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Steel

EU steel sector braces amid onslaught

5th July 2019 Surging import volumes, stalling economic growth, high and volatile raw material costs and sharply growing carbon costs are coming together to form a perfect storm that could knock the European steel industry back into a period of severe crisis. 

Versatility of Steel Putty increases

By: Theresa Bhowan     5th July 2019 Domestic and industrial use of adhesives supplier Pratley Steel Putty’s eponymous epoxy filler continue to increase, especially among motor spares companies, owing to its versatily. 

Versatility of Steel Putty increases
MARK BELL Pratley Steel Putty has extensive machining ability

Tough leadership needed to improve SA economy

5th July 2019 The 3.2% drop in South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) in the first quarter of 2019 demonstrates that the country needs more than the now-routine lip service paid by its political leadership to economic growth amid the euphoria which greeted Cyril Ramaphosa’s ascendancy to the presidency... 

Creating innovative digitalisation solutions

5th July 2019 The steel industry faces its own set of challenges and metallurgical plant supplier SMS group MD Pieter Bezuidenhout says digitalisation is vital in navigating these challenges. 

Creating innovative digitalisation solutions
HIGH TECH LEAPS US steel producer Big River Steel is the first learning steel plant in the world

Institute implements changes for inclusivity, diversity

By: Theresa Bhowan     5th July 2019 The Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) is following a diverse and inclusive approach in the steel industry as it promotes the importance of women working in steel, as well as younger people joining the sector. 

Institute implements changes for inclusivity, diversity
NEW ON BOARD Newly elected chairperson, Nicolette Skjoldhammer with CEO Paolo Trinchero and board member Tebogo Raaleka

Sassda in transition, creates new membership structure

By: Cameron Mackay     5th July 2019 Owing to the varied benefits which companies obtain as members of the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda), the association has created a tiered membership structure. 

Sassda in transition, creates new membership structure
GROWTH FROM EXPORTS Growth in the mining, and food and beverage, sectors for stainless steel, led to consumption in South Africa increasing by 8.6% last year

Association to sponsor tubular category at steel awards

By: Mamaili Mamaila     5th July 2019 The Association of Steel Tube and Pipe Manufacturers (ASTPM) is the sponsor of the tubular category in the upcoming South African Steel Awards which will take place in October 2019. 

Association to sponsor tubular category at  steel awards
STEEL EXCELLENCE As the industry is currently under strain, the steel awards are a necessary and an enduring reminder for every participant to persist amid adversity

Steel industry remaining afloat

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     1st March 2019 The local steel industry is reasonably buoyant, especially compared with this time last year, says steel processor and supplier Allied Steelrode executive director Warne Rippon. He tells Engineering News that the company has experienced improved trading conditions, despite the industry in... 

Steel industry remaining afloat
STRETCHER LEVELLER Allied Steelrode’s technology investment roadmap has culminated in the installation of its second stretcher leveller at its Midvaal-based facility

BBD Steel targeting automotive and mining sectors

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     1st March 2019 Steel supplier BBD Steel aims to expand its footprint by targeting the mining and automotive sectors directly, says BBD Steel business development director Gwen Mahuma. The company, which is 100% women-owned and managed, is located in Rosslyn, Pretoria, and, although already well-established in... 

BBD Steel targeting automotive and mining sectors
STEEL SECTOR Steel is an extremely competitive industry and the local industry is facing many challenges

Company remains profitable in tough conditions

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     1st March 2019 Steel distributor BSi Steel CEO William Battershill says the company is maintaining a strong balance sheet and making a profit, despite the difficult circumstances the steel industry faces. “The local steel industry is currently pretty depressed and the past six months have been particularly... 

Company remains profitable  in tough conditions
PROTECTING INDUSTRY Although steel manufacturing is being protected, that has not been extended to finished goods

Metals, engineering sector set to grow amid challenges

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     1st March 2019 Despite continuous challenges in recent years, the local metals and engineering sector is expected to show moderate growth of 1.8% this year. The various subsectors will register varied levels of growth, with some expanding and others contracting during the year. This is according to the Steel... 

Metals, engineering sector set to grow amid challenges
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STABILISING PRICES Metals prices generally are expected to stabilise this year and next year

NDT equipment analyses, measures carbon content in alloys

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     1st March 2019 Vereeniging-based nondestructive testing (NDT) equipment provider GammaTec NDT Supplies is currently introducing the SciAps Z-200 C+, which is the only handheld analyser on the market capable of analysing carbon content in alloys, to the African market. GammaTec is the official distributor for... 

NDT equipment analyses, measures  carbon content  in alloys
SCIAPS Z-200 C The equipment analyses carbon content in carbon and stainless steels using the technique of a handheld laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy

SMS group helping clients understand benefit of digitalisation

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     1st March 2019 The South African arm of Germany-based metallurgical plant and rolling-mill technology provider SMS has developed strategies for advancing digitalisation in the steel industry. It is assisting several clients in understanding the efficiencies and competitive advantage that embracing a... 

SMS group helping  clients understand  benefit of digitalisation
MANSHIL SINGH SMS group is working on several project opportunities spanning various market segments of the company

PFERD South Africa

1st March 2019 Established in 1968, PFERD South Africa has grown from modest beginnings into a major player in the abrasives industry in South Africa and the rest of Africa.  With its head office and manufacturing facility in Kempton Park, Gauteng, PFERD South Africa has expanded to include four additional... 

PFERD South Africa

Niche focussed business supplying a comprehensive range of fluid control systems

6th July 2018 Macsteel Fluid Control is a key niche-focused business which operates throughout various industry sectors. It supplies a comprehensive range of valves, actuators, liquid level gauges, filter systems, valve interlock systems and a comprehensive range of steam products, including traps, strainers... 

Niche focussed business supplying a comprehensive range of fluid control systems

Manufacturing and adding value to the highest quality special steels

6th July 2018 Macsteel Special Steels is Southern Africa’s leading distributor and processor of engineering steels. Located in Dunswart, Boksburg, Macsteel Special Steels operates as the crucial link between steel producers and consumers of high-grade special steels, satisfying their requirements for... 

Manufacturing and adding value to the highest quality special steels

Southern Africa’s leading steel merchandiser and distributor

6th July 2018 Steel supplier Macsteel Trading’s market reach through its strategic network of 14 branches across South Africa extends to most steel consuming sectors and key industries, offering valued customers high-quality steel products combined with excellent service at competitive prices.  

Southern Africa’s leading steel merchandiser and distributor

Africa expansion can boost local industry growth

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     6th July 2018 With South Africa being under new leadership since Cyril Ramaphosa became president, Alberton-based steel supplier and value-added processing company Allied Steelrode executive director Warne Rippon says that policy direction now finally appears to be heading in a positive and clear direction,... 

Africa expansion  can boost local  industry growth
WARNE RIPPON Slow and steady is the name of the game for the future of the steel industry

Automation, technology integral to competitiveness

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     6th July 2018 Benrose-based cutting consumables and capital equipment distributor First Cut believes it has a role to play in educating the downstream steel industry on the possibilities offered by new technology and the scope of automation. “Technology is changing and advancing at a rapid pace and the current... 

Automation, technology integral to competitiveness
ANDREW POOLE Automation relies on consumer confidence to make technology investment, even in tough markets

Growth potential of B grade steel in Africa evident

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     6th July 2018 The growth of various economies in Africa and the reliance on agriculture, means there will be a growing market for B grade steel for use in agriculture equipment, fencing and security in addition to its traditional use in decorative additions, says steel supplier Edenvale Steel and Tube Co. B... 

Growth potential of B grade steel in Africa evident
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OPTION B B grade steel can be a cost-saving method for non-essential construction

Hot dip galvanising offers significant cost savings, extends service life

6th July 2018 Steel is an ecofriendly construction material as it is durable and renewable, however, there is a need to extend the service life of the steel, which hot dip galvanising is well suited for, says Hot Dip Galvanizers Association Southern Africa (HDGASA). Hot dip galvanizing offers benefits... 

New division to focus on diversification, innovation

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     6th July 2018 Midvaal-based structural and reinforcing steel supply company Fabcon Steel is developing a new engineering division to diversify into different market segments. The company provides turnkey solutions based on engineering services, such as drawing, design and certification, followed by the actual... 

New division to focus on diversification, innovation
Andrew van Gool Fabcon Steel will focus on innovation, with its new division focused on specialised products

New range of ZAP fasteners released

6th July 2018 Johannesburg-based roofing, cladding and steel frame fastener supplier Kare Industrial Suppliers has introduced a new range of ZAP fasteners designed for fixing roof sheeting to light steel battens and purlins. Over the last few years, there has been an increase in the use of light steel battens... 

Seifsa expects 1.7% expansion in local steel industry

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     6th July 2018 Following its initial forecast of a 1.1% expansion of the metals and engineering cluster at the beginning of the year, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) says upon review, preliminary data now suggest a 1.6% expansion of the sector, with all sub-industries... 

Seifsa expects 1.7% expansion in local steel industry
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MICHAEL ADE The local steel industry should look to new markets in the rest of Africa, given existing logistics constraints to servicing external markets

Steel a sustainable choice for building addition

6th July 2018 Knysna-based light steel frame (LSF) construction company Rancor has completed the addition of a 570 m2 second floor to the Kaap Agri building in Paarl, Western Cape.  The requirements for the new structure were clear; it had to be cost-effective, comply with building regulations, be acoustically... 

Steel a sustainable choice for building addition
SUSTAINABLE BUILDING Rancor has completed the addition of the second floor to the Kaap Agri building in Paarl

Leading distributor and processor of application specific steels

6th July 2018 Macsteel VRN is the leading supplier and processor of speciality carbon plate, stainless steel and a variety of aluminium grades. These include wear- and impact-resistant, high-strength, pressure vessel and marine grades of steel. Macsteel VRN’s central warehouse and its two major service centres... 

Leading distributor and processor of application specific steels

Precision processing of coils and flat sheets to the highest international standards

6th July 2018 Situated in Wadeville, Germiston, and operating from a  80 119 m2 site of which 48 700 m2 is covered, Macsteel Coil Processing is one of the leading coil and flat sheet processing facilities in Southern Africa. Equipped with ISO 9001 certification, Macsteel Coil Processing’s valued customers are... 

Precision processing of coils and flat sheets to the highest international standards

Roofing and cold formed sections specialists: Covering Africa

6th July 2018 Southern Africa’s leading supplier of metal roofing products and cold formed sections, Macsteel Roofing’s specialised roofing products continue to show increasing demand nationally and from within Southern African emerging markets. Included in its comprehensive product offering is the manufacture... 

Roofing and cold formed sections specialists: Covering Africa

A leading producer of welded structural tube and pipe to world class quality standards

6th July 2018 Macsteel Tube & Pipe has expanded its diverse manu-facturing capabilities over the past 35 years to become one of the leading tube and pipe producers in Africa. Additional value-added offerings include customised cutting, precision laser cutting, forging, coating, welding, plasma cutting and the... 

A leading producer of welded structural tube and pipe to world class quality standards

Trading the most comprehensive range of steel products and value added steel services to sub-Saharan and global markets

6th July 2018 Macsteel Service Centres SA’s (MCSA’s) extensive range of products and value-added manufactured products are sold and distributed cross-border into African and international markets through Macsteel Exports. A customer-centric team, with extensive African and International market trading and... 

Trading the most comprehensive range of steel products and value added steel services to sub-Saharan and global markets

Alternative solution for composite construction

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     6th July 2018 Construction industry supplier Hilti South Africa’s Hilti X-HVB system – an alternative composite deck shear connector – makes composite construction more convenient and cost effective, says Hilti South Africa head of engineering Christiaan Davel. Composite construction consists of a concrete... 

Alternative solution for composite construction
WELD FREE The Hilti X-HVB shear connector system does not require welding

Development programme encourages economic growth

By: Paige Müller     2nd March 2018 To date, steel service centre and distributor Macsteel’s Usizo development programme has assisted in creating 175 new jobs in the steel sector. The programme was first initiated by Macsteel in May 2015 to assist small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) in the steel industry by... 

Development programme encourages economic growth
USIZO DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME The Usizo development programme, spearheaded by Macsteel, has led to an injection of R50-million into the South African economy

Mini mills embraced by the steel industry

By: Paige Müller     2nd March 2018 Metallurgic processing plant supplier SMS group states that the South African steel industry is embracing mini mill technology as an alternative to expensive traditional integrated steel plants. SMS group’s latest annual report, published in 2017, indicates that steel producers are looking to... 

Mini mills embraced by the steel industry
MINI MILLS The mills are especially useful in developing countries because they are less energy intensive and require a much smaller upstart capital investment

Progressive partnership forged in steel

By: Paige Müller     2nd March 2018 Despite the constrained local economy, steel supplier and processor Allied Steelrode and fully women-owned industry newcomer BBD Steel Suppliers have found growth potential in a progressive partnership. “The state of the steel industry in South Africa is challenging . . . There is a lot of... 

Progressive partnership forged  in steel
MONIKA PRETORIUS, ARUN CHADHA AND GWEN MAHUMA Allied Steelrode and BBD Steel Suppliers have formed a lucrative partnership

Rapid adoption of automation critical for local steel industry

By: Paige Müller     2nd March 2018 The rapid rate at which automation technology is progressing globally presents a challenge for South African industry, which needs to keep pace with the latest developments in automated capital equipment, says South African capital equipment and cutting consumables distributor First Cut. The... 

Rapid adoption of  automation critical  for local steel industry
ANDREW POOLE The South African steel industry must keep up with Industry 4.0 automation trends to remain competitive in the global market

Steel manufacturer manages processing upgrades despite hostile industry

2nd March 2018 Despite the plethora of difficulties facing the steel industry, steel tubing and profiling manufacturer Augusta Steel has invested in processing line upgrades to improve its offerings. Augusta Steel says the local steel industry has been made to compete with cheap imports, rising production and... 

Steel manufacturer manages processing upgrades despite hostile industry
SUPPORT LOCAL STEEL Local steel industry has been made to compete with cheap imports, rising production and labour costs, as well as stagnant economic growth

Composite repair systems an alternative to welding and most steel repairs

11th July 2017 Industrial lining solutions providers Groupline Projects (GLP) – a subsidiary of Wonderstone, which forms part of the Assore Group of companies – now offer revolutionary alternatives to welding, in the form of Armasteel and Armacoat composite repair systems, in South Africa. Since 2008, the... 

Composite repair systems an alternative to welding and most steel repairs
SHEAVE SHOWDOWN Spokes on a sheave wheel had cracked, and Armasteel was used to replace the spokes

Automation pivotal to steel industry’s future

By: Nica Schreuder     7th July 2017 Owing to its customers requiring cost-effective, faster and better solutions, capital equipment manufacturer First Cut MD Andrew Poole says automation coupled with innovation is pivotal to the future of companies in the local steel industry. The prospect of automation threatening the livelihood... 

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