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Foundries, Forges & Die-casting News

Programmes set to bridge widening skills gap

By: Dylan Slater     10th April 2015 Initiative of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) the National Foundry Technology Network (NFTN) last year updated several industry-focused skills development programmes to bridge the widening skills gap and mitigate the effects of an ageing industry, as many skilled foundrymen are nearing... 

Demand increase for preventative maintenance strategies

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th November 2014 Steel plant processing technology, equipment and services specialist SMS Siemag South Africa, a division of SMS Group, has registered significant demand growth for preventative maintenance in the local ferrous, nonferrous and ferroalloys industries, paired with a 10% to 15% increase in technical... 

Demand increase for preventative maintenance strategies
Photo by Duane Daws
PREVENTATIVE STRATEGY SMS Group assists the industry in monitoring predictive failure and scheduled shutdowns

Exports affecting local companies’ access to good-quality scrap metal

By: Sashnee Moodley     31st October 2014 Trends in the steelmaking industry have shown that local access to good-quality scrap is being hampered by the increasing exports of this material.  

Coil and sheets supplied to PRASA project

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th October 2014 Stainless steel flat products producer Columbus Stainless received the first order in February this year to supply coils and sheets for the first 20 passenger train sets that form part of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) passenger coach replacement project. “The majority of... 

Coil and sheets supplied to PRASA project
FIRST ORDER Columbus Stainless supplied type 301 and 304L coils and sheets for the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s passenger coach replacement project

New coverall range launched for industry

By: Mia Breytenbach     17th October 2014 Local specialised protective-clothing manufacturer Charnaud introduced its new Aci-Flam and Metal-Safe ranges of protective clothing to industry last month. Charnaud supplies products and specialised footwear to industries dealing with, for example, hot-metal smelting, firefighting, shaft... 

New coverall range launched for industry
INDUSTRY FIRST The Metal-Safe personal protective garments are made from Lenzing FR, antistatic, high-strength synthetic and other fibres

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

Efforts under way to revitalise tool, die and mouldmaking in SA

By: Schalk Burger     15th August 2014 The South African tool, die and mouldmaking (TDM) industry is being revitalised to locally produce the tools, dies, moulds and fixtures required by the manufacturing sector. Local TDM capability is key to enable the manufacturing industry to remain competitive, says Toolmaking Association of... 

Efforts under way to revitalise tool, die and mouldmaking in SA
HENK SNYMAN TDM supports broader industrial activity that has a multiplier-effect on the potential to beneficiate raw materials in many industries

Merseta advocates practical trade experience to plug South Africa’s technical gaps

By: Schalk Burger     11th July 2014 The Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority (Merseta) advocates artisan training, coupled with workplace experience, as a way of developing technical skills that are in demand, which will create high-quality jobs and more technically qualified... 

Foundry expects 15% growth in valve casting demand

By: Mia Breytenbach     9th May 2014 To meet the increase in demand in valves and valve-casting manufacturing, specialist foundry group Steloy Castings has invested more than R1-million in new facilities and technologies, which includes the installation of a new cold box core-making machine, states Steloy marketing and sales... 

Foundry expects 15% growth in valve casting  demand
CASTING EXPECTATIONS Steloy Castings expects a 15% growth in the valve-casting sector of the market

Bright future for multifaceted foundry industry, despite decline  

By: Jonathan Rodin     11th April 2014 The metal-casting industry has experienced a period of decline, with several closures of foundries in recent years. However, the recent signs of economic recovery in Europe and North America, the continued strong growth of the African continent’s economy and the weakening of the Rand, are all... 

Bright future for multifaceted foundry industry, despite decline
SAIF CEO John Davies discusses tackling the forging industry’s challenges and Viking Foundry operations manager Greg Estman discusses the foundry.

Forum tackles industry challenges

By: Jonathan Rodin     11th April 2014 The New Foundry Generation Forum, launched in August last year, enhances a chosen group of young leaders in the foundry industry, identified and selected by a committee. The forum aims to develop skills in the industry by dealing with problem- solving, productivity, quality, cost and delivery... 

Foundry training centre begins training candidates

By: Jonathan Rodin     11th April 2014 Gauteng’s first foundry training centre was officially launched in September last year at the Ekurhuleni East College (EEC) for further education and training in Kwa Thema, Springs, to create a hub for foundry-related skills training and technology transfer. The first intake of apprentices... 

New machine increases forging company’s forging capability

     11th April 2014 Product supplier and manufacturer Frankwen Forge installed a four-axis computer numerical controlled machine during the late last year, says Frankwen Forge sales manager Vince Horsburgh. He says that the machine enables the company to machine complex, integrally reinforced lip-type nozzles, final... 

Local foundries key to meeting increased demand

By: Mia Breytenbach     21st March 2014 As castings comprise the bulk of the cost and material of pumps and valves, local foundries play a significant part in enabling industry to reach competitiveness targets, states specialist foundry group Steloy group sales manager Leon Reeves. Although the current foundry market suffers from the... 

Local foundries key to meeting increased demand
INCREASED DEMAND Foundries are expected to meet the demand for castings, which from part of valves and pumps components

Capital investment programmes can boost industry

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th February 2014 Specialist foundry Steloy Castings will complete a multimillion dollar order for stanchion support assemblies, this month, which will be sent to a petrochemicals refinery in China. “The order comprised an assembly of castings, the bulk of which consists of tubes, which are used in the stanchions.... 

Capital investment programmes can boost industry
CASTING OPPORTUNITY Capital investment programmes, such as the Strategic Integrated Projects, will provide opportunities for the casting industry to supply cast and centrifugally cast products

Crane contracts increased by 142% in 2013

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th February 2014 Lifting equipment and service company Konecranes Southern Africa (SA) is manufacturing nine overhead cranes, with an estimated value of R8-million, for the steel industry and continues its inspection and service contracts for local and multinational steel manufacturers and distributors, states... 

Crane contracts increased by 142% in 2013
CRANE OPERATION The Konecranes service procedure and service manual has proven to reduce crane operating costs and thus increasing production capacity, reliability and efficiency

Modest recovery forecast for South African steel industry

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th February 2014 International credit insurer Coface noted a 40% increase in the number of steel company liquidations in 2013. “Coface encountered 55 cases of liquidation in the local steel industry last year,” Coface industry analyst Warrick Robertson says, adding that the credit insurer observed a 56% increase... 

Modest recovery  forecast for South African steel industry
WARRICK ROBERTSON Although international credit insurer Coface forecasts a modest recovery for the steel industry, the company emphasizes that sub-Saharan Africa is a growing market for South African steel products

New version of marking system to mark two dimensional code

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th February 2014 The new version of the InfoDent 8400-20 pin marking system, designed for marking hot, primary metals or steel products, which was launched in mid-2013, has an improved controller, which increases the marking speed and can print machine-readable information, or two-dimensional codes, says supplier... 

New version of marking system to mark two dimensional code
MARKING SMART The new InfoDent 8400-20 pin marking machine can print on uneven surfaces and machine-readable information or two-dimensional code onto hot steel products

South African steel industry needs protection policies  

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th February 2014 Owing to the discovery of and exploration for shale gas in the US and Canada, as well as gas finds off Mozambique and Asia, the global steel industry is set to undergo a radical makeover, but South Africa may not immediately benefit from the lower gas prices, states advisory company Deloitte... 

South African steel industry needs protection policies
Photo by Bloomberg
POLAND SHALE GAS The discovery of and exploration for shale gas and gas finds across the world can reduce gas prices which will benefit steel producing companies that use gas to manufacture steel

Steel distributor to introduce new products 

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th February 2014 Steel distribution and processing company Duferco Distribution Services’ steel sales have increased by about 300% since January last year, as more industries, such as mining, transport, recycling and cement, are expressing interest and buying its Quard and Quend steel, S355 and pressure vessel... 

Steel distributor to  introduce new products
STEEL INCREASE Duferco Distribution Services will introduce new quench and tempered steel materials in a width of 3 m onto the South African market this year

Survey reveals increase in use of light steel frame building method

     28th February 2014 An industry survey conducted by the Southern African Light Steel Frame Building Association (SASFA) revealed an increase in the use of the light steel frame building (LSFB) method in South Africa.   “Mainly, the survey showed that the mass of steel used in South Africa to profile light steel... 

Scaw Metals signs knowledge-exchange deal with German steel giant

     8th November 2013 South African manufacturer of steel products Scaw Metals Group recently signed a knowledge exchange agreement with German steelmaking company Badische Stahl-Engineering GMBH (BSE) to drive technological advances and excellence at its steelmaking and rolling facilities. 

Room for optimism as SA shifts artisan-training gears

By: Janet Lopes     1st November 2013 Artisan training has finally become firmly entrenched as a national priority in South Africa on the basis of a burst of energy and innovation over the past few years. This new status was confirmed when Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande declared 2013 as the ‘Year of the... 

Room for optimism as SA shifts artisan-training gears

Collaborative effort under way to develop next generation of foundrymen

By: Schalk Burger     11th October 2013 Foundries have partnered with government departments, research and development organisations and universities to develop foundry skills through the Gauteng Foundry Training Centre (GFTC), says National Foundry Technology Network (NFTN) project manager Adrie El Mohamadi. The newly built GFTC is... 

    Collaborative effort under way to develop next generation of foundrymen

Valve manufacturers, foundries should collaborate to ‘take back’ market share

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th August 2013 Valve manufacturers and foundries could see a R4-billion to R5-billion recovery over the next three to five years as localisation in public procurement takes hold. The industry would be able to “take back” the market share lost to foreign companies over the past few years and revive the local... 

Valve manufacturers, foundries should collaborate to ‘take back’ market share

Smelting project leads to shift in company directors

By: Sashnee Moodley     9th August 2013 Smelter engineering firm Metix, a subsidiary of German group SMS Siemag, is undertaking the Sakura smelting project in Sarawak, Malaysia, which has resulted in a reshuffle of its upper ranks. 

Smelting project leads to shift in company directors
KAZCHROME WORKS PROJECT The project, which began in 2011, includes the construction of four 72 MW direct current furnaces for the smelting of ferrochrome

Acquisition consolidates steel plant specialist’s leading market position

By: Samantha Herbst     3rd May 2013 Having finalised its takeover of Luxembourg-based pyro- and hydrometallurgical engineering company Paul Wurth, steel plant construction specialist SMS Siemag, a division of SMS Holding, is now the only service provider worldwide that provides a full spectrum of technology processes for the... 

Solutions to survive electricity crisis presented

By: Sashnee Moodley     12th April 2013 Foundries need to ensure energy efficiency without compromising production to deal with rising energy costs in South Africa. 

Foundries must collaborate, cooperate to combat industry challenges

By: Sashnee Moodley     12th April 2013 The local and international foundry sectors need to work together to deal with the challenges that affect the industry, as every foundry faces these challenges, says industry-led, government-funded National Foundry Technology Network (NFTN) project leader Adrie el-Mohamadi. 

Foundry waste beneficial to other industries

By: Sashnee Moodley     12th April 2013 The foundry industry is one of the greatest recyclers; however, it generates many waste products that end up in landfills when, in fact, they can be used in several applications, says US Department of Agriculture research soil scientist Robert Dungan.  

Material efficiency can improve energy efficiency

By: Sashnee Moodley     12th April 2013 Improved understanding of material efficiency at different stages of the casting process and the associated energy and operating materials required at each of these stages can be used to gather important information needed to promote efficiency improvements at foundries, says local consultancy... 

Metal casting a global growth market, but challenges remain

By: Sashnee Moodley     12th April 2013 Global metal casting production is expected to reach 115-million tons by 2015, but the role South Africa plays in the global industry continues to decline. 

New range of furnaces enters local industry

By: Sashnee Moodley     12th April 2013 In light of the electricity supply constraints in South Africa, the new-generation energy efficient induction tilt melting (ITM) range of furnaces from induction-heating solutions company Hot Platinum (HPT), was launched to the foundry industry in January. 

New range of glass tempering furnaces launched in SA

     12th April 2013 A new range of energy efficient glass tempering furnaces, from glass processing solutions company Cooltemper, has been launched in South Africa to provide glass processors with broader options when choosing machinery. 

PE foundry acquisition to support global growth objectives

     12th April 2013 Global minerals solutions supplier Weir Group announced that it would purchase the Port Elizabeth-based Xmeco Foundry, which will form part of their Weir Minerals Africa business unit.  

SA foundries follow global trends – conference

     12th April 2013 Delegates at the 2013 South African Metal Casting Conference, held in the North West, between March 13 and 16 heard that the challenges faced by foundries in South Africa are not unique in the global context and that growth in the industry will come from closer attention to the needs of foundry... 

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