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Steel Construction and Cladding

Steel-shot, grit manufacturer commissions fourth furnace

By: candice haase     19th July 2002 In the wake of the increased demand for steel-shot and grit products, Thor Foundry, an East-Rand steel-abrasives manufacturer, has begun commissioning its fourth furnace, which cost the foundry an estimated $300 000 to install. 

Bearings ideal for steel milling

19th July 2002 Bearing Man’s bearings division distributes a range of NSK bearings that provides efficient performance and reduced maintenance costs in many steel mill processes, including casting, rolling, finishing, raw materials handling and iron making. 

SA to boost secondary steel exports

By: candice haase     19th July 2002 One of the strategic objectives of the South African steel industry is to promote the export of secondary steel products, whereby the metal is value-added thruogh beneficiation. 

Jhb firm lands first export order

19th July 2002 South African company General Profiling received its first export order last month. The order was placed by the inventor of a new housing system in the US. 

Flux supplied for offshore steel-welding application

19th July 2002 Algoa Oil of Port Elizabeth is using welding company Oerlikon’s OP121TT flux in its offshore welding applications. 

Acquisitions open door to steel-pipe conveyance market

By: candice haase     19th July 2002 The acquisition of Barloworld’s Robor Stewarts and Lloyds distribution centres based in Kwazulu-Natal was effected by Johannesburg-based steel merchant NJR Steel Holdings in March this year. 

Steel Awards just around the corner

19th July 2002 In August this year the steel construction industry will be celebrating the twenty-first year of its Steel Awards. 

Steel construction firm ventures into Africa

By: candice haase     19th July 2002 An opportunity for the development of the steel construction industry’s move into Africa has been identified by West Rand-based construction company Omni Struct. 

High-level steel talks facilitated by OECD

19th July 2002 Governments representing virtually all steel-producing areas have voiced their support for the continuation of the inter-governmental high-level dialogue on steel organised by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). 

Local tube and pipe manufacturer undergoes positive reconstruction

19th July 2002 One of the premier steel tube and pipe manufacturers in Southern Africa and part of global giant Barloworld, Barloworld Robor, has sold the Robor Stewarts and Lloyds steel and tube branches to three of the leading, independent distributors in the country. 

Facelift on the cards for steelworks' furnace

By: candice haase     19th July 2002 Cape Town Iron and Steel Works’ (Cisco) plans to upgrade the existing 35 t electric arc furnace (EAF). 

Buy-out rejuvenates steel and engineering merchant

By: candice haase     19th July 2002 Pooling the skills and resources of steel and engineering merchants Stockwell and Stewarts and Lloyds, previously owned by Barloworld, is a task which has involved the revision of the company’s business strategy, explains Stewarts and Lloyds group market development manager Ronnie Turner. 

Freight firm bags R45m steel contract

By: candice haase     19th July 2002 As a part of East Rand-based freight company Cargo Carriers’ strategic focus on the steel industry, the company tendered for and was awarded the contract for the transport of Columbus Stainless Steel’s products destined for export to Durban. 

Multimillion-rand steel racking contract

By: candice haase     19th July 2002 A multimillion-rand order for the supply of racking to Johannesburg-based company Tibbett and Britten has been awarded to Braziers, an industrial racking and shelving supplier. 

Local firm makes good on fast deliveries at low prices

19th July 2002 The South African subsidiary of Universal Eisen und Stahl has shaken up the local steel industry by making good on its undertaking to meet any order within four weeks. 

Nepad to boost SA exports to Middle East and Africa

By: candice haase     19th July 2002 The potential markets for South African Incorporated type projects are vast as the resources and expertise of the export council, International Steel Fabricators (ISF), and its associated bodies in the engineering fraternity, export councils and financial sector foresee possibilities for the use... 

Saldanha furnace reline looks positive

19th July 2002 Earlier this month, the Corex furnace at Iscor’s Saldanha steel mill on South Africa’s west coast had been operating at full design capacity merely a week after the completion of the reline of the unit. 

Steel tube and pipe export council forged

By: candice haase     19th July 2002 The Association of Steel Tube and Pipe Manufacturers (ASTPM) is in the process of developing a plumbing product that will rival the plastic and copper piping which have been used as substitutes for steel over the years. 

Steel merchant speeds up service

By: candice haase     19th July 2002 The plan for the organic and acquisitive growth of a South African steel merchant has assumed the form of an internal and public branding strategy. 

Diamond-treatment plant steel coating completed

19th July 2002 StonCor Africa products have played an important role in the construction of a new combined treatment plant (CTP) at De Beers Kimberley mine. 

Gas burner helps steel mill improve operations

19th July 2002 Since incorporating the BOC Burnjector technology into its operations in August last year, CitiSteel, a carbon plate steel mill based in Delaware, in the north-west of the US, has improved the energy efficiency and productivity of its manufacturing processes. 

Steel Internet tool forges ahead

19th July 2002 LineBuilders – a communication tool to access steel industry technology and to assist in project tracking – now has more than 1 000 registered users on its web site. 

Steel firm to raise prices in September

17th July 2002 South African steel producer Iscor has said it would align its domestic steel prices in September to keep pace with fluctuating international dollar prices for hot rolled coil. 

Aussie steel firm looks to consolidation

16th July 2002 Resources giant BHP Billiton’s A$2,4-billion spin-off BHP Steel yesterday listed on the share market at a premium, thereby underlining its ambitions to be a player in global industry rationalisation. 

Wire baron who showed 'nerves of steel'

12th July 2002 Industry doyen and philanthropist Ian Haggie died on June 27 in Johannesburg. 

US excludes 23 more steel products from duties

12th July 2002 The US Department of Commerce and the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) have announced the release of the fourth set of products to be excluded from the safeguard measure on steel products, introduced by President George W Bush on March 5, 2002. 

More complainants join steel action

10th July 2002 New Zealand has joined six under complainants on a panel to examine the European Commission’s (EC’s) complaint on US safeguard measures on steel imports. 

World Bank cautions Nigeria on outmoded steel mill

9th July 2002 The World Bank has issued a stinging denunciation of Nigeria’s multibillion-dollar Ajaokuta steel project, warning that its Soviet-era technology could lead to "terrible drains on resources". 

Corrosion-prevention measures for bridge

5th July 2002 The cable ties and anchor support system for the Nelson Mandela Bridge, which is currently under construction and expected to be unveiled in July 2003, are the main components to support the bridge. 

W-coast steel mill back at full capacity

3rd July 2002 South African steel company, Iscor, says its Sadanha steel mill on South Africa’s west coast has been operating at full design capacity one week after the completion of the Corex furnace reline. 

Number of complainants against US steel action grows

1st July 2002 The panel on the US steel safeguards dispute has grown to six complainants, following the Dispute Settlement Body’s (DSB’s) decision last month to grant second time panel requests by China, Switzerland and Norway. 

'Steel industry lacks Coega strategy'

By: Irma Venter     28th June 2002 It is a ‘great pity’ the steel industry does not yet have a strategy on how to deliver the fabricated steel necessary for the Coega project, Bateman executive director Dr Stephen Meijers said, speaking at the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction Workshop 2002. 

SA emerges as export hub for Austrian firm

By: Irma Venter     28th June 2002 About 40% of VAE Africa’s turnover last year was generated through exports, representing a significant increase from the 10% in previous years. 

Unbundling Oz steel group forecasts better profits

27th June 2002 Chief executive of BHP Billiton Paul Anderson said on Wednesday the profit outlook for the company's steel unit, due to be spun out, could be higher than forecast due to steel price movements. 

Aussie steel unbundling set for approval

25th June 2002 The world’s largest resource company BHP Billiton’s steel spin-out was set to be cleared by shareholders on Wednesday, as the new company faced rising steel prices offset by a stronger currency, analysts said on Monday. 

. . . But concern about skills dearth

By: Irma Venter     21st June 2002 South African industry is concerned about the lack of skills in the structural steel sector. 

Deal breathes new life into Nigerian steel plant

14th June 2002 A multinational consortium led by Solgas Energy, has signed an agreement to complete and operate the Ajaokuta Steel Complex in Nigeria, which has consumed more than $4,5-billion. 

US blocks China's steel panel request

13th June 2002 The US blocked China’s first-time request for a panel, stating that the safeguard measures were fully consistent. 

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