THE DEVELOPMENT OF A TECHNOLOGY ROADMAP FOR FERROCHROME PRODUCERS

Petrus Tshotleho Letaba, Sunday Zulu

Abstract


A 30-year technology roadmap for the South African ferrochrome industry is developed to address the increasing cost of electricity and competition from China. Research on possible technologies and their applicability in ferrochrome smelting is conducted, including Industry 4.0 technologies. The developed roadmap has three phases, with full-scale digitisation deferred to the second phase. The first phase addresses the stabilisation of the industry through the introduction of alternative energy sources. The last phase of the ferrochrome industry roadmap is sustainability, which builds on the successes of previous phases. This research contributes to methods the responsible introduction of Industry 4.0 technologies in industries with existing underlying challenges. The purpose of this article is to present a technology roadmap for ferrochrome producers in South Africa as chosen by the ferrochrome industry players.


Keywords


Ferrochrome; Competitiveness; Technology Roadmap; Industry 4.0; Sustainability

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7166/32-2-2495

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