June 2017

New greenhouse gas reporting regulations keep carbon tax on the radar

The National Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emission Reporting Regulations were implemented recently by the environmental affairs minister Edna Molewa. Molewa issued the notice under the National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act, Government Gazette Notice: GN 275 in GG 40762 of 3 April 2017: Commencing Date: 3 April 2017.

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Transnet Engineering targeting 40% in third-party orders by 2021

The bulk of Transnet Engineering’s R10-billion in yearly revenue is currently derived from Transnet Freight Rail (TFR). However, newly appointed chief advanced manufacturing officer Thamsanqa Jiyane tells Engineering News that the unit has been restructured to improve its prospects of securing non-TFR work.

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Topology optimisation and new manufacturing methods enable lightweight design in agricultural engineering

Amazone develops and produces innovative agricultural technology with a high standard of quality, enabling and supporting modern and economical arable farming methods. With these standards in mind, Amazone leverages advanced development tools, processes, and manufacturing methods to contribute to its customers’ success.

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Titanium foundry at AMRC Castings about to fly

A castings facility capable of producing some of the biggest titanium aerospace components in the world is now operational at the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC). Construction of the furnace for the AMRC Castings Group was completed last year and in the past few weeks the first tests or ‘hot commissioning’ as it is known, have been completed successfully.

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Additive manufacturing is both growing and coping with growing pains

“Companies have to find ways to streamline polishing and other finishing processes of 3D printed parts. Such processes need more automation to improve the business case for additive manufacturing. The role of hybrid machines also needs to be sorted out,” said industry consultant Terry Wohlers recently.

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Malaysia emerging as major production center for ferroalloys

Samalaju Industrial Park is located an hour’s drive from central Bintulu in the state of Sarawak on Borneo island. Pertama Ferroalloys, a local joint venture involving foreign partners, including Nippon Denko, a major Japanese ferroalloy smelter, has spent some $400 million to build a ferroalloy plant there.

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Bumper boost for crash protection in lightweight vehicles

The Brunel Centre for Advanced Solidification Technology (BCAST), a global leader in metallurgical casting research, is working closely with foundry partner Sarginsons Industries and others on the development of high-performance cast aluminium alloys as part of the Lightweight Energy Absorbing Aluminium Structures for Transport (LEAAST) project.

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Brunel research helps lighten the load for Jaguar Land Rover

Researchers at Brunel University London are developing a new generation of ultra-light car parts that will reduce fuel costs and carbon emissions. The three-year, £7.5 million project is a partnership driven by Brunel Centre for Advanced Solidification Technology (BCAST), Jaguar Land Rover and others.

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April 2017

Naicker takes over from Davies at SAIF

Surprise at appointment of unknown in foundry industry as SAIF Executive Director. In what has been described as a complete surprise by industry, the Board of Directors of the South African Institute of Foundrymen (SAIF) have decided to appoint an unknown to the foundry industry, as the Executive Director of the SAIF.

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Mineral-Loy adds mechanical engineering graduate to its technical sales department

“Working with sand to form moulds (and cores) comes with numerous additional requirements these days. The operations have to be compliant with current and evolving regulatory standards, they have to fulfil the prevailing commercial standards for process reliability and productivity, as well as finished product quality,” said Mineral-Loy’s Executive Director Rob Duff.

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South Africa in talks with Airbus and Boeing to print 3D titanium parts

South African researchers developing the world’s largest machine for producing aircraft parts using lasers to melt powdered titanium are in talks with Airbus and Boeing, with the first commercial application expected in 2019. Officially launched in 2011 and backed by government, the Aeroswift research project last year produced its first three demonstrator parts.

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The 18th annual international RAPDASA Conference

The Rapid Product Development Association of South Africa (RAPDASA) will hold its 18th Annual International Conference in the first week of November 2017. This year the conference will be held in Durban, KwaZulu Natal. No further details were available at the time of going to press.

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SASSDA launches competition to promote life cycle costing app

To stand a chance to win a trip to Paris worth R125 000.00 entrants will need to download the LCC app and use it to calculate the significant long-term maintenance savings that could have been achieved had the Eiffel Tower been built from stainless steel. The app uses the standard accountancy principle of discounted cash flow.

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Europe’s biggest aerospace castings facility now operational

A castings facility capable of producing some of the biggest titanium aerospace components in the world is now operational at the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC). Construction of the furnace for the AMRC Castings Group was completed last year and in the past few weeks the first tests or ‘hot commissioning’ as it is known, have been completed successfully.

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Caterpillar in partnership to develop 3DP aluminium, titanium parts

Caterpillar Inc. has an agreement in place with FIT AG to design and produce aluminium and titanium parts using additive manufacturing technologies. “Caterpillar has a long history of creating innovative products designed to fit the needs of our customers, and entering into a strategic alliance with a leader in additive manufacturing will help further that tradition,” according to Stacey DelVecchio.

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Furan resin for the foundry market research report now available at Research Corridor

Research Corridor has published a new research study titled “Furan Resin for Foundry Market – Growth, Share, Opportunities, Competitive Analysis and Forecast, 2015 – 2022”. The Furan resin for the foundry market report studies current, as well as future aspects of furan resin for the foundry market based upon factors such as market dynamics, key ongoing trends and segmentation analysis.

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IMF Group assets up for auction

The woes of the Italian foundry equipment manufacturer have finally come to a head with the company’s assets due to go up for auction towards the end of April 2017. Rumours of the company’s financial troubles that started back in 2014 eventually led to the company applying for business rescue protection at the beginning of 2016.

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February 2017


Altair wins Airbus benchmarking competition

Altair has won a benchmarking competition, and as a result Airbus will implement a new pre- and post-processing tool based on Altair’s solutions HyperMesh and HyperView as the new platform worldwide. The benchmarking competition, which was initiated by Airbus in early 2016, has led to this agreement between Altair and Airbus.

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Küttner Schwingtechnik and Savelli Technologies complete Küttners global foundry platform in the field of green sand moulding and vibrating equipment

Küttner Group has expanded its global foundry platform by adding two new companies for vibrating and moulding equipment that perfectly complete the key activity of Küttner.

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Industry supports Machine Tools Africa 2017 as sales exceed 70%

With a few months still to go and the two allocated exhibition halls largely booked, industry has demonstrated its strong support for Machine Tools Africa 2017, taking place at the Expo Centre in Johannesburg from 9-12 May 2017. Exhibition space sales have exceeded 70% of overall square metres available and many other stands have been provisionally booked.

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Whitechapel Foundry to close

The world’s oldest bell foundry, which made Big Ben and Liberty Bell, is closing after 500 years in business. The Whitechapel Bell Foundry, based in London’s Whitechapel area, has long been the international centre for bespoke bells but the family run business has announced it is now set to close due to the “changing realities” of running a niche business.

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StrikoWestofen Westomat Plus+ dosing furnace wins award

The dosing furnace “Westomat Plus+” recently won the renowned “Good Design Award” of the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design, putting it in line with lifestyle products such as Apple’s “iPhone”. “Demands can be made to improve the working environment in light metal foundries too,” said Rudi Riedel, manager of the StrikoWestofen company that makes the furnaces.

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Hüttenes-Albertus’ 20-year success story

Twenty years ago, researchers at Hüttenes-Albertus achieved a decisive break-through in improving the environmental properties of the cold box binder system. By using biodiesel as a solvent, benzene, toluene and xylene (BTX) emissions could be significantly reduced – an invention that is continuing its success in foundries to this day.

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Allied minerals

Allied Mineral buying monolithics, precast shape manufacturer

Refractories manufacturer Allied Mineral Products Inc. has announced it plans to buy Pryor Giggey Co., a manufacturer of monolithic refractory products and precast shapes. No price has been reported for the purchase. Both companies are employee-owned. The buyer indicated that business would continue to be conducted without change for both companies in the near term.

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December 2016


UIF commits nearly R12 million to training scheme for Scaw Metals employees

Scaw Metals has received the first payment of R1.99 million from the UIF, which will be used to pay the salaries of 325 workers participating in the training lay-off scheme (TLS). The UIF will pay 75% of an employee’s basic salary up to a maximum amount of R 9 358 a month.

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Electra Mining Africa 2016

More than 850 local and international exhibitors from the mining, industrial, electrical and power industries showcased their products and services across a 38 000m² indoor and outdoor exhibition area of Electra Mining Africa 2016 held in September at the Expo Centre, in Johannesburg.

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Aluminium in cars up 30%

This surge is mainly from rolled and extruded products, where Auto Body Sheet leads the growth with an expected increase of 110% over the same period. The growth is largely attributed to aluminium’s role in lightweighting cars, thereby contributing to low emission mobility.

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Every second aluminium closure in Europe is now recycled

Aluminium closures, mainly used on bottles of wine, spirits, water and olive oil, can be collected either with the mixed packaging fraction or together with the glass collection stream. Thanks to modern processes the aluminium is easily extracted and recycled, from both material streams.

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ICI’s 15th Annual Casting Design contest

The annual contest seeks to identify the best work of the preceding year, works that succeed not only by the aesthetic achievement but equally or, more importantly, by the function they serve. The contest also expresses the necessity of investment casting in industry and society.

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Robot optimises induction heating process

Ambrell Corporation, a leading manufacturer of innovative induction heating solutions worldwide, unveiled the world’s first induction heating “cobot”. The announcement took place at IMTS 2016 in Chicago, which is America’s largest manufacturing trade show with more than 2 000 exhibitors and attendance estimated to exceed 115 000 visitors.

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Grainger & Worrall pioneers engine block innovation together with JLR

High performance casting specialist Grainger & Worrall (GW) is working in conjunction with Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) to develop a new type of cylinder block that uses plasma coatings to reduce the weight and size of engines.

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New book: Induction Heating – Knowledge for practitioners

Induction heating processes and technologies are used in many industrial sectors. Due to the permanently increasing requirements on the reliable high quality of the products, on the effectiveness of the whole process chain, on the level of flexibility and automation, on the environmental sustainability of the heating processes…

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October 2016


New alloy promises to boost rare earth production while improving energy efficiency of engines

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and partners Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Wisconsin-based Eck Industries have developed aluminium alloys that are both easier to work with and more heat tolerant than existing products.

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World’s first metal 3D printing technology combining printing, casting and forging developed by Chinese scientists

The technology combines metal casting and forging technology to considerably improve the strength and ductility of metal moulds thereby expanding their service lives and reliability. Combining 3D printing, casting and forging also contributes to stronger parts strength and toughness, improved product lifecycles and better reliability, according to the inventors.

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Gold, silver and bronze

Gold, silver and bronze are what Olympic dreams are made of. However, the medals for the Olympic Games Rio 2016 have been made from extra special materials. They’re a source of pride and joy when they’re draped around the neck of an athlete who’s trained for years to achieve their goal – they’re the medals of the Olympic Games.

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ArcelorMittal has invented more than 250 grades of steelafter investing US $2.5 billion in R&D

On 1 August 2006, Arcelor and Mittal Steel merged to create the world’s leading steel company. Now the company is marking its 10-year anniversary. ArcelorMittal, the global behemoth that swooped in and took over many of Northwest Indiana’s big steel mills after the domestic steelmaking industry collapsed, marked its 10-year anniversary recently.

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Research ‘error’ leads to metal processing breakthrough

While working with the molten semiconductor, antimony sulphide, it found that by adding another layer that is a very good ionic conductor on top of the material, electrolysis began to work very well, separating the metal out of the sulfide compound to form a pool of 99.9% pure antimony at the bottom of their cell. Antimony can’t normally be processed using the electrolytic method, which is used to produce aluminium by applying an electric current.

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August 2016


3D printing for innovative mould making combined with simulation driven design inspiration pushes the limits for high performance castings

Blending engineering technologies leads to innovative design and manufacturing process. Altair, Click2Cast, HBM nCode and voxeljet have combined design optimisation, casting simulation, fatigue analysis, and 3D printing to create better performing, lightweight vehicle components.

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NAACAM launches automotive component show

The National Association of Automotive Components and Allied Manufacturers of South Africa (NAACAM) has announced that its inaugural NAACAM Show will take place at the ICC Durban, KwaZulu Natal from April 5-7 2017. The overall objectives of the NAACAM Show are to showcase the capability of the South African automotive industry and in particular the component sector.

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Does Siemens want to build gas-fired power plants in South Africa?

The South African government wants to reduce its nation’s dependence on coal for power and end an electricity shortage that has curbed economic growth for close to a decade. Enter Siemens and a possible gas-fired plant. Siemens AG is interested in bidding to build gas-fired electricity-generating capacity in South Africa as the German engineering company boosts its presence in the country and the government seeks to end power shortages.

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Voxeljet launches 8m² capacity sand casting 3D printer

What is claimed to be the world’s largest 3D printed sand mould system has been commissioned in Canton, Michigan, USA. No other 3D printing system for sand moulds offers larger continuous build volumes, the company states. At 4,000 by 2,000 by 1,000mm (length by width by height), the build space more or less corresponds to the size of a VW Golf automobile.

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Refiner master for magnesium alloys

Scientists at Brunel University (London) perfected a patented niobium-based master alloy that filled the missing gap in grain refiners for magnesium alloys and offered significant advantages over titanium in aluminium silicon alloys. Led by Dr Hari Babu Nadendla of the Brunel Centre for Advanced Solidification Science (BCAST), the team’s discovery of a patented niobium based master alloy has won the Institute of Materials Charles Hatchett Prize and Medal and the Cast Metal Foundation’s 2016 Innovation Award.

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John Winter acquires CAT International’s manufacturing facility

UK-based supplier to the foundry industry, John Winter, has acquired CAT International’s manufacturing facility in the single largest investment in the company’s 50-year history. In a progressive move that will see John Winter cement its position as one of the leading UK manufacturers and suppliers to the foundry industry, the independently-owned company will take on CAT’s Warwick manufacturing facility, products and existing employees.

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Turning war scrap into steel for construction in Angola

The remnants from a brutal 27-year civil war in the southern African country of Angola are still littered throughout its capital city, Luanda. Under a new project, an abundance of scrap metal from decommissioned tanks and weaponry is being collected and recycled into steel at the country’s first steel mill — and the largest in west and central Africa — which recently started operations at the $300 million Aceria de Angola (ADA) facility, about 25 miles north of Luanda, reports CNN.

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June 2016


RAPDASA 17th Annual International Conference

The Rapid Product Development Association of South Africa (RAPDASA) will hold its 17th Annual International Conference from 2 to 4 November 2016 at the Vaal University of Technology, VUT Southern Gauteng Science and Technology Park, Vanderbijlpark, South Africa.

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Eighth Ipap requires break from the past

There is an “even more pressing need for structural change in the economy”, to break out of commodity dependence and move to a more diversified base, said Minister Davies in launching the latest Industrial Policy Action Plan. Ipap 2016, considered a “higher impact Ipap”, envisages nothing less than a massive, concerted and focused national industrial effort.

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Sacrificing the steel industry to save Mittal

This opinion piece is written by Gerhard Papenfus, writing in his personal capacity, as the Chief Executive of the National Employers’ Association of South Africa (NEASA). I do not claim to fully understand what’s currently happening in this space and the reasons for it. The Steel Industry is in troubled waters. There are many indicators to this effect, but job losses are an important one.

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Oscar returns to bronze

The original Oscar statuette was sculpted in 1928 by Los Angeles artist George Stanley. The first statuettes were cast in bronze by Guido Nelli at the California Bronze Foundry. For the past 33 years the statuettes have been manufactured at a Chicago trophy company where they were cast in britannia metal and gold plated. The statuette’s base was made of black, nickel-plated spun brass.

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Endress+Hauser completes takeover of Analytik Jena

Swiss measurement and automation engineering specialist Endress+Hauser has completed the takeover of German analytical instrumentation provider Analytik Jena. The remaining minority shares of Analytik Jena were legally transferred to Endress+Hauser on 30 March 2016 following the entry of the transfer resolution in the commercial registry that was previously adopted at the extraordinary general meeting in February.

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High quality cast impellers made using Cti’s advanced technology Replicast® process

Increasing pressure to improve the performance of critical pumping equipment and reduce costly down time is creating opportunities for a novel method for making one of a pump’s key components. Impellers play a crucial part in a pump’s overall efficiency, but ensuring their blades are perfectly balanced and of a suitable surface quality, thickness and geometry to ensure a long service life, delivering maximum flow rates, is difficult to achieve using traditional casting processes.

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Caterpillar uses AM to shorten lead times and save costs

Much of additive manufacturing’s appeal comes from the long-term promise of new products, new designs and new ways of thinking about production. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t practical, effective ways to put additive manufacturing to work right now, today. While additive manufacturing for large-scale production is a way off for almost every manufacturer, current 3D printers are well-suited for many shopfloor applications, including creating tools, gauges and other manufacturing aids.

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Globe Specialty Metals and Grupo FerroAtlántica clear regulatory process and complete business amalgamation

Globe Specialty Metals has recently announced it has completed its amalgamation with Grupo FerroAtlántica, finalising the creation of the new company Ferroglobe PLC. The business amalgamation, which was first announced on February 23 2015, was completed following receipt of all required regulatory clearances and approvals.

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April 2016


ASK Chemicals reaches 50 year milestone

The roots of the present ASK Chemicals GmbH in Hilden, the headquarters of the ASK Chemicals Group, go back to the founding of ADM Giesserei Chemikalien GmbH with participation in Kernfest KG in 1966. Only four years later, the company changed its name to Ashland-Süd-Chemie-Gießerei-Chemikalien GmbH & Co. KG.

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MRA oppose ITAC on amendments to PPS policy guidelines

The Metal Recyclers Association (MRA), representing over 100 members making up 80% of the metal recycling industry, have made a formal submission to the International Trade Administrative Commission of South Africa (ITAC) opposing amendments to the Pricing Preference System (PPS) guidelines on the Exportation of Ferrous and Non-Ferrous Waste and Scrap.

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Policy over scrap metal requires industry input

In August 2013, amid vociferous protest and unsuccessful legal challenges from the metal recycling industry, the Economic Development Department pushed through a new directive that gave the International Trade Administration Commission (Itac) the power to bar exports of ferrous and nonferrous scrap metal unless it is offered first to domestic purchasers at a 20% discount to the prevailing international price.

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Scaw Metals is supporting the proposed amendments to the price preference system (PPS)

Steel manufacturing major Scaw Metals is supporting the proposed amendments to the price preference system (PPS) policy guidelines for local scrap metal it has said in Engineering News. The PPS will govern future exports of ferrous and nonferrous scrap metal from South Africa through one harbour – Port Elizabeth.

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Corrosion-resistant magnesium could replace aluminium in decreasing vehicle weight

Magnesium is the lightest construction metal, but also the most reactive. This means that it is very sensitive to corrosion, making it difficult to use in corrosive environments. For more than a hundred years, magnesium producers have strived to improve its corrosion characteristics by developing new, more corrosion-resistant alloys, and developing various coatings.

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ACTech invests in innovative 3D cold printing technique ExOne machine

The ExOne Company, a global provider of three-dimensional (“3D”) printing machines and 3D printed and other products to industrial customers has announced the installation of the first machine running with the new binder agent, cold hardening phenol (“CHP”). The printer was installed at the ACTech GmbH premises in Freiberg, Germany.

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February 2016


Steel mill construction hinges on feasibility study, says Patel

A final investment decision to establish a new steel mill will depend on the outcome of a prefeasibility study under way and a later feasibility study, Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel insists, according to a report in Business Day. China’s Hebei Iron and Steel Group and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) agreed in September 2014 to undertake the prefeasibility study into the creation of a new low-cost steel plant.

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New on-line price benchmarking service is radically transforming metals purchasing

Supply Dynamics LLC, a provider of innovative supply chain visibility software solutions, has announced the launch of Price Dynamics™ ( Price Dynamics harnesses the power of the crowd to help anyone purchasing industrial metals to understand true market price for many common ferrous and non ferrous metals.

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Four “Bright World of Metals“ trade fairs are switching to a three-year cycle

GIFA, METEC, THERMPROCESS and NEWCAST are switching to a three-year cycle. The next time that the leading international trade fairs for foundry technology, metallurgy, thermo process equipment and castings will be taking place in Düsseldorf is from Tuesday 26 June to Saturday 30 June 2018.

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Chinese foundry orders 41 Westomat dosing furnaces from StrikoWestofen

When a foundry company converts its production to a completely new system, it has to be 100 percent convinced of its benefits. This is true for the Chinese Hongbang Die Casting Company (Nantong City, Jiangsu Province). In addition to the switch, the company used the occasion of the opening of a new production location to order 41 Westomat dosing furnaces from StrikoWestofen Asia (Taicang).

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Ankiros / Annofer / Turkcast 2016

The trade shows Ankiros 2016 – 13th International Iron-Steel and Foundry Technology, Machinery and Products Trade Fair, Annofer 2016 – 12th International Non-Ferrous Metals Technology, Machinery and Products Trade Fair, and Turkcast 2016 – 7th Foundry Products Trade Fair will be organised by Hannover-Messe Ankiros Fuarcilik A.S. and take place from 29th September to the 1st October 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey.

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Norsk Titanium 3D printed parts for jet structures score high on Aerospace Technology Readiness tests

Norsk Titanium’s 3D-printing technology has been used by an Airbus subsidiary to produce structural components for the jet builder’s A350 XWB wide-body aircraft, in Ti-6Al-4V (the most commonly used titanium alloy in industrial applications, sometimes known as Ti64).

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IMF installs giant manipulator capable of handling big flasks and castings up to a weight of 20 tons

Foundry equipment manufacturer IMF Group, with headquarters in Italy, has recently manufactured a tele manipulator capable of handling big flasks and castings up to a weight of 20 tons. The giant Automa K20 manipulator has been installed at the Italian VDP Schio foundry and is believed to be the biggest manipulator ever manufactured worldwide.

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December 2015


‘We have a huge problem with theft’

During the US Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries’ Convention and Expo, held recently in the Canadian city of Vancouver, Recycling International met up with David Loewenthal of URC, a Johannesburg-based scrap metal recycling company which processes and trades both ferrous and non-ferrous scrap.

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ASK Chemicals acquires Hexion’s European foundry business

ASK Chemicals, the global foundry chemicals supplier, has purchased the European foundry business of Hexion Inc. (Ohio, USA). With this acquisition ASK Chemicals has broadened its portfolio of foundry chemicals in the field of Alphaset phenolic resins, Betaset phenolic resins and furan resins.

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DTI temporarily suspends manufacturing incentive owing to depleted budget

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has temporarily suspended new applications for its Manufacturing Competitiveness Enhancement Programme (MCEP), as the large number of applications far exceeded the funds set aside for the programme.

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Metal recyclers struggling through ‘a very tough year’

2015 has been ‘a very tough year’ in which the ‘bad economic climate’ has led to adverse effects on companies’ budgets and employment plans, according to the BIR non-ferrous metals division’s president David Chiao of the Uni-All Group in the USA, in a report in Recycling International.

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72nd World Foundry Congress May 21 – 25, 2016 – Nagoya, Japan

The World Foundry Congress (WFC2016) will be held at Portmesse Nagoya located in Nagoya for the five days starting from May 21 to May 25, 2016. It has been 26 years since the congress was last held in Japan.

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Neasa concerned about ‘unequal’ antidumping duties – Steel Lobby launched

Industry body, the National Employers Association of South Africa (NEASA) has launched a South African Steel Lobby that will advocate for the shelving of the antidumping application by primary steel producers, and will look to negotiate an improved model for downstream manufacturers.

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October 2015


Caldeaz appointed partner for Kreon laser scanners

Kreon offers complete non-contact measurement solutions for quality control, reverse engineering, surface inspection and rapid prototyping throughout the entire design and manufacturing process for industries such as automotive, aerospace, medical, dental, foundry and general engineering.

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Microfinish Manufacturing takes advantage of foundry assistance programme to increase its global competiveness

After the economic volatility in South Africa caused by the financial crisis of 2008, Microfinish Manufacturing underwent a change of ownership and management, resulting in an overhaul of the entire business in order to optimise operational processes and ensure financial rigidity and sustainability.

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Federal-Mogul Powertrain develops new high strength aluminium alloy material for automotive diesel pistons

Federal-Mogul Powertrain has developed a new cast aluminium alloy it claims will increase the strength of pistons for high-performance diesel engines, supporting higher mechanical loads that will result in higher specific power and greater efficiency.

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Berkshire Hathaway to buy Precision Castparts for $37 billion

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway has agreed to buy Precision Castparts, a leading supplier to the aerospace industry, for $37.2 billion, in the largest acquisition in the conglomerate’s 50-year history. Berkshire Hathaway will pay $235 per share in cash for all of PCC’s outstanding shares, a 21% premium on PCC’s closing price of $193.88, the companies said in a joint statement in August.

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Aluminium-intensive XE is most fuel efficient Jaguar ever

The innovative new Jaguar XE will redefine the standard in its segment. Designed around Jaguar’s modular vehicle architecture, the XE is the only car in the class to use an aluminium-intensive monocoque, with lightweight aluminium accounting for 75 per cent of the structure.

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Maus acquires Savelli and Fritz Hansberg

Maus, Savelli S.P.A. and Fritz Hansberg have entered into a strategic partnership agreement under which Maus, a leader in automatic grinding and vertical turning, will acquire both Savelli, a manufacturer of moulding lines and sand plants for green sand foundries and Fritz Hansberg, a manufacturer of core making equipment.

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August 2015


Export permit applications for exportation of scrap metals in terms of the Price Preference System (PPS) questioned

In response to an application to the ITAC Adjudication Committee for Scrap Metal Exports for an export permit by Universal Recycling Company, MD David Loewenthal has expressed his concern with the response from ITAC and the PPS in general. “As requested by ITAC, I have replied to their letter giving my viewpoint on the matter, trying to explain the current situation as clearly as possible. I believe it might be of interest for you to publish my letter,” said David Loewenthal.

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Insimbi Refractory and Alloy Supplies Ltd acquires of 75% of Polydrum

Insimbi Refractory and Alloy Supplies Ltd has concluded comprehensive agreements for acquisition of Polydrum Proprietary Ltd (Polydrum). In terms of agreements, Insimbi will acquire 75 percent of issued ordinary share capital in Polydrum. Insimbi said in its SENS announcement the acquisition further diversified its product offering to its existing client base and brought additional revenue from Polydrum’s existing client base, which was continually expanding as a result of organic growth.

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VDMA reports an upturn in high-efficiency equipment

Estimates by the specialist association for foundry equipment within the VDMA (German Engineering Federation) indicate that German foundry machinery production, which had fallen by five percent in 2013, rose by more than 10 percent, to a volume of more than €1.1 billion, in 2014. Sales in this sector in 2014 were only slightly above the level for 2013 and therefore lagged behind expectations.

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Vesuvius PLC acquires Sidermes Group

In line with the company’s stated strategy of building, organically and through acquisition, a comprehensive technical services offering for their steel and foundry customers, Vesuvius PLC have announced that they have agreed to acquire the Sidermes Group, for an undisclosed amount.

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Laempe & Mössner forms strategic alliance with Sinto

German family owned company Laempe & Mössner, a world leader in the field of core moulding technology and Japanese Group Sintokogio Co., Ltd (Sinto), one of the world’s largest foundry machinery manufacturing groups have announced that they have formed a strategic alliance, according to a joint statement issued at GIFA 2015.

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ThyssenKrupp and Maxion Wheels announce cooperation to develop cutting-edge aluminium/carbon fiber hybrid wheels

ThyssenKrupp Carbon Components and Maxion Wheels are working together to develop a lightweight forged wheel that combines aluminium and carbon fiber composite material, which they will market jointly to the premium-vehicle market. The partners state that their combined expertise in materials and wheel manufacturing will result in “exceptional performance benefits at an attractive price point.”

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Phenolic resin binder opens up new possibilities

The new binder offers a number of advantages for many 3D printing applications, as process engineer Dr. Florian Mögele can attest: “With this binder, we are able to achieve an incredible level of resolution and precision in 3D printing. At the same time, we have also made significant improvements in terms of stability and sand recycling. And phenolic resin binders are ideally suited for processing ceramic and other materials.”

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June 2015


RAPDASA 15th Annual International Conference

Additive Manufacturing (AM), better known as “3D Printing”, has matured from a prototyping technology into a fully-fledged manufacturing technology. AM products are increasingly being used as final products in the aerospace, automotive, medical, consumer product and other industries. Internationally, unprecedented innovation has been seen in the field of AM and South Africa is certainly contributing to the advancement of AM as a manufacturing technology.

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The largest bronze horse sculpture in the world

The Strassacker Art Foundry created the largest bronze horse sculpture in the world. “The bronze statue Pegasus & Dragon was already one of the greatest challenges in our company’s history, which spans close to a century. When the first sketches of Pegasus & Dragon arrived in Süßen for review around three years ago, we looked at it in disbelief,” recollects Edith Strassacker and Günter Czasny.

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Engineering firm putting foundry sands to work as low-permeability landfill lining

A Massachusetts, USA environmental engineering firm has found a new outlet for a new application for unrecyclable silica sands — the material that has exceeded its usefulness for casting moulds but remains the responsibility of the operators to dispose of properly. The obvious solution, landfilling it, carries costs, so the availability of other options (e.g., road foundations, soil enrichment agents) means more flexibility for the foundry holding the sand bag.

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Airbus is using 3-D printed flight parts to increase supply chain flexibility

3-D printing continues its upward trajectory as an important player in the supply chain as exemplified by Airbus which has produced more than 1000 flight parts on its Stratasys FDM 3D Production Systems for use in the first-of-type A350 XWB aircraft. The company said that the 3- D printed parts were used in place of traditionally manufactured parts to increase supply chain flexibility, enabling it to meet its delivery commitment on-time.

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April 2015


Mineral-Loy appoints two additional project engineers

“Foundries are increasingly demonstrating demand for complete turnkey engineering solutions from the industry’s technology suppliers, and all indicators are that the trend will continue. The reason for this is simple: the efficiencies foundries gain from a complete turnkey solution – from single machines, equipment upgrades and small systems to revamped foundry layout and design — are significant,” explains specialist foundry consumable supplier Mineral-Loy’s Executive Director Rob Duff.

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ExOne debuts Exerial™ 3D printing system designed for industrial series production

The ExOne Company, a global provider of three-dimensional printing machines and printed products to industrial customers will debut its largest 3D printing system, the Exerial™, at the GIFA International Foundry Trade Fair in Düsseldorf, Germany, which takes place
June 16-20.

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Continental supplies world’s first turbocharger with aluminium turbine housing in cars

A modern turbocharged system is necessary to achieve this. The global development trend toward turbocharging for gasoline engines is in full swing. International automotive supplier Continental is supporting this trend and setting milestones with its pioneering and innovative turbocharger technology. The first Continental turbocharger went into series production in a highly efficient, multi-award-winning 1.0l engine in 2011.

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Coega tries to sway first and second-tier suppliers in automotive manufacturing to set up shop

The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) is trying to sway first and second-tier suppliers in automotive manufacturing to set up shop at its Nelson Mandela Bay Logistics Park (NMBLP), in Uitenhage, noting in a statement that component manufacturers that established themselves at the purpose-built facility would benefit from a recent announcement by nearby Volkswagen South Africa (VWSA) that it would start production of a new car model.

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Seifsa encourages local production to beat rising imports

It is imperative for the local industry to strike a healthy balance between international competition and dumping, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has said. A flood of cheap imports; unfair competition from highly subsidised countries, such as China; dumping; and stagnant economic growth were negatively impacting the domestic metals and engineering sector, as well as the broader manufacturing sector.

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New doors opened for emerging defence and high-technology companies

Emerging entrepreneurs who want to make breakthroughs in the defence and high technology manufacturing sectors will benefit from a support and development programme managed by Denel. Representatives from a wide range of small and medium enterprises attended a Supplier Development Summit hosted by the state-owned defence and technology group at its Irene Campus.

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OECD experts advise multilateral action to reduce export restrictions

The BIR (The Bureau of International Recycling) world recycling organisation has welcomed OECD (The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) proposals of multilateral action to counter the harmful impact of export restrictions on steelmaking, according to reports on the BIR website. The advice was given at an OECD workshop in Cape Town on December 11 which highlighted the detrimental effects of such export restrictions.

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Rolls-Royce opens the most advanced turbine blade casting facility in the world

Rolls-Royce has opened a new £110 million Advanced Blade Casting Facility (ABCF) with a ceremony conducted by Business Minister Matthew Hancock. When fully operational in 2017, the 14 000 m² facility in Rotherham will employ 150 people and have the capacity to manufacture more than 100 000 single crystal turbine blades a year. These blades will feature in a wide-range of Trent aero engines, including the world’s most efficient civil large aero engine the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB.

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First 3D-printed jet engine unveiled

Engineers at Monash University and its commercial arm are making top-secret prototypes for Boeing Co, Airbus Group NV, Raytheon Co and Safran SA in a development that could be the saviour of Australia’s struggling manufacturing sector. “This will allow aerospace companies to compress their development cycles because we are making these prototype engines three or four times faster than normal,” said Simon Marriott, chief executive of Amaero Engineering, the private company set up by Monash to commercialise the product.

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February 2015


Aluminium beneficiation initiative mooted

Hulamin and BHP Billiton, Richards Bay have established an economic development initiative focused on developing and supporting high-level entrepreneurs in aluminium fabrication or beneficiation. The initiative, known as Aluminium Beneficiation Initiative (ABI), plans to identify, support, and train 100 – 150 entrepreneurs over a period of three years.

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NFGF member Colin Smit wins prize to attend GIFA

Colin Smit, a foundry technician at MIS Engineering and a member of the New Foundry Generation Forum (NFGF), has been selected as the emerging young leader in the foundry industry for 2014. Smit was part of a select group of young foundrymen in South Africa, identified and selected by a committee that participated in a series of workshops since the launch of the NFGF in August 2013.

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From virgin copper to finished tube

Copper is a major metal and an essential element used by man. It is found in ore deposits around the world. It is also the oldest metal known to man and was first discovered and used about 10,000 years ago. And, as alloyed in bronze (copper-tin alloy) about 3000 BC, was the first engineering material known to man.

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Rubbish from the small-minded Minister for Small Business

“Foreign business owners in SA’s townships cannot expect to co-exist peacefully with local business owners unless they share their trade secrets,” says Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu. That was the astonishing statement which greeted me as I picked up my copy of Business Day this morning, in a story detailing the Minister’s response to the deadly wave of xenophobic looting which has swept a number of townships over the past couple of weeks.

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Meehanite Conference 2014 – Japan

Executives from foundries around the world, licensed for the Meehanite process, held a conference in Japan towards the end of last year. Brian Wiggill of BP Wiggill Engineering, one of South Africa’s licensed Meehanite foundries, attended the conference in Osaka, Japan. Meehanite organises regular technical conferences, which are attended by representatives of licensees from all over the world.

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R32.57 million settlement after steely swindle

Unlisted steel-maker Columbus Stainless has been fined R32.57 million for entering into a price-fixing agreement or engaging in a concerted practice with its competitors to directly or indirectly fix the purchase price of scrap metal, according to a report in Business Report. Columbus agreed to the fine in terms of a settlement agreement it reached with the Competition Commission, which was confirmed by the Competition Tribunal.

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Diecasting injection moulding combined in new process

There is no crying need in the world for a machine that combines diecasting techniques with plastic injection molding, and yet a cooperative research effort has developed that new possibility. Working with Osram, the Munich-based lighting manufacturer, researchers at Germany’s Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) at RWTH Aachen University successfully cast plastic and metal together on a single machine and in a single process step.

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EPA endorses reuse of spent foundry sand

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the results of a risk-assessment study it conducted, examining the environmental effects of spent foundry sands, concluding there are some applications that will not endanger human health and may yield some environmental benefits. The study was conducted by EPA together with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Ohio State University.

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Hulamin purchases significant portion of BHP Billiton’s SA casthouse

South African aluminium products manufacturer Hulamin has announced that it is part of a group which had signed a deal to buy a casthouse from BHP Billiton. BHP, the world’s biggest mining company, has sold its Richards Bay, Bayside casthouse to Isizinda Aluminium, which is 40 percent owned by Hulamin and 60 percent held by black investment group Bingelela Capital. The deal value was not disclosed.

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CSR and Transnet to set up manufacturing facilities in South Africa

South African freight and logistics company Transnet has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Chinese locomotive manufacturer CSR Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive (CSR) to build manufacturing facilities in South Africa. The new manufacturing plants will carry out the production and maintenance of electric locomotives, as well as core rail equipment and components for African markets.

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December 2014


Insimbi expecting lower earnings as a result of Numsa strike

JSE listed Insimbi Refractory and Alloy Supplies announced that it expected its earnings and headline earnings a share from continuing operations for the six months ended August 31 to be between 22% and 27% lower than that of the prior corresponding period.

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Members of the winning four ball Greg Smith, Jubie de Jager, Brian Chalmers and Bertie Francis. The first prize was sponsored by Endeco cc in memory of the late Luis Dias. Luis’ wife Rosemary handed over the prizes

SAIF 2014 Annual Golf Day

The South African Institute of Foundrymens’ Annual Golf Day took place on Thursday 13th November 2014. The event was held at the Reading Country Club. The competition on the day was four ball alliance with two scores to count and four scores to count on the par 3s.

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ASK Chemicals honoured with BMW Innovation Award for Sustainability

At the beginning of October, the BMW Group held its “BMW Supplier Innovations Award 2014” ceremony to celebrate the achievements and innovations of its suppliers. ASK Chemicals was awarded as one of the eight most innovative suppliers in the category sustainability.

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New metals, minerals, ore and services supplier emerges

In many ways heat, pressure and chemistry are also in play in a metal casting industry that faces a combination of short- and long-term obstacles. There is an ongoing economic slump, a shortage of young, skilled workers, tightening environmental standards, and smarter, more sophisticated global competition.

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Dickinson Group of Companies appointed agents for Allied Mineral Products

Allied Mineral Products, Inc. (USA) has appointed the Vereeniging based Dickinson Group of Companies as their agents to market, sell and distribute their range of monolithic refractory products throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, including KwaZulu Natal.

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Exports affecting local companies’ access to good quality scrap metal

Access to good quality local scrap is being hampered by increasing exports of this material. This is according to steel and steel products manufacturer Scaw Metals Group’s head of operations Steve van Wyk at the company’s Union Junction steelmaking plant in Germiston, east of Johannesburg, in an Engineering News article.

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AFSA plans international aluminium conference and exhibition

As part of the overall strategy of the Aluminium Federation of South Africa (AFSA) to assist in favourably positioning the South African aluminium industry, the industry body will host an International Aluminium Conference and Exhibition from 16 – 18 March 2016 at the Lagoon Beach Hotel in Milnerton, Cape Town, Western Cape.

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New scrap metals policy critisised

Fresh amendments to the policy on scrap metals will not remedy long-standing viability issues in the sector since the Department of Economic Development introduced measures a year ago to curb the exports of waste metal, according to a report in Business Day. This is the view of industry players commenting on new amendments published in September.

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October 2014


Scaw Metals Group appoints new CFO

The Scaw Metals Group has announced the appointment of its new Chief Financial Officer, Patrick Malaza. Malaza’s appointment comes at a time when the industry is going through many changes. “I look forward to a long and healthy relationship with Scaw Metals Group and moreover, driving the long-term sustainability of the company’s financial position,” said Malaza.

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Smelters and foundries need support to survive

Smelters and foundries need support if they are to survive. As a start, Eskom has to sort out its electricity supply problems, and government’s R4 trillion infrastructure plan needs to get under way soon, according to reports in the Business Day.

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GIFA, METEC, THERMPROCESS AND NEWCAST 2015 National Pavilion applied for but not yet approved

There are only eight months to go before GIFA / NEWCAST / METEC / THERMPROCESS 2015 opens at the Düsseldorf Trade Fair Centre in Germany. Foundry professionals from all over the world will meet from 16 to 20 June 2015 for the world’s number one exhibition for the foundry/castings industry.

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Castings online

Casting a line, online

Over 3 000 unique users from 103 countries: As clichéd as it is, it seems like just the other day that Crawford Publications decided to take its first plunge into vast sea of the world wide web that is the internet. It was something that we had been toying with for a few years, but at the beginning of 2014, we finally leapt off the diving board, and haven’t looked back since.

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RAPDASA 15th Annual International Conference

The Rapid Product Development Association of South Africa (RAPDASA) will hold its 15th Annual International Conference from 5 to 7 November 2014 at the Stellenbosch University’s Center for Advanced Studies (STIAS) situated in the heart of the Winelands region, Western Cape. This year’s conference will be hosted by the Department of Industrial Engineering, Stellenbosch University and is endorsed by Global Alliance of Rapid Prototyping Associations (GARPA).

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Ashland and Clariant complete the sale of ASK Chemicals to Rhône

Speciality chemical firms Ashland and Clariant have completed the sale of ASK Chemicals, a foundry chemicals manufacturer, to investment funds affiliated with Rhône for €257 million. After adjusting for debt and assumed liabilities, Ashland and Clariant received €128 million in cash and a €21 million buyer note. The proceeds will be equally divided among the companies under the terms of the 50/50 joint-venture (JV).

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Künkel Wagner

QME takes over Künkel Wagner

Insolvent Alfeld, German foundry machine builder Künkel-Wagner has been thrown a lifeline with the announcement that an investor has acquired the company. The investor, QME from Qingdao (Tsingtao) in China, was due to take over the insolvent machine builder from 1 September 2014, it was announced by the liquidators recently. No purchase price was disclosed.

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Vesuvius: Technical services acquisitions in Brazil and the USA

Vesuvius plc, a global leader in molten metal engineering, announced the signing of binding agreements for the acquisition of two businesses, Ecil Met Tec and Process Metrix, in pursuit of the strategy to build a presence as a leading technical services provider to the steel and foundry industries.

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Blast cleaning of castings weighing up to 250 metric tons

PJSC Energomashspetsstal, located in the Ukrainian town of Kramatorsk on an area of around 138 hectares (340 acres), specialises in manufacturing very big, heavy and complex castings, components like steam and hydro turbine housings, steam turbine rotors, hydro rotors, trusses, ring gears, screw blades and hubs, support rollers for hot and cold rolling mills as well as die fixing blocks.

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August 2014


Premier Valves acquired by Denmark’s AVK

A majority stake in South Africa’s Premier Valves Group (PVG) has been acquired by AVK, one of the world’s leading valve manufacturers. The R100 million investment will see AVK South Africa become compliant with the DTI’s new Designation Law, requiring State Owned Entities to buy locally manufactured products with a 70% local content.

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Air Products to open Eastern Cape air separation unit

Air Products is making an impact in the Eastern Cape and creating employment and business opportunities alongside economic advantages for local industry with its R300 million investment in the province’s first air separation unit (ASU).

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Hudaco looks abroad in ‘challenging’ times

Interim results ‘disappointing but resilient’ as company says increased emphasis will be placed on sales into markets outside South Africa. Hudaco Industries has delivered disappointing yet resilient results for the first half of the year reported the group in its interim results report for H1 2014 ending 31 May.

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General Electric SA to invest R700 million in establishing an innovation and technology development facility and supplier development vehicle

The programme is broken into two components and is closely aligned with government’s increasing demand for localisation when awarding infrastructure contracts.

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Dawn forms JV with Grohe

Stock exchange listed Distribution and Warehousing Network (Dawn) has announced that it had sold 51% of its Watertech companies for R880 million cash to international group Grohe. Dawn CEO Derek Tod said the company had, for a number of years, sought to globalise its manufacturing operations.

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Amendments unsettle smaller scrap merchants

Recent amendments to the published export guidelines for ferrous and nonferrous waste and scrap have created uncertainty among small and medium-sized scrap merchants who fear that they could be forced out of the market because of the more stringent measures, according to a Business Day report.

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Künkel Wagner files for bankruptcy

Individuals responsible for the Kunkel-Wagner process technology have applied for insolvency proceedings at the district court in Hildesheim. As provisional liquidator, the court has ordered Attorney Christopher Seagon from Heidelberg. Seagon is currently engaged to assess the economic situation and reorganizational possibilities for the company. “It’s still too early to release specific information,” said Seagon.

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ASK Chemicals launches Casting Academy at the Metal + Metallurgy China Fair in Beijing, China

During the Metal + Metallurgy China fair, ASK Chemicals, international supplier of high-performance foundry consumables, launched its first Chinese ASK Chemicals Casting Academy with a comprehensive lecture program. In addition to the company’s own expertise in products and technologies, the one-day event featured lectures on core production at Mingzhi Technology.

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Lightweight design of GF Automotive wins the design award at the IMA Awards 2014

The International Magnesium Association (IMA) recognized advances in magnesium technology, products and processes in the 2014 Awards of Excellence and International Environmental Responsibility Award competitions during the 71st Annual World Magnesium Conference held in Munich, Germany in June.

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June 2014


Scaw Metals Group improves BBBEE rating

The Scaw Metals Group, a leading steel and steel product manufacturer has been awarded a Level 3 Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) rating; reiterating Scaw’s commitment to being a responsible corporate in South Africa.

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Dorbyl: Naledi offers to buy minorities

Engineering group Dorbyl, whose shares were suspended on the JSE in November 2012, has announced that it had received a firm intention letter from Naledi Foundry to make an offer for all of the shares held by shareholders other than African Dune.

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Madzivhandila takes over as President of SAIF

Takalani Madzivhandila has taken over from Enno Krueger as President of the South African Institute of Foundrymen (SAIF), for the next two years. Krueger completed his term according to constitutional rules and handed over to Madzivhandila at the Institute’s AGM which took place on 13 May 2014 and was attended by 50 members and guests.

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Clariant and Ashland to sell ASK Chemicals JV to Rhône

The joint-venture partners that own ASK Chemicals LLC have agreed to sell the company to an investment fund for an estimated $350 million, according to a statement by the sellers. ASK Chemicals supplies sand binders, mold coatings, mold feeders, filters and release agents to foundries worldwide.

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Ghana bans export of scrap ferrous metal to support local industry

Ghana has banned the export of ferrous scrap metal immediately in a bid to make more raw material available to sustain the West Africa country’s steel industry said Trade Minister Haruna Iddrisu. Iddrisu said the government was also drafting legislation to establish an international trade commission to deepen and enforce anti-dumping measures in Ghana.

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Vesuvius profit rises after quitting low-margin units

Vesuvius Plc, a maker of ceramic moulds and linings for steelmakers and foundries, reported a 14 percent jump in pretax profit as margins recovered after the company quit less-profitable businesses. Vesuvius, spun off from Cookson Group in 2012, has also cut costs as it battles a downturn in European and North American steel markets.

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Futuristic 3D printed car body unveiled

With its latest exhibit, “EDAG GENESIS”, EDAG offers a visionary outlook for what might well be the next industrial revolution in automotive development and production. German auto firm, EDAG, made a stir at this year’s Geneva Motor Show with a fully 3D printed auto body called Genesis. And why not? Its smooth grey curves and futuristic honeycomb ooze sex appeal. And did we mention 3D printed cars?

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General Motors’ magnesium alloy VSC machine completes first trial run

General Motors and the GM China Advanced Technical Center in Shanghai has announced the first trial run of the facility’s new vertical squeeze casting machine, the first of its kind in the world designed for developing next-generation magnesium castings.

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April 2014


More investors flock to Coega

Two Coega investor projects, with a combined investment value of R700 million, were commissioned by the Ministers of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies, and Energy, Dikobe Ben Martins recently.

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Hulamin invests in recycling

Shares in Hulamin gained recently after the aluminium producer posted solid annual results and announced a R300 million investment in a recycling facility as it plans to diversify its metal sources amid mounting concerns about supply from the Bayside smelter.

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Meehanite Conference 2014

Executives from three foundries in South Africa, licensed for the Meehanite process, held a conference at the Hunters Lodge in Rustenburg, Gauteng in March. The conference was sponsored by the local Meehanite franchisee, Meehanite Africa and Castings Materials, which is headed up by Desmond Wiggill.

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Concept Laser introduces the largest component produced to date using the additive process

The approaches of additive manufacturing are currently revolutionizing how development engineers think, while also awakening new desires. For instance, XXL-sized 3D components are currently a trend.

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SAIF news

The South African Institute of Foundrymen invites you and your customers to the 2014 Annual Awards Dinner to be held at the Emperors Palace (Caesars Convention Centre), Kempton Park, Gauteng on Friday 30th May 2014.

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JVT points out risks of fitting non-OEM vibrating motors to vibrating equipment

JVT Vibrating Equipment’s Managing Director, Fanie Swart has warned users of the risks associated with fitting non-OEM parts, particularly drives and drive components to vibrating screens and feeders.

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WFO welcomes New President

Mr. Vinod Kapur has been elected as World foundry Organisation (WFO) President for 2014 and 2015. Vinod has served on the WFO Executive board for the past five years and is a former President of The Institute of Indian Foundrymen.

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Alcoa to close Australian smelter and mills

Aluminium giant Alcoa plans to close down a smelter and two mills in Australia by the end of the year, affecting nearly 1,000 jobs. Alcoa has announced that it will permanently close its Point Henry aluminium smelter and two rolling mills in Australia. The smelter and an adjacent rolling mill are located in Geelong, Victoria.

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International Foundry Exhibition part of 71st World Foundry Congress

The International Foundry Exhibition is turning out to be an important part of the upcoming 71st World Foundry Congress, where leading metal casting industry personnel and suppliers will present their latest innovations, products and services.

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February 2014


Graphite electrodes, for use in furnaces, duty increase

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has announced an increase in the “General” rate of customs duty (Schedule No.1 Part 1) on graphite electrodes, classifiable under tariff subheading 8545.11, from free of customs duty to 10% ad valorem.

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New premises for Saftronics Induction Heating

Local furnace and power supplier manufacturer Saftronics Induction Heating ha