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Furnaces and Kilns News

Engineering firm to focus on lowering costs of production for SA clients

By: Gia Costella     24th May 2013 South African smelter engineering firm Metix does not predict any major expansions in the South African ferroalloy industry in the next two years, owing to major industry challenges. The company, which forms part of global steel processing technology supplier SMS Siemag, notes that these industry... 

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... 

Improved production in first quarter due to furnace performance

By: Natalie Greve     24th May 2013 Resource company Merafe Resources improved its ferrochrome production in the first quarter of 2013 by 3% over the comparative 2012 period on the back on enhanced overall furnace performance, realising attributable production of 67 000 t. The furnaces, at the company’s Tswelopele pelletising plant... 

Depressed market causes company to revert to offshore work

By: Gia Costella     24th May 2013 Owing to the depressed market in South Africa, designer and supplier of high-capacity, electric submerged-arc smelting furnaces and complete smelting plants for the production of ferroalloys, base metals, slag cleaning and alloy refining, Tenova Pyromet, reports that it has increased the number... 

BHP Billiton in two project South African investment

By: Martin Creamer     6th February 2013 Diversified major BHP Billiton is investing in two projects in South Africa. BHP Billiton South Africa chairperson Dr Xolani Mkhwanazi, who addressed the Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town, reports that the company is undertaking a geophysical survey to assess the hydrocarbon... 

Local partnership supplies components for largest calcium carbide furnaces 

By: Chantelle Kotze     6th September 2012 A partnership between engineering consultancy Hatch and furnace component engineering and production company Thos Begbie & Company will form an integral part of a China-based project to build the largest calcium carbide furnaces in the world. 

Local partnership supplies components for largest  calcium carbide furnaces
Thos Begbie Corporate Profile. Camerawork and Editing: Shane Williams and Darlene Creamer.

The brain drain continues

By: Samantha Herbst     10th August 2012 A flood of trained and highly skilled mining and pyrometallurgical engineers have left South Africa in the past 30 years, and are now working in Australia, says local engineering and production company Thos Begbie CEO Edwin Dreyer, who tells Mining Weekly that meetings in Perth or Melbourne are... 

Supplier making strides in mineral-rich Australia

By: Samantha Herbst     10th August 2012 South Africa-based furnace component engineering and production company Thos Begbie, has, in this quarter, supplied three Australia-based smelting projects of top mining companies BHP Billiton, Outotec and Xstrata Technologies, with various furnace components. One of the many components supplied... 

Coinjection technology to improve furnace processes

By: Chantelle Kotze     25th May 2012 If materials handling and pneumatic conveying systems supplier Clyde Bergemann Africa (CBZ) can successfully implement its co-injection process, as well as achieve its proposed 30% capacity increase outcomes, it will be the only company, to date, to have achieved this. 

Atomising technology set to improve metal recovery

25th May 2012 South Africa’s State-owned minerals researcher, Mintek, is in the process of constructing a pilot plant for research on its atomising technology which, once developed, is set to improve metal recovery. 

R162m drying and dispatch facility upgrade at local phosphate mine

By: Chantelle Kotze     25th May 2012 South African phosphate rock miner and fertiliser producer Foskor is performing a R162-million dryer debottlenecking project at the drying and dispatch section of its mining division in Phalaborwa, Limpopo. 

ISO award enables company to grow

By: Chantelle Kotze     25th May 2012 Water-cooled furnace component manufacturer Bruno Quatro Engineering has successfully broadened its customer base to include almost the entire South African smelting industry, owing to the importance it places on complying with standards and product performance, says Bruno Quatro MD Frank Klinkert. 

Global furnace group boasts numerous projects

By: Chantelle Kotze     25th May 2012 Local furnace supplier Tenova Pyromet is undertaking the design and supply of components for two ferrochrome furnaces for use at the Xstrata-Merafe Lion ferrochrome complex, in Limpopo. 

Europe’s biggest blast furnace produces 70-millionth ton of steel

25th May 2012 Blast furnace Schwelgern 2, owned by diversified industrial group ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe, produced its seventy-millionth ton of hot metal, in February. 

Indonesian steel manufacturer places furnace order

25th May 2012 One of Indonesia’s largest steel manufacturers, Gunung Steel Group, has placed an order with global steel processing technology supplier SMS Siemag Germany for the supply of an Arccess electric arc furnace and a ladle furnace for its new steelmaking plant complex, in Bekasi, West Java, Indonesia. 

Gold refinery rebrands

16th March 2012 South African gold refinery Rand Refinery has relaunched its brand and corporate identity in line with the organisation’s new growth and diversification strategy which is aimed at expanding into new regions, most notably Asia and Western Europe, while expanding its product portfolio. 

Tenova to give Bateman wider market presence in Chile, Australia 

By: Martin Creamer     21st February 2012 Mining project house Bateman Engineering is expected to be given a wider market presence in both South America and Australia following its acquisition by Tenova of Italy. Tenova CEO Gianluigi (Gigi) Nova reports that Tenova’s $150-million (R1.2-billion) acquisition of Bateman has already secured... 

Mining-heavy SA industry group issues carbon tax warning 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd January 2012 An industry lobby group comprising large mining groups and mineral processing companies is cautioning against the proposed introduction of a carbon tax in South Africa until South Africa has fully charted its abatement potential and the costs implications of implementing its renewable-energy... 

Acquisition brings new furnace technology to South Africa

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     20th January 2012 Smelter engineering firm Metix has been able to provide the mining industry with technology that was previously not available in South Africa, following the company’s acquisition by global steel processing technology supplier SMS Siemag.  

Operations at emulsion plant stepped up

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     9th September 2011 Explosives supplier BME says it is continually increasing production at its Kansanshi emulsion manufacturing plant, in Zambia, to accommodate rising demand.  

Fly ash handling system to improve platinum miner’s operation

By: Tracy Hancock     20th May 2011 Materials handling company Clyde Bergemann Africa (CBZ) is currently supplying a fly ash handling system to platinum producer Impala Platinum (Implats) to improve the operation of its boiler system. CBZ is part of Clyde Bergemann Power Group, a global group of companies supplying systems and... 

Alternative fuels and raw materials fire cement producer’s kilns

20th May 2011 Greening its operations is a business imperative for cement group AfriSam, which is currently successfully using alternative raw materials to fire the kiln at its Ulco plant, in the Northern Cape. “Conventionally, coal is used to fire kilns to the intense temperatures required. In using... 

Kiln maintenance reduces operating margin

20th May 2011 Junior mining resource company Canaf states the lower than traditional operating margin it experienced for the three months ending January 31, is a result of a maintenance shutdown at its South African calcined anthracite operation. 

Fibre optics enables temperature mapping

20th May 2011 Consulting engineering and project implementation firm Hatch reports it has developed a Tapblock Fibre Optic Temperature Measurement System that provides accurate temperature readings from previously inaccessible locations inside a furnace. Hatch global director of control technologies Terry... 

Barro Alto to reach full production by second half of 2012

20th May 2011 Making use of low-risk proven technology and a rotary kiln electric furnace process, diversified miner Anglo American expects its $1,9-billion Barro Alto nickel project, in Brazil, to reach full production capacity in the second half of 2012.  

€11-million lime calcining system to be delivered end 2011

20th May 2011 Global supplier of sustainable technology and services for the mining industry Metso will supply a 900 t/d lime calcining system worth about €11-million to US-based manufacturer and supplier of magnesium oxide and magnesium hydroxide products Martin Marietta Magnesia Specialties.  

Kiln maintenance reduces synthetic rutile production

20th May 2011 Mineral sands producer Iluka reports synthetic rutile production decreased to 78 500 t during the March quarter, compared with the 87 300 t produced in the previous corresponding period. 

Soot blower range provides efficient build-up removal

20th May 2011 Manufacturer and supplier of heat technology equipment Advanced Industrial Technology (Ai-Tec) has made a strategic investment in Agram boiler energy and combustion management systems to provide clients with soot blowers that efficiently remove soot build-up from boiler tubes in foundries. 

Jubilee to buy near-term platinum-containing assets

By: Loni Prinsloo     5th April 2011 JSE- and Aim-listed Jubilee Platinum said on Tuesday that it had inked a binding memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the acquisition of a company that treats near-surface chrome ore bodies containing platinum group elements (PGE) and held certain mining and prospecting rights. Jubilee expected... 

Zambia’s KCM suspends operations at Nchanga smelter

By: Jonathan Faurie     4th February 2011 Zambia's Konkola Copper Mines (KCM), which is owned by Indian mining najor Vedanta Resources, has temporarily suspended operations at its Nchanga smelter because of problems with the Nchanga smelter. 

Platinum projects on the rise for EPCM firm

By: Eleanor Seggie     21st January 2011 Local black-empowered engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) firm K’Enyuka MD Mike Symonds says that the company has noticed increased activity in platinum projects recently. 

Allied Furnace Consultants maintains robust growth through the recession

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th August 2010 Boksburg-based Allied Furnace Consultants (AFC), an innovative young company specialising in the design and manufacture of arc furnaces and associated equipment used in the production of ferroalloys, has been left unscathed by the economic recession thanks to the application of a business model... 

First commercial ConRoast DC furnace by 2011

By: Loni Prinsloo     21st July 2010 Aim- and JSE-listed Jubilee Platinum said on Wednesday that it envisaged the completion of its first commercial ConRoast DC furnace by early 2011. Jubilee CEO Colin Bird said that it had appointed Environmental & Process Solutions to undertake an engineering and design study (EDS), to fast track... 

Copper foundry company eyeing Joburg, Toronto listings 
by next May

By: Jonathan Faurie     21st May 2010 Copper foundry, component engineering and production company Thos Begbie & Company (TB&CO) is positioning itself for a duel listing on the JSE and the Toronto Stock Exchange by May 2011. 

Heavy lifting company assists with Namibian smelter

7th May 2010 Heavy-lifting specialist Vanguard has completed a project involving the transportation and rigging into position of a cold box and exchanger for use in a smelting plant in Tsumeb, in Namibia. 

Foundry company awarded contract with mining giant

7th May 2010 Headgear sheave wheel manufacturer Kew Foundries has been awarded the contract to replace existing deflection sheave wheels on mineral resources miner Rio Tinto’s Palabora mine, in Phalaborwa, in Limpopo province. 

Insulating company emphasises energy saving in furnace industry 

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     7th May 2010 Energy saving is becoming a major concern for the mining industry and will become a huge selling point for industries. The South African mining industry has been particularly hard hit by State-owned power utility Eskom’s decision to raise electricity prices by around 25% a year over the next... 

Mining giant reports furnace shutdown

7th May 2010 Platinum-group metals producer Lonmin reports that it had shut down its No 1 furnace at the end of March following yet another matte run-out. 

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