News 2015

February 2015


Omega Foundry Machinery acquires a majority shareholding in Endeco

To support existing installations and future growth in the South African foundry sectors, Omega is pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached with the owners of Endeco whereby a majority of the shares will be acquired and the company will change its name to Endeco – Omega Foundry Machinery (Pty) Ltd.

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BLEY 36/36 pump casing pushes KEW Foundries to new limits

Over a period of ten years, the relationship between local pump manufacturer Sulzer Pumps SA and local supplier KEW Foundries, based in Kimberley, has been reinforced and strengthened by the increasing complexity and size of castings that have been successfully manufactured to date.

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Microfinish agreement puts company on global map

The long-term supplier deal between a Durban-based automotive component manufacturer, Microfinish, and one of Europe’s largest automotive component manufacturers has put South Africa’s automotive industry on a global pedestal. Microfinish signed a multimillion-rand deal with the Motor Service Deutschland and BF Germany to supply automotive valve guide and valve seats inserts parts.

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Scaw reinforces a culture of safety

The Scaw Metals Group (Scaw), a niche South African steel manufacturer, is continuing on its journey toward a zero injury culture, with all employees being made aware that they each play a role in making a difference resulting from a shared understanding and dedication to working safely.

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Please, someone take charge!

“In an ever changing and volatile labour environment human resources and industrial relations play a major role in the metal casting industry. An unhappy, unproductive workforce is detrimental to the foundry industry, as employees contribute significantly in the production process. Ultimately this can lead to huge losses for companies through employee negligence and lack of effective HR structures specific to the metal casting industry,” said Brett Balsdon of MWB Consulting.

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MCTS opens foundry exhibition and demonstration centre

The Metal Casting Technology Station (MCTS), located at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) Doornfontein Campus, has opened an exhibition and demonstration centre to showcase new and existing foundry related technologies to students, staff and industry. The centre, which is strategically situated opposite UJ’s library, is an initiative between the MCTS and chief sponsor Foseco South Africa, a division of Versuvius South Africa (Pty) Limited.

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Modern Casting census of world casting production – steady growth in global output

In 2013, global production increased to more than 103 million metric tons, an increase of 3.4% when compared to the previous year, according to this year’s Modern Casting Census of World Casting Production. The 103.2 million metric tons of metal castings produced in 2013 represents an increase of 3.43 million tons. This rate of growth is a slight bump up from 2012’s 2.4% boost.

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Lauds increases local footprint and expands internationally

Lauds Foundry Equipment, established in 2003 by Kevin van Niekerk, has expanded its footprint locally with an additional 2 000m² added to its existing facility. “This has doubled the floor space that we occupy and has enabled us to expand our manufacturing to handle much larger projects and at the same time separate the facility into four sectors namely fabrication, machine shop area, electrical and stores.”

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December 2014


The world’s largest coreless induction furnace – ABP Induction

“Despite the economic woes we have had a very successful period over the last two years. A notable contract was to build ‘the largest induction melting plant in the world’. The project at Taiyuan Iron and Steel Group Ltd. (Tisco), at Taiyuan in China’s Shanxi Province, was completed earlier this year,” said Dr. Wolfgang Andree, President of the ABP Induction Group.

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Pressure Die Casting awarded Nedbank sponsored PCB Business of The Year for 2014

Specialist die caster Pressure Die Casting (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 2014, in the manufacturing sector.

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Invitation to participate at the GIFA/NEWCAST 2015 National Pavilion in Düsseldorf, Germany from 16 – 20 June 2015

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) invites South African exporters in the foundry machinery and plant construction, casting machinery and equipment, and melting processes as well as moulding and core making to participate on the National Pavilion at GIFA/NEWCAST, from 16 – 20 June 2015, in Düsseldorf, Germany.

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Doing it the Weir way

Weir Minerals Africa has procured their castings from local foundries or imported them from Weir Minerals foundries located elsewhere in the world since 2006. This arrangement worked well in some respects; however, it also had its drawbacks. First and foremost, the company did not have sufficient control over the quality of material used or the processes employed at the contracted local non-Weir Minerals foundries.

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Wanderers Engineering’s greenfield foundry close to going into production

Just over a year ago the Brakpan, Gauteng CNC machining and extruder supply company decided to open a foundry that would compliment its existing casting supplier, and increase the range of fully machined components that it offers. “Having never been in the foundry business before, there was a huge amount of planning and learning that had to be overcome before we could even place the first orders for equipment and consumables.

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Procor installs new drying ovens for manufacturing exothermic sleeves

Procor Steel and Foundry Supplies recently installed new drying ovens at their facility in Brakpan, Gauteng. The new drying ovens or, baking ovens as they are sometimes referred to, are part of the company’s strategy to improve on the quality of the exothermic sleeves that the company manufactures and supplies to the foundry industry, while reducing gas and electricity consumption.

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October 2014


SI Group HA is a crucial foundry partner

Ten years ago Schenectady International, Inc. (now known as the SI Group), through its South African affiliate, Schenectady South Africa (Pty) Ltd. reached an agreement to partner in South Africa with Hüttenes-Albertus Chemische Werke GmbH (HA) by acquiring Hüttenes Albertus Falchem (Pty) Ltd. (“HAF”) and Zeta Resin (Pty) Ltd.’s (“Zeta”) foundry and timber chemical intermediates business.

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The affects of the strike in the metals industry

The impact of the strike in the metals industry in South Africa could have far reaching implications and unions must accept that actions always have consequences. I have heard countless stories of wanton vandalism, assaults, intimidation and many other horrific stories relating to the strike.

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New bid to stem scrap metal exports

The International Trade Administration Commission (Itac) will soon issue new guidelines for the compulsory sale of ferrous and nonferrous waste metals on the local market in its continuing effort to stem exports worth billions of rands each year. The new guidelines aim to stop scrap-metal dealers from exploiting loopholes in the preferential pricing policy issued by the Department of Economic Development last September.

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10 years ago Frantel Holdings’ entire business was focused on its aluminium gravity die casting foundry Alumacast

Just a few years ago Frantel Holdings’ entire business was focused on aluminium gravity die casting making the company’s success and profitability extremely susceptible to a handful of clients in the petrochemical industry, an area that the company was founded on in 2004.

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A plan comes together at G.E Patterns & Foundry

Around the world one dream unites foundry owners, regardless of their experience or specialty: greenfield capacity. Much can be accomplished with a clean slate. However in going this route, constraints such as cost, market opportunities, plant infrastructure, inaccessibility and local zoning rules are limiting factors to a foundry’s growth opportunities.

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August 2014


Is your spectrometer producing the correct analysis?

Developing a best-in-class quality-control program demands a thorough understanding of processes, both in the methods and practices set by an operation’s managers and in the minds of the metalcasting workers. To obtain the highest levels of quality control, it is important for modern foundries to be as well organised as possible, and developing a complete quality-control plan is the bedrock of any such endeavor.

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Celebrating the life of Luis Dias

It is with great sadness that I have to report on the sudden and untimely passing of Luis Filipe Duate Dias in May at the tender age of 61. Luis was one of the most well respected and liked personalities in the foundry industry, having worked in the industry for over 35 years. But more importantly he was a very proud man, a devoted husband and family man, lived a fulfilled life with the motto of the first to give and the last to take uppermost in his mind.

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2015 Castings Industries Directory

Make sure your company is listed by sending in your details. The deadline for your free listing is the 2nd February 2015. The publishers of castings sa will be publishing The 2015 Castings Industries Directory in February 2015. This is the fifth edition of this popular specialised buying and contact guide of Southern African foundries and suppliers to the industry.

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SAIF’s 51st Annual Awards Dinner

The South African Institute of Foundrymens’ 51st Annual Awards Dinner was held at the Emperors Palace, Convention Centre, Kempton Park, Gauteng on Friday 30 May 2014. 310 foundrymen, guests, wives and award winners attended this year’s event. Conrad Koch and his puppet Chester provided the entertainment for the evening.

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Omega celebrates 30th anniversary

Omega Foundry Machinery Ltd celebrated its 30th anniversary in June with 150 staff, clients and guests and agents from around the world. The festivities began with a tour of the company’s head office facility in Morley Way, Peterborough, which is situated in the county of Cambridgeshire in the east of England, followed by lunch. In the evening guests were invited to a medieval themed event at Belvoir Castle, north of Peterborough.

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Denel PMP set to strengthen its position in local ammunition manufacturing

Munitions manufacturer Denel PMP will double its turnover to more than R1 billion rand within the next five years in response to strategic requirements in the local market and its growing presence in the rest of Africa. In support of this set target, the Chief Executive Officer of the Pretoria West-based manufacturer, Phaladi Petje, says the company will be embarking on a plant-renewal programme to modernise its machinery and production processes.

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June 2014


Applied Casting Solutions offers full service

A home-grown operation with strong international ties, speciality chemicals provider Applied Casting Solutions has notched up more than four decades of experience in the local and international markets. Yet, it remains cognisant of the fact that continuous improvement and an intuitive understanding of local markets are the drivers behind the business’s sustainability.

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ANC’s Chancellor House fingered in secret R170 million deal

The ANC’s investment company has scooped control of a major Eskom supplier in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu Natal in a secret R170 million deal according to a report in The Witness. The deal was hammered by critics recently, who called it “illegal” and evidence that the ANC was profiting from South Africa’s power crisis.

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Vereeniging Foundries reaches 50 year milestone

When Wilfried Kappmeier and George Whittal sat talking over a cup of tea just over 50 years ago, planning their new venture of owning and running their own foundry, they could not have envisaged that their company would reach the milestone of 50 years in business.

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Agni fires up furnaces to start production at steel mill in Coega

Jubilation was palpable on site at Agni Steels SA as the company fired up its Inductotherm furnaces to start production at its R400 million, state-of-the-art steel mill in the Coega industrial development zone (IDZ). Agni Steels’ venture is the first ever black-owned steel mill in the country and is a testament to the value of the Minerals Beneficiation Bill passed in 2011.

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Draft amendment to the export control guidelines on the exportation of ferrous and non-ferrous waste and scrap published

Interested parties were invited to comment on the proposed amendments to the policy guidelines on the exportation of ferrous and non-ferrous waste and scrap, during May.

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The foundry industry in the Western Cape – then and now

On 24 December 1651, accompanied by his wife and son, Jan van Riebeeck set off from Texel in The Netherlands for the Cape of Good Hope. Van Riebeeck had signed a contract with the Dutch East India Company (VOC) to oversee the setting up of a refreshment station to supply Dutch ships on their way to the East.

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April 2014


Foseco’s coating preparation plant

There is a continuing requirement for foundries to manufacture increasingly complex, high performance castings – while driving down production costs. A significant proportion of production costs can be attributed to re-work due to surface defects and these can be eliminated or significantly reduced through the use of the correct refractory coating.

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Feedback from the 4th BRICS Foundry Forum

The Indian Institute of Foundrymen (Western Region) (IIF) hosted the 4th BRICS Foundry Forum at the Mahatma Mandir, Gandhinagar near Ahmedabad in the state of Gujarat, India. The forum preceded the 62nd Indian Foundry Congress and the Indian Foundry Exhibition (IFEX), coupled with the Cast India EXPO, which was held from 5 to 7 February 2014.

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Advanced manufacturing precinct opened at Vaal University of Technology

The Vaal University of Technology (VUT) has unveiled its new advanced manufacturing precinct (AMP) to promote additive manufacturing development and develop scarce skills, research, innovation and technology transfer in South Africa.

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Investment casting versus additive manufacturing in Airbus study

Airbus Group Innovations — the jet builder’s network of technology centers that research technologies and develop products — recently worked with an Additive Manufacturing (AM) process developer on an environmental lifecycle comparison of two critical production technologies.

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Countdown to The Bright World of Metals 2015 has started

The four successful trade fairs Gifa, Metec, Thermprocess and Newcast are being held again in Düsseldorf under the motto “The Bright World of Metals” from 16 to 20 June 2015.

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Minerals Technologies wins bidding war for Amcol International

Minerals Technologies said that it had won a bidding war for Amcol International, agreeing to pay about $1.7 billion. The company, based in New York, beat out the French industrial materials company Imerys after a spirited back-and-forth for Amcol, a producer of specialty minerals and materials based in Illinois.

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February 2014


Adapting and growing over a 30 year period

“Only the fittest survive might be an old cliché but in the case of Endeco I truly believe that it applies. However being a survivor encapsulates a number of dimensions and dynamics and does not rely on luck.”

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Castings SA launches its own website

The Castings SA publication has been extended to the web with the launch of its own dedicated website ( where you will find many more exciting features. The website includes the latest issue and archives of the publication in both digital and PDF format to download…

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Local foundry industry in dire straits

The South African foundry industry is at a crossroads according to the Scaw Metals Group. Not only is the industry suffering from the effects of a depressed market, but uncompetitive local raw material costs are threatening the future of the industry.

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James Durrans and Sons spreads its knowledge worldwide

When James Durrans and Sons first opened for business in 1863, Yorkshire was awash with Victorian optimism, and the region’s companies were taking the UK into new markets.

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Viking Foundry casts large, difficult impeller

There’s an element of art in every casting, but what is often overlooked is that there is an impressive degree of technical proficiency at work in the numerous castings made in foundries.

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Learners complete their qualifications in Foundry Operations and are now available for placement in industry

Skills development and education of 14 school leavers formed part of a pilot project for The Career Path Framework initiative. These learners have achieved NQF level 4 qualifications.

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Zimalco relaunches its online presence

Zimalco has reported it has redesigned and relaunched its online presence with a new website designed to deliver “all your aluminium foundry alloys, powders and deoxidants needs.”

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ZF sells South African subsidiary Auto Industrial Brake & Chassis

The deal includes four ZF plants in Johannesburg including two foundries, a forge and a machining plant. It has been announced that ZF Friedrichshafen AG is selling Auto Industrial Brake & Chassis Holding Johannesburg (AIBC), its South African subsidiary.

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Procor achieves ISO 9001 certification

Local foundry consumable supplier Procor Steel Traders is proud to announce that the company has been awarded ISO 9001 certification according to KIWA, a German based certification body. The company achieved the status in December 2013.

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Aluminium production at BHP Billiton’s Bayside smelter expected to end

Aluminium production at BHP Billiton’s Bayside smelter in Richards Bay is expected to come to an end in the next few months, according to local newspaper reports. The sad but inevitable news was communicated to employees and stakeholders at a briefing at the Hillside smelter recently.

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John Bryson escapes into retirement

John Bryson, Foundry Director at Kimberley Engineering Works (KEW Foundries), has announced that he will be retiring at the end of February 2014.

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December 2013

Ind News Endress & Hauser

Endress+Hauser strengthens sales operation in South Africa

Two years after breaking ground, Endress+Hauser has celebrated the opening of a new building in Sandton, Johannesburg. Modern offices, training facilities and an auditorium provide an ideal sales and marketing environment.

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Foseco South Africa revamps its technical laboratory

Foseco South Africa has recently re-opened its laboratory at its facility in Alrode, Gauteng after it went through a major overhaul and revamp.

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Hudaco Industries acquires The Dunford Group from Dunford Holdings Pty Ltd for R154.3 million

The purchase includes the businesses of Dosco Precision Hydraulics, Gear Pump Manufacturers, Joseph Grieveson and Engineering Technology Services.

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Pangborn Group inks distribution agreement with Mondeco

Pangborn Group, designer and manufacturer of surface preparation products, has named Gauteng-based Mondeco Solutions as its authorised distributor for Southern Africa.

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3D Electric powerlines over sunrise

Organised business supports high energy users in litigation against NERSA and the NMBM

The Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber has been extensively involved with the six of the thirteen companies that make up the High Energy User group through meetings, debates, correspondence and engagements with the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (NMBM) and the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA).

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Foundry industry’s vision of a training centre comes to fruition

SAIF instrumental in setting up the Gauteng Foundry Training Centre. In an era of corporate reorganisation, mergers, and globalisation, metalcasting is one of several critical industries that require a well-educated workforce in order to remain profitable and competitive.

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New graphite milling and bead plant for Fochem International

“Our plant in Alrode has now been virtually rebuilt from scratch and production, which is now at 10 tons per day, commenced in May this year. There are a number of reasons we have made this major investment…

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Ind News GFE 2

Ceramic and Alloy Specialists signs distribution agreement with GfE-MIR Alloys and Minerals SA

Ceramic and Alloy Specialists has entered into a sales and distribution agreement with GfE-MIR Alloys and Minerals SA to serve the South African ferrous foundry industry.

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