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Foundries, Forges & Die-casting News

NTI set to revitalise SA’s tooling industry

By: Christy van der Merwe     23rd February 2007 The industry driven and government supported National tooling initiative (NTI) has changed gear and is set to start rolling out planned projects and programmes to revitalise the tooling industry in South Africa. 

R3bn Sappi Saiccor expansion feeling civil engineering pinch

By: Terence Creamer     1st February 2007 Forest products and paper producer Sappi says it is experiencing some civil-engineering-related cost and time pressures at its R3-billion Saiccor expansion in Kwazulu-Natal, but believes the financial impacts will not be “material” and that delays can also be contained. The South... 

Sappi likely to do more BEE deals, says Van As

By: Terence Creamer     1st February 2007 Forest products and paper giant Sappi anticipates that it will do further black economic-empowerment (BEE) deals in South Africa over and above the property-development deal struck with a Lereko-led consortium last year - Lereko is led by former North West Premier Popo Molefe and former... 

Establishment of two new foundries assists Weir Group in global expansion drive

By: Jade Davenport     15th December 2006 Engineering and minerals solutions multinational Weir Group has embarked on a worldwide expansion programme to increase throughput and improve the time- and cost-efficiency of the production process to benefit its global customer base. 

Sawmill-upgrade tender to be awarded early next year

By: Nelendhre Moodley     13th December 2006 The South African Forestry Company (Safcol) has had a “fairly good” response to a call for tenders for the upgrade of the kiln-control system at its Timbadola sawmill, project engineer Kira Ross tells Engineering News Online. 

R12m new foundry just the start, says Weir Minerals Africa

By: Nelendhre Moodley     27th November 2006 Minerals solution provider Weir Minerals Africa poured its first casting on Monday at its newly-built R12-million foundry in Isando, on the East Rand. 

State financier backs R19m forestry-plantation project in KZN

By: Jade Davenport     17th November 2006 Transformation of the South African forestry sector at the broad-based empowerment level is a feature that has been slow to manifest over the last few years. 

Department to have dedicated forestry chief soon

By: Terence Creamer     24th October 2006 The appointment of a new deputy director-general for forestry at the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (Dwaf) was likely to be confirmed by Cabinet within the next few weeks. 

Studies continue into eucalyptus-beneficiation project

By: Laura Tyrer     14th July 2006 Planning continues for the construction of Pulp United’s new eucalyptus-based bleached, chemi, thermo, mechanical pulp (BCTMP) mill, in Richards Bay. 

Chipboard investment

By: Helene Le Roux     16th June 2006 Timber products company Steinhoff has been given the official go-ahead to continue with an investment of R1,3-billion in a new chipboard plant in the Eastern Cape. 

Top-notch lightning forecasting buffering industry, insurance and even sport against weather risk

By: Liezel Hill     26th May 2006 Severe and extreme weather moves quickly and can cause momentous damage to life and property in a short period of time, as vividly evidenced by the recent disasters in the Gulf Coast, South-East Asia and Pakistan. As a result, ‘nowcasting’ techniques are becoming increasingly... 

IDC financier set to test the limits of the risk-reward relationship as it seeks to facilitate shared growth

By: Terence Creamer     21st April 2006 The public persona of State development financier, the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), rose to prominence in the national consciousness on March 5, when ‘Tsotsi’, a feature-length movie partly sponsored by the bank, was awarded the Oscar for the best foreign-language film.... 

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. 

Largest automatic moulding machine for leading foundry

14th April 2006 African drive to expand 

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. 

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... 

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... 

CT foundry produces components for replica sports-car exports

14th April 2006 Cape Town-based aluminium foundry Ajax Manufacturing continues to play an important role in the production of various aluminium components for the automotive industry. 

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. 

Dry-ice cleaning now accessible to foundry industry

By: Matthew Hill     14th April 2006 LRM Blaster technical director Tom Sowry tells Engineering News that with LRM’s new Triventek dry ice blasters, pelletisers and recovery units, the company can offer customers in the foundry industry a full and economical solution. 

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. 

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. 

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