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Steel production up 5.4% y/y in May

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th June 2019 Global crude steel production increased by 5.4% year-on-year to 162.7-million tonnes in May, the World Steel Association (worldsteel) reported on Monday. Its data shows that China's crude steel output had increased by 10% year-on-year to 89.1-million tonnes in May, while India's output had... 

Insimbi to acquire metals trading firm Treppo

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st June 2019 JSE-listed Insimbi Industrial Holdings will see ISB acquire Treppo, which is involved in the sourcing, trading and buying of recycled metals – mainly ferrous metals or steel – in the greater Gauteng area. Through this transaction, Insimbi will expand its ferrous business and its client base,... 

New drive technology meets industry demands

21st June 2019 The current trend of rolling high-strength materials requires higher torque capabilities at the drive train in metallurgical plants and stainless steel technical services and products provider SMS group’s drive technology meets this demand. “SMS group drive technology features rolling mill drive... 

Company to supply fasteners for Woodbridge upgrade

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     21st June 2019 Stainless steel fasteners importer and distributor Fastenright is supplying stainless steel fasteners for the upgrading of the wooden bridge on Woodbridge Island in Milnerton, Cape Town. The fasteners that have been supplied on this project include extra-long hexagon bolts, nylock nuts and wood... 

Company to supply fasteners for Woodbridge upgrade
WOODRIDGE ISLAND Fastenright supplied extra-long hexagon bolts, nylock nuts and wood screws for the wooden bridge

Company expands and increases production

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     21st June 2019 Manufacturer Impala Bolt & Nut recently initiated an expansion programme to increase its warehouse and production facilities by nearly 3 000 m2.   The investment includes new plant and equipment, testing facilities and the implementation of a QR code product identification system to ensure... 

Local steel exporters suffering amid lower US steel demand

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th June 2019 Trade union Solidarity says South African exporters of steel and aluminium products are under severe pressure after the US recently granted Canada and Mexico exemption from steel and aluminium tariffs. The US in May lifted the 25% tariff on steel and the 10% tariff on aluminium for Canada and... 

Local steel exporters suffering amid lower US steel demand
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Solidarity deputy general secretary Marius Croucamp

Engineers concerned over lack of projects, skills

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th June 2019  The decline in engineering projects and a shortage of engineering skills are issues of concern to engineers, the 2019 PPS Graduate Professional Index (GPI) results have revealed. An overwhelming 78% of engineers believe there has been a decline in South African engineering project opportunities,... 

Approach, not technology, key to success in advanced manufacturing

By: Schalk Burger     14th June 2019 The only way for small and large companies to become and remain globally competitive in advanced manufacturing supply chains is to embrace the latest technologies and processes that are available, says machined components manufacturer Daliff Precision Engineering chairperson Rowland Chute.... 

Approach, not technology, key to success in advanced manufacturing
LOCAL YET GLOBAL Real-time analysis of operating data will provide information for where future improvements are required

Steel Awards attracts record number of sponsors, entries

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th June 2019 The South African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) says a record number of sponsors, as well as entries, have been received for this year’s Steel Awards, which will be hosted on October 10. Fourteen steel companies have pledged their support for this year’s event, a 40% increase... 

Steel Awards attracts record number of sponsors, entries
Saisc CEO Paolo Trinchero

ArcelorMittal boss says EU must respond further to Trump's steel tariffs

By: Reuters     12th June 2019 Europe urgently needs to take further measures to offset the impact of import tariffs imposed by US President Donald Trump, the chief executive of steelmaker ArcelorMittal told a German newspaper in an interview published on Wednesday. The European Commission is currently reviewing its... 

ELBCon installing leach vats at Glencore’s Rhovan vanadium mine

By: Simone Liedtke     12th June 2019 Construction services provider ELB Construction (ELBCon) has been awarded a contract by Turnmill Proquip Equipment to install four leach vats, as well as associated structural steel, at Glencore’s Rhovan vanadium mine, in the North West. The mine’s aged leach vats are becoming obsolete and will... 

ELBCon installing leach vats at Glencore’s Rhovan vanadium mine

Sensible steam system management a priority

7th June 2019 Establishing repair priorities based on safety, steam/energy loss and possible impact on production and quality is a sensible approach to a steam system management programme, says test and measurement tool supplier Comtest. Water boils at 100 °C making steam, which is routinely transmitted at... 

Plasma ignition for burners now available to South African market

7th June 2019 Industrial equipment supplier O.E.N. Enterprises has introduced the new Hegwein Microwave Plasma Ignition System manufactured by combustion technology firm Durag Group as part of its portfolio of igniters available to the South African burner market. O.E.N highlights that firing up large... 

Plasma ignition for  burners now available  to South African market
LIGHT OF MY LIFE The new plasma ignition system is safer and more cost effective

Hydronic boiler named product of the year finalist

7th June 2019 Boiler room solution provider Cleaver-Brooks’ ClearFire-CE (CFC-E) fully condensing hydronic boiler has been named a finalist for the US Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2019 Product of the Year. The awards programme spotlights innovative new products that continue to raise the bar for the... 

Hydronic boiler named product of the year finalist
PICK ME The condensing hydronic boiler has been listed as a product of the year finalist in the boilers and chillers category

Regular boiler maintenance key in stable power

7th June 2019 Multinational conglomerate GE is aware of the pressures faced by power producers, especially utilities, to improve efficiency and productivity within their steam plants. For South Africa, regular maintenance to major upgrades and retrofits of utility power plants and in particular the boilers, is... 

Regular boiler maintenance key in stable power
OHHH SO STEAMY GE offers a comprehensive range of steam power solutions to the continent

Guinea iron-ore prospectors set sights on ArcelorMittal rail

By: Reuters     6th June 2019 The race to mine Guinea's iron-ore has started although the focus is not on its giant Simandou deposits but on smaller finds whose output could be transported via Liberia if ArcelorMittal shares its railway, banking and industry sources said. Guinea's aspirations to develop Simandou, the world's... 

Bidders scramble to break up British Steel ahead of June 12 deadline – sources

By: Reuters     5th June 2019 Steelmakers and private equity are working on proposals for only parts of the collapsed British Steel pending a June 12 deadline for binding bids, sources close to the process said. None of the potential buyers, which include GFG Alliance and former owner Greybull, would be willing to take on the... 

ANC says ten sectors to be prioritised under ‘re-imagined industrial strategy’  

By: Terence Creamer     4th June 2019 The African National Congress (ANC) has unveiled what it describes as a “re-imagined industrial strategy” as part of a broader five-year programme of action agreed at the party’s three-day lekgotla, which concluded in Gauteng on Tuesday. In a statement released following the gathering, the ANC... 

ANC says ten sectors to be prioritised under ‘re-imagined industrial strategy’

EU needs to act on steel imports in wake of US tariffs – industry

By: Reuters     4th June 2019 Steel is being diverted to Europe as a result of US 25% tariffs and the European Union needs to act, European steel industry chiefs say a letter sent to EU leaders and EU institutions. There has been a sudden downturn in the European steel industry's prospects, underpinned by long-term trends, 45... 

AMSA to face emissions charges 

By: Reuters     3rd June 2019 ArcelorMittal South Africa said on Monday it had received a summons instituting criminal proceedings for three charges relating to transgressions of its atmospheric emissions licence at its Vanderbijlpark operations. The charges relate to allegedly conducting certain activities without the... 

AI-embedded solution solves IoT data challenges

31st May 2019 Software solution and analytics developer SAS Analytics was chosen by stainless steel manufacturer Ulbrich Stainless Steel to provide an artificial intelligence- (AI-) embedded Internet of Things (IoT) solution to analyse data created by Ulbrich’s plant sensors. This was done in order to deal... 

AI-embedded solution solves IoT data challenges
ANALYTICS UNDERSTANDING Ulbrich Stainless Steel uses SAS analytics to understand the IoT data streaming from its connected factories

Chrome ore exports contribute to stainless steel production

By: Cameron Mackay     31st May 2019 The export of chrome ores from South Africa for use in the ferrochrome smelter of Chinese stainless steel group Tsingshan’s stainless steel plant has contributed to global growth in chrome ore supply. “Although the plant receives supply from China, which is re-routed South African material, and... 

Dope-free tech used in three stand CRA pipes’ first run

31st May 2019 Stainless steels developer and manufacturer Sandvik’s SAF 2507 corrosion resistant alloy (CRA) pipes were used with dope-free technology to conduct the first ever run of CRA tubes in stands of three pipes (triples). The pipes were used by an international operator in a project involving wells to... 

Dope-free tech used in three stand CRA pipes’ first run
CRA TRIPLES TUBES CRA pipes have traditionally been run in singles as the threaded connections exhibit a higher tendency to galling and require a careful make-up

New stainless steel enclosure systems presented at trade fair

31st May 2019 Earlier this month, industrial enclosures provider Rittal presented its new stainless steel versions of the company’s AX and KX small and compact enclosure series and the VX25 enclosure system at this year’s international meat industry trade fair IFFA in Frankfurt, Germany, from May 4 to 9. While... 

New stainless steel enclosure systems presented at trade fair
CORROSION PROTECTION The VX25 large enclosure system is now available in a 100% stainless steel version to meet the strictest corrosion resistance standards

Company drives new stainless steel applications

By: Cameron Mackay     31st May 2019 Owing to stainless steel being 100% reusable, local stainless steel distributor Stalcor is engaged in a drive to find new applications for stainless steel in which the metal can be used as an alternative to materials such as plastic, thereby providing a green solution, says Stalcor projects... 

Company drives new  stainless steel applications
CRUCIAL SAVINGS Cost-effective solutions and savings have become crucial as local and global markets contract, and as profitability in the sales cycle becomes more difficult

Ruland makes stainless steel oldham couplings

31st May 2019 Flexible couplings manufacturer Ruland Manufacturing now makes oldham coupling hubs from 303 stainless steel. This addition gives designers an off-the-shelf coupling to choose from when designing systems in corrosive, vacuum or cleanroom environments. 

Ruland makes stainless steel oldham couplings
MISALIGNMENT CAPABILITIES Stainless steel oldham couplings are well suited for corrosive, cleanroom and vacuum applications that require high misalignment capabilities

Provider develops specialised stainless steel roll

By: Cameron Mackay     31st May 2019 Stainless steel technical services and products provider SMS group has developed a specialised roll for its stainless steel plants. “Reliable and precise flatness measurement is of paramount importance. These rolls carry the brand name X-Shape and are part of the X-Pact product family, which... 

Provider develops specialised stainless steel roll
DIGITAL COMMITMENTS The Manufacturing Execution System and Genius Condition Monitoring System illustrate the company’s commitment to digitalisation and smart plants

Powder coating for corrosion launched

31st May 2019 Global industrial coating supplier PPG has introduced its PPG Envirocron Extreme Protection Edge powder coatings for corrosion protection. PPG is represented in South Africa by paint manufacturer Prominent Paints, based in Alrode, Gauteng. 

Powder coating for  corrosion launched
LAY IT ON THIN The sprayable powder is a one coat application

Association highlights advantages of hot dip galvanising

By: Halima Frost     31st May 2019 The steel industry has not been immune to the pressures of the recent global and domestic economic challenges and, as a result, a notable reduction in local consumption has been filtering through to the hot dip galvanizing industry. Hot dip galvanizing is a corrosion-control process for steel or... 

Association highlights advantages of  hot dip galvanising
TAKE A DIP Dipping steel into molten zinc allows for an effective corrosion barrier

New coatings range launched in S Africa  

By: Halima Frost     31st May 2019 Specialised construction product manufacturer a.b.e. Construction Chemicals announced its partnership last month with coatings supplier Rustopak to launch the a.b.e. Rustopak range. The range consists of the a.b.e Rustopak Red Penetrant Sealant, and the Rustopak Top Coat. 

New coatings range launched in S Africa
a.b.e. Construction Chemicals CEO Warren Trew & Watsons Coatings president Gary Watson discuss the Rustopak range. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Christo Greyling.

Valves supplier to launch new products

By: Mamaili Mamaila     31st May 2019 South African thermoplastic valves supplier Astore Keymak is engaged in research and development activities with its suppliers to launch new FIP industrial valves for chemical applications every second year. “For aggressive chemical applications, such as sulphuric acids and hydrochloric acids,... 

Valves supplier to launch  new products
HIGHLY COMMITTED Astore Keymak remains committed to technology and solutions for the chemical, petrochemicals and industrial space

Adjudicator says any security defence of US auto tariffs at WTO 'very difficult'

By: Reuters     28th May 2019 The US will find it "very difficult" to defend President's Donald Trump's proposed car tariff against any challenge at the World Trade Organization (WTO), a veteran trade adjudicator who has ruled on a related case told Reuters. Trump said this month that some imported vehicles and parts pose a... 

Global crude steel production rises by 6.4% y/y

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th May 2019 Crude steel production in the 64 countries that report to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) increased by 6.4% year-on-year to 156.7-million tonnes in April, worldsteel reports. China’s crude steel production for April was 85-million tonnes – a 12.7% year-on-year increase. 

HC Heat Exchangers named ‘most innovative’ at Seifsa awards

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th May 2019 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) on Thursday crowned HC Heat Exchangers as the Most Innovative Company of the Year at its Awards for Excellence ceremony. The judges were impressed by the improvement of HC’s offering that sees it use its expertise to... 

India to surpass China as largest importer of coking coal by 2025

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd May 2019 Fitch Solutions maintains its forecast for an average coking coal price of $195/t for this year, stating that prices will remain elevated, with strong demand from China’s steel sector, as US–China relations continue to deteriorate and the probability rises of further economic support from the... 

India to surpass China as largest importer of coking coal by 2025

Three companies join forces to launch EMVAfrica brand 

23rd May 2019 Energy Engineered Products, Multi-Alloys and E-Metals Cape have joined forces under the EMVAfrica umbrella to create what they call “a dynamic, single-source solutions provider and service suit”. Simone Liedtke gives us the details. 

Three companies join forces to launch EMVAfrica brand
Three companies join forces to launch EMVAfrica brand

Minerals Council welcomes safety improvements, but warns of continuing policy concerns 

By: Nadine James     22nd May 2019 The Minerals Council South Africa will, later this year, launch a new health and safety initiative called Khumbela iKhaya, council chaiperson Mxolisi Mgojo revealed on Wednesday. Addressing the council's annual general meeting, he noted that appreciable improvements in the health and safety... 

Minerals Council welcomes safety improvements, but warns of continuing policy concerns
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Minerals Council chairperson Mxolisi Mgojo
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