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Steel

SAISC calls for the revival of the steel sector

28th February 2020 The steel industry has significantly contracted over the last four years and shed thousands of jobs, as many of South Africa’s long-standing and successful construction companies closed down or went into business rescue, South African Institute for Steel Construction (SAISC) CEO Paolo Trinchero... 

Turning challenges in the steel sector into opportunities

28th February 2020 Despite the local steel sector currently experiencing tough challenges, some businesses within the steel supply chain have seized the opportunities presented by these challenges to grow their success. One such business is nitrogen generation equipment manufacturer and supplier NitraLife which... 

Sector in dire need of transformation

By: Mamaili Mamaila     28th February 2020 The manufacturing industry, and particularly the metals and engineering sector, is in much need of transformation, says national employer federation the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa). 

Sector in dire need  of transformation
MICHELLE NORRIS Women working in the metals and engineering sector are predominantly found in administrative job functions

Market feels project pinch

By: Mamaili Mamaila     28th February 2020 The lack of significant public infrastructure spend to boost steel consumption and construction activity are some of the challenges that the local steel tube market has to deal with, says steel industry association the Association of Steel Pipe Manufacturers (ASTPM). 

Market feels project pinch
KEITUMETSE MOUMAKOE The influx of cheap small-bore steel tube imports has not aided the industry

C.I.S Engineering

28th February 2020 Leading mast, tower and general steelwork fabricator, C.I.S Engineering specialises in the manufacture and installation of superior steel products supporting an impressive range of communication and electrical infrastructure projects. Established in 1998 as Central Information Services, the... 

C.I.S Engineering

Stainless steel growth unlikely in 2020

By: Mamaili Mamaila     28th February 2020 The level of activity in the local stainless steel sector’s value chain has dwindled in the past decade, mainly owing to international competition, low steel prices and the slow growth of the local economy. 

Stainless steel growth unlikely in 2020
FULL OF VIGOR Stainless steel is one of the youngest industrial materials globally, managing to positively change people’s lives

Digitalisation beneficial for steel producers

By: Mamaili Mamaila     28th February 2020 Digitalisation will become an increasingly important strategy for steel producers to achieve a competitive advantage in the market, says metallurgical industry plant and integrated systems provider SMS group MD Pieter Bezuidenhout. 

Local steel industry still holds much potential 

By: Mamaili Mamaila     28th February 2020 The current capacity and capabilities of the local steel industry are still largely understated, says export trade promotion agency the International Steel Fabricators (ISF). 

Local steel industry  still holds much potential
International Steel Fabricators CEO Neels van Niekerk discusses the South African steel sector. Camerawork: Creamer Media’s Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Creamer Media’s Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 30.01.2020

Volatile steel prices to continue in 2020

By: Mamaili Mamaila     28th February 2020 The volatile prices of domestic steel producers and domestic steel merchants are likely to continue in 2020, says national employer federation Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) chief economist Dr Michael Ade. 

Volatile steel prices  to continue in 2020
MICHAEL ADE 2020 is still going to be a difficult year for the metals and engineering sector, with ongoing pressure on margins

EU steel sector braces amid onslaught

5th July 2019 Surging import volumes, stalling economic growth, high and volatile raw material costs and sharply growing carbon costs are coming together to form a perfect storm that could knock the European steel industry back into a period of severe crisis. 

Versatility of Steel Putty increases

By: Theresa Bhowan     5th July 2019 Domestic and industrial use of adhesives supplier Pratley Steel Putty’s eponymous epoxy filler continue to increase, especially among motor spares companies, owing to its versatily. 

Versatility of Steel Putty increases
MARK BELL Pratley Steel Putty has extensive machining ability

Tough leadership needed to improve SA economy

5th July 2019 The 3.2% drop in South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) in the first quarter of 2019 demonstrates that the country needs more than the now-routine lip service paid by its political leadership to economic growth amid the euphoria which greeted Cyril Ramaphosa’s ascendancy to the presidency... 

Creating innovative digitalisation solutions

5th July 2019 The steel industry faces its own set of challenges and metallurgical plant supplier SMS group MD Pieter Bezuidenhout says digitalisation is vital in navigating these challenges. 

Creating innovative digitalisation solutions
HIGH TECH LEAPS US steel producer Big River Steel is the first learning steel plant in the world

Institute implements changes for inclusivity, diversity

By: Theresa Bhowan     5th July 2019 The Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) is following a diverse and inclusive approach in the steel industry as it promotes the importance of women working in steel, as well as younger people joining the sector. 

Institute implements changes for inclusivity, diversity
NEW ON BOARD Newly elected chairperson, Nicolette Skjoldhammer with CEO Paolo Trinchero and board member Tebogo Raaleka

Sassda in transition, creates new membership structure

By: Cameron Mackay     5th July 2019 Owing to the varied benefits which companies obtain as members of the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda), the association has created a tiered membership structure. 

Sassda in transition, creates new membership structure
GROWTH FROM EXPORTS Growth in the mining, and food and beverage, sectors for stainless steel, led to consumption in South Africa increasing by 8.6% last year

Association to sponsor tubular category at steel awards

By: Mamaili Mamaila     5th July 2019 The Association of Steel Tube and Pipe Manufacturers (ASTPM) is the sponsor of the tubular category in the upcoming South African Steel Awards which will take place in October 2019. 

Association to sponsor tubular category at  steel awards
STEEL EXCELLENCE As the industry is currently under strain, the steel awards are a necessary and an enduring reminder for every participant to persist amid adversity

Steel industry remaining afloat

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     1st March 2019 The local steel industry is reasonably buoyant, especially compared with this time last year, says steel processor and supplier Allied Steelrode executive director Warne Rippon. He tells Engineering News that the company has experienced improved trading conditions, despite the industry in... 

Steel industry remaining afloat
STRETCHER LEVELLER Allied Steelrode’s technology investment roadmap has culminated in the installation of its second stretcher leveller at its Midvaal-based facility

BBD Steel targeting automotive and mining sectors

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     1st March 2019 Steel supplier BBD Steel aims to expand its footprint by targeting the mining and automotive sectors directly, says BBD Steel business development director Gwen Mahuma. The company, which is 100% women-owned and managed, is located in Rosslyn, Pretoria, and, although already well-established in... 

BBD Steel targeting automotive and mining sectors
STEEL SECTOR Steel is an extremely competitive industry and the local industry is facing many challenges

Company remains profitable in tough conditions

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     1st March 2019 Steel distributor BSi Steel CEO William Battershill says the company is maintaining a strong balance sheet and making a profit, despite the difficult circumstances the steel industry faces. “The local steel industry is currently pretty depressed and the past six months have been particularly... 

Company remains profitable  in tough conditions
PROTECTING INDUSTRY Although steel manufacturing is being protected, that has not been extended to finished goods

Metals, engineering sector set to grow amid challenges

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     1st March 2019 Despite continuous challenges in recent years, the local metals and engineering sector is expected to show moderate growth of 1.8% this year. The various subsectors will register varied levels of growth, with some expanding and others contracting during the year. This is according to the Steel... 

Metals, engineering sector set to grow amid challenges
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STABILISING PRICES Metals prices generally are expected to stabilise this year and next year

NDT equipment analyses, measures carbon content in alloys

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     1st March 2019 Vereeniging-based nondestructive testing (NDT) equipment provider GammaTec NDT Supplies is currently introducing the SciAps Z-200 C+, which is the only handheld analyser on the market capable of analysing carbon content in alloys, to the African market. GammaTec is the official distributor for... 

NDT equipment analyses, measures  carbon content  in alloys
SCIAPS Z-200 C The equipment analyses carbon content in carbon and stainless steels using the technique of a handheld laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy

SMS group helping clients understand benefit of digitalisation

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     1st March 2019 The South African arm of Germany-based metallurgical plant and rolling-mill technology provider SMS has developed strategies for advancing digitalisation in the steel industry. It is assisting several clients in understanding the efficiencies and competitive advantage that embracing a... 

SMS group helping  clients understand  benefit of digitalisation
MANSHIL SINGH SMS group is working on several project opportunities spanning various market segments of the company

PFERD South Africa

1st March 2019 Established in 1968, PFERD South Africa has grown from modest beginnings into a major player in the abrasives industry in South Africa and the rest of Africa.  With its head office and manufacturing facility in Kempton Park, Gauteng, PFERD South Africa has expanded to include four additional... 

PFERD South Africa

Niche focussed business supplying a comprehensive range of fluid control systems

6th July 2018 Macsteel Fluid Control is a key niche-focused business which operates throughout various industry sectors. It supplies a comprehensive range of valves, actuators, liquid level gauges, filter systems, valve interlock systems and a comprehensive range of steam products, including traps, strainers... 

Niche focussed business supplying a comprehensive range of fluid control systems

Manufacturing and adding value to the highest quality special steels

6th July 2018 Macsteel Special Steels is Southern Africa’s leading distributor and processor of engineering steels. Located in Dunswart, Boksburg, Macsteel Special Steels operates as the crucial link between steel producers and consumers of high-grade special steels, satisfying their requirements for... 

Manufacturing and adding value to the highest quality special steels

Southern Africa’s leading steel merchandiser and distributor

6th July 2018 Steel supplier Macsteel Trading’s market reach through its strategic network of 14 branches across South Africa extends to most steel consuming sectors and key industries, offering valued customers high-quality steel products combined with excellent service at competitive prices.  

Southern Africa’s leading steel merchandiser and distributor

Africa expansion can boost local industry growth

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     6th July 2018 With South Africa being under new leadership since Cyril Ramaphosa became president, Alberton-based steel supplier and value-added processing company Allied Steelrode executive director Warne Rippon says that policy direction now finally appears to be heading in a positive and clear direction,... 

Africa expansion  can boost local  industry growth
WARNE RIPPON Slow and steady is the name of the game for the future of the steel industry

Automation, technology integral to competitiveness

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     6th July 2018 Benrose-based cutting consumables and capital equipment distributor First Cut believes it has a role to play in educating the downstream steel industry on the possibilities offered by new technology and the scope of automation. “Technology is changing and advancing at a rapid pace and the current... 

Automation, technology integral to competitiveness
ANDREW POOLE Automation relies on consumer confidence to make technology investment, even in tough markets

Growth potential of B grade steel in Africa evident

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     6th July 2018 The growth of various economies in Africa and the reliance on agriculture, means there will be a growing market for B grade steel for use in agriculture equipment, fencing and security in addition to its traditional use in decorative additions, says steel supplier Edenvale Steel and Tube Co. B... 

Growth potential of B grade steel in Africa evident
Photo by Creamer Media
OPTION B B grade steel can be a cost-saving method for non-essential construction

Hot dip galvanising offers significant cost savings, extends service life

6th July 2018 Steel is an ecofriendly construction material as it is durable and renewable, however, there is a need to extend the service life of the steel, which hot dip galvanising is well suited for, says Hot Dip Galvanizers Association Southern Africa (HDGASA). Hot dip galvanizing offers benefits... 

New division to focus on diversification, innovation

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     6th July 2018 Midvaal-based structural and reinforcing steel supply company Fabcon Steel is developing a new engineering division to diversify into different market segments. The company provides turnkey solutions based on engineering services, such as drawing, design and certification, followed by the actual... 

New division to focus on diversification, innovation
Andrew van Gool Fabcon Steel will focus on innovation, with its new division focused on specialised products

New range of ZAP fasteners released

6th July 2018 Johannesburg-based roofing, cladding and steel frame fastener supplier Kare Industrial Suppliers has introduced a new range of ZAP fasteners designed for fixing roof sheeting to light steel battens and purlins. Over the last few years, there has been an increase in the use of light steel battens... 

Seifsa expects 1.7% expansion in local steel industry

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     6th July 2018 Following its initial forecast of a 1.1% expansion of the metals and engineering cluster at the beginning of the year, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) says upon review, preliminary data now suggest a 1.6% expansion of the sector, with all sub-industries... 

Seifsa expects 1.7% expansion in local steel industry
Photo by Creamer Media
MICHAEL ADE The local steel industry should look to new markets in the rest of Africa, given existing logistics constraints to servicing external markets

Steel a sustainable choice for building addition

6th July 2018 Knysna-based light steel frame (LSF) construction company Rancor has completed the addition of a 570 m2 second floor to the Kaap Agri building in Paarl, Western Cape.  The requirements for the new structure were clear; it had to be cost-effective, comply with building regulations, be acoustically... 

Steel a sustainable choice for building addition
SUSTAINABLE BUILDING Rancor has completed the addition of the second floor to the Kaap Agri building in Paarl

Leading distributor and processor of application specific steels

6th July 2018 Macsteel VRN is the leading supplier and processor of speciality carbon plate, stainless steel and a variety of aluminium grades. These include wear- and impact-resistant, high-strength, pressure vessel and marine grades of steel. Macsteel VRN’s central warehouse and its two major service centres... 

Leading distributor and processor of application specific steels

Precision processing of coils and flat sheets to the highest international standards

6th July 2018 Situated in Wadeville, Germiston, and operating from a  80 119 m2 site of which 48 700 m2 is covered, Macsteel Coil Processing is one of the leading coil and flat sheet processing facilities in Southern Africa. Equipped with ISO 9001 certification, Macsteel Coil Processing’s valued customers are... 

Precision processing of coils and flat sheets to the highest international standards

Roofing and cold formed sections specialists: Covering Africa

6th July 2018 Southern Africa’s leading supplier of metal roofing products and cold formed sections, Macsteel Roofing’s specialised roofing products continue to show increasing demand nationally and from within Southern African emerging markets. Included in its comprehensive product offering is the manufacture... 

Roofing and cold formed sections specialists: Covering Africa

A leading producer of welded structural tube and pipe to world class quality standards

6th July 2018 Macsteel Tube & Pipe has expanded its diverse manu-facturing capabilities over the past 35 years to become one of the leading tube and pipe producers in Africa. Additional value-added offerings include customised cutting, precision laser cutting, forging, coating, welding, plasma cutting and the... 

A leading producer of welded structural tube and pipe to world class quality standards
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