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Nov 24, 2015
ArcelorMittal's South African unit priced its $320-million cash call at more than a 50% premium on Tuesday as it battles falling steel demand and rising costs, sending its shares soaring. "They're sending the signal that someone with deep pockets is backing them and...
Nov 20, 2015
South Africa’s crude steel production increased by 23.8% year-on-year to an estimated 650 000 t in October. Global crude steel production for the 66 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) was down 3.1% year-on-year to 134-million tons.
Nov 20, 2015
Students from the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) School of Draughting at Genrec Engineering, in Wadeville, Germiston, have excelled in the recently held on October 2nd  University of Johannesburg Department of Civil Engineering Technology’s...
Nov 20, 2015
OVERALL WINNER The Square Kilometre Array Africa Radio Antenna Positioner was the overall winner of Steel Awards 2015, as well as the event's Tubular category
Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) Awards convenor Spencer Erling says the quality of the entries for this year’s Steel Awards easily matched the outstanding quality of previous years. “We are going through very tough times in the steel...
Nov 20, 2015
PROJECTS OF SUBSTANCE NEEDED The most important issue facing the steel construction today is the lack of meaningful projects
The Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) is certainly not pessimistic about the future, even though the steel construction industry is currently under significant pressure, notes CEO Paolo Trinchero. He says: “To consolidate the efforts of...
Nov 20, 2015
KFC RESTAURANT IN UMTATA Several high-profile users, including the leading fast food chains in South Africa, are changing their building philosophy to include the rolling out of sustainable light steel frame building restaurants
It can be argued that light steel frame building (LSFB) is no longer an alternative building method in South Africa as it has become the first choice of many leading contractors and developers, says Southern Africa Light Steel Frame Building Association (Sasfa)...
Nov 20, 2015
KOBUS DE BEER Local content designation indicates government’s commitment to protect the jobs and capabilities in the steel industry
As localisation has become a critical issue in the South African steel industry, government’s recent designation of steel power pylons, monopole pylons, steel substation structures, powerline hardware, street lighting steel poles and steel lattice towers and masts is...
Nov 20, 2015
PAOLO TRINCHERO Many people are not aware that the Association of Steel Tube and Pipe Manufacturers and the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction have been working together over many years
The Association of Steel Tube and Pipe Manufacturers (ASTPM) and the Steel Tube Export Association of South Africa (Steasa) have been absorbed into the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) group. “Both these organisations will retain their...
Nov 20, 2015
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Nov 12, 2015
Two leading steel processing companies will make a submission to International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac) to voice their objection to ArcelorMittal South Africa’s (AMSA’s) application for tariff protection of 10% on hot-rolled coil (HRC)....
Nov 10, 2015
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President Barack Obama has placed South Africa on Agoa notice
A senior US Embassy official said on Tuesday that “significant” progress had been made in narrowing the differences between South Africa and the US on the so-called “three meats” issue and that he was optimistic the outstanding differences would be resolved before...
Nov 10, 2015
The battle over the future of Evraz Highveld Steel & Vanadium (Highveld) has intensified with Evraz seeking to urgently interdict the business rescue process, alleging that shareholder and creditor rights have been violated. The business rescue practitioners (BRP),...
Nov 09, 2015
Industry body, the National Employers Association of South Africa (Neasa) has launched a South African Steel Lobby that will advocate for the shelving of the antidumping application by primary steel producers and will look to negotiate an improved model for...
Nov 06, 2015
Nov 06, 2015
South Africa's Kumba Iron Ore said on Friday it will amend its long-term pricing mechanism with ArcelorMittal South Africa and the new agreement will be based on export parity prices. The company said ArcelorMittal will be given a discount and the price will be...
Nov 06, 2015
Earlier this month the World Steel Association (worldsteel) launched its Steel in a Sustainable World online series and CEO Insights to highlight the role of the global steel industry in creating a sustainable future for the planet. CEOs from seven leading steel...
Nov 06, 2015
Established in 1983, Macneil Steel & Valves (MSV) is involved in the importing, stocking, sales and distribution of many types of industrial valves. It is also the official distributor of South African valve manufacturer, Dynamic Fluid Control (DFC), which includes...
Nov 06, 2015
Nov 05, 2015
Embattled steelmaker Evraz Highveld Steel & Vanadium (Highveld) on Thursday filed a notice of intention to oppose the urgent court proceedings aimed at having its business rescue plan halted and set aside. Two companies linked to Highveld's parent company LSE-listed...
Nov 04, 2015
Trade union Solidarity is preparing to challenge an urgent High Court application to have embattled steelmaker Evraz Highveld Steel & Vanadium’s (Highveld’s) business rescue plan halted and set aside. Two companies linked to Highveld's parent company LSE-listed Evraz...
Nov 03, 2015
Anglo American’s Kumba Iron Ore reported on Tuesday that it was considering the legal and practical implications of the conditions proposed by the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) in relation to an amendment of the Sishen Iron Ore Company’s (SIOC’s) mining...
Oct 30, 2015
The two Evraz-linked companies that recently instituted legal action to have the Evraz Highveld Steel & Vanadium (Highveld) business rescue plan declared invalid and the October 13 creditors vote set aside, are now also seeking an urgent interdict to prevent Highveld...
Oct 23, 2015
Two Evraz-linked companies, East Metals and Mastercroft, have approached the High Court to have the Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium (Highveld) business rescue plan declared invalid and for the October 13 vote by creditors supporting the plan to be set aside. East...
Oct 23, 2015
Seifsa economist Henk Langenhoven
Price instability and weak performance have hammered South Africa’s manufacturing sector. All major sectors under the manufacturing umbrella – from paper and publishing and clothing and textiles, to chemicals, automotive, food and metals – were performing below full...
Oct 23, 2015
STAINLESS STEEL STRAPPING AND BUCKLES Band-It stainless steel strapping provides an efficient economical solution for all stainless steel strapping applications
Distributor for the Band-It range of stainless steel clamping and identification systems Banding and ID Solutions Africa has noted positive market uptake for its stainless-steel strapping and buckles since the introduction of its quality and safety certification...
Oct 23, 2015
STEEPING TANKS Styria has a potential future project lined up in Democratic Republic of Congo as well as various small projects around South Africa
Stainless steel solutions provider Styria Stainless Steel will complete its installation of tanks, kilns and germination beds at a South African malting plant, in Gauteng by December, the company tells Engineering News. Styria’s manufacturing and supply contract for...
Oct 23, 2015
SLOWDOWN IN GLOBAL PRODUCTION Chinese stainless steel production more than tripled from 2008 to 2014, while production in the rest of the world grew only 3.7% in the same period
Stainless steel industry association the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) predicts a 5% to 10% decrease in  stainless steel apparent consumption for 2015 compared to last year. Sassda chairperson Charles Cammell tells Engineering News...
Oct 23, 2015
COLD ROLLING MILL ORDERED SMS Group has been contracted to supply a 20-roll cold rolling mill and a bright annealing line to US-based stainless steel company North American Stainless
Global systems provider for the metallurgical industry SMS Group has been contracted to supply a 20-roll cold rolling mill and a bright annealing line to US-based stainless steel company North American Stainless (NAS), a subsidiary of Spain-based stainless steel...
Oct 23, 2015
Intelligent tube technology specialist Unison last month received its first order for an all-electric computer numerically controlled (CNC) tube-bending machine, just five weeks after opening. The order was placed by industrial precision metal fabricator Byers...
Oct 23, 2015
MARKET UNDER PRESSURE The South African stainless steel market shrunk by 4% to 5% in 2014 and the same is expected for this year
Flat stainless steel products producer Columbus Stainless Steel expects its 2015 production at 500 000 t to remain similar to that of the past two years, says Columbus CEO Lucien Matthews, noting that given the challenging commodity prices the company is satisfied...
Oct 23, 2015
SHARK ROVER MANUFACTURED Seascape Stainless Steel Services has developed a Stainless steel shark cage, the Shark Rover, for a film production company, allowing for the shooting of a documentary on great white sharks in local waters
Stainless Steel manufacturer Seascape Stainless Steel Services  – a Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) member – has developed a Stainless steel shark cage, the Shark Rover, for a film production company, allowing for the shooting of a...
Oct 23, 2015
EQUIVALENT RESISTANCE OF STAINLESS STEEL NanoSteel developed the capability to print a security tool, which is being used by a global avionics company to remove and replace aircraft panels
Nano-structured steel materials designer NanoSteel last month introduced the company’s first powders designed for a binder jet three-dimensional (3D) printing process, showcasing the company’s initial commercial application in additive manufacturing. The BLDRmetal...
Oct 21, 2015
South Africa’s crude steel production rallied 24.5% year-on-year to 625 000 t in September, bucking a global trend that saw global crude steel production for the 66 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) dipping 3.7% to 131-million tons....
Oct 16, 2015
“Presenting its products to members from the construction and the mining industries was the focus for steel product manufacturer Scaw Metals at this year’s BAUMA CONEXPO AFRICA, held at Johannesburg Expo Centre from September 15 to 18,” says company sales and...
Oct 15, 2015
Oct 13, 2015
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Creditors being briefed ahead of the vote on October 13
Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium (Highveld) creditors on Tuesday voted in favour of a business rescue plan, which includes a buy-out offer from International Resources Limited (IRL), of Hong Kong, China. The vote, attended by some 300 people, took place at a hall on...
Oct 13, 2015
The global steel industry is settling in for a period of low growth after China’s slowdown brought an end to a major growth cycle, the World Steel Association (worldsteel) said this week. Following growth of 0.7% in 2014, worldsteel’s latest Short Range Outlook (SRO)...
Oct 12, 2015
A second legal attempt by Global Renewable Energy (GRE) to prevent the business rescue practitioners (BRPs) at Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium (Highveld) from presenting their rescue plan to creditors for a vote has been set aside. The vote was initially scheduled...
Oct 09, 2015
Outgoing Seifsa president Ufikile Khumalo
Downscaling by South African primary steel producers was “unavoidable” despite recent protection measures, outgoing Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) president Ufikile Khumalo cautioned on Friday. Khumalo is also chairperson of...
Oct 09, 2015
Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium creditors would, on Tuesday October 13, vote on a business rescue plan, which included a recommendation that International Resources Limited (IRL), of Hong Kong, be allowed to purchase the company. The vote was initially set for...
Oct 06, 2015
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The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) on Tuesday called on the National Treasury to investigate the noncompliance of the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act and its local content regulation as part of its list of demands ahead of its...
Oct 02, 2015
ACCELERATING TREND The amount of aluminium used in vehicles is expected to increase by about 100% or more in North America and globally
The automotive industry’s shift from manufacturing vehicle body panels in steel to manufacturing them in aluminium is a trend that is expected to significantly accelerate, says aluminium industry representative body the Aluminium Federation of South Africa (Afsa)....
Oct 02, 2015
Caption: SURVIVE-ARC SWITCHING SUIT Charnaud's FR Range is IEC, SAB-S and NFPA approved
Personal protective clothing (PPC) manufacturer Charnaud has embarked on an initiative to educate people on the dangers of combustible dust. “Considering the history of combustible dust, one finds that nearly 300 explosions have injured or killed more than 800...
Oct 02, 2015
PPE VENDING SOLUTION. Select PPE's improved vending solution has all the benefits of n on-site store
Personal protective equipment (PPE) management solutions provider Select PPE has introduced an improved version of its PPE vending machine that provides all the benefits of an on-site store. Select PPE sales director Dries van Tonder tells Engineering News that the...
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