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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. 

Roofsheeting producer to expand

By: Deborah Spicer     14th September 2001 A significant manufacturer of stainless-steel roofsheeting and special roofsheeting in South Africa will start up a new production line by March next year. 

Residential balustrading re-emphasised

By: Deborah Spicer     14th September 2001 Balustrade manufacturer Steel Studio is making a comeback to the residential balustrading market, after having largely ignored this market while establishing itself as a manufacturer of commercial balustrading. 

Tubing a sweet deal for SA sugar sector

By: Deborah Spicer     14th September 2001 The sugar industry can buy locally-manufactured tubing, specifically for use in kestners, evaporators and juice heaters, now that Barloworld SST – previously known as Salmac – together with Columbus Stainless have developed the SQ28TMa dual-stabilised ferritic-stainless-steel tube for... 

Stainless exports exceed local demand

By: Deborah Spicer     14th September 2001 Last year marked the first time that South Africa exported more stainless-steel finished goods than it acquired for domestic demand, with exports at 62 000 t exceeding domestic demand by 700 t. 

Education to assist exports

By: Deborah Spicer     14th September 2001 East Rand manufacturer Rebuff – which supplies polishing buffs, compounds and grinding products to stainless-steel product manufacturers – is turning to education to make it even more export orientated in a market in which local stainless-steel product manufacturers are feeling the... 

Experimental vessel developed

14th September 2001 Over the years, important strategic mutually-beneficial partnering alliances have been implemented by South African Breweries (SAB) with key suppliers of materials, equipment and services, that have been to the mutual benefit of all parties. 

Stainless-steel wire contract awarded

14th September 2001 Local firm OESA has been awarded a contract by Transwerk for the supply of 309L stainless-steel wire. 

Still long way to go for Shilowa Express

By: Irma Venter     14th September 2001 Consortia interested in constructing the Gautrain Rapid Railway, linking Johannesburg, Pretoria and Johannesburg International Airport (JIA), have been invited to bid. 

 

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