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Aluminium News

Aluminium boosts Mozambique

     19th September 2001 The Mozambican economy has grown by nearly 15% in the first half of this year, with the Mozambique Aluminium Mozal smelter contributing an estimated 4%, State radio reported on Monday. 

Russians get bauxite reassurance from Guinea

     18th September 2001 Russian Aluminium, fearing a challenge by competitors over a concession to develop a bauxite mine in Guinea, said that it had been reassured by the West African country’s government. 

Decision this year on SA aluminium expansion

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     7th September 2001 The recently-merged BHP Billiton group will decide on whether or not the planned expansion of its wholly-owned Hillside Aluminium smelter will be implemented before the end of the year, a senior company official tells Mining Weekly. 

Malawi’s bauxite raises interest

By: System Author     3rd November 2000 Blantyre – Resources group Billiton – which has the majority shareholding in the Mozambique Aluminium smelte – is believed to be co-operating with Malawi’s largest publicly-listed conglomerate, Press Corporation, to explore a multimillion-dollar deal to start mining and... 

Automotive industry key to growth of aluminium industry

By: System Author     8th September 2000 Base metals 

Alumina battle heats up

By: System Author     25th August 2000 Observers who fear that Billiton may run out of assured sources of alumina for its large-scale aluminium projects, such as Hillside at Richard’s Bay, Kwazulu-Natal in South Africa, and Mozal at Maputo in Mozambique, may be unnecessarily pessimistic. 

In search of alumina balance

By: System Author     21st July 2000 When natural resources group Billiton gazed into its crystal ball earlier this year, it realised that, with all the consolidation taking place in the aluminium industry, it needed to take steps to ensure its future supply of competitively-priced alumina. 


By: System Author     24th March 2000 Editorial 

Aluminium takeover mania to have South African fallout

By: System Author     26th November 1999 The past three months have been tumultuous in the global aluminium arena to say the least, and more competition will in all likelihood enter the South African market very soon. 

Richards Bay smelter considers ‘stub-line’

By: System Author     8th October 1999 Over and above the R1,3-billion aluminium smelter project being built in Maputo, Mozambique, and the US$600-million expansion of the Worsley refinery in Western Australia, resources group Billiton is pondering three other aluminium-related initiatives. 

Firm fans up business

By: System Author     9th July 1999 The launching of a new fan product, an order for a combustion fan to be exported to Europe, as well as the prospect of exporting to Central America are some of the opportunities which have presented themselves to ABB Rotek Fans this year, reveals MD David Kirkman. The company – which... 

Aluminium opportunities reappear in Venezuela

By: Roelf Diedericks     21st May 1999 Venezuela has adopted a new strategy for the privatisation of its State-owned aluminium and bauxite assets, Mining Weekly can today report. This follows the appointment of new heads to the Corporacion Venezolana de Guyana (CVG), the parastatal which holds the various aluminium plants and bauxite... 

Guyana privatising bauxite

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Guyana, the only English-speaking country on the mainland of South America, is seeking partners willing to take a majority share in the country’s State-owned bauxite industry. The industry is organised under the government-owned Bauxite Industry Development Company (Bidco), which holds 100%... 

New chain hoist set to strike sparks

By: System Author     9th April 1999 Gauteng mining-equipment supplier Bellambie Mining & Industrial has launched a new Kito electric chain hoist with lifting capacities between 125 kg and 20 t. The ER series, which has lower headroom than any previous models, features a newly-designed compact, single die-cast aluminium body which... 

South Africans doing an ‘aluminium’ on ‘nickel’

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 Nickel, along with just about every other commodity, has had a rough ride over the last year or so. Its price dropped to an 11-year low of US$1,69 a pound in December, but has been a star performer for the first few months of 1999, rising 25%. The gains have been made on the back of a... 

Drilling company makes an impact

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Newly-formed contract drilling company Ibora Drilling is engaged in drilling operations in Maputo mainly for the extraction of suitable-grade rock for construction of the road network for the Mozal Aluminium smelter, a deal said to be in the high seven-digit bracket. The Nelspruit company has... 

Refurbishing crushes price

By: System Author     26th March 1999 A R500 000 contract for a refurbished crushing and screening plant placed by the Hillside Aluminium Smelter in Richards Bay, Kwazulu-Natal, was awarded in September 1998 and completed in three months. The contract was undertaken by Brakpan, Gauteng, company Manhattan Mining, and procurement... 

New bauxite sampler

By: System Author     5th March 1999 Gauteng supplier Multotec Process Equipment has secured an order worth more than R3,5-million against strict competition for the supply of a new multistage sampling station for Compagnie des Bauxite de Guinea (CBG) in West Africa, Mining Weekly can today report. The Guinean bauxite producer is... 

New electrode assembly

By: System Author     5th March 1999 Smelting technology and equipment specialist Pyromet, of Johannesburg, is gaining local and international recognition for its new electrode-assembly design. The 15-year-old, 65-employee company has already sold two of the just-launched R5-million-apiece assemblies. Founder and MD David Pheiffer... 

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