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Furnaces, Kiln, Ovens and Dryers

Costs rise for ferrochrome expansion project

By: Darren Parker     8th August 2008 Ferrochrome producer International Ferro Metals (IFM) has increased its cost estimate for the expansion of processing facilities at its Buffelsfontein ferrochrome mine and smelting plant to R4,15-billion, from the original cost estimate of R3,2-billion.  

Commodities success grows skills dearth

By: Jonathan Faurie     10th August 2007 The current skills shortage in the engineering industry, in South Africa and internationally, is a source of concern for engineering company Bateman Engineering says pyrometallurgical business development manager George Farmer. 

Automated dryer system practical for the South African market

By: Jonathan Faurie     10th August 2007 Importer and distributor of compressed air treatment products Artic Driers has developed an automated dryer system that is practical for the South African market, says Artic Driers MD Allen Cockfield. 

Diversification desire leads manufacturer to industrial sector

By: Jonathan Faurie     10th August 2007 Wire conveyor belt manufacturer Meshcape Industries is focusing its attention on the industrial sector to diversify the company's capabilities, reports Meshcape's sales manager Ross Dott. 

Refractory installation company takes active steps against skills 

By: Jonathan Faurie     10th August 2007 Refractory installation company, Refraline, is taking an active step in reducing the current shortage of skilled labour that is present in the industry. 

Additional plant upgrade for Belville glass plant

10th August 2007 Glass bottle and container manufacturer Consol Glass has further upgraded its Bellville plant in the Western Cape with the purchase of two additional F 600 water-cooled air dryers. 

Local company to design, manufacture new refractory relining

10th August 2007 Refractory company, Petrol Engineering, has developed and manufactured sophisticated refractory relining machines, or terminators, for RHI Technologies, an international company which supplies refractory material for the steel producing industry. 

Manufacturer launches high-temperature conveyor oven

10th August 2007 Industrial furnace and oven manufacturer, the Grieve Corporation, has recently released a gas-fired, vertical conveyor oven that is able to achieve temperatures of 232˚ C. 

Dryer company launches new miniature air dryers

10th August 2007 Artic Driers of Johannesburg has reached a new agreement with Twin Tower Engineering of the US to market a range of miniature air dryers in the South African market place. 

Refractory company expands Eastern Cape plant

10th August 2007 Refractory foundry company, Ozz Foundries, has expanded the capacity at its Dimbaza plant, outside King William's Town in the Eastern Cape. This has been achieved by the addition of a second ten-ton electric arc furnace and expansion of their heat-treatment facilities. 

Cape Cod's first wood fired pottery kiln under construction

10th August 2007 At meetings in December 2006 and January 2007, the governing boards of the Highlands Center (HC) and the Truro Centre for the Arts at Castle Hill agreed to work together to complete planning and construction of Cape Cod�s first wood-fired pottery kiln and kiln building at the Highlands Center. 

Components manufacturers feel steel-price pinch

10th August 2007 Local components manufacturers are struggling to compete against foreign suppliers in the wake of persistent steel-price hikes. Customs component supply company Feat Manufacturing South Africa cofounder Stephen Lewis says that a continuous rise in steel prices leads to clients looking at imported... 

New Website offers solar-drying information

10th August 2007 Environmental company, Enviro Forest Solutions, announced the launch of its new website to provide information to people who are interested in environmentally friendly timber processes for delivering sustainable, technically superior and innovative timber products. 

Smelter and minerals processing contractor secures local and

10th August 2007 Smelter and mineral processing contractor, The Dickinson Group, has been awarded several local and international projects by metallurgical and industrial processing companies. 

High temperature oven ensures ultraclean glassware

10th August 2007 Manufacturer and supplier of electric laboratory chamber and tube furnaces, Carbolite, has installed a high-temperature Carbolite oven to be used for glassware purification at ELGA LabWater. 

A new approach for design and engineering in the smelting industry

By: Burgie Ireland     10th August 2007 Allied Furnace Consultants (AFC) has given a new dimension to the approach of design and engineering in smelting industry. Established by Tertius Pieters and Malcolm Theron in January 2005, the company has gone from strength to strength in the furnace industry. With their head office in Jet Part,... 

R12m new foundry just the start, says Weir Minerals Africa

By: Nelendhre Moodley     27th November 2006 Minerals solution provider Weir Minerals Africa poured its first casting on Monday at its newly-built R12-million foundry in Isando, on the East Rand. 

Cement multinational invests to keep pace with growing demand

By: Jade Davenport     24th November 2006 In a bid to meet the rapidly growing cement demand in South Africa, France-based multinational building materials giant Lafarge has committed itself to a number of short- and medium-term infrastructure investments to increase its local production capacity. 

Company secures key projects, locally and abroad

By: Bert Swart     11th August 2006 One of South Africa’s most prominentturnkey refractory and mechanicalspecialists has been awarded contracts for several key industrial and mining projects, both locally and internationally. Dickinson group CEO Trevor Dickinson tells Engineering News that the company strives toremain at the... 

Burners supplied for all applications

By: Bert Swart     11th August 2006 South African combustion-system specialist the Combustion Group (TCG) installs burners of high quality in the furnace industry and represents international agencies within southern Africa, taking on projects from small designs to projects of approximately R11-million. 

Largest furnace transformer supplied

11th August 2006 Technology firm Siemens has announced that it recently completed the most powerful furnace transformer ever manufactured at the its factory in Dresden. 

Innovative designs aid drying processes

11th August 2006 South African company Scientific Design is looking to affirm its position as a prominent supplier of engineered solutions in the field of drying, cooling and thermal processes, as well as its trademarked technology, the Firesand fluidised bed combustor. 

Heating specialist still going strong

11th August 2006 South African heating specialist company Saubatech formerly a division of Safurnco has always been at the forefront of the heating industry, says director, Andreas Thieme, and he believes the company’s experience makes it a leader providing excellence in this field. 

Kiln maker plans further expansion

11th August 2006 South African manufacturer of small furnaces, kilns, ovens and ancillary equipment for the specific niche markets, has grown from a minute footprint in the industry to that of supplying the wider industrial pottery industry, small furnaces for the purification of metals such as platinum and the... 

Explorer acquires 5 000 t/y copper furnace for DRC

11th August 2006 South African exploration company Teal has bought an electric arc-furnace with a capacity to produce about 5 000 t/y of copper. 

Contracts galore for furnace specialist

11th August 2006 Specialist in furnace batching, feeding and controlling, Chamdor-based Lockers Engineers has, within the last three months, processed R5-million worth of contracts for the ferrochrome industry. 

Local smelting specialist expands technology base

11th August 2006 Smelting and process technology company Pyromet Technologies, one of the world’s foremost designers and builders of smelting furnaces, was awarded with a €4-million contract in June this year to rebuild a furnace for a European-based company. 

Polysilicon furnace liner reduces machine downtime

11th August 2006 US-based Integrated Materials has announced the global introduction of its pure poly silicon SiFusion liner for semiconductor furnace processes. 

Local firms participate in vessel restoration

11th August 2006 South African plant-hire and equipment rental Rand-Air was one of the companies present to honour the spirit of trade and exploration symbolised by the recent visit to Cape Town harbour of the refurbished East Indiaman G 

Operations restored at Indiana steel plant

11th August 2006 Stee-producer Mittal Steel USA reported at the end of May that it had fully restored its steelmaking operations at the No. 3 basic oxygen shop at its Indiana Harbor plant in East Chicago, Indinan. 

Big push to improve pollution control at South African smelters

By: Mischa Drotsky     17th March 2006 Company offers custom-engineered in-house design As a supplier of electric-arc smelting furnaces and related technology to the ferroalloys and base-metals industries, Pyromet Technologies also designs its own in-house gas-cleaning systems for smelter applications, embracing wet and dry systems.... 

Solution heat-treatment furnace being researched

12th August 2005 Test results for an ongoing research and development project to improve uniformity and reduce cycle time in a solution heat-treatment furnace will be presented by Seco/Warwick project engineer Jack Mahoney at the ASM Heat Treat Expo on September 27 at the David L Lawrence Convention Centre in... 

Coal-injection plant opened ahead of schedule

12th August 2005 On June 1, Mittal Steel South Africa officially received the handover of its pulverised coal injection (PCI) plant for blast furnace No 5 at the Newcastle Steel Works. 

Furnaces maintenance to halt ferrochrome production

12th August 2005 The planned temporary suspension of ferrochrome production at seven furnaces at the Boshoek, Rustenburg and Wonderkop operations of the Xstrata Merafe Chrome Venture – Xstrata Alloys and Merafe Resources – has been confirmed. 

New smelter for ferrochrome producer

12th August 2005 Construction is under way on a new ferrochrome smelter for Xstrata in Steelpoort, Mpumalanga. ? 

Company secures major projects locally and abroad

By: sarah-leigh paul     12th August 2005 One of Africa’s leading independent refractory specialists in the supply of turnkey refractory and mechanical services to the mining, mineral-processing and metallurgical industries worldwide has been awarded a number of key projects. 

Smelting specialist focuses on furnace rebuilds and upgrades

By: sarah-leigh paul     12th August 2005 For centuries furnaces have been a part of civilization’s advancement and evolution. 

Furnace specialist provides toll firing and rental services

By: sarah-leigh paul     12th August 2005 With its state-of-the-art systems and latest in material technology, Thermopower Furnaces has developed a reputation as one of the industry leaders in furnace and kiln design and manufacture in South Africa. 

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