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Foundries, Forges & Die-casting News

Filtration system benefits East Rand foundry

By: Matthew Hill     14th April 2006 In its quest to implement better environment control systems and upgrade working conditions at its site, Boksburg-based foundry Prima Industrial Holdings approached Freudenberg’s Filter division to assist with the evaluation and conceptualisation of emmission-control improvements. 

Foundry shows good growth potential

By: Matthew Hill     14th April 2006 In the past Boksburg-based Pillman Foundry primarily made castings for AH Pillman & Son’s mining and construction equipment, but marketing manager Martin Scheepers tells Engineering News that it is now diversifying into other areas of the market. 

Investment crucial for local foundries

By: Matthew Hill     14th April 2006 Within the last year, acouple of South African foundries have closed down, but there has also beena lot of investment in certainfoundries, especially those supplying the automotive industry,”says South African Institute of Foundrymen (SAIF) currentpresident, Bruce Crawford, in an exclusive... 

Largest automatic moulding machine for leading foundry

     14th April 2006 African drive to expand 

Local foundry excells on various fronts

     14th April 2006 The prestigious Q1 Quality Award, which is renowned as a global industry standard for excellence, was awarded to Murray & Roberts Foundries Autocast Brits and Autocast Port Elizabeth plants by the Ford Motor Company during November 2005 and March 2006. 

Major growth potential in automotive sector for foundries

By: Matthew Hill     14th April 2006 Springs-based high-pressure casting com-pany Zealous Pressure Castings was founded almost 30 years ago and has since grown to employ some 206 workers in its two firms, Zealous Pressure Castings and Zealous Automotive. 

R&D key to investment-casting company

By: Matthew Hill     14th April 2006 IntraCast has been involved with research and development (R&D) into advances in casting technology for the past decade, and has been the casting specialist in consortia invol-ving the University of the Witwatersrand, Tshwane University of Technology, the National Laser Centre and Rapid Design... 

New lumberjack generatoin

By: Irma Venter     3rd March 2006 The first draft of the black economic empowerment (BEE) charter for the local forestry industry will be completed by the end of March, and submitted to Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry Buyelwa Sonjica to issue for public comment. 

Water-blasting technology increases foundry’s efficiency

By: Mariaan Webb     20th January 2006 To improve surface quality and increase efficiency within its foundry, Rely Precision Castings has recently started to make use of water-blasting technology to remove shell and clean its castings completely. 

R19,1m for forestry and wood product incubator

By: Liezel Hill     9th December 2005 The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) announced last week that through its risk capital facility has invested R19,1-million in the Fukamela Forestry and Wood Product Incubator, a wholly black-owned and managed incubator that supports the development of new and existing entrepreneurs in the... 

Project's prospects rise

By: Terence Creamer     25th November 2005 Paper group Sappi hopes to receive board sanction for a R2-billion expansion of the Sappi Saiccor mill in Kwazulu-Natal during the first half of next year. 

Softwood showdown

By: Helene Le Roux     14th October 2005 Next month, the Competition Tribunal will hear the appeal on the proposed merger of the Bonheur consortium and Komatiland Forests. 

Big competitiveness push as global threats grow

By: Irma Venter     5th August 2005 South Africa’s forestry and forest products industry is facing increased competition from other producers in the southern hemisphere, with the threat of China also looming as this country rushes to increasingly transform its consumer status to that of paper and pulp exporter. 

London to host international foundry event

     28th July 2005 The 19th exhibition of the Foundry Equipment & Supplies Association (FESA) Foundry International 2005 will take place this year in London. 

Minister acts to help in Mpumalanga saw-milling crisis

     27th July 2005 The Water Affairs and Forestry Department is working with Komatiland Forests (KLF) in a bid to curb job losses due to the dwindling supply of wood in Mpumalanga. 

Rural-development thrust

By: Irma Venter     22nd July 2005 The first draft of a black economic empowerment charter for South Africa’s forestry industry must be completed by the end of this year, says Water Affairs and Forestry Minister Buyelwa Sonjica. 

Ex-prisoners turn alien plants into coffins

By: Irma Venter     8th July 2005 It may be a bit of an eerie concept, but South Africa is to produce coffins from the invasive alien vegetation that dots its landscape, by teams which will include ex-prisoners. 

New pine tree R&D thrust

By: Irma Venter     1st July 2005 Tree breeding researchers are few and far between in South Africa, and the same is true for qualified plant geneticists. 

New fan motors developed for timber dryers

     27th May 2005 Specialists in electromechanical engineering Leroy-Somer has developed a range of fan motors specifically for timber dryers that ensure efficient operation, significant energy-savings and extended service life. 

Alliance formed to reduce global deforestation

     26th May 2005 Plans are in the pipeline to reduce global deforestation rates by ten per cent by 2010. 

Fibre reinforcement being widely used in cement market

By: Mariaan Webb     20th May 2005 Although fibre-reinforced concrete (FRC) is not a very recent technology, it is being more extensively used in many different areas of the South African concrete market. 

Pump bowls supplied to European pump order

     22nd April 2005 Leading South African stainless-steel foundry Steloy Castings has supplied 20 pump bowls, weighing in at some 1 000 kg each, for centrifugal pumps to be commissioned in Europe. 

Affordable cleaning made possible with blasting machine

     15th April 2005 Loca -company Lava Rock Marketing developed South Africa’s first quality dry-ice blasting machine as a more affordable cleaning method for the foundry industry. 

Award-winning firm is looking to expand

By: Mariaan Webb     15th April 2005 “To the NiMag Group of companies, including NiMag, Magberg Manufacturing, Metalloy Fibres and Chromet, quality has always been the basis of its production and business philosophy,” CEO Trevor Sinclair says after the group has been awarded the International Star Quality Award gold... 

Bearings reduce maintenance costs in casting processes

     15th April 2005 The bearings division of Bearing Man distributes a range of NSK bearings that provides efficient performance and reduced maintenance costs in many steel and metal processes, including casting, rolling, finishing, raw materials handling and iron making. 

Concretes adapted for use in foundries

By: Mariaan Webb     15th April 2005 Vereeniging-based refractory manufacturer Durocast has adapted high-technology concretes, normally used in blast furnace runners and steel plant ladles, to make them suitable for use in foundries. 

Firm remains focused on exports despite challenges

By: Mariaan Webb     15th April 2005 The Ozz Foundries Group, with the Benoni-based Eclipse Foundries within the group, has recently reorganised its operational structures, making the group a “leaner and meaner” team, CEO Alastair Moffat tells Engineering News. 

Foundry grows its stainless-steel production

By: Mariaan Webb     15th April 2005 After three years of casting stainless steel, Matt Cast Supplies feels that it is ready to focus more on being a steel and stainless steel foundry and recently installed a new 350 kW furnace to run the plant at full capacity, director Allan Bruggeman tells Engineering News. 

Future lies in investment castings

By: Mariaan Webb     15th April 2005 Local company Rely Precision Castings has recently sold off its Chamdor sand- and centrifugal-casting facility to be in line with its strategy to aggressively focus on investment castings. 

Industry to benefit from foundry merger

     15th April 2005 The operations of South Africa’s two premier stainless steel foundries have been merged to offer customers access to an unparalleled pool of foundry skills, technologies and products. 

Institute looks to the future

By: Mariaan Webb     15th April 2005 The South African Institute for Foundrymen (SAIF) is busy restructuring so as to become a more professional body. 

New centre facilitates technology development

By: Mariaan Webb     15th April 2005 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), in a joint venture with Mintek and Necsa, established a Light Metals Development Centre (LMDC) in 2003. 

Remoulded foundry company to expand customer base

     15th April 2005 High-quality iron and steel-product manufacturer Crown Cast has been remoulded under new management with a view to raise the level of service and quality of products offered to its customers. 

Robust order book to carry company beyond 2011

By: Mariaan Webb     15th April 2005 Since Murray & Roberts Foundries’ rebuilding process, to ensure it remained globally competitive, began more than two years ago, MD Edwin Hewitt says that significant changes have taken place and results are beginning to emerge. 

Yorkcor downplays perceptions of sawlog shortage

By: Martin Czernowalow     24th March 2005 South African timber company Yorkcor yesterday said that, while it is possible that a serious undersupply of sawlogs could materialise, based on long-term analysis, it appears more probable that supply and demand of sawlogs will be in balance with short periods of under- or oversupply. 

Council awarded for forest management standards

     11th March 2005 Greenpeace recently congratulated the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) for winning the prestigious Alcan Prize for Sustainability in December. 

Department steps in to protect trees

     11th March 2005 South Africa is richly endowed with more than 1700 indigenous species of trees and shrubs. 

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