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Aluminium News

New drive technology meets industry demands

21st June 2019 The current trend of rolling high-strength materials requires higher torque capabilities at the drive train in metallurgical plants and stainless steel technical services and products provider SMS group’s drive technology meets this demand. “SMS group drive technology features rolling mill drive... 

Local steel exporters suffering amid lower US steel demand

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th June 2019 Trade union Solidarity says South African exporters of steel and aluminium products are under severe pressure after the US recently granted Canada and Mexico exemption from steel and aluminium tariffs. The US in May lifted the 25% tariff on steel and the 10% tariff on aluminium for Canada and... 

Local steel exporters suffering amid lower US steel demand
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Solidarity deputy general secretary Marius Croucamp

Steel Awards attracts record number of sponsors, entries

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th June 2019 The South African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) says a record number of sponsors, as well as entries, have been received for this year’s Steel Awards, which will be hosted on October 10. Fourteen steel companies have pledged their support for this year’s event, a 40% increase... 

Steel Awards attracts record number of sponsors, entries
Saisc CEO Paolo Trinchero

Powder coating for corrosion launched

31st May 2019 Global industrial coating supplier PPG has introduced its PPG Envirocron Extreme Protection Edge powder coatings for corrosion protection. PPG is represented in South Africa by paint manufacturer Prominent Paints, based in Alrode, Gauteng. 

Powder coating for  corrosion launched
LAY IT ON THIN The sprayable powder is a one coat application

Association highlights advantages of hot dip galvanising

By: Halima Frost     31st May 2019 The steel industry has not been immune to the pressures of the recent global and domestic economic challenges and, as a result, a notable reduction in local consumption has been filtering through to the hot dip galvanizing industry. Hot dip galvanizing is a corrosion-control process for steel or... 

Association highlights advantages of  hot dip galvanising
TAKE A DIP Dipping steel into molten zinc allows for an effective corrosion barrier

Adjudicator says any security defence of US auto tariffs at WTO 'very difficult'

By: Reuters     28th May 2019 The US will find it "very difficult" to defend President's Donald Trump's proposed car tariff against any challenge at the World Trade Organization (WTO), a veteran trade adjudicator who has ruled on a related case told Reuters. Trump said this month that some imported vehicles and parts pose a... 

Russia's Rusal first-quarter value-added product sales down 44% on US sanctions

By: Reuters     30th April 2019 Russian aluminium producer United Company Rusal has reduced its first-quarter sales of value added products (VAP) by 44% from a year ago and by 22% from the last quarter of 2018 because of sanctions by the US. Washington imposed the sanctions on Rusal, the world's largest aluminium producer... 

Guinea boosts power output to foster bauxite refining

By: Reuters     29th April 2019 Guinea expects to boost its energy production capacity by nearly four-fold over the next six years as it pushes mining companies to refine their bauxite output locally, the energy minister said on Friday. The West African nation, Africa's biggest producer of the aluminium ore, is in the midst of... 

Global Witness welcomes LME’s new responsible sourcing rules 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd April 2019 International nongovernmental organisation (NGO) Global Witness has welcomed the London Metal Exchange’s (LME’s) new responsible sourcing rules, which were published for public consultation on Tuesday. The exchange’s responsible sourcing roadmap is intended for LME-listed brands and builds on a... 

Global Witness welcomes LME’s new responsible sourcing rules

Tariff war will hammer global trade growth this year, WTO says

By: Bloomberg     2nd April 2019 The World Trade Organization (WTO) slashed its global trade growth projection for 2019 to the lowest level in three years, citing the impact of rising commercial tensions and tariffs. World merchandise trade growth will slow to 2.6% this year and 3% next year, after notching 3% in 2018, the WTO... 

LME waives listing fees for cobalt brands for six months

By: Reuters     26th March 2019 The London Metal Exchange (LME) on Tuesday suspended listing fees for new cobalt brands for six months to encourage interest from producers of the element widely used in rechargeable batteries. The LME, the oldest and largest market for industrial metals, launched a cash-settled cobalt contract... 

South32’s Mozal pledges $250 000 to aid Cyclone Idai recovery efforts

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd March 2019 South32’s Mozal Aluminium smelter, which is located in the Mozambique capital Maputo, has pledged a $250 000 donation to support recovery efforts following the devastating impact of Cyclone Idai in the country. Commenting in a statement on Friday, Mozal VP Samuel Samo Gudo said the company had... 

Climate challenge harder than it seems, JP Morgan executive warns

By: Bloomberg     20th March 2019 The world isn’t cutting carbon emissions anywhere near quickly enough, a senior executive at JP Morgan Asset Management told clients this week – and changing that will require far harder choices than most people realise. In his annual 'Energy Outlook' report, Michael Cembalest, chairperson of... 

Hulamin reviews extrusions business, rolled products reaches record volumes 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th March 2019 JSE-listed aluminium supplier and exporter Hulamin’s rolled products division reported a “superb” manufacturing performance for the year ended December 31, 2018, increasing its sales by 6% to 228 000 t. This third consecutive year of record sales volumes from rolled products helped to offset... 

Hulamin reviews extrusions business, rolled products reaches record volumes

Hulamin expects 2018 headline earnings of 91c a share

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th March 2019 JSE-listed aluminium supplier and exporter Hulamin expects to report a 4% year-on-year decrease in headline earnings a share to 91c for the year ended December 31, 2018. In anticipation of reporting its full-year results on March 19, the company on Monday said it expected to report a loss a... 

Retrenchments at South32’s Hillside smelter could affect up to 500 jobs – Solidarity

By: Nadine James     19th February 2019 Trade union Solidarity on Tuesday said it had received a retrenchment notice from South32’s Hillside aluminium smelter, in Richards Bay. The trade union stated that the retrenchment process could impact the lives of up to 30 000 people and, consequently, the entire Richards Bay area. 

China starts new recycling drive as foreign trash ban widens

By: Reuters     15th January 2019 China plans to launch 100 new large-scale recycling "bases" by the end of next year, part of a campaign to make better use of its resources after extending a ban on foreign trash imports. A long manufacturing boom has saddled China with millions of tonnes of waste, much of which is buried in... 

EU expected to clear steel import curb after Trump tariffs

By: Reuters     9th January 2019 European Union countries are expected to next week approve a scheme to limit imports of steel into the bloc following US President Donald Trump's imposition of tariffs on steel and aluminium entering the United States. The vote on Jan. 16 would put in place an effective cap on steel imports for... 

Enforcing local procurement rules would help offset weak demand  

By: Terence Creamer     14th December 2018 Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) wants government to take decisive action in 2019 to ensure that departments and State-owned companies (SoCs) honour their obligations to purchase designated steel products from domestic manufacturers. The organisation is also... 

Enforcing local procurement rules would help offset weak demand
Seifsa CEO Kaizer Nyatsumba reflects back on 2018 and offer insight into prospects for the metals and engineering sector n 2019. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd

South Africa's manufacturing output jumps, boosting rand 

By: Reuters     11th December 2018 South Africa's manufacturing output rose more than expected in October to its highest level since June 2016, data showed on Tuesday, lifting the rand as the economy showed further signs of recovering from recession. Africa's most industrialised economy slipped into recession after contractions in... 

South Africa's manufacturing output jumps, boosting rand

Nampak produces ‘pleasing’ FY18 results despite challenging environment

By: Nadine James     27th November 2018 Packaging company Nampak has achieved positive results for its continuing operations for the financial year ended September 30, with profit up 29% year-on-year to R1.2-billion and headline earnings a share up 15% year-on-year to 168.7c a share. Nampak CEO André de Ruyter told Engineering News... 

EU proposes new WTO reform to safeguard dispute settlement body

By: Bloomberg     26th November 2018 The European Union (EU) unveiled a new proposal that seeks to stave off paralysis of the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO's) dispute settlement system by unblocking the appointment of its appellate body members, according to a statement Monday. The proposal has the backing of Australia, Canada,... 

China and US accuse each other of hypocrisy as WTO litigation begins

By: Reuters     22nd November 2018 The United States and China clashed on Wednesday at a World Trade Organization meeting with a US envoy accusing Beijing of using the WTO to pursue "non-market" policies and a Chinese official saying it was Washington that was flouting the rulebook. US President Donald Trump has outraged US... 

WTO to set up panels to rule on US tariff disputes

By: Reuters     21st November 2018 The US and opponents of President Donald Trump's steel and aluminium tariffs both confirmed their wish to litigate on Wednesday, triggering the procedure for World Trade Organization dispute hearings, a Geneva trade official said. China, the European Union, Canada, Mexico, Norway, and Russia all... 

Nespresso to use Rio Tinto’s responsibly-sourced aluminium in coffee capsule production

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th November 2018 Nespresso, an operating unit of Nestlé Group, will be the first company to use responsibly-sourced aluminium from global miner Rio Tinto to produce its coffee capsules. The two companies have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to work together with Nespresso’s capsule manufacturers to... 

Nespresso to use Rio Tinto’s responsibly-sourced aluminium in coffee capsule production
Nespresso using Rio Tinto's responsibly-sourced aluminium in coffee capsule production

Automaker groups warn US tariffs will undermine new NAFTA deal

By: Reuters     16th November 2018 US automakers and parts suppliers on Thursday warned that President Donald Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs and threatened car tariffs would undermine the benefits of the new deal to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement, causing widespread job losses. At a wide-ranging hearing... 

Energy reuse to help base metals industries

By: Schalk Burger     9th November 2018 Base metals-production industries can maximise the capture of waste heat and reuse it to reduce energy use, and South Africa has does not have many heat reclamation systems in place, compared to widespread use of these systems in developing countries, such as China, says energy-intensive industry... 

Energy reuse to help base metals industries
WASTE-HEAT RECOVERY A waste-heat recovery system in a cement plant

US steel tariff fight stirs up a swarm of WTO litigation

By: Reuters     30th October 2018 The United States urged European Union governments on Monday to reflect on whether it was really in their interest to go ahead with a trade dispute over US metals tariffs, and said it was hopeful of settling the issue with Mexico and Canada. The US tariffs attracted an unprecedented seven... 

ERG forecasts strong metals price recovery

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th October 2018 Diversified miner Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) forecasts a strong metals price recovery ahead, including for copper, cobalt, aluminium, ferrochrome and iron-ore. “Our view that commodities have fallen foul of wider macroeconomic concerns and the changing geopolitical landscape was confirmed... 

South Africa welcomes product exclusion for some steel, aluminium products from Section 232 duties

By: Simone Liedtke     24th October 2018 Following an announcement that the US Department of Commerce has granted product exemptions for certain aluminium and steel products, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies on Wednesday welcomed the positive developments as a step towards normalising trade relations between South Africa and... 

Clash over Trump tariffs heats up with barrage of WTO litigation

By: Reuters     19th October 2018 Disputes over US tariffs and retaliatory moves by other states have sparked 12 requests for adjudication at the World Trade Organization, signalling an escalation in global trade tensions. The agenda for an Oct. 29 meeting of the WTO's dispute settlement body on Friday confirmed the legal moves,... 

Norway, EU ask WTO to set up panel on US steel, aluminium tariffs

By: Reuters     19th October 2018 Norway, the European Union and several other countries asked the World Trade Organization (WTO) on Thursday to set up a dispute resolution panel to address US tariffs on steel and aluminium, Oslo's foreign minister said. "We believe that US additional duty on steel and aluminium is contrary to... 

Macro disquiet drowns out signs of base metals shortages

By: Reuters     4th October 2018 Uncertainty about how metals demand will be hit by trade wars, rising US interest rates and a slowdown in China is weighing on industrial metals prices, submerging signals pointing to potential shortages. The index of copper and five other top industrial metals traded on the London Metal Exchange... 

Dube TradePort continues to inject billions into local economy, job creation – MEC

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd October 2018 The Dube TradePort, which incorporates the King Shaka International Airport, has in the past ten years invested R11.5-billion into the South African economy and created nearly 100 000 jobs, KwaZulu-Natal Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs MEC Sihle Zikalala said on Tuesday.... 

Company diversifies aluminium offering

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     28th September 2018 Aluminium composite cladding / material (ACP or ACM) is widely used on building facades internationally, and although very much in its infancy in South Africa, it is slowly gaining traction. It is preferred over painted surfaces due to its colour retention, corrosion resistance and low... 

Company diversifies  aluminium offering
DESIGN VERSATILITY The aluminium composite material panels allow for versatile facade designs

Manufacturer keeps up with increasingly complex orders

28th September 2018 As manufacturing becomes more specialised, manufacturing companies have to keep up with customers’ changing demands with regards to complexity of manufactured parts as well as functionality and the aesthetic appeal of the product. South African arm of Germany-based metallurgical plant and rolling... 

Manufacturer keeps up with increasingly  complex orders
EXTRUSION The SMS group has expertise in aluminium, copper, copper alloys and steel extrusion

Record-high margins for aluminium sales

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     28th September 2018 Johannesburg-based precision water-cutting and -profiling company AquaJet Profiles noted record-high aluminium sales profit margins earlier this year, owing to the sanctions placed on Russian suppliers exporting to the US, claims AquaJet Profiles director Preeshan Naidoo. The sanctions were... 

Record-high margins for aluminium sales
Photo by Reuters
TARIFF SEE-SAW US tariffs have had a positive and negative effect on aluminium profit margins
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