https://staging1.creamermedia.com
R/€ = 19.7806 Change: 0.0420
R/$ = 18.2114 Change: 0.0339
Au 2415.65 $/oz Change: -10.05
Pt 1048.70 $/oz Change: -2.95
 

Foundries, Forges & Die-casting News

Company proactively enhancing offering

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd May 2024 While diversified manufacturing company Frankwen Forge is taking proactive steps to adapt and enhance its service offerings, broader structural changes are necessary to safeguard and advance the manufacturing sector in South Africa, the company says. It therefore advocates for several key changes... 

AI tech reduces foundry’s energy consumption

8th March 2024 Danish iron foundry Birn announced in December it had completed an artificial intelligence (AI) project in cooperation with automatic pouring technology developer and manufacturer Pour-tech AB to optimise dosing of molten iron from casting machines into moulds. The project aimed to reduce energy... 

New analysers launched at Indaba

By: Halima Frost     8th March 2024 International elemental analysis company Innov-X Africa has taken delivery of the newly launched Vanta Max and Vanta Core X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analysers, which were showcased at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, held in Cape Town last month.   The company also plans to promote... 

The newly launched Vanta Max and Vanta Core X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analysers one blue and one yellow
NEXT-GEN PRODUCTS The new Vanta Max and Vanta Core X-ray fluorescence analysers being distributed by Innov-X Africa were launched at this year's Investing in African Mining Indaba

Global giant acquires materials handling supplier

18th August 2023 Mining and construction equipment manufacturer Metso signed an agreement to acquire privately-owned Australian company Brouwer Engineering in July. Brouwer Engineering specialises in automation, control systems, and electrical solutions for bulk materials handling solutions in industrial and... 

A mesh of conveyor belts carrying ore with the sun behind
KEEP 'EM COMING Metso continues to grow its materials handling offerings through acquiring new companies and technologies

Furnace upgrades enhance productivity

By: Bridget Lepere     11th August 2023 Heat induction specialist firm Electroheat Induction recently undertook an induction melting furnace upgrade project at a steel plant located in New Jersey to improve its efficiency, performance, and productivity within a period of six months. Electroheat Induction used advanced simulations,... 

Image of a man handling hot liquid
TAKING THE HEAT Induction melting produces minimal greenhouse-gas emissions compared to traditional melting method, lowering a plant’s carbon footprint owing to low resource consumption

Better communication, planning key to addressing challenges

By: Bridget Lepere     28th July 2023 Steel and Technology group voestalpine High Performance Metals (HPM) plans to introduce Powder Metallurgical grades, upselling from conventional to higher grade materials where customers will benefit from longer tool life, within the automotive industry, working closely with its clientele to meet... 

Image of voestslpine High Performance Metals head office in Isando
BETTER AND BETTER South African operations have experienced improved productivity, as a result of the phased roll-out of technology

Daimler’s Atlantis Foundries signs embedded solar power purchase agreement

By: Irma Venter     28th July 2023 Atlantis Foundries (AF) has signed a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) with integrated energy solutions company Energy Partners (EP). According to the agreement, EP will engineer, finance, construct and operate the ground-mounted solar-energy system at AF’s production plant, comprising... 

Steel producer continues to grow manufacturing capacity

7th April 2023 Spain-based global stainless-steel producer Acerinox says its global footprint has transformed it into one of the most competitive producers of stainless steels and nickel alloys. The company boasts significant production capabilities with three fully integrated flat product manufacturing... 

An aerial view of the sizable manufacturing facility at Columbus stainless in Middleburg South Africa, with buildings, storage facilities and waste water facility as well
AIMING HIGH An areal view of the manufacturing plant of Columbus Stainless, a facility owned by Spain-based steel giant Acerinox

Company’s new furnaces under scrutiny

10th March 2023 Luxemburg-based ArcelorMittal’s path to net zero emissions has come under scrutiny as it starts the construction of a new coal-based blast furnace in India which contrasts with low-carbon steelmaking in Europe and Canada. In a report released last month it was suggested that ArcelorMittal should... 

ArcelorMittal's brazil furnace operations image supplied by Bloomberg
NOT SO GREEN The fact that ArcelorMittal continues to build coal-fired furnaces has come under the microscope

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

Seifsa launches loadshedding impact survey

By: Donna Slater     13th February 2023 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) is conducting a loadshedding impact assessment to assist the organisation in its advocacy initiatives on energy. “South Africa’s energy crisis is having devastating consequences for the manufacturing sector. As part of... 

New smaller furnace complements supplier’s range

12th August 2022 Induction-related equipment provider ABP Induction has added the new EcoLine furnace to its portfolio. The company says the EcoLine rounds out its portfolio to provide the perfect entry into the foundry market for small companies, research institutes or even engineering offices wanting to set up... 

A small mobile in line furnace offering from ABP Induction
TOW THE LINE The new EcoLine furnace developed by ABP Induction compliments its current furnace portfolio

Tracking system well received locally

By: Halima Frost     12th August 2022 Automation and control solutions provider Raytek & Control (R&C) Instrumentation says its newest heat tracking system, the Easy Track 3 (ET3), has been well received by the local automotive industry, where it is used predominantly in paint curing ovens.  The ET3 is manufactured by oven tracking... 

The ET3 system comprising a multichannel data logger, precision thermocouples and a thermal barrier that enables the logger with a screen and logging system laid out in display
HOT SHOT The new ET3 system collects and correlates temperature data from within an industrial oven

Mining leader in S Africa’s 4IR transformation

By: Tracy Hancock     22nd April 2022 While the South African mining industry in many aspects is leading the country’s Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), the manufacturing sector is not as quick to adopt to new ways of working and the use of technology, says professional services firm PwC South Africa industrial manufacturing and... 

BEYOND TECHNOLOGY
Companies often believe that the Fourth Industrial Revolution is all about technology, failing to see that it is actually about a new way of working
BEYOND TECHNOLOGY Companies often believe that the Fourth Industrial Revolution is all about technology, failing to see that it is actually about a new way of working

New burrs designed for foundries

By: Claire O'Reilly     11th March 2022 Abrasive tool solutions developer, manufacturer and supplier PFERD offers a range of tungsten carbide burrs, specifically designed for the foundry and castings industry. 

Company plans to expand wear parts market locally

By: Claire O'Reilly     11th March 2022 High chrome white iron foundry Mitak is celebrating its fiftieth birthday this year, and plans to expand its reach locally in the coming 10 years. 

New contract pushes company towards one-stop-shop goal

By: Claire O'Reilly     11th March 2022 Foundry and heavy engineering company Thos Begbie has been awarded a consecutive contract to do more component installations for the Sibanye-Stillwater platinum smelter plant, in the North West. 

Local furnace builder playing its part in global urban mining

By: Darren Parker     27th January 2022 Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie is supporting recycling and the circular economy by supplying specialist critical components for pyrometallurgical smelting in furnaces designed for reclaiming rare metals. Reclaiming rare metals from waste – called urban mining – involves extracting... 

A photo of a Thos Begbie smelter component
SPECIALISED APPLICATIONS Owing to the complexity of extracting so many different metals, the design of smelters for e-waste processing is more complex than usual

Components supplied to local platinum smelter

By: Darren Parker     26th November 2021 Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie has been awarded a major contract to supply 190 t worth of copper pyrometallurgical components to the South African arm of an Italian company for use in a local platinum smelter project. All components supplied by Thos Begbie must be approved through... 

A wide angle photo of a delta section of a furnace
DELTA SECTION Thos Begbie hosted some of the major Italian role-players on its premises, in Middelburg, Mpumalanga, to witness work conducted on a previous project

Range for maintenance extended to Zambia

22nd October 2021 Industrial products provider BMG has extended its integrated engineering solutions services in Zambia to include the supply and support of a comprehensive range of personal protection equipment (PPE). The range includes BMG’s advanced welding systems, designed to create a healthy, clean and safe... 

PPE plan crucial to employee safety

22nd October 2021 Hi-tech protective clothing manufacturer Charnaud stresses that the safety of all employees depends on the creation and strict implementation of a personal protective equipment (PPE) plan. Elaborating on how to create a PPE management plan and put it into action, the company stresses that... 

A Charnaud stand at an event with Hazmat suits, Reflective clothing, corporate clothing, gloves, goggles and boots
ALL THE RANGE The range of Charnaud's PPE offerings should be incorporated into a company's PPE management plan

Coolers manufacturing for smelting furnace successfully completed

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     6th August 2021 Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie recently completed the manufacture and supply of specialised coolers for a platinum producer’s smelting furnace site in Rustenburg, in the North West. The company’s scope of work included the manufacture and supply of cast copper coolers, drill-and-plug... 

Thos Begbie sales manager Jurgsen Dercksen seated
JURGEN DERCKSEN The end walls of the furnace take most of the hammering during the smelting process and will be replaced more frequently than the rest of the furnace

Patel says vision for R200bn in additional localisation has top-level corporate backing 

By: Terence Creamer     18th May 2021 Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel announced that an “accord” had been reached at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) to drive progressive localisation of up to R200-billion of additional production over a five-year period. Delivering his virtual... 

Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel
Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel

Local company shines in furnace rebuilds

By: Darren Parker     2nd April 2021 Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie is conducting several major furnace rebuilds locally and globally. Locally, the company is manufacturing and supplying the copper furnace components of platinum producer Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) Anglo Converter Plant (ACP) in Rustenburg, in... 

ALL-ROUND SOLUTION Thos Begbie uses advanced casting simulation and machining simulation programs to reproduce what has been designed on computer-aided design programs by design houses
ALL-ROUND SOLUTION Thos Begbie uses advanced casting simulation and machining simulation programs to reproduce what has been designed on computer-aided design programs by design houses

Range presents various benefits, longer life span

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     5th March 2021 Engineering components provider BMG’s range of high-performance NSK spherical roller bearings is perfectly suited to operate in demanding environments, including foundries, forges and die-casting applications. The NSK HPS range, which has a life span nearly double that of conventional bearings of... 

HERE FOR A LONG TIME 
NSK HPS range, which has a life span nearly double that of conventional bearings of the same size
HERE FOR A LONG TIME NSK HPS range, which has a life span nearly double that of conventional bearings of the same size

Safe and reliable steel production even more crucial

26th February 2021 High temperatures, molten metals and heavy loads are some of the challenges faced during steel production, says industrial instrumentation and automation multinational Endress+Hauser. 

ZOOMING INTO SAFETY 
Over the years, the importance of safety has grown substantially, whereby laws and regulations governing the smelter and metals sector have become stricter
ZOOMING INTO SAFETY Over the years, the importance of safety has grown substantially, whereby laws and regulations governing the smelter and metals sector have become stricter

SMS Group to buy Andritz Maerz's copper furnace business

By: Donna Slater     13th January 2021 Industrial furnace company Andritz Maerz and plant supplier SMS Group have entered into an agreement to transfer the global copper furnace business, including the related intellectual property and service activities, from Andritz Maerz to SMS. SMS states that the acquisition further strengthens... 

Industry body promotes support interventions for local foundries

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     6th November 2020 Industry support provider the National Foundry Technology Network (NFTN) is promoting pressure-equipment-directive support interventions in the local foundry industry and these interventions are in support of the localisation of pressure-equipment components such as valves and pumps. “The role of... 

SANDY MAJATLADI
The role of the NFTN is to endorse a competitive market within South African foundries
SANDY MAJATLADI The role of the NFTN is to endorse a competitive market within South African foundries

Specialised steel extends life of ore wagons

By: Halima Frost     31st July 2020 Stainless steel manufacturer Columbus Stainless advocates that the much longer life span of ore wagons achieved using 3CR12, makes it clear why stainless steel is the cost-effective choice for equipment in ore-handling processes. “Owing to its excellent properties in wet sliding conditions, the... 

UP ORE DOWN
Wagons manufactured by Columbus Stainless using 3CR12 transport ore for substantially longer with less degradation than those made of mild steel or other materials
UP ORE DOWN Wagons manufactured by Columbus Stainless using 3CR12 transport ore for substantially longer with less degradation than those made of mild steel or other materials

Improved welding helps local company alleviate corrosion

By: Cameron Mackay     5th June 2020 Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie has developed and improved its welding processes to weld dissimilar metals to copper to mitigate the effects of erosion, particularly chemical corrosion, in the local industry. “It is commonly known that copper is an ideal material to be used in the... 

REFINED HARD-FACING WELDING
As the demand and quantity of components requiring hard-facing increased, Thos Begbie begun looking at alternative methods of conducting specialised welding
REFINED HARD-FACING WELDING As the demand and quantity of components requiring hard-facing increased, Thos Begbie begun looking at alternative methods of conducting specialised welding

Pump failures at mine addressed

20th March 2020 Last month, mechanical seal and pump supplier Mechanical Rotating Solutions (MRS) was asked to address the multiple failures experienced by a coal mine in Mpumalanga as a result of coupling misalignment between the pump shaft and the motor shaft. MRS MD Franscois Steenkamp suggests that after... 

SHAFTED
A misalignment between the pump and motor shafts had been causing failures at a coal mine
SHAFTED A misalignment between the pump and motor shafts had been causing failures at a coal mine

Company to improve processes with new furnaces

By: Cameron Mackay     6th March 2020 Local metalworking company Thomas Foundry is set to improve and increase the efficiency of its metalworking and manufacturing processes with the purchase of four new induction furnaces. The order was placed in September last year to replace three decommissioned furnaces – a 1 t furnace and two 5... 

FORGING AHEAD 
The company has purchased 4 new furnaces to reduce electricity consumption, improve quality and productivity, improving environmental compliance and reducing maintenance costs
FORGING AHEAD The company has purchased 4 new furnaces to reduce electricity consumption, improve quality and productivity, improving environmental compliance and reducing maintenance costs

Local foundry leads to AI partnership

By: Cameron Mackay     6th March 2020 With a strong focus on growing its international business, machine learning solutions provider, DataProphet, has signed a partnership with a leading metallic parts enhancement company, Norican Group, to accelerate the adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) in the foundry industry. This came... 

SMART FOUNDRIES
The aim is to improve manufacturing processes using AI in the foundry industry
SMART FOUNDRIES The aim is to improve manufacturing processes using AI in the foundry industry

Ramaphosa presents sustainability award to casting producer

24th January 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa presented local automotive casting producer Atlantis Foundries with the prestigious Best Brownfield / Expansion Project award at the 2019 Investment Conference in Sandton held in November. The award is in recognition of the company’s efforts towards its continued... 

CREATING LOCAL VALUE 

The award is in recognition of automotive component manufacturers in SA who create value in South Africa and contribute to exports and GDP
CREATING LOCAL VALUE The award is in recognition of automotive component manufacturers in SA who create value in South Africa and contribute to exports and GDP

Local pumps manufacturing industry under pressure

By: Darren Parker     4th October 2019 A need to upskill industry newcomers, increasing labour costs and decreasing foundry capacity continue to place the local pump manufacturing industry under pressure, says industry association South African Pump Cluster chairperson Howard Jones. “Greater incentives need to be made available to... 

A HOT MESS
South Africa’s pump manufacturing industry is dying owing to high energy costs, high labour costs, an underskilled workforce and increased international competition.
A HOT MESS South Africa’s pump manufacturing industry is dying owing to high energy costs, high labour costs, an underskilled workforce and increased international competition.
1
2 3 4 5

Latest News

more

Latest Videos

more

RSS Feed

About

Engineering News is a product of Creamer Media.
www.creamermedia.co.za

Other Creamer Media Products include:
Mining Weekly
Research Channel Africa
Polity

Read more

Subscriptions

We offer a variety of subscriptions to our Magazine, Website, PDF Reports and our photo library.

Subscriptions are available via the Creamer Media Store.

View store

Advertise

Advertising on Engineering News is an effective way to build and consolidate a company's profile among clients and prospective clients. Email advertising@creamermedia.co.za

View options
Subscribe Now
Free daily email newsletter Register Now