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A pure copper component being packed and labeled for export
Manufacturer secures new clients despite challenges
24th January 2024 By: Halima Frost

Despite the negative effects of illegal mining and copper scrap exports on the confidence levels of international investors and clients, South Africa-based foundry and engineering company Thos... 


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.... 


An image depicting a copper furnace being constructed
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... 


TACTICAL CHANGES
Thos Begbie is expanding its business strategy to gain a major advantage over the local market, as demand for copper processing snowballs
Firm secures ‘preferred’ status
31st January 2023 By: Tracy Hancock

Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie has been named a preferred supplier of Europe’s largest copper producer Aurubis, which also claims to be the world’s largest copper recycler. Thos... 


An image of Thos Begbie workers at the Sibanye smelter
Company on track to complete furnace rebuild
3rd October 2022 By: Nadine Ramdass

Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie is on track to conclude the rebuild of the new furnace of multinational precious metals mining company Sibanye-Stillwater’s platinum group metals (PGMs)... 


Thos Begbie
Thos Begbie & Co
23rd August 2022

Thos Begbie & Co was established in 1887 by Scottish marine engineer and pioneer Thomas Begbie, in the newly proclaimed gold-rush town of Johannesburg.  A management buyout in 1989 further boosted... 


An image depicting Glencore's Mount Isa Mines
Local firm aids mine upgrade
19th August 2022 By: Sabrina Jardim

South Africa-based foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie completed its supply of copper pyrometallurgical components for the upgrade of mining major BHP’s Olympic Dam flash furnace, in... 


A raw piece of black graphite ore
Company division enters ferroalloy market
6th July 2022 By: Halima Frost

Owing to the success of South Africa-based foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie’s Graphite Freezeline Solutions (GFS) division in the platinum sector, the division is now emphasising its... 


A copper cast Lander chute with tapoholes used in a flash furnace to skim slag off molten copper
Copper furnace component supply in final stage
3rd June 2022 By: Halima Frost

South Africa-based foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie has shipped the last of three batches of copper furnace components to a metal smelting and recycling firm, in Germany. The third and... 


Expansion in site for company
8th April 2022 By: Claire O'Reilly

With the pyrometallurgical industry continuously evolving, smelter campaign life spans have extended from a two- to three-year furnace campaign cycle to a ten-year campaign cycle, consequently... 


New contract pushes company towards one-stop-shop goal
11th March 2022 By: Claire O'Reilly

Foundry and heavy engineering company Thos Begbie has been awarded a consecutive contract to do more component installations for the Sibanye-Stillwater platinum smelter plant, in the North West. 


A photo of a Thos Begbie smelter component
Local furnace builder playing its part in global urban mining
27th January 2022 By: Darren Parker

Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie is supporting recycling and the circular economy by supplying specialist critical components for pyrometallurgical smelting in furnaces designed for... 


Business interaction fostered
26th November 2021 By: Darren Parker

The Italian-South African Chamber of Trade and Industry (Italcham), in collaboration with the Italian Comites Johannesburg and the Italian Consulate General, launched the Small Medium Italian... 


A wide angle photo of a delta section of a furnace
Components supplied to local platinum smelter
26th November 2021 By: Darren Parker

Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie has been awarded a major contract to supply 190 t worth of copper pyrometallurgical components to the South African arm of an Italian company for use in... 


Foundry company converts to renewable energy
22nd October 2021

The recent announcement by government that “own generation of power” without the requirement for a license had been increased from 1 MW to 100 MW was well received by industry as a whole. Foundry... 


Thos Begbie manufacturing a copper inline arc furnace component from recycled copper
Use of recycled copper components limits costs
20th August 2021 By: Halima Frost

South Africa-based foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie has successfully manufactured and supplied recycled copper cast components to a platinum group metals (PGMs) smelter near Rustenburg,... 


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Thos Begbie & Co
20th August 2021

Thos Begbie & Co was established in 1887 by Scottish marine engineer and pioneer Thomas Begbie, in the newly proclaimed gold-rush town of Johannesburg.  Amanagement buyout in 1989 further boosted... 


Thos Begbie sales manager Jurgsen Dercksen seated
Coolers manufacturing for smelting furnace successfully completed
6th August 2021 By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah

Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie recently completed the manufacture and supply of specialised coolers for a platinum producer’s smelting furnace site in Rustenburg, in the North West.... 


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Thos Begbie & Co (Pty) Ltd - Mining and Smelting
30th July 2021 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Year of Formation and Background to Founding: Thomas Begbie & Sons was formed in the year 1887 in Johannesburg. A foundry and engineering business thrived there until the South African War saw the... 


AS GOOD AS NEW The company is required to repair two bus tube bundles and fabricate four new bus tube bundles using vital copper components
Company secures local fabrication contract
1st July 2021 By: Khutso Maphatsoe

Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie is ordering a bill of materials to begin fabrication for a contract that it secured in October 2020, under the leadership of Thos Begbie sales engineer... 


ALL-ROUND SOLUTION Thos Begbie uses advanced casting simulation and machining simulation programs to reproduce what has been designed on computer-aided design programs by design houses
Local company shines in furnace rebuilds
2nd April 2021 By: Darren Parker

Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie is conducting several major furnace rebuilds locally and globally. Locally, the company is manufacturing and supplying the copper furnace components of... 


ALEX NHLAPO
As the demand for copper increases, pressure is placed on the smelters and refineries to increase their production output
Company services Zambian smelters remotely, eyes expansion
19th January 2021 By: Cameron Mackay

Local foundry company Thos Begbie opened a workshop in Solwezi, Zambia, in March last year to supply and service copper smelters in the region more efficiently; however, the impact of Covid-19 has... 


SCM21 PROJECT SUPPLIER
Thos Begbie will manufacture and supply new and improved components to
BHP’s Olympic Dam underground copper mine’s flash and electric furnace
SA company aims for preferred supplier status in Australia
16th October 2020 By: Cameron Mackay

Australia is abundant in minerals, with more mines being established every year; this results in more mined ore having to be processed, says local foundry company Thos Begbie sales engineer Esli... 


TEAMWORK
Thos Begbie has adapted operations to use virtual platforms to conduct meetings, inspections and webinars
Company meets demands amid pandemic challenges
5th October 2020 By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah

Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie has received multiple orders to manufacture components for the pyrometallurgical industry. The company continues to manufacture copper components for... 


TIMEOUS TURNAROUND
Thos Begbie is ensuring the interchangeability of furnace components at the Anglo Converter Plant in Rustenburg
Foundry company ensuring safe platinum smelting
21st August 2020 By: Tracy Hancock

Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie expects to finalise production of the Phase B coolers for platinum producer Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) Anglo Converter Plant (ACP) in... 


REFINED HARD-FACING WELDING
As the demand and quantity of components requiring hard-facing increased, Thos Begbie begun looking at alternative methods of conducting specialised welding
Improved welding helps local company alleviate corrosion
5th June 2020 By: Cameron Mackay

Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie has developed and improved its welding processes to weld dissimilar metals to copper to mitigate the effects of erosion, particularly chemical corrosion,... 


ALL ROUNDER
The ability to design, manufacture and export all the elements of a furnace gives Thos Begbie the edge
Furnace manufacturer ‘fired up and ready to go’
2nd June 2020 By: Halima Frost

South Africa-based foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie restarted its entire facility, in line with the regulations to facilitate the shift to Level 4 of the national Covid-19 lockdown,... 


GETTING HEATED
To repair the launder, the tapping process had to be halted, and that work was done within 2 m to 3 m of a working furnace in heat-stroke conditions
Engineering company exploits gap in market
10th April 2020 By: Mc'Kyla Nortje

South Africa-based foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie sales engineer Esli Bantjes explains that the shortage of capital in South Africa has forced mining companies to cut back on retaining... 


ROBOTIC WELDING
Thos Begbie aims to add another robotic welder to complement its existing unit
Company completes smelter welding project
6th November 2019 By: Jessica Oosthuizen

South Africa-based foundry and engineering company, Thos Begbie, successfully, and timeously delivered erosion-resistant copper coolers, which are being installed, to a smelter in Southern Africa.... 


ESLI BANTJES
Recent investments has resulted in the company controlling all the processes required to meet client requirements
South African foundry aims to become one-stop shop
31st May 2019 By: Mc'Kyla Nortje

South African foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie has extended its service offering by adding a new graphite facility to its production line having acquired a new graphite carbon refractory... 


Thos Begbie - Edwin Dreyer
Thos Begbie - Edwin Dreyer
7th May 2019

I was born in Johannesburg in September 1941 just 3 months before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour. I experienced some of the side-effects of the 2nd World War and followed the various wars... 


NICHE MARKET
Thos Begbie has new products pending further investigation and studies that could present the opportunity to produce unique components for the steel industry, particularly blast furnaces
South African foundry involved in product development
18th April 2019 By: Jessica Oosthuizen

South Africa-based foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie is developing a critical furnace component as part of a cooperation agreement with a major Canada-based consulting firm. Thos Begbie... 


INTERNATIONAL STAGE
Thos Begbie exhibiting at an international trade means exposure for South Africa and strengthens international trade relations
Thos Begbie branches out into Zambia, builds local skills
8th March 2019 By: Mc'Kyla Nortje

Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie has completed the registration of the company for its new branch in Zambia, which it plans to officially open later this year. “We have secured a... 


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