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Stainless Steel News

Sept global steel production up 6.1% y/y

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st October 2013 Global crude steel production for September increased 6.1% year-on-year to 133-million tonnes. The World Steel Association (worldsteel) reported that China’s crude steel production increased 11% year-on-year to 65.4-million tonnes in September, while Japan’s output of 9.3-million tons represented... 

New black-owned engineering company gears up for big railways prospects

By: Terence Creamer     15th October 2013 Amid high-level calls for the emergence of black industrialists, a new black-owned manufacturing company has been formed through a merger of pipe-bending specialist Delberg Engineering and metals trader Corrotherm Special Metals Africa. The company began trading under the name Delberg Engineering... 

New black-owned engineering company gears up for big railways prospects
Photo by Duane Daws
Edwin Dreyer, Louis Delport and Owen Maroleni

Evraz Q3 production, price dented

By: Natalie Greve     11th October 2013 South African steel producer Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium on Friday reported sweeping quarter-on-quarter production decreases for the third quarter ended September 30, after contending with limited access to electricity and maintenance-induced delays over the three months. The company said... 

Evraz Q3 production, price dented

H1 global stainless crude steel output up 4.6%

By: Leandi Kolver     9th October 2013 Global stainless steel crude steel production for the first half of this year increased by 4.6% compared with that produced in the first half of 2012, preliminary figures released by the International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) has shown. Total production for the first half of the year amounted... 

H1 global stainless crude steel output up 4.6%

Kumba, AMSA enter talks over new supply, pricing deal

By: Natalie Greve     27th September 2013 Kumba Iron Ore and ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) announced on Friday that they had entered into talks with each other in the hope of finalising a new supply agreement for iron-ore from Kumba’s Sishen and Thabazimbi mines, following more than three years of protracted court battles between the... 

Kumba, AMSA enter talks over new supply, pricing deal

IDC to issue bonds up to R12bn, dangling R2.7bn youth carrot

By: Martin Creamer     9th September 2013 South Africa’s State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), which plans to issue bonds up to R12-billion in the next 18 months, on Monday announced stepped-up R2.7-billion funding to boost youth entrepreneurship. The State-owned corporation, which disbursed a record R16-billion into the... 

IDC to issue bonds up to R12bn, dangling R2.7bn youth carrot
Photo by Duane Daws
IDC CEO Geoffrey Qhena

New McDonald’s restaurant achieves cost, construction time and water and power use reductions

By: Schalk Burger     19th July 2013 A new restaurant of fast-food franchise McDonald’s opened in Goodwood, in Parrow, in the Western Cape last month. The 132-seater restaurant, café and drive-through was built in 105 days and uses 20% less electricity and water than conventional designs, says McDonald’s South Africa MD Greg... 

New McDonald’s restaurant achieves cost, construction time and water and power use reductions
NEW DESIGN The building has a modular design and was built using a light-steel frame design with layered walls to improve insulation

Steel supplier officially opens automated Gauteng facility 

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     19th July 2013 Supplier of steel products NJR Steel Reinforcing has officially launched its fully automated factory in Northlands Industrial Park, Gauteng, last month, during which the facilities and the latest technology in steel reinforcing were introduced. 

Steel supplier officially opens automated Gauteng facility
NJR Steel Reinforcing branch manager Patrick van Gool discusses the latest technology that was introduced at its fully automated factory in Johannesburg

Evraz, Arkien to build waste slag reprocessing plant

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th June 2013 Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium and Arkien Industrial have entered a joint venture for the development of a reprocessing operation for the titanium dioxide-rich waste slag from Evraz’s eMalahleni steelworks operations, in Mpumalanga. The companies would jointly operate the venture, called... 

Adoption of global standards can promote locally manufactured products

By: Zandile Mavuso     31st May 2013 The pressure is on local manufacturers to produce products in line with global standards that can compete with imported alternatives, states stainless steel casting manufacturer Steloy Castings. 

New range of stainless steel welding consumables

By: Zandile Mavuso     31st May 2013 Welding, cutting and gas products company Afrox will launch its new range of Vacuum packaging (DriPac) stainless steel welding consumables this year, which will be beneficial for operations in remote areas. 

Stainless steel apparent consumption increases

By: Zandile Mavuso     31st May 2013 South Africa’s stainless steel apparent consumption hit a high of 228 258 t last year, despite economic difficulties in most countries, as a result of a global financial meltdown, states the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda). 

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. 

SA continues to export job opportunities

By: Zandile Mavuso     31st May 2013 Consulting and management services firm Deloitte has called for more action with regard to the implementation of South Africa’s Manufacturing Competitiveness Enhancement Programme (MCEP). 

New taps tackle tough materials

5th April 2013 International solid-carbide and steel rotary cutting tools manufacturer Dormer Tools last month launched a new range of multi application taps which are designed to support a high level of performance in a range of hard-to-machine materials.   

Cost-effective welding simulator for industrial training

By: Schalk Burger     8th March 2013 An affordable gas metal arc virtual welding simulator enables schools, colleges and even companies to begin entry-level welding training, or to use the simulator to assess the talents of new entrants, says education systems company Edit Microsystems product manager Tamryn Smit. The light,... 

New resonator increases laser cutting capacity by 100%

By: Samantha Herbst     1st March 2013 German-based laser manufacturer Trumpf’s new TruLaser 5000 series, comprising two-dimensional (2D) flatbed laser cutting machines, is now available in South Africa through local distributor Retecon.                TruLaser 5000 can be equipped with an 8 kW resonator, called TruFlow 8000, which... 

Mobile laser cladding unit in final design stages

By: Samantha Herbst     1st March 2013 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) National Laser Centre (NLC) is developing a mobile laser cladding system which, if all goes well, should be ready by the end of the year to service various industries, including the aerospace, defence, automotive and mining industries,... 

Stainless steel beneficial for biofuels sector

1st March 2013 Stainless steel is the material of choice for many applications in the bioethanol, biodiesel and biogas sectors as it presents a cost-efficient and reliable material solution, says international nonprofit organisation the Nickel Institute. 

Laser manufacturer launches ceramic CO2 laser

By: Samantha Herbst     1st March 2013 Austria-based laser machines manufacturer Trotec has introduced a new line of carbon dioxide (CO2) laser sources from US-based manufacturer Iradion Laser, which is now available in South Africa from Trotec’s local branch in Johannesburg. Iradion’s CeramiCore technology uses a resonator body made... 

NLC to start production on LENS additive manufacturing system ‘asap’ 

By: Samantha Herbst     1st March 2013 As part of its additive manufacturing programme launched last year, the National Laser Centre (NLC) hopes to start production work on its Laser Engineered Net-Shaping (LENS) technology system as soon as possible, says NLC laser-enabled manufacturing (LEM) manager Hansie Pretorius. The LENS... 

Engineering group sets up training infrastructure to draw on local talent

By: Schalk Burger     14th December 2012 Heavy engineering manufacturer DCD sponsors several local schools in the Vereeniging area and is also drawing apprentices for its newly opened training centre from local communities. This enables the company to use its training to bring learners from local communities into the formal sector of... 

Mittal appoints new CFO, Torlage to focus on strategic projects

20th November 2012 JSE-listed ArcelorMittal South Africa (Mittal) on Tuesday said it would have a new CFO from January 2, as Rudolph Torlage shifts his focus to strategic projects. The steel company named Matthias Wellhausen, the VP of finance and controlling and CFO of ArcelorMittal group for the segment of Asia,... 

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... 

Gauteng orders Mittal to stop some Vanderbijl operations

24th October 2012 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (Mittal) has been ordered to cease operations at certain units at its Vanderbijlpark plant over air-emission concerns. The Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development on Monday instructed the company to cease operations, claiming some units... 

First half stainless steel production stable – ISSF

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th September 2012 Stainless steel production remained stable in the first half of 2012 at 17.22-million tons – a slight year-on-year decrease of 0.2%, the International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) reported on Monday. China increased its stainless steel production by 1.1% to 7.08-million tons in the first six... 

Key focus on technical competence as competition rises

By: Schalk Burger     31st August 2012 The number of medium- and heavy-steel projects in South Africa and globally should ensure medium growth for industrial holding company VBV Holdings, but the company must remain globally competitive to grow, says VBV Holdings chairperson Gary van den Berg. 

Company to launch cost-effective solution for galvanising industry

By: Samantha Herbst     17th August 2012 Marking and identification company Traceability Solutions will soon release a lower-cost identification system for the galvanising industry, reveals sales manager Kyle Parker. He explains that the traceability of steel becomes a problem after a product has been galvanised because common... 

Numsa downs tools at Evraz Highveld

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th July 2012 Workers belonging to the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) on Monday embarked on industrial action at steel and vanadium producer Evraz Highveld’s plant in eMalahleni over possible retrenchments. The JSE-listed company warned in May that it might reduce staff numbers as part... 

Q1 stainless steel production down 2.8%

14th June 2012 Despite weaker first-quarter stainless steel production, the International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) said on Thursday it was still forecasting a slight improvement in 2012 output. Global stainless steel production declined by 2.8% year-on-year to 8.6-million tons in the first three months of... 

Association aims to improve training programme accessibility

By: Yolandi Booyens     1st June 2012 The Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) plans to introduce e-learning courses to make its training and skills development programmes more accessible to industry, the association’s skills development manager, Mankabe More, tells Engineering News. 

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