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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. 

Fabritech

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... 

Action plan for stainless development

14th January 2002 An action plan which focuses on the medium- and long-term development of the stainless steel industry is being implemented by the International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF). 

Stainless disposal completed

11th January 2002 Stainless steel producer Acerinox of Spain has, with effect from January 1 2002, acquired a 64% interest in Columbus Stainless Steel from Highveld Steel, Samancor and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) of South Africa for a total consideration of €232-million. The three South... 

Columbus expansion will be a consideration in 2002

By: Terence Creamer     12th December 2001 It is anticipated that all outstanding conditions precedent for the acquisition of Columbus Stainless by Acerinox of Spain will be met by the end of this month, and that the new ownership structure will be in place by the second or third week of January. 

Brewery a marvel for stainless steel

23rd November 2001 Stainless-steel companies have played an important role in the development of South African Breweries’ (SAB’s) new Ibhayi brewery in Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape. 

SA steel: the grand plan unfolds

By: Terence Creamer     16th November 2001 The far-reaching restructuring of the South African steel industry will enter a new phase after November 26 when the country’s largest producer, Iscor, is unbundled to form separate steel and mining entities. 

IDC-led alliance wants Kumba to remain in SA hands

By: Terence Creamer     16th November 2001 The head the State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) said yesterday that it and its partners, Stimela and Avmin, plan to use their respective positions in Kumba Resources to support the development of a world-class “South African-domiciled” mining company. 

Rolling-stock contract creates 100 jobs

9th November 2001 The Rolling Stock Division (RSD) of Dorbyl group has entered into a contract, valued at R25-million, with Bombardier Transportation SA for the upgrading of 88 Class 5M2A suburban coaches, made up of 22 motor coaches and 66 trailer coaches. 

SA steel may be better off under US quota system

By: Terence Creamer     6th November 2001 South Africa’s largest steel producer, Iscor, believes that the country could be better off under a possible steel-import ‘equitable quota’ than it is at present with the industry continually having to defend itself against of anti-dumping applications. 

Steel Studio

2nd November 2001 Steel Studio specialises in the manufacture of balustrading and associated products from stainless and mild steel, and claims to be one of the foremost designers, manufacturers and fitters of specialist stainless-steel production in South Africa. 

Stainless awards are expanded

By: Irma Venter     19th October 2001 The Southern African Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) awards have been expanded by the addition of three new categories and the participation of new sponsors, of which three are from abroad. 

Mine gets new software

19th October 2001 An iron-ore-mine at Beeshoek has taken the guesswork out of opne-pit optimisation and scheduling by installing Earthworks NPV Scheduler. 

Electrical industy faces skills crisis

By: Keith Campbell     12th October 2001 THE geatest challenge facing the engineering industry today is the shortage of skilled workers. 

Steel integration deal paves way for multi-phase industry consolidation

By: Terence Creamer     5th October 2001 The conclusion of the long-awaited unbundling deal between mining and steel company, Iscor, and State-owned development financier, the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), is viewed by the IDC as the first phase in a multi-phased project to consolidate the South African steel industry. 

Stainless-steel e-study under way

By: Laura Franz     28th September 2001 E-business remains the final frontier for several industries, but it is about to be overcome by the South African stainless-steel industry with the imminent launch of a study to establish a collaborative e-business strategy for the sector. 

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