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 AfCFTA holds opportunities for South African industry

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th May 2022 With progress being made on negotiations for the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), South Africa’s steel industry could capitalise on opportunities emanating from AfCFTA agreement, once it is implemented. Tralac Trade Law Centre executive director Trudi... 

Steel master plan conference reveals action areas that need urgent attention

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th May 2022 There are a number of areas with clear to-do lists and action plans that the industry must collaboratively undertake to ensure the successful implementation of the steel industry master plan. Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) COO Tafadzwa Chibanguza told... 

Forum set up to improve cooperation between Eskom, Transnet and domestic industrialists 

By: Terence Creamer     20th May 2022 A new forum comprising Eskom, Transnet and domestic industrialists is to be established to improve collaboration between the two large infrastructure-focused State-owned companies and domestic manufacturers and suppliers. The initiative was unveiled by Ministers Pravin Gordhan and Ebrahim Patel... 

Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel
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Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel

Is the steel master plan delivering?  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th May 2022 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about whether the steel master plan is delivering; the lack of demand that is negatively impacting on the industry and how localisation could help to boost demand; and the electricity supply and rail and port... 

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Is the steel master plan delivering?

Need for fire-related event realised

By: Halima Frost     20th May 2022 Event organisers Specialised Exhibitions’ inaugural Firexpo South Africa 2022 will highlight the services and products of local suppliers in the fire prevention and protection sector to visitors. The event will be hosted from May 31 to June 2 at the Gallagher Convention Centre, in Midrand, Gauteng. 

A picture of two gentlemen shaking hands at a branded stand at an event hosted by event organizer Specialised Exhibitions
FACE TIME The inaugural FireExpo 2022 will be held at the Gallagher Convention Centre and is one of the first in person expo's being held in over two years

Fire protection foam dosing system on offer

By: Halima Frost     20th May 2022 Fire protection equipment supplier DoseTech offers its FireDos fire protection foam dosing technology, known as proportioners, to the South African fire prevention and firefighting market. The company explains that foam is the only way to effectively fight certain fire scenarios. 

A large fire fighting nozzle which is fitted with a Dosetech Fire Dos proportioner which mixes air water and foam agent to effectively fight fires.
IN THE MIX Dosetech's Firedos proportioners offer the perfect mix of water air and foam agent to fight fires successfully

Water mist tech to be presented at event

20th May 2022 Multinational engineering and manufacturing company Danfoss Fire Safety – part of the Danfoss Group – will be presenting a session at the Firexpo South Africa 2022 being held from May 31 to June 02 at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, Gauteng. The session will take place in the Securex... 

A spray nozzle affixed to a ceiling spraying a large amount of mist water as a fire suppression system offered by Danfoss Fore Safety
FINE TUNED The brand of fine mist sprayers known as SEM-SAFE will be highlighted at this year's ForeExpo 2022

Specialist replaces valves at pump station

By: Sabrina Jardim     20th May 2022 Industrial valves specialist Brimis Engineering is designing, fabricating and installing three custom-designed sluice gate valves to replace the obsolete valves at the Zuikerbosch pumping station in Vereeniging, Gauteng. “The original valves – made from cast iron – were installed during the... 

An image depicting a man, Mphephu Nengovhela, wearing a black and white tuxedo, holding a microphone
MPHEPHU NENGOVHELA The new sluice gate valves are about 80% lighter than the originals making the valves easier to install and maintain

Steel Master Plan presents immediate opportunities for industry, govt

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th May 2022 There are a number of opportunities for both government and industry to capitalise on immediately while pursuing the implementation of the Steel Master Plan, speakers agreed during a panel discussion at the Mainstreaming the Steel Master Plan Conference on May 19. Manufacturing Circle executive... 

Fanaroff dismisses infrastructure versus localisation dichotomy as ‘factually wrong’ 

By: Terence Creamer     19th May 2022 The “either-or” narrative pitting accelerated infrastructure delivery against localisation has been challenged by Dr Bernie Fanaroff, who played a central role in the development of the Steel Master Plan, which identifies localisation as one of several instruments to be used to revive the... 

Dr Bernie Fanaroff
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Dr Bernie Fanaroff

Steel industry carbon emissions to drop nearly a third by 2050 – WoodMac

By: Reuters     17th May 2022 Carbon dioxide emissions from the world's steel sector will fall 30% by 2050 compared with last year as more mills turns to less-polluting electric arc furnaces (EAF), consultancy Wood Mackenzie (WoodMac) said in a study on Tuesday. Around 48% of global crude steel will be made via EAF by 2050,... 

Seifsa to host conference on Steel Master Plan

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th May 2022 The Steel and Engineering Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) will hold a Mainstreaming the Steel Master Plan Conference, at Emperors Palace, in Kempton Park, on May 19 and 20. “Steel forms the foundation of any modern economy and is essential to every single industry sector. Our steel sector... 

Tracker technology increases PV efficacy

By: Halima Frost     13th May 2022 The Genius Tracker from solar energy equipment supplier GameChange Solar can increase a solar photovoltaic (PV) installation’s harnessing efficacy by up to 25% as opposed to a static tracking system. The single axis tracker can be installed on slopes of about 7%, “but it could be designed to... 

A long row of solar panels of specially designed Genius trackers supplied by Gamechange solar at an installation in South Africa
TOP TRACKER The Genius Tracker offered by GamChange solar increases harnessing efficiency on a solar panel by about 25%

Two installations prove company’s mettle

By: Halima Frost     13th May 2022 Industrial boiler manufacturer Steam Generation has successfully completed two projects in Africa that highlight its ability to improve energy efficiency and management for clients. “We commissioned a steam generation plant for a notable brewery in Accra, Ghana, in January, which entailed... 

A large 3 000 kg/h burner installed at local food, home and personal care product producer, in Isando,
BIG BURNER Steam Generation has installed two burners for a client based in Isando

New products added to portfolio, renew interest in metrology solutions

By: Nadine Ramdass     13th May 2022 Measuring instruments supplier B&R Metrology introduced new products to its portfolio to counteract the decline in enquiries for metrology products as manufacturing and engineering companies navigate Covid-related impacts, and to pursue new sales tactics and increase its online presence. As a... 

An image of Scantech's Simscan
SCANTECH SIMSCAN The Simscan has been popular in the local market since its introduction October last year

Court bars some AMSA workers from strike – union

By: Reuters     12th May 2022 South Africa's labour court has ordered workers at ArcelorMittal South Africa's (AMSA's) steel plants, blast furnaces and coke batteries to be excluded from an ongoing job boycott, after the company argued these are essential services barred from striking by law, the metal-workers union said. The... 

Numsa to embark on strike at AMSA’s operations from May 11

By: Donna Slater     10th May 2022 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) says it has served steelmaker ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) with a 48-hour notice to strike after the union rejected AMSA’s wage increase offer. Numsa intends to start the strike at AMSA’s Vanderbijlpark, Pretoria and Newcastle... 

Gordhan calls for ban on sale of scrap metal to protect SA's infrastructure

By: News24Wire      5th May 2022 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan says in order to to alleviate the risk of continued damage, theft and vandalism of freight rail infrastructure in the country, government should consider a temporary ban on the sale of scrap metal. Gordhan was replying to questions in the National... 

ArcelorMittal sees global steel demand drop on Ukraine war

By: Bloomberg     5th May 2022 ArcelorMittal expects global steel consumption to contract this year as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine slows the economic rebound from the pandemic. Demand for steel -- a key barometer for global economic growth -- will fall by as much as 1% this year, the company said in a statement Thursday.... 

ERP solutions can mitigate industry challenges

By: Sabrina Jardim     29th April 2022 Software development company SYSPRO assists fabrication businesses by providing enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions that assist in delivering consistency throughout the value chain, from the initial quote to final product delivery. “The metal fabrication industry is largely in survival... 

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INNOVATION IS KEY Owing to the challenges facing the metal fabrication industry, businesses are having to become increasingly tech-savvy, agile, flexible, responsive and customer-centric

Fasteners, bearings and welding equipment all within supplier’s ambit

By: Sabrina Jardim     29th April 2022 Fasteners, bearings and welding products and equipment are relevant for the metal fabrication sector, which is built on cutting metal and welding it. If metal cannot be bolted together with fasteners, then it can be welded together, 

An image depicting the WAAM 3D printing process for metal
WAAM The WAAM 3D Printing for Metal: Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing with Cold Metal Transfer (CMT) from Fronius

Merger results in beneficial services

By: Sabrina Jardim     29th April 2022 Abrasives supplier First Cut and gas safety training and equipment company Gas Safety International’s (GSI’s) aim - through their merger of interests – is to mitigate the challenges in the metal fabrication industry through increased value proposition, welding training and safety expertise. These... 

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ANDREW POOLE The merger with GSI enables First Cut to offer customers welding safety consulting, analysis and assessments, which has strengthened the company’s welding division

Seifsa, Eskom discuss private generation as key to solving South Africa's power challenges

By: Schalk Burger     26th April 2022 Industry organisation the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) this week held a meeting with State-owned power utility Eskom, during which greater private sector investment into electricity generation capacity was identified as a key enabler to resolving the... 

Seifsa CEO Lucio Trentini
Seifsa CEO Lucio Trentini

Steel production decreases in first quarter

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd April 2022 World crude steel production for the 64 countries reporting to industry organisation the World Steel Association (worldsteel) was 161.0-million tonnes in March, a 5.8% decrease compared with March 2021. Global crude steel production was 456.6-million tonnes in the first three months of the year,... 

Local heat exchanger industry waning

By: Sabrina Jardim     22nd April 2022 The local heat exchanger industry is facing challenging times owing to factors such as the Covid-19 pandemic and the country’s economic state, says heat exchange solutions provider Kelvion operational manager Pieter Herbst and MD Alex Dreyer. “Not only is the heat exchanger industry facing a... 

An image depicting Kelvion's fully welded plate heat exchanger the K° Bloc
RENEWABLE FOCUS Kelvion's K° Bloc heat exchanger handles high pressures and high temperatures, and can be used in various energy industries such as hydrogen and renewable energy

Mining leader in S Africa’s 4IR transformation

By: Tracy Hancock     22nd April 2022 While the South African mining industry in many aspects is leading the country’s Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), the manufacturing sector is not as quick to adopt to new ways of working and the use of technology, says professional services firm PwC South Africa industrial manufacturing and... 

BEYOND TECHNOLOGY
Companies often believe that the Fourth Industrial Revolution is all about technology, failing to see that it is actually about a new way of working
BEYOND TECHNOLOGY Companies often believe that the Fourth Industrial Revolution is all about technology, failing to see that it is actually about a new way of working

Waterjet cutting services relevant for vessels, heat exchangers

By: Sabrina Jardim     22nd April 2022 Waterjet cutting service provider MAXJET processes baffle and tube plates up to a thickness of 50 mm, which are commonly used in vessels and heat exchangers. “Our process makes for simpler downstream works, while our cold cutting processes allow for materials to be processed without affecting... 

An image depicting a silver tube plate heat exchanger
SERVING THE INDUSTRY Waterjet cutting service provider MAXJET processes baffle and tube plates up to 50 mm thick

Siemens Gamesa buffeted by rising costs as turbine launch problems deepen

By: Reuters     20th April 2022 Siemens Gamesa is discussing raising prices for its wind turbines by more than a high single-digit percentage in some cases as it grapples with stubbornly lofty raw materials prices, CE Jochen Eickholt said on Wednesday. "For specific materials … steel, copper, others, we continue to observe... 

Duferco calls for DTIC to rethink its approach to the country’s steel industry  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th April 2022 Producer of cold-rolled and galvanised coils Duferco Steel Processing (DSP) is calling for the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) to adopt a more far-sighted and even-handed approach that will benefit the South African steel industry as a whole. DSP CEO Ludovico Sanges says the... 

Worldsteel forecasts higher steel demand, but warns of volatility

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th April 2022 Industry body the World Steel Association (worldsteel) has released its Short Range Outlook (SRO) for 2022 and 2023, forecasting that steel demand will grow by 0.4% this year to reach 1.84-million tonnes, after having increased by 2.7% in 2021. In 2023, steel demand will see further growth of... 

stainless steel coils
Stainless steel coils

Seifsa’s Trentini says government needs to roll out infrastructure spend

By: Darren Parker     13th April 2022 Government needs to roll-out its promised infrastructure spend as it is central to reigniting industrial capacity in the domestic steel sector, Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) CEO Lucio Trentini said on April 13. “This industry stands ready to make its... 

Seifsa CEO Lucio Trentini
Seifsa CEO Lucio Trentini

Paramount Group invests in skills development for young engineers

By: Donna Slater     13th April 2022 Aerospace and technology company Paramount Group has launched an engineering mentorship and training programme – the Young Engineers Development Programme (YEDP) – aimed at fast-tracking young engineers by equipping them with the skills and experience required to excel in the workplace. The... 

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Participants of Paramount Group's Young Engineers Development Programme

ArcelorMittal studies 100 MW renewables projects for Gauteng and Western Cape 

By: Terence Creamer     13th April 2022 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa has initiated feasibility studies for two 100 MW renewable energy projects to supply electricity to its existing facilities in Gauteng and the Western Cape. The studies should be finalised during 2023/2024, the company said in a statement. 

ArcelorMittal South Africa CEO Kobus Verster
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ArcelorMittal South Africa CEO Kobus Verster

Seifsa calls for extensive consultation on draft preferential procurement regulations

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th April 2022  Industry body the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has prepared a submission in response to the draft Preferential Procurement Regulations published by the National Treasury for public comment, owing to the fact that State organs are key markets to which... 

AM tech ideal for stainless steel parts manufacturing

8th April 2022 Emerging additive manufacturing (AM) technologies have attracted significant attention owing to an attractive set of properties and attributes. A common feature of AM technologies is the build-up of objects by deposition of material layer upon layer driven by a three-dimensional, or 3D, computer... 

An image of Direct Metal Deposition
DIRECT METAL DEPOSITION AM technologies allow for new, optimised designs as well as a drastic reduction in lead times

Stainless steel industry perseveres in challenging conditions

By: Nadine Ramdass     8th April 2022 Despite significant challenges, such as the Covid-19 pandemic and its ripple effects, the stainless steel sector has shown adaptivity, innovation and resilience. It is also showing prepandemic consumption levels, with Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) acting... 

A closeup image of a steel melting furnace
LIGHT AHEAD The stainless steel sector is showing prepandemic consumption levels

Tool distribution for local market simplified

By: Nadine Ramdass     8th April 2022 Through its partnership with South Korea-based original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) YG-1, engineering equipment importer and supplier JTB Industrial Solutions (JTB) can supply the local market with YG-1’s range of cutting tools and indexable inserts. YG-1 is a major global company that exports... 

An image of YG-1's range of cutting tools and indexable carbide inserts
PROUD PARTNERSHIP YG-1's range of cutting tools and indexable carbide inserts
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