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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...
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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.
Aug 27, 2013
Evraz Highveld CEO Mike Garcia
South African steel producer Evraz Highveld – whose stock has come under sustained pressure since the release of an interim-results statement last Thursday in which doubts were raised about the company’s ability to continue as a going concern – reports that “daily...
Aug 23, 2013
STEEL VS ALUMINIUMNew studies reveal that steel is more light weight for vehicle manufacture than aluminium while also meeting the crash test safety requirements - Bloomberg
The latest studies, released in May, in a continuing series of research studies indicates that steel autobody structures can be as lightweight as the current aluminium bodies and meet all safety crash-test performance standards.
Aug 22, 2013
JSE-listed Evraz Steel has achieved a turnaround in the first half of the 2013 financial year, narrowing its headline loss to R10-million, compared with the loss of R455-million recorded during the first half of 2012. The group, which had taken “significant steps” to...
Aug 15, 2013
In a surprise announcement, Macsteel Service Centres South Africa (MSCSA) reported on Thursday that its controlling shareholder had terminated a disposal process, which had been initiated in February. In a statement, the company said the controlling shareholder...
Aug 06, 2013
Scaw Metals CEO Markus Hannemann
Newly appointed Scaw Metals CEO Markus Hannemann says that, while his first priority is to oversee an internal review and stabilisation programme at the 7 000-employee-strong steel products manufacturer, he already has his eye on a number niche expansion prospects....
Aug 01, 2013
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Jul 29, 2013
The underlying performance and a more “balanced” order book during the six months ended June 30, has sparked encouragement that JSE-listed Hulamin would see more positive gains after a “tough few years”. The aluminium products producer on Monday posted a 32% decline...
Jul 26, 2013
THOUGHT PROVOKINGErrorthoughtical engineer Peter Greenwall and entrepreneur Robin Bayhack support the innovation competition
Online registrations for entry into South Africa's newest technology innovation competition, the Step-Up Technology Innovation Competition, have been phenomenal for a competition in its inaugural year, says Step-Up Technology Innovation Competition manager Martin...
Jul 22, 2013
While global crude steel production nudged up 1.9% year-on-year in June, South Africa’s output continued to decline, falling by 7.1%, the World Steel Association (worldsteel) reported on Monday. According to the organisation’s latest production figures, South...
Jul 19, 2013
NEW DESIGN The building has a modular design and was built using a light-steel frame design with layered walls to improve insulation
A new restaurant of fast-food franchise McDonald’s opened in Goodwood, in Parrow, in the Western Cape last month. The 132-seater restaurant, café and drive-through was built in 105 days and uses 20% less electricity and water than conventional designs, says...
Jul 19, 2013
Jul 15, 2013
Steel and steel products manufacturer Scaw Metals is considering investments collectively valued at R3.4-billion over the coming three years, including a possible R1-billion investment into a cogeneration electricity plant at its Germiston facility, on Gauteng’s East...
Jul 15, 2013
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South Africa’s sole beverage can manufacturer Bevcan is set to start phasing in the first of the long-awaited all-aluminium beverage cans. Bevcan spent the better part of the past year converting and expanding its production lines at its factory in Springs, Gauteng,...
Jul 12, 2013
Operating from its magnificent 98,500 sq metre facilities in Boksburg, Macsteel Tube and Pipe has expanded its diverse manufacturing capabilities over the past 35 years to become one of the leading tube and pipe producers on the African continent. Additional value...
Jul 12, 2013
To remain competitive in the African market, South African structural steel fabricators must ensure they add more value to steel products and move away from the current commodity model, which is based on supplying ex-works fabricated products.
Jul 12, 2013
US-based laser-cutting and engraving systems manufacturer Kern Laser Systems’ new HSE 150 W and HSE 400 W laser systems can be equipped with technology that enables the laser systems to accurately cut sheet metals made from stainless steel, mild steel, aluminum and...
Jul 12, 2013
Heat transfer technology company TKEnergizer’s patented thermal kinetic energizer (TKEnergizer) technology – which delivers heat in a uniform stream of high kinetic energy – took some time to gain momentum, but currently has an increasing presence in the...
Jul 12, 2013
Sheet-metal component manufacturer Fabrinox will take receipt of the last of three newly acquired pieces of machinery no later than mid-August, as part of an equipment investment programme to increase its manufacturing capacity, MD Andre Visser tells Engineering News.
Jul 12, 2013
Macsteel VRN is the leading supplier and processor of speciality carbon plate, which includes wear and impact resistant, high strength, pressure vessel and marine grades of steel. In addition, Macsteel VRN is a significant supplier of stainless steel and various...
Jul 12, 2013
Filtration systems specialists Filter Focus recently rented its locally designed and manufactured vacuum dehydrator to Pietermaritzburg-based aluminium manufacturer Hulamin, after proving a competitor product to be inferior. “Hulamin was recently in the market to...
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