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Metals News

Modernisation allows for entry into new markets

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd March 2017 Among various projects planned for this year, metallurgic processing plant supplier SMS group says it will continue to promote new installations of small unit modernisation plants for steelmaking and rolling, to supply local construction industry markets with steel.  

Projected sector growth to provide relief for steel industry

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd March 2017 Following its announcement in Janurary of a 1.4% growth projection for 2017 in the metals and engineering sector, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of South Africa (Seifsa) believes that the local steel industry will probably use this bottoming of the trend as an opportunity to... 

Sasfa marks ten years of LSFB developments in SA

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd March 2017 In celebrating its tenth anniversary, the South African Light Steel Frame Building Association (Sasfa), has decided to compile an informative ten-year anniversary publication to highlight the significant achievements and developments in the light steel frame building (LSFB) industry to date. 

Sasfa marks ten years of LSFB developments in SA
JOHN BARNARD The light steel frame building industry continues to grow even in trying times

Solidarity protects local steel industry

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd March 2017 Following the National Treasury’s instruction last month that State-owned entities must use 100% locally manufactured structural steel last month, trade union Solidarity says it will act as a watchdog to ensure that this happens.  

Solidarity protects local steel industry
SAVE OUR STEEL Solidarity emphasises the importance of the local steel industry to be protected by policy

Steel-related products’ safety emphasised

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd March 2017 Owing to the use of cheaper, often lower quality steel products, which are copies of high quality products, across industry, serious consequences, and even lead to fatalities, can result, says manufacturer of gratings, flooring and hand railing, Vital Engineering.  

Steel-related products’ safety emphasised
MEDUPI POWER STATION Vital Engineering supplied grating and hand railing products for the Medupi power station

Alderon set to ‘reboot’ Kami project in new iron-ore environment

By: Henry Lazenby     2nd March 2017 Project developer Alderon Iron Ore has received the updated preliminary economic assessment (PEA) for the Rose deposit, at the Kamistiatusset (Kami) iron-ore property, 10 km from Wabush, setting the stage for the revival of the high-grade project which has been shelved for several years. "The... 

Alderon set to ‘reboot’ Kami project in new iron-ore environment
Photo by Alderon Iron Ore Corp
Alderon is reviving the long-shelved Kamistiatusset iron-ore project, in Labrador

Deadlock broken between Eskom and IPPs, Joemat-Pettersson insists 

By: Terence Creamer     28th February 2017 Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson says the “deadlock has been broken” between Eskom and the renewable-energy independent power producers (IPPs), with the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) confirming its willingness to consider an application from the State-owned utility... 

Deadlock broken between Eskom and IPPs, Joemat-Pettersson insists
Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson

Price weakness stemmed from excess capital dole out – Glencore

By: Martin Creamer     27th February 2017 The commodity price weakness from 2012 to 2015 was the result of an over-allocation of capital from 2006 to 2012, Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg told an American audience on Monday. In an address to the BMO Metals and Mining Conference, in Miami, Glasenberg said that capital over-allocation in the... 

Price weakness stemmed from excess capital dole out – Glencore
Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg

AMSA unveils interim steel rail hub

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th February 2017 The official unveiling of the Isando Distribution Centre, in Germiston, on Friday, marked the next step in steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa’s (AMSA’s) long-term initiative to migrate the bulk of domestic final product steel distribution from road to rail. Dedicated rail links between... 

AMSA unveils interim steel rail hub

African land disputes arise primarily as a result of forced removals – research

By: David Oliveira     24th February 2017 Research released earlier this month by UK-based consultancy TMP Systems, and the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) found that 63% of disputes related to private-sector land and natural resources in Africa start because communities are forced to leave their land. The research explores... 

Wear solutions firm provides hands-on experience for ‘engineers of tomorrow’

By: Dylan Slater     24th February 2017 An internship programme offered by Alberton-based wear solutions company Rio-Carb aims to upskill the engineers of the future.  

Wear solutions firm provides hands-on  experience for ‘engineers of tomorrow’
DIRTY WORK The internship programme offered at Rio-Carb provides on-the-workshop-floor experience

Solidarity to launch campaign to support the local steel industry

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd February 2017 Trade union Solidarity has set its sights on the expansion and sustainability of South Africa’s domestic steel industry for the year ahead and will soon launch a Support Our Steel (SOS) campaign. The domestic steel industry had suffered significant setbacks in recent times, particularly after the... 

Amplats launches new Chrome Recovery Plant 

     23rd February 2017 Anglo American Platinum launched its newly commissioned chrome recovery plant earlier in January at its Thabazimbi-based Amandelbult complex in Limpopo.  

Amplats launches new Chrome Recovery Plant
Amplats launches new Chrome Recovery Plant

Seifsa welcomes R95m steel development fund

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd February 2017 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) on Wednesday welcomed Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s R95-million allocation towards the establishment of a Steel Development Fund in the 2017 National Budget. The fund will be controlled by the Industrial Development... 

Aveng to seek shareholder backing for sale of Grinaker-LTA stake to Kutana in March  

By: Terence Creamer     21st February 2017 Construction and engineering group Aveng will seek shareholder approval before the end of March for the sale of a 51% beneficial interest in Aveng Grinaker-LTA to Kutana Construction, a black economic empowerment company. Aveng has also decided to include Aveng Water in the transaction, along... 

Aveng to seek shareholder backing for sale of Grinaker-LTA stake to Kutana in March
Aveng CEO Kobus Verster in conversation with Terence Creamer on group's performance and outlook, as well as the impending sale of 51% of Grinaker-LTA to Kutana. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 21.2.17

DTI promises fast-tracked support for downstream steel industry

By: Terence Creamer     17th February 2017 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) insists that measures to support the downstream steel industry in South Africa are a priority for government and are being fast-tracked. In a statement outlining the various interventions undertaken since 2015 to support a primary steel sector wracked by... 

DTI promises fast-tracked support for downstream steel industry

Pockets of resilience, but SA’s manufacturing outlook remains fragile

By: David Oliveira     17th February 2017 South Africa’s manufacturing sector is expected to grow by 0.5% this year and by 1.2% in 2018, according to data from economic analysis and forecast provider FocusEconomics. Financial institution Barclays’ latest purchasing managers’ index (PMI) released earlier this month indicates that the... 

Pockets of resilience, but SA’s manufacturing outlook remains fragile

AMSA keen to tap power tariff deal as Eskom mulls ‘incentive pricing’  

By: Terence Creamer     10th February 2017 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) is optimistic that Eskom, with the support of the energy regulatory, could extend pricing incentives to it and other energy-intensive businesses in light of its surplus position and government’s appeal for interventions to reignite growth in the... 

AMSA keen to tap power tariff deal as Eskom mulls ‘incentive pricing’
AMSA CEO Wim de Klerk makes the case for further protection for domestic steel industry. Video and editing: Darlene Creamer 10.2.2017

Call made for intervention to sustain Gauteng’s key industrial heartland

By: Dylan Slater     10th February 2017 Travelling about 60 km south of Johannesburg through Vereeniging and Vanderbijlpark, a general state of decay is visible in the once thriving industrial heartland known as the Vaal Triangle.  

Call made for intervention to sustain Gauteng’s key industrial heartland

Metals, engineering sector to grow 1.4% this year, but risks remain

By: David Oliveira     10th February 2017 South Africa’s metals and engineering sector is expected to grow for the first time in more than three years this year – with growth estimated at 1.4% – amid rising commodity prices and an improved economic outlook globally and domestically. Speaking at the launch of the ‘State of the Metals and... 

Thabazimbi mine to be transferred to AMSA

By: Anine Kilian     9th February 2017 Kumba Iron Ore has agreed to transfer its Thabazimbi mine, in Limpopo, to ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA). Until 2014, the mine was a captive mine owned and run by Kumba subsidiary Sishen Iron Ore Company (SIOC), but was funded by and supplied ore exclusively to AMSA. AMSA is, therefore,... 

IDC hopes to salvage wind-tower plant, but warns liquidation can’t be ruled out 

By: Terence Creamer     8th February 2017 The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is hoping to salvage the domestic manufacturing capability established to produce wind-tower sections in the Eastern Cape that was set up in response to government’s demand for higher levels of local content in the renewable-energy sector. However, it... 

IDC hopes to salvage wind-tower plant, but warns liquidation can’t be ruled out
Sections being manufactured at DCD Wind Towers plant, which has been shut since December

AMSA to report narrowed FY16 losses

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th February 2017 JSE-listed ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) expects to report narrowed losses for the year to December 31, which is attributed to the nonrecurrence of the 2015 financial year’s R2.55-billion in one-off items and a R4.25-billion impairment, as well as an increase in steel sales prices and... 

Ventilation groups team up in new African collaboration

By: David Oliveira     3rd February 2017 Germany-based TLT-Turbo, and local industrial fans and ventilation companies MechCaL and TLT ACTOM, will team up to produce and distribute a full range of ventilation products for the mining, construction, industrial and power markets in South Africa and wider sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). After... 

Metals, engineering sector to grow for the first time in over three years in 2017, but risks remain

By: David Oliveira     27th January 2017 South Africa’s metals and engineering sector is expected to grow for the first time in over three years this year – by 1.4% – amid rising commodity prices and an improved economic outlook both globally and domestically. Speaking at the launch of the ‘State of the Metals and Engineering Sector... 

Metals, engineering sector to grow for the first time in over three years in 2017, but risks remain

Construction steel designation confirmed after intensive lobbying effort

By: Terence Creamer     26th January 2017 The long-awaited stipulation that domestic steel, as well as locally made steel products and components, be used in public-sector construction projects has been welcomed by South Africa’s leading steel producer, as well as by the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC). It is the... 

Construction steel designation confirmed after intensive lobbying effort

Rehabilitation work begins to prepare Highveld structural mill for restart

By: Terence Creamer     23rd January 2017 Rehabilitation work at Highveld Steel’s heavy structural mill, located at the mothballed steel plant’s expansive site in Mpumalanga, is under way to prepare the facility for recommissioning, following the conclusion of a supply and marketing deal with ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) in... 

Rehabilitation work begins to prepare Highveld structural mill for restart

Tooling capabilities open up new prospects for SA auto-parts firm

By: David Oliveira     20th January 2017 Cable management solutions provider HellermannTyton South Africa’s 2014 acquisition of PVS Engineering has significantly improved the company’s tooling manufacturing capabilities and placed the company in a strong position within the group internationally. HellermannTyton South Africa network... 

IHS Materials Price Index jumps to 18-month high; emergent weakness to undermine momentum

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd December 2016 Analytics firm IHS Markit reports that its Materials Price Index (MPI) rose for a sixth consecutive week, increasing 1.4% to hit a fresh 18-month high. IHS Global Insight Pricing & Purchasing senior economist Ben Orhan pointed out that ferrous metals once again drove the index higher, gaining... 

IHS Materials Price Index jumps to 18-month high; emergent weakness to undermine momentum

AMSA, Highveld conclude manufacturing agreement 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd December 2016 Steel manufacturer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has concluded a contract manufacturing agreement with embattled Evraz Highveld Steel & Vanadium (Highveld) and its HSM subsidiary, whereby AMSA would supply blooms and slabs to HSM for processing into heavy structural steel. This will result in... 

AMSA, Highveld conclude manufacturing agreement

Local engineers have no faith in NDP – survey

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th December 2016 Ninety-one per cent of South African engineers, surveyed in financial planning firm PPS’ Graduate Professional Index, do not believe that government will meet its infrastructure objectives as set out in the National Development Plan, it revealed on Tuesday. The survey, conducted among 400 South... 

Local engineers have no faith in NDP – survey

Black-woman-owned steel manufacturing company launched 

By: Anine Kilian     8th December 2016 Despite the difficult economic climate South Africa currently finds itself in, black-woman-owned steel-manufacturing company RSC Avelo, which was officially launched in Roodepoort, Gauteng on Thursday, aims to be a key player in market, according to MD Mayleen Kyster. “Even though we are in a... 

Black-woman-owned steel manufacturing company launched
RSC Avelo, Roodepoort

TFR opens steel hub to encourage rail transport 

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th December 2016 Transnet Freight Rail (TFR), in conjunction with ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA), Barloworld and Grindrod Logistics, have launched a ‘steel hub’ at TFR’s Elandsfontein yard to migrate steel volumes that are being transported by road back onto rail. Two years after first deliberations, last week... 

TFR opens steel hub to encourage rail transport

AMSA shareholders back R2.2bn empowerment deal

By: Terence Creamer     18th November 2016 Shareholders in ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) voted on Friday in favour of a R2.2-billion broad-based black economic empowerment transaction, involving Likamva Resources. The approval was carried by 99.9% of the shares that were eligible to vote. The deal will see Likamva initially hold a 17%... 

 AMSA shareholders back R2.2bn empowerment deal

Eastgate Shopping Centre wins Saisc Award 2016

By: Simone Liedtke     18th November 2016 The group of companies responsible for the multimillion-rand refurbishment of Eastgate Shopping Centre, in Bedfordview, were named as overall winners at the 2016 South African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) Steel Awards. 

Eastgate Shopping Centre wins Saisc Award 2016
EASTGATE SHOPPING CENTRE The refurbishment project, completed last month, received the award from SAISC

Investments required for positive growth

By: Simone Liedtke     18th November 2016 With the world markets still suffering the after-effects of maladministered and unsustainable macroeconomic policies, there is not much appetite for large capital projects in South Africa. But economic growth will start only once people are investing, which does not happen without a positive... 

Investments required for positive growth
HYDRA ARC Offshore capital investment will reignite the mining industry and new independent power producer projects

Survival of steel construction industry top priority

By: Simone Liedtke     18th November 2016 This year, the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction’s (Saisc’s) focus has been on ensuring that steelwork is sourced locally to save the local steel industry. 

Survival of steel construction industry top priority
2016 STEEL AWARDS The yearly Saisc Steel Awards provide an excellent platform for members to network

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