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R105m press line for Rosslyn

18th January 2002 Steel supplier Trident is investing R105-million in a state-of-the-art blanking press line at its Rosslyn facility. 

Steel firm sees more work in the marine industry

By: nkolola halwindi     18th January 2002 Contractor and steel fabricator Concor Engineering is becoming increasingly engaged in the marine sector after the firm opted to venture intp the field a few years ago. 

Public enterprise support for BEE firm

By: nkolola halwindi     18th January 2002 Black economic empowerment (BEE) steel supplier Shosholoza Steel Supplies has enjoyed support from public enterprises from the time it was formed two years ago, reports MD Patrick Buwa. 

Cable supported roof structures

18th January 2002 The commercial and technical advantages offered by cable-supported roof structures have encouraged architects and designers to explore the free-form shapes of tensile fabric roofs that were previously impractical to build. 

Balustrading market buoyant

By: nkolola halwindi     18th January 2002 The increase in the number of construction projects in South Africa has induced more companies to venture into balustrading, fabrication and cladding, Steel Studio MD Francois Grundlingh informs Engineering News. “As long as construction continues, there is still a bright future for the... 

R20m IT contract awarded

18th January 2002 A R20-million contract for information technology (IT) outsourcing of Reinforcing Steel Holdings (RSH), a significant business unit in the Murray & Roberts Group, has been awarded to the AST group. 

Farming with 'hippo'

18th January 2002 On a small farm in Blue Valley, in Johannesburg, a development project which might change the lives of farmers around the world is under way. In Nthothovana Industrial Park, Erwin Nel and his partner Collin Fourie have developed a vehicle that can handle most chores undertaken on a farm. 

High-strength steel bolsters competitiveness

18th January 2002 The use of high-strength steel has led to a marked increase in load capacity, a 20 % reduction in weight, and an improved work environment for Norje Smidesfabrick, of Sweden, reports MD Anders Hermansson. 

Accolades for construction excellence

18th January 2002 Construction firm Wilson Bayley Holmes Ovcon (WBHO) has achieved numerous awards for its steel designs. 

Prepainted coils partnership formed

By: nkolola halwindi     18th January 2002 A partnership between Global Roofing Solutions (GRS) and Beckers Industrial Coatings has been formed for the manufacture and supply of pre-painted coils for the roofing indusry. GRS, which is part of the Dorbyl group, consists of Brownbuilt, HH Robertson and Coil Cote. 

Expanded metal for food baskets

18th January 2002 Steel and tube merchant Robor has ordered some 15 000 sheets of Flatex 349 expanded metal from leading metal supplier Andrew Mentis to make fabrication easer. 

SA steel deal approved

16th January 2002 South African steel firm Iscor said its shareholders had approved a deal with LNM Holdings under which the UK-based steel company will acquire Iscor shares in exchange for business assistance. “The agreement is a performance-based deal between the two steel companies in terms of which LNM... 

Action plan for stainless development

14th January 2002 An action plan which focuses on the medium- and long-term development of the stainless steel industry is being implemented by the International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF). 

Stainless disposal completed

11th January 2002 Stainless steel producer Acerinox of Spain has, with effect from January 1 2002, acquired a 64% interest in Columbus Stainless Steel from Highveld Steel, Samancor and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) of South Africa for a total consideration of €232-million. The three South... 

Iron, steel imports don't undermine US – report

11th January 2002 Imports of iron-ore and semi-finished steel do not undermine US national security so such concerns should not be cited as a reason to restrict them, the US Commerce Department said. Commerce made the recommendation in a report to President George W. Bush on the results of its Section 232... 

Bush cautioned against imposing steel duties

9th January 2002 A new study has warned US President George W Bush against imposing import restrictions on steel, saying the move could damage the weak US economy without providing much help to beleaguered steel producers. 

Metal-sector study into job creation

8th 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. 

Compressed-air plant contract is awarded

14th December 2001 The turnkey contract for the expansion of the compressed-air plant at the Mozambique Aluminium (Mozal) near Maputo has been awarded to IST Industrial, part of the IST group. 

Phase two power contracts awarded

14th December 2001 Power firm Alstom Switchgear has secured orders estimated at more than R9-million for phase two of BHP Billiton’s Mozambique Aluminium (Mozal) smelter project following the completion of its contract for the first phase last year. 

$860m expansion to double Moz plant's output

By: Joanne Delaurentis     14th December 2001 The ‘dream-team’ of Canadian engineering construction company SNC-Lavalin and South Africa’s Murray & Roberts Engineering Solutions, which is responsible for the engineering, procurement and construction management of the Mozal II expansion project, is on track to hand over the... 

Software solutions for aluminium plant

By: Joanne Delaurentis     14th December 2001 Southern African distributor of US Wonderware software, Futuristix has been awarded the contract for the use of industrial structured query language (SQL), InTouch and InControl solutions for the Mozal II plant. 

East Rand firm wins aluminium project

By: Joanne Delaurentis     14th December 2001 A R15-million contract for the installation of lighting and cable racking for the two additional pot rooms, constructed as part of the Mozal II expansion project, has been awarded to East Rand contractors Eddcor E & I Projects, a subsidiary of Skelton & Plummer Investment Holdings. 

R28m anode stems contract awarded

14th December 2001 The R28-million contract for the assembly of some 7 185 anode stems for BHP Billiton’s Mozal II expansion project has been awarded to Pinetown’s Duys Engineering Group. 

Smelter stands as strong as an elephant

14th December 2001 The symbol of the elephant first became associated with Mozal in May 1998, when Martins Matsolo, traditional leader of the Matsolo family, blessed the land on which the smelter would be built. 

Aluminium automation contract awarded

14th December 2001 Industrial information technology (IT) and supply-chain solutions company Streamworks has secured an order from ABB South Africa to implement and commission an engineering solution for Hillside Aluminium, the 506 000 t/y primary aluminium producer of Richards Bay, Kwazulu-Natal. 

Columbus expansion will be a consideration in 2002

By: Terence Creamer     12th December 2001 It is anticipated that all outstanding conditions precedent for the acquisition of Columbus Stainless by Acerinox of Spain will be met by the end of this month, and that the new ownership structure will be in place by the second or third week of January. 

US steelmakers in consolidation mood

7th December 2001 Struggling with bankruptcies and hurt by foreign imports, the nation’s biggest steel companies said that they were asking the Bush administration and Congress to back a plan allowing up to half a dozen steel makers to merge into a single company and to shift billions of dollars in retiree... 

Axe falls on 623 SA steel mill jobs

6th December 2001 South African steel producer Iscor has confirmed that only 623 unionised jobs will be affected by the cost efficiency measures currently under way at its Vanderbijlpark steel mill. 

Richards Bay aluminium plant awards R35m electricity solution contract

5th December 2001 Global power and automation technology group, ABB South Africa has recently secured a R35-million order to provide power factor correction (PFC) and harmonic filters for Hillside Aluminium, a subsidiary of the BHP Billiton group, in Richards Bay. 

Innovative process profiles

By: Karel Smrcka     30th November 2001 A revolution is currently taking place at Hoesch Hohenlimburg GmbH in the manufacture of special sections. The company is collaborating with the materials and joining technology laboratory of Paderborn University and doctors Lappe and Niemeier-Profiltechnik to develop the Davex process to... 

Two shortlisted for Nigeria aluminium smelter

30th November 2001 Nigeria has shortlisted UK-based BHP Billiton and Switzerland’s Glencore International in its search for a technical partner to revive its troubled 193 000-ton-capacity aluminium smelter, officials said. 

Growing demand leads to a doubling of foundry output

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     30th November 2001 East Rand steel abrasives maker Thor Foundry, which started production in April last year, reports that demand has grown so phenomenally that it has had to more than double its monthly production to around 2 200 t. 

Brewery a marvel for stainless steel

23rd November 2001 Stainless-steel companies have played an important role in the development of South African Breweries’ (SAB’s) new Ibhayi brewery in Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape. 

SA firm signs deal with steel’s fourth

23rd November 2001 South African steel producer Iscor announced that it had formally signed a business assistance agreement (BAA) with LNM Holdings (LNM), a member of the LNM Group, the world’s fourth-largest steel producer. 

EU steel industry lays dumping charge

22nd November 2001 A European steel industry body said it had complained to the European Commission about alleged dumping of hot-rolled coil steel by Egypt, Iran, Libya, Slovakia, Turkey and Hungary. 

Steel, mining unbundling approved

22nd November 2001 Shareholders in Iscor approved a package of resolutions that will result in the unbundling of Iscor into two independent steel and mining companies. 

SA steel: the grand plan unfolds

19th November 2001 The far-reaching restructuring of the South African steel industry will enter a new phase after November 26 when the country's largest producer, Iscor, is unbundled to form separate steel and mining entities. 

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