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Local company awarded German welding agency

By: Simon Sonnekus     17th June 2016 The acquisition of the South African agency for German tooling manufacturer Orbitalum Tools will allow Dowson & Dobson (D&D) Industrial to provide welding solutions for industries that require tube and pipe-welding preparation. D&D Industrial is a division of Actum Industrial. Both Actum... 

Metals fabricator hosts industry stakeholders

By: Nadine James     17th June 2016 Sheet metal fabricator Fabrinox welcomed manufacturing industry stakeholders to its Paarl premises for its 2016 Manufacturing Industry event, held last month. The open day included factory tours, exhibits by key Fabrinox suppliers and partners, and a presentation that was designed to inform and... 

Metals fabricator hosts  industry stakeholders
ANDRE VISSER The Fabrinox MD believes companies should form partnerships with associations and industry bodies as this ensures they are aware of advances and opportunities

Piping fabricators assist in Sasol projects

By: Nadine James     17th June 2016 Pressure vessels and piping fabrication specialists and construction fabrication consortium Hydra Arc Group, is one of the subcontractors assisting with the construction of an air separation unit for energy and chemicals company Sasol. The project’s main contractor, multinational gas and services... 

Piping fabricators  assist in Sasol projects
D DAY Hydra Arc delivered preassembled plant modules to Sasol’s Secunda complex for the Coal Tar Filtration East project

Insimbi sells 20% of its share capital to New Season Investment Holdings

By: Anine Kilian     13th June 2016 As part of its broader strategic black economic empowerment (BEE) and transformation initiative, JSE-listed alloy supplier Insimbi announced on Monday that it had sold 20% of its total issued share capital to industrial investment company New Season Investment Holdings. Insimbi’s founding... 

Insimbi sells 20% of its share capital to New Season Investment Holdings

De Klerk to start as AMSA CEO in July

     10th June 2016 Wim de Klerk’s appointment as CEO of ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) will now be effective July 1, two months earlier than initially expected. The steel producer on Friday said De Klerk would vacate his position as FD of Exxaro on June 30, instead of the end of August, enabling him to start in... 

De Klerk to start as AMSA CEO in July
Photo by Duane Daws
AMSA CEO designate Wim de Klerk

Gibela secures 32 local suppliers for R51bn PRASA contract, seeks many more

By: Irma Venter     10th June 2016 The number of local suppliers in the R51-billion contract to produce 600 new passenger trains for the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has reached 32. Six trains have been completed and shipped to South Africa to date. These units form part of an order of 20 that are being imported... 

Gibela secures 32 local suppliers for R51bn PRASA contract, seeks many more
Photo by Duane Daws
Gibela's X'Trapolis Mega train, built for PRASA

Trellidor acquires stakes in two companies for R147m

By: Anine Kilian     6th June 2016 JSE-listed security barrier system specialist Trellidor has acquired a 92.5% stake in each of blind manufacturer Taylor Blinds and Shutters and moulding distributor NMC for a combined R147-million.   Trellidor CEO Terry Dennison said a major reason for the company’s listing in October last year... 

Serious questions being asked about composition of ‘fair’ steel price basket 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd June 2016 South African steel consumers are raising serious concerns about the composition of the steel-price basket being proposed by ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) as a mechanism for regulating domestic flat-steel prices and are seeking urgent talks with government to air their anxieties ahead of any... 

Serious questions being asked about composition of ‘fair’ steel price basket

Moody’s assigns Barloworld new global scale ratings

By: Anine Kilian     3rd June 2016 Ratings agency Moody’s Investors Services has assigned Barloworld first time long-term and short-term issuer global scale ratings of Baa3 and P-3 and long-term and short-term national scale ratings of Aa3.za and P-1.za on Friday. The outlook on the ratings was stable.   Moody’s said the rating... 

Laser machine a first in Africa

By: Kimberley Smuts     3rd June 2016 South African manufacturer and distributor of cutting-edge capital equipment and consumables First Cut is aiming to complete the installation of an energy efficient Bystar fibre laser machine for a steel industry customer in November. “In Switzerland, the Bystronic laser range is currently at... 

Protecting South Africa’s steel industry 

     1st June 2016 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about measures being taken to protect South Africa’s primary steel sector, as well as measure to ease strain on the downstream steel industry. 

Protecting South Africa’s steel industry
Protecting South Africa’s steel industry

Alloy supplier introduces new welding consumables offering

     27th May 2016 Leading supplier of nickel alloys, stainless steel and titanium Multi Alloys has strategically extended its portfolio and entered the welding consumables market with a new range of products. Through a partnership secured with electrical product supplier Lincoln Electric Company late last year,... 

Alloy supplier introduces new welding consumables offering
ONE STOP SOLUTION Multi Alloys says Metrode’s range of consumables will enable it to assist customers

Company distributes stainless steel safety hinge solution

     27th May 2016 The Leuze S420  stainless steel safety hinge switch, available from South African sensor solutions provider Countapulse Controls, offers an ideal solution for mechanically and hygienically challenging applications such as the food and beverage, pharmaceuticals or cosmetics industries. It is... 

Company distributes stainless steel safety hinge solution
LEUZE S420 A reliable and long-lasting solution that combines the safety switch and door hinge functions in a single component

Company launches new range for machining stainless steel

     27th May 2016 Last month, tooling manufacturer Dormer Pramet launched a new range of turning, milling, and support tools for machining stainless steel, including larger diameter cutters,  and wiper inserts. Dormer Pramet application specialist Ricky Payling explains that the exponential growth of stainless... 

Company launches new range for machining stainless steel
CARBIDE BURRS Dormer Pramet has introduced a new range of carbide burs for machining stainless steel

Disused Saldanha quarry emerging as new liquid petroleum gas hub

By: Dylan Slater     27th May 2016 A liquid petroleum gas (LPG) terminal and import infrastructure are being constructed by energy infrastructure company Sunrise Energy, in Saldanha Bay, in the Western Cape, to curb historical LPG shortages and meet potential future requirements for gas-fired power plants and other industrial... 

Disused Saldanha quarry emerging as new liquid petroleum gas hub

Safety and performance trump cost

     27th May 2016 Choosing between fibreglass and steel, and performance versus cost can be bewildering when it comes to installing floor gratings. Frequently, the decision is cost-driven, which can pose a serious threat to safety on site and therefore to employees. Grating and handrail manufacturer Vital... 

Safety and performance trump cost
VITEX GRATING Vital Engineering is the largest manufacturer and supplier of mild steel, stainless steel and fibre glass gratings in South Africa,

Stainless steel imports problematic – association

By: Nadine James     27th May 2016 Stainless steel industry body Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (sassda) executive director John Tarboton says some imported stainless steel products do not have the correct alloy composition to adequately fulfil their functions. He explains that this conclusion is partially... 

Stainless steel more prominent in construction

     27th May 2016 Multinational stainless steel manufacturer Outokumpu has seen more of  its products being used in construction products in recent years, owing to changes in technology, increased environmental awareness and economic constraints. Increasingly sophisticated medical equipment requires an equally... 

Stainless steel more prominent in construction
ÁGUILAS BRIDGE The lightweight stainless steel footbridge was erected over the Cañarete watercourse, at the popular coastal town in the south of Spain

Steel strapping enhances conventional tyre wall barrier

By: Nadine James     27th May 2016 Phase 1 of the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit’s revamp comprised the track upgrade, including its lengthening, realignment and resurfacing, as well as the replacement and assembly of the tyre wall barriers, for which Kyalami management used stainless steel band and buckle manufacturer Banding &... 

Steel strapping enhances  conventional tyre wall barrier
NOVEL APPROACH Kyalami's new tyre wall assembly method is quicker, easier and relatively cost effective when compared to conventional methods

‘Steel committee’ to be set up to monitor AMSA’s ‘fair pricing’ pledge 

By: Terence Creamer     26th May 2016 Government would, within weeks, finalise a “fair pricing” agreement with steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) and establish a “steel committee” to monitor implementation of the formula, which would be based on a basket of selling prices in Europe, Asia and North America. Department of... 

‘Steel committee’ to be set up to monitor AMSA’s ‘fair pricing’ pledge
Garth Strachan, Dean Macpherson and Dean Subramanian debate the fair-pricing steel 'deal'. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 26.5.2015

Metals sector forfeiting billions as imports capture 55% domestic market share 

By: Terence Creamer     26th May 2016 The share held by South African metals and engineering producers of the domestic market fell to just 45% last year as imports continued to rise, representing a material decline from a peak of over 65% in 2002. In fact, Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa chief economist... 

Metals sector forfeiting billions as imports capture 55% domestic market share
See Kgalema Motlanthe, Dean Macpherson, Dr Martyn Davies, Henk Langenhoven, Philippa Rodseth and Garth Strachan speaking about the performance of manufacturing at the Metals & Engineering Indaba. Camera Work: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva. Recorded: 26.5.2016

AMSA insists fair pricing does not equate to no price increases

By: Terence Creamer     25th May 2016 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) dismissed suggestions again on Wednesday that its deal with government to raise steel import protection in return for fairer pricing – as well as jobs and investment guarantees – precluded it from increasing prices. The JSE-listed company was... 

AMSA insists fair pricing does not equate to no price increases
AMSA chairperson Mpho Makwana

MPs demand to see Davies over steel price hikes

By: African News Agency      24th May 2016 Opposition MPs on Tuesday accused Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies of turning a blind eye to repeated steel price increases and demanded that he be called to explain government’s inaction. Democratic Alliance MP Dean McPherson said four steel price increases so far this year violated an... 

MPs demand to see Davies over steel price hikes

DTI moving to iron out local-content frustrations around Transnet contracts

By: Terence Creamer     24th May 2016 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has confirmed that it is “concerned” about whether all four of the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that have been awarded parts of a R50-billion contract to supply 1 064 electricity and diesel locomotives to Transnet will meet the minimum... 

DTI moving to iron out local-content frustrations around Transnet contracts

Global steel production down 0.5% y/y in April

By: Samantha Herbst     23rd May 2016 Despite clawing its way back in recent months from a brief slump in January and February, global crude steel production fell 0.5% year-on-year to 135-million tonnes in April, according to the World Steel Association’s (worldsteel’s) crude steel production report for April. South America was... 

Global steel production down 0.5% y/y in April

Mozambique steel plant acquired by South African manufacturer

By: Dylan Slater     20th May 2016 Following extensive negotiations with Capital Africa Steel (CAS), LionSteel South Africa (SA) has acquired the Mozambique-based steel pipe manufacturing mill Capital Star Steel SA (CSS), which is located in Matola.  

Mozambique steel  plant acquired by South African manufacturer
APPROVED ACQUISITION Cementing the deal are Capital Africa Steel CEO Edwin Hewitt, LionSteel CEO David Scheepers and LionSteel CFO Pierre Willemse

Transnet Engineering targets big rise in third-party orders as OEM strategy evolves

By: Terence Creamer     19th May 2016 The engineering unit of State-owned Transnet has set a target of securing 40% of its revenue from third-party orders by 2021, which would represent a material increase from current levels of around 12%. The bulk of Transnet Engineering’s R10-billion in yearly revenues is currently derived from... 

Transnet Engineering targets big rise in third-party orders as OEM strategy evolves
Photo by Duane Daws
Transnet chief advanced manufacturing officer Thamsanqa Jiyane

Nair confirmed as TFR chief as Transnet unveils new team

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th May 2016 Freight logistics group Transnet on Wednesday unveiled its new leadership team and structure, which the State-owned company said was in line with revisions to its operating model and its aspiration to capture new market opportunities. Group CEO Siyabonga Gama, who was recently confirmed as the... 

Nair confirmed as TFR chief as Transnet unveils new team
Photo by Duane Daws
Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama

DTI urged to consult widely on new rail, agroprocessing incentives

By: Terence Creamer     17th May 2016 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies reaffirmed on Tuesday that government planned to pursue an increasing number of sector-specific incentive schemes, with an initial focus on the creation of new incentives for the agroprocessing and railways industries. Speaking at a business briefing... 

DTI urged to consult widely on new rail, agroprocessing incentives

Saudi group keen to expand South African solar footprint well beyond Bokpoort  

By: Terence Creamer     13th May 2016 Located on a dead flat piece of land about an hour-and-a-half’s drive from Upington and close to the Orange river, the curved solar collector mirrors, gleaming pipes and large molten-salt tanks of the 50 MW Bokpoort concentrated solar power (CSP) plant stand in stark industrial contrast to the... 

Saudi group keen to expand South African solar footprint well beyond Bokpoort
Photo by Duane Daws
The 50 MW Bokpoort CSP plant

South East Asia venture 'part and parcel' of Denel’s growth strategy

By: Samantha Herbst     11th May 2016 Continuing to defend its joint venture (JV) with steel manufacturing group VR Laser Services to establish Denel Asia, State-owned defence industrial group Denel told the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises in Parliament on Wednesday that its decision to extend its business footprint in... 

South East Asia venture 'part and parcel' of Denel’s growth strategy

Technical team set up to craft post-2020 automotive master plan 

By: Terence Creamer     9th May 2016 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies formally announced on Monday the establishment of a team of technical experts to develop a “post-2020 Automotive Master Plan”, which would guide support for the sector beyond the current Automotive Production and Development Plan (APDP). Speaking during... 

Technical team set up to craft post-2020 automotive master plan
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies on the establishment of a team of technical experts to develop a post-2020 Automotive Master Plan. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 9.5.2016

Fabrication of ‘bullets’ for R1.2bn Saldanha LPG facility completed

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th May 2016 The fabrication of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) vessels, or ‘bullets’, for an open access LPG terminal being developed at Saldanha Bay, in the Western Cape, has been completed. Sunrise Energy reported on Monday that the bullets would be moved to the terminal site over the coming five weeks,... 

Fabrication of ‘bullets’ for R1.2bn Saldanha LPG facility completed
Aerial photo of the Sunrise Energy terminal site

AMSA insists further protection still required despite recent price increases

By: Terence Creamer     6th May 2016 Safeguard duties, in addition to the 10% protection already introduced on a range of steel products entering South Africa, “remain critical in the short term to ensure the future sustainability of primary steel production”, ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) said on Friday. Releasing an... 

AMSA insists further protection still required despite recent price increases

Locally manufactured hardness tester offers more, costs less

By: Dylan Slater     29th April 2016 Centurion-based testing-device manufacturer Anjo Hardness Testers launched its portable hardness tester the Kompakt Brinell Portable last month. It is cheaper than and offers several advancements, compared with competitor products (all of which are imported) offered locally.  

Locally manufactured hardness tester offers more, costs less
PORTABLE HARDNESS TESTER The Kompakt Brinell Portable offers hassle-free operation, with improved accuracy and faster cycles

Rail sector moves to deal with ‘mismatch’ between localisation promises and delivery 

By: Terence Creamer     28th April 2016 The railways sector and government have agreed to the creation of a framework to improve the monitoring and implementation of localisation commitments associated with multibillion-rand investments being undertaken by both Transnet and the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA). Discussions... 

Rail sector moves to deal with ‘mismatch’ between localisation promises and delivery

Steel strapping enhances conventional tyrewall barrier  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th April 2016 The Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit’s novel approach to tyrewall barrier assembly is owed largely to steel strapping products from stainless steel manufacturer and Band It product distributor, Banding & Identification Solutions Africa. Nadine James tells us more. 

Steel strapping enhances conventional tyrewall barrier
Steel strapping enhances conventional tyrewall barrier

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