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Aluminium News

Apollo to buy Xstrata Aluminum for $1,15bn

By: Nelendhre Moodley     11th April 2007 Diversified mining major Xstrata on Wednesday announced the disposal of Xstrata Aluminum, comprising all of Xstrata's aluminium interests, to Apollo Management LP for $1,15-billion. Xstrata Aluminum was created from the former Falconbridge Group�s aluminium assets, known as Noranda Aluminum,... 

Mittal announces price hikes, days after excessive-pricing ruling

By: Mariaan Webb     30th March 2007 Local steel maker Mittal Steel South Africa announced on Friday that it would increase the price of certain long- and flat-steel products on the back of stronger international steel prices. 

Tongaat-Hulett unbundling, BEE ‘progressing well’

By: Liezel Hill     9th March 2007 Southern African sugar and aluminium producer Tongaat-Hulett is making progress with the proposed unbundling and listing on the JSE of its 50%-owned Hulett Aluminium (Hulamin), as well as with the planned sale of stakes in Tongaat-Hulett and Hulamin to black investors, the company said in a note... 

Polymer pricing likely to take centre stage as optimism grows that steel formula is possible

By: Terence Creamer     2nd February 2007 Pricing in the chemicals sector is likely to come under more intense scrutiny this year as the Department of Trade and industry (DTI) and steel group Mittal Steel South Africa reportedly close in on a mutually acceptable developmental steel-price formula and studies into polymer prices come to a... 

Alcan already mulling 1mt/y SA output as it gets set to build $2,7bn smelter

By: Mariaan Webb     24th November 2006 International aluminium producer Alcan, which agreed a power supply deal with State-owned Eskom on Friday that would open the way for a $2,7-billion smelter investment, is already looking at expanding its capacity to a million tons a year - the initial capacity will be 72 000 t. This will close... 

$2,7bn Alcan smelter poised to be first recipient of new power incentive

By: Terence Creamer     22nd November 2006 International aluminium producer Alcan appears set to emerge as the first recipient of South Africa's newest industrial incentive, known as the 'Developmental Electricity Pricing Programme', or DEPP, which was signed off by Trade and Industry Minister Mandisi Mpahlwa late last week. The DEPP... 

Alcan in deal that could result in Madagascar mine and refinery

By: Nelendhre Moodley     10th November 2006 Leading global aluminium producer Alcan has signed a memorandum of understanding with Access Madagascar Sarl, a Malagasy company holding exploration rights in Madagascar’s south-eastern Manantenina District, to jointly study the development of a bauxite mine and alumina refinery, which... 

Coega smelter talks enter sensitive commercial stage

By: Helene Le Roux     14th July 2006 The government remains positive about its negotiations with one of the world’s largest aluminium producers, Canadian firm Alcan, to establish a R12-billion aluminium smelter at Coega, in the Eastern Cape. 

Eskom mulls smelter interruptions as power squeeze bites

By: Terence Creamer     7th April 2006 Electricity utility Eskom will consider invoking the interruptability clauses it has with various energy-intensive clients, particularly those in the metals sector, as the reserve position between South Africa’s winter peak and its installed power capacity continues to narrow. 

Innovation rather than cheap inputs to underpin aluminium reroller's growth strategy

By: Terence Creamer     3rd March 2006 The creation of an independently listed aluminium reroller through the unbundling of Hulett Aluminium (Hulamin) from the larger Tongaat Hulett group is unlikely to be the first stage in the development of a vertically-integrated aluminium company in South Africa. What it could herald, though, is... 

IFC approves $150m for aluminium project

     18th January 2006 Global aluminium producer Rusal yesterday said that it welcomed the decision by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) to endorse the group's entry in Komi Aluminium - a project to design, construct and operate a modern bauxite... 

Aluminium plant resumes production after revamp

     6th December 2005 World-number-three aluminium producer Rusal said yesterday that it has launched production at its Armenian foil-rolling asset Armenal, following completion of the first stage of its modernisation plans. 

BHP Billiton, Eskom in talks on tariffs for Mozal expansion

By: Liezel Hill     29th November 2005 World number-five aluminium producer BHP Billiton said yesterday that it would push for 'economic' rather than 'cheap' electricity rates for its planned Mozal 3 expansion, in Mozambique. 

Aluminium saves weight and increases payload

By: Mariaan Webb     26th August 2005 The heavier a vehicle, the more significant the effect on infrastructure and road users. 

Aluminium reroller mulls expansion

By: Terence Creamer     12th August 2005 Niche aluminium re-roller Hulett Aluminium (Hulamin), of Maritzburg, the star performer in the bigger Tongaat Hulett group for the first six months of 2005, is considering a $40-million (about R240-million) brownfields expansion to take its overall capacity to 250 000 t/y. 

US group develops 'wonder alloy'

     27th April 2005 US group New Technology Products, of Houston, Texas, has developed a low-melting point 'wonder alloy' that can be used to repair or weld aluminium and any aluminium or magnesium alloy. 

Rusal secures loan for foil-mill upgrade

     12th April 2005 Russian-based aluminum producer Rusal has secured a €46,6-million export loan to fund a large-scale programme to upgrade its Armenal foil mill in Armenia. 

Safety torches operate in potentially-explosive conditions

By: abdul cook     25th March 2005 Gauteng-based Denver Technical Products have introduced one of the first ATEX directive compliant safety lights to South Africa. 

Seven more projects set to receive outgoing tax break

By: elizabeth rebelo     11th March 2005 Currently, there are another seven projects in the pipeline awaiting approval for the Strategic Industrial Projects (SIP) incentive programme. 

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. 

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