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Furnaces, Kilns, Ovens and Dryers

Smelting company benefits from Italian takeover

By: Jonathan Faurie     11th May 2007 Smelting company Pyromet is planning to sell the remaining 49% of its business to Italian engineering group Tenova (part of Techint group)over the next five years. This follows last year�s sale of 51% of Pyromet�s business to the group when Pyromet became the centre of excellence within Tenova... 

Two new kilns under way for steel giant

11th May 2007 Mittal Steel South Africa began construction of two new DRI kilns at its Vanderbijlpark plant. 

Rebuild brings furnace back on track

11th May 2007 Lonmins smelting and refining operation was expected to return to normal by the end of April, CEO Brad Mills reported last month. 

Offering expands as manufacturer markets rental furnaces

By: thamashni naidoo     12th May 2006 Manufacturing and supplying all types of kilns, Thermopower Furnaces falls under the R30-million a year turnover company Thermopower Group. 

JV wins key PPC contract

By: thamashni naidoo     12th May 2006 Joint-venture company DMCE Projects and Services was recently awarded the mechanical erection contract for PPC’s Batsweledi Cement Capacity Expansion Project by FFE Minerals. 

Siemens wins Indian furnace-supply and -upgrade contract

12th May 2006 Indian steel producer Jindal South West Steel (JSW Steel) has signed a contract with Siemens for a new blast furnace No. 3 and for the modernisation of an existing flast Furnace No. 1 at its iron and steel works located in Toranagallu, India. 

Kazak nickel project progresses

12th May 2006 London-based Oriel Resources has announced that Bateman Minerals and Metals recently completed the Shevchenko Nickel Project feasibility study and has issued a comprehensive executive summary report. 

Ferrochrome-smelter construction on schedule

12th May 2006 Good progress is being made with the development of International Ferro Metals’ (IFM’s) new ferrochrome smelter project at Mooinooi near Brits in the North Western Province. 

Chrome cooperation yields cost-saving results

By: thamashni naidoo     12th May 2006 The Xstrata-Merafe Chrome Joint Venture is performing as envisaged, according to Xstrata communications manager Songezo Zibi, who says that Merafe Resources’ 17,5% participation in the venture will increase to 20,5% as of July 1 this year. 

Diverse contract pipeline boosts outlook

By: thamashni naidoo     12th May 2006 Contracts lingering in the pipeline for Johannesburg-based manufacturer of furnaces, kilns, ovens and thermal systems, Prestige Thermal Equipment, include a variety of processes, sales and marketing director Mark Potgieter tells Mining Weekly. Potgieter says that some of the company’s... 

New range of incubators to ensure long life

12th May 2006 British manufacturer Carbolite has a range of general and bench-mounted cooled Incubators and ovens that ensure a long and reliable life, the firm has announced. 

Suppliers see opportunities in Mittal expansion

12th May 2006 In a development which has key implications for the furnace industry, Mittal Steel South Africa last year briefed contractors and suppliers on the various projects that Mittal Steel South Africa needs for its R9 billion capital expenditure programme to increase its production by 2,5 million t a... 

Furnace upgrade leads to big energy savings

12th May 2006 Officials from National Grid, the Public Service Commission, and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, recently visited a US home to highlight the benefits of a unique home energy-saving program for low-income utility customers, they announced in a statement. 

US firm pleased with solar-market order

12th May 2006 Nasdaq-listed Amtech Systems, a global supplier of production and automation systems and related supplies to the semiconductor, solar cell and silicon wafer industries, last month announced that a major US manufacturer of solar energy products had awarded the company an order for its Bruce... 

Dango & Dienenthal adds TML agency to its world-class offering

12th May 2006 German-owned company Dango & Dienenthal was established in 1865 and is now entering its fifth generation. 

Furnace rebuilds add flexibility

By: andrew lanham     14th October 2005 In South Africa, there are currently seven companies involved in the production of various ferroalloys. 

Massive coal breakthroughs expected

By: Jade Davenport     13th May 2005 Hopes high that innovations will double reserves, slash power station costs and create metallurgical coal alternative 

Contract opens up new market for furnace supplier

By: Jade Davenport     13th May 2005 Furnace drilling and tapping equipment supplier Dango & Dienenthal Southern Africa has been awarded a R4,5-million contract for a left- and right-hand combination clay-gun and tap-hole drill for the Xstrata Lion ferrochrome project in Mpumalanga. 

Local market share increased to replace export losses

13th May 2005 Designer and fabricator of furnaces, kilns, ovens and thermal systems Prestige Furnaces and Engineering reports that the rand:dollar exchange rate has had a significant influence on exports, with them dropping from 70% to 30% of production between 2002 and 2005. 

Marketing campaign under way to promote furnace products

By: Jade Davenport     13th May 2005 The internationally-recognised process engineering giant Bateman has embarked on an intensive marketing campaign to promote its new and advanced range of AC furnace equipment and direct reduced iron (DRI) technology. 

Turnkey furnace-rebuild projects completed

13th May 2005 Independent refractory specialists, the Dickinson group is one of the leading turnkey service providers to the refractory consuming industries in Africa and the international market. 

Actuator opens and closes furnace doors

13th May 2005 Specialist mining and industrial equipment supplier Bellambie Mining & Industrial has introduced a new product to its Simplex hydraulic and mechanical product range. 

Increased sales prompt move

13th May 2005 Supplier of industrial driers Arctic Driers International has moved to new and much larger premises in Golden Drive, Benoni on th East Rand, as a result of a significant increase in sales during the last year. 

Electrode furnace components scheduled for export in June

By: zeena isaacs     14th May 2004 One of South Africa’s leading suppliers of water-cooled components, handling equipment and precision equipment to the local furnace industry, Bruno Quatro, has been awarded a contract to produce complex electrode furnace components for export to India. 

100% growth for dryer distributor

By: zeena isaacs     14th May 2004 Local distributor of Hankison industrial and medical driers Conflo Instruments reports that business has increased by 100% over the past three years. 

Local market re-emphasised with rand strength

By: zeena isaacs     14th May 2004 Designer and fabricator of kilns, furnaces, ovens and thermal systems, Prestige Furnaces and Engineering reports that the rand:dollar exchange rate has had a significant influence on exports, with them dropping from 70% to 30% of production over the past three years. 

Local company to refurbish DRC cobalt furnace

By: zeena isaacs     14th May 2004 Supplier of process plants and mining and mineral processing equipment, Manhattan Corporation, reports that it has been awarded a multimillion-rand project to refurbish a furnace for export to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). 

Ferrochrome industry provides opportunities for smelting-technology providers

By: zeena isaacs     14th May 2004 Johannesburg-based smelting technology and equipment specialist Pyromet reports that it has recently been awarded a R500-million contract with International Ferro Metals, previously known as Transvaal Ferrochrome, for two 63 MVA closed ferrochrome furnaces. 

R5m-worth of contracts lead to company growth

By: zeena isaacs     14th May 2004 Furnace and associated equipment specialist Efco Furnaces has been awarded six contracts for new furnaces in the past two months, to the value of R5-million. 

Steel project to take place in July

14th May 2004 Africa’s leading independent refractory specialist, the Dickinson Group, has been awarded a contract worth millions of rands to repair the D blast-furnace at Iscor Vanderbijlpark. 

R7,5m turnkey contract under way

By: zeena isaacs     14th May 2004 Furnace drilling and tapping equipment supplier Dango & Dienenthal Southern Africa has been awarded a R7,5-million turnkey project for three combination rail-mounted clay gun and taphole drills for the Anglo Platinum converter project stage B at the Waterval Smelter, in Rustenburg, North West. 

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