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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. 

Auto, steel talks at 'sensitive' stage

By: Terence Creamer     5th November 2004 Steel group Ispat Iscor last week reported that its talks with the automotive industry regarding an existing pricing contract were at a very “sensitive stage”. 

300-axle order received from the Pacific Rim

By: elizabeth rebelo     29th October 2004 East Rand-based Swasap has secured a 300-axle export order from a customer on the Pacific Rim, reports MD Derek Anderson. 

Steel group moves to review auto deal

By: Terence Creamer     22nd October 2004 Steel group Ispat Iscor has confirmed that it is in early-stage talks with the automotive industry to review its current steel-pricing agreement with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in the sector. 

Ispat Iscor's coke project gets enviro green light

By: Martin Czernowalow     20th October 2004 South African steel giant Ispat Iscor has received the go-ahead from the Kwazulu-Natal Department of Agriculture and Environmental Affairs (DAEA) to proceed with its proposed coke project, in Newcastle. 

Spoornet tests megatrain on Sishen-Saldanha line

19th October 2004 South African rail utility Spoornet has successfully tested advanced technology to increase capacity on its Sishen-Saldanha iron-ore export railway line. 

Fundamentals in place for growth in stainless output

By: andrea marais     15th October 2004 Despite South Africa’s vast ferrochrome resources it still remains one of the smaller stainless steel markets in the world. 

Analysis of material's life-cycle costs required

15th October 2004 There is a common misconception that the cost of casting components in stainless steel is prohibitive. 

Middle Eastern market beckons

15th October 2004 Stainless-steel association, Sassda’s Cooperative Development Initiative (SSCDI) is spearheading a drive to open up Middle East markets to local manufacturers. ? 

Industry association studies issues confronting holloware sector

15th October 2004 A two-pronged research programme is being undertaken both locally and internationally by the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) to, firstly, identify which benefits are offered by overseas governments to their manufacturers and, secondly, to audit local manufacturing... 

Gas cylinders may go stainless

15th October 2004 Heavy gas cylinders for domestic and recreational use manufactured from carbon steels may soon be no more. ? 

World markets open to SA stainless castings

15th October 2004 Though less than three percent of all stainless steel used within South Africa is beneficiated through the casting sector, it continues to occupy a vital position in the total conversion sector. ? 

Awards viewed as part of growth drive

15th October 2004 Sponsor of the Stainless Steel Awards, hosted by the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda), Columbus Stainless CEO Dave Martin, says his company is proud to support the awards, which are critical in promoting the industry, enhancing the image of stainless steel and... 

Converter believes innovation should be rewarded

15th October 2004 Stainless steel tube manufacturer Fischer Group SA is a sponsor in the 2004 Stainless Steel Awards hosted by the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda). 

Pipe and tube giant carves out auto niche

15th October 2004 South Africa’s largest stainless steel welded tube and pipe manufacturer Barloworld Stainless has been associated with the Awards since the inaugural event in 1998. ? 

Kitchen solutions firm on acquisition trail

By: andrea marais     15th October 2004 Stainless-steel kitchen solutions company Franke Kitchen Systems South Africa is expanding through acquisitions in South Africa and the Common market for East and Southern Africa (Comesa) trade block.? 

Science and art merge in tableware design

By: elizabeth rebelo     15th October 2004 Stainless steel is a metal usually associated with hard-core engineering, factories and foundries, but well-known South African designer Carrol Boyes manages to skillfully combine the science of engineering with art to produce creative and highly-sought-after tableware. 

Autopart firm is set to grow its tube output

By: elizabeth rebelo     15th October 2004 Leading stainless steel converter, Bosal Afrika, is set to significantly increase the output of is tube and pipe factory in Waltloo, Pretoria. 

Metal-finishing specialist wins Chinese consultancy

By: elizabeth rebelo     15th October 2004 South Africa’s largest manufacturer and distributor of metal finishing products, Rebuff, has been appointed as quality consultants for one of China’s biggest stainless-steel-cutlery manufacturers. 

Eighteen nominees for 2004 stainless-steel awards

By: elizabeth rebelo     15th October 2004 Eighteen entries have been nominated the 2004 stainless-steel awards hosted by the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda). 

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