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Foundries, Forges & Die-casting News

London to host international foundry event

28th July 2005 The 19th exhibition of the Foundry Equipment & Supplies Association (FESA) Foundry International 2005 will take place this year in London. 

Minister acts to help in Mpumalanga saw-milling crisis

27th July 2005 The Water Affairs and Forestry Department is working with Komatiland Forests (KLF) in a bid to curb job losses due to the dwindling supply of wood in Mpumalanga. 

Rural-development thrust

By: Irma Venter     22nd July 2005 The first draft of a black economic empowerment charter for South Africa’s forestry industry must be completed by the end of this year, says Water Affairs and Forestry Minister Buyelwa Sonjica. 

Ex-prisoners turn alien plants into coffins

By: Irma Venter     8th July 2005 It may be a bit of an eerie concept, but South Africa is to produce coffins from the invasive alien vegetation that dots its landscape, by teams which will include ex-prisoners. 

New pine tree R&D thrust

By: Irma Venter     1st July 2005 Tree breeding researchers are few and far between in South Africa, and the same is true for qualified plant geneticists. 

New fan motors developed for timber dryers

27th May 2005 Specialists in electromechanical engineering Leroy-Somer has developed a range of fan motors specifically for timber dryers that ensure efficient operation, significant energy-savings and extended service life. 

Alliance formed to reduce global deforestation

26th May 2005 Plans are in the pipeline to reduce global deforestation rates by ten per cent by 2010. 

Fibre reinforcement being widely used in cement market

By: Mariaan Webb     20th May 2005 Although fibre-reinforced concrete (FRC) is not a very recent technology, it is being more extensively used in many different areas of the South African concrete market. 

Pump bowls supplied to European pump order

22nd April 2005 Leading South African stainless-steel foundry Steloy Castings has supplied 20 pump bowls, weighing in at some 1 000 kg each, for centrifugal pumps to be commissioned in Europe. 

Bearings reduce maintenance costs in casting processes

15th April 2005 The bearings division of Bearing Man distributes a range of NSK bearings that provides efficient performance and reduced maintenance costs in many steel and metal processes, including casting, rolling, finishing, raw materials handling and iron making. 

Concretes adapted for use in foundries

By: Mariaan Webb     15th April 2005 Vereeniging-based refractory manufacturer Durocast has adapted high-technology concretes, normally used in blast furnace runners and steel plant ladles, to make them suitable for use in foundries. 

Industry to benefit from foundry merger

15th April 2005 The operations of South Africa’s two premier stainless steel foundries have been merged to offer customers access to an unparalleled pool of foundry skills, technologies and products. 

Institute looks to the future

By: Mariaan Webb     15th April 2005 The South African Institute for Foundrymen (SAIF) is busy restructuring so as to become a more professional body. 

Affordable cleaning made possible with blasting machine

15th April 2005 Loca -company Lava Rock Marketing developed South Africa’s first quality dry-ice blasting machine as a more affordable cleaning method for the foundry industry. 

Firm remains focused on exports despite challenges

By: Mariaan Webb     15th April 2005 The Ozz Foundries Group, with the Benoni-based Eclipse Foundries within the group, has recently reorganised its operational structures, making the group a “leaner and meaner” team, CEO Alastair Moffat tells Engineering News. 

New centre facilitates technology development

By: Mariaan Webb     15th April 2005 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), in a joint venture with Mintek and Necsa, established a Light Metals Development Centre (LMDC) in 2003. 

Future lies in investment castings

By: Mariaan Webb     15th April 2005 Local company Rely Precision Castings has recently sold off its Chamdor sand- and centrifugal-casting facility to be in line with its strategy to aggressively focus on investment castings. 

Robust order book to carry company beyond 2011

By: Mariaan Webb     15th April 2005 Since Murray & Roberts Foundries’ rebuilding process, to ensure it remained globally competitive, began more than two years ago, MD Edwin Hewitt says that significant changes have taken place and results are beginning to emerge. 

Foundry grows its stainless-steel production

By: Mariaan Webb     15th April 2005 After three years of casting stainless steel, Matt Cast Supplies feels that it is ready to focus more on being a steel and stainless steel foundry and recently installed a new 350 kW furnace to run the plant at full capacity, director Allan Bruggeman tells Engineering News. 

Award-winning firm is looking to expand

By: Mariaan Webb     15th April 2005 “To the NiMag Group of companies, including NiMag, Magberg Manufacturing, Metalloy Fibres and Chromet, quality has always been the basis of its production and business philosophy,” CEO Trevor Sinclair says after the group has been awarded the International Star Quality Award gold... 

Remoulded foundry company to expand customer base

15th April 2005 High-quality iron and steel-product manufacturer Crown Cast has been remoulded under new management with a view to raise the level of service and quality of products offered to its customers. 

Yorkcor downplays perceptions of sawlog shortage

By: Martin Czernowalow     24th March 2005 South African timber company Yorkcor yesterday said that, while it is possible that a serious undersupply of sawlogs could materialise, based on long-term analysis, it appears more probable that supply and demand of sawlogs will be in balance with short periods of under- or oversupply. 

Times of change for timber

By: Liezel Hill     11th March 2005 The global timber industry seems to be in a phase of transition. 

Protecting SA's pine-tree breeding industry

11th March 2005 A globally-competitive genetic source of pine trees is what the forestry sector is aiming to achieve with a new initiative. 

Department steps in to protect trees

11th March 2005 South Africa is richly endowed with more than 1700 indigenous species of trees and shrubs. 

New landfill site for paper manufacturer

11th March 2005 Specialist engineering consultants, Stemele Bosch Africa (SBA), part of the B & A Group, has recently completed the detail design stage of Sappi Kraft’s Tugela Mill Phase 4 landfill extension project in Mandeni, on KwaZulu Natal’s north coast. 

Council awarded for forest management standards

11th March 2005 Greenpeace recently congratulated the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) for winning the prestigious Alcan Prize for Sustainability in December. 

Further progress on forestry restructuring

11th March 2005 Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry Buyelwa Sonjica has signed agreements which will transfer the management of 140 000 ha of forest land to new operators. 

Wood-packaging regulation to reduce pest risk

11th March 2005 The Durban Chamber of Commerce announced last month that importers and exporters should be aware that the provisions of the International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures, Guideline 15 (ISPM15) became mandatory in South Africa from the January 1, 2005. 

Fan motors ideal for timber dryers

11th March 2005 Leroy-Somer fan motors, which are designed specifically for timber dryers, provide efficient service and extended life in difficult operating conditions. 

Full-steam-ahead for duo of forestry projects

By: Liezel Hill     11th March 2005 Towards the end of last year NCT Forestry Co-operative saw the completion of one significant project and the beginning of another. 

R100m particleboard expansion nearing completion

By: Liezel Hill     11th March 2005 “The market is buoyant and we expect it to continue that way; the local economy is in great shape,” says PG Bison CEO Chris van Niekerk. 

Foundry saved from liquidation

27th January 2005 The Cape firm Gearings Foundry, which produces castings for the motor components industry, has been bought from its liquidators by Cape Manufacturing Engineers (CME). 

Swaziland outlines fixed-investment priorities

By: Jill Stanford     19th November 2004 SWAZILAND is encouraging direct foreign investment in a variety of sectors where specific competitive advantages can be realised. 

Foundries experience surging demand from specialist valve makers

12th November 2004 While the industry in general is fighting for survival, specialist valve manufacturers and their supplying foundries continue to fly the South African flag in niche markets abroad. 

Matt Cast Supplies

5th November 2004 Matt Cast Supplies Is a jobbing foundry casting a range of materials, ranging from 1 kg to 650 kg. 

Competition body blocks Komatiland deal

By: Martin Czernowalow     24th September 2004 South Africa's restructuring of its forestry assets has been derailed by a Competition Commission ruling, which prohibits the sale of the State-owned Komatiland Forests to a US-controlled consortium. 

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