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22 February 2024 Closure of long steel plants in SA likely to reduce demand for zinc
The closure of long steel plants in South Africa could have a notable impact on local zinc usage. The users of long steel from these plants are major zinc consumers, using it extensively in galvanizing, highlights...
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12 February 2024 Versatile zinc is an ideal metal for die casting
Zinc is a versatile metal with a wide range of applications, including die casting. Die casting is a high-volume production process that can produce parts with complex geometries and tight tolerances. It is...
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1 February 2024 Three of the best zinc coating processes
Zinc is a highly reactive metal commonly used to protect steel from corrosion. While there are a variety of zinc coating processes available, three of the most common are zinc thermal spray, zinc-rich paints, and...
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25 January 2024 The important role of zinc in mental health
The International Zinc Association (IZA) Africa is highlighting the importance of zinc in mental health. “Zinc is an essential mineral that plays a role in many bodily functions, including mental health,” comments...
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15 January 2024 The critical role of zinc to protect and futureproof wastewater treatment plants
Zinc coatings are an effective corrosion protection method for wastewater treatment plants as they are compatible with a range of metal materials when coated onto steel. It is resistant to various corrosive agents...
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6 December 2023 IZA Africa forges ahead to promote hot dip galvanizing in 2024
The International Zinc Association (IZA) Africa is committed to continue to promote and educate the public about zinc applications in Africa next year, says Executive Director Simon Norton. “We will launch a new...
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16 October 2023 Zinc protects road and rail infrastructure
Road and rail infrastructure is essential to transport people and goods, supporting economic development and empowering communities. However, such infrastructure is often exposed to various environmental factors...
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11 September 2023 Zinc is an essential micronutrient in pecan nut tree farming
With close to 35 000 ha of pecan nut trees in South Africa, the industry has witnessed significant growth in recent years, reports the South African Pecan Nut Producers’ Association. South Africa is the third...
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29 August 2023 Duferco, Vedanta fund long-term project into novel zinc refining process
Duferco Steel Processing and Vedanta South Africa are continuing to fund a long-term research project at the University of Cape Town (UCT) supervised by Professor Jochen Petersen and his chemical engineering team. “...
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26 July 2023 UCT progresses with concept study into novel zinc refining method
Sample preparation for leach and characterisation test work has been completed for the concept study into developing a mini-scale, simple, green, and energy-efficient process to recover pure zinc from polymetallic...
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