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Metals & Engineering News

Umhlanga bridge completed

14th September 2001 The 60-metre focal point of the Umhlanga Ridge New Town Centre, the Moreland Millennium Bridge, is an icon for future strategic developments for the entire Kwazulu Natal region North of Durban. 

War declared on unfair trade

14th September 2001 To strengthen current initiatives against illegal and unfair trade practices, the Southern African Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) has joined forces with other industries within Trade Compliance South Africa (TCSA). 

Canadians confirm dumping duties against SA

12th September 2001 The Canada Customs and Revenue Agency confirmed that provisional trade duties on certain cold-rolled steel sheets remained against nine countries until a trade tribunal, which began on Monday, completed its inquiry. 

Efforts afoot to change stainless sector's pale face

By: Laura Franz     7th September 2001 In an effort to promote the black ownership of companies in the South African stainless-steel industry, Sher Steel & Alloy Suppliers MD Jackie Palani is in the process of formalising a Black Stainless Steel Development Forum (BSSDF) committee. 

Automation system rollout at steel mill

7th September 2001 South Africa’s largest privately-owned steel mill, Cape Gate has contracted PQ Africa’s Tetra division for the installation and rollout of an advanced planning and scheduling (APS) system from UK firm Preactor at its head office and factory in Cape Town. 

Klamflex

7th September 2001 Klamflex specialises in the manufacture of flexible pipe couplings and flange adaptors. 

US steel war of attrition continues

4th September 2001 The US steel industry fired yet another salvo in its war of attrition against the international steel industry – including South Africa’s – when it announced that it would petition for new anti-dumping measures ahead of the US Labor Day public holiday. 

The ironic tale of two S African steel mills

By: Terence Creamer     31st August 2001 It could be described as the tale of two steel mills. One is old, the other new. The first is landlocked, the other coastal. One a symbol of blast-furnaces past, the other the epitome of the new mini-mill age. Indeed, it should have been a simple chronicle of the old yielding to the new, but... 

Scot-Rack

31st August 2001 Scot-Rack designs and manufactures light- and heavy-duty scaffolding, made from SABS 657/1 hot-rolled round tube. 

Mozal potline contract awarded

29th August 2001 The contract for the extension to the Mozal potlines has been awarded to the joint venture consisting of Basil Read, Murray & Roberts and Grinaker-LTA. 

SA steel groups continue to struggle

29th August 2001 South African metals group Highveld Steel and its partial subsidiary Columbus Steel reported dismal results for the half-year ended June 30, 2001 on the back of poor market conditions. 

Kudos for M'bique aluminium project

24th August 2001 The 253 000 t/y Mozal I aluminium smelter, on the outskirts of Maputo, in Mozambique, has won the Project Management Institute of South Africa's (PMISA's) Project Management Excellence Award for 2001. 

The domicile debate revisited

24th August 2001 A few months ago, Finance Minister Trevor Manuel lamented the fact that South Africa’s ability to attract foreign direct investment had been harmed by the change in domiciles of an elite group of large domestic companies. 

SA steel giant rejects anti-dumping ruling

21st August 2001 South African steel giant Iscor has rejected insinuations that it had caused injury to either the US or Canadian steel market as a result of its exports to these countries. 

Smiths Wheels

17th August 2001 Smiths Wheels manufactures and distributes alloy wheels of varying designs and fittings. 

Steel valuation talks hot up

17th August 2001 Technical and financial experts from the State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC)are currently pouring over valuations provided to them by steel and mining company Iscor and are likely to offer advice on the matter within days. 

SA ‘e-stainless’ study

6th August 2001 A tender for a study to establish a method of increasing the marketing and distribution of South African stainless-steel products globally through collaborative e-business has been invited by the Fund for Research into Industrial Development, Growth and Equity (Fridge), a subcommittee of... 

US drops pipe-dumping probe

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     27th July 2001 Just weeks after voting to institute anti-dumping investigations against South Africa and four other steel pipe exporters, the US International Trade Commission (ITC) has dropped all but one country from the target list. 

New treatment plant for steel firm

27th July 2001 The Corex plant and direct reduced iron (DRI) facility at Saldanha Bay Steel Works has freed the giant steel maker from the onerous task of producing coking coal from South Africa’s limited high-grade coal reserves. 

New light-chrome pump material

By: Keith Campbell     27th July 2001 THE South African subsidiary of an international pumps and valves group is overseeing the manufacture in this country of a revolutionary new abrasion and corrosion resistant alloy, to a much higher standard than had previously been achieved from imports, and is consequently hoping to export... 

Stainless at vanguard of SA steel consolidation

26th July 2001 The proposed Columbus-Acerinox deal hinges on formal written agreements being negotiated and concluded, the satisfactory completion of due diligence and the requisite approvals from the respective boards, stock exchanges and other regulatory authorities and third parties. 

Engineering training ready to roll

By: Martin Creamer     20th July 2001 After what newly-appointed CEO Brendan Pearce describes as a lengthy process of establishing its structures, the Metal, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority (Merseta) now has both feet firmly on the ground and is ready to help boost the skills levels of the 500... 

Bending and hydroforming have good potential

20th July 2001 For the production of low-weight high-energy absorbent and cost-effective structural automotive components, the hydroforming of aluminium extrusions is now regarded as the only method in many cases. 

Tripartite initiative to promote stainless

By: Laura Franz     20th July 2001 The stainless steel Co-operative Development Initiative (CDI) – between government, labour and industry – will be forking out about R1,9-million on industry promotion and a further R2-million on related research projects in the current financial year, reports Southern Africa Stainless... 

New US hydroformed tubing facility

20th July 2001 Production trials to supply sheet steel hydroformed tubes to Dana Corporation for sport utility vehicles (SUVs) have begun at BethNova Tube, Jeffersonville, US. 

Steelwork innovations get powerful UK backing

20th July 2001 Four large participants in the UK steelwork industry have formed a joint-venture company, which will transform the design and fire-engineering of structural steel frames. 

Tailored blanks for Mexico and Italy

20th July 2001 Subsidiary of steel giant ThyssenKrupp Stahl, Thyssen F 

Steel giant sees drop in demand

20th July 2001 In the first half of the present 2000/2001 financial year the ThyssenKrupp Steel group received orders worth just under E6,3-billion, a drop of 7% compared with the same period of the previous year, reports chairperson of the executive board Dr Wolfgang Kohler. 

Belgian firm opens factory in SA

20th July 2001 Belgium company Bekaert, a world-leading independent manufacturer of steel-wire products, has opened its first factory in Africa. 

Subsidiaries merge into single entity

20th July 2001 One of South Africa’s largest engineering and construction groups Murray & Roberts, has announced the details of a substantial restructuring affecting its wholly-owned subsidiary Engineering Management Services (EMS). 

Newest steel-trading site online

20th July 2001 As of this month eSteelAlliance – a steel trading site developed and operated by e-commerce platform group eCompany – has been bringing South African buyers and sellers of steel together to trade on the Internet. 

Company steeling itself for listing on stock exchange

20th July 2001 The listing of Iscor’s two wholly-owned mining and steel companies is the culmination of the third and final stage of a comprehensive re-engineering process that has been under way since 1994. 

Steel sector still fragmented despite a globalisation drive

20th July 2001 Global steel – as a concept – has taken off during the last two years and, as a result, the world’s top steel producers have formed strategic alliances, entered into significant mergers and concluded acquisitions across international boundaries. 

SA subject to world protectionism

20th July 2001 The South African steel industry is currently subject to 14 anti-dumping and countervailing cases from all over the world. 

Steel sector to benefit from downstream investment

20th July 2001 The South African steel industry is set to benefit from investment aimed at developing downstream opportunities in the value added steel and alloy products market, also positively affecting the foundry industry and casting market. 

A drop in steel exports leads to new committee

20th July 2001 Exports of manufactured steel products as reported to the South African Iron and Steel Institute (SAISI) by downstream exporters have fallen from 673 000 t to 482 000 t in a three-year period from 1998 to 2000. 

New steel-cutting service formed

20th July 2001 A new steel cutting and folding service centre has been established on the West Rand. 

 

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