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Ivanhoe expands Kakula mineralisation as Kamoa construction gathers pace

By: Henry Lazenby     25th August 2016 Africa-focused explorer and project developer Ivanhoe Mines has reported further intercepts of greater than 10% copper, at a 3% cut-off, highlighting the high-grade nature of the thick, flat-lying, shallow, chalcocite-rich core of the Kakula Discovery zone, near the Kamoa copper project in the... 

Dramatically reduce Weld Purging times with QuickPurge®

     22nd August 2016 Time after time, welders, supervisors, quality control personnel and others are kept waiting, sometimes for many hours, for stainless steel or titanium pipes to be purged of oxygen ready for welding. In addition, all involved are watching the expensive inert argon gas flow away to waste after it... 

Developer emphasises accuracy in measurement instrumentation

By: Sebastian Whyle     19th August 2016 The South African food and beverage, and pharmaceutical sectors require measurement technology that offers precision and reliability while complying with local hygiene regulations. There is, hence, greater demand for accuracy in measurement instrumentation in these sectors, says Germany-based... 

Huta Łabędy issues FAC to SMS group for new HF welded tube line

     16th August 2016 SMS group www.sms-group.com has been granted the final acceptance certificate for the new 12 ¾-inch ERW (Electric Resistance Welding) welded tube line installed at Huta Łabędy´s works in Gliwice, Poland. The plant is designed to produce tubes with diameters from 4 ½ inches to 12 ¾ inches, wall... 

Goldman warns ‘supply storm’ to engulf global copper market

By: Bloomberg     5th August 2016 A storm’s about to hit the global copper market, according to Goldman Sachs Group Inc., which forecasts that the price may slump to $4 000 a metric ton over 12 months as mine supply picks up, producers enjoy lower costs and demand growth softens. “Company guidance and our estimates suggest that... 

Davies to meet with Zim counterpart to quell trade restrictions

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd August 2016 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies will on Thursday meet with Zimbabwe Minister of Industry and Commerce Mike Bimha to find an amicable resolution to the measures implemented by Zimbabwe on products of export interest to South Africa. The neighbouring country in June banned the importation... 

DEHN Africa safeguards golf estates from lightning and surges

     1st August 2016 Golf courses usually extend over large areas and include facilities such as clubhouses, caddy sheds, change rooms, halfway houses, shelters, golf cart parking lots and widespread irrigation and sprinkler systems that ensure the quality of the greens. They are also often located in areas where low... 

Steel designations, Highveld supply to shore up AMSA demand amid weak market

By: Terence Creamer     29th July 2016 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) expects a proposed deal to reopen the heavy-section mill at Evraz Highveld Steel & Vanadium (Highveld), together with recent moves by government to stipulate the use of local steel when calculating local content on certain infrastructure... 

Sava Trains 1 000 Hospital Staff In The Recycling Of Non-Hazardous PVC Waste

     21st July 2016 “The rising costs of healthcare waste management in South Africa and the rest of the world are forcing hospitals and clinics to rethink the way in which they deal with their healthcare waste”.  This is the opinion of Southern African Vinyls Association CEO, Delanie Bezuidenhout, who, in... 

Belmet And 3c Metal Formalise A Shareholding Relationship

     19th July 2016 Following a long history of successful collaboration and joint ventures between Belmet and 3C Metal, the French-based head office of 3C Metal has officially taken the decision to invest in a shareholding percentage of Belmet Namibia and Belmet South Africa. The shareholding agreement is effective... 

Exxon’s $2.5bn bid for PNG’s InterOil tops Oil Search

By: Bloomberg     18th July 2016 Exxon Mobil is doubling down on Papua New Guinea, topping a rival offer for InterOil, a gas explorer focused on the Southeast Asian nation. The energy giant’s offer values InterOil at $2.5-billion, including debt, beating an earlier bid from Oil Search and Total SA. Exxon already runs Papua New... 

Possible change in NDT training

By: Simon Sonnekus     15th July 2016 The harmonisation of second and third part assessment certification schemes found in the South African non-destructive testing (NDT) industry could result in continuous skills development and enhanced personnel competence, with companies and employees also retaining a stronger development... 

Lantek software will power Promotech pipe cutting machines

     12th July 2016 Lantek has reached an agreement with Polish company Promotech to supply its world leading sheet metal software with Promotech’s pipe profile cutting machines which can cut pipes up to diameter of 1500 mm and length of 12 metres with oxy-fuel or plasma. Promotech has been manufacturing and... 

Stainless steel in municipal applications has potential to save SA millions in water costs

     11th July 2016 Market developments in the international stainless steel industry have revealed the high value potential of using stainless steel piping in the service delivery of municipal water that can potentially save millions of Rands lost in leakage and filtration costs as well as see a reduction in the... 

Congo’s government drops VAT on imports for mining companies

By: Bloomberg     8th July 2016 Democratic Republic Congo will suspend value-added tax on imports for mining companies to ease operating conditions for struggling miners, Finance Minister Henri Yav Mulang said. In April, the government ordered the central bank to temporarily stop reimbursing VAT in order to reduce pressure on... 

New header designs to be showcased at Power-Gen Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     8th July 2016 Engineering, manufacturing, construction and maintenance services provider Steinmüller Africa will showcase two header models at this year’s Power-Gen Africa event, which will be held at the Sandton Convention Centre from July 19 to 21. 

Lucapa diamond sales reach $3m in Q2

By: David Oliveira     7th July 2016 ASX-listed diamond miner Lucapa Diamond Company, which owns and operates the Lulo diamond project in Angola, achieved two alluvial diamond parcel sales weighing a total of 2 670 ct, during the quarter ending June 2016, and achieved gross proceeds of $3-million at an average price of $1 132/ct,... 

Nylon Plugs for Maintenance Work

     30th June 2016 Blocking pipes in order to carry out routine maintenance, repair work, leak testing or even for weld purging is easy with Pipestoppers® Nylon Plugs. The Pipestoppers® Division of Huntingdon Fusion Techniques HFT® manufacture these low cost, light weight Nylon Plugs for a variety of applications... 

Energy-efficient electric melt shop and continuous caster for high-quality slabs at PT. Gunung, Indonesia successfully commissioned by SMS group

     29th June 2016 SMS group (www.sms-group.com) has successfully commissioned an electric steel plant with efficient environmental technology and a single-strand continuous slab caster at PT. Gunung in Bekasi (West Java province), Indonesia. The melt shop with the ARCCESS® electric arc furnace and a ladle furnace... 

LionSteel puts the roar back into Capital Star Steel

     28th June 2016 Despite its war-torn past, Mozambique has long been viewed as a country that offers great commercial potential to companies which are prepared to invest and commit to its economic and social growth. LionSteelís recent acquisition of Capital Star Steelís (CSS) steel pipe mill in Matola, Maputo,... 

Company’s new design opens more doors for pipe manufacturers

By: Sascha Solomons     24th June 2016 Amid government spend on big water projects and the ongoing, urgent need for water infrastructure development, pipes manufacturer DPI Plastics’ latest addition to its existing 630-mm-diameter range, the new 630 Class 16 modified polyvinyl chloride (mPVC) pipe, has enabled the company to make... 

Confusion regarding certification explained

     24th June 2016 Owing to the confusion within municipalities and the general public regarding the meaning of a certification body within the pipes industry,  Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association CEO Jan Venter highlights the misperceptions by explaining the differences between the South... 

Damage to tube and pipe weld purging systems eliminated

     24th June 2016 Welding metallurgy and gas physics specialists Huntingdon Fusion Techniques (HFT) have designed Argweld heat resistant covers to eliminate damaging or bursting inflatable dams on tube and pipe weld purging systems owing to exposure to high temperatures. HFT distributor support Luke Keane notes... 

Ensuring relevancy by remaining competitive

By: Sascha Solomons     24th June 2016 Apart from being heavily committed to educating various industries on the benefits of using high-quality branded and approved products, engineering supplies specialist Incledon also strives to remain abreast of the latest trends and developments in the industry by remaining competitive. Incledon... 

Innovative technology boosts productivity and job site safety

By: Sascha Solomons     24th June 2016 Mechanical pipe manufacturer Victaulic has introduced the FireLock Installation-Ready Fittings system to the pipe and fire protection industry, which reduces installation time and job site inventory, boosting productivity and safety. Victaulic Africa regional manager Barry van Jaarsveld asserts... 

New technology tailored to clients’ needs

     24th June 2016 Tailored fluid solutions and line systems hose components supplier ContiTech has developed a high-temperature Conti Excelsus hose with external reinforcement which can be precisely tailored to relevant applications.  ContiTech explains that flexibility allows the new Conti Excelsus... 

No-dig pipeline renovations an efficient alternative

By: Sascha Solomons     24th June 2016 Needle punch products manufacturer Fibertex asserts that the Fibertex KAVI felts, which is a textile that is produced by matting, condensing and pressing fibres together, has numerous advantages over conventional open trench pipe repair procedures. Fibertex South Africa business development... 

Stringent specs for plastic pipes in gas pipelines

     24th June 2016 South Africa’s gas industry is on the cusp of great growth and expansion in light of a potential global oversupply of shale gas. As a result, local plastic pipe manufacturers have to ensure that the pipes used in gas pipelines have been manufactured according to stringent specifications and... 

Gem International sees big diamond potential at Angola flagship

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd June 2016 Vancouver-based explorer Gem International Resource sees bonanza diamond potential at its flagship Dala project, in Angola, and is preparing plans for the immediate development of alluvial diamond deposits, followed with systematic exploration that would hopefully result in discovering... 

Copper is just a bystander in commodities’ best start since 2008

By: Bloomberg     23rd June 2016 The best start to a year for commodities since 2008 is leaving copper in the dust. The metal is one of the weakest of the 22 raw materials in the Bloomberg Commodity Index of returns this year and the worst of the major metals. 

Pipes Welded Faster

     22nd June 2016 Time is money and waiting for pipe joints to be purged ready for welding can take anything up to four hours, depending on the diameter of the pipe being welding and the method chosen for purging. Huntingdon Fusion Techniques, HFT®‘s innovative QuickPurge® System dramatically reduces waiting... 

Geotechnical Wizardry at Village Walk… a story of great teamwork

     21st June 2016 From a geotechnical perspective, the complete overhaul of the Village Walk site has been sufficiently challenging for Franki project manager Paulo Alves to say that this was one of the most incredible projects he has ever worked on. “It has been a complex, often difficult and unpredictable... 

Company eyes increase in export sales

By: Victor Moolman     17th June 2016 Plastic manufacturer Easyhold is increasing its product offering to new markets as it foresees an increase in sales levels through exports. 

Drilling just got smarter with new Atlas Copco SmartROC

     15th June 2016 Atlas Copco’s new ground-breaking SmartROC D65 down-the-hole drill rig combines brains and brawn to set the industry benchmark in intelligent, powerful and efficient high-precision drilling for improved production, productivity and ultimately profitability. In the current protracted tough... 

Cost-sharing initiative to save small businesses

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th June 2016 Welding services provider Federal Steel Company MD Phakamile Buthelezi has implemented a cost-sharing initiative that has helped to keep several small businesses in Turfontein, in the south of Johannesburg, afloat during a challenging economic start to the year for the welding industry. 

Industry bodies determined to maintain standards

     10th June 2016 The Installation and Fabrication Plastics Pipe Association (IFPA), a subsidiary of the local representative body of the plastics pipe industry South African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma), together with umbrella body for the local plastics industry Plastics SA, has implemented a... 

TMK’s Seversky Tube Works orders from SMS group heat treatment line for tubes

     9th June 2016 TMK’s subsidiary Seversky Tube Works, located in Polevskoy, Russia, has placed an order with SMS group www.sms-group.com for a heat treatment line for tubes and pipes. The plant produces seamless and welded pipe and tube mainly for oil and gas. With the installation of this line, TMK - one of the... 

Successful commissioning of heat treatment facility and pipe threading line supplied by SMS group

     8th June 2016 SMS group www.sms-group.com has supplied and successfully commissioned a heat treatment facility and pipe threading line, which includes two 4-axis CNC threading machines, at Axis Pipe and Tube, based in Houston, Texas, U.S.A. The two new plants for the Bryan, TX, works enable the company to... 

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