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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... 

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

Africa seen as increasingly big player in producing raw materials for the steel industry

By: Kim Cloete     12th December 2014 Give its large mining potential, African economies are expected to play an increasingly important role in producing raw materials for the production of steel. The Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said it was expecting growth from  South Africa, in particular, which accounted for 74% of... 

Africa seen as increasingly big player in producing raw materials for the steel industry

China sparks shifts in global steel industry

By: Kim Cloete     12th December 2014 Growth in the steel industry worldwide has stabilised following substantial fluctuations during the recession, but a fair amount of uncertainty remains, particularly as a result of structural change in the Chinese economy, according to World Steel Association director-general Edwin Basson. The... 

China sparks shifts in global steel industry

SA steel demand set to grow over next decade

By: Kim Cloete     12th December 2014 The government’s substantial infrastructure programme outlined in the National Development Plan is expected to drive demand for steel over the next decade, says Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Mzwandile Masina. He told over 250 delegates to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and... 

SA steel demand set to grow over next decade

Seifsa’s new yearly award of excellence to encourage growth, excellence in metals, engineering sectors

By: Chantelle Kotze     12th December 2014 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) announced on Thursday that it would launch the Seifsa Awards for Excellence in 2015. 

Seifsa’s new yearly award of excellence to encourage growth, excellence in metals, engineering sectors

Metal sector strike cost SA growth – SARB

By: Sapa     8th December 2014 The month-long strike in the metal sector knocked back the third-quarter growth rate of the South African economy by more than half of what it could have been, the SA Reserve Bank (SARB) said on Monday. In its latest Quarterly Bulletin, the bank said the annualised real economic growth rate... 

Metal sector strike cost SA growth – SARB

AMSA resumes output at Newcastle Works

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd December 2014 ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) plans to clear most of the production backlog at its Newcastle Works operation by the end of December after “unforeseen delays” had halted steel output since mid-November. The blast furnace, which had suffered a delayed start-up after its reline was completed at... 

AMSA resumes output at Newcastle Works

‘Fill the mills’ mantra remains as AMSA promises more environmental openness

By: Terence Creamer     2nd December 2014 ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) CEO Paul O’Flaherty has committed the group to dealing with its “legacy” environmental problems “openly and transparently”, while still pushing ahead with its “fill the mills” strategy, designed to lift production and reverse five years of financial losses at the... 

‘Fill the mills’ mantra remains as AMSA promises more environmental openness
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AMSA CEO Paul O’Flaherty

Domestic ferrous scrap consumers say price preference system is not working

By: Terence Creamer     28th November 2014 There is widespread consensus that the Price Preference System (PPS) –introduced in September 2013 to restrict the export of scrap metal before it had first been offered for sale to the domestic consumers at a 20% discount to an international benchmark price – has not been effective. There is... 

Domestic ferrous scrap consumers say price preference system is not working

Battered Evraz swings to loss in nine months to end-Sep

By: Natalie Greve     24th November 2014 Increased maintenance costs, poor rolling mill yields and strike action have widened Evraz Highveld Steel’s operating loss, from R149-million in the nine months ended September 30, 2013, to R483-million for the comparative 2014 period. The company added on Monday that earnings before interest,... 

Battered Evraz swings to loss in nine months to end-Sep

SA to host OECD steel conference in Dec

By: Natalie Greve     21st November 2014 South Africa will become the first African country to host the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD’s) Steel Committee Conference when the committee’s seventy-seventh session takes place in Cape Town between December 11 and 12. The committee’s participants accounted for... 

SA to host OECD steel conference in Dec

Five mineral value-chains prioritised in South Africa’s draft beneficiation plan 

By: Terence Creamer     21st November 2014 The Mineral Beneficiation Action Plan (MBAP), which is currently in draft form, should be finalised by the end of March 2015, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has confirmed. The department is leading the drafting process, which also involves the National Treasury, the Economic... 

Five mineral value-chains prioritised in South Africa’s draft beneficiation plan
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Steel among the five resource value-chains being prioritised

Unforseen delays in restarting Newcastle blast furnace – AMSA

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th November 2014 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) on Wednesday advised shareholders that it had experienced unforeseen delays in restarting the blast furnace at its Newcastle Works following the completion of the furnace reline at the end of October. The JSE-listed company noted that the delays... 

Unforseen delays in restarting Newcastle blast furnace – AMSA

Demand increase for preventative maintenance strategies

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th November 2014 Steel plant processing technology, equipment and services specialist SMS Siemag South Africa, a division of SMS Group, has registered significant demand growth for preventative maintenance in the local ferrous, nonferrous and ferroalloys industries, paired with a 10% to 15% increase in technical... 

Demand increase for preventative maintenance strategies
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PREVENTATIVE STRATEGY SMS Group assists the industry in monitoring predictive failure and scheduled shutdowns

‘Psyche of pessimism’ gripping SA manufacturing 

By: Terence Creamer     13th November 2014 Respondents to the Manufacturing Circle’s quarterly Manufacturing Bulletin surveys have become increasingly pessimistic about the outlook for the sector, notwithstanding a recovery in output in September and improvement to the Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI). Pan-African Investment and Research... 

 ‘Psyche of pessimism’ gripping SA manufacturing
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Pan-African Investment and Research Services CEO Dr Iraj Abedian

ArcelorMittal to retrench 200 workers, says Solidarity

By: Natalie Greve     10th November 2014 Trade union Solidarity says steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has issued 200 employees at its Vanderbijlpark plant with Section 189 retrenchment notices. In terms of the notice, the affected employees could apply for voluntary severance packages. Solidarity metal industry organiser... 

ArcelorMittal to retrench 200 workers, says Solidarity

Seifsa unveils indaba as part of steel, engineering revival plan

By: Terence Creamer     31st October 2014 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) announced on Friday that it would host a high-level Metals and Engineering Indaba in Gauteng next May as part of efforts to revive the fortunes of the important, yet embattled, manufacturing subsector. Lamenting the... 

Seifsa unveils indaba as part of steel, engineering revival plan
Seifsa CEO Kaizer Nyatsumba

Rival metals union likely should Numsa, Cosatu split – Friedman 

By: Terence Creamer     31st October 2014 Centre for the Study of Democracy director Professor Steven Friedman believes the prevailing view that a possible expulsion of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) from the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) would lead to “a Cosatu minus a metalworkers union and... 

Rival metals union likely should Numsa, Cosatu split – Friedman
Professor Steven Friedman

Coil and sheets supplied to PRASA project

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th October 2014 Stainless steel flat products producer Columbus Stainless received the first order in February this year to supply coils and sheets for the first 20 passenger train sets that form part of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) passenger coach replacement project. “The majority of... 

Coil and sheets supplied to PRASA project
FIRST ORDER Columbus Stainless supplied type 301 and 304L coils and sheets for the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s passenger coach replacement project

Demand for more efficient mill concepts – rolling technology supplier

     24th October 2014 While increasing energy costs and the necessity to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions call for more energy efficient cars, trucks, machines and plants, the steel and stainless steel industries have focused on developing new steel grades with higher strength for lighter constructions, rolling... 

Demand for more efficient mill concepts – rolling technology supplier
MILL EFFICIENCY Large stainless steel producers are looking for mill concepts offering high capacity and reduced operation costs

Fabrication projects provide exposure to diverse markets

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th October 2014 Sheet-metal component manufacturer Fabrinox expects to complete four projects with a collective value of about R50-million for the mining, water treatment, laboratory, and the food and beverage industry within the next six months, Fabrinox MD André Visser tells Engineering News. “These projects... 

Fabrication projects provide exposure to diverse markets
NEW COMMISSION The ACF Cornerformer Multiflex machine can be used for the corner forming mild steel of up to 4 mm and stainless steel of up to 3 mm

Increasing enthusiasm in industry to use different stainless steel material

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th October 2014 There is a growing willingness from industry to accept newer stainless steel materials, particularly duplex stainless steels, Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association Fabricator Sector chairperson Gary Crawford tells Engineering News. He says that, for example, 2304 duplex... 

Increasing enthusiasm in  industry to use different stainless steel material
DUPLEX GRADE INCREASE Over the past thirteen years, the market share of duplex stainless steels worldwide has doubled

Local steel wire compares well to European counterparts

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th October 2014 Stainless steel metal and inert gas (MIG) welding wire, locally produced by stainless steel bar and wire producer Wire Products Stainless Steel (WPSS) since 2010, was tested by the Italian Welding Institute, in Genova, in the past two months and was found to be similar to products of European... 

Local steel wire compares well to European counterparts
COMPARABLE QUALITY The Italian Welding Institute indicated favourable quality, welding ability and penetration results for the stainless steel MIG wire

New series of stainless steel castors launched

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th October 2014 Castor manufacturer Tente Castors South Africa introduced its stainless steel 8499/ 8470/ 8477/ 8478 series of stainless steel castors this year, says company technical manager Steve Thomas. The series comprises swivel, swivel with total lock, fixed and P67 plate central- locking castors, he... 

New series of stainless steel castors launched
OPERATIONAL LONGEVITY The most prominent benefit of the 8499/ 8470/ 8477/ 8478 series of stainless steel castors is corrosion resistance

SA stainless steel industry should remain stable – Sassda

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th October 2014 The local stainless steel industry remained stable during the first six months of the year, but Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) forecasts a 3% to 4% drop in apparent stainless steel consumption by the end of the year, newly appointed Sassda executive director John... 

SA stainless steel industry  should remain stable – Sassda
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SUPPLY DEMAND Local primary supply of stainless steel in the industry increased from 68 262 t in the first half of 2013 to 73 913 t for the first half of this year

Safety hinge solution released for local industry

     24th October 2014 Local sensor solutions company Countapulse Controls is locally distributing a new stainless steel safety hinge switch from Germany-based sensor solutions company Leuze, which offers a solution for mechanically and hygienically challenging problems in sectors such as the food and beverage,... 

Safety hinge solution released for local industry
SAFETY SOLUTION The Leuze S420 stainless steel switch is ideal for the food and beverage industries where strict cleanliness and hygiene control are critical

Stainless steel marker introduced

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th October 2014 Stainless steel clamping and identification systems distributor Banding & Identification Solutions Africa (Bisa) acquired a PRO-Mark liquid crystal display (LCD) pin-marking machine at the end of last year and demonstrated the machine’s capabilities at the Electra Mining Africa Expo last month.... 

Stainless steel marker introduced
EASY PRINTING The PRO-Mark LCD pin-marking machine uses programmable marking and component identification

Global steel production flat in September

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd October 2014 Global crude steel output in September, at 134.4-million tonnes, was marginally lower than the 134.5-million tonnes produced in September 2013. According to the World Steel Association (worldsteel), China produced 67.5-million tonnes of crude steel in September, similar to that produced in... 

Global steel production flat in September

Hulamin likely to swing to profit in 2014

By: Natalie Greve     20th October 2014 After a R1.5-billion impairment charge resulted in Hulamin reporting negative earnings per share (EPS) of 422c for the 2013 financial year, the aluminium supplier said on Monday that EPS and headline earnings per share for the 2014 financial year were expected to exceed 70c. Hulamin expected to... 

Worldsteel lowers global demand forecast for 2014, 2015

By: Leandi Kolver     6th October 2014 The World Steel Association (worldsteel) on Monday lowered its global steel demand growth forecast to 2% for 2014 and 2015, as the positive momentum seen during the second half of 2013 abated in 2014, with a weaker-than-expected performance in emerging and developing economies, worldsteel... 

Worldsteel lowers global demand forecast for 2014, 2015

Metals and engineering sector set to contract in 2014 - Seifsa

By: Terence Creamer     3rd October 2014 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) warned on Friday that the metals and engineering sector could contract by between 2% and 3% in 2014, owing primarily to the fallout from a month-long strike in July. The sector, which made up about 30% of the broader... 

Metals and engineering sector set to contract in 2014 - Seifsa
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Henk Langenhoven

National debate needed on ways to lower high rail costs – CoAL

By: Martin Creamer     1st October 2014 A national debate is needed to discuss ways of lowering the high cost of railing bulk commodities like coal, says Coal of Africa Limited (CoAL) CEO David Brown. The London-, Sydney- and Johannesburg-listed CoAL plans to produce nearly seven-million tons of saleable product a year, more than... 

National debate needed on ways to lower high rail costs – CoAL
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CoAL CEO David Brown

Evraz Highveld announces another new CEO

By: Terence Creamer     29th September 2014 JSE-listed Evraz Highveld Steel & Vanadium, which is undergoing an ownership change, confirmed on Monday that Johan Burger had been appointed as its new CEO with effect from October 1, 2014, following on the resignation of Jan Valenta. Valenta was appointed CEO in April this year after Michael... 

Evraz Highveld announces another new CEO

Aluminium growth boosts company

By: Mia Breytenbach     26th September 2014 Owing to the continuous expansion of its specialised services in the aluminium industry, local furnace and industrial services company Dickinson Group of Companies has registered a 60% increase in business from this industry in the past 20 years. “We can now offer more products and services that... 

Aluminium growth boosts company
KEY SERVICES PROVIDER DRS Mozambique has been rendering site-wide smelter services to the aluminium industry, which include pot delining and relining

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