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23 June 2022 IZA Africa Desk raises red flag over steel industry masterplan
A lack of proper industry consultation is likely to hamper the effective implementation of the steel and metal fabrication sector masterplan, warns the Africa Desk of the International Zinc Association (IZA). “The...
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19 May 2022 Critical role of galvanized steel in the mining industry
The mining industry requires a significant investment in infrastructure to be as efficient and as productive as possible. This is where galvanized steel plays a critical role, reports Simon Norton, Manager, Africa...
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23 March 2022 Boost for South African research on new ways to refine zinc ore
The International Zinc Association (IZA) Africa Desk has secured significant research funding to investigate the feasibility of new zinc refining processes to meet South Africa’s own demand for refined zinc, whilst...
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30 November 2021 IZA Africa Desk calls for Sishen-Saldanha ore rail link to be privatised and expanded
South Africa’s only zinc refinery closed down in 2011, while Africa’s only other zinc refinery stopped operating in early 2020. In recent years, South Africa imported up to 86 000 tons of refined zinc per annum at a...
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23 November 2021 Zinc thermal spray ideal for steel repair on land and sea
Engineering and technical staff often get confused by the various terms bandied about in the coating industry such as ‘galvanized’, ‘cold galvanizing’ or ‘zinc-rich paints’. Technical staff and corrosion protection...
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16 November 2021 Hot dip galvanized reinforcing steel for concrete
One of the most widely used modern construction materials, reinforced concrete is inexpensive, readily available, has a range of attractive properties and characteristics, and is suitable for a variety of building...
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5 November 2021 IZA Africa Desk expresses ‘serious concern’ at steady decline in uptake of galvanized steel
The steady decline in the uptake of galvanized steel in South Africa is directly related to the drop-off in manufacturing activity and the dwindling number of construction and civil engineering projects on the go....
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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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