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Stainless Steel News

Physical simulation of manufacturing processes at UCT

1st June 2012 A thermal-mechanical test system, the Gleeble 3800, has been installed in the Centre for Materials Engineering at the University of Cape Town owing to a National Research Foundation special equipment award. The Gleeble 3800, worth $1.05-million, is a fully-integrated, digital closed-loop control... 

Company provides heat solution for stainless steel industry

By: Yolandi Booyens     1st June 2012 Technology company 3M reports a growing interest in its abrasive system technology, which assists in reducing the risks associated with heat build-up in the stainless steel industry. 

Sassda members face product imitation concerns

By: Yolandi Booyens     1st June 2012 Counterfeit products in the consumer industry are of increasing cause for concern and impact negatively on businesses that are targeted by counterfeiters, says stainless steel and aluminium cookware manufacturer Hendler & Hart CEO Nash Soni.  

Imports curbing local industry’s potential

By: Yolandi Booyens     1st June 2012 South Africa is importing thousands of tons of consumerware products, such as cookware and cutlery, from Asian countries, despite having the capability to manufacture these products itself, says Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) executive director Bill Scurr. 

Sassda joins global centenary celebration

By: Yolandi Booyens     1st June 2012 To mark the global celebration of the 100 years since stainless steel was first produced, the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) has themed its Stainless Steel Awards for 2012 ‘A century of innovation’. 

Highveld Steel may retrench workers 

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th May 2012 JSE-listed Evraz Highveld Steel on Wednesday said it was moving forward with its comprehensive cost reduction plan, which included labour restructuring. The steel producer was expected to start formal consultations with employee representatives on May 9, following the announcement of the... 

Sassda appoints new executive director

16th April 2012 The Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) appointed Bill Scurr as its new executive director, effective April 2012. Scurr, a metallurgist by training, has a technical and commercial background in the industry and has been involved in general management for the past... 

DTI defends steel exclusion from preferential procurement plans

By: Henry Lazenby     4th April 2012 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on Wednesday defended its decision to exclude certain steel products from the government’s preferential procurement regulations, which came into effect in December. Government designated sectors such as rolling stock and power pylons for local... 

Mittal, Highveld face collusion charges

By: Henry Lazenby     2nd April 2012 The Competition Commission on Monday said it had referred a case of collusion against steel producers ArcelorMittal South Africa (Mittal) and Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium (Highveld) to the Competition Tribunal for adjudication. The charges related to price fixing and market allocation with... 

Equipment acquisition to improve processing speed

By: Leandi Kolver     2nd March 2012 An investment in new laser-cutting equipment will enable sheet-metal components and subassemblies manufacturer Fabrinox to achieve a higher processing speed on thin metals. 

Engineering group invests R380m in ring production line as it rebrands

By: Schalk Burger     17th February 2012 The rebranding and restructuring of heavy engineering company DCD, previously DCD-Dorbyl, is aimed at improving its international competitiveness while manufacturing products and components for the international and local markets, says DCD MD Rob King. 

SA steel production falls 12.7%, world output up 6.8%

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd January 2012 South Africa’s steel output fell by 12.7% year-on-year to 6.7-million tons last year, while global production surged 6.8% to 1.53-billion tons, the World Steel Association (worldsteel) reported on Monday. South African Iron and Steel Institute (Saisi) information specialist Abrie Audie noted... 

Steel merchant increasing African, SA presence

By: Schalk Burger     16th December 2011 AltX-listed steel merchant BSi Steel is introducing new products and services to the retail market in South Africa and is also expanding its African and South African presence to boost its growth, says BSi Steel CEO Grant Mackenzie. 

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.  

Alert Steel to raise R50m through rights offer

By: Loni Prinsloo     26th August 2011 AltX-listed steel retailer Alert Steel said on Friday that it planned to raise R50-million through a partially-underwritten rights offer to shareholders. The offer would see shares released at just over 3c/share, presenting a discount of 80.6% to the company’s average share price on April 19.  

Court hearing into high-profile Sishen rights case begins

By: Terence Creamer     15th August 2011 The much anticipated court hearing involving the Sishen Iron Ore Company (SIOC), ArcelorMittal South Africa (Mittal), Imperial Crown Trading 289 (ICT) and the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) kicked off in the North Gauteng High Court, in Pretoria, on Monday morning. Legal teams from the... 

Enamelled steel used to build low-maintenance cubicles

12th August 2011 Producer of enamelled steel products for architectural applications Vitrex has supplied ten Vitraflex toilet cubicles for mobile operator Vodacom’s Techno Centre, in Bellville, Cape Town, this year. The cubicles are constructed using a combination of vitreous enamelled steel and rigidised... 

Global steel production rise in May

By: Loni Prinsloo     20th June 2011 Global steel production was 4.2% higher in May at 130-million tons compared with the same month last year, said the World Steel Association (worldsteel) on Monday. Output in most regions grew, except for a small drop in production in the European Union and Oceania, as well as quite a significant... 

Rising steel price worries fastener industry

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     17th June 2011 Steel prices have risen steadily over the past years, compounding cost issues for manufacturers, suppliers and end-users, says South African Mining Supplies (SAMS) MD Gunther Rindfrey. 

McCulloch appointed as Alert Steel chairperson

By: Loni Prinsloo     2nd June 2011 AltX-listed Alert Steel on Thursday announced that Malcolm McCulloch has been appointed as the chairperson of its board. McCulloch is also a director of WBHO, Capital Africa Steel and Symo, as well as an independent non-executive deputy chairperson of the Kelly Group and chairperson of... 

New labour law bills cause for concern – Sassda

By: Tracy Hancock     27th May 2011 The South African Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) is concerned about the consequences of government’s four proposed labour laws on the local stainless steel industry, should the laws be implemented as is. 

SA industry aims for 7% production increase

By: Tracy Hancock     27th May 2011 With global stainless steel production expected to grow by 7% this year, steelmaker Columbus Stainless CEO David Martin says the South African market will aim to match this growth. 

Association to drive growth through interaction with all role-players

By: Tracy Hancock     27th May 2011 The South African Stainless Steel Development Association’s (Sassda’s) drive to increase the local production of stainless steel through increased interaction with all role-players in South Africa will promote awareness of stainless steel and benefit members through increasing demand.  

Project to revive stainless steel cutlery manufacturing in South Africa under way

By: Tracy Hancock     27th May 2011 The South African Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) aims to revive local cutlery manufacturing and reduce the country’s dependence on Chinese imports by implementing its Ama Izi Puni Teaspoon project.  

Rebar shortages cause companies to default on contracts – Sarcea 

By: Loni Prinsloo     8th April 2011 A nationwide shortage of raw material from South African steel mills has resulted in reinforcing steel (rebar) suppliers and manufacturers now having to default on their contracts with construction companies, said the South African Reinforced Concrete Engineers Association (Sarcea). The... 

MacDonald to step down as CEO of Evraz Highveld

By: Petronel Smit     5th April 2011 Scott MacDonald would step down as the CEO of South Africa’s second-largest steel producer Evraz Highveld on April 11, the JSE-listed group announced on Tuesday. Nonexecutive director Dmitrij Scuka, who was appointed to the Evraz Highveld board late last year, would be acting as CEO until a... 

Alert Steel announces turnaround plan after loss widens

By: Petronel Smit     31st March 2011 AltX-listed Alert Steel would seek to raise between R40-million and R50-million from shareholders through a rights offer, negotiate a new debt funding arrangement and restructure its board, in a bid to return the company to long-term stability and sustainable profitability. This comes after the... 

Global stainless steel output hit record high in 2010

By: Loni Prinsloo     7th March 2011 After three years of declining global stainless steel production, output increased by 24,9% in 2010 to a new record of 30,7-million tons, the International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) reported on Monday. The ISSF said that the strong recovery was driven by a number of positives including the... 

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