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R20m Moz smelter deal

22nd March 2002 Operations Management Systems solutions provider Keops Isis Industrial Information Systems (Keops Isis) has announced that it has won several contracts at the BHP Billiton Mozambique Aluminium Smelter (Mozal) expansion project, with a collective value of some R20-million. 


22nd March 2002 Fabritech specialises in the high-precision manufacture of mechanical components for an array of applications such as oxygen plants, silos, military bridges, decompression chambers, heat exchangers and vessels, and nuclear cranes. 

SA stainless-steel mill begins a new voyage

22nd March 2002 The €232-million deal in which Spanish stainless-steel firm Acerinox acquired a 64% shareholding in South Africa's Columbus Stainless in November at last brings to the venture what many view as a critical success factor - an international alliance partner. 

SA stainless-steel mill begins a new voyage

22nd March 2002 The €232-million deal in which Spanish stainless-steel firm Acerinox acquired a 64% shareholding in South Africa's Columbus Stainless in November at last brings to the venture what many view as a critical success factor - an international alliance partner. 

Liquidated structural-steel firm draws foreign interest

By: Joanne Delaurentis     22nd March 2002 The assets of one of South Africa’s largest independent, privately-owned structural steel company Grider Naco could be on the market, with one or two companies showing interest in acquiring all the assets of the company, after it was placed under provisional liquidation in January. 

NF Die Casting

15th March 2002 NF Die Casting manufactures cast aluminium alloy road wheels and has the capacity to produce around 1,2-million units a year at present. 

Research project on new bonding technology

By: Karel Smrcka     15th March 2002 A research project carried out by German giant Krupp VDM in conjunction with two other German companies – Zeppelin Silo-und Apparatebau and Sika Chemie – delivered highly positive results. 

Steel price increases start to bite

By: Irma Venter     15th March 2002 Steel merchants and engineering shops will suffer massive job losses in the face of Iscor increasing its flange and profile cutting plate price, says PL Steel Services director Peter Elsmore. 

SA – OZ vie for aluminium investment

14th March 2002 South Africa is accustomed to taking on the mighty Aussies in cricket and rugby, but it is understood that this country is now also vying against Australia for a big French aluminium investment. 

China's steelmakers face tough year

14th March 2002 China’s steel makers face a tough year as steel prices are expected to drop further in the first half and eat into the profits of firms already suffering from the global slowdown in 2001, analysts said. 

Steel fuel tanks enjoy renaissance

By: Karel Smrcka     8th March 2002 Many do not want steel to be bypassed by aluminium and plastics and there are several new developments that speak for ‘good old steel’. 

Mining-steel unbundling could be hurt by US tariff hike

8th March 2002 High new US tariffs on steel imports might cast a shadow over early trade in the shares of the steel division of BHP Billiton when they are spun off mid-year from the mining giant. 

Bush ignites steel war

7th March 2002 The world’s top steel producers condemned the US for slapping hefty tariffs on steel imports, saying the move undermined the ideals of free trade preached by Washington. 

SA’s steel lobbying pays off

6th March 2002 South Africa's intense lobbying of Washington during December and January appears to have paid off, with this countries steel industry being exempted from action taken by the US President George W Bush against steel importers into the US. 

Scrap over SA's aluminium scrap

5th March 2002 The ongoing debate on whether restrictions or controls should be placed on the aluminium scrap industry are set to be tackled tomorrow at a panel discussion, which will take place at the TAC Club in Houghton, Johannesburg. 

Accurate temperature measurement with an IR emissivity enhancer

1st March 2002 A Land infrared emissivity enhancer that improves the accuracy of the manufacturer’s System 4 and Uno short-wavelength thermometers in the temperature measurement of bright metal strip has been launched by Protea Automation Solutions. 

Smelter's carbon consumption meted

1st March 2002 An upgrade of Bayside Aluminium's power and free (P&F) overhead-chain conveying system by Swisslog Trans-Tele is expected to significantly improve the aluminium company’s ability to forecast carbon consumption during the aluminium production process. 

New tool to make aluminium pricing transparent

1st March 2002 The London Metal Exchange turned to the cradle of the US car industry to help galvanise support for its newest creation, an aluminum alloy contract set to make its debut next week. 

SA steel firm to raise flat-steel prices

27th February 2002 South African steel producer Iscor said it would raise the price of its flat-steel products by 9,8% from May as international steel prices looked poised to recover from 30-year lows. 

The stuff life will be made of

By: Karel Smrcka     22nd February 2002 In the previous Developments Column, published on February 8, we spoke about developments in the field of total communication and global virtuality. 

SA's energy advantage comes to fore again in $449m aluminium investment

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     22nd February 2002 Resources group BHP Billiton has concluded a rand-based tariff agreement with Eskom for the 132 000 t/y half potline to be installed at the Hillside Aluminium smelter at Richards Bay, Kwazulu-Natal. 

Iscor announces R1,7bn rights offer

21st February 2002 Africa’s leading steel producer, Iscor, formally announced the details of a R1,7- billion rights offer planned for March and April this year. 

Aluminium: where low-cost output is key

15th February 2002 Big African aluminium expansion moves by BHP Billiton made good sense even as a poor world market forced US legend Kaiser Aluminium into bankruptcy, analysts said. 

Steel producer campaigns to grow secondary exports

By: Terence Creamer     15th February 2002 South Africa’s largest steel producer, Iscor, aims to work with domestic users of steel in an effort to promote the export of secondary-steel products. 

North American aluminium producer files for bankruptcy

14th February 2002 Crippled by a heavy debt load and low aluminium prices Kaiser Aluminum Corporation has filed for bankruptcy, a move that will likely lead to further consolidation in the ailing aluminium industry. 

SA aluminium producer approves $449m expansion

13th February 2002 Diversified resources group BHP Billiton said it has approved the $449-million expansion of its Hillside aluminium smelter at Richards Bay in South Africa. 

Top steel-producing countries mull 117,5m-ton cut

12th February 2002 Representatives of top steel-producing countries agreed to recommend that global output be cut by 117,5-million tons by the end of 2005 to cope with a severe market glut. 

SA steel firm optimistic of US steel deal

By: Terence Creamer     8th February 2002 South Africa's leading steel manufacturer Iscor is cautiously optimistic that the country will receive a special steel dispensation into the highly-lucrative US market when President George W Bush makes known the implications of the 201 trade investigation currently under way. 

SA steel giant now 20% foreign owned

7th February 2002 Shares in South African steel firm Iscor rocketed to fresh highs after news that UK-based LNM Holdings had upped its stake added fuel to a week-long rally and raised speculation that LNM plans a takeover. 

Probe into Russia, India dumping nears end

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     1st February 2002 The Board on Tariffs and Trade (BTT) says the anti-dumping investigations launched last year against Indian and Russian steel suppliers accused of dumping have reached “an advanced stage”. 

Aluminium product makers hurt by rand's big decline

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     25th January 2002 The dramatic depreciation of the rand has had dire consequences for South Africa’s aluminium-product makers, who are now paying upwards of 20% more for aluminium extrusions, after price increases in November and earlier this month. 

Stainless-steel parts firm targets global car market

25th January 2002 Specialists in the manufacture of stainless-steel components Maxe Stainless Steel has established itself as a supplier of quality stainless steel products to the South African and European automotive industries. 

Will 'Rainbow' make Saldanha shine?

By: Keith Campbell     25th January 2002 ONCE-beleaguered Saldanha Steel, now part of Iscor, is set for a new era of success thanks to the implementation of Project Rainbow, including the relining of the Corex. 

SA stainless seeks a passage to India

By: Keith Campbell     25th January 2002 MPUMALANGA province is seeking to develop downstream stainless steel manufacturing by encouraging Indian stainless steel companies to enter joint ventures (JV) with local companies. 

Metal-sector study into job creation

25th January 2002 A research project intended to generate proposals for the retention and creation of employment in the South African metal and engineering industry will begin early this year. 

SA asks US to consider special steel quota

By: Terence Creamer     25th January 2002 The local steel industry expects to learn during the first week of March whether or not its exports to the lucrative US market will be subject to additional duties. 

Will Rainbow make Saldanha shine?

25th January 2002 Once-beleaguered Saldanha Steel, now part of Iscor, is set for a new era of success thanks to the implementation of Project Rainbow, including the relining of the Corex. 


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