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Foundries, Forges & Die-casting News

Improved welding helps local company alleviate corrosion

By: Cameron Mackay     5th June 2020 Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie has developed and improved its welding processes to weld dissimilar metals to copper to mitigate the effects of erosion, particularly chemical corrosion, in the local industry. “It is commonly known that copper is an ideal material to be used in the... 

Pump failures at mine addressed

20th March 2020 Last month, mechanical seal and pump supplier Mechanical Rotating Solutions (MRS) was asked to address the multiple failures experienced by a coal mine in Mpumalanga as a result of coupling misalignment between the pump shaft and the motor shaft. MRS MD Franscois Steenkamp suggests that after... 

Pump failures  at mine addressed
SHAFTED A misalignment between the pump and motor shafts had been causing failures at a coal mine

Company to improve processes with new furnaces

By: Cameron Mackay     6th March 2020 Local metalworking company Thomas Foundry is set to improve and increase the efficiency of its metalworking and manufacturing processes with the purchase of four new induction furnaces. The order was placed in September last year to replace three decommissioned furnaces – a 1 t furnace and two 5... 

Company to improve  processes with new furnaces
FORGING AHEAD The company has purchased 4 new furnaces to reduce electricity consumption, improve quality and productivity, improving environmental compliance and reducing maintenance costs

Local foundry leads to AI partnership

By: Cameron Mackay     6th March 2020 With a strong focus on growing its international business, machine learning solutions provider, DataProphet, has signed a partnership with a leading metallic parts enhancement company, Norican Group, to accelerate the adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) in the foundry industry. This came... 

Local foundry leads to AI partnership
SMART FOUNDRIES The aim is to improve manufacturing processes using AI in the foundry industry

Ramaphosa presents sustainability award to casting producer

24th January 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa presented local automotive casting producer Atlantis Foundries with the prestigious Best Brownfield / Expansion Project award at the 2019 Investment Conference in Sandton held in November. The award is in recognition of the company’s efforts towards its continued... 

Ramaphosa presents sustainability award  to casting producer
CREATING LOCAL VALUE The award is in recognition of automotive component manufacturers in SA who create value in South Africa and contribute to exports and GDP

Local pumps manufacturing industry under pressure

By: Darren Parker     4th October 2019 A need to upskill industry newcomers, increasing labour costs and decreasing foundry capacity continue to place the local pump manufacturing industry under pressure, says industry association South African Pump Cluster chairperson Howard Jones. “Greater incentives need to be made available to... 

Local pumps manufacturing industry under pressure
A HOT MESS South Africa’s pump manufacturing industry is dying owing to high energy costs, high labour costs, an underskilled workforce and increased international competition.

Extrusion press concept for aluminium sector developed

By: Halima Frost     27th September 2019 As a global service partner for clients, metallurgical industry plant and integrated systems provider, SMS group has developed a concept for extrusion presses offering significant flexibility and efficiency for the steel and aluminium industries. “SMS group service technicians are specifically... 

Extrusion press concept for aluminium sector developed
KEEP ROLLING ROLLING ROLLING A cold rolling production line supplied to an international client by SMS group

NCPC-SA to host free-for-business greener industries conference

By: Schalk Burger     3rd September 2019 The National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA) will host a conference aimed at growing greener industries at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) convention centre on September 10 and 11 and at no cost to businesses and industries. The fourth Industrial... 

Specialised demolition services for furnace structures provided

9th August 2019 Furnaces in the steelmaking, glass or general manufacturing industries have a finite lifetime before requiring significant maintenance and repair work. 

Specialised demolition services for furnace structures provided
MODIFICATION Jet Demolition owns a variety of specialised machines and equipment modified specifically to work within the confined space of a furnace structure

Cure oven scheduling key for product performance

9th August 2019 In any industrial paint or powder coating operation, getting the paint cure correct is critical to both the physical and cosmetic performance of the product. 

Furnace-firing ceremony for Bulgaria-based group

9th August 2019 Industrial organisation Şişecam Group continues its investments in Bulgaria where it operates in flat glass, automotive glass, glassware and chemicals business lines. 

Furnace-firing ceremony for Bulgaria-based group
INCREASED LABOUR Şişecam Group aims to contribute to the Bulgarian economy by increasing labour force participation

Skyriders intensifies presence in industry

By: Mamaili Mamaila     9th August 2019 Industrial rope access company Skyriders Access Specialists continues to offer various maintenance and repair solutions to aid key sectors – such as the furnaces industry – locally and abroad while expanding its service offering. 

Skyriders intensifies presence in industry
KEY MARKETS Skyriders intends to continue doing more work in its key markets, which comprise the power generation, petrochemicals, mining and construction, as well as paper and pulp sectors

Tech provider upgrades control at Mozal Aluminium

9th August 2019 Industrial automation and information technology provider Rockwell Automation has migrated the control systems at mining and metals company South32’s Mozal Aluminium project’s furnace assembly and ladle cleaning shop to its modern DC sintering based on the PlantPAx design standard. 

Factory of the Year recognises world-class excellence in South African manufacturing

By: Schalk Burger     28th June 2019 Multinational management consulting firm AT Kearney’s Factory of the Year competition recognises world-class excellence and performance in manufacturing and provides participants with a confidential evaluation of their competitive position as part of the assessment of all finalists, says AT... 

Factory of the Year recognises world-class excellence in South African manufacturing
3D-printed Factory of the Year trophies

Metal fabrication support programme in next 100 days – Patel  

By: Martin Creamer     27th June 2019 Within the next 100 days, the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition intends launching a support programme for new plant and equipment in metal fabrication. “We’ll meet investors and stakeholders on the long-term development of foundries and steel mini-mills, including measures to enable... 

Metal fabrication support programme in next 100 days – Patel
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel

Rust preventive coating now available in aerosol

31st May 2019 Last month, corrosion control technology developer Cortec Corporation launched the EcoAir Tool & Die Rust Preventative to cut costs and meet the needs of mold, tool, and die manufacturers and end-users. This liquid rust preventative comes in a non-flammable spray can that makes it easier to use... 

Rust preventive coating now available in aerosol
CAN IT The rust preventative is now easier to use and store in the aerosol can

Inaugural event to highlight local manufacturing capabilities

By: Halima Frost     17th May 2019 The first Local Southern African Manufacturing Expo (LME), which aims to highlight the capabilities of local manufacturers and, subsequently the ability to export, will be held from May 21 to 23, 2019 at the Expo Centre Nasrec, in Johannesburg. The expo will be hosted by the South African Capital... 

Inaugural event to highlight local manufacturing capabilities
CENTRE OF ATTENTION The inaugural Local Southern African Manufacturing Expo is set to feature more than 130 exhibitors

BMG procures foundry to enhance its services

8th March 2019 Technical solutions provider BMG is now a major player in the foundry industry after its acquisition of the iron foundry Rustenburg Engineering and Joerg Foundry last year. “This strategic investment enhances BMG’s service offering and broadens the company’s product range to include the supply of... 

BMG procures foundry to enhance its services
SERVICE OFFERING The acquisition will enhance the company’s service offering and broadens BMG’s product range

Thos Begbie branches out into Zambia, builds local skills

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     8th March 2019 Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie has completed the registration of the company for its new branch in Zambia, which it plans to officially open later this year. “We have secured a workshop facility and all the necessary tools to set it up, while Thos Begbie sales director Piet du Preez... 

Thos Begbie branches out into Zambia, builds local skills
INTERNATIONAL STAGE Thos Begbie exhibiting at an international trade means exposure for South Africa and strengthens international trade relations

Upgrades to start at Heavy Bay foundry

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     8th March 2019 In line with its oil sands business growth, engineering solutions provider Weir Minerals Africa has received capital expenditure approval worth R30-million for upgrades at its Heavy Bay foundry in Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape. Significantly, the foundry supplies castings across the globe... 

Upgrades to start at Heavy Bay foundry
MORE PRODUCTION Weir Minerals has invested R30-million upgrade at the Heavy Bay foundry in Port Elizabeth

CSIR to showcase new technology at show

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     1st March 2019 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) plans to showcase its casting, powder consolidation and related manufacturing technologies and products  at this year’s National Association of Automotive Components and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam) Show, which will be held from March 12... 

New graphite factory bolsters mining, foundry product offerings

By: Schalk Burger     7th February 2019 A new graphite facility, Graphite Freezeline Solutions, was opened last month on industrial engineering firm Thos Begbie’s manufacturing campus, in Middelburg. It will reduce the time to manufacture products that include graphite components, especially for the mining and foundry industry, says... 

New graphite factory bolsters mining, foundry product offerings
GFS FACILITY OPENING Hercules van der Merwe at the Graphite Freezeline Solutions facility opening

Motor Scan beneficial for various sectors

By: Cameron Mackay     25th January 2019 With leveraging digital technology said to be key to participation in the next wave of economic growth, the launch of the WEG Motor Scan has become a reality for South African companies in various sectors, says motors and controls manufacturer Zest WEG Group rotating machinery sales manager... 

Motor Scan beneficial for various sectors
WEG MOTOR SCAN The sensor measures the vibration, temperature and operational hours of electric motors to detect irregularities

Energy reuse to help base metals industries

By: Schalk Burger     9th November 2018 Base metals-production industries can maximise the capture of waste heat and reuse it to reduce energy use, and South Africa has does not have many heat reclamation systems in place, compared to widespread use of these systems in developing countries, such as China, says energy-intensive industry... 

Energy reuse to help base metals industries
WASTE-HEAT RECOVERY A waste-heat recovery system in a cement plant

Growth projected for global industrial furnaces and ovens market

10th August 2018 The global industrial furnaces and ovens market will reach $10 800-million by 2025, according to a report by market researcher QY Research. The global industrial furnaces and ovens market was valued at $9 530-million in 2017 representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 1.6% between... 

Growth projected for global industrial furnaces and ovens market
Photo by Bloomberg
BRINGING THE HEAT Industrial furnaces and ovens are primarily used by industries to heat-treat metals to generate steam

Solidarity launches four-pronged steel industry initiative amid global steel crisis

By: Schalk Burger     5th June 2018 Trade union Solidarity on Tuesday launched a four-pronged initiative to address and mitigate the impacts of the global steel crisis on local steel producers in an attempt to save jobs and local manufacturing capacity. Solidarity deputy general secretary for metals engineering Marius Croucamp... 

Solidarity launches four-pronged steel industry initiative amid global steel crisis
The old Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium plant in eMalahleni

Insimbi achieves higher revenue, gross profit in FY18

By: Simone Liedtke     29th May 2018 JSE-listed Insimbi Refractory and Alloys Supplies will be adding a significant value uplift to its chrome and aluminium businesses when it starts supplying powder-makers with a lower-grade aluminium content powder. It will start taking orders for this product in July, Insimbi CEO Fred Botha told... 

UK project could halve titanium parts production costs

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th April 2018 The British Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced late last month that its Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (officially abbreviated to Dstl) had, in cooperation with the University of Sheffield, developed of a radical new method of producing titanium parts. Dstl has so far invested almost... 

Automated systems reduce production waste

9th March 2018 The implementation at one of the largest foundries in the South Africa of supervised and unsupervised machine learning capabilities produced a 0% external scrap rate, saving the manufacturer as much as R10-million a month, explains business management consultant Dataprophet cofounder Daniel... 

Continued growth predicted for global forging markets

9th March 2018 Market research company Technavio has predicted the global forging market will exhibit a healthy compound annual growth rate of about 4% between 2017 and 2021. The company says the rising demand for fabricated metal products is one of the primary drivers for market growth. Press machines are... 

Continued growth predicted for global forging markets
Photo by Duane Daws
GROWTH The forges markets across the world will continue to grow in the next few years

Forging and steel industries both affected by unpredictable steel price

By: Victor Moolman     9th March 2018 Owing to the volatile and unpredictable steel price from local raw steel mills, the steel industry is looking less to locally-forged parts and equipment, and more to imports, says steel supplier and processing company Allied Steelrode. “As an industry – and in common with the forging industry –... 

Forging and steel industries both affected by unpredictable steel price
Photo by Duane Daws
STEEL FORGED Not all of the steel required in South Africa is economical to produce in the country

Process control manufacturer expands sales to South Africa

9th March 2018 Die-casting process control systems manufacturer Visi-Trak Worldwide has expanded its direct sales distribution to several countries, including South Africa, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Korea and to South-East Asia. The company explains that this expands upon its current network of... 

Industry body authorised as verification authority

2nd February 2018 The Department of Labour has authorised industry body the Southern African Gas Association (Saga) to be the verification authority for the natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) industrial equipment industry for South Africa.  All industrial equipment needs to conform to the SANS 329 and... 

Showcase of SA's manufacturing prowess to debut in 2019

By: Donna Slater     2nd February 2018 To showcase the best South Africa has to offer in terms of local manufacturing and South African-produced capital equipment, capital equipment manufactures lobby group the South African Capital Equipment Exporters Council (Saceec) has partnered with exhibition organisers Specialised Exhibitions... 

Proposed carbon tax ‘least-cost manner’ to ensuring greenhouse-gas reduction – Treasury 

By: Schalk Burger     15th December 2017 The National Treasury released the Second Draft Carbon Tax Bill for public comment on Friday and averred that it “seeks to give effect to the polluter pays principle . . . and will assist, in a least-cost manner, in reducing greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions and ensuring that South Africa meets its... 

Equipment supplier provides spare-part warehousing solution

By: Nica Schreuder     3rd November 2017 Owing to increasing demand for improved quality and the availability of production operations, metallurgical plant and equipment supplier SMS group provides consignment stock or warehousing facilities for their operational and insurance spare parts and components. “The service enables customers... 

Equipment supplier provides spare-part warehousing solution
Photo by Duane Daws
SPARE PART GUARANTEE A constant supply of spare parts for clients will reduce downtime

Closed steel mill discovering new life as an industrial park

By: Mia Breytenbach     6th October 2017 Following the implementation of the business strategy to convert Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium complex, in Mpumalanga, into an industrial park, the park is capitalising on its strategic location, says Highveld Industrial Park CFO Andrew Maralack. Highveld Industrial Park is situated close to... 

Closed steel mill discovering new life as an industrial park
CAPITAL LOCATION in less than a year of being operational, Highveld Industrial Park has set up a sustainable business
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