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Southern Africa's aluminium industry: opportunities and challenges

By: nkolola halwindi     21st June 2002 With the extension of the Hillside smelter by a further 130 000 t/y in progress, the upgrading of the Bayside capacity to 200 000 t/y and the doubling of the Mozal smelter Southern Africa will soon boast a primary capacity of some 1,35-million t/y. 

SA firm supplies millions worth of busbars to Mozal

By: nkolola halwindi     21st June 2002 In a multimillion contract, Gauteng-based Busbar Services and Dynamic Weld is in the process of supplying fabricating and linkage busbars to the Mozal II expansion project in Mozambique. 

Casting firm's R12m R&D plan

By: nkolola halwindi     21st June 2002 In a five-year plan, specialist in aluminium and zinc castings Zealous Pressure Castings (ZPC) is to invest about R12-million in technology and research and development (R&D). 

Shower-door manufacturer to reclaim its number 1 position

By: nkolola halwindi     21st June 2002 Gauteng-based firm Aluview has invested resources and expertise into Showerlux South Africa to enable the company to reclaim its position as South Africa’s leading shower-enclosure supplier. 

Aluminium-steel hybrid ladder launched

By: nkolola halwindi     21st June 2002 Manufacturer and distributor of aluminium access equipment Castor and Ladder, a division of Paint and Ladders, has introduced a new range of ladders designed from a combination of aluminium and steel. 

R3m in irrigation fittings for Middle East

By: nkolola halwindi     21st June 2002 Gravity diecast specialist Wahl Aluminium Products has launched a new range of plastic irrigation fittings for the irrigation industry to combat the increasing theft of aluminium fittings. 

Firm gets car-accessory anodising contract

By: nkolola halwindi     21st June 2002 As part of a multimillion-rand contract between Nissan South Africa and Excalibur, Astro Anodising was chosen by Excalibur to carry out the anodising on the aluminium running boards and roof rails for the new Nissan range of bakkies. 

SA abrasive firm shines in Middle East

21st June 2002 A leading local specialist manufacturer of abrasive products, buffs and compounds, Rebuff, has received an order for the supply of buffs to Lebanon. 

Aluminium tops new Durban tower

21st June 2002 Local aluminium manufacturer Alpull has recently been awarded the contract to manufacture the cowl for the new Millennium Tower in Durban. 

Distributor's R2m new warehouse

By: nkolola halwindi     21st June 2002 Stockist and distributor of aluminium and stainless steel Gammid has invested about R2-million in the construction of a third warehouse to improve its services and increase storage capacity. 

High-volume production trend enhances technology

By: nkolola halwindi     21st June 2002 Leading supplier of metal-working machines, Machine Tool Technologies has launched a range of Tekna machines for machining aluminium products. 

Product is a hit in mining and recreation

21st June 2002 Working in conjunction with the mining industry, specialist manufacturer of aluminium products and production machining Frank Lane Engineering has developed and perfected various aluminium cement grout guns, which are used extensively in the mining industry. 

Southern African business booms for French firm

21st June 2002 Giving a huge boost to the local and national economy, leading supplier of aluminium Smelters ECL Engineering has decided to make a substantial investment of R8-million in Zululand on the Kwazulu-Natal North Coast. 

Niche foundries turn to KZN recycler

21st June 2002 Kwazulu-Natal is known worldwide as the aluminium centre of Southern Africa. The extraordinary growth in primary production at the Billiton Hillside and Bayside production units, based in Richards Bay, are frequently documented in the media. 

Beam facilitates structural engineering

21st June 2002 Aluminium, as the raw material bauxite, is one of the most common metals found on earth, but unfortunately, misunderstandings about the metal are just as common. 

Collaborative research on semi-solid metal forming

21st June 2002 Since 1981, semi-solid metal forming (SSM) in commercial use, has been a well-established process in the automotive industry for the production of premium and safety-critical aluminium components, such as suspension parts, engine brackets, chassis components, fuel rails and brake cylinders. 

Exports grow for SA semifinished product supplier

21st June 2002 With the continued devaluation of the rand against the major currencies, many South African producers who use aluminium have found their products to be of a very competitive nature and hence have increased exports. 

Southern Africa becomes key aluminium hub

21st June 2002 South Africa is home to resources group BHP Billiton’s 100%-owned Hillside and Bayside aluminium smelters, both based in Richards Bay, in Kwazulu-Natal, while the Mozal smelter – in which BHP Billiton has a 47% stake – is located just outside Maputo, the Mozambican capital. 

Global aluminium industry ensures its sustainability

21st June 2002 Aluminium is a young and modern metal. It has only been produced on an industrial scale since 1886, when Hall and H 

Much export potential for SA's aluminium products

By: Joanne Delaurentis     22nd June 2001 Southern Africa has the ability to convert more of its primary aluminium into value-added product through a sophisticated value chain, says Hulett Aluminium MD Peter Staude. 

Firm completes roof structure for Turkey

22nd June 2001 Local aluminium manufacturer Alpull has supplied the first, of what it hopes will be many, Apliform roofing structures to Turkey. 

Aluminium export market imperative

By: Joanne Delaurentis     22nd June 2001 The need to develop the South African aluminium export market is patent, said president of the Aluminium Federation of South Africa Tony Paterson at the Aluminium Conference in March. 

New aluminium tool for telecoms fleet

By: Joanne Delaurentis     22nd June 2001 The Telkom contract, which was awarded last year to debis Fleet Management, has resulted in the development of new aluminium technology set to yield significant benefits within the fleet management industry. 

Smelter expansion rearing to go

By: Joanne Delaurentis     22nd June 2001 The proposed expansion of the Mozambique aluminium smelter Mozal still has the green-light, despite delays on final approval decisions from the shareholders, says manager of Mozambique affairs Peter Cowie. 

Aluminium outdoor kits are developed

22nd June 2001 Aluminium producers Frank Lane Engineering of Johannesburg, Gauteng has developed a range of Rugged outdoor kits, utilising aluminium and steel to design and manufacture kits for camping, caravaning, fishing and the four by four fraternity. 

Aluminium gives sports roadster more pizzazz

22nd June 2001 An aluminium component used in the rear suspension of the Ford GT40 sports car replica for export to the US, has made a significant contribution to the handling of the road model of the vehicle according to Owen Ashley, MD of the Cape Town based manufacturers Cape Advanced Vehicles (CAV). 

New production system developed

22nd June 2001 Cape Town based aluminium and glass design and manufacturer Aluplan Architectural Aluminium has developed the ISO 100 system of 20-25 extrusion dies for a variety of applications. 

Aluminium cladding for airport hotel 

22nd June 2001 South African aluminium producer Hulett Aluminium Fabricated Products (Hulafab), a division of Hulett Aluminium in Maritzburg, supplied approximately 3 500 m of Hula-Bond composite cladding panels in a champagne finish for the new Airport Sun Inter-Continental Hotel in Johannesburg. 

'Magic' metal used since ancient times

22nd June 2001 While aluminium was only discovered some 160 years ago, and has been produced in industrial quantities for only the last 100 years, aluminium-bearing compounds have been used by man from the earliest times, reports the UK Aluminium Federation. 

Aluminium no longer a stand-alone metal

22nd June 2001 Aluminium industry members must quickly adapt to new realities if they hope to transform from an industry that has historically destroyed economic value to one that consistently maximises the creation of economic value, warns global aluminium producer Alcan executive vice president Richard Evans. 

Asset-management system for smelters

22nd June 2001 Iceland company Altech of Reykjavik has a state-of-the-art asset management and maintenance system already in service with Nordic Aluminium. 

SA has an open door to global products

22nd June 2001 South African firm Alutrade are the sole agents of Alusuisse (members of the Alcan Group) in Southern Africa. 

Aluminium standing tall in architecture

By: Joanne Delaurentis     22nd June 2001 The production of curtain walls for large-scale modern construction is taking off in South Africa, says Aluminium Federation of South Africa marketing manager Henning Viljoen. 

Smelter project team wins excellence award

22nd June 2001 Project implementer SNC-Lavalin EMS has been awarded the project management excellence award 2001 awarded by the Project Management Institute of South Africa (PMISA) for its submission of the Mozal aluminium smelter project in Mozambique. 

Long-term refractory contract awarded

22nd June 2001 Kwazulu-Natal firm Dickinson Refractory Services, a division of the Dickinson group, has been awarded the long-term site-wide refractory service contract at the Hillside aluminium smelter. 

Remote controls for US smelter

22nd June 2001 Washington aluminium smelter the Intalco Alcoa Works has relied on Cattron EZ Controllers for remote control operations of its cranes. 

Aluminium an indispensable metal

22nd June 2001 Aerrplanes, cars, cookware, even construction. Aluminium forms an integral part of modern living. 

Diecaster's five-year plan to be the best

22nd June 2001 Diecaster Zealous Pressure acquisition of R5-million worth of equipment is all part of a five-year plan by an ambitious and young management team to dominate the high-pressure high casting field. 

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