Metso investing EUR 3.5 million in crusher wear parts manufacturing in Africa to meet growing demand from the mining industry

Metso is increasing its manufacturing capacity for large crusher wear parts castings used in minerals processing by investing in a second melting furnace at the Isithebe foundry in South Africa. The EUR 3.5 million investment will ensure the availability of Metso's heavy crusher wear parts globally.

2017 06 28 085328"The demand for large crusher wear parts is growing in the mining industry. With this investment, we ensure we can meet our customers' needs. Through the renewal of the foundry, we will improve our capabilities to deliver high quality heavy wear parts," says Joni Meronen, director of Mining Crusher Wears at Metso.

The renewed foundry will be able to manufacture wear parts for the Nordberg® MP2500 cone crusher as well as for Metso and third-party primary gyratory wear parts with full use of the latest manufacturing technologies. The first product deliveries from the new furnace are scheduled for May 2019. During the renovation project, production of castings will continue as usual in the existing facilities.

"We are the leading service partner for the mining industry, and the only supplier able to provide a full portfolio for comminution, from spare and wear parts to equipment and service. This investment is part of our development agenda to execute our commitment to ensuring availability and reduced lead times for our customers," says Jose E. Perez, senior vice president of the Crushing and Screening Wears business line at Metso.

Sustainable foundry operations

The Isithebe plant is part of Metso's global foundry network, consisting of foundries located in Ahmedabad, India; Prerov, the Czech Republic; Quzhou, China; and Sorocaba, Brazil. The renewed foundry will be built to follow Metso's strict sustainability and quality principles as well as international standards.

"Sustainability is of utmost importance to Metso. We are developing our operations in a safe and sustainable manner, in close dialogue with local communities," says Thando Makhoba, director of the Isithebe foundry.

Metso is a world leading industrial company serving the mining, aggregates, recycling, oil, gas, pulp, paper and process industries. We help our customers improve their operational efficiency, reduce risks and increase profitability by using our unique knowledge, experienced people and innovative solutions to build new, sustainable ways of growing together.

Our products range from mining and aggregates processing equipment and systems to industrial valves and controls. Our customers are supported by a broad scope of services and a global network of over 80 service centers and about 6,000 services professionals. Metso has an uncompromising attitude towards safety.

Metso is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki in Finland and had sales of about EUR 2.6 billion in 2016. Metso employs over 11,000 people in more than 50 countries. Expect results.


Iran Wire 2017: Relocation to new, state-of-the-art exhibition centre in Tehran


Trade fair to be postponed by one day

The relocation of Iran Wire to the state-of-the-art exhibition centre EXHIBIRAN INTERNATIONAL Fairground – currently under construction – has now been decided. The Aria Group, the owners and organisers of Iran Wire, will be holding this high-profile technology trade fair for the first time at the new exhibition centre. 15 exhibition halls are being created in Tehran, of which three have already been completed: A6, A5 and A4.

Relocation of the trade fair to the new hall, A6, will mean a postponement, so that Iran Wire will now be held from 6 to 9 December 2017. It is the only Iranian trade fair on wire, cables, pipes, tubes, profiles and accessories.

Any European and other international companies wanting to sell their wire and tube products on the Iranian market will find Iran Wire an attractive entry point into the markets of the Middle East. They will be given professional support by the Messe Düsseldorf exhibition professionals.

Acting under a joint contract, Messe Düsseldorf GmbH will be the first and only sales partner of Iran Wire with responsibility for organising all German and international participations of companies. This makes it a single point of contact for all businesses in the wire, cable, pipe and tube industries seeking to access the promising Iranian market. Messe Düsseldorf is handling a wide range of organisational areas, from registration to stand design, ensuring smooth operations at the exhibition centre.

Demand from companies has been enormous, and the exhibition space reserved so far (1,500 sqm) in Hall A6 is almost fully booked. Interested companies are therefore advised to talk to the relevant contacts at Messe Düsseldorf as soon as possible. Cem Bağcı and Cordula Link look forward to hearing from you: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance and ResponsibleStee[™] announce strategic partnership

Today the leadership of the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA) and ResponsibleSteel™ announce a strategic partnership, to serve the interests of purchasers seeking consistency in the responsible sourcing of iron and steel throughout their supply chains.

ResponsibleSteel™ and IRMA share two objectives in their new partnership:

  1. To create value for companies implementing environmentally and socially responsible practices from the source of the mined raw material, through the steel supply chain and to the final product.
  2. To assure purchasers and investors seeking more consistency in responsibility standards that ResponsibleSteel™ and IRMA are responsive to this need and actively working to provide aligned solutions.

Aimee Boulanger, Coordinator for IRMA, said, “Steel is a key component for thousands of the products that make our lives possible, from building materials to automobiles. Together, mining and the processing of mined material to make steel have a substantial impact, both positive and negative. Leading purchasers and manufacturers are seeking consistent environmental and social responsibility in their sourcing throughout the supply chain. Through our collaboration IRMA and ResponsibleSteel™ will serve the needs of downstream purchasers of steel, and assure accountability from mine to market.”

IRMA logo lgMatt Dransfield, Managing Director for ResponsibleSteel™, said, “Our mission is to provide businesses and consumers worldwide with confidence that the steel they use has been sourced and produced responsibly, from suppliers of raw materials, through to end users. This can only be achieved through cooperation and mutual commitment of companies at all levels of the steel supply chain, their customers and representatives of civil society. As we develop the ResponsibleSteel™ standard in consultation with our multi-stakeholder membership, key themes that have come through are ‘don’t reinvent the wheel’ and ‘form effective partnerships’.  Our new partnership with IRMA provides a leading response to these requests for collaboration. We will actively seek further collaboration with others that share our goal to increase market value for comprehensive environmental and social responsibility.”   

IRMA is a newly launching standard and certification system for environmental and social responsibility in the mining sector set to launch in late 2017. IRMA has spent a decade working with diverse leaders to develop a global standard for environmental and social responsibility in mining. ResponsibleSteel™ is the first global multi-stakeholder standard and certification initiative for steel, that will administer an independent third-party certification program for the steel value chain. ResponsibleSteel™ is an emerging programme, built on five years of work to define and promote responsibly sourced and produced steel. Both systems bring fresh perspective to the standards field and fill gaps not covered by other certification schemes.

IRMA provides a multi-stakeholder developed and independently verified Standard for Responsible Mining and seeks channels to add value for participating mines and assure responsibility downstream of the mine site. ResponsibleSteel™ describes expectations for responsible practices in the sourcing and processing of raw materials for steel production, but avoids duplicating standards for responsible mine operations where they already exist and meet its needs. Both systems seek to support traceability that facilitates assurances of responsible practices, throughout the supply chain.

This alliance recognizes the growing support for these types of initiatives, and yet also addresses the concerns from many stakeholders that there is duplication between emerging schemes. Furthermore, IRMA and ResponsibleSteel™ view this partnership as non-exclusive. Both parties actively seek further collaboration with others that share their goals to increase market value for comprehensive environmental and social responsibility across sectors.

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About the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA)

Founded in 2006 by a coalition of nongovernment organizations, businesses purchasing minerals and metals for resale in other products, affected communities, mining companies, and trade unions, the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA) envisions a world where the mining industry is respectful of the human rights and aspirations of affected communities; provides safe, healthy and respectful workplaces; avoids or minimizes harm to the environment; and leaves positive legacies.

IRMA joins others in a growing sustainability standards movement, such as the Forest Stewardship Council and the Marine Stewardship Council, that are using market-based approaches to shape the environmental and social performance of industry. IRMA is seeking to improve the environmental and social performance of mining operations through the multi-stakeholder development of a set of best practice standards, as well as a system to independently verify implementation of those standards.

IRMA is the only global multi-commodity assurance program for responsible mining that fully embraces a multi-stakeholder approach for developing credible standards as well as a commitment to independent verification. Five key sectors with a stake in the environmental and social performance of mining are involved: 1. mining companies; 2. jewellery and technology retailers and other downstream users of mining products; 3. environmental and human rights non-profit organizations; 4. affected communities; 5. and labor.

About ResponsibleSteel™

ResponsibleSteel™is the first global multi-stakeholder standard and certification initiative for steel. It is a not for profit membership organisation, and new members are welcome from anywhere in the world, from every part of the steel supply chain, and from civil society groups, associations, and other organisations.  ResponsibleSteel is currently working with its members and other stakeholders to develop the ResponsibleSteel Standard for finalisation in 2018/19.  For candidates to achieve ResponsibleSteel™ certification, these standards must be complied with and audited by independent verifiers.

The primary objectives of ResponsibleSteel are to define and promote responsibly sourced and produced steel, in order to: 

  1. Allow steel producers to meet the sustainability needs of their customers
  2. Improve responsible sourcing in the steel supply chain and reduce supply chain risk
  3. Enable leading producers to promote steel as a responsible material.

Technical Article 10: High-performance wire products in automotive engineering

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The wire, cable and wire-processing industries and the wire 2018 trade fair

Wire and wire-based products – i.e. cables, springs, screws and bolts – can be found almost everywhere. No technical systems could function without them, and neither would there be any technical progress. As the demands on technical systems are growing, the performance of such components is gradually being stretched further and further. Wire products must provide reliable service even under the most challenging conditions. They are used, for example, in automotive engineering – an industry that drives innovation in the wire industry.

A modern car has nearly 1,000 springs, and their reliable operation has a major impact on safety and passenger comfort. Springs are often expected to perform at the highest level, e.g. in the valves which they cause to close in a combustion engine. Situated within a four-stroke engine, a valve spring must cope with up to 10 billion movements throughout a mileage of 120,000 (200,000 kilometres). In addition to mechanical strain, a valve spring must also withstand extreme heat, hot gases and substantial temperature fluctuations. If a spring breaks, it is likely to cause severe engine damage.

Other important wire products are screws and bolts, as so many components are connected in this way. A modern vehicle has over 1,000 screw fittings and bolted connections, of which 250 to 300 can be found inside the engine. It’s a place where up to 150 different types of screws and bolts are in use. All of them must have very narrowly defined tolerances in terms of physical properties, and they must also be convenient to insert and assemble, so that automated processing can largely proceed undisturbed.

Metal mesh, too, plays a major role. Made either from stainless steel wire or from certain non-ferrous metals, it is used, among other things, for filtering exhaust gas from combustion engines, thus helping to reduce carbon monoxide and particulate emissions. In an exhaust gas recirculation system such a filter ensures that particles from the combustion process or from the particulate trap cannot reach the turbocharger or engine, where this would have negative consequences. The stainless steel wire in a metal mesh has a thickness of only 35 µm, so that it is thinner than a human hair. Moreover, it can bear temperatures of 800°C and indeed more.

One of the most complex, most expensive and heaviest components in a modern vehicle is its on-board electrical system, once referred to as wiring harness. This is where the cables are assembled – cables which supply the ever increasing electrical and electronic components of a vehicle with power, while others transmit electronic signals. The VW Beetle, built around 1950, was equipped with a handy wiring harness that weighed no more than a few kilograms and whose cables had a total length of about 80 metres, with just over 70 electrical components connected to them. By contrast, today’s on-board electrical systems comprise up to 4,000 cables, with a length of up to 3.7 miles (6 km) and up to 60 kilograms in weight. Electric and hybrid vehicles are especially demanding on the cable harness and the cables. Some cables have a high voltage of up to 1,000 volt and must withstand far higher currents and higher temperatures than their predecessors.

The wire trade fair

Information about state-of-the-art manufacturing technology, developments and trends in the wire, cable and wire-processing industries can be obtained every two years at wire – the leading international trade fair of the wire and cable industry and an event which has been held in Düsseldorf for over 30 years now.

wire 2016 put a major focus on “Industry 4.0”, and so it will be exciting to see how things are developing and what kind of results will be presented at wire 2018 which, as before, will be held together with Tube, the international pipe & tube fair, from 16 to 20 April 2018.


Conex Bänninger’s and Wieland’s K65 system provides the ultimate high-pressure tube solution

Conex Bänninger, in partnership with Wieland K65 tubes, has developed their K65 fittings for the commercial sector, a solution for high-pressure ACR applications.

Conex Bänninger CO2 solutions can deliver pressure ratings up to 120 bar (1740 psi), in addition, the K65 system enables businesses to retain their green credentials by utilising the highly pressured CO2 R744 refrigerant.

2017 06 20 102023Perfectly suited to a range of highly pressured refrigeration and air conditioning applications such as installations in office blocks, high rise apartments, schools and supermarkets, the K65 system simplifies specification as there is no tube gauge variation in both Wieland’s alloys and Conex Bänninger’s complementary fittings range.

With installer safety of paramount importance, both the tube and fitting components of the K65 system are UL 207 certified. The K65 range’s excellent processing properties, similar to those of copper, mean that the fittings can be easily brazed to the tubing without the need of expensive or special equipment.

The impressive thermal conductivity of K65 enables heat to be transmitted through the pipe with improved energy efficiency, higher by a factor of 20 compared to its stainless steel counterparts. Its high mechanical strength means that it can be manufactured economically and at a lighter weight compared to some alternative materials.

Conex Bänninger UK Sales Director for OEM and ACR, Bill Barlow commented: “At Conex Bänninger, we recognise the significant rise in demand for highly pressurised CO2 solutions within commercial refrigeration and air conditioning. To this end, the K65 system offers a best-in-class system. The product not only delivers outstanding pressure withstanding performance of up to 120 bar (1740 psi), but is also an environmentally friendly solution.”

All Conex Bänninger K65 fittings are easily identified by the manufacturers mark, as well as the K65 mark and 120 bar (1740 psi) pressure rating. In addition, the material is slightly magnetic and can be easily distinguished from copper by means of a neodymium magnet – a helpful and practical advantage for installers and system builders.

For further information on the K65 range from Conex Bänninger, please visit