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Germany's Merkel says G20 must tackle global steel glut

By: Reuters     28th November 2016 The G20 group of leading economies must find a solution to excess capacity in the global steel industry, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday, adding that overproduction in some countries was causing job losses elsewhere. Merkel said Germany, which takes over the G20 presidency next... 

AMSA shareholders back R2.2bn empowerment deal

By: Terence Creamer     18th November 2016 Shareholders in ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) voted on Friday in favour of a R2.2-billion broad-based black economic empowerment transaction, involving Likamva Resources. The approval was carried by 99.9% of the shares that were eligible to vote. The deal will see Likamva initially hold a 17%... 

 AMSA shareholders back R2.2bn empowerment deal

Eastgate Shopping Centre wins Saisc Award 2016

By: Simone Liedtke     18th November 2016 The group of companies responsible for the multimillion-rand refurbishment of Eastgate Shopping Centre, in Bedfordview, were named as overall winners at the 2016 South African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) Steel Awards. 

Eastgate Shopping Centre wins Saisc Award 2016
EASTGATE SHOPPING CENTRE The refurbishment project, completed last month, received the award from SAISC

Investments required for positive growth

By: Simone Liedtke     18th November 2016 With the world markets still suffering the after-effects of maladministered and unsustainable macroeconomic policies, there is not much appetite for large capital projects in South Africa. But economic growth will start only once people are investing, which does not happen without a positive... 

Investments required for positive growth
HYDRA ARC Offshore capital investment will reignite the mining industry and new independent power producer projects

Survival of steel construction industry top priority

By: Simone Liedtke     18th November 2016 This year, the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction’s (Saisc’s) focus has been on ensuring that steelwork is sourced locally to save the local steel industry. 

Survival of steel construction industry top priority
2016 STEEL AWARDS The yearly Saisc Steel Awards provide an excellent platform for members to network

Welding shares steel industry standards

     18th November 2016 The quality and standards of welding are critical to the quality and standards of the steel construction industry owing to the role welding plays in joining the steel sections together in the creation of a steel structure, says the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW). 

Welding shares steel industry standards
EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING From the left, Wijnberger from In2Structure with Mthebula and Michelle Warmback from In2Structure

Stainless steel industry participants more optimistic about business conditions

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th November 2016 Thirty-eight per cent of the 89 Sassda members who participated in the Southern African Stainless Steel Development Association’s (Sassda’s) Short Track survey for October indicated a positive response to the current order situation. Although a slight deterioration on last month’s 40%, Sassda... 

AMSA announces steel price increases from December 1

By: Terence Creamer     15th November 2016 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) announced on Tuesday that it would be increasing prices on flat- and long-steel products from December 1 – a move it attributed to market movements, rising input costs and the need to staunch losses at its Vanderbijlpark Works. The group outlined... 

AMSA announces steel price increases from December 1

Cold-rolled steel imports hurting South Africa's steel industry – trade group

By: Reuters     7th November 2016 Imports of cold-rolled steel products, particularly from China, are hurting South African producers, initial findings from a local trade agency showed on Monday, potentially paving the way for additional import duties. Domestic steel producers have said China, which produces half the world's... 

Locomotive fleet to benefit from electromotive diesel technology

     4th November 2016 A South African locomotive fleet that is powered by an electromotive diesel two piston V8, V12 and V16 diesel engine configuration will be the first to benefit from comprehensively equipped heavy diesel engine and component remanufacturing company Metric Automotive Engineering’s sophisticated... 

Locomotive fleet to benefit from electromotive  diesel technology
Photo by Duane Daws
IMPERATIVE STRATEGY Localisation of skills have been cited as a strategic imperative for the railway industry

New technology extended to wagon and passenger bogies

By: Simone Liedtke     4th November 2016 Having become the first rolling stock company in the southern hemisphere to pioneer its own fabricated lightweight, cost-competitive locomotive bogie, South Africa-based locomotives company DCD Rolling Stock is extending its technology to wagon and passenger coach bogies aimed at the global market. 

New technology extended to wagon and passenger bogies
DCD ROLLING STOCK The company has moved away from the traditional casting-based bogie construction and designed its own fabricated bogies using hot rolled steel

Subcontractor working on expansion and skills development programmes

By: Simone Liedtke     4th November 2016 Tier-two subcontract manufacturer to original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) IEC Holden, which supplies electric motors and generators to the railway, power generation, oil and gas, and mining industries, is currently directly contracted to OEMs that supply the Transnet Freight Rail rail... 

Subcontractor working  on expansion and skills  development programmes
PRODUCT SUPPLY A drive for electric freight locomotive, tested and ready for dispatch

H1 performance points to improved FY performance for Hulamin

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th October 2016 Improved operating performance during the first half of the year – and subsequent improvements in the third quarter – have left JSE-listed Hulamin with expectations of a 20%-plus increase in earnings for the full year. In a trading update to shareholders on Friday, Hulamin highlighted predictions... 

South Africa’s crude steel output drops nearly 3% in September

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st October 2016 South Africa’s crude steel production contracted 2.7% year-on-year to 430 000 t during September, with output for the first nine months of the year down some 8.5% year-on-year to 4.6-million tonnes. Global crude steel production by the aggregate 66 countries reporting to industry body, the World... 

South Africa’s crude steel output drops nearly 3% in September

2016 steel awards uptake proves to be the most successful

By: Aarifah Nosarka     21st October 2016 For this year’s Columbus Stainless Steel Awards, the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) has doubled the number of judging panellists, increased the number of awards and winners, having received more than 50 project entries, which followed the addition of ten more... 

Awards sponsor commits to promoting welding profession

     21st October 2016 Welding equipment supplier African Oxygen’s (Afrox’s) sponsorship of the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) Columbus Stainless Steel Awards 2016 Student category is part of its commitment to promote the welding industry and to encourage the youth to consider this as... 

Awards sponsor commits to promoting welding profession
WELDING CAREERS South Africa continues to struggle with a shortage of young people training to qualify as welders

Bioreactors set to double manufacturing capacity

     21st October 2016 Contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) for biopharmaceuticals Rentschler Biotechnologie recently announced the opening of a new facility with an innovative twin system that consists of two stainless steel bioreactors for the manufacturing of cell culture – complemented by... 

Bioreactors set to double manufacturing capacity
BIOREACTORS The system increases Rentschler’s manufacturing capacity for the second time over the course of a year

Cooler reduces nitrogen oxide emissions from marine engines

     21st October 2016 Exhaust gas recirculation coolers manufactured from durable stainless steel are resistant to the effects of temperature and corrosion, according to heat exchangers solution provider Kelvion. There are two stainless steel cooler solutions available for four-stroke engines.  High-temperature... 

Duplex stainless steel pumps manufacturer expands internationally

By: Aarifah Nosarka     21st October 2016 South Africa-based slurry pumps manufacturer Hazleton Pumps last month received an order valued at R5-million to manufacture the largest vertical spindle pump ever produced or built in the country. It will be used to pump 2 700 m3/h of phosphoric acid containing solids at a head of 40 m and will... 

Duplex stainless steel pumps manufacturer  expands internationally
SLURRY PUMP The pump will be used to pump 2 700 m3/h of phosphoric acid containing solids at a head of 40 m.

Getting to grips with grade

     21st October 2016 Stainless steel is defined as a steel alloy with a minimum of 11% chromium content and performs better than ordinary steel in high temperatures and cryogenic applications, according to national distributor of stainless steel 3CR12, aluminum and special steels company Euro Steel. Stainless steel... 

High-strength-steel automotive lightweighting solution launched

     21st October 2016 High strength, low carbon flat-rolled steel and aluminum coated stainless steel producer AK Steel announced the launch of Nexmet, an “innovative family” of high-strength steels for use in automotive lightweighting applications.  The announcement in August marked out the products as specifically... 

High-strength-steel  automotive lightweighting solution launched
HIGH-STRENGTH STEEL The product combines high yield and tensile strength to facilitate designs that facilitate lightweighting

Process Pipes

By: Zandile Mavuso     21st October 2016 With 47 years’ expertise in the pipes industry, wholesale carbon and mild steel pipes, fittings and flanges wholesaler Process Pipe has established a national footprint in South Africa, with branches in Gauteng (Alrode), KwaZulu-Natal (Jacobs) and two branches in the Western Cape (Belville and... 

Stainless steel art becomes part of community upliftment centre

By: Aarifah Nosarka     21st October 2016 The 2016 Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association art category award finalist for the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality’s Helenvale Resource Centre project is unusual as it is not often that community project budgets allow for art work, let alone those conceived of stainless steel,... 

Stainless steel art becomes part of community  upliftment centre
STERLING ART Kite Boy was made using reflective stainless steel

Stainless steel worth more than R500 000 installed at heritage site

By: Aarifah Nosarka     21st October 2016 Since the completion of upgrades to the Opera House in Port Elizabeth – a 2016 Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association Awards finalist in the architecture building and construction category – it has become a significant tourist attraction, architecture company The Matrix Urban... 

Stainless steel worth more than R500 000 installed at heritage site
HERITAGE SITE The Opera House upgrades included the use of stainless steel, which created a distinctly contemporary and elegant architectural expression to the foyer extension

Ultrahygienic liquid mixer nominated for an award

By: Aarifah Nosarka     21st October 2016 Designer and manufacturer of processing equipment Anderson Engineering’s AndPure Magnetic Mixer, fabricated entirely from stainless steel and used to mix liquid products, is particularly popular in the pharmaceutical industry, owing to its ultra-hygienic properties, says Anderson Engineering MD... 

Ultrahygienic liquid mixer nominated for an award
LIQUID MIXER The design and engineering of the AndPure Magnetic Mixer catered to the need for a solution of ultra-hygienic mixing in the pharmaceutical sector

Itac to make HRC steel safeguard recommendation in November

By: Terence Creamer     17th October 2016 The head of the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac) reports that, following the completion of public consultations on the possible imposition of safeguard duties for hot-rolled coil (HRC) steel, the commission intends delivering its recommendation to Trade and... 

Itac to make HRC steel safeguard recommendation in November

New Seifsa president urges employer proactivity ahead of 2017 wage talks

By: Terence Creamer     14th October 2016 The incoming president of the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa), Michael Pimstein, has called on employers affiliated to the body to adopt a proactive stance towards the upcoming 2017 wage negotiations. Pimstein is returning to a Seifsa post he last occupied... 

New Seifsa president urges employer proactivity ahead of 2017 wage talks

Increased interest in machine tools trade exhibition

By: Victor Moolman     14th October 2016 With the machine tools market having grown significantly over the past few years, exhibition specialists Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery plans to expand Machine Tools Africa by extending it from one hall at the Nasrec exhibition centre, in Johannesburg, to two halls in 2017. 

Increased interest in machine tools trade exhibition
Photo by Duane Daws
ELECTRA MINING AFRICA 2016 The 2016 Electra Mining Africa exhibition was the first show since 2014 without the Machine Tools Africa show

Manufacturer celebrates 60 years of service

     14th October 2016 South African manufacturer and distributor of cutting consumables and distributor of capital equipment First Cut, is celebrating 60 years of supplying cutting solutions to the South African industry. 

Manufacturer celebrates 60 years of service
FIRST CUT First Cut is celebrating 60 years of service to clients across South Africa

New machines increase manufacturers’ product quality

     14th October 2016 Computer numerical control machine tool manufacturer Okuma’s new MU-4000V is excellent for 5-axis multi-sided machining and is well suited for the aerospace and die and mold industries. 

New machines  increase manufacturers’ product quality
Photo by Bloomberg
AEROSPACE TOOLING The 5-axis machines from Okuma is well suited for the aerospace industry

New tool series launched at IMTS 2016

     14th October 2016 Supplier of production-grade additive manufacturing systems for three-dimensional (3D) printed metals Optomec launched a new tool series that enables low-cost, high-value metal additive manufacturing at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) 2016 last month. 

Steel sector’s sustainability much improved from earlier years

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th October 2016 The World Steel Association’s (worldsteel’s) 2016 edition of ‘Sustainable Steel – Policy and Indicators’, has shown only slight declines in the global steel industry’s sustainable development performance. Reporting is voluntary and, in 2015, 159 companies worldwide participated in the study, up... 

Steel sector’s sustainability much improved from earlier years

AMSA insists R2.27bn empowerment deal meets highest governance standards

By: Terence Creamer     28th September 2016 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has unwrapped its long-awaited R2.27-billion broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) transaction, which chairperson Mpho Makwana insists meets the highest standards of probity and governance. An earlier 2010 attempt by the JSE-listed company... 

AMSA insists R2.27bn empowerment deal meets highest governance standards
AMSA's Wim de Klerk and Mpho Makwana with Likamva's Noluthando Gosa and Leslie Maasdorp

Public Works thanks outgoing ECSA council 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th September 2016 The Department of Public Works (DPW) will ensure that the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) and its registered members continue to play an important role in the implementation of government’s National Development Plan. Speaking on behalf of Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi at ECSA’s... 

Public Works thanks outgoing ECSA council

Limpopo’s proposed SEZ attracts R40bn investment

     23rd September 2016 A significant investment is already expected to be injected into the proposed Musina-Makhado Special Economic Zone (SEZ) - a boost for the energy and metallurgical industries. A consortium of Chinese investors led by Hong Kong Mining Exchange, will be investing more than R40-billion into an... 

New technology optimises manufacturing process

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd September 2016 Cape Town-based aluminium-frame structure manufacturer Speed Structures is adapting skill sets to enhance adaptability of temporary structures for a variety of applications, such as military, warehousing and agriculture, as well as the traditional event, exhibition and festival industry. 

New technology             optimises manufacturing process
Photo by Speed Structures
CLEAR-SPAN MARQUEE An example of a clear-span marquee, with clear spaces between the vertical columns

South32 aluminium production unchanged in FY2016

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd September 2016 Mining resources company South32 announced in its full report for the 2016 financial year that South Africa aluminium saleable production was largely unchanged in, as the impact of electricity load-shedding events were lower than expected, particularly in the December 2015 half-year. 

South32 aluminium  production unchanged  in FY2016
Photo by Bloomberg
ALUMINIUM SMELTING Aluminium being smelted for semi-finished products
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