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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...
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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...
Feb 20, 2015
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) announced at a breakfast presentation that it would aid South African small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) through its export marketing and investment assistance (EMIA) National Pavilions programme to showcase...
Feb 13, 2015
Feb 13, 2015
AMSA CEO Paul O’Flaherty
JSE-listed steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) reported a loss of R158-million during the year to December 31, 2014, a material improvement on the R2.1-billion loss of 2013 and indicated that it expected a recovery in volumes in 2015, which should...
Feb 09, 2015
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The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) on Monday said South Africa’s strict environmental legislation was a significant challenge for small-, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) that could hamper further growth of this...
Feb 09, 2015
The National Employers' Association of South Africa (Neasa) on Monday lodged a review application in the Labour Court in Johannesburg to set aside the decision by Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant to extend the 2014 to 2017 wage agreement between the Steel and...
Feb 05, 2015
The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has extended the deadline for submission of entries for its Awards for Excellence from January 31 to April 24. The winners would now be announced on the first day of the two-day Metals and...
Feb 04, 2015
JSE-listed ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) expects to report a lower loss a share of between 33c and 43c for the 2014 financial year. This would be an improvement of between 92% and 94% on the loss a share of 535c posted in the 2013 financial year, when AMSA had...
Jan 30, 2015
Hulamin CEO Richard Jacob
Richard Jacob will return as CEO of JSE-listed Hulamin following a medical leave of absence. Jacob took medical leave in July last year.
Jan 26, 2015
A Competition Tribunal hearing into alleged cartel activity and price-fixing by several companies in the wire and wire products manufacturing industry was again postponed on Monday pending a decision by the Competition Appeal Court (CAC). Respondents Allens Meshco,...
Jan 22, 2015
Global crude steel production rose 1.2% year-on-year to 1.66-billion tonnes in 2014, the World Steel Association (worldsteel) revealed on Thursday. While crude steel production in the European Union (EU), North America and Asia expanded by a modest 1.7%, 2% and 1.4%...
Jan 19, 2015
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Black-economic empowered diversified industrial holdings company, the Southern Palace Group (SPG), reported on Monday that it had entered into an arrangement to buy 100% of Macsteel Service Centres South Africa (MSCSA). MSCSA is a leading supplier of value-added...
Jan 16, 2015
Outgoing AMSA CFO Matthias Wellhausen
Matthias Wellhausen has resigned as CFO and executive director of ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA), effective March 15, to pursue other opportunities outside of the ArcelorMittal group. AMSA group controller Gerhard van Zyl would step in as acting CFO in March until...
Jan 15, 2015
Evraz Highveld Steel & Vanadium achieved across-the-board production improvements in the fourth quarter ended December 31, citing improved efficiencies, ore quality and raw product availability. The company lifted the quarter-on-quarter production of hot metal by 9%...
Dec 12, 2014
Give its large mining potential, African economies are expected to play an increasingly important role in producing raw materials for the production of steel. The Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said it was expecting growth from  South Africa, in...
Dec 12, 2014
Growth in the steel industry worldwide has stabilised following substantial fluctuations during the recession, but a fair amount of uncertainty remains, particularly as a result of structural change in the Chinese economy, according to World Steel Association...
Dec 12, 2014
The government’s substantial infrastructure programme outlined in the National Development Plan is expected to drive demand for steel over the next decade, says Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Mzwandile Masina. He told over 250 delegates to the Organisation for...
Dec 12, 2014
The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) announced on Thursday that it would launch the Seifsa Awards for Excellence in 2015.
Dec 08, 2014
The month-long strike in the metal sector knocked back the third-quarter growth rate of the South African economy by more than half of what it could have been, the SA Reserve Bank (SARB) said on Monday. In its latest Quarterly Bulletin, the bank said the annualised...
Dec 03, 2014
ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) plans to clear most of the production backlog at its Newcastle Works operation by the end of December after “unforeseen delays” had halted steel output since mid-November. The blast furnace, which had suffered a delayed start-up...
Dec 02, 2014
AMSA CEO Paul O’Flaherty
ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) CEO Paul O’Flaherty has committed the group to dealing with its “legacy” environmental problems “openly and transparently”, while still pushing ahead with its “fill the mills” strategy, designed to lift production and reverse five...
Nov 28, 2014
There is widespread consensus that the Price Preference System (PPS) –introduced in September 2013 to restrict the export of scrap metal before it had first been offered for sale to the domestic consumers at a 20% discount to an international benchmark price – has...
Nov 24, 2014
Increased maintenance costs, poor rolling mill yields and strike action have widened Evraz Highveld Steel’s operating loss, from R149-million in the nine months ended September 30, 2013, to R483-million for the comparative 2014 period. The company added on Monday...
Nov 21, 2014
South Africa will become the first African country to host the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD’s) Steel Committee Conference when the committee’s seventy-seventh session takes place in Cape Town between December 11 and 12. The...
Nov 21, 2014
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Steel among the five resource value-chains being prioritised
The Mineral Beneficiation Action Plan (MBAP), which is currently in draft form, should be finalised by the end of March 2015, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has confirmed. The department is leading the drafting process, which also involves the National...
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