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Carbon Steel News

SA hurt as brewery contracts go abroad

By: System Author     1st October 1999 There is some disquiet in the domestic stainless-steel sector following a decision by South African Breweries to go offshore for the supply of 41 stainless-steel vessels for its new R750-million greenfields brewery being built near Port Elizabeth. 

Wheel turns again as stainless cycle bottoms out

By: System Author     17th September 1999 Stainless Steel 

R2,5m gas converter built

By: System Author     17th September 1999 Stainless Steel 

R20m project on the brew

By: System Author     17th September 1999 Stainless Steel 

R5-million office development

By: System Author     17th September 1999 Stainless Steel 

Will Cinderella be transformed into the belle of the Eastern Cape’s industry?

By: System Author     17th September 1999 Stainless Steel 

R800-million nickel plant for Eastern Cape

By: System Author     17th September 1999 Stainless Steel 

Sink-maker is acquired

By: System Author     17th September 1999 Stainless Steel 

Saldanha debt could be R1-billion in 2000

By: System Author     3rd September 1999 Although steel producer Iscor is convinced of reaching full production at Saldanha Steel during the course of next year, the big question now facing it is the size of the debt. 

Firm’s quality listing

By: System Author     30th July 1999 CONVEYOR-belt fastening system manufacturer Mato Products has officially received its accreditation from Lloyds Register. The company has been operating as an ISO 9002 manufacturer since November 1998, and is belived to be the only local manufacturer of conveyor-belt fastening systems to have... 

R48-million bearing-supply contract signed

By: System Author     30th July 1999 A contract was signed between bearing- distributor Hudaco and steel giant Iscor last month, covering bearing supplies worth about R16-million a year. “The contract makes us one of two preferred suppliers, whereby we pick up a significant portion of Iscor’s bearing business,”... 

Export critical to ensure industrial growth

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 ocal demand for stain- less steel should equal or surpass international growth figures of between 5% and 6% for this year, says Southern African Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) executive director Dave Slater. Although this picture is decidedly rosier than the outlook for the... 

The ins and outs of blast-furnace operation

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 The purpose of a blast-furnace is to chemically reduce and physically convert iron oxides into liquid iron called ‘hot metal’. A blast-furnace is a huge steel stack lined with refractory brick, where iron ore, coke and limestone are dumped into the top, and preheated air is blown into... 

Steel-mill safety

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 A new publication by the International Iron and Steel Institute (IISI) reveals that there is no inherent reason why a steelworks should not have a zero-accident performance. It is necessary to “challenge the implicit acceptance that we operate in a potentially-dangerous industry where some... 

Co-operative spirit is forged between suppliers

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 The co-operative spirit that has prevailed between steel-pipe producer Hall Longmore, of Wadeville, Gauteng, and its primary-product suppliers, Iscor and Highveld Steel, has opened the doors for a wealth of export opportunities for the companies. In order to run Hall Longmore’s new... 

Steel giant keeps beady eye on managing capex

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 heavy emphasis on cashflow manage- ment is dominating Iscor Steel’s strategic vision and, as a result, capex has been managed strictly, commercial GM Ed Coetzer tells Engineering News. “We are investing only in things that we consider essential; with the steel price at the level that... 

180 projects envisaged for Mpumalanga

By: System Author     16th July 1999 More than 180 investment projects worth US$7-billion have already been identified in Mpumalanga in order to unlock its potential as part of the Maputo development corridor (MDC), reports Mpumalanga Investment Initiative (MII) CEO Gordon Griffiths. These projects in the stainless steel, timber,... 

Development project boosts Cape economy

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 THE multibillion-rand development project for Mossgas in Mossel Bay is set to boost the Cape economy. Although the managing contractor is Dresser-Kellogg Energy Services, of the UK, care has been taken to ensure a maximum of local-company involvement in the R2,2-billion project. Fully South... 

R700 000 silo, conveyor supplied to cassava factory

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Gauteng firm Bulk Pneumatic Handling has designed and managed the supply of a silo and conveyor equipment to South Africa’s first commercial cassava-starch plant, in the Northern Province, reports director Tony Chiappini. The company managed the design and installation of a silo, motorised... 

World record steel production achieved

By: System Author     25th June 1999 STAINLESS steel giant Columbus Steel, of Middelburg, has achieved a record production of 5 400 tons of stainless steel in three days. This achievement even exceeds the acceptance criteria of 51 heats in three days for the equipment. The steel melting plant was the first section of the Columbus... 

Local company wins madagascar wheel contract

By: System Author     25th June 1999 LOCAL company Rely Precision Casting has been awarded a contract to cast 1,4-m-diameter Pelton-wheels for Madagascar’s Mandraka power station. Through main contractors Sulzer, the company has been contracted to cast four stainless-steel wheels, which are required to build the two... 

IT system rollout in KZN

By: System Author     25th June 1999 SOFTWARE company AST Kwazulu-Natal has completed the redevelopment of all the core production application systems for Iscor’s integrated profile products steelworks in Newcastle, Kwazulu-Natal. The project once more confirms the effectiveness of the successful ‘big-bang’... 

Major German merger benefits SA subsidary

By: System Author     18th June 1999 The merging of two large German companies – and a new alliance with a US engineering firm – has helped a wholly-owned South African subsidiary to win a refinery-upgrade contract. Following the coming together in Germany of steel contender Thyssen and stainless-steel giant Krupp,... 

So much complex technology hangs on a thread

By: System Author     18th June 1999 When you think about it, nuts and bolts play a vital, but seldom-recognised role in our lives. Although based on a simple helical thread, they represent a highly complex niche of technology, which impinges on virtually every facet of the manufacturing industry. The Greek mathematician Archimedes... 

Steel giant sells off refractories business

By: System Author     18th June 1999 Steel giant Iscor has announced an agreement with the Hernic Industrial group for the sale of its refractories business as part of an ongoing strategy to divest itself of its non-core assets. Executive chairperson Hans Smith states that the sale would release more than R100-million and is in line... 

Moves to drive catalytic converters further

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Producers of one the main components of a catalytic converter, the ceramic substrate, have been approached by members of the South African catalytic converter industry, together with the Catalytic Converter Interest Group (CCIG), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and the Stainless Steel... 

Significant upgrades on the go at Saldanha

By: System Author     11th June 1999 The multipurpose and iron-ore terminals at Saldanha are undergoing significant upgrades aimed at increasing throughput capacities at the port in order to cope with heightened export volumes from Saldanha Steel, due to come on-line later this month, as well as an upsurge in shipping demand from... 

Frail SA foundries mull over Swedish ‘lifeline’

By: System Author     11th June 1999 The introduction locally of Swedish technology could see foundries switching to a new input raw material which reportedly holds significant benefits for the frail foundry industry. This follows a R7,8-million investment by foundry and engineering business Thos Begbie & Company in Middelburg,... 

Stainless-steel fabrication seminar

By: System Author     4th June 1999 The latest global developments in the fabrication of stainless steel will be tackled in a free seminar to be conducted in Durban by the Southern African Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda). Sponsored by Sassda in the interests of promoting cost-effective use of stainless steel, the... 

Traditional slag properties enhanced by new strategy

By: System Author     4th June 1999 As part of its strategy to regain market share in the South African cement industry, specialist slag producer Slagment has employed leading-edge technology to develop Slag 5000, a more finely-ground blast-furnace slag that enhances the properties of traditional slag, reveals MD Shaun Patterson.... 

Black empowerment on the right track

By: System Author     4th June 1999 WHAT is believed to be the largest black-owned company in the railway construction and rail maintenance business, Zomba Civils & Building, has bought a 50% interest in Racec Gauteng, a leading private railway contractor. Effective as of May 1, the deal will see Zomba CEO Charles Modise assuming... 

Iron-ore line No 2 is being investigated

By: System Author     28th May 1999 State rail corporation Spoornet is amenable to assessing the possibility of reopening its rail infrastructure from the Northern Cape down to the Eastern Cape for the export of iron-ore through the proposed Coega harbour. Transnet deputy MD and Spoornet head Mafika Mkwanazi says it remains... 

Merger boosts turnkey ability of company

By: System Author     28th May 1999 One of the latest initiatives within General Electric (GE) includes the merger of GE Electrical Distribution and Control (ED&C) and GE Industrial Control Systems (ICS) to form one of its ten core businesses worldwide, known as GE Industrial Systems. The result is a leading global supplier of... 

South African stainless steel sales increase

By: System Author     21st May 1999 Sales in the local stainless-steel market have increased by 18% since December 1997. which Columbus Stainless – South Africa’s only producer of stainless steel – views as a positive move as it strives to enhance the domestic market wherever possible. The local demand for... 

R4m lining contract for big cobalt plant

By: System Author     7th May 1999 The contract for the lining of vessels and bund areas on the Kasese cobalt process plant in Western Uganda, reported to be worth R4-million, has been awarded to corrosion-control company Gordon Bennett (GB), of Kliprivier, Gauteng, by Bateman Mineral and Industrial on behalf of Kasese Cobalt... 

Image of stainless steel as a corrosion panacea

By: System Author     7th May 1999 SUCH is the image of stainless steel that it is usually viewed as the panacea to every problem of metal degradation in a corrosive environment. However, according to the Southern African Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) spokesperson Dave Rowlands, it would be na 

High-temp polymer for corrosion protection

By: System Author     7th May 1999 Research and development chemists have introduced a new, high-temperature polymer coating that provides protection against erosion-corrosion under conditions of full immersion at temperatures of up to 185?C. The new coating is expected to open the door to markets which, until now, have not been... 

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