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Steel Construction and Cladding

New steel-reinforced 'plastic' pipe!

By: Martin Creamer     27th August 2004 A unique new thin-lined steel piping for water conveyance now being launched is expected to take the market by storm. 

Solidarity takes Ispat-Iscor to court over jobs

27th August 2004 Trade union Solidarity yesterday served legal papers on the steel group Ispat Iscor, in which it is asks that the company's current retrenchment process be declared void. 

Union squares up for legal action against Ispat Iscor

By: Martin Czernowalow     26th August 2004 The Solidarity trade union has indicated that it will most likely launch a legal challenge against Ispat Iscor’s plans to retrench thousands of workers, after the South African steel producer retreated from an agreed moratorium on job cuts. 

World steel production up 8,2% year-on-year

20th August 2004 World crude steel production for the 62 countries reporting to the International Iron and Steel Institute (IISI) stands at 589,7-million tons for the first seven months of 2004, the IISI said yesterday. 

Ispat Iscor prepares to reposition for the ‘China factor’

By: Terence Creamer     19th August 2004 South African steel group Ispat Iscor is working on a revised strategy designed to help it move into the lowest cost quartile globally so as to position it for a possible retreat in the steel-price cycle, which is currently at record levels on the back of boom-market conditions. 

Talks on steel-price model to start soon

By: Terence Creamer     19th August 2004 Steel producer Ispat Iscor – whose steel-pricing model has been under concerted attack for a number of years – has made initial contact with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in a bid to find a solution to the issue. 

Iscor-union eek out job-saving deal

18th August 2004 The ongoing and acrimonious labour dispute between trade union Solidarity and steel group Iscor was resolved yesterday when the parties signed a deal that included a three-year moratorium on forced retrenchments. 

Iscor to raise steel prices again from October

12th August 2004 South African steel producer Iscor yesterday announced that it would raise domestic flat steel prices after keeping prices lower that it benchmark for two consecutive months. 

DTI seeks new steel pricing model

By: Terence Creamer     2nd August 2004 The South African government says it will, in the next few weeks, begin detailed talks with leadership at the world’s second-largest steel producer, LNM, to flesh out an earlier ‘in-principle’ agreement calling for the creation of a new steel-pricing model. 

New Steel Deal

By: Terence Creamer     30th July 2004 The South African government says it will, in the next few weeks, begin detailed talks with leadership at the world’s second-largest steel producer, LNM, to flesh out an earlier ‘in-principle’ agreement calling for the creation of a new steel-pricing model. 

20 000 steel and engineering workers to march in Joburg

28th July 2004 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) is preparing for a large-scale one-day protest march in the steel and engineering sector, after the union and the sector’s employers’ organisation failed to reach agreement on wage increases during the last two months. 

New move to resolve wage deadlock in metals sector

27th July 2004 A meeting will be held tomorrow in a bid to resolve the ongoing the dispute in the metal industry wage negotiations, which deadlocked on June 21. 


23rd July 2004 Form-Scaff is involved in the manufacture and supply of formwork and scaffolding to the construction industry on a sale or rental basis. 

Unions accept Iscor’s wage offer

23rd July 2004 South Africa’s leading steel producer, Iscor, yesterday confirmed that it had reached agreement on a final wage offer with the National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa (Numsa) and United Association of South Africa (Uasa). 

Iscor’s tweaks price-setting formula

23rd July 2004 South Africa’s leading steel producer, Iscor, has confirmed an adjustment to its pricing formula for flat steel. 

World on track to produce 1bn tons of steel in 2004

20th July 2004 World crude steel production for the 62 countries reporting to the International Iron and Steel Institute (IISI) stands at just over half a billion tons for the first six months of 2004, the IISI said yesterday in a report. 

Million-rand contract from steel-plant

By: zeena isaacs     16th July 2004 Africa’s leading independent refractory specialist The Dickinson Group has been awarded a contract to do repairs on Iscor Vanderbijlpark’s D blast furnace, to the value of a few million rands. 

West Coast agency confident of hitting budget targets

By: zeena isaacs     16th July 2004 Sheet-metal components and subassemblies manufacturer Fabrinox Steel developed an agency in the Saldanha area, on the West Coast, in May this year. 

Range of pull cylinders introduced to SA

16th July 2004 A new range of pull cylinders has been introduced by Enerpac South Africa. 

Logistics contract is renewed

16th July 2004 Transportation company Cargo Carriers reports that its partnership with Iscor has been renewed by five years. 

Two abrasives launched

16th July 2004 Smart, holistic solutions developed by 3M for the steel industry, from the producers to the finished product metalworkers, are aimed at improving efficiencies and productivity, and reducing costs. 

Restructuring is complete

16th July 2004 Structural steel specialist SpanAfrica reports that it has completed its restructuring. 

Shop built in three months

16th July 2004 As tourism being a draw card to help boost economy in the country, recreational venues and upmarket destinations on Madagascar are in demand. 

13,1% increase in domestic carbon-steel sales

16th July 2004 According to the South African Iron and Steel Institute (SAISI) the sale of total domestic carbon steel increased by 13,1% during the first quarter of this year, compared with the first quarter of last year. 

Steel firm increases output 70% after dc motor replacement

16th July 2004 Gauteng-based steel distributor Trident Steel has long been a committed customer of Danfoss, and, once again, the company was able to come to the rescue at a moment’s notice when a dc motor in Mill No. 1 blew up recently. 

Business relationships sought

By: zeena isaacs     16th July 2004 East Rand steel merchant Sovereign Steel, which has developed a strategy to set itself apart from other steel merchants by its business strategy model and speedy service, has moved into the next phase of its business model – growth. 

Turnover is to increase twofold

By: zeena isaacs     16th July 2004 Black economic empowerment steel supply company Shosholoza Steel Supplies plans to double its turnover this year. 

Lancing works installed at Vanderbijlpark

16th July 2004 Dust control and gas-cleaning specialists MikroPul of Johannesburg provided an innovative and highly-effective solution to the key requirements at Iscor Vanderbijl Park steelworks in May this year. 

High-strength stainless steel developed

16th July 2004 A new stainless steel with exceptional properties, called Sandvik Nanoflex, has been developed by Sandvik Materials Technology. 

Brochure examines selected steel industrial buildings

16th July 2004 The fourteenth brochure in the Innovations in Steel series has been published by the International Iron and Steel Institute. 

SAISC upbeat about the industry’s future

By: zeena isaacs     16th July 2004 The South African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) reports that?the steel construction industry can look forward to a buoyant next few?years. 

Paint-shop upgrade is being planned

By: zeena isaacs     16th July 2004 The metal fabrication division of Denver Technical Products reports that it will be upgrading its paint shop to increase capacity. 

Only finishing touches are still needed

By: zeena isaacs     16th July 2004 Electrical engineering and electronics leader Siemens is on the verge of completing a steel coiling project for a large stainless-steel producer in Middelburg. 

Punch continues to be sold

16th July 2004 Specialists in lifting and pulling equipment Bellambie Mining & Industrial’s range of Simplex hydraulic and mechanically-powered tools and equipment includes a 35-t portable punch, designed for easy operation, portability and efficient punching of steel. 

Global steel-price unease

By: Terence Creamer     16th July 2004 There must have been a strong sense of irony when government officials from major steel-producing economies convened for the seventh the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) meeting on steel at in Paris, France, recently. 

Rosette Connection speeds up steel structural-frame making

By: Karel Smrcka     16th July 2004 The use of light-gauge, galvanised steel in structural frames is on the increase. Finnish company Rosette has capitalised on its 30 years of expertise in wood construction by developing a new-generation frame system in steel, offering high productivity and quality. 

Steel expert addresses local conference

16th July 2004 Steel contractors have a special contribution to make not only in marketing the construction industry in general, but also the structural steel industry and their own companies in particular. ?According to Spencer Erling, director of education at the South African Institute of Steel Construction... 

Saldanha steel warehouse completed

By: Deborah Spicer     16th July 2004 Attention to detail and adherence to stringent quality-control procedures, both during fabrication and erection, resulted in the successful completion of the Trident Steel warehouse in Saldanha. 

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