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CFC used to extend vacuum furnace service life

Diversified technology-development company, Schunk Carbon Technology, as a producer of materials and components for high-temperature systems, is positioning itself as a service provider for the relining of heating chambers within vacuum services using newly patented carbon fibre reinforced carbon... 

Company reaffirms market dominance

Power and distribution transformer designer and manufacturer Powertech Transformers, a subsidiary of the JSE-listed Allied Electronics Corporation, has re- established itself as the only South African manufacturer designing, building and testing arc furnace transformers locally, through a... 

Copper smelter refractory installation completed

By: Dylan Stewart 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 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

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 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 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 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

PGM furnace engineering, supply contract awarded

High capacity furnace and smelting plant specialist Tenova Pyromet has been contracted to undertake the basic engineering and supply of a platinum-group metal (PGM) smelting furnace, feed system and off gas handling plant to platinum mining company Northam Platinum’s Thabazimbi smelter. 

Ferrochrome smelter uses significantly less electricity

By: Martin Creamer 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 D‘ Oliveira 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

Accurate flue-gas measurements key for furnace efficiency

By: Pimani Baloyi 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

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 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 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 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 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

Company emphasises advantages of gas cleaning technology for SA ferroalloys industry

By: Gia Costella 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 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... 

Depressed market causes company to revert to offshore work

By: Gia Costella 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... 

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

By: Gia Costella 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... 

Improved production in first quarter due to furnace performance

By: Natalie Greve 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... 

Success for kiln specialist with redesigned heating system

By: Gia Costella Furnace and carbon regeneration kiln specialists Custom Furnaces says its redesigned heating system for carbon regeneration kilns has been well received by the gold mining industry in South Africa, as it reduces downtime by at least 30 hours. “In 2010, we redesigned the heating system using... 

Local partnership supplies components for largest calcium carbide furnaces

By: Chantelle Kotze 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

Atomising technology set to improve metal recovery

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. 

Coinjection technology to improve furnace processes

By: Chantelle Kotze 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. 

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

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

Global furnace group boasts numerous projects

By: Chantelle Kotze 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. 

Indonesian steel manufacturer places furnace order

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. 

ISO award enables company to grow

By: Chantelle Kotze 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. 

R162m drying and dispatch facility upgrade at local phosphate mine

By: Chantelle Kotze 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. 

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