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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... 

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
Photo by Duane Daws
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
AMSA CEO Paul O'Flaherty on its vote of confidence in Newcastle mill amid a difficult domestic steel market. Camera Work: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva. Recorded: 5.5.2015.

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
Photo by Duane Daws
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

Auto components crucial for aluminium industry

By: Dylan Slater     10th April 2015 South Africa’s automotive sector is currently one of the key drivers of aluminium demand in the country, which stakeholders attribute to the global trend of manufacturers using an increasing amount of aluminium for vehicle components, particularly for passenger vehicles. 

Auto components crucial for aluminium industry
VISION 2020 The aluminium industry is embarking on a strategy aimed at doubling the volume of cars manufactured a year in South Africa by 2020, from 600 000 to 1.2-million

Better receivers, engineering benefit MeerKAT, SKA

By: Schalk Burger     10th April 2015 Multiple and more sensitive receivers are being deployed on the 64 antennas of the MeerKAT radio telescope array, which will improve the scientific data it gathers, says Square Kilometre Array (SKA) South Africa science and engineering associate director professor Justin Jonas. “The good design... 

Better receivers, engineering benefit MeerKAT, SKA
Photo by Schalk Burger
MEERKAT 63 RECEIVERS A host of receivers on the antenna provides high fidelity and sensitivity and was informed by the KAT-7 prototype

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... 

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

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
Photo by Bloomberg
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
Photo by Bloomberg
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
Transnet CEO Brian Molefe on R13-billion in funding for group's locomotives-acquisition programme. Camera Work: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva. Recorded: 2.3.2015

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

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