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Metals & Engineering News

Columbus weighs anchor at good production levels

By: System Author     25th February 2000 The steel plant at SA’s only integrated stainless-steel mill has begun exceeding nameplate design capacity – yet another indication that the corner seems to have been turned at Columbus. 

SA design staves off imports

By: System Author     11th February 2000 The first furnace-tending vehicle to be developed in South Africa has been delivered to the $1,3-billion Mozambique Aluminium (Mozal) smelter. 

Stainless take-off expected

By: System Author     11th February 2000 South Africa’s stainless-steel producer, Columbus, appears to be in for a better year with signs of a serious take-off in stainless-steel prices. 

R7,9m roll-grinder rebuilding contract

By: System Author     28th January 2000 Machine Tools 

SA stainless steel wins container maker’s favour

By: System Author     21st January 2000 World leader in tank container manufacture Consani Engineering is very bullish about the industry’s future prospects. 

Novel luminaire is a first for South Africa

By: System Author     21st January 2000 Steel Fabrication & Cladding 

New stainless-steel colouring company

By: System Author     21st January 2000 Steel Fabrication & Cladding 

SA-made braider exported to the US

By: System Author     21st January 2000 What is believed to be the biggest stainless-steel wire hydraulic hose-braiding machine ever to be built in South Africa was exported to the US last month. 

Iron project put on the back burner

By: System Author     21st January 2000 The State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has pulled back from the promotion of the Maputo Iron and Steel Project, which could well mean that the project will never see the light of day. 

SA steel still going to US

By: System Author     21st January 2000 Steel producer Iscor reports that it is still able to market its products in the US market despite steps already taken against it in a pending anti-dumping suit concerning cold-rolled steel exports. 

Industry steels itself to cope with a severe downturn in prospects

By: System Author     21st January 2000 Steel Fabrication & Cladding 

R12,5m stone preheater is built

By: System Author     21st January 2000 Steel Fabrication & Cladding 

Washing plant for colliery

By: System Author     21st January 2000 Steel Fabrication & Cladding 

Structural steel: material of choice

By: System Author     21st January 2000 Steel Fabrication & Cladding 

Alloy selection is critical for brazing

By: System Author     21st January 2000 Steel Fabrication & Cladding 

New grating product is taking the floor

By: System Author     21st January 2000 Steel Fabrication & Cladding 

First metal forecast by end of next year

By: System Author     10th December 1999 Mozal 

Phase two presents continued involvement

By: System Author     10th December 1999 Mozal 

R133m-worth of Mozal contracts tied up

By: System Author     10th December 1999 Mozal 

R5-million contract for fabricated steelwork

By: System Author     10th December 1999 Top Prison Projects 

Industry steels itself with new developments

By: System Author     10th December 1999 Developments to Watch 

Stainless producer set to break even soon

By: System Author     3rd December 1999 South Africa’s integrated stainless-steel producer, Columbus Stainless, is nearing the end of a long and painful teething period. 

Stainless steel viewed as strategic in industrial development

By: System Author     3rd December 1999 The formation of the South African Stainless Steel Co-operative Development Initiative (SSCDI) has elevated the stainless-steel industry to the level where it is a strategic industry sector in government’s national strategy for industrial development. 

Russians roll in with ball mills

By: System Author     5th November 1999 Russia is seeking to market ball-rolling mills to the South African steel industry. 

Advanced precision-blanking methods

By: System Author     29th October 1999 Developments to Watch 

Steel service centre listed

By: System Author     29th October 1999 FE2 Holdings had a disappointing listing on the building, construction and engineering board of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange last week. 

Vessels breakthrough realised

By: System Author     29th October 1999 Approval of the use of locally-invented 3CR12 steel for the fabrication of pressure vessels is set to provide a lower-cost alternative for users. 

Aluminium smelter reaches halfway mark

By: System Author     15th October 1999 Construction on the US$1,3-billion Mozambique Aluminium (Mozal) plant outside Maputo is on schedule and on budget. 

Fixing method for millennium

By: System Author     15th October 1999 Fasteners 

Mini-merchants forced to import stainless

By: System Author     8th October 1999 Stainless-steel mini-merchants report that they are increasingly having to import stainless steel as the local distribution structure is ‘unfair’ and ‘uncompetitive’. 

Economic upturn predicted for welding

By: System Author     8th October 1999 Welding & Cutting 

Metal alloys with high corrosion resistance

By: System Author     1st October 1999 Developments to Watch 

SA hurt as brewery contracts go abroad

By: System Author     1st October 1999 There is some disquiet in the domestic stainless-steel sector following a decision by South African Breweries to go offshore for the supply of 41 stainless-steel vessels for its new R750-million greenfields brewery being built near Port Elizabeth. 

What South Africa will get for its R21-billion

By: System Author     1st October 1999 The list of national or non-defence industrial participation projects which will be undertaken in South Africa in return for the country’s R21-billion purchase of defence equipment is long and varied, ranging from stainless steel to tourism. 

Aluminium project approaches final straight

By: System Author     24th September 1999 The R2,4-billion expansion project at the Hulett Aluminium plant in Maritzburg, Kwazulu-Natal, is 97% complete, within schedule and on budget. 

Africa’s huge cladding potential outlined

By: System Author     24th September 1999 The African continent has great potential for the cladding industry as markets open up and financing from organisations such as the World Bank and Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) becomes available. 

Reinforcing-steel sector below 1985 levels

By: System Author     24th September 1999 With a radical downturn in the construction industry over the last few years, the reinforcing-steel industry is experiencing the same slumo in demand. 

 

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