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An image of rolled stainless steel
Enhanced steel grade meets demanding needs
7th June 2024 By: Nadine Ramdass

Stainless steel producer Columbus Stainless, based in Middelburg, Mpumalanga, has improved on the “workhorse” 3CR12 utility steel by adding the high-strength 3CR12HP400 version to meet the... 


Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies senior economist Gaylor Montmasson-Clair
Supply-side support will be required if South Africa aims to join green industrialisation race
30th May 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Stable demand remains a prerequisite if South Africa has any prospect of stimulating industrialisation in the renewable-energy and battery storage value chains, Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies... 


AMSA CEO Kobus Verster
Just Share unhappy that its question was not addressed at AMSA’s AGM
27th May 2024 By: Darren Parker

Nonprofit activist organisation Just Share has accused ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) of sub-par AGM governance because the chairperson closed the company’s AGM on May 24 before addressing a... 


Scrap metals
Get Steel invites comment on proposed foundry project in Benoni
17th May 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Local steel processing company Get Steel has invited interested and affected parties to submit comments on a draft scoping report into the refurbishment of the Naledi Foundry, in Benoni, Gauteng.... 


Industry organisation eagerly anticipates Machine Tools Africa event
17th May 2024

With a few days to go until the 2024 iteration of the Machine Tools Africa event, to be held from May 21 to 24 at the Nasrec showgrounds, in Johannesburg, industry organisation Machine Tools... 


Seifsa president Elias Monage
Seifsa, unions commit to addressing access to housing for sector employees
15th May 2024 By: Schalk Burger

The Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC) negotiations have concluded with a 7% wage increase over the next year for entry-level workers in the metals and engineering industry... 


scrap metal
Enhanced regulation, law enforcement needed to combat scrap metal theft
3rd May 2024 By: Darren Parker

Enhanced regulation and enforcement are needed to address the challenges of scrap metal theft in South Africa and potentially lift the ban on scrap metal exports, research and advisory firm Birguid... 


Ongoing investment underscores commitment
Ongoing investment underscores commitment
3rd May 2024 By: Simone Liedtke

Anchored fundamentally in the principle of efficiently managing its manufacturing processes, conveyor belt solutions manufacturer and supplier Tru-Trac Rollers’ ongoing investments in... 


blast furnace at AMSA
AMSA to convert one Vanderbijlpark blast furnace to an electric arc furnace by 2028
2nd May 2024 By: Darren Parker

Steelmaker ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) CEO Kobus Verster has confirmed that the company will be converting one of its three blast furnaces into an electric arc furnace (EAF) within the next... 


AMSA's Vanderbijl Park facility with open ground in the foreground
AMSA expects to break ground on Vanderbijlpark’s 200 MW solar plant this year
2nd May 2024 By: Darren Parker

Steelmaker ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) is planning to start construction on a 200 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant at its Vanderbijlpark facility, in Gauteng, towards the end of the... 


The above image depicts the team at Weba Chute Systems discussing a design
Firm reports on successful global turnkey projects
26th April 2024

With the promise that its customised transfer point solutions will always perform to expectations, transfer chute technology provider Weba Chute Systems tackles its turnkey projects in a highly... 


The abive image depicts the BMG Kabelschlepp cable carrier installation
New cable carriers ideal for harsh conditions
26th April 2024

Tsubaki chain, power transmission and motion control products distributor BMG supplies and supports Tsubaki Kabelschlepp cable carriers that have been developed to withstand operation in many... 


The above image depicts Fargo Steel Fabrication’s recently purchased Amanda Tube Laser has allowed the company to enter new markets, with the constant purchase of new machinery diversifying its capabilities, benefitting clients and markets
Fabricator offers one-stop solution
26th April 2024 By: Lynne Davies

Turnkey steel service centre Fargo Steel Fabrication aims to streamline the complexities that occur during engineered projects by eliminating the need for companies or individuals to utilise... 


direct reduced iron pellets
Decarbonised iron production possible using sodium, company says
19th April 2024 By: Darren Parker

A new process being pioneered by energy companies such as Israel-based Helios and Netherlands-based Alkalium proposes the use of sodium metal rather than coal or hydrogen to refine iron-ore into... 


An image of industrial equipment
Fog fluid product highlighted to prevent corrosion
19th April 2024

Global corrosion protection company Cortec Corporation highlights that its CorroLogic VpCI-339 fogging fluid is fast, effective and convenient in addressing the challenges of void and corrosion in... 


Two men wearing PPE and safety harnesses working on teh turbines of a wind turbine stack
Wind energy poses increased fall risks
12th April 2024 By: Halima Frost

As the demand for greener energy helps drive the increased uptake of wind energy, the dangers that face workers in the sector are becoming even more evident. As reported by the US Occupational... 


generic picture of metal worker
Unions, industry prepare for ‘tough’ talks as metals, engineering negotiations set to get under way
9th April 2024 By: Darren Parker

Trade unions and industry associations expect negotiations at the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC), which are set to start on April 10, in Boksburg, to be tough. Trade... 


Seifsa CEO Lucio Trentini
Metals and engineering industry must find common purpose in negotiations - Seifsa
27th March 2024 By: Schalk Burger

While more incendiary rhetoric related to the main agreement negotiations in the metals and engineering industry can be expected in the run-up to the negotiations later this year, common purpose... 


A large metal trunnion hanging from supports before being loaded on to a truck for transport
Sizable trunnion cast for SAG mill breakdown
8th March 2024 By: Halima Frost

Mill roll and ring manufacturer South Africa Roll Company (Sarco) has delivered what it believes to be the largest locally cast semi-autogenous grinding (SAG) mill trunnion casting to grinding mill... 


A burner at the Birn Foundry in Denmark pouring molten metal
AI tech reduces foundry’s energy consumption
8th March 2024

Danish iron foundry Birn announced in December it had completed an artificial intelligence (AI) project in cooperation with automatic pouring technology developer and manufacturer Pour-tech AB to... 


The newly launched Vanta Max and Vanta Core X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analysers one blue and one yellow
New analysers launched at Indaba
8th March 2024 By: Halima Frost

International elemental analysis company Innov-X Africa has taken delivery of the newly launched Vanta Max and Vanta Core X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analysers, which were showcased at this year’s... 


The new IBL 3000 dry ice blasting machine sold by Dry Ice Blasting Solutions
Dry ice blaster popular in cleaning applications
8th March 2024 By: Halima Frost

With more than 30 units of the Intelblast (IBL) 3000 having been sold to foundries, forges and die-casting companies across South Africa, blasting machine manufacturer Dry Ice Blasting Services... 


An image of galvanised steel sheets
Customs increase aims to level out steel products field
1st March 2024 By: Nadine Ramdass

Industry association Southern Africa Coil Coaters Association (SACCA) has applied for an increase in the general rate of customs duty on certain coated or plated flat-rolled steel. The proposed... 


An image of sparks on steel
Low demand threatens sustainability
1st March 2024 By: Nadine Ramdass

The South African steel sector is facing significant challenges, primarily because of oversupply, in addition to very little demand, coupled with economic constraints. Resolving these issues... 


An image of DroneShield's DS Drone Gun
Industry faces expertise shortage amid international competition
23rd February 2024 By: Nadine Ramdass

The South African defence industry continues to grapple with diminishing skills availability amid a competitive market dominated by international defence companies. However, increased government... 


metal works with sparks
Metals, engineering output up 1.7% but still far below 2008/9 peak
20th February 2024 By: Darren Parker

While aggregate production in the South African metals and engineering sector increased by 1.7% last year, which is slightly higher than the 1.5% increase in 2022, it remains 18% below where it was... 


Itac creates temporary rebate provision for several products
1st February 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

The International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac) has created a temporary rebate provision for the importation of certain cold-rolled steel and painted steel; a rebate... 


Seifsa CEO Lucio Trentini
Metals and engineering employers, trade unions sign landmark relationship agreement
1st February 2024 By: Darren Parker

Employers and trade unions who attended a Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC) meeting on January 31 have signed a landmark process or relationship agreement, paving the way... 


Seifsa COO Tafadzwa Chibanguza
More than 290 000 jobs on the line as steel sector continues its decline, Seifsa warns
26th January 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Over a five-year period, the average 1.3% a year decline in the metals and engineering sector will lead to an average 2.9% decline in employment, or 293 754 direct and indirect job losses, industry... 


Rows of round steel bars
Downstream companies implore ArcelorMittal South Africa, govt to avoid long steel plant closures
24th January 2024 By: Darren Parker

The South African downstream steel industry has urgently appealed to both steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) and the government to find immediate solutions that will allow the... 


Metalworker
Seifsa warns of dire consequences if govt fails to intervene on AMSA longs closure
8th December 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) is calling on government to take urgent and decisive action to support the domestic steel sector following ArcelorMittal... 


An image of one of the dimple tubes on offer from Bosch
Tech enhances mill productivity
8th December 2023

Several sugar mills in KwaZulu-Natal have received productivity-enhancing benefits following installations of manufacturer of engineering consumables and components Bosch Projects’ new dimple tube... 


XA Global Trade Advisors CEO Donald MacKay
Report poses serious questions about effectiveness of scrap export ban
6th December 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Serious questions about the effectiveness and desirability of South Africa’s prevailing scrap export ban have been raise in a new report, which calls for its immediate lifting unless evidence can... 


An African Stove Company cookstove which is helping rural areas reduce their emissions
Financial backing boosts decarbonisation initiative
1st December 2023

Financial institution Standard Bank announced last month it had finalised an agreement to support global carbon project developer The African Stove Company (TASC) with funding for what is believed... 


A steel section being made
Finding immediate steel alternatives a concern as AMSA prepares to wind down longs unit
29th November 2023 By: Terence Creamer

ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has indicated that it will enter discussions with buyers of its noncommodity long-steel products in an effort to limit the disruption that is set to arise because... 


The above image depicts the Pick n Pay Distribution Centre East Port project that earned a place in the Guinness World Records for the innovative solutions for handling and installation required of the unprecedented roof sheeting lengths
Local sector a major player
24th November 2023

The Southern African Institute of Steel Construction’s (Saisc’s) 2023 Steel Awards highlighted the collaboration between steel value chain participants, including architects, designers, engineers... 


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