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MPs demand to see Davies over steel price hikes

By: African News Agency      24th May 2016 Opposition MPs on Tuesday accused Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies of turning a blind eye to repeated steel price increases and demanded that he be called to explain government’s inaction. Democratic Alliance MP Dean McPherson said four steel price increases so far this year violated an... 

DTI moving to iron out local-content frustrations around Transnet contracts

By: Terence Creamer     24th May 2016 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has confirmed that it is “concerned” about whether all four of the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that have been awarded parts of a R50-billion contract to supply 1 064 electricity and diesel locomotives to Transnet will meet the minimum... 

DTI moving to iron out local-content frustrations around Transnet contracts

Global steel production down 0.5% y/y in April

By: Samantha Herbst     23rd May 2016 Despite clawing its way back in recent months from a brief slump in January and February, global crude steel production fell 0.5% year-on-year to 135-million tonnes in April, according to the World Steel Association’s (worldsteel’s) crude steel production report for April. South America was... 

Global steel production down 0.5% y/y in April

Mozambique steel plant acquired by South African manufacturer

By: Dylan Slater     20th May 2016 Following extensive negotiations with Capital Africa Steel (CAS), LionSteel South Africa (SA) has acquired the Mozambique-based steel pipe manufacturing mill Capital Star Steel SA (CSS), which is located in Matola.  

Mozambique steel  plant acquired by South African manufacturer
APPROVED ACQUISITION Cementing the deal are Capital Africa Steel CEO Edwin Hewitt, LionSteel CEO David Scheepers and LionSteel CFO Pierre Willemse

Transnet Engineering targets big rise in third-party orders as OEM strategy evolves

By: Terence Creamer     19th May 2016 The engineering unit of State-owned Transnet has set a target of securing 40% of its revenue from third-party orders by 2021, which would represent a material increase from current levels of around 12%. The bulk of Transnet Engineering’s R10-billion in yearly revenues is currently derived from... 

Transnet Engineering targets big rise in third-party orders as OEM strategy evolves
Photo by Duane Daws
Transnet chief advanced manufacturing officer Thamsanqa Jiyane

Nair confirmed as TFR chief as Transnet unveils new team

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th May 2016 Freight logistics group Transnet on Wednesday unveiled its new leadership team and structure, which the State-owned company said was in line with revisions to its operating model and its aspiration to capture new market opportunities. Group CEO Siyabonga Gama, who was recently confirmed as the... 

Nair confirmed as TFR chief as Transnet unveils new team
Photo by Duane Daws
Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama

DTI urged to consult widely on new rail, agroprocessing incentives

By: Terence Creamer     17th May 2016 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies reaffirmed on Tuesday that government planned to pursue an increasing number of sector-specific incentive schemes, with an initial focus on the creation of new incentives for the agroprocessing and railways industries. Speaking at a business briefing... 

DTI urged to consult widely on new rail, agroprocessing incentives

Saudi group keen to expand South African solar footprint well beyond Bokpoort  

By: Terence Creamer     13th May 2016 Located on a dead flat piece of land about an hour-and-a-half’s drive from Upington and close to the Orange river, the curved solar collector mirrors, gleaming pipes and large molten-salt tanks of the 50 MW Bokpoort concentrated solar power (CSP) plant stand in stark industrial contrast to the... 

Saudi group keen to expand South African solar footprint well beyond Bokpoort
Photo by Duane Daws
The 50 MW Bokpoort CSP plant

South East Asia venture 'part and parcel' of Denel’s growth strategy

By: Samantha Herbst     11th May 2016 Continuing to defend its joint venture (JV) with steel manufacturing group VR Laser Services to establish Denel Asia, State-owned defence industrial group Denel told the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises in Parliament on Wednesday that its decision to extend its business footprint in... 

South East Asia venture 'part and parcel' of Denel’s growth strategy

Technical team set up to craft post-2020 automotive master plan

By: Terence Creamer     9th May 2016 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies formally announced on Monday the establishment of a team of technical experts to develop a “post-2020 Automotive Master Plan”, which would guide support for the sector beyond the current Automotive Production and Development Plan (APDP). Speaking during... 

Technical team set up to craft post-2020 automotive master plan
Photo by Duane Daws
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies at Ipap 2016 launch

Fabrication of ‘bullets’ for R1.2bn Saldanha LPG facility completed

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th May 2016 The fabrication of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) vessels, or ‘bullets’, for an open access LPG terminal being developed at Saldanha Bay, in the Western Cape, has been completed. Sunrise Energy reported on Monday that the bullets would be moved to the terminal site over the coming five weeks,... 

Fabrication of ‘bullets’ for R1.2bn Saldanha LPG facility completed
Aerial photo of the Sunrise Energy terminal site

AMSA insists further protection still required despite recent price increases

By: Terence Creamer     6th May 2016 Safeguard duties, in addition to the 10% protection already introduced on a range of steel products entering South Africa, “remain critical in the short term to ensure the future sustainability of primary steel production”, ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) said on Friday. Releasing an... 

AMSA insists further protection still required despite recent price increases

Locally manufactured hardness tester offers more, costs less

By: Dylan Slater     29th April 2016 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 locally.  

Locally manufactured hardness tester offers more, costs less
PORTABLE HARDNESS TESTER The Kompakt Brinell Portable offers hassle-free operation, with improved accuracy and faster cycles

Rail sector moves to deal with ‘mismatch’ between localisation promises and delivery 

By: Terence Creamer     28th April 2016 The railways sector and government have agreed to the creation of a framework to improve the monitoring and implementation of localisation commitments associated with multibillion-rand investments being undertaken by both Transnet and the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA). Discussions... 

Rail sector moves to deal with ‘mismatch’ between localisation promises and delivery

Steel strapping enhances conventional tyrewall barrier 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th April 2016 The Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit’s novel approach to tyrewall barrier assembly is owed largely to steel strapping products from stainless steel manufacturer and Band It product distributor, Banding & Identification Solutions Africa. Nadine James tells us more. 

Steel strapping enhances conventional tyrewall barrier

MEIBC stands firm against Neasa claims 

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd April 2016 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” process of deindustrialisation,... 

Hulamin still frustrated by lack of aluminium tariff protection

By: African News Agency      22nd April 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 Mkwanazi, in a statement said... 

Hulamin still frustrated by lack of aluminium tariff protection

Company invests in S African market, targets African expansion

By: Malusi Mkhize     22nd April 2016 Global pneumatics technologies manufacturer SMC Pneumatics is investing heavily in the local market as it targets further expansion in Africa, following the establishment of its new facility in South Africa in the first quarter of last year. 

Patel confirms 10% protection for two more steel products

By: Terence Creamer     21st April 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 certain steel bars and rods.... 

Patel confirms 10% protection for two more steel products

Why are South Africa’s steel prices rising?

     21st April 2016 Creamer Media’s Samantha Herbst speaks to Engineering News editor Terence Creamer about the prospects for the embattled primary steel sector. 

Why are South Africa’s steel prices rising?

Govt committed to securing future of South African steel sector – Davies

By: Ilan Solomons     20th April 2016 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 David Cameron recently had to cut... 

Govt committed to securing future of South African steel sector – Davies
Photo by Duane Daws
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies

Global steel production decline slows in March

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th April 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 production by the aggregate 66... 

Global steel production decline slows in March

AMSA confirms another round of steel price increases from May 1

By: Terence Creamer     19th April 2016 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has confirmed yet another round of price increases on both flat- and long-steel products, announcing average increases of 10% from May 1 and reinforcing what has become an established pricing trend since the start of 2016. However, acting CEO Dean... 

AMSA confirms another round of steel price increases from May 1

Global stainless steel output contracts 0.3% y/y in 2015

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th April 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 (ISSF) showed. Data from... 

Global stainless steel output contracts 0.3% y/y in 2015

Steel sector to see slow growth in demand in 2016/17 – worldsteel

By: Anine Kilian     13th April 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. Worldsteel stated in its... 

Steel sector to see slow growth in demand in 2016/17 – worldsteel

Amid perceptions of steel glut, AMSA confirms long-steel shortages

By: Terence Creamer     12th April 2016 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 domestic orders since the start of... 

Amid perceptions of steel glut, AMSA confirms long-steel shortages
Photo by Duane Daws
Acting AMSA CEO Dean Subramanian

Hope for aluminium casting industry

By: Sascha Solomons     8th April 2016 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 original-equipment manufacturers to... 

Hope for aluminium casting industry
Photo by Reuters
ALUMINUNUM GROWTH The aluminium foundry sector produces about 5 000 t/y of components

Lily mine enters business rescue, Solidarity reacts to move

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th April 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 statement released on Thursday, the... 

Lily mine enters business rescue, Solidarity reacts to move

IDC moves to safeguard its Highveld position ahead of asset disposals

By: Terence Creamer     4th April 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 of liquidation. The IDC... 

IDC moves to safeguard its Highveld position ahead of asset disposals

Tesla secures 180 000 orders for new EV in 24 hrs, drives auto sector demand for lithium 

By: Henry Lazenby     1st April 2016 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 had risen to above 198 000... 

Tesla secures 180 000 orders for new EV in 24 hrs, drives auto sector demand for lithium
Photo by Reuters
Tesla Model 3

Modernisation and expansion programme in final phase

By: Kimberley Smuts     1st April 2016 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 Boksburg and Isipingo factories.... 

Modernisation and expansion programme in final phase
PRODUCTION RATE INCREASED First component of the a.b.e expansion programme at the bulk emulsion stainless steel tank in Boksburg

Black industrialists funding forum sifting through first 50 applications 

By: Terence Creamer     31st March 2016 South Africa’s black industrialists funding forum had its inaugural meeting in mid-March to consider 50 applications from aspirant black-owned manufacturing enterprises, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies revealed this week. Speaking following a meeting with the Black Business Council... 

Black industrialists funding forum sifting through first 50 applications

Salga, auditors body sign MoU

By: Anine Kilian     23rd March 2016 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 auditing, to help them achieve sound... 

Salga, auditors body sign MoU
SALGA CEO Xolile George and IIA CEO Claudelle von Eck

Sasol sees another R8bn half-year capex going into Southern Africa

By: Martin Creamer     18th March 2016 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 Engineering News Online after the... 

Seifsa bemoans lack of ‘concrete plans’ to tackle slow pace of economic growth 

By: David Oliveira     18th March 2016 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 growth. Speaking a day after... 

Seifsa bemoans lack of ‘concrete plans’ to tackle slow pace of  economic growth

New opportunities emerge in China despite aluminium slump

By: Kim Cloete     17th March 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 been rising quarter by... 

New opportunities emerge in China despite aluminium slump

Potential to ramp up employment in downstream aluminium industry

By: Kim Cloete     17th March 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. 

Potential to ramp up employment in downstream aluminium industry
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