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Foundries, Forges & Die-casting News

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.  

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. 

Your steel business, is our business

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th April 2008 In July 2006, Frankwen Forge took on its most ambitious project in the 23 year history of the company, when molten steel was tapped for the first time at the company's premises situated in the Engineering hub of the East Rand, Benoni. The steel making plant forms part of Frankwen Forges... 

Opportunity for South African suppliers beyond R1-trillion SA market 

By: Terence Creamer     30th November 2007 The winner of the largest-ever single contract in South Africa’s history has promised and contracted to make serious efforts to integrate the local supplier community into its domestic and global supplier networks. 

Alliances seen as crucial to reducing project risk

By: Terence Creamer     30th November 2007 State power utility Eskom has made it plain for some time now that it will be looking to partnerships and alliances as a way of softening the very real threat of price escalation in what could be a R1-trillion, 20-year investment programme. 

Castings firm approves R20m foundry expansion

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     21st September 2007 Castings manufacturer Independant Foundries (IF) is to spend R20-million on an expansion project at its facility in Roodepoort, Gauteng. 

Programme to scale up toolmaking at full swing 

By: Christy van der Merwe     31st August 2007 There can be no manufacture without the tools to do so, and for this, South Africa needs qualified tool-makers. Tackling the shortage of tooling skills in the Western Cape is the Western Cape Tooling Initiative (WCTI), which is running a project, in cooperation with local industry, supporting 20... 

SA toolmaking needs

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

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)... 

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. 

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... 

Establishment of two new foundries assists Weir Group in global expansion drive

By: Jade Davenport     15th December 2006 Engineering and minerals solutions multinational Weir Group has embarked on a worldwide expansion programme to increase throughput and improve the time- and cost-efficiency of the production process to benefit its global customer base. 

Sawmill-upgrade tender to be awarded early next year

By: Nelendhre Moodley     13th December 2006 The South African Forestry Company (Safcol) has had a “fairly good” response to a call for tenders for the upgrade of the kiln-control system at its Timbadola sawmill, project engineer Kira Ross tells Engineering News Online. 

R12m new foundry just the start, says Weir Minerals Africa

By: Nelendhre Moodley     27th November 2006 Minerals solution provider Weir Minerals Africa poured its first casting on Monday at its newly-built R12-million foundry in Isando, on the East Rand. 

State financier backs R19m forestry-plantation project in KZN

By: Jade Davenport     17th November 2006 Transformation of the South African forestry sector at the broad-based empowerment level is a feature that has been slow to manifest over the last few years. 

Department to have dedicated forestry chief soon

By: Terence Creamer     24th October 2006 The appointment of a new deputy director-general for forestry at the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (Dwaf) was likely to be confirmed by Cabinet within the next few weeks. 

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