Castings SA

Castings SA covers the technology, processors and materials field for metalcasting and the use of castings. Readers include foundrymen, castings engineers, tool and die makers, component manufacturers and users, automotive suppliers, heat treatment companies, patternmakers, suppliers to the industry, related industry personnel and fraternal associations.

Castings SA is the official journal of the South African Institute of Foundrymen an industry run Institute involved in the dissemination of information for, and the promotion of the science and technology of making and using castings.

Castings SA has been an independent source of information for the foundry and diecasting industries since 2000, focusing exclusively on the information needs of metal casters and their suppliers.

What is Metalcasting?

Metalcasting is a process in which molten or liquid metal is poured into a mould made of sand, metal or ceramic, to form geometrically complex parts. All major metals can be cast. The most common are iron, aluminium, magnesium, zinc, steel and copper-based alloys. Metal castings are used in cars, trucks, planes, trains, mining and construction equipment, oil wells, kitchen appliances, pipes, toys, space shuttle, wind turbines, nuclear plants, tanks, bombs, machinery and more.


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Castings SA is distributed to owners, management and senior employees, that are involved in decision making, buying and manufacturing, working in metalworking and metalcasting facilities of all sizes — from small job shops to OEMs, component manufacturers and assembly plants. Castings SA provides suppliers, foundries, job shops, service centres and industry related companies a variety of opportunities to advertise.

Please note: We offer a make-up/reproduction service for advertisers.


All rights reserved. No editorial matter published in Castings SA, whether it be in the hard copy, downloaded PDF or the online website, may be reproduced in any form or language without written permission of the publishers. While every effort is made to ensure accurate reproduction the editor, authors, publishers and their employees or agents shall not be responsible or in any way liable for any errors, omissions or inaccuracies in the publication whether arising from negligence or otherwise or for any consequences arising therefrom.

The inclusion or exclusion of any product does not mean that the publisher or editorial board advocates or rejects its use either generally or in any particular field or fields.


Castings SA’s editorial staff is on the lookout for important developments in the application of castings technology. Share your product and process information, contact details below.

BA Crawford Specialised Publications (Pty) Ltd T/A Crawford Publications

Postal: PO Box 69299, Bryanston 2021, Gauteng, South Africa
Physical: 41 B Arklow Road, Bryanston 2191, Gauteng, South Africa
Tel: + 27 11 463 0489
Fax: + 27 11 463 0490

Bruce Crawford
Tel: + 27 11 463 0489

Editorial Board
Marc Hindle, Managing Director McWade Productions (Pty) Ltd and Past President of South African institute of Foundrymen

Production/Financial Director
Wendy Crawford
Tel: + 27 11 463 0489

Online Editor
Damon Crawford
Tel: + 27 11 463 0489

Bruce Crawford / Wendy Crawford


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Castings SA covers the technology, processors and materials field for manufacturing and the use of castings. Readers include foundrymen, castings engineers, tool and die makers, component manufacturers and users, automotive suppliers, heat treatment companies, patternmakers and suppliers to the industry, related industry personnel and fraternal associations.


Editor’s comment:  This section features an article where the Editor gives an opinion on a subject
Cover story: The style of the publication allows for an editorial story and pictures of what is displayed on the front cover.

Industry News: Each issue of Castings SA includes general information about what is happening in the metalcasting and manufacturing fields in South Africa. These include success stories – people like to hear about successful companies i.e. big sales, new clients, new export orders, SABS/ISO, unusual projects and or component/s manufactured.

International News: Everybody likes to keep abreast of what is happening internationally in the field of manufacturing castings. Newsworthy information includes company mergers, relocations, expansions, acquisitions and agreements as well as unique activities, projects and future exhibitions.

Foundry Focus: The publication takes a decidedly “shop floor” point of view in its coverage of companies involved in the metalcasting industry. Essentially the article is a company profile. These articles are restricted to focusing on the readers of the magazine.

Product Review Is what it says: This section includes information and pictures about new and useful products from suppliers in the castings, foundry and manufacturing fields.

Editorial submission guidelines

Before writing or developing an article, it’s best to contact Crawford Publications about six months before the issue in which you would like it to appear. Editorial coverage is not guaranteed, even if you are an advertiser. The Editor reserves the right to publish or not publish any article.
Most feature articles are written by the editor or expressly solicited from industry experts. News items are what they are and will be selected by the editor.
When submitting an article think, “What can I teach?” The very best subject matter for submitted articles is something that teaches the reader how to solve a problem in the shop, rather than company-profile or new-product brochures.


Castings SA reserves the right to edit any editorial submissions for content and to conform to our style guide. Any article that needs to be credited will be done so and any original article written by the Editor will be submitted to the person/s interviewed to check for facts only. Copyright of these articles will be vested in the publication. Permission will be given to use the article and pictures elsewhere only once it has been published in Castings SA or any sister publications.

Editorial format

Feature articles, news and product releases should be submitted as Microsoft Word (.doc) documents. Tables, graphs, photographs and other illustrations must be separate files, rather than incorporated or embedded within the text document.


Images should be in .jpg or .tif file formats with minimum 300-dpi resolution. All photographic materials must be clear, sharp, in-focus and properly exposed. Captions should be provided for each photograph, and each photograph should be identified. We don’t publish a photograph supplied to us with a caption already embedded into it.


Editorial deadlines are one month in advance of the issue date. Contact our editors about six months in advance with story ideas.

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