Mineral Zone expands

Appointed distributors for SI Group HA South Africa and Capital Refractories.

Mineral Zone, a specialist supply partner servicing the Metallurgical and Mining sectors in South Africa and internationally with a range of metals and minerals, ore and services has recently been appointed as a distributor for SI Group HA South Africa and Capital Refractories Limited who are based in The United Kingdom.

“Mineral Zone, which was established just over two and a half years ago with my partner Adrian Pearson, has developed a successful track record of consistent supply and delivery during its relatively short history,” says Managing Director Brendan Homann.

“Through our experience and contacts we initially signed up distribution agreements to offer the industry foundry chrome sand, chrome ore, metallurgical chrome concentrate of all grades, chemical grade chrome concentrate, ferro alloys, recarburizer, ferro silicon magnesium, inoculants, zinc and specialised refractories, sourced both locally and from abroad.”


The Mineral Zone team Delene Homann, Adrian Pearson, Brendan Homann, Claude Du Toit, Simon Matshipa and Sandy Bayne with Cyril Lepelletier (third from left) of Capital Refractories

“We are also distributors in South Africa for refractory products produced by Norwegian Company, Elkem. These are their specialised silica based minerals such as Microsilica and the SioXX range of products for low and no cement castables. These include Sioxx, Sioxx Zero, Zioxx Quick and Sioxx Mag.”

“The Mineral Zone Export Division exports chrome ore of various grades, manganese ore and specialised industrial minerals.”

“Together with our partners, we specialise in domestic and international trade of consumables and specialised products for customer needs. Our international and local supply chain partnerships have strengthened our position in expedite delivery to our customers with sustainable and respected assurance.”

“The volume of specialised industrial minerals, alloys, foundry and steel plant consumables and ores that we supply has grown significantly during the company’s short history. Through our established relationships, we have developed partnerships with principles around the globe trusting us with their brands to penetrate the South African market, and this has resulted in us being appointed a preferred foundry distributor for the SI Group HA South Africa’s foundry products and Capital Refractories Limited, a specialist manufacturer of refractory linings and associated products for the metal melting, foundry, aluminium and cement industries around the world.”

SI Group HA South Africa
“SI Group HA South Africa is a subsidiary of an internationally recognised company. We represent and are distributing their foundry chemicals, coatings, resins and solvents. Our success is attributed to our relationships and partnerships and we strive daily to serve both our principles and customers in accordance with this philosophy.”

Capital Refractories Limited
“Capital Refractories Limited manufactures a wide range of dry vibration rammable products for lining coreless induction furnaces, vacuum coreless induction furnaces and channel induction furnaces for the melting of steel and high temperature alloys, iron, copper, bronze, aluminium and master alloys.”

“We complement this with a full range of ancillary products, including topping, monolithic linings for low and high temperature purposes, repair and patching materials, ladle castables and heat treatment furnace materials for ferrous and non-ferrous applications and installation equipment.”

“Capital Refractories pioneered the use of the permeable gas diffuser for use in the coreless induction furnace; this allows Argon to be purged directly from the base of the furnace into the molten metal prior to casting. Benefits include reduction of inclusions, gas holes, cleaner metal and improvements in refractory life.”

“Products are manufactured in the UK, USA, China, Taiwan, Indonesia, India and the Czech Republic. In short we will now be able to include monolithic linings for induction furnaces covering all grades of ferrous and non-ferrous metal production, specialised cements for the aluminium industry specific to all sizes of reverberatory and rotary furnaces, lining patching paste, graphite stopper rods, porous plugs and ladle castables in our product portfolio.”

Other developments
“Besides these two new distribution agreements, we have moved to a new 540m² factory/warehouse in Boksburg, Gauteng – a more centrally situated location for us to service our clients with our growing logistics infrastructure.”

“We would also like to welcome Claude du Toit to the Mineral Zone family. Claude has joined us as Sales Manager for our Foundry and Refractory division. Claude has an extensive and successful track record in the South African foundry industry and his return has been most welcomed by our suppliers and customers alike. We wish Claude every success and his enthusiastic energy has rubbed onto all of us at Mineral Zone. This now takes our staff compliment to seven.”

Mineral Zone Safety Equipment
“We have branded this side of the business Safety Zone. Due to our vast base of varied customers extending from mining to foundry and automotive, refractory to chemicals and specialised manufacturing industries, in this day and age where health, environment and safety are so important, our customers’ needs are for a complete basket of requirements. Our health and safety services are complete and some of our products include hard hats, safety gloves, heat resistant overalls, chemical resistant gear, safety glasses, ear plugs, safety boots and respiratory products all specific to the foundry, steel, welding and chemical industries.”

For further details contact Brendan Homann of Mineral Zone on TEL: 010 235 0046 or visit www.mineralzonesa.com