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Bearing refurbishment service to save on costs

17th October 2003 Bearing supplier Timken South Africa and stainless-steel producer Columbus Stainless of Middelburg, Mpumalanga, have joined forces to create a Z-mill bearing refurbishment service that is reportedly already saving Columbus up to 50 % on the cost of replacement bearings, as well as significantly... 

Kitchen systems company upgrades its manufacturing process

17th October 2003 Manufacturer and supplier of quality stainless-steel kitchen and washroom systems, Franke Kitchen Systems, reports that it recognises the importance of investing in the appropriate technology and products to ensure that all customers receive top-of-the-range products at affordable prices. 

New range of corrosion-resistant cabinets launched

17th October 2003 Manufacturer of electrical equipment and accessories, Legrand, has launched a new range of stainless-steel cabinets designed for use in corrosive conditions and in areas requiring a high level of hygiene. 

Portable punch for stainless steel

17th October 2003 East Rand based 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. 

The processing of raw materials should be outsourced, says company

17th October 2003 “The totally unpredictable performance of the rand, turmoil in the stainless-steel distribution industry, disruptive trading, cheap imports and shrinking export opportunities are just some of the extraordinary dynamics that our industry has to contend with, and is, in fact, a scenario that... 

Abrasives maker expands its export markets, despite the strong rand

17th October 2003 In a twist of irony, the strengthening of the rand has enabled local specialist manufacturer of abrasive products, buffs and compounds; Rebuff to expand its export markets in abrasive consumables for the stainless-steel industry, and to reduce local prices. 

Timeframe for SA steel pricing probe extended

By: Terence Creamer     10th October 2003 South Africa’s Competition Commission has requested, and received, a time extension for its investigation into the steel pricing policy of Iscor. 

Seifsa appoints new president

8th October 2003 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of South Africa (Seifsa) appointed new office bearers at the federation’s annual general meeting held in Johannesburg yesterday. 

Steel body sets aside €2,5m for Internet varsity

8th October 2003 Faced with growing concerns from members about the ability to recruit high calibre metallurgists, the board of directors of metal research house, the International Iron and Steel Institute (IISI), confirmed yesterday its support for a comprehensive package of advanced and sophisticated e-learning... 

Upgraded steel inspection line to feature laser welding

By: candice haase     3rd October 2003 The upgrade of steel producer Iscor’s inspection line, due for final commissioning this month, incorporates synthetic single-crystal yttrium aluminium garnet (Yag) laser technology. 

Iscor contributes R1,1bn SA exports promotion

16th September 2003 South African steel giant Iscor said its rebate scheme, aimed at promoting the growth of the country's secondary steel exports, has contributed over R1,1-billion, during the last five years, to export promotion. 

Two-week Columbus strike ends

15th September 2003 Stainless steel producer Columbus Stainless confirmed over the weekend that National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) shop stewards agreed on Friday to recommend a settlement to their members, bringing to an end the two-week strike by some 190 Numsa members at the Columbus plant in... 

Columbus strike may spill over to neighbours

By: Martin Czernowalow     12th September 2003 The strike at the Columbus Stainless plant in Middelburg, Mpumalanga, is threatening to intensify after the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) warned that it would involve employees of five other companies in the labour action. 

Steel maker reviews its auto strategy

By: Terence Creamer     12th September 2003 South Africa’s largest steel producer, Iscor, together with its largest shareholder, LNM, is in the midst of a far-reaching review of its automotive-steel strategy in bid to ensure its continue presence in the sector beyond 2005. 

R643m enviro project for Vanderbijl mill

By: Terence Creamer     12th September 2003 Steel producer Iscor has completed environmental master-plans for all it operations, including for the Vanderbijlpark mill in Gauteng, where residents have accused Iscor of serious pollution and are taking legal action against the company. 

Scrap mechanisms taking shape

By: Riaan de Lange     5th September 2003 On May 30 the Minister of Trade and Industry, Alec Erwin, signed into effect a policy pertaining to the issuing of scrap-metal export permits. 

Stainless crane contract awarded

By: nkolola halwindi     29th August 2003 In a multimillion-rand contract, local crane manufacturer Demag Cranes and Components will supply ten cranes to Columbus Stainless, in Middelburg, as part of its expansion programme. 

Strike won't halt SA output-Acerinox

29th August 2003 Spanish stainless steel maker Acerinox said yesterday that production at its South African unit Columbus would continue even if unionised workers proceed with a threatened strike next week. 

It’s now or never for steel consolidation

By: Terence Creamer     29th August 2003 South Africa’s largest steel producer, Iscor, has set aside 12 months and R5-billion to advance its plans for domestic industry consolidation, failing which it would review its strategy. 

Stainless steel demand grows in 2002

25th August 2003 The South African stainless steel industry continued to grow last year with both exports and local consumption driving up demand. 

SA steel giant’s earnings rise

21st August 2003 South Africa's biggest steel producer, Iscor, turned in a sharp rise in year earnings yesterday, masking pain in the fourth quarter and more to come as the strong rand punches into export income. 

Iscor earnings to show rand, steel woes

18th August 2003 Analysts are keen to see what South Africa's biggest steel producer Iscor expects of steel prices and the rand when it reports fourth-quarter earnings, which they forecast to fall. 

Iscor and unions reach wage agreement

11th August 2003 South African steel giant Iscor said it had reached agreement on a final wage offer with its three labour union organisations. 

Trucks & Buses

By: candice haase     1st August 2003 The extension of the Motor Industry Development Programme to 2012 has opened up an opportunity for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to invest in the next generation of new model light commercial vehicles (LCVs) and cars. 

Stainless-steel initiative makes headway

By: nkolola halwindi     1st August 2003 Re-established two years ago, the Mpumalanga Stainless Initiative (MSI) is making strides in the stainless-steel industry with a number of projects in the pipeline and several success stories from completed and existing projects. 

Iscor wage talks at sensitive stage

23rd July 2003 South Africa's largest steel producer, Iscor, yesterday said it was still hopeful of a negotiated wage settlement with its representative trade unions, notwithstanding their decision to declare a dispute with the company during the current round of wage negotiations. 

Billion rand project is to increase turnover by 50%

By: Helene Le Roux     4th July 2003 South Africa’s only producer of stainless-steel flat products, Columbus Stainless of Middelburg, Mpumalanga, is spending R1,047-billion in an expansion and optimisation project that will increase the company’s turnover by more than 50% once full throughput is achieved in 2005. 

Expansion project benefits Middelburg

By: Helene Le Roux     4th July 2003 The R1,047-billion expansion and optimisation project currently being implemented by the country’s main producer of stainless steel, Columbus Stainless in Middelburg, Mpumalanga, could put the town on its way to become the stainless-steel capital of Africa with regards to stainless-steel... 

New mill largest investment in expansion drive

By: Helene Le Roux     4th July 2003 The expansion and optimisation project at Columbus Stainless in Middelburg, Mpumalanga, which started last year and will be commissioned over a two-year period, entails, among others, the installation of an additional Sendzimir mill, known as Z-mill 3 (ZM3) at the company’s operation. 

Local demand for stainless steel is growing rapidly worldwide

By: Helene Le Roux     4th July 2003 Consumption in the local stainless-steel manufacturing industry is booming, and it continues to be one of the fastest-growing markets in the world. 

37 years of producing stainless steel

4th July 2003 Stainless-steel giant Columbus Stainless dates back to 1966 (two years after ferrochrome producer, RMB Alloys, started up in Middelburg), when Southern Cross became South Africa’s first stainless-steel producer. 

Human resources company assists in project implementation

4th July 2003 The project management and new plant commissioning of Columbus Stainless is being supported by Astute HR. 

Stainless valves empowerment firm created

4th July 2003 A Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) company has been established following the launch by Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) and the Department of Trade and Industry (dti) of a BEE/SME development programme. 

Stainless body seeks to replace holloware imports

23rd June 2003 Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) has embarked on an initiative to reduce the total imports of stainless-steel hollowware into South Africa to the benefit of local manufacturers and consumers. 

World’s biggest stainless-steel mill takes shape

By: Karel Smrcka     13th June 2003 The Tornio steel mill of AvestaPolarit, which is part of the Outokompu group, will be the world’s biggest producer of stainless steel at the end of 2004, when the extension project that is under way has been completed and the entire capacity is being used. 

50-hotel Dubai project could boost SA stainless sector

10th June 2003 A multi billion-dollar United Arab Emirates leisure-residential project could provide a boost for the South African stainless steel industry, the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) claims. 

KZN ferrochrome plant enviro study moves ahead

By: Martin Czernowalow     10th June 2003 The scoping phase of the environmental-impact assessment (EIA) study for Tata Steel’s proposed high-carbon ferrochrome smelter, in Richards Bay, has been completed. 

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