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AMSA seeks more protection as it warns of bigger H1 loss

By: Terence Creamer     22nd July 2016 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) warned on Friday that its loss for the six months to June 30 could be up to 64% higher than the loss of 28c a share reported for the same period in 2015. However, the interim loss of between 42c and 46c a share represented a significant improvement... 

WTO head says China accession deal must be fully applied in market status debate

By: Reuters     22nd July 2016 China's World Trade Organization accession deal must be fully applied, the head of the trade governing body said on Friday, after the European Commission said it would adopt a new method to assess whether China's exports are priced unfairly low. The European Union has been debating whether to... 

Severe rate of job losses reflects declining metals and engineering sector

By: David Oliveira     22nd July 2016 First-quarter employment data recently released by Statistics South Africa reflected a total loss of 15 553 jobs since the beginning of 2015. This downward trend is getting cumulatively worse, with 3 550 job losses being recorded in the third quarter and 6 902 for the fourth quarter of 2015, and... 

Global steel production down 1.9% y/y in H1

     20th July 2016 Global steel production was flat month-on-month at 136-million tonnes in June, but production for the six months ended June 30 was down 1.9% year-on-year at 794.8-million tonnes. The World Steel Association on Wednesday reported that production by the Commonwealth of Independent States increased... 

Global steel production down 1.9% y/y in H1

EU launches WTO challenge to Chinese raw material duties

By: Reuters     19th July 2016 The European Union launched a third legal challenge on Tuesday to restrictions on Chinese exports of 11 key metals and materials, joining the United States in suing Beijing for unfairly favouring Chinese industry. The bloc is seeking formal consultations with China, the first step in World Trade... 

DTI sets up Africa-focused trade unit in bid to grow exports beyond R300bn

By: Terence Creamer     15th July 2016 The South African government believes the launch of a new one-stop-shop to facilitate higher levels of trade and investment in the rest of Africa will help consolidate the continent as the country’s most important market for value-added goods and create the platform for an expansion in exports... 

DTI sets up Africa-focused trade unit in bid to grow exports beyond R300bn

US, China clash over market economy status at WTO

By: Reuters     15th July 2016 The US warned China on Thursday that it had not done enough to qualify for market economy status, especially in steel and aluminium, sowing the seeds for a trade battle between Washington and Beijing at the end of 2016. Upon China's admission to the WTO in 2001, it was told by other members that... 

Possible change in NDT training

By: Simon Sonnekus     15th July 2016 The harmonisation of second and third part assessment certification schemes found in the South African non-destructive testing (NDT) industry could result in continuous skills development and enhanced personnel competence, with companies and employees also retaining a stronger development... 

Possible change in  NDT training
NON-DESTRUCTIVE TESTING South Africa and many other African countries have sustainable market capacity for only one NDT industrial sector

Role of 3D printing in development of aircraft components rising

By: Dylan Slater     15th July 2016 The rise of additive manufacturing technology, or three-dimensional (3D) printing, is spurring accelerated levels of development in a broad range of items, as concepts can be manufactured at a fraction of the costs and time it would otherwise have taken to develop parts using conventional... 

Role of 3D printing in development of aircraft components rising
AHRLAC PART 3D Solids have helped developed service parts from engineering thermoplastics for the Ahrlac aircraft

China committed to market reforms, fighting overcapacity – Premier Li

By: Reuters     13th July 2016 China's Premier Li Keqiang told European Union officials on Wednesday that the country was committed to market reforms and remained determined to tackle a steel capacity glut that has sharpened tensions between the two sides. Li, speaking at an EU-China business summit, said China had always... 

EU's Juncker warns Chinese counterparts on steel overcapacity

By: Reuters     13th July 2016 European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told his Chinese counterparts on Wednesday that overcapacity in steel sector is a very serious problem. China is by far the world's biggest steel producer and its annual output is almost double that of the EU. Rival producers have accused China of... 

New header designs to be showcased at Power-Gen Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     8th July 2016 Engineering, manufacturing, construction and maintenance services provider Steinmüller Africa will showcase two header models at this year’s Power-Gen Africa event, which will be held at the Sandton Convention Centre from July 19 to 21. 

New header designs  to be showcased at  Power-Gen Africa
FLUCTUATING COAL QUALITY Steinmüller Africa has been investigating the impact of varying coal quality on boiler operations at Hendrina power station

Severe rate of job losses reflects declining metals and engineering sector 

By: David Oliveira     6th July 2016 First-quarter employment data recently released by Statistics South Africa reflected a total loss of 15 553 jobs since the beginning of 2015. This downward trend is getting cumulatively worse, with 3 550 and 6 902 job losses being recorded in the third and fourth quarter of 2015 respectively, and... 

Severe rate of job losses reflects declining metals and engineering sector

Fibre laser technology on the rise in steel industry

By: Robyn Wilkinson     1st July 2016 Cutting solutions provider First Cut is supplying fibre laser cutting machines to South Africa, which are greatly improving the efficiency and cost effectiveness of laser-cutting operations in various industries, including the steel industry, in a difficult economic climate 

Fibre laser technology on the rise in steel industry
BLM TUBE LASER Fibre laser technology is a cost-effective option for the steel industry

Import prices on steel not the best solution

By: Robyn Wilkinson     1st July 2016 International trade credit insurer Coface credit analyst Kyle Mason says that government would do better to provide benefits to local entities using locally-produced steel than to further impose import and anti-dumping tariffs. 

Import prices on steel not the best solution
KYLE MASON Incentives and rebates would better encourage support of local steel producers

Import tariffs harmful to end-user businesses

By: Robyn Wilkinson     1st July 2016 Fasteners and aligned products manufacturer and supplier Impala Bolt & Nut MD Derek Cohen says attempts to protect the local steel market by introducing import tariffs have introduced additional costs for small end-user businesses that are trying to remain viable in a difficult market. 

Import tariffs harmful to end-user businesses
GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION Government incentives have supported development in the automotive sector, and could similarly benefit the steel sector if implemented

Industry top performers celebrated amid challenging times

     1st July 2016 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) announced the winners of its second Annual Awards for Excellence at a breakfast that took place before the commencement of the second day of the Southern African Metals and Engineering Indaba, which was held in Sandton in... 

Industry top performers celebrated amid challenging times
HENK LANGENHOVEN Viability of the South African steel industry remains under pressure

Light steel frame building advantageous for the SADC

     1st July 2016 Light steel frame building (LSFB) is increasingly becoming the preferred building method in the Southern African Development Community, says Southern African Light Steel Frame Building Association (Safsa) director John Barnard. 

Light steel frame building advantageous for the SADC
LIGHT STEEL FRAME BUILDING LSFB methods allowed for the construction of an out-patient hospital without interfering with the operations of the neighbouring main hospital

Modernisation of steel plants crucial in South Africa  

By: Robyn Wilkinson     1st July 2016 Global metallurgical processing plant supplier SMS group’s South African MD, Pieter Bezuidenhout, says the modernisation of South African steel plants is crucial in boosting the industry’s ability to remain internationally competitive in a difficult economic environment. 

Modernisation of  steel plants crucial  in South Africa
Global metallurgical processing plant supplier SMS group South Africa MD Pieter Bezuidenhout, senior processing engineer Peter Sanders and key accounts manager Samuel Gounden discuss the company’s solutions for the modernisation of South African steel plants. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

More support needed for local steel industry

By: Robyn Wilkinson     1st July 2016 While government has increased import tariffs to protect the local steel market from low-cost Chinese imports, steel products manufacturer and supplier LionSteel CFO Pierre Willemse believes that more needs to be done to support the South African steel market. 

More support needed for local steel industry
SUCCESSFUL ACQUISITION LionSteel CFO Pierre Willemse and Captial Star Steel CEO David Scheepers at the Capital Star Steel mill in Mozambique

New earth roll conveyor for stainless steel recovery

     1st July 2016 Global separation technologies provider Eriez unveiled its rare earth roll conveyor at the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries’ 2016 Trade Show, which took place in Las Vegas from April 2 to 7. This product allows customers to reliably recover and concentrate stainless steel from material... 

Steel exporter adapts for changing steel landscape

By: Victor Moolman     1st July 2016 Owing to the global economic downturn, and tough and volatile trading conditions, steel distributor Building System Integration (BSi) Steel has continually adapted and modified its handling of the supply of steel products, to meet the demand in the sub-Saharan African markets. 

China threatens WTO case over US steel duties

By: Reuters     28th June 2016 China could file suit at the World Trade Organization in order to protect its steel industry, the Commerce Ministry said on Tuesday, after the United States said some steel imports from China were hitting US producers. The US International Trade Commission said on Friday that imports of... 

Creditors to receive Highveld business rescue update on July 11

By: Terence Creamer     27th June 2016 The business rescue practitioners at Highveld Steel and Vanadium will hold a meeting in early July to update creditors and shareholders of the progress being made regarding the sale of assets, following the failure of an earlier proposal to sell the business as a going concern. The meeting will... 

Creditors to receive Highveld business rescue update on July 11

Big ‘focus’ on ensuring rail OEMs meet local-content commitments 

By: Terence Creamer     24th June 2016 A senior Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) official “promised” on Friday that the department was giving focused attention to ensuring that the local-content targets associated with Transnet’s R50-billion locomotive procurement programme were met. Chief director for industrial procurement Dr... 

Big ‘focus’ on ensuring rail OEMs meet local-content commitments

Portfolio committee chair questions DTI’s exclusion from ‘steel committee’

By: Terence Creamer     24th June 2016 The Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry has raised serious concern about the exclusion of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) as a direct participant in so-called ‘steel committee’ set up to monitor interventions made to shore up the domestic primary steel industry, which is under... 

Portfolio committee chair questions DTI’s exclusion from ‘steel committee’

Global steel production falls 0.1% y/y in May

By: Anine Kilian     21st June 2016 Global steel production, as reported by the 66 member countries to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) fell by 0.1% year-on-year to 139-million tonnes in May. China produced 70.5-million tonnes of steel in May, a 1.8% increase compared with that produced in May 2015. 

Global manufacturing survey points to ‘brutal’ market share tussle

By: Terence Creamer     20th June 2016 A newly released international survey of senior manufacturing executives highlights growth as being a key priority for most enterprises, which, in the context of weak underlying economic conditions, is suggestive of a “brutal competitive fight” for market share in the coming two years. In fact,... 

Global manufacturing survey points to ‘brutal’ market share tussle

Community reception to be held for Modi’s arrival in South Africa

By: Anine Kilian     17th June 2016 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will undertake his first State visit to South Africa next month and is expected to address a reception hosted by a volunteer-based organisation comprising cultural groups and expatriate Indians – SAWelcomesModi – bringing together one of the oldest Indian... 

Community reception to be held for Modi’s arrival in South Africa
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Company provides reliable nut and bolt solutions

     17th June 2016 Technical solutions provider Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) extensive range of fasteners, tools and related equipment is used to enhance reliability of equipment in diverse sectors, including light, medium and heavy industries, pulp and paper, construction, original-equipment manufacturers and... 

Equipment supplier strengthens bonds with German companies 

By: Simon Sonnekus     17th June 2016 The continued quality of German products has allowed Boksburg-based capital equipment and consumables provider Elquip Solutions to thrive in a challenging local market. According to Elquip Solutions MD Mike Cronin, the resounding quality of the German-made electrical, automation and mechanical... 

Equipment supplier strengthens bonds with German companies
Elquip Solutions MD Mike Cronin discuss the influence of German products on the South African market, scan the barcode with your phone’s QR reader, or go to ‘Video Reports’ on www.engineeringnews.co.za. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva. Recorded 18.05.2016

Exports seen as key to improving prospects for SA capital equipment manufacturers

By: Dylan Slater     17th June 2016 The South African Capital Equipment Export Council (Saceec) says domestic manufacturers of capital equipment stand a better chance of being sustainable in the country’s struggling economy by opening up export channels and liaising with foreign customers to build stronger ties in international... 

Exports seen as key to improving prospects for SA capital equipment manufacturers

Local company awarded German welding agency

By: Simon Sonnekus     17th June 2016 The acquisition of the South African agency for German tooling manufacturer Orbitalum Tools will allow Dowson & Dobson (D&D) Industrial to provide welding solutions for industries that require tube and pipe-welding preparation. D&D Industrial is a division of Actum Industrial. Both Actum... 

Local company awarded German welding agency
WERNER SMIT The acquisition of Orbitalum tools has enabled Actum to expand to higher-growth sectors such as the pharmaceuticals industry

Metals fabricator hosts industry stakeholders

By: Nadine James     17th June 2016 Sheet metal fabricator Fabrinox welcomed manufacturing industry stakeholders to its Paarl premises for its 2016 Manufacturing Industry event, held last month. The open day included factory tours, exhibits by key Fabrinox suppliers and partners, and a presentation that was designed to inform and... 

Metals fabricator hosts  industry stakeholders
ANDRE VISSER The Fabrinox MD believes companies should form partnerships with associations and industry bodies as this ensures they are aware of advances and opportunities

Piping fabricators assist in Sasol projects

By: Nadine James     17th June 2016 Pressure vessels and piping fabrication specialists and construction fabrication consortium Hydra Arc Group, is one of the subcontractors assisting with the construction of an air separation unit for energy and chemicals company Sasol. The project’s main contractor, multinational gas and services... 

Piping fabricators  assist in Sasol projects
D DAY Hydra Arc delivered preassembled plant modules to Sasol’s Secunda complex for the Coal Tar Filtration East project

Insimbi sells 20% of its share capital to New Season Investment Holdings

By: Anine Kilian     13th June 2016 As part of its broader strategic black economic empowerment (BEE) and transformation initiative, JSE-listed alloy supplier Insimbi announced on Monday that it had sold 20% of its total issued share capital to industrial investment company New Season Investment Holdings. Insimbi’s founding... 

Insimbi sells 20% of its share capital to New Season Investment Holdings

De Klerk to start as AMSA CEO in July

     10th June 2016 Wim de Klerk’s appointment as CEO of ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) will now be effective July 1, two months earlier than initially expected. The steel producer on Friday said De Klerk would vacate his position as FD of Exxaro on June 30, instead of the end of August, enabling him to start in... 

De Klerk to start as AMSA CEO in July
Photo by Duane Daws
AMSA CEO designate Wim de Klerk
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