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Carbon Steel News

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. 

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. 

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