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Firm competitive with new technology

22nd June 2001 Based on the East Rand Zimco Aluminium (trading as Zimalco) is reportedly the largest secondary aluminium smelter in South Africa. 

New way to weld aluminium

22nd June 2001 Until now it has been thought that either pure tungsten or zirconiated tungsten electrodes were necessary to weld aluminium and its alloys with the Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) arc welding process. 

Phase two of Moz aluminium smelter gets the go-ahead

22nd June 2001 The boards of Billiton, Mitsubishi Corporation of Japan, and the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa (IDC) have announced the decision to go ahead with the Mozal expansion project, Mozal 2. 

Local consumption of aluminium expected to improve

By: System Author     23rd June 2000 Aluminium 

Local manufacturers are paying more for materials

By: System Author     23rd June 2000 Aluminium 

Contracts and projects awarded to local manufacturer

By: System Author     23rd June 2000 Aluminium 

Shipbuilder uses 140 tons of aluminium every year

By: System Author     23rd June 2000 Aluminium 

New foundry to be commissioned

By: System Author     23rd June 2000 Aluminium 

Window of opportunity for primary producers

By: System Author     25th June 1999 A global shortage of secondary alum- inium is predicted between 2000 and 2007, which could provide good opportunities for local primary aluminium producers such as Billiton and Mozal, argues CSIR Centre for Product Development spokesperson Dr Oliver Damm. The centre is part of the... 

Latest Mozal contracts secured

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Turnkey refractory specialist the Dickinson group, of Vereeniging, Gauteng, has been awarded the cathode-sealing and potlining contracts for the Mozal aluminium smelter at Maputo in Mozambique. The former is for 5 820 graphite cathodes, and the latter for 291 AP 30 pots. Through its Kwazulu-Natal... 

Agency for Italian profile-rolling machines secured

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Tube-bending and sawing-equipment specialist Vite Machine Tools, of Jet Park, Gauteng, has landed the agency for the CS series of profile-rolling machines from SAF Curvatrici of Italy. This series of rolling machines has been designed specifically for the cold- rolling of aluminium profiles into... 

Managing solutions for the aluminium sector

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Industrial-information systems specialist Keops Isis, of Centurion, Gauteng, is the leading provider of operations-management solutions (OMS) in the primary aluminium production sector of Southern Africa. OMS – including manufacturing execution systems (MES) – bridges the gap between... 

Millennium challenge for aluminium

By: System Author     25th June 1999 There is no doubt that the start of the new millennium holds many things for South Africa as a whole, and the aluminium industry in particular, says John Askeland, newly-elected chairperson of the Aluminium Federation of Southern Africa (Afsa). “Some are clearly opportunities; some are... 

SA aluminium prospects shine brightly

By: System Author     25th June 1999 What is the current state of the local aluminium industry? At the semi-fabrication level the aluminium industry is about R8-billion a year – to some extent this depends on the ruling London Metal Exchange price. This includes an allowance for the importation of alumina, so I am talking... 

Export markets offer lifeline to local firms

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Only those local companies that have succeeded in establishing export markets are doing well; the higher the proportion of their sales that are local, the more these companies will be battling right now, observes Zimco Aluminium (Zimalco) MD Bruce Addison. Zimalco, of Benoni South, Gauteng, is... 

Drive to increase aluminium use in vehicles

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Leaders of the auto- motive and alu- minum industries have unveiled plans to create an inter-industry alliance to promote collaborative research to accelerate the use of new and improved aluminum technologies for motor vehicles. This initiative, called the Auto Aluminum Alliance, includes members... 

Extrusion technology for new millennium

By: System Author     25th June 1999 What’s next in aluminium extrusion technology for the new millennium will be unveiled at the seventh yearly Aluminium Extrusion Technology Seminar & Exposition, ET 2000, to be held in Chicago in the US from May 16 to 19, 2000. The event – which is the longest-running event dealing... 

Alu-cans strike gold

By: System Author     25th June 1999 In just five years since the introduction of the aluminium beverage can to South Africa, the recycling of these cans has grown into a multimillion-rand industry. Aluminium Can Recycling Association (Acra) GM Henning Viljoen indicates that the yearly recovery rate of aluminium beverage cans in... 

Lowest-cost aluminium corrosion control

By: System Author     25th June 1999 The new Sulzer Metco SmartArc arc spray system has been designed to produce the lowest-cost aluminium corrosion-control coatings available in industry today. This has been achieved by the redesign of the arc head to ensure a low-turbulence air flow, resulting in higher deposit efficiencies, lower... 

‘Do-it-yourself’ aluminium welding promoted

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Aluminium welding can be catered for by a process called Techno-Weld, an innovative aluminium fusion-welding and repair process now available in South Africa. It is described as a breakthrough in welding with aluminium, and is a low-temperature (380?C) system which fusion-welds virtually all... 

Imported profiles now made in South Africa

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Automation specialist RM Automation, of Randburg, Gauteng, has opted for local manufacture of aluminium profiles previously imported at high cost. These profiles are required to build various frameworks used, in turn, to build special-purpose machinery for clients, turnkey projects, or system... 

Joint agreement to market furnaces

By: System Author     25th June 1999 An agreement to market oxy-fuel-fired tilting rotary furnaces to aluminium and other non-ferrous melting and processing customers worldwide has been signed by Air Products & Chemicals (APCI) and Altek International. Under the agreement, Air Products’ proprietary oxy-fuel combustion controls... 

Smelter strives to keep rising costs at bay

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Intended to assist in securing Bayside Aluminium’s position in the global aluminium market, a business process re-engineering exercise undertaken by Deloitte Consulting is realising substantial benefits for this Richards Bay smelter. “In a commodity market where prices are constantly... 

Novel plasma dross-treatment project hots up

By: System Author     25th June 1999 A dross-treatment project using plasma as the heat source is being researched by Eskom’s research and development section, Technology Research Investigations (TRI), together with an industrial partner. This type of system is already being operated by an international company in Canada using... 

Taiwanese aluminium cladding for industry

By: System Author     25th June 1999 The sole agent for world-class cladding product Alucomat is Norma Building Elements, of Southdale, Gauteng. Sourced from Jyi Shyang Industrial of Taiwan, the product has been hailed as a revolutionary and versatile decorative composite panel, developed for use in curtain-wall and cladding... 

Aluminium fabricators cut costs

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Correct process and gas selection can help aluminium fabricators reduce overall welding costs and improve productivity at the same time, argues a leading welding specialist. Afrox process development welding specialist Wayne Holt works in co-operation with Afrox clients to develop more efficient... 

Mozal is on schedule and within budget

By: System Author     25th June 1999 The Mozal aluminium smelter project at Maputo in Mozambique remains on schedule and on budget. Engineering exceeded the planned 4% progress for April, achieving 5%. Overall progress was on target at the end of April, with a total of 70%. The engineering department has now passed the peak work... 

Kwazulu-Natal aluminium expansion rolls on

By: System Author     25th June 1999 The next significant start-up milestone in Hulett Aluminium’s (Hulamin’s) multibillion-rand expansion in Maritzburg, Kwazulu-Natal, has been achieved on schedule following the successful coating of the first coil on the new continuous annealing and coil coating line (CCL2). Commenting... 

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