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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. 

Industry to benefit from foundry merger

15th April 2005 The operations of South Africa’s two premier stainless steel foundries have been merged to offer customers access to an unparalleled pool of foundry skills, technologies and products. 

Foundry grows its stainless-steel production

By: Mariaan Webb     15th April 2005 After three years of casting stainless steel, Matt Cast Supplies feels that it is ready to focus more on being a steel and stainless steel foundry and recently installed a new 350 kW furnace to run the plant at full capacity, director Allan Bruggeman tells Engineering News. 

Company wins contract to supply tram tyres

By: Nicola Mawson     15th April 2005 Worldwide trends are moving towards the use of trams to limit the influx of motor vehicles in cities. 

Water-purification products for Africa

1st April 2005 Global-manufacturing specialist of quality bearings and associated products, as well as distributor of sealing systems, power transmission and couplings SKF is the official distributor of the Hiller decanter centrifuges and hydraulic drives to Sub-Sahara Africa. 

Safety torches operate in potentially-explosive conditions

By: abdul cook     25th March 2005 Gauteng-based Denver Technical Products have introduced one of the first ATEX directive compliant safety lights to South Africa. 

Petrochemical project for welding machine specialist

By: abdul cook     25th March 2005 Port Elizabeth-based Fabinox Projects is taking delivery of three more Orbital welding machines, increasing its total Orbital equipment to seven. 

Steeling for yet more change

By: Terence Creamer     21st March 2005 Change, it appears, is the only constant for South Africa’s largest steel producer, now Mittal Steel South Africa, but formerly Ispat Iscor and, before that, simply Iscor. 

New steel grade increases construction-sector choice

By: elizabeth rebelo     18th March 2005 The introduction of a new-grade steel by South Africa’s second-largest steel maker, Highveld Steel & Vanadium, could be a platform for challenging the mainstream construction method, especially with regard to local high-rise buildings. 

Steeling for yet more change

By: Terence Creamer     18th March 2005 From its name through to customer relations and product mix, everything is set to change again at SA's largest steelmaker 

Highveld launches R1,5bn upgrade programme

16th March 2005 South Africa's Highveld Steel and Vanadium Corporation has embarked on an upgrading programme which will see the company spend an estimated R1,5-billion to improve plant performance and reduce costs at its Witbank steel manufacturing complex. 

Cape stainless-steel industry is buoyant and future looks bright

4th March 2005 The stainless-steel industry in the Cape region is buoyant and the future looks bright, say Metalquip MD Gideon Hugo. 

International acclaim for Gauteng contractor

4th March 2005 Gauteng-based company Vanguard’s involvement in the recent mult-billion Columbus Stainless Steel new mill project has received international acknowledgement by way of the Hitachi Business Partner Prize. 

Metals firm enlarges its empowered base

By: Zonika Botha     4th March 2005 South Africa’s leading metals group Kulungile Metals has brought a new black-economic empowerment (BEE) partner on broad, bringing the company’s total BEE shareholding to 49% 

More than corporate-image changes as SA steel group integrates into global giant

By: Keith Campbell     25th February 2005 AFTER 77 years the name Iscor – originally the Iron and Steel Industrial Corporation Ltd – is set to disappear, as the once South African State-owned steel company, today private-sector Ispat Iscor, becomes Mittal Steel South Africa, part of the global Mittal Steel NV group. 

Ispat Iscor details 2mt expansion plan

By: Martin Czernowalow     11th February 2005 South African steel giant Ispat Iscor yesterday revealed further details about its plans to boost steel production by two-million tons a year, to 8,5-million tons a year, by the end of 2007. 

SA stainless mill budgets 10% output growth in 2005

By: Terence Creamer     4th February 2005 South Africa’s only integrated stainless-steel producer, Columbus Stainless, plans to consolidate a pattern of incremental growth now that its R1,1-billion cold-rolling mill expansion, which was initiated in 2002, has come to an end. 

Decision on R600m ferrochrome smelter enviro study pending

By: Zonika Botha     21st January 2005 The public comment period for the environmental-impact report for a R600-million high-carbon ferrochrome smelter, in Richards Bay, Kwazulu-Natal, drew to a close yesterday (January 20). 

Catering innovation collects award

3rd December 2004 Somerset West-based Veritech Manufacturing has been named the overall winner of the 2004 Stainless Steel Awards. 

DC-furnace technology is gaining new acceptance

By: elizabeth rebelo     26th November 2004 The possibility of a new R3,5-billion ferronickel smelter at the Coega industrial development zone has been driven by the increasing demand of stainless steel, especially from China. 

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