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Stainless Steel

Trailers supplied to defence force

By: Chanel de Bruyn     26th October 2007 Manufacturer of stainless steel off-road trailers Desert Wolf is completing a R3,9-million contract to supply various stainless steel trailers to the South African National Defence Force (SANDF). 

Stainless foundry continues to make global inroads

26th October 2007 Over the past five years South African stainless steel foundry operation, the Steloy Group, has established itself in the high ranks of international foundry activity, notably in the supply of advanced high alloy castings into operation critical applications, such as the petrochemical industry. 

Stainless production up, but slowing

26th October 2007 Stainless steel crude steel production increased in the first half of 2007 by 9,1% compared with the same period of 2006, the International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) said on Wednesday. 

Service centre for India

26th October 2007 International stainless Steel supplier Outokumpu's board of directors has approved plans to build a green fields stainless steel service centre in the western part of India. 

Stainless steel conference to be held in November

26th October 2007 International stainless steel information publication, Stainless Steel World will hold its fifth biennial Stainless Steel World Conference and Exhibition 2007, from November 6 to November 8, in Maastricht, the Netherlands. 

Increase in demand for pedal bins 

By: Chanel de Bruyn     26th October 2007 Stainless steel product manufacturer and engineering service Modtech Stainless Steel has had great success with an industrial type stainless steel pedal bin it designed specifically for use in hospitals. 

New levy structure approved

1st June 2007 At a general meeting held on January 31, 2007, members of the South African Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) voted to extend the development levy structure to include imported stainless steel primary products. The voting was audited by KPMG. 

Association steels itself to capture a piece of the construction

By: Neal Goldwyer     1st June 2007 In 2006, the South African stainless steel industry recovered remarkably from a slump in domestic consumption and is now poised to take advantage of a bulging pipeline of construction projects, despite persistently buoyant input prices. 

Plastic-rivalling stainless sheet wins award

By: Jonathan Faurie     1st June 2007 Two South African companies have received a merit award for producing an alternative to formica and laminated plastic in the form of stainless-steel sheet. 

Chinese steel production drives global growth

By: Neal Goldwyer     1st June 2007 Increased stainless steel production for 2006 more than compensated for the small fall off in production in 2005, says the International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF). All major steel producing regions contributed to the strong growth, it adds. 

Global markets receptive to beneficiated product

By: Neal Goldwyer     1st June 2007 The Department of Minerals and Energy (DME), together with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), is working to curb the export of raw and intermediate mineral products from South Africa, and thereby promote instead the export of beneficiated mineral commodities and finished products. 

Sassda appoints new Western Cape representative

1st June 2007 The Southern Africa stainless steel development association (Sassda) has appointed Michel Basson as its Western Cape representative effective from June 1, 2007. 

New Hercules alloy won't cost a golden fleece

By: Neal Goldwyer     1st June 2007 Minerals and mining technology science council Mintek has completed the development and prototyping of cheaper, and stronger, alternatives to 300-series stainless steel alloys. 

Manufacturer turns its attention once again to local stainless

By: Neal Goldwyer     1st June 2007 Steel, tube and pipe manufacturer Robor is directing its attentions exclusively towards the South African market in order to recapture market share and promote itself as a consolidated and balanced business one year after a management-led buyout from parent company Barloworld. 

World Cup to generate business for local steel companies

By: Jonathan Faurie     1st June 2007 Stainless steel company Alnix Stainless is looking towards the business generated off the back of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, as a platform for company expansion. 

Local producer grows into Europe, US

1st June 2007 Stainless steel products producer Mexan Products of Pinetown, Durban, has expanded its client base to include Europe and America. 

Aluminium unbundling challenges stainless steel industry

1st June 2007 The unbundling of aluminium producer Hulamin could pose new challenges for the stainless steel industry. 

Plant upgrade for local producer

1st June 2007 Stainless Steel producer Macsteel VRN Stainless has upgraded its Roodekop plant on the back of rising stainless steel prices. 

Local company produces life-saving submersible system

By: Jonathan Faurie     1st June 2007 Engineering company HG Molenaar has won an award for the construction of a submarine rescue system. 

Stainless steel group posts Q1 results, announces change in

By: Neal Goldwyer     1st June 2007 First quarter 2007 results for stainless steel manufacturer Acerinox SA are slightly down on fourth quarter 2006 results but still represent higher output than the same period last year and the second best quarterly results in the company�s history. 

Stainless steel award runner up generates overseas interest

By: Jonathan Faurie     1st June 2007 A runner up at the Southern African Stainless Steel Association (Sassda) Stainless Steel Awards 2006 has generated international interest in their product. 

Africa offers substaintial scope for big structural-steel projects

By: Laura Tyrer     1st December 2006 South Africa�s structural steelwork industry must include African market exports in its portfolio if it is to take advantage of the substantial opportunities that these offer, International Steel Fabricators (ISF) chairperson Kobus de Beer told participants at the Steel 50 conference recently. 

Ngqula, Mittal step down from Mittal SA board

By: Matthew Hill     30th November 2006 South Africa's leading steel producer, Mittal Steel South Africa, on Thursday announced that steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal had resigned from its board on November 29. 

Gold miners defend R1,9bn penalty request against Mittal

By: Terence Creamer     29th November 2006 Gold miners Harmony and DRDGold argued on Wednesday that it was appropriate for them to request the imposition of the maximum R1,9-billion administrative penalty against Mittal Steel South Africa - which they accuse of charging excessive prices on flat-steel products sold in South Africa �-... 

Two long-running steel-price processes coming to a head

By: Terence Creamer     27th November 2006 Two long-running, independent but related activities designed to deal with what some believe to be South Africa's excessive steel prices were, at last, coming to a head. Negotiations on a so-called developmental steel-pricing model were said to be advancing, while closing arguments in South... 

Mittal restarts fire-affected caster, estimates final product loss of 10 000 t

22nd November 2006 Africa's largest steelmaker Mittal Steel South Africa said on Wednesday that its V1 caster at its Vanderbiljpark plant was operational again, following the hydraulic fire late last month that damaged both the V1 caster and V2 caster. 

Steel industry calls for clarity on sustainability guidelines

10th November 2006 More than 200 members of the international steel industry have called on the South African government and world leaders in general to work rapidly to define guidelines that would give decision makers greater clarity and more measurable goals when pursuing sustainability. 

Steel consolidation trend likely to take hold in China

By: Mariaan Webb     8th November 2006 The trend towards consolidation in the steel sector, out of which the world's largest steel company, Arcelor Mittal, was established earlier this year, was expected to accelerate in China, giving birth to some of the world's strongest steel participants, Investec Asset Management's Michael Power... 

Mittal, DTI resume steel-price talks, both say resolution now urgent

By: Terence Creamer     7th November 2006 Steel producer Mittal Steel South Africa and the South African government met on Monday in a bid to progress talks on a so-called developmental pricing model. These negotiations began back in 2004, when agreement was reached between the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the then LNM (now... 

Mittal's R8bn expansion hit by a new EIA-linked delay

By: Terence Creamer     7th November 2006 It was unlikely that Africa's largest steel producer would begin implementation of its R8-billion capital programme this calendar year owing to new environmental-impact-assessment (EIA)-related delays - the R8-billion programme was designed to lift output by 2,5-million tons to 9-million tons a... 

Mittal confirms fatality and output knock following Vanderbijl mill fire

By: Mariaan Webb     31st October 2006 South Africa's largest steelmaker Mittal Steel South Africa on Tuesday said that it had lost about 100 000 t of liquid steel production at its Vanderbijlpark plant, following a fire seven days ago, which led to the death of one contract worker. Spokesperson Tami Didiza said that a fire, which... 

Judges panel boasts high-profile names

By: thamashni naidoo     27th October 2006 The 2006 Stainless Steel Awards hosted by the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) will be adjudicated by a distinguished panel of judges representing the full spectrum of stainless steel application from products to projects and services. 

Cable ties designed for harsh environments

27th October 2006 For applications in corrosive environments such as those exposed to chemical fumes or salt air, Grafoplast Wiremarkers offers specialised cable ties manufactured in stainless steel. 

Decorative metal strip boosts productivity

27th October 2006 Sandvik Decorex - the innovative, colour coated strip material from Sandvik Materials Technology, is providing productivity benefits for decorative component producers in the consumer electronics, domestic appliance, automotive and interior design industries. 

Gas giant renews sponsorship commitments

27th October 2006 Industrial gas and welding giant Afrox is once again a sponsor of the Stainless Steel Awards, hosted by the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda). 

Creativity key to ensuring competitiveness – new association chief

27th October 2006 The value-adding component of the stainless steel industry in South Africa must work to improve its competitiveness in order to avail itself of the global opportunities being created by the emergence of the power house economies of the East – especially China and India – says incoming... 

SA metal finisher clinches Harley Davidson deal

27th October 2006 Rebuff, leading manufacturer and distributor of stainless steel and other metal finishing products has won a major contract to supply OEM’s for Harley Davidson accessories, for the buffing of all stainless steel, chrome and other high-end metal finishes for the famous motor cycl 

Submarine rescue system takes top honours

27th October 2006 Paarl-based HG Molenaar has scored a world-first for the South African fabrication industry with the development of a submarine rescue system for deployment in any ocean under the jurisdiction of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO). 

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