Case Studies

Smelter welding project completed

South Africa-based foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie successfully completed a smelter welding project and timeously delivered erosion-resistant copper coolers, which are being installed to a smelter in Southern Africa. Thos Begbie started the project in March this year and delivered the coolers at the end of April, 2019, Thos Begbie sales engineer Esli Bantjes tells Engineering News. The company used hardfacing to make the coolers erosion-resistant. Hardfacing is a…

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Thos Begbie expanding their Zambian branch

Thos Begbie is expanding their Zambian branch South Africa-based foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie’s Zambian branch will expand its workshop into a fully equipped heavy machine and fabrication shop with fabrication facilities to cater for other industries. Thos Begbie Zambia MD Piet du Preez highlights this as the medium- to long-term vision for the company. The workshop was recently secured for its latest…

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Global quality status boosted by Dekra

Global quality status boosted. The same-site working relationship that Thos Begbie has established with global quality inspectorate Dekra Industrial RSA is giving the prolific exporter of copper castings a commercial edge in its global dealings with mining– and smelter-related customers worldwide. Thos Begbie now hosts the official Mpumalanga branch of Dekra Industrial RSA, previously Raysonics, which puts it on the receiving end of valuable on-site inspection…

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Graphite Freezline Solutions opens

Graphite Freezline Solutions opens. A new graphite facility, Graphite Freezeline Solutions, was opened at  Thos Begbie’s manufacturing campus in Middelburg. It will reduce the time to manufacture products that include graphite components, especially for the mining and foundry industries, says Thos Begbie, CEO Edwin Dreyer. The facility is a high-technology extruded and moulded graphite cutting and shaping line that can produce a range of graphite components and specialised designs, says…

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Expanding into North America

Expanding into North America. The capacity of some aspects of the smelting industry in North America, such as the steel sector, has significantly deteriorated in the past 25 years, as a result of Chinese companies dominating the market and supplying cheaper products, says South Africa-based foundry and engineering company, Thos Begbie. The company aims to concentrate on superior consumable items thereby…

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Copper industry in crisis, new areas pursued

The global copper industry is in crisis – traditional orebodies are becoming depleted and the commodity market has depressed the price of copper to such an extent that mining companies cannot afford to invest in expansion or new equipment, says foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie group executive Edwin Dreyer. “Lower ore values mean additional tonnage must be mined to obtain the same yield as before, which…

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Foundry involved in product development

Foundry involved in product development. South Africa-based foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie is developing a critical furnace component as part of a cooperation agreement with a major Canada-based consulting firm. Thos Begbie sales engineer Esli Bantjes tells Mining Weekly that the development is “top secret” and that the component will “revolutionise” the industry by significantly lengthening the production life of a blast furnace. Design and initial testing are complete, and…

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New smelter in Zimbabwe

New smelter in Zimbabwe. Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie is working in the Great Dyke of Zimbabwe, close to the town of Shurungwi, where it is helping to construct the Unki platinum smelter, adjacent to a mining operation owned by platinum mining company Anglo American Platinum (Amplats). Middelburg, South Africa-based Thos Begbie was awarded the contract for the new smelter last year by Amplats, owing to a government regulation set…

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