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WTO cuts world merchandise trade forecasts for 2018 and 2019

By: Reuters     27th September 2018 World trade growth is likely to be slower than previously thought in 2018 and 2019, although the direct economic effects of a trade war that has blown up this year have been modest so far, the World Trade Organization (WTO) said on Thursday. The WTO forecast world trade in goods would grow by... 

EU regulators to rule on Thyssenkrupp, Tata Steel venture by Oct 30

By: Reuters     26th September 2018 European Union (EU) antitrust regulators will decide by October 30 whether to allow Germany's Thyssenkrupp and India's Tata Steel to create Europe's No. 2 steelmaker, the European Commission said on Wednesday. The companies unveiled their plan for a steel joint venture in July after two years of... 

Global crude steel production rises 2.6% y/y in August

By: Simone Liedtke     25th September 2018 Global crude steel production increased by 2.6% year-on-year to 151.7-million tonnes in August, the World Steel Association (worldsteel) reports. According to the data, which was released on Tuesday, China’s crude steel production for August was 80.3-million tonnes, an increase of 2.7% compared... 

Africa’s metals, engineering cluster needs to do more to attract investment 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st September 2018 Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) chief economist Dr Michael Ade has declared Africa’s metals and engineering sector open for business. Ade was addressing delegates on the second day of Seifsa’s fourth annual Metals and Engineering Indaba, in Johannesburg. 

Africa’s metals, engineering cluster needs to do more to attract investment
Seifsa chief economist Dr Michael Ade talks about the need for South Africa's metals and engineering sector to increase its exports throughout Africa, while IFC senior investment officer Paul Mukasa discusses financing in Africa. Video and editing: Darlene Creamer.

AMSA appoints new CFO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st September 2018 Avinash Desmond Maharaj has been appointed CFO and executive director of ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA), effective October 1. He has a Master’s degree in Finance and is a qualified chartered accountant. 

PIC foresees great opportunity in investing in early stage tech-driven companies

By: Kim Cloete     14th September 2018 The Public Investment Corporation (PIC) has outlined its vision for its recently launched R2-billion fund aimed at early-stage tech-driven companies. PIC executive head of research Sholto Dolamo told a Frost & Sullivan CEO Think Tank, in Cape Town, that the PIC was venturing beyond its... 

India's steel minister wants import duty on coking coal scrapped

By: Reuters     13th September 2018 India's steel minister said on Thursday he wanted the finance ministry to scrap the 2.5% duty on imports of coking coal, a key steelmaking raw material, to limit input costs. "We are pursuing a cut," Chaudhary Birender Singh told reporters. "We want to make it zero. It cannot be 2.5% to 2%." 

Aveng expects to wrap up noncore disposals by June 2019

By: Terence Creamer     7th September 2018 Embattled construction group Aveng expects to finalise the disposal of all noncore businesses by June 2019. Following a strategic review, the JSE-listed company identified Aveng Trident Steel, Aveng Grinaker-LTA, Aveng Manufacturing, as well as certain properties and other assets, for sale. 

Aveng expects to wrap up noncore disposals by June 2019

South African farmers play chicken with Trump tariffs

By: Reuters     29th August 2018 Herman Pretorius is just the kind of white South African farmer US President Donald Trump expressed concern for when he barged into the country's delicate land reform debate by ordering an investigation into the "large-scale killing of farmers". But for the greying, bespectacled 58-year-old,... 

US poultry industry to urge retaliation if South Africa ends quota

By: Reuters     22nd August 2018 The United States poultry industry will press its government to retaliate if South Africa suspends a quota that excludes some US imports from an anti-dumping tariff, the head of a poultry trade group said. The South African Poultry Association (SAPA) has filed a lawsuit seeking to force the... 

Turkey initiates WTO dispute complaint over additional US tariffs

By: Reuters     21st August 2018 Turkey has initiated a dispute complaint with the World Trade Organisation (WTO) against additional tariffs imposed by the US on Turkish steel and aluminium imports, the WTO said on Monday. The move was previously flagged by Turkish officials and comes after President Donald Trump this month said... 

Trump says his steel tariffs will save the US industry – WSJ

By: Reuters     16th August 2018 President Donald Trump said on Wednesday his tariffs on foreign steel are saving the US industry and he predicted that in the future American steelmakers will mostly face domestic competition, the Wall Street Journal reported. In a 20-minute interview with the newspaper, Trump said some people... 

China coal output hits lowest in years, but heatwave boosts power generation

By: Reuters     14th August 2018 China's coal output fell 2% in July to its lowest in years as Beijing's crackdown on polluting industries crimped mining in the world's top consumer of the fuel, driving import demand as hot weather boosted thermal power generation. The country produced 281.5-million tonnes of coal in July, down... 

India's Tata Steel Q1 profit more than doubles, lags forecasts

By: Reuters     13th August 2018 Indian steelmaker Tata Steel said on Monday quarterly net profit more than doubled, but it was well below market expectations as a result of a one-off charge. Net profit was 19.34-billion rupees ($276-million), compared to a profit of 9.21-billion rupees a year earlier, Tata said. 

Solidarity reaches wage agreement with AMSA

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th August 2018 Trade union Solidarity has reached common ground with steel giant ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) and has signed a wage agreement that is “favourable to all parties”. This follows after the union on July 13 referred its dispute with AMSA to the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining... 

Mathe Group ups tyre processing by 35%, grows steel exports

By: Irma Venter     7th August 2018 The KwaZulu-Natal-based Mathe Group, South Africa’s largest tyre recycler, has developed two steel by-products that are being exported to Australia and Korea in growing quantities. Dr Mehran Zarrebini, head of British investment group PFE International, which is one of the major shareholders in... 

Mathe Group ups tyre processing by 35%, grows steel exports

Steel mills in China's Hebei cut output due to power shortage

By: Reuters     6th August 2018 Some steel mills in Hebei, China's top steelmaking province, have been ordered to curb operations due to power shortages in the region, industrial sources said. Power grid loading in late July in southern areas of Hebei reached 36.57 gigawatts (GW), the highest on record, as a heatwave spurred... 

Eskom pilots incentive designed to claw back 5 TWh of energy-intensive demand 

By: Terence Creamer     6th August 2018 State-owned electricity producer Eskom has confirmed that it has entered into a sales incentive pilot programme with nine large industrial customers in a bid to stabilise sales to electricity-intensive industries. The two-year sales incentive pilot programme, which commenced on June 1, has the... 

Eskom pilots incentive designed to claw back 5 TWh of energy-intensive demand

Japan steelmakers shrug off US tariffs in earnings but warn on automobile duties

By: Reuters     2nd August 2018 Japanese steelmakers reported little fallout in their first-quarter earnings from the US import tariffs on steel, but they all voiced growing concerns over possible US duties on automobiles which could hurt a wide range of Japan's industries. US President Donald Trump ordered a national security... 

AMSA studies new Vanderbijl electric arc furnace as it moves to restart Vereeniging mill 

By: Terence Creamer     1st August 2018 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA), which announced its first interim profit in six years and may be on track to deliver its first full year profit since 2010, has initiated a study for the construction of a new electric arc furnace (EAF) at its Vanderbijlpark mill and has also... 

AMSA studies new Vanderbijl electric arc furnace as it moves to restart Vereeniging mill
AMSA CEO Kobus Verster

AMSA swings to H1 profit

By: Reuters     1st August 2018 ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) swung back to a modest profit in the first half of the financial year, boosted by higher steel prices and upbeat sale volumes, the firm said on Wednesday. Diluted headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the six months ended 30 June, 2018, is 5c a share compared... 

AMSA swings to H1 profit

IDC open to ‘all options’ for turning around Foskor as impairments surge  

By: Terence Creamer     31st July 2018 The State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) reported a sharp rise in impairments during its 2018 financial year, which surged 178% to R2.7-billion, from R954-million in 2017. Impairments as a percentage of total financing also increased to R4.9-billion (R2.1-billion), or 17.4%, only... 

IDC open to ‘all options’ for turning around Foskor as impairments surge
IDC CFO Nonkululeko Dlamini and CEO Geoffrey Qhena discuss the rise in impairments in the 2018 financial year, while IDC chairperson Busisiwe Mabuza outlines the need for policy certainty. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Turkish steel makers eye exports to West Africa amid US tariff setbacks

By: Reuters     31st July 2018 Turkish steel makers are looking to expand in West Africa and other emerging markets in response to tariffs and planned quotas which threaten their sales to the United States and the European Union (EU), a senior sector official said. Namik Ekinci, board chairperson for the Turkish Steel Foreign... 

Global steel output jumps in H1 as strong margins tempt mills to ramp up

By: Reuters     26th July 2018 Global crude steel output, a gauge of economic health, rose 4.6% in the first half of this year versus the same period last year, as strong margins prompted mills in major producing countries to ramp up, industry data showed on Thursday. Crude steel production for the 64 countries reporting to... 

WTO chief sees trade war ending in political talks

By: Reuters     26th July 2018 The nascent global trade war will have to be ended by a political agreement between world leaders, because continuing down the current path will only damage the global economy, the head of the World Trade Organization said on Wednesday. WTO Director General Roberto Azevedo said that world leaders... 

South Africa 'collateral damage' in US-led global trading war – Davies

By: African News Agency      25th July 2018 South Africa has become "collateral damage" in the trading war involving mainly the United States, China, Canada and the European Union, with tariffs imports on its steel exports, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies said on Wednesday. Global tensions have flared up as other countries hit... 

South Africa 'collateral damage' in US-led global trading war – Davies

Solidarity unhappy with AMSA's wage offer

By: Simone Liedtke     24th July 2018 Trade union Solidarity has called ArcelorMittal South Africa’s (AMSA’s) proposed wage offer for this year “nothing but a slap in the face of hard-working employees”. The union on Tuesday said AMSA had proposed an increase of 6.5% in its contribution to employees’ medical aids. 

Steel and aluminum import tariffs a big concern for industry – Busa

By: African News Agency      23rd July 2018 Business Unity South Africa (Busa) said on Sunday that it was very concerned about imminent job losses in the domestic steel and aluminium industry if the import duties imposed by the United States government succeed. Speaking during the session on South African investment opportunities at the... 

Trade war could knock 3% off global GDP – Bank of France study

By: Reuters     20th July 2018 An international trade war with wide-ranging tariff hikes could cut global gross domestic product by as much as three percent, according to a study by the French central bank on Thursday. The direct impact of a generalised 10 percentage point increase in import tariffs could alone knock 1% off... 

AMSA’s shares rise on expectations of lower losses

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th July 2018 ArcelorMittal South Africa’s (AMSA’s) share price on the JSE rose by more than 12% on Thursday morning as the company announced that it expects to report a 25% to 30% narrowing in its losses a share for the six months ended June 30. The company’s loss a share is expected to decrease from the 203c... 

EU to curb steel imports after Trump tariffs

By: Reuters     18th July 2018 The European Union will launch measures on Thursday designed to prevent a surge of steel imports into the bloc following the US imposition of tariffs on incoming steel and aluminium, the EU's official journal said. The European Commission has proposed a combination of a quota and a tariff to... 

Numsa lodges wage dispute with AMSA

By: African News Agency      17th July 2018 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa said on Tuesday it had lodged a dispute at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) against ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) after reaching a deadlock in wage talks. The union is demanding an 11% wage increase across the... 

Davies concerned about extension of US tariffs to autos and auto parts

By: African News Agency      16th July 2018 South Africa’s steel and aluminium exports to the United States does not pose any threat to US national security, says Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies. Davies was speaking during bilateral meetings in Washington DC with US Trade Representative Ambassador Robert Lighthizer, US Secretary... 

Davies concerned about extension of US tariffs to autos and auto parts
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies

China June aluminium, steel exports rise as trade row intensifies

By: Reuters     13th July 2018 China's aluminium exports exceeded half a-million tonnes for only the second time ever in June as stronger international than domestic prices encouraged overseas shipments, while steel exports hit an 11-month high, defying US tariffs. China is the world's biggest producer of both steel and... 

Shanghai rebar hits 10-month top as China's pollution fight intensifies

By: Reuters     12th July 2018 China's rebar steel futures rallied more than 3% to their highest in 10 months on Thursday amid potentially tighter supply as the government intensifies efforts to clean up its skies. China's cabinet launched on Wednesday a new cross-ministerial leadership group, headed by vice-premier Han Zheng,... 

Switzerland launches WTO action over US steel, aluminium tariffs

By: Reuters     10th July 2018 Switzerland has launched a complaint at the World Trade Organization against US tariffs on steel and aluminium, it said on Tuesday, the eighth WTO member to start such a challenge. "From Switzerland's point of view, the additional duties, which according to the US have been introduced to protect... 

US to initiate ‘exploratory talks’ on post-Agoa model at Washington forum

By: Terence Creamer     9th July 2018 United States Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer will use this week’s African Growth and Opportunities Act (Agoa) Forum in Washington DC to initiate “exploratory talks” with African governments on a possible trade model that could be implemented when the unilateral programme expires in... 

US to initiate ‘exploratory talks’ on post-Agoa model at Washington forum
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US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer

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