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Aluminium News

Get Steel invites comment on proposed foundry project in Benoni

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th May 2024 Local steel processing company Get Steel has invited interested and affected parties to submit comments on a draft scoping report into the refurbishment of the Naledi Foundry, in Benoni, Gauteng. The company also intends to install additional infrastructure and equipment to establish a new... 

Enhanced regulation, law enforcement needed to combat scrap metal theft 

By: Darren Parker     3rd May 2024 Enhanced regulation and enforcement are needed to address the challenges of scrap metal theft in South Africa and potentially lift the ban on scrap metal exports, research and advisory firm Birguid analyst Noquele Dube says. She explains that the scrap metal industry contributes R15-billion to... 

scrap metal

Fog fluid product highlighted to prevent corrosion

19th April 2024 Global corrosion protection company Cortec Corporation highlights that its CorroLogic VpCI-339 fogging fluid is fast, effective and convenient in addressing the challenges of void and corrosion in equipment, piping and structures. This fogging fluid protects void spaces, complex internal... 

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INDUSTRIAL PRESERVATION Cortec Corporation asserts that the latest iteration of its fogging fluid is well-equipped to address the challenge of corrosion in industrial equipment

South Africa's science, innovation dept launches circular minerals, metals initiative 

By: Darren Parker     11th April 2024 South Africa's Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), through the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), has launched the first of three new government-led collaborative circular economy initiatives focusing on priority economic sectors that were identified by government in... 

DSI technology innovation deputy director general Mmboneni Muofhe
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DSI technology innovation deputy director general Mmboneni Muofhe

Mozambique seeks to end 50-year hydropower pact with South Africa

By: Bloomberg     2nd February 2024 Mozambique plans to end half a century of hydropower supply to South Africa’s State-owned electricity utility, raising risks for the continent’s most industrialized economy and threatening the viability of Africa’s second-biggest aluminum smelter. In the country’s yet-to-be published energy... 

The Cahora Bassa hydropower plant
The Cahora Bassa hydropower plant

UK to implement carbon levy on imported goods by 2027

By: Reuters     18th December 2023 Britain will implement a new carbon import levy on some products from 2027 to help to protect businesses against cheaper imports from countries with less strict climate policies, the government said on Monday. The planned carbon border adjustment mechanism (CBAM) will apply to carbon-intensive... 

EU carbon tax could cost Africa $25bn, AfDB chief says

By: Bloomberg     7th December 2023 Africa could lose as much as $25-billion annually due to the European Union’s new carbon border tax, hurting the continent’s trade by penalizing valued-added exports such as iron and fertilizers, African Development Bank Group president Akinwumi Adesina said. The EU’s carbon border adjustment... 

Affirma exits pure play beverage can GZI investment after ten years

By: Schalk Burger     30th November 2023 Private equity firm Affirma Capital has exited its investment in the GZI Group (GZI) to global investment business Oppenheimer Partners, following its ten-year investment in Africa’s largest pure-play beverage can packaging solutions provider. This transaction is a significant industry milestone... 

Opinion: R47bn of South Africa's exports exposed to EU CBAM as EU climate wave reaches South Africa’s shores

24th November 2023 In this opinion article, sustainability consultant Rhys Newton-Hill and Brundtland Consulting partner Henk Sa provide an in-depth analysis of the potential impact of the European Union's (EU's) Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) on South Africa's exports and guidance on navigating this... 

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The EU flag

First boiler at South32's Worsley Alumina converted to natural gas

By: Chanel de Bruyn     19th October 2023 Diversified mining and metals company South32's Worsley Alumina operation, in Western Australia, has completed the conversion of the first of its coal-fired boilers to natural gas, helping to reduce the operation’s greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions. The operation includes a bauxite mine, near the... 

Alumina powder being loaded onto a ship
Alumina powder being loaded onto a ship

Hulamin appoints CFO Gounder as CEO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th October 2023 Rolled and extruded aluminium products manufacturer Hulamin has appointed its CFO Meganathan (Mark) Gounder as CEO, with effect from December 1. He will succeed Geoff Watson, who was appointed interim CEO on October 1, 2022, following the retirement of former CEO Richard Jacob. 

Company launches new range of aluminium filter regulators

1st September 2023 NYSE-listed technology and engineering company Emerson has launched its new ASCO Series 641, 642 and 643 aluminum filter regulators, which maximise process efficiency and reduce unplanned downtime in a broad range of process applications. This line of durable, aluminum filter regulators can... 

STREAMLINED SUPPLY
The ASCO Series of aluminium filter regulators maximises process efficiency and reduces unplanned downtime
STREAMLINED SUPPLY The ASCO Series of aluminium filter regulators maximises process efficiency and reduces unplanned downtime

Ladders recalled, owing to safety concerns

By: Simone Liedtke     1st September 2023 The National Consumer Commission (NCC) has issued a critical safety warning to all individuals who possess Mainstay and Terra Firma multi-hinge aluminium ladders, Model JC 403, 150 kg. “It is imperative that users cease using these products immediately and return them to the point of purchase for... 

TERRA FIRMA
The Terra Firma ladder that was being distributed by Makro, has been recalled
TERRA FIRMA The Terra Firma ladder that was being distributed by Makro, has been recalled

Company elaborates on roles in sustainability, aluminium

By: Simone Liedtke     1st September 2023 The aluminium industry is undergoing a transformation driven by the need for sustainability, efficiency, and technological advancements. At the forefront of this transformation, integrated service and solutions provider SMS group is dedicated to addressing the specific demands of its customers... 

DEDICATED ASSISTANCE
SMS group is dedicated to addressing the specific demands of the aluminum sector
DEDICATED ASSISTANCE SMS group is dedicated to addressing the specific demands of the aluminum sector

Sector mulls duty’s future

By: Simone Liedtke     1st September 2023 The intricate task of reconciling the interests of divergent stakeholders, including local manufacturers and downstream industries, lies at the heart of ongoing deliberations by the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac) and the Department of Trade, Industry and... 

VOLKER SCHüTTE
Critics argue that the import duty has led to increased prices and hindered competition
VOLKER SCHüTTE Critics argue that the import duty has led to increased prices and hindered competition

Industry building resilience

By: Simone Liedtke     1st September 2023 In a resolute demonstration of their “unwavering commitment to operational continuity”, some members of industry representative Aluminium Federation of South Africa (Afsa) have undertaken the pivotal endeavour of significantly investing in alternative electricity generation methods. This... 

Hulamin posts 112% rise in interim earnings

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th August 2023 Aluminium products manufacturer Hulamin has recorded a 112% increase in interim earnings before interest and taxes (Ebit) to R473-million, on the back of improved trading conditions. This was despite a 7% year-on-year decrease in sales volumes to 95 588 t. 

Aluminium cans

Hulamin expects at least 94% rise in interim earnings

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th August 2023 Aluminium supplier Hulamin expects its basic earnings per share (EPS) for the first half of the year to have increased by between 94% and 113% year-on-year. The company posted basic EPS of 47c for the six months ended June 30, 2022.  

Aluminium body vehicle
Aluminium body vehicle

Norway firm produces world’s first aluminum using green hydrogen

By: Bloomberg     15th June 2023 Norsk Hydro has made the world’s first batch of aluminum using green hydrogen in a step toward decarbonising the production of the metal. The Norwegian producer replaced natural gas with green hydrogen during a test at its extrusion plant in Navarra, Spain, it said in a statement on Thursday.... 

Manufacturing output up 3.4% y/y in April

By: Schalk Burger     8th June 2023 Manufacturing production increased by 3.4% year-on-year in April, Statistics South Africa has reported. The largest contributions were made by the basic iron and steel, nonferrous metal products, metal products and machinery division, having increased by 5.3% and contributing 1.1 percentage... 

Vehicles on a production line

DTIC calls for comments on proposal to extend prohibition of exports of certain waste, scrap metal

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     16th May 2023 Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel has proposed to issue a Trade Policy Directive and Notice that scrap metal may not be exported from South Africa for a further temporary period of nine months and that the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac)... 

Scrap metal

Incoming CBAM could see African aluminium, iron exports plummet

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th May 2023 The African Climate Foundation (ACF), together with the Firoz Lalji Institute for Africa, finds that the European Union’s (EU’s) incoming Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) will impact negatively on African economies, particularly in the form of export competitiveness and administrative... 

Furnace adaptation can greatly reduce emissions

10th March 2023 Researchers from the University of Birmingham, in the UK, have designed a novel adaptation for existing iron and steel furnaces that could reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the steelmaking industry by nearly 90%.    

Two furnace tech providers join forces

10th March 2023 Parts formation provider Norican’s Monitizer platform and furnace equipment supplier ABP’s Digital Services announced an agreement had been made in February to interface their products in an effort to advance foundry digitalisation. Monitizer and ABP Induction Systems will build links between... 

An ABP Induction services furnace in operation with man in PE near molten metal
FURNACE INTERFACING Norican and ABP Induction are joining forces to make furnaces more efficient

Continued research makes for better die-cast materials

By: Halima Frost     10th March 2023 Steel and technology group Voestalpine boasts a strong footprint in the supply of metals used in various die-casting applications and strives, through continuous research, to further expand its product and reach in South Africa and Africa. The company says researchers at its mills, in Austria and... 

A concept image of a car engine which is due to be used as a template for a Die-set, against a blue background
CASTING CONCEPT The new materials constantly being developed by Voestalpine not improve the quality of end product but also the life of the die-sets as well

South Africa must prioritise decarbonisation, as $1.5bn of exports to EU are at risk

By: Schalk Burger     2nd March 2023 South Africa should prioritise its decarbonisation strategy, as it has a carbon intensity much higher than most countries, and $1.5-billion of exports to the European Union (EU) are at risk in the short term. That figure is likely to increase when more products are covered under the EU's Carbon... 

Hulamin expects to report lower earnings, headline earnings for 2022

By: Donna Slater     27th February 2023 In anticipation of releasing its full-year results for 2022, on March 6, JSE-listed aluminium semi-fabricator Hulamin reports that its earnings a share are expected to decrease by 45% to 53% to between 91c and R1.05. Headline earnings a share are expected to decrease by 41% to 49% year-on-year... 

EU carbon border tariffs could knock $16bn off Africa’s yearly GDP 

By: Terence Creamer     15th February 2023 Concern is growing in South Africa and across Africa about the implications of the European Union’s (EU’s) decision to proceed with the implementation of a carbon border adjustment mechanism (CBAM) as a way of preventing so-called ‘carbon leakage’ by imposing a tariff on imports equivalent to the... 

On average, South Africa exports $1.4-billion a year of products from sectors covered by the EU's CBAM, including the iron and steel sector
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On average, South Africa exports $1.4-billion a year of products from sectors covered by the EU's CBAM, including the iron and steel sector

New drives added to extensive portfolio

By: Halima Frost     27th January 2023 Advanced engineering manufacturer Danfoss has successfully added its IC2 and IC7 drives, released in the final quarter of last year, to its existing VLT and VACON range of drives. The drives will be manufactured in China, Finland, Denmark and the US, depending on the configuration of the product,... 

A man wearing a  blue overall with the BMG logo on servicing a Danfoss drive
PROUD PARTNER BMG is a proud distributor of the extensive range of Danfoss drives

Bumper green aluminium output is good news for carmakers, and climate

By: Reuters     18th December 2022 Aluminium makers are set to boost low-carbon metal output by 10% in 2023 and churn out even more in the years ahead, driving down the cost for carmakers seeking climate-friendly supplies and shrinking the industry's hefty carbon footprint. Aluminium is the most energy-intensive metal to produce,... 

Absa funds 2.5 MW renewables project for South32 Hillside's SME smelter suppliers

By: Schalk Burger     1st December 2022 Renewable energy company Solana Energy and diversified metals producer South32 have identified key small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) businesses in the region around South32's Hillside Aluminium Smelter, in Richards Bay, and are collaborating with the SMEs on the rollout of 2.5 MW of... 

Six-month ban imposed on export of copper scrap as South Africa seeks to combat theft  

By: Terence Creamer     30th November 2022 The South African government has imposed a six-month ban on the export of copper and copper-alloy scrap, as well as most ferrous scrap as part of the first phase of a three-phase intervention designed to combat the rampant theft of metals used in public infrastructure. The economic damage of... 

Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel

Seifsa, Memsa celebrate excellence in the metals and engineering sectors

By: Darren Parker     18th November 2022 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa), in partnership with the Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa (Memsa), hosted the yearly Metals and Engineering Sector Awards for Excellence, in Randburg, on November 17. “We believed that, notwithstanding the... 

Specialist awarded testing, maintenance contract

By: Halima Frost     11th November 2022 Industrial valves and pumps specialist Brimis Engineering was awarded a major service contract for the maintenance, refurbishment and testing of boiler safety valves for a power generating plant near Middleburg, in Mpumalanga, last month. The company says the maintenance contract is due to run... 

Two workers assembling a valve on the floor, wearing PPE and using hand held tools
FANTESTIC TIMING Brimis Engineering has been awarded a testing and maintenance contract at a power generating plant in Mpumalanga

Nampak reports strong revenue growth

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th September 2022 JSE-listed Nampak says trading conditions for the 11 months ended August 31 remained healthy, with good demand for the majority of its products. “Continued volume growth for beverage cans in our key markets coupled with higher selling prices in most market segments due to elevated commodity... 

Economic conditions challenge industry

By: Leah Shelene Asaram     30th September 2022 The softer demand for aluminium transport applications, such as trailers, tankers and tippers, amid the current tough economic climate has made the recovery of the transport industry to pre-lockdown levels even tougher, according to steel merchandiser and distributor Macsteel CEO Mike Benfield.... 

Local growth vital for export capabilities

By: Leah Shelene Asaram     30th September 2022 For South Africa to become a net exporter of aluminium, local growth must take precedence, says Aluminium Federation of South Africa (Afsa) CEO Muzi Manzi. This can be achieved by developing research and development communities that support local growth areas, innovation and design, as well as... 

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INFINITE METAL Aluminium remains the only metal that is infinitely recyclable
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