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Restructuring allows company stronger regional focus

9th August 2002 The recent restructuring of the top management of the 81-year-old consulting engineering group, Knight Pi 

Global auto giant sources stainless steel in S Africa

By: candice haase     2nd August 2002 In the pursuit of its plan to develop and support the local stainless-steel industry, the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) has welcomed the announcement of General Motors' plan to source 15% of its stainless-steel component requirements for automotive exhaust... 

Delivery on R1,2b cat deal next year

By: candice haase     2nd August 2002 The R1,2-billion contract that Bosal signed with Delta in May for catalytic converters is as much a result of its well-established international relationships as it is for the company’s world-renowned quality and expertise. 

Steel firm expands to improve service to the auto industry

2nd August 2002 It was in 1961 that Austrian holding company Bohler Steel decided to open a subsidiary in South Africa. 

R35m effluent-treatment contract awarded

By: Marius Roodt     26th July 2002 Vivendi Water Systems in South Africa, a subsidiary of the French Vivendi Water Systems, which, in turn, is a subsidiary of one of the world’s largest providers of water-treatment services, is bringing innovative wastewater-treatment solutions to local industry. 

SA steel firm ‘unaffected’ by Pakistani anti-dumping measures

24th July 2002 South African steel company, Iscor, has today confirmed that it has not supplied tin to Pakistan for the last seven months and any preliminary safeguard measures would therefore have no effect on the company. 

Demand for sophisticated steel castings climbs

19th July 2002 The increasing demand for sophisticated stainless steel and other castings from the basic iron and steel industry has lead to Steloy Castings becoming a preferred supplier to the industry. 

Freight firm bags R45m steel contract

By: candice haase     19th July 2002 As a part of East Rand-based freight company Cargo Carriers’ strategic focus on the steel industry, the company tendered for and was awarded the contract for the transport of Columbus Stainless Steel’s products destined for export to Durban. 

Bearings ideal for steel milling

19th July 2002 Bearing Man’s bearings division distributes a range of NSK bearings that provides efficient performance and reduced maintenance costs in many steel mill processes, including casting, rolling, finishing, raw materials handling and iron making. 

SA to boost secondary steel exports

By: candice haase     19th July 2002 One of the strategic objectives of the South African steel industry is to promote the export of secondary steel products, whereby the metal is value-added thruogh beneficiation. 

Saldanha furnace reline looks positive

19th July 2002 Earlier this month, the Corex furnace at Iscor’s Saldanha steel mill on South Africa’s west coast had been operating at full design capacity merely a week after the completion of the reline of the unit. 

Steel firm to raise prices in September

17th July 2002 South African steel producer Iscor has said it would align its domestic steel prices in September to keep pace with fluctuating international dollar prices for hot rolled coil. 

Autocats provide growth impetus for tubing firm

By: Irma Venter     5th July 2002 Pretoria company Fischer Stainless Steel Tubing aims to increase production from its current 500 t a month, to about 1 200 t a month within the next five years, says MD Erich Kotzenmacher. 

W-coast steel mill back at full capacity

3rd July 2002 South African steel company, Iscor, says its Sadanha steel mill on South Africa’s west coast has been operating at full design capacity one week after the completion of the Corex furnace reline. 

SA stainless steel association expands its training horizons

21st June 2002 The Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) is to expand its educational and training horizons to embrace a comprehensive human resource development programme by drawing on the resources of industry at large. 

Last call for stainless steel awards entries

14th June 2002 As a further indication of the importance of the Stainless Steel Awards programme for industry, this issue of Engineering News carries an awards entry form. 

Anderson Engineering

7th June 2002 Anderson Engineering specialises in the design, manufacture and supply of specialised processing equipment, mainly in stainless steel, for the food, chemical, dairy, pharmaceutical and other related industries. 

Incubator gives birth to stainless enterprise

By: Irma Venter     7th June 2002 The Mpumalanga Stainless Initiative’s (MSI’s) stainless-steel incubator, which opened its doors in December last year, is showing good progress, says MSI marketing manager Richard Chetty. 

Stainless sector hopes to replicate motor industry

By: Irma Venter     31st May 2002 The South African Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) is investigating the possibility of the stainless steel sector duplicating the success of the Motor Industry Development Programme (MIDP). 

Showcase for stainless excellence

31st May 2002 Engineers have the opportunity of raising the level of awareness of their companies and services, locally and internationally, through the Stainless Steel Awards programme. 

Cure for 'concrete cancer'

By: marisa rodrigues     24th May 2002 A stainless steel rebar, known as 3CR12, utility ferritic stainless steel or 3CR12, is proving to be the long-awaited solution to the ever-present problem of ‘concrete cancer’. 

World stainless output set to reach 20m t

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     24th May 2002 The world’s stainless-steel production this year is forecast to reach a record level of just under 20-million tons, with a significant proportion of the increase coming from the cold-rolled flat-products sector. 

Sasol consults with parties affected by natural-gas project

By: Marius Roodt     24th May 2002 Sasol has been in consultation with the Mozambican government and other parties affected by the $1,2-billion Sasol natural gas project that will bring gas from Temane in Mozambique to Sasol’s Secunda operations in the Mpumalanga Province. 

Big steel, enviro case set for Sept

24th May 2002 A groundbreaking environmental case will be heard in South Africa’s courts in September. 

Granular stainless emerges as an alternative for scrap

By: Martin Creamer     24th May 2002 The use of granular stainless steel as an alternative to scrap has many benefits which are being recognised far more widely overseas than in South Africa, Thos Begbie MD Eugene Rossouw tells Engineering News. 

Window of opportunity for valve manufacturers

17th May 2002 The dramatic fall in the value of the rand has further opened a window of opportunity for the local valve manufacturing industry. 

Tubing to deal with 'sweet' corrosion

3rd May 2002 Five years of extensive laboratory tests, negotiations and trials have resulted in the successful introduction of Salmac Stainless Tube’s SQ28 stainless-steel tubing, which is resistant to stress corrosion cracking, to the South African market. 

Richards Bay gets new substation

By: Terence Creamer     3rd May 2002 A R16,5-million project that included the establishment of a new 132 kV multipurpose substation and the replacement of two 132 kV oil-filled underground cables by overhead lines, was completed in Richards Bay earlier this year. 

Foundation laid for new steel era

By: Terence Creamer     3rd May 2002 South Africa’s largest steel producer Iscor has faced its fair share of challenges over the last few years. Questions about its very survival have lingered, while change, re-engineering and retrenchments have been an ever-present reality. 

Iron-ore deal boosts steel company

2nd May 2002 The iron-ore procurement deal struck during the unbundling of South African steel company Iscor last year is beginning to show through on the company’s financial results, despite the inclusion of an operating loss from Saldanha Steel. 

Stainless firm forecasts better prices

29th April 2002 The world’s third-largest stainless steel maker AvestaPolarit says stainless prices were likely to rise in the near term. 

R65m rail wagon export to Mauritania

26th April 2002 A division of Johannesburg-based Dorbyl, RSD, will start work shortly on a R65-million contract signed with SNIM, of Mauritania, for the design, manufacture and commissioning of 150 iron-ore wagon bodies. 

Motor industry to fuel growth of SA foundries

By: Zonika Botha     19th April 2002 First established in South Africa in 1948 for export purposes, the British Metal Corporation (BMC) today predominantly imports noble ferro alloys and minor metals, which are not produced here, for use by the local foundry and steel industries, MD Nick Trollip reports. 

Drives project for port tippler

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     19th April 2002 South African Port Operations, a division of transport parastatal Transnet, is to replace the apron feeder drives at the iron-ore terminal tippler at the port of Saldanha, which it says are so old that spares are no longer available. 

Foundry with rare flair wins world recognition

By: Martin Creamer     19th April 2002 Thos Begbie is a company with rare expertise. The historic South African foundry, which turns 115 years old this year, is one of only two in the world – the other being in the US – that has the ability to produce high-tonnage copper castings, while still retaining optimum levels of... 

Window of opportunity widens for local manufacture

By: Marius Roodt     12th April 2002 A window of opportunity is widening in South Africa, Bosal CEO Karel Bos tells Engineering News in an exclusive interview. 

Fabritech

22nd March 2002 Fabritech specialises in the high-precision manufacture of mechanical components for an array of applications such as oxygen plants, silos, military bridges, decompression chambers, heat exchangers and vessels, and nuclear cranes. 

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