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Jul 03, 2015
The World Steel Association has published the 2015 edition of the World Steel in Figures report, which shows an increase in steel production as well as provides an overview of steel industry activities from crude steel production to apparent steel use.
Jul 02, 2015
ArcelorMittal, the world's largest producer of steel, will cut 2 800 jobs at its Mexico unit as global prices slump, it said in a joint statement with local competitors on Wednesday, while accusing Russia, China and Turkey of dumping steel on markets at levels below...
Jun 22, 2015
The Supreme Court of Appeal’s (SCA’s) November 2014 judgment, ordering steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) to hand over the 2003 Environmental Master Plan for its Vanderbijlpark steel plant to environmental pressure groups, confirmed the right of civil...
Jun 22, 2015
Faring better than the global average, which saw international crude steel production by the 65 countries reporting to the World Steel Association slump 2.1% year-on-year to 139-million tons in May, South African output remained flat year-on-year, at 550 000 t....
Jun 18, 2015
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Trade union Solidarity and ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) have signed a three-year wage deal. Solidarity metal industry head Marius Croucamp said AMSA employees would receive an increase of either 6.2% or 6.5%, depending on the employee’s job level, for this year....
Jun 17, 2015
Seifsa chief economist Henk Langenhoven
Yielding to State-owned power utility Eskom’s “massive” tariff hike requests will cripple a critical engine of the South African economy – the metals and engineering sector, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has warned. The...
Jun 15, 2015
Vertically integrated steel and vanadium slag producer Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium announced on Monday that Valery Borisov had resigned as executive director and CFO, effective immediately. The company had, however, announced last month that its business rescue...
Jun 11, 2015
The Competition Commission has given its approval for the intermediate merger between Chinese-owned Hebei Iron and Steel Group and Swiss steel trader Duferco International Trading Holding SA, with conditions.
Jun 05, 2015
Jun 03, 2015
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May 29, 2015
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May 29, 2015
THREAD MILLING CUTTERS The new cutters of the tread milling range are recommended for machining steel, stainless steel, cast-iron, titanium, nickel, copper, aluminium and plastics
Tools company Dormer Pramet has developed a new range of chipbreaker inserts with positive NF geometry for the process of turning stainless steel.
May 29, 2015
MARKET POTENTIAL Fischer SA will receive an additional tube mill by 2016 to complement the current five mills at its Centurion-based factory
The production of specialised products, such as stainless steel heat-exchanger tubing, for the industrial power generation industry could hold significant benefits for local stainless steel manufacturer Fischer South Africa (SA).
May 29, 2015
BENEFICIAL MATERIAL Stainless steel handrailing offers numerous benefits among which is increased safety
Stainless steel handrailing can be used in various industries to ensure the safety of personnel and compliance with hygiene standards, says precision engineering company Andrew Mentis.
May 29, 2015
ADVANCED LINE The robust, sealed design of this motor line's external parts in noncorrosive stainless steel means that the vane motors are predestined for use in the food industry
Stainless steel air motors are a good option for the food and beverage industry, which has to focus on hygiene when implementing automated production processes, says automation and air-motor company Deprag.
May 28, 2015
Vertically integrated steel and vanadium slag producer Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium’s business rescue practitioners (BRPs) have appointed nonexecutive director Andrew Phillip Maralack acting CFO of the company, with immediate effect. Maralack was a qualified...
May 28, 2015
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DTI deputy director-general Garth Strachan
A senior Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) official has admitted that the roll-out of South Africa’s industrial policy has, to date, been “suboptimal”, partly owing to a lack of coordination within government on key elements of the policy, including local...
May 27, 2015
Vertically integrated steel and vanadium slag producer Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium on Wednesday announced that a dispute with financial services provider Sasfin Bank had been resolved. On Monday, Evraz Highveld said it had launched an urgent High Court...
May 25, 2015
Vertically integrated steel and vanadium slag producer Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium has launched a High Court application against financial services provider Sasfin Bank. The JSE-listed company on Monday said that, in the application, which was submitted to the...
May 22, 2015
South Africa’s crude steel production dropped by a sizeable 17.2% year-on-year to an estimated 530 000 t in April, amplifying a global trend that saw world steel production decline by a comparatively marginal 1.7% to 135-million tons in the fourth month of the year....
May 20, 2015
Energy and chemicals group Sasol has expanded the production capacity of its alumina spheres plant in Brunsbüttel, Germany, to 4 000 t/y. “The expansion marks another step in strengthening our position in the alumina market to meet growing market demand for carrier...
 
 
 
 
May 20, 2015
The local metals and engineering sector cannot grow as a result of South Africa’s unreliable energy supply and the fact that, on average, energy costs in the sector account for about 8% of intermediary input costs, Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of...
May 19, 2015
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Economic data released during the first quarter of the year show alarming trends in the metals and engineering sector, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) said on Tuesday. The data also confirmed the organisation’s forecasts...
May 11, 2015
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has announced a further set of product designations for local procurement by the public sector and has indicated that efforts will be stepped up during 2015 to improve compliance across all government departments and...
May 07, 2015
AMSA CEO Paul O’Flaherty
South Africa’s leading steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) reported a 4.9% fall in sales for the quarter ended March 31, 2015, when compared with the same period in 2014. The decrease was attributed to lower exports, which declined by 156 000 t period on...
May 05, 2015
Apr 30, 2015
Two weeks after itself filing for business rescue, vertically integrated steel and vanadium slag producer Evraz Highveld Steel & Vanadium announced on Thursday that subsidiary Mapochs Mine would also enter business rescue proceedings following “historical operational...
Apr 28, 2015
Global stainless steel melt shop production increased by 8.3% year-on-year, to 41.7-millions tonnes in 2014, the International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) revealed on Tuesday. Output had increased in all regions except for Central and Eastern Europe, where output...
Apr 24, 2015
Acting Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama
Acting Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama, who was appointed to the position following the surprise secondment of Brian Molefe to Eskom, has placed revenue diversification at the top of his list of immediate priorities, with the weak commodity outlook seen as having the...
Apr 23, 2015
While noting that it was not possible to forecast the extent of electricity curtailment over the remainder of the year, aluminium manufacturer Hulamin says it is “already clear” that its earnings per share (EPS) and headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the six...
Apr 21, 2015
Global crude steel production for the 65 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) decreased by 2.7% year-on-year to 138-million tonnes in March. China’s crude steel production decreased by 1.2% year-on-year to 69.5-million tonnes, while Japan’s...
 
 
 
 
Apr 21, 2015
Creamer Media’s Steel 2015 report provides an overview of the key developments in the global steel industry and particularly of South Africa’s steel sector over the past year, including details of production and consumption, as well as the country's primary carbon...
Apr 20, 2015
A slowdown in China’s demand for steel is set to restrain global steel industry growth over the next two years, the World Steel Association’s (worldsteel’s) latest Short Range Outlook (SRO) for 2015 and 2016 revealed on Monday. Following a marginal 0.6% uptick in...
Apr 20, 2015
Vertically integrated steel and vanadium slag producer Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium, which has filed for voluntary business rescue proceedings, produced 149 000 t of crude steel in the quarter ended March 31, a 6.9% decrease on the 160 000 t produced in the...
Apr 16, 2015
One of the two business practitioners nominated to manage Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium’s business rescue proceedings has confirmed that the company will continue to trade until the process has been concluded, telling Engineering News Online that the process...
Apr 15, 2015
Trade union Solidarity said on Wednesday that it would protect the interests of its members at Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium, in eMalahleni, after the company announced on Tuesday that it had entered into business rescue proceedings. Solidarity, which represented...
Apr 14, 2015
Vertically integrated steel and vanadium slag producer Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium has initiated voluntary business rescue proceedings, citing an inability to meet its short-term obligations as a result of historical operating difficulties and sustained...
Apr 10, 2015
VISION 2020 The aluminium industry is embarking on a strategy aimed at doubling the volume of cars manufactured a year in South Africa by 2020, from 600 000 to 1.2-million
South Africa’s automotive sector is currently one of the key drivers of aluminium demand in the country, which stakeholders attribute to the global trend of manufacturers using an increasing amount of aluminium for vehicle components, particularly for passenger...
Apr 10, 2015
MEERKAT 63 RECEIVERS A host of receivers on the antenna provides high fidelity and sensitivity and was informed by the KAT-7 prototype
Multiple and more sensitive receivers are being deployed on the 64 antennas of the MeerKAT radio telescope array, which will improve the scientific data it gathers, says Square Kilometre Array (SKA) South Africa science and engineering associate director professor...
Apr 01, 2015
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The value of copper stolen in February decreased to R12.7-million, from R12.9-million in January, but was 18.1% higher than the value of copper stolen in February 2014, the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) revealed on Wednesday. In its latest...
Mar 20, 2015
Steel production by South African manufacturers dropped 11.8% year-on-year to 500 000 t in February, bucking a global trend that saw world crude steel production for the 65 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) increasing by a marginal 0.6%...
 
 
 
 
Mar 13, 2015
INDUSTRY PURSUIT Project Aeroswift will be able to produce components with various metals, including titanium and stainless steel alloys
South African research institute the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) National Laser Centre (NLC) has confirmed that its large-area high-speed selective laser melting (SLM) system, also known as the Aeroswift project, is on track to produce...
Mar 13, 2015
IMPROVED PROFICIENCY The speed of a fibre laser is several times higher than that of a CO2 laser
The laser-cutting industry has transitioned in recent years from using carbon dioxide (CO2) lasers to fibre laser-cutting systems, notes Switzerland-based sheet metal cutting and bending equipment supplier Bystronic. The light source of a fibre-optic laser-cutting...
Mar 13, 2015
MARKING ALTERNATIVE The Electrox Scorpion Rapide allows for complete control of the laser beam parameters to mark different materials
To provide end-users with state-of-the-art metal-cutting capabilities, local industrial laser-cutting machine designer, manufacturer, importer and distributor Beyond Laser South Africa (SA) will launch its new flatbed fibre-optic laser-cutting machines, manufactured...
Mar 06, 2015
It is imperative for the local industry to strike a healthy balance between international competition and dumping, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has said. A flood of cheap imports; unfair competition from highly...
Mar 02, 2015
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