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Stainless Steel

Stainless-steel foundry casts its petrochemical net worldwide

14th October 2005 Operating South Africa’s two premier stainless-steel foundries, Steloy Castings has become a force to be reckoned with internationally, particularly in the supply of castings to the petrochemical industry. 

Local company awarded Chinese consultancy

14th October 2005 South Africa’s largest manufacturer and distributor of stainless-steel finishing products Rebuff has been appointed as the quality consultant for one of China’s biggest ?stainless-steel cutlery manufacturers. 

Leading architect praises stainless steel

14th October 2005 In South Africa, stainless steel is increasingly becoming the metal of choice in situations where corrosion-resistance, aesthetic appearance and long-term savings are important. 

New stainless-steel tanker developed for explosives company

14th October 2005 The special projects division of TFM Industries, the Olifantsfontein-based specialist truck body builder, is one of the companies producing specialised stainless-steel road tankers for African Explosives Limited (AEL). 

Stainless-steel fire doors for JIA

14th October 2005 The versatility and other advantages of stainless steel were used by Bitcon Industries in the manufacture of the fire doors and window frames for the renovation and extension of Johannesburg International Airport’s (JIA’s) domestic terminals. 

Stainless-steel hydraulic punching made easy

14th October 2005 Johannesburg-based specialist in lifting and pulling equipment Bellambie Mining & Industrial’s range of Simplex hydraulic and ?mechanically-powered tools and equipment includes a 35-ton portable punch, designed for easy operation, portability and efficient punching of stainless steel. 

Screen panels assist in magnetite recovery

14th October 2005 Stainless-steel screen panels, manufactured by the Multotec group under the Multotec Polywedge brand, are playing an important role in the efficient recovery of magnetite on dense-medium circuits, ensuring the media does not go to the dilute circuit where it can be lost through downstream processes. 

Rustproof cabinets ensure good hygiene

14th October 2005 Johannesburg-based Legrand has launched a range of stainless-steel cabinets designed for use in corrosive conditions and in areas requiring a high level of hygiene. 

Industrialists fume as they lose business to BEE importers

By: Terence Creamer     11th October 2005 Local industrialists have expressed concern that the unfolding broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) strategy could seriously undermine local manufacturing as well as job creation and retention. 

'State's narrow focus on steel prices short-sighted'

By: Terence Creamer     10th October 2005 Incoming Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of South Africa (Seifsa) president Michael Pimstein has questioned prevailing assertions that import-parity pricing (IPP) of primary steel is crimping downstream competitiveness and enterprise development. 

Mittal to host contractor lekgotla ahead of R8bn spend

By: Terence Creamer     30th September 2005 South Africa's leading steel producer Mittal Steel South Africa will host a contractors' briefing in Johannesburg before the end of the year in a bid to inform current and potential suppliers about the resources it might need for its R8-billion, three-year capital-expenditure programme. 

Stainless-steel growth slows

By: Liezel Hill     20th September 2005 World stainless steel production reached 12,9-million tons for the first half of this year, the International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) said yesterday. 

Sasol has 'sympathy' for State's pricing concerns

By: Nicola Mawson     15th September 2005 Petrochemicals giant Sasol claims to be cooperating with the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) on the contentious question of import parity pricing (IPP) and says it is “sympathetic to the IPP concerns of government. 

Weak demand forces steel price cuts

6th September 2005 The recent collapse in steel prices has tended to support this view GFMS Metals Consulting's bearish stance towards price projections. 

Corrosion control kudos

By: peter cromberge     2nd September 2005 The overall joint winners of the 2005 Eskom Hot Dip Galavanizing Awards, hosted by the Hot Dip Galvanizers Association on August 19 in Johannesburg, are the MTN Headquarters Building and the Kwik Fab Projects (KFP) Tread Steer Bogie project. 

Steel giant sets aside some R2bn for value-added products

By: Terence Creamer     26th August 2005 Nearly R2-billion of Mittal Steel South Africa’s R8-billion project suite will be directed towards value-added-type projects, with the balance geared to incrementally raise production by 2-million tons. 

What is stainless steel?

26th August 2005 Stainless Steel is a common name for metal alloys that consist of 10,5% or more chromium (Cr) and more than 50% iron (Fe). 

New export council to give stainless steel a boost

By: warren robertson     26th August 2005 Stainless Steel development is to be given a boost with the establishment of a South African Stainless Steel Export Council (Sassec). 

The ‘ABC’ of future stainless-steel growth

By: warren robertson     26th August 2005 There are many of the opinion that future growth in the stainless-steel industry could very likely be derived from the architectural, building and construction (ABC) sector. 

PBMR development has positive spin-offs for association

By: warren robertson     26th August 2005 The development of a pebble bed nuclear reactor (PBMR) in South Africa is having a number of positive spin-offs for the South African Stainless steel Development Association (Sassda). 

Stainless-steel consumerware poised for 5% growth

26th August 2005 Stainless-steel consumerware is anticipated to show 5% growth year on year for 2004/2005. 

Association calls for entries for prestigious awards

26th August 2005 The Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) has called for entries for the 2006 Stainless Steel Awards. 

Opportunities beckon for stainless steel in automotive sector

26th August 2005 Several recent developments in the local and global automotive industry have created an interesting climate for the local stainless-steel industry. 

SA firm justifies cheaper Chinese steel imports

22nd August 2005 The decision by Metpro, a division of DCD-Dorbyl, to import steel backing plates from the Jiangsu Veectory Group in China is about sustainability and the need to manufacture composite brake blocks that are more competitive against imported products. 

Steel production up 5% year-on-year globally

22nd August 2005 World crude steel production for the 61 countries reporting to the International Iron and Steel Institute was estimated to be 90,3-million tons in July. This is 4,5% higher than for the same month of 2004. 

Steel market's greening shoots of recovery

By: Liezel Hill     19th August 2005 The international steel cycle, having suffered of late from higher input costs and downward pressure on demand and prices, is already beginning to show signs of recovery, Mittal Steel South Africa CEO Davinder Chugh said last week. 

Higher-grade steel could benefit exporters

By: Mariaan Webb     12th August 2005 The recent introduction of the new grade 350WA structural steel, which replaces the grade 300WA as the standard steel for structural purposes, provides an increase in nominal yield strength of 50 Mpa, which is equivalent to some 17% compared to grade 300WA. 

New steel construction 'Bible' available soon 

12th August 2005 The Southern African Steel Construction Handbook, which has long been the primary resource for participants in the steel construction sector, including architects, design engineers, draftsmen and quantity surveyors, has been revised by the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC),... 

Steel projects shine at awards ceremony

12th August 2005 The Steel Awards, the annual event held under the auspices of the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC), was again a testimony to the excellent work currently being undertaken in steel by South African companies. 

Steel's planets are being aligned

12th August 2005 From ancient times people have attached great importance to planets and other heavenly bodies being aligned. 

Steel pricing issue continues to simmer

By: Nicola Mawson     11th August 2005 Speaking at the Cape Town International Convention centre this week, as part of a women's day celebration, Minister of Trade and Industry Mandisi Mpahlwa reaffirmed that government was focusing on bringing down the cost of steel in South Africa and moving away from an import-parity-pricing... 

Mittal sees green shoots of steel-price recovery

By: Liezel Hill     11th August 2005 The international steel cycle, having suffered of late from higher input costs and downward pressure on demand and prices, is already beginning to show signs of recovery, Mittal Steel South Africa CEO Davinder Chugh said yesterday. 

Potjie pots now made in China

By: Terence Creamer     5th August 2005 As unbelievable as it may sound, a Chinese manufacturer is now producing potjiekos pots for sale in South Africa - yet another startling reminder of just how globally integrated the South African economy has become over the past 11 years, as well as of the domestic manufacturing sector’s... 

Hiveld reports record H1 earnings, outlook softer

2nd August 2005 South African steel and vanadium producer Highveld yesterday reported record interim headline earnings of R1,038-billion on the back of significantly improved market conditions for the group's range of vanadium products. 

BHP Billiton in iron and steel-making agreement with Chinese firm

1st August 2005 Diversified miner BHP Billiton and China's Baosteel Corporation have signed an agreement to facilitate joint technical research to enhance the use of raw materials in iron and steel making. 

Steel group in freight deal

22nd July 2005 Specialised transport and logistics management company Cargo Carriers has announced the signing of a R60-million contract with steel manufacturer Highveld Steel and Vanadium Corporation. 

Structural engineers urged to be more responsible

15th July 2005 It’s time that structural engineers in South Africa realised that they have a unique responsibility in the engineering domain. 

Oven-feed modifications increase steel output

15th July 2005 Extensive modifications to the oven feeds at the Saldanha Steel plant by Weba Chute Systems have contributed to a 20% increase in production in recent months, positioning the steel manufacturer as one of Mittal Steel’s most profitable sectors. 

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