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Metals & Engineering News

Smelter project team wins excellence award

22nd June 2001 Project implementer SNC-Lavalin EMS has been awarded the project management excellence award 2001 awarded by the Project Management Institute of South Africa (PMISA) for its submission of the Mozal aluminium smelter project in Mozambique. 

Long-term refractory contract awarded

22nd June 2001 Kwazulu-Natal firm Dickinson Refractory Services, a division of the Dickinson group, has been awarded the long-term site-wide refractory service contract at the Hillside aluminium smelter. 

Remote controls for US smelter

22nd June 2001 Washington aluminium smelter the Intalco Alcoa Works has relied on Cattron EZ Controllers for remote control operations of its cranes. 

Aluminium an indispensable metal

22nd June 2001 Aerrplanes, cars, cookware, even construction. Aluminium forms an integral part of modern living. 

Diecaster's five-year plan to be the best

22nd June 2001 Diecaster Zealous Pressure acquisition of R5-million worth of equipment is all part of a five-year plan by an ambitious and young management team to dominate the high-pressure high casting field. 

Firm competitive with new technology

22nd June 2001 Based on the East Rand Zimco Aluminium (trading as Zimalco) is reportedly the largest secondary aluminium smelter in South Africa. 

New way to weld aluminium

22nd June 2001 Until now it has been thought that either pure tungsten or zirconiated tungsten electrodes were necessary to weld aluminium and its alloys with the Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) arc welding process. 

Phase two of Moz aluminium smelter gets the go-ahead

22nd June 2001 The boards of Billiton, Mitsubishi Corporation of Japan, and the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa (IDC) have announced the decision to go ahead with the Mozal expansion project, Mozal 2. 

Aluminium export market imperative

By: Joanne Delaurentis     22nd June 2001 The need to develop the South African aluminium export market is patent, said president of the Aluminium Federation of South Africa Tony Paterson at the Aluminium Conference in March. 

Strip mill offset plan

22nd June 2001 A decision on where to locate the proposed newstainless-steel cold-rolling facility associatedwith South Africa’s defence acquisition programme is still “many months away”, Columbus Stainless MD Dave Martin tells Engineering News. 

Contina Storage Systems

15th June 2001 Contina manufactures high-precision 19” aluminium rack cabinets and 19” wall-mounted enclosures. 

Exports to EU surge by 35%

15th June 2001 Recent favourable trade conditions, and the provisional implementation of the South Africa European Union (EU) free-trade agreement (FTA) resulted in a 35% increase in South Africa's exports to the EU in the year 2000. 

Steel sector in skills dearth

8th June 2001 The South African steel industry is facing a critical skills dilemma, Churchyard & Umplby MD Rob Churchyard claimed at the South African Institute of Steel Construction's workshop last month. 

Steel mill exceeds 90% of design capacity

5th June 2001 Western Cape state-of-the-art steel mill Saldanha Steel has announced that it has exceeded 90% of its design capacity for the month of May 2001. 


1st June 2001 Rebuff specialises in the manufacture of coated and non-woven abrasive products, polishing buffs and polishing compounds, made of cotton, sisal and various abrasives. 

Plan to increase stainless consumption

By: System Author     8th December 2000 The local stainless-steel industry has embarked on an ambitious plan to increase South Africa’s consumption from 120 000 t a year to a million tons a year within the next ten years. 

A job for every 6 t of aluminium

By: System Author     1st December 2000 With the possibility of one job being created downstream for every six tons fabricated, the Southern African aluminium industry holds significant potential for economic development in the region. 


By: System Author     1st December 2000 Boom on way for aluminium exporter 

R3m motor order for local firm

By: System Author     1st December 2000 Indian Ocean fertiliser 

Read the manual

By: System Author     17th November 2000 Electrically Speaking 

New yardstick for materials- testing, and other hitech

By: System Author     3rd November 2000 Hitech Briefs 

SA steel vehicle barrier for US embassy in DRC

By: System Author     27th October 2000 Local company Mega Steels, of Pretoria West, Gauteng, has completed its first export contract. 

Doubling of entries bodes well for industry

By: System Author     27th October 2000 Sassda 

Innovative air-belt conveyor system

By: System Author     27th October 2000 Sugar refiner Tongaat-Hulett contracted Hoksas & Craven, along with Cargill & Associates, to carry out the design, manufacture and installation of an air-belt conveyor system to replace the existing conventional system at its refinery in Durban. 

Gas pipeline, Kwazulu-Natal

By: System Author     27th October 2000 Sasol Gas intends to construct a new 12-inch steel pipeline to supply methane-rich gas to Engen’s premises in Wentworth, Durban. 

Cast-aluminium furniture exports

By: System Author     20th October 2000 Local furniture company, Outdoor Lifestyle, has achieved international success in the US, the UK, the Middle East and Australia, the exporting cast- 

Largest smelter in Europe being built

By: System Author     20th October 2000 Developments to Watch 

The world’s first coloured escalator steps in South Africa

By: System Author     13th October 2000 Lifts, escalators & passenger conveyors 

Ahead of schedule, under budget – again

By: System Author     6th October 2000 Six months ahead of schedule, and $100-million under budget, Billiton’s $1,2-billion, 250 000 t/y, Mozal aluminium smelter was officially opened by Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano on September 21. 

Aluminium smelter to get more power

By: System Author     29th September 2000 Discussions are under way between the Mozambique Transmission Company and Mozal for an additional 425 MW power supply in 2003, which is in line with the Mozal project plan to double its output. 

Aluminium smelter upgrade studies by mid-2001

By: System Author     29th September 2000 The feasibility studies into possible expansions of aluminium-smelter operations in South Africa and Mozambique will be completed by the middle of next year. 

Stainless-steel partnership surfacing

By: System Author     29th September 2000 South Africa’s only integrated stainless-steel producer, Columbus Stainless, has recommitted itself to the development of the local downstream stainless-steel industry with the announcement of its intention to embark on a market assessment study with German steel trader Ferrostaal. 

Entrepreneur extraordinary

By: System Author     29th September 2000 Still developing product at 80, this engineering innovator has turned over a billion rands and 70 000t of steel product in the past half-century 

Efficiency focus at troubled steel firm

By: System Author     22nd September 2000 South African steelmaker Iscor is determined to achieve continuous improvements in efficiency. 

Cape steel-mill to be among fifth-cheapest within two years

By: System Author     15th September 2000 The Iscor/Industrial Development Corporation-owned hot-rolled coil steel plant at Saldanha in the Western Cape is aiming, over the next 18 to 24 months, to become one of the five lowest-cost producing mills in the world in its quality bracket. 

Past provides base for the future

By: System Author     15th September 2000 World power products 

More downstream stainless being exported

By: System Author     1st September 2000 This year, for the first time ever, the South African stainless-steel industry could convert more product for export than for local consumption. 


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