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Metals & Engineering News

Gas burner helps steel mill improve operations

19th July 2002 Since incorporating the BOC Burnjector technology into its operations in August last year, CitiSteel, a carbon plate steel mill based in Delaware, in the north-west of the US, has improved the energy efficiency and productivity of its manufacturing processes. 

Steel Internet tool forges ahead

19th July 2002 LineBuilders – a communication tool to access steel industry technology and to assist in project tracking – now has more than 1 000 registered users on its web site. 

Steel firm to raise prices in September

17th July 2002 South African steel producer Iscor has said it would align its domestic steel prices in September to keep pace with fluctuating international dollar prices for hot rolled coil. 

Aussie steel firm looks to consolidation

16th July 2002 Resources giant BHP Billiton’s A$2,4-billion spin-off BHP Steel yesterday listed on the share market at a premium, thereby underlining its ambitions to be a player in global industry rationalisation. 

Wire baron who showed 'nerves of steel'

12th July 2002 Industry doyen and philanthropist Ian Haggie died on June 27 in Johannesburg. 

US excludes 23 more steel products from duties

12th July 2002 The US Department of Commerce and the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) have announced the release of the fourth set of products to be excluded from the safeguard measure on steel products, introduced by President George W Bush on March 5, 2002. 

More complainants join steel action

10th July 2002 New Zealand has joined six under complainants on a panel to examine the European Commission’s (EC’s) complaint on US safeguard measures on steel imports. 

Aluminium project to yield $80m for Moz business

By: Zonika Botha     9th July 2002 A little more than a year after receiving the green light, the Mozal aluminium expansion project in Beluluane, Mozambique, is well poised to produce its first hot metal in October 2003, followed by full production at the end of the first quarter of 2004. 

World Bank cautions Nigeria on outmoded steel mill

9th July 2002 The World Bank has issued a stinging denunciation of Nigeria’s multibillion-dollar Ajaokuta steel project, warning that its Soviet-era technology could lead to "terrible drains on resources". 

Autocats provide growth impetus for tubing firm

By: Irma Venter     5th July 2002 Pretoria company Fischer Stainless Steel Tubing aims to increase production from its current 500 t a month, to about 1 200 t a month within the next five years, says MD Erich Kotzenmacher. 

Corrosion-prevention measures for bridge

5th July 2002 The cable ties and anchor support system for the Nelson Mandela Bridge, which is currently under construction and expected to be unveiled in July 2003, are the main components to support the bridge. 

W-coast steel mill back at full capacity

3rd July 2002 South African steel company, Iscor, says its Sadanha steel mill on South Africa’s west coast has been operating at full design capacity one week after the completion of the Corex furnace reline. 

Number of complainants against US steel action grows

1st July 2002 The panel on the US steel safeguards dispute has grown to six complainants, following the Dispute Settlement Body’s (DSB’s) decision last month to grant second time panel requests by China, Switzerland and Norway. 

Southern African aluminium smelters take shape

By: Zonika Botha     28th June 2002 The world’s largest resources group BHP Billiton is still on track to bring two of its aluminium smelter expansion projects to fruition. 

R430-million smelter equipment contract is awarded

By: Zonika Botha     28th June 2002 The largest manufacturer of machinery and equipment for primary aluminium smelters in the world, ECL of France, has been awarded a R430-million contract to supply 144 equipped superstructures, four pot-tending machines, two anode jacking frames, four raising runway beams and a furnace-tending... 

R50m compressed-air system for smelter

28th June 2002 A division of the IST group, IST Industrial, has been awarded a R50-million turnkey contract for the upgrading and expansion of the compressed air system at the Hillside aluminium smelter. 

R30m bake furnace heats up

28th June 2002 Construction company WBHO has made something of a name for itself in the construction of aluminium smelters. The company, in a joint venture with Concor, has recently started work on a R30-million contract for the construction of the third bake furnace at the Hillside aluminium smelter in... 

Smelter coup for SA haulage firm

By: Zonika Botha     28th June 2002 Overland haulage company and flagship of Imperial Holdings, Truck Africa of Germiston, Gauteng has secured a lucrative contract to transport equipment to both the Mozal and Hillside aluminium smelter expansions projects. 

Jhb firm wins R30m follow-up contract

28th June 2002 Following its successful completion of a R40-million low-voltage contract and electrical installation at the first phase of BHP Billiton’s Mozal project, near Maputo in Mozambique, Johannesburg-based company RBF Technology has won an additional R30-million contract for the supply of... 

Electricals upgrade to boost output

28th June 2002 Global power and automation technology group ABB has won a $26-million order to supply electrical and control equipment for BHP Billiton’s Hillside aluminium smelter in Richards Bay, near Durban. 

R20m automation deal is secured

28th June 2002 Operations Management Systems solutions provider Keops Isis Industrial Information Systems has won several contracts at the BHP Billiton Mozal II expansion project worth an estimated R20-million over the next three years, with the project expected to continue until August 2003. 

Mozambique: cause for Afro-optimism

By: Joanne Delaurentis     28th June 2002 The African continent, as well as the international donor community, are desperate for a success story to demonstrate the possibility of economic and political turnaround on a continent riddled with turmoil and poverty. 

'Steel industry lacks Coega strategy'

By: Irma Venter     28th June 2002 It is a ‘great pity’ the steel industry does not yet have a strategy on how to deliver the fabricated steel necessary for the Coega project, Bateman executive director Dr Stephen Meijers said, speaking at the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction Workshop 2002. 

SA emerges as export hub for Austrian firm

By: Irma Venter     28th June 2002 About 40% of VAE Africa’s turnover last year was generated through exports, representing a significant increase from the 10% in previous years. 

Unbundling Oz steel group forecasts better profits

27th June 2002 Chief executive of BHP Billiton Paul Anderson said on Wednesday the profit outlook for the company's steel unit, due to be spun out, could be higher than forecast due to steel price movements. 

Aussie steel unbundling set for approval

25th June 2002 The world’s largest resource company BHP Billiton’s steel spin-out was set to be cleared by shareholders on Wednesday, as the new company faced rising steel prices offset by a stronger currency, analysts said on Monday. 

Export route is the way to go

21st June 2002 The entire aluminium foundry industry faces a major challenge in 2002, reports Cape Town-based aluminium foundry Ajax Manufacturing MD Charles Rowe. 

Southern Africa becomes key aluminium hub

21st June 2002 South Africa is home to resources group BHP Billiton’s 100%-owned Hillside and Bayside aluminium smelters, both based in Richards Bay, in Kwazulu-Natal, while the Mozal smelter – in which BHP Billiton has a 47% stake – is located just outside Maputo, the Mozambican capital. 

Global aluminium industry ensures its sustainability

21st June 2002 Aluminium is a young and modern metal. It has only been produced on an industrial scale since 1886, when Hall and H 

SA stainless steel association expands its training horizons

21st June 2002 The Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) is to expand its educational and training horizons to embrace a comprehensive human resource development programme by drawing on the resources of industry at large. 

. . . But concern about skills dearth

By: Irma Venter     21st June 2002 South African industry is concerned about the lack of skills in the structural steel sector. 

French aluminium investment set for Coega - Radebe

By: Irma Venter     20th June 2002 The establishment of the Pechiney aluminium smelter at Coega looks certain, says South Africa’s Public Enterprises Minister Jeff Radebe who met with the French company in Paris earlier this week. 

Last call for stainless steel awards entries

14th June 2002 As a further indication of the importance of the Stainless Steel Awards programme for industry, this issue of Engineering News carries an awards entry form. 

Deal breathes new life into Nigerian steel plant

14th June 2002 A multinational consortium led by Solgas Energy, has signed an agreement to complete and operate the Ajaokuta Steel Complex in Nigeria, which has consumed more than $4,5-billion. 

US blocks China's steel panel request

13th June 2002 The US blocked China’s first-time request for a panel, stating that the safeguard measures were fully consistent. 

Saldanha furnace reline nearing completion

11th June 2002 Steel producer Iscor has confirmed that its Saldanha Steel mill on South Africa’s west coast will resume production soon following an extended shutdown period for maintenance. 

$26m electrical-equipment contract for SA smelter

7th June 2002 Power and automation technology group ABB has won a $26-million order to supply electrical and control equipment for the Hillside aluminium smelter, which is being expanded by the BHP Billiton mining group. 


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