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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. 

'Wonder metal' continues to shine

By: Nelendhre Moodley     30th September 2005 In May this year the Aluminium Federation of South Africa (Afsa), in conjunction with a number of industry heavyweights, cosigned the South African energy efficiency accord at a Midrand function. 

Good market reception for lightweight aluminium scaffolds

By: Nelendhre Moodley     30th September 2005 The largest manufacturer of aluminium access equipment in South Africa, Castor & Ladder, of the East Rand, recently developed the Scafflite, a cost-effective aluminium light weight scaffold.?“The Scafflite is the lightest locally-manufactured aluminium mini-tower,” says marketing... 

Aluminium anodising specialist growing by leaps and bounds

By: Nelendhre Moodley     30th September 2005 As the popularity of aluminium increases, new applications for the product are being established on a daily basis. 

Aluminium growth spurt benefiting cutting firm

By: Nelendhre Moodley     30th September 2005 The general consensus is that the aluminium industry is booming and will continue to do so for the next few years. 

Aluminium’s popularity spilling over into handicraft market

By: Nelendhre Moodley     30th September 2005 Aluminium’s popularity in the industrial sector has, over the years, spilled into the decorative arena and has more recently made its presence felt in the artistic field filling a niche market for speciality products. 

Importer maintaining a steady growth curve

By: Nelendhre Moodley     30th September 2005 As the versatility and the application of aluminium increases and extends to a number of markets, its demand over the recent years has increased dramatically. 

Aluminium use is taking off in the building sector

By: Nelendhre Moodley     30th September 2005 There is much speculation currently taking place in the building industry, especially with government poised to release proposed legislation by June 2007. 

Construction under way at R54m plate-plant expansion

By: Nelendhre Moodley     30th September 2005 As a leader in aluminium rolling and extrusion, Hulett Aluminium, part of the listed Tongaat-Hulett group, fulfils a significant role in the aluminium industry and has recently announced a R54-million plate plant expansion, in Maritzburg, Kwazulu-Natal. 

Aluminium giant reaffirms SA focus

By: Nelendhre Moodley     30th September 2005 The take-over of Alusuisse in 2001 and, more recently, of Pechiney by Alcan has seen the integrated group becoming the second-largest aluminium manufacturer in the world, with a net income of over R1,5-billion. 

PE firm ‘fanning’ aluminium smelters

30th September 2005 Port Elizabeth-based fan manufacturer, Donkin Fans, a division of the JSE-listed Howden Africa Holdings, has won the contract to supply centrifugal fans for the forced cooling network at the Mozal and Hillside aluminium smelters. 

World competition tests welding skills

30th September 2005 A South African Institute of Welding (SAIW) initiative to send a competitor to Helsinki in May for the World Skills ‘Young Welder of the Year’ competition proved to be highly successful. 

Aluminium incubator for Richards Bay

30th September 2005 Richards Bay provides the ideal hosting environment for the establishment of an aluminium incubator. 

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