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Jun 21, 2013
Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom has hailed the recent opening of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research's (CSIR's) titanium pilot plant as "quite a great moment". He officially inaugurated the plant on June 7, at the CSIR campus in Pretoria....
Jun 11, 2013
The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research on Tuesday further advanced its project to develop a local titanium industry when it signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with giant US aerospace group Boeing. This MoU covers joint research into using titanium...
Jun 07, 2013
To explore potential areas of cooperation and new business prospects between the steel sectors of South Africa and Turkey, high-level delegates from the Turkish Steel Exporters’ Association (CIB), comprising 17 prominent steel exporters and manufacturers currently...
Jun 04, 2013
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Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (Mittal) has again warned that the National Treasury’s proposed carbon tax will have a yearly negative financial impact on the company of between R600-million and R650-million. It has also confirmed that it is preparing a...
Jun 04, 2013
South Africa’s Bushveld Complex was the country’s largest but least-mined iron-ore resource, independent South African mineral policy analyst Paul Jourdan told the International Mining and Metals third African Iron Ore conference here on Tuesday. While the Bushveld...
Jun 03, 2013
Global stainless crude steel production in the first quarter of the year amounted to nearly 9.4-million metric tonnes, marking a 6% year-on-year increase, the International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) has found. However, besides China, all steel-producing regions...
May 31, 2013
The pressure is on local manufacturers to produce products in line with global standards that can compete with imported alternatives, states stainless steel casting manufacturer Steloy Castings.
May 31, 2013
Welding, cutting and gas products company Afrox will launch its new range of Vacuum packaging (DriPac) stainless steel welding consumables this year, which will be beneficial for operations in remote areas.
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May 30, 2013
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May 28, 2013
JSE-listed packaging manufacturer Nampak, which on Tuesday reported a 3% year-on-year rise in headline earnings a share to 108.8c for the six months ended March 31, announced that its CEO Andrew Marshall would retire in March 2014. “The board wishes to thank [him]...
May 27, 2013
Following “strong worldwide interest", a select number of bidders have been chosen to participate in the due-diligence phase of the disposal of Macsteel Service Centres SA (MSCSA) – the formal sale process was initiated in early February. Investec Bank, which is...
May 21, 2013
The Turkish Steel Exporters’ Association (CIB) on Tuesday said it would bring a high-level delegation of prominent steel manufacturers and exporters to South Africa to explore areas of cooperation and new business prospects with local companies. The delegation, which...
May 20, 2013
JSE-listed Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium on Monday reported a return to profitability, as it delivered a first-quarter profit after suffering significant losses during the first and fourth quarters of 2012. The group reported an operating profit of R50-million...
May 17, 2013
The Competition Commission has conditionally approved the sale of Nedbank- and Capital Africa Steel- (CAS-) owned shares in struggling Alert Steel to Cannistraro Investments, the AltX-listed steel retailer said on Friday. The transaction, in which Cannistraro agreed...
May 14, 2013
Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba reported on Tuesday that initiatives would be announced in the coming months to add momentum to a “comprehensive industrialisation and transformation programme” linked to the multibillion-rand investment programmes of...
May 10, 2013
JSE-listed steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (Mittal), which declared force majeure in February after a fire at its Vanderbijlpark facility, said on Friday that it expected to turn around its first quarter loss and report “positive earnings” in the second...
May 03, 2013
Having finalised its takeover of Luxembourg-based pyro- and hydrometallurgical engineering company Paul Wurth, steel plant construction specialist SMS Siemag, a division of SMS Holding, is now the only service provider worldwide that provides a full spectrum of...
Apr 29, 2013
The National Employers’ Association of South Africa (Neasa) on Friday filed a second application in the Labour Court to review and set aside an April 12 decision by Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant to extend the terms of a collective bargaining agreement to...
Apr 23, 2013
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Imperial Crown Trading 289 (ICT) and the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) have lodged an application with the Constitutional Court for leave to appeal a March 28 Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) ruling, dismissing their appeal against a 2011 decision by the North...
Apr 23, 2013
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Numsa on Tuesday demanded a 20% across-the-board pay rise in the auto assembly, tyre manufacturing, iron, steel, and base metals manufacturing sectors. "All wage increases, across all sectors, must be based on actual rates of pay and actual wage increases negotiated...
Apr 22, 2013
World crude steel production for March increased by a marginal 1% year-on-year to 135-million tonnes, the World Steel Association (worldsteel) reported on Monday. China posted improved production for March of 66.3-million tonnes, up 6.6% on the first quarter of 2012,...
Apr 19, 2013
The implementation of effective quality management systems (QMS), such as ISO 9001, will improve businesses’ service to clients and streamline internal processes to ensure best practice in the planning, control and management of companies, says Lloyds Register...
Apr 19, 2013
Metal pressing manufacturer Precision Press has established its own training academy to teach high school graduates the skills they require to work in a manufacturing environment.
Apr 19, 2013
It is widely accepted that South Africa has substantial remaining resources of unexploited industrial minerals. In fact the newly released Industrial Policy Action Plan 2013/14 concurs with estimates of there being remaining mineral reserves and resources worth more...
Apr 16, 2013
The share price of JSE-listed ArcelorMittal South Africa (Mittal) rose on Tuesday morning after news that the fire-damaged Vanderbijlpark-based steel-making facility had resumed production. Three basic oxygen furnaces, besides other assets, were damaged in a fire –...
Apr 11, 2013
China’s steel industry has experienced explosive growth over the past decade – overtaking the rest of the steel-producing countries – that shows no sign of easing in the short term. China had built a “fearsome” low-cost steel manufacturing industry as the world...
Apr 05, 2013
International solid-carbide and steel rotary cutting tools manufacturer Dormer Tools last month launched a new range of multi application taps which are designed to support a high level of performance in a range of hard-to-machine materials.  
Apr 05, 2013
Energy efficiency in foundries can be improved through the implementation of material flow cost accounting (MFCA), Environmental & Sustainability Solutions executive director Seakle Godschalk said at the recent Metal Casting Conference. MFCA is a tool for...
Apr 02, 2013
The newly rebranded engineering services unit within State-owned freight logistics group Transnet is aiming to increase its third-party sales to railways customers to R6-billion a year by 2018/19 and is also moving to add ports and pipelines equipment to its...
Mar 29, 2013
The Metal Casting Conference provided a platform for industry members to share the latest technological developments and opportunities to drive a competitive advantage in the foundry industry. The conference was held in the North-West from March 13 to 16.
Mar 28, 2013
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The long-running iron-ore dispute between ArcelorMittal South Africa (Mittal) and Kumba Iron Ore took a step towards resolution on Thursday, when the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) dismissed an appeal by Imperial Crown Trading 289 (ICT) and the Department of Mineral...
Mar 28, 2013
International steel group Evraz has announced plans to sell 85% of South African steel and vanadium producer Evraz Highveld to a black economic-empowerment (BEE) consortium for $320-million – the transaction would be the largest BEE deal in the South African steel...
Mar 26, 2013
AltX-listed Alert Steel on Tuesday reported that Cannistraro Investments has bought Nedbank- and Capital Africa Steel- (CAS-) owned shares in the struggling steel retailer. Cannistraro agreed to buy a 47.5% stake in Alert Steel from CAS for a total consideration of...
Mar 22, 2013
The World Steel Association (worldsteel) has welcomed the publication of an International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) standard that defines the calculation method of carbon dioxide (CO2) emission intensity from iron and steel production. The standard was...
Mar 20, 2013
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South African mineral smelters and chemical plants have the potential to generate more than 2 000 MW of electricity from hot gases, Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) CEO Geoffrey Qhena said at the official launch of the SA Calcium Carbide (SACC) cogeneration...
Mar 20, 2013
Global crude steel production for February amounted to 123-million tons, up 1.2% on that produced in February 2012, the World Steel Association (worldsteel) revealed on Wednesday. China’s crude steel production was up 9.8% year-on-year to 61.8-million tons in...
Mar 20, 2013
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The new Turkish owners of the Cape Town Iron and Steel Works (Cisco), in Kuilsrivier, in the Western Cape, will invest R250-million to expand and upgrade the facility and improve its energy efficiency ahead of its official restart, which is scheduled for either July...
Mar 18, 2013
Steel and vanadium producer Evraz Highveld says relations with its more than 2 300 workers are improving “steadily” following a four-week strike in July and August last year and a slow and “difficult” resumption of operations, which negatively affected its fourth...
Mar 13, 2013
Steel and vanadium slag producer Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium on Wednesday reported a R943-million after-tax loss for the 2012 financial year, compared with a profit of R45-million in 2011. Industrial action in the third quarter of last year and subsequent...
Mar 08, 2013
An affordable gas metal arc virtual welding simulator enables schools, colleges and even companies to begin entry-level welding training, or to use the simulator to assess the talents of new entrants, says education systems company Edit Microsystems product manager...
Mar 08, 2013
Constant assurances form senior government leaders, including President Jacob Zuma, that public sector infrastructure spending is gaining momentum have done little to dispel the notion that the multibillion-rand investment drive is failing – as with so much else in...
Mar 06, 2013
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South Africa’s Minerals Minister, Susan Shabangu, on Wednesday opened the largest operating furnace of its kind in the world at Samancor Manganese’s Metalloys smelter in Meyerton, allowing mining giant BHP Billiton to beneficiate close to 30% of the manganese ore it...
Mar 01, 2013
Steelmaker Cape Town Iron and Steel Works (Cisco) was planning to reopen its Western Cape-based steel mill, following government’s move to limit South Africa’s reliance on import. The once-profitable plant shut down in 2010, but following Turkish investment group DHT...
Mar 01, 2013
Austria-based laser machines manufacturer Trotec has introduced a new line of carbon dioxide (CO2) laser sources from US-based manufacturer Iradion Laser, which is now available in South Africa from Trotec’s local branch in Johannesburg. Iradion’s CeramiCore...
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