasnoyarsk and three other Rusal locations in Siberia. 

Aluminium producer reports substantial growth

     23rd July 2004 Russian aluminium producer Rusal this week reported substantial organic growth across its main product lines in the first half of 2004. 

Ceta urges faster skills development

     2nd July 2004 The Construction Education & Training Authority (Ceta) has called on the architectural aluminium manufacturing industry to commit itself to stepping up skills development in the construction sector. 

Coega smelter review to be done by year-end

     30th June 2004 Following a recent meeting between Alcan officials and a South African delegation, the parties are continuing to examine the best value-creating alternatives offered by the aluminium smelter project in Coega, South Africa. 

‘Coega smelter talks still continuing’

By: Martin Czernowalow     24th May 2004 Negotiations are still going on between the South African government and Canadian aluminium giant Alcan about the development of the proposed $2,2-billion Coega smelter, a government official confirmed on Friday. 

New range of valve terminal systems enters the market

By: elizabeth rebelo     14th May 2004 With a new range of valve terminal systems (VTSs) from Bosch Rexroth in Germany, South African’s Tectra Automation now has a comprehensive range of control valves, providing the company with a new competitive edge, says director Emil Berning. 

Honeywell gets multimillion-dollar order from Bahrain firm

     10th May 2004 Global automation and control solutions group, Honeywell Process Solutions, announced on Thursday it has received a multimillion-dollar order from Aluminium Bahrain (Alba) to provide a manufacturing execution system (MES) for the company's potline-5 expansion project. 

Scrap-metal policy still to be finalised 

By: elizabeth rebelo     16th April 2004 The long-awaited revised scrap-metal policy, which has taken some three years to come to the fore, was implemented at the beginning of last month. 

Automotive foundry functional by May

By: elizabeth rebelo     16th April 2004 In a strategic quest to support first-tier original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs), Zealous Pressure Casting has constructed an independent , 1 200 m2 automotive die-casting foundry to serve the automotive industry. 

Name change demonstrates global vision

By: elizabeth rebelo     16th April 2004 One of South Africa’s largest producers of cast aluminium wheels for the automotive industry has taken on a new identity 

Aluminium castings are praised

By: elizabeth rebelo     16th April 2004 One of the Cape’s largest suppliers of manifolds for the high performance auto-application market, Rowland Manifolds, has been relying on the Ajax Manufacturing foundry to produce superior aluminium castings for many years. 

Parts handed over to automotive company

By: elizabeth rebelo     16th April 2004 Port Elizabeth engineering company Xmeco Heavy Engineering, a division of the Xmeco group, was awarded a contract to design and produce certain highly-specialised replacement parts for a large automotive component supplier. 

R50m in equipment for auto project

By: elizabeth rebelo     16th April 2004 One of South Africa’s largest automotive piston manufacturers, Kolbenco, is investing R50-million in foundry equipment for a new DaimlerChrysler project. 

Lightweight construction in the aerospace industry and beyond

By: Karel Smrcka     12th March 2004 What has always been an essential factor in the aerospace industry is increasingly becoming a competitive advantage for other sectors. 

Big niche-product drive at KZN aluminium group

By: Terence Creamer     5th March 2004 South African aluminium re-roller, Hulett Aluminium (Hulamin) of Maritzburg, Kwazulu-Natal, expects it rolled-products capacity to rise to over 155 000 t by the end of 2004, and is planning to move production beyond the plant’s nameplate of 200 000 t/y by 2006. 

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