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Stainless Steel News

44% stainless surge into EU

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     25th June 2001 European Union (EU) countries last year imported 116 929 t of flat-rolled stainless-steel products from Columbus Stainless, South Africa's sole producer, representing an increase of 44% over 1999, reports MD Dave Martin. 

Strip mill offset plan

22nd June 2001 A decision on where to locate the proposed newstainless-steel cold-rolling facility associatedwith South Africa’s defence acquisition programme is still “many months away”, Columbus Stainless MD Dave Martin tells Engineering News. 

Exports to EU surge by 35%

15th June 2001 Recent favourable trade conditions, and the provisional implementation of the South Africa European Union (EU) free-trade agreement (FTA) resulted in a 35% increase in South Africa's exports to the EU in the year 2000. 

Steel sector in skills dearth

8th June 2001 The South African steel industry is facing a critical skills dilemma, Churchyard & Umplby MD Rob Churchyard claimed at the South African Institute of Steel Construction's workshop last month. 

Steel mill exceeds 90% of design capacity

5th June 2001 Western Cape state-of-the-art steel mill Saldanha Steel has announced that it has exceeded 90% of its design capacity for the month of May 2001. 


1st June 2001 Rebuff specialises in the manufacture of coated and non-woven abrasive products, polishing buffs and polishing compounds, made of cotton, sisal and various abrasives. 

Plan to increase stainless consumption

By: System Author     8th December 2000 The local stainless-steel industry has embarked on an ambitious plan to increase South Africa’s consumption from 120 000 t a year to a million tons a year within the next ten years. 

Gas pipeline, Kwazulu-Natal

By: System Author     27th October 2000 Sasol Gas intends to construct a new 12-inch steel pipeline to supply methane-rich gas to Engen’s premises in Wentworth, Durban. 

SA steel vehicle barrier for US embassy in DRC

By: System Author     27th October 2000 Local company Mega Steels, of Pretoria West, Gauteng, has completed its first export contract. 

Doubling of entries bodes well for industry

By: System Author     27th October 2000 Sassda 

Innovative air-belt conveyor system

By: System Author     27th October 2000 Sugar refiner Tongaat-Hulett contracted Hoksas & Craven, along with Cargill & Associates, to carry out the design, manufacture and installation of an air-belt conveyor system to replace the existing conventional system at its refinery in Durban. 

Entrepreneur extraordinary

By: System Author     29th September 2000 Still developing product at 80, this engineering innovator has turned over a billion rands and 70 000t of steel product in the past half-century 

Stainless-steel partnership surfacing

By: System Author     29th September 2000 South Africa’s only integrated stainless-steel producer, Columbus Stainless, has recommitted itself to the development of the local downstream stainless-steel industry with the announcement of its intention to embark on a market assessment study with German steel trader Ferrostaal. 

Efficiency focus at troubled steel firm

By: System Author     22nd September 2000 South African steelmaker Iscor is determined to achieve continuous improvements in efficiency. 

Cape steel-mill to be among fifth-cheapest within two years

By: System Author     15th September 2000 The Iscor/Industrial Development Corporation-owned hot-rolled coil steel plant at Saldanha in the Western Cape is aiming, over the next 18 to 24 months, to become one of the five lowest-cost producing mills in the world in its quality bracket. 

Past provides base for the future

By: System Author     15th September 2000 World power products 

More downstream stainless being exported

By: System Author     1st September 2000 This year, for the first time ever, the South African stainless-steel industry could convert more product for export than for local consumption. 

Structural steel firms get export act together

By: System Author     18th August 2000 Members of South Africa’s structural-steel export council, known as International Steel Fabricators, plan on exporting some 25 000 t of value-added structural steel to the value of R210-million this year. 

Colour-coated steel has an improved performance

By: System Author     18th August 2000 A new range of colour-coated steel, which is more durable and cost-effective than post-construction hand- or spray-painted products, has been launched by Iscor. 

Stainless offset think-tank this month

By: System Author     18th August 2000 A team comprising representatives from government, stainless-steel producer Columbus and European steel trader Ferrostaal will meet later this month to develop a marketing and investment plan for the R1,1-billion stainless-steel offset project arising from South Africa’s purchase of German... 

Wheels firm profitable again

By: System Author     21st July 2000 Johannesburg chrome-alloy wheel manufacturer Smith’s Wheels is returning to profitability after undergoing extensive organisational change. 

SA produces 61% of African steel

By: System Author     21st July 2000 Steel 

Confidence levels need to increase

By: System Author     21st July 2000 Steel 

Empowerment steel company offering competitive service

By: System Author     21st July 2000 Steel 

Globalisation creating challenges

By: System Author     21st July 2000 Steel 

Why I returned – De Clercq

By: System Author     21st July 2000 Steel 

New structural steel product in August

By: System Author     21st July 2000 Steel 

Restructuring process boosts distribution arm

By: System Author     21st July 2000 Steel 

Advanced steel piping introduced

By: System Author     21st July 2000 Steel 

Submarine deal secures stainless-steel plant

By: System Author     21st July 2000 The South African government has signed off the German Submarine Consortium’s (GSC’s) offset offer, making the proposed stainless-steel facility at Coega a near certainty 

Investment in people and equipment is paying off

By: System Author     21st July 2000 Steel 

Record 63% recovery rate

By: System Author     14th July 2000 Packaging 

SA stainless firm won’t support ‘integrated’ Coega project

By: System Author     7th July 2000 While Columbus Stainless has confirmed that it is in discussions with German company Ferrostaal for a possible stainless-steel venture in the Eastern Cape, the company is adamant that it would not proceed with the project if it is on an integrated basis. 

Custom-made valves for steel operation

By: System Author     19th May 2000 Valves 

Trident Component Manufacturing

By: System Author     12th May 2000 Factory 

Steel flange price relief

By: System Author     5th May 2000 Local steel producer Iscor has granted a temporary concession on the price of flange steel. 

Stainless wins gold

By: System Author     14th April 2000 Following strict assessment by a team of Southern African Maintenance Association evaluators, the winner of the ABB/Sama Mainenance Excellence Award was announced at a gala evening held in Midrand last month. 

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