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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. 

300 000-t-by-2010 stainless target set

By: Laura Franz     28th September 2001 South Africa is home to one of the fastest-growing stainless-steel industries in the world. However, even though both total primary production and the subsequent conversion into fabricated products are currently growing at rates in excess of twice the world average, South Africa is not resting on... 

New online service launched

14th September 2001 An online shopping service has been launched by Multi-Alloys, a supplier of nickel alloys and special grades of stainless steel. 

Welding accessories available

14th September 2001 Johannesburg firm Distinctive Industrial Products has become the exclusive stocking distributors for the Huntingdon Fusion Techniques range of stainless-steel welding accessories. 

Equipment exports grow 200%

14th September 2001 Exports of stainless-steel equipment with stainless-steel cast parts from Steloy Stainless Castings have grown by 200 % during the last 12 months. 

Lower nickel price besets scrap dealers

By: Deborah Spicer     14th September 2001 Stainless-steel scrap dealers are carefully watching the price of nickel, the most expensive element contained in stainless steel. 

Inlet work contracts awarded

By: Deborah Spicer     14th September 2001 The Lebalelo water-supply scheme and the Welgedacht water-care works have awarded contracts for their water-purification inlet works to stainless-steel fabricator Benfab. 

Roofsheeting producer to expand

By: Deborah Spicer     14th September 2001 A significant manufacturer of stainless-steel roofsheeting and special roofsheeting in South Africa will start up a new production line by March next year. 

Residential balustrading re-emphasised

By: Deborah Spicer     14th September 2001 Balustrade manufacturer Steel Studio is making a comeback to the residential balustrading market, after having largely ignored this market while establishing itself as a manufacturer of commercial balustrading. 

Tubing a sweet deal for SA sugar sector

By: Deborah Spicer     14th September 2001 The sugar industry can buy locally-manufactured tubing, specifically for use in kestners, evaporators and juice heaters, now that Barloworld SST – previously known as Salmac – together with Columbus Stainless have developed the SQ28TMa dual-stabilised ferritic-stainless-steel tube for... 

Stainless exports exceed local demand

By: Deborah Spicer     14th September 2001 Last year marked the first time that South Africa exported more stainless-steel finished goods than it acquired for domestic demand, with exports at 62 000 t exceeding domestic demand by 700 t. 

Education to assist exports

By: Deborah Spicer     14th September 2001 East Rand manufacturer Rebuff – which supplies polishing buffs, compounds and grinding products to stainless-steel product manufacturers – is turning to education to make it even more export orientated in a market in which local stainless-steel product manufacturers are feeling the... 

Experimental vessel developed

14th September 2001 Over the years, important strategic mutually-beneficial partnering alliances have been implemented by South African Breweries (SAB) with key suppliers of materials, equipment and services, that have been to the mutual benefit of all parties. 

Stainless-steel wire contract awarded

14th September 2001 Local firm OESA has been awarded a contract by Transwerk for the supply of 309L stainless-steel wire. 

Efforts afoot to change stainless sector's pale face

By: Laura Franz     7th September 2001 In an effort to promote the black ownership of companies in the South African stainless-steel industry, Sher Steel & Alloy Suppliers MD Jackie Palani is in the process of formalising a Black Stainless Steel Development Forum (BSSDF) committee. 

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. 

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