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2014 global steel output up 1% to 1.67bn tons

By: Zandile Mavuso     3rd July 2015 The World Steel Association has published the 2015 edition of the World Steel in Figures report, which shows an increase in steel production as well as provides an overview of steel industry activities from crude steel production to apparent steel use. 

SCA judgment sets precedent for public access to enviro information

By: Schalk Burger     22nd June 2015 The Supreme Court of Appeal’s (SCA’s) November 2014 judgment, ordering steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) to hand over the 2003 Environmental Master Plan for its Vanderbijlpark steel plant to environmental pressure groups, confirmed the right of civil society to environmental... 

SCA judgment sets precedent for public access to enviro information

S Africa’s crude steel output remains flat in May

By: Natalie Greve     22nd June 2015 Faring better than the global average, which saw international crude steel production by the 65 countries reporting to the World Steel Association slump 2.1% year-on-year to 139-million tons in May, South African output remained flat year-on-year, at 550 000 t. Output from the world’s largest... 

S Africa’s crude steel output remains flat in May

AMSA, Solidarity sign 3-year wage deal 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th June 2015 Trade union Solidarity and ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) have signed a three-year wage deal. Solidarity metal industry head Marius Croucamp said AMSA employees would receive an increase of either 6.2% or 6.5%, depending on the employee’s job level, for this year. Wage increases for 2016 and... 

AMSA, Solidarity sign 3-year wage deal

Proposed electricity hikes will cripple metals sector – Seifsa

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th June 2015 Yielding to State-owned power utility Eskom’s “massive” tariff hike requests will cripple a critical engine of the South African economy – the metals and engineering sector, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has warned. The sector, which was already... 

Proposed electricity hikes will cripple metals sector – Seifsa
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Seifsa chief economist Henk Langenhoven

Evraz CFO steps down

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th June 2015 Vertically integrated steel and vanadium slag producer Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium announced on Monday that Valery Borisov had resigned as executive director and CFO, effective immediately. The company had, however, announced last month that its business rescue practitioners (BRPs) had... 

Evraz CFO steps down

Commission gives conditional approval for Hebei, Duferco merger

By: Sashnee Moodley     11th June 2015 The Competition Commission has given its approval for the intermediate merger between Chinese-owned Hebei Iron and Steel Group and Swiss steel trader Duferco International Trading Holding SA, with conditions.  

Commission gives conditional approval for Hebei, Duferco merger

New long glass fibres used to manufacture axial impellers

By: Bruce Montiea     5th June 2015 Denmark-based axial impellers developer Multi-Wing International A/S has been using chemical company BASF’s new long glass fibre-reinforced polyamide Ultramid Structure B3WG10 LFX material in the production of the hubs of its new mixed flow fans since January, when the product was introduced to... 

New long glass fibres used to manufacture  axial impellers
FIBRE-GLASS REINFORCEMENT BASF’s new long glass fibre-reinforced polyamide Ultramid Structure B3WG10 LFX is used in the production of mixed flow fan hubs

Bahrain-based group to inaugurate $50m Moz aluminium factory 

By: Natalie Greve     3rd June 2015 Describing Mozambique as an “excellent” platform from which to serve key markets in Africa, Bahrain-based industrial group Midal Cables would on Wednesday launch a $50-million, 14 500 m2 aluminum factory located adjacent to the Mozal joint venture aluminium smelter, in Maputo, Mozambique. Midal... 

Bahrain-based group to inaugurate $50m Moz aluminium factory

Hazleton Pumps, Scaw come out top in Seifsa Awards

     29th May 2015 South African pump manufacturer Hazleton Pumps International took top honours in the Most Innovative Company and Customer Service of the Year categories of the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa’s (Seifsa’s) Awards for Excellence, on Thursday night. Steel products... 

Hazleton Pumps, Scaw come out top in Seifsa Awards

Company attributes success to diverse offering

     29th May 2015 Stainless steel stockist and distributor NDE attributes its business success to catering to a diverse range of customers. 

Company attributes success to diverse offering
ADDING VALUE NDE has long-serving, experienced professionals who are structured into teams dedicated to delivering on product, sales, projects and exports

Company launches new stainless steel processing range

     29th May 2015 Tools company Dormer Pramet has developed a new range of chipbreaker inserts with positive NF geometry for the process of turning stainless steel. 

Company launches  new stainless steel  processing range
THREAD MILLING CUTTERS The new cutters of the tread milling range are recommended for machining steel, stainless steel, cast-iron, titanium, nickel, copper, aluminium and plastics

Large stainless steel localisation potential in power generation industry

By: Dylan Slater     29th May 2015 The production of specialised products, such as stainless steel heat-exchanger tubing, for the industrial power generation industry could hold significant benefits for local stainless steel manufacturer Fischer South Africa (SA). 

Large stainless steel localisation  potential in power generation industry
MARKET POTENTIAL Fischer SA will receive an additional tube mill by 2016 to complement the current five mills at its Centurion-based factory

Stainless steel improves handrailing safety

     29th May 2015 Stainless steel handrailing can be used in various industries to ensure the safety of personnel and compliance with hygiene standards, says precision engineering company Andrew Mentis. 

Stainless steel improves handrailing safety
BENEFICIAL MATERIAL Stainless steel handrailing offers numerous benefits among which is increased safety

Stainless steel motors offer hygienic solution

     29th May 2015 Stainless steel air motors are a good option for the food and beverage industry, which has to focus on hygiene when implementing automated production processes, says automation and air-motor company Deprag. 

Stainless steel motors  offer hygienic solution
ADVANCED LINE The robust, sealed design of this motor line's external parts in noncorrosive stainless steel means that the vane motors are predestined for use in the food industry

BRPs appoint Evraz Highveld CFO, to publish business rescue plan in Aug

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th May 2015 Vertically integrated steel and vanadium slag producer Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium’s business rescue practitioners (BRPs) have appointed nonexecutive director Andrew Phillip Maralack acting CFO of the company, with immediate effect. Maralack was a qualified chartered accountant with... 

BRPs appoint Evraz Highveld CFO, to publish business rescue plan in Aug

Manufacturing recovery requires ‘laser-like’ focus on industrial strategy and collaboration 

By: Terence Creamer     28th May 2015 A senior Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) official has admitted that the roll-out of South Africa’s industrial policy has, to date, been “suboptimal”, partly owing to a lack of coordination within government on key elements of the policy, including local procurement by departments and... 

Manufacturing recovery requires ‘laser-like’ focus on industrial strategy and collaboration
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DTI deputy director-general Garth Strachan

Evraz, Sasfin settle dispute  

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th May 2015 Vertically integrated steel and vanadium slag producer Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium on Wednesday announced that a dispute with financial services provider Sasfin Bank had been resolved. On Monday, Evraz Highveld said it had launched an urgent High Court application against Sasfin to have the... 

Evraz, Sasfin settle dispute

Evraz Highveld says in legal dispute with Sasfin

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     25th May 2015 Vertically integrated steel and vanadium slag producer Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium has launched a High Court application against financial services provider Sasfin Bank. The JSE-listed company on Monday said that, in the application, which was submitted to the court on May 22, the company’s... 

Evraz Highveld says in legal dispute with Sasfin

SA steel output down 17% in April – worldsteel

By: Natalie Greve     22nd May 2015 South Africa’s crude steel production dropped by a sizeable 17.2% year-on-year to an estimated 530 000 t in April, amplifying a global trend that saw world steel production decline by a comparatively marginal 1.7% to 135-million tons in the fourth month of the year. According to figures from the... 

SA steel output down 17% in April – worldsteel

Sasol expands production at German alumina plant

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th May 2015 Energy and chemicals group Sasol has expanded the production capacity of its alumina spheres plant in Brunsbüttel, Germany, to 4 000 t/y. “The expansion marks another step in strengthening our position in the alumina market to meet growing market demand for carrier materials for industrial... 

Sasol expands production at German alumina plant

Seifsa reiterates energy constraint, cost concerns

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th May 2015 The local metals and engineering sector cannot grow as a result of South Africa’s unreliable energy supply and the fact that, on average, energy costs in the sector account for about 8% of intermediary input costs, Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) CEO Kaizer... 

Seifsa reiterates energy constraint, cost concerns

Seifsa alarmed by unhealthy metals and engineering data 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th May 2015 Economic data released during the first quarter of the year show alarming trends in the metals and engineering sector, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) said on Tuesday. The data also confirmed the organisation’s forecasts from earlier this year that the... 

Seifsa alarmed by unhealthy metals and engineering data

DTI to focus on compliance as yet more products designated for localisation

By: Terence Creamer     11th May 2015 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has announced a further set of product designations for local procurement by the public sector and has indicated that efforts will be stepped up during 2015 to improve compliance across all government departments and State-owned companies (SoCs). Through... 

DTI to focus on compliance as yet more products designated for localisation

AMSA’s Q1 sales fall despite strong operational recovery

By: Terence Creamer     7th May 2015 South Africa’s leading steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) reported a 4.9% fall in sales for the quarter ended March 31, 2015, when compared with the same period in 2014. The decrease was attributed to lower exports, which declined by 156 000 t period on period, or 43.1%, amid... 

AMSA’s Q1 sales fall despite strong operational recovery
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AMSA CEO Paul O’Flaherty

Weak steel demand forces AMSA to run upgraded Newcastle mill below capacity 

By: Terence Creamer     5th May 2015 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA), which recently completed the R2-billion reline of the blast furnace at the Newcastle mill, has decided not to immediately ramp up the plant to its expanded 1.9-million-tonne-a-year nameplate capacity, owing to weak domestic market conditions.... 

Weak steel demand forces AMSA to run upgraded Newcastle mill below capacity
Photo by Duane Daws
Newcastle Works

Evraz subsidiary joins parent company in business rescue proceedings

By: Natalie Greve     30th April 2015 Two weeks after itself filing for business rescue, vertically integrated steel and vanadium slag producer Evraz Highveld Steel & Vanadium announced on Thursday that subsidiary Mapochs Mine would also enter business rescue proceedings following “historical operational difficulties” that had... 

Evraz subsidiary joins parent company in business rescue proceedings

Global stainless steel production up 8.3% in 2014

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th April 2015 Global stainless steel melt shop production increased by 8.3% year-on-year, to 41.7-millions tonnes in 2014, the International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) revealed on Tuesday. Output had increased in all regions except for Central and Eastern Europe, where output fell by 6.3% year-on-year to 296... 

Global stainless steel production up 8.3% in 2014

Weak commodity outlook puts revenue diversification at top of Gama’s Transnet agenda

By: Terence Creamer     24th April 2015 Acting Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama, who was appointed to the position following the surprise secondment of Brian Molefe to Eskom, has placed revenue diversification at the top of his list of immediate priorities, with the weak commodity outlook seen as having the potential to undermine the... 

 Weak commodity outlook puts revenue diversification at top of Gama’s Transnet agenda
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Acting Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama

Power cuts to shrink Hulamin’s H1 earnings 20%

By: Natalie Greve     23rd April 2015 While noting that it was not possible to forecast the extent of electricity curtailment over the remainder of the year, aluminium manufacturer Hulamin says it is “already clear” that its earnings per share (EPS) and headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the six months to June 30 will be more... 

Power cuts to shrink Hulamin’s H1 earnings 20%

Global crude steel output down 2.7% y/y in March

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st April 2015 Global crude steel production for the 65 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) decreased by 2.7% year-on-year to 138-million tonnes in March. China’s crude steel production decreased by 1.2% year-on-year to 69.5-million tonnes, while Japan’s output fell 4.5% year-on-year... 

Global crude steel output down 2.7% y/y in March

Creamer Media publishes Steel 2015: A review of South Africa's steel sector research report

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st April 2015 Creamer Media’s Steel 2015 report provides an overview of the key developments in the global steel industry and particularly of South Africa’s steel sector over the past year, including details of production and consumption, as well as the country's primary carbon steel and stainless steel... 

Creamer Media publishes Steel 2015: A review of South Africa's steel sector research report

Slow growth ahead for global steel demand – worldsteel

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th April 2015 A slowdown in China’s demand for steel is set to restrain global steel industry growth over the next two years, the World Steel Association’s (worldsteel’s) latest Short Range Outlook (SRO) for 2015 and 2016 revealed on Monday. Following a marginal 0.6% uptick in 2014, global apparent steel use... 

Slow growth ahead for global steel demand – worldsteel

Evraz Highveld Q1 output down 6.9% q/q

By: Natalie Greve     20th April 2015 Vertically integrated steel and vanadium slag producer Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium, which has filed for voluntary business rescue proceedings, produced 149 000 t of crude steel in the quarter ended March 31, a 6.9% decrease on the 160 000 t produced in the quarter ended December 31, 2014.... 

Evraz Highveld Q1 output down 6.9% q/q

Evraz Highveld to continue trading throughout business rescue process

By: Natalie Greve     16th April 2015 One of the two business practitioners nominated to manage Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium’s business rescue proceedings has confirmed that the company will continue to trade until the process has been concluded, telling Engineering News Online that the process could take more than six months.... 

Evraz Highveld to continue trading throughout business rescue process

Solidarity vows to protect members amid Evraz business rescue

By: Natalie Greve     15th April 2015 Trade union Solidarity said on Wednesday that it would protect the interests of its members at Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium, in eMalahleni, after the company announced on Tuesday that it had entered into business rescue proceedings. Solidarity, which represented 350 of the company’s 2 400... 

Solidarity vows to protect members amid Evraz business rescue

Steel major Evraz Highveld files for business rescue

By: Natalie Greve     14th April 2015 Vertically integrated steel and vanadium slag producer Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium has initiated voluntary business rescue proceedings, citing an inability to meet its short-term obligations as a result of historical operating difficulties and sustained financial losses within a... 

Steel major Evraz Highveld files for business rescue

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