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Steel Construction and Cladding

Construction company forges 
ahead with new workshop

By: Beth Shirley     14th August 2009 Steel construction company B&T Steel is in the process of erecting a
1 620-m2 floor space workshop featuring the infrastructure for two 10-t cranes and a 3-t crane, as well as double-storey offices, which will be shared by underground mining equipment manufacturer Phillips Mining and... 

Light steel-frame building technology growing fast

14th August 2009 Industry body the Southern African Light Steel Frame Building (Sasfa) director John Barnard says that light steel-frame building (LSFB) technology is undoubtedly the fastest-growing new construction method in South Africa. Further, he confirms that this technology is sustainable. 

A record number of entries reported for steel awards

14th August 2009 Industry association the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) reports that a record number of entries were received for the Steel Awards 2009. “Sixty-eight entries were received, which is more than last year’s record,” says SAISC communications manager Renee Pretorius. 

Construction giant provides in-house training

By: Beth Shirley     14th August 2009 Structural steel fabricator and erector the Cosira Group provides in-house training on efficient project planning and implementation, to instill a holistic knowledge of the construction process, says Cosira Group general manager of planning Mike van Vuuren. 

New freestanding parking structures enter local market

By: Beth Shirley     14th August 2009 Manufacturer and distributor of free-standing parking structures Modular Parking Solutions (MPS) has introduced a free-standing parking deck in South Africa that can double the capacity of an existing or new surface area. 

Economic crisis provides impetus to diversify

By: Beth Shirley     14th August 2009 Erectors of structural steel design, detailing, fabrication and erection provider DSE Steel MD Kobus Marais says that the current economic downturn has given the company impetus to diversify and to focus its business in different industries. This is after the company experienced a quiet period... 

Steel construction institute collaborates with the United Nations

14th August 2009 Industry body the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) is collaborating with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in order to benchmark the South African steel construction industry against other steel construction industries in the world. 

Steel industry significant 
market for machine knives company

14th August 2009 Manufacturer and sharpener of machine knives W. Fearnehough Africa, known as Zanogen Machine Knives explains that the steel industry is one of the company’s biggest markets. 

New course for building 
inspectors developed

14th August 2009 The Southern African Light Steel-Frame Building Association (Sasfa) has developed a training course for building inspectors who play key roles in ensuring that quality is maintained in light steel-frame buildings (LSFB). 

Steel prices plummet by more than 60% since last year

14th August 2009 US steelmaking giant Steel Dynamics, posted a quarterly loss smaller than analysts had estimated as the metal’s price fell amid lower demand. The shares rose in after-hours trading, reports Bloomberg. 

Zirconia producer diversifies product range

By: Beth Shirley     14th August 2009 Producer of zirconia primarily for the steel industry Foskor Zirconia announced its plans to diversify its product range, to reduce its dependency on the refractory and steel making industry. Foskor Zirconia CEO Charles Schmidt says that the recessionary conditions currently faced by local and... 

Collusion claims unsettle steel industry

By: Rozanne Cloete     15th August 2008 The steel industry has been negatively affected following the Competition Commission’s claim that several steel producers have colluded to inflate steel prices, says South African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) executive director Hennie de Clercq. 

Local steel manufacturer completes high profile projects

By: Rozanne Cloete     15th August 2008 Local steel manufacturer, All A Steel, which offers structural steel analysis and design services to the local market, has completed steel projects for State-owned power utility Eskom, as well as for engineering group Alstom. 

Steel construction company offers steel design solutions

15th August 2008 Local steel manufacturer Clotan Steel, based in Vanderbijlpark, has been supplying its steel design and building expertise to the local market for over 20 years, and specialises in roof sheeting, steel trusses and framing, and composite panels. 

New Zealand company offers solutions to local market

15th August 2008 Steel machinery and solutions company, FrameCAD Solutions, offers a range of machinery that produces light-gauge steel frames, which offers practical solutions that streamline the steel frame design and building process and reduces production time. 

Steel specialist signs Medupi steel fabrication contract 

15th August 2008 Steel fabrication specialist Genrec Engineering has signed a contract with Murray & Roberts mechanical, electrical and instrumentation division (MEI) to fabricate structural steel for the Medupi power station in Limpopo province, which will entail the supply of 105 000 t of fabricated steel... 

Steel sales increase in first half of 2008

15th August 2008 The South African Iron and Steel Institute (Saisi) reports that domestic carbon steel sales totalled 1,517 t during the second quarter of 2008, which shows an increase of 11,3% when compared to the corresponding quarter of 2007. 

Light steel gains acceptance as sustainable construction method

15th August 2008 Sustainability of construction methods is a fundamental consideration and design requirement for the building industry, and contractors will have to comply with the specific requirements of national building regulations, says South African Light Steel Frame Building Association (Sasfa) director... 

Response to building code raises hopes for method standardisation

15th August 2008 The response to the Southern African Light Steel Frame Building Association's (Sasfa's) recent training seminars on its newly published light-steel frame building code, affirms the association's belief that this method will soon become a standard practice in the South African building industry,... 

Steel profiler launches new product

By: Rozanne Cloete     15th August 2008 Steel profiler SS Profiling has launched its pressed-steel tiles product, or SS Tile, which will tackle the shortcomings of conventional pressed-steel tile products, says SS Profiling CEO Theunis Duvenage. 

Popularity grows for lightweight steel-framed homes

15th August 2008 Orders for lightweight steel-framed homes in Fourways, Johannesburg, are mounting up, as buyers see the benefits of choosing the steel system supplied by local steel manufacturer Vela Steel Building Systems (Vela SBS). 

Technology company offers specialist coatings

15th August 2008 Diversified technology company 3M has joined forces with brand names Copon and Thortex to provide a wide range of innovative and environmentally safer specialist coatings and repair products for industrial applications. 

Steel merchant feels the pinch as steel prices rise 

By: Shannon de Ryhove     17th August 2007 Sharply rising prices have forced steel supply company Edenvale Steel and Tube to look for alternative sources of steel, says company chairperson Denis Rokos, adding that many local steel and piping companies are feeling the pinch of rising steel prices. 

Construction industry steels itself for growth

By: Shannon de Ryhove     17th August 2007 South Africa has become increasingly steel intensive in the construction industry, with the ratio between tons of heavy steel sections to tons of steel rebar reaching equality, Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) executive director Dr Hennie de Clercq tells Engineering News. 

Locally produced steel structures make waves abroad

By: Shannon de Ryhove     17th August 2007 Locally produced steel structure company Cousins Steel International (CSI) is finalising an 8 000-m2 warehouse and office building for Sebenza Forwarding and Shipping in Jacobs, Durban. The steel section of the project is worth R6,2-million. 

Australian specialist conducts light steel frame training course in

17th August 2007 As part of its industry development programme, the Southern African Light Steel Frame Building Association (Sasfa) has engaged Australian Lex Somerville - an expert in light steel frame construction - to conduct a 'train-the-trainer' programme in South Africa. 

Diamond giant wins export steel category award

17th August 2007 Diamond giant De Beers has received the Export Category Award in the 2007 Steel Awards for its installation of modularised diamond recovery plants in an extremely challenging environment. 

Concealed fixed clip system to be launched soon

By: Shannon de Ryhove     17th August 2007 Steel profiler SS Profiling is in the process of developing a patented concealed fixed clip system for an inverted box rib (IBR) roofing profile that eliminates the need for screws or nails. 

Local company rises to international challenge

17th August 2007 Diversified steel fabricator Belmet Marine, of Cape Town, which operates in the marine, oil and gas, and diamond mining industries, has successfully completed one of the largest subsea projects undertaken by PetroSA in recent years. 

Steel construction draughting school to open in September

17th August 2007 The School of Structural Steel Detailing, a joint initiative between the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) and DSE Structural Engineers and Contractors (DSE) will be launched in September 2007. 

Light steel frame building could aid wood shortage

17th August 2007 Any shortage of timber following the destruction of plantations and sawmills by fire will lend impetus to the trend towards the replacement of timber trusses by light steel trusses, especially in the housing industry, Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) executive director Dr... 

Mittal SA extends freeze on forced retrenchments for 2007

16th January 2007 Mittal Steel South Africa has reached an agreement with its three main unions to extend a no forced retrenchment agreement by a further year, until December 2007, it said late on Monday. 

Nine-month domestic steel sales up 26,9%

12th December 2006 South Africa has lifted its domestic carbon steel sales by 26,9% during the first nine months of the year to 4,048-million tons, the South African Iron and Steel Institute (Saisi) reported this week. The institute said in its December issue of its statistical newsletter that the sales of carbon... 

Africa offers substaintial scope for big structural-steel projects

By: Laura Tyrer     1st December 2006 South Africa�s structural steelwork industry must include African market exports in its portfolio if it is to take advantage of the substantial opportunities that these offer, International Steel Fabricators (ISF) chairperson Kobus de Beer told participants at the Steel 50 conference recently. 

Ngqula, Mittal step down from Mittal SA board

By: Matthew Hill     30th November 2006 South Africa's leading steel producer, Mittal Steel South Africa, on Thursday announced that steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal had resigned from its board on November 29. 

Steel industry calls for clarity on sustainability guidelines

10th November 2006 More than 200 members of the international steel industry have called on the South African government and world leaders in general to work rapidly to define guidelines that would give decision makers greater clarity and more measurable goals when pursuing sustainability. 

Steel consolidation trend likely to take hold in China

By: Mariaan Webb     8th November 2006 The trend towards consolidation in the steel sector, out of which the world's largest steel company, Arcelor Mittal, was established earlier this year, was expected to accelerate in China, giving birth to some of the world's strongest steel participants, Investec Asset Management's Michael Power... 

Mittal, DTI resume steel-price talks, both say resolution now urgent

By: Terence Creamer     7th November 2006 Steel producer Mittal Steel South Africa and the South African government met on Monday in a bid to progress talks on a so-called developmental pricing model. These negotiations began back in 2004, when agreement was reached between the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the then LNM (now... 

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