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Foundries, Forges & Die-casting News

‘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. 

From trees to high-performance ceramics

By: Karel Smrcka     14th February 2003 An increasing number of components designed to withstand high mechanical and thermal stresses are being made from special hard ceramics. A new low-cost method has been found to manufacture large sheets of silicon carbide from vegetable fibres. 

Deadline for Komatiland privatisation approaches

By: Martin Czernowalow     11th February 2003 The cut-off date for submitting non-binding expressions of interest for a major stake of Komatiland Forests Limited in on February 28, the South African Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) says. 

Mpumalanga attracts R5bn in 2002

By: Keith Campbell     7th February 2003 Mpumalanga Province attracted R5-billion in investment, largely foreign, in the last fiscal year alone. 

Komatiland bidders come forward

By: Martin Czernowalow     21st January 2003 South Africa’s Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) is proceeding with the privatisation of Komtiland Forests Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of the South African Forestry Company Limited (Safcol). 

Murray & Roberts sells Cape foundry

21st January 2003 Engineering and construction group, Murray & Roberts, has sold its Gearings Foundry in Cape Town to an international investor with supply interests into the local and global automotive industries. 

Komatiland privatisation bids close on Friday

By: Martin Czernowalow     16th January 2003 South Africa’s Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) has – for the second time – called for expressions of interest (EOI) for the acquisition of a majority interest in Komatiland Forests Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of the South African Forestry Company Limited (Safcol). 

Forestry company makes sawmilling acquisitions

14th January 2003 Forestry company Yorkcor’s shareholders have unanimously ratified the acquisition of the assets of two sawmilling undertakings in liquidation, Bluechip Timbers Mpumalanga and Bluechip Industrial Timbers. 

Forestry firm acquires two sawmills

15th November 2002 JSE-listed Yorkcor has acquired the assets of two established sawmills in the Piet Retief area of Mpumalanga for R6,45-million. 

Foundry plans to expand exports

By: marisa rodrigues     18th October 2002 Having doubled its export sales last year and expecting to do it again this year, South Africa’s largest stainless steel foundry, Rely Precision Castings is planning to expand its export market to 50% of production within three years. 

Foundry's turnover up 35%

18th October 2002 Bronkhorstspruit-based foundry Steloy Castings has reported a 35% increase in turnover in the year to date compared to the previous year. 

Globalisation prompts probe into cost efficiency

11th October 2002 The increasing globalisation of the local chemical and process industries has prompted companies to look more closely at the cost efficiencies of critical components such as pumps, Steloy Castings of Bronkhorstspruit, Mpumalanga, reports. 

An alliance for sustainable progress

By: Keith Campbell     4th October 2002 Arguably the most respected and successful of the world’s conservation organisations, with its combination of extensive field work and policy advocacy, the WWF is forging alliances with international business and mutlilateral lending institutions to conserve endangered ecosystems and... 

Foundry alleges price fixing in scrap sector

By: Martin Czernowalow     27th September 2002 The South African scrap-metal industry may face a serious shake-up, after a referral of complaint was lodged with the Competition Commission by one of the country’s major foundries. 

Foundry invests in increased automation

20th September 2002 It is a given that automated processes guarantee the highest levels of repeatable accuracy and consistency, and this is exactly what investment casting foundries should all be aiming to achieve, believes Rely Precision Castings MD Graham Knight. 

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