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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. 

Iscor obtains court order against Numsa

6th June 2003 South African steel giant Iscor yesterday said it obtained a court interdict preventing members of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa), participating in the Iscor strike, from engaging in unlawful protest activities. 

Numsa, Iscor set to meet

3rd June 2003 The National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa (Numsa) and steel giant Iscor will resume talks tomorrow evening in Johannesburg as the strike enters its seventh day. 

Stainless body backs capital-goods sector

30th May 2003 The Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) has embarked on a programme to develop the South African stainless-steel capital equipment supply sector into a globally competitive leader, through its fabricating subsector the South African Stainless Steel Fabricating... 

Acerinox to invest €300m in 2003

29th May 2003 Spanish stainless steel maker Acerinox said yesterday it planned to invest €300-million ($354-million) this year to increase production, mostly in the US. 

Stainless consumption continues to grow

29th May 2003 South African stainless steel consumption continued its double-digit growth with an 11% improvement in apparent consumption to 154 000 t during 2002. 

Numsa embarks on indefinite strike at Iscor

By: Martin Czernowalow     27th May 2003 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) said yesterday that close to 18 000 workers would, from today, embark on indefinite industrial strike action at steel giant Iscor. 

Stainless body backs capital-goods sector

20th May 2003 The Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) has embarked on a programme to develop the South African stainless steel capital equipment supply sector into a globally competitive leader, through its fabricating sub-sector the South African Stainless Steel Fabricating... 

Columbus awards line upgrade contract

19th May 2003 Stainless steel producer Columbus Stainless – part of the Acerinox group – has awarded a contract to upgrade its Anneal and Pickling Line No 2, in Middleburg, South Africa, to VAI UK, the UK-based subsidiary of Voest-Alpine Industrieanlagenbau. 

Numsa considers Iscor labour proposal

16th May 2003 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) met with management at steel-producer Iscor yesterday to discuss a new set of company proposals designed to avert strike action. 

Steel producer and union to continue negotiations

By: Martin Czernowalow     6th May 2003 South African steel producer Iscor said the National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa (Numsa) has agreed to a new date for negotiations, despite an earlier announcement by the union that it would consider going on a strike if outstanding issues were not resolved by yesterday. 

Union threatens strike at Iscor

30th April 2003 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) said yesterday it planned a strike against Iscor, if the steel company failed to address all "unresolved issues" by May 5. 

Higher steel prices buoy Iscor, outlook blurred

25th April 2003 South Africa's largest steel producer, Iscor, yesterday said its third-quarter operating profit more than tripled thanks to higher steel prices. 

Columbus improves, but hit by stronger rand - Acerinox

24th April 2003 Spanish stainless steel maker Acerinox said on Wednesday its first-quarter net profit fell 13.8 percent year-on-year to €38,64-million ($42,32 million) but rose 64,1 percent from the fourth quarter of 2002. 

Company developing expanded metal product business abroad

By: candice haase     18th April 2003 A company well-versed in the manufacture and application of expanded metal products has the ability not only to pioneer the development of applications for its product, but also to make recommendations where expanded metal can be applied. 

Price of auto steel rises by 14,3% in 2003

By: Terence Creamer     11th April 2003 Progress has been made in the long-running dispute between steel producer Iscor and the South African automotive industry over the issue of price increases for 2003. However, a model for future price adjustments has yet to be agreed. 

Austrian firm punts iron technology for SA

By: Terence Creamer     14th March 2003 Austrian industrial services and technology company Voest-Alpine Industries is convinced that there is significant potential in South Africa for the conversion of iron-ore fines into much-sought-after hot briquetted iron (HBI), and is optimistic that the Finmet technology of VAI might find... 

Austrian group punts iron technology in SA

By: Terence Creamer     14th March 2003 Austrian industrial services and technology company Voest-Alpine Industries is convinced that there is significant potential in South Africa for the conversion of iron-ore fines into much-sought-after hot briquetted iron (HBI), and is optimistic that the Finmet technology of VAI might find... 

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