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    We are passionate about metals, assisting our Customers to realise their processing goals

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    At Metix we believe to keep the best skills and process knowledge close to home

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    Our exceptional project execution track record is proof that Metix carries the best interest of all of our customers at heart

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Metix (Pty) Ltd forms part of the SMS Group, and operates as a standalone business unit in South Africa from its headquarters in Johannesburg, keeping the well established Metix name.



Metix is the Center of Competence for submerged arc furnaces (SAF) within the SMS group. In a recent interview with the SMS group #magazine, Managing Director Andrew van Niekerk talks about SAF technology, the EPC approach and the future prospects of the metals markets.

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What challenges did you face in becoming the Centre of Competence for submerged arc furnaces (SAF)?

“Our focus was to do business on a sustainable basis, ensuring continued client support on completed and ongoing projects as well as technological queries. The availability of key individuals from the previous submerged arc furnace division in Germany, who are now members of the nonferrous division, was vital for continuity and support during that period. An important aspect is to synchronize our current processes and activities with the more than 100 years of successful SAF business conducted by the SMS group.”

Andrew van Niekerk, Metix (Pty) Ltd Managing Director 

Read more at our SMS group #magazine

At a glance

Turnkey Plants

Metix has experience in the following project formats:
– Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC / LSTK)
– Engineering, Procurement and Supply (EPS)
– Engineering, Procurement and Construction Management (EPCM)
– Construction supervision
– Commissioning and plant optimisation

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Engineering Design

The Metix Technology Design Office is comprised of an adaptable, versatile and creative design team. Drawing on more than 70 years of cumulative experience in the pyrometallurgical sphere, and more than 100 years of total experience across various fields and industries, the Technology Design Office applies itself across the entire equipment lifecycle – from conceptual design, through detail design, manufacturing, and even playing a hands-on role during installation and commissioning. This 360° exposure means the team can approach each challenge in a holistic and integrative manner – especially beneficial when serving the needs of brownfields plants. The team utilizes the Autodesk Inventor 3D design space for all equipment modelling and employing Autodesk Navisworks to interactively engage with our clients as part of the design review process, giving all parties involved the peace of mind that the necessary due diligence is applied. Metix has deployed the complete Autodesk ecosystem which further enables the Technology Design Office to feed information into the larger Project Office BIM workflow.

Consulting Services

As a leading process and engineering service provider Metix can provide the design and supply of charging systems, complete furnaces with refractories, tapping equipment, electrodes, transformers, low voltage distribution, automation and the high-current system.

Our designs at Metix are done in a BIM orientated environment, supported by FEA and CFD analysis (ANSYS Multiphysics FEA Software) where required in furnace parameters and design, mechanical equipment design (furnace equipment, conveyors, etc.), materials flow (time and motion studies), mass balance, process and technology evaluation.

A passion for metals


At Metix our services include all aspects of project management from concept design, feasibility studies, detail design, execution to handover. Based on our customer requirements, projects can be managed and executed as Engineering Procurement & Supply (EPS), Engineering Procurement & Construction Management (EPCM) or Engineering Procurement & Construction (EPC or LSTK) formats. Process -, Civil -, Mechanical -, Electrical -, Instrumentation – and Control & Automation Engineering all form part of our design scope within Metix, supported by a full-time BIM design office.

As a leading supplier of submerged arc furnace equipment, we also offer the design and supply of electrode columns, including fail-safe slipping devices, hydraulic power packs, heat shields, forged copper pressure rings, contact shoes, bus tubes, furnace roofs, shells and refractory linings, HT power supply, process instrumentation & automation in the following industries:

Silicon Manganese
Pig iron

Copper matte
Platinum matte
Calcium Carbide
Silicon metal
Precious metals
High Purity Alumina
Fused Magnesia

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