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Global steel production rises 6.6% y/y in May

By: Anine Kilian     25th June 2018 Global crude steel production increased by 6.6% year-on-year to 154.9-million tonnes in May, the World Steel Association (worldsteel) reported on Monday. China’s crude steel production increased by 8.9% year-on-year to 8.1-million tonnes in May, while Japan produced 9.1-million tonnes of crude... 

Import duty causes fallout for stainless steel fastener suppliers

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd June 2018 Stainless steel nuts, bolts and fasteners supplier Fastenright has been forced to increase the selling prices of its stainless steel fasteners, a detrimental consequence of the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa’s (Itac’s) changing import duties, Fastenright MD Rainer... 

Import duty causes fallout for stainless steel fastener suppliers
IMPORT BUSINESS Fastenright imports its stainless steel fasteners from approved suppliers, mainly the Far East, specifically China and Taiwan; and Europe

Improving industry presents opportunities for fastener portfolio

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd June 2018 While the local fasteners industry has experienced a “downfall”, the proposed increase in government spend on power generation points to an upswing during the course of 2019, with this holding significant opportunities for technical solutions provider BMG’s portfolio of fastener products, says... 

Improving industry presents opportunities for fastener portfolio
RELIABLE SOLUTION The Nord-Lock wheel nuts use tension, instead of friction, to secure bolted joints

Strong attendance growth at Fastener Fair Turkey 2018

22nd June 2018 Exhibitors at the fourth edition of the Fastener Fair Turkey 2018 welcomed high calibre Turkish and international visitors for three days, with a total of 2 900 managers, engineers and buyers visiting the event. This represents an impressive 70% growth, compared with the 2016 show. 

Selloff in iron-ore to rubber in China as US trade war widens

By: Reuters     19th June 2018 Prices of commodities from iron ore to rubber tumbled in China on Tuesday, with investor sentiment shaken by an intensifying trade war between Beijing and Washington that could hurt the world's No. 2 economy. The selloff also hit steel, copper, cotton and palm oil, as Chinese investors returned... 

Thyssenkrupp boards working hard to get Tata Steel deal-staff memo

By: Reuters     18th June 2018 Thyssenkrupp needs to quickly clinch a deal for a planned European steel joint venture with Tata Steel, its chief executive said in an internal letter, adding this was necessary to determine the group's long-term strategy. "Therefore we are in close consultations with the supervisory board,"... 

Company hits 500 mark in sales

By: Halima Frost     15th June 2018 Over the past 23 years, industrial services company The Dickinson Group has sold more than 500 specialised stud welding machines, says company refractory anchor division manager Miles Simpson. The machines were provided by Germany-based welding machine suppliers Soyer and UK-based welding... 

Company hits 500  mark in sales
MULTIFUNCTIONAL STUD WELDER A Soyer BMH-22i characterised by its invariably high welding capacity.

Improved quality and productivity reduce production costs

15th June 2018 As the leading supplier of gases and welding equipment and machinery in sub-Saharan Africa, industrial gases company Afrox continues to provide innovative welding solutions to the Southern African market by introducing new products and technology. The latest of these is welding equipment... 

Improved quality and  productivity reduce  production costs
MULTIPURPOSE PIPE WELDING SOLUTION Miller Electric’s PipeWorx process improves quality and productivity

Industry body assumes consultancy role in DHET initiative

By: Halima Frost     15th June 2018 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) has been appointed by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) to act as the consultants in the welding aspect of the Centres of Specialisation Programme. Higher Education and Training Minister Naledi Pandor outlined in March that the... 

Industry body assumes consultancy role in DHET initiative
SEAN BLAKE A good skills set, local labor and governments investment are what is needed

Supplier outlines simple welding equipment compliance test

By: Halima Frost     15th June 2018 Power tool and hardware wholesaler Matus has introduced a two-year guarantee on all its Matweld welding machines, which contrasts with the industry norm of one year. “The testing of our Matweld range is done in compliance with ISO standards and we take pride in the fact that we can offer the... 

Supplier outlines simple welding equipment compliance test
ALL IN ONE UNIT 500 A Inverter MIG welder supplied by Matweld complete with a separate wire feeder

Understanding weld standards crucial to the welding industry

By: Halima Frost     15th June 2018 To ensure quality in the welding industry, pipes supplier Marley Pipe Systems product specialist Ian Venter says it is important to not only use the standards required in welding but also understand them. Delivering a keynote address at the Thermoplastic Welding Technology Day, hosted by industry... 

Understanding weld standards crucial to the welding industry
CONFORMING PIPE SYSTEMS Marley Pipes Systems SA supplies the well known international Frialen brand.

Technology at the fore

By: Halima Frost     15th June 2018 Various speakers discussed new technologies and applications in the thermoplastic welding industry at the Thermoplastics Welding Technology Day, hosted by industry body Plastics SA last month. The discussions ranged from single-user welding technology to new applications (apps) revolutionising... 

Technology at the fore
PRODUCTS ON DISPLAY The new Hurner Smartline butt welding machine and clamp was on show

WTO deputy chief advises EU caution in response to US tariffs

By: Reuters     14th June 2018 There is no basis in World Trade Organisation rules for US tariffs on steel and aluminium, but the European Union should proceed cautiously when responding to the measures, WTO deputy director-general, Karl Brauner, told a German magazine. "I see no basis in WTO law for the tariffs imposed by the... 

South African company develops new generation field kitchens for army

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th June 2018 South African company Desert Wolf has started Phase 2 of its contract to design, manufacture and deliver stainless steel diesel-fired field kitchens to the South African National Defence Force, ordered under Project Teamster. The company only uses stainless steel to make its trailers. “During... 

South African company develops new generation field kitchens for army
Photo by Desert Wolf
One of the new Desert Wolf field kitchens for the South African Army

Govt commits to saving jobs in steel industry 

By: African News Agency      13th June 2018 The South African government said on Tuesday that it will continue to work with the steel industry towards averting job losses in the sector, adding that it has put in place measures to save the steel industry from collapsing.  This emerged when officials from the Department of Trade and Industry... 

Govt commits to saving jobs in steel industry

Barloworld concludes sale of Iberian Equipment operations

By: Anine Kilian     12th June 2018 The sale of JSE-listed Barloworld’s lossmaking Iberian Equipment operations to Italian group for R2.18-billion has closed. “The closing of the sale of Iberia is the first milestone in redeploying the group’s capital,” the company said in a statement on Tuesday. 

China's Tsingshan mulls $1bn steel plant in Zimbabwe

By: Reuters     12th June 2018 China's unlisted Tsingshan Holding Group on Monday signed a $1-billion outline agreement with Zimbabwe to build a steelmaking plant there after completing a feasibility study. President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government is trying to woo foreign investors, especially in mining, as part of efforts to... 

IMF's Lagarde says global economic outlook darkening by the day

By: Reuters     12th June 2018 International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Christine Lagarde led an attack by global economic organisations on US President Donald Trump's "America First" trade policy on Monday, warning that clouds over the global economy "are getting darker by the day". Trump backed out of a joint communique... 

IMF's Lagarde says global economic outlook darkening by the day
Photo by Reuters
IMF MD Christine Lagarde

Germany sees no quick solution to trade row with US, open to talks

By: Reuters     11th June 2018 Germany sees no immediate solution to the trade dispute between the United States and other major economies but remains open to talks "among friends", Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said on Monday, seeking to head off a full-blown global trade war. US President Donald Trump backed out of a joint... 

Decline in machine tools indicative of manufacturing state

By: Halima Frost     8th June 2018 Although machine tools are the backbone of most industries, their market volume has decreased by 30% a year in the past three years, reflecting the state of the manufacturing sector, says Machine Tool Merchants Association (MTMA) chairperson Paul Savides. “It seems as if we are already 20% down... 

Decline in machine tools indicative of manufacturing state
MACHINES ON DISPLAY Machine tools on display at the Machine Tool Africa Expo hosted by MTMA

Supplier expanding its tools range

By: Halima Frost     8th June 2018 Machine Tool and Metrology equipment supplier WD Hearn will exclusively distribute and service coordinated measuring machines (CMM) from LK Metrology – formerly known as Nikon Metrology. WD Hearn have also been appointed sole agents for ANCA CNC Machines in South Africa who manufacture CNC Tool &... 

Supplier expanding its tools range
RECENT RELEASE The Leadwell BC-600 5-axis Long Table Machining, is available in 3+2 and 5-axis simultaneous configurations

Technology revolutionises machine tools industry

By: Halima Frost     8th June 2018 Additive manufacturing, which includes the use of three-dimensional and computer-aided-design to make stronger and more reliable components for the machine tool industry, has revolutionised the machine tool industry, says machine tools supplier Reliable Technical Consultants (Retecon). Retecon... 

S Africa must maintain cost-competitive sector

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     8th June 2018 It is vital for South Africa to maintain a manufacturing sector that is internationally cost competitive and can produce quality end-products, says Germiston-based material transfer solutions provider Weba Chute Systems MD Mark Baller. “The manufacturing industry has been under a lot of... 

S Africa must maintain cost-competitive sector
LATEST TECHNOLOGY Weba Chute Systems uses the latest techniques and technologies to ensure optimum accuracy during the design and engineering phases, which also facilitate improved efficiencies

Small machines with big capabilities

By: Halima Frost     8th June 2018 Global machine tool supplier Hurco’s BX40i double-column, bridge-type machine, originally launched in 2016, has been upgraded to service a variety of trades, from general manufacturing to highly specialised industries such as the aerospace sector. The stability of the double-column design and the... 

Small machines with big capabilities
STABILITY PROVIDING ACCURACY The BX40i meets the needs of any high-speed machining application.

Laser machine in full production at fabrication company

By: Halima Frost     8th June 2018 Machine tool supplier Puma Machine Tools completed the supply of its high-end laser profile JinFangYuan (JFY) 4020 machine to a Wadeville metals fabrication company last month. The machine, with a Trumpf TruDisk 3001 laser source, will be used to cut processing plates for the manufacturing of... 

Tribunal confirms R40m settlement agreement with Cape Gate

By: Simone Liedtke     7th June 2018 The Competition Tribunal has confirmed a R40-million settlement agreement with wire and steel manufacturer Cape Gate, following the company’s admission of price fixing, dividing markets and collusive tendering in respect of lightly galvanised wire, nails, wire and various wire products. The... 

LME says plans to launch about 15 new contracts in January 2019

By: Reuters     7th June 2018 The London Metal Exchange (LME) plans to launch around 15 new contracts from next January, including cash-settled cobalt and hot-rolled coil steel contracts, an executive said on Wednesday. "We will put in place the technical capabilities by November and then we'll launch them from January,"... 

Solidarity launches four-pronged steel industry initiative amid global steel crisis

By: Schalk Burger     5th June 2018 Trade union Solidarity on Tuesday launched a four-pronged initiative to address and mitigate the impacts of the global steel crisis on local steel producers in an attempt to save jobs and local manufacturing capacity. Solidarity deputy general secretary for metals engineering Marius Croucamp... 

Solidarity launches four-pronged steel industry initiative amid global steel crisis
The old Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium plant in eMalahleni

EU initiates WTO case against US steel, aluminium tariffs – WTO official

By: Reuters     1st June 2018 The European Union on Friday submitted a request for consultations with the United States on steel and aluminium tariffs announced by Washington, a first step in the WTO dispute settlement process, a World Trade Organization official said. "The WTO Secretariat has received the EU request for... 

US tariffs cause global trade uncertainty in steel sector

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     1st June 2018 The stainless steel sector is currently experiencing global trade uncertainty, owing to trade barriers being considered globally, as a result of the US duties on steel and aluminium, says Middleburg-based stainless steel producer Columbus Stainless CEO Lucien Matthews. The US duties include a 25%... 

US tariffs cause global trade uncertainty in steel sector
Photo by Dylan Slater
JUST COLLATERAL The South African stainless steel industry is collateral in the trade wars initiated by the US

Water pipes, electric vehicles potential growth markets for stainless steel

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     1st June 2018 The South African stainless steel sector can benefit from the rise in electric vehicles and the replacement of water pipes, says Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association executive director John Tarboton. “Getting stainless steel water pipes into the water system has been a big... 

Sector recovery affords new opportunities for banding company

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     1st June 2018 Stable growth in the electricity sector will likely have a positive effect on sales, says Jet Park-based stainless steel banding company Banding and Identification Solutions South Africa (Bisa) sales director Rosa Dos Remendos. “This is positive, as the sector is a major market for our stainless... 

Sector recovery affords new opportunities for banding company
BUCKLING UP Bisa stainless steel products can be used for a variety of projects and are suitable for niche markets

South African steel companies urged to diversify markets in wake of US tariff setback

By: Kim Cloete     31st May 2018 South African steel companies need to continue to look for new markets, particularly in Africa, following the recent setback in which the US government decided not to grant South Africa an exemption on steel and aluminum tariffs, says Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel. “We will need to... 

South African steel companies urged to diversify markets in wake of US tariff setback
Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel

Europe will give determined response to any US tariffs – Merkel

By: Reuters     31st May 2018 German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday that the European Union would give a "smart, determined and jointly agreed" response if the United States decides to impose tariffs on European steel and aluminum imports. "We don't know the decision yet but if tariffs were to be imposed, then we... 

Cape Town Iron and Steel Works officially opened 

By: Kim Cloete     30th May 2018 The Cape Town Iron and Steel Works (Cisco) plant has been officially opened in Kuils River, near Cape Town. The plant has created 300 direct and another 120 indirect jobs, with another 200 in the pipeline.   Established originally in 1967, the factory was closed by Murray & Roberts (M&R) in 2010,... 

Cape Town Iron and Steel Works officially opened
Economic Development Minister and DHT president Dagistan Turanli at the Cisco plant opening

Macron calls for complete overhaul of world trade rules, WTO reform

By: Reuters     30th May 2018 French President Emmanuel Macron urged the world's biggest economic powers to start talks to reform the World Trade Organization (WTO) to prevent current tensions from spiralling into trade wars. "This is about a complete update of global competition rules," Macron said in a speech on... 

Patel to reopen Cape Town Iron and Steel Works plant  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th May 2018 Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel will on Wednesday officially reopen the Cape Town Iron and Steel Works plant (Cisco), in Kuils River, in the Western Cape.  

Patel to reopen Cape Town Iron and Steel Works plant
Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel

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