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Furnaces and Kilns News

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. 

Furnace designer starts up Consteel at US plant

7th May 2010 Metals manufacturer Commercial Metals Company (CMC) has completed the successful start-up of a new Consteel system, designed and supplied by international furnace designer Tenova Core. 

Submerged arc furnaces commissioned in 
international plants

7th May 2010 International plant supplier SMS Siemag has successfully commissioned two submerged arc furnaces (SAF) for the production of silicon metal at Chinese
manufacturer of metallurgical silicon China Bluestar International Chemicals.  

Australian steel producer reports blast furnace 
incident

7th May 2010 Australian steel manufacturer OneSteel reported that, following stoppages on its Whyalla blast furnace after a localised failure of an expansion joint, which resulted in a small discharge of hot material, the company has now completed the required repairs to the Whyalla blast furnace, but has... 

International furnace company says power crisis is a major challenge

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     7th May 2010 International furnace designer and supplier Tenova Pyromet technical sales and marketing manager Andre Esterhuizen tell Mining Weekly that a major cause for concern in the industry is the current power supply crises in South Africa. 

Evolving technology leads to more efficient furnaces

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th August 2009 Furnace design and supply company Tenova Pyromet reports that its submerged arc furnace (SAF) technology is continuously evolving toward the goal of bigger, safer, cleaner and more effective operations. 

ASA Metals’ 600 000-t/y sinter plant nearing completion

By: Jonathan Faurie     5th June 2009 Diversified engineering company Metix reports that it is nearing completion on Project Sunrise at ASA Metals’ ferrochrome plant near Burgersfort, in Limpopo. 

Smelting company financially secure despite adverse market conditions

By: Kelly Farthing     8th May 2009 Smelting and technology equipment specialist Metix has reported a healthy financial bottom line. The company has a positive outlook for the year ahead despite local ferrochrome producers running at only 20% of its usual production. 

Explosions at Randburg furnace

8th May 2009 On March 27, 2009, a failure occurred at a test furnace at the Mintek facilities in Randburg, which caused a series of minor explosions and the emission of a cloud of smoke. 

Minerals recovery company 
develops innovative 
process technology  

By: Kelly Farthing     8th May 2009 Advanced Mineral Recovery Technologies (AMRT) has developed a broadly applicable technology aimed at treating the waste streams from mining and mineral processing operations, while recovering the valuable minerals they contain. 

High-temperature 
solutions specialist 
provides new technology

By: Kelly Farthing     8th May 2009 High temperature solutions company Insulcon South Africa (SA), an autonomous division of the global Insulcon group has launched Foamfrax, a ceramic fibre foam which provides insulation in environments ranging from 1 260 °C to 1 600 °C. 

Company provides Brazilian plant with six furnace control systems

By: Kelly Farthing     8th May 2009 Minerals processing and metallurgical engineering products provider Mintek has installed its sixth FurnStar-Minstral, an advanced process control (APC) system for furnaces, at the Cia Ferro Ligas da Bahia (Ferbasa) plant in Bahia State, Brazil. The installation at Ferbasa brings the total number... 

Multiuse device suits the furnace industry

8th May 2009 Process automation company Endress+Hauser once again sets the pace in recording technology with its Ecograph T, a paperless recorder that displays, records and transmits information.  

Flash dryer delivered on time and within budget

8th May 2009 K’Enyuka has delivered the Impala Platinum flash dryer project to Implats with a zero lost time injury frequency rate on budget and on time. 

Turnkey furnace specialist completes projects

By: Kelly Farthing     8th May 2009 Specialist in turnkey furnaces and refractory services to the pyrometallurgical and minerals processing industries, the Dickinson Group, has completed a significant number of major furnace projects during 2008 and the first quarter of 2009. 

Smelting company kept busy with current projects

8th May 2009 Designer and supplier of high-capacity electric submerged-arc smelting furnaces Tenova Pyromet will see the completion of various projects over the coming years. 

Furnace shuts down owing to market conditions

8th May 2009 Diversified resources group Exxaro Resources has taken a decision to expedite the commencement of the relining of Furnace 1 at Namakwa Sands. 

Mining equipment rentals skyrocket as miners move away from outright purchases

By: Leandi Kolver     5th December 2008 Equipment rental company Rentworks is experiencing a spike in its mining equipment rentals owing to the current economic downturn. 

Ontario promotes mining equipment, services in Mexico

By: Liezel Hill     16th October 2008 Representatives of Ontario's Ministries of Northern Development and Mines and International Trade and Investment will be in Mexico next week to promote the Canadian province's mining equipment and services sector. The Ministries are cohosting a booth at the Expo-Minera Sonora 2008 trade show,... 

Perception that miners do not receive support from DTI is erroneous – Deloitte

By: Leandi Kolver     22nd August 2008 There is a perception in the mining industry that it does not receive adequate support from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), in the form of grants because there is a special capital expenditure tax deduction system available for mining companies. 

Drying company develops new technology

By: Loni Prinsloo     15th August 2008 Drying, cooling and calcining company Scientific Design has developed an in-house technology to calcine ultra-fine material and concentrates. 

Smelting specialist puts safety first

By: Loni Prinsloo     15th August 2008 Smelting and technology equipment company Metix, is currently undertaking two new projects that will see the company building a 600 000 t sinter plant at ferroalloy producer Samancor’s Middleburg ferrochrome plant, and another at chrome miner ASA Metals’ plant, in Mpumalanga. 

Tenova Pyromet says Peru project will lead to more copper industry contracts

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     8th August 2008 Local submerged-arc smelting furnace designer and supplier Tenova Pyromet says that the implementation of its first matte launder at mining and metals company Doe Run Peru’s (DRP) operation in the Andes, in South America, may well “open doors for future projects in the copper industry.”  

ASA Metals’ Dikolong furnace project now 26% complete

By: Leandi Kolver     1st August 2008 Furnace and smelter specialist Tenova Pyromet has completed 26% of its ASA Metals’ Dilokong mine project near Burgersfort. 

Lonmin shuts SA platinum furnace for at least seven days

By: Matthew Hill     30th June 2008 World number-three platinum producer Lonmin on Monday said that it had shut down its Number One furnace for at least one week, after it detected a water leak there. Spokesperson Alex Shorland-Ball said that the miner was planning another month-long shutdown at the end of the year, to change the... 

Lonmin hit by number of small smelter explosions, miner says not serious

By: Chanel de Bruyn     21st May 2008 The world's third-largest platinum producer, Lonmin, on Wednesday denied that there had been any "serious explosions" at its Merensky smelter or that it had failed to report any incidents to the Department of Minerals and Energy (DME). South African trade union Solidarity on... 

Durban steel plant reopens furnaces after fatal explosion

9th May 2008 JSE-listed African Rainbow Minerals (ARM), the joint owner of Assmang, states that a further two furnaces at its Cato Ridge plant will have restarted in April, 2008. 

Furnace specialist expanding its horizons

By: Loni Prinsloo     9th May 2008 Designer and supplier of electric submerged-arc smelting furnaces, Tenova Pyromet, is six months into the building contract of two ferrochrome 66-MW closed furnaces for charge chrome producer ASA Metals. 

Pyrometallurgy specialist celebrates forty years of production

By: Loni Prinsloo     9th May 2008 Furnace and kiln specialist, Thermopower Furnaces, is celebrating its fortieth year of production in the pyrometallurgy industry. 

South African aviation industry getting heat treatment

By: Loni Prinsloo     9th May 2008 Furnace manufacturing company, Custom Furnaces, has completed a custom-built heat-treatment furnace for the South African aviation industry with a total value of about R40-million. 

Engineering firm gains global license to market furnace cooling technology

By: Loni Prinsloo     9th May 2008 Engineering project house Bateman Engineering's pyromettallury division has secured world-wide rights to market the technology to the nonferrous pyrometallurgical industry, with the conclusion of a license agreement between Bateman Engineering and the University of Melbourne, in Australia. 

Gold certificate for componenet manufacturer

By: Loni Prinsloo     9th May 2008 Furnace-component manufacturer Bruno Quatro has been awarded a gold certificate by steel producer Evras Highveld Steel as its top engineering supplier for 2007.  

Smelting specialist providing new technology

By: Loni Prinsloo     9th May 2008 Smelting and technology equipment company Metix has been commissioned to convert two conventional open furnaces for ferrochrome producer, Hernic Ferrochrome, to closed furnaces 

Dryer specialist supplying the furnace industry

By: Loni Prinsloo     9th May 2008 Compressed air dryer supplier, Arctic Driers, has supplied an F 500 air-dryer to ferroalloys business Assmang for its ferromanganese plant in Machadodorp, in Mpumalanga. 

BHP starts cutting power demand at aluminium smelters

By: Christy van der Merwe     31st January 2008 The world's largest diversified miner, BHP Billiton, announced on Thursday that it would reduce power demand at the Bayside, Hillside, and Mozal aluminium smelters by 10%, under instruction from the South African government and electricity utility Eskom, in an effort to stabilise the power... 

Project pipeline remains robust despite price jitters, says new Bateman Minerals chief

By: Terence Creamer     27th August 2007 The minerals and metals unit of Aim-listed project house Bateman Engineering was continuing to experience strong demand for its products and services despite a recent softening in key commodity prices, with the newly appointed head of the division, Eddie du Rand, suggesting that there were signs... 

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