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Nickel nears seven-year high with metals rising on demand bets

By: Bloomberg     27th July 2021 Nickel rose for a third straight session, approaching a seven-year high on booming demand for the metal used in stainless steel and electric-vehicle batteries. Copper advanced the most in more than two months. Nickel gained as much as 2.1% to $19 780 a ton. It reached $20 110 in February, the... 

AMSA to report interim profit

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd July 2021 Primary steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) expects to report headline earnings a share of R1.76 for the six months ended June 30. This marks an improvement of at least 186% on the headline loss a share of R2.39 posted in the prior comparable six months.  

Seifsa reaches agreement with CEO to ‘mutually separate’

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd July 2021 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has announced that its CEO Kaizer Nyatsumba has left the organisation to focus on his consulting company KMN Consulting. Seifsa had placed him on precautionary suspension early in May, pending an investigation of sorts,... 

Seifsa outgoing CEO Kaizer Nyatsumba
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Seifsa outgoing CEO Kaizer Nyatsumba

South32 secures power for Hillside, weighs green options

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd July 2021 Diversified miner South32 has finalised an energy supply agreement for its Hillside aluminium smelter, in South Africa. The miner on Friday said that the National Energy Regulator of South Africa had approved the long-term energy supply agreement between Hillside and national energy provider... 

An aerial view of South32's Hillside aluminium operation in South Africa

Rio Tinto’s RBM shuttering one of its four furnaces 

By: Simone Liedtke     21st July 2021 Rio Tinto’s Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) operation in South Africa will shut one of its four furnaces owing to the depletion of available feedstock at the plant. This is the result of mining operations being halted following an escalation in the security situation at the operations which... 

Hulamin resumes production as unrest subsides

By: Donna Slater     20th July 2021 JSE-listed aluminium fabricator Hulamin has resumed production activities as of July 16, owing to an abatement in the recent domestic civil unrest in South Africa, which was centered in KwaZulu-Natal. The company is headquartered in Pietermaritzburg – a town that experienced a significant flare... 

Various services available to sugar mills

16th July 2021 Engineering components company BMG is working closely with KwaZulu-Natal’s sugar mill engineers in the industry’s off-crop period to refurbish and replace worn components in preparation for high productivity in the upcoming season. Original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) Dorstener brand gearboxes... 

CARRY ON
BMG has designed, fabricated and installed new carriers, reducing the normal 24-week delivery period to only four weeks
CARRY ON BMG has designed, fabricated and installed new carriers, reducing the normal 24-week delivery period to only four weeks

Botswana begins first iron-ore mining project

By: Reuters     13th July 2021 Botswana has begun work on its first iron-ore mine, a senior government official said on Tuesday, as the country seeks rapid diversification from diamond mining. The African nation's heavy reliance on diamonds, which account for a fifth of the Botswana's GDP and more than two thirds of its... 

Seifsa revises wage offer

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th July 2021 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has tabled a revised conditional wage offer aimed at securing an agreement for the metals and engineering sector. Seifsa is offering a 4.4% increase, which is equal to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) rate in April, across... 

Seifsa tables three-year wage offer

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th July 2021 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has tabled, on behalf of its 19 affiliated employer organisations, a wage offer to trade unions. The unions, including Solidarity, Uasa, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa, the Metal and Electrical... 

Vibration meter serves industries

9th July 2021 Testing technology provider Comtest offers its Fluke 805 vibration meter which measures overall vibration, bearing vibration and temperature simultaneously for clients such as frontline mechanical troubleshooting teams and machine operators of high-end process facilities.... 

FEELING THE VIBE
The new Comtest vibration meter picks up vibration in mechanical and high end processing facility applications
FEELING THE VIBE The new Comtest vibration meter picks up vibration in mechanical and high end processing facility applications

Macsteel appoints new COO

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th July 2021 Macsteel Service Centres South Africa has appointed Tom Cowan COO. Cowan, who holds a mechanical engineering degree, has been in the steel industry for 29 years – all of which he has spent working for Macsteel.  

Hot dip galvanising offers corrosion-resistance, a long life

By: Donna Slater     5th July 2021 Hot dip galvanising (HDG), a process that has been around for 185 years, offers corrosion-resistance properties found with few other methods, HDG expert Terry Smith has said. In a webinar hosted by Creamer Media on June 30 on behalf of the International Zinc Association, he spoke about the... 

Master plan set to boost local market

2nd July 2021 Speaking on the steel master plan, which is a blueprint for the industry to re-energise itself and expand production, the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) states that the broad structure demanded is in place and export councils are now working to boost the local... 

MASTER PLAN 
The broad structure demanded is in place and export councils are now working to boost the local stainless steel sector
MASTER PLAN The broad structure demanded is in place and export councils are now working to boost the local stainless steel sector

Modernisation under way

2nd July 2021 Electric and power supply company GE Power Conversion was selected by diversified industrial group Thyssenkrupp Steel to modernise the drive and automation system of the Downcoiler 3 and side guides in the Bochum hot rolling mill – with a project volume of over €1.5-million. The plant is one of... 

Company achieves milestone

By: Theresa Bhowan     2nd July 2021 Rapidly growing demand in the industrial sector, has seen nitrogen generation equipment supplier Nitralife recently achieving the milestone of having supplied more than 100 customised Nitracut generators to the fabrication and industrial sector over the past four years. “With each new sector and... 

NEXT GENERATION 
While Nitralife’s nitrogen generators have similar designs for various applications, it adjusts each variation according to customer's specifications
NEXT GENERATION While Nitralife’s nitrogen generators have similar designs for various applications, it adjusts each variation according to customer's specifications

Service, product offering expansion creates market opportunities

By: Theresa Bhowan     2nd July 2021 Cutting and precision tool manufacturer and distributor First Cut has recently expanded its cutting and grinding range of product and service offerings to include welding solutions. This expansion was prompted as the welding process is the next natural step that follows the cutting process in the... 

ANDREW POOLE 
Forming the backbone of the broader South African economy, the steel, fabrication and metal processing sectors are essential
ANDREW POOLE Forming the backbone of the broader South African economy, the steel, fabrication and metal processing sectors are essential

ZSD developed for water treatment plants

2nd July 2021 Metallurgical industry plant supplier SMS group is committed to taking care of the environment and has developed an environmentally beneficial product called Zero Solid Discharge (ZSD). ZSD is a water treatment plant for metal industries. 

DIRECT COMPARISON 
The microbial product is composed of a mix of non-genetically modified natural bacteria and their micronutrients and reduces suspended and surface oil
DIRECT COMPARISON The microbial product is composed of a mix of non-genetically modified natural bacteria and their micronutrients and reduces suspended and surface oil

Optimal welding solutions and products supplied by service provider

2nd July 2021 Integrated gas and welding distributor Unique Welding, through its national branch network, comprehensive product range, global partnerships and over 40 years of expertise is uniquely able to assist fabricators reduce welding costs, improve productivity and reduce weld safety risks in the... 

AMSA to report strong interim results

By: Schalk Burger     1st July 2021 Steel manufacturer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) expects to deliver a strong set of results for the six months ended June 30. In a trading statement, it says it expects to report headline earnings of at least R1.69-billion and headline earnings a share of at least R1.76. 

Tsodilo sets sights on contributing to low-carbon steelmaking in Botswana 

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd June 2021 TSX-V-listed Tsodilo Resources has entered into a research collaboration with the Department of Chemical, Materials and Metallurgical Engineering at the Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST) and Morupule Coal Mine (MCM) to undertake metallurgical studies with respect... 

Steel production increased by 16.5% y/y in May

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd June 2021 World crude steel production for the 64 countries reporting to industry association the World Steel Association (worldsteel) increased by 16.5% year-on-year to 174.4-million tonnes in May. Africa’s output increased by 65.1% year-on-year to 1.3-million tonnes in May, while output in the Middle... 

South32 reiterates Paris Agreement, net zero carbon commitment 

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd June 2021 Diversified miner South32 has reiterated its commitment to the Paris Agreement objectives, with the miner committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050. In May, South32 announced its target to achieve a 50% reduction in Scope 1 and 2 operational emissions by the 2035 financial year. To... 

South32 CEO Graham Kerr
South32 CEO Graham Kerr

Seifsa tables three-year wage offer

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd June 2021 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa), which represents 19 affiliated employer organisations, has tabled a three-year wage deal. This followed after negotiations were held with labour unions, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa, Solidarity,... 

Reviving South Africa's steel sector  

18th June 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the newly signed Steel Masterplan and whether it is enough to reignite the revival of South Africa's steel sector. 

Reviving South Africa's steel sector
Reviving South Africa's steel sector

Infrastructure and import substitution at heart of new master plan’s vision for steel revival  

By: Terence Creamer     11th June 2021 A new master plan aimed at stabilising South Africa’s steel industry and creating a platform for the revival of the country’s embattled downstream steel fabricators was signed by representatives from business, labour and government on Friday. The ceremony, which took place amid the constant hum... 

Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel signs the Steel Master Plan as Numsa's Irvin Jim prepares to do likewise
Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel outlines the main pillars of the Steel Industry Master Plan at a signing ceremony held at Hall Longmore’s factory in Wadeville, in Gauteng. Camera Work: Kutlwano Matala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Iron-ore scales over three-week high on China demand, supply risks

By: Reuters     11th June 2021 Iron-ore futures jumped on Friday to their highest in more than three weeks, as a rebound in steel inventory in top producer China suggested that demand for the raw material remained brisk. The most-traded September iron ore on China's Dalian Commodity Exchange rose as much as 4.1% to 1 226 yuan... 

Contracts awarded on strong foundation work

By: Halima Frost     11th June 2021 Concrete foundation specialist Gauteng Piling’s most recent projects have showcased the company’s diverse capabilities in the concrete piling industry. Gauteng Piling contracts manager Keoatlaretse Tema tells Engineering News that two of the projects include the installation of concrete piling... 

CONCRETE SUPPORT
A total of 32 concrete piles were needed on the Mbombela Fresh Produce Market project
CONCRETE SUPPORT A total of 32 concrete piles were needed on the Mbombela Fresh Produce Market project

Product ensures bolt security for safer railways

11th June 2021 Bolt security is essential for optimum safety in all industries, particularly in the railway sector, where demands on rail lines and train components are under increasing pressure, as trains and railway networks become more sophisticated. “Bolt loosening anywhere on railway infrastructure and... 

ADVANCED WEDGE-LOCKING
BMG’s Nord-Lock bolt securing system is based on wedge-locking technology, designed to secure bolted joints exposed to severe vibration and dynamic loads in extreme conditions
ADVANCED WEDGE-LOCKING BMG’s Nord-Lock bolt securing system is based on wedge-locking technology, designed to secure bolted joints exposed to severe vibration and dynamic loads in extreme conditions

Association encourages use of zinc to boost rail

By: Cameron Mackay     11th June 2021 International Zinc Association (IZA) Africa Desk head Simon Norton says there is significant opportunity right now to increase the use of refined zinc for hot dip galvanising of steel, with the steel used for new rail infrastructure projects in South Africa. “This would guarantee a long life for... 

PROTECTING RAIL INFRASTRUCTURE
Zinc has significant capacity to protect uncoated steel structures against premature corrosion
PROTECTING RAIL INFRASTRUCTURE Zinc has significant capacity to protect uncoated steel structures against premature corrosion

Iron-ore jumps on supply concerns, shrugs off China price watch

By: Reuters     9th June 2021 Iron-ore futures rose on Wednesday, with the Dalian benchmark contract gaining up to 5.4% after a three-day slump, as worries over supply boosted prices of the steelmaking raw material. The most-traded September iron-ore on China's Dalian Commodity Exchange ended daytime trading 4% higher at 1... 

New Moody’s scores to reflect ESG risks

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th June 2021 Ratings agency Moody’s has published environmental, social and governance (ESG) issuer profile and credit impact scores for various rated issuers in the global metals and mining sector. This follows on the agency’s publication of ESG scores for a range of corporate issuers, utilities and US... 

Tradecore Steel acquires KZN assets of Gibbsteel Pinetown

By: Simone Liedtke     8th June 2021 An acquisition has increased steel supplier Tradecore Steel’s processing capability in KwaZulu-Natal and further consolidates the company’s sub-Saharan footprint. Tradecore has acquired the KwaZulu-Natal assets of Gibbsteel, a producer of value-added steel products. 

EU’s Green Deal will have wide-ranging impact on SA exports, cautions Van Zyl  

By: Irma Venter     8th June 2021 Europe’s Green Deal is not just a vision or an idea, but a well-funded policy that is being implemented, and that is set to have a wide-ranging impact on South African exports, says Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) executive chairperson Dr Johan van Zyl. Van Zyl stepped down earlier this year as... 

Johan Van Zyl
Johan Van Zyl

Masterplan to position South Africa as ‘globally significant’ renewables manufacturer 

By: Terence Creamer     8th June 2021 Department of Mineral Resources and Energy director-general Advocate Thabo Mokoena reports that government intends using the South African Renewable Energy Masterplan (SAREM), which is currently being drafted, to position the country as a “globally significant” producer of inputs used in... 

Masterplan to position South Africa as ‘globally significant’ renewables manufacturer

Iron-ore tumbles as optimism around China demand fades

By: Reuters     7th June 2021 Iron-ore prices tumbled on Monday as China's subdued trade data for May and narrowing steel profit margins dampened the market's enthusiasm about demand prospects for the steelmaking ingredient. China, which accounts for more than half of the world's steel output, imported 89.79 million tonnes of... 

Iron-ore tumbles as optimism around China demand fades

Steel pricing, duties causing discontent  

4th June 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the difficulties that continue to affect the domestic steel market, unhappiness about safeguard duties and the way ArcelorMittal South Africa prices its steel and how the steel master plan process may help to... 

Steel pricing, duties causing discontent
Steel pricing, duties causing discontent
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