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Aluminium News

Aluminium demand slumps

11th March 2002 World demand for primary aluminium fell by 4% in 2001, the first appreciable decline since 1993. Recession is now in the air, and there is widespread uncertainty as to how deep it will be, how long it might last, and whether the recovery will be sharp (v-shape), slow (u-shape) or stuttering... 

French aluminium giant mulls E Cape smelter

8th March 2002 French aluminium firm Pechiney said it was on its way to opening a 460 000 tons a year smelter in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province after striking an advance deal to supply it with power. 

Ghana gives aluminium reprieve

5th March 2002 Ghana has given the Volta Aluminium Company (Valco) extra time to shut down two of the four operating potlines at its 200 000 t/y capacity smelter. 

Russia set to develop Guinea bauxite mine

19th February 2002 Guinea’s parliament has ratified a deal with Russian Aluminium (RusAl) awarding the world’s second-biggest aluminum producer a concession to develop a key bauxite mine in the West African country 

Pumps for the largest alumina producer in Brazil

15th February 2002 The Alunorte mine in South America is investing $300-million, which will allow it to expand its capacity by 50% to 2 530 000 t/y and become the largest alumina producer in Brazil. 

SA still on radar for new aluminium investment

24th January 2002 The world’s largest diversified miner, BHP Billiton, has said that South Africa is a strong contender to be the home of a new aluminium smelter. “South Africa, with its deep harbours, has positive factors that would make it a potential home for a new generation aluminium smelter of at... 

Mine-management system for bauxite mine

18th January 2002 A $800 000 Wenco mine-management system has been sold to Compagnie Des Bauxite de Guinee to assist in stockpile management and grade control. 

Brazil to raise aluminium output

11th January 2002 The world’s largest aluminium producer, Alcoa, has said that its Alumar smelter at San Luis in the state of Marinhao will resume full production following the suspension of energy rationing in northern Brazil. 

Oz backs new nickel project

26th October 2001 The Western Australian government intends spending A$18,4-million on roads, houses and an airport in an effort to persuade BHP Billiton to build a nickel-mine in the state. 

No sympathy strike yet at aluminium plants

26th October 2001 Mining company BHP Billiton said a threatened sympathy strike on Thursday by the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) at its aluminium smelters and two manganese units had not started. 

Union calls off Mozal strike

23rd October 2001 Mozambique’s Metal Industry Workers’ Union (Sintime) said on Tuesday it will call off a strike at the 250 000 t/y Mozal aluminium smelter after the union and the Mozambique Trade Union (OTM) reached an agreement with management. 

Mozal mothballing report off the mark

22nd October 2001 A report of the imminent mothballing of BHP Billiton’s aluminium smelter in Mozambique and its nickel complex in Colombia appears to be way of the mark. 

Big Aussie aluminium shake up

18th October 2001 Talks between Alcoa and Australian miner WMC likely signal that Alcoa is poised to cement its dominant position in the world markets for aluminum and alumina, allowing it to both cut costs and boost earnings, analysts said on Wednesday. 

Legal status of aluminium strike questioned

18th October 2001 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) said it would launch industrial action at BHP Billiton’s Bayside and Hillside aluminium smelters from today. But BHP Billiton spokesperson Michael Campbell said Numsa had not given the company the legally-required seven-day formal... 

New alumina refinery for Queensland

12th October 2001 The world’s third-largest mining company, Rio Tinto, will next week give final approval to build a $1,4-billion alumina refinery at Gladstone in Queensland State, the Australian Financial Review reported 

Africa could win from aluminium migration

11th October 2001 Africa could be the beneficiary of a plan under consideration by Brazilian bauxite, alumina and aluminium company Vale do Rio Doce Alum 

Mozal workers face dismissal

4th October 2001 Mining and minerals group BHP-Billiton said 180 workers at Mozambique’s Mozal aluminium smelter would be fired after they embarked on an illegal strike. 

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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