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Product Focus: Rope Rail Extrusion

Aluminium Rope Rail Extrusion with core and fabric inserted in the channel An Aluminum Rope Rail is an aluminium extrusion designed to secure fabric to a hard surface. In South Africa is used predominantly for securing a bakkie tonneau cover at the base of the cover by sliding a piping core attached to the tonneau material into the extrusion. The core is usually made from extruded PVC, or similar elastic material to allow flexibility. The core is then wrapped in the [...]

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The Amazing Truth About Aluminium Recycling

Its a fact, aluminium has become one of the most sustainable building materials on earth. Aluminium cans are thrown away by the millions every day without a second thought about where they finally end up. Aluminium windows and doors are often discarded as scrap – have you ever wondered what happens to them? Aluminium Life-cycle - Aluminium Recycling Aluminium gets recycled. A lot! The recycling of aluminium products is a closed-loop process that can be repeated indefinitely. Unlike some plastics and metals, [...]

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5 Practical Uses Of Aluminium Foil That You Probably Never Knew

From wrapping food to braaing fish and mielies, aluminium foil has an abundance of practical uses, and due to its low cost and high versatility, is one of the most common items found in the kitchen today. Although you probably use this 'metallic paper' in numerous applications around the house, we're willing to bet there are plenty of other rather ingenious uses of the foil you probably don't already know. From sharpening and decorating to general household improvements, aluminium foil [...]

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The Best Type of Aluminium For Use in Electrical Applications

Aluminium Heat Sink Extrusion If you are an electrician or work with electricity on a regular basis, then chances are you quite used to dealing with aluminium. As a material that features numerous positive properties related to electrical use, the metal has become an important contributor to a variety of industries related both directly and indirectly to electricity. It is for this reason that it is important to understand which aluminium alloys are a good fit for electrical applications. Why Is [...]

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Plastic backlash results in ramped up can production at Nampak

Nampak is ramping up manufacturing of aluminium cans as Africa's most significant manufacturer of drinks packaging reacts to shoppers' world-wide plastic rejections. The company is also placing increased focus on cardboard cartons and the development of a sustainable plastic lid made predominantly of sugar cane, CEO Andre de Ruyter claimed in a telephone interview. That is the result of an ever-growing concern regarding the effect of plastic on the environment, especially on products like single-use straws. "Consumer sentiment against plastic [...]

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What is the difference between Aluminium Sheet, Plate, and Coil?

Aluminium sheets, plates and coil.Aluminium Trading supplies aluminium sheets, plates and coil to hundreds of industries throughout Southern Africa each month. The metals strength, superb corrosion resistance and light-weight structure make it a very popular material to work with to meet the modern and intricate demands of today's world. In fact, Aluminium has become the second most used metal on the planet after iron/steel. But a very common question we still receive is "What are the differences between aluminium [...]

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South Africa Welcomes Aluminium Product Exclusions From US – Section 232 Duties

USA Flags Trade & Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has welcomed a recent announcement regarding improved trade developments with the United States as a positive step towards normalising relations between South Africa and The United States. This follows an announcement made by the US Department of Commerce stating that the department has granted exemptions for certain steel and aluminium products.   In a statement, the Department of Trade and Industry said; “The exemption of some of the aluminium and steel lines confirms that [...]

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Here’s how much metal it takes to make your iPhone

Credit: Jeremy Berke, Business Insider US Jul 12, 2018 Each iPhone contains 31 grams of aluminum. istock; Jenny Cheng/Business Insider iPhones contain a number of different metals, including titanium, iron, and aluminium. There is far more aluminium than any other metal in your phone — it makes up about 24% of an iPhone's mass. While rare Earth elements comprise only a fraction of an iPhone's mass, mining for these elements is a huge global business.  Your iPhone is a complex piece of machinery. Each phone contains a number [...]

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South African farmers play chicken with Trump tariffs

By: REUTERS Via Engineering News Aug 29, 2018 Free-range chickens. Herman Pretorius is just the kind of white South African farmer US President Donald Trump expressed concern for when he barged into the country's delicate land reform debate by ordering an investigation into the "large-scale killing of farmers". But for the greying, bespectacled 58-year-old, wading knee-deep through some 35 000 chickens at his isolated homestead in South Africa's North West province, it's the United States and it's cheap poultry exports that are a threat. "We cannot compare our chickens with theirs. The [...]

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