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Metals & Engineering News

IMF reacts to US protectionism

17th May 2002 The US decision to impose tariffs up to 30% on steel imports is not in accord with international trade rules, IMF Deputy MD Anne Krueger said. 

Three die in steel mill accident

17th May 2002 Three men were killed and two others were injured when parts of a filtration system collapsed in South African steel producer Iscor’s hot strip mill at its Saldanha plant yesterday, the company said. 

SA escapes US steel pipe ban

13th May 2002 The US International Trade Commission on has voted, 4-1, against imposing countervailing or anti-dumping duties on imports of steel pipe and other tubular goods used in oil production. 

Global steel wars and SA

By: Terence Creamer     6th May 2002 While the world slugs it out over market access, South Africa battles to boost its steel beneficiation cause. 

Big enviro projects for aluminium smelter

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     3rd May 2002 Resources giant BHP Billiton is implementing multimillion-dollar projects at its Bayside Aluminium smelter, in Richards Bay, aimed at reducing gaseous emissions and improving production capacity and product quality. 

Tubing to deal with 'sweet' corrosion

3rd May 2002 Five years of extensive laboratory tests, negotiations and trials have resulted in the successful introduction of Salmac Stainless Tube’s SQ28 stainless-steel tubing, which is resistant to stress corrosion cracking, to the South African market. 

Richards Bay gets new substation

By: Terence Creamer     3rd May 2002 A R16,5-million project that included the establishment of a new 132 kV multipurpose substation and the replacement of two 132 kV oil-filled underground cables by overhead lines, was completed in Richards Bay earlier this year. 

Foundation laid for new steel era

By: Terence Creamer     3rd May 2002 South Africa’s largest steel producer Iscor has faced its fair share of challenges over the last few years. Questions about its very survival have lingered, while change, re-engineering and retrenchments have been an ever-present reality. 

Turning upstream competitiveness to downstream advantage in SA

By: Terence Creamer     3rd May 2002 From a South African perspective, it is safe to say that all the work done to secure the survival of the primary steel industry will be rendered meaningless unless it helps spur development in the downstream steel manufacturing sector. 

Steel consolidation: no special cases

By: Terence Creamer     3rd May 2002 Any further consolidation of the South African steel industry will hinge strongly on what view the competition authorities take on the matter. 

Beneficiation remains the State's key policy driver

By: Terence Creamer     3rd May 2002 The multilateral process designed to deal with chronic steel over capacity appears set to continue despite a US-prompted steel war, which has led to the raising of protective barriers for steel right across the globe. 

The world's biggest cruise liner handed over

By: Karel Smrcka     3rd May 2002 At Finland’s Turku shipyard the biggest world cruise liner, ‘voyager class’ Adventure of the Seas was handed over to the royal Caribbean Cruise Line shipping company at the end of last year. 

Does corrosion industry need a surface-technology association?

By: vanessa vasques     3rd May 2002 Moves are currently under way to assess the need for a Surface Technology Association (STA) in South Africa to represent the surface technology and coating industry. 

Hot-dip galvanised steel and mining

3rd May 2002 The Hot Dip Galvanizers Association of Southern Africa has released a paper entitled, “Evaluation of the use and performance of hot dip galvanized steel at a PGM concentrator facility”. 

Iron-ore deal boosts steel company

2nd May 2002 The iron-ore procurement deal struck during the unbundling of South African steel company Iscor last year is beginning to show through on the company’s financial results, despite the inclusion of an operating loss from Saldanha Steel. 

Stainless firm forecasts better prices

29th April 2002 The world’s third-largest stainless steel maker AvestaPolarit says stainless prices were likely to rise in the near term. 

R65m rail wagon export to Mauritania

26th April 2002 A division of Johannesburg-based Dorbyl, RSD, will start work shortly on a R65-million contract signed with SNIM, of Mauritania, for the design, manufacture and commissioning of 150 iron-ore wagon bodies. 

Motor industry to fuel growth of SA foundries

By: Zonika Botha     19th April 2002 First established in South Africa in 1948 for export purposes, the British Metal Corporation (BMC) today predominantly imports noble ferro alloys and minor metals, which are not produced here, for use by the local foundry and steel industries, MD Nick Trollip reports. 

Drives project for port tippler

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     19th April 2002 South African Port Operations, a division of transport parastatal Transnet, is to replace the apron feeder drives at the iron-ore terminal tippler at the port of Saldanha, which it says are so old that spares are no longer available. 

Foundry with rare flair wins world recognition

By: Martin Creamer     19th April 2002 Thos Begbie is a company with rare expertise. The historic South African foundry, which turns 115 years old this year, is one of only two in the world – the other being in the US – that has the ability to produce high-tonnage copper castings, while still retaining optimum levels of... 

Foundry group reports good growth

19th April 2002 Foundries group Ozz has, over the last 60 years, acquired extensive expertise in the manufacture of wear-resistant materials. 

Integration of metal manufacturing facility completed

By: vanessa vasques     19th April 2002 Manufacturing and engineering specialist Andrew Mentis, of Johannesburg, has completed the integration of its new expanded metal manufacturing facility. 

Global steel talks resume today

18th April 2002 The South African government will join more than 38 nations in Paris today when the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) hosts a meeting designed to continue work on improving the conditions in world steel markets and to confirm the directions of their future work. 

SA steel group in successful rights issue

16th April 2002 Steel firm Iscor announced the successful conclusion of its rights offer in which the company raised R1,67-billion in additional capital. 

Window of opportunity widens for local manufacture

By: Marius Roodt     12th April 2002 A window of opportunity is widening in South Africa, Bosal CEO Karel Bos tells Engineering News in an exclusive interview. 

Sharp rise in US exports forecast by blade maker

By: Deborah Spicer     12th April 2002 The largest industrial-blade manufacturer in the southern hemisphere, W Fearnehough of the East Rand, could see a large increase in the tonnage of blades that it exports to the US if interest in its wood-veneer knife translates into the significant orders that the firm expects it to. 

High-flying entrepreneur still investing hundreds of millions in South Africa

By: Marius Roodt     12th April 2002 A company which today supplies one in every five vehicle exhausts sold in the world had humble beginnings right here in South Africa – and this year it will plough another R330 million into its South African operations. 

Local firm in mould-powder breakthrough

By: Joanne Delaurentis     12th April 2002 Local mould flux manufacturer Thermochem is now able to compete on par with its large international competitors in the supply of spray-dried granules used by international steel manufacturers in the steel-making process, following its acquisition of a large spray drier plant, reports MD Gerbrand... 

SA battles it out for Coega aluminium project

9th April 2002 South Africa, Australia, and now Qatar are laying elaborate incentives on the table in a bid to secure a multimillion-dollar investment by French company Pechiney in the form of a 460 000 t/y primary aluminium smelter. 

Southern Africa is becoming an aluminium-smelter destination

8th April 2002 Deep-sea ports and reliable competitively-priced electricity could give Southern Africa an edge over many regions as the location of some of the potential aluminium smelters resources giant BHP Billiton is considering. 

Southern Africa is becoming an aluminium-smelter destination

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     5th April 2002 Deep sea-ports and reliable, competitively-priced electricity could give Southern Africa an edge over many regions as the location of some of the potential aluminium smelters resources giant BHP Billiton is mulling. 

Free trade is not fair trade

5th April 2002 South Africa was spared from the US imposition of steel tariffs in March. South African steel exporters will be affected by the tariffs, even though our steel exports to the US are small. 

Steel firm welcomes competition decision

5th April 2002 Steel firm Iscor welcomed the reasons given by the South African Competition Tribunal that allows the merger between Saldanha Steel and Iscor to proceed. 

Chilean steel makers vow to continue fight for protection

2nd April 2002 Chilean steelmakers lamented a domestic decision against safeguard duties on steel imports and vowed to keep fighting to protect their industry after the US slapped hefty tariffs on its steel imports this month. 

East Rand zinc and aluminium die-caster in expansion drive

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     29th March 2002 High-pressure aluminium and zinc die-casting company Zealous Pressure Castings, of the East Rand, is spending R15-million in an expansion project which will see production double within the next 24 months. 


29th March 2002 Kolbenco, of the East Rand, claims to be Africa’s largest automotive piston manufacturer, with a yearly production capability of one-million pistons. 

SA steel industry to launch export portal

25th March 2002 The South African steel industry is launching its own export portal on the world wide web in order to assist large and small companies to increase exports of value-added steel products. 

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