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Aluminium News

South32 cuts expenditure as operations are adjusted 

By: Esmarie Iannucci     27th March 2020 Diversified miner South32 has announced a $160-million cut to capital expenditure over the next 15 months, with the miner also announcing a number of operational changes in response to COVID-19. In response to a 21-day lockdown in South Africa, Soutnh32’s manganese assets in that country, along... 

First bauxite cargo from Chalco's Guinea mine arrives in China

By: Reuters     27th February 2020 The first cargo of bauxite shipped from Aluminum Corp of China's Boffa mine, in Guinea, has arrived in China, a spokesperson for the company, which is also known as Chalco, said on Thursday. The 55 000 t cargo arrived at the port of Rizhao in eastern China's Shandong province on Wednesday after... 

South Africa will caution Trump against ‘premature’ trade review

By: Bloomberg     29th January 2020 South Africa’s government will tell President Donald Trump’s administration that its review of a preferential trade agreement that could put as much as $2.4-billion in exports at risk is premature and potentially damaging for both economies. The US Trade Representative will start public hearings... 

South Africa will caution Trump against ‘premature’ trade review

World risks 'disaster' as reuse of natural resources declines

By: Reuters     21st January 2020 The proportion of raw materials the world is reusing has fallen, researchers said on Tuesday, warning of a "global disaster" as annual consumption of natural resources rose to 100-billion tonnes for the first time. Just 8.6% of the 100-billion tonnes of materials – including minerals, metals,... 

Apple buys first carbon-free aluminium from Alcoa, Rio Tinto JV 

By: Simone Liedtke     6th December 2019 Technology company Apple has bought the first-ever commercial batch of carbon-free aluminium from a joint venture (JV) between two aluminum suppliers. The metal is being made by Elysis, the Montreal-based JV of Alcoa and Rio Tinto. The JV was established last year, with $144-million in funding... 

Cloud-based software anchors steel construction design

By: Halima Frost     22nd November 2019 Construction industry services and technology provider Hilti South Africa’s new, fully cloud-based steel anchor design software Profis has been well received in the South African construction sector. Launched in July, Profis Engineering is customised software used in the design of steel anchor... 

Cloud-based software anchors steel construction design
HARD JOB The new cloud-based software makes the design of steel erections, stiffeners and welding associated with the connection easier

Alcoa joins the ICMM

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st November 2019 US-headquartered bauxite, alumina and aluminium products producer Alcoa has become the twenty-seventh company to become a member of the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), which brings together companies and regional and commodities associations to strengthen the mining industry's... 

Refurbished building boasts new materials

By: Darren Parker     15th November 2019 Shared workspace provider WeWork will officially open its newly refurbished 155 West street building, in Sandton, next month. The building, which is more than 25 years old, was previously occupied by health insurance provider Discovery before it was overhauled. 

Refurbished building boasts new materials
NOT JUST A PRETTY FAÇADE The interior of the refurbished building includes upgraded safety features and improved facilities

Coca-Cola chooses plastic bottle collection over aluminium cans to cut carbon footprint

By: Reuters     7th November 2019 Coca-Cola is committed to collecting and recycling plastic bottles rather than switching to aluminium cans as the world's largest soft drinks maker seeks to reduce its carbon footprint, its chief executive officer told Reuters. Along with multinational rivals including PepsiCo and Nestle,... 

EU argues case against Trump's metal tariffs at WTO

By: Reuters     5th November 2019 The European Union argued on Monday for the withdrawal of tariffs imposed by US President Donald Trump on metal imports in one of the most high-profile and potentially explosive cases to come to the World Trade Organization (WTO). Trump set duties in 2018 of 25% on incoming steel and 10% on... 

Antiplastic trend raising aluminium demand – Novelis

By: Reuters     1st November 2019 Moves to reduce plastic packaging to protect the environment are starting to increase demand for aluminium packaging, the European head of Novelis, the world's largest producer of rolled aluminium products, said. Aluminium demand will also be underpinned by a trend towards more electrically... 

MSI launches welders' recruitment programme to boost job creation

By: Yvonne Silaule     30th October 2019 The Mpumalanga Stainless Initiative (MSI) and the Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) have launched the Mpumalanga Informal Welders Recruitment Programme. MSI CEO Victor Mashego says the programme will assist welders in rural areas and townships gain access to the market and grow their... 

Metals sector in costly battle to turn green

By: Reuters     25th October 2019 Metals producers, from miners to smelters, are grappling with increasingly tough and costly environmental demands imposed by banks seeking cleaner investments. While the transition may prove overwhelming for smaller producers, larger companies are playing a long game, casting ahead to a period... 

Plastic bottles vs aluminium cans: who'll win the global water fight? 

By: Reuters     17th October 2019 Global bottled water giants are ramping up trials of easily recyclable aluminium cans to replace plastic that pollutes the world's seas. Sound like a slam-dunk for the environment? Not entirely. Aluminium cans might indeed mean less ocean waste, but they come with their own eco-price: the... 

China's Chalco delays Boffa bauxite mine launch to 2020

By: Reuters     10th October 2019 Aluminum Corp of China, also known as Chalco, has delayed the launch of its Boffa bauxite project in Guinea until at least the first quarter of 2020, a company official said on Thursday. Construction on the project, expected to produce 12-million tonnes of the aluminium ore a year, would be... 

WTO slashes forecast for trade growth as conflicts mount

By: Reuters     1st October 2019 The World Trade Organization (WTO) cut its forecast for growth in global trade this year by more than half on Tuesday and said further rounds of tariffs and retaliation, a slowing economy and a disorderly Brexit could squeeze it even more. The WTO said it now expected global merchandise trade to... 

WTO slashes forecast for trade growth as conflicts mount
Photo by Reuters
WTO director-general Roberto Azevedo

Extrusion press concept for aluminium sector developed

By: Halima Frost     27th September 2019 As a global service partner for clients, metallurgical industry plant and integrated systems provider, SMS group has developed a concept for extrusion presses offering significant flexibility and efficiency for the steel and aluminium industries. “SMS group service technicians are specifically... 

Extrusion press concept for aluminium sector developed
KEEP ROLLING ROLLING ROLLING A cold rolling production line supplied to an international client by SMS group

Demand growth continues to outweigh production growth

27th September 2019 Last month, macroeconomic researcher Fitch Solutions – a unit of the Fitch Group –reported that the global aluminum market will see a number of deficits over the coming years as solid demand growth, driven by the construction and autos sectors, outpaces production growth. Notably, the global... 

Demand growth continues to outweigh production growth
BUILDING SPEED The construction and automotive sectors have seen solid demand growth which has outpaced production growth

Company launches recycled bicycle

27th September 2019 Global food and beverage company Nestle Global’s brand Nespresso has announced the launch of its fully recycled aluminium bicycle the RE:CYCLE – part of its drive to remain at the forefront of a circular economy and demonstrating its commitment to recycling. Aluminium is one of the world's most... 

Company launches recycled bicycle
THINK BIKE For every Vélosophy bike sold a second bike will be donated to a developing country in an effort to aid poverty relief

Govt looking to create 'certainty' in local steel, manufacturing industries 

By: Simone Liedtke     13th September 2019 Public Enterprises Deputy Minister Phumulo Masualle on Friday said the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) was looking to create “a sense of certainty” in the local steel and manufacturing industries by leveraging investments from State-owned entities (SOEs). This, he told delegates at the... 

Govt looking to create 'certainty' in local steel, manufacturing industries
Public Enterprises Deputy Minister Phumulo Masualle discusses measures being implemented by government to create more certainty for the domestic steel and manufacturing sectors. Video: Kutlwano Matlala; Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Partnership provides value to fabrication industry

By: Theresa Bhowan     13th September 2019 Local nitrogen generator manufacturer NitraLife’s partnership with Swiss steel processing original-equipment manufacturer Bystronic is adding significant value to end-user customers in the fabrication sector. 

Partnership provides value to fabrication industry
NITROGEN GENERATION The NitraCut system was specifically designed for the laser cutting market

South Africa should focus on the speed at which it adapts to 4IR – Manamela 

By: Simone Liedtke     12th September 2019 While the metals and engineering industries play a key role in preparing South Africa for the opportunities that the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) brings, Higher Education, Science and Technology Deputy Minister Buti Manamela says the department’s focus will be on digital technologies, such... 

South Africa should focus on the speed at which it adapts to 4IR – Manamela
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Higher Education, Science and Technology Deputy Minister Buti Manamela

Hulamin assures business remains strong as turnaround continues  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd August 2019 JSE-listed aluminium supplier and exporter Hulamin CEO Richard Jacob on Friday assured shareholders that the underlying business remained strong, despite the “painful period” the company was currently experiencing. He told Engineering News Online that this was evidenced by the company’s net debt... 

South32 settles on buyer for South Africa assets, reports impairment 

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd August 2019 Diversified miner South32 on Thursday reported a pre-tax impairment charge of $504-million over its South African Energy Coal assets for the year ended June, announcing that it has now entered into exclusive negotiations to divest of this asset. South32 in 2017 announced plans to divest of the... 

South32 settles on buyer for South Africa assets, reports impairment
South32 CEO Graham Kerr

Hulamin warns of lower interim earnings

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th August 2019 JSE-listed aluminium supplier and exporter Hulamin on Tuesday advised that its basic earnings a share for the six months ended June 30 would be at least 200% lower than the 13c reported for the six months ended June 30, 2018. The company warned that it was likely to report a basic loss a share... 

Tech provider upgrades control at Mozal Aluminium

9th August 2019 Industrial automation and information technology provider Rockwell Automation has migrated the control systems at mining and metals company South32’s Mozal Aluminium project’s furnace assembly and ladle cleaning shop to its modern DC sintering based on the PlantPAx design standard. 

Global aluminium demand set to outpace growth – Fitch

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th August 2019 The global aluminium market is likely to experience a number of deficits over the coming years as solid demand growth, driven by the construction and automotive sectors, outpaces production growth, says Fitch Solutions Macro Research. Fitch expects the global primary aluminium market to remain... 

Hulamin earnings to fall on lower rolled products, automotive demand

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th July 2019 A sharp decline in demand in the US common alloy market following overstocking, as well as a reduction in demand for heat-treated plate, has had a severe impact on the financial performance of Hulamin’s rolled products division in the first half of the current financial year. The JSE-listed... 

Rio Tinto's Icelandic aluminium plant attracts Glencore, Trimet – sources

By: Reuters     4th July 2019 At least three companies including Glencore and Trimet Aluminium have expressed an interest in buying Rio Tinto's aluminium assets in Iceland, Sweden and the Netherlands for up to $350-million, banking sources said. Rio Tinto restarted the sale process for the assets in late 2018, with the help... 

African nations join majority in opposing US blockage at WTO 

By: Reuters     26th June 2019 African countries have joined the list of nations wanting an end to a US veto on judicial appointments at the World Trade Organization (WTO), a statement showed on Wednesday, meaning a large majority of WTO member States now openly oppose the US position. The US is blocking new appointments... 

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
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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... 

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