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Carbon Steel News

SA steel groups continue to struggle

29th August 2001 South African metals group Highveld Steel and its partial subsidiary Columbus Steel reported dismal results for the half-year ended June 30, 2001 on the back of poor market conditions. 

SA ‘e-stainless’ study

6th August 2001 A tender for a study to establish a method of increasing the marketing and distribution of South African stainless-steel products globally through collaborative e-business has been invited by the Fund for Research into Industrial Development, Growth and Equity (Fridge), a subcommittee of... 

US drops pipe-dumping probe

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     27th July 2001 Just weeks after voting to institute anti-dumping investigations against South Africa and four other steel pipe exporters, the US International Trade Commission (ITC) has dropped all but one country from the target list. 

Stainless at vanguard of SA steel consolidation

26th July 2001 The proposed Columbus-Acerinox deal hinges on formal written agreements being negotiated and concluded, the satisfactory completion of due diligence and the requisite approvals from the respective boards, stock exchanges and other regulatory authorities and third parties. 

Tripartite initiative to promote stainless

By: Laura Franz     20th July 2001 The stainless steel Co-operative Development Initiative (CDI) – between government, labour and industry – will be forking out about R1,9-million on industry promotion and a further R2-million on related research projects in the current financial year, reports Southern Africa Stainless... 

Brewer contributes to stainless development

13th July 2001 South African brewer SAB has implemented important strategic partnering alliances over the years with key suppliers of materials, equipment and services, that have been to the mutual benefit of all parties, 

Pabar

6th July 2001 Pabar specialises in metal-processing, tool-manufacturing and roll-forming, which facilitates a wide product offering, including seat recliners, body hinges, bumpers, window frames, top rails, brackets, slides, wheelbarrows, sinks and a variety of press parts, among other items. 

44% stainless surge into EU

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     25th June 2001 European Union (EU) countries last year imported 116 929 t of flat-rolled stainless-steel products from Columbus Stainless, South Africa's sole producer, representing an increase of 44% over 1999, reports MD Dave Martin. 

Strip mill offset plan

22nd June 2001 A decision on where to locate the proposed newstainless-steel cold-rolling facility associatedwith South Africa’s defence acquisition programme is still “many months away”, Columbus Stainless MD Dave Martin tells Engineering News. 

Exports to EU surge by 35%

15th June 2001 Recent favourable trade conditions, and the provisional implementation of the South Africa European Union (EU) free-trade agreement (FTA) resulted in a 35% increase in South Africa's exports to the EU in the year 2000. 

Plan to increase stainless consumption

By: System Author     8th December 2000 The local stainless-steel industry has embarked on an ambitious plan to increase South Africa’s consumption from 120 000 t a year to a million tons a year within the next ten years. 

R3m motor order for local firm

By: System Author     1st December 2000 Indian Ocean fertiliser 

Read the manual

By: System Author     17th November 2000 Electrically Speaking 

SA steel vehicle barrier for US embassy in DRC

By: System Author     27th October 2000 Local company Mega Steels, of Pretoria West, Gauteng, has completed its first export contract. 

Doubling of entries bodes well for industry

By: System Author     27th October 2000 Sassda 

Innovative air-belt conveyor system

By: System Author     27th October 2000 Sugar refiner Tongaat-Hulett contracted Hoksas & Craven, along with Cargill & Associates, to carry out the design, manufacture and installation of an air-belt conveyor system to replace the existing conventional system at its refinery in Durban. 

Stainless-steel partnership surfacing

By: System Author     29th September 2000 South Africa’s only integrated stainless-steel producer, Columbus Stainless, has recommitted itself to the development of the local downstream stainless-steel industry with the announcement of its intention to embark on a market assessment study with German steel trader Ferrostaal. 

More downstream stainless being exported

By: System Author     1st September 2000 This year, for the first time ever, the South African stainless-steel industry could convert more product for export than for local consumption. 

Stainless offset think-tank this month

By: System Author     18th August 2000 A team comprising representatives from government, stainless-steel producer Columbus and European steel trader Ferrostaal will meet later this month to develop a marketing and investment plan for the R1,1-billion stainless-steel offset project arising from South Africa’s purchase of German... 

Battery raises hope for vanadium

By: System Author     18th August 2000 While Anglo American may have turned its back on the once much-vaunted Zebra battery programme, one of its subsidiaries is now 

Submarine deal secures stainless-steel plant

By: System Author     21st July 2000 The South African government has signed off the German Submarine Consortium’s (GSC’s) offset offer, making the proposed stainless-steel facility at Coega a near certainty 

Investment in people and equipment is paying off

By: System Author     21st July 2000 Steel 

SA stainless firm won’t support ‘integrated’ Coega project

By: System Author     7th July 2000 While Columbus Stainless has confirmed that it is in discussions with German company Ferrostaal for a possible stainless-steel venture in the Eastern Cape, the company is adamant that it would not proceed with the project if it is on an integrated basis. 

Trident Component Manufacturing

By: System Author     12th May 2000 Factory 

Stainless wins gold

By: System Author     14th April 2000 Following strict assessment by a team of Southern African Maintenance Association evaluators, the winner of the ABB/Sama Mainenance Excellence Award was announced at a gala evening held in Midrand last month. 

Redundant-stock trader

By: System Author     31st March 2000 Believed to be the only company specialising in the purchase and resale of excess valve stock, Big H Metal & Trading, of Sebenza, Gauteng, has an entire storeroom and courtyard filled to capacity with a variety of valves and stainless-steel fittings, flanges, tubing, plate and instrumentation items. 

Full-steam ahead for steel exports

By: System Author     25th February 2000 One of South Africa’s leading steel producers, Highveld, is convinced prospects for steel have improved so much that it will attempt to capitalise on this trend by producing at higher levels during 2000. 

Stainless take-off expected

By: System Author     11th February 2000 South Africa’s stainless-steel producer, Columbus, appears to be in for a better year with signs of a serious take-off in stainless-steel prices. 

R7,9m roll-grinder rebuilding contract

By: System Author     28th January 2000 Machine Tools 

SA stainless steel wins container maker’s favour

By: System Author     21st January 2000 World leader in tank container manufacture Consani Engineering is very bullish about the industry’s future prospects. 

Novel luminaire is a first for South Africa

By: System Author     21st January 2000 Steel Fabrication & Cladding 

New stainless-steel colouring company

By: System Author     21st January 2000 Steel Fabrication & Cladding 

SA-made braider exported to the US

By: System Author     21st January 2000 What is believed to be the biggest stainless-steel wire hydraulic hose-braiding machine ever to be built in South Africa was exported to the US last month. 

Iron project put on the back burner

By: System Author     21st January 2000 The State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has pulled back from the promotion of the Maputo Iron and Steel Project, which could well mean that the project will never see the light of day. 

Stainless producer set to break even soon

By: System Author     3rd December 1999 South Africa’s integrated stainless-steel producer, Columbus Stainless, is nearing the end of a long and painful teething period. 

Stainless steel viewed as strategic in industrial development

By: System Author     3rd December 1999 The formation of the South African Stainless Steel Co-operative Development Initiative (SSCDI) has elevated the stainless-steel industry to the level where it is a strategic industry sector in government’s national strategy for industrial development. 

Mini-merchants forced to import stainless

By: System Author     8th October 1999 Stainless-steel mini-merchants report that they are increasingly having to import stainless steel as the local distribution structure is ‘unfair’ and ‘uncompetitive’. 

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