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Foundries, Forges & Die-casting 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. 

Engineering group invests R380m in ring production line as it rebrands

By: Schalk Burger     17th February 2012 The rebranding and restructuring of heavy engineering company DCD, previously DCD-Dorbyl, is aimed at improving its international competitiveness while manufacturing products and components for the international and local markets, says DCD MD Rob King. 

DST to fund 164 technology-linked interns

By: Henry Lazenby     14th December 2011 The Department of Science and Technology (DST) would fund the placement of 164 internships as part of its Science-, Engineering- and Technology- (SET-) linked internship programme, it said in a written response to a Parliamentary question on Wednesday. In response to a question posed by... 

Largest temperature unit designed for large moulding machines

16th September 2011 Cape Town-based injection moulding firm Jenowill Services has supplied its largest-ever Regloplas system to a South African pressure diecasting company. 

Foundry industry urged to take advantage of opportunities

By: Jessica Hannah     8th April 2011 A number of industry bodies have expressed concern about a lack of interest by the local foundry industry in taking advantage of new opportunities.  

Electricity prices huge concern for foundry industry

By: Jessica Hannah     8th April 2011 Rising electricity costs are having a huge impact on the electricity-intensive foundry industry, says commercial investment foundry Vestcast MD David Barnes. 

Global demand drives local capacity increase

By: Jessica Hannah     8th April 2011 Increasing demand for silicon carbide, which is being driven by traditional buyers of Chinese production seeking alternative supply sources, has prompted local producer Sublime Technologies to increase its production capacity to 50 000 t/y. 

First-of-its-kind burner to be installed in Southern Africa

By: Jessica Hannah     8th April 2011 Multidimensional provider of turnkey thermoprocessing solutions Talec Combustion Company (Talec) will install the first E-Jet (EJ) ultra-low nitrogen oxide (NOx) regenerative ceramic burner at a foundry in southern Africa, the company reports. 

Namibian company receives three-year maintenance contract

8th April 2011 Heat technology equipment specialists Ai-Tec Namibia has been awarded a three-year contract for the maintenance of operational equipment at TSX-listed Dundee Precious Metals’ Namibian Custom Smelters (NCS) in Tsumeb, Namibia. 

SA needs to start building long-term relationships

By: Jessica Hannah     8th April 2011 South African industries need to establish long-term commitments and partnerships with foundries in the country to support this important sector, international trade fair for moldmaking and tooling, design and application development AfriMold MD Ron MacLarty asserts. 

Foundry benefits from government programme 

8th April 2011 Castings specialist KEW Foundries reports that the Department of Science and Technology’s (DST’s) Technology Localisation Programme (TLP) has assisted it in overcoming a number of short-term challenges. 

Development of pilot foundry qualification progressing well 

By: Jessica Hannah     8th April 2011 The development of a pilot foundry qualification by the industry-led, government funded National Foundry Technology Network (NFTN) is progressing well, the organisation reports. 

Adaptation key to survival in difficult times

9th April 2010 The manufacturing sector, particularly foundries, has experienced economic strain over the past year owing to the worldwide recession. One of the largest and oldest aluminium foundries in the Western Cape Ajax Manufacturing’s CE Charles Rowe says that it has been an incredibly tough year for his... 

Breaking new ground in foundry efficiency 

By: Henry Lazenby     9th April 2010 The proper handling of scrap runners and returns in a foundry may have a significant impact on a company’s profitability. In the search for continuous improvement and competitiveness, the improper handling and management of runner returns in foundries is often overlooked. 

Headgear sheave wheels supplied to Russian mine

9th April 2010 Specialist caster KEW Foundries has supplied headgear sheave wheels to the Shaft Sinkers Group, to be used on a project for global chemical giant EuroChem. The sheave wheels form part of the winder installation that will transport men and materials and waste rock during the shaft sinking phase... 

Foundries increasingly looking to alternatives

By: Henry Lazenby     9th April 2010 In an effort to cut costs, foundries are increasingly looking to alternatives, such as reusing, rather than disposing of, moulding sand, instead of buying huge amounts of new foundry sand, reports foundry equipment supplier March Projects. 

Increasing competitiveness of local foundry industry

By: Henry Lazenby     9th April 2010 A government initiative is helping local foundries to improve their productivity and product quality, while simultaneously introducing new technology and innovative production methods. The National Foundry Technology Network (NFTN) is an initiative by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)... 

New programme aims to bridge the skills gap

By: Henry Lazenby     9th April 2010 One of the challenges facing the manufacturing industry in South Africa is the drastic skills shortage, which has a great impact on sustainability. This shortage is critically felt in the foundries, forges and die casting industry, which is considered the backbone of the manufacturing industry. 

Technology assistance packages to be rolled out

By: Henry Lazenby     9th April 2010 Twenty-eight local foundries will receive technology assistance packages from the Department of Science and Technology (DST) in the coming months. These companies are among 117 foundries benchmarked by a new tool implemented by the DST, in cooperation with the United Nations Industrial... 

Forging ahead with semisolid casting technology

By: Henry Lazenby     9th April 2010 Industry leading research to develop a reliable and stable semisolid casting technique for the metals casting industry, called rheocasting, is under way in South Africa.


Exporter excels 
despite challenges

By: Eleanor Seggie     15th January 2010 Foundry sand supplier Rand York Minerals (RYM), continues to expand its market even though it faces a bevy of challenges, including a reduction in port space allocation and transportation delays.

RYM CEO Zelda du Preez says that owing to the financial crisis, the company had about six months of... 

Insimbi’s interim profit down 82% to R6,7m

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th October 2009 AltX-listed alloy fabrication and maintenance specialist Insimbi Refractory & Alloy Supplies’ profit for the six months ended August dropped by more than 80% to R6,7-million, compared with the R39,1-million recorded in the previous corresponding period. The group’s revenue fell by 47% to... 

Castings manufacturing company 
sets up one-stop manufacturing shop 

By: Darren Parker     19th June 2009 Investment casting company RelyIntraCast has combined its two previous manufacturing facilities into one facility in Boksburg East, to improve the company’s operating efficiencies. 

Metal casting lab receives R15m capital injection 

By: Leandi Kolver     24th April 2009 he metal casting technology station at the University of Johannesburg has received a R15-million cash injection from the Department of Science and Technology’s (DST) Tshumisano Trust to fortify research, encourage innovation and provide technological assistance to the metal casting industry. 

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. 

Cape Manufacturing Engineering approaches IDC for emergency funding

By: Chanel de Bruyn     17th February 2009 Two subsidiaries of one of the Western Cape’s largest engineering firms, Cape Manufacturing Engineering (CME), would face liquidation, unless the group received some financial assistance, nonexecutive chairperson Ewald Wessels said on Tuesday. The company said it had approached the Industrial... 

First R1,3bn spin-off investments likely to focus on boiler components

By: Terence Creamer     22nd August 2008 State power utility Eskom claims to have secured R1,3-billion worth of foreign direct investment in return for the awarding of contracts worth tens of billions of rand for boilers and turbines to be installed at the Medupi and Kusile coal-fired projects, which are being built at a combined cost... 

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.  

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