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Southern African aluminium workers strike

25th October 2001 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) said it would proceed with a strike at BHP Billiton’s Bayside and Hillside aluminium smelters today despite a restraining court order. 

US moves to project steel sector

24th October 2001 A US trade panel cleared the way for President George W Bush to impose import restrictions on key steel products by early next year. 

Africa could win from Brazil aluminium move

By: Keith Campbell     19th October 2001 Brazilian bauxite, aluminia and aluminium company Vale do Rio Doce Alum 

Stainless awards are expanded

By: Irma Venter     19th October 2001 The Southern African Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) awards have been expanded by the addition of three new categories and the participation of new sponsors, of which three are from abroad. 

Mine gets new software

19th October 2001 An iron-ore-mine at Beeshoek has taken the guesswork out of opne-pit optimisation and scheduling by installing Earthworks NPV Scheduler. 

Steel jobs nearly half 1981 level

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     19th October 2001 The number of employees in the steel and engineering sector has dropped from 450 000 to 230 000 over the last 20 years, outgoing Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of South Africa (Seifsa) president Carl Grim said last week. 

US ends probe on SA steel sheets

16th October 2001 A US trade panel ended a probe into the dumping of cold-rolled sheets at unfairly traded prices against three countries – Egypt, South Africa and Venezuela – because they said imports from these countries were negligible. 

Steel tie-up talks still on despite expired exclusivity

16th October 2001 UK-based LNM Holdings said it was still interested in acquiring a stake in Iscor even though its exclusivity period for negotiations with the South African group expired on Monday. 

Electrical industy faces skills crisis

By: Keith Campbell     12th October 2001 THE geatest challenge facing the engineering industry today is the shortage of skilled workers. 

Export assistance for secondary steel manufacturers

By: Riaan de Lange     12th October 2001 The export assistance schemes for the South African secondary steel-processing industry the exportation of value-added products, new filled steel drums/containers, and local shipbuilders/repairers of ships, administered and controlled by the South African Iron and Steel Institute (Saisi) will be... 

Auto steel firm moves downstream

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     12th October 2001 The erstwhile loss-making automotive-related business of Baldwins Steel, off-loaded in January, is aiding its new owner, steel merchant and processing company Trident Steel, to achieve its objective of moving up the beneficiation chain. 

Steel consolidation some way off

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     12th October 2001 While the resolution of the stalemate between mining and steel company Iscor and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) regarding the unbundling of the former may have raised hopes that the way has been paved for the consolidation of South Africa’s steel industry, observers caution... 

Steel consolidation some way off

12th October 2001 While the resolution of the stalemate between mining and steel company Iscor and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) regarding the unbundling of the former may have raised hopes that the way has been paved for the consolidation of South Africa’s steel industry, observers caution... 

UK bargains for SA steel

12th October 2001 UK-based LNM Group, the world’s number-four steel producer, is in talks to buy a stake in South African steelmaker Iscor, an LNM spokesperson said. 

Steel output not hurt by protests

10th October 2001 South African steel producer Iscor said production at its Vanderbijlpark plant had not been affected by a five-hour stoppage by workers protesting its plans to split into two divisions. 

Strike action over company split

9th October 2001 Workers at South African steel and mining firm Iscor will hold a one-day stoppage today over the company’s plan to split into two divisions, their union said. 

Smelter welding contract awarded

By: Joanne Delaurentis     5th October 2001 Welding company Arc Engineering, a division of Goscor Industrial, has again won the contract for the supply of cored wires for welding the pot shells at the expansion of the Mozambique Aluminium smelter. 

Steel integration deal paves way for multi-phase industry consolidation

By: Terence Creamer     5th October 2001 The conclusion of the long-awaited unbundling deal between mining and steel company, Iscor, and State-owned development financier, the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), is viewed by the IDC as the first phase in a multi-phased project to consolidate the South African steel industry. 

Mozal strike looms

3rd October 2001 Unionised workers at Mozambique’s Mozal aluminium smelter have threatened to strike today in a dispute over wages. Union leaders said they had called the strike to pressure management to negotiate on a list of union demands presented on August 23. 

SA smarting at loss of big steel contract

By: Keith Campbell     28th September 2001 Dorbyl Heavy Engineering is angry at the fact that ECL, a subsidiary of Pechiney, won the contract for the supply of steel superstructures for Mozal phase 2. 

Stainless-steel e-study under way

By: Laura Franz     28th September 2001 E-business remains the final frontier for several industries, but it is about to be overcome by the South African stainless-steel industry with the imminent launch of a study to establish a collaborative e-business strategy for the sector. 

300 000-t-by-2010 stainless target set

By: Laura Franz     28th September 2001 South Africa is home to one of the fastest-growing stainless-steel industries in the world. However, even though both total primary production and the subsequent conversion into fabricated products are currently growing at rates in excess of twice the world average, South Africa is not resting on... 

Steel firm enhances inventory management

28th September 2001 Giant steel processor Macsteel has chosen RangeGate’s Intermec mobile barcoding hardware as a standard for managing its warehouse inventory. 

World moves to end steel output glut

25th September 2001 Delegates from the South African government and a major steel producer joined more than 30 countries in France last week to discuss the world’s ailing steel industry. 

SA glassmaker in global push

21st September 2001 Glass manufacturer Africa Glass Industries (AG) is accelerating its drive into the international market. 

Big non-ferrous scrap contract next month

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     21st September 2001 Power utility Eskom will next month award the fifth two-year national contract for the disposal of up to 2 000 t of non-ferrous scrap, assets disposal manager Mark Hunter tells Engineering News. 

Increased capacity grows firm's exports

By: Deborah Spicer     21st September 2001 From its humble beginnings as a car and trailer wire-selling operation, bedding and seating wire manufacturer Wire Suppliers is growing from strength to strength. 

Firm ropes in contracts

By: Deborah Spicer     21st September 2001 A cost-effective wire-rope sling is making inroads into the mining industry at a time when many gold-mines are struggling to survive. 

Canada plans defence in US steel attack

19th September 2001 The Canadian steel industry will vigorously defend itself during hearings that began in Washington on Monday to examine if the US steel industry is being hurt by unfairly traded steel from overseas. 

SA snowfall could hit aluminium output

18th September 2001 BHP Billiton said it might lose up to 20 000 t of aluminium production due to power failures at two smelters in South Africa. 

Steel firm unruffled by unbundling preconditions

18th September 2001 SA steel and mining company Iscor remains committed to its unbundling process, as well as to the September timeframe for the listing of separate steel and mining companies, despite the three unbundling preconditions raised by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) at the weekend. 

Aluminium's next challenge is to move downstream

By: Laura Franz     14th September 2001 Southern Africa’s burgeoning aluminium industry is arguably this region’s greatest industrial story of the late twentieth century. However, can this upstream success be taken that extra mile and become a downstream masterpiece – in other words, is it possible to move from making... 

New online service launched

14th September 2001 An online shopping service has been launched by Multi-Alloys, a supplier of nickel alloys and special grades of stainless steel. 

Welding accessories available

14th September 2001 Johannesburg firm Distinctive Industrial Products has become the exclusive stocking distributors for the Huntingdon Fusion Techniques range of stainless-steel welding accessories. 

Equipment exports grow 200%

14th September 2001 Exports of stainless-steel equipment with stainless-steel cast parts from Steloy Stainless Castings have grown by 200 % during the last 12 months. 

Lower nickel price besets scrap dealers

By: Deborah Spicer     14th September 2001 Stainless-steel scrap dealers are carefully watching the price of nickel, the most expensive element contained in stainless steel. 

Inlet work contracts awarded

By: Deborah Spicer     14th September 2001 The Lebalelo water-supply scheme and the Welgedacht water-care works have awarded contracts for their water-purification inlet works to stainless-steel fabricator Benfab. 

 

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