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Germany's Merkel laments fraying of multilateral order 

By: Reuters     28th May 2018 Germany is worried by signs of weakening in the network of multilateral organisations and agreements designed to foster international cooperation, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday. Merkel blamed the fraying of the multilateral order on a "double transition" - the gradual fading of the... 

Global crude steel production increases 4.1% y/y in April

By: Simone Liedtke     25th May 2018 Global crude steel production, as reported by the 64 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel), was 148.3-million tonnes – a 4.1% increase compared with April 2017. China’s crude steel production for April was 76.7-million tonnes, an increase of 4.8% compared with April 2017. 

Stronger rand cuts Hulamin's interim earnings

By: Anine Kilian     25th May 2018 JSE-listed Hulamin expects to report a 55% decrease in earnings a share and headline earnings a share to 25c for the six months ended June 30. The company said in a statement on Friday that its profits had been impacted on by the performance of the rand against the dollar and the euro, as... 

EU starts new investigation into steel imports from China

By: Reuters     24th May 2018 The European Commission has opened an investigation into hot-rolled steel sheet piles imported from China to determine whether they are being dumped in Europe, according to a notice in the EU Official Journal on Thursday. The investigation into a form of steel used in construction was launched... 

Coega perfectly poised to participate in lithium-ion battery industry – CDC

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd May 2018 The Coega Special Economic Zone (SEZ) is at an advanced stage of setting up factories that will supply gigawatt factories with manganese, a key ingredient in most lithium-ion batteries. Coega Development Corporation (CDC) business development metallurgic sector manager Sadick Davids says the SEZ... 

India takes US steel tariffs complaint to the WTO

By: Reuters     23rd May 2018 India has launched a complaint against the US to challenge President Donald Trump's tariffs on steel and aluminium, a filing published by the World Trade Organization (WTO) showed on Wednesday. Indian officials told Reuters last month that their government would open a WTO dispute if the... 

Japan, Russia, Turkey bring potential US tariff retaliation to $3.5bn

By: Reuters     22nd May 2018 Japan, Russia and Turkey have warned the United States about potential retaliation for its tariffs on steel and aluminium, the World Trade Organization said on Tuesday, bringing the total US tariff bill to around $3.5-billion annually. The three countries detailed their compensation claims in... 

Allied Steelrode, seven others join task force to lobby for support of downstream steel industry

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st May 2018 Steel supplier and processing company Allied Steelrode has affirmed its commitment to an industry representative group the CEO Task Force, which will aid in regenerating the country’s steel sector, through mobilising the downstream industry – which suffers the most when challenges arise in the... 

Allied Steelrode, seven others join task force to lobby for support of downstream steel industry
Allied Steelrode executive director Warne Rippon

Fuchs Lubricant opens new grease manufacturing plant in Gauteng

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th May 2018 Lubricants specialist Fuchs Lubricants South Africa (Fuchs SA), together with its parent company Fuchs Petrolub, on Wednesday launched a R125-million grease manufacturing plant at its factory, in Isando, Gauteng. The plant will allow Fuchs to manufacture specialty greases for the local market, as... 

Fuchs Lubricant opens new grease manufacturing plant in Gauteng
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Fuchs SA MD Paul Deppe and Fuchs Petrolub CEO Stefan Fuchs

India's Tata Steel posts Q4 profit

By: Reuters     16th May 2018 Tata Steel on Wednesday posted a net profit of 146.88-billion rupees ($2.17-billion) for the quarter ended March 31, aided by a one-time gain. The Indian steelmaker saw an exceptional gain of 113.76-billion rupees in the quarter, which included a gain from the restructuring of its UK pension scheme. 

Some inroads made after ten years of the Industrial Policy Action Plan - Davies

By: Kim Cloete     15th May 2018 Ramping up production in the automotive sector, resuscitating the ailing tooling industry and boosting the clothing, textiles, leather and footwear industries are among successes the government has listed in its review of ten years of the Industrial Policy Action Plan (Ipap). Despite a... 

Some inroads made after ten years of the Industrial Policy Action Plan - Davies

Government releases its tenth Industrial Policy Action Plan 

By: Kim Cloete     15th May 2018 The government has released its Industrial Policy Action Plan (Ipap) 2018, with a sharp focus on deepening industrial development, speeding up radical economic transformation and increasing the ability to produce higher value-added products. Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies said it was... 

Government releases its tenth Industrial Policy Action Plan
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Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies

Solidarity announces action plan on US steel, aluminium import tariffs

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th May 2018 Trade union Solidarity on Monday announced an action plan in response to the decision by the US not to grant the South African steel and aluminium industry exemption from import tariffs on steel and aluminium.  

Platinum surplus to widen; fuel cells seen as key driver for future demand

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th May 2018 The platinum market will move further into oversupply this year, as production from South Africa remains flat and demand is forecast to contract by 2.5%, the latest Johnson Matthey platinum group metals (PGM) market report states.  

Platinum surplus to widen; fuel cells seen as key driver for future demand

Aurecon partners with EWB-SA for Afrikan Design Innovation workshops

By: Simone Liedtke     11th May 2018 Being able to approach a design challenge with a deep empathy for the final users and without preconceived ideas is a skill that needs to be cultivated when people are still young, says global engineering and infrastructure advisory company Aurecon. It is for this reason that Aurecon continues to... 

Aurecon partners with EWB-SA for Afrikan Design Innovation workshops
The first Afrikan Design Innovation workshop was held on May 5, with the second workshop scheduled to take place on May 12

AMSA liquid steel production increases by 5.9% in Q1

By: Simone Liedtke     11th May 2018 ArcelorMittal South Africa’s (AMSA’s) liquid steel production increased by 5.9% to 71 000 t in the three months ended March 31. The higher output was mainly owing to higher production at its Vanderbijlpark Works and Saldanha Works, which was partly offset by lower long products output following... 

AfriSam anchor sponsor for Fulton Awards

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     11th May 2018 Leading concrete materials supplier AfriSam is the anchor sponsor for the 2019 biennial Fulton Awards, hosted by nonprofit organisation the Concrete Society of Southern Africa (CSSA). According to AfriSam, the event recognises the possibilities that concrete structures create for society and,... 

AfriSam anchor sponsor for Fulton Awards
INNOVATIVE INFRASTRUCTURE The Fulton Awards is an event that honours excellence and innovation in the design and use of concrete

South Africa to continue lobbying US for exemption on steel, aluminium tariffs

By: African News Agency      10th May 2018 South Africa will continue talks with the United States in a bid to get concessions on import tariffs on aluminium and steel, Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane said on Thursday. Briefing journalists on the outcomes of Wednesday's fortnightly cabinet meeting, Mokonyane said government was... 

How Trump's steel tariffs kick the can business

By: Reuters     10th May 2018 Dan Vincent is in a bind. The president of Pacific Coast Producers (PCP) plans to use around 700-million tin-coated steel cans this year for tomatoes, peaches and pears from 168 growers here in California. 

Subramanian resigns as AMSA CFO

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th May 2018 Dean Subramanian will step down as executive director and CFO of ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) on July 31, to pursue an opportunity outside the company.  

Tariff war could derail global recovery – ECB

By: Reuters     7th May 2018 Protective tariffs imposed by the US in recent months have only had a minor impact on the world economy but a significant escalation in tensions could derail the recovery in global trade, the European Central Bank (ECB) said on Monday. Retaliation and a full fledged trade war could increase... 

Hulamin responds to US import tariff, says markets for niche products strong

By: Simone Liedtke     4th May 2018 South Africa’s exclusion from a list of countries exempted from tariffs imposed by the US on steel and aluminium imports should not have an immediate impact on local producer Hulamin, but it has increased long-term risks, the JSE-listed company said on Friday.  Hulamin, whose share price has... 

Vanadium market expected to achieve 3.2% CAGR to 2027

By: Nadine James     4th May 2018 Diversified miner Bushveld Minerals expects the vanadium market to expand by a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.2% between 2017 and 2027, on the back of strong steel demand and a growing energy storage market, Bushveld Minerals CEO and cofounder Fortune Mojapelo said in a webcast on... 

Vanadium market expected to achieve 3.2% CAGR to 2027

Constrained metal supply could slow battery electric vehicle production rates – Moody’s

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd May 2018 Metals supply constraints could slow battery electric vehicle (BEV) production rates in the near term, says ratings agency Moody’s Investors Service.  

Constrained metal supply could slow battery electric vehicle production rates – Moody’s

South Africa views itself as ‘collateral damage’ in global trade war

By: Terence Creamer     2nd May 2018 Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) believes South Africa has become “collateral damage in the trade war of key global economies” after the country was excluded from a list of countries exempted from tariffs imposed by the US on steel and aluminium imports. While insisting that the country... 

South Africa views itself as ‘collateral damage’ in global trade war
US President Donald Trump

Hulamin chair steps down

By: Simone Liedtke     30th April 2018 Mafika Mkwanazi has resigned as chairperson of aluminium supplier and exporter Hulamin, with effect from April 26. Thabo Leeuw, who has served on the board as an independent nonexecutive director since 2007, has succeeded Mkwanazi. 

Global crude steel production up 4% y/y in March

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th April 2018 World crude steel production for the 64 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) was 148.33-million tonnes in March – a 4% increase compared with production for March 2017.  

Trump: 'Very good chance' of a US-China trade deal

By: Reuters     25th April 2018 US President Donald Trump on Tuesday said the US would likely reach a trade agreement with China and that officials from both sides would sit down for negotiations in a few days. China has said it would welcome a visit by US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who is seeking to resolve a tense... 

India would file dispute with WTO if US rejects exemption on tariffs – sources

By: Reuters     23rd April 2018 India would lodge a trade dispute against the United States at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) if Washington does not grant it exemptions from higher tariffs on steel and aluminium, three government officials involved in trade talks told Reuters. India recently requested exemptions, arguing... 

Agreement opens way for R1.8bn oil services hub at Saldanha port

By: Terence Creamer     23rd April 2018 A private port terminal operator has been selected to build and operate South Africa’s first offshore supply base (OSSB) at the Port of Saldanha, in the Western Cape. The facility, which will involve investments of R1.8-billion over the coming five years, will provide services to offshore oil and... 

Agreement opens way for R1.8bn oil services hub at Saldanha port
Port of Saldanha

Lithium-ion industry to take centre stage in next five years

By: Simone Liedtke     20th April 2018 At least 12 lithium and six cobalt transactions have been closed between downstream manufacturers and mining companies since 2016, signalling a changing trend in procurement strategy. This, commodity research consultancy Roskill said in a statement on Friday, shows that the lithium-ion (Li-ion)... 

Another hydrogen boost for platinum fuel cells

By: Simone Liedtke     18th April 2018 The introduction of platinum-using fuel cells has received another boost with the latest success in hydrogen compression announced by Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) on Wednesday.   Last week, Amplats revealed plans for a fuel cell dozer, which makes use of hydrogen in liquid, to make a 2019... 

Another hydrogen boost for platinum fuel cells
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Amplats PGM investment programme CEO Andrew Hinkly

Steel demand to grow by 1.8% in 2018

By: Simone Liedtke     17th April 2018 The World Steel Association (worldsteel) has forecast 1.8% year-on-year growth in global steel demand to 1.62-billion tonnes this year. Worldsteel further reports in its April Short Range Outlook (SRO), published on Tuesday, that global steel demand will grow by a further 0.7% to 1.63-billion... 

Tokyo Steel to keep product prices steady in May

By: Reuters     16th April 2018 Tokyo Steel Manufacturing, Japan's top electric-arc furnace steelmaker, on Monday said it would hold product prices steady in May due to slow local demand. The decision marks three months of price freezes by the company. 

SA firm’s high-capacity air hoists making inroads into global oil and gas, marine sectors

By: Schalk Burger     13th April 2018 Industrial pneumatic equipment manufacturer ATS 2000 is reporting significant demand for its high-capacity air hoists in the international oil and gas market and for industrial and marine applications, says ATS 2000 MD Glenton Rebello. The company has manufactured four 60 t air hoists at its... 

SA firm’s high-capacity air hoists making  inroads into global oil and gas, marine sectors
EXPORT AIR HOIST ATS focused on international exposure and has identified opportunities to grow exports

UK project could halve titanium parts production costs

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th April 2018 The British Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced late last month that its Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (officially abbreviated to Dstl) had, in cooperation with the University of Sheffield, developed of a radical new method of producing titanium parts. Dstl has so far invested almost... 

Global trade growth strong but at risk if conflict escalates, WTO says

By: Reuters     12th April 2018 World trade in goods is maintaining a robust recovery, but it still might falter if trade tensions escalate further, the World Trade Organization said in its annual forecast on Thursday. Trade in goods will grow 4.4% this year after a decade averaging 3.0% a year following the financial crisis.... 

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