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Foundation partners with companies to develop welding skills

6th September 2019 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) Foundation is inviting players in the welding industry to channel their social responsibility budgets towards a noble cause – helping train young people to give them a life-time career in the welding industry. The SAIW Foundation is currently... 

Positive response to SAIW’s newly launched programme

6th September 2019 There has been an encouraging response to the revamped Welding Inspectors Programme recently launched by the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW), says training services manager Shelton Zichawo. “After a deep analysis, extensive research and taking into account the needs and desires of... 

Positive response to SAIW’s newly launched programme
SHELTON ZICHAWO From a local industry perspective, the advantages of the new Welding Inspectors programme are enormous

SAIW ventures into Kenyan training programme

6th September 2019 For many years, the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) has been extending its services all over Africa. In the latest venture, the SAIW partnered with a local organisation and played a major role in training two Kenyan trainers to be able to run training courses in Shielded Metal Arc... 

SAIW ventures into Kenyan training programme
SETTING UP SHOP The SAIW works with local organisations to help them set up and establish suitable training facilities with skilled staff

EU countries back tighter controls on steel imports

By: Reuters     4th September 2019 European Union (EU) governments approved limits to steel quotas on Wednesday designed to protect European manufacturers from the threat of surging imports following the effective closure of the US market. A large majority of EU countries voted to back changes proposed by the European Commission,... 

NCPC-SA to host free-for-business greener industries conference

By: Schalk Burger     3rd September 2019 The National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA) will host a conference aimed at growing greener industries at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) convention centre on September 10 and 11 and at no cost to businesses and industries. The fourth Industrial... 

How hydrogen could solve steel’s climate test and hobble coal  

By: Bloomberg     30th August 2019 Steel could shed its reputation as a climate threat by using hydrogen instead of fossil fuels for as much as half of global output by 2050, according to BloombergNEF. The steel industry could adopt hydrogen for between 10% and 50% of output by mid-century given the right carbon pricing,... 

Steel industry calls for more women to participate

By: Darren Parker     30th August 2019 The need for increased flexibility in the steel industry to accommodate women’s needs, greater visibility of women working in the sector and higher levels of creativity were key concerns raised at the South African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) Women in Steel event held in Woodmead... 

Steel industry calls for more women to participate
WOMEN OF METTLE Women from all levels of the industry attended the second yearly Women in Steel event

Bushveld receives approval to acquire Vanchem assets

By: Simone Liedtke     29th August 2019 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals says it has received approval from the Competition Commission of South Africa to acquire the Vanchem assets, without conditions. The transaction currently remains on track to be completed by October 31, and the company is progressing the negotiations with local banks... 

World crude steel production up 1.7% in July

By: Simone Liedtke     28th August 2019 Global crude steel production by the 64 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) increased by 1.7% year-on-year to 156.6-million tonnes in July. China produced 85.2-million tonnes of steel in July, a 5% year-on-year increase. 

Steel outlook darkens as Citi sees low prices until 2022

By: Bloomberg     28th August 2019 The steel industry is suffering a bad headache as benchmark hot-rolled coil prices have fallen 38% from their peak in 2018. Over supply and low demand are marking a the new reality for steelmakers, according to analysts. Shares in the NYSE Arca Steel Index are down 19% in the past month. 

Steel tube association’s drive to open new export markets to receive boost

By: Simone Liedtke     26th August 2019 The Steel Tube Export Association of South Africa’s drive to open up more export markets for its members will receive a major boost when it participates in an outward selling mission (OSM) to Australia from September 1 to 7. The association’s CEO Keitumetse Moumakoe will be one of 25... 

Lamergyre says steel alloy plant could create sustainable jobs

By: Simone Liedtke     26th August 2019 The promoters of a proposed stainless and alloy steels plant in the Eastern Cape believe that the greenfield development could support the creation of new jobs in the domestic mining and steel industries. Should it be developed in line with the current concept, Lamergyre Alloy’s vertically and... 

Lamergyre says steel alloy plant could create sustainable jobs

Top vanadium producer sees demand rising after prices slump

By: Bloomberg     26th August 2019 Evraz, the world’s largest vanadium producer outside China, said steelmakers are boosting their use of the metal again after it slumped as much as 75% this year. Vanadium, used to strengthen steel, peaked at more than $120/kg at the end of 2018 after No. 1 consumer China implemented new... 

Labour Minister to participate in metals, engineering wage negotiation panel discussion

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th August 2019 Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi will participate in a panel discussion on the 2020 metals and engineering (M&E) wage negotiations during the Metals and Engineering Indaba (Meindaba), which will be held in Sandton next month. National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa general... 

Labour Minister to participate in metals, engineering wage negotiation panel discussion

Hulamin assures business remains strong as turnaround continues  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd August 2019 JSE-listed aluminium supplier and exporter Hulamin CEO Richard Jacob on Friday assured shareholders that the underlying business remained strong, despite the “painful period” the company was currently experiencing. He told Engineering News Online that this was evidenced by the company’s net debt... 

South32 settles on buyer for South Africa assets, reports impairment 

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd August 2019 Diversified miner South32 on Thursday reported a pre-tax impairment charge of $504-million over its South African Energy Coal assets for the year ended June, announcing that it has now entered into exclusive negotiations to divest of this asset. South32 in 2017 announced plans to divest of the... 

South32 settles on buyer for South Africa assets, reports impairment
South32 CEO Graham Kerr

Saldanha Bay ‘Freeport’ lines up 58 prospective investors 

By: Terence Creamer     21st August 2019 The Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone (SBIDZ) is working with 58 prospective tenants for the special economic zone (SEZ), which is the first SEZ to be located within a domestic port and the only sector-specific SEZ in South Africa catering specifically to the oil and gas, maritime... 

Saldanha Bay ‘Freeport’ lines up 58 prospective investors
SBIDZ acting CEO Kaashifah Beukes

Hulamin warns of lower interim earnings

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th August 2019 JSE-listed aluminium supplier and exporter Hulamin on Tuesday advised that its basic earnings a share for the six months ended June 30 would be at least 200% lower than the 13c reported for the six months ended June 30, 2018. The company warned that it was likely to report a basic loss a share... 

M&E Indaba focuses on Industry 4.0

By: Mamaili Mamaila     16th August 2019 For its fifth annual indaba in September, the Southern African Metals and Engineering Indaba (M&E Indaba) will focus on Industry 4.0, as it affects the metals and engineering (M&E) sector. 

M&E Indaba focuses  on Industry 4.0
KAIZER NYATSUMBA South Africa needs to be able to produce steel domestically and cost efficiently

More membership enquiries for Saisc in challenging environment

By: Mamaili Mamaila     16th August 2019 The Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) has witnessed a marked increase in membership enquiries and applications this year, amid challenging market conditions impacting on its membership base 

More membership enquiries for Saisc in challenging environment
PAOLO TRINCHERO Inclusive representation is very important for the institute, the larger steel sector and the country overall

Sasfa aims to increase LSFB market share locally

By: Mamaili Mamaila     16th August 2019 The Southern African Light Steel Frame Building Association (Sasfa) aims for light steel frame building (LSFB) to be used for at least 10% of all new building projects in South Africa. 

Sasfa aims to increase LSFB market share locally
MARKET GROWTH The sub-Saharan Africa market for LSFB has grown as much as the South African market, and it continues to grow

Institute aims to lead in transitioning to 4IR

By: Mamaili Mamaila     16th August 2019 The steel construction sector has an important role to play in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), and the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) aims to lead the charge on behalf of the sector, says Saisc technical director Amanuel Gebremeskel. 

Institute aims to lead  in transitioning to 4IR
AMANUEL GEBREMESKEL Enhancing the competitiveness of the local steel sector is critical as competition with other regions is expected to be even fiercer in the future

Steel crucial in Africa’s industrialisation aspirations

By: Mamaili Mamaila     16th August 2019 South Africa and Africa more broadly are attempting to develop their economies through industrialisation and steel forms the basic material of choice for this economic transformation, says the Steel Tube Export Association of South Africa (Steasa) executive director Keitumetse Moumakoe. 

Steel crucial in Africa’s industrialisation aspirations
GOOD INTENTIONS Steasa intends to foster closer collaborative agreements between the downstream steel tube and pipe industry and the primary industry

Economy contributes to decrease in product demand

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     9th August 2019 Despite the current downturn in economic conditions, Bearings International (BI) recently launched a new hybrid gasketing liquid from premium supplier Loctite. The new 518 pen-style gasketing liquid offers customers significant cost-savings. “This is most welcome in the current economic... 

Economy contributes to decrease in product demand
PRESSURE HANDLING The company offers sealing components that can handle different types of environments and pressures

Learnership programme in sealing industry reaping fruit

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     9th August 2019 Since the introduction of sealing products manufacturer KLINGER Mzansi’s training academy in 2017, the company has received continuous enquiries from companies about the learnership programme offered at the academy. “Our customers have enquired regarding sending their staff members for correct... 

Learnership programme in sealing industry reaping fruit
IMPROVING LIVES The programme will contribute towards the country’s economy and provide skills and opportunities in the sealing industry

Tech provider upgrades control at Mozal Aluminium

9th August 2019 Industrial automation and information technology provider Rockwell Automation has migrated the control systems at mining and metals company South32’s Mozal Aluminium project’s furnace assembly and ladle cleaning shop to its modern DC sintering based on the PlantPAx design standard. 

Neasa calls for scrapping of steel import duties

By: Simone Liedtke     6th August 2019 The National Employers’ Association of South Africa (Neasa) has called for the scrapping of steel import duties, which it says is negatively impacting on South Africa’s downstream steel sector. Neasa CE Gerhard Papenfus says primary steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) is unable to... 

Global aluminium demand set to outpace growth – Fitch

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th August 2019 The global aluminium market is likely to experience a number of deficits over the coming years as solid demand growth, driven by the construction and automotive sectors, outpaces production growth, says Fitch Solutions Macro Research. Fitch expects the global primary aluminium market to remain... 

Policy certainty to create investment and opportunity

By: Theresa Bhowan     2nd August 2019 The Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) Amendment Bill, which was expected to be presented before Cabinet will now, as requested by the industry, be separately presented as the Petroleum Development Bill and should, if the final terms are commercially attractive, encourage... 

Policy certainty to create investment and opportunity
NIALL KRAMER South Africa has the potential to be the next big frontier in oil and gas

AMSA moves to buy Highveld’s heavy structural mill, eyes new market-coke partnership

By: Terence Creamer     1st August 2019 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) announced on Thursday that it intended acquiring Highveld Steel subsidiary HSM, which is Africa’s only producer of heavy structural steel. The proposed transaction, which is subject to several conditions, will involve an upfront cash payment of... 

AMSA moves to buy Highveld’s heavy structural mill, eyes new market-coke partnership

Makhado to position MC as pre-eminent South African hard coking coal producer  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th July 2019 The development of the Makhado project will make MC Mining the pre-eminent South African producer of hard coking coal, the ASX-, JSE- and Aim-listed company said on Tuesday. Reporting on the company’s activities in the quarter ended June 30, CEO David Brown said the long-term viability of... 

Makhado to position MC as pre-eminent South African hard coking coal producer
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
MC Mining CEO David Brown

CSIR senior engineer hopeful that study paves way for better roads, safer vehicles

By: Simone Liedtke     26th July 2019 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has combined its tyre testing and stress-in-motion system (SIMS) technologies, CSIR smart mobility senior engineer Robert Berman told delegates attending the Southern African Transport Conference. The CSIR tyre testers were developed in... 

Teck’s quarterly profit down, adjusts steelmaking coal guidance

By: Mariaan Webb     25th July 2019 Diversified mining company Teck Resources on Thursday reported adjusted profit of C$459-million, or C$0.81 a share, in the June quarter, compared with C$653-million, or C$1.14 a share, in the same quarter of last year. Revenue increased from C$3.02-billion in the June 2018 quarter, to... 

Teck’s quarterly profit down, adjusts steelmaking coal guidance
Teck CEO Don Lindsay

Prevost urges coal producers to focus on local demand   

By: Nadine James     24th July 2019 South African coal producers should focus on supplying local industries and State-owned power utility Eskom, given the changing and uncertain export environment, XMP Consulting senior coal analyst Xavier Prevost said on Wednesday. Speaking at the inaugural Coal Industry Day hosted by Resources 4... 

Prevost urges coal producers to focus on local demand
XMP Consulting senior coal analyst Xavier Prevost discusses the state of the South African coal sector. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

NDT provider invests in growing capacity

By: Halima Frost     19th July 2019 Over the past year, heating and testing contractor NDT Projects has taken on new technologies and moved to new premises to bolster its nondestructive testing (NDT) capabilities. The larger facility not only enables the company to accommodate bigger workloads comfortably but also offers more... 

Federation committed to small business growth

By: Mamaili Mamaila     19th July 2019 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) Small Business Hub (SBH) was created specifically to address the needs of small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) in Southern Africa to contribute to economic growth and job creation. 

Federation committed to small business growth
TECHNICAL SKILLS Seifsa’s training ensures that people in the metals and engineering sector become technically skilled individuals so that they can create products of high quality for the industry

Pre-eminent representation reaffirmed by Seifsa

By: Mamaili Mamaila     19th July 2019 Owing to the country’s precarious socioeconomic outlook, it is critical for the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) to reaffirm its position as the preeminent representative in the best interest of its members, says Seifsa operations director Lucio Trentini.  

Pre-eminent representation reaffirmed by Seifsa
LUCIO TRENTINI It is imperative for companies to speak with one common voice when dealing with the challenges facing the sector
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