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With a proud history spanning more than 110 years, Macsteel Service Centres SA continues to develop and expand, reinforcing its position as the leading merchandiser and distributor of steel and value added steel products in Africa. Consisting of 8 dynamic Business Units and operating from a network of 79 service centres, branches and warehouses, Macsteel supplies the entire Sub Saharan geographic region with the full range of carbon steel, special steel, stainless steel, aluminium products and value added steel processes to all sectors of industry.  Macsteel invites You to test their mettle and forge an enduring partnership with them as Your preferred steel supplier of choice


Portfolio committee chair questions DTI’s exclusion from ‘steel committee’

By: Terence Creamer     24th June 2016 The Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry has raised serious concern about the exclusion of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) as a direct participant in so-called ‘steel committee’ set up to monitor interventions made to shore up the domestic primary steel industry, which is under... 

Worldsteel head sees no massive impact from Brexit in EU for now

By: Reuters     24th June 2016 Britain's decision to leave the European Union will not immediately have a strong effect on the European steel industry, the chairman of the World Steel Association said on Friday. "There is no massive direct impact to be expected for the European steel industry in the short term," Wolfgang Eder,... 

Bulk Bag Lifting Frame With Adjustable Arms

     24th June 2016 Flexicon has introduced a new bulk bag lifting frame with telescoping arms that accommodates bulk bags produced in an increasing range of sizes. The lifting frame is optional on all BFC models of Flexicon's BULK-OUT™ discharger line, and available for up to two tonne capacities to replace... 

Dormer adds new carbide burrs and cobalt drill

     24th June 2016 Dormer has added several new material specific carbide rotary burrs to its existing assortment. The ST cut geometry is suitable for machining steels, while the VA design is for machining stainless steels. Available in a variety of shapes, both offer improved operator control and generate less... 

From beer to drugs to cars: Global business laments EU vote

By: Reuters     24th June 2016 Chief executives from Tokyo to Denver woke up on Friday to currency turmoil, plunging share prices and tough decisions after Britain's vote to leave the European Union raised widespread fears over economic growth. In Britain itself, businesses including aerospace, pharmaceuticals and... 

The crusher bucket MB-L160 installed on telescopic handler Merlo Panoramic 38.13

     24th June 2016 Case History: The crusher bucket MB-L160 installed on telescopic handler Merlo Panoramic 38.13 In Montebello Vicentino to see first-hand the bucket crusher MB-L160, purchased by one of the leading Italian rental groups. 

Damage to tube and pipe weld purging systems eliminated

     24th June 2016 Welding metallurgy and gas physics specialists Huntingdon Fusion Techniques (HFT) have designed Argweld heat resistant covers to eliminate damaging or bursting inflatable dams on tube and pipe weld purging systems owing to exposure to high temperatures. HFT distributor support Luke Keane notes... 

Danish valves producer boosts local production with new factory

By: Simon Sonnekus     24th June 2016 Danish valves producer AVK Valves, which acquired local valves company Premier Valves in 2014, is nearing completion of a brand new valve manufacturing facility located in Alrode in Gauteng. The R100-million investment includes a 1 200 m2 training facility, 4 500 m2 office area and 2 000 m2... 

E-Systems project, US

By: Sheila Barradas     24th June 2016 The proposed project includes the replacement and modernisation of a bare steel pipeline. 

Ingula pumped-storage scheme project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     24th June 2016 The last of the four units at the Ingula project has been synchronised to the grid. 

New technology tailored to clients’ needs

     24th June 2016 Tailored fluid solutions and line systems hose components supplier ContiTech has developed a high-temperature Conti Excelsus hose with external reinforcement which can be precisely tailored to relevant applications.  ContiTech explains that flexibility allows the new Conti Excelsus... 

New US products showcased at Africa Rail

By: Victor Moolman     24th June 2016 New material testing equipment from US-based company MTS that can determine the strength and durability of rail infrastructure will be showcased at the Africa Rail 2016 conference and exhibition by laboratory equipment and services suppliers IMP Scientific & Precision. 

No-dig pipeline renovations an efficient alternative

By: Sascha Solomons     24th June 2016 Needle punch products manufacturer Fibertex asserts that the Fibertex KAVI felts, which is a textile that is produced by matting, condensing and pressing fibres together, has numerous advantages over conventional open trench pipe repair procedures. Fibertex South Africa business development... 

South Africa’s first, albeit primitive, rail infrastructure

By: Jade Davenport     24th June 2016 John Milne, the man regarded as Durban’s first civil engineer, is most famous for his role as Port Natal’s (today the Port of Durban's) first harbour engineer and his pioneering efforts to overcome the infamous submarine sandbar that naturally blocks the entrance to the lagoon, which, for the... 

Stringent specs for plastic pipes in gas pipelines

     24th June 2016 South Africa’s gas industry is on the cusp of great growth and expansion in light of a potential global oversupply of shale gas. As a result, local plastic pipe manufacturers have to ensure that the pipes used in gas pipelines have been manufactured according to stringent specifications and... 

Austrian chancellor says need fair competition for steel exports

By: Reuters     23rd June 2016 Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern said he had agreed in talks with Germany's Angela Merkel on Thursday that a level playing field was needed for steel exports and that the two had discussed ways of tackling 'dumping' from China. "We discussed how to deal with steel exports given dumping... 

EU hints at new sanctions on China over steel

By: Reuters     22nd June 2016 China's failure to curb its steel output could prompt the European Union to consider new trade sanctions against Beijing, the European Commission said on Wednesday, joining U.S. calls for over-capacity to be dealt with swiftly. By far the world's top steel producer, China's annual steel output is... 

Pipes Welded Faster

     22nd June 2016 Time is money and waiting for pipe joints to be purged ready for welding can take anything up to four hours, depending on the diameter of the pipe being welding and the method chosen for purging. Huntingdon Fusion Techniques, HFT®‘s innovative QuickPurge® System dramatically reduces waiting... 

Gas turbine coupling developed for GE generators

     22nd June 2016 The constant increase in demand for electrical power around the world requires more generating capacity to be installed for both local and national use. One of the most efficient and controllable sources of energy is produced by aeroderivative gas turbine engines that are reconfigured by... 

MMK honors SMS group with “Best Supplier Award 2015”

     22nd June 2016 SMS group has been recognized as “Best Supplier of MMK in technological and non-standard equipment in 2015”. The award was presented to SMS group ( in a ceremony held at Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works (MMK) in Magnitogorsk, Russia, on June 2, 2016. Pavel Shilyaev (CEO of... 

China's Minmetals signs $3bn copper purchase agreement with Poland's KGHM

By: Reuters     22nd June 2016 State-owned metals trader China Minmetals Corp has agreed to buy copper from Poland's KGHM with a total contract value of $3 billion, the Chinese firm said in a posting on its website on Tuesday. The company did not disclose the volume of the contract or how long it would run. 

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. 

New ARALDITE® adhesives extend performance in automotive assembly applications

     21st June 2016 In 2015, the global automotive adhesive and sealant market was valued at $5 million. With factors including vehicle safety, light weighting and fuel economy continuing to prevail under ever stringent standards and regulations, it’s expected that this market will grow at a compound annual rate of... 

Coal India starts auctioning supply contracts

By: Ajoy K Das     21st June 2016 Coal India Limited (CIL) has kick started auctioning coal contracts to major sectors amid signs of jaded appetite among its consumers. CIL completed the auction for the sponge iron-ore sector last week and has announced that the auction for the cement sector would start next week. 

Peninsula upbeat about South Korea graphite projects

By: Anine Kilian     21st June 2016 ASX-listed Peninsula Mines reported on Tuesday that its applications over a number of graphite tenements at the Janggohang graphite mine, in South Korea, had been succesful. Peninsula’s Korean subsidiary, Suyeon Mining, has filed four tenement applications over blocks Janggohang 139, Janngohang... 

BHP Billiton coal operations cash positive, targets another $600m in savings

By: Mariaan Webb     21st June 2016 Diversified mining group BHP Billiton is looking for $600-million in new savings from its coal business, which has already cut costs by $3-billion since 2012, the group reported on Tuesday, when it also increased its metallurgical coal production guidance for the 2016 financial year. BHP... 

Seeking gold amid rubble of a mine tragedy in job-starved Brazil

By: Bloomberg     21st June 2016 In the red-dirt hills of Minas Gerais, a part of Brazil named for the mines that provided livelihoods for generations, the country’s worst-ever environmental disaster has unearthed a new opportunity for locals stung by recession and job losses – panning for gold. Wildcat mining is on the rise in... 

All set for new performance levels – Mill revamp in record time

     20th June 2016 Comprehensive revamp of PAO Severstal’s tandem mill by SMS group increases quality and capacity SMS group ( successfully commissioned rolling mill “2100” of Russian steel producer PAO Severstal after a comprehensive mill modernization. 

Indian provinces to auction 20 iron-ore blocks

By: Ajoy K Das     20th June 2016 Undeterred by poor investors’ response, a production glut and the large number of mines that remained closed, India’s Mines Ministry was hopeful that provinces would be able to auction another 20 iron-ore mines before end of current financial year in March 2017. According to a Mines Ministry... 

Turnbull pledges A$49m for new equipment for Arrium

By: Mariaan Webb     20th June 2016 Troubled mining and steel group Arrium Mining and Materials has been promised a A$49.2-million injection, if the Malcolm Turnbull coalition government is re-elected in the July 2 federal election. The lifeline would allow Arrium to remain competitive and would save about 2 700 jobs at the... 

New LA-25-A LVDT linear position sensor by Alliance Sensors Group Linear Position Sensor Designed for Extreme Environments

     17th June 2016 Alliance Sensors Group is proud to release its LA-25-A series LVDT linear position sensors, designed to handle extreme industrial environments. Available in ranges from 3 inches (75 mm) to 15 inches (375 mm), the LA-25-A is ideal for roller gap positioning, process valve displacement, head box... 

Chicago Pneumatic launches its most productive industrial impact wrench for intensive use

     17th June 2016 Chicago Pneumatic has launched a new generation of its best-selling CP6120 Series premium industrial impact wrench. The new impact wrench sets a high standard of performance and value, delivering more power and ergonomics to maintenance, repair and operations personnel, yet at a very competitive... 

Exports seen as key to improving prospects for SA capital equipment manufacturers

By: Dylan Slater     17th June 2016 The South African Capital Equipment Export Council (Saceec) says domestic manufacturers of capital equipment stand a better chance of being sustainable in the country’s struggling economy by opening up export channels and liaising with foreign customers to build stronger ties in international... 

Best metal bond gets even better as Cliffs cashes in on rally

By: Bloomberg     17th June 2016 Cliffs Natural Resources’ borrowing costs fell to the lowest in almost two years as it capitalised on the best stock rally among iron miners to raise money and declared itself out of the woods after a price rout. The Cleveland-based company’s notes due 2018 rallied Thursday, pushing down its... 

Company provides reliable nut and bolt solutions

     17th June 2016 Technical solutions provider Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) extensive range of fasteners, tools and related equipment is used to enhance reliability of equipment in diverse sectors, including light, medium and heavy industries, pulp and paper, construction, original-equipment manufacturers and... 

Distributor increases product offering

     17th June 2016 Electrical and industrial components distributor RS Components (RS), which is the trading brand of UK-based distributors Electrocomponents, has added over 800 new lines to its RS Pro range of high-quality fasteners, fixings and ironmongery, giving engineers a choice of nearly 9 000 products for... 

Exports seen as key to improving prospects for SA capital equipment manufacturers

By: Dylan Slater     17th June 2016 The South African Capital Equipment Export Council (Saceec) says domestic manufacturers of capital equipment stand a better chance of being sustainable in the country’s struggling economy by opening up export channels and liaising with foreign customers to build stronger ties in international... 

GCC Engineering

     17th June 2016 Established in 1994 as GC Construction, GCC Engineering assumed its current name early this year, a year after the company had built a new workshop and new offices in eMalahleni, Mpumalanga. It is a leading fabrication, refurbishment and maintenance service provider in the province and is... 

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