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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. 

South African firm supplies aluminium sheets for three Olympic stadiums

By: Dennis Ndaba     22nd August 2008 Aluminium sheets produced at aluminium reroller Hulamin’s Pietermaritzburg plant have been used in iconic projects such as the Spencer street station in Melbourne, Australia, and at the National Grand Theatre, in Beijing, China. 

IDZ could create 15 000 jobs by 2010

By: Desislava Tzoneva     7th December 2007 The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) could create 15 000 jobs between August 2007 and July 2010 at its Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) in the Eastern Cape, spokesperson Ongama Mtimka tells Engineering News. This estimate is based on the number of signed investors and planned investments by... 

Aluminium smelter on track

By: Desislava Tzoneva     7th December 2007 The aluminium smelter to be built by Alcan at the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) is currently moving forward apace. Some $200-million of the $2,7-billion investment required for the smelter has already been committed by Alcan to the project, Alcan spokesperson Rob Valdmanis tells... 

Zone's power requirements to necessitate R6,4bn expenditure

By: Desislava Tzoneva     7th December 2007 Some R6, 4-billion will be spent on power infrastructure to ensure the supply of electricity to the Alcan aluminium smelter currently being built at the Eastern Cape Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ). 

Proposed refinery to produce 200 000 brl/day

By: Desislava Tzoneva     7th December 2007 Dubbed one of the biggest post-2010 investments in South Africa, the possible R39-billion oil refinery that PetroSA may install at the Coega industrial development zone (IDZ) will generate a projected 200 000 barrels of oil a day. 

Fuel hunger prompts pipeline build

By: Desislava Tzoneva     7th December 2007 National oil company PetroSA's plans to build a pipeline from the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) is the result of identified production capacity limitations in Gauteng which fail to produce sufficient quantities of all grades and types of automotive fuels to meet expected demand.  

Translocation project preserves Coega's plant life

By: Desislava Tzoneva     7th December 2007 Around one-and-a-half million plants have been collected and translocated from the greenfield Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) to date, in an effort to ensure that plants endemic to the area are preserved. 

Training initiative secures funding for 25 learners

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th September 2007 Technology and business incubator Downstream Aluminium Centre for Technology (Dact) recently secured funding from mining giant BHP Billiton for skills development of 25 learners from rural communities around Richards Bay. The development programme aims to impart skills in metal fabrication and... 

South African aluminium sector set for 7% annual growth - Afsa

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th September 2007 The Aluminium Federation of Southern Africa (Afsa) reports that the local market is set to grow between 7% and 8% a year, for the next ten years. Afsa aluminium specialist Dr Tony Paterson states that while this is a substantial growth, consideration should be given to the fact that the country... 

Growing aluminium sector directs the course for local organisation

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th September 2007 Recently appointed executive director of the Aluminium Federation fo Southern Africa (Afsa) Mark Krieg states that the aluminium industry in Southern Africa is a huge, vibrant, and growing business. This growing market is, to some extent, defining the future of the organisation itself. “I... 

Richards Bay aluminium pilot plant set to produce in November

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th September 2007 Heavy structural and mechanical engineering group Duys Engineering reports that its aluminium melting pilot plant in Richards Bay, should produce its first metal in November this year. Duys Engineering CEO Henk Duys states that the R10-million project is about 60% completed, with only the... 

Aluminium shining bright in architecture

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th September 2007 The Association of Architectural Aluminium Manufacturers of South Africa (Aaamsa) reports that the industry is currently focusing on energy efficient design, and new trends and technologies pursuing this, are continuously forthcoming. The European Aluminium Association (EAA) reports that... 

R950m aluminium expansion on track

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th September 2007 Aluminium group Hulamin reports that its R950-million expansion is on track to meet the originally agreed upon milestones, which will see first production in late 2008, and project completion by 2009. "The project is progressing well and supply contracts are in place for all the important items... 

New facility unleashes potential of aluminium and glass giant

28th September 2007 One of South Africa’s largest producers and distributors of value-added glass and aluminium components and products, such as shower, sliding, folding and hinge doors, and mirrors and windows, AGI Aluminium is already benefiting significantly from its newly built manufacturing facility in... 

Aluminium use lowers greenhouse gas emissions

28th September 2007 The world aluminium industry reported in July, that the application of automotive aluminium in passenger cars manufactured in 2006 will lead to potential global savings of approximately140-million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalent greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and to energy savings... 

South African light metals development network classified as world class

28th September 2007 The national Light Metals Development Network (LMDN) hosted by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) recently received high praise from a panel of international and local experts. As part of a formal review of the LMDN and government�s overarching advanced metals initiative,... 

Environment friendly welding rods launched in South Africa

28th September 2007 New environmentally safe aluminium welding rods have been launched in South Africa. Durafix sub-Saharan distributor Aldacore Trading states that the welding rods ensure dependable, nonporous joints which are stronger than the parent metal and have no toxicity hazards associated with the welding... 

Aluminium foundry celebrates 55 years

28th September 2007 Western Cape aluminium foundry Ajax Manufacturing, is celebrating its fifty-fifth anniversary, making it one of the oldest aluminium foundries in the province. 

South African tipped to chair giant Russian aluminium producer

By: cheryl reddy     29th September 2006 A former South African CEO of diversified resources group BHP Billiton has been earmarked to chair the soon-to-be world’s largest producer of aluminium when the merger between OAO Russian Aluminium and OAO Sual group comes to fruition. 

Distributor broadens offering with acquisition

By: cheryl reddy     29th September 2006 One of the country’s leading stockists and distributors of stainless-steel, 3CR12 and aluminium products, Euro Steel has made several strategic moves in the last 18 months toward meeting the growing demands of a “flourishing industry”. 

EU-KZN venture funds aluminium business study

By: cheryl reddy     29th September 2006 Gijima KZN, a partnership programme between the European Union (EU) and the KZN provincial government, aimed at supporting local economic development, has recently provided funding to the Downstream Aluminium Centre for Technology (Dact), to undertake a study together with the CSIR, into the... 

Malaria programme rolls out at Moz smelter

By: cheryl reddy     29th September 2006 Commitment to the health and safety of its stakeholders, which include employees and communities it operates in, is of utmost importance to the aluminium division of the world’s biggest resources group, BHP Billiton. 

Auto industry ups aluminium consumption

By: cheryl reddy     29th September 2006 Cape Town-based aluminium foundry Ajax Manufacturing, an industry participant for more than 50 years, has seen enormous growth in the use of aluminium in the automotive industry and some other unusual applications. 

Demand rises as more aluminium components are being produced

29th September 2006 The use of aluminium in automotive components is nothing new. 

Plate expansion commissioned two months ahead of schedule

29th September 2006 Production levels have reached record levels since Hulett Aluminium commissioned the new heat treated plate plant facility at its Camps Drift site in Pietermaritzburg in July and August. 

Smelter extends equipment handling rental deal

29th September 2006 The latest development in the 15-year relationship between Barloworld Equipment Handling and BHP Billiton’s Bayside aluminium smelter in Richards Bay is the renewal of a long-term, five-year rental agreement, with the replacement of approximately 30 machines. 

Power qualms curb investment – association

By: cheryl reddy     29th September 2006 One of the main reasons that primary aluminium smeltercapacity cannot be expandedor installed as business demands prefer is the uncertainty of power supply. Aluminium Federation of Southern Africa (Afsa) executive director David Hughes says that this is one of the main issues holdingback the... 

Irish firm implements water-saving transmission

29th September 2006 Ireland-based Aughinish Alumina uses centrifugal pumps as the main process pump on site. 

Aluminium walkway supplied

29th September 2006 Onvlee Engineering is a quality system-rated company serving the local industry, which was established in Port Elizabeth in 1965. 

SA firm acquires patent for die-casting lubrication method

By: cheryl reddy     29th September 2006 There is a need for the manufacture of high-pressure die-castings with a zero porosity in the aluminium industry which can also be welded.?Such castings are used throughout the automotive industry worldwide. 

Contracts galore for combustion specialist

By: cheryl reddy     29th September 2006 The aluminium industry is busy with many ongoing projects and The Combustion Group (TCG) has been successful in securing several deals and forming strong ties with companies in the sector. 

Aluminium units included in hand-pump range

7th October 2005 The Simplex range of hand pumps by Bellambie Mining & Industrial has been extended to include two new lightweight aluminium units, designed for easy portability, increased performance and maximum safety, in any maintenance procedure. 

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