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Enforcing local procurement rules would help offset weak demand  

By: Terence Creamer     14th December 2018 Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) wants government to take decisive action in 2019 to ensure that departments and State-owned companies (SoCs) honour their obligations to purchase designated steel products from domestic manufacturers. The organisation is also... 

South Africa's manufacturing output jumps, boosting rand 

By: Reuters     11th December 2018 South Africa's manufacturing output rose more than expected in October to its highest level since June 2016, data showed on Tuesday, lifting the rand as the economy showed further signs of recovering from recession. Africa's most industrialised economy slipped into recession after contractions in... 

South Africa's manufacturing output jumps, boosting rand

3D printing surging globally and South Africa is making its mark

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th December 2018 The global take-off of Additive Manufacturing (AM, popularly called 3D printing), it is now apparent, took place some six years ago. "2012 was a turning point in AM, globally," consultancy Wohlers Associates President Terry Wohlers tells "Engineering News". "The technology really gained... 

3D printing surging globally and South Africa is making its mark

Springs-based fuel cell SEZ approved  

By: Nadine James     5th December 2018 The special economic zone (SEZ) for fuel cell development, proposed for development by the Gauteng Industrial Development Zone initiative and Impala Platinum (Implats), has been approved, Implats fuel cell coordinator Fahmida Smith told attendees at the International Partnership for Hydrogen and... 

Canada's construction steel buyers face tariff 'roulette'

By: Reuters     4th December 2018 Canadian steel buyers are racing to get construction steel into the country to claim first-come, first-serve exemptions from tariffs that were meant to stabilize the country's market in the wake of US President Donald Trump's metals tariffs. With steel prices already high, the companies that... 

Nampak produces ‘pleasing’ FY18 results despite challenging environment

By: Nadine James     27th November 2018 Packaging company Nampak has achieved positive results for its continuing operations for the financial year ended September 30, with profit up 29% year-on-year to R1.2-billion and headline earnings a share up 15% year-on-year to 168.7c a share. Nampak CEO André de Ruyter told Engineering News... 

EU proposes new WTO reform to safeguard dispute settlement body

By: Bloomberg     26th November 2018 The European Union (EU) unveiled a new proposal that seeks to stave off paralysis of the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO's) dispute settlement system by unblocking the appointment of its appellate body members, according to a statement Monday. The proposal has the backing of Australia, Canada,... 

Firm’s design breathes new life into industry

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd November 2018 Multidisciplinary consulting engineering firm Arup was commended for its finalist entry of the V&A Grain Silo Complex façade in the architectural category at the 2018 South African Steel Awards, held last month. The R500-million V&A Grain Silo project, once an agricultural silo for grain storage... 

Firm’s design breathes  new life into industry
CROWN JEWEL The V&A Grain Silo Complex project was once an agricultural silo for grain storage, and is now features prominently in the silo district development

Early days for stainless steel in cladding, construction industry

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd November 2018 The South African stainless steel in construction and cladding market is in an early developmental stage, despite many architectural projects having been completed over the past few decades, says South African Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) Western Cape regional manager Michel... 

Early days for stainless steel in cladding, construction industry
INTO FOCUS Stainless steel in cladding construction brings the advantages into focus

Trade wars costly to long-term construction projects

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd November 2018 Owing to the global trade war in steel prices, local manufacturers, such as local steel fabricator Fabcon, are finding it difficult to quote for long-term construction projects. “The stockholding of any steel company is dramatically reduced, as companies are unwilling to hold stock for a longer... 

Trade wars costly  to long-term construction projects
ANDREW VAN GOOL Companies are unwilling to hold stock for a longer period of time

Steel construction, cladding industry demand to continue increasing

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd November 2018 The demand for steel in South Africa’s construction and cladding sector will continue to increase, owing to its myriad of applications and ease of installation, says steel gratings, stair treads, pressed floors and safety handrails manufacturer Vital Engineering technical director Glen Pringle.... 

Steel construction, cladding industry demand to continue increasing
DIVERSIFIED PRODUCT OFFERING Vital Engineering supplies various items, including stainless steel handrails, GRP products, galvanised steel gratings and stainless steel gratings

Signs of positive change in steel sector

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd November 2018 The drive to import certain quantities of steel has gained impetus during 2018, as a result of some doubts in the steel manufacturing industry about the ability of local mills to produce the required level of quality of certain products they require, steel processor and supplier Allied Steelrode... 

Signs of positive change in steel sector
WARNE RIPPON There has also more recently been a concerted effort made by the primary steel producer to improve its product quality

Stimulus plan, more efficient processing to promote steel construction growth

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd November 2018 With the new stimulus plan announced under President Cyril Ramaphosa’s leadership, South Africa’s economy is poised for an upturn, which will inevitably promote growth in the steel construction sector, says cutting consumables and capital equipment distributor First Cut MD Andrew Poole. “This... 

Stimulus plan, more efficient processing to promote steel construction growth
SOLUTIONS PROVIDER First Cut supplies processing solutions, which comprise its latest-generation fribelaser solutions that cut sheet steel

China and US accuse each other of hypocrisy as WTO litigation begins

By: Reuters     22nd November 2018 The United States and China clashed on Wednesday at a World Trade Organization meeting with a US envoy accusing Beijing of using the WTO to pursue "non-market" policies and a Chinese official saying it was Washington that was flouting the rulebook. US President Donald Trump has outraged US... 

WTO to set up panels to rule on US tariff disputes

By: Reuters     21st November 2018 The US and opponents of President Donald Trump's steel and aluminium tariffs both confirmed their wish to litigate on Wednesday, triggering the procedure for World Trade Organization dispute hearings, a Geneva trade official said. China, the European Union, Canada, Mexico, Norway, and Russia all... 

Brazil, India to defy global slowdown of iron-ore production up to 2027

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st November 2018 The global iron-ore market will stay well supplied up to 2027, supported by expanding output in Brazil and India, says Fitch Solutions’ Macro Research unit. Global iron-ore production will grow modestly from 3.36-billion tonnes to 3.41-billion tonnes by 2027, representing a yearly growth rate... 

Nespresso to use Rio Tinto’s responsibly-sourced aluminium in coffee capsule production

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th November 2018 Nespresso, an operating unit of Nestlé Group, will be the first company to use responsibly-sourced aluminium from global miner Rio Tinto to produce its coffee capsules. The two companies have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to work together with Nespresso’s capsule manufacturers to... 

Nespresso to use Rio Tinto’s responsibly-sourced aluminium in coffee capsule production
Nespresso using Rio Tinto's responsibly-sourced aluminium in coffee capsule production

Automaker groups warn US tariffs will undermine new NAFTA deal

By: Reuters     16th November 2018 US automakers and parts suppliers on Thursday warned that President Donald Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs and threatened car tariffs would undermine the benefits of the new deal to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement, causing widespread job losses. At a wide-ranging hearing... 

Steeledale appoints new CEO

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th November 2018 In line with Kutana Steel Group’s long-term strategy, its member company Steeledale has appointed Chris Harito CEO, effective January 1. Harito previously served as the CFO of Steeledale under the leadership of outgoing CEO Schalk Burger. 

Allied Steelrode launches second stretcher leveller amid lacklustre environment 

15th November 2018 Allied Steelrode earlier this month launched its second stretcher leveller, a machine which helps to eliminate the stresses in steel, amid a somewhat lacklustre local business environment. Simone Liedtke, who attended the launch, tells us a bit more. 

Allied Steelrode launches second stretcher leveller amid lacklustre environment
Allied Steelrode launches second stretcher leveller amid lacklustre environment

Vanadium batteries the solution to meet growing energy storage demand – Bushveld 

By: Simone Liedtke     14th November 2018 Vanadium redox flow batteries (VRFBs) are a front-runner technology for meeting the growing demand in the energy storage sector, says Bushveld Energy CEO Mikhail Nikomarov. During a webinar on energy storage this week, he noted that data by US-based multiservice professional firm Navigant shows... 

Canada's Trudeau says he discussed steel tariffs with Trump in Paris

By: Reuters     12th November 2018 Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Monday he had discussed U.S. steel and aluminium tariffs with President Donald Trump over the weekend and that he hoped to reach a resolution on the matter by the G20 summit in Argentina. "I absolutely brought up the issue of steel and aluminium... 

Demand increases for thermoplastic valves

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     9th November 2018 Demand for thermoplastic materials over conventional alloy metals has increased since engineering consumables and components distributor BMG was appointed exclusive distributor of UK-based manufacturer SAFi Thermoplastic Valve Solutions’ (SAFi’s) products, says BMG industrial valves national... 

Demand increases for thermoplastic valves
PROCESSING PLANT BMG’s SAFi range of valves can be used in mining, energy, environmental, process plant, agriculture, and food and beverage applications

Valve companies upgraded to Level 1 BBBEE status 

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     9th November 2018 Valve manufacturer Ainsworth Engineering and its sister company valve distributor United Valve Company (UVC) are under new ownership and have been upgraded to Level 1 broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) status. The initiative was funded by the Industrial Development Corporation and... 

Valve companies upgraded to Level 1 BBBEE status
Ainsworth Engineering and United Valves Company CEO Siyabonga Meyiwa and United Valves Company General Manager Ruben van Loggerenberg discuss the state of the valve industry and company developments. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Energy reuse to help base metals industries

By: Schalk Burger     9th November 2018 Base metals-production industries can maximise the capture of waste heat and reuse it to reduce energy use, and South Africa has does not have many heat reclamation systems in place, compared to widespread use of these systems in developing countries, such as China, says energy-intensive industry... 

Energy reuse to help base metals industries
WASTE-HEAT RECOVERY A waste-heat recovery system in a cement plant

Allied Steelrode launches second stretcher leveller to meet growing demand 

By: Simone Liedtke     8th November 2018 As a result of increasing demand for stretched and flattened steel, local steel supplier and processing company Allied Steelrode on Thursday launched a second stretcher leveller at its Midvaal-based facility for the production of Allied Steelrode Stretcher Material (ASSM). Having the stresses of... 

Allied Steelrode launches second stretcher leveller to meet growing demand
Allied Steelrode executive director Warne Rippon and group CE Arun Chadha speak to Engineering News Online about the company’s most recent purchase, a second stretcher leveler, as well as some of the company’s corporate social investments in the Midvaal area. Video & Editing: Nicholas Boyd

European automakers BMW, Volvo to trial new LME steel contracts

By: Reuters     6th November 2018 European automakers BMW and Volvo plan to experiment with steel contracts to be launched by the London Metal Exchange early next year, a move which could eventually change the way the industry hedges and prices contracts, industry sources said. The LME is launching three hot rolled coil (HRC)... 

AMSA’s shares rise on finalisation of Macsteel sale

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th November 2018 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has finalised the sale of its 50% interest in Netherlands-based Macsteel International Holdings for nearly R3-billion to a subsidiary of Macsteel Holdings Luxembourg. The sale is expected to strengthen the company’s balance sheets, amid... 

AMSA reports rise in Q3 sales and output

By: Terence Creamer     1st November 2018 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has reported increased production and sales for the quarter ended September 30, 2018. The JSE-listed company told shareholders on Thursday that liquid steel production increased by 4.8% to 59 000 t, mainly as a result of higher output from its... 

AMSA reports rise in Q3 sales and output

US steel tariff fight stirs up a swarm of WTO litigation

By: Reuters     30th October 2018 The United States urged European Union governments on Monday to reflect on whether it was really in their interest to go ahead with a trade dispute over US metals tariffs, and said it was hopeful of settling the issue with Mexico and Canada. The US tariffs attracted an unprecedented seven... 

ERG forecasts strong metals price recovery

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th October 2018 Diversified miner Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) forecasts a strong metals price recovery ahead, including for copper, cobalt, aluminium, ferrochrome and iron-ore. “Our view that commodities have fallen foul of wider macroeconomic concerns and the changing geopolitical landscape was confirmed... 

Easy-to-read characters made from stainless steel

26th October 2018 Band-It range of stainless steel clamping and identification systems distributor Banding & Identification Solutions Africa offers an easy-to-read and -install identification system for equipment from hoses to heavy equipment. Banding & Identification sales representative Matthew Campbell explains... 

Easy-to-read characters  made from stainless steel
HARD Easy-to-read characters are made of grade 316 stainless steel

Incorrect tools can contaminate stainless steel

By: Thabi Madiba     26th October 2018 Any tradesmen will highlight the importance of using the right tools to get a project done as efficiently as possible. Stainless steel is a hard, heat-conductive metal, which can be quite severe on a tools’ consumables. Stainless steel necessitates an extremely slow cutting and drilling rate to... 

Incorrect tools can  contaminate stainless steel
ACTION Slow cutting is implemented on stainless steel

Manufacturer supplies stainless steel diesel field stoves to SANDF

26th October 2018 Manufacturer and exporter Desert Wolf plays an instrumental role in project teamster, which is the new South African National Defence Force (SANDF) project to upgrade the complete field kitchen facilities for the defence force and is currently supplying it with a range of stainless steel diesel... 

Manufacturer supplies stainless steel diesel field stoves to SANDF
EXCELLENT RESISTANCE Desert Wolf supply mobile field cooking units made from stainless steel

Company offers consultation on stainless steel grade use

By: Thabi Madiba     26th October 2018 As part of its anchor installer training service, construction industry service and technology provider Hilti South Africa offers consulting on the implications of using different grades of stainless steel as fasteners for anchoring purposes in the construction industry. “We all know stainless... 

Company offers consultation on stainless steel grade use
ON IT Hilti SA practitioner prepares for anchor installer training

Local stainless steel products promoted

26th October 2018 The Southern African Pump Systems Development Association (Sapsda) and Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) continue to promote the local manufacture of stainless steel products such as pumps, valves and sealing systems to compete internationally and stimulate growth.... 

Local stainless steel products promoted
Photo by Dylan Slater
ROLLING Stainless steel is a durable low maintenance material

2018 Sassda awards celebrate innovation

By: Thabi Madiba     26th October 2018 The Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) Columbus Stainless Awards are a testament to the strength and durability of the South African stainless steel industry, says Sassda executive director John Tarboton. With this year’s awards theme being “celebrating innovation”,... 

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