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Steel Construction and Cladding

China leads as top steel producer

By: Deborah Spicer     16th July 2004 The 2004 edition of the International Iron and Steel Institute’s World Steel Figures contains essential facts about the world steel industry including steel production, consumption, trade, employment and basic statistics on scrap, iron ore, pig iron and crude-steel production. 

Local steel giant to be renamed

16th July 2004 South Africa’s largest steel producer, Iscor, has announced that it will change its name to Ispat Iscor. 

Anthony Nathan, Sovereign Steel

By: Laura Franz     16th July 2004 Full name: Anthony Nathan Position: Founder and CEO of Sovereign Steel group of companies, since 1995 Main activity of the company: Steel processors and distributors Date and place of birth: March 9, 1967, in Johannesburg Education: Matriculated 1984, King David High School, Victory Park; 1988,... 

Seifsa’s training facility renamed, outsourced

13th July 2004 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of South Africa (Seifsa) has announced the upgrading and outsourcing of its apprentice-training centre in Benoni on the East Rand to AstuteHR - a company that has extensive experience of managing engineering training centres. 

We bring global market intelligence – Mittal

By: Terence Creamer     9th July 2004 The head of LNM, the world’s second-largest steel producer, believes the new Ispat Iscor is set to gain appreciably from LNM’s global market intelligence and marketing power. 

Steel price fight to continue next month

By: Martin Czernowalow     8th July 2004 South African gold miners Harmony and Durban Roodepoort Deep (DRD) are expected to file responding affidavits to the Competition Tribunal on August 13, as the companies pursue a case of excessive pricing and abuse of dominance against steel giant Iscor. 

Union warns of looming strike in steel sector

By: Martin Czernowalow     7th July 2004 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) warned yesterday that a strike was looming in the steel and engineering sector, following a failed round of wage talks with an employers’ association. 

Mpahlwa expresses unhappiness with steel-price model

1st July 2004 Trade and Industry Ministry Mandisi Mpahlwa says there is an impasse in the development of a integrated steel industry in South Africa with the basic iron and steel industry performing well, while the downstream sector continues to struggle. 

Still more steel growth to be had for Iscor in SA – LNM

By: Terence Creamer     30th June 2004 The head of the world’s second-largest steel producer Lakshmi Mittal yesterday recommitted his LNM Group to support efforts by Iscor – in which LNM now has more than a 50% stake – to a growth strategy involving productivity-led capacity increases, brownfield expansions and... 

Stainless-steel foundry to sponsor Sassda awards

By: jenny furness     29th June 2004 Stainless-steel foundry the Steloy Foundry Group has joined a select group of industry role players in sponsoring the 2004 Stainless Steel Awards, hosted by the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda). 

Domestic steel sales increase by 13% in Q1

By: jenny furness     25th June 2004 The South African Iron and Steel Institute (Saisi) this week said that total domestic carbon steel sales in the first quarter of this year increased by 13,1%, compared with the first quarter of 2003, and increased by 13,2%, compared with the fourth quarter of 2003. 

US steel body official to address SAISC

23rd June 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. 

Metal industry wage negotiations in deadlock

22nd June 2004 At a negotiation meeting between the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of South Africa (Seifsa) and the industry’s six trade unions yesterday, the unions declared themselves to be in dispute with the employer parties over the proposed wage increases for workers in the metal and... 

Billion rand in the making

By: Martin Creamer     18th June 2004 “We make it, we deliver it, we service it and we’re there for more orders”, is how Argent Industrial Limited’s CEO Treve Hendry describes the R600-million-a-year Argent Industrial Limited, the share price of which has increased nearly fivefold under his five-year tenure. 

Iscor’s Saldanha Steel mill resumes production

16th June 2004 South African steel giant Iscor's Saldanha Steel mill, on South Africa's west coast, has resumed normal operations on schedule, following repairs to the mill's steel-making furnace, known as the Conarc. 

Union concerned about steel group’s enviro record

15th June 2004 South African trade union Solidarity yesterday expressed concern that LNM Holdings, the Anglo-Dutch steel group that has been given the green light to take control of Iscor, will – as it did in Ireland – exacerbate environmental pollution at Iscor’s Vanderbijlpark plant. 

Steel awards entries showcase industry

11th June 2004 Entries for the 2004 Steel Awards, to be presented at a gala evening hosted by the South African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) on August 3, are reported to be a showcase for what can be achieved in steel construction. 

China leads steel producing stakes, SA ranks in top 19

9th June 2004 The 2004 edition of the International Iron and Steel Institute’s (IISI) World Steel in Figures was released this week, showing China as the leading producer by a long way. 

Skills development enhances product and service delivery

By: elizabeth rebelo     4th June 2004 There are numerous applications where hot dip galvanizing could and in many instances should be used but where other traditional methods of corrosion protection are still being applied, says the technical consultant of the Hot Dip Galvanizers Association Southern Africa Walter Barnett. 

Steel price deal to unlock downstream opportunities

By: Jill Stanford     4th June 2004 The new steel price agreement, brokered between the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Anglo-Dutch steel group LNM, will unlock opportunities for downstream, and especially labour-intensive, activities in the metals sector, said Minister of Trade and Industry Mandisi Mpahlwa at an... 

Unions could withdraw opposition to Iscor-LNM merger

By: Martin Czernowalow     3rd June 2004 Trade unions Solidarity and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) will meet with South African steel giant Iscor today and tomorrow to hold discussions with the company about its proposed merger with Anglo-Dutch steel group LNM Holdings. 

Iscor not discounting further price rises

By: Terence Creamer     28th May 2004 Steel giant Iscor does not discount the possibility of price rises across the basket of products produced by the company, particularly in the long-products milieu. 

R500m cashpile positions steel group for more corporate action

By: Terence Creamer     28th May 2004 South African steel group Iscor has not changed its stance on its industry consolidation and could, if it so chooses, potentially purchase re-roller Duferco for cash. 

Saldanha Steel mill idled for three weeks

27th May 2004 Steel producer Iscor has confirmed that an incident at its Saldanha Steel mill, on South Africa's west coast, will result in the plant being idled for three and a half weeks. 

Steel price deal to unlock downstream opportunities

By: Jill Stanford     25th May 2004 The new steel price agreement, brokered between the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Anglo-Dutch steel group LNM, will unlock opportunities for downstream, and especially labour-intensive, activities in the metals sector, said Minister of Trade and Industry Mandisi Mpahlwa at an... 

World crude steel output on the rise

20th May 2004 World crude steel production for the 62 countries reporting to the International Iron and Steel Institute stood at an estimated 83,4-million tons in April. 

Stainless-steel output growth set to continue

18th May 2004 The International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) is forecasting another year of growth for global stainless steel production. 

Commission recommends that tribunal approve LNM-Iscor merger

14th May 2004 The Competition Commission has recommended the the Competition Tribunal unconditionally approve the proposed merger between global steel compnay LNM Holdings and Iscor. 

Steel products firm to expand

13th May 2004 Vitreous enameled steel products producer Vitrex has embarked on a multi-million rand expansion programme at its plant in Jet Park, Gauteng. 

Iscor dismisses gold-miners’ complaints as ‘flawed’

By: Martin Czernowalow     10th May 2004 South African steel giant Iscor said on Friday that it has reviewed the complaints against it by gold-producers Harmony Gold and Durban Roodepoort Deep, and dismissed them as ‘flawed’. 

Gold-miners to continue steel fight despite DTI-LNM deal

By: Martin Czernowalow     7th May 2004 Gold producers Harmony Gold Mining Company and Durban Roodepoort Deep (DRD) will continue to pursue their Competition Tribunal case against South African steel giant Iscor, despite the fact that the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has struck a pricing deal with the steel producer’s... 

Steel product consumption to rise by 6,2% in 2004

4th May 2004 Global consumption of finished steel products is projected to increase by 6,2% or 53-million tons this year, and by 4,5% or 41-million tons in 2005, in line with estimates made by the economic studies committee of the International Iron and Steel Institute (IISI), in its ‘Short-Range... 

South Africa's import parity pricing war

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     26th April 2004 Labour and sections of industry are livid. But the Competition Commission insists that import parity pricing (IPP) is not necessarily anticompetitive and has advised the government against imposing a blanket ban on the practice. 

Smart company expects to double size in five years

By: Martin Creamer     23rd April 2004 Kwazulu-Natal engineering group Duys has the contract to repair every single aluminium potshell in Southern Africa, totalling 1 706 units from three smelters, two of them in Kwazulu-Natal. 

Price Wars

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     23rd April 2004 Labour and sections of industry are livid. But the Competition Commission insists that import-parity pricing (IPP) is not necessarily anticompetitive and has advised the government against imposing a blanket ban on the practice. 

Higher steel prices boost Iscor’s earnings

By: Martin Czernowalow     23rd April 2004 South African steel giant Iscor yesterday reported slightly higher earnings for the quarter ended March 31, with an improvement in global steel prices offsetting the effect of the strong rand. 

Global crude steel production up 5,9% year-on-year

20th April 2004 World crude steel production for the 62 countries reporting to the International Iron and Steel Institute (IISI) stood at an estimated 85,9-million metric tons (mmt) in March, putting global production at 5,9% higher compared to March 2003 and 8,7% higher year-to-date (YTD), the IISI said yesterday. 

Inferior cables are a problem, says manufacturer

By: elizabeth rebelo     16th April 2004 Local furnace cable manufacturer Flexicor Cables faces recurring problems with the mining and foundry industries where furnace designers and engineers specify the incorrect cable. 

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