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Furnaces and Kilns News

Mining equipment sector to reach $156bn by 2022 – report

By: Ilan Solomons     6th July 2016 The global mining equipment sector is forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 7.9% between 2016 and 2022, to reach a value of over $150-billion by 2022. This was according to a new report published on Monday by global market research company Allied Market Research (AMR) titled ‘World... 

Maintenance vital in efforts to reduce operating costs

By: Sebastian Whyle     17th June 2016 The current harsh economic and dynamic business environment that is characterised by recession, stiff competition and globalisation has made it imperative for every organisation to streamline its processes and reduce operating costs to remain competitive, stresses furnaces and industrial services... 

Maintenance vital  in efforts to reduce  operating costs
ON-SITE SERVICES The company provides on-site specialist services for rotary kilns for the cement and lime industries in sub-Saharan Africa

Conveyor engineered to withstand high temperatures

By: Robyn Wilkinson     20th May 2016 Global mining solutions provider Tenova TAKRAF Africa is introducing the Superbelt conveyor technology, developed by Italian environment-friendly hot bulk materials handling solutions provider Magaldi Italy, to Southern Africa. The conveyor has been designed specifically for hot bulk materials... 

Conveyor engineered  to withstand high  temperatures
MAGALDI SUPERBELT CONVEYOR The conveyor is ideally suited to conveying materials in heat processes

Fire safety needs to be self-regulated

By: Robyn Wilkinson     20th May 2016 Global safety, health and environmental management services provider Nosa maintains that it is imperative that businesses in fire-related industries, such as smelting and minerals processing, assume a self-regulatory role with regard to fire safety standards. Nosa marketing, social media and... 

New products on offer

     20th May 2016 Innovative instrumentation solutions designer and manufacturer E Instruments is introducing a combustion gas and emissions analyser that is ideal for commercial and industrial use, and a new sampling conditioning unit, which allows for moisture removal at flue gas sampling points. 

New products  on offer
E4500-N The new analyser allows for the accurate measurement of gas emissions

South African software to improve plant operations

By: Robyn Wilkinson     20th May 2016 South African process and operations management solutions provider BluESP is introducing Model Predictive Control, a form of advanced process control technology, with applications to improve plant efficiency in several industries, including smelting and minerals processing. 

South African software to improve plant operations
PLANT OPTIMISATION BluESP’s Model Predictive Control technology the software is ideally suited to the smelting and minerals processing industries

Upgrade will produce 3.38 Mt/y of hot metal

     20th May 2016 International engineering company Paul Wurth has been contracted to reline a blast furnace at international steel products manufacturer NLMK’s Lipetsk plant, in Russia, to yield nominal production of 3.38-million tons of hot metal a year. 

Value derived from waste streams

By: Robyn Wilkinson     20th May 2016 Ingenuity has become paramount to the survival of minerals processing industry suppliers amid the challenging economic climate, says South African furnace and kiln manufacturer Thermopower Furnaces South Africa (SA). The company has undertaken several projects aimed at deriving value from waste... 

Value derived from waste streams
INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS An iron fines reduction tube designed and manufactured by Thermopower Furnaces SA

Exploration, mining expected to grow in importance for cement producer PPC 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd May 2016 The medium-term game plan of African cement producer PPC is to find new resources needed by its operations, which will probably require it to engage in some form of exploration and eventual mining close to where urban development is expected in Africa. Over time, the resources side of the... 

Exploration, mining expected to grow in importance for cement producer PPC
PPC CEO Darryll Castle outlines the company's strategy to Martin Creamer

West African chamber to launch at Ghana mining event

     8th April 2016 The newly formed West African Chamber of Mines (Wacom), which comprises chief executives from the chambers of mines in Ghana, Mali, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Burkina Faso, will be officially launched at the twelfth West African Mining & Power Exhibition (Wampex) in June. 

West African chamber to launch at Ghana mining event
LOCATION LOCATION The West African Mining & Power Exhibition serves as a valuable platform for networking between key industry players

Furnace cooling components supplied to Zambian smelter

By: Mia Breytenbach     11th September 2015 Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie last month supplied new start-up face equipment to the new smelter of Canada-based First Quantum Minerals’ (FQM’s) Zambia-based Kansanshi copper mine. “The equipment supplied to the Isasmelt furnace includes copper-cooling components, cooling elements... 

Copper smelter refractory installation completed

By: Dylan Stewart     22nd May 2015 South African furnace and industrial service provider Dickinson Group successfully installed  

Copper smelter refractory installation completed
TREVOR DICKINSON The company's involvement in Zambia has been part of the Dickinson Group's accelerated expansion outside South Africa

Direct current arc furnace research and development focused on safety, efficiency

By: Dylan Stewart     22nd May 2015 South African mineral and metallurgical innovation company Mintek is focusing on achieving greater safety and efficiency from its direct current furnaces, pyrometallurgy specialist consultant Rodney Jones tells Mining Weekly. 

Direct current arc furnace research and development focused on safety, efficiency
RODNEY JONES Electricity is the only feasible way to consistently and sustainably smelt ferrochromium which melts at 1 700°C

GEFA System AB

     22nd May 2015 Established in Sweden in 1989, GEFA System AB focuses on automated ventilation and combustion technology for the metals and mining industry, while also offering automated wastewater treatment solutions. GEFA is a small company consisting mainly of qualified electrical and software development... 

GEFA System AB

Industry knowledge supported by website

By: Dylan Stewart     22nd May 2015 Mining solutions provider, Feeco International, uses its website to not only promote the company but also further the overall knowledge of the kiln and dryer industries, Feeco International director of business development Brian Madigan states. 

Jewellery equipment manufacturer expands into metals processing

By: Dylan Stewart     22nd May 2015 In responding to market trends and opportunities, South Africa-based induction-heating solutions company Hot Platinum (HPT) has gradually developed a new range of products applicable to metals processing in several industries. 

Malaysia ferroalloys project EPC 71% complete

By: Dylan Stewart     22nd May 2015 Process and engineering service provider Metix is on schedule to complete the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of an infrastructure smelter complex for ferroalloy producer Sakura Ferroalloys, in eastern Malaysia, by March next year. 

Malaysia ferroalloys project EPC 71% complete
SAKURA FERROALLOYS PROJECT Metix has been responsible for the full construction of the project in eastern Malaysia

Black interests opting out of once-mighty ferrochrome business 

By: Martin Creamer     4th May 2015 Black South African interests are giving South Africa’s once-mighty ferrochrome business the cold shoulder. The value-adding pursuit, which puts six times more value into chrome and generates three times more jobs than mere raw chrome exportation, was last week ditched by Royal Bafokeng Holdings,... 

Black interests opting out of once-mighty ferrochrome business
Photo by Duane Daws
Ferrochrome produced in South Africa.

Recapturing SA market share top priority for new PPC chief

By: Terence Creamer     22nd April 2015 Following his first 100 days as CEO of cement producer PPC, Darryll Castle reports that action plans have been put in place to more aggressively win back market share within South Africa, while pressing ahead with its high-potential African expansion strategy. A civil engineer by profession, but... 

Recapturing SA market share top priority for new PPC chief
PPC CEO Darryll Castle

Ferrochrome smelter uses significantly less electricity

By: Martin Creamer     12th December 2014 The Lion ferrochrome smelter, owned and operated by the Glencore Merafe Chrome Venture, uses 37% less electricity than conventional ferrochrome processes to produce the equivalent volume of ferrochrome. In addition, the smelter needs far less coke than conventional smelters and uses significant... 

Ferrochrome smelter uses significantly less electricity
Photo by Duane Daws
IMPRESSIVE ELECTRICITY CONSUMPTION The Lion ferrochrome smelter uses 37% less electricity than conventional ferrochrome processes

Smelter engineer delivers electrode columns for furnace project

By: David Oliveira     12th December 2014 South African smelter engineering firm Metix has successfully commissioned the electrode columns used in the C and D furnaces at the Glencore Merafe Chrome Venture’s Lion Ferrochrome Phase 2 expansion project, in Steelpoort, Limpopo. Metix technology equipment manager Ivan Holl tells Mining... 

Smelter engineer delivers electrode columns for  furnace project
UPPER ELECTRODE COLUMNS The upper sections of the electrode column, comprising the slipping device, at the Glencore Merafe Chrome Venture’s Lion Ferrochrome Phase 2 expansion project, in Steelpoort, Limpopo were lifted and secured to the supporting beams of the building

Installation team arrives at greenfield copper smelter

By: David Oliveira     12th September 2014 Minerals processing and smelter services company, Dickinson Group’s refractory installation crew has arrived at Canadian mining and metals company First Quantum Mineral’s (FQM’s) Kansanshi greenfield copper smelter project in Solwezi, Zambia, which is owned and operated by Zambian mining... 

Installation team  arrives at greenfield copper smelter
Photo by Dickinson Group
KANSANSHI SMELTER COMPLEX Dickinson Group’s refractory installation crew has arrived at the Kansanshi greenfield copper smelter project in Solwezi

SA supplier delivers cooling elements to Zambian smelter

By: David Oliveira     12th September 2014 Furnace component engineering and production company Thos Begbie has completed the manufacture and delivery of 24 copper cooling elements to an Isa Convert furnace at a Zambia-based smelter. Thos Begbie chairperson and CEO Edwin Dreyer notes that the copper cooling elements weigh between 1 t and... 

SA supplier delivers  cooling elements  to Zambian smelter
Photo by Christo Greyling
EDWIN DREYER Zambia-based companies are first class and have the technological abilities to compete globally, as does South Africa

Focusing on care and maintenance

By: Mia Breytenbach     5th September 2014 Although local furnace and industrial services company Dickinson Group has undertaken more than 90 projects in furnace repairs, demolitions and installations for the mining, metals and minerals processing industry this year, it notes that furnace projects have decreased in magnitude, while... 

Focusing on care  and maintenance
FURNACE DEMOLITION Demolitions of a chrome mine furnace included lancing and removing the furnace trough and all furnace refractories

Increased demand for South African smelting tech

By: Pimani Baloyi     1st August 2014 As Africa’s mining industries consider new methods of processing precious metals and base metals, the demand for South African induction-heating technologies on the continent is increasing, says induction-heating solutions company Hot Platinum.  Hot Platinum MD Ali Brey tells Mining Weekly that... 

Increased demand for South African smelting tech
GOLD MELTING This high volume system melts up to 2 t of gold at a time

Accurate flue-gas measurements key for furnace efficiency

By: Pimani Baloyi     23rd May 2014 When extracting and refining valuable geological materials from the earth, a variety of industrial combustion processes are required, says global instrumentation solutions manufacturer E Instruments International. Product manager Bill Freed explains that the combustion processes can emit highly... 

Heat treatment specialist to complete furnace installation

     23rd May 2014 UK-based metallurgical services laboratory and heat treatment specialist Keighley Laboratories is nearing completion of a heat treatment facility, comprising a nitriding furnace and a nitrocarburising furnace, at its West Yorkshire headquarters. Keighley Laboratories reports that construction is... 

SA to host first global furnace conference

By: Pimani Baloyi     23rd May 2014 The South African Institute for Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) says it is ready for an influx of global furnace manufactures, users and related stakeholders as it prepares to host the first Furnace Tapping Conference at the Misty Hills Country Hotel, in Johannesburg, from May 27 to 29. Organising... 

SA to host first global  furnace conference
JOALET STEENKAMP While doing her PhD studies, Steenkamp identified the need for a furnace- tapping overview platform

Sector uncertainty causes project delay

By: Pimani Baloyi     23rd May 2014 Scientific equipment supplier Wirsam Scientific and Precision Equipment has registered a decline in the number of projects that the company and its competitors are being contracted for, owing to the global economic downturn and local uncertainties. Wirsam Scientific’s product manager Marius de... 

Sector uncertainty  causes project delay
MARIUS DE JAGER There has been a delay in orders for laboratory equipment used to analyse test samples from mines

Smelting companies prepare for economic upturn

By: Pimani Baloyi     23rd May 2014 There appear to be signs of a potential revival in furnace projects in sub-Saharan Africa, says electric furnaces and associated plant equipment supplier Tenova Pyromet, which is part of the international Tenova Mining & Minerals group. Tenova Pyromet MD Chris Oertel tells Mining Weekly that the... 

Smelting companies prepare for economic upturn
INDUSTRY REVIVAL Several of Tenova Pyromet's clients are considering the feasibility of new projects

South African furnace maker refurbs major refinery’s kilns

By: Pimani Baloyi     23rd May 2014 South Africa-based kiln and furnace manufacturer Van Tuyl Kilns and Furnaces has been contracted to refurbish global precious metals refining and smelting company Rand Refinery’s two kilns in Germiston, Ekurhuleni, says Van Tuyl MD Ian McCullough. McCullough tells Mining Weekly that the project... 

South African furnace maker refurbs major  refinery’s kilns
IAN MCCULLOUGH Demand for furnaces is on the decline in South Africa

Tenova Pyromet to supply copper cooling technology to Xstrata Technology

By: Leandi Kolver     24th March 2014 Electric furnaces and associated plant equipment supplier Tenova Pyromet, part of the international Tenova Mining & Minerals Group, has been awarded a contract to supply its copper cooling technology to Xstrata Technology, the company said on Monday. This contract award followed the successful... 

Tenova Pyromet to supply copper cooling technology to Xstrata Technology

Technology solutions provider exhibits full mining services range

By: Ilan Solomons     24th January 2014 Total technology solutions provider to the global mining, minerals and bulk materials handling sectors Tenova Mining & Minerals, will showcase its comprehensive offering across the mining and minerals value chain at the 2014 Investing in African Mining Indaba, which will take place at the Cape... 

Technology solutions provider exhibits full mining services range
Photo by Duane Daws
TOLLIE NEL Tenova Bateman’s capabilities and track record will be on exhibition at the Mining Indaba

Glencore Merafe’s Tswelopele project lauded for slashing energy use by 21%

By: Chantelle Kotze     17th January 2014 The implementation of chrome venture Glencore Merafe PSV’s R800-million Tswelopele project, undertaken at the venture’s Rustenburg ferrochrome smelting complex, saw it reduce its energy use from 3.95 MWh/t of ferrochrome produced in 2011/12 to 3.42 MWh/t of ferrochrome produced in 2013, which... 

Glencore Merafe’s Tswelopele project lauded for slashing energy use by 21%
TSWELOPELE PELLETISING AND SINTERING PLANT The Tswelopele project started in 2010 and was aimed at developing a 600 000 t/y chrome-fines pelletising and sintering plant at its Rustenburg operation

SA manufacturer delivers water-cooled components for Copperbelt mine

By: Zandile Mavuso     6th December 2013 Furnace component engineering and production company Thos Begbie has completed the manufacturing of water-cooled copper components for the Isasmelt furnace, based at TSX-listed First Quantum Minerals’ (FQM’s) Kansanshi mine on the Central African Copperbelt, in Zambia 

Furnace supplier ‘fully entrenched’ in Indian ferroalloys market

By: Samantha Herbst     13th September 2013 Having completed the cold commissioning of two 33 MVA ferro- and silicomanganese furnaces for India-based Sarda Metals and Alloys (Smal) in January, high-capacity electric smelting furnace designer and supplier Tenova Pyromet believes it has entrenched its position in India and is currently the... 

Company emphasises advantages of gas cleaning technology for SA ferroalloys industry

By: Gia Costella     24th May 2013 The recent power constraints and price hikes in the country should prompt the South African ferroalloy industry to consider using technology to turn furnace off-gas into energy, says Germany-based gas cleaning specialists Theisen Engineering. State-owned power utility Eskom’s yearly electricity... 

Company experiences success with rotary kiln division

By: Gia Costella     24th May 2013 Manufacturer and supplier to the mining, smelter and minerals processing industries, the Dickinson Group, established a dedicated rotary kiln division last year, focusing on all the furnace industries that use rotary kilns. CEO Trevor Dickinson tells Mining Weekly that this was in line with the... 

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