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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”,... 

SEZ to boost stainless steel industry

By: Thabi Madiba     26th October 2018 The Limpopo-based export-oriented mega mineral energy complex, in a special economic zone (SEZ), in which Chinese State-owned companies are set to invest, is “the biggest thing on the horizon” in the local stainless steel industry, says Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association... 

SEZ to boost stainless steel industry
HANDS ON The metallurgical complex will increase job opportunities in the stainless steel industry

South Africa welcomes product exclusion for some steel, aluminium products from Section 232 duties

By: Simone Liedtke     24th October 2018 Following an announcement that the US Department of Commerce has granted product exemptions for certain aluminium and steel products, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies on Wednesday welcomed the positive developments as a step towards normalising trade relations between South Africa and... 

How strong steel might kill off the next big battery metal story

By: Bloomberg     23rd October 2018 Vanadium’s astonishing rally is threatening its chances of being the next big battery metal. Prices have surged more than 800% in about two years, driven by Chinese demand for stronger steel. There’s also been speculation that vanadium will become a key metal for the battery industry. But with... 

Clash over Trump tariffs heats up with barrage of WTO litigation

By: Reuters     19th October 2018 Disputes over US tariffs and retaliatory moves by other states have sparked 12 requests for adjudication at the World Trade Organization, signalling an escalation in global trade tensions. The agenda for an Oct. 29 meeting of the WTO's dispute settlement body on Friday confirmed the legal moves,... 

Norway, EU ask WTO to set up panel on US steel, aluminium tariffs

By: Reuters     19th October 2018 Norway, the European Union and several other countries asked the World Trade Organization (WTO) on Thursday to set up a dispute resolution panel to address US tariffs on steel and aluminium, Oslo's foreign minister said. "We believe that US additional duty on steel and aluminium is contrary to... 

South African mint shines in Africa

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th October 2018 The South African Mint’s (SA Mint’s) master craft and secure manufacturing has made it one of the top preferred manufacturers of coins and coin blanks in the world, and a valuable partner across Africa. The famous producer of circulation and commemorative coins has, on its CV, an impressive list... 

Global steel body hikes demand forecasts, but says risks remain

By: Reuters     16th October 2018 The World Steel Association on Tuesday doubled its 2018 and 2019 forecasts for growth in global demand for the material used in everything from cars to construction, but said that trade tensions were clouding the outlook for the sector. The caution over trade from a body that represents 85% of... 

Global steel body hikes demand forecasts, but says risks remain

Seifsa elects ‘most transformed’ board to date

By: Simone Liedtke     15th October 2018 Arabela Holdings executive chairperson Elias Monage has been elected president of the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) and chairperson of its board of directors, with effect from October 12. Monage was elected president during Seifsa’s seventy-sixth annual... 

Steel Awards showcase resilience, workmanship in South African steel industry

By: Simone Liedtke     12th October 2018 South African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) CEO Paolo Trinchero believes the industry continues to produce “outstanding work, [which] demonstrates its capability and expertise”. Speaking at its yearly Steel Awards function on Thursday evening, he said there was continued perseverance in... 

Steel Awards showcase resilience, workmanship in South African steel industry

Seifsa president points to ‘signs of green shoots' for metals sector

12th October 2018 In an address at the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa’s (Seifsa’s) Presidential Breakfast on Friday, outgoing interim president Alph Ngapo expressed optimism that the political transition, which saw President Jacob Zuma replaced by President Cyril Ramaphosa earlier... 

Seifsa president points to ‘signs of green shoots' for metals sector

Connecting international expertise to South African opportunities

By: Shannon de Ryhove     12th October 2018 European alliance partner company GC Top Technologies — an Italian company based in South Africa — aims to connect international suppliers of the best available technologies with South African clients that require improved efficiency, enhanced productivity and environment-friendly solutions. The... 

AMSA seeks growth opportunities in sub-Saharan Africa amid muted domestic steel demand

By: Nadine James     10th October 2018 In light of weak domestic demand, ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has implemented a strategy to enhance its short-term profitability and cashflow, thereby, ensuring the business’ sustainability and positioning it to exploit growth in the sub-Saharan Africa region, says CEO Kobus Verster. During... 

 AMSA seeks growth opportunities in sub-Saharan Africa amid muted domestic steel demand
Photo by ARCELORMITTAL
ArcelorMittal Vanderbijlparjk Works

Trade rules need to address Chinese excess capacity – EU's Moscovici

By: Reuters     10th October 2018 Any rewrite of global trading rules must deal with the issue of excess industrial capacity in China, European Commission Economic Commissioner Pierre Moscovici said on Wednesday. "We absolutely need to address the issue of overcapacities in China. Nobody can say that this is not a problem. This... 

Turkey puts import quotas on steel – WTO filing

By: Reuters     8th October 2018 Turkey will introduce quotas on the amount of steel it imports from Oct. 17, with an additional 25% duty on any imports above the quotas, it said in a filing published by the World Trade Organization on Monday, blaming a surge in imports. It said it had begun investigating the case for emergency... 

Macro disquiet drowns out signs of base metals shortages

By: Reuters     4th October 2018 Uncertainty about how metals demand will be hit by trade wars, rising US interest rates and a slowdown in China is weighing on industrial metals prices, submerging signals pointing to potential shortages. The index of copper and five other top industrial metals traded on the London Metal Exchange... 

Dube TradePort continues to inject billions into local economy, job creation – MEC

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd October 2018 The Dube TradePort, which incorporates the King Shaka International Airport, has in the past ten years invested R11.5-billion into the South African economy and created nearly 100 000 jobs, KwaZulu-Natal Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs MEC Sihle Zikalala said on Tuesday.... 

China's at 'peak steel' right now, top iron-ore shipper says

By: Bloomberg     2nd October 2018 The world’s largest steel market is about to go into reverse. Production in China will peak in 2018 and then shrink next year as local demand drops, according to forecasts from the Australian government, which says the shift will add to headwinds for core ingredient iron ore. Mainland steel... 

Absa PMI weakens further in September

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st October 2018 The Absa Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) remained virtually unchanged at a weak level of 43.2 points in September. The latest figure dashed hopes that the sharp PMI decline in August – to 43.4 points, down from July’s 51.5 points – was a one-off occurrence. The August figure was already an... 

Company diversifies aluminium offering

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     28th September 2018 Aluminium composite cladding / material (ACP or ACM) is widely used on building facades internationally, and although very much in its infancy in South Africa, it is slowly gaining traction. It is preferred over painted surfaces due to its colour retention, corrosion resistance and low... 

Company diversifies  aluminium offering
DESIGN VERSATILITY The aluminium composite material panels allow for versatile facade designs

Manufacturer keeps up with increasingly complex orders

28th September 2018 As manufacturing becomes more specialised, manufacturing companies have to keep up with customers’ changing demands with regards to complexity of manufactured parts as well as functionality and the aesthetic appeal of the product. South African arm of Germany-based metallurgical plant and rolling... 

Manufacturer keeps up with increasingly  complex orders
EXTRUSION The SMS group has expertise in aluminium, copper, copper alloys and steel extrusion

Record-high margins for aluminium sales

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     28th September 2018 Johannesburg-based precision water-cutting and -profiling company AquaJet Profiles noted record-high aluminium sales profit margins earlier this year, owing to the sanctions placed on Russian suppliers exporting to the US, claims AquaJet Profiles director Preeshan Naidoo. The sanctions were... 

Record-high margins for aluminium sales
Photo by Reuters
TARIFF SEE-SAW US tariffs have had a positive and negative effect on aluminium profit margins

AMSA to finalise Macsteel sale by Dec

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th September 2018 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa’s (AMSA’s) shareholders on Thursday approved the sale of AMSA’s 50% indirect interest in Netherlands-based Macsteel International Holdings (MIH) to a subsidiary of Macsteel Holdings Luxembourg for $220-million, or R2.8-billion. AMSA advised that the... 

WTO cuts world merchandise trade forecasts for 2018 and 2019

By: Reuters     27th September 2018 World trade growth is likely to be slower than previously thought in 2018 and 2019, although the direct economic effects of a trade war that has blown up this year have been modest so far, the World Trade Organization (WTO) said on Thursday. The WTO forecast world trade in goods would grow by... 

EU regulators to rule on Thyssenkrupp, Tata Steel venture by Oct 30

By: Reuters     26th September 2018 European Union (EU) antitrust regulators will decide by October 30 whether to allow Germany's Thyssenkrupp and India's Tata Steel to create Europe's No. 2 steelmaker, the European Commission said on Wednesday. The companies unveiled their plan for a steel joint venture in July after two years of... 

Global crude steel production rises 2.6% y/y in August

By: Simone Liedtke     25th September 2018 Global crude steel production increased by 2.6% year-on-year to 151.7-million tonnes in August, the World Steel Association (worldsteel) reports. According to the data, which was released on Tuesday, China’s crude steel production for August was 80.3-million tonnes, an increase of 2.7% compared... 

Africa’s metals, engineering cluster needs to do more to attract investment 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st September 2018 Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) chief economist Dr Michael Ade has declared Africa’s metals and engineering sector open for business. Ade was addressing delegates on the second day of Seifsa’s fourth annual Metals and Engineering Indaba, in Johannesburg. 

Africa’s metals, engineering cluster needs to do more to attract investment
Seifsa chief economist Dr Michael Ade talks about the need for South Africa's metals and engineering sector to increase its exports throughout Africa, while IFC senior investment officer Paul Mukasa discusses financing in Africa. Video and editing: Darlene Creamer.

AMSA appoints new CFO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st September 2018 Avinash Desmond Maharaj has been appointed CFO and executive director of ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA), effective October 1. He has a Master’s degree in Finance and is a qualified chartered accountant. 

PSV brings on board two key partnerships to drive strategy going forward

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th September 2018 AltX-listed industrial holding company PSV Holdings has finalised an equity transaction with Regis Holdings and concluded a broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) partnership with Beryl Holdings Partners. Regis is a Mauritanian-headquartered investment holding company, and Beryl... 

Global steel production, consumption growth to slow – Fitch

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th September 2018 Growth in global production and consumption of steel in expected to slow over 2018/19, following a significant rebound since early 2016, Fitch Solutions Macro Research’s recently published ‘Global Steel Outlook’ report states. The global market will post a narrowing deficit of 7.4-million tonnes... 

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