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Stainless Steel News

Electronic stainless steel pressure switch launched

23rd October 2009 Process electronics and instrumentation supplier Asstech Process Electronics & Instrumentation has introduced a new electronic pressure switch, the Jumo Delos, to the local market.


Photoelectric sensors 
prevent ingress

23rd October 2009 Automation technology supplier IFM Electronic has introduced the new OG Series photoelectric sensors, able to withstand washdown applications. 

Stainless steel production hits all-time low after nine years

By: Carla Thomaz     23rd October 2009 The International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) has released preliminary stainless steel production figures, which indicated the first-quarter production for 2009 was the lowest first-quarter production since 2000.  

Industry association 
redefines its role

23rd October 2009 The board of directors of the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) has reviewed the operation of the representative body for the stainless steel industry and is redefining its role as an industry association. 

Stainless steel laser 
enters local market

By: Carla Thomaz     23rd October 2009 With the growing need for product identification and traceability, marking and identification solutions company Traceability Solutions, the sole agents in South Africa for US-based identification solutions company Telesis Technologies, has launched the new EV25 25W Vanadate laser systems to the... 

invests in new pipe plant

23rd October 2009 Specialised stainless steel manufacturer Euro Steel’s has made a significant investment in a new production plant in Wadeville. 

Strong rand and cheap imports hurt exports

By: Carla Thomaz     23rd October 2009 On the back of the current global recession, South Africa’s export market has taken strain and now, the secondary stainless steel production industry is feeling the effects of a stronger rand and cheaper imports, says tube and pipe manufacturer Jaguar Stainless Steel Tube & Pipe. 

Health and safety 
critical to industry 

By: Carla Thomaz     23rd October 2009 Health and safety are high-priority issues for the stainless steel industry says safety and instrument products provider Mine Safety Appliances (MSA) Africa. 

Insimbi’s interim profit down 82% to R6,7m

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th October 2009 AltX-listed alloy fabrication and maintenance specialist Insimbi Refractory & Alloy Supplies’ profit for the six months ended August dropped by more than 80% to R6,7-million, compared with the R39,1-million recorded in the previous corresponding period. The group’s revenue fell by 47% to... 

Tin-plate prices cut as part of deal to avoid annual shocks

By: Terence Creamer     9th October 2009 South African steel group ArcelorMittal South Africa confirmed last week that it had cut tin-plate prices by between 26% and 30% as from September 30, 2009. The decrease, the group said, was in line with an agreement with its key customers in the packaging industry to adjust prices midway through... 

Stainless steel market starting to recover – ISSF

By: Chanel de Bruyn     22nd September 2009 A 24,5% increase in global stainless steel production to six-million tons in the second quarter of 2009, compared with 4,83-million tons in the first quarter of the year, indicated that a significant recovery in stainless steel production might have started, nonprofit research organisation, the... 

Gear maker establishes service centre in response to growing demand 

By: Leandi Kolver     21st August 2009 Gear manufacturer David Brown Gear Industries has extended its capabilities by adding an in-house gear service centre at its premises in Benoni, east of Johannesburg. 

Union declares wage dispute with Columbus Stainless

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th August 2009 Labour union Solidarity on Tuesday reported that it had declared a wage dispute with steelmaker Columbus Stainless and that talks would now move to the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC) for mediation. The union claimed that the company was refusing to adhere to... 

New light steel building code submitted to standards authority

By: Leandi Kolver     12th June 2009 The Southern African Light Steel Frame Building Association (Sasfa) has submitted the Light Steel Frame Building (LSFB) technologies code to the South African Bureau of Standards. 

Stainless output in Q1 slumped to worst level since 2000

By: Terence Creamer     8th June 2009 Only 4,8-million tons of stainless steel was produced worldwide in the first quarter of 2009, the lowest quarterly output level since 2000, the International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) reported on Monday. During the first quarter of 2008, production was far higher at around 7,4-million tons. 

Powder metallurgy component producer invests locally

29th May 2009 Powder metallurgy (PM) component producer GKN Sinter Metals, a division of GKN plc, has recently started local production of stainless steel and other PM components for the local and international markets. 

SA must position itself as a stronger, global stainless steel player

By: Jacqueline Holman     29th May 2009 The South African Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) says that there is a need for the South African stainless steel industry to become more globally competitive. 

Local stainless steel industry takes strain

By: Jacqueline Holman     29th May 2009 The South African stainless steel industry has been negatively affected by the global financial crisis, says Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) chairperson Sampie van Rooyen. 

Bursary scheme aims to close skills gap

By: Jacqueline Holman     29th May 2009 The Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) has launched a bursary scheme, which aims to bridge the country’s skills gap. 

Engineering company ships converters to Madagascar

29th May 2009 Engineering company Metso ND Engineering recently shipped two converters, each weighing 395 tons, and reaching as tall as an eight-story building, from the Durban Harbour, to Tamatave, in Madagascar. 

Local bolt distributor 
completes large contract

By: Jacqueline Holman     29th May 2009 Stainless steel bolt distribution company Bambalela Bolts has completed a large contract for the supply of hold-down bolts, bolts, nuts washers in different grades and sizes and other structural steel items for a copper mine that is being constructed in the Democratic Republic of Congo. 

Technology company helps boost skills development

By: Jacqueline Holman     29th May 2009 Diversified technology company 3M has provided the South African Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) with access to its customer technology centre and auditorium at its Woodmead premises, north of Johannesburg, to assist with the training of Sassda members. 

Mobile modular 
catering unit ready for 2010

By: Jacqueline Holman     29th May 2009 Sheet metal component and sub-assembly manufacturer Fabrinox has recently launched its Mobi Chef mobile modular catering unit. 

Local manufacturer gets busy with R1m trailer contract

By: Jacqueline Holman     29th May 2009 Local manufacturer of stainless steel trailers, Desert Wolf, also a member of the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda), is currently manufacturing R1-million worth of trailers for the South African National Defence Force (SANDF).


World steel production down 23,6% in April 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th May 2009 Global steel output fell by 23,6% in April to 89-million tons, the World Steel Association said on Wednesday. The association reported that China's crude steel production fell by 3,9% to 43,4-million tons in April. Japan produced 5,7-million tons of crude steel in April, down by 43,6% compared... 

World stainless output declined for second successive year in 2008

By: Terence Creamer     12th March 2009 World stainless steel output declined for a second successive year in 2008, figures released on Thursday by the International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) indicated. The ISSF, whose members represent almost 75% of world production, estimated that global output decreased by 6,9% to 25,9-million... 

ArcelorMittal sees slight demand upturn in Q1, but warns of lower earnings 

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th February 2009 JSE-listed steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa on Wednesday stated that the first quarter for the 2009 financial year would see a slight improvement in steel demand, compared with the 800 000 t of liquid steel produced in the fourth quarter of 2008. The fourth quarter production levels... 

Columbus might cut 160 jobs at Middelburg operation

By: Mariaan Webb     11th February 2009 South African steelmaker Columbus Stainless might cut 10% of its workforce at its Middelburg operation, in response to the continuing challenging global economic conditions, the company said on Wednesday. Columbus said it expected to retrench 160 employees, but stressed that negotiations on... 

Tata Steel scoops Company of the Year award

By: Christy van der Merwe     20th January 2009 Asian integrated steel giant Tata Steel on Sunday was awarded the Company of the Year accolade from Indian financial daily, the Economic Times. The award was received by Tata Steel MD B Muthuraman, from Indian Prime Minster Manmohan Singh, at a ceremony in Mumbai.  

DTI says it is moving ahead with scrap export-tariff study

By: Terence Creamer     30th October 2008 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has refuted reports, including one carried on Engineering News Online, that it had agreed to postpone its processes surrounding the possible introduction of export tariffs on ferrous and nonferrous scrap metal until an independent probe had been... 

Implats takes top honours at stainless steel awards

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th October 2008 Platinum producer Impala Platinum Refineries has been named the overall winner of the Stainless Steel Awards for 2008. The entry from Impala Platinum was one of 42 submitted from across South Africa, and it also won the best stainless-steel product award. 

Light steel frame building gaining traction in Southern Africa

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     17th October 2008 The Southern Africa Light Steel Frame Building Association (Sasfa) says that there is continued uptake of light steel frame building (LSFB) in this country, and in the rest of sub-Saharan Africa, underpinned not only by the increase in membership of the association, but also significant growth in... 

Metals sector's apprentice intake breaches 4 000 mark for first time in nearly 10 years 

By: Terence Creamer     10th October 2008 Apprentice numbers in South Africa's metals sector rose to over 4 000 for the first time since 1999 during 2008, Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of South Africa (Seifsa) president Johan Fourie revealed at the weekend, adding that he was optimistic that intake levels would surpass 5... 

Steel giant sees big growth potential in construction sector

By: Christy van der Merwe     3rd October 2008 Global steel producer ArcelorMittal, which currently supplies some 39-million tons (Mt) of steel to the construction sector worldwide, hopes to raise this tonnage to 50 Mt by 2010, as it has identified significant growth potential in this market. 

Second fatality at ArcelorMittal SA’s Saldanha plant

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th September 2008 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa on Thursday reported that a second person had died as a result of this week’s accident at its Saldanha operations. The Saldanha worker had been in critical condition as a result of carbon monixide inhalation, after a gas exposure during maintenance... 

World stainless steel output down 1,8% in H1 - ISSF

By: Chanel de Bruyn     15th September 2008 Stainless steel production for the first half of 2008 had declined by 1,8% to 14,78-million tons, compared with the first half of 2007, with all major regions recording lower production volumes, the International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) reported on Monday. Production had decreased by 2,9%... 

First steel price cut for the year, but too early to call a trend

By: Terence Creamer     12th September 2008 South Africa's largest steel producer, ArcelorMittal South Africa, has announced its first price decrease for the year and will cut the price of both hot-rolled coil (HRC) and wire rod by 5% as from October. 

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