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Steel Construction and Cladding

Structured steel survey highlights challenges

28th May 2002 The South African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) recently did a survey among its steel contractor members to determine what are their most critical areas of concern. 

SA steel firm exempted from Chinese tariffs

27th May 2002 Steel firm Iscor welcomed a decision by the Peoples Republic of China to exempt South African steel products from safeguard duties that the Chinese have imposed for a six-month period. 

Making a fortune from waste

By: Zonika Botha     24th May 2002 To turn a product that was once regarded as waste material into a multi-million rand strong business sounds like an unlikely pipe dream. 

High-purity carbon project on the way

By: Marius Roodt     24th May 2002 Construction of a R163-million plant to produce high-purity carbon from calcined coke is due to start in Secunda, Mpumalanga, by June 2002. 

Sasol consults with parties affected by natural-gas project

By: Marius Roodt     24th May 2002 Sasol has been in consultation with the Mozambican government and other parties affected by the $1,2-billion Sasol natural gas project that will bring gas from Temane in Mozambique to Sasol’s Secunda operations in the Mpumalanga Province. 

Big growth prospects for stainless in car parts

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     24th May 2002 The Stainless-Steel Cooperative Development Initiative (SSCDI), launched in 1999 to stimulate growth in downstream manufacturing, has started producing results, with South Africa’s apparent consumption of stainless-steel last year increasing by 11,7% to 136 000 t. 

Big steel, enviro case set for Sept

24th May 2002 A groundbreaking environmental case will be heard in South Africa’s courts in September. 

SA steel group makes $105m acquisition

24th May 2002 South African steel group Scaw Metals, a wholly owned subsidiary of Anglo Ferrous Metals, has acquired the Moly-Cop grinding media businesses of GS Industries for $105-million. 

Australian steel group's prospects debated

23rd May 2002 Analysts are divided over the prospects of BHP Steel, which is being spun off from its parent BHP Billiton, with an attractive dividend yield matched against increasing commoditisation of its products. 

Stainless industry sets up database to ensure supply balance

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     21st May 2002 A new initiative by the International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) entails the creation of a database to illustrate the medium- and long-term supply balance and to provide information concerning real end-user demand as well as supply-chain stock levels. 

UK firm seeks SA steel, aluminium partners

17th May 2002 UK firm Tyne Tube Services will be visiting South Africa as part of a trade delegation organised form July 1 to July 5. 

IMF reacts to US protectionism

17th May 2002 The US decision to impose tariffs up to 30% on steel imports is not in accord with international trade rules, IMF Deputy MD Anne Krueger said. 

Three die in steel mill accident

17th May 2002 Three men were killed and two others were injured when parts of a filtration system collapsed in South African steel producer Iscor’s hot strip mill at its Saldanha plant yesterday, the company said. 

SA escapes US steel pipe ban

13th May 2002 The US International Trade Commission on has voted, 4-1, against imposing countervailing or anti-dumping duties on imports of steel pipe and other tubular goods used in oil production. 

Global steel wars and SA

By: Terence Creamer     6th May 2002 While the world slugs it out over market access, South Africa battles to boost its steel beneficiation cause. 

Foundation laid for new steel era

By: Terence Creamer     3rd May 2002 South Africa’s largest steel producer Iscor has faced its fair share of challenges over the last few years. Questions about its very survival have lingered, while change, re-engineering and retrenchments have been an ever-present reality. 

Richards Bay gets new substation

By: Terence Creamer     3rd May 2002 A R16,5-million project that included the establishment of a new 132 kV multipurpose substation and the replacement of two 132 kV oil-filled underground cables by overhead lines, was completed in Richards Bay earlier this year. 

Turning upstream competitiveness to downstream advantage in SA

By: Terence Creamer     3rd May 2002 From a South African perspective, it is safe to say that all the work done to secure the survival of the primary steel industry will be rendered meaningless unless it helps spur development in the downstream steel manufacturing sector. 

Steel consolidation: no special cases

By: Terence Creamer     3rd May 2002 Any further consolidation of the South African steel industry will hinge strongly on what view the competition authorities take on the matter. 

Beneficiation remains the State's key policy driver

By: Terence Creamer     3rd May 2002 The multilateral process designed to deal with chronic steel over capacity appears set to continue despite a US-prompted steel war, which has led to the raising of protective barriers for steel right across the globe. 

The world's biggest cruise liner handed over

By: Karel Smrcka     3rd May 2002 At Finland’s Turku shipyard the biggest world cruise liner, ‘voyager class’ Adventure of the Seas was handed over to the royal Caribbean Cruise Line shipping company at the end of last year. 

Does corrosion industry need a surface-technology association?

By: vanessa vasques     3rd May 2002 Moves are currently under way to assess the need for a Surface Technology Association (STA) in South Africa to represent the surface technology and coating industry. 

Hot-dip galvanised steel and mining

3rd May 2002 The Hot Dip Galvanizers Association of Southern Africa has released a paper entitled, “Evaluation of the use and performance of hot dip galvanized steel at a PGM concentrator facility”. 

Iron-ore deal boosts steel company

2nd May 2002 The iron-ore procurement deal struck during the unbundling of South African steel company Iscor last year is beginning to show through on the company’s financial results, despite the inclusion of an operating loss from Saldanha Steel. 

R65m rail wagon export to Mauritania

26th April 2002 A division of Johannesburg-based Dorbyl, RSD, will start work shortly on a R65-million contract signed with SNIM, of Mauritania, for the design, manufacture and commissioning of 150 iron-ore wagon bodies. 

Foundry group reports good growth

19th April 2002 Foundries group Ozz has, over the last 60 years, acquired extensive expertise in the manufacture of wear-resistant materials. 

Integration of metal manufacturing facility completed

By: vanessa vasques     19th April 2002 Manufacturing and engineering specialist Andrew Mentis, of Johannesburg, has completed the integration of its new expanded metal manufacturing facility. 

Foundry with rare flair wins world recognition

By: Martin Creamer     19th April 2002 Thos Begbie is a company with rare expertise. The historic South African foundry, which turns 115 years old this year, is one of only two in the world – the other being in the US – that has the ability to produce high-tonnage copper castings, while still retaining optimum levels of... 

Global steel talks resume today

18th April 2002 The South African government will join more than 38 nations in Paris today when the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) hosts a meeting designed to continue work on improving the conditions in world steel markets and to confirm the directions of their future work. 

SA steel group in successful rights issue

16th April 2002 Steel firm Iscor announced the successful conclusion of its rights offer in which the company raised R1,67-billion in additional capital. 

Sharp rise in US exports forecast by blade maker

By: Deborah Spicer     12th April 2002 The largest industrial-blade manufacturer in the southern hemisphere, W Fearnehough of the East Rand, could see a large increase in the tonnage of blades that it exports to the US if interest in its wood-veneer knife translates into the significant orders that the firm expects it to. 

High-flying entrepreneur still investing hundreds of millions in South Africa

By: Marius Roodt     12th April 2002 A company which today supplies one in every five vehicle exhausts sold in the world had humble beginnings right here in South Africa – and this year it will plough another R330 million into its South African operations. 

Free trade is not fair trade

5th April 2002 South Africa was spared from the US imposition of steel tariffs in March. South African steel exporters will be affected by the tariffs, even though our steel exports to the US are small. 

Steel firm welcomes competition decision

5th April 2002 Steel firm Iscor welcomed the reasons given by the South African Competition Tribunal that allows the merger between Saldanha Steel and Iscor to proceed. 

Chilean steel makers vow to continue fight for protection

2nd April 2002 Chilean steelmakers lamented a domestic decision against safeguard duties on steel imports and vowed to keep fighting to protect their industry after the US slapped hefty tariffs on its steel imports this month. 


29th March 2002 Kolbenco, of the East Rand, claims to be Africa’s largest automotive piston manufacturer, with a yearly production capability of one-million pistons. 

SA steel industry to launch export portal

25th March 2002 The South African steel industry is launching its own export portal on the world wide web in order to assist large and small companies to increase exports of value-added steel products. 

Liquidated structural-steel firm draws foreign interest

By: Joanne Delaurentis     22nd March 2002 The assets of one of South Africa’s largest independent, privately-owned structural steel company Grider Naco could be on the market, with one or two companies showing interest in acquiring all the assets of the company, after it was placed under provisional liquidation in January. 

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