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Metals & Engineering News

Saldanha debt could be R1-billion in 2000

By: System Author     3rd September 1999 Although steel producer Iscor is convinced of reaching full production at Saldanha Steel during the course of next year, the big question now facing it is the size of the debt. 

R28m installation for aluminium project

By: System Author     27th August 1999 The R28-million mechanical installation contract at the pot-rooms of Billiton’s Mozambique aluminium smelter (Mozal) in Maputo is due to start later this month (August) 

R3-million conveyor contract for Mozal

By: System Author     27th August 1999 Materials-handling and logistics 

Labour joins Cooper’s plea for industry

By: System Author     27th August 1999 The non-existence of a national manufacturing strategy or policy is costing South Africa jobs every day. 

Millennium do for Thabo’s tent

By: System Author     13th August 1999 Consuling Engineers 

Gear failure explained

By: Roelf Diedericks     30th July 1999 When it comes to gear failure, there is good news and there is bad news. The bad news is that the cause of gear failure can range from excessive wear to catastrophic breakage; the good news is that gear failure can be prevented. In order for gear failure to be prevented, however, one needs to... 

R192m investment creates 1 610 local jobs

By: System Author     30th July 1999 A PROJECT to encourage the establishment of new business in South Africa has created 1 610 new jobs and brought in R192-million in fixed investments in 1998. A team of just 11 people, employed under Eskom’s new-business promotion (NBP) department, was instrumental in creating nearly 2 000... 

Firm’s quality listing

By: System Author     30th July 1999 CONVEYOR-belt fastening system manufacturer Mato Products has officially received its accreditation from Lloyds Register. The company has been operating as an ISO 9002 manufacturer since November 1998, and is belived to be the only local manufacturer of conveyor-belt fastening systems to have... 

R48-million bearing-supply contract signed

By: System Author     30th July 1999 A contract was signed between bearing- distributor Hudaco and steel giant Iscor last month, covering bearing supplies worth about R16-million a year. “The contract makes us one of two preferred suppliers, whereby we pick up a significant portion of Iscor’s bearing business,”... 

Spec being revised

By: System Author     30th July 1999 IN order to provide the end-user with better-quality products, the specification for small-bore steel water-piping specification, SABS 62, is undergoing revision at present, reveals Robor Tube technical market development manager Franco Mordini. Moreover, the government has now introduced a... 

Big transborder power sharing on target

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 All the main contracts have been let for the R650-million project to establish power-supply infrastructure to the 250 000-t-a-year Mozambique Aluminium Smelter (Mozal) in Maputo, Engin-eering News can today report. The start of the bulk of work began in September last year. “Even though the... 

Dust-control equipment supply contract

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 SPRINGS company Air Cleaning Equipment has been awarded a multimillion-rand contract by Koch South Africa, of Randburg, for the supply of dust-control equipment for the raw-materials handling section of the Mozal aluminium smelter near Ma-puto in Mozambique. Koch South Africa, which is contracted... 

Export critical to ensure industrial growth

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 ocal demand for stain- less steel should equal or surpass international growth figures of between 5% and 6% for this year, says Southern African Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) executive director Dave Slater. Although this picture is decidedly rosier than the outlook for the... 

The ins and outs of blast-furnace operation

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 The purpose of a blast-furnace is to chemically reduce and physically convert iron oxides into liquid iron called ‘hot metal’. A blast-furnace is a huge steel stack lined with refractory brick, where iron ore, coke and limestone are dumped into the top, and preheated air is blown into... 

Steel-mill safety

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 A new publication by the International Iron and Steel Institute (IISI) reveals that there is no inherent reason why a steelworks should not have a zero-accident performance. It is necessary to “challenge the implicit acceptance that we operate in a potentially-dangerous industry where some... 

Co-operative spirit is forged between suppliers

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 The co-operative spirit that has prevailed between steel-pipe producer Hall Longmore, of Wadeville, Gauteng, and its primary-product suppliers, Iscor and Highveld Steel, has opened the doors for a wealth of export opportunities for the companies. In order to run Hall Longmore’s new... 

Steel giant keeps beady eye on managing capex

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 heavy emphasis on cashflow manage- ment is dominating Iscor Steel’s strategic vision and, as a result, capex has been managed strictly, commercial GM Ed Coetzer tells Engineering News. “We are investing only in things that we consider essential; with the steel price at the level that... 

German steel deal for Gauteng company

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 n exclusive trading agreement has been finalised between Abkins Steel, of Germiston, Gauteng, and Universal Iron & Steel and Thyssen Krupp, of Germany. The deal, signed hot on the heels of Abkins’ purchase by Speedroll in December last year, adds a welcome import string to the... 

Global steel news

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 The merger of British Steel and Koninklijke Hoogovens has been announced, reports the International Iron and Steel Institute (IISI). The resulting company, provisionally called BSKH, will rank as the world’s largest steel producer after Nippon Steel and Posco, and Europe’s largest... 

SA economy making ‘all the right moves’

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 South Africa’s economy is making all the right moves to aid growth in its embattled steel industry, says British Steel International Distribution SA (Bsidsa) MD George Shaw. The sales arm of British Steel, the world’s sixth-largest steel producer, is enjoying sustained growth since... 

Strategy to drum up more business in Africa

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 A co-ordinated export marketing drive is being undertaken by South Africa’s embattled steel-construction industry, spearheaded by the South African International Steel Fabricators’ Business Council (ISF). Formed under the auspices of the South African Institute of Steel Construction... 

26 000 orders for steel-structure system

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 South Africa’s booming brick-and-mortar low-cost housing sector is set for a radical shake-up with the entry of a tested steel-structure construction system which has already secured firm orders for 26 000 units over five years. The design, developed by Pika Construction MD Pieter Botma in... 

New head for global body

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 The International Iron and Steel Institute has announced the appointment of Daniel L Holy as its deputy secretary-general as from the beginning of this month. Holy is currently a global economist working in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in the US, for the Cargill Steel group, which includes North Star... 

Over 3 000 catalogued steel grades available

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 Steel is a metal composed of iron plus varying amounts of carbon, as well as other elements such as chromium, nickel, molybdenum, zirconium, vanadium, tungsten, and so on. Different types of steel – that is, steel with different properties and characteristics – are produced by... 

Light-truck study a heavyweight cost-saver

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 The UltraLight Steel Auto Body (ULSAB) validation phase has grabbed much of the attention lately in the automotive-steel market. The proof-of-concept body-structure design demonstrates how carmakers can reduce the weight of a passenger car, drop the cost, and increase performance and safety all... 

Global crude-steel production falls 2,2%

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 Total May crude-steel production reported by 63 steel-producing nations to the International Iron and Steel Institute was 65,2-million tons, 2,2% less than in May last year. Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) crude-steel production continues its upward trend. Asian production rises above... 

R90m investment in new tube facilities

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 Welded-steel tube manufacturer Robor Tube has a new name to boast of, and a string of manufacturing achievements which put it some way ahead of the competition. The company has been formed through the merger of Brollo and Tosa, making it the biggest manufacturer of longitudinally-welded steel... 

Thin-slab casting

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 With an increasing demand for higher-quality steel grades, especially in the field of thin-gauge flat products, smaller steel mills are looking to alternative strategies and more efficient production techniques. Taking a lead in this world trend, Saldanha Steel has followed the route of... 

180 projects envisaged for Mpumalanga

By: System Author     16th July 1999 More than 180 investment projects worth US$7-billion have already been identified in Mpumalanga in order to unlock its potential as part of the Maputo development corridor (MDC), reports Mpumalanga Investment Initiative (MII) CEO Gordon Griffiths. These projects in the stainless steel, timber,... 

Confidence in SA emerges from UK trade mission

By: System Author     9th July 1999 Positive, optimistic and confident was the general feeling about the potential of the South African economy among the representatives of a group of nine British companies visiting South Africa last week. The trade mission, organised by the North East Development Agency (NEDA) with the support of... 

Bicycles for the 21st century

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 How shall we manufacture bicycles in the next century? Better bikes – stronger, yet lighter. We are approaching the limits of aluminium tubular manufacturing. And manufacturers claim that they cannot take any more money or time out of the process. We will soon be able to ride ultra-light... 

Development project boosts Cape economy

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 THE multibillion-rand development project for Mossgas in Mossel Bay is set to boost the Cape economy. Although the managing contractor is Dresser-Kellogg Energy Services, of the UK, care has been taken to ensure a maximum of local-company involvement in the R2,2-billion project. Fully South... 

R700 000 silo, conveyor supplied to cassava factory

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Gauteng firm Bulk Pneumatic Handling has designed and managed the supply of a silo and conveyor equipment to South Africa’s first commercial cassava-starch plant, in the Northern Province, reports director Tony Chiappini. The company managed the design and installation of a silo, motorised... 

Control buoy only second of its kind

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 A special unmanned control buoy, which is at the cutting edge of technology and only the second of its kind in the world, will be the only visible sign of EM gasfield activity once the development of the field has been completed. The bright yellow buoy, currently under construction by J Ray... 

Labour no-show at wage briefing

By: System Author     25th June 1999 The function to announce a landmark wage agreement between labour and employers in the metals industry had to be cancelled after the National Union of Metal-workers of South Africa failed to turn up. A joint labour-business briefing had been planned for 10:00 last Friday at Dorbyl House in... 

‘Jobs’ vs ‘careers’ in South Africa’s changing work environment

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Over the last two decades, attitudes towards and expectations of ‘careers’ and ‘jobs’ have changed substantially. In a bygone era, you joined a company in your youth and stayed till retirement. But the whole working environment has changed: nowadays a ‘career’... 

Industry must get its act together

By: System Author     25th June 1999 What industries is your company most active in? We work with companies to improve performance through training and development. The key people who can improve company performance are supervisors and managers, as they are responsible for the most important resource – people. Our core... 

 

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