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Apr 29, 2016
PORTABLE HARDNESS TESTER The Kompakt Brinell Portable offers hassle-free operation, with improved accuracy and faster cycles
Centurion-based testing-device manufacturer Anjo Hardness Testers launched its portable hardness tester the Kompakt Brinell Portable last month. It is cheaper than and offers several advancements, compared with competitor products (all of which are imported) offered...
Apr 28, 2016
Apr 22, 2016
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Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC) general secretary Thulani Mthiyane has dismissed claims by National Employers’ Association of South Africa (Neasa) CEO Gerhard Papenfus that the MEIBC was responsible for setting in motion a “devastating”...
Apr 22, 2016
Hulamin on Thursday expressed its continued frustration at the lack of tariff protection against cheaper imports as metals price remained weak, resulting in a significant negative impact on the financial performance of the company. Hulamin chairperson, Mafika Edmund...
Apr 21, 2016
Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel announced on Thursday that that the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac) had recommended the imposition of a tariff duty of 10% on two additional steel products – hot rolled coil (HRC) and...
Apr 21, 2016
Apr 20, 2016
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies
Government will pull out all the stops to ensure the sustainability of the local steel manufacturing sector, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies stressed on Wednesday. He noted during the Department of Trade and Industry’s Budget Vote that UK Prime Minister...
Apr 20, 2016
After starting the year on a positive upward growth trend, South Africa’s crude steel production in March plunged 14.8% year-on-year to 536 000 t, with output during the first quarter of the year falling some 16.5% to 1.5-million tonnes. Overall global crude steel...
Apr 20, 2016
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Apr 15, 2016
Global stainless steel and heat-resisting melt shop production for 2015 edged down some 0.3% year-on-year to 41.5-million tons, with declines across the board - barring Asia with the exception of China - the latest figures from the International Stainless Steel Forum...
Apr 15, 2016
As the world reels from a flood of cheap Chinese steel, other countries including Japan and South Korea are selling products overseas at prices as much as a third lower than in their home markets, according to industry data and officials. The underpricing by the...
Apr 13, 2016
Global steel demand is expected to contract by 0.8% to 1.48-billion tonnes in 2016, following a 3% contraction in 2015; however, the World Steel Association (worldsteel) estimates that global steel demand will return to growth of 0.4% to 1.49-billion tonnes in 2017....
Apr 12, 2016
Acting AMSA CEO Dean Subramanian
Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has place allocation restrictions on domestic consumers of rebar and wire rod, owing to a combination of weak domestic orders at the end of 2015, supply disruptions and an unexpected surge in restocking-related...
Apr 11, 2016
China wants to work with the rest of the world to find an appropriate resolution to overcapacity in the steel sector, its foreign ministry said on Monday, after Britain asked the world's top producer of the alloy to hurry up and tackle the problem. Britain's Foreign...
Apr 08, 2016
ALUMINUNUM GROWTH The aluminium foundry sector produces about 5 000 t/y of components
The Aluminium Federation of South Africa (Afsa) believes that potential for growth of the foundry industry currently lies in the automotive sector, as this is the largest market for aluminium castings. “Legislation worldwide is driving automotive companies and...
Apr 07, 2016
Gold miner Vantage Goldfields, which operates the Mpumalanga-based Lily mine where three miners have been trapped underground since February 4, has announced that its subsidiary MIMCO, which owns the mine, officially entered business rescue on Thursday. In a...
Apr 07, 2016
China's major steel mills have made combined losses of 11.4 billion yuan ($1.8 billion) for the first two months of this year as chronic oversupply weighed on the sector, an official with the China Iron & Steel Association (CISA) said on Thursday. The steel sector,...
Apr 04, 2016
The State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has instituted urgent court proceedings against Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium and the company’s joint business rescue practitioners to ensure that it is not relegated to a “concurrent creditor” in the event...
Apr 04, 2016
South Africa is considering imposing emergency "safeguard" tariffs on some iron and steel imports, it said in a filing to the World Trade Organization (WTO) published on Monday. South Africa's steel industry body requested the import barrier based on data from...
Apr 01, 2016
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Tesla Model 3
Twenty-four hours after launching, US electric vehicle (EV) maker Tesla Motors has secured more than 180 000 orders for its new Model 3 vehicle, making it the biggest driver of potential lithium demand from the auto sector to date. By Friday afternoon, that figure...
Apr 01, 2016
PRODUCTION RATE INCREASED First component of the a.b.e expansion programme at the bulk emulsion stainless steel tank in Boksburg
Construction product supplier and subsidiary of the Chryso Southern Africa Group, a.b.e. Construction Chemicals, is in the final phase of completing its modernisation and expansion programme that involves the installation of new high-technology equipment at its...
Mar 23, 2016
SALGA CEO Xolile George and IIA CEO Claudelle von Eck
The South African Local Government Association (Salga) and the Institute of Internal Auditors – South Africa (IIA SA) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to provide South Africa’s municipalities access to standardised norms and methods of internal...
Mar 18, 2016
JOHN TARBOTON Some imported stainless steel pots are more prone to corrosion because of their lower alloy content
After spending half-year capital of R8.6-billion in Southern Africa in the six months to December 31, integrated chemicals and energy group Sasol expects to invest a similar capital amount in the region in the current half year. Speaking to Creamer Media’s...
Mar 17, 2016
While the growth rate of aluminium use in China has fallen sharply since 2011, the country is expecting increased growth in the fields of transportation, packaging and electricity over the next five years. “Daily output has slowed down and shutting-down capacity has...
Mar 17, 2016
Aluminium fabricator Hulamin has outlined ways to substantially grow the aluminium industry supply chain and boost employment. CEO Richard Jacob said it was possible to create 29 000 jobs in the industry by 2018, compared with the 16 000 registered in 2011.
Mar 17, 2016
Seifsa chief economist Henk Langenhoven
South Africa’s aluminium export growth is expected to remain subdued this year at 0.4% and at just under 1.2% in 2017, according to the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa).
Mar 16, 2016
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Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) informed its customers this week that it would be increasing prices on a range of steel products by up to 11% from April 1, but the JSE-listed group insisted that the hikes had nothing to do with recent increases in...
Mar 16, 2016
A steam generator being manufactured at Areva's Chalon/Saint-Marcel plant
French nuclear technology group Areva reports that 80% of the procurement associated with a contested contract to supply six replacement steam generators for Eskom’s Koeberg nuclear power station, in the Western Cape, has been completed and that 30% of the forgings...
Mar 11, 2016
CREATIVE TABLES The Portuguese roots of Nando's influenced the decision to opt for a 'kitchen table' concept for the new restaurant tables
Global restaurant chain Nando’s has recently started using vitreous enamel steel as a new material for its table tops. The vitreous enamel steel for the tables is being supplied by vitreous enamel steel manufacturer and installer Vitrex. Durban-based interior design...
Mar 11, 2016
WORTH IT Laser technology provides added shortcuts for customers and can help increase their manufacturing process
Precision laser-cutting solutions provider Cutting Edge Technologies is benefiting from increased outputs owing to a range of German manufactured lasers. The company, based in KwaZulu-Natal, is using three 5 kW L5030 Trumpf lasers at its Westmead factory, allowing...
Mar 10, 2016
JSE-listed aluminium supplier Hulamin has appointed Anton Krull as its new CFO. He rejoins Hulamin from ASX-listed packaging company Amcor, where he has served as finance director of South African operations. Previously, Krull served Hulamin in several senior...
Mar 08, 2016
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Nersa head of electricity regulation Thembani Bukula
There was no imaginable way for Eskom to escape from its onerous contract to supply BHP Billiton’s Hillside smelter and ease the knock-on effect on the ordinary consumer, the National Energy Regulator of South Africa said in response to questions from MPs on Tuesday....
Mar 08, 2016
Wim de Klerk has been appointed CEO and executive director of steel producer Arcelormittal South Africa (AMSA), effective September 1. De Klerk last week announced that he would resign as FD and executive director of diversified miner Exxaro Resources at the end of...
Mar 07, 2016
Creamer Media’s Steel 2016 Report examines South Africa’s steel industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into the global steel market and and particularly into South South Africa’s steel sector, including production and consumption, main...
Mar 04, 2016
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Transport Minister Dipuo Peters and Gibela CEO Marc Granger at the sod turning
Ground was officially broken on Friday at the site of a new 60 000 m2 manufacturing plant, which is being built by the Gibela consortium for the production of new passenger trains for the State-owned Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA). The R1-billion...
Mar 03, 2016
Ufikile Khumalo
Steel products manufacturer Scaw Metals has announced that its executive chairperson, Ufikile Khumalo, will become nonexecutive board chairperson, in light of his appointment as Foskor CEO from April 1. The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), which owns large...
Feb 29, 2016
Female representation and participation in national science academies globally are insignificant, despite efforts to promote the role of women in science. The ‘Women for Science: Inclusion and Participation in Academies of Science’ report, which was supported by the...
Feb 26, 2016
2015 WINNER The Overall Winner at Steel Awards 2015 was the MeerKAT project of the Square Kilometre Array Africa Radio Antenna Positioner
Steel construction industry representative organisation the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) is calling for entries for its Steel Awards 2016, which will take place simultaneously in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town on September 15.
Feb 26, 2016
MIKE CRONIN Elquip has extensive knowledge of the South African tube and pipe industry
Boksburg-based capital equipment and consumables provider Elquip Solutions provides a range of steel-related products, and products for coil processing and fabrication industries, which it sources from leading brands in the international market.
Feb 26, 2016
PRECIOUS RESOURCE Scrap metal should be retained in South Africa and used as a national resource to decrease the price of local steel
The recent concerns regarding the proposed amendments to the price preference system (PPS) policy guidelines for local scrap metal require debate and input from all role-players, such as exporters of and domestic users of scrap metal, says steel industry...
Feb 26, 2016
SURVIVAL The Southern African Institute of Steel Construction says the local steel construction industry will survive the current challenging environment owing to years of resilience
As local steel demand stagnates and exports decrease, various steel industry role-players and industry analysts have predicted this year will be the toughest one for local steel manufacturers, as companies have been forced to mothball or sell plants, cut jobs and...
Feb 26, 2016
SUSTAINING PRODUCTION Scaw Metals plans to use the new price preference system for scrap metal to sustain jobs in the steel industry
Steel manufacturing major Scaw Metals is supporting the proposed amendments to the price preference system (PPS) policy guidelines for local scrap metal.
Feb 25, 2016
Seifsa chief economist Henk Langenhoven
The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has welcomed government’s announced efforts to reduce its expenditure; however, the organisation remained concerned about the lack of concrete plans to address the country’s slow economic...
Feb 23, 2016
While overall world crude steel production continued to decline, contracting 7.1% year-on-year in January, South Africa’s output grew 2.7% year-on-year to account for 650 000 t of the overall 128-million tonnes produced by the 66 countries reporting to industry body...
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