Africa

South African Firm Develops First Domestically-Manufactured Specialty Aluminium Valve

South African Firm Develops First Domestically-Manufactured Specialty Aluminium Valve

A South African firm, in collaboration with the country’s government, has developed a new aluminium butterfly valve for use on electrical power transformers. Paltechnologies (Paltech) and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) partnered on the project to develop a standard...

Events

Guinea to Mandate Domestic Refining of Bauxite

The president of the Republic of Guinea decreed last week that miners who produce over a certain amount of bauxite ore “will be obliged to build an alumina plant.” President Alpha Condé made the remarks in speech at recent mining conference in Guinea’s capital Conakry. Condé spoke at last week’s Symposium Mines Guinea, the largest […]

Hulamin Chair Predicts Strong Showing in 2017

South Africa’s aluminium semi fabricator Hulamin expects a significantly stronger showing in the current year according to firm chairman Mafika Mkwanazi. He spoke at the company’s annual meeting last week, telling investors that a stronger product mix offered by the firm, a greater use of scrap aluminium, efficiency improvements, and strong manufacturing performance are all […]

Riots Wreak Havoc on Guinean Bauxite Production

Social unrest has crippled bauxite production in the Republic of Guinea, jeopardizing the flow of the ore out of the African country that sits atop about one-third of the world’s known reserves. Residents burned tires and set up barricades in Boke to protest power cuts and pollution they say has been the result of mining […]

Mali Triples Bauxite Estimates to 1.63 Billion MT

After a series of significant discoveries, the Republic of Mali’s Chamber of Mines now estimates a tonnage of 1.63 billion metric tons lies beneath the surface of its Falea project, which it says is equivalent to 572 million metric tons of primary aluminium. Chamber of Mines President Abdoulaye Pona informed Reuters earlier this week that […]