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Steel Construction and Cladding

Strike at Iscor averted at last minute

8th August 2003 The trade union Solidarity signed a wage agreement with Iscor this morning, preventing a possible strike at the giant steel company. 

Weak demand, strong rand hit steel firm

6th August 2003 South Africa’s second largest steel producer, Highveld Steel and Vanadium, reported a much reduced operating profit for the first half of 2003 on the back of decreased local demand and a stronger South African currency. 

Trucks & Buses

By: candice haase     1st August 2003 The extension of the Motor Industry Development Programme to 2012 has opened up an opportunity for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to invest in the next generation of new model light commercial vehicles (LCVs) and cars. 

Towbar maker invests in new laser-cutters

By: candice haase     1st August 2003 To enhance in-house processes at its towbar manufacturing plant in Krugersdorp, Gauteng, Bosal Afrika invested R7-million in a new laser cutter, the first of two planned for commissioning this year. 

Stainless-steel initiative makes headway

By: nkolola halwindi     1st August 2003 Re-established two years ago, the Mpumalanga Stainless Initiative (MSI) is making strides in the stainless-steel industry with a number of projects in the pipeline and several success stories from completed and existing projects. 

Combustion specialist in expansion drive

18th July 2003 A leader in the field of combustion since the 1970s, The Combustion Group (TCG) of the East Rand, Gauteng, offers a range of equipment and services. 

Manufacturing and export of primary and structural steel taper off

By: Luxolo Tyali     18th July 2003 The manufacturing and export of primary steel and structural steel from South Africa have reduced in the last two years, especially in the first quarter of this year. 

Steel trap

By: Luxolo Tyali     18th July 2003 The Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC), which aims to develop and promote the health and wealth of the steel construction industry, is urging government to review its Clean Fuels programme, in order to relieve the pressure on South African industry Executive director Dr... 

Steel giant’s Vanderbijlpark works to install a new lancing facility

18th July 2003 After dust control and gas-cleaning specialists MikroPul, of Johannesburg, devised a highly effective solution to a key requirement for Heckett MultiServ at Columbus Stainless in Middelburg, Mpumalanga, the specialist service provider to steel mills has again contracted MikroPul to provide a... 

Lightweight steel-punch promises easy operation

18th July 2003 The range of Simplex hydraulic and mechanically powered tools and equipment includes a 35 ton portable punch, designed for easy operation, portability and efficient punching of steel. 

Bearing reconditioning service on offer

18th July 2003 The bearings division of Bearing Man offers a complete remanufacturing and repair service, in conjunction with Timken South Africa, reconditioning used bearings to meet the brand’s original specifications. 

Foundry group seeks to provide cost-savings

18th July 2003 Foundry group Steloy Castings is poised to provide added support to the local steel industry in its cost-savings efforts. 

Painting metal requires adequate surface preparation

18th July 2003 Experts at the Rohm and Haas Paint Quality Institute maintain that meticulous surface preparation is critical when painting ferrous metals. 

Wire association hopes to attract SMMEs to the industry

By: Luxolo Tyali     18th July 2003 The South African Wire Association (Sawa) is making serious efforts to get in touch with small, macro and medium enterprises (SMMEs), as well as interested parties, in order to point them towards opportunities that exist in the wire industry. 

Iron-granulation system improving metal throughput at Saldanha

18th July 2003 The Granshot iron-granulation system, which was put into operation at Iscor Saldanha Steel in September last year, is reported to now be an integrated part of the plant’s production logistics. 

Federation spruces up in the face of tough trading conditions

By: Luxolo Tyali     18th July 2003 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of South Africa (Seifsa) is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. 

Valve empowerment company established

18th July 2003 The first black economic empowerment (BEE) company to be formed following the launch of Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda), as well as the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI’s) BEE and small and medium enterprise (SME) development programme has been... 

Company establishes KZN and Cape Town branches

18th July 2003 As part of its expansion programme and commitment to provide service and technical support to customers throughout the country, Arc Engineering has established fully-fledged branches in Pinetown, Kwazulu-Natal, and Montague Gardens, in Cape Town. 

Empowerment firm seeks to expand its product offering Director concerned with the pace of empowerment in the steel industry

By: Luxolo Tyali     18th July 2003 Black economic empowerment steel supplying company Shosholoza Steel Supplies, 30% owned by Barloworld Robor, has embarked on a strategy to secure partnerships with other steel manufacturing companies in order to be able source a complete steel offering for the needs of its customers. 

Benoni company to import high-carbon flat spring steel from India

By: Luxolo Tyali     18th July 2003 Steel processing company Specstrip, of Benoni, has signed an agreement to import competitively-priced high-carbon flat spring steel strip from Indian company Asil Industries. 

Domestic sales down while exports are flourishing

By: Luxolo Tyali     18th July 2003 According to the South African Iron and Steel Institute (Saisi) the sale of total domestic carbon steel declined by 12,7% during the first quarter of this year, compared with the first quarter of last year. 

World crude steel production sets an all-time record

18th July 2003 According to the International Iron and Steel Institute (IISI), world crude steel production for the 63 countries reporting to the international body set an all-time record in May at 80,7-million tons. 

Joint-venture wire-maker secures several contracts

18th July 2003 The Bekaert Bastion joint venture between former South African local wire manufacturer, Bastion Wire, and the world’s largest steel wire manufacturer, Bekaert, continues to champion the high security fencing market in South Africa. 

Detailing school moves in with structural steel firm

18th July 2003 Detailing is considered one of the most critical aspects of any structural steel fabrication project. 

Platinum-smelter project completed

18th July 2003 Use of a custom-designed materials-management system by a steel fabrication company has facilitated optimum control of all steel work and associated items being supplied for the Polokwane smelter project. 

Technology investment helps boost steel fabricator’s volumes

18th July 2003 Automation and computerisation are not the sole domains of high-end manufacturers, they are also crucial to the success of a growing number of small manufacturing operations in South Africa. 

New step-core drills introduced to the local steel industry

18th July 2003 A new type of drill, only recently introduced to the European market, combines the best of core-drills and step-drills into a single product, delivering considerably improved cutting behaviour and performance, Rothenberger Tools South Africa GM Michael Fellendorf reports. 

Steel Awards winners to be announced next month

18th July 2003 The nominations for this year’s Steel Awards, hosted by the South African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC), have exceeded expectations in quality, standard and innovation. 

Steel supplier employs a common ERP system

18th July 2003 As a company reporting that it is committed to the efficiency and global competitiveness of the Eastern Cape motor industry, Trident Steel has become a leading supplier of special and beneficiated steels to the automotive industry. 

Germiston plant receives a new shaker drum

18th July 2003 In order to keep disruption to operations at a minimum, Vanguard was contracted to remove a worn shaker drum, and replace it with a new drum during the Easter shutdown at Scaw Metal’s plant in Germiston, Gauteng. 

Internet portal aims to increase value-added steel exports

18th July 2003 With more than 170 companies having joined since its launch, the South African steel industry’s Internet-based steel export portal,, is proving valuable to local exporters of beneficiated steel products, reports managing editor Sonja de Wet. 

Unions and industry need to be aligned closer – Numsa

By: Luxolo Tyali     18th July 2003 Companies in the steel industry have to disclose their growth strategies to their workers so that both parties can share one vision and assist one another in times of trouble. 

SA demand must be met ahead of any scrap exports

18th July 2003 The South African metal industry and government met in Pretoria earlier this year to discuss the implementation of government’s amended policy around the issuing of export permits relating to scrap metal exports. 

Local steel distributor believes its speed will outshine its competitors

By: Luxolo Tyali     18th July 2003 The strategy behind the fast-developing success story of Sovereign Steel is living up to its globally trademarked brand-promise, namely to be Speed Merchants. 

Fears subside as steel imports fall

By: Terence Creamer     18th July 2003 Steel imports, which shot up dramatically in March, moderated in April, quelling fears that South Africa was facing a significant surge in steel imports on the back of the stronger rand. 

WTO rules against US on steel action

15th July 2003 The World Trade Organization (WTO) has issued reports concluding that the safeguard measures imposed by the US on the imports of certain steel products are inconsistent with the WTO Safeguards Agreement and GATT 1994. 

$3,6bn deal to revamp Nigerian steel plant

2nd July 2003 Nigeria said on Monday it had signed a $3,6-billion agreement with the local unit of US firm Solgas for the completion of the Ajaokuta Steel facility. 

SA wire industry mulls new export hub

By: Terence Creamer     27th June 2003 The South African wire industry has mooted the creation of a coastal-based manufacturing hub, tentatively known as ‘Wirepark’, in a bid to boost the value-added wire exports. 

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