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Foundries, Forges & Die-casting News

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. 

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... 

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