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Apr 28, 2016
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Apr 20, 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...
Apr 15, 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...
Apr 13, 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....
Apr 01, 2016
PRODUCTION RATE INCREASED First component of the a.b.e expansion programme at the bulk emulsion stainless steel tank in Boksburg
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...
Mar 18, 2016
JOHN TARBOTON Some imported stainless steel pots are more prone to corrosion because of their lower alloy content
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...
Mar 08, 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...
Mar 07, 2016
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Feb 05, 2016
RENOVATION Regularly upgrading the cooling tower reduces maintenance downtime
The upgrading of a cooling tower’s fill media with components constructed out of robust and non-clogging materials such as polypropylene (PP), polyvinyl chloride (PVC) or stainless steel can lead to cost-effective ways of extending the life of a cooling tower....
Jan 29, 2016
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South African scrap merchants and domestic scrap consumers are taking strongly opposing positions regarding proposed amendments to the price preference system (PPS) policy guidelines, which will govern the future exportation of ferrous and nonferrous scrap metal. The...
Jan 25, 2016
While crude steel output from the 66 steel producing countries reporting to industry body worldsteel saw a 2.8% year-on-year drop to 1.62-billion tonnes, South Africa managed to lift its output by 16.3% over the 12 months, delivering 7.6-million tonnes of steel and...
Jan 18, 2016
After announcing in December that it would undertake a R4.5-billion fully underwritten renounceable rights offer, ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) said on Monday that the offer, which closed on January 15, was undersubscribed, with only 68.1% of the offered shares...
Dec 22, 2015
South Africa has instituted rates on five categories of steel wire rod and steel reinforcing bar, increasing protection for an industry battered by slower demand and dumping from China. Effective December 18, certain steel products would attract a 10% duty.
Dec 14, 2015
Paul O’Flaherty
ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) CEO and executive director Paul O’Flaherty has resigned, citing a wish to “pursue other interests”. He would step down after the announcement of the 2015 year-end results on February 12, 2016, after which he would be appointed as a...
Dec 11, 2015
Dec 07, 2015
In an attempt to limit the impact of business rescue on employees, Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium has inked a deal with trade unions and the Department of Labour (DoL) that would see 600 staff placed on a six-month skills improvement programme. Funded by the...
Nov 20, 2015
South Africa’s crude steel production increased by 23.8% year-on-year to an estimated 650 000 t in October. Global crude steel production for the 66 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) was down 3.1% year-on-year to 134-million tons.
Nov 09, 2015
Industry body, the National Employers Association of South Africa (Neasa) has launched a South African Steel Lobby that will advocate for the shelving of the antidumping application by primary steel producers and will look to negotiate an improved model for...
Nov 06, 2015
Established in 1983, Macneil Steel & Valves (MSV) is involved in the importing, stocking, sales and distribution of many types of industrial valves. It is also the official distributor of South African valve manufacturer, Dynamic Fluid Control (DFC), which includes...
Oct 23, 2015
STAINLESS STEEL STRAPPING AND BUCKLES Band-It stainless steel strapping provides an efficient economical solution for all stainless steel strapping applications
Distributor for the Band-It range of stainless steel clamping and identification systems Banding and ID Solutions Africa has noted positive market uptake for its stainless-steel strapping and buckles since the introduction of its quality and safety certification...
Oct 23, 2015
STEEPING TANKS Styria has a potential future project lined up in Democratic Republic of Congo as well as various small projects around South Africa
Stainless steel solutions provider Styria Stainless Steel will complete its installation of tanks, kilns and germination beds at a South African malting plant, in Gauteng by December, the company tells Engineering News. Styria’s manufacturing and supply contract for...
Oct 23, 2015
SLOWDOWN IN GLOBAL PRODUCTION Chinese stainless steel production more than tripled from 2008 to 2014, while production in the rest of the world grew only 3.7% in the same period
Stainless steel industry association the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) predicts a 5% to 10% decrease in  stainless steel apparent consumption for 2015 compared to last year. Sassda chairperson Charles Cammell tells Engineering News...
Oct 23, 2015
COLD ROLLING MILL ORDERED SMS Group has been contracted to supply a 20-roll cold rolling mill and a bright annealing line to US-based stainless steel company North American Stainless
Global systems provider for the metallurgical industry SMS Group has been contracted to supply a 20-roll cold rolling mill and a bright annealing line to US-based stainless steel company North American Stainless (NAS), a subsidiary of Spain-based stainless steel...
Oct 23, 2015
Intelligent tube technology specialist Unison last month received its first order for an all-electric computer numerically controlled (CNC) tube-bending machine, just five weeks after opening. The order was placed by industrial precision metal fabricator Byers...
Oct 23, 2015
MARKET UNDER PRESSURE The South African stainless steel market shrunk by 4% to 5% in 2014 and the same is expected for this year
Flat stainless steel products producer Columbus Stainless Steel expects its 2015 production at 500 000 t to remain similar to that of the past two years, says Columbus CEO Lucien Matthews, noting that given the challenging commodity prices the company is satisfied...
Oct 23, 2015
SHARK ROVER MANUFACTURED Seascape Stainless Steel Services has developed a Stainless steel shark cage, the Shark Rover, for a film production company, allowing for the shooting of a documentary on great white sharks in local waters
Stainless Steel manufacturer Seascape Stainless Steel Services  – a Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) member – has developed a Stainless steel shark cage, the Shark Rover, for a film production company, allowing for the shooting of a...
Oct 23, 2015
EQUIVALENT RESISTANCE OF STAINLESS STEEL NanoSteel developed the capability to print a security tool, which is being used by a global avionics company to remove and replace aircraft panels
Nano-structured steel materials designer NanoSteel last month introduced the company’s first powders designed for a binder jet three-dimensional (3D) printing process, showcasing the company’s initial commercial application in additive manufacturing. The BLDRmetal...
Oct 21, 2015
South Africa’s crude steel production rallied 24.5% year-on-year to 625 000 t in September, bucking a global trend that saw global crude steel production for the 66 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) dipping 3.7% to 131-million tons....
Oct 06, 2015
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The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) on Tuesday called on the National Treasury to investigate the noncompliance of the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act and its local content regulation as part of its list of demands ahead of its...
Sep 30, 2015
The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has called on government to extend the protection of the metals and engineering sector throughout the value chain. Seifsa, which supported the introduction of a 10% tariff on imported steel...
Sep 22, 2015
World crude steel production dropped 3% year-on-year to 132-million tons in August, the World Steel Association said on Tuesday. The biggest contributor to the drop in production – out of the 65 countries reporting to the association – was Turkey, which saw its crude...
Sep 02, 2015
Vertically integrated steel producer Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium is one step closer to announcing a preferred bidder to buy the business, which is currently under business rescue. The company’s creditors’ committee met on Tuesday to consider three final binding...
Aug 24, 2015
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In a rare show of collective force, labour and business in the steel sector appear to have successfully lobbied government to back efforts to raise protection for the embattled sector by hiking import duties on steel imports to the 10% “bound rate” allowed for under...
Aug 21, 2015
While world crude steel production for the 65 countries reporting to the World Steel Association dropped 3.8% year-on-year to 133-million tons in July, South African output rose 41% year-on-year to 645 000 t. China’s crude steel production for July narrowed 4.6%...
Aug 12, 2015
Trade unions, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa, Solidarity and Uasa on Wednesday threatened to start mass pickets and demonstrations to defend jobs and highlight “the brutal plight” faced by workers in South Africa’s industry. This followed a...
Aug 11, 2015
Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim
National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) general secretary Irvin Jim on Tuesday said the dumping of steel by Chinese producers in South Africa was a “crisis”. He added that customs tariffs would be one of the main issues to be discussed at a meeting...
Aug 05, 2015
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Steel product manufacturer Scaw Metals Group announced on Wednesday that the company was contemplating restructuring and had issued a notice in terms of Section 189A of the Labour Relations Act, which could result in a reduction in employee numbers. "This unfortunate...
Aug 05, 2015
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Despite missing an initial three-month deadline to conclude the business rescue proceedings of Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium, the South African steelmaker’s appointed business rescue practitioners (BRPs) say there is a “reasonable prospect” that the company will...
Jul 21, 2015
After earlier this week confirming that it had temporarily ceased steel production at its steelworks, citing working capital constraints and reduced domestic demand, Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium on Tuesday said it had issued a proposed restructuring notice in...
Jul 10, 2015
IMPRESSIVE RESULTS Strenx steel is delivered with a set of guarantees that ensure trouble-free production consistently
Specialised global steel company SSAB’s new brand of steel, Strenx, is a high strength structural steel in the 600 to 1300 MPa range. Strenx performance steel combines the best properties of the three brands it replaces – Optim, Weldox and Domex – from SSAB and...
Jul 08, 2015
This eight-page brief is a synopsis of key developments in the steel industry over the past 12 months. It provides an overview of the global and South African steel markets, South Africa’s major steel producers and events that have shaped these markets.
Jun 15, 2015
Vertically integrated steel and vanadium slag producer Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium announced on Monday that Valery Borisov had resigned as executive director and CFO, effective immediately. The company had, however, announced last month that its business rescue...
Jun 11, 2015
The Competition Commission has given its approval for the intermediate merger between Chinese-owned Hebei Iron and Steel Group and Swiss steel trader Duferco International Trading Holding SA, with conditions.
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