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Aluminium increasingly being used owing to benefits

27th September 2013 The use of aluminium in the housing and commercial segments of the South African market is growing, reports South African window manufacturer, Duro, national contracts manager Barry Sacks. More consumers are increasingly realising the benefits and long-term savings offered by aluminium products. 

Software solution targets practical challenges 

By: Jonathan Rodin     27th September 2013 Bizmantools, a labour productivity management solution, is the first complete manufacturing management system that addresses the practical challenges in the aluminium and glass industries where it is in use. It takes the product from the quoting stage through manufacturing to delivery and the... 

Software solution targets practical challenges
Bizmantools product developer John White discusses the benefits of the entire Bizmantools Productivity labour productivity management solution. Cameraperson: Nicholas Boyd. Editing. Shane Williams.

Aluminium industry growth slowly recovering

By: Anine Kilian     28th September 2012 Growth in South Africa’s aluminium industry has recovered slowly since the 2008/9 economic crisis, but volumes have not yet returned to pre-2008 levels, highlights Aluminium Federation of South Africa (Afsa) executive director Mark Krieg. He states that certain industries that are supplied by the... 

R4.5m baghouse for aluminium producer completed

By: Anine Kilian     28th September 2012 The construction of a new R4.5-million baghouse for secondary aluminium producer Zimalco has been completed. Air pollution control company, ‘About Air Pollution’, built the baghouse which will to enable the producer to maintain a continuous improvement of its air quality requirements and fully... 

Aluminium manufacturer upgrades local schools

By: Anine Kilian     28th September 2012 Aluminium, tilt casting and aluminium light-fixture manufacturer Wahl Industries is supplying thousands of aluminium overhead bulk fittings to various schools in the country. The company states that government has started to reinvest money in schools. Wahl has received orders to supply bulkhead... 

Imports, rising costs impact on aluminium sector

28th September 2012 The constant threat of cheaper finished product imports and rising input costs continue to place pressure on the local aluminium sector, asserts credit soloutions provider Coface South Africa risk analyst George Marais. “South Africa’s reliance on locally produced primary aluminium is soon coming... 

Design company completes various supply contracts

By: Anine Kilian     28th September 2012 Aluminium products designer, Metal Graphics, has supplied aluminium-based products to various advertising, architectural, interior and product design companies. Products have been diverse and interesting, from an aluminium case housing a water bottle and the water cleaning solutions product... 

Afsa calls for development of a national manufacturing strategy

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     23rd September 2011 The Aluminium Federation of South Africa (Afsa) has expressed concern about the flood of imports facing South African manufacturers, which it says is eroding the value of the R55-billion-a-year local aluminium sector.  

Manufacturer starts small-scale production of new material

23rd September 2011 Electric wire and cable manufacturer Sumitomo Electric Industries has started a small-scale production line for its newly developed porous Aluminium-Celmet material, in Osaka, Japan, to accelerate development efforts towards mass production of the material. 

US aluminium can recycling rate on the rise

23rd September 2011 The aluminium beverage can recycling rate in the US reached its highest level in a decade last year when 58.1% of aluminium cans were recycled. 

End-users encouraged to recycle aluminium products

23rd September 2011 The US-based Aluminium Association is encouraging its members and end-users to recycle this metal, stating that aluminium products can be infinitely recycled without losing their functional purpose. 

Engineering group awarded EPCM contract for aluminium smelter

23rd September 2011 Engineering and construction group SNC-Lavalin has announced that it has been awarded the engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) services contract by the Emirates Aluminium Company for the Phase 2 development of its smelter in Al Taweelah, in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. 

Software system to improve productivity of glass, aluminium sectors

23rd September 2011 Productivity consultancy BizmanTools’ locally developed manufacturing management software system BizmanTools - Productivity, is making an impact in the aluminium and glass industries, says owner John White. 

Company to increase aluminium alloy production

23rd September 2011 Aluminium products developer Constellium plans to inaugurate two new foundries in Issoire and Voreppe, in France, during the last quarter of this year to increase production of its Airware technology, which comprises a range of complementary, high-performance and low-density alloys that are... 

Security barrier manufacturer expands into aluminium shutters

23rd September 2011 Security solutions provider Trellidor has expanded its security barrier range with the introduction of Trellidor Rollerstyle aluminium roller shutters. 

New aluminium load body application

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th September 2010 Steel supplier KMG Steel Service Centre and vehicle body manufacturer Ergon Cranes & Engineering have introduced an aluminium prototype dropside tipper load body. 

Market trend for outdoor living space results in new folding system

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th September 2010 European architectural solutions provider Reynaers Aluminium has expanded its range of offerings with its CF 77 folding system, following the market trend for outdoor living space. 

International sustainability study highlights energy 
saving benefits

24th September 2010 A new international sustainability study on automotive materials highlights the life-cycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction and energy-saving benefits of aluminium and magnesium. 

Awards aim to create awareness

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th September 2010 Following a difficult year in the UK’s aluminium industry, owing to the closures of some of the industry’s smelters in the past year, and a loss of some 700 jobs, the Aluminium Extruders Association with support from the Aluminium Federation (Alfed) organised the Power of Aluminium Awards,... 

€30m aluminium 
recycling plant 
for Norway

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th September 2010 Integrated aluminium company Norsk Hydro is investing €30-million in the construction of an aluminium recycling plant, in Karmøy, Norway. 

Call to impose an export tariff on scrap metal

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th September 2010 The secondary aluminium industry is calling for South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to impose an export tariff on scrap metals, as the current high cost of buying the metals by local aluminium companies is shrinking the industry. 

Enviro legislation increases challenges for local companies

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th September 2010 The latest enactments of environmental legislation, which include energy, air and water legislation, challenge industry as they question capital investment decisions that were made under a different decision environment when capital was expensive, energy cheap and water, waste and air legislation... 

Aluminium sheet used for wine bottle closures

24th September 2010 South African aluminium semifabricator Hulamin supplies some 3 000 t of aluminium to the wine and beverage closure industry, with a large percentage used for wine bottle closures. The wine trade is a multibillion rand international industry and the ongoing debate on the different forms of... 

Aluminium industry takes strain

By: Lindsey Berry     25th September 2009 The global financial crisis has had a severe impact on both local and global aluminium production, which has decreased by between 20% and 30% says Aluminium Federation of South Africa (Afsa) executive director Mark Krieg. 

Aluminium a tool for 
sustainability in green building

By: Lindsey Berry     25th September 2009 Aluminum can contribute to the growing green building market as it is a sustainable material, and is easily and frequently recycled reports the Aluminium Federation of South Africa (Afsa). 

Tooling industry experiences some recovery

By: Lindsey Berry     25th September 2009 The local tooling industry has recovered slightly from its significantly decreased production period between the end of last year and midway through this year, the Toolmaking Association of South Africa (TASA) reports. 

Scrap industry faces additional challenges during the recession

By: Lindsey Berry     25th September 2009 The increased costs of overheads in the recycling sector, which have resulted from significantly lower volumes of scrap being produced by the diminished manufacturing sector, is one of the three primary challenges for the local scrap metal industry, says the Metal Recyclers Association (MRA) of... 

Seventy-two per cent recovery rate of cans through recycling

By: Lindsey Berry     25th September 2009 Collect-a-Can reports that 72% of food and beverage cans in South Africa are reclaimed through the recycling process. 

Cladding system customised 
for stadium

25th September 2009 The Moses Mabhida stadium is in the final stages of construction and is set to be one of the most aesthetically satisfying sports facilities in the world, as well as one of South Africa’s landmark stadiums for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. 

China dominates global aluminium industry

25th September 2009 China continues to dominate the global aluminium industry, accounting for one-third of world production and world consumption of primary aluminium according to metals and minerals consultants Roskill Information Services’ The Economics of Aluminium 9th Edition report. 

SA energy crisis affects Mozambique aluminium export

26th September 2008 Mozambique’s production and exports of aluminium will be lower than hoped for this year, owing to electricity shortages in South Africa. 

Initiative works to resolve foundry tool room skills shortage

26th September 2008 The formation of the Western Cape Tooling Initiative (WCTI), a local chapter of the Tooling Association of South Africa (Tasa), a section 21 company, is playing an important role in resolving the skills shortage being experienced in the foundry tool room, says aluminium foundry Ajax Manufacturing... 

Light metals research debated

26th September 2008 The national priority sector of light metals came under national and international scrutiny at a metals and metals processes colloquium organised by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Materials Science and Manufacturing in August. 

Nonferrous metal importer expands into Asia

26th September 2008 South African semifinished products in nonferrous metals importer, Metal & Tool Trade (MTT), has established associated offices in Shanghai and Singapore. 

International institute focuses on reducing aluminium’s environmental impact

By: Jacqueline Holman     26th September 2008 The International Aluminium Institute (IAI), the global forum for the leaders of the aluminium industry, states in its April 2008 report, Aluminium: Pioneering a Voluntary Global Industry Sectoral Approach, that it seeks to encourage the global industry to adopt a path of continuous improvement... 

Aluminium foundry sector on the decline

By: Jacqueline Holman     26th September 2008 Aluminium Federation of Southern Africa (Afsa) executive director Mark Krieg says the aluminium foundry sector has declined by 40% over the last five years, while the wrought aluminium sector is growing steadily by about 7% a year. 

Aluminium federation calls for urgent skills development

By: Jacqueline Holman     26th September 2008 The Aluminium Federation of South Africa (Afsa) executive director Mark Krieg says the demand for education and skills development in the aluminium industry remains high, as the next ten years will see the retirement of many skilled people who will need to be replaced. 

Technology network established to support foundry industry

By: Jacqueline Holman     26th September 2008 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has established the National Foundry Technology Network (NFTN) as a key foundry industry support initiative. 

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