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Metals & Engineering News

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. 

World steel sector remains under pressure

20th July 2001 The world steel industry is entering the new millennium faced with surplus capacity, continuing pressure on prices, uncertainly about energy costs, mounting environmental pressures and increasing demands from steel consumers. 

More opportunity for steel in the UK

20th July 2001 South African steel manufacturers should step up their export marketing efforts to the UK now. 

Groundwork is completed for joint venture success

20th July 2001 The joint venture initiative – Shosholoza Steel Supplies – between Barloworld and Robor is on track Engineering News can today report. 

Brewer contributes to stainless development

13th July 2001 South African brewer SAB has implemented important strategic partnering alliances over the years with key suppliers of materials, equipment and services, that have been to the mutual benefit of all parties, 

Steelmaker spending R700m to clean air and water

By: Laura Franz     13th July 2001 Over the next decade, steel producer Iscor Flat Steel Products (Iscor FSP) intends investing some R700-million in rendering its 2 300 ha Vanderbijlpark works, in Gauteng, and the surrounding environment more environment-friendly, reports GM Willem Coertzen. 

Moz becomes entrenched as a world aluminium hub

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     6th July 2001 Canadian company SNC and South Africa’s Engineering Management Services, contracted to implement the brownfields project to double primary aluminium production at the Mozal smelter, in Mozambique, are already on site and the new plant is expected to receive initial raw material shipments in... 


6th July 2001 Pabar specialises in metal-processing, tool-manufacturing and roll-forming, which facilitates a wide product offering, including seat recliners, body hinges, bumpers, window frames, top rails, brackets, slides, wheelbarrows, sinks and a variety of press parts, among other items. 

SA firm loses R80m Mozal 2 contract

28th June 2001 A leading South African engineering firm, Dorbyl Heavy Engineering (DHE), has reacted with anger to the news that it has lost out to a French multinational in an R80-million contract to supply steel superstructures for the second-phase expansion of the Mozal aluminium smelter in Mozambique. 

44% stainless surge into EU

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     25th June 2001 European Union (EU) countries last year imported 116 929 t of flat-rolled stainless-steel products from Columbus Stainless, South Africa's sole producer, representing an increase of 44% over 1999, reports MD Dave Martin. 

Permanent growth revolution for Gauteng metal-presser

22nd June 2001 Local metal-pressing and roll-forming company Pabar, of Krugersdorp, Gauteng, has grown from strength to strength since its establishment in 1965, says director Mike Barbaglia. 


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