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Steel Construction and Cladding

Engineering sector says budget will stimulate growth

28th February 2003 In his National Budget speech, the South African Minister of Finance, Trevor Manual, highlighted government’s efforts over the past 10 years to promote sound economic governance, which has laid the groundwork for sustainable growth in South Africa in contrast to the currently deteriorating... 

China closes steel polluters

25th February 2003 One of China's biggest steel makers and Beijing's biggest polluters, Shougang Group, has closed one of its steel plants to help clean the air ahead of the 2008 Olympic Games, State media said. 

Pipe firm confident of beating gasline targets

By: Zonika Botha     21st February 2003 Steel-pipe manufacturer Hall Longmore, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Murray & Roberts, is well on track to deliver 197 km of 660-mm-diameter double submerged arc welding (DSAW) pipe, valued at R235-million, for Sasol’s 865-km natural-gas pipeline from the Temane gasfield in Mozambique to... 

Ekurhuleni to set up manufacturing forum

By: Zonika Botha     14th February 2003 The Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality’s Local Economic Development Department will be launching a manufacturing forum in June, with the aim of establishing a better relationship with the manufacturing sector within its geographical borders. 

R107m auto-pressing project is advancing

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     14th February 2003 The JSE Securities Exchange-listed Aveng group’s Trident Steel subsidiary’s share of the market for shaped blanks for the automotive industry is set to increase from 40% at present to about 75% when the R107-million press-feed line at a new operation near Alberton, in Gauteng, starts... 

Iscor expects auto-pricing resolution this month

By: Terence Creamer     14th February 2003 South African steel producer, Iscor, is optimistic that it will have concluded price discussions with the automotive industry by mid- to late-February when a final pricing package for 2003 will be put in place. 

Iscor investors approve LNM waiver request

13th February 2003 Minority shareholders in South African steel producer Iscor agreed yesterday to waive a requirement that steel heavyweight LNM Holdings offer to buy out all minorities once its stake exceeds 35%. 

SA steel consumption growth boosts Hiveld

12th February 2003 South Africa’s second-largest steel producer, Highveld Steel and Vanadium, reported a significantly higher operating profit for the year ended December 2002, on the back of a strong local steel market, improved export steel and ferroalloy selling prices, and a weaker rand. 

Steel firm seeks to cut supply to auto giant

10th February 2003 US steel producer AK Steel Holding Corporation is asking an Ohio judge to allow it to stop shipping steel to General Motors, because of a contract dispute, said media reports on Friday. 

Capacity warning from structural-steel sector

By: Deborah Spicer     7th February 2003 Large construction projects may be delayed in the next few years as a result of a shortage in human resources and general capacity in the steel-construction industry. 

Iscor says strike threat is premature

7th February 2003 South African steel producer Iscor said yesterday threats by union members of a strike were premature and the company would try to resolve grievances as soon as possible. 

Steel exporters portal continues to expand

6th February 2003 More than 150 companies have joined the South African steel industry’s Internet-based Africa Trade Steel Export Portal, www.steeltrade.co.za. 

Numsa-Iscor meet to iron-out differences

6th February 2003 The National Union of Mineworkers of SA (Numsa) and Iscor's steel division are expected to enter into a "last round" of talks on Thursday, the union said. 

Iscor expects auto-pricing resolution this month

By: Terence Creamer     5th February 2003 South African steel producer, Iscor, is optimistic that it will have concluded price discussions with the automotive industry by mid- to late-February when a final pricing package for 2003 will be put in place. 

Aussie firm contests steel-dumping claim by SA

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     31st January 2003 The antidumping action launched against steel imports from Australia, which iron and steel company Iscor claims are causing injury to manufacturers in the Southern African Customs Union (Sacu), is shaping up into a protracted battle, following the decision by at least one of the accused firms to... 

Pipe-spool maker ups capacity for chemicals projects

By: Zonika Botha     31st January 2003 The specialist pipe-spool fabricator in the Grinaker-LTA M & E Business Unit, Fraser & Chalmers, has recently doubled its pipe-spool fabrication capacity with a newly erected facility at Vanderbijlpark, south of Johannesburg, Grinaker-LTA business development director Peter Osborn reports. 

LNM sweetens partial offer to Iscor minorities

29th January 2003 Steel giant LNM Holdings sweetened its partial offer to minority investors of South Africa's Iscor yesterday, in a move blessed by the largest minority holder, Old Mutual. 

Iscor meets auto firms on steel price hikes

By: Terence Creamer     28th January 2003 Steel producer Iscor met individually with several automotive manufacturers during the course of last week, and will continue to do so this week, in a bid to solve differences over planned price increases for 2003. 

Stainless-steel manufacturer acquires tube and pipe specialist

By: vanessa vasques     24th January 2003 East Rand stainless steel specialist manufacturer Metquip has acquired stainless steel tube and pipe specialist Jaguar Stainless Steel Tube and Pipe. 

Composite tube in demand from pulp and paper industry

24th January 2003 Producer of composite tubes for black-liquor recovery boilers Sandvik Steel has received several large orders, valued at around $3-million, for advanced composite tubes for use in the pulp and paper industry. 

2002 a boom year for pipe and tube industry

By: vanessa vasques     24th January 2003 Last year was a good year for the pipe and tube market in South Africa, mostly as a result of a boom in the mining industry, especially the platinum mining industry. 

Steel tube division focuses on providing complete solutions

24th January 2003 The steel tube division within global brand management company Barloworld, Barloworld Robor, is keenly focused on providing solutions to fulfil not only the needs of its existing customers, but the needs of its potential customers as well. 

Iscor mulls expansions at Vanderbijl, Saldanha

By: Terence Creamer     24th January 2003 Following several years of rationalisation, steelmaker Iscor is considering two brownfields expansion opportunities. 

Iscor mulls expansions at Vanderbijl, Saldanha

By: Terence Creamer     24th January 2003 Following several years of rationalisation, steelmaker Iscor is considering two brownfields expansion opportunities. 

Iscor shareholders give LNM more time to consult

23rd January 2003 Facing opposition to its partial offer for South Africa's Iscor, LNM Holdings won investor approval yesterday to adjourn a shareholders' meeting, allowing time for more talks with minorities. 

Crunch-time for LNM offer

20th January 2003 Steel giant LNM tried to allay fears on Friday that its partial offer for Iscor was an attempt to wrest control without full payment, saying it would offer to buy the whole group should its stake exceed 60%. 

Activities expanded by steel fabricator

By: candice haase     17th January 2003 Family-owned steel fabrication company, the Cosira Group, in the last six months has expanded its activities to now offer three facets of the steel fabrication industry to the market. 

New committee to focus on increasing technical skills

By: candice haase     17th January 2003 In efforts to guide the development of the steel construction industry, the South African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) established a steel contractors working committee in November last year. 

Specialised school for structural steel draughtsmen opening soon

By: candice haase     17th January 2003 In response to the shortage of skilled draughtsmen for the structural steel industry, a training institute specifically for this industry will be opening early this year at the old AECI drawing office on the East Rand. 

Company boasts more than 45 years experience

17th January 2003 With over 45 years of experience, Barloworld Robor Open Sections says it has established a reputation for supplying a total customer service to a wide spectrum of stockists, industrial and end-user markets. 

Company boasts more than 45 years experience

By: candice haase     17th January 2003 With over 45 years of experience, Barloworld Robor Open Sections says it has established a reputation for supplying a total customer service to a wide spectrum of stockists, industrial and end-user markets. 

Africa still provides opportunities for steel fabricators

By: candice haase     17th January 2003 The demand for steel fabricators that has been stimulated abroad remains the seat of activity for South African steel fabricators. 

Universal Eisen und Stahl

17th January 2003 A supplier of high-strength, wear-resistant heavy plate, bar and section steels sourced locally and internationally, but mainly from Germany. 

Iscor to meet auto sector on prices for 2003

By: Terence Creamer     17th January 2003 A meeting between steel producer Iscor and the automotive sector - both component and vehicle manufacturers - is likely to take place in the next few days to finalise the steel-price increase for 2003. 

SA stainless steel prices rise 6,4% following review

By: Martin Czernowalow     17th January 2003 South Africans can expect to pay about 6,4% more for stainless steel as of this month, Engineering News Online can report. 

LNM revises Iscor offer

17th January 2003 Dutch-based LNM Holdings said on today it was committed to making an offer to acquire the shares of Iscor minority shareholders should its shareholding in the steel group reach 60%. 

Stainless-steel cladding now slowly gaining market share

By: candice haase     17th January 2003 Stainless-steel cladding in a high traffic area inside a retail building 

Iscor to focus on steel-sector consolidation

By: Terence Creamer     15th January 2003 Domestic steel producer Iscor will actively pursue consolidation opportunities in the South African steel industry over the next three years, CE Louis van Niekerk revealed at a presentation yesterday. 

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