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20 October 2021 The role of zinc in building and construction
Zinc (Zn) is used in architectural applications for rainwater systems, cladding and roofing, and alloyed with copper and titanium. This combination of metals maximises tensile strength, malleability and load bearing...
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12 October 2021 Using continuously galvanized steel for light steel frame building
Light steel frame building (LSFB) is not the same as prefabricated or ‘kit’ buildings, as it is rather a building method. Another term is ‘off-site’ construction, due to the fact that a lot of the manufacturing...
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30 August 2021 Hot dip galvanizing versus zinc-rich paint
Engineering and technical staff often get confused over the various terms bandied about in South African industry such as ‘galvanized’ or ‘cold galvanizing’ or ‘zinc-rich paints’. So, what’s the difference?
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26 July 2021 IZA calls for a new zinc refinery to be built in South Africa
South Africa is in desperate need of a zinc refinery to assist with the vast quantities of galvanized steel likely to be taken up by the government’s ambitious infrastructure development plans. “If we intend to...
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24 June 2021 SAIMENA joins forces with IZA on zinc coatings for ships
The South African Institute of Marine Engineers and Naval Architects (SAIMENA) is collaborating with the International Zinc Association (IZA) to promote zinc thermal spraying for the local ship-repair industry. “We...
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4 June 2021 Zinc fertilisers are essential to boost cereal-crop yield
In Sub-Saharan Africa, soil health concerns are largely due to poor nutrient supply in the soil. Increasing population pressure on agricultural land has led to a breakdown of traditional practices, resulting in much...
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25 May 2021 Blow to local steel industry as Mozambican LNG projects falter
A major blow has been dealt to the South African steel fabrication industry following the decision by French oil company Total to declare force majeure on its Mozambique LNG project at the end of April due to an...
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28 April 2021 The magic of zinc in corrosion control
Zinc is truly a magic metal that few people and few engineers appreciate for its multitude of applications and versatility. For us in the corrosion world, where we seek to extend the life of atmospherically-exposed...
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14 April 2021 International Zinc Association launches major campaign to grow local zinc industry
The R100 billion Infrastructure Fund announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa in his State of the Nation Address on 11 February is likely to see an increase in the demand for galvanized steel, especially with the...
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