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Carbon Steel News

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. 


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. 

SA stainless-steel mill begins a new voyage

22nd March 2002 The €232-million deal in which Spanish stainless-steel firm Acerinox acquired a 64% shareholding in South Africa's Columbus Stainless in November at last brings to the venture what many view as a critical success factor - an international alliance partner. 

SA stainless-steel mill begins a new voyage

22nd March 2002 The €232-million deal in which Spanish stainless-steel firm Acerinox acquired a 64% shareholding in South Africa's Columbus Stainless in November at last brings to the venture what many view as a critical success factor - an international alliance partner. 

Steel producer campaigns to grow secondary exports

By: Terence Creamer     15th February 2002 South Africa’s largest steel producer, Iscor, aims to work with domestic users of steel in an effort to promote the export of secondary-steel products. 

SA steel firm optimistic of US steel deal

By: Terence Creamer     8th February 2002 South Africa's leading steel manufacturer Iscor is cautiously optimistic that the country will receive a special steel dispensation into the highly-lucrative US market when President George W Bush makes known the implications of the 201 trade investigation currently under way. 

SA steel giant now 20% foreign owned

7th February 2002 Shares in South African steel firm Iscor rocketed to fresh highs after news that UK-based LNM Holdings had upped its stake added fuel to a week-long rally and raised speculation that LNM plans a takeover. 

Stainless-steel parts firm targets global car market

25th January 2002 Specialists in the manufacture of stainless-steel components Maxe Stainless Steel has established itself as a supplier of quality stainless steel products to the South African and European automotive industries. 

Will 'Rainbow' make Saldanha shine?

By: Keith Campbell     25th January 2002 ONCE-beleaguered Saldanha Steel, now part of Iscor, is set for a new era of success thanks to the implementation of Project Rainbow, including the relining of the Corex. 

SA stainless seeks a passage to India

By: Keith Campbell     25th January 2002 MPUMALANGA province is seeking to develop downstream stainless steel manufacturing by encouraging Indian stainless steel companies to enter joint ventures (JV) with local companies. 

Lessons from Spain in SA's stainless fabrication moves

By: Terence Creamer     18th January 2002 It is possible that the newly-established Middleburg Stainless Steel Incubator – which has been set up to support the development of a local fabrication sector to beneficiate product arising from Columbus Stainless – will borrow substantially from the fabrication ideas and successes... 

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