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AMSA seeks import protection on hot-rolled coil and heavy beams 

By: Terence Creamer     30th July 2020 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has submitted two separate applications to the International Trade and Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac) requesting import protection on hot-rolled coil (HRC) and heavy structural beams respectively. The HRC application seeks to... 

Agbaja trial mining progresses, albeit slowly

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th July 2020 ASX-listed Kogi Iron says it has continued with reduced activities in Nigeria throughout June and July, owing to limited interstate and international travel. Trial iron-ore mining at the company’s Agbaja project is also only progressing slowly owing to heavy rains and travel restrictions.  

AMSA implements large-scale, but ‘flexible’, labour reorganisation as Covid-19 bites  

By: Terence Creamer     30th July 2020 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA), which reported a loss of R2.6-billion for the interim period to June 30, warned on Thursday that it expected steel demand to remain subdued for the foreseeable future and indicated that it was pushing ahead with a large-scale labour... 

AMSA implements large-scale, but ‘flexible’, labour reorganisation as Covid-19 bites
ArcelorMittal South Africa CEO Kobus Verster presenting a slide on market conditions in South Africa during the group's interim results presentation. Video by: Nicholas Boyd & Kutlwano Matala.

Seifsa warns of impact of higher electricity tariffs on metals, engineering sector

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     29th July 2020 Industry organisation, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) says it is “disappointed” about the recent court judgment against the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa). The judgment stated that Nersa had acted unfairly in the Multi-Year Price... 

Company presents new SmartBalancer ECO

17th July 2020 Unbalances on rotors are the cause of at least half of all faults on machines and systems. With the new SmartBalancer ECO from testing solutions provider Schenck RoTec, service and maintenance technicians can identify these unbalances easily and directly at the location where they occur. The... 

Company presents new SmartBalancer ECO
FIXING FAULTS With the SmartBalancer from Schenck RoTec, service technicians and maintainers easily identify unbalances which cause faults on machines at the location they occur

Centre’s expertise can improve asset testing

By: Cameron Mackay     17th July 2020 The Centre for Asset Integrity Management (C-AIM Consult), a business unit of research organisation Enterprises University of Pretoria (UP), can serve the local industry with key capabilities through its expertise in vibration-based condition monitoring and structural health monitoring. “These... 

Centre’s expertise can improve asset testing
SPECIALIST TESTING CAPABILITIES C-AIM provides engineering consulting services to assist industry in optimally managing the structural integrity of physical assets over their life cycles

SA’s ferrochrome retreat points to steady erosion of competitiveness

By: Nadine James     17th July 2020 The local chromium industry is ostensibly being cut out of global ferrochrome production, owing to its eroding competitiveness and the comparatively ‘low-hanging fruit’ of supplying chromite. While it is seemingly economically expedient at present, the continued decline in local ferrochrome... 

SA’s ferrochrome retreat points to steady erosion of competitiveness

AMSA warns of increased interim loss

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th July 2020 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) expects its headline loss for the six months ended June 30 to increase by at least R2-billion. It said in a trading update on July 16 that its loss for the period would increase by at least R1.7-billion. 

IZA publishes ‘Essentials of Galvanizing’ booklet

By: Simone Liedtke     16th July 2020 The International Zinc Association (IZA) has published its newest guide on the ‘Essentials of Galvanizing’, the primary purpose of which is to be a key reference for engineers and designers globally. Speaking during the booklet’s virtual launch on July 15, IZA’s Simon Norton explained that the... 

Solidarity welcomes DTIC’s move to investigate scrap metal supply

By: Simone Liedtke     14th July 2020 Trade union Solidarity has welcomed Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel’s trade policy directive, which proposes an investigation into measures to help support the South African metals industry, which is facing significant challenges.   The directive, which was published last month, follows... 

Kobe, Vale and Mitsui team up on low CO2 iron-making

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th July 2020 Japanese steelmaker Kobe Steel is collaborating with the iron-ore major Vale and global trading and investment company Mitsui on providing low carbon dioxide (CO2) iron metallic and iron-making solutions. Kobe says the direct reduction iron-making technology of its US subsidiary, Midrex... 

Kobe, Vale and Mitsui team up on low CO2 iron-making
Direct reduced iron is a raw material for steelmaking made by reducing iron-ore.

Monitor for food and beverage industry launched

10th July 2020 Process automation company Endress + Hauser launched its innovative Liquitrend QMW43 device that helps ensure food safety and increases food quality in March. “This compact multivariable device can be used to detect the continuous build-up of liquids and can also be used to measure conductivity,”... 

German foam proportioner brought to local market

By: Cameron Mackay     10th July 2020 The latest Generation III foam agent proportioners of German fire-protection systems provider FireDos GmbH is in the final stages of certification and release to the global market. As exclusive suppliers of the product in Southern Africa, special risk fire-protection equipment supplier DoseTech... 

German foam proportioner brought to local market
GERMAN SOLUTIONS IN SA 255 proportioner units with all model flow options have been delivered to South Africa to date

Hulamin becomes first aluminium semi-fabricator to achieve emissions milestone 

By: Donna Slater     9th July 2020 Aluminium products manufacturer Hulamin reports that it has become the first global aluminium semi-fabricator to have a greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions target approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).   The SBTi mobilises companies to set science-based targets and boost their... 

South Africa's manufacturing output down 49.4% on Covid-19 impact 

By: Simone Liedtke     9th July 2020 South Africa's manufacturing production decreased by 49.4% year-on-year in April. Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) reports that the largest contributors to this decline was the motor vehicles, parts and accessories and other transport equipment sector, where output decreased by 98%... 

Saisi supports govt’s step towards export tax on scrap metal

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th July 2020 The South African Iron and Steel Institute (Saisi) has welcomed government’s directive for the scrap metal supply chain to be supported. Saisi believes it is of national importance that the viability of the ferrous scrap and steel sectors be maintained.  

PSV business rescue plan presentation delayed

By: Simone Liedtke     8th July 2020 The business rescue practitioners handling industrial holding company PSV Holdings’ business rescue process have extended the date for presentation of the business rescue plan to July 13. More than 50% of PSV’s creditors had agreed to the extention. 

Getting it right: Kogi Iron

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th July 2020 Mining Weekly incorrectly reported on July 7 that ASX-listed Kogi Iron had received a large investment from European funds management company Torridon Investments Research to develop its Agbaja cast steel project, in Nigeria. However, Torridon, which is a European funds manager with billions of... 

Correction: Kogi Iron

By: Schalk Burger     7th July 2020 Mining Weekly incorrectly reported on July 7 that ASX-listed Kogi Iron had received a large investment from European fund management company Torridon Investments Research to develop its Agbaja cast steel project, in Nigeria. However, Torridon, which is a European fund manager with billions of... 

Seifsa eagerly awaits scrap metal industry relief  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th July 2020 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has welcomed government's announcement that it has tasked the International Trade Administration Commission (Itac) of South Africa to look into measures to support the metals and engineering (M&E) sector. Seifsa says it... 

Seifsa eagerly awaits scrap metal industry relief

Patel directs Itac to look into scrap metal price preference system 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd July 2020 Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel has issued a trade policy directive to the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac) to urgently look into measures to help support the scrap metals industry. Patel said the industry was facing severe challenges owing to... 

Patel directs Itac to look into scrap metal price preference system

ECSA suspends four Satellite Centres in light of Covid-19 

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd July 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has challenged and shifted the premise upon which the Engineering Council of South Africa’s (ECSA’s) Satellite Centres were introduced, leading to the suspension these four centres, says ECSA acting strategic services executive Millicent Kabwe. In email correspondence to... 

Get going with galvanizing: new book for engineers from IZA

By: Shannon de Ryhove     3rd July 2020 The International Zinc Association (IZA) will launch its new publication, The Essentials of Galvanizing, during a webinar hosted by Creamer Media Contract Publishing on July 15, 2020. The publication offers the civil engineering and construction industry valuable insights into the importance of... 

Get going with galvanizing: new book for engineers from IZA

New approach adopted in uncertain steel market

By: Darren Parker     3rd July 2020 Steel merchant Macsteel has been re-evaluating its business strategy, owing to a steady decline in steel consumption over the past five years, with 2019 being a “new low” and the start of 2020 faring just as poorly – a situation that has been exacerbated by the lockdown because of Covid-19.... 

New approach adopted in uncertain steel market
BUILDING THE RIGHT WAY Macsteel aims to build its market share through strong, well-established and sustainable relationships with customers

New digital technologies improve manufacturing capabilities

3rd July 2020 Metallurgical plant supplier SMS group has developed digital technology called the X-Pact MES 4.0, along with the Safety Locator Suite system, which both aid in the digital transformation of organisations and help to gain faster insights and more informed management decision-making, with the... 

Automation reduces costs, increases productivity

By: Darren Parker     3rd July 2020 With companies that invest in technology and automation showing signs of being more adaptable and strategically well positioned to take advantage of an inevitable upswing in the economy, local manufacturer and supplier of cutting and welding equipment consumables as well as distributor of steel... 

Automation reduces costs,  increases productivity
ANDREW POOLE Companies which take the risk and invest are more agile, more productive and better positioned to diversify and access new markets

Plant productivity could be increased by virtual support

3rd July 2020 Metallurgical plant supplier SMS group aims to increase the technical resources of its clients’ plants by using local service teams from SMS Group with virtual support from global experts around the world using virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technologies. The aim is to improve... 

Future order book to relieve pressure for fabricator 

By: Darren Parker     3rd July 2020 Although the strategic decision to continue to pay employees full salaries during the Level 5 lockdown in April put pressure on its cashflow, steel fabricator and erector Betterect believes a healthy order book of projects for the next 18 months should ensure that the pressure will be relieved.... 

Future order book to relieve pressure for fabricator
Betterect MD Nicolette Skjoldhammer discusses the company’s strategic decisions, facility upgrades and the concept of ‘Team Africa’. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 12.06.2020

New booster for industry 

By: Darren Parker     3rd July 2020 Nitrogen generation equipment manufacturer and supplier NitraLife has introduced a booster for its NitraCut nitrogen generator product, which ‘bolts’ onto the company’s NitraCut nitrogen generator, to increase its nitrogen delivery pressure and therefore also increase the thickness of steel it... 

New booster for industry
NitraLife MD Tom Sowry discusses the new NitraCut booster. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 11.06.2020

AMSA clarifies details of safeguard application for structural steel products

By: Schalk Burger     2nd July 2020 ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) on July 1 said it had, in collaboration with Evraz Highveld Steel, applied for safeguards on structural steel products produced at the Highveld Structural Mill, being the only producer of these products in the country. AMSA emphasised that it haD not approached... 

Metso Outotec can drive industries towards responsible use of natural resources

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st July 2020 Metso Minerals, a subsidiary of global industrial company Metso, has officially merged with Finnish-listed technology company Outotec. The merger has formed a leading process technology, equipment and services company serving the minerals, metals and aggregates industries. The combined company... 

Hulamin experiences difficult 2019, but balance sheet remains robust

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th June 2020 JSE-listed aluminium supplier Hulamin says it experienced particularly difficult conditions during the financial year ended December 31, 2019, which resulted in its loss a share increasing by 57% year-on-year to 380c. Headline earnings were down 182% year-on-year to a loss of R240-million, which... 

Cables for corrosive conditions

By: Tracy Hancock     26th June 2020 Industrial equipment supplier BMG’s extensive portfolio of Tsubaki Kabelschlepp cable carrier systems and safety cables includes S/SX steel cable carriers, which have been designed to carry heavy mechanical loads in harsh environments, including corrosive conditions. “The S/SX series comprises... 

Cables for corrosive conditions
OPTIMISED GEOMETRY The link design of the S/SX series allows contaminants found in harsh environments to fall through the system when the cable carrier is in motion

Metals, engineering sectors to ‘walk the tightrope’ to economic recovery

By: Simone Liedtke     24th June 2020 The road to the metals and engineering (M&E) sector’s post-Covid-19 recovery will be long and will require extraordinary and targeted policies to walk the tightrope towards an economic reboot, Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) chief economist Dr Michael Ade... 

Global steel output falls 8.7% in May, but China lifts production

By: Reuters     23rd June 2020 Global crude steel output slipped 8.7% in May to 148.8-million tonnes as many steelmakers shut operations due to the Covid-19 pandemic, even as top producer China was resilient and pumped out more of the metal. Data from the World Steel Association on Monday showed a sharp contrast between steel... 

Hulamin expects headline loss a share of at least 70c

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th June 2020 JSE-listed aluminium supplier Hulamin expects to report a basic loss a share of between 370c and 380c for the year ended December 31, 2019. This compares with a loss a share of 242c reported for the year ended December 31, 2018.  

Local heroes celebrated as Africa Medical Supplies Platform is launched 

By: Simone Liedtke     19th June 2020 The Africa Medical Supplies Platform (AMSP), to which local company Invicta Holdings is a key supplier, is now officially live as part of a continent-wide effort to contain the Covid-19 pandemic. In a virtual briefing on June 18, South African President and African Union (AU) chairperson Cyril... 

Local heroes celebrated as Africa Medical Supplies Platform is launched
The Virgin Orbit Ventilators, which will be produced by Invicta Holdings.
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