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The winners and finalists of the 2002 Stainless Steel Awards’ 13 categories:

18th October 2002 Architectural Building and Construction The Architectural, Building and Construction Projects category of the Stainless Steel Awards programme, sponsored by Rimex Metals (UK), was won by Bryco-Gutco JV. 

Growing industry is moving closer to white-goods programme implementation

By: marisa rodrigues     18th October 2002 The local stainless steel industry continues to be one of the fastest growing markets in the world and it is expected that local consumption will grow from 120 000 t last year to 300 000 t by 2006 and one million tons by 2010. 

Auto industry's stainless use growing rapidly, but can it be sustained?

By: marisa rodrigues     18th October 2002 Last year, Columbus Stainless supplied 33 000 t of stainless steel to the automotive industry, making this sector the stainless steel industry’s largest consumer. 

Container company grabs world market share

By: marisa rodrigues     18th October 2002 Cape Town manufacturer Consani Engineering is the world’s leading supplier of liquid and gas intermodal tank containers. 

Company to expand tank range

By: marisa rodrigues     18th October 2002 Randburg-based manufacturer of four-wheel drive equipment makes long-range stainless steel tanks predominately for four wheel drive vehicles. 

Steel firm in transformation process

By: marisa rodrigues     18th October 2002 Since its name change earlier this year, Barloworld Eastern Steels, formerly trading as Eastern Steels, has undergone a transformation process in a bid to establish its position as a leading supplier of stainless steel primary products to the Southern African market. 

Foundry plans to expand exports

By: marisa rodrigues     18th October 2002 Having doubled its export sales last year and expecting to do it again this year, South Africa’s largest stainless steel foundry, Rely Precision Castings is planning to expand its export market to 50% of production within three years. 

Fabricator calls for project register

By: marisa rodrigues     18th October 2002 In order for stainless steel fabricators to have the capacity and resources to cope with large projects, a project register needs to be set up. 

Fabricator's East Rand workshop expanded

By: marisa rodrigues     18th October 2002 In order to take best advantage of opportunities for growth within the local stainless steel industry, Styria Stainless Steel Fabrication is placing its focus on improving its facilities and the quality of its products. 

Steel mill in R340m coke-oven repair

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     18th October 2002 Iron and steel maker Iscor is spending R340-million on a project to repair coke ovens at its Newcastle long-steel products plant, aimed at reducing or replacing the company’s coke imports of about 130 000 t/y. 

Still long way to go in steel-price case

By: Joanne Delaurentis     11th October 2002 The investigation into the complaint against Iscor that was launched with the Competition Commission by Harmony Gold Mining and supported by Durban Roodepoort Deep, could take anything between a month and a year to be carried out, reports Competition Commission spokesperson Karin Coode. 

Metals sectors in growth phase

By: Terence Creamer     8th October 2002 South Africa’s metals and engineering sector is in a strong growth phase, with sales during the first half of 2002 showing growth of between 16% and 25%. 

Competition body to probe steel firms

8th October 2002 South Africa's Competition Commission said yesterday it had launched a probe into Iscor after receiving complaints from several companies accusing the steel group of acting anti-competitively. 

Yag laser system to be introduced to SA

By: candice haase     4th October 2002 Ever since government began to intensify the development of the automotive component industry, the potential for laser technology has been identified by tooling technology company Retecon. 

Local manufacture of electrodes achieved

4th October 2002 Gauteng-based Oesa has achieved 100% local manufacture of coated welding electrodes at its Spartan factory. 

Ni NiMag group

4th October 2002 Involved in the manufacture of master alloys, ferrosilicon magnesium alloys, stainless steel reinforcing fibres, and chrome metal. 

Gas key to iron project's success

By: Deborah Spicer     4th October 2002 The decision as to whether Mintek’s hot-briquetted iron (HBI) project should be located in Saldanha Bay or in Kathu, formerly known as Sishen, is being negotiated at present, reports president and CEO Paul Jourdan. 

Gas-cutting machine designed, manufactured for steel giant

4th October 2002 A local company is designing and manufacturing a portal gas-cutting machine to meet the specific requirements of Iscor Vanderbijlpark. 

Steel group in court over pollution claims

1st October 2002 A South African High Court began hearing on Monday an application by families seeking a court order to stop giant steel producer Iscor from allegedly polluting their underground water sources. 

Steel maker fined over share trading

27th September 2002 The Johannesburg stock exchange said yesterday it had fined giant steel producer Iscor R200 000 ($19 000) for failing to disclose share dealings by its director Lakshmi Mittal on time. 

Company moots wire beneficiation

By: candice haase     20th September 2002 Developing the worldwide market for its wire-products, East Rand-based Barnes Fencing Industries has seen potential for its products. 

Foundry alleges price fixing in scrap sector

By: Martin Czernowalow     18th September 2002 The South African scrap-metal industry may face a serious shake-up, after a referral of complaint was lodged with the Competition Commission by one of the country’s major foundries. 

Saldanha goes below $200/t level

By: Terence Creamer     13th September 2002 South Africa’s west coast steel mill, Saldanha Steel, has at last gone below the $200/t cash-cost level and is currently producing at between $190/t and $200/t. 

The steel price war heats up

By: Terence Creamer     9th September 2002 This month, South Africa's largest steel producer, Iscor, raises its domestic prices on hot-rolled steel by 14,9%, while prices on other types of steel product will rise by between 10% and 17%. 

Steel sector needs to put value ahead of product

By: Keith Campbell     6th September 2002 The global steel industry is set for a major transformation over the next five or so years, while steel itself is well set to sustain itself in an era of new materials. 

Stainless conference to coincide with awards

6th September 2002 Coinciding with the culmination of this year’s Stainless Steel Awards programme, Sassda is holding an international 3CR12 Conference. 

The steel price war heats up

By: Terence Creamer     6th September 2002 This month, South Africa’s largest steel producer, Iscor, raises its domestic prices on hot-rolled steel by 14,9%, while prices on other types of steel product will rise by between 10% and 17%. 

Saldanha aims for 1,3m t/y output level

By: Terence Creamer     3rd September 2002 South Africa’s West coast steel mill, Saldanha Steel, reached a milestone in its troubled history by producing at full design capacity during August, only three months after the reline of its Corex furnace. 

Joburg bourse probes Mittal’s steel-share dealings

27th August 2002 The Johannesburg stock exchange said yesterday it was investigating the late disclosure of London-based LNM Holdings' director Lakshmi Mittal's share dealings in South African steel maker Iscor. 

Stainless fibre-forming capability introduced to SA

By: Deborah Spicer     23rd August 2002 Magaliesburg firm Metalloy Fibres began commercial production of 50 mm and 25 mm stainless steel fibres a month ago, having completed the two-month commissioning phase of the casting machine that produces the fibres. 

Steel giant's earnings surge after overhaul

23rd August 2002 South Africa's largest steel producer Iscor posted higher-than-expected profit yesterday and said it saw strong growth in its first full-year earnings report since restructuring as a dedicated steel maker. 

R520m steel-mill clean up gets under way

By: Terence Creamer     23rd August 2002 Africa’s leading steel producer, Iscor, has set aside R520-million for the implementation of an environmental project for its Vanderbijlpark Works in Gauteng, which has been the subject of much attention from environmentalists over the past few years. 

SA to grow its stainless-steel utensil market

16th August 2002 The Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) has identified major opportunities to develop the utensil market in South Africa. This follows a visit by Sassda and the Mpumalanga Investment Initiative to India. 

Stainless Precision

16th August 2002 Stainless Precision Engineering is a sheetmetal jobbing shop that operates from a 1 500 m2 factory based in Robertville, on the West Rand. 

Carbon dioxide emission reduction in pipeline

16th August 2002 Air Products, suppliers of industrial and speciality gasses has awarded Keyplan, engineers and suppliers of separation technology, the contract to upgrade its carbon dioxide (CO2) manufacturing facilities at Iscor Works, Newcastle, in Kwazulu-Natal. 

SA stays at the forefront of the global tank-container industry

By: candice haase     9th August 2002 In 2001, South Africa manufactured 60% of the 9 000 stainless-steel tank containers produced worldwide, according to the South African Tank Containers Association (Satca). 

Stainless-steel demand boosted

9th August 2002 The figure for domestic consumption of stainless steel would have been higher if it were not for the fall in demand for tank containers, which showed a sharp decline during 2001 to slightly below 13 000 t. 

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