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Patel confirms 10% protection for two more steel products

By: Terence Creamer     21st April 2016 Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel announced on Thursday that that the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac) had recommended the imposition of a tariff duty of 10% on two additional steel products – hot rolled coil (HRC) and certain steel bars and rods.... 

Why are South Africa’s steel prices rising? 

     21st April 2016 Creamer Media’s Samantha Herbst speaks to Engineering News editor Terence Creamer about the prospects for the embattled primary steel sector. 

Why are South Africa’s steel prices rising?

Govt committed to securing future of South African steel sector – Davies

By: Ilan Solomons     20th April 2016 Government will pull out all the stops to ensure the sustainability of the local steel manufacturing sector, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies stressed on Wednesday. He noted during the Department of Trade and Industry’s Budget Vote that UK Prime Minister David Cameron recently had to cut... 

Govt committed to securing future of South African steel sector – Davies
Photo by Duane Daws
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies

Global steel production decline slows in March

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th April 2016 After starting the year on a positive upward growth trend, South Africa’s crude steel production in March plunged 14.8% year-on-year to 536 000 t, with output during the first quarter of the year falling some 16.5% to 1.5-million tonnes. Overall global crude steel production by the aggregate 66... 

Global steel production decline slows in March

AMSA confirms another round of steel price increases from May 1

By: Terence Creamer     19th April 2016 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has confirmed yet another round of price increases on both flat- and long-steel products, announcing average increases of 10% from May 1 and reinforcing what has become an established pricing trend since the start of 2016. However, acting CEO Dean... 

AMSA confirms another round of steel price increases from May 1

Global stainless steel output contracts 0.3% y/y in 2015

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th April 2016 Global stainless steel and heat-resisting melt shop production for 2015 edged down some 0.3% year-on-year to 41.5-million tons, with declines across the board - barring Asia with the exception of China - the latest figures from the International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) showed. Data from... 

Global stainless steel output contracts 0.3% y/y in 2015

Steel sector to see slow growth in demand in 2016/17 – worldsteel

By: Anine Kilian     13th April 2016 Global steel demand is expected to contract by 0.8% to 1.48-billion tonnes in 2016, following a 3% contraction in 2015; however, the World Steel Association (worldsteel) estimates that global steel demand will return to growth of 0.4% to 1.49-billion tonnes in 2017. Worldsteel stated in its... 

Steel sector to see slow growth in demand in 2016/17 – worldsteel

Amid perceptions of steel glut, AMSA confirms long-steel shortages

By: Terence Creamer     12th April 2016 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has place allocation restrictions on domestic consumers of rebar and wire rod, owing to a combination of weak domestic orders at the end of 2015, supply disruptions and an unexpected surge in restocking-related domestic orders since the start of... 

Amid perceptions of steel glut, AMSA confirms long-steel shortages
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Acting AMSA CEO Dean Subramanian

Hope for aluminium casting industry

By: Sascha Solomons     8th April 2016 The Aluminium Federation of South Africa (Afsa) believes that potential for growth of the foundry industry currently lies in the automotive sector, as this is the largest market for aluminium castings. “Legislation worldwide is driving automotive companies and original-equipment manufacturers to... 

Hope for aluminium casting industry
Photo by Reuters
ALUMINUNUM GROWTH The aluminium foundry sector produces about 5 000 t/y of components

Lily mine enters business rescue, Solidarity reacts to move

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th April 2016 Gold miner Vantage Goldfields, which operates the Mpumalanga-based Lily mine where three miners have been trapped underground since February 4, has announced that its subsidiary MIMCO, which owns the mine, officially entered business rescue on Thursday. In a statement released on Thursday, the... 

Lily mine enters business rescue, Solidarity reacts to move

IDC moves to safeguard its Highveld position ahead of asset disposals

By: Terence Creamer     4th April 2016 The State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has instituted urgent court proceedings against Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium and the company’s joint business rescue practitioners to ensure that it is not relegated to a “concurrent creditor” in the event of liquidation. The IDC... 

IDC moves to safeguard its Highveld position ahead of asset disposals

Tesla secures 180 000 orders for new EV in 24 hrs, drives auto sector demand for lithium 

By: Henry Lazenby     1st April 2016 Twenty-four hours after launching, US electric vehicle (EV) maker Tesla Motors has secured more than 180 000 orders for its new Model 3 vehicle, making it the biggest driver of potential lithium demand from the auto sector to date. By Friday afternoon, that figure had risen to above 198 000... 

Tesla secures 180 000 orders for new EV in 24 hrs, drives auto sector demand for lithium
Photo by Reuters
Tesla Model 3

Modernisation and expansion programme in final phase

By: Kimberley Smuts     1st April 2016 Construction product supplier and subsidiary of the Chryso Southern Africa Group, a.b.e. Construction Chemicals, is in the final phase of completing its modernisation and expansion programme that involves the installation of new high-technology equipment at its Boksburg and Isipingo factories.... 

Modernisation and expansion programme in final phase
PRODUCTION RATE INCREASED First component of the a.b.e expansion programme at the bulk emulsion stainless steel tank in Boksburg

Black industrialists funding forum sifting through first 50 applications 

By: Terence Creamer     31st March 2016 South Africa’s black industrialists funding forum had its inaugural meeting in mid-March to consider 50 applications from aspirant black-owned manufacturing enterprises, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies revealed this week. Speaking following a meeting with the Black Business Council... 

Black industrialists funding forum sifting through first 50 applications

Salga, auditors body sign MoU

By: Anine Kilian     23rd March 2016 The South African Local Government Association (Salga) and the Institute of Internal Auditors – South Africa (IIA SA) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to provide South Africa’s municipalities access to standardised norms and methods of internal auditing, to help them achieve sound... 

Salga, auditors body sign MoU
SALGA CEO Xolile George and IIA CEO Claudelle von Eck

Sasol sees another R8bn half-year capex going into Southern Africa

By: Martin Creamer     18th March 2016 After spending half-year capital of R8.6-billion in Southern Africa in the six months to December 31, integrated chemicals and energy group Sasol expects to invest a similar capital amount in the region in the current half year. Speaking to Creamer Media’s Engineering News Online after the... 

Seifsa bemoans lack of ‘concrete plans’ to tackle slow pace of economic growth  

By: David Oliveira     18th March 2016 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has welcomed government’s announced efforts to reduce its expenditure; however, the organisation remained concerned about the lack of concrete plans to address the country’s slow economic growth. Speaking a day after... 

Seifsa bemoans lack of ‘concrete plans’ to tackle slow pace of  economic growth
Seifsa chief economist Henk Langenhoven discusses the impacts of the 2016 Budget Speech on the steel and engineering sectors. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

New opportunities emerge in China despite aluminium slump

By: Kim Cloete     17th March 2016 While the growth rate of aluminium use in China has fallen sharply since 2011, the country is expecting increased growth in the fields of transportation, packaging and electricity over the next five years. “Daily output has slowed down and shutting-down capacity has been rising quarter by... 

New opportunities emerge in China despite aluminium slump

Potential to ramp up employment in downstream aluminium industry

By: Kim Cloete     17th March 2016 Aluminium fabricator Hulamin has outlined ways to substantially grow the aluminium industry supply chain and boost employment. CEO Richard Jacob said it was possible to create 29 000 jobs in the industry by 2018, compared with the 16 000 registered in 2011. 

Potential to ramp up employment in downstream aluminium industry

Subdued outlook for aluminium in S Africa and globally

By: Kim Cloete     17th March 2016 South Africa’s aluminium export growth is expected to remain subdued this year at 0.4% and at just under 1.2% in 2017, according to the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa). 

Subdued outlook for aluminium in S Africa and globally
Seifsa chief economist Henk Langenhoven

AMSA insists market changes, not protection behind April steel hikes 

By: Terence Creamer     16th March 2016 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) informed its customers this week that it would be increasing prices on a range of steel products by up to 11% from April 1, but the JSE-listed group insisted that the hikes had nothing to do with recent increases in tariff protection from 0% to 10%... 

AMSA insists market changes, not protection behind April steel hikes

Koeberg steam-generator replacement contract at an advanced stage – Areva

By: Terence Creamer     16th March 2016 French nuclear technology group Areva reports that 80% of the procurement associated with a contested contract to supply six replacement steam generators for Eskom’s Koeberg nuclear power station, in the Western Cape, has been completed and that 30% of the forgings have been delivered for... 

Koeberg steam-generator replacement contract at an advanced stage – Areva
A steam generator being manufactured at Areva's Chalon/Saint-Marcel plant

Nuclear regulator confirms receipt of Thyspunt, Duynefontein applications 

By: Terence Creamer     15th March 2016 South Africa’s National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) confirmed on Tuesday that it had received, on March 10, two Nuclear Installation Site Licence (NISL) applications from Eskom for Thyspunt, in the Eastern Cape, and Duynefontein, in the Western Cape. The NNR said that both NISL applications had been... 

Nuclear regulator confirms receipt of Thyspunt, Duynefontein applications

French keen to include energy-intensive South African firms as nuclear equity partners 

By: Terence Creamer     13th March 2016 The French nuclear industry, led by electricity utility EDF, is gearing up in earnest to respond to South Africa’s request for proposals (RFP), which could be released before the end of March. The French President’s special envoy for the France-South Africa Nuclear Partnership, Pascal Colombani,... 

French keen to include energy-intensive South African firms as nuclear equity partners
Photo by Creamer Media
The French would offer the EPR reactor like this one being built in Flamanville

Enamel steel versatility displayed in new tables

     11th March 2016 Global restaurant chain Nando’s has recently started using vitreous enamel steel as a new material for its table tops. The vitreous enamel steel for the tables is being supplied by vitreous enamel steel manufacturer and installer Vitrex. Durban-based interior design firm, Egg Designs, discovered... 

Enamel steel versatility displayed in new tables
CREATIVE TABLES The Portuguese roots of Nando's influenced the decision to opt for a 'kitchen table' concept for the new restaurant tables

New lasers increase ouput

By: Malusi Mkhize     11th March 2016 Precision laser-cutting solutions provider Cutting Edge Technologies is benefiting from increased outputs owing to a range of German manufactured lasers. The company, based in KwaZulu-Natal, is using three 5 kW L5030 Trumpf lasers at its Westmead factory, allowing for the cutting of mild steel... 

New lasers increase ouput
WORTH IT Laser technology provides added shortcuts for customers and can help increase their manufacturing process

Hulamin appoints new CFO

By: Samantha Herbst     10th March 2016 JSE-listed aluminium supplier Hulamin has appointed Anton Krull as its new CFO. He rejoins Hulamin from ASX-listed packaging company Amcor, where he has served as finance director of South African operations. Previously, Krull served Hulamin in several senior financial positions for seven years,... 

Hulamin appoints new CFO

No escape for Eskom from BHP Billiton deal, says S African energy regulator 

By: African News Agency      8th March 2016 There was no imaginable way for Eskom to escape from its onerous contract to supply BHP Billiton’s Hillside smelter and ease the knock-on effect on the ordinary consumer, the National Energy Regulator of South Africa said in response to questions from MPs on Tuesday. Nersa’s head of electricity... 

No escape for Eskom from BHP Billiton deal, says S African energy regulator
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Nersa head of electricity regulation Thembani Bukula

Exxaro’s De Klerk appointed AMSA CEO

By: Anine Kilian     8th March 2016 Wim de Klerk has been appointed CEO and executive director of steel producer Arcelormittal South Africa (AMSA), effective September 1. De Klerk last week announced that he would resign as FD and executive director of diversified miner Exxaro Resources at the end of August. He had previously also... 

Exxaro’s De Klerk appointed AMSA CEO

Creamer Media publishes Steel 2016: A review of South Africa's steel sector research report

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th March 2016 Creamer Media’s Steel 2016 Report examines South Africa’s steel industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into the global steel market and and particularly into South South Africa’s steel sector, including production and consumption, main producers and a brief overview of the... 

Creamer Media publishes Steel 2016: A review of South Africa's steel sector research report

R1bn Gibela factory seen as stimulating South Africa’s rail reindustrialisation 

By: Terence Creamer     4th March 2016 Ground was officially broken on Friday at the site of a new 60 000 m2 manufacturing plant, which is being built by the Gibela consortium for the production of new passenger trains for the State-owned Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA). The R1-billion facility, which is being developed... 

R1bn Gibela factory seen as stimulating South Africa’s rail reindustrialisation
Photo by Duane Daws
Transport Minister Dipuo Peters and Gibela CEO Marc Granger at the sod turning

Khumalo to take on new Scaw role after appointment as Foskor CEO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd March 2016 Steel products manufacturer Scaw Metals has announced that its executive chairperson, Ufikile Khumalo, will become nonexecutive board chairperson, in light of his appointment as Foskor CEO from April 1. The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), which owns large interests in both Scaw and... 

Khumalo to take on new Scaw role after appointment as Foskor CEO
Photo by Duane Daws
Ufikile Khumalo

Insignificant number of women involved in science academies

By: Anine Kilian     29th February 2016 Female representation and participation in national science academies globally are insignificant, despite efforts to promote the role of women in science. The ‘Women for Science: Inclusion and Participation in Academies of Science’ report, which was supported by the Inter Academy Panel (IAP) and... 

Insignificant number of women involved in science academies

Call for entries for Steel Awards 2016

     26th February 2016 Steel construction industry representative organisation the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) is calling for entries for its Steel Awards 2016, which will take place simultaneously in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town on September 15.  

Call for entries for Steel Awards 2016
2015 WINNER The Overall Winner at Steel Awards 2015 was the MeerKAT project of the Square Kilometre Array Africa Radio Antenna Positioner

Equipment provider amasses solutions for steel

     26th February 2016 Boksburg-based capital equipment and consumables provider Elquip Solutions provides a range of steel-related products, and products for coil processing and fabrication industries, which it sources from leading brands in the international market.  

Equipment provider amasses  solutions for steel
MIKE CRONIN Elquip has extensive knowledge of the South African tube and pipe industry

Scrap metal issue requires inclusive industry debate

By: Dylan Slater     26th February 2016 The recent concerns regarding the proposed amendments to the price preference system (PPS) policy guidelines for local scrap metal require debate and input from all role-players, such as exporters of and domestic users of scrap metal, says steel industry representative organisation the Southern... 

Scrap metal issue requires inclusive industry debate
Photo by Duane Daws
PRECIOUS RESOURCE Scrap metal should be retained in South Africa and used as a national resource to decrease the price of local steel

Steel industry faces toughest year

By: Dylan Slater     26th February 2016 As local steel demand stagnates and exports decrease, various steel industry role-players and industry analysts have predicted this year will be the toughest one for local steel manufacturers, as companies have been forced to mothball or sell plants, cut jobs and even close operations.  

Steel industry faces toughest year
SURVIVAL The Southern African Institute of Steel Construction says the local steel construction industry will survive the current challenging environment owing to years of resilience

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