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Stainless Steel News

TFR opens steel hub to encourage rail transport 

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th December 2016 Transnet Freight Rail (TFR), in conjunction with ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA), Barloworld and Grindrod Logistics, have launched a ‘steel hub’ at TFR’s Elandsfontein yard to migrate steel volumes that are being transported by road back onto rail. Two years after first deliberations, last week... 

Stainless steel industry participants more optimistic about business conditions

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th November 2016 Thirty-eight per cent of the 89 Sassda members who participated in the Southern African Stainless Steel Development Association’s (Sassda’s) Short Track survey for October indicated a positive response to the current order situation. Although a slight deterioration on last month’s 40%, Sassda... 

2016 steel awards uptake proves to be the most successful

By: Aarifah Nosarka     21st October 2016 For this year’s Columbus Stainless Steel Awards, the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) has doubled the number of judging panellists, increased the number of awards and winners, having received more than 50 project entries, which followed the addition of ten more... 

Awards sponsor commits to promoting welding profession

     21st October 2016 Welding equipment supplier African Oxygen’s (Afrox’s) sponsorship of the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) Columbus Stainless Steel Awards 2016 Student category is part of its commitment to promote the welding industry and to encourage the youth to consider this as... 

Awards sponsor commits to promoting welding profession
WELDING CAREERS South Africa continues to struggle with a shortage of young people training to qualify as welders

Bioreactors set to double manufacturing capacity

     21st October 2016 Contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) for biopharmaceuticals Rentschler Biotechnologie recently announced the opening of a new facility with an innovative twin system that consists of two stainless steel bioreactors for the manufacturing of cell culture – complemented by... 

Bioreactors set to double manufacturing capacity
BIOREACTORS The system increases Rentschler’s manufacturing capacity for the second time over the course of a year

Cooler reduces nitrogen oxide emissions from marine engines

     21st October 2016 Exhaust gas recirculation coolers manufactured from durable stainless steel are resistant to the effects of temperature and corrosion, according to heat exchangers solution provider Kelvion. There are two stainless steel cooler solutions available for four-stroke engines.  High-temperature... 

Duplex stainless steel pumps manufacturer expands internationally

By: Aarifah Nosarka     21st October 2016 South Africa-based slurry pumps manufacturer Hazleton Pumps last month received an order valued at R5-million to manufacture the largest vertical spindle pump ever produced or built in the country. It will be used to pump 2 700 m3/h of phosphoric acid containing solids at a head of 40 m and will... 

Duplex stainless steel pumps manufacturer  expands internationally
SLURRY PUMP The pump will be used to pump 2 700 m3/h of phosphoric acid containing solids at a head of 40 m.

Getting to grips with grade

     21st October 2016 Stainless steel is defined as a steel alloy with a minimum of 11% chromium content and performs better than ordinary steel in high temperatures and cryogenic applications, according to national distributor of stainless steel 3CR12, aluminum and special steels company Euro Steel. Stainless steel... 

High-strength-steel automotive lightweighting solution launched

     21st October 2016 High strength, low carbon flat-rolled steel and aluminum coated stainless steel producer AK Steel announced the launch of Nexmet, an “innovative family” of high-strength steels for use in automotive lightweighting applications.  The announcement in August marked out the products as specifically... 

High-strength-steel  automotive lightweighting solution launched
HIGH-STRENGTH STEEL The product combines high yield and tensile strength to facilitate designs that facilitate lightweighting

Stainless steel art becomes part of community upliftment centre

By: Aarifah Nosarka     21st October 2016 The 2016 Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association art category award finalist for the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality’s Helenvale Resource Centre project is unusual as it is not often that community project budgets allow for art work, let alone those conceived of stainless steel,... 

Stainless steel art becomes part of community  upliftment centre
STERLING ART Kite Boy was made using reflective stainless steel

Stainless steel worth more than R500 000 installed at heritage site

By: Aarifah Nosarka     21st October 2016 Since the completion of upgrades to the Opera House in Port Elizabeth – a 2016 Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association Awards finalist in the architecture building and construction category – it has become a significant tourist attraction, architecture company The Matrix Urban... 

Stainless steel worth more than R500 000 installed at heritage site
HERITAGE SITE The Opera House upgrades included the use of stainless steel, which created a distinctly contemporary and elegant architectural expression to the foyer extension

Ultrahygienic liquid mixer nominated for an award

By: Aarifah Nosarka     21st October 2016 Designer and manufacturer of processing equipment Anderson Engineering’s AndPure Magnetic Mixer, fabricated entirely from stainless steel and used to mix liquid products, is particularly popular in the pharmaceutical industry, owing to its ultra-hygienic properties, says Anderson Engineering MD... 

Ultrahygienic liquid mixer nominated for an award
LIQUID MIXER The design and engineering of the AndPure Magnetic Mixer catered to the need for a solution of ultra-hygienic mixing in the pharmaceutical sector

Steel sector’s sustainability much improved from earlier years

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th October 2016 The World Steel Association’s (worldsteel’s) 2016 edition of ‘Sustainable Steel – Policy and Indicators’, has shown only slight declines in the global steel industry’s sustainable development performance. Reporting is voluntary and, in 2015, 159 companies worldwide participated in the study, up... 

Steel sector’s sustainability much improved from earlier years

Limpopo’s proposed SEZ attracts R40bn investment

     23rd September 2016 A significant investment is already expected to be injected into the proposed Musina-Makhado Special Economic Zone (SEZ) - a boost for the energy and metallurgical industries. A consortium of Chinese investors led by Hong Kong Mining Exchange, will be investing more than R40-billion into an... 

UIF commits nearly R12m to training scheme for Scaw Metals employees

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th September 2016 The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has committed R11.9-million to the Manufacturing Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority to fund the training of 325 Scaw Metals employees for six months. This follows the approval of Scaw Metals’ application to the Commission... 

UIF commits nearly R12m to training scheme for Scaw Metals employees

Preventative measures necessary to stop China dumping steel – Solidarity 

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th August 2016 Trade union Solidarity on Tuesday raised an alarm about the potential collapse of South Africa’s already-strained steel industry as cheap imports and “unfair trade practices” threaten the sustainability of local steel producers. Presenting its views to the International Trade Administration... 

Preventative measures necessary to stop China dumping steel – Solidarity 

Possible change in NDT training

By: Simon Sonnekus     15th July 2016 The harmonisation of second and third part assessment certification schemes found in the South African non-destructive testing (NDT) industry could result in continuous skills development and enhanced personnel competence, with companies and employees also retaining a stronger development... 

Possible change in  NDT training
NON-DESTRUCTIVE TESTING South Africa and many other African countries have sustainable market capacity for only one NDT industrial sector

Global steel production falls 0.1% y/y in May

By: Anine Kilian     21st June 2016 Global steel production, as reported by the 66 member countries to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) fell by 0.1% year-on-year to 139-million tonnes in May. China produced 70.5-million tonnes of steel in May, a 1.8% increase compared with that produced in May 2015. 

Piping fabricators assist in Sasol projects

By: Nadine James     17th June 2016 Pressure vessels and piping fabrication specialists and construction fabrication consortium Hydra Arc Group, is one of the subcontractors assisting with the construction of an air separation unit for energy and chemicals company Sasol. The project’s main contractor, multinational gas and services... 

Piping fabricators  assist in Sasol projects
D DAY Hydra Arc delivered preassembled plant modules to Sasol’s Secunda complex for the Coal Tar Filtration East project

Protecting South Africa’s steel industry 

     1st June 2016 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about measures being taken to protect South Africa’s primary steel sector, as well as measure to ease strain on the downstream steel industry. 

Protecting South Africa’s steel industry
Protecting South Africa’s steel industry

Alloy supplier introduces new welding consumables offering

     27th May 2016 Leading supplier of nickel alloys, stainless steel and titanium Multi Alloys has strategically extended its portfolio and entered the welding consumables market with a new range of products. Through a partnership secured with electrical product supplier Lincoln Electric Company late last year,... 

Alloy supplier introduces new welding consumables offering
ONE STOP SOLUTION Multi Alloys says Metrode’s range of consumables will enable it to assist customers

Company distributes stainless steel safety hinge solution

     27th May 2016 The Leuze S420  stainless steel safety hinge switch, available from South African sensor solutions provider Countapulse Controls, offers an ideal solution for mechanically and hygienically challenging applications such as the food and beverage, pharmaceuticals or cosmetics industries. It is... 

Company distributes stainless steel safety hinge solution
LEUZE S420 A reliable and long-lasting solution that combines the safety switch and door hinge functions in a single component

Company launches new range for machining stainless steel

     27th May 2016 Last month, tooling manufacturer Dormer Pramet launched a new range of turning, milling, and support tools for machining stainless steel, including larger diameter cutters,  and wiper inserts. Dormer Pramet application specialist Ricky Payling explains that the exponential growth of stainless... 

Company launches new range for machining stainless steel
CARBIDE BURRS Dormer Pramet has introduced a new range of carbide burs for machining stainless steel

Safety and performance trump cost

     27th May 2016 Choosing between fibreglass and steel, and performance versus cost can be bewildering when it comes to installing floor gratings. Frequently, the decision is cost-driven, which can pose a serious threat to safety on site and therefore to employees. Grating and handrail manufacturer Vital... 

Safety and performance trump cost
VITEX GRATING Vital Engineering is the largest manufacturer and supplier of mild steel, stainless steel and fibre glass gratings in South Africa,

Stainless steel imports problematic – association

By: Nadine James     27th May 2016 Stainless steel industry body Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (sassda) executive director John Tarboton says some imported stainless steel products do not have the correct alloy composition to adequately fulfil their functions. He explains that this conclusion is partially... 

Stainless steel more prominent in construction

     27th May 2016 Multinational stainless steel manufacturer Outokumpu has seen more of  its products being used in construction products in recent years, owing to changes in technology, increased environmental awareness and economic constraints. Increasingly sophisticated medical equipment requires an equally... 

Stainless steel more prominent in construction
ÁGUILAS BRIDGE The lightweight stainless steel footbridge was erected over the Cañarete watercourse, at the popular coastal town in the south of Spain

Steel strapping enhances conventional tyre wall barrier

By: Nadine James     27th May 2016 Phase 1 of the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit’s revamp comprised the track upgrade, including its lengthening, realignment and resurfacing, as well as the replacement and assembly of the tyre wall barriers, for which Kyalami management used stainless steel band and buckle manufacturer Banding &... 

Steel strapping enhances  conventional tyre wall barrier
NOVEL APPROACH Kyalami's new tyre wall assembly method is quicker, easier and relatively cost effective when compared to conventional methods

Steel strapping enhances conventional tyrewall barrier  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th April 2016 The Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit’s novel approach to tyrewall barrier assembly is owed largely to steel strapping products from stainless steel manufacturer and Band It product distributor, Banding & Identification Solutions Africa. Nadine James tells us more. 

Steel strapping enhances conventional tyrewall barrier
Steel strapping enhances conventional tyrewall barrier

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?

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

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

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

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... 

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
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