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Flexible-couplings industry needs foreign investment

By: Matthew Hill     2nd June 2006 The automotive industry is reportedly the biggest consumer of stainless steel in South Africa, mostly using the wear-resistant steel for catalytic converters. 

‘Empowerment is of utmost importance’

By: Matthew Hill     2nd June 2006 Broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) is of utmost importance in addressing transformational challenges in the stainless steel industry, says Kulungile Metals group marketing executive director Shima Nokaneng in an exclusive interview with Engin-eering News. 

Call for entries for stainless steel awards

2nd June 2006 Both individuals and companies are urged to enter the 2006 Stainless Steel Awards, the industry association emphasises. 

Stainless steel advocated for infrastructure investments

2nd June 2006 With South Africa gearing up for the FIFA Soccer World Cup in 2010, and the government committed to major infrastructural capex, the Southern African Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) is advising specifiers and consultants on the benefits of using stainless steel in many visible... 

30% growth for consumerware sector

2nd June 2006 The stainless-steel consumerware sector has recorded a phenomenal growth of 30% for the 2005-2006 period, far exceeding the projected growth rate of 10%, says Southern African Stainless Steel Development Association’s (Sassda) Lesley Mortimer. “With the international trend towards... 

Local stainless industry forges East African ties

2nd June 2006 The Southern African Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) recently hosted an inward-bound mission from East Africa “to facilitate business deals with East African companies,” says spokesperson Lesley Mortimer. 

Adding value through experience

2nd June 2006 Reportedly one of South Africa’s leading suppliers of stainless steel and special alloys Multi-Alloys, established in 1997, has a strong focus adding value for customers. “As a supplier of niche products to a diverse range of industries, adding value can be best achieved through our... 

Steel company embarks on diversification strategy

By: Laura Tyrer     3rd March 2006 Prominent supplier of tool, engineering and stainless steel to the South African industry, Swiss Steel International South Africa is horizontally diversifying its portfolio with the recent acquisition of ThyssenKrupp VDM SA. 

R9bn capex programme proceeding smoothly

By: Laura Tyrer     3rd March 2006 South Africa’s largest steel producer Mittal Steel South Africa says its R9-billion capital expenditure (capex) programme is proceeding according to plan with the completion of the main water treatment plant at the corporation’s Vanderbijlpark plant. 

Catalytic-converter growth to boost pipe and tube industry

By: Laura Tyrer     20th January 2006 The Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) views the current threat to the South Africa’s catalytic converter industry as a potential opportunity for growth, provided that sufficiently-attractive incentives are offered to raise the substantial investment that this... 

Rail and port expansion to boost iron-ore exports

By: Mariaan Webb     16th December 2005 The expansion and refurbishment of the 861-km-long rail line from Sishen to Saldanha and refurbishment and expansion of the iron export facility at South Africa’s deepest port Saldanha, is currently under way to cater for increased volumes of iron-ore exports through the Sishen-Saldanha... 

Downstream users say Columbus' cutbacks have hurt

By: Terence Creamer     9th December 2005 South African stainless-steel producer Columbus has blamed an inventory build-up, lower world prices, a semifinished-product glut, dampened domestic demand on the back of a stronger domestic currency and delays in key public-infrastructure projects for some significant cutbacks in the second half... 

Installing wedgewire throughout Southern Africa’s malting plants

18th November 2005 Johannesburg-based Multotec Manufacturing’s Optima stainless-steel wedgewire has been used successfully as flooring material in brewery malting plants where it has proved to offer several advantages in the steep tanks and germinating kiln vessels. 

IDZ confounds critics as international investments flow in

By: Keith Campbell     4th November 2005 With some R2,9-billion in international investments announced since May, the once much-derided Coega Industrial Development Zone seems set fair to have the last laugh. 

Stainless-steel giant eyeing domestic projects

By: Jade Davenport     14th October 2005 As South Africa’s sole stainless-steel producer Columbus Stainless consolidates its successful high production output of the first half of this year, it would seem that the stainless-steel giant is under increasing pressure to maintain this output due to the significant slowdown of global... 

New company to supply automotive components

By: Jade Davenport     14th October 2005 Internationally-renowned and German-based manufacturer and supplier of stainless-steel tubing fischer group has secured a three-year contract with a European-based company to supply automotive components to Germany through its subsidiary in South Africa. 

Antidumping application creates tension in industry

By: Jade Davenport     14th October 2005 There is tension between South Africa’s stainless-steel pipe and tubing manufacturing industry, which includes the companies Barloworld Stainless, fischer Stainless Steel Tubing, Jaguar Stainless Steel Tube and Pipe, Mpumatech Stainless Tube, Stainsol Tube, and importers as a result of the... 

Profiling firm boosts its cutting machine capacity

By: Jade Davenport     14th October 2005 Johannesburg-based steel and stainless-steel profiling company General Profiling is presently experiencing significant growth, which is evidenced in the company’s recent procurement of new equipment and human resources. 

Shiny future for stainless steel

14th October 2005 In spite of challenging times, the level of debate and optimism in the Southern African stainless-steel industry augurs well for the future of this sector says Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (SASSDA) executive director Dr Oliver Damm. 

Stainless-steel growth slows - report

14th October 2005 In a report released by the International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) last month, world stainless-steel production reached 12,9-million t for the first half of 2005. 

Stainless-steel foundry casts its petrochemical net worldwide

14th October 2005 Operating South Africa’s two premier stainless-steel foundries, Steloy Castings has become a force to be reckoned with internationally, particularly in the supply of castings to the petrochemical industry. 

Local company awarded Chinese consultancy

14th October 2005 South Africa’s largest manufacturer and distributor of stainless-steel finishing products Rebuff has been appointed as the quality consultant for one of China’s biggest ?stainless-steel cutlery manufacturers. 

Leading architect praises stainless steel

14th October 2005 In South Africa, stainless steel is increasingly becoming the metal of choice in situations where corrosion-resistance, aesthetic appearance and long-term savings are important. 

New stainless-steel tanker developed for explosives company

14th October 2005 The special projects division of TFM Industries, the Olifantsfontein-based specialist truck body builder, is one of the companies producing specialised stainless-steel road tankers for African Explosives Limited (AEL). 

Stainless-steel fire doors for JIA

14th October 2005 The versatility and other advantages of stainless steel were used by Bitcon Industries in the manufacture of the fire doors and window frames for the renovation and extension of Johannesburg International Airport’s (JIA’s) domestic terminals. 

Stainless-steel hydraulic punching made easy

14th October 2005 Johannesburg-based specialist in lifting and pulling equipment Bellambie Mining & Industrial’s range of Simplex hydraulic and ?mechanically-powered tools and equipment includes a 35-ton portable punch, designed for easy operation, portability and efficient punching of stainless steel. 

Screen panels assist in magnetite recovery

14th October 2005 Stainless-steel screen panels, manufactured by the Multotec group under the Multotec Polywedge brand, are playing an important role in the efficient recovery of magnetite on dense-medium circuits, ensuring the media does not go to the dilute circuit where it can be lost through downstream processes. 

Rustproof cabinets ensure good hygiene

14th October 2005 Johannesburg-based Legrand has launched a range of stainless-steel cabinets designed for use in corrosive conditions and in areas requiring a high level of hygiene. 

Steel makers set to battle rising iron ore prices

By: Nicola Mawson     5th October 2005 Steel makers will fight any attempt by iron ore miners to raise prices, even as top importer China sucks in 25% more of the raw material this year to fuel rapid industrial growth, steel company executives said. 

August steel production up from last year

21st September 2005 World crude steel production for the 61 countries reporting to the International Iron and Steel Institute was estimated to be 91,4 million metric tons last month, the International Iron and Steel Institute (IISI) said yesterday. 

What is stainless steel?

26th August 2005 Stainless Steel is a common name for metal alloys that consist of 10,5% or more chromium (Cr) and more than 50% iron (Fe). 

Iron-ore unlocks rail constraint

By: Irma Venter     19th August 2005 The environmental impact assessment (EIA) for the rail portion of the Sishen-Saldanha iron-ore capacity expansion project should be completed in October, at the earliest, following which construction will start, says Spoornet programme manager Gerhard de Beer. 

World stainless crude steel production up 7,4% year-on-year

22nd June 2005 The International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) has announced that stainless crude steel production in the first quarter of 2005 was 6,5-million tons. 

Hiveld seeks to tap technology sweet spot

By: elizabeth rebelo     17th June 2005 South African steel andvanadium producer Highveld Steel & Vanadium, 79%-held by resources group Anglo American, is seeking to exploit a technology ‘sweet spot’ in its iron-making process, which, if successful, will not only yield higher steel production at far lower unit costs, but... 

Big cost focus as steel cyclee softens

By: Helene Le Roux     17th June 2005 Mittal Steel South Africa is making multimillion-rand investments in its local plants to reduce costs and improve efficiencies. 

Fibre reinforcement being widely used in cement market

By: Mariaan Webb     20th May 2005 Although fibre-reinforced concrete (FRC) is not a very recent technology, it is being more extensively used in many different areas of the South African concrete market. 

SA seeks to integrate pricing and beneficiation strategies

By: Terence Creamer     6th May 2005 The South African government is taking steps to build on progress being made in ensuring competitive domestic prices for key inputs such as steel, chemicals, and aluminium by seeking to integrate its pricing and beneficiation strategies. 

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