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Steel Construction and Cladding


22nd March 2002 Fabritech specialises in the high-precision manufacture of mechanical components for an array of applications such as oxygen plants, silos, military bridges, decompression chambers, heat exchangers and vessels, and nuclear cranes. 

Research project on new bonding technology

By: Karel Smrcka     15th March 2002 A research project carried out by German giant Krupp VDM in conjunction with two other German companies – Zeppelin Silo-und Apparatebau and Sika Chemie – delivered highly positive results. 

Steel price increases start to bite

By: Irma Venter     15th March 2002 Steel merchants and engineering shops will suffer massive job losses in the face of Iscor increasing its flange and profile cutting plate price, says PL Steel Services director Peter Elsmore. 

China's steelmakers face tough year

14th March 2002 China’s steel makers face a tough year as steel prices are expected to drop further in the first half and eat into the profits of firms already suffering from the global slowdown in 2001, analysts said. 

Steel fuel tanks enjoy renaissance

By: Karel Smrcka     8th March 2002 Many do not want steel to be bypassed by aluminium and plastics and there are several new developments that speak for ‘good old steel’. 

Mining-steel unbundling could be hurt by US tariff hike

8th March 2002 High new US tariffs on steel imports might cast a shadow over early trade in the shares of the steel division of BHP Billiton when they are spun off mid-year from the mining giant. 

Bush ignites steel war

7th March 2002 The world’s top steel producers condemned the US for slapping hefty tariffs on steel imports, saying the move undermined the ideals of free trade preached by Washington. 

SA’s steel lobbying pays off

6th March 2002 South Africa's intense lobbying of Washington during December and January appears to have paid off, with this countries steel industry being exempted from action taken by the US President George W Bush against steel importers into the US. 

SA steel firm to raise flat-steel prices

27th February 2002 South African steel producer Iscor said it would raise the price of its flat-steel products by 9,8% from May as international steel prices looked poised to recover from 30-year lows. 

Iscor announces R1,7bn rights offer

21st February 2002 Africa’s leading steel producer, Iscor, formally announced the details of a R1,7- billion rights offer planned for March and April this year. 

Steel producer campaigns to grow secondary exports

By: Terence Creamer     15th February 2002 South Africa’s largest steel producer, Iscor, aims to work with domestic users of steel in an effort to promote the export of secondary-steel products. 

Top steel-producing countries mull 117,5m-ton cut

12th February 2002 Representatives of top steel-producing countries agreed to recommend that global output be cut by 117,5-million tons by the end of 2005 to cope with a severe market glut. 

SA steel firm optimistic of US steel deal

By: Terence Creamer     8th February 2002 South Africa's leading steel manufacturer Iscor is cautiously optimistic that the country will receive a special steel dispensation into the highly-lucrative US market when President George W Bush makes known the implications of the 201 trade investigation currently under way. 

SA steel giant now 20% foreign owned

7th February 2002 Shares in South African steel firm Iscor rocketed to fresh highs after news that UK-based LNM Holdings had upped its stake added fuel to a week-long rally and raised speculation that LNM plans a takeover. 

Probe into Russia, India dumping nears end

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     1st February 2002 The Board on Tariffs and Trade (BTT) says the anti-dumping investigations launched last year against Indian and Russian steel suppliers accused of dumping have reached “an advanced stage”. 

Metal-sector study into job creation

25th January 2002 A research project intended to generate proposals for the retention and creation of employment in the South African metal and engineering industry will begin early this year. 

SA asks US to consider special steel quota

By: Terence Creamer     25th January 2002 The local steel industry expects to learn during the first week of March whether or not its exports to the lucrative US market will be subject to additional duties. 

Will 'Rainbow' make Saldanha shine?

By: Keith Campbell     25th January 2002 ONCE-beleaguered Saldanha Steel, now part of Iscor, is set for a new era of success thanks to the implementation of Project Rainbow, including the relining of the Corex. 

Will Rainbow make Saldanha shine?

25th January 2002 Once-beleaguered Saldanha Steel, now part of Iscor, is set for a new era of success thanks to the implementation of Project Rainbow, including the relining of the Corex. 

New board for listed steel company

23rd January 2002 Steel firm Iscor has formally announced its new board, which includes domestic and international directors. 

R105m press line for Rosslyn

18th January 2002 Steel supplier Trident is investing R105-million in a state-of-the-art blanking press line at its Rosslyn facility. 

Steel firm sees more work in the marine industry

By: nkolola halwindi     18th January 2002 Contractor and steel fabricator Concor Engineering is becoming increasingly engaged in the marine sector after the firm opted to venture intp the field a few years ago. 

Public enterprise support for BEE firm

By: nkolola halwindi     18th January 2002 Black economic empowerment (BEE) steel supplier Shosholoza Steel Supplies has enjoyed support from public enterprises from the time it was formed two years ago, reports MD Patrick Buwa. 

Cable supported roof structures

18th January 2002 The commercial and technical advantages offered by cable-supported roof structures have encouraged architects and designers to explore the free-form shapes of tensile fabric roofs that were previously impractical to build. 

Balustrading market buoyant

By: nkolola halwindi     18th January 2002 The increase in the number of construction projects in South Africa has induced more companies to venture into balustrading, fabrication and cladding, Steel Studio MD Francois Grundlingh informs Engineering News. “As long as construction continues, there is still a bright future for the... 

R20m IT contract awarded

18th January 2002 A R20-million contract for information technology (IT) outsourcing of Reinforcing Steel Holdings (RSH), a significant business unit in the Murray & Roberts Group, has been awarded to the AST group. 

Farming with 'hippo'

18th January 2002 On a small farm in Blue Valley, in Johannesburg, a development project which might change the lives of farmers around the world is under way. In Nthothovana Industrial Park, Erwin Nel and his partner Collin Fourie have developed a vehicle that can handle most chores undertaken on a farm. 

High-strength steel bolsters competitiveness

18th January 2002 The use of high-strength steel has led to a marked increase in load capacity, a 20 % reduction in weight, and an improved work environment for Norje Smidesfabrick, of Sweden, reports MD Anders Hermansson. 

Accolades for construction excellence

18th January 2002 Construction firm Wilson Bayley Holmes Ovcon (WBHO) has achieved numerous awards for its steel designs. 

Prepainted coils partnership formed

By: nkolola halwindi     18th January 2002 A partnership between Global Roofing Solutions (GRS) and Beckers Industrial Coatings has been formed for the manufacture and supply of pre-painted coils for the roofing indusry. GRS, which is part of the Dorbyl group, consists of Brownbuilt, HH Robertson and Coil Cote. 

Expanded metal for food baskets

18th January 2002 Steel and tube merchant Robor has ordered some 15 000 sheets of Flatex 349 expanded metal from leading metal supplier Andrew Mentis to make fabrication easer. 

SA steel deal approved

16th January 2002 South African steel firm Iscor said its shareholders had approved a deal with LNM Holdings under which the UK-based steel company will acquire Iscor shares in exchange for business assistance. “The agreement is a performance-based deal between the two steel companies in terms of which LNM... 

Iron, steel imports don't undermine US – report

11th January 2002 Imports of iron-ore and semi-finished steel do not undermine US national security so such concerns should not be cited as a reason to restrict them, the US Commerce Department said. Commerce made the recommendation in a report to President George W. Bush on the results of its Section 232... 

Bush cautioned against imposing steel duties

9th January 2002 A new study has warned US President George W Bush against imposing import restrictions on steel, saying the move could damage the weak US economy without providing much help to beleaguered steel producers. 

Metal-sector study into job creation

8th January 2002 A research project intended to generate proposals for the retention and creation of employment in the South African metal and engineering industry will begin early this year. 

US steelmakers in consolidation mood

7th December 2001 Struggling with bankruptcies and hurt by foreign imports, the nation’s biggest steel companies said that they were asking the Bush administration and Congress to back a plan allowing up to half a dozen steel makers to merge into a single company and to shift billions of dollars in retiree... 

Axe falls on 623 SA steel mill jobs

6th December 2001 South African steel producer Iscor has confirmed that only 623 unionised jobs will be affected by the cost efficiency measures currently under way at its Vanderbijlpark steel mill. 

Growing demand leads to a doubling of foundry output

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     30th November 2001 East Rand steel abrasives maker Thor Foundry, which started production in April last year, reports that demand has grown so phenomenally that it has had to more than double its monthly production to around 2 200 t. 

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