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Value of copper stolen up 18.1% y/y in Feb 

By: Natalie Greve     1st April 2015 The value of copper stolen in February decreased to R12.7-million, from R12.9-million in January, but was 18.1% higher than the value of copper stolen in February 2014, the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) revealed on Wednesday. In its latest Copper Theft Barometer, the... 

SA crude steel output drops 11.8% in Feb

By: Natalie Greve     20th March 2015 Steel production by South African manufacturers dropped 11.8% year-on-year to 500 000 t in February, bucking a global trend that saw world crude steel production for the 65 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) increasing by a marginal 0.6% to 128-million tonnes. China... 

SA crude steel output drops 11.8% in Feb

High-speed laser to produce first components in 2016

By: Mia Breytenbach     13th March 2015 South African research institute the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) National Laser Centre (NLC) has confirmed that its large-area high-speed selective laser melting (SLM) system, also known as the Aeroswift project, is on track to produce the system’s first industrial... 

High-speed laser to produce first components in 2016
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INDUSTRY PURSUIT Project Aeroswift will be able to produce components with various metals, including titanium and stainless steel alloys

Laser industry shifts to fibre laser-cutting systems

By: Mia Breytenbach     13th March 2015 The laser-cutting industry has transitioned in recent years from using carbon dioxide (CO2) lasers to fibre laser-cutting systems, notes Switzerland-based sheet metal cutting and bending equipment supplier Bystronic. The light source of a fibre-optic laser-cutting system, commonly known as fibre... 

Laser industry shifts to  fibre laser-cutting systems
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IMPROVED PROFICIENCY The speed of a fibre laser is several times higher than that of a CO2 laser

Local laser specialist launches enhanced product offering

By: Mia Breytenbach     13th March 2015 To provide end-users with state-of-the-art metal-cutting capabilities, local industrial laser-cutting machine designer, manufacturer, importer and distributor Beyond Laser South Africa (SA) will launch its new flatbed fibre-optic laser-cutting machines, manufactured by China-based laser power... 

Local laser specialist launches enhanced  product offering
MARKING ALTERNATIVE The Electrox Scorpion Rapide allows for complete control of the laser beam parameters to mark different materials

Seifsa encourages local production ahead of metals, engineering indaba

     6th March 2015 It is imperative for the local industry to strike a healthy balance between international competition and dumping, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has said. A flood of cheap imports; unfair competition from highly subsidised countries, such as China;... 

Seifsa encourages local production ahead of metals, engineering indaba

R13bn in US, Canadian development-finance support for SA locomotives purchase  

By: Terence Creamer     2nd March 2015 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet confirmed on Monday that it had received the backing of leading American and Canadian development funding agencies for its purchase of more than 500 diesel and electric locomotives from General Electric and Bombardier Transportation respectively. The... 

R13bn in US, Canadian development-finance support for SA locomotives purchase
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Transnet CEO Brian Molefe

Acquisition presents business opportunities for steel producer

By: David Oliveira     27th February 2015 The South African division of global advanced high-strength steel (AHSS) and quenched and tempered (Q&T) steel producer SSAB – SSAB South Africa – acquired South African wear specialist company WearClad in October last year, enabling the company to establish its own wear specialist branch –... 

Acquisition presents business opportunities for steel producer
CUT TO SHAPE SSAB Shape offers steel-processing services, such as plasma and laser cutting, bending and drilling

AMSA furnace downcomer replaced in 14 days

     27th February 2015 Fabrication, refurbishment and engineered solutions provider DCD Venco helped prevent further delays on the Blast Furnace N5 Reline Project at steel giant ArcelorMittal South Africa’s (AMSA’s) Newcastle Works facility in KwaZulu-Natal, in August last year, after it remanufactured a new 45-m-long,... 

Assore’s H1 headline earnings down nearly 60%

By: Ilan Solomons     27th February 2015 JSE-listed mining holding company Assore’s headline earnings for the six months ended December 31, 2014, declined by 59.2% to R990-million, mainly owing to the lower headline earnings recorded by its 50%-owned iron-ore and ferroalloy subsidiary Assmang. The subsidiary’s headline earnings fell by... 

Global crude steel production increases 1.2% year-on-year

     27th February 2015 World crude steel production reached just under 1.7-billion tonnes at the close of 2014 – up by 1.2% from 2013 figures, says steel industry association body the World Steel Association (worldsteel) adding that, last year, the Middle East, which is the smallest region in the world for crude steel... 

Improved operating efficiency needed to remain competitive

By: David Oliveira     27th February 2015 The rising conversion cost of steel production, coupled with low steel consumption and oversupply, has prompted steel producers worldwide to implement technological and operational modifications to improve plant efficiencies and reduce operating costs, says the South African arm of Germany-based... 

Improved operating efficiency needed to remain competitive
INJECTOR TECHNOLOGY Increases the amount of primary energy needed for the melting process, which significantly reduces a steel producer’s grid-based energy consumption

Local steel manufacturer receives global certification

     27th February 2015 Leading steel and steel products manufacturer Scaw Metals Group’s Cape Town branch in November received DNV accreditation from international certification body DNV-GL, certifying the company’s wire rope slings and attachments in accordance with DNV specification 2.7-1. DNV-GL is acknowledged as... 

More projects needed to grow local steel industry

By: David Oliveira     27th February 2015 The Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) is concerned about the number of future infrastructure projects in South Africa, which will impact the revitalisation of the country’s struggling steel industry. Saisc CEO Paulo Trinchero tells Engineering News that, while inconsistent... 

More projects needed to grow  local steel industry
MODULAR ASSEMBLY The entire floor of the multistorey steel-frame system is preassembled and erected in one piece

No single solution for decreased energy consumption – worldsteel

     27th February 2015 Steel industry body the World Steel Association (worldsteel) earlier this month published a new technical report on energy use in the steel industry, highlighting that there is no single solution for steel plants to decrease their energy intensity and identifying the main factors that affect the... 

Sassda honours local stainless steel fabricators at gala event

     27th February 2015 The Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) in November announced the winners of the 2014 Stainless Steel Awards at a gala banquet held at the Indaba Hotel in Fourways, Johannesburg. “We have seen some of the strongest entries in several years for the 2014 Stainless Steel... 

Seifsa calls for robust intervention in environmental law

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th February 2015 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) earlier this month said South Africa’s strict environmental legislation was a significant challenge for small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) that could hamper further growth of this sector if not dealt with... 

Seifsa launches Awards for Excellence

     27th February 2015 To encourage growth and celebrate excellence in the metals and engineering sector, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has taken the initiative of introducing the yearly Seifsa Awards for Excellence. This year’s winners will be announced on the first day of... 

Steel manufacturer donates hall to KZN community

     27th February 2015 Inkatha Freedom Party president and Buthelezi clan chieftain Mangosuthu Buthelezi officially handed over the Goqo Community Hall, in KwaZulu-Natal, in December last year. The hall was donated to the Buthelezi Traditional Council by steel, tube and pipe manufacturer Robor. “The most remarkable... 

Steel producer opens new decoiling line in Wales

     27th February 2015 India-based multinational steel producer Tata Steel, which is Europe’s second-largest steel supplier, announced in January the opening of its new £11-million state-of-the-art heavy-gauge hot-rolled decoiling line in Llanwern, South Wales. Part of a steel service centre with a hot-rolled... 

Aquila Resources takes govt to court over overlapping mining rights

By: Natalie Greve     26th February 2015 Steel producer Aquila Resources on Thursday instituted legal proceedings against the South African government in the Pretoria High Court to resolve an alleged overlapping prospecting right over its Avontuur manganese project, in the Northern Cape. The company said in a statement that its decision... 

Aquila Resources takes govt to court over overlapping mining rights

Seifsa warns tax increases could harm productive sectors of economy

By: Ilan Solomons     26th February 2015 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) is worried that some of the tax increases announced by Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene in his budget speech on Wednesday, will negatively impact on the productive sectors of the South African economy. In a post-budget... 

Seifsa warns tax increases could harm productive sectors of economy
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Seifsa chief economist Henk Langenhoven

Aluminium can market, auto sheet demand drives FY growth for Hulamin

By: Natalie Greve     23rd February 2015 Sales volumes of South African aluminium manufacturer Hulamin’s rolled products increased 3% to 196 000 t in the year ended December 31, with heat-treated plate and canstock products emerging as the portfolio’s strongest performers. Exports of rolled products by the JSE-listed group contributed... 

Aluminium can market, auto sheet demand drives FY growth for Hulamin

Global crude steel production at 133 Mt for January

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th February 2015 Global crude steel production decreased by 2.9% year-on-year to 133-million tonnes in January, the World Steel Association (worldsteel) said on Friday. Of the 65 countries reporting to the association, China had the highest crude steel production for the month, with 65.5-million tonnes, a 4.7%... 

Global crude steel production at 133 Mt for January

DTI to help local SMMEs showcase their products in Germany

By: Zandile Mavuso     20th February 2015 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) announced at a breakfast presentation that it would aid South African small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) through its export marketing and investment assistance (EMIA) National Pavilions programme to showcase their products at this year’s... 

AMSA in formal talks with government on new steel pricing model 

By: Terence Creamer     13th February 2015 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has set up four bilateral working groups with various government departments and State entities in a bid to deal decisively with what current CEO Paul O’Flaherty describes as debilitating “legacy issues”, including the highly contentious issue of... 

AMSA in formal talks with government on new steel pricing model
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AMSA CEO Paul O’Flaherty

AMSA continues to focus on growing volumes despite weak market

By: Terence Creamer     13th February 2015 JSE-listed steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) reported a loss of R158-million during the year to December 31, 2014, a material improvement on the R2.1-billion loss of 2013 and indicated that it expected a recovery in volumes in 2015, which should support an improvement in results... 

AMSA continues to focus on growing volumes despite weak market
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AMSA CEO Paul O’Flaherty

Seifsa calls for robust intervention in environmental law 

     9th February 2015 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) on Monday said South Africa’s strict environmental legislation was a significant challenge for small-, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) that could hamper further growth of this sector if not dealt with “as a... 

Seifsa calls for robust intervention in environmental law

Neasa to contest Labour Minister’s metals industry extension

     9th February 2015 The National Employers' Association of South Africa (Neasa) on Monday lodged a review application in the Labour Court in Johannesburg to set aside the decision by Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant to extend the 2014 to 2017 wage agreement between the Steel and Engineering Industry Federation of... 

Neasa to contest Labour Minister’s metals industry extension

Seifsa extends Awards of Excellence submission deadline

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th February 2015 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has extended the deadline for submission of entries for its Awards for Excellence from January 31 to April 24. The winners would now be announced on the first day of the two-day Metals and Engineering Indaba, to be held... 

AMSA expects lower FY loss a share

     4th February 2015 JSE-listed ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) expects to report a lower loss a share of between 33c and 43c for the 2014 financial year. This would be an improvement of between 92% and 94% on the loss a share of 535c posted in the 2013 financial year, when AMSA had recorded a R1.95-billion... 

AMSA expects lower FY loss a share

Hulamin CEO returns from medical leave of absence

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th January 2015 Richard Jacob will return as CEO of JSE-listed Hulamin following a medical leave of absence. Jacob took medical leave in July last year. 

Hulamin CEO returns from medical leave of absence
Hulamin CEO Richard Jacob

Wire industry cartel hearing postponed pending appeal decision

By: Natalie Greve     26th January 2015 A Competition Tribunal hearing into alleged cartel activity and price-fixing by several companies in the wire and wire products manufacturing industry was again postponed on Monday pending a decision by the Competition Appeal Court (CAC). Respondents Allens Meshco, Wireforce, Hendok, Independent... 

Wire industry cartel hearing postponed pending appeal decision

World crude steel production increased 1.2% in 2014

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd January 2015 Global crude steel production rose 1.2% year-on-year to 1.66-billion tonnes in 2014, the World Steel Association (worldsteel) revealed on Thursday. While crude steel production in the European Union (EU), North America and Asia expanded by a modest 1.7%, 2% and 1.4% respectively during the year... 

World crude steel production increased 1.2% in 2014

Samson offers backing to proposed sale of Macsteel to Southern Palace Group 

By: Terence Creamer     19th January 2015 Black-economic empowered diversified industrial holdings company, the Southern Palace Group (SPG), reported on Monday that it had entered into an arrangement to buy 100% of Macsteel Service Centres South Africa (MSCSA). MSCSA is a leading supplier of value-added steel products and arguably one of... 

Samson offers backing to proposed sale of Macsteel to Southern Palace Group

Wellhausen resigns as AMSA CFO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th January 2015 Matthias Wellhausen has resigned as CFO and executive director of ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA), effective March 15, to pursue other opportunities outside of the ArcelorMittal group. AMSA group controller Gerhard van Zyl would step in as acting CFO in March until a successor was appointed. 

Wellhausen resigns as AMSA CFO
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Outgoing AMSA CFO Matthias Wellhausen

Evraz Highveld Q4 production up, prices down

By: Natalie Greve     15th January 2015 Evraz Highveld Steel & Vanadium achieved across-the-board production improvements in the fourth quarter ended December 31, citing improved efficiencies, ore quality and raw product availability. The company lifted the quarter-on-quarter production of hot metal by 9% to 167 975 t in the three... 

Evraz Highveld Q4 production up, prices down

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