ChemSystems – uniquely service-oriented
ChemSystems Foundry division continues to bring the entire package including great products, local expertise, world-class technologies and a sincere commitment to local industry. Director of ChemSystems, Lance Dell explains how the business leverages global relationships and a service-centric approach to deliver a responsive and technologically adept local partner for ChemSystems’ customers.
Atlantis Foundries focuses on securing new business, products and customers
In a recent report the management of Atlantis Foundries has emphasised that its focus going forward is to secure new business, products and customers, in addition to servicing the company’s existing clients. Traditionally the company has been recognised as a specialist in manufacturing medium and heavy-duty engine blocks for trucks and for industrial and marine applications.
Prima celebrates 80 years in the foundry industry
History shows from minutes taken in the first recorded meeting that took place on the 15th April 1937, that it was decided to register a company Prima Iron and Steel Foundry and Engineering Works (Pty) Ltd. The decision was taken by two partners to start a steel foundry to supply the growing mining industry in South Africa.
Endress+Hauser South Africa receives SANAS accreditation for local flow calibration centre
Calibration is a critical step in ensuring that a flow meter performs within expected specifications. Endress+Hauser says it is now well positioned to support its local customers flow calibration requirements, which includes third party meters. This service offering places Endress+Hauser ahead of its South African competitors, says the company.
Zimalco appoints new MD
“I take over from a well respected individual in the industry who has many years of experience in the business and as a result I have big boots to fill. I joined the company in September 2016 to acquire some of this knowledge and experience from Willie so that there was a seamless handing over period,” said Ed Vermaak.
Infigo Foundry up and casting
Taking over a foundry that has not been melting or manufacturing castings for a lengthy period, relatively speaking, is not an easy task. Well, this is the story of Infigo Foundry. I am sure that many members of the foundry industry are curious to know what exactly happened with Concorde Foundry Vereeniging, so this article will start by giving some answers to those questions.
Kotze elected as new SAIF chairlady
At the conclusion of the 53rd Annual General Meeting of the South African Institute of Foundrymen, it was announced that Janley Kotze had been elected by her fellow board of non-executive directors as the new Chairlady of the SAIF. Janley takes up the position with immediate effect and will serve as Chairlady for the 2017/2018 period.
Government aims to adopt a strategy to leverage scrap metal
dti representative Mamba says government aims to adopt a strategy to leverage the scrap metal produced by and belonging to the state and state-owned companies to enhance the competitiveness of the local steel industry, according to local reports.
India’s foundry business in the doldrums
Blames China’s cheap imports – “The Chinese government has provided exemptions to cover nearly 40 per cent of export duties. Importing castings from China is cheaper than purchasing them from Indian foundries.” The Indian domestic foundry industry will witness a ‘dull’ 2017 in view of the impact of demonetisation and implementation of GST, but a revival was expected next year.
Foseco launches SMARTT degassing process control for rotary degassing of aluminium alloys
Foseco has launched SMARTT-Degassing, an innovative process control for rotary degassing of aluminium alloys. This process controlled by SMARTT, is a software programme that is based on the recently developed Foseco Degassing Model that accurately simulates rotary degassing.
Who are we to believe?
October says new IPAP that is due to be released will support localisation. Davies says DTI is also committed to downstream steel products. Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) director-general Lionel October has revealed during a recent speech that the new Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) focused on supporting the agro processing and metals industries, including foundries and the casting sector is due to be released in April 2017.
Management buyout enables majority stake in Rely Intracast and Walro Flex
Rely Intracast’s current Managing Director Mark Hughes and the current Managing Director of Walro Flex, Carlos Palinhos, have completed a MBO (management buyout) to become majority shareholders in the respective companies that will in future fall under a recently established industrial holding company Intakobusi Holdings (Pty) Ltd.
WFO Technical Forum 2017 & MCC 2017
The above conferences have just taken place at Emperors Palace, Gauteng, South Africa from 13 to 17 March 2017. It was the first time that South Africa hosted the World Foundry Organisation Technical Forum. There were many aspects that came together over the five days that also included the BRICS Foundry Forum. Whether you were a delegate, speaker or one of the exhibitors I am sure you have an opinion as to whether it was worthwhile attending and / or participating.
Lauds Foundry Equipment staff subjected to traumatic murder and robbery experience
An armed gang of around 15 men stormed the Lauds Foundry Equipment premises in Wadeville‚ Ekurhuleni on Wednesday morning 22nd February 2017. The gang then proceeded to shoot Movchits before holding staff hostage for an hour while they ransacked the business premises‚ taking stock‚ computers and the staff’s personal belongings.
Matt Cast Supplies certified for ISO 9001:2008 quality management system
Matt Cast Supplies cc was recently presented with its ISO9001:2008 quality management system certificate from Intertek, affirming that the company’s Germiston, Gauteng operation adheres to the internationally recognised standard for the quality system. Matt Cast Supplies realised several years back that it was important to have certification.
Board changes at Insimbi
The board of directors of Insimbi Refractory & Alloy Supplies Limited have announced the appointment of Christiaan Coombs as an Executive Director and Robert Dickerson as a Non-Executive Director of the board with effect from 16 January 2017 as part of the restructure of the board following the AMR Group acquisition. The board has also announced the appointment of Brian Craig as an interim Chairperson with effect from 1 February 2017.
Sculpture Casting Services – working closely with some of South Africa’s leading artists
During its history Sculpture Casting Services has been manufacturing bronzes for well-known sculptors and artists from around the world, casting from the smallest to the largest sculptures. Their ability to embrace and deploy innovation and the latest technology in the company’s manufacturing environment has enabled them to stick out amongst the crowd.
Plan your trip to Machine Tools Africa 2017
Quality tools and machinery are the backbone of the South African manufacturing industry which is why Machine Tools Africa 2017 has been designed to showcase the very latest technology developments, machinery, products, services and solutions in this innovative sector.
Sand reclamation for chemically bonded sand systems
Today’s foundry using one of the many chemically bonded sand systems is under increasing pressure to reduce costs, reduce it’s impact on the environment but at the same time improve and maintain it’s casting quality. One of the ways of meeting these requirements is to invest in sand reclamation.
Auto Industrial Group transforms its high-volume mould, shotblasting and sand handling systems
When you are supplying a range of safety critical components to all of the automotive OEMs in South Africa your attitude towards your production operations and systems has to be progressive and inefficiency is not an option. That is why the Auto Industrial Group has spent over R50 million in the last two to three years on new equipment and systems.
Keegor Group opens induction heating equipment company
The Keegor Group has recently expanded its product portfolio to create a new group company specialising in induction heating equipment. The new company, Keegor Power Electronics (Pty) Ltd, has been established as a result of the Keegor Group purchasing the LH-Power Electronics (Pty) Ltd intellectual property, assets and stock.
McNeilage takes up position of Senior Director, Manufacturing – Northeast Asia for SI Group
SI Group, a leading global manufacturer of chemical intermediates, specialty resins and solutions has announced that its South African Director of Operations, Gordon McNeilage, has been promoted to the position of Senior Director, Manufacturing – Northeast Asia for the Group.
World Foundry Organisation Technical Forum 2017
The WFO Technical forum is being held in conjunction with the South African Metal Casting Conference 2017 (MCC) where 60 technical presentations will be given. These presentations include speakers from Germany, Norway, UK, Romania, Poland, USA, China, India, Netherlands, Denmark, Spain and South Africa.
The true cost of scrap within the metalcasting industry
Imagine a high volume automated foundry running an overall 21% scrap rate with suspect castings making it to the customer’s production line. A new general manager takes the helm and mandates that scrap will be no higher than 4%. Within two weeks and without any tooling changes, production changes, or scrap analysis, the new scrap target was achieved.
Mentorship is just the first step at Pressure Die Castings
Company records 24% growth for 2016. Progressive and success-hungry Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal based Pressure Die Castings (PDC) has just completed a year that the company’s management says they will look back at with great satisfaction on many fronts.
President of Institute of Indian Foundrymen calls for import of key raw materials to be duty-free for foundry sector
“The Indian foundry industry is third largest globally with revenue at US $18 billion and exports of approximately US $2.7 billion. It employs directly and indirectly two million. Over the last few years the Indian foundry industry has gradually risen from the fifth to the second largest producer of castings globally.”
Silca South Africa adds more products to its portfolio
Well-known German manufacturer of high performance, asbestos free calcium silicates in a density range of 200 to 1 100kg/m, Calsitherm Verwaltungs-GmbH, opened a subsidiary in South Africa 18 months ago. The new company was established as Silca South Africa (Pty) Ltd in line with the Calsitherm Group’s marketing and branding development of subsidiaries worldwide.
ABP Induction Systems GmbH
ABP Induction Systems GmbH (ABP), located in Dortmund, Germany (formerly ABB Foundry Systems) has for decades been one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high-throughput induction melting, pouring and heating equipment. This leadership position results from the combination of three industry pioneers.
Prima Industrial casts large crusher components for US client
Creative thinking and attention to detail assist company to enter large wear parts market. Prima Industrial Holdings have recently completed and shipped two castings to a North American client that represent the largest castings that the company has ever manufactured in its 80 year history.
Questions need to be asked after Steloy Castings goes into liquidation
It is well known in industry that Bronkhorstspruit, Mpumalanga based foundry Steloy Castings has been in business rescue proceedings since the beginning of July 2016, reportedly owing between R120 and R130 million. Now the business rescue practitioner has issued notice that they have “concluded that no reasonable prospect exists for the entity to be rescued.”
Donald Greig Gallery opens in V&A Waterfront’s new cultural institution
Access from gallery allows visitors to view foundry operations in real life. Over the years, Cape Town has evolved as one of the leading cities in South Africa for the manufacture of bronze castings with a number of artists and foundries based in and around Cape Town.
Sculpture Casting Services and Bronze Age Art Foundry combine to form one of the largest art foundries in the Southern Hemisphere
The unique experience of viewing bronzes in their final form as well seeing them being manufactured has become a reality with the opening of a 2800m² space in the new cultural institution in the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town.
Mineral Zone expands
Mineral Zone, a specialist supply partner servicing the Metallurgical and Mining sectors in South Africa and internationally with a range of metals and minerals, ore and services has recently been appointed as a distributor for SI Group HA South Africa and Capital Refractories Limited who are based in The United Kingdom.
Uncompetitive scrap metal prices causing further decline in industry
“Unless strong action is immediately taken to stem the export of scrap metal and keep it in South Africa at competitive prices, the scrap beneficiating industry will further decline and directly affect the aluminium sector,” said aluminium foundry alloys producer Zimco Aluminium Company (Zimalco) sales and marketing director Bob Stone.
SAIF 2016 Annual Golf Day
The South African Institute of Foundrymens’ Annual Golf Day took place on Thursday 10th November 2016. The event was held at the Reading Country Club. The competition on the day was four ball alliance with two scores to count.
Thos Begbie & Co announces retirement of Dreyer and Rossouw
Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie & Co has announced a number of changes to its senior management, including the retirement of company joint CEO Edwin Dreyer and MD Eugene Rossouw. Joubert Groenewald replaces Rossouw as MD.
Positive changes take place at SI Group HA South Africa
SI Group HA South Africa, a subsidiary of the SI Group, a leading global developer and manufacturer of chemical intermediates, specialty resins and solutions that are critical to the quality and performance of countless industrial and consumer goods, has recently implemented a number of changes that include the appointment of a new Sales Manager.
Weir Heavy Bay Foundry installs leading-edge secondary sand plant
Many foundries make the casting process their primary focus, and do not consider total manufacturing cost and environmental implications; so the inevitable used sand would be dumped somewhere, possibly on an adjacent or nearby site, or hauled away to an approved landfill site.
Umgeni Iron Works acquisition transforms smoothly
Just over a year ago Umgeni Iron Works was acquired by Malvern Engineering Works, a South African general engineering company servicing the mining industry and Minco Tech an, an Australian based mineral processing and mining equipment manufacturing company based in Newcastle NSW, in a 50/50 joint venture.
Cyrus delivers two charging machines to NI-Foundry
NI-Foundry, the foundry division of Naledi Inhlanganiso Group, has taken delivery of two charge machines that will feed two new ABP furnaces semi-automatically that are currently being installed in the foundry. The investment in the equipment is part of an approximate R100 million investment programme in the foundry, formerly known as Guestro Casting and Machining, and has origins dating back to 1947.
Lauds passes equipment acceptance audit with Vulkan Technologies
During the month of August 2016, South African foundry equipment manufacturer Lauds Foundry Equipment hosted three management representatives from Vulkan Technologies, India. They were in South Africa to take acceptance of a major capital equipment investment for the non-ferrous section of their foundry that is based in Pune, a city in Maharashtra state in the western region of India.
Success of local content designation depends on active support by public and private sectors
The implementation and verification of compliance with government’s local designation rules across both public and private sectors is pivotal to the success of the policy, says Peter Thomson, Director, AVK Holding Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd. AVK Holding Southern Africa is a manufacturer of valves for the water, waste water, mining, industrial, gas and fire protection markets.
BDG-Service expert scathing of South African foundries
Manuel Bosse, an environmental and energy management expert with the BDG-Service GmbH in Düsseldorf, Germany was not very complimentary in a recent interview he gave to Casting Plant & Technology and published in the German Foundry Association quarterly publication.
IDC and Scaw Metals on DA’s hit list
Scaw Metals spent R176 million (FY15: R288 million) on capital expenditure during the period to maintain, improve and expand production capacity. The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) should dump Scaw Metals and Foskor as they are “albatrosses around its neck”‚ the Democratic Alliance said recently.
New SpectroMAXx Arc/Spark OES metal analyser delivers improved speed and performance in accurate elemental analysis
Analytical Instruments has announced the introduction of the seventh generation of its SpectroMAXx Arc/Spark Optical Emission Spectrometry (OES) metal analyser that has been improved to deliver greater consumables savings and faster measurement time in the performance of accurate elemental analysis.
Insimbi to acquire Amalgamated Metals Recycling
JSE listed Insimbi Refractory & Alloy Supplies Ltd has issued a cautionary notice to shareholders that the board of directors of Insimbi is pleased to announce that in terms of a memorandum of understanding concluded between Insimbi and the controlling shareholders of Amalgamated Metals Recycling Proprietary Limited, that Insimbi intends to acquire 100% of the AMR Group, as well as the properties from which the AMR Group operates.
Outdoor aluminium furniture manufacture returns to South Africa
Wahl Industries revives casting of lifestyle products locally after purchasing plant and equipment that was moved to China in 2013. Upmarket lifestyle products all tend to be heading in the direction of aluminium. This is mainly due to the natural properties that aluminium has over its rivals. The purchase of these products means that you know you will own it for a lifetime.
SAIF’s 53rd Annual Awards Dinner
The South African Institute of Foundrymen’s 52rd Annual Awards Dinner was held at the Emperors Palace, Convention Centre, Kempton Park, Gauteng on Friday 3 June 2016. 200 foundrymen, guests, wives and award winners attended this year’s event. Duane Rockwell was MC for the evening. The dinner was well supported by sponsors in the form of prizes for the award winners, and ticket sponsors for the award winners and VIP guests invited by the Institute.
Opportunity for foundries and suppliers to showcase their capabilities
Stand-alone machine tool and related industries exhibition – time to communicate. Nasrec, Johannesburg will be the venue for metalworking supplier and manufacturing companies to exhibit their products from 9 to 12 May 2017. Metalcasting is a tough business. Price pressure from customers and competitors, rising labour costs, quality problems and a lack of qualified personnel pose challenges for executives.
Vesuvius, a global leader in molten metal flow engineering, celebrates its 100th anniversary this year
Ever since Vesuvius opened for business in 1916 with a mission to produce the most effective clay graphite crucibles, it has pioneered new developments to meet the needs of its customers. Founded in Pittsburgh, USA by the Arensburg brothers and their friend Arthur Jackman, the company was able to respond to the huge increases in demand for steel production to produce armaments for WW1.
Ferrari believes in Morgan degassing rotors
Similar to other car manufacturers, Ferrari uses high quality aluminium cast components in its automobiles and requires the basic processes of melting, holding, degassing and casting. Morgan Advanced Materials approached Ferrari in June 2014 to introduce their silicon carbide degassing rotor for the degassing process in their commercial car manufacturing operation. The Morgan degassing rotor surpassed the graphite rotor in terms of degassing efficiency (aluminium density) as well as operating performance.
StrikoWestofen acquires BPR-Engineering GmbH
Global manufacturer of thermal processing technology for the light metal casting industry, the StrikoWestofen Group, has announced the acquisition of BPR-Engineering GmbH, a manufacturer of industrial furnaces for the heat treatment of aluminium components based in Rheda – Wiedenbrück, Germany. The acquisition was completed in May this year. “It was a logical step for us to expand our core competencies by adding heat treatment to our business.
Hüttenes-Albertus announces purchase of Hexion’s interest in HA-International, LLC
Hexion Inc. (Hexion) and HüttenesAlbertus Chemische Werke GmbH (HA) have announced that Hexion has sold its 50% interest in HA-International, LLC (HAI), a joint venture serving the North American foundry industry, to its joint venture partner HA-USA, Inc., an entity controlled by HA. HAI is a leading manufacturer and supplier of foundry resin systems, resin coated sand for shell moulding and refractory coatings for North America.
“Giving you the edge” – ChemSystems’ Foundry and Timber Board
Late 2015 saw industry stalwart Applied Casting Solutions gain momentum under the ChemSystems banner. The restructure brought together a diverse range of speciality business units under a single powerful brand. Its already well-respected foundry business emerged stronger than ever to deliver turnkey solutions to multiple customer challenges.
Atlantis Foundries continues to invest for the future
Since the sale of Atlantis Foundries to Neue Halberg-Guss GmbH in June last year, the company has continued to invest in the South African operation’s future in terms of technology, efficiency and environmental impact. German metal casting group Neue Halberg-Guss GmbH, which acquired Atlantis Foundries in June 2015, has subsequently invested significantly in the South African foundry.
South African sculptor’s epic lion arrives in UK
South African wildlife sculptor Bruce Little has created his largest work for the 50th anniversary of Longleat Safari Park in the UK. A magnificent bronze monumental lion sculpture standing almost five metres high in the English countryside of western Wiltshire has resulted in extraordinary international focus on unassuming Grahamstown-based wildlife artist Bruce Little.
Western Cape foundry participation to be revived
Past President of the Western Cape Institute of Foundrymen (WCIF) and champion of many of the well attended training courses and the annual dinner/dance held by the WCIF, Alan Wood has agreed to support the industry body, the South African Institute of Foundrymen (SAIF), in its efforts to have someone on the ground in the area and take control of promoting and enhancing the foundry industry in this important region of the country.
Celebrating the life of Glen Tillett
It is with regret and great sadness that we learned of the sudden passing of Glen Tillett last month. Glen succumbed to injuries he sustained after a freak accident at home. “Glen was so looking forward to enjoying some travelling and relaxation in the coming months as he was beginning to wind down to retirement,” said Glen’s business partner and son-in-law Allan Bruggeman.
Knights Sales diversifies, upgrades furnaces and introduces an outsourced inhouse core blowing facility
“Like most foundries in South Africa, we cannot deny it, the beginning of the year was one of the toughest starts to a year that we have ever experienced. Fortunately business has subsequently turned around for us and, even with the increased staff compliment, we are currently still operating overtime shifts,” said Louis Miller.
SI Group ranks high in global corporate social responsibility
SI Group, a leading global developer and manufacturer of chemical intermediates, speciality resins, and solutions, has received a silver award for Corporate Social Responsibility by EcoVadis, an international organisation that provides sustainability ratings for global supply chains. SI Group was ranked among the top 13 percent of more than 25,000 worldwide companies assessed by EcoVadis.
Taylor establishes SpecTech to market analytical instruments and preparation equipment and consumables
Recent developments in the industry have led to John Taylor establishing his own company to market a range of analytical instruments and sample preparation equipment. Taylor is well known in the foundry industry and has been associated with it for the last 30 years.
Weir Minerals pumping into Africa
While many companies thrive during an upturn, downturns are what separate the serious players from the rest in any industry. It is times like this when customers become more demanding looking for critical supply-chain partners that can help optimise their processes. This is exactly how Weir Minerals Africa has managed to retain its leading position as a one-stop point for providing slurry solutions to mining as well as other industries.
Section 24G of NEMA continues to be a thorn in the flesh of a wide group of different stakeholders – is it another money making racket?
Foundries cannot get Atmospheric Emissions Licence without admitting that they broke the law and face either closure or a heavy fine. “In terms of the Bill of Rights included in the Constitution of South Africa, the citizens of South Africa have the right to have the environment protected and to live in an environment that is not harmful to human health or well-being.”
High performance mould and core coatings for the elimination of surface defects providing superior casting finish – Foseco
The foundry industry encompasses many metal types and production processes, producing an array of cast components in a multitude of different sizes. To acknowledge this diversity, Foseco have developed a variety of coating ranges to ensure that product and process are optimised.
Pressure Die Castings invests in a new zinc HPDC machine and a chrome plating plant
“Ten years ago we made a strategic decision to move further up the value chain, with an emphasis on product delivery and quality. The strategy involved reconfiguring the business, increasing factory productivity and training employees, which would ultimately lead to improving quality and reducing costs,” explains Pressure Die Castings (PDC) managing director Mike Wolhuter.
Scaw Metals Group paves way for youth through graduate programmes
The Scaw Metal Group, a leading South African steel manufacturer is making waves in the steel sector through its structured graduate training programme, honing core competencies in niche areas, such as analytical chemistry, non-destructive testing, metallurgical, engineering, and support services discipline.
Endeco Omega equipment helps foundry to achieve cost savings in the sand department
“Today’s chemically-bonded sand metalcasting facilities are under increasing pressure to reduce costs and their impact on the environment, while improving and maintaining casting quality. One of the ways to meet these requirements is to invest in sand reclamation,” says Peter Petersen, Sales Director of Endeco Omega.
Procurement of locally manufactured valves and actuators strengthened
The Valve and Actuator Manufacturers Cluster of South Africa (VAMCOSA) has announced that on 11 February 2016, National Treasury published the updated Instruction Note stipulating the minimum threshold for local production and content for valve products and actuators.
About turn on GMTN three-year cycle due to pressure from exhibitors
The organisers of GIFA, the International Foundry Trade Fair, have rescheduled the dates for the next staging of that event and the three related industrial expos that share the venue in Düsseldorf, Germany: GIFA, Metec, Thermprocess, and Newcast will maintain the four-year cycle that has been the custom since 2003.
IMP / Bruker Elemental Day
Based on the know-how of many decades, Bruker Elemental now offers a complete portfolio for elemental analysis instruments. Their innovative solutions enable a wide range of customers in the metal, automotive, chemistry, pharmacy, and semiconductor industries to focus on elemental analysis of metals and materials.
Mineral-Loy grows technical team
Local raw material and consumable supplier Mineral-Loy has expanded its technical sales department by appointing a further two project engineers, one a graduate from the University of Cape Town, and the other an intern from the University of Johannesburg. This brings the total to six in this department of the company.
VDMA Foundry Machinery division representatives visit South Africa
Dr. Timo Würz, the Managing Director of the VDMA Foundry Machinery Association and Ines Polak, who is in charge of market information, statistics, marketing and exhibitions for the same association, visited South Africa in March 2016. While in the country they hosted a business breakfast for the South African foundry industry at Emperors Palace, Gauteng.
49th Census of World Casting Production Modest growth in worldwide casting market
In 2014, global production increased to more than 105 million metric tons, an increase of 2.3% when compared to the previous year, according to this year’s Modern Casting Census of World Casting Production. The total production in 2014 represents an increase of 2.4 million metric tons compared to 2013.
The Endeco Omega carousel moulding system
When you’re preparing to invest in or to add an automated no-bake moulding system to your existing setup, there are a number of critical decisions to be made that require careful analysis. As with many design projects, the end of the process is often the best starting point. It’s a basic concept to design backwards, at all times keeping in mind the moulding process results you expect.
Pressure Die Castings awarded PCB Business of The Year for the second consecutive year
Specialist die caster Pressure Die Castings (PDC), based in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu Natal, has been rewarded for the company’s achievements on a number of fronts with the award of the Nedbank sponsored Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business (PCB) Business of The Year for 2015, in the manufacturing sector.
Sidermet appointed agents for Metal Power Analytical
Metal Power Analytical, a Mumbai – India based manufacturer of Laboratory Optical / Atomic Emission Spectrometers (OES / AES), Mobile Spectrometers, Hydrogen Analyzers for molten aluminium, Certified Reference Materials, Sample Preparation Machines for spectrometers as well as a wide range of accessories, was founded in 1987.
NI-Foundry’s horizontal moulding line undergoes upgrade
Metallurgy, or more correctly foundry work, is all about cooking metal. If you do not get the methods and processes correct you might as well dump the outcome in the bin. To achieve this quality and to compete you need the latest equipment. This has been the chief motivating factor as to why the Naledi Inhlanganiso Group embarked on close to a R100 million investment program in its NI-Foundry Division.
Stellenbosch Technology Centre launched
Stellenbosch University’s Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Department has launched a new technology centre that will have an emphasis on industrial relevance, while incorporating a base for manufacturing engineering research. The facility will be housed at the Stellenbosch University campus in the Western Cape and will focus on identification, acquisition, mastering, multiplication and transfer of advanced technologies.
Applied Casting Solutions gains momentum with a new identity
Chem Systems’ recent restructure brings a diverse range of speciality business units together under a single powerful brand. The move is great news for local foundries, as the company’s world-class foundry business gains an even stronger position from which to provide turnkey solutions to multiple customer challenges.
Spectrum Technical appointed agents for Didion International
Spectrum Technical, based in Richards Bay, KwaZulu Natal, has recently been appointed to market the Didion International range of products in Southern Africa. Spectrum Technical has been serving the South African metallurgical industries since 1994, supplying a range of services and products, focusing on the processing of molten metal, in particular the casting of aluminium and zinc.
Click2Cast casting process simulation software now available in South Africa
Altair South Africa have added Click2Cast, a casting process simulation software that allows the user to enhance and optimise their manufactured components, to their portfolio of growing manufacturing solutions software that they market in South Africa.
Durrans RMS help people affected by the drought
It’s been a particularly difficult summer for many in South Africa. The lack of rain has affected farms and communities all over the country. Water shortages have prompted the #ProjectWaterDrop initiative, which has seen individuals, companies and organisations delivering water to areas affected by the current drought.
Walter Desmond Wiggill remembered
Walter Desmond Wiggill, known to business associates and friends as Desmond (Des) Wiggill, was born in Boksburg, Gauteng on 17 May 1931 and passed away peacefully on 12 December 2015 after a short illness. Des attended school in the Boksburg area, finishing his high school career at Boksburg Central High. While there, Des was a keen participant in athletics and held the school record for the then 880 yards. This record would only be broken many years later.
Induction furnace technology and energy efficiency
ABP Induction Systems GmbH, headquartered in Dortmund, Germany develops and manufactures induction melting furnaces and induction heating equipment for the foundry, steel and forging industries including suitable automation solutions.
Diversification and optimised efficiencies realise strong results for Insimbi
JSE listed Insimbi Refractory and Alloy Supplies has released a stellar set of results for the six month period ending 31 August 2015. The results were better than expected given the difficult trading conditions that have affected the steel industry in South Africa.
Lauds forms strategic partnership with General Kinematics Corporation and Foseco India
Local foundry equipment manufacturer Lauds Foundry Equipment has formed a strategic partnership with US vibratory and rotary equipment manufacturer General Kinematics Corporation. General Kinematics (GK) was established in 1960 by Albert Musschoot to market, design and custom fabricate vibratory handling and processing equipment for the processing of bulk materials.
Vulcan Engineering and Acetarc Engineering partner with Globen Engineering Services and Supplies (Pty) Ltd for lean manufacturing
Vulcan Engineering Co., one of the largest in-house engineering, manufacturing, and installation groups in North America, dedicated to the metalcasting and heavy industrial markets, has partnered with local new startup kid on the block company Globen Engineering Services and Supplies (Pty) Ltd.
Morgan Molten Metal Systems appoints South African distributor Keegor Meltech
Morgan Molten Metal Systems, a division of Morgan Advanced Materials, has announced the appointment of Keegor Meltech (Pty) Ltd to distribute its complete range of crucibles and accessories for the melting, holding and treatment applications used in the casting of ferrous and non-ferrous metals and metal alloys in South Africa.
SAIF 2015 Annual Golf Day
The South African Institute of Foundrymens’ Annual Golf Day took place on Thursday 12th November 2015. The event was held at the Reading Country Club. The winners on the day on a score of 99 points were Mark Sims, Arthur Spires, Heinrich Engelbrecht and Louis Dique. Great score for players with handicaps of 17, 19, 27 and 27 respectively. Three of this fourball came in first in 2012.
Southway Refractories on the move
Refractory product supplier has more than doubled its factory size. Southway Refractories, which was established in 1999, has recently moved into a new factory and office accommodation purchased by the company in Alrode, South Gauteng.
SAIF signs up as founding member of BRICS Foundry Association
Representatives of the South African Institute of Foundrymen recently travelled to Russia to attend the International Congress of Russian Foundrymen and Exhibition “Lityo-2015” in Nizhny Novgorod. At the same time the 5th BRICS Foundry Forum took place.
SI Group is undergoing a global brand transformation, including the launch of a new logo
“This new logo is more closely aligned to our dynamic, forward-thinking corporate strategy. We will continue to be the same valued business partner, providing innovative chemistry and solutions that allow our customers products to be made safer, more efficient, and more durable,” said a company spokesperson.
SAIF participates in briefing the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry on the impact of IPAP on the foundry industry
The South African Institute of Foundrymen (SAIF) was invited by the Parliamentary Committees Section: Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry to provide input on the progress made in terms of the IPAP interventions related to the National Foundry Technology Network (NFTN).
The imagination of art comes alive at Bronz Editions
When Fritz Otto Wirth, who was born in Germany, purchased the farm Nooitgedacht Estate in 1923, I am sure he never imagined or detected that 90 years later there would be an art foundry and a residential village comprising of a mix of residential and retail components situated on a piece of land adjoining his that is now owned by his relatives.
Resurrection of stand-alone machine tool and related industry exhibition confirmed
Nasrec, Johannesburg will be the venue for metalworking supplier and manufacturing companies to exhibit their products from 9 to 12 May 2017. The MTMA (Machine Tool Merchants Association of Southern Africa) has confirmed that they will endorse and run a stand-alone machine tool and related industry supplier exhibition that will take place on a three year cycle.
Motor sector urged to increase local content
Depending on how seriously it took localisation, in 10 years the motor industry in South Africa could be employing either 35,000 or 180,000 people, analyst Justin Barnes said in a report in Business Day. The future of the industry was not at risk, he said. The only question was whether it turned into a true manufacturing industry or one that simply assembled parts.
King Shaka Airport statues still up in the air
Will the cattle ever be put out to pasture? What has become of the old king? And when will the new one be completed? The questions concern the King Shaka statue, partially removed from the Durban airport named in the monarch’s honour. And the official answers are: we don’t know; we don’t know; and March next year, according to newspaper reports.
Aluminium Association decries Chinese call to remove tariffs
The Aluminum Association, based in Arlington, Virginia, USA, which represents producers and suppliers to the North American aluminium industry, has expressed concern about a recent call for the removal of a long-standing 15 percent tax on primary aluminium exported from China, according to recyclingtoday.com
Takata closes its foundry in Atlantis
Takata Corporation, a global supplier of automotive safety systems including seat belts, airbags, steering wheels, interior trim and child restraint systems has closed its Atlantis, Western Cape facility, including the magnesium diecasting foundry. The Japanese based company has production facilities on four continents, with its European headquarters located in Germany, where it also has nine production facilities.
Spectro introduces SpectroLAB spectrometers
The new SpectroLAB metal analysers deliver ultra high speed of measurement, ultra low limits of detection, ultimate elemental flexibility, spectacular stability, and affordable cost of ownership to set new standards for elemental analysis in metals industry research and development (R&D) and process/quality control.
Guestro Casting and Machining restructures with an eye on diversification and increased capacity
Guestro Casting and Machining, the last remaining asset of the once-mighty engineering group Dorbyl Ltd, which was acquired by the current owners in 2013, has begun a restructuring phase that will see the company increase capacity and enhance quality and production performance, with an eye on diversification.
SAIF’s 52nd Annual Awards Dinner
300 foundrymen, guests, wives and award winners attended this year’s event. Daniel Friedman was MC for the evening. The dinner was well supported by sponsors in the form of prizes for the award winners, wine on the tables, and ticket sponsors for the award winners and VIP guests invited by the Institute.
Industry mourns the passing of John Zandberg
Industry stalwart John Zandberg passed away on the 13th June after spending the whole of his working career in the foundry industry. John Frank Zandberg was born on 29 March 1940 and continued to work in an industry that he loved and cherished up until a few weeks before his passing at the age of 75.
Casting simulation network launched
A Casting Simulation Network (CSN) centre at the Vaal University of Technology (VUT) in Sebokeng was launched in July 2015. The centre seeks to equip local foundries, including small and medium enterprises, with simulation software and skills through links with institutions countrywide.
Pentagon Resources up and running
Recently established Pentagon Resources has been contracted to sell and distribute foundry and related industries products emanating from the Mogale Alloys processing plant in Krugersdorp, Gauteng. “This is a major step forward in the company’s relatively short history,” said Joshua Van Flymen, founder of Pentagon Resources.
Atlantis Foundries recovers from fire in record time
“We suffered a fire which stopped production around 08:00 am after a technical failure caused hot metal to fall onto conveyors in the basement. Fortunately the firefighters arrived quickly and the fire was extinguished within two hours. Nobody was injured as a result of the incident,” explained recently appointed Atlantis Foundries CEO Pieter du Plessis.
Port Elizabeth Metro reaches R100 million write-off deal with 13 high-energy users
In reports emanating from Port Elizabeth, nearly R100 million owed by some of Nelson Mandela Bay’s biggest employers for unpaid electricity bills and interest on the accounts will be written off by the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality. Dubbed as “Danny Jordaan’s R100 million electricity ‘gift’ to business” the council has approved a deal involving 13 high-energy users that only R45.9 million be recovered from the businesses over a period of six months.
Inductotherm, in partnership with Cerefco, set up coil repair workshop
“We are pleased to announce that Inductotherm, in partnership with Cerefco, has established a state-of-the-art Inductotherm coil repair workshop. As a result of this development we will now be able to offer the coils that meet OEM standards, once the repair process is complete. Inductotherm takes great pride in its coil repairs by completely stripping all the insulation off the coil,” explained Cerefco’s MD Scott Melville.
GIFA/GMTN 2015 – The Bright World of Metals shines brighter than ever!
According to research more than 100 million tons of castings are manufactured worldwide every year, in materials ranging from standard to exotic, including precious metals, rare materials, and emerging alloys and composites. The products and castings manufactured reveal the essential and irreplaceable function of metalcasting as an industry and, the exclusive role played by metalcasting developers and operators in the progress of civilisation.
Partnering for productivity – and future sustainability
“Applied Casting Solutions’ success is closely entwined with that of its customers. It makes a point of taking on the challenges faced by the local foundry industry. Solutions that address growing concerns around future growth opportunities, environmental impact, and health and safety are as much a natural progression as they are industry innovations,” says Applied Casting Solutions’ Business Director, Paul Oliaro.
Wahl Industries turns to the sun to save on energy costs
Aluminium tilt casting and light fixture manufacturer Wahl Industries has taken the major challenge of the cost of gas and electricity and a stable supply of power head on and installed a 300kwp Roof Top Grid-Tied Photovoltaic Solar System. “Seven years ago we were very proactive when the company installed a 635 kVA generator in our factory at a cost of more than R1 million. It was at the beginning of the load shedding debacle in South Africa,” said MD Randal Wahl.
Simple Active Tactics is earning attention for a new application for recycling spent abrasives
When it comes to abrasive blasting, most foundries rely on virgin media as the abrasive that’s used for blasting a wide range of component sizes and shapes on a continuous basis. After blasting is concluded the waste abrasive, along with the other waste materials such as silica and chromite sand, become a problem to consumers as they are classified as a “hazardous waste”, and are expensive to dispose of.
Mondeco Solutions appointed agent for molten metal management company A1 Roper
Mondeco Solutions has announced that the company has recently added A1 Roper Ltd to its list of international partners that it represents in South Africa. A1 Roper Ltd specialises in the design and manufacture of foundry ladles and other equipment for the safe handling of molten metals. Established as E.A. Roper & Co. in 1921, the company has a modern manufacturing facility in Keighley, West Yorkshire, UK.
ExOne appoints Peter Bird as its South African agent
Internationally recognised company ExOne has recently appointed Peter Bird as its South African agent. ExOne is a New York stock exchange publicly traded manufacturing technology company that provides 3D printing machines, 3D printed products and related services to industrial customers in multiple segments, including pumps, automotive, aerospace, heavy equipment and energy.
Calsitherm establishes subsidiary in South Africa
“The investment in a local subsidiary will secure Calsitherm’s existing market share of high density calcium silicate products and is part of a strategic decision for expansion. Additionally it will strengthen Calsitherm’s presence in South Africa, as well as reinforcing the commitment of the product portfolio, and that of the Calsitherm Group in general,” says Alexander Saam who will be the Director in charge of South Africa.
Eskom tariff increase, municipal tariff increase and electricity usage
A disgruntled reader has spelled it out as he sees it, and it does not make a pretty picture: Government is doing everything to keep the milking of electricity consumers going and it is actually accelerating at a rapid pace. Note that electricity, together with VAT and fuel, is government’s biggest cash cow. The situation which has developed in 2015 is alarming and will further destroy private industry at an alarming pace. The downward spiral is in full swing!
Celebrating the life of Sonny Wade
Samuel Hubbard James Wade was born on 23rd April 1916 in Bloemfontein, Free State Province and passed away on 16th April 2015, exactly one week before he turned 99. Sonny, as he was affectionately known as to all of us who knew him in the foundry industry, was the second oldest of three children. Longevity is certainly a good gene in the Wade family as his eldest sister Eileen is still alive at the age of 101 and lives in George in the Eastern Cape. His younger half-brother Len Ginsberg, aged 92, lives on a farm in Ladysmith in the Karoo.
Star billing for South African companies at GIFA, METEC, THERMPROCESS and NEWCAST (GMTN 2015) in Düsseldorf, Germany this year
From 16 June to 20 June 2015, the Düsseldorf Trade Fair Center will play host to the trade fair quartet comprising GIFA 2015, International Foundry Trade Fair with WFO Technical Forum, METEC 2015, 9th International Exhibition for Metallurgical Technology with Congress, THERMPROCESS 2015, 11th International Trade Fair and Symposium for Thermic Production Processes, and NEWCAST 2015, the 4th International Trade Fair for Cast Products.
Foseco to launch a host of new products at GIFA 2015
As a primary innovator in the foundry industry globally, Foseco regularly publishes information on new products and enhancements, process developments and new techniques, and state-of-the-art papers on new thinking in foundry practice. With the commencement of the international GIFA 2015 exhibition scheduled to begin in little over two months, Foseco have released a number of new products that will be on display for the first time. Below are some of the products that visitors can expect to see.
Endeco – Omega Foundry Machinery celebrates JV agreement
Foundries and diecasters future leaders have an understanding of the past and a vision of the future, and they are being shaped by the challenges of today. The same can be said about supplier companies in the industry. The recent JV merger between local company Endeco and Omega Foundry Machinery brings together two companies that have an established record locally and worldwide, with over 60 years in combined experience.
Metso Minerals Isithebe adds R.C. Systems core shooter to capabilities
Minerals processing equipment specialist Metso’s local manganese foundry, one of six across the globe, has introduced a core shooter to its manufacturing capabilities. The core shooter, designed and manufactured by local foundry equipment manufacturer R.C. Systems, represents a recent shift at the foundry to improve and automate manufacturing capabilities aimed at driving the company’s local and African business.
Wispeco purchases majority shareholding in Pressure Die Castings
Wispeco Holdings (Pty) Ltd – Group of Companies is continuing with its expansion strategy with the announcement of a further acquisition. The statement from the company says that it has agreed to purchase a majority shareholding in Pressure Die Castings (Pty) Ltd (PDC), a Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu Natal based die casting foundry that specialises in manufacturing brass, aluminium and zinc castings. The purchase price was not disclosed.
Valve manufacturers and foundry workshop
Changes abound in the valve industry as the formation of The Valve and Actuator Manufacturers’ Cluster of South Africa (VAMCOSA) gears up to provide significant demand prospects for local manufacturers. However, with great promise comes great responsibility, and local valve manufacturing companies need to step up to the plate to produce world-class valves that are able to compete with imported products.
LIL Sales’ drive to deliver service and quality
“Demand for critical raw materials is burgeoning in new industrial economies, and the resources for these materials are being consolidated among fewer and fewer suppliers. As the manufacturing economy takes on a more global nature, securing reliable supplies of raw materials may be as critical as establishing a market,” says LIL Sales’ new Manager Matthew McCrae. “When LIL Sales was founded in 2008, the company’s mission was to simply supply local South African foundries with primary metals, ferro alloys and other foundry-related raw materials.
Atlantis Foundries sold by Daimler/Mercedes Benz South Africa
German metal casting group Neue Halberg Guss has acquired engine block castings specialist Atlantis Foundries (the old Atlantis Diesel Engines) from automotive giant Daimler/ Mercedes Benz South Africa. A letter sent out by Atlantis Foundries staff said the change of ownership was scheduled for May 1. Daimler/ Mercedes Benz South Africa took control of Atlantis Foundries in 1999, and achieved record production of 60 000 tons cast in 2012. Atlantis Foundries produces automotive castings for both the passenger and commercial vehicle industries.
Bird flies off into retirement
“Yes, you are correct. I have had many ‘chirps’ about my surname over the years but it could have been worse. I could have had a surname that refers to a rooster or something similar!” This is the dry sense of humour and quick wit of Peter Bird who has decided to retire after being associated with the smelter and foundry industry for 49 years, a career that began back in 1966.
AfriMold acquisition boosts Indutec 2015 expo
It has been announced that Exhibition Management Services (EMS) has acquired the well-established AfriMold exhibition brand, which becomes a component show of the comprehensive South African Industry and Technology Fair Indutec. The 12-in-1 Indutec event is the co-location of several individual long-running EMS-staged industrial shows, all under one umbrella banner. AfriMold will now take place alongside 11 other Indutec exhibitions at Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand, Gauteng from 20-22 May 2015.
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