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Foundries, Forges & Die-casting News

South African steel industry needs protection policies  

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th February 2014 Owing to the discovery of and exploration for shale gas in the US and Canada, as well as gas finds off Mozambique and Asia, the global steel industry is set to undergo a radical makeover, but South Africa may not immediately benefit from the lower gas prices, states advisory company Deloitte... 

Steel distributor to introduce new products 

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th February 2014 Steel distribution and processing company Duferco Distribution Services’ steel sales have increased by about 300% since January last year, as more industries, such as mining, transport, recycling and cement, are expressing interest and buying its Quard and Quend steel, S355 and pressure vessel... 

Steel distributor to  introduce new products
STEEL INCREASE Duferco Distribution Services will introduce new quench and tempered steel materials in a width of 3 m onto the South African market this year

Modest recovery forecast for South African steel industry

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th February 2014 International credit insurer Coface noted a 40% increase in the number of steel company liquidations in 2013. “Coface encountered 55 cases of liquidation in the local steel industry last year,” Coface industry analyst Warrick Robertson says, adding that the credit insurer observed a 56% increase... 

Modest recovery  forecast for South African steel industry
WARRICK ROBERTSON Although international credit insurer Coface forecasts a modest recovery for the steel industry, the company emphasizes that sub-Saharan Africa is a growing market for South African steel products

New version of marking system to mark two dimensional code

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th February 2014 The new version of the InfoDent 8400-20 pin marking system, designed for marking hot, primary metals or steel products, which was launched in mid-2013, has an improved controller, which increases the marking speed and can print machine-readable information, or two-dimensional codes, says supplier... 

New version of marking system to mark two dimensional code
MARKING SMART The new InfoDent 8400-20 pin marking machine can print on uneven surfaces and machine-readable information or two-dimensional code onto hot steel products

Crane contracts increased by 142% in 2013

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th February 2014 Lifting equipment and service company Konecranes Southern Africa (SA) is manufacturing nine overhead cranes, with an estimated value of R8-million, for the steel industry and continues its inspection and service contracts for local and multinational steel manufacturers and distributors, states... 

Crane contracts increased by 142% in 2013
CRANE OPERATION The Konecranes service procedure and service manual has proven to reduce crane operating costs and thus increasing production capacity, reliability and efficiency

Capital investment programmes can boost industry

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th February 2014 Specialist foundry Steloy Castings will complete a multimillion dollar order for stanchion support assemblies, this month, which will be sent to a petrochemicals refinery in China. “The order comprised an assembly of castings, the bulk of which consists of tubes, which are used in the stanchions.... 

Capital investment programmes can boost industry
CASTING OPPORTUNITY Capital investment programmes, such as the Strategic Integrated Projects, will provide opportunities for the casting industry to supply cast and centrifugally cast products

Survey reveals increase in use of light steel frame building method

28th February 2014 An industry survey conducted by the Southern African Light Steel Frame Building Association (SASFA) revealed an increase in the use of the light steel frame building (LSFB) method in South Africa.   “Mainly, the survey showed that the mass of steel used in South Africa to profile light steel... 

Scaw Metals signs knowledge-exchange deal with German steel giant

8th November 2013 South African manufacturer of steel products Scaw Metals Group recently signed a knowledge exchange agreement with German steelmaking company Badische Stahl-Engineering GMBH (BSE) to drive technological advances and excellence at its steelmaking and rolling facilities. 

Room for optimism as SA shifts artisan-training gears

By: Janet Lopes     1st November 2013 Artisan training has finally become firmly entrenched as a national priority in South Africa on the basis of a burst of energy and innovation over the past few years. This new status was confirmed when Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande declared 2013 as the ‘Year of the... 

Room for optimism as SA shifts artisan-training gears

Collaborative effort under way to develop next generation of foundrymen

By: Schalk Burger     11th October 2013 Foundries have partnered with government departments, research and development organisations and universities to develop foundry skills through the Gauteng Foundry Training Centre (GFTC), says National Foundry Technology Network (NFTN) project manager Adrie El Mohamadi. The newly built GFTC is... 

    Collaborative effort under way to develop next generation of foundrymen

Valve manufacturers, foundries should collaborate to ‘take back’ market share

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th August 2013 Valve manufacturers and foundries could see a R4-billion to R5-billion recovery over the next three to five years as localisation in public procurement takes hold. The industry would be able to “take back” the market share lost to foreign companies over the past few years and revive the local... 

Valve manufacturers, foundries should collaborate to ‘take back’ market share

Smelting project leads to shift in company directors

By: Sashnee Moodley     9th August 2013 Smelter engineering firm Metix, a subsidiary of German group SMS Siemag, is undertaking the Sakura smelting project in Sarawak, Malaysia, which has resulted in a reshuffle of its upper ranks. 

Smelting project leads to shift in company directors
KAZCHROME WORKS PROJECT The project, which began in 2011, includes the construction of four 72 MW direct current furnaces for the smelting of ferrochrome

Acquisition consolidates steel plant specialist’s leading market position

By: Samantha Herbst     3rd May 2013 Having finalised its takeover of Luxembourg-based pyro- and hydrometallurgical engineering company Paul Wurth, steel plant construction specialist SMS Siemag, a division of SMS Holding, is now the only service provider worldwide that provides a full spectrum of technology processes for the... 

Solutions to survive electricity crisis presented

By: Sashnee Moodley     12th April 2013 Foundries need to ensure energy efficiency without compromising production to deal with rising energy costs in South Africa. 

Foundries must collaborate, cooperate to combat industry challenges

By: Sashnee Moodley     12th April 2013 The local and international foundry sectors need to work together to deal with the challenges that affect the industry, as every foundry faces these challenges, says industry-led, government-funded National Foundry Technology Network (NFTN) project leader Adrie el-Mohamadi. 

New range of furnaces enters local industry

By: Sashnee Moodley     12th April 2013 In light of the electricity supply constraints in South Africa, the new-generation energy efficient induction tilt melting (ITM) range of furnaces from induction-heating solutions company Hot Platinum (HPT), was launched to the foundry industry in January. 

New range of glass tempering furnaces launched in SA

12th April 2013 A new range of energy efficient glass tempering furnaces, from glass processing solutions company Cooltemper, has been launched in South Africa to provide glass processors with broader options when choosing machinery. 

Metal casting a global growth market, but challenges remain

By: Sashnee Moodley     12th April 2013 Global metal casting production is expected to reach 115-million tons by 2015, but the role South Africa plays in the global industry continues to decline. 

World’s largest submerged arc furnace to be delivered to Korea

12th April 2013 International manufacturer of ferronickel Posco SNNC has contracted German engineering company SMS Siemag for the delivery of the world's largest submerged arc furnace with six electrodes for the production of ferronickel in Gwangyang, Korea. 

SA foundries follow global trends – conference

12th April 2013 Delegates at the 2013 South African Metal Casting Conference, held in the North West, between March 13 and 16 heard that the challenges faced by foundries in South Africa are not unique in the global context and that growth in the industry will come from closer attention to the needs of foundry... 

PE foundry acquisition to support global growth objectives

12th April 2013 Global minerals solutions supplier Weir Group announced that it would purchase the Port Elizabeth-based Xmeco Foundry, which will form part of their Weir Minerals Africa business unit.  

Foundry waste beneficial to other industries

By: Sashnee Moodley     12th April 2013 The foundry industry is one of the greatest recyclers; however, it generates many waste products that end up in landfills when, in fact, they can be used in several applications, says US Department of Agriculture research soil scientist Robert Dungan.  

Material efficiency can improve energy efficiency

By: Sashnee Moodley     12th April 2013 Improved understanding of material efficiency at different stages of the casting process and the associated energy and operating materials required at each of these stages can be used to gather important information needed to promote efficiency improvements at foundries, says local consultancy... 

Study shows energy-efficiency benefits of material flow cost accounting

By: Joanne Taylor     5th April 2013 Energy efficiency in foundries can be improved through the implementation of material flow cost accounting (MFCA), Environmental & Sustainability Solutions executive director Seakle Godschalk said at the recent Metal Casting Conference. MFCA is a tool for quantifying the flows and stocks of... 

Metal casting conference seeks to stimulate foundry industry competitiveness

By: Joanne Taylor     29th March 2013 The Metal Casting Conference provided a platform for industry members to share the latest technological developments and opportunities to drive a competitive advantage in the foundry industry. The conference was held in the North-West from March 13 to 16. 

Metal recyclers opposed to proposed scrap-export restrictions 

By: Terence Creamer     15th February 2013 The Metal Recyclers Association (MRA) has indicated that it is opposed to the draft government proposal to restrict the export of ferrous and nonferrous scrap metal through a mechanism stipulating that domestic consumers are given first right of refusal and preferential prices. The proposed... 

Petrochemicals upgrades provide good opportunities

By: Chantelle Kotze     7th September 2012 The need for South Africa’s six oil refineries to undergo substantial refurbishment and upgrades over the next five to ten years is a good opportunity for supplier of cast components to the petrochemicals industry, Steloy Castings, to step up to the plate as a trusted service organisation, the... 

Foundry industry explores energy consumption, cost efficiency gains

By: Zandile Mavuso     10th August 2012 Electricity consumption and cost efficiency remain concerns for South African foundries, according to the South African Institute of Foundrymen (Saif). 

Gauteng sees partnerships as key to industrial revival vision

By: Schalk Burger     29th June 2012 Gauteng has partnered with the private sector, academia and with industries from industrialised countries to boost manufacturing as part of the province’s economy, said Gauteng Economic Development member of the executive committee Qedani Mahlangu in her speech to the provincial legislature in June. 

German group focuses on Southern African expansion

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd June 2012 Germany-based SMS Group sees great potential to explore further markets in Southern Africa through both its South African subsidiaries, SMS Siemag South Africa (SA) and Metix. 

Physical simulation of manufacturing processes at UCT

1st June 2012 A thermal-mechanical test system, the Gleeble 3800, has been installed in the Centre for Materials Engineering at the University of Cape Town owing to a National Research Foundation special equipment award. The Gleeble 3800, worth $1.05-million, is a fully-integrated, digital closed-loop control... 

Melting trade needs more recognition

By: Samantha Herbst     13th April 2012 The National Foundry Technology Network (NFTN), a government and industry association-led agency, and the South African Institute of Foundrymen (Saif) believe that melting is a significantly undervalued trade in the foundry sector, saying that this lack of recognition is detrimental to the... 

NFTN converting learnership programme into artisan programme

By: Samantha Herbst     13th April 2012 The industry-led, government-funded National Foundry Technology Network (NFTN) and its stakeholders are, under the guidance of the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority, in the process of converting the accredited foundry qualification learnership... 

Casting industry struggles despite automotive industry growth

By: Samantha Herbst     13th April 2012 The production volume of aluminium castings has declined by 40% in the past decade, Aluminium Federation of South Africa (Afsa) vice-chairperson Bob Stone tells Engineering News. 

Electricity costs remain a concern despite lower 2012/13 tariff increase 

By: Samantha Herbst     13th April 2012 The electricity-intensive foundry industry still has a lot of obstacles to overcome despite the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s) downward revision of State-owned power utility Eskom’s tariff increase for 2012/13, says South African Institute of Foundrymen (Saif) CEO John Davies. 

UJ initiative takes casting technologies to the community 

By: Samantha Herbst     13th April 2012 The University of Johannesburg’s (UJ’s) Metal Castings Technology Station (MCTS) is using the art of metal casting to unlock the potential of small local businesses in South Africa. Through an initiative called the Community Casting Project (CCP), funded in part by the National Foundry Technology... 

Refractory company imports solution to zoned wearing

By: Samantha Herbst     13th April 2012 Johannesburg-based refractory engineering company Refraline is offering a solution for foundries that struggle to prevent premature wear of induction furnace linings. 

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