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Industrial demand for platinum rises to record high
21st November 2023 By: Martin Creamer

During 2023, platinum has benefited from stellar industrial demand reaching a record level, with 2024 heading for the third-highest industrial demand spot. Today's publication of the platinum... 

150-year-old SMS group committed to Africa’s potential
17th November 2023

After 65 years in South Africa, German plant construction and metals processing technology provider SMS group remains convinced of the potential of the African steel and metals market as it... 

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Non Ferrous Metal Works (NFM)
17th November 2023

Non Ferrous Metal Works (NFM) Group is one of the leading non-ferrous metallurgical manufacturers and suppliers in Southern Africa. With its head office and production facilities situated south of... 

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Loophole harming sector
17th November 2023 By: Halima Frost

Although illegal mining, theft of equipment and infrastructure, and a lack of fully functional local copper mines affect South Africa's copper sector, the prevailing export of scrap copper through... 

Mkango to build 25 MW of solar at Songwe Hill
13th November 2023 By: Darren Parker

Rare earth element (REE) mining company Mkango aims to build three solar photovoltaic plants with a combined capacity of 25 MW at its Songwe Hill project, in Malawi, to provide sustainable... 

Peikko completes Reserve 5 factory, warehouse columns in Cape Town in one week
10th November 2023 By: Schalk Burger

Precast construction company Peikko South Africa completed the columns for the 5 100 m² Reserve 5 factory and warehouse project, in Cape Town, for Cream Properties in one week. The factory and... 

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Mintek’s AMAZEMET acquisition to support SA’s additive manufacturing ambitions
3rd November 2023 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Mintek’s latest technological acquisition, the AMAZEMET rePowder ultrasonic atomisation and alloy development machine, is an extremely advanced piece of equipment that is expected to strengthen and... 

Macron lands in Putin’s backyard seeking new friends and uranium
31st October 2023 By: Bloomberg

After finding itself suddenly unwelcome in its traditional sphere of influence, France is casting further afield. That’s why president Emmanuel Macron will travel to energy-rich Central Asia this... 

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Araguaia ferronickel project, Brazil – update
27th October 2023 By: Sheila Barradas

Construction progress continues at Araguaia. 

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Choose efficiency by partnering with the right abrasives manufacturer
12th October 2023

Continuous loadshedding is having a severe impact on normal day-to-day business operations within the country, where production costs are increasing rapidly, forcing down profits. As a business... 

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Araguaia ferronickel project, Brazil – update
6th October 2023 By: Sheila Barradas

Horizonte Minerals has reported that costs at its Araguaia nickel project will increase by at least 35% and that first production will be delayed. 

Thos Begbie
South African manufacturer celebrates a legacy of excellence in the mining industry
3rd October 2023

Middelburg-based copper castings producer Thos Begbie has cemented its position as a leading manufacturer of water cooled copper and other components for the pyrometallurgical industry worldwide.... 

CONTIROD® -  A key copper rod technology for a greener world
CONTIROD® -  A key copper rod technology for a greener world
26th September 2023

By Thomas Schatz, SMS group GmbH, Moenchengladbach, Germany, More than half of the produced copper products are cast and rolled wire rods. It is used as the semi-finished product for electric... 

The UK is one of the South African automotive industry's top vehicle export destinations.
UK pushes back new petrol car ban by five years
26th September 2023 By: Bloomberg

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak softened key parts of the UK government’s green agenda, including a ban on petrol car sales, as he set out what he called a “new approach” to tackling climate change.... 

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Concor conquers rocky terrain forging access for Phezukomoya Wind Energy Facility
28th August 2023

Constructing wind energy facilities on mountains presents unique challenges, particularly in terms of accessing the construction sites. The Phezukomoya Wind Energy Facility, situated near Noupoort... 

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Better communication, planning key to addressing challenges
28th July 2023 By: Bridget Lepere

Steel and Technology group voestalpine High Performance Metals (HPM) plans to introduce Powder Metallurgical grades, upselling from conventional to higher grade materials where customers will... 

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Multotec opens manufacturing plant in Brazil to better serve iron-ore miners
21st July 2023 By: Darren Parker

Multotec has expanded its operation in Brazil with the opening of a manufacturing facility. This enables the company to bring its manufacturing capabilities closer to its customers in the country.... 

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The disruptive power of words
21st July 2023 By: Terence Creamer

In his speech at the launch of the book ‘Reluctant Prophet: Tributes to Albert Nolan OP’, Fr Peter-John Pearson reflected that, how even in death, Nolan had again provided words to disrupt... 

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Rio adjusts some of its full year targets
19th July 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Diversified major Rio Tinto has continued to increase its iron-ore production in the Pilbara, with the miner now expecting full year production to be at the upper-end of the guided 320-million to... 

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Araguaia ferronickel project, Brazil – update
14th July 2023 By: Sheila Barradas

Horizonte Minerals has received a mining approval permit for Araguaia, paving the way for mining activities to start. 

C$1.4bn smelter upgrade Rio Tinto's biggest aluminium investment in more than a decade
C$1.4bn smelter upgrade Rio Tinto's biggest aluminium investment in more than a decade
12th June 2023 By: Mariaan Webb

Diversified major Rio Tinto on Monday announced a C$1.4-billion expansion of its AP60 aluminium smelter at the Complexe Jonquière, in Quebec – its most significant investment in its aluminium... 

SMS group to deliver two high-speed forging presses to Saudi Arabia's biggest casting and forging plant
31st May 2023

(Virtual Showroom): Doosan Enerbility, Gyeongnam, Korea, has placed an order with SMS group for two high-speed open-die forging presses for the biggest greenfield casting and forging plant in Saudi... 

SMS group supplies Saarloha with a continuous caster to produce the largest round blooms in India
31st May 2023

(Virtual Showroom): Saarloha Advanced Materials Pvt. Ltd. (Saarloha), a Kalyani Group company, has awarded an order to SMS group for a continuous casting plant to produce India’s largest round... 

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Gear business driven by sustainability
18th May 2023

Drive technology and drive automation specialist SEW-EURODRIVE emphasises the use of renewable and efficient energy sources and says it strives to maximise the energy efficiency of its drives.... 

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Couplings help mitigate fire hazards
12th May 2023 By: Sabrina Jardim

With the South African mining industry being vulnerable to fire breakouts and explosions, local mechanical seals, pumps and complementary pumps product supplier Mechanical Rotating Solutions (MRS)... 

Through the filter of localisation, materials are produced in South Africa
Workboats advance development
12th May 2023 By: Simone Liedtke

Lightweight workboats have gained popularity as a versatile and cost-effective solution to transportation and cargo delivery in regions with limited infrastructure. They offer numerous advantages,... 

Barrick president and CEO Dr Mark Bristow.
The way you create value is through the drill bit, Barrick’s Bristow affirms
4th May 2023 By: Martin Creamer

Some people say you can only grow through mergers and acquisitions (M&A) but what Barrick president and CEO Dr Mark Bristow very clearly affirms is that the way to create value is by adding ounces... 

Barrick president and CEO Dr Mark Bristow with Tanzania President Samia Suluhu Hassan.
Barrick maintaining transition to cleaner energy, backing education initiatives
3rd May 2023 By: Martin Creamer

Gold and copper mining company Barrick is maintaining its transition to cleaner energy and supporting education initiatives, including in East Africa's Tanzania, the company said on Wednesday when... 

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The rich world’s plan to help developing countries go green is floundering
25th April 2023 By: Bloomberg

It was meant to be the climate justice blueprint, the deal that showed how rich countries could help developing economies end their reliance on coal and go green. Almost 18 months on, South... 

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Alma smelter capacity expansion, Canada – update
21st April 2023 By: Sheila Barradas

Rio Tinto has begun construction on the expansion of its Alma smelter. 

Gear business driven by sustainability
14th April 2023

Pinpointing climate change as possibly the most serious challenge humankind has ever had to tackle, SEW-EURODRIVE has for many years pursued a sustainability agenda that is applied across every... 

Rio starts Quebec smelter expansions
13th April 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Major Rio Tinto has begun construction on the C$240-million expansion of its Alma smelter, in Quebec. The project would increase the production capacity for low-carbon, high value aluminium... 

SULB commissions SMS group for the modernization of an electric arc furnace and a four-strand continuous caster for billets and beam blanks
3rd April 2023

(Virtual Showroom): SULB Company BSC located in the Kingdom of Bahrain commissions SMS group for the revamp of the 130 ton electric arc furnace (EAF) and the modernization of the four-strand... 

Company launches platform for CNC machining
31st March 2023

With its “cutting-edge technology and facilities”, Sheet metal fabricator NORCK says it has started providing innovative, fast and reliable computer numerical control (CNC) machining services with... 

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Continued research makes for better die-cast materials
10th March 2023 By: Halima Frost

Steel and technology group Voestalpine boasts a strong footprint in the supply of metals used in various die-casting applications and strives, through continuous research, to further expand its... 

Block diagram of the Araguaia ferronickel project
Araguaia ferronickel project, Brazil – update
10th March 2023 By: Sheila Barradas

Horizonte Minerals has awarded contracts for the Line 2 feasibility study at its Araguaia nickel project. 

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SMS group supplies landmark project in Sweden
3rd March 2023

Metallurgical industry supplier SMS group is providing a broad range of technology and equipment for a project for steelmaking startup H2 Green Steel in Sweden. This agreement will see SMS group,... 

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Company now fully South African-owned
10th February 2023 By: Sabrina Jardim

Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie is now wholly South African-owned after 15 years of offshore ownership. Thos Begbie’s top four senior management, together with four other South African... 

BETI ticks higher in January, but economic woes persist
9th February 2023 By: Schalk Burger

Despite the improvement of interbank services company BankservAfrica Economic Transactions Index (BETI) in January to 132.7, after six months of declines were broken by the increase in December,... 

SMS group supplies process technology for the world's first large-scale green steel production plant
8th February 2023

H2 Green Steel’s landmark project in Sweden showcases SMS’s leading technology SMS group, one of the world’s leading steel and metals plant engineering companies, has been selected to provide a... 

Image of staff at Weir Minerals’ replicast plant, holding a mould made from expanded polystyrene beads
Locally developed casting innovation
3rd February 2023

Reduced turnaround times, improved quality levels, and sustainability benefits are the results of innovative technology being used at a new casting foundry in Johannesburg. Weir Minerals Africa... 

Geosynthetics offer durability for concrete structures
3rd February 2023

Geosynthetic products manufacturer and supplier Fibertex South Africa’s geosynthetic solutions encompass controlled permeability formwork (CPF) liners, which are designed for concrete surface... 

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Araguaia ferronickel project, Brazil – update
13th January 2023 By: Sheila Barradas

Horizonte Minerals has reported that it is making good progress on the construction of its Araguaia nickel project. 

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