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Foundries, Forges & Die-casting News

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. 

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. 

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