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Stainless Steel

Stainless steel marker introduced

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th October 2014 Stainless steel clamping and identification systems distributor Banding & Identification Solutions Africa (Bisa) acquired a PRO-Mark liquid crystal display (LCD) pin-marking machine at the end of last year and demonstrated the machine’s capabilities at the Electra Mining Africa Expo last month.... 

Fabrication projects provide exposure to diverse markets

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th October 2014 Sheet-metal component manufacturer Fabrinox expects to complete four projects with a collective value of about R50-million for the mining, water treatment, laboratory, and the food and beverage industry within the next six months, Fabrinox MD André Visser tells Engineering News. “These projects... 

Fabrication projects provide exposure to diverse markets
NEW COMMISSION The ACF Cornerformer Multiflex machine can be used for the corner forming mild steel of up to 4 mm and stainless steel of up to 3 mm

Safety hinge solution released for local industry

24th October 2014 Local sensor solutions company Countapulse Controls is locally distributing a new stainless steel safety hinge switch from Germany-based sensor solutions company Leuze, which offers a solution for mechanically and hygienically challenging problems in sectors such as the food and beverage,... 

Safety hinge solution released for local industry
SAFETY SOLUTION The Leuze S420 stainless steel switch is ideal for the food and beverage industries where strict cleanliness and hygiene control are critical

Coil and sheets supplied to PRASA project

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th October 2014 Stainless steel flat products producer Columbus Stainless received the first order in February this year to supply coils and sheets for the first 20 passenger train sets that form part of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) passenger coach replacement project. “The majority of... 

Coil and sheets supplied to PRASA project
FIRST ORDER Columbus Stainless supplied type 301 and 304L coils and sheets for the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s passenger coach replacement project

Increasing enthusiasm in industry to use different stainless steel material

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th October 2014 There is a growing willingness from industry to accept newer stainless steel materials, particularly duplex stainless steels, Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association Fabricator Sector chairperson Gary Crawford tells Engineering News. He says that, for example, 2304 duplex... 

Increasing enthusiasm in  industry to use different stainless steel material
DUPLEX GRADE INCREASE Over the past thirteen years, the market share of duplex stainless steels worldwide has doubled

Demand for more efficient mill concepts – rolling technology supplier

24th October 2014 While increasing energy costs and the necessity to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions call for more energy efficient cars, trucks, machines and plants, the steel and stainless steel industries have focused on developing new steel grades with higher strength for lighter constructions, rolling... 

Demand for more efficient mill concepts – rolling technology supplier
MILL EFFICIENCY Large stainless steel producers are looking for mill concepts offering high capacity and reduced operation costs

South African ferrochrome capacity shows consistency

By: Jonathan Rodin     30th May 2014 South Africa’s ferrochrome industry used 85% of its capacity in the first quarter, more or less in line with the fourth quarter of 2013, says consultancy service provider Core Consultants MD Lara Smith.  The company estimates that the first quarter realised 760 000 t in ferrochrome, slightly... 

South African ferrochrome capacity shows consistency
Photo by Bloomberg
ABOVE AVERAGE South Africa’s ferrochrome industry used 85% of its capacity

Global stainless steel sector to grow

By: Jonathan Rodin     30th May 2014 Consultancy group MEPS has, with cautious optimism, forecast stainless steel production growth in 2014 will be better than 2013 for all traditional steelmaking countries and regions, including the EU, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. According to the consultancy, this will be the first time since... 

Analyst launches new index

By: Jonathan Rodin     30th May 2014 Steel market analyst Steel First has introduced a new Stainless Steel 304 Europe Raw Materials Index to its pricing portfolio. The index reports the cost of the raw materials needed to produce the steel alloy, explains Steel First editor Vera Blei. The index models the components of a typical... 

Local export barriers towards Europe could continue

By: Jonathan Rodin     30th May 2014 The recently introduced export barriers for stainless steel scrap in South Africa indicate that the trend could continue towards more protectionism in scrap markets, says Germany-based Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW). Already, since 2002, an increase in export restrictions was... 

Company produces stainless steel wire for robotic welding systems

By: Ilan Solomons     7th November 2013 Stainless steel bar and wire producer Wire Products Stainless Steel (WPSS) can now manufacture stainless steel MIG welding wire on 15 kg wire baskets for hand-held and robotic welding systems, WPSS director Clinton Lautenberg tells Engineering News. This has enabled the company in the past two to... 

Company produces stainless steel wire for robotic welding systems
STAINLESS STEEL WIRE Wire Products Stainless Steel has been manufacturing stainless steel MIG wire locally since late 2010

Africa key to company’s expansion plans

By: Ilan Solomons     25th October 2013 Sheet-metal component manufacturer Fabrinox intends to expand its footprint in Africa by partnering with multinational companies, which are already active in Africa or aim to secure a foothold on the continent, Fabrinox MD Andre Visser tells Engineering News. “Fabrinox is continuously forming... 

Africa key to company’s expansion plans
PLANNING AHEAD Fabrinox is continuously forming strategic partnerships with multinational companies, which supply products to mines, as Fabrinox manufactures on behalf of these companies

Sassda launches new online learning programme

By: Ilan Solomons     25th October 2013 The Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) launched an online learning programme this month, targeted at nontechnical staff, such as administrative and warehousing staff, Sassda training manager Mankabe More tells Engineering News. “This course is targeted at staff... 

Sassda launches new  online learning programme
SKILLS DEVELOPMENT The Southern African Stainless Steel Development Association’s basic introductory courses are run three times a year in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban

Company aims to provide stainless steel strapping for additional industries

By: Ilan Solomons     25th October 2013 In the upcoming months, sole Band-It stainless steel clamping and identification systems distributor Banding & Identification Solutions Africa (Bisa) will use traditional and social media platforms to target specific industries, such as the food processing industry, the hose market, mining... 

Company aims to provide stainless steel strapping for additional industries
STAINLESS STEEL STRAPPINGThere are about 150 grades of stainless steel, but only about 12 of these grades can be used for stainless steel strapping

Four new power tools for stainless steel launched

By: Ilan Solomons     25th October 2013 In response to changing demands in the metal-working industry, technology supplier Bosch South Africa last month extended its range of products for the professional finishing of stainless steel to include four new competitively priced power tools, Bosch Industrial Power Tools senior brand manager... 

Four new power tools for stainless steel launched
STAINLESS STEEL SPECIFIC The new additions to the Bosch product line for stainless steel finishings include the GRB 14 CE Professional pipe belt sander, the GEF 7 E Professional power file, the GSI 14 CE Professional burnisher and the GWS 15-125 Inox Professional angle grinder

Local range of cost-effective lean duplex stainless steels launched

By: Ilan Solomons     25th October 2013 Stainless steel flat products producer Columbus Stainless introduced a new range of lean duplex stainless steels in 2010, which offers a cost-effective alternative to conventional austenitic stainless steels, Columbus Stainless CEO Dave Martin tells Engineering News. He says that type UNS... 

Local range of cost-effective lean duplex stainless steels launched
DAVE MARTIN Columbus Stainless is also developing a 301 grade stainless steel as a cheaper alternative to 304 for use in the manufacturing of a variety of products

New fastener division to stock stainless steel range

By: Ilan Solomons     25th October 2013 Stainless steel, specialist alloys and valve supplier Energy Engineered Products (EEP) says that, since establishing the new Energy Bolts fastener division at its head office in Kyalami, Johannesburg, it has been well received by the local market. The new division will stock a range of 304 and... 

New fastener division to stock stainless steel range
STAINLESS STEEL FASTENERS Energy Bolts’ 304 and 316 stainless steel grade range of fasteners will provide customers with full traceability and certification of the product, owing to these specific stainless steel grades

SA stainless steel industry holding steady, imports a problem – Sassda

By: Ilan Solomons     25th October 2013 The South African stainless steel industry is experiencing steady growth, but government needs to ensure that the playing field for importers and local industry players is level, Southern African Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) executive director Bill Scurr tells Engineering... 

SA stainless steel industry holding steady, imports a problem – Sassda
STAINLESS STEEL Stainless steel is regarded by some an aspirational material for use in kitchens and consumer ware item

R&D provides edge over competitors

By: Zandile Mavuso     31st May 2013 Abrasives manufacturer Klingspor says its advanced Germany-based research and development (R&D) department sets the company apart from its competitors, as it provides the stainless steel industry with technology that promotes efficiency in the manufacturing stage and for end-users. 

Domestic consumption, imports expected to rise

By: Sashnee Moodley     26th October 2012 Despite the numerous short-term challenges facing the South African stainless steel industry, the long-term outlook is positive, says Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) executive director Bill Scurr. 

eThekwini municipality undertakes R80m WWTW revamp

By: Sashnee Moodley     26th October 2012 Water and wastewater treatment equipment supplier Circuit Water Engineering Equipment is providing mechanical equipment, of which about 80% is made from stainless steel, for the eThekwini municipality’s Northern Wastewater Treatment Works (WWTW), in KwaZulu-Natal. 

Upgrade leads to successful 2012 harvest

By: Sashnee Moodley     26th October 2012 Project management and contracting company Vinquip Projects has successfully completed the design and supply of equipment, as well as the project management, for the expansion and upgrade of a Paarl winery’s cellar. 

Additional capacity to sustain market demand

By: Sashnee Moodley     26th October 2012 Sheet metal component manufacturer Fabrinox is undertaking a capacity expansion programme at its operations in Paarl, says MD Andre Visser.  

Stainless steel supplier to participate in Phase 2 of Cape Town BRT system

By: Sashnee Moodley     26th October 2012 Metals finishing provider Rimex Metals South Africa will supply stainless steel for Phase 2 of Cape Town’s bus rapid transit (BRT) system, the construction of which is planned to start in early 2013. 

Stadium façade overall winner 

By: Sashnee Moodley     26th October 2012 Architectural metalwork, structural steelwork and sheet metal contractor Rebcon Engineering took top honours at the South African Stainless Steel Development Association’s (Sassda’s) 2012 Stainless Steel Awards, walking away as the overall winner for the stainless steel fabrication work it... 

Flexible IT system supplied to stainless steel producer

By: Sashnee Moodley     26th October 2012 Stainless steel flat products producer Columbus Stainless has implemented a new information technology (IT) software system, which has enabled it to develop a new operations planning system to improve the facilitation of the planning and execution of its manufacturing processes at its facilities... 

Association expects stainless steel consumption to recover

28th October 2011 The Southern African Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) expects domestic stainless steel consumption figures to recover somewhat in the coming months, after a challenging 18-month period.Stainless steel market on the road to recovery 

Custom-made tables, doorframes supplied to health department

28th October 2011 Industrial products specialist Advanced Industrial Technology (Ai-tec) manufactures a range of stainless steel tables and door frames that meet the stringent quality and hygiene standards of the Department of Health. 

Local foundry fired up for Middle East refinery contract

28th October 2011 A multimillion-dollar order for the manufacture and supply of high-temperature tube supports for a Middle East oil refinery has seen local stainless steel foundry Steloy Castings rise to new challenges.  

Stainless steel tags and cable ties now available

28th October 2011 To satisfy a growing demand for reasonably priced stainless steel marking tags and cable ties for use in petrochemicals and other aggressive environments, industrial labelling and wire marking systems supplier Grafo Wiremarkers now offers a locally manufactured range. 

Abrasives range suitable for stainless high-grade steel processing

28th October 2011 The use of Inox, also called stainless high-grade steel, is increasing rapidly across the world in the metalworking, construction and construction-related industries. 

Company invests R15m in new slitting line

28th October 2011 Steel processor and supplier BSi Steel plans to improve the slitting capabilities of its Shearcut division, following a R15-million investment in a precision slitting line imported from South Korea.  

Company adds stainless steel pipe sander to product range

28th October 2011 Power tools supplier Metabo has increased its range of tools for stainless steel processing by introducing the RB 18 LTX 60 cordless pipe belt sander. 

SA stainless steel demand rebounds

28th October 2011 Stainless steel supplier Columbus Stainless expects the total South African domestic market for stainless steel flat product to reach around 150 000 t this year.  

Company supplying stainless steel to African projects

By: Celest Smith     28th October 2011 Industrial product trader GIF Products is currently supplying a range of stainless steel products including stainless steel structures, tanks, flanges and piping to six mining projects across Africa. 

New abrasive belt used for stainless steel finishing and grinding

28th October 2011 Technology company 3M has unveiled a new abrasive belt, currently available in grades of 36+, 60+ and 80+, which offers significant advantages in productivity and consistency, as well as longer service life.  

Mobile surveillance trailers for PE

By: Tracy Hancock     22nd October 2010 The Nelson Mandela Bay municipality (NMBM) will receive full delivery of nine remote surveillance systems, housed in stainless steel trailers worth about R800 000 each, and a mobile control room worth R6-million before the end of October, reports local manufacturer of stainless steel trailers... 

Construction skills shortage benefits stainless steel

By: Tracy Hancock     22nd October 2010 Skills shortages of bricklayers, plasterers and painters in the construction industry have contributed to increased architectural metalwork applications, such as cladding, reports stockist and distributors of stainless steel Euro Steel Cape Town MD Ross Cowing. 

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