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Sep 12, 2014
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Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies confirmed on Friday that the Hebei Iron and Steel Group, of China, was set to partner with the State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) on the development of steelmaking capacity based on the raw material...
Aug 29, 2014
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Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene
The key to the development of South Africa lay in mineral beneficiation and industrialisation in joint development with its regional neighbours, South Africa’s new Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene told the Centre for Education In Economics and Finance (CEEF). Speaking...
Aug 20, 2014
South Africa’s crude steel production fell 1.5% year-on-year to 610 000 t in July, compared with the 619 000 t produced in July 2013. However, according to the latest World Steel Association (worldsteel) statistics, Africa’s crude steel output rose 21.2% year-on-year...
Aug 20, 2014
Barend Petersen
Barend Petersen has been appointed nonexecutive director and chairperson of Evraz Highveld Steel & Vanadium. This comes after London-listed Evraz last week announced that it would sell a 34% stake in the steel producer to South Africa-based investor Macrovest, which...
Aug 13, 2014
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London-listed Evraz would sell a 34% stake in Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium to South Africa-based investor Macrovest for R289-million. Evraz planned to shed the stake to the local strategic investor, led by De Beers Consolidated Mines executive chairperson Barend...
Aug 08, 2014
DIRK VAN WYK Providing students with working experience for the manufacturing industry alleviates the unemployment rate and ensures that industry has the desired skills for production to take place
The Intsimbi National Tooling Initiative continues to partner with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Toolmaking Association of South Africa (Tasa) to provide workplace learning for students that wish to pursue a career in the manufacturing industry.
Aug 01, 2014
Aug 01, 2014
Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has confirmed that the reline project at its Newcastle mill, in KwaZulu-Natal, has hit snags and that the project, which was initially expected to be completed four months after the May 12 shutdown began, will be...
Jul 30, 2014
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Jul 28, 2014
Jul 22, 2014
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Jul 22, 2014
Jul 22, 2014
The Vanderbijlpark plate mill, which is to be upgraded
Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) reports that it is planning an upgrade to its plate mill at Vanderbijlpark in quarter four 2014, which will enable it to produce heavy plates of up to 11 t for South Africa’s emerging wind-tower manufacturing sector....
Jul 18, 2014
MINING IT The beneficiation of resources is a complex sequence of events
Project management is useful to the mining industry, as it organises a team of specialists, such as geologists, environmental specialists, mining engineers and processing specialists, who need to collaborate to successfully complete projects, says process engineering...
Jul 11, 2014
Global stainless steel melt shop production increased 6.8% year-on-year to 10.2-million tons during the first quarter of 2014, the International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) said this week. Production increased in all regions, with China and the Americas showing the...
Jul 11, 2014
Aluminium supplier Hulamin expects normalised earnings a share for the six months ended June 30, 2014, to be some 40% higher than in the corresponding period the year before, while headline earnings per share (Heps) and basic earnings per share (Eps) were likely to...
Jul 11, 2014
AWAITING OPPORTUNITIES SMS group, through its office in Johannesburg, is well placed to provide plant equipment for steel plants in Africa
Steel plant processing technology, equipment and services specialist SMS Siemag, a division of SMS group, supplier of processing technology, equipment and services for the ferrous, ferro-alloy and non-ferrous metals industries, says there is potential to establish...
Jul 11, 2014
TRYING TIMES The lackluster state of the global economy has had a negative impact on most sectors that Stewarts & Lloyds service
Steel and engineering products supplier Stewarts & Lloyds South Africa has expanded its offering to the local market over the past five years. Stewarts & Lloyds South Africa central division MD Forbes Williamson tells Engineering News that the company currently...
Jul 11, 2014
100% LOCAL Steloy Castings can use 100% local resources to supply duplex stainless components
The long-established trend of European equipment manufacturers using duplex stainless steel in a variety of their designs is gaining momentum in South Africa, says specialist foundry group Steloy Castings. Steloy sales and marketing director Wynand Labuschagne tells...
Jul 11, 2014
Jul 11, 2014
AFRICAN HICCUP Despite the growth in structural steel use in other parts of Africa, local export tonnages have not increased
Industry body for the promotion of the steel construction industry the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) is in discussions with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to increase local product content requirements for future industrial...
Jul 11, 2014
KNOWLEDGE THIRST The demand for training programmes in Africa is growing
Steel construction industry body Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) aims increase its presence in Southern Africa, says Saisc CEO Paolo Trinchero. “We are. . . establishing links with universities and training institutes in other Southern...
Jul 11, 2014
POSITIVE TRENDS The metals and engineering sector recorded encouraging production and capacity use trends during the first quarter of this year
Business trends in the metals and engineering (M&E) sector have been highly volatile for the past three years and are likely to remain so for the foreseeable future, national employer federation representing the metal and engineering industry Steel and Engineering...
Jul 11, 2014
The South African arm of Germany-based metallurgical plant and rolling mill technology provider SMS Siemag has registered significant growth in its technical services over the last two to three years. SMS Siemag South Africa MD Pieter Bezuidenhout notes that the...
Jul 11, 2014
Together with companies such as SMS Meer, SMS Concast and Paul Wurth, SMS Siemag forms part of a strong global network of companies known as SMS group. The SMS group supplies various processing plant, technology, equipment, components, spare parts, and technical...
Jul 11, 2014
NEWCASTLE UPGRADE ArcelorMittal South Africa is undertaking a R1.6-billion reline of the blast furnace at its Newcastle plant, in KwaZulu-Natal
Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) says it is operating in a challenging global steel market, which has been exacerbated by a subdued local market, with low sales volumes and competition from imports, particularly finished goods. “Therefore, we have...
Jul 11, 2014
IMPROVED PROSPECTS Hall Longmore has a growing order book
Privately owned manufacturer of industrial components Barnes Group has acquired local steel-pipe maker Hall Longmore from construction and engineering group Murray & Roberts (M&R) in February. Hall Longmore MD Kenny van Rooyen tells Engineering News that, prior to...
Jul 04, 2014
A light steel frame building is providing a structured, safe space to learn and play for preschool children, as early childhood development is critical to providing them with the confidence and social skills to succeed in life, says early childhood development...
Jul 02, 2014
JSE-listed steel group Evraz Highveld Steel & Vanadium has renewed its cautionary announcement, advising shareholders in a statement on Wednesday that negotiations with potential purchasers of a majority stake in the South African company remained incomplete,...
Jul 01, 2014
JSE-listed aluminium products manufacturer Hulamin announced on Tuesday that its CEO, Richard Jacob, would take a medical leave of absence from July 18 to receive specialist medical care in South Africa and neurological surgery in the US. Jacob is expected to return...
Jun 30, 2014
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Government would reconvene the Interdepartmental Task Team (IDTT) on Iron-Ore and Steel to “exhilarate” mineral beneficiation, which would add value to the economy and contribute towards the country achieving 5% economic growth, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob...
Jun 27, 2014
Engineering and construction group Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO) has warned that it expects to impair its Mozambique-based steel business Capital Star Steel (CSS), following insufficient production and aggressive competition in the international project pipe...
Jun 27, 2014
CORE COMPONENT Turnmill Proquip Engineering is supplying about 120 t a month of boiler ducting material to the Kusile power station
Manufacturing, machining and refurbishment services engineering company Turnmill Proquip Engineering, a subsidiary of suppliers of steel products and related services Structa Group, is producing material for boiler ducting for cold and hot air and supplying it to...
Jun 26, 2014
Jun 26, 2014
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The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (Sacci’s) Copper Theft Barometer has increased to R15.4-million in May, from R12.5-million in April and R11-million in March, representing a 71.1% year-on-year increase and marking the third consecutive monthly...
Jun 20, 2014
South African crude steel output for May contracted 13.5% after having recorded significant growth in the preceding months. The World Steel Association (worldsteel) reported on Friday that South Africa’s crude steel output declined from 711 000 t in May 2013 to 615...
Jun 18, 2014
Morocco has called on interested stakeholders to provide input and evidence as a safeguard investigation on cold-rolled sheets and plated or coated sheets gets under way. The World Trade Organisation (WTO) committee on safeguards this week said it had been notified...
Jun 11, 2014
Solidarity metal industry head Marius Croucamp
Trade union Solidarity on Wednesday announced that it had reached a wage agreement with steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA), comprising a 7% wage increase and other favourable changes to workers’ terms of employment. The agreement, which was retroactive...
Jun 06, 2014
The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) reports that the bollard, an implantable expanding rivet - which was invented in 1982 - is still on the market and over 60 000 of these medical devices have been sold since its launch. The bollard was invented...
May 30, 2014
Consultancy group MEPS has, with cautious optimism, forecast stainless steel production growth in 2014 will be better than 2013 for all traditional steelmaking countries and regions, including the EU, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. According to the consultancy, this...
May 30, 2014
The recently introduced export barriers for stainless steel scrap in South Africa indicate that the trend could continue towards more protectionism in scrap markets, says Germany-based Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW). Already, since 2002, an increase in...
May 30, 2014
ABOVE AVERAGE South Africa’s ferrochrome industry used 85% of its capacity
South Africa’s ferrochrome industry used 85% of its capacity in the first quarter, more or less in line with the fourth quarter of 2013, says consultancy service provider Core Consultants MD Lara Smith.  The company estimates that the first quarter realised 760 000 t...
May 29, 2014
The growth in global steel demand, as stated by the World Steel Association (worldsteel) in its World Steel in Figures 2014 report, was “good news” for South Africa, Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) chief economist Henk...
May 28, 2014
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South African steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) is currently lobbying National Treasury around the country’s proposed carbon tax, appealing that large-scale industrial steel manufacturers be exempt from the proposed carbon tax and rather be beholden to...
May 28, 2014
Despite challenging industry conditions, world steel demand grew by 3.6% during 2013, the World Steel Association (worldsteel) said on Wednesday. In its World Steel in Figures 2014 report the association also noted that world crude steel production totalled...
May 23, 2014
Paul O'Flaherty
ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has appointed former Eskom Holdings FD and group executive Paul Sean O’Flaherty CEO and executive director, effective July 1, replacing Nonkululeko Nyembezi-Heita who stepped down in February. Dr Hans Ludwig Rosenstock, who assumed...
May 21, 2014
JSE-listed steel group Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium on Wednesday renewed its cautionary announcement, saying its parent company Evraz is still in negotiations with potential buyers for its 85% shareholding in the South African business. “Shareholders are advised...
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