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Service, product offering expansion creates market opportunities

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     2nd July 2021 Cutting and precision tool manufacturer and distributor First Cut has recently expanded its cutting and grinding range of product and service offerings to include welding solutions. This expansion was prompted as the welding process is the next natural step that follows the cutting process in the... 

Master plan set to boost local market

2nd July 2021 Speaking on the steel master plan, which is a blueprint for the industry to re-energise itself and expand production, the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) states that the broad structure demanded is in place and export councils are now working to boost the local... 

MASTER PLAN 
The broad structure demanded is in place and export councils are now working to boost the local stainless steel sector
MASTER PLAN The broad structure demanded is in place and export councils are now working to boost the local stainless steel sector

Modernisation under way

2nd July 2021 Electric and power supply company GE Power Conversion was selected by diversified industrial group Thyssenkrupp Steel to modernise the drive and automation system of the Downcoiler 3 and side guides in the Bochum hot rolling mill – with a project volume of over €1.5-million. The plant is one of... 

Company achieves milestone

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     2nd July 2021 Rapidly growing demand in the industrial sector, has seen nitrogen generation equipment supplier Nitralife recently achieving the milestone of having supplied more than 100 customised Nitracut generators to the fabrication and industrial sector over the past four years. “With each new sector and... 

NEXT GENERATION 
While Nitralife’s nitrogen generators have similar designs for various applications, it adjusts each variation according to customer's specifications
NEXT GENERATION While Nitralife’s nitrogen generators have similar designs for various applications, it adjusts each variation according to customer's specifications

ZSD developed for water treatment plants

2nd July 2021 Metallurgical industry plant supplier SMS group is committed to taking care of the environment and has developed an environmentally beneficial product called Zero Solid Discharge (ZSD). ZSD is a water treatment plant for metal industries. 

DIRECT COMPARISON 
The microbial product is composed of a mix of non-genetically modified natural bacteria and their micronutrients and reduces suspended and surface oil
DIRECT COMPARISON The microbial product is composed of a mix of non-genetically modified natural bacteria and their micronutrients and reduces suspended and surface oil

AMSA to report strong interim results

By: Schalk Burger     1st July 2021 Steel manufacturer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) expects to deliver a strong set of results for the six months ended June 30. In a trading statement, it says it expects to report headline earnings of at least R1.69-billion and headline earnings a share of at least R1.76. 

Tsodilo sets sights on contributing to low-carbon steelmaking in Botswana 

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd June 2021 TSX-V-listed Tsodilo Resources has entered into a research collaboration with the Department of Chemical, Materials and Metallurgical Engineering at the Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST) and Morupule Coal Mine (MCM) to undertake metallurgical studies with respect... 

Steel production increased by 16.5% y/y in May

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd June 2021 World crude steel production for the 64 countries reporting to industry association the World Steel Association (worldsteel) increased by 16.5% year-on-year to 174.4-million tonnes in May. Africa’s output increased by 65.1% year-on-year to 1.3-million tonnes in May, while output in the Middle... 

South32 reiterates Paris Agreement, net zero carbon commitment 

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd June 2021 Diversified miner South32 has reiterated its commitment to the Paris Agreement objectives, with the miner committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050. In May, South32 announced its target to achieve a 50% reduction in Scope 1 and 2 operational emissions by the 2035 financial year. To... 

South32 CEO Graham Kerr
South32 CEO Graham Kerr

Seifsa tables three-year wage offer

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd June 2021 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa), which represents 19 affiliated employer organisations, has tabled a three-year wage deal. This followed after negotiations were held with labour unions, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa, Solidarity,... 

Reviving South Africa's steel sector  

18th June 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the newly signed Steel Masterplan and whether it is enough to reignite the revival of South Africa's steel sector. 

Reviving South Africa's steel sector
Reviving South Africa's steel sector

Infrastructure and import substitution at heart of new master plan’s vision for steel revival  

By: Terence Creamer     11th June 2021 A new master plan aimed at stabilising South Africa’s steel industry and creating a platform for the revival of the country’s embattled downstream steel fabricators was signed by representatives from business, labour and government on Friday. The ceremony, which took place amid the constant hum... 

Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel signs the Steel Master Plan as Numsa's Irvin Jim prepares to do likewise
Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel outlines the main pillars of the Steel Industry Master Plan at a signing ceremony held at Hall Longmore’s factory in Wadeville, in Gauteng. Camera Work: Kutlwano Matala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Iron-ore scales over three-week high on China demand, supply risks

By: Reuters     11th June 2021 Iron-ore futures jumped on Friday to their highest in more than three weeks, as a rebound in steel inventory in top producer China suggested that demand for the raw material remained brisk. The most-traded September iron ore on China's Dalian Commodity Exchange rose as much as 4.1% to 1 226 yuan... 

Contracts awarded on strong foundation work

By: Halima Frost     11th June 2021 Concrete foundation specialist Gauteng Piling’s most recent projects have showcased the company’s diverse capabilities in the concrete piling industry. Gauteng Piling contracts manager Keoatlaretse Tema tells Engineering News that two of the projects include the installation of concrete piling... 

CONCRETE SUPPORT
A total of 32 concrete piles were needed on the Mbombela Fresh Produce Market project
CONCRETE SUPPORT A total of 32 concrete piles were needed on the Mbombela Fresh Produce Market project

Product ensures bolt security for safer railways

11th June 2021 Bolt security is essential for optimum safety in all industries, particularly in the railway sector, where demands on rail lines and train components are under increasing pressure, as trains and railway networks become more sophisticated. “Bolt loosening anywhere on railway infrastructure and... 

ADVANCED WEDGE-LOCKING
BMG’s Nord-Lock bolt securing system is based on wedge-locking technology, designed to secure bolted joints exposed to severe vibration and dynamic loads in extreme conditions
ADVANCED WEDGE-LOCKING BMG’s Nord-Lock bolt securing system is based on wedge-locking technology, designed to secure bolted joints exposed to severe vibration and dynamic loads in extreme conditions

Association encourages use of zinc to boost rail

By: Cameron Mackay     11th June 2021 International Zinc Association (IZA) Africa Desk head Simon Norton says there is significant opportunity right now to increase the use of refined zinc for hot dip galvanising of steel, with the steel used for new rail infrastructure projects in South Africa. “This would guarantee a long life for... 

PROTECTING RAIL INFRASTRUCTURE
Zinc has significant capacity to protect uncoated steel structures against premature corrosion
PROTECTING RAIL INFRASTRUCTURE Zinc has significant capacity to protect uncoated steel structures against premature corrosion

Iron-ore jumps on supply concerns, shrugs off China price watch

By: Reuters     9th June 2021 Iron-ore futures rose on Wednesday, with the Dalian benchmark contract gaining up to 5.4% after a three-day slump, as worries over supply boosted prices of the steelmaking raw material. The most-traded September iron-ore on China's Dalian Commodity Exchange ended daytime trading 4% higher at 1... 

New Moody’s scores to reflect ESG risks

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th June 2021 Ratings agency Moody’s has published environmental, social and governance (ESG) issuer profile and credit impact scores for various rated issuers in the global metals and mining sector. This follows on the agency’s publication of ESG scores for a range of corporate issuers, utilities and US... 

Tradecore Steel acquires KZN assets of Gibbsteel Pinetown

By: Simone Liedtke     8th June 2021 An acquisition has increased steel supplier Tradecore Steel’s processing capability in KwaZulu-Natal and further consolidates the company’s sub-Saharan footprint. Tradecore has acquired the KwaZulu-Natal assets of Gibbsteel, a producer of value-added steel products. 

EU’s Green Deal will have wide-ranging impact on SA exports, cautions Van Zyl  

By: Irma Venter     8th June 2021 Europe’s Green Deal is not just a vision or an idea, but a well-funded policy that is being implemented, and that is set to have a wide-ranging impact on South African exports, says Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) executive chairperson Dr Johan van Zyl. Van Zyl stepped down earlier this year as... 

Johan Van Zyl
Johan Van Zyl

Masterplan to position South Africa as ‘globally significant’ renewables manufacturer 

By: Terence Creamer     8th June 2021 Department of Mineral Resources and Energy director-general Advocate Thabo Mokoena reports that government intends using the South African Renewable Energy Masterplan (SAREM), which is currently being drafted, to position the country as a “globally significant” producer of inputs used in... 

Masterplan to position South Africa as ‘globally significant’ renewables manufacturer

Iron-ore tumbles as optimism around China demand fades

By: Reuters     7th June 2021 Iron-ore prices tumbled on Monday as China's subdued trade data for May and narrowing steel profit margins dampened the market's enthusiasm about demand prospects for the steelmaking ingredient. China, which accounts for more than half of the world's steel output, imported 89.79 million tonnes of... 

Iron-ore tumbles as optimism around China demand fades

Steel pricing, duties causing discontent  

4th June 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the difficulties that continue to affect the domestic steel market, unhappiness about safeguard duties and the way ArcelorMittal South Africa prices its steel and how the steel master plan process may help to... 

Steel pricing, duties causing discontent
Steel pricing, duties causing discontent

New tech to increase boiler inspection accuracy

By: Anna Moross     4th June 2021 Material testing and inspection services specialist DEKRA Industrial’s new non-destructive testing (NDT) and inspection service – using the Fast Scanning Thickness- (FST-)Gage inspection technology – will place the company in a strong position as the leader in boiler and burner inspection in... 

FTS-GAUGE ON-SITE INSPECTION
FST-Gage inspection technology is a high-priority initiative from DEKRA’s global Industrial Inspection Service division
FTS-GAUGE ON-SITE INSPECTION FST-Gage inspection technology is a high-priority initiative from DEKRA’s global Industrial Inspection Service division

Institute working to host international event locally

By: Cameron Mackay     4th June 2021 The South African Institute of Tribology (SAIT) is collaborating with industry bodies and relevant government departments to host the International Tribology Council’s (ITC’s) eighth International World Tribology Congress in South Africa in 2025 or 2026, says SAIT president Patrick Swan.  “We are... 

Industry insight opportunity for students

By: Anna Moross     4th June 2021 Owing to the fast-paced changes in the boilers and burners sector, technical vocational education and training (TVET) colleges have initiated an Occupational Qualification Dual System programme that entails sending students into the industry to ensure that they are prepared when they obtain an... 

BOILERMAKING QUALIFICATION 
The programme . . . aims to provide students with an opportunity to gain theoretical knowledge from the college while attaining real-time experience at a company
BOILERMAKING QUALIFICATION The programme . . . aims to provide students with an opportunity to gain theoretical knowledge from the college while attaining real-time experience at a company

Macsteel seeks reimbursement for ‘unlawful’ duty payments 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd June 2021 Macsteel CEO Mike Benfield is confident that the company has a strong legal case against the continued application of an 8% safeguard duty on hot-rolled coil (HRC) and confirms that it is also asking the court for an order granting that it be reimbursed for the duties paid since the extension was... 

Macsteel CEO Mike Benfield
Macsteel CEO Mike Benfield

Macsteel launches third Macsteel Express franchise partnership

By: Simone Liedtke     1st June 2021 Steel merchant Macsteel has launched the third of its independently owned Macsteel Express franchise partnerships, in Nelspruit, on June 1. Macsteel launched the first of its two franchise partner concept outlets in February this year in Klerksdorp and Welkom, respectively.   

Steel backlog won’t be solved by eliminating safeguard duties, AMSA avers 

By: Terence Creamer     31st May 2021 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has rebuffed increasingly vociferous calls for the elimination of safeguard duties to ease ongoing supply constraints and price increases in the domestic market. CEO Kobus Verster acknowledges that some backlogs, which began to emerge in late 2019... 

AMSA CEO Kobus Verster
Photo by Creamer Media
AMSA CEO Kobus Verster

UCT professor elected as fellow of South African Academy of Engineering 

By: Donna Slater     28th May 2021 University of Cape Town (UCT) chemical engineering professor Harro von Blottnitz has been elected a fellow of the South African Academy of Engineering (SAAE), thereby placing him among an elite group of 213 fellows who stand between the worlds of academia and industry, and who are considered... 

University of Cape Town chemical engineering professor Harro von Blottnitz
University of Cape Town chemical engineering professor Harro von Blottnitz

Iron-ore benchmarks rise on China's steel output plans

By: Reuters     28th May 2021 Iron-ore futures in Asia rose on Friday, but were set for a third weekly decline on persistent price-control concerns. Top steel producer China's recent statements on steel capacity reforms had sparked worries about tight supply prospects, pushing prices to record highs earlier this month. 

Company to continue local investment

By: Cameron Mackay     28th May 2021 Minerals processing equipment manufacturer Multotec aims to continue investing in modernising its local manufacturing capabilities. “In the long term, we would like to invest in Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies to modernise the way we produce. In South Africa, we would rather invest in a... 

INCREASING EFFICIENCY, MAINTAINING QUALITY 
Multotec aims to continue investing in modernising its local manufacturing capabilities
INCREASING EFFICIENCY, MAINTAINING QUALITY Multotec aims to continue investing in modernising its local manufacturing capabilities

Company launches new division

By: Cameron Mackay     28th May 2021 Waterjet cutting service provider MAXJET will launch a new manufacturing division, referred to as MAX LINERS, next month. The division will focus on providing a range of products to prevent wear in the materials handling industry. 

SUSTAINABLE MANUFACTURING 
MAXJET’s manufacturing processes, which use waterjet cutting to design, supply and process flat part components, is an environmentally green process
SUSTAINABLE MANUFACTURING MAXJET’s manufacturing processes, which use waterjet cutting to design, supply and process flat part components, is an environmentally green process

Facilities equipped for custom orders

By: Cameron Mackay     28th May 2021 Original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) Kwatani’s fabrication jobbing processes are designed to deliver custom-designed vibrating equipment within timeframes similar to those of other OEMs that deliver standard equipment. “Our processes are based on a job-based system, so the entire production... 

RIAAN STEINMANN, KIM SCHOEPFLIN
Operations GM at Kwatani, and CEO, respectively
RIAAN STEINMANN, KIM SCHOEPFLIN Operations GM at Kwatani, and CEO, respectively

Products adapted for 4IR applications

By: Cameron Mackay     28th May 2021 Abrasive tools manufacturer PFERD has geared many of its products for Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) and robotic applications because many customers in the local manufacturing and automotive sectors are automating their processes to increase efficiencies. The company is also focusing on... 

DESIGNED FOR DEMANDING APPLICATIONS
A tungsten carbide burr is a cutting tool that is normally used on electric and pneumatic straight grinders
DESIGNED FOR DEMANDING APPLICATIONS A tungsten carbide burr is a cutting tool that is normally used on electric and pneumatic straight grinders

Company improves manufacturing line

By: Cameron Mackay     28th May 2021 Local civil and engineering steel products manufacturer and supplier Stewarts & Lloyds has upgraded certain parts of its high-speed, cut-to-length line, installed last year. Certain modifications have been made to the decoiler to assist in handling coils where the inside diameters of the coil are... 

SERVING A NICHE MARKET
The line can process coil in thickness from 0.58 mm to 6 mm and is one of the few local lines able to cut 2-m-wide coils
SERVING A NICHE MARKET The line can process coil in thickness from 0.58 mm to 6 mm and is one of the few local lines able to cut 2-m-wide coils

Manufacturer mitigates supply challenges

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     28th May 2021 With the global pandemic posing challenges across all industries, the greatest challenge that industrial and electronic supplier Actum faces is the timeous supply of raw materials. “Actum Group is the only authorised manufacturer under licence for BAND-IT stainless steel strapping and buckles... 

FIRM GRIP 
The BAND-IT stainless steel band clamps spread their clamping force out across the full perimeter of the items they are joining
FIRM GRIP The BAND-IT stainless steel band clamps spread their clamping force out across the full perimeter of the items they are joining
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