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Aluminium

First metal expected early next year

4th July 2003 The expansion of the Hillside aluminium smelter in Richards Bay is 60% complete, and is on track to produce its first metal in the first quarter of next year. 

Aboveground work starts in earthing contract

By: zeena isaacs     4th July 2003 Durban-based company SME Lightning Protection & Earthing has completed the underground earthing works at the Hillside Aluminium smelter expansion project, in Kwazulu-Natal. 

Upgrade of compressed air installation

4th July 2003 Compressed air is a crucial utility in the production of aluminium. 

Smelter receives two rotary screw compressors

By: zeena isaacs     4th July 2003 Two Aerzen rotary screw compressors that produce oil-free air have been supplied to the Hillside Aluminium smelter expansion project, in Kwazulu-Natal, by Airgas Compressors, the direct South African subsidiary of Aerzener Maschinenfabrik Germany. 

Switchgear panel supply completed

4th July 2003 Power generation, transmission and distribution company, Alstom Switchgear, completed the supply of 22 medium-voltage switchgear panels to BHP Billiton’s Hillside Aluminium smelter, in Richards Bay, for the Hillside Smelter expansion project in April. 

Communication strategy aimed at increasing efficiency

By: zeena isaacs     4th July 2003 Corporate communication company Raintree has tailormade a range of communication initiatives to suit the communication, health, safety and attitude needs of the employees at the Hillside Aluminium smelter expansion project in Richards Bay, Kwazulu-Natal. 

Insulation and bimetal plates delivered

By: zeena isaacs     4th July 2003 The electrical insulation components and bimetal plates required for the Hillside Aluminium smelter expansion project, near Richards Bay, in Kwazulu-Natal, has been delivered by Pyrotek. 

Isostatic press commissioned in Pretoria

20th June 2003 The commissioning of what is reportedly the largest high-alumina ceramics isostatic press for ceramics in the country, at Multotec Wear Lining’s Pretoria premises, is aimed at producing high quality alumina ceramics products. 

Company focuses on heat containment in the aluminium industry

20th June 2003 Insulating refractories in the aluminium industry is believed to have always been a difficult task. 

New range of windows and doors enters local market

By: Luxolo Tyali     20th June 2003 Gauteng aluminium extruder Wispeco has launched a new range of aluminium windows and doors. 

Automation contract awarded at smelter

20th June 2003 Automation firm Streamworks has secured a second contract at the Hillside aluminium smelter, when it was selected by Murray and Roberts Engineering Solutions to design and implement substations for the Hillside 3 expansion project. 

Gauteng steel and aluminium distributor refocuses

By: Luxolo Tyali     20th June 2003 Distributor of aluminium and stainless steel, Stainless Steel and Aluminium Corporation (Stalcor), of Gauteng, has embarked on a refocusing programme. 

Welding of aluminium and its alloys now much easier, says company

20th June 2003 In the past aluminium and its alloys have been regarded as difficult to weld, but as long as the alloy-grade is known, the correct consumable is used and particular attention is paid to cleanliness, minor precautions can ensure success, says Oesa MD Dick Harris. 

Cable-management system promises flexibility

20th June 2003 A cable management system, which includes aluminium distribution columns, is now available on the local market. 

Moz expansion project to reach full production in the fourth quarter

20th June 2003 Production for the Mozal 2 aluminium smelter expansion project near Maputo, in Mozambique, is ramping up smoothly to reach full capacity of 253 000 t/y by the fourth quarter of this year. 

New product promises continuous welding

20th June 2003 Continuous welding without the need for time-consuming interruptions to change the wire is now possible for South African welders, as a result of the introduction of the ESAB Marathon Pac Endless Version by Arc Engineering. 

Cable-management system promises flexibility

20th June 2003 A cable management system, which includes aluminium distribution columns, is now available on the local market. 

Composite panel a versatile building-cladding product

20th June 2003 The objective of every architect when designing an upmarket office building is to achieve functionality combined with aesthetic appeal. 

Smelter expansion 60% complete

By: Luxolo Tyali     20th June 2003 The expansion of the Hillside aluminium smelter in Richards Bay is 60% complete, and still on schedule to produce its first metal in the first quarter of next year, Engineering News can today report. 

Manufacturer in multimillion rand potroom equipment deal

By: Luxolo Tyali     20th June 2003 Specialists in the fabrication of pressure vessels and related equipment, Fabritech has been awarded a multimillion rand contract to manufacture potroom equipment for the Hillside aluminium smelter expansion project, in Richards Bay. 

Local smelter equipment subsidiary in big Hillside expansion project

By: Luxolo Tyali     20th June 2003 Richards Bay-based supplier of primary aluminium smelter equipment ECL Services Africa is part of a contract for the delivery of 144 fully-equipped pot superstructures to the Hillside 3 expansion project, in Richards Bay. 

Refractory specialist involved in several projects

20th June 2003 Refractory specialist the Dickinson group is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. 

Moz smelter receives nine custom-made compressors

20th June 2003 Nine custom-built Atlas Copco compressors are meeting the main air requirements at Mozal’s expanded aluminium smelter, in Mozambique.? 

Automated aluminium covering developed for the transport sector

20th June 2003 A South African company has developed an automated aluminium structure for the transport industry. 

Walkways devised for rooftop application

20th June 2003 A division of the Pietermaritzburg company Ampliform, AliFab, has completed the manufacture and supply of aluminium rooftop walkways to a new development in Umhlanga Ridge, Kwazulu-Natal. 

Lightweight aluminium provides better transport payload, says federation

20th June 2003 Abroad, transport absorbs 20% to 30% of the total sale of aluminium, according to the Aluminium Federation of Southern Africa (Afsa). 

Local foundry on show in Germany

20th June 2003 Cape–based aluminium foundry Ajax Manufacturing is to exhibit at the GIFA/Newcast 2003 expo, which is being held from June 16 to 21 in D 

Ingot manufacturer produces 20 t/day

By: Luxolo Tyali     20th June 2003 East Rand aluminium ingots manufacturing company Aluminium Granulated Products (AGP) has grown in stature and size since its humble beginnings 18 years ago. 

Automotive market holds promise for industry . . .

By: Luxolo Tyali     20th June 2003 The automotive market holds a lot of promise for the South African aluminium industry, reports Aluminium Federation of Southern Africa (Afsa) executive director David Hughes. 

Smelter faces tough green standards

20th June 2003 Coega’s tough environmental standards are helping to attract investors, says Coega Development Corporation (CDC) environmental executive manager John Raimondo. 

Smelter coup for SA haulage firm

By: Zonika Botha     28th June 2002 Overland haulage company and flagship of Imperial Holdings, Truck Africa of Germiston, Gauteng has secured a lucrative contract to transport equipment to both the Mozal and Hillside aluminium smelter expansions projects. 

R430-million smelter equipment contract is awarded

By: Zonika Botha     28th June 2002 The largest manufacturer of machinery and equipment for primary aluminium smelters in the world, ECL of France, has been awarded a R430-million contract to supply 144 equipped superstructures, four pot-tending machines, two anode jacking frames, four raising runway beams and a furnace-tending... 

R20m automation deal is secured

28th June 2002 Operations Management Systems solutions provider Keops Isis Industrial Information Systems has won several contracts at the BHP Billiton Mozal II expansion project worth an estimated R20-million over the next three years, with the project expected to continue until August 2003. 

Electricals upgrade to boost output

28th June 2002 Global power and automation technology group ABB has won a $26-million order to supply electrical and control equipment for BHP Billiton’s Hillside aluminium smelter in Richards Bay, near Durban. 

R50m compressed-air system for smelter

28th June 2002 A division of the IST group, IST Industrial, has been awarded a R50-million turnkey contract for the upgrading and expansion of the compressed air system at the Hillside aluminium smelter. 

R30m bake furnace heats up

28th June 2002 Construction company WBHO has made something of a name for itself in the construction of aluminium smelters. The company, in a joint venture with Concor, has recently started work on a R30-million contract for the construction of the third bake furnace at the Hillside aluminium smelter in... 

Jhb firm wins R30m follow-up contract

28th June 2002 Following its successful completion of a R40-million low-voltage contract and electrical installation at the first phase of BHP Billiton’s Mozal project, near Maputo in Mozambique, Johannesburg-based company RBF Technology has won an additional R30-million contract for the supply of... 

Export route is the way to go

21st June 2002 The entire aluminium foundry industry faces a major challenge in 2002, reports Cape Town-based aluminium foundry Ajax Manufacturing MD Charles Rowe. 

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