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DTI refuses to release list of black industrialist scheme beneficiaries for fear they will be ‘harassed’ 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd May 2017 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies showcased four recipients of government’s flagship Black Industrialist programme (BIP) during his Budget Vote on Tuesday, but astonishingly refused to release the names of all 46 recipients of the non-refundable government grants and concessional loans.... 

Global steel production rises 5% y/y in April

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd May 2017 Global steel production, as reported by the 67 member countries of the World Steel Association (worldsteel), rose by 5% year-on-year to 142.1-million tonnes in April. China’s steel production increased by 4.9% to 72.8-million tonnes, while Japan’s output rose 3% year-on-year to 8.8-million tonnes. 

Thos Begbie’s global quality status boosted by on-the-spot Dekra 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd May 2017 The same-site working relationship that Thos Begbie has established with global quality inspectorate Dekra Industrial RSA is giving the prolific exporter of copper castings a commercial edge in its global dealings with mining and smelter-related customers worldwide. Thos Begbie now hosts the... 

Thos Begbie’s global quality status boosted by on-the-spot Dekra
Engineering News Online’s Martin Creamer talks to Thos Begbie’s Edwin Dreyer and Dekra’s Johan Gerber. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Bosnian region's Parliament votes against mine sale to Israeli group

By: Reuters     18th May 2017 The Bosnian Serb Parliament on Wednesday voted against the sale of a government stake in an iron ore mine to the Israeli Investment Group (IIG) after ArcelorMittal warned it would take legal action if it went ahead. The government plan to sell the Ljubija mine to little-known IIG, which has no... 

Bosnian region's Parliament votes against mine sale to Israeli group

G20 must tackle distortions on global steel markets – German minister

By: Reuters     16th May 2017 The world's 20 biggest economies must jointly tackle the causes of imbalances on global steel markets, German Economy Minister Brigitte Zypries told Reuters on Tuesday, adding she had addressed the issue also in talks with Chinese counterparts. "We must work together on the causes of market... 

Chinese steel industry policies to boost iron-ore demand – Rio Tinto CEO

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th May 2017 Rio Tinto CEO Jean-Sébastien Jacques is confident China will continue to drive demand for mining products and iron-ore in particular, despite introducing new policies that will make environmental permits for steel mills harder to obtain and slow capacity. The country plans to eliminate... 

AMSA insists 12% hot-rolled-coil safeguard won’t translate into abrupt price hike

By: Terence Creamer     15th May 2017 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) insists that the institution of a 12% safeguard duty on hot-rolled coil (HRC) from July 1 will not result in a commensurate rise in domestic prices for the primary-steel product, owing to a pricing agreement with government that regulates the... 

AMSA insists 12% hot-rolled-coil safeguard won’t translate into abrupt price hike
Photo by Duane Daws
AMSA CEO Wim de Klerk

AMSA expects HRC steel safeguards from July 1

By: Terence Creamer     12th May 2017 JSE-listed steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) expects imposition of safeguard duties on hot rolled coil (HRC) to come into effect on July 1, but says certain stakeholder processes still have to be completed before the decision is confirmed. Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies... 

AMSA expects HRC steel safeguards from July 1

EU imposes dumping duties on Chinese steel pipes and tubes

By: Reuters     12th May 2017 The European Union has imposed definitive anti-dumping duties on Chinese imports of seamless pipes and tubes of iron or steel to protect its industry from steel overcapacity. In a notice published in the official journal on Friday, the European Commission said it was imposing definitive... 

Vertical roller mills enhance cement plant

     12th May 2017 High-quality cement manufacturer and supplier United Cement Company of Nigeria (Unisem) is using two vertical roller mills (VRMs) from export-oriented engineering company Loesche at its successfully commissioned new Cement Plant 2 at Mfamosing, in Cross River state, Nigeria. Loesche received the... 

Vertical roller mills  enhance cement plant
INNOVATIVE ENGINEERING The biggest Loesche mill type, LM 70.4+4 CS, in successful operation with the new COPE drive at cement plant Mfamosing

Additional protection for SA’s embattled steel industry 

     11th May 2017 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has confirmed that additional protection is on the way for South Africa’s embattled steel industry. Engineering News editor Terence Creamer speaks to Creamer Media's Sashnee Moodley about the development. 

Additional protection for SA’s embattled steel industry
Additional protection for SA’s embattled steel industry.

Davies promises support for downstream firms as he confirms steel safeguard duty  

By: Terence Creamer     8th May 2017 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies confirmed on Monday that he had signed off on a hot-rolled coil (HRC) safeguard duty, but refused to be drawn on the duty level proposed until the Word Trade Organisation (WTO) had been notified. Speaking in Johannesburg at the release of the ninth... 

Davies promises support for downstream firms as he confirms steel safeguard duty
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies on the link between the Industrial Policy Action Plan and Radical Economic Transformation. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 8.5.2017

Company expands in key African markets

By: Robyn Wilkinson     5th May 2017 Despite challenging macroeconomic headwinds causing a slowdown in consumer spending in many African markets in 2016, packaging company Nampak remains confident of the demographic fundamentals underpinning long-term packaging growth on the continent. 

Company expands in key African markets
ANDRE DE RUYTER Nampak aims to uphold good relationships with all relevant authorities and contribute meaningfully to the manufacturing sector in the African countries in which it operates

Hydraulic pumps market set to grow until 2021

     5th May 2017 The global hydraulic pumps market is anticipated to grow at a steady rate and will post a compound annual growth rate of close to 5% during the forecast period 2017 to 2021, says market research company Technavio. 

Hydraulic pumps market set to grow until 2021
HYDRAULIC PUMPS The hydraulic pumps market will grow steadily in the next four years

Pneumatics specialist showcases intelligent pneumatics

     5th May 2017 At the 2017 Hannover Messe, in Germany, which took place last month, pneumatics manufacturer Aventics will show how the company’s intelligent pneumatics can anticipate system maintenance, using already available sensors and a new smart pneumatics monitor which is the company’s first Internet of... 

Pneumatics  specialist showcases intelligent pneumatics
Photo by Victor Moolman
SMART PNEUMATICS Smart pneumatics from Aventics has been created to help with maintenance of pneumatic systems

ABB responds to South Africa’s rail localisation demand with traction transformer investment

By: Terence Creamer     3rd May 2017 Technology multinational ABB has responded to South Africa’s tightened local-content requirements in the railways sector by opening a new state-of-the-art traction transformer factory in eastern Johannesburg. Traction transformers direct power, at safe voltages, to support train functions such as... 

ABB responds to South Africa’s rail localisation demand with traction transformer investment
Photo by Duane Daws
ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer

US aluminium sector urges Britain, EU to unite against China

By: Reuters     3rd May 2017 Representatives of the US aluminium industry are speaking to EU counterparts and have written to British Prime Minister Theresa May urging action against what they says are "massive illegal subsidies" in China that threaten Western jobs. Trade lawyers and some governments accuse China of unfairly... 

More than 50 miners trapped in explosion in Iran, some feared dead

By: Reuters     3rd May 2017 More than 50 miners were trapped after a huge explosion in a coal mine in northern Iran on Wednesday, and some were feared to have died, state media reported. The reports said more than a dozen injured people had been transferred to hospital after the blast at 12:45 p.m. local time in the... 

April PMI slumps to well below neutral 50 mark

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd May 2017 After a solid first-quarter performance, the seasonally adjusted Absa Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) slumped in April 2017. The Bureau for Economic Research (BER) index fell to 44.7 index points from an average of 51.9 during the first quarter. 

April PMI slumps to well below neutral 50 mark

Coega industrial zone outlines R1bn investment pipeline

By: David Oliveira     28th April 2017 The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) announced earlier this month that investment projects worth more than R1-billion are ready for implementation in the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), in the Eastern Cape. This announcement follows the unaudited 2016 financial year results, during... 

Control and instrumentation play rugged role in industry

By: Simone Liedtke     28th April 2017 The uptake of new information technology (IT) in industrial automation has traditionally been at a slower rate compared with that of the broader information, communications and technology (ICT) sector, says the Society for Automation Instrumentation, Measurements and Control (SAIMC) professional... 

Control and instrumentation play rugged role in industry
TRIED AND TESTED Companies still use more traditional tried and tested architectures for projects locally

Distributor emphasises lubricant’s cost benefits

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th April 2017 Southern Africa-focused bearings and power transmission products distributor Bearings International (BI) recently conducted a product focus designed to educate staff on the benefits of using reaming, tapping and drilling lubricant RTD, to strengthen its long-standing supplier-distributor... 

Expo to showcase latest developments in machine tools industry

By: Simone Liedtke     28th April 2017 This year’s Machine Tools Africa (MTA) is set to showcase the latest technology developments, machinery, products, services and solutions, says event management company Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery portfolio director Charlene Hefer. 

Expo to showcase latest developments in machine tools industry
MACHINE TOOLS AFRICA 2017 Interactive displays at the MTA will include live demonstrations and technical presentations

Machines produce components for isotope facility

By: Simone Liedtke     28th April 2017 Machine component manufacturer Precision Separators bought six computer numerical control (CNC) machines from machine industry company Hurco to manufacture and produce components for private company Klydon’s medical isotope facility MoF6. 

New tandem horizontal boring to be fully operational in July

By: Simone Liedtke     28th April 2017 Installation of the new tandem horizontal boring mill – which can perform multiple tasks simultaneously – will be complete and fully operational by July, enthuses project services corporation Hydra Arc. 

New tandem horizontal boring to be fully operational in July
Photo by Petrus Saayman
FULLY AUTOMATED The tandem horizontal boring mill is fully automated and programmable

Robotic solution for machine tools industry

     28th April 2017 When it comes to the automated feeding of machine tools, the choice of the right robot set-up and manipulator is a key element in the planning process, says Japanese robotics company Yaskawa. 

Robotic solution for  machine tools industry
CONTROL CONCEPT Finding the right software structure is just as important as the hardware

South Africa plans emergency steel tariff from July – WTO

By: Reuters     27th April 2017 South Africa is proposing to put emergency "safeguard" tariffs on imports of certain flat hot-rolled steel products from July, it said in a filing published by the World Trade Organisation (WTO) on Thursday. The tariff would be in place for three years, and fall from 12% in the first year to 10%... 

South Africa plans emergency steel tariff from July – WTO

Outokumpu expects Q2 profit to be slightly weaker than Q1

By: Reuters     27th April 2017 Finnish stainless steel producer Outokumpu said it expects current quarter profit to be "somewhat" below first-quarter levels due to lower ferrochrome prices and deliveries. Outokumpu's first-quarter adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortisation tripled to... 

Outokumpu expects Q2 profit to be slightly weaker than Q1

Junior iron-ore miner outlines ambitious aims, supports local steel production

By: Ilan Solomons     26th April 2017 Junior iron-ore miner Manngwe Mining plans to expand its asset base and increase production at its existing operation over the next five years to provide integrated steel and mining company ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) with between four-million and five-million tons of iron-ore a year.... 

Junior iron-ore miner outlines ambitious aims, supports local steel production
Wim de Klerk, Mathatha Tsedu and Matodzi Nesongozwi at official opening of Manngwe plant

Cairo 'cargotecture' company transforms shipping containers into homes

By: Reuters     25th April 2017 An Egyptian design duo has begun re-purposing old steel shipping containers, transforming them into living spaces, shops and restaurants in an effort to introduce residents of overcrowded Cairo to cheaper and more versatile properties. Qubix, a year-old company founded by Youssef Farag and Karim... 

Competition Commission approves buyout of ASA Metals' ferrochrome production assets

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th April 2017 The Competition Commission has recommended that the Competition Tribunal approve the proposed merger between ferrochrome producer ASA Metals and Newco. Newco is a newly created joint venture between Sinosteel and Samancor. Sinosteel operates globally in the production, supply and procurement of a... 

Global steel production reaches 410Mt in Q1

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th April 2017 South Africa produced an estimated 1.56-million tonnes of steel in the first quarter of the year, the World Steel Association (worldsteel) said on Monday. This was roughly the same as the 1.54-million tonnes  produced in the first quarter of 2016 and came on the back of flat year-on-year... 

Steel demand to grow in 2017/18 as recession risk decreases

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st April 2017 Global steel demand will increase by 1.3% to 1.53-billion tonnes this year, and by a further 0.9% to 1.55-billion tonnes in 2018, following growth of 1% in 2016, the World Steel Association (worldsteel) said in its latest short-range outlook (SRO), published on Friday. Worldsteel economics... 

Fabrication facility to expand to accommodate heavy lifting fleet

By: Simone Liedtke     21st April 2017 Manufacturing company Sky Hill Heavy Engineering - a part of project services corporation Hydra-Arc in Secunda, Mpumalanga - has already commenced with the 100 m expansion of three of its four fabrication bays, to accommodate its heavy lifting fleet, says Hydra-Arc. 

Fabrication facility to expand to accommodate heavy lifting fleet
Photo by Petrus Saayman
IN-HOUSE PROJECTS Fabrication and refurbishment projects are executed from the engineering to transportation stages

Local equipment supplier upgrades product offering

By: Simone Liedtke     21st April 2017 Machine manufacturer Meclift has added the ML1812R variable reach truck series to its heavy-lifting equipment range, which has a lifting capacity of 18 t and operates swiftly in confined spaces, including warehouses and cargo vessels. 

Local equipment supplier upgrades product offering
ML1812R MECLIFT The variable-reach truck is designed for swift, efficient and safe handling of heavy loads in diverse industries

New concept crane being developed

By: Simone Liedtke     21st April 2017 Global engineered heavy lifting and transportation specialist Mammoet and engineering specialist Stoof Engineering and Innovation (E&I) are joining forces to develop a containerised heavy lifter named Focus.  

New concept crane being developed
FULLY ASSEMBLED Mammoet uses a jacking system to lift the dragline and place it on a specialised transport system to move it to its new location

Alcoa swaps New York for the city of steel as Harvey simplifies

By: Bloomberg     20th April 2017 Alcoa is giving up the glamour of New York City and going back to Pittsburgh, as new CEO Roy Harvey steps up efforts to streamline the aluminium maker. Changing headquarters and closing seven locations across the US, Europe and Asia is part of a push to lower costs after the producer of the... 

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