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Foundries, Forges & Die-casting News

Gas-cleaning systems at engine block foundries upgraded

15th August 2003 Two fast-track contracts to upgrade gas cleaning at two major South African foundries manufacturing cast-iron motor vehicle engine blocks were recently completed by Springs-based dust control and gas cleaning specialists, Air Cleaning Equipment, a division of MikroPul. 

Venture funds for SA biotech sector limited

30th July 2003 Investment capital for biotech companies in South Africa is limited but the situation is improving, a recent debate on the industry concluded. 

R400m capital expenditure is under way at paper mill

By: Martin Creamer     4th July 2003 A R400-million capital expenditure programme is under way at the Ngodwana pulp-and-paper mill in Mpumalanga, Engineering News can today exclusively report. 

R58m modernisation of old chemical recovery furnace

By: Martin Creamer     4th July 2003 The No 1 chemical recovery furnace (CRF) at Sappi’s Ngodwana pulp-and-paper mill in Mpumalanga is being modernised at a cost of R58-million. 

The four component parts of the Ngodwana mill

By: Martin Creamer     4th July 2003 The Sappi Ngodwana pulp-and-paper mill in Mpumalanga consists of four distinguishable parts, Engineering News has been informed in an exclusive presentation at the large forest-products operation. 

Racing car pitstop model used to create an environmental record

By: Martin Creamer     4th July 2003 A pitstop model, similar to those used in Formula One motor racing, was used to fast-track the retrofitting of environment-protecting electrostatic precipitators at a large pulp and paper mill in Mpumalanga, Engineering News can today exclusively report. The innovative model was developed by the... 

Forestry, wood industries grow opportunities

By: Karel Smrcka     20th June 2003 Sustainable forest management solutions, new technologies, wood as an energy source – these were the current themes of concerted efforts to harness the best of nature and technology. 

Yorkcor cries foul over exclusion from privatisation

By: Martin Czernowalow     4th June 2003 South African forestry company Yorkcor says it has been barred from competing in the privatisation of the State-owned Komatiland forests, and says it may take action to strike down the bidding process currently under way. 

Aluminium diecaster in three-pronged growth drive

By: Joanne Delaurentis     16th May 2003 A strategic decision to redirect its sights on global markets has seen diecasting specialist the Bel-Essex group establish a number of different manufacturing capabilities in the Eastern Cape in support of global customers in the automotive supply industry, Bel-Mec MD Anton Nolte tells... 

Cabinet approves bidders for Komatiland Forests

By: Martin Czernowalow     15th May 2003 The South African Cabinet yesterday approved a shortlist of six bidders for a stake in the Komatiland Forests, one of the State assets that is included in government’s large-scale privatisation drive. 

Biofuel developments are fast-tracked in a bid to tackle vehicle emissions

By: Karel Smrcka     9th May 2003 In the future, motor vehicles may be powered by wood energy, and that won’t mean a return to the wood-gas generators used in the Great Depression. Wood is already being used to produce liquid fuel for district heating plants and facilities, so the processing of forest resources into... 

Sappi earnings up, but predicts lower Q3

9th May 2003 Shares in South African pulp and paper giant Sappi fell yesterday after it reported a modest improvement in second-quarter earnings, but warned third quarter results would be lower because of currency volatility. 

Local foundry aims for Euro quality rating

25th April 2003 Exports of pumps have grown by at least two hundred per cent during the last three years and, although coming off a low base, exports now account for a significant percentage of overall production. 

SA gets to grips with biodiversity threat

By: katharine mckenzie     25th April 2003 Over the last few years government has become increasingly concerned with the impact of foreign vegetation on South Africa’s agricultural land and natural resources. 

‘I'm a (Cavendish Square) lumberjack and I'm okay’

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     18th April 2003 Cavendish square is a medium-sized shopping centre in Cape Town, in Claremont. Sometime ago it was revamped. 

Forest privatisation bids to be submitted to Cabinet

By: Martin Czernowalow     18th April 2003 A shortlist of bidders vying for a major stake in Komatiland Forests is set to be approved by the South African government in May, Engineering News can report. 

Two-year-old East Rand foundry reports a profit for last 12 months

By: Luxolo Tyali     18th April 2003 Supplying good quality, on time and at the right price is the philosophy behind Vestcast’s rapid growth, reports MD Johan La Grange. 

International shift in foundry activity favours South Africa, says company

18th April 2003 There has been a shift in world foundry activity to favour South Africa and, accordingly,?Steloy Castings has redefined its casting service in order to meet local and international demand. 

Face of metal manu facturing changing

18th April 2003 Technology-assisted casting has opened many doors in metal manufacturing, facilitating the manufacture of intricate designs limited only by the imagination – and without incurring exorbitant costs. 

Investment in training pays dividends

18th April 2003 The staff training programme that has been in operation at Ajax Manufacturing for many years, plays an important motivational role in the company. 

Firm distributes US safety gear range

18th April 2003 Vereeniging-based supplier of protective wear and other safety materials, Tradex International, has acquired sole distributorship for the US-based Elvex range of protective gear. 

Celebrating 50 years of die-casting

18th April 2003 High pressure die-casting company Pressure Die Castings (PDC) celebrated its 50th year in the business. 

UK foundry makes new type of ship propeller

18th April 2003 In the continuous search for more efficiency in the propulsion of large vessels through water, a UK company – in collaboration with a Danish firm – has designed and produced a new type of ship’s propeller. 

SA foundries boast good international standing, but are losing expertise

By: Luxolo Tyali     18th April 2003 The South African foundry industry is on the same level, if not better, than its international counterparts. 

Institute launches ferrous metallurgy research Website

18th April 2003 The International Iron and Steel Institute (IISI) now has a website to help undergraduate students, lecturers and steel industry employees to understand more about ferrous metallurgy. 

International grouping buys Cape Town automotive foundry

By: Luxolo Tyali     18th April 2003 An international investor with supply interests in the local and global automotive industries has bought Gearings Foundry in Cape Town from Murray & Roberts. 

Aluminium-casting industry needs new technology

By: Luxolo Tyali     18th April 2003 The challenge facing South Africa’s aluminium casting sector is the need to gain and retain new, mostly higher technology markets, while upgrading capital equipment simultaneously. 

Number of European foundries reducing

18th April 2003 According to the Committee of Associations of European Foundries (CAEF), which is the umbrella organisation of the European foundry industry, iron, steel and malleable iron casting foundries in Europe employed 168 762 people in 2001. 

Foundry equipment manufacturer to triple turnover

By: Luxolo Tyali     18th April 2003 Privately-owned manufacturer of a specialised range of foundry equipment, Davcor Engineering of Benoni, intends to triple its current turnover by the end of next year. 

Institute seeking young foundryman or woman of the year

By: Luxolo Tyali     18th April 2003 The South African Institute of Foundrymen (SAIF) will hold its 40th annual awards dinner on May 16 this year. 

Forest privatisation bids to be submitted to Cabinet

By: Martin Czernowalow     8th April 2003 A shortlist of bidders vying for a major stake in Komatiland Forests is set to be approved by the South African government in May, Engineering News Online can report. 

R2bn expansion of KZN pulp mill to proceed

By: Martin Czernowalow     26th March 2003 Natural resources giant Anglo American announced yesterday that its wholly-owned forest products subsidiary, Mondi South Africa, is to proceed with a R2-billion ($220-million) expansion and modernisation of its Richards Bay mill in KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, increasing capacity for bleached... 

Groupline Technical Ceramics

21st March 2003 Groupline Technical Ceramics specialises in the design, manufacture and supply of advanced ceramic components for a range of industries including the medical, mining, manufacturing, laboratory and wear-combating applications. 

Productive forestry industry achieving success in beneficiation, says report

14th March 2003 South Africa’s world-class forestry industry is a highly-productive sector, says a report by Forestry South Africa, tracking the industry’s performance over 2001 and 2002. 

University highlights industry’s skills shortage

By: Marius Roodt     14th March 2003 The University of Stellenbosch (US), or Maties as it is also known, is the only university in the country to offer wood science and forest science degree courses, says senior lecturer Dr Tim Rypstra. 

Company introduces linear cut-off saw

14th March 2003 The concept to deliver tree length stems to the log yard and cutting them to length after scanning, has been in practice in Europe and the US for over 30 years. 

Thorn trees, braaivleis and species protection

By: Deborah Spicer     28th February 2003 Few objections to the inclusion of the camel thorn tree in a list of protected species to be finalised by year-end have been received during the public-participation process which is set to close on March 28. 

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