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Stainless steel worth more than R500 000 installed at heritage site

By: Aarifah Nosarka     21st October 2016 Since the completion of upgrades to the Opera House in Port Elizabeth – a 2016 Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association Awards finalist in the architecture building and construction category – it has become a significant tourist attraction, architecture company The Matrix Urban... 

Ultrahygienic liquid mixer nominated for an award

By: Aarifah Nosarka     21st October 2016 Designer and manufacturer of processing equipment Anderson Engineering’s AndPure Magnetic Mixer, fabricated entirely from stainless steel and used to mix liquid products, is particularly popular in the pharmaceutical industry, owing to its ultra-hygienic properties, says Anderson Engineering MD... 

Ultrahygienic liquid mixer nominated for an award
LIQUID MIXER The design and engineering of the AndPure Magnetic Mixer catered to the need for a solution of ultra-hygienic mixing in the pharmaceutical sector

Itac to make HRC steel safeguard recommendation in November

By: Terence Creamer     17th October 2016 The head of the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac) reports that, following the completion of public consultations on the possible imposition of safeguard duties for hot-rolled coil (HRC) steel, the commission intends delivering its recommendation to Trade and... 

Itac to make HRC steel safeguard recommendation in November

New Seifsa president urges employer proactivity ahead of 2017 wage talks

By: Terence Creamer     14th October 2016 The incoming president of the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa), Michael Pimstein, has called on employers affiliated to the body to adopt a proactive stance towards the upcoming 2017 wage negotiations. Pimstein is returning to a Seifsa post he last occupied... 

New Seifsa president urges employer proactivity ahead of 2017 wage talks

Increased interest in machine tools trade exhibition

By: Victor Moolman     14th October 2016 With the machine tools market having grown significantly over the past few years, exhibition specialists Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery plans to expand Machine Tools Africa by extending it from one hall at the Nasrec exhibition centre, in Johannesburg, to two halls in 2017. 

Increased interest in machine tools trade exhibition
Photo by Duane Daws
ELECTRA MINING AFRICA 2016 The 2016 Electra Mining Africa exhibition was the first show since 2014 without the Machine Tools Africa show

Manufacturer celebrates 60 years of service

     14th October 2016 South African manufacturer and distributor of cutting consumables and distributor of capital equipment First Cut, is celebrating 60 years of supplying cutting solutions to the South African industry. 

Manufacturer celebrates 60 years of service
FIRST CUT First Cut is celebrating 60 years of service to clients across South Africa

New machines increase manufacturers’ product quality

     14th October 2016 Computer numerical control machine tool manufacturer Okuma’s new MU-4000V is excellent for 5-axis multi-sided machining and is well suited for the aerospace and die and mold industries. 

New machines  increase manufacturers’ product quality
Photo by Bloomberg
AEROSPACE TOOLING The 5-axis machines from Okuma is well suited for the aerospace industry

New tool series launched at IMTS 2016

     14th October 2016 Supplier of production-grade additive manufacturing systems for three-dimensional (3D) printed metals Optomec launched a new tool series that enables low-cost, high-value metal additive manufacturing at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) 2016 last month. 

Steel sector’s sustainability much improved from earlier years

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th October 2016 The World Steel Association’s (worldsteel’s) 2016 edition of ‘Sustainable Steel – Policy and Indicators’, has shown only slight declines in the global steel industry’s sustainable development performance. Reporting is voluntary and, in 2015, 159 companies worldwide participated in the study, up... 

Steel sector’s sustainability much improved from earlier years

AMSA insists R2.27bn empowerment deal meets highest governance standards

By: Terence Creamer     28th September 2016 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has unwrapped its long-awaited R2.27-billion broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) transaction, which chairperson Mpho Makwana insists meets the highest standards of probity and governance. An earlier 2010 attempt by the JSE-listed company... 

AMSA insists R2.27bn empowerment deal meets highest governance standards
AMSA's Wim de Klerk and Mpho Makwana with Likamva's Noluthando Gosa and Leslie Maasdorp

Public Works thanks outgoing ECSA council 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th September 2016 The Department of Public Works (DPW) will ensure that the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) and its registered members continue to play an important role in the implementation of government’s National Development Plan. Speaking on behalf of Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi at ECSA’s... 

Public Works thanks outgoing ECSA council

Limpopo’s proposed SEZ attracts R40bn investment

     23rd September 2016 A significant investment is already expected to be injected into the proposed Musina-Makhado Special Economic Zone (SEZ) - a boost for the energy and metallurgical industries. A consortium of Chinese investors led by Hong Kong Mining Exchange, will be investing more than R40-billion into an... 

New technology optimises manufacturing process

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd September 2016 Cape Town-based aluminium-frame structure manufacturer Speed Structures is adapting skill sets to enhance adaptability of temporary structures for a variety of applications, such as military, warehousing and agriculture, as well as the traditional event, exhibition and festival industry. 

New technology             optimises manufacturing process
Photo by Speed Structures
CLEAR-SPAN MARQUEE An example of a clear-span marquee, with clear spaces between the vertical columns

South32 aluminium production unchanged in FY2016

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd September 2016 Mining resources company South32 announced in its full report for the 2016 financial year that South Africa aluminium saleable production was largely unchanged in, as the impact of electricity load-shedding events were lower than expected, particularly in the December 2015 half-year. 

South32 aluminium  production unchanged  in FY2016
Photo by Bloomberg
ALUMINIUM SMELTING Aluminium being smelted for semi-finished products

Uncompetitive scrap metal prices causing further decline in industry

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd September 2016 Unless strong action is immediately taken to stem the export of scrap metal and keep it in South Africa at competitive prices, the scrap beneficiating industry will further decline, and directly affect the aluminium sector, says aluminium foundry alloys producer Zimco Aluminium Company (Zimalco)... 

Uncompetitive scrap metal prices causing further decline in industry
Photo by Bloomberg
ALUMINIUM SMELTING PLANT Scrap and aluminium metals are being processed further into semi-finished products

Global steel production rises 1.9% y/y in August

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st September 2016 World crude steel production for the 66 countries reporting to the World Steel Association rose 1.9% year-on-year to 134.1-million tonnes in August. China’s crude steel production for August was 68.6-million tonnes, an increase of 3%, while Japan’s production was up 1.5% to 8.9-million tonnes. 

UIF commits nearly R12m to training scheme for Scaw Metals employees

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th September 2016 The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has committed R11.9-million to the Manufacturing Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority to fund the training of 325 Scaw Metals employees for six months. This follows the approval of Scaw Metals’ application to the Commission... 

UIF commits nearly R12m to training scheme for Scaw Metals employees

SMS group contracted to revamp aluminium plant

By: Zandile Mavuso     16th September 2016 Plant supplier SMS group has been contracted by aluminium processing company Impol Seval to revamp its aluminium hot rolling mill in Serbia. 

Polyflat belt an alternative to steel ropes

     9th September 2016 Technical rubber supplier ContiTech notes that the Polyflat can be used as an alternative to steel ropes in lifting and conveying technology as it extends service life, lasting up to three times longer than a comparable steel rope. The company details that the Polyflat consists of steel cords... 

Wire products’ importance in the microworld emphasised

     9th September 2016 Progress in areas such as transport and power engineering are closely related to ongoing developments in the wire and wire-processing industry and the increasing miniaturisation in many areas of technology is only possible with the help of suitable wire products. These are based on wire made from... 

Wire products’ importance in the microworld emphasised
Photo by Duane Daws
WIRE-PROCESSING The wire in wre-processing is made from a variety of metals and with a diameter between 0.5 mm and 2.5 mm

Seifsa welcomes G20 leaders’ decision to address steel glut

     6th September 2016 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) welcomes the decision by the Group of 20 (G20) leaders to address excess global steel capacity. Seifsa CEO Kaizer Nyatsumba on Tuesday said the decision, announced at the G20 leaders’ summit in Hangzhou, China, on Monday,... 

Preventative measures necessary to stop China dumping steel – Solidarity 

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th August 2016 Trade union Solidarity on Tuesday raised an alarm about the potential collapse of South Africa’s already-strained steel industry as cheap imports and “unfair trade practices” threaten the sustainability of local steel producers. Presenting its views to the International Trade Administration... 

Preventative measures necessary to stop China dumping steel – Solidarity 

IDC seeks strategic partner for struggling Scaw unit

By: Terence Creamer     30th August 2016 The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has initiated a process to find a strategic equity partner for its struggling steel subsidiary Scaw Metals, which reported a loss of over R1-billion for 2016. Speaking at the IDC’s financial results at the Coega Industrial Development Zone, in the... 

IDC seeks strategic partner for struggling Scaw unit
Photo by Duane Daws
IDC CEO Geoffrey Qhena

Govt, AMSA reach accord on steel price basket

By: Kim Cloete     23rd August 2016 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) and government have agreed to remove import parity pricing with immediate effect in a bid to boost South Africa’s steel industry. The local price for flat steel products will be based on an import-weighted basket. 

Govt, AMSA reach accord on steel price basket

South Africa not surrendering its steel industry, says Davies

By: Kim Cloete     23rd August 2016 South Africa’s steel industry is facing some serious challenges, brought on by a global steel glut of 44-million tons a year, but it is vital for the country to do everything possible to maintain a sustainable, competitive steel industry as it is of strategic importance to the country, says Trade... 

South Africa not surrendering its steel industry, says Davies
Photo by Duane Daws
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies

‘Transformational’ deal to change Aveng Grinaker-LTA’s look-and-feel, not tick BEE boxes 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd August 2016 South African construction and engineering group Aveng expects to conclude an empowerment transaction within months to further transform its Aveng Grinaker-LTA business, which is on the cusp of moving into the black for the first time since 2011. CEO Kobus Verster believes the transaction to be... 

 ‘Transformational’ deal to change Aveng Grinaker-LTA’s look-and-feel, not tick BEE boxes
Aveng CEO Kobus Verster on the thinking behind a planned 'transformational' deal involving Aveng Grinaker-LTA. Camera Work: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva. Recorded: 23.8.2016

New unit to be set up to oversee rail local-content push

By: Terence Creamer     22nd August 2016 The Department of Public Enterprises and National Treasury will consolidate procurement for locomotives into a single institution, under Transnet, to ensure “efficiency and compliance with the localisation requirements”. The decision to set up the unit was made at the recent Cabinet lekgotla,... 

New unit to be set up to oversee rail local-content push

CompComm approves AMSA’s R1.5bn settlement proposal

By: Samantha Herbst     22nd August 2016 The Competition Commission has approved steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa’s (AMSA’s) proposal to pay R1.5-billion to the commission for its involvement in long steel and scrap metal cartels. This will be the largest competition-related fine ever paid by a single South African entity and... 

CompComm approves AMSA’s R1.5bn settlement proposal
Competition Commissioner Tembinkosi Bonakele

AMSA chief says rising rand to take gloss off recovery

By: Terence Creamer     17th August 2016 ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) CEO Wim de Klerk says he still expects the steel group to enjoy a better second half than was the case in the six months to June 30, but admits that the recent strengthening in the rand against the US dollar is likely to weigh on financial performance. The... 

AMSA chief says rising rand to take gloss off recovery
Photo by Duane Daws
AMSA CEO Wim de Klerk

DTI's absence on steel price committee questioned

By: News24Wire      16th August 2016 Parliament is still waiting for a response from Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies on why no one from his department is being represented on the recently established steel price committee. At the end of June, Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel announced the members of the... 

IDC, BAIC set to unveil plans for new Eastern Cape auto plant

By: Terence Creamer     16th August 2016 South Africa’s State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has indicated that it and the BAIC Automotive Group, of China, will announce details of a new multibillion-rand motor vehicle manufacturing plant in Eastern Cape later this month. The development financier will host its annual... 

IDC, BAIC set to unveil plans for new Eastern Cape auto plant
Photo by Duane Daws
Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel

Enamel steel cladding supplied to new ATC tower

By: Victor Moolman     12th August 2016 South Africa-based Vitrex’s vitreous enamel steel cladding has been used at the new air traffic control (ATC) tower in Muscat, in Oman, and can withstand the corrosive, abrasive and high saline coastal conditions. 

Enamel steel cladding  supplied to new ATC tower
OMAN AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL TOWER The new air traffic control tower, in Oman, has been cladded with vitreous enamel steel cladding

Deep Space Industries joins race to mine asteroids

By: Henry Lazenby     10th August 2016 Deep Space Industries (DSI) has entered the race to launch spacecraft that will identify and mine near-earth asteroids, in the hope of establishing a new space economy. The California-based company on Tuesday announced plans to fly the world’s first commercial interplanetary mining mission. Its... 

Deep Space Industries joins race to mine asteroids
Photo by Bryan Versteeg/Deep Space Industries
A conceptual image of Deep Space Industries' Prospector X prototype satelite

China July iron-ore imports hit 2016 high, steel exports ease-customs

By: Reuters     8th August 2016 Chinese iron-ore imports rose 8.3% in July from the previous month to hit its second-highest on record, customs data showed on Monday, as underlying demand for the raw material in the world's top buyer remained strong. Shipment climbed to 88.4-million tonnes in July, the highest since December... 

China July iron-ore imports hit 2016 high, steel exports ease-customs

Company supplies single chamber melting, casting furnace

     5th August 2016 Mechanical engineering company Hertwich Engineering will supply a melting and casting furnace with a capacity of 55 000 t of aluminium a year, as well as a charging machine, to Austrian aluminium product supplier AMAG. Commissioning of the new furnace is scheduled for mid-2017. The move to... 

Company supplies single chamber melting, casting furnace
DUAL FURNACE The new aluminum melting and casting furnace will have a capacity of 55 000 t a year

WTO confirms South Africa’s cold-rolled steel safeguards probe 

By: Terence Creamer     4th August 2016 The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has confirmed that South Africa has notified its committee on safeguards about the initiation of a safeguard investigation on certain cold-rolled steel products. In the notification, dated July 29, the International Trade Administration Commission of South... 

WTO confirms South Africa’s cold-rolled steel safeguards probe

New steel chief seeks dialogue on power-tariff risks

By: Terence Creamer     29th July 2016 New ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) CEO Wim de Klerk views the prospect of ongoing electricity tariff increases as among his chief anxieties as he settles in at a company that is edging towards recovery, having not shown a profit since 2010. Addressing shareholders for the first time on Friday,... 

New steel chief seeks dialogue on power-tariff risks

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