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Trio makes for steely supply

By: Halima Frost     25th October 2019 Three of South Africa’s most prominent companies in the stainless steel supply chain are completing a substantial supply to a gold mine in the Southern African Development Community. The project entails the supply of 250 t of grade 2304 stainless steel for the manufacture of ten tanks – the... 

SA exporting jobs and importing goods, Lasher Tools warns

By: Schalk Burger     25th October 2019 Human capital is the cornerstone of any successful commercial venture and is the foundation of economies, but South Africa must insist on fairness and parity of imports to ensure that local businesses are not lost to cheaper and lower quality imports, says local tools maker Lasher Tools marketing... 

Labour department to host iron, steel indaba

By: African News Agency      23rd October 2019 The Department of Employment and Labour said on Wednesday it would this week host an iron and steel forum in Durban to reflect on the progress made since the signing of an accord on occupational health and safety in 2013. In a statement, it said the meeting would focus on regulations and... 

Kumba lowers full-year sales guidance as sales to AMSA fall

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd October 2019 Lower iron-ore sales to steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) in the third quarter has prompted Kumba Iron Ore to lower its full-year sales guidance to between 42-million and 43-million tonnes of iron-ore, compared with the previously expected 43-million to 44-million tonnes. The... 

French cement company sells promise of greener future in IPO

By: , Bloomberg     21st October 2019 A tiny French cement company sold shares on the Paris exchange with a big promise: to shake up global production and reduce carbon emissions. Hoffmann Green Cement Technologies pitched to investors a “disruptive” manufacturing process based on changing the composition of cement so that it no... 

Plastic bottles vs aluminium cans: who'll win the global water fight? 

By: Reuters     17th October 2019 Global bottled water giants are ramping up trials of easily recyclable aluminium cans to replace plastic that pollutes the world's seas. Sound like a slam-dunk for the environment? Not entirely. Aluminium cans might indeed mean less ocean waste, but they come with their own eco-price: the... 

Despite headwinds, global steel demand continues to grow

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th October 2019 Global steel demand will grow by 3.9% to 1.78-million tonnes this year and by 1.7% to 1.81-million tonnes in 2020, the World Steel Association (worldsteel) estimates in its latest Short Range Outlook (SRO). “The current SRO suggests that global steel demand will continue to grow this year, more... 

2019 Steel Awards showcases greater diversity

By: Simone Liedtke     11th October 2019 The South African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) Steel Awards attracted not only a record number of entries and sponsors this year, but also greater diversity, CEO Paolo Trinchero says. He points out that this year’s entries encompass a wider range of stakeholders in the greater built... 

China's Chalco delays Boffa bauxite mine launch to 2020

By: Reuters     10th October 2019 Aluminum Corp of China, also known as Chalco, has delayed the launch of its Boffa bauxite project in Guinea until at least the first quarter of 2020, a company official said on Thursday. Construction on the project, expected to produce 12-million tonnes of the aluminium ore a year, would be... 

Incoming top EU climate official pledges to tax polluting imports

By: Reuters     9th October 2019 The European Union (EU) will start work immediately on a tax on polluting foreign firms to shelter EU businesses striving to meet a goal to be climate neutral by 2050, the senior official set to take responsibility for climate in the new European Commission said on Tuesday. Frans Timmermans, who... 

Insimbi achieves decent interim growth

By: Simone Liedtke     8th October 2019 Despite a challenging local and global economic environment, metals supplier Insimbi on Tuesday reported an 11% increase in its headline earnings a share from R8.47 to R9.42, while earnings a share saw a 4% increase from R9.12 to R9.48, for the six months ended August 31, 2019. Revenue for the... 

Japan Oct-Dec crude steel output forecast to slip

By: Reuters     8th October 2019 Japan's output of crude steel in the October-December quarter is forecast to fall 0.1% from a year earlier as trade tensions and uncertainty over China's economy curb exports, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) said on Tuesday. Crude steel output is estimated at 25.69 million... 

Outlook for wind energy in SA improving, despite headwinds

By: Terence Creamer     4th October 2019 After stalling last year, global renewable energy capacity additions are expected to recover strongly in 2019, supported by a solid rebound in onshore wind deployments and ongoing solar photovoltaic (PV) growth. The International Energy Agency (IEA) expects almost 200 GW of renewables capacity to... 

Outlook for wind energy in SA improving, despite headwinds

Robor goes into liquidation 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd October 2019 Steel tube and pipe manufacturer Robor has been placed into voluntary liquidation. Investment holding company Tiso Blackstar, which owns 47.61% of Robor, on Wednesday reported that the decline of the South African economy over the past three years, the margin-eroding effect of cheaper Chinese... 

Robor goes into liquidation

If the health system is corruptible, we all suffer – Ramaphosa 

By: Sane Dhlamini     1st October 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday said if South Africa’s health care system is marred with unauthorised expenditure, the entire country would suffer the consequences. Ramaphosa was speaking at the launch of the Health Sector Anti-Corruption Forum, which is expected to fight the scourge of... 

If the health system is corruptible, we all suffer – Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

WTO slashes forecast for trade growth as conflicts mount

By: Reuters     1st October 2019 The World Trade Organization (WTO) cut its forecast for growth in global trade this year by more than half on Tuesday and said further rounds of tariffs and retaliation, a slowing economy and a disorderly Brexit could squeeze it even more. The WTO said it now expected global merchandise trade to... 

WTO slashes forecast for trade growth as conflicts mount
Photo by Reuters
WTO director-general Roberto Azevedo

Transnet reports dramatic rise in irregular expenditure to R49bn  

By: Terence Creamer     30th September 2019 State-owned freight logistics utility Transnet received yet another qualified audit for its 2018/19 financial year and also announced a dramatic rise in irregular expenditure to R49-billion, after locomotive contracts valued at R41.5-billion where added to the figure, which stood at R8-billion at... 

Transnet reports dramatic rise in irregular expenditure to R49bn
Transnet acting CEO Mohammed Mahomedy outlines the reason for the group receiving yet another qualified audit during the 2018/19 financial year, as well as the dramatic rise in irregular expenditure to R49-billion. Camerawork and editing: Darlene Creamer 30.9.2019

Extrusion press concept for aluminium sector developed

By: Halima Frost     27th September 2019 As a global service partner for clients, metallurgical industry plant and integrated systems provider, SMS group has developed a concept for extrusion presses offering significant flexibility and efficiency for the steel and aluminium industries. “SMS group service technicians are specifically... 

Extrusion press concept for aluminium sector developed
KEEP ROLLING ROLLING ROLLING A cold rolling production line supplied to an international client by SMS group

Demand growth continues to outweigh production growth

27th September 2019 Last month, macroeconomic researcher Fitch Solutions – a unit of the Fitch Group –reported that the global aluminum market will see a number of deficits over the coming years as solid demand growth, driven by the construction and autos sectors, outpaces production growth. Notably, the global... 

Demand growth continues to outweigh production growth
BUILDING SPEED The construction and automotive sectors have seen solid demand growth which has outpaced production growth

Company launches recycled bicycle

27th September 2019 Global food and beverage company Nestle Global’s brand Nespresso has announced the launch of its fully recycled aluminium bicycle the RE:CYCLE – part of its drive to remain at the forefront of a circular economy and demonstrating its commitment to recycling. Aluminium is one of the world's most... 

Company launches recycled bicycle
THINK BIKE For every Vélosophy bike sold a second bike will be donated to a developing country in an effort to aid poverty relief

Global steel output rises 3.4% y/y in August  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th September 2019 World crude steel production was 156-million tonnes in August, which was a 3.4% increase compared with August last year. Global industry organisation, the World Steel Association (worldsteel), reports that China produced 87.3-million tonnes of crude steel in August, which was a 9.3%... 

AMSA to undertake strategic asset review 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th September 2019 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa on Wednesday announced that it would review the operational and financial sustainability of certain of its major operating sites, individual plants and production areas. The review would, however, exclude its commercial market coke operations and would... 

AMSA to undertake strategic asset review

India's steel industry wants 25% duty placed on imports -JSW Steel exec

By: Reuters     23rd September 2019 India's steel industry wants a 25% safeguard duty placed on all steel imports as steel products sourced from countries with whom India has a free trade agreement (FTA) have risen substantially, a senior executive from JSW Steel said on Monday. "India's imports from FTA partners rose 77% (in the... 

One battery material sector is cheering for lower prices

By: , Bloomberg     19th September 2019 Lower prices of vanadium, a metal mainly known for strengthening steel, are key in the drive to increase its use in the booming battery sector, according to the developer of an Australian mine. The metal’s retreat from a price spike in 2018 is being welcomed – rather than lamented – by producers... 

One battery material sector is cheering for lower prices

Govt looking to create 'certainty' in local steel, manufacturing industries 

By: Simone Liedtke     13th September 2019 Public Enterprises Deputy Minister Phumulo Masualle on Friday said the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) was looking to create “a sense of certainty” in the local steel and manufacturing industries by leveraging investments from State-owned entities (SOEs). This, he told delegates at the... 

Govt looking to create 'certainty' in local steel, manufacturing industries
Public Enterprises Deputy Minister Phumulo Masualle discusses measures being implemented by government to create more certainty for the domestic steel and manufacturing sectors. Video: Kutlwano Matlala; Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

4IR, AfCFTA to 'reshape' South African business, says Patel 

By: Simone Liedtke     13th September 2019 South Africa’s steel industry will need a Steel 4.0 plan to adequately harness and respond to the pressures presented by the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel said at the Metals and Engineering Indaba, in Sandton, on Friday. He explained that the... 

Master plans needed to expand productive South African sectors – Patel  

By: Simone Liedtke     13th September 2019 To grow South Africa’s economy and expand its productive sectors, master plans will need to be developed for each of those sectors, Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel said on Friday. Speaking on the second day of the Metals and Engineering Indaba, in Sandton, on Friday, the Minister... 

Master plans needed to expand productive South African sectors – Patel
Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel discusses some of government's initiatives in rebuilding the South African economy, alongside the steel and manufacturing sectors, at the fifth iteration of the Metals and Engineering Indaba, in Sandton. Video: Kutlwano Matlala; Editing Nicholas Boyd.

CSIR setting up a reference smart factory to stimulate local manufacturing

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th September 2019 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is going to set up a National Reference Smart Factory on its main campus in Pretoria/Tshwane. This will play a key part in achieving a major CSIR objective – the revitalisation and modernisation of the South African manufacturing industry.... 

CSIR calls for proposals from the public to use its photonics facility

By: Theresa Bhowan     13th September 2019 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is calling for proposals from anyone who wishes to turn a demonstrated idea into a working prototype using the photonics prototyping facility at the CSIR, in Pretoria. 

CSIR calls for proposals from the public to use  its photonics facility
PHOTONIC TECHNOLOGY The photonic prototyping facility was designed for individuals or organisations who wish to design photonics products

Acquisition benefits cutting equipment supplier company

By: Theresa Bhowan     13th September 2019 Taking over plasma and large format laser equipment supplier Messer Cutting Systems’ South African operations has enabled local capital equipment and consumables supplier First Cut to access new products and expand its offering. 

Acquisition benefits cutting equipment supplier company
HIGH-QUALITY ELECTRODES First Cut ensures that South African fabricators can buy high-quality Messer electrodes at a very reasonable price

Innovations lead to versatile marking solutions for warehouse applications

13th September 2019 Identification and traceability company Traceability Solutions is the distributor of laser marking systems Telesis Technologies laser and Dot Meen Marking solutions in South Africa. 

Innovations lead to versatile marking solutions  for warehouse applications
UV/ONE LASER The all-in-one laser can be used for the traceability and identification of products and is designed to mark challenging materials

Partnership provides value to fabrication industry

By: Theresa Bhowan     13th September 2019 Local nitrogen generator manufacturer NitraLife’s partnership with Swiss steel processing original-equipment manufacturer Bystronic is adding significant value to end-user customers in the fabrication sector. 

Partnership provides value to fabrication industry
NITROGEN GENERATION The NitraCut system was specifically designed for the laser cutting market

Laser technology expands company’s service offerings

By: Theresa Bhowan     13th September 2019 Coating technology specialist Thermaspray has recently launched and installed its new laser cladding system, which has broadened the scope of the industries it serves. 

Laser technology expands company’s service offerings
LASER PRECISION Thermaspray’s laser cladding system was launched at its Olifantsfontien facility

Seifsa president calls for greater industrial policy decisiveness 

By: Terence Creamer     12th September 2019 Steel and Engineering Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) president Elias Monage has called for greater decisiveness on the part of the South African government in both defining which manufacturing sectors it intends supporting and in enforcing local-content rules, as well as legally... 

Seifsa president calls for greater industrial policy decisiveness
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Seifsa president Elias Monage

South Africa should focus on the speed at which it adapts to 4IR – Manamela 

By: Simone Liedtke     12th September 2019 While the metals and engineering industries play a key role in preparing South Africa for the opportunities that the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) brings, Higher Education, Science and Technology Deputy Minister Buti Manamela says the department’s focus will be on digital technologies, such... 

South Africa should focus on the speed at which it adapts to 4IR – Manamela
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Higher Education, Science and Technology Deputy Minister Buti Manamela

Company becomes first validation facility in South Africa

9th September 2019 Welding and construction equipment-related supplier Renttech South Africa has become the first local validation facility which is able to provide a service to industry validating welding equipment according to ISO 17662 standards. Renttech is a company within the Bidvest Group’s Commercial... 

Local complex-geometry globoid gears for hot-rolled steel plant

By: Schalk Burger     6th September 2019 Local precision engineering company Venter Consulting Engineers has completed two complex geometry globoid gear sets for Italian metal industry equipment manufacturer Danieli, says Venter Consulting Engineers founder and director Peet Venter. The highly technical project entailed the manufacture... 

Local complex-geometry globoid  gears for hot-rolled steel plant
GLOBOID GEAR SET A virtual image of the gear geometry
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