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Stainless Steel News

TFR signs cross-border agreement with Railways of Mozambique 

By: Schalk Burger     1st July 2022 State-owned rail agency Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has signed a cooperation agreement with Mozambique State agency Ports and Railways of Mozambique (CFM) to implement an immediate train run-through model that will result in the export of chrome and ferrochrome moving seamlessly from Belfast, in... 

Manufacturer now offers new stainless steel braided hose

1st July 2022 Earlier this year, industrial hose specialist Truco announced it had started manufacturing stainless steel braided hose at its Chamdor campus in Johannesburg, Gauteng. Initial capabilities are for hose assemblies from 6 mm to 25 cm in diameter. 

A reel of stainless steel braided hose which is impervious to fire chemicals and pressure
STEELING THE SHOW The new sheet braided hose offered by Truco is ideal for use across a range of industries

Industry body assures job security for welders  

By: Halima Frost     24th June 2022 Despite a marked increase in the uptake of robotic welding systems, owing to Covid-19 and the fast-tracking of automation, artisanal welding will never be completely replaced, says Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) Certification CEO Herman Potgieter. “The Covid-19 pandemic has played a... 

A man in a ditch welding a water pipe out in the open, which would be inaccessible to a robotic welder
Southern African Institute of Welding Certifications CEO Herman Potgieter discusses the uptake of technology in the welding sector.

Pipe welding work completed

24th June 2022 A successful example of technical solutions provider BMG Fluid Power team’s ability to carry out on-site welding during the installation and replacement of piping, plate work, stainless steel and other components has been highlighted during the installation of pipework over a 48-hour shift shut... 

A Jasic branded welding machine with a Jasic welding mask being used by a BMG welder with sparks flying
WONDER WELD BMG’s range of Jasic welding equipment was the preferred brand for on site welding at a pipework installation

New waterjet machine bought

By: Halima Frost     24th June 2022 To meet growing demand for specialised cutting services, waterjet cutting specialist Aquajet has procured a new precision waterjet machine from jet machining manufacturer Omax to complement its three existing Omax machines. “The machine is part of our ambitious expansion, which aims to increase... 

A brand-new front desk with metal lettering in blue and grey that say Aquajet, which was cut using an Omax waterjet cutter
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BIGGER BETTER The larger premises and addition of new machines will increase productivity output for Aquajet

New premises, machine cater to growing demand

24th June 2022 In May, global arc welding equipment manufacturer Miller Electric released its new Millermatic 355 metal inert gas (MIG) welder, an easy-to-use machine designed for fabricators and manufacturers who need to MIG weld a variety of materials. The Millermatic 355 can operate on single-phase or... 

A new blue welding machine offered by Miller Electric
POWER PACK The new, powerful Millermatic metal inert gas welder is an east-to use option for fabricators and manufacturers

Testing phase of steam drum finalised

By: Halima Frost     24th June 2022 Earlier this month, steel fabricator and welding specialist Hydra-Arc finished the post weld heat treatment (PWHT) and pressure test of the third of four drums on an order for a client in the sugar industry.   The order – procured in August last year, which will be supplied and commissioned by... 

A welder at Hydra Arc's Middleburg premises is seen welding a large drum which will be used in the sugar industry
UNDER PRESSURE The pressure testing and post weld heat treatment of three of four drums on order has been finalised

Alliance formed for global supply of laser welder

24th June 2022 Last month, metallurgical industry supplier SMS group and material joining equipment manufacturer Taylor-Winfield Technologies joined together in a global strategic alliance for the supply, support and service of SMS’s proprietary X-Roll heavy gauge coil joining laser welder. Taylor-Winfield has... 

An aerial view of the X-Roll heavy gauge coil joining laser welder offered by SMS group and which will now be manufactured and supplied by Taylor-Winfield Technologies
ON A ROLL The alliance leverages the strengths of both companies to accelerate the growth of the X-Roll laser welder

Compact grinding and polishing system launched

24th June 2022 Having realised that consumers want smaller packaging units and functional sets containing components that are designed to work in harmony with one another, cutting and grinding solutions manufacturer PFERD has scaled down the packaging unit for its popular COMBICLICK system. “It’s like all the... 

A small cutting disk on an angle grinding a piece of steel with sparks flying to the side
COMBICLICK SYSTEM The smaller packages for PFERD's COMBICLICK system are now available

S African coatings event well attended

By: Halima Frost     10th June 2022 This year’s Coatings for Africa 2022 conference, organised by global events organiser DMG Events, was held at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Gauteng, from May 4 to 6. The event was hosted by multinational coatings industry representatives The Coatings Group and supported by industry bodies... 

A man standing at a podium speaking on the topic of coatings and paint development at teh Coatings for Africa 2022 expo held in Sandton last month
HOT TOPIC The Coatings for Africa event was held in Sandton last month after a four year haitus

Company produces over 1Mt of corrosion resistant steel

By: Halima Frost     10th June 2022 Stainless steel manufacturer Columbus Stainless, based in Middelburg, Mpumalanga, says that it has produced more than one-million tons of its 3CR12 chromium-containing corrosion-resistant stainless steel for a variety of applications for local and international clients. 3CR12 is a locally... 

A stainless steel 3CR12 exhaust pipe laying among a group of rusted metal exhaust pipes with a small seedling growing n front of it
SHINING LIGHT The notable corrosion resistance of Columbus Stainless's 3CR12 improve on cost of ownership and product longevity

Company performs complex breakdown repair on rotor

3rd June 2022 Electro-mechanical services and repairs company Marthinusen & Coutts (M&C) recently performed comprehensive repairs to the rotor of an aging 30 MW generator which had failed during operation at JSE-listed forest group Sappi’s Saiccor pulp mill in Umkomaas, KwaZulu-Natal. 

An image of a generator rotor
MECHANICAL REBUILD Generator rotor undergoing dimensional checks in M&C mechanical rebuild

Local assembly of MACC drives to slash lead times

3rd June 2022 Drive technology supplier SEW Eurodrive’s expanded local capability out of its new Aeroton facility will include the assembly of SEW M-Series Air Cooled Condenser (MACC) air-cooled condenser drives for delivery at a rate of three units a week 

An image of an air-cooled condenser.
AIR COOL CONDENSERS Air-cooled condenser (ACC) systems used in steam-driven power generation plants.

Labour Court scuppers AMSA’s attempts to squash Numsa strike

By: Darren Parker     24th May 2022 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has welcomed the decision of the Labour Court to dismiss the application by steel producer Arcelormittal South Africa (AMSA) to interdict the ongoing national strike at all its plants. Numsa members have been on strike since May 11,... 

NUMSA members striking

Specialist replaces valves at pump station

By: Sabrina Jardim     20th May 2022 Industrial valves specialist Brimis Engineering is designing, fabricating and installing three custom-designed sluice gate valves to replace the obsolete valves at the Zuikerbosch pumping station in Vereeniging, Gauteng. “The original valves – made from cast iron – were installed during the... 

An image depicting a man, Mphephu Nengovhela, wearing a black and white tuxedo, holding a microphone
MPHEPHU NENGOVHELA The new sluice gate valves are about 80% lighter than the originals making the valves easier to install and maintain

Tracker technology increases PV efficacy

By: Halima Frost     13th May 2022 The Genius Tracker from solar energy equipment supplier GameChange Solar can increase a solar photovoltaic (PV) installation’s harnessing efficacy by up to 25% as opposed to a static tracking system. The single axis tracker can be installed on slopes of about 7%, “but it could be designed to... 

A long row of solar panels of specially designed Genius trackers supplied by Gamechange solar at an installation in South Africa
TOP TRACKER The Genius Tracker offered by GamChange solar increases harnessing efficiency on a solar panel by about 25%

Fasteners, bearings and welding equipment all within supplier’s ambit

By: Sabrina Jardim     29th April 2022 Fasteners, bearings and welding products and equipment are relevant for the metal fabrication sector, which is built on cutting metal and welding it. If metal cannot be bolted together with fasteners, then it can be welded together, 

An image depicting the WAAM 3D printing process for metal
WAAM The WAAM 3D Printing for Metal: Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing with Cold Metal Transfer (CMT) from Fronius

Waterjet cutting services relevant for vessels, heat exchangers

By: Sabrina Jardim     22nd April 2022 Waterjet cutting service provider MAXJET processes baffle and tube plates up to a thickness of 50 mm, which are commonly used in vessels and heat exchangers. “Our process makes for simpler downstream works, while our cold cutting processes allow for materials to be processed without affecting... 

An image depicting a silver tube plate heat exchanger
SERVING THE INDUSTRY Waterjet cutting service provider MAXJET processes baffle and tube plates up to 50 mm thick

Mining leader in S Africa’s 4IR transformation

By: Tracy Hancock     22nd April 2022 While the South African mining industry in many aspects is leading the country’s Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), the manufacturing sector is not as quick to adopt to new ways of working and the use of technology, says professional services firm PwC South Africa industrial manufacturing and... 

BEYOND TECHNOLOGY
Companies often believe that the Fourth Industrial Revolution is all about technology, failing to see that it is actually about a new way of working
BEYOND TECHNOLOGY Companies often believe that the Fourth Industrial Revolution is all about technology, failing to see that it is actually about a new way of working

AM tech ideal for stainless steel parts manufacturing

8th April 2022 Emerging additive manufacturing (AM) technologies have attracted significant attention owing to an attractive set of properties and attributes. A common feature of AM technologies is the build-up of objects by deposition of material layer upon layer driven by a three-dimensional, or 3D, computer... 

An image of Direct Metal Deposition
DIRECT METAL DEPOSITION AM technologies allow for new, optimised designs as well as a drastic reduction in lead times

Stainless steel industry perseveres in challenging conditions

By: Nadine Ramdass     8th April 2022 Despite significant challenges, such as the Covid-19 pandemic and its ripple effects, the stainless steel sector has shown adaptivity, innovation and resilience. It is also showing prepandemic consumption levels, with Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) acting... 

A closeup image of a steel melting furnace
LIGHT AHEAD The stainless steel sector is showing prepandemic consumption levels

Tool distribution for local market simplified

By: Nadine Ramdass     8th April 2022 Through its partnership with South Korea-based original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) YG-1, engineering equipment importer and supplier JTB Industrial Solutions (JTB) can supply the local market with YG-1’s range of cutting tools and indexable inserts. YG-1 is a major global company that exports... 

An image of YG-1's range of cutting tools and indexable carbide inserts
PROUD PARTNERSHIP YG-1's range of cutting tools and indexable carbide inserts

Manufacturer prioritises customer needs

By: Nadine Ramdass     8th April 2022 Stainless steel long products manufacturer Wire Products Stainless Steel’s (WPSS’s) experience of more than 30 years in supplying material to produce cold-formed fasteners and complex parts to the market has resulted in a strong knowledge and understanding of customer requirements, says WPSS... 

Stainless steel solutions added to local market

By: Nadine Ramdass     8th April 2022 Industrial equipment supplier Actum Group supplies manufacturing and solutions company Band-It’s range of quality-engineered band and fastening products to the local market. “The importance of using high-quality products is critical for any industry or application,” says Actum Band-It team leader... 

AN image of Band-It products
BAND-IT Band-It clamps allows joints to be formed without alteration to the items being joined

Rail revamp on cards

By: Anna Moross     11th March 2022 Galvanized steel and zinc products provide several benefits for rail infrastructure and can help to revamp rail infrastructure in South Africa, says International Zinc Association (IZA) Africa Desk senior consultant Simon Norton. 

An image of locomotive parts
GALVANIZED STEEL AND ZINC PRODUCTS The key benefit of using zinc galvanized steel in rail infrastructure is that it has a longer lifespan than ungalvanized or just painted stee

Foundation aims to build businesses

4th March 2022 Manufacturer, merchandiser and distributor of steel Macsteel has established Macsteel Foundation Solutions, a business born of the company’s strategy to reimagine and re-engineer its business model to drive growth for the company and create value for customers in the construction industry and... 

An image of steel based construction
MACSTEEL FOUNDATION SOLUTIONS Macsteel Foundation Solutions is differentiated from conventional construction services in Southern Africa and the rest of Africa

Company proposes solution for steel plants

By: Anna Moross     4th March 2022 Steelmakers globally are being pressured to reduce their carbon emissions, and the enhanced blast furnace is an “interesting solution” to ensure a reduced carbon footprint for steel plants, says plant supplier SMS group South Africa MD Pieter Bezuidenhout. 

Changes in steel industry create challenges

By: Anna Moross     4th March 2022 The steel sector has evolved over the past few years and steel and tube supplier Stewarts & Lloyds branch manager Richard Horsley says this is evident from the supply chain to the end-user.  

An image of Stewarts & Lloyds steel and tube supplies
STEEL SECTOR Stewarts & Lloyds is committed to providing the best products and services they can offer and will continue to innovate to give their best to customers, the industry and South Africa

Acquisition to boost company’s steel aspirations

By: Anna Moross     4th March 2022 With the acquisition of steel producer COMIR Industrial SA in November 2021, specialised importer and distributor of industrial and electronic products in Southern Africa, Actum Group, aims to expand its steel products range and become a valuable player in the steel processing industry. 

An image of the COMIR Industrial SA Actum Group team
ACTUM GROUP As a specialised importer and distributor of industrial and electronic products Actum group decided to acquire COMIR Industrial SA

Challenging project brings Swoosh to Soweto

By: Halima Frost     18th February 2022 Steel and tube supplier Stewarts & Lloyds Robertville has successfully completed a steel fabrication project for global brand Nike in the newly developed Shapa Soweto Training Centre, in Soweto, Gauteng. The project entailed the fabrication of a roofing structure, made of 406 individually made... 

A red roof made of Y8 Rebar bent at various angles to create a Swoosh effect for client Nike at the Shapa Soweto Training Centre
NIKE? NICE! The Nike Swoosh effect was successfully created through various bends on a rebar based roofing structure at the Shapa Soweto Training Centre

MSI assists young people with business development skills

By: Yvonne Silaule     25th January 2022 The Mpumalanga Stainless Initiative (MSI) will from next week run an entrepreneurship programme to assist young people to effectively start businesses or scale up existing small businesses into high-growth ventures, through structured entrepreneurship training. MSI is a nonprofit technology... 

Production set to grow

22nd October 2021 Global stainless steel production is expected to grow to 54-million tons in 2021 with an improvement in economic activity and stainless steelmaking capacity in parallel, especially in Indonesia, which is forecast to have a greater output than many developed nations, according to a report released... 

Company first stainless steel producer to earn certification

22nd October 2021 Stainless steel producer Aperam’s Stainless Europe operations in September were successfully certified to be operating at the ResponsibleSteel Standard by independent auditors the Association Française de Normalisation (AFNOR). The ResponsibleSteel initiative is the first global sustainability... 

Association supports resilient industry through master plan

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd October 2021 Despite the impact of Covid-19 and a weak economy, the local stainless steel sector has shown its resilience, as the South African Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) continues to support industry through initiatives such as the Steel Master Plan. “When the Steel Master Plan was... 

Image of a stainless steel production process
LOCALISATION FOCUS Cocal companies have had challenges sourcing products from abroad, emphasising the need for localising the manufacturing of stainless steel products

Suppliers vital to supply chain

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd October 2021 The current shortages of raw materials, which are required for stainless steel fabrication, have highlighted how stainless steel raw material suppliers are vital for the company’s supply chain and economical efficiencies, says water-jet cutting service provider MAXJET director Preeshan Naidoo.... 

Image of Shanghai financial centre, Physical Vapor Deposition stainless steel in rose gold
ALLEVIATING CONSTRAINTS Naidoo argues that during these challenging times, companies particularly in stainless steel need to better analyse markets, trends and deliverables

Company offers diverse conveyor chains

22nd October 2021 Engineering solutions provider BMG’s comprehensive range of power transmission components incorporates chain manufacturer ZMC industrial conveyor chains, which offer dependable service in diverse applications, especially for use in food production. BMG product manager Gavin Kirsten explains that... 

Image of a ZMC chain for bakeries
FOOD-GRADE SOLUTIONS BMG’s specialists advise customers at food and beverage plants to only invest in conveyor components manufactured in food-compliant materials - like stainless steel

FDA-compliant pumps benefit multiple industries

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     8th October 2021 Engineering solutions provider BMG’s range of Ingersoll Rand ARO fluid management equipment comprises of Food and Drug Administration- (FDA-) compliant, air-operated, diaphragm pumps that provide solutions for the food and beverage sector, as well as in pharmaceuticals and cosmetic pumps... 

BMG's ARO SD Series pump against a white background
SD SERIES BMG’s ARO SD series features a quick knock-down compression clamp system to facilitate easier cleaning and maintenance
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