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Metals & Engineering News

Neasa calls for steel duties to be dropped to meet burgeoning domestic demand

By: Donna Slater     18th January 2021 Unless import duties are reduced or made null for a period of time, steel shortages will continue to plague the domestic market, the National Employers Association of South Africa (Neasa) argues. Currently, the largest steel manufacturer – ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has repeatedly assured... 

SMS Group to buy Andritz Maerz's copper furnace business

By: Donna Slater     13th January 2021 Industrial furnace company Andritz Maerz and plant supplier SMS Group have entered into an agreement to transfer the global copper furnace business, including the related intellectual property and service activities, from Andritz Maerz to SMS. SMS states that the acquisition further strengthens... 

Steel inventories rise as coronavirus spike sees China's Hebei grind to a halt

By: Reuters     13th January 2021 Steel mills in northern China's Hebei province are having to find more space for inventories as transportation restrictions imposed to prevent the spread of a resurgent coronavirus prevent them from sending out products to clients. Hebei, which accounts for a quarter of China's steel capacity,... 

BHP invests in startup seeking to make emissions-free steel

By: Bloomberg     12th January 2021 BHP Group, the world’s biggest mining company, has invested in a startup company seeking to develop less-polluting ways of making steel. While many in the mining industry have outlined how they plan to curb their own direct pollution, those emissions are a fraction of ones produced by customers,... 

AMSA says steel shortage will be ‘quickly’ resolved after early restart of blast furnace 

By: Terence Creamer     8th January 2021 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) says the earlier-than-planned restart of its second blast furnace at the Vanderbijlpark Works will position the company to “quickly resolve” the current shortage of steel, which has been negatively affecting downstream fabricators and manufacturers... 

AMSA says steel shortage will be ‘quickly’ resolved after early restart of blast furnace
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The Vanderbijlpark Works

Steel supply squeeze continues for downstream firms 

By: Terence Creamer     7th January 2021 South Africa’s downstream fabricators and manufacturers are continuing to experience difficulties in securing steel and are also confronting rising prices, which could be partly attributed to the throttling of supply over the past few months. The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition... 

Steel supply squeeze continues for downstream firms

Mining and Metals Blockchain Initiative launches proof of concept platform to trace emissions

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th December 2020 The World Economic Forum’s (WEF's) Mining and Metals Blockchain Initiative (MMBI) has released a proof of concept that uses distributed ledger technology to track embedded greenhouse-gas emissions. The successful completion of the proof of concept, named the Carbon Tracing (COT) Platform will be... 

Seifsa lauds AfCFTA as January commencement nears

By: Donna Slater     10th December 2020 In a move likely to boost inter-African trade, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has welcomed the December 9 confirmation that trading under the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement will commence from January 1, 2021. The AfCFTA journey... 

Seifsa calls for moratorium on power hikes as Eskom makes case for cost-reflectivity 

By: Terence Creamer     7th December 2020 Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) used the platform created by ongoing National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) hearings to call for a moratorium on additional electricity tariff hikes, arguing that further increases would undermine the country’s... 

Seifsa calls for moratorium on power hikes as Eskom makes case for cost-reflectivity

New forming line increases global supply capabilities

4th December 2020 Last month, automotive technology and engineering company Benteler International announced it would be investing in a new forming line for processing of airbag tubes at its Schloss Neuhaus plant, in Germany. The company has expanded its value-added depth in airbag and seat belt pretensioner tubes... 

New forming line increases global supply capabilities
PIPELINE A new forming line for processing of airbag tubes is being invested in by Benteler International

Metal prices expected to average higher in 2021 amid recovery from Covid-19 – Fitch Solutions

By: Donna Slater     1st December 2020 Financial risk management, solutions and insights company Fitch Solutions Country Risk and Industry Research (Fitch Solutions) expects miners and metal producers to experience a more favourable pricing environment in 2021 with nearly all mineral and metal prices forecast to average higher on a... 

Govt study into local lithium-ion battery value chain almost complete  

By: Irma Venter     27th November 2020 A study into the possible development of a lithium-ion (li-ion) battery value-chain in South Africa will be completed by the end of the year. The study is being undertaken by Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS), on behalf of the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC). It... 

Govt study into local lithium-ion battery value chain almost complete
Gaylor Montmasson-Clair

Pandemic negatively affects vessel testing

By: Cameron Mackay     27th November 2020 The negative impact of Covid-19 on the local economy has resulted in a significant decrease in the testing of air-pressure vessels, says air compression products and services provider Tru Compressor Solutions sales director Phillip Botha. The company has conducted 15 tests on air-pressure vessels... 

Seifsa recognises metals, engineering sector's top performers

By: Donna Slater     26th November 2020 Centurion Systems won the award for Most Innovative Company of the Year during this year's Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) Awards for Excellence. This year's ceremony was held in a Covid-19-compliant manner at Summer Place, in Boksburg, on November 25.  

Global steel output up 7% y/y in October as industry recovers

By: Reuters     25th November 2020 Global crude steel production in October rose 7% year on year to 162-million tonnes as other countries joined China in a recovery in industrial activity. China, the world's biggest producer and consumer of the metal, remained the stand-out performer with a gain of 12.7% to 92.2-million tonnes,... 

Manufacturer selected as parts supplier

By: Halima Frost     13th November 2020 Subsequent to being shortlisted as a potential supplier of replacement parts, precision engineering company Vector Engineering has been selected as an official component assembly parts manufacturer for a critical filling line for global brewery Anheuser-Busch InBev SA (Inbev). “The parts were... 

Manufacturer selected as parts supplier
FILLING THE GAP The parts manufactured by Vector Engineering for the filling line were reverse engineered to suit the requirements of the client

Infrastructure recovery roadmap mulled

By: Mamaili Mamaila     13th November 2020 If South Africa is to have any hope of economic recovery, no sector can afford to do things the way it did before 2020, says the International Zinc Association (IZA). 

Infrastructure recovery roadmap mulled
REFINED STRUCTURES The construction of a new zinc refinery will reduce dependence on special high-grade zinc imports, and provide a much-needed boost for the construction industry

Company holds premium reputation in valves industry

6th November 2020 Stainless steel and special alloy valves supplier Energy Valves, a division of single-source supplier of corrosion resistant and other specialist alloys EMVAfrica, holds a solid reputation as a leading supplier of premium quality valve solutions. “Several differentiating factors have earned us... 

Company holds premium reputation in valves industry
LARGE HOLDING ENERGYValves boasts a vast stock-holding of its flagship range of competitively priced ball valves which can be considered as commodity products

Latest equipment supplied to industry

6th November 2020 Engineering components provider BMG is committed to assisting industry create a healthy, clean and safe environment for welding procedures. This is achieved through the supply of the latest equipment and advanced technologies, supported by technical expertise, says BMG Tools and Equipment... 

Latest equipment supplied to industry
EXTENDED RANGE BMG’s range of Jasic welding equipment comprises arc inverter welders, tungsten inert gas, metal inert gas metal active gas welders and plasma cutters

Digitalised process takes pipe welding to next level

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     6th November 2020 Japanese steel manufacturer JFE Steel Corporation has produced the first pipe at its Fukuyama Works in Japan after the successful revamp of its submerged arc welding stands by metallurgical plant supplier SMS group. The revamp included five-wire submerged arc welding heads, digital inverter... 

Digitalised process takes pipe welding to next level
BETTER AND BETTER The current revamp project focused primarily on enhancing the repeatability and furthering the development of the welding parameters

Norway's Nel, Statkraft agree to produce green hydrogen for steelworks

By: Reuters     30th October 2020 Norwegian hydrogen producer Nel and utility Statkraft have agreed to build a plant to deliver green hydrogen to a steelworks in northern Norway, replacing fossil fuel, the companies said on Friday. A letter of intent signed by the two firms covers the delivery of an alkaline electrolyser plant... 

Emphasis placed on supplying products to address industry issues 

By: Simone Liedtke     30th October 2020 South Africa’s civil structures are in dire need of improved performance and longevity, hence building materials company AfriSam’s emphasis on supplying quality products that “go beyond current requirements”. Speaking to Engineering News, AfriSam regional product technical manager Nithia Pillay... 

Emphasis placed on supplying products to address industry issues
AfriSam’s Nithia Pillay speaks about the company’s drive to supply products that address industry issues

Tribunal approves IRL's buyout of Mapochs mine, with conditions

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th October 2020 The Competition Tribunal has approved a transaction whereby natural resources investor International Resources Limited (IRL) South Africa will acquire the openpit Mapochs mine, in Mpumalanga. The mine supplied ore for the production of steel and vanadium before steel producer Evraz Highveld... 

Industrial investment will flow if South Africa ‘consistently’ builds 1.6 GW of wind yearly 

By: Terence Creamer     27th October 2020 Leading wind-energy project developers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are convinced that South Africa’s plan to install 1.6 GW of new wind capacity yearly until 2030 is more than sufficient to attract large-scale industrial investment. These captains of industry warn, however, that... 

Industrial investment will flow if South Africa ‘consistently’ builds 1.6 GW of wind yearly

Increased bolt security in all conditions

23rd October 2020 The X-series washers, which are a part of industrial products producer BMG’s Nord-Lock bolt securing systems range, are designed for optimum bolt security, even in the most demanding operating conditions. These bolt securing washers have been developed to safely secure bolted joints exposed to... 

Increased bolt security in all conditions
STRONG WASHER The combined tension and spring action of X-series washers combats the effects of surface treatments, thermal cycling and vibration

New safety shoe and boot brands faring well

23rd October 2020 Although the Covid-19 pandemic and its subsequent restrictions on trade and events have set back personal protective equipment (PPE) specialist Sisi Safety Wear’s Basi boot – which features a metaguard – the company says its other newer ranges have fared well so far this year. The Basi boot will... 

New safety shoe and boot brands faring well
COOL TO BOOT The boot specially designed to fit the female foot is both functional and pretty

Flagship brand well known in Africa

23rd October 2020 Industrial and electronics distributor Actum Group represents its flagship brand, BAND-IT, throughout Africa. With the engineered stainless steel band clamping of BAND-IT and fastening products that are long-lasting and durable, these products have been designed with safety in mind. BAND-IT... 

Flagship brand well known in Africa
HOLD IT TOGETHER One of the benefits of BAND-IT fastening solutions is that it caters for harsh applications and allows for a long life span owing to the highly durable material

Global demand met by industry leader

23rd October 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic outbreak created a surge in global demand for medical equipment, with a subsequent knock-on effect being a huge demand for sheet metal fasteners, specifically for those companies producing essential equipment, including ventilators. International fastening specialists TR... 

Global demand met by industry leader
FAST FASTENERS TR Fastenings facility in the UK can manufacture a wide range of fasteners that can be used across a range of industries

Company engages govt for greater awareness of local industry

23rd October 2020 Stainless steel producer Wire Products Stainless Steel Productions (WPSSP) is engaging government to create greater awareness about the local supply of stainless steel long products and wire. The Germiston-based company has met with the Department of Trade and Industry, the Department of Public... 

Company engages govt for greater awareness of local industry
LOOK LOCAL WPSSP is calling on government to become more involved in the sector, facilitating deals directly with State-owned enterprises to allow for South African producers

Hybrid future in sight

23rd October 2020 Global engineering company Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group (WMFTG) predicts a hybrid bioprocessing future, where tried and trusted stainless-steel systems are seamlessly integrated with single-use technology. This flexible approach will enable contract manufacturing organisations (CMOs) and... 

Hybrid future  in sight
TECHNOLOGY SHAKE UP Stainless steel is not dead nor dying, but the emergence of new technology continues to shake up the biopharmaceutical industry

Key issues in welding stainless steels

23rd October 2020 Most stainless steels have good weldability if some key issues are understood and addressed, correct procedures are followed and expert advice is obtained if the organisation is inexperienced, says gases and welding products supplier Afrox manufacturing industries team applications development... 

South African Cabinet approves export tax on chrome ore 

By: Reuters     22nd October 2020 South Africa, the world's biggest chrome producer, has approved measures to support the domestic ferrochrome industry including through an export tax on chrome ore, according to a Cabinet statement on Thursday. "The interventions include the proposed introduction of the export tax on chrome... 

South African Cabinet approves export tax on chrome ore

Bleak outlook for packaging, reports research company

16th October 2020 According to the 2019/20 Packaging Overview report released by full-service research company BMi Research in August, South Africa’s packaging industry could decline by more than 9% in 2020 as a result of severely impaired disposable income following the national lockdown enforced as a response to... 

Easy-to-assemble water storage tanks launched

By: Halima Frost     16th October 2020 Steel products and related services company Structa Group recently launched the marketing drive for its new Circotank brand, which offers a range of rolled sectional steel tanks. Circotank is manufactured from galvanised steel sheet, cold rolled, with a stiffening profile.  

Easy-to-assemble water storage tanks launched
TANK TOP The Maxi range of tanks offers water storage capacity of up to 1.5Mℓ

Decline in global steel demand to be less than expected -Worldsteel

By: Reuters     15th October 2020 The coronavirus-related decline in global steel demand this year will be less than expected at 2.4% after a buoyant recovery in China, the World Steel Association (WSA) said on Thursday. The industry group made a downward revision to its June forecast of a 6.4% decline this year after heavy... 

Seifsa announces award finalists

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th October 2020 Industry body the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has announced the finalists for the sixth edition of its Awards for Excellence. The awards promote and reward innovation and excellence in the metals and engineering sector. 

Hulamin's performance continues to improve

By: Simone Liedtke     14th October 2020 Order books in all operations for aluminium supplier Hulamin have continued to improve throughout the third quarter of the 2020 financial year, and are approaching “normal levels”, the company reported on October 14. The company also confirmed that orders for beverage can products, heat-treated... 

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