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Big ‘focus’ on ensuring rail OEMs meet local-content commitments

By: Terence Creamer     24th June 2016 A senior Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) official “promised” on Friday that the department was giving focused attention to ensuring that the local-content targets associated with Transnet’s R50-billion locomotive procurement programme were met. Chief director for industrial procurement Dr... 

Portfolio committee chair questions DTI’s exclusion from ‘steel committee’

By: Terence Creamer     24th June 2016 The Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry has raised serious concern about the exclusion of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) as a direct participant in so-called ‘steel committee’ set up to monitor interventions made to shore up the domestic primary steel industry, which is under... 

Portfolio committee chair questions DTI’s exclusion from ‘steel committee’

Worldsteel head sees no massive impact from Brexit in EU for now

By: Reuters     24th June 2016 Britain's decision to leave the European Union will not immediately have a strong effect on the European steel industry, the chairman of the World Steel Association said on Friday. "There is no massive direct impact to be expected for the European steel industry in the short term," Wolfgang Eder,... 

Austrian chancellor says need fair competition for steel exports

By: Reuters     23rd June 2016 Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern said he had agreed in talks with Germany's Angela Merkel on Thursday that a level playing field was needed for steel exports and that the two had discussed ways of tackling 'dumping' from China. "We discussed how to deal with steel exports given dumping... 

EU hints at new sanctions on China over steel

By: Reuters     22nd June 2016 China's failure to curb its steel output could prompt the European Union to consider new trade sanctions against Beijing, the European Commission said on Wednesday, joining U.S. calls for over-capacity to be dealt with swiftly. By far the world's top steel producer, China's annual steel output is... 

Global steel production falls 0.1% y/y in May

By: Anine Kilian     21st June 2016 Global steel production, as reported by the 66 member countries to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) fell by 0.1% year-on-year to 139-million tonnes in May. China produced 70.5-million tonnes of steel in May, a 1.8% increase compared with that produced in May 2015. 

Global manufacturing survey points to ‘brutal’ market share tussle

By: Terence Creamer     20th June 2016 A newly released international survey of senior manufacturing executives highlights growth as being a key priority for most enterprises, which, in the context of weak underlying economic conditions, is suggestive of a “brutal competitive fight” for market share in the coming two years. In fact,... 

Global manufacturing survey points to ‘brutal’ market share tussle

Community reception to be held for Modi’s arrival in South Africa

By: Anine Kilian     17th June 2016 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will undertake his first State visit to South Africa next month and is expected to address a reception hosted by a volunteer-based organisation comprising cultural groups and expatriate Indians – SAWelcomesModi – bringing together one of the oldest Indian... 

Community reception to be held for Modi’s arrival in South Africa
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Company provides reliable nut and bolt solutions

     17th June 2016 Technical solutions provider Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) extensive range of fasteners, tools and related equipment is used to enhance reliability of equipment in diverse sectors, including light, medium and heavy industries, pulp and paper, construction, original-equipment manufacturers and... 

Equipment supplier strengthens bonds with German companies 

By: Simon Sonnekus     17th June 2016 The continued quality of German products has allowed Boksburg-based capital equipment and consumables provider Elquip Solutions to thrive in a challenging local market. According to Elquip Solutions MD Mike Cronin, the resounding quality of the German-made electrical, automation and mechanical... 

Equipment supplier strengthens bonds with German companies
MIKE CRONIN The large South African customer appetite for German products remains prominent, as by default, Germany is synonymous with engineering and industrial quality

Exports seen as key to improving prospects for SA capital equipment manufacturers

By: Dylan Slater     17th June 2016 The South African Capital Equipment Export Council (Saceec) says domestic manufacturers of capital equipment stand a better chance of being sustainable in the country’s struggling economy by opening up export channels and liaising with foreign customers to build stronger ties in international... 

Exports seen as key to improving prospects for SA capital equipment manufacturers

Local company awarded German welding agency

By: Simon Sonnekus     17th June 2016 The acquisition of the South African agency for German tooling manufacturer Orbitalum Tools will allow Dowson & Dobson (D&D) Industrial to provide welding solutions for industries that require tube and pipe-welding preparation. D&D Industrial is a division of Actum Industrial. Both Actum... 

Local company awarded German welding agency
WERNER SMIT The acquisition of Orbitalum tools has enabled Actum to expand to higher-growth sectors such as the pharmaceuticals industry

Metals fabricator hosts industry stakeholders

By: Nadine James     17th June 2016 Sheet metal fabricator Fabrinox welcomed manufacturing industry stakeholders to its Paarl premises for its 2016 Manufacturing Industry event, held last month. The open day included factory tours, exhibits by key Fabrinox suppliers and partners, and a presentation that was designed to inform and... 

Metals fabricator hosts  industry stakeholders
ANDRE VISSER The Fabrinox MD believes companies should form partnerships with associations and industry bodies as this ensures they are aware of advances and opportunities

Piping fabricators assist in Sasol projects

By: Nadine James     17th June 2016 Pressure vessels and piping fabrication specialists and construction fabrication consortium Hydra Arc Group, is one of the subcontractors assisting with the construction of an air separation unit for energy and chemicals company Sasol. The project’s main contractor, multinational gas and services... 

Piping fabricators  assist in Sasol projects
D DAY Hydra Arc delivered preassembled plant modules to Sasol’s Secunda complex for the Coal Tar Filtration East project

Merkel: China must take more responsibility for world steel market

By: Reuters     14th June 2016 German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged China on Tuesday to take greater responsibility for the global steel market, noting it had sharply increased its share of world steel production since becoming a member of the World Trade Organization 15 years ago. Merkel, speaking in Shenyang during her... 

Merkel: China must take more responsibility for world steel market
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Insimbi sells 20% of its share capital to New Season Investment Holdings

By: Anine Kilian     13th June 2016 As part of its broader strategic black economic empowerment (BEE) and transformation initiative, JSE-listed alloy supplier Insimbi announced on Monday that it had sold 20% of its total issued share capital to industrial investment company New Season Investment Holdings. Insimbi’s founding... 

Insimbi sells 20% of its share capital to New Season Investment Holdings

De Klerk to start as AMSA CEO in July

     10th June 2016 Wim de Klerk’s appointment as CEO of ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) will now be effective July 1, two months earlier than initially expected. The steel producer on Friday said De Klerk would vacate his position as FD of Exxaro on June 30, instead of the end of August, enabling him to start in... 

De Klerk to start as AMSA CEO in July
Photo by Duane Daws
AMSA CEO designate Wim de Klerk

Gibela secures 32 local suppliers for R51bn PRASA contract, seeks many more

By: Irma Venter     10th June 2016 The number of local suppliers in the R51-billion contract to produce 600 new passenger trains for the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has reached 32. Six trains have been completed and shipped to South Africa to date. These units form part of an order of 20 that are being imported... 

Gibela secures 32 local suppliers for R51bn PRASA contract, seeks many more
Photo by Duane Daws
Gibela's X'Trapolis Mega train, built for PRASA

Trellidor acquires stakes in two companies for R147m

By: Anine Kilian     6th June 2016 JSE-listed security barrier system specialist Trellidor has acquired a 92.5% stake in each of blind manufacturer Taylor Blinds and Shutters and moulding distributor NMC for a combined R147-million.   Trellidor CEO Terry Dennison said a major reason for the company’s listing in October last year... 

Serious questions being asked about composition of ‘fair’ steel price basket 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd June 2016 South African steel consumers are raising serious concerns about the composition of the steel-price basket being proposed by ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) as a mechanism for regulating domestic flat-steel prices and are seeking urgent talks with government to air their anxieties ahead of any... 

Serious questions being asked about composition of ‘fair’ steel price basket

Moody’s assigns Barloworld new global scale ratings

By: Anine Kilian     3rd June 2016 Ratings agency Moody’s Investors Services has assigned Barloworld first time long-term and short-term issuer global scale ratings of Baa3 and P-3 and long-term and short-term national scale ratings of Aa3.za and P-1.za on Friday. The outlook on the ratings was stable.   Moody’s said the rating... 

Laser machine a first in Africa

By: Kimberley Smuts     3rd June 2016 South African manufacturer and distributor of cutting-edge capital equipment and consumables First Cut is aiming to complete the installation of an energy efficient Bystar fibre laser machine for a steel industry customer in November. “In Switzerland, the Bystronic laser range is currently at... 

Protecting South Africa’s steel industry 

     1st June 2016 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about measures being taken to protect South Africa’s primary steel sector, as well as measure to ease strain on the downstream steel industry. 

Protecting South Africa’s steel industry

Alloy supplier introduces new welding consumables offering

     27th May 2016 Leading supplier of nickel alloys, stainless steel and titanium Multi Alloys has strategically extended its portfolio and entered the welding consumables market with a new range of products. Through a partnership secured with electrical product supplier Lincoln Electric Company late last year,... 

Alloy supplier introduces new welding consumables offering
ONE STOP SOLUTION Multi Alloys says Metrode’s range of consumables will enable it to assist customers

Company distributes stainless steel safety hinge solution

     27th May 2016 The Leuze S420  stainless steel safety hinge switch, available from South African sensor solutions provider Countapulse Controls, offers an ideal solution for mechanically and hygienically challenging applications such as the food and beverage, pharmaceuticals or cosmetics industries. It is... 

Company distributes stainless steel safety hinge solution
LEUZE S420 A reliable and long-lasting solution that combines the safety switch and door hinge functions in a single component

Company launches new range for machining stainless steel

     27th May 2016 Last month, tooling manufacturer Dormer Pramet launched a new range of turning, milling, and support tools for machining stainless steel, including larger diameter cutters,  and wiper inserts. Dormer Pramet application specialist Ricky Payling explains that the exponential growth of stainless... 

Company launches new range for machining stainless steel
CARBIDE BURRS Dormer Pramet has introduced a new range of carbide burs for machining stainless steel

Disused Saldanha quarry emerging as new liquid petroleum gas hub

By: Dylan Slater     27th May 2016 A liquid petroleum gas (LPG) terminal and import infrastructure are being constructed by energy infrastructure company Sunrise Energy, in Saldanha Bay, in the Western Cape, to curb historical LPG shortages and meet potential future requirements for gas-fired power plants and other industrial... 

Disused Saldanha quarry emerging as new liquid petroleum gas hub

Safety and performance trump cost

     27th May 2016 Choosing between fibreglass and steel, and performance versus cost can be bewildering when it comes to installing floor gratings. Frequently, the decision is cost-driven, which can pose a serious threat to safety on site and therefore to employees. Grating and handrail manufacturer Vital... 

Safety and performance trump cost
VITEX GRATING Vital Engineering is the largest manufacturer and supplier of mild steel, stainless steel and fibre glass gratings in South Africa,

Stainless steel imports problematic – association

By: Nadine James     27th May 2016 Stainless steel industry body Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (sassda) executive director John Tarboton says some imported stainless steel products do not have the correct alloy composition to adequately fulfil their functions. He explains that this conclusion is partially... 

Stainless steel more prominent in construction

     27th May 2016 Multinational stainless steel manufacturer Outokumpu has seen more of  its products being used in construction products in recent years, owing to changes in technology, increased environmental awareness and economic constraints. Increasingly sophisticated medical equipment requires an equally... 

Stainless steel more prominent in construction
ÁGUILAS BRIDGE The lightweight stainless steel footbridge was erected over the Cañarete watercourse, at the popular coastal town in the south of Spain

Steel strapping enhances conventional tyre wall barrier

By: Nadine James     27th May 2016 Phase 1 of the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit’s revamp comprised the track upgrade, including its lengthening, realignment and resurfacing, as well as the replacement and assembly of the tyre wall barriers, for which Kyalami management used stainless steel band and buckle manufacturer Banding &... 

Steel strapping enhances  conventional tyre wall barrier
NOVEL APPROACH Kyalami's new tyre wall assembly method is quicker, easier and relatively cost effective when compared to conventional methods

‘Steel committee’ to be set up to monitor AMSA’s ‘fair pricing’ pledge 

By: Terence Creamer     26th May 2016 Government would, within weeks, finalise a “fair pricing” agreement with steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) and establish a “steel committee” to monitor implementation of the formula, which would be based on a basket of selling prices in Europe, Asia and North America. Department of... 

‘Steel committee’ to be set up to monitor AMSA’s ‘fair pricing’ pledge
Photo by Duane Daws
DTI deputy director-general for industrial policy Garth Strachan

Metals sector forfeiting billions as imports capture 55% domestic market share 

By: Terence Creamer     26th May 2016 The share held by South African metals and engineering producers of the domestic market fell to just 45% last year as imports continued to rise, representing a material decline from a peak of over 65% in 2002. In fact, Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa chief economist... 

Metals sector forfeiting billions as imports capture 55% domestic market share
Photo by Duane Daws
Former President Kgalema Motlanthe

AMSA insists fair pricing does not equate to no price increases

By: Terence Creamer     25th May 2016 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) dismissed suggestions again on Wednesday that its deal with government to raise steel import protection in return for fairer pricing – as well as jobs and investment guarantees – precluded it from increasing prices. The JSE-listed company was... 

AMSA insists fair pricing does not equate to no price increases
AMSA chairperson Mpho Makwana

MPs demand to see Davies over steel price hikes

By: African News Agency      24th May 2016 Opposition MPs on Tuesday accused Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies of turning a blind eye to repeated steel price increases and demanded that he be called to explain government’s inaction. Democratic Alliance MP Dean McPherson said four steel price increases so far this year violated an... 

MPs demand to see Davies over steel price hikes

DTI moving to iron out local-content frustrations around Transnet contracts

By: Terence Creamer     24th May 2016 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has confirmed that it is “concerned” about whether all four of the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that have been awarded parts of a R50-billion contract to supply 1 064 electricity and diesel locomotives to Transnet will meet the minimum... 

DTI moving to iron out local-content frustrations around Transnet contracts

Global steel production down 0.5% y/y in April

By: Samantha Herbst     23rd May 2016 Despite clawing its way back in recent months from a brief slump in January and February, global crude steel production fell 0.5% year-on-year to 135-million tonnes in April, according to the World Steel Association’s (worldsteel’s) crude steel production report for April. South America was... 

Global steel production down 0.5% y/y in April
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