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Steel Construction and Cladding

Steel pricing complaint not referred to tribunal

By: Terence Creamer     7th January 2004 The Competition Commission has decided not to refer four complaints of excessive pricing by steel producer Iscor to the Competition Tribunal and it is now up to the initial complainants to decide whether or not to take the case to the tribunal directly. 

Steel price probe decision expected soon

By: Terence Creamer     6th January 2004 The Competition Commission could decide as early as this week whether to refer complaints of alleged abuse of dominance and excessive pricing made against steel producer Iscor to the Competition Tribunal – and should any material issues arise it could affect the proposed acquisition of a... 

Company supplies 250 t of local steelwork to project

By: Helene Le Roux     12th December 2003 The detailed drawings, fabrication, corrosion-protection, erection and painting of part of the total structural steel needs for Sasol’s 15th air-separation unit (ASU) were supplied by Harrington Steel of Vereeniging, Gauteng. 

Austrian steel group upgrades Isando facility

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     12th December 2003 Austrian-owned Bohler Uddeholm Africa, one of South Africa’s leading suppliers of tool steel and special steel, has commissioned two more state-of-the-art vacuum furnaces at its premises in Isando, on the East Rand, in a development which MD Helmut Ulrich says will shorten heat-treatment... 

SA firm seeks to restart Maputo steel plant

By: Martin Czernowalow     9th December 2003 Johannesburg-based steel wire and wire product manufacturer Barnes Fencing Industries has secured a ten-year management contract with a steel plant in Mozambique, which will fulfil some of the company’s raw-material requirements in future. 

Very few SA metals firms have truly grasped the export nettle

5th December 2003 Much has been said over the past decade or so about South Africa’s policy of export-oriented growth and how it is transforming the economic landscape. 

SA’s steel pricing policies need attention – study

By: Terence Creamer     5th December 2003 A study into employment trends in the South African metals and engineering sector has highlighted import parity pricing (IPP) as a key factor impeding job creation and has called for urgent intervention to reduce its impact. 

Steel pricing policies impede job creation – study

By: Terence Creamer     26th November 2003 A study into employment trends in the South African metals and engineering sector has highlighted import parity pricing (IPP) as a key factor impeding job creation and has called for urgent intervention to reduce its impact. 

Vanderbijl steel mill embarks on stove modernisation

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     21st November 2003 The blast furnace-technology division of the international Voest-Alpine Industrieanlagenbau (VAI) group’s UK subsidiary has secured a contract for the design, supply and installation of a new hot-blast stove at one of the blast furnaces at Iscor’s Vanderbijlpark steel works. 

Ted Jarvis, Andrew Mentis

14th November 2003 Full name: Edward (Ted) Jarvis Position: MD, since September 1996 Main activity of the company: Manufacturer of open steel flooring (grating), expanded metals, tubular handrailing systems and highway guardrail Date and place of birth: October 16, 1944, Johannesburg Education: Matriculated from... 

New steel merchant focuses on low-cost imports

By: Zonika Botha     14th November 2003 Although only operating for little over a year, East Rand-based company Special Steels is, through its imports from Germany, starting to take a small bite of the local specials steels market. 

Division of local and export steel markets highlighted

7th November 2003 In 2002, the steel distribution subsidiary of pipe and tube manufacturer Robor, itself a subsidiary of industrial giant Barloworld, laid a complaint against steel producer Iscor and steel merchant MacSteel with the competition authorities. 

SA steel prices set for a grilling

By: Terence Creamer     31st October 2003 South Africa’s steel pricing policies as well as the nature of the relationship between the country’s leading primary producer and the merchant sector have emerged as central to a complaint that has been lodged with the competition authorities by gas cylinder and barbeque manufacturer... 

Deficient information leads to big dumping duty

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     24th October 2003 The Southern African Customs Union (Sacu) steel industry’s bid to block Australian imports, which it alleges are causing it material injury through price undercutting, has received a boost with the announcement that the South African Revenue Service (Sars) has imposed a provisional... 

Economist to head Solidarity probe into Iscor job cuts

23rd October 2003 Trade union Solidarity has announced that senior Absa economist and current economic consultant Adam Jacobs is to head a commission of enquiry to investigate the grounds for the planned staff retrenchments at steel giant Iscor. 

Cadac takes Iscor, Trident to the Competition Commission

By: Terence Creamer     17th October 2003 South African gas cylinder and barbeque manufacturer Cadac intends submitting a complaint to the Competition Commission today alleging that steel producer Iscor and local merchant Trident have engaged in uncompetitive behaviour. 

SA firm nominated for Swedish steel design award

16th October 2003 Four companies have been nominated for this year's Swedish Steel Prize, one being from South Africa. 

Highveld Steel announces new CEO

15th October 2003 South African steel company Highveld Steel and Vanadium, have Andre de Nysschen as its new CEO - he will take up the post as from November 1. 

Timeframe for SA steel pricing probe extended

By: Terence Creamer     10th October 2003 South Africa’s Competition Commission has requested, and received, a time extension for its investigation into the steel pricing policy of Iscor. 

China underpins stainless steel growth

10th October 2003 The International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) says that growing demand from China is underpinning production growth for the metal, which is expected to expanded by 5,8% during 2003. 

World steel body calls for ban on subsidies

9th October 2003 The International Iron and Steel Institute (IISI) Board, which met earlier this week, have called on governments to ban any subsidies to the steel industry either for the creation of new capacity or for the maintenance of existing steel operations. 

Strong rand hurting metals sector

8th October 2003 Turnover in South Africa’s metals industry rose 17,7% in 2002 to over R166-billion from R141-billion in 2001, outgoing Steel and Engineering Federation of South Africa (Seifsa) president Doug Keet reported earlier in the week. 

Upgraded steel inspection line to feature laser welding

By: candice haase     3rd October 2003 The upgrade of steel producer Iscor’s inspection line, due for final commissioning this month, incorporates synthetic single-crystal yttrium aluminium garnet (Yag) laser technology. 

Lightweight construction lightens up the future

By: Karel Smrcka     3rd October 2003 Joining techniques provide important enabling technologies for lightweight construction because they permit new lighter constructions to be made with adequate strength and also enable different materials to be joined together. 

Iscor appoints Econometrix to assess its pricing policies

By: Terence Creamer     1st October 2003 Steel producer Iscor has confirmed that it has commissioned economic research house Econometrix to conduct ‘independent analysis’ into the steel market and its pricing policies. 

No case for EU retaliation for US steel tariffs - report

29th September 2003 The US steel industry mounted a new effort to persuade President George W Bush to keep tariffs on imported steel, saying the European Union had not provided any good reason for its threat to retaliate on up to $2,2-billion of US exports. 

SA steel sales decline, exports rise, all eyes on imports

By: Terence Creamer     26th September 2003 Total domestic carbon steel sales declined by 16,6% during the first half of 2003 compared with the first half of 2002, the South African Iron and Steel Institute (Saisi) reports. 

Chinese firms to build two stainless steel plants

16th September 2003 Two Chinese steel companies said yesterday they had submitted separate proposals to Beijing to build stainless steel plants that may see China's capacity rise by 2,7-million tons in 2006-2007. 

Iscor contributes R1,1bn SA exports promotion

16th September 2003 South African steel giant Iscor said its rebate scheme, aimed at promoting the growth of the country's secondary steel exports, has contributed over R1,1-billion, during the last five years, to export promotion. 

Steel castings from SA in demand

16th September 2003 South African stainless-steel castings company Steloy Castings, which exhibited at the recent Gifa foundry exhibition in D 

Materials take to the road

By: Karel Smrcka     12th September 2003 The motor car industry and components suppliers are among the biggest users of materials in manufacturing. 

Steel maker reviews its auto strategy

By: Terence Creamer     12th September 2003 South Africa’s largest steel producer, Iscor, together with its largest shareholder, LNM, is in the midst of a far-reaching review of its automotive-steel strategy in bid to ensure its continue presence in the sector beyond 2005. 

R643m enviro project for Vanderbijl mill

By: Terence Creamer     12th September 2003 Steel producer Iscor has completed environmental master-plans for all it operations, including for the Vanderbijlpark mill in Gauteng, where residents have accused Iscor of serious pollution and are taking legal action against the company. 

Scrap mechanisms taking shape

By: Riaan de Lange     5th September 2003 On May 30 the Minister of Trade and Industry, Alec Erwin, signed into effect a policy pertaining to the issuing of scrap-metal export permits. 

SA steel grade inflexibility stymies structural exports

By: Deborah Spicer     22nd August 2003 Several contractors are reporting that South Africa’s standard steel grade excludes them from export contracts in the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere. 

Chinese steel group triples profit

20th August 2003 Chinese steel maker Angang New Steel reported yesterday a better-than-expected 219% jump in first-half net profit as the country's automotive boom pushed up steel prices and demand. 

Structural steel innovation lauded

15th August 2003 Once again the annual Steel Awards, hosted by the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) on August 14 at the Sandton Convention Centre, have highlighted innovation in the local structural steel industry. 

Iscor and unions reach wage agreement

11th August 2003 South African steel giant Iscor said it had reached agreement on a final wage offer with its three labour union organisations. 

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