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Foundries, Forges & Die-casting News

Sawlog shortage begins to bite

21st September 2004 Sawlog producer Yorkor yesterday reported a “modest decline” in headline profit from R1,65-million in the half year to June 30, 2003, to R1,16-million for the same period in 2004. 

Technology is the key to future foundry success

By: Zonika Botha     17th September 2004 South Africa’s foundry industry could receive a competitive boost if greater attention is given to improving technology and skills development and training. 

SA start-up lands Canadian fire-alarm camera contract

By: tom robbins     3rd September 2004 South Africa’s world-first smart cameras are being used to spot forest fires in the timber-rich Canadian province of Alberta. 

SA faces softwood shortfall

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     23rd August 2004 The projected failure of South Africa’s forestry industry to meet domestic demand for softwood in the next few years will see this country resort to imports for the first time since the Second World War. 

Softwood shortfall

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     20th August 2004 SA may be forced to import for the first time since WW II 

Opportunities exist to grow SA foundry industry – study

20th August 2004 The South African foundry industry consists of more than 200 ferrous and nonferrous foundries, generating a combined turnover of R10,3-billion a year, a newly-released study into the sector has found. 

Big foundry exhibition set for 2005

9th August 2004 The 19th foundry exhibition, supported by the UK Foundry Equipment & Supplies Association (Fesa) will take place in London next year from October 20 to 22. 

Board manufacturer in R100m expansion

By: Helene Le Roux     30th July 2004 Local particleboard and laminate manufacturer PG Bison is undertaking a R100-million brownfields expansion project at its manufacturing facility in Piet Retief, in Mpumalanga. 

R120m KZN wood-chip plant set for start-up

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     30th July 2004 The new R120-million woodchip factory being built at the Durban harbour will start production this month as scheduled, but will attain the full output figure of 30 000 t a month only in February next year, Engineering News has been told. 

Billion-rand target

By: Martin Creamer     30th July 2004 The R600-million-a-year metals trading company Metallurg South Africa is on track to become a billion-rand-a-year company, its MD Danny O’ Connor forecasts in an exclusive interview to mark the company’s highly-successful management buyout (MBO). 

Refractory breakthrough

By: Martin Creamer     30th July 2004 The refractory division of Metallurg South Africa is being buoyed by a breakthrough into the non ferrous industry. 

Robotics diversification

By: Martin Creamer     30th July 2004 Metallurg is making a promising entry into specialised robotic automation in joint venture with FL Schmidt of Denmark, Metallurg commercial director Frederick Botha tells Engineering News in an exclusive interview to mark the successful management buyout (MBO) of Metallurg from its former US parent. 

Service obsession beats

By: Martin Creamer     30th July 2004 “We’re going to run out of stock in an hour or two”, was the gist of an urgent telephone call Colin Botha received at five in the morning on a public holiday last month. 

Ingenious niche market pursuits

By: Martin Creamer     30th July 2004 An ingenious pursuit of niche markets is fuelling growth for the speciality division of Metallurg South Africa, which supplies the welding, steel, optical and animal-feed industries. 

Evergreen company ballast

By: Martin Creamer     30th July 2004 One of Metallurg’s greatest assets is its evergreen chairperson Langham Carter, 66, in whom much business acumen resides. 

SA faces sawlog shortage

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     16th July 2004 South Africa’s forestry sector, which provides hundreds of thousands of direct and indirect jobs and is a significant contributor to foreign-currency earnings and agricultural and manufacturing output, is buckling under pressures which may seriously affect its ability to meet the... 

Sawmiller prepares to enter forestry sector

By: Terence Creamer     16th July 2004 Forest products group Yorkcor has unveiled a plan to back integrate into forestry in a move designed to improve security of sawlog supply in the increasingly-concentrated forestry sector. 

BEE consortium to buy into wood pellet venture

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     16th July 2004 A black economic-empowerment consortium known as Temoso Trading is buying into a Mpumalanga company which is planning to build two plants to make wood pellets for export to power producers in Europe, where environmental pressures on fossil-fuel-based power stations are mounting. 

Empowered foundry established

29th June 2004 Foundry group Steloy has strengthened its position in the market place with the launch of Steloy Engineering, one of the first black economic empowerment (BEE) companies in the South African foundry industry. 


18th June 2004 Vestcast is a young foundry that specialises in investment casting, also know as lost wax or precision casting, for the mining, automotive, pumps and valves, medical, armourments and general engineering industry. 

R25m expansion for Middleburg foundry

17th May 2004 Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie & Co has contracted Uddeholm Technology of Sweden to install a refining converter at its plant in Middelburg. 

Niche markets are key, advises foundry

14th May 2004 As rand strength and low-cost imports continue to dominate the local valve industry, the only solution for manufacturers is to specialise in order to survive. 

Auto sector set to benefit from casting-centre plan

By: Zonika Botha     7th May 2004 Plans to establish a National Casting Technology Centre (NCTC) in Ekurhuleni could have positive implications for the South African automotive industry in particular. 

State moves from forest owner to regulator

By: Irma Venter     30th April 2004 One of the reasons for the delay in the sale of the State’s forestry assets was that about 50% of the forests had land claims – around 250 in total – pending, says Department of Water and Forestry (Dwaf) forests manager Linda Mossop. 

BEE timber company breaks new ground in SA

23rd April 2004 This month marked the harvesting of the first indigenous trees in South Africa under a unique commercial licensing agreement awarded by the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (Dwaf) to newly-formed empowerment company Makhulakancane, trading as Isizulu Timber, at Sokhulu, near Richards Bay. 

Chilean port operator secures $15m loan from IFC

19th April 2004 The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank, will provided a $15-million loan to San Vicente Terminal Internacional (SVTI), which operates the Port of San Vicente, a medium-sized port in Chile, specialising in handling forest products in bulk, break bulk... 

Intelligent machines in the forest

By: Karel Smrcka     16th April 2004 Information technology has moved forest machines into a new era. In Finland almost all harvesting is done with satellite positioning and digital maps. Ponsse Oyj was the first company in the world to bring distance diagnostics onto the market. 

Scrap-metal policy still to be finalised 

By: elizabeth rebelo     16th April 2004 The long-awaited revised scrap-metal policy, which has taken some three years to come to the fore, was implemented at the beginning of last month. 

Survey suggests foundry industry has growth potential

By: elizabeth rebelo     16th April 2004 South Africa casts some 500 000 tons of metal a year, generating a turnover of R10,3-billion a year, and contributes 0,32%to the country’s total gross domestic product. 

Exports are a growing portion of turnover

By: elizabeth rebelo     16th April 2004 An added focus on exports stands to benefit not only the local foundry industry but South African industry as a whole, says Steloy Castings MD Danie Slabbert. 

Automotive foundry functional by May

By: elizabeth rebelo     16th April 2004 In a strategic quest to support first-tier original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs), Zealous Pressure Casting has constructed an independent , 1 200 m2 automotive die-casting foundry to serve the automotive industry. 

Inferior cables are a problem, says manufacturer

By: elizabeth rebelo     16th April 2004 Local furnace cable manufacturer Flexicor Cables faces recurring problems with the mining and foundry industries where furnace designers and engineers specify the incorrect cable. 

National casting technology centre being assessed

By: elizabeth rebelo     16th April 2004 The need for a state-of-the-art advanced national casting centre has been highlighted as a leading initiative within the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Strategy (AMTS), which is an implementation strategy in support of the South African government’s integrated manufacturing strategy... 

East Rand becomes home to forgings plant

By: elizabeth rebelo     16th April 2004 A manufacturing plant has been established in Kempton Park by Feat Manufacturing for the supply of hot, closed die and upset forgings. 

Name change demonstrates global vision

By: elizabeth rebelo     16th April 2004 One of South Africa’s largest producers of cast aluminium wheels for the automotive industry has taken on a new identity 

Casting is sometimes preferred to fabrication

16th April 2004 Most metal forming methods require some compromise in design to allow for manufacturing processes. 

Aluminium castings are praised

By: elizabeth rebelo     16th April 2004 One of the Cape’s largest suppliers of manifolds for the high performance auto-application market, Rowland Manifolds, has been relying on the Ajax Manufacturing foundry to produce superior aluminium castings for many years. 

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