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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 29, 2015
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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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Feb 27, 2015
CUT TO SHAPE SSAB Shape offers steel-processing services, such as plasma and laser cutting, bending and drilling
The South African division of global advanced high-strength steel (AHSS) and quenched and tempered (Q&T) steel producer SSAB – SSAB South Africa – acquired South African wear specialist company WearClad in October last year, enabling the company to establish its own...
Feb 27, 2015
Fabrication, refurbishment and engineered solutions provider DCD Venco helped prevent further delays on the Blast Furnace N5 Reline Project at steel giant ArcelorMittal South Africa’s (AMSA’s) Newcastle Works facility in KwaZulu-Natal, in August last year, after it...
 
 
 
 
Feb 27, 2015
JSE-listed mining holding company Assore’s headline earnings for the six months ended December 31, 2014, declined by 59.2% to R990-million, mainly owing to the lower headline earnings recorded by its 50%-owned iron-ore and ferroalloy subsidiary Assmang. The...
Feb 27, 2015
World crude steel production reached just under 1.7-billion tonnes at the close of 2014 – up by 1.2% from 2013 figures, says steel industry association body the World Steel Association (worldsteel) adding that, last year, the Middle East, which is the smallest region...
Feb 27, 2015
INJECTOR TECHNOLOGY Increases the amount of primary energy needed for the melting process, which significantly reduces a steel producer’s grid-based energy consumption
The rising conversion cost of steel production, coupled with low steel consumption and oversupply, has prompted steel producers worldwide to implement technological and operational modifications to improve plant efficiencies and reduce operating costs, says the South...
Feb 27, 2015
Leading steel and steel products manufacturer Scaw Metals Group’s Cape Town branch in November received DNV accreditation from international certification body DNV-GL, certifying the company’s wire rope slings and attachments in accordance with DNV specification...
Feb 27, 2015
MODULAR ASSEMBLY The entire floor of the multistorey steel-frame system is preassembled and erected in one piece
The Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) is concerned about the number of future infrastructure projects in South Africa, which will impact the revitalisation of the country’s struggling steel industry. Saisc CEO Paulo Trinchero tells Engineering...
Feb 27, 2015
Steel industry body the World Steel Association (worldsteel) earlier this month published a new technical report on energy use in the steel industry, highlighting that there is no single solution for steel plants to decrease their energy intensity and identifying the...
Feb 27, 2015
The Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) in November announced the winners of the 2014 Stainless Steel Awards at a gala banquet held at the Indaba Hotel in Fourways, Johannesburg. “We have seen some of the strongest entries in several...
Feb 27, 2015
The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) earlier this month said South Africa’s strict environmental legislation was a significant challenge for small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) that could hamper further growth of...
Feb 27, 2015
To encourage growth and celebrate excellence in the metals and engineering sector, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has taken the initiative of introducing the yearly Seifsa Awards for Excellence. This year’s winners will be...
Feb 27, 2015
Inkatha Freedom Party president and Buthelezi clan chieftain Mangosuthu Buthelezi officially handed over the Goqo Community Hall, in KwaZulu-Natal, in December last year. The hall was donated to the Buthelezi Traditional Council by steel, tube and pipe manufacturer...
 
 
 
 
Feb 27, 2015
India-based multinational steel producer Tata Steel, which is Europe’s second-largest steel supplier, announced in January the opening of its new £11-million state-of-the-art heavy-gauge hot-rolled decoiling line in Llanwern, South Wales. Part of a steel service...
Feb 26, 2015
Steel producer Aquila Resources on Thursday instituted legal proceedings against the South African government in the Pretoria High Court to resolve an alleged overlapping prospecting right over its Avontuur manganese project, in the Northern Cape. The company said in...
Feb 26, 2015
Seifsa chief economist Henk Langenhoven
The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) is worried that some of the tax increases announced by Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene in his budget speech on Wednesday, will negatively impact on the productive sectors of the South African...
Feb 23, 2015
Sales volumes of South African aluminium manufacturer Hulamin’s rolled products increased 3% to 196 000 t in the year ended December 31, with heat-treated plate and canstock products emerging as the portfolio’s strongest performers. Exports of rolled products by the...
Feb 20, 2015
Global crude steel production decreased by 2.9% year-on-year to 133-million tonnes in January, the World Steel Association (worldsteel) said on Friday. Of the 65 countries reporting to the association, China had the highest crude steel production for the month, with...
 
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