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The Casting of Metals in South Africa 2015

  • November 2015
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  • 112 pages

The South African Metal Casting Industry: The casting industry is an important sector in the manufacturing value chain, as more than 80% of manufactured products used by a variety of different sectors of the economy contain castings. However, the industry has been in decline for a lengthy period, with the number of operational foundries decreasing from 450 in the 1980s to the current figure of 170. Annual production has also declined by approximately 26% since 2003 due in part to the increasing cost of raw materials, particularly scrap metal, and a lack of competitiveness in a global market where over-capacity is a problem.


Government Support: The combination of the challenges confronting the sector, which has an estimated 10,250 direct and 4,000 indirect employees, resulted in the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) establishing the National Foundry Technology Network (NFTN). This aims to spearhead a significant government and industry association-led effort to develop a globally competitive South African casting industry through appropriate skills training, technology transfer, and the application of state-of the-art technologies. However, the competitiveness of the sector is still being threatened by a variety of factors including the influx of cheap imports, rapidly rising electricity and raw material costs, inflexible labour laws and high labour costs as well as the increasing cost of environmental compliance.



Report Coverage:

The report on the Metal Casting sector discusses the latest developments in the industry and the range of government interventions aimed at stimulating local manufacture. The report also profiles 32 industry players, including Autocast South Africa (Pty) Ltd based in the Eastern Cape, which casts both ferrous and non-ferrous metals at four manufacturing plants and employs 500 people, and Western Cape-based Atlantis Foundries (Pty) Ltd, which employs 1,169 workers and produces 69,000 tonnes of ferrous castings annually.

Table Of Contents

The Casting of Metals in South Africa 2015
1. INTRODUCTION 1
2. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 1
2.1. Industry Value Chain 2
2.2. Geographic Position 3
3. SIZE OF THE INDUSTRY 4
4. STATE OF THE INDUSTRY 8
4.1. Local 8
4.1.1. Corporate Activity 10
4.1.2. Regulations 11
4.1.3. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 12
4.2. Continental 13
4.3. International 15
5. INFLUENCING FACTORS 15
5.1. Government Intervention 15
5.2. Economic Environment 18
5.3. Rising Input Costs 18
5.4. Labour 19
5.5. Technology 21
5.6. Research and Development (RandD) 21
5.7. Innovation 22
5.8. Information Technology 23
5.9. Cyclicality 23
5.10. Environmental Concerns 24
6. COMPETITION 25
6.1. Barriers to Entry 26
7. SWOT ANALYSIS 27
8. OUTLOOK 27
9. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 28
10. REFERENCES 29
10.1. Publications 29
10.2. Websites 31
COMPANY PROFILES 32
ACTOM (PTY) LTD 32
AJAX MANUFACTURING COMPANY (PTY) LTD 40
ALLIED PRODUCTION INDUSTRIES (PTY) LTD 42
ARCELORMITTAL SOUTH AFRICA LTD 44
ATLANTIS FOUNDRIES (PTY) LTD 51
AUTOCAST SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 54
COPALCOR (PTY) LTD 56
DORBYL LTD 59
ELEMENT SIX (PTY) LTD 61
FOXTEC-IKHWEZI (PTY) LTD 63
IMPALA BOLT AND NUT (PTY) LTD 65
KIMBERLEY ENGINEERING WORKS FOUNDRIES (PTY) LTD 67
KPL DIE CASTING (PTY) LTD 69
LEBONIX (PTY) LTD 71
METMAR LTD 72
MIS ENGINEERING (PTY) LTD 74
MW WHEELS SA (PTY) LTD 76
NATAL IRON AND BRASS FOUNDRY CC 77
NON-FERROUS METAL WORKS (SA) (PTY) LTD 79
PANDROL SA (PTY) LTD 81
PRESSURE DIE CASTINGS (PTY) LTD 83
PREVAIL ENGINEERING (PTY) LTD 85
SAINT-GOBAIN PIPELINES SA (PTY) LTD 87
SCAW SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 90
STEELMETALS (PTY) LTD 94
STELOY CASTINGS (PTY) LTD 95
STURROCK AND ROBSON INDUSTRIES (PTY) LTD 98
TRANSNET SOC LTD 100
WAHL INDUSTRIES CC 105
WESTERN CAPE STEELWORKS (PTY) LTD 107
ZEALOUS AUTOMOTIVE (PTY) LTD 108

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