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Nov 18, 2013
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Nonkululeko Nyembezi-Heita
Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) is not considering changes to its pricing policy in light of the iron-ore settlement agreement reached with Kumba and the group’s CEO has also questioned whether the cost-plus-20% deal could truly be considered a...
Nov 07, 2013
South Africa’s largest steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) continued its recovery in the third quarter from a miserable first quarter, which was affected by a fire at its Vanderbijlpark mill, on the back of greater operational stability. However, it...
Nov 07, 2013
STAINLESS STEEL WIRE Wire Products Stainless Steel has been manufacturing stainless steel MIG wire locally since late 2010
Stainless steel bar and wire producer Wire Products Stainless Steel (WPSS) can now manufacture stainless steel MIG welding wire on 15 kg wire baskets for hand-held and robotic welding systems, WPSS director Clinton Lautenberg tells Engineering News. This has enabled...
Nov 05, 2013
Nov 01, 2013
The Kagiso Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), which declined sharply to 50 points in September amid South Africa’s prolonged automotive-sector strike, recovered modestly to 50.7 index points in October, but remained below the average third-quarter print of 52.7....
Nov 01, 2013
Artisan training has finally become firmly entrenched as a national priority in South Africa on the basis of a burst of energy and innovation over the past few years. This new status was confirmed when Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande declared...
Oct 25, 2013
PLANNING AHEAD Fabrinox is continuously forming strategic partnerships with multinational companies, which supply products to mines, as Fabrinox manufactures on behalf of these companies
Sheet-metal component manufacturer Fabrinox intends to expand its footprint in Africa by partnering with multinational companies, which are already active in Africa or aim to secure a foothold on the continent, Fabrinox MD Andre Visser tells Engineering News....
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STAINLESS STEEL Stainless steel is regarded by some an aspirational material for use in kitchens and consumer ware item
The South African stainless steel industry is experiencing steady growth, but government needs to ensure that the playing field for importers and local industry players is level, Southern African Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) executive director...
Oct 25, 2013
SKILLS DEVELOPMENT The Southern African Stainless Steel Development Association’s basic introductory courses are run three times a year in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban
The Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) launched an online learning programme this month, targeted at nontechnical staff, such as administrative and warehousing staff, Sassda training manager Mankabe More tells Engineering News. “This...
Oct 21, 2013
Global crude steel production for September increased 6.1% year-on-year to 133-million tonnes. The World Steel Association (worldsteel) reported that China’s crude steel production increased 11% year-on-year to 65.4-million tonnes in September, while Japan’s output...
Oct 18, 2013
INTERFACE OPTIONS The CTX ecoline machine practice-orientated SLIMline user interface is available with Operate 4.5 on Siemens 840D solution line or Heidenhain CNC Pilot 640
A modern computer numerically controlled (CNC) turning machine must be productive, flexible and easy to operate, says local machine tools distributor Retecon MD Hans-Peter Neth. He tells Engineering News that the new monoBlock and CTX ecoline series of machine tools...
Oct 15, 2013
Edwin Dreyer, Louis Delport and Owen Maroleni
Amid high-level calls for the emergence of black industrialists, a new black-owned manufacturing company has been formed through a merger of pipe-bending specialist Delberg Engineering and metals trader Corrotherm Special Metals Africa. The company began trading...
Oct 11, 2013
South African steel producer Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium on Friday reported sweeping quarter-on-quarter production decreases for the third quarter ended September 30, after contending with limited access to electricity and maintenance-induced delays over the...
Oct 11, 2013
Foundries have partnered with government departments, research and development organisations and universities to develop foundry skills through the Gauteng Foundry Training Centre (GFTC), says National Foundry Technology Network (NFTN) project manager Adrie El...
Oct 09, 2013
Global stainless steel crude steel production for the first half of this year increased by 4.6% compared with that produced in the first half of 2012, preliminary figures released by the International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) has shown. Total production for the...
Oct 07, 2013
Global steel demand was expected to increase over the next two years, despite recording a slowdown in 2012, the World Steel Association (worldsteel) said on Monday, with emerging economies registering higher growth. In its latest Short Range Outlook (SRO) report for...
Sep 27, 2013
Kumba Iron Ore and ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) announced on Friday that they had entered into talks with each other in the hope of finalising a new supply agreement for iron-ore from Kumba’s Sishen and Thabazimbi mines, following more than three years of...
Sep 27, 2013
The twenty-first International Recycled Aluminium Conference is setting out to better the aluminium industry’s understanding of recycling by highlighting sustainable development, says Rio Tinto, product group Rio Tinto Alcan product stewardship director Jerome Lucaes.
Sep 27, 2013
The use of aluminium in the housing and commercial segments of the South African market is growing, reports South African window manufacturer, Duro, national contracts manager Barry Sacks. More consumers are increasingly realising the benefits and long-term savings...
Sep 27, 2013
PUSHING UP PRODUCTION The new aluminium can lines at the Bevcan Springs Nuffield plant will be capable of running eight can sizes and produce cans at speeds of up to 3 000 cans per minute, as opposed to the 1 600 steel cans currently produced per minute
Between R100-million and R200-million a year will flow into the scrap metals and recycling industry as a result of the conversion from tin-plated steel cans to aluminium cans, providing an additional 2 000 to 3 000 people a source of income from collecting and...
Sep 27, 2013
The future of aluminium use for signage, display, presentation, packaging, storage and promotional gift purposes looks bright, owing to the versatility, recyclability and ecofriendliness of the metal, reports South African aluminium fabrication and finishing...
Sep 27, 2013
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The Non-Ferrous Metal Industries Association (NFMIA) reports that it fully supports the policy directive endorsed recently by Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel, which requires that scrap exporters seek permission to sell scrap metal offshore. The new...
Sep 27, 2013
South African supplier and aluminium extrusion company Wispeco says its new software assists in measuring the transfer of radiant energy through aluminium windows, as all buildings are required to comply with U-value standards, which indicate a building’s level of...
Sep 27, 2013
Sep 20, 2013
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South Africa’s crude steel production contracted from 608 000 t in August 2012 to an estimated 570 000 t in August of this year, bucking a global trend that saw steel production for the 64 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) increase by...
Sep 19, 2013
Nedbank on Thursday announced that it has finalised the terms of a R1.65-billion multifaceted funding solution with Pietermaritzburg-based aluminium manufacturer Hulamin. The solution would allow Hulamin to consolidate its existing finance products and would provide...
Sep 09, 2013
IDC CEO Geoffrey Qhena
South Africa’s State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), which plans to issue bonds up to R12-billion in the next 18 months, on Monday announced stepped-up R2.7-billion funding to boost youth entrepreneurship. The State-owned corporation, which disbursed...
Sep 06, 2013
POWER NETWORKThe newly formed Power Line Association of South Africa will provide a key service to the development of an electrical infrastructure system necessary to underpin South Africa’s economic growth into the future
The Power Line Association of South Africa (Polasa) was launched earlier this month under the auspices of the South African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) to represent the broader interests of power transmission and distribution line fabricators and...
Sep 04, 2013
ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) on Wednesday announced that its Vereeniging plant has reached 100 years of operation. Steelmaking at the plant started a century ago with a 10 t furnace, which produced roughly 4 000 t of pig iron steel between 1913 and 1920.
Aug 27, 2013
Evraz Highveld CEO Mike Garcia
South African steel producer Evraz Highveld – whose stock has come under sustained pressure since the release of an interim-results statement last Thursday in which doubts were raised about the company’s ability to continue as a going concern – reports that “daily...
Aug 23, 2013
STEEL VS ALUMINIUMNew studies reveal that steel is more light weight for vehicle manufacture than aluminium while also meeting the crash test safety requirements - Bloomberg
The latest studies, released in May, in a continuing series of research studies indicates that steel autobody structures can be as lightweight as the current aluminium bodies and meet all safety crash-test performance standards.
Aug 22, 2013
JSE-listed Evraz Steel has achieved a turnaround in the first half of the 2013 financial year, narrowing its headline loss to R10-million, compared with the loss of R455-million recorded during the first half of 2012. The group, which had taken “significant steps” to...
Aug 15, 2013
In a surprise announcement, Macsteel Service Centres South Africa (MSCSA) reported on Thursday that its controlling shareholder had terminated a disposal process, which had been initiated in February. In a statement, the company said the controlling shareholder...
Aug 06, 2013
Scaw Metals CEO Markus Hannemann
Newly appointed Scaw Metals CEO Markus Hannemann says that, while his first priority is to oversee an internal review and stabilisation programme at the 7 000-employee-strong steel products manufacturer, he already has his eye on a number niche expansion prospects....
Aug 01, 2013
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Jul 29, 2013
The underlying performance and a more “balanced” order book during the six months ended June 30, has sparked encouragement that JSE-listed Hulamin would see more positive gains after a “tough few years”. The aluminium products producer on Monday posted a 32% decline...
Jul 26, 2013
THOUGHT PROVOKINGErrorthoughtical engineer Peter Greenwall and entrepreneur Robin Bayhack support the innovation competition
Online registrations for entry into South Africa's newest technology innovation competition, the Step-Up Technology Innovation Competition, have been phenomenal for a competition in its inaugural year, says Step-Up Technology Innovation Competition manager Martin...
Jul 22, 2013
While global crude steel production nudged up 1.9% year-on-year in June, South Africa’s output continued to decline, falling by 7.1%, the World Steel Association (worldsteel) reported on Monday. According to the organisation’s latest production figures, South...
Jul 19, 2013
NEW DESIGN The building has a modular design and was built using a light-steel frame design with layered walls to improve insulation
A new restaurant of fast-food franchise McDonald’s opened in Goodwood, in Parrow, in the Western Cape last month. The 132-seater restaurant, café and drive-through was built in 105 days and uses 20% less electricity and water than conventional designs, says...
Jul 19, 2013
Jul 15, 2013
Steel and steel products manufacturer Scaw Metals is considering investments collectively valued at R3.4-billion over the coming three years, including a possible R1-billion investment into a cogeneration electricity plant at its Germiston facility, on Gauteng’s East...
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