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Foundries, Forges and Die-Casting

Improved process flows grow global capability

10th April 2009 In addition to recent intensive cosmetic upgrades to its Isando facility, Weir Warman Africa has improved process flows in order to establish a lean manufacturing standard in the company. A significant investment has recently been made in the foundry as part of the initial phase of the best... 

Foundry industry reduces power use to gain competetive edge

By: Lindsey Berry     10th April 2009 The National Foundry Technology Network (NFTN) has established the Energy Utilisation project to assist foundries to reduce their energy consumption, NFTN project leader Richard Beän tells Engineering News. 

Formal foundryman qualification in place by 2010

By: Lindsey Berry     10th April 2009 A formal tertiary qualification for aspiring foundrymen will be in place at the University of Johannesburg at the beginning of next year. 

Foundries use economic downturn to develop industry

By: Lindsey Berry     10th April 2009 Production in South African foundries is down about 35% as a result of the global financial crisis, reports the National Foundry Technology Network (NFTN). Many foundries are only working three days a week or are alternating production one week on, one week off. 

Quality control essential for reducing porosity

10th April 2009 One of the most effective ways for foundries to counteract the current economic downturn is to increase efficiency in all departments, says Ajax Manufacturing CEO Charles Rowe. Ajax has, therefore, reaffirmed its commitment to quality control, especially with regard to the porosity of metals in... 

Plant upgrades create specialist foundry

By: Lindsey Berry     10th April 2009 Foundry company Lenreco has undergone several plant upgrades in the past two years in an effort to transform the predominantly cast-iron foundry into a foundry capable of working with complex materials and producing specialised castings. Lenreco was sold in June 2007 and the new ownership brought... 

Foundry equipment supply company acquisition complete

10th April 2009 The acquisition of foundry equipment supply company DISA that was announced at the beginning of last year is now complete. The company was bought by private equity firm Mid Europa Partners (MEP) which is one of the largest private equity firms investing in Central and Eastern Europe. MEP advises... 

Foundry equipment supplier positions itself for growth

By: Sylvester Haskins     11th April 2008 A new era in the foundry equipment and metal surface finishing systems arena beckons for Krier Africa as it extends its supply range of foundry equipment, reports Krier Africa director Cameron Diesel. 

Eight to ten years before skills shortage resolved, NTI

By: Sylvester Haskins     11th April 2008 The tool, die and moulding (TDM) industry has suffered a steady decline in recent years owing to a critical shortage of skills, underinvestment in new equipment and a lack of enterprise development, which will ultimately result in jobs, skills and economic losses unless there is a TDM... 

Manufacturing partnership bears fruit for aluminium foundry

By: Sylvester Haskins     11th April 2008 A nine-year old relationship between Cape Town-based aluminium foundry Ajax Manufacturing and Worcester-based aluminium castings company Victoria & Albert (V&A) has resulted in a thriving manufacturing business for the international market, reports V&A. 

Foundry supplies large castings for export

By: Sylvester Haskins     11th April 2008 The body-and-disc castings for a large order of valves destined for Saudi Arabia has been manufactured and supplied to Gunric Valves by foundry and engineering works company KEW Foundries. 

3-D prototyping cuts time, costs

By: Sylvester Haskins     11th April 2008 The advent of three-dimensional rapid prototyping has streamlined the sample prototype castings pattern-making process of CME Foundry and assisted the company in achieving greater time, labour and costs-cutting, reports the Cape-based foundry. 

Foundry's training academy takes root

By: Sylvester Haskins     11th April 2008 The disparate skills shortage climate in South Africa has moved drainage manufacturer and access cover and grating solutions company Saint-Gobain Pipelines to invest in its own training academy to develop the company's skills pool in order to meet its current and future personnel needs, reports... 

Zambian Copperbelt grows castings company

By: Sylvester Haskins     11th April 2008 The Zambian Copperbelt has created a productive and fledgling business for wear-resistant castings manufacturer Ozz Foundries which has experienced tremendous growth and demand for its products in this area, reports the company.  

Opportunities abound for foundry company

By: Sylvester Haskins     11th April 2008 The moulding, melting, fettling and heat treatment business of Steloy Castings is experiencing a surge in opportunities despite the doom and gloom climate in the international and local market, says Steloy Castings CEO Danie Slabbert.  

Local foundry develops new sheave wheel

By: Sylvester Haskins     11th April 2008 KEW Foundries supplies sheave wheels to all the big mining houses as well as to consulting and project engineers working on big shaft-sinking and expansion projects for the array of mines in Southern Africa and abroad. 

Samurai sword maker’s reactor monopoly poses a threat to nuclear revival

11th April 2008 From a windswept corner of Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island, Japan Steel Works controls the fate of the global nuclear-energy renaissance. 

Foundries merger creates positive growth for new company

By: Sylvester Haskins     11th April 2008 Air melted alloys investment castings producer RelyIntracast has made significant strides since the acquisition of Intracast Precision Castings by Pamodzi Industrials and the subsequent merger of the company with Rely Precision Casting, Rely Intracast MD Peter Goode tells Engineering News. 

SA foundry industry makes strides to meet international standards

By: Guy Copans     13th April 2007 Larger companies within the foundry industry in South Africa have made significant strides in the last six years, and are catching up with international foundry operating standards, says the South African Institute of Foundrymen (SAIF) president, Richard Seymour-Wright. 

Casting company attributes success to pump industry mainstay

13th April 2007 As the only foundry company in South Africa to specialise in impeller manufacturing, JC Impellers are doing well in a niche market, owner Greg Smith tells Engineering News. 

Load indicators make for safer load-strain inspection

13th April 2007 Specialists in lifting and pulling systems, Becker Engineering markets a range of compact and robust beam clamps and plate grabs, as well as load indictors that are ideal for use in metal working applications. 

Drive systems meet steel, alloy production needs

13th April 2007 Electric and gear motor manufacturer Power Drives provides mechanical and electronic systems that meet the demands of the South African metals, steels ad alloys production sector. 

Foundry group boasts record growth

13th April 2007 Local foundry group, the Steloy Foundry Group, reports record growth for the fourth financial year in a row, driven by increased demand for its product range from a broad spectrum of industries. 

Foundry expands Eastern Cape plant

13th April 2007 Casting manufacturer Ozz Foundries has expanded the capacity at their Dimbaza plant, outside King Williams Town in the Eastern Cape. This has been achieved by the addition of a second 10 ton Electric Arc Furnace and expansion of the company 

Local branch forges to order

13th April 2007 The local branch of FEAT Italy, FEAT Manufacturing specialises in the custom forging of various products. Co-founders Stephen Lewis and Guido Piras started FEAT Manufacturing 4 years ago, with the aim of supplying a growing market with easy access to large specialised forgings from FEAT Italy by... 

Local company committed to metallurgical integrity

By: Guy Copans     13th April 2007 Local foundry and casting company HI Alloy Castings has been acknowledged as a leading manufacturer and supplier of high integrity wear and corrosive resistant castings since 1981. 

New shot-blast machine to up machine throughput 

13th April 2007 A new shot blast machine from foundry equipment supplier Disa Mac, is specifically designed to process high-tech light alloy components such as cylinder-blocks, cylinder heads, and other castings for the automotive and machinery industry, offering throughputs of up to 200 pieces an hour and... 

Aluminium standing tall in the furniture industry

13th April 2007 The wide use and versatility of aluminium is demonstrated by the large number of components such as table and chair legs, which are manufactured for the furniture industry. 

Technical knowledge to support foundry’s growth aspirations

By: Guy Copans     13th April 2007 Cape Town based foundry, All Cast Foundries, in is one of the smaller foundry companies in South Africa, but plans to expand in the future, says technical manager of All Cast Foundries, Garry Herbst. 

Foundry receives ISO certification

13th April 2007 CME Foundry, part of the Cape Manufacturing Engineers Group, has been awarded ISO/TS16949: 2002 certification by the South African Bureau of Standards, in recognition of the foundry meeting the necessary stringent quality management system standards that are accepted by the automotive industry... 

Education has role to play in growing foundry industry

By: Guy Copans     13th April 2007 In the past, South Africa has taken few initiatives to develop foundry technology, says senior lecturer of metallurgy at the University of Johannesburg (UJ), Christo Hattingh. 

Merger produces BEE compliant precision casting enterprise

13th April 2007 Pamodzi Industrials (formerly API, Allied Production Industries) aquired IntraCast Precision Castings in December 2006, in a merger of two of the most respected names in investment casting, Rely Precision Castings and IntraCast Precision Castings. 

SA toolmaking needs

By: Christy van der Merwe     23rd February 2007 The South African tooling industry should not be struggling to survive. 

NTI set to revitalise SA’s tooling industry

By: Christy van der Merwe     23rd February 2007 The industry driven and government supported National tooling initiative (NTI) has changed gear and is set to start rolling out planned projects and programmes to revitalise the tooling industry in South Africa. 

Less talk, moreaction for NTI

By: Christy van der Merwe     23rd February 2007 Criticised in the past for too much talk and too little action, the National Tooling Initiative (NTI) is being propelled by the tool-, die- and mould-making (TDM) industry and can now expand on its actions through the mobilisation, alignment, capacity building and cooperation extraction (MACC)... 

Institute rebuilds SA’s tooling skills pool

By: Christy van der Merwe     23rd February 2007 The Institute for Advanced Tooling (IAT) acts as a catalyst to re-establish the tooling industry in South Africa. 

R3bn Sappi Saiccor expansion feeling civil engineering pinch

By: Terence Creamer     1st February 2007 Forest products and paper producer Sappi says it is experiencing some civil-engineering-related cost and time pressures at its R3-billion Saiccor expansion in Kwazulu-Natal, but believes the financial impacts will not be “material” and that delays can also be contained. The South... 

Sappi likely to do more BEE deals, says Van As

By: Terence Creamer     1st February 2007 Forest products and paper giant Sappi anticipates that it will do further black economic-empowerment (BEE) deals in South Africa over and above the property-development deal struck with a Lereko-led consortium last year - Lereko is led by former North West Premier Popo Molefe and former... 

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