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Foundries, Forges & Die-Casting

PRODUCT & SERVICE ENHANCEMENTS
Frankwen Forge is taking proactive steps to adapt and enhance its service offerings
Company proactively enhancing offering
3rd May 2024 By: Simone Liedtke

While diversified manufacturing company Frankwen Forge is taking proactive steps to adapt and enhance its service offerings, broader structural changes are necessary to safeguard and advance the... 


A burner at the Birn Foundry in Denmark pouring molten metal
AI tech reduces foundry’s energy consumption
8th March 2024

Danish iron foundry Birn announced in December it had completed an artificial intelligence (AI) project in cooperation with automatic pouring technology developer and manufacturer Pour-tech AB to... 


The newly launched Vanta Max and Vanta Core X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analysers one blue and one yellow
New analysers launched at Indaba
8th March 2024 By: Halima Frost

International elemental analysis company Innov-X Africa has taken delivery of the newly launched Vanta Max and Vanta Core X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analysers, which were showcased at this year’s... 


A mesh of conveyor belts carrying ore with the sun behind
Global giant acquires materials handling supplier
18th August 2023

Mining and construction equipment manufacturer Metso signed an agreement to acquire privately-owned Australian company Brouwer Engineering in July. Brouwer Engineering specialises in automation,... 


Image of a man handling hot liquid
Furnace upgrades enhance productivity
11th August 2023 By: Bridget Lepere

Heat induction specialist firm Electroheat Induction recently undertook an induction melting furnace upgrade project at a steel plant located in New Jersey to improve its efficiency, performance,... 


Image of voestslpine High Performance Metals head office in Isando
Better communication, planning key to addressing challenges
28th July 2023 By: Bridget Lepere

Steel and Technology group voestalpine High Performance Metals (HPM) plans to introduce Powder Metallurgical grades, upselling from conventional to higher grade materials where customers will... 


Daimler’s Atlantis Foundries signs embedded solar power purchase agreement
28th July 2023 By: Irma Venter

Atlantis Foundries (AF) has signed a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) with integrated energy solutions company Energy Partners (EP). According to the agreement, EP will engineer, finance,... 


An aerial view of the sizable manufacturing facility at Columbus stainless in Middleburg South Africa, with buildings, storage facilities and waste water facility as well
Steel producer continues to grow manufacturing capacity
7th April 2023

Spain-based global stainless-steel producer Acerinox says its global footprint has transformed it into one of the most competitive producers of stainless steels and nickel alloys. The company... 


ArcelorMittal's brazil furnace operations image supplied by Bloomberg
Company’s new furnaces under scrutiny
10th March 2023

Luxemburg-based ArcelorMittal’s path to net zero emissions has come under scrutiny as it starts the construction of a new coal-based blast furnace in India which contrasts with low-carbon... 


Furnace adaptation can greatly reduce emissions
10th March 2023

Researchers from the University of Birmingham, in the UK, have designed a novel adaptation for existing iron and steel furnaces that could reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the steelmaking... 


An ABP Induction services furnace in operation with man in PE near molten metal
Two furnace tech providers join forces
10th March 2023

Parts formation provider Norican’s Monitizer platform and furnace equipment supplier ABP’s Digital Services announced an agreement had been made in February to interface their products in an effort... 


A concept image of a car engine which is due to be used as a template for a Die-set, against a blue background
Continued research makes for better die-cast materials
10th March 2023 By: Halima Frost

Steel and technology group Voestalpine boasts a strong footprint in the supply of metals used in various die-casting applications and strives, through continuous research, to further expand its... 


Seifsa launches loadshedding impact survey
13th February 2023 By: Donna Slater

The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) is conducting a loadshedding impact assessment to assist the organisation in its advocacy initiatives on energy. “South... 


A small mobile in line furnace offering from ABP Induction
New smaller furnace complements supplier’s range
12th August 2022

Induction-related equipment provider ABP Induction has added the new EcoLine furnace to its portfolio. The company says the EcoLine rounds out its portfolio to provide the perfect entry into the... 


The ET3 system comprising a multichannel data logger, precision thermocouples and a thermal barrier that enables the logger with a screen and logging system laid out in display
Tracking system well received locally
12th August 2022 By: Halima Frost

Automation and control solutions provider Raytek & Control (R&C) Instrumentation says its newest heat tracking system, the Easy Track 3 (ET3), has been well received by the local automotive... 


BEYOND TECHNOLOGY
Companies often believe that the Fourth Industrial Revolution is all about technology, failing to see that it is actually about a new way of working
Mining leader in S Africa’s 4IR transformation
22nd April 2022 By: Tracy Hancock

While the South African mining industry in many aspects is leading the country’s Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), the manufacturing sector is not as quick to adopt to new ways of working and the... 


New burrs designed for foundries
11th March 2022 By: Claire O'Reilly

Abrasive tool solutions developer, manufacturer and supplier PFERD offers a range of tungsten carbide burrs, specifically designed for the foundry and castings industry. 


Company plans to expand wear parts market locally
11th March 2022 By: Claire O'Reilly

High chrome white iron foundry Mitak is celebrating its fiftieth birthday this year, and plans to expand its reach locally in the coming 10 years. 


New contract pushes company towards one-stop-shop goal
11th March 2022 By: Claire O'Reilly

Foundry and heavy engineering company Thos Begbie has been awarded a consecutive contract to do more component installations for the Sibanye-Stillwater platinum smelter plant, in the North West. 


A photo of a Thos Begbie smelter component
Local furnace builder playing its part in global urban mining
27th January 2022 By: Darren Parker

Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie is supporting recycling and the circular economy by supplying specialist critical components for pyrometallurgical smelting in furnaces designed for... 


A wide angle photo of a delta section of a furnace
Components supplied to local platinum smelter
26th November 2021 By: Darren Parker

Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie has been awarded a major contract to supply 190 t worth of copper pyrometallurgical components to the South African arm of an Italian company for use in... 


Range for maintenance extended to Zambia
22nd October 2021

Industrial products provider BMG has extended its integrated engineering solutions services in Zambia to include the supply and support of a comprehensive range of personal protection equipment... 


A Charnaud stand at an event with Hazmat suits, Reflective clothing, corporate clothing, gloves, goggles and boots
PPE plan crucial to employee safety
22nd October 2021

Hi-tech protective clothing manufacturer Charnaud stresses that the safety of all employees depends on the creation and strict implementation of a personal protective equipment (PPE) plan.... 


Thos Begbie sales manager Jurgsen Dercksen seated
Coolers manufacturing for smelting furnace successfully completed
6th August 2021 By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah

Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie recently completed the manufacture and supply of specialised coolers for a platinum producer’s smelting furnace site in Rustenburg, in the North West.... 


Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel
Patel says vision for R200bn in additional localisation has top-level corporate backing
18th May 2021 By: Terence Creamer

Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel announced that an “accord” had been reached at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) to drive progressive localisation... 


ALL-ROUND SOLUTION Thos Begbie uses advanced casting simulation and machining simulation programs to reproduce what has been designed on computer-aided design programs by design houses
Local company shines in furnace rebuilds
2nd April 2021 By: Darren Parker

Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie is conducting several major furnace rebuilds locally and globally. Locally, the company is manufacturing and supplying the copper furnace components of... 


HERE FOR A LONG TIME 
NSK HPS range, which has a life span nearly double that of conventional bearings of the same size
Range presents various benefits, longer life span
5th March 2021 By: Mc'Kyla Nortje

Engineering components provider BMG’s range of high-performance NSK spherical roller bearings is perfectly suited to operate in demanding environments, including foundries, forges and die-casting... 


ZOOMING INTO SAFETY 
Over the years, the importance of safety has grown substantially, whereby laws and regulations governing the smelter and metals sector have become stricter
Safe and reliable steel production even more crucial
26th February 2021

High temperatures, molten metals and heavy loads are some of the challenges faced during steel production, says industrial instrumentation and automation multinational Endress+Hauser. 


SMS Group to buy Andritz Maerz's copper furnace business
13th January 2021 By: Donna Slater

Industrial furnace company Andritz Maerz and plant supplier SMS Group have entered into an agreement to transfer the global copper furnace business, including the related intellectual property and... 


SANDY MAJATLADI
The role of the NFTN is to endorse a competitive market within South African foundries
Industry body promotes support interventions for local foundries
6th November 2020 By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah

Industry support provider the National Foundry Technology Network (NFTN) is promoting pressure-equipment-directive support interventions in the local foundry industry and these interventions are in... 


UP ORE DOWN
Wagons manufactured by Columbus Stainless using 3CR12 transport ore for substantially longer with less degradation than those made of mild steel or other materials
Specialised steel extends life of ore wagons
31st July 2020 By: Halima Frost

Stainless steel manufacturer Columbus Stainless advocates that the much longer life span of ore wagons achieved using 3CR12, makes it clear why stainless steel is the cost-effective choice for... 


REFINED HARD-FACING WELDING
As the demand and quantity of components requiring hard-facing increased, Thos Begbie begun looking at alternative methods of conducting specialised welding
Improved welding helps local company alleviate corrosion
5th June 2020 By: Cameron Mackay

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,... 


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


FORGING AHEAD 
The company has purchased 4 new furnaces to reduce electricity consumption, improve quality and productivity, improving environmental compliance and reducing maintenance costs
Company to improve processes with new furnaces
6th March 2020 By: Cameron Mackay

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... 


SMART FOUNDRIES
The aim is to improve manufacturing processes using AI in the foundry industry
Local foundry leads to AI partnership
6th March 2020 By: Cameron Mackay

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... 


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
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... 


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.
Local pumps manufacturing industry under pressure
4th October 2019 By: Darren Parker

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... 


KEEP ROLLING ROLLING ROLLING
A cold rolling production line supplied to an international client by SMS group
Extrusion press concept for aluminium sector developed
27th September 2019 By: Halima Frost

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... 


NCPC-SA to host free-for-business greener industries conference
3rd September 2019 By: Schalk Burger

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... 


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