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Dec 12, 2013
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South Africa’s Constitutional Court delivered its judgment on Thursday relating to the long-running mineral rights dispute involving the Sishen iron-ore mine, in the Northern Cape. The ruling, which is still being studied by the participants, has thrown up a partial...
Dec 09, 2013
Nonkululeko Nyembezi-Heita
In yet another surprise high-profile resignation, ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) CEO Nonkululeko Nyembezi-Heita has announced that she will be leaving the company on February 18, following a six-year stint. Her resignation follows only days after Eskom CEO Brian...
Dec 06, 2013
PAOLO TRINCHERO The steel construction industry is ready to benefit from the employment opportunities and growth that will come with the National Development Plan
To spur the local steel industry to grow by at least 5% a year over the next 10 years, the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) will increase its focus on improving relationships with its counterparts in other African countries. Recently...
Dec 04, 2013
JSE-listed Evraz Highveld narrowed its headline losses during the nine months to September, on the back of increased sales, higher vanadium prices, a reduction in costs and the recovery effect of a 2012 four-week strike. The group's headline losses reached...
Nov 28, 2013
ECIC CEO Kutoane Kutoane
The State-owned Export Credit Insurance Corporation (ECIC) has initiated a process to explore whether or not it would be feasible and beneficial for South Africa to establish an export-import (Exim) bank, to provide one-stop lending and insurance support for...
Nov 28, 2013
South African steel products manufacturer Scaw Metals on Wednesday broke ground at the site of its new 50 000 t/y grinding media manufacturing plant, in Tema, Ghana. Scaw already had a local presence in the country through its Tema sales office, which was established...
Nov 26, 2013
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Steelmaking under way
South Africa’s only graphite electrodes plant, which is also the sole manufacturer on the African continent, is facing possible closure, putting 370 jobs at risk. The plant, which was established in 1965 in Meyerton, 50 km south of Johannesburg, currently supplies...
Nov 22, 2013
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Saldanha Steel is able to produce 1.2-million tons of thin-gauge steel yearly
Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa is hoping to conclude a power purchase agreement (PPA) early next year with an independent power producer (IPP), which is proposing the development of a 800 MW power station on the Saldanha Steel mill site, in the Western...
Nov 22, 2013
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Nov 20, 2013
South African crude steel production for October increased 10.2% year-on-year to 660 000 t, surpassing the 6.6% average production uptick of the 65 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) in the same month. The bulk of October’s global crude...
Nov 18, 2013
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Nov 07, 2013
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Nonkululeko Nyembezi-Heita
Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) is not considering changes to its pricing policy in light of the iron-ore settlement agreement reached with Kumba and the group’s CEO has also questioned whether the cost-plus-20% deal could truly be considered a...
Nov 07, 2013
South Africa’s largest steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) continued its recovery in the third quarter from a miserable first quarter, which was affected by a fire at its Vanderbijlpark mill, on the back of greater operational stability. However, it...
Nov 07, 2013
STAINLESS STEEL WIRE Wire Products Stainless Steel has been manufacturing stainless steel MIG wire locally since late 2010
Stainless steel bar and wire producer Wire Products Stainless Steel (WPSS) can now manufacture stainless steel MIG welding wire on 15 kg wire baskets for hand-held and robotic welding systems, WPSS director Clinton Lautenberg tells Engineering News. This has enabled...
Nov 05, 2013
Nov 01, 2013
The Kagiso Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), which declined sharply to 50 points in September amid South Africa’s prolonged automotive-sector strike, recovered modestly to 50.7 index points in October, but remained below the average third-quarter print of 52.7....
Nov 01, 2013
Artisan training has finally become firmly entrenched as a national priority in South Africa on the basis of a burst of energy and innovation over the past few years. This new status was confirmed when Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande declared...
Oct 25, 2013
PLANNING AHEAD Fabrinox is continuously forming strategic partnerships with multinational companies, which supply products to mines, as Fabrinox manufactures on behalf of these companies
Sheet-metal component manufacturer Fabrinox intends to expand its footprint in Africa by partnering with multinational companies, which are already active in Africa or aim to secure a foothold on the continent, Fabrinox MD Andre Visser tells Engineering News....
Oct 25, 2013
STAINLESS STEEL STRAPPINGThere are about 150 grades of stainless steel, but only about 12 of these grades can be used for stainless steel strapping
In the upcoming months, sole Band-It stainless steel clamping and identification systems distributor Banding & Identification Solutions Africa (Bisa) will use traditional and social media platforms to target specific industries, such as the food processing industry,...
Oct 25, 2013
STAINLESS STEEL SPECIFIC The new additions to the Bosch product line for stainless steel finishings include the GRB 14 CE Professional pipe belt sander, the GEF 7 E Professional power file, the GSI 14 CE Professional burnisher and the GWS 15-125 Inox Professional angle grinder
In response to changing demands in the metal-working industry, technology supplier Bosch South Africa last month extended its range of products for the professional finishing of stainless steel to include four new competitively priced power tools, Bosch Industrial...
Oct 25, 2013
DAVE MARTIN Columbus Stainless is also developing a 301 grade stainless steel as a cheaper alternative to 304 for use in the manufacturing of a variety of products
Stainless steel flat products producer Columbus Stainless introduced a new range of lean duplex stainless steels in 2010, which offers a cost-effective alternative to conventional austenitic stainless steels, Columbus Stainless CEO Dave Martin tells Engineering News....
Oct 25, 2013
STAINLESS STEEL FASTENERS Energy Bolts’ 304 and 316 stainless steel grade range of fasteners will provide customers with full traceability and certification of the product, owing to these specific stainless steel grades
Stainless steel, specialist alloys and valve supplier Energy Engineered Products (EEP) says that, since establishing the new Energy Bolts fastener division at its head office in Kyalami, Johannesburg, it has been well received by the local market. The new division...
Oct 25, 2013
STAINLESS STEEL Stainless steel is regarded by some an aspirational material for use in kitchens and consumer ware item
The South African stainless steel industry is experiencing steady growth, but government needs to ensure that the playing field for importers and local industry players is level, Southern African Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) executive director...
Oct 25, 2013
SKILLS DEVELOPMENT The Southern African Stainless Steel Development Association’s basic introductory courses are run three times a year in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban
The Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) launched an online learning programme this month, targeted at nontechnical staff, such as administrative and warehousing staff, Sassda training manager Mankabe More tells Engineering News. “This...
Oct 21, 2013
Global crude steel production for September increased 6.1% year-on-year to 133-million tonnes. The World Steel Association (worldsteel) reported that China’s crude steel production increased 11% year-on-year to 65.4-million tonnes in September, while Japan’s output...
Oct 18, 2013
INTERFACE OPTIONS The CTX ecoline machine practice-orientated SLIMline user interface is available with Operate 4.5 on Siemens 840D solution line or Heidenhain CNC Pilot 640
A modern computer numerically controlled (CNC) turning machine must be productive, flexible and easy to operate, says local machine tools distributor Retecon MD Hans-Peter Neth. He tells Engineering News that the new monoBlock and CTX ecoline series of machine tools...
Oct 15, 2013
Edwin Dreyer, Louis Delport and Owen Maroleni
Amid high-level calls for the emergence of black industrialists, a new black-owned manufacturing company has been formed through a merger of pipe-bending specialist Delberg Engineering and metals trader Corrotherm Special Metals Africa. The company began trading...
Oct 11, 2013
South African steel producer Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium on Friday reported sweeping quarter-on-quarter production decreases for the third quarter ended September 30, after contending with limited access to electricity and maintenance-induced delays over the...
Oct 11, 2013
Foundries have partnered with government departments, research and development organisations and universities to develop foundry skills through the Gauteng Foundry Training Centre (GFTC), says National Foundry Technology Network (NFTN) project manager Adrie El...
Oct 09, 2013
Global stainless steel crude steel production for the first half of this year increased by 4.6% compared with that produced in the first half of 2012, preliminary figures released by the International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) has shown. Total production for the...
Oct 07, 2013
Global steel demand was expected to increase over the next two years, despite recording a slowdown in 2012, the World Steel Association (worldsteel) said on Monday, with emerging economies registering higher growth. In its latest Short Range Outlook (SRO) report for...
Sep 27, 2013
Kumba Iron Ore and ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) announced on Friday that they had entered into talks with each other in the hope of finalising a new supply agreement for iron-ore from Kumba’s Sishen and Thabazimbi mines, following more than three years of...
Sep 27, 2013
The twenty-first International Recycled Aluminium Conference is setting out to better the aluminium industry’s understanding of recycling by highlighting sustainable development, says Rio Tinto, product group Rio Tinto Alcan product stewardship director Jerome Lucaes.
Sep 27, 2013
The use of aluminium in the housing and commercial segments of the South African market is growing, reports South African window manufacturer, Duro, national contracts manager Barry Sacks. More consumers are increasingly realising the benefits and long-term savings...
Sep 27, 2013
PUSHING UP PRODUCTION The new aluminium can lines at the Bevcan Springs Nuffield plant will be capable of running eight can sizes and produce cans at speeds of up to 3 000 cans per minute, as opposed to the 1 600 steel cans currently produced per minute
Between R100-million and R200-million a year will flow into the scrap metals and recycling industry as a result of the conversion from tin-plated steel cans to aluminium cans, providing an additional 2 000 to 3 000 people a source of income from collecting and...
Sep 27, 2013
The future of aluminium use for signage, display, presentation, packaging, storage and promotional gift purposes looks bright, owing to the versatility, recyclability and ecofriendliness of the metal, reports South African aluminium fabrication and finishing...
Sep 27, 2013
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The Non-Ferrous Metal Industries Association (NFMIA) reports that it fully supports the policy directive endorsed recently by Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel, which requires that scrap exporters seek permission to sell scrap metal offshore. The new...
Sep 27, 2013
South African supplier and aluminium extrusion company Wispeco says its new software assists in measuring the transfer of radiant energy through aluminium windows, as all buildings are required to comply with U-value standards, which indicate a building’s level of...
Sep 27, 2013
Sep 20, 2013
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South Africa’s crude steel production contracted from 608 000 t in August 2012 to an estimated 570 000 t in August of this year, bucking a global trend that saw steel production for the 64 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) increase by...
Sep 19, 2013
Nedbank on Thursday announced that it has finalised the terms of a R1.65-billion multifaceted funding solution with Pietermaritzburg-based aluminium manufacturer Hulamin. The solution would allow Hulamin to consolidate its existing finance products and would provide...
Sep 09, 2013
IDC CEO Geoffrey Qhena
South Africa’s State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), which plans to issue bonds up to R12-billion in the next 18 months, on Monday announced stepped-up R2.7-billion funding to boost youth entrepreneurship. The State-owned corporation, which disbursed...
Sep 06, 2013
POWER NETWORKThe newly formed Power Line Association of South Africa will provide a key service to the development of an electrical infrastructure system necessary to underpin South Africa’s economic growth into the future
The Power Line Association of South Africa (Polasa) was launched earlier this month under the auspices of the South African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) to represent the broader interests of power transmission and distribution line fabricators and...
Sep 04, 2013
ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) on Wednesday announced that its Vereeniging plant has reached 100 years of operation. Steelmaking at the plant started a century ago with a 10 t furnace, which produced roughly 4 000 t of pig iron steel between 1913 and 1920.
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