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Steel Construction and Cladding

SA firm signs deal with steel’s fourth

23rd November 2001 South African steel producer Iscor announced that it had formally signed a business assistance agreement (BAA) with LNM Holdings (LNM), a member of the LNM Group, the world’s fourth-largest steel producer. 

EU steel industry lays dumping charge

22nd November 2001 A European steel industry body said it had complained to the European Commission about alleged dumping of hot-rolled coil steel by Egypt, Iran, Libya, Slovakia, Turkey and Hungary. 

Steel, mining unbundling approved

22nd November 2001 Shareholders in Iscor approved a package of resolutions that will result in the unbundling of Iscor into two independent steel and mining companies. 

SA steel: the grand plan unfolds

19th November 2001 The far-reaching restructuring of the South African steel industry will enter a new phase after November 26 when the country's largest producer, Iscor, is unbundled to form separate steel and mining entities. 

US knife-gate valves arrive in South Africa

By: Deborah Spicer     16th November 2001 A new range of knife-gate valves became available to the paper and pulp, mining, steel, sugar, automotive and sewerage and effluent industries two months ago. 

Exchange rate offers opportunities for steelmakers

By: Irma Venter     16th November 2001 South African steel producers should take advantage of the exchange rate to penetrate the UK and European markets, says Sanchez UK CEO Michael Moyles. 

SA steel: the grand plan unfolds

By: Terence Creamer     16th November 2001 The far-reaching restructuring of the South African steel industry will enter a new phase after November 26 when the country’s largest producer, Iscor, is unbundled to form separate steel and mining entities. 

SA and Spanish conclude stainless deal

14th November 2001 Spain’s Acerinox closed a 232-million euro deal to buy a 64% stake in South Africa’s Columbus stainless steel plant, making it the world’s third-biggest producer. 

Mill orders 40 digital encoders

2nd November 2001 Some 40 Hubner Giessen incremental digital encoders from Bartec Barlian have been ordered by Scaw Metals for its Gordon mill. 

Steel Studio

2nd November 2001 Steel Studio specialises in the manufacture of balustrading and associated products from stainless and mild steel, and claims to be one of the foremost designers, manufacturers and fitters of specialist stainless-steel production in South Africa. 

Membership of construction body drops sharply

By: Laura Franz     26th October 2001 Within a decade, the membership of the Constructional Engineering Association (CEA) South Africa has fallen from 250 member companies with 250 000 scheduled employees – those represented by bargaining councils – to a current 144 member companies with almost 10 000 employees, reported... 

US moves to project steel sector

24th October 2001 A US trade panel cleared the way for President George W Bush to impose import restrictions on key steel products by early next year. 

Steel jobs nearly half 1981 level

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     19th October 2001 The number of employees in the steel and engineering sector has dropped from 450 000 to 230 000 over the last 20 years, outgoing Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of South Africa (Seifsa) president Carl Grim said last week. 

US ends probe on SA steel sheets

16th October 2001 A US trade panel ended a probe into the dumping of cold-rolled sheets at unfairly traded prices against three countries – Egypt, South Africa and Venezuela – because they said imports from these countries were negligible. 

Steel tie-up talks still on despite expired exclusivity

16th October 2001 UK-based LNM Holdings said it was still interested in acquiring a stake in Iscor even though its exclusivity period for negotiations with the South African group expired on Monday. 

Export assistance for secondary steel manufacturers

By: Riaan de Lange     12th October 2001 The export assistance schemes for the South African secondary steel-processing industry the exportation of value-added products, new filled steel drums/containers, and local shipbuilders/repairers of ships, administered and controlled by the South African Iron and Steel Institute (Saisi) will be... 

Auto steel firm moves downstream

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     12th October 2001 The erstwhile loss-making automotive-related business of Baldwins Steel, off-loaded in January, is aiding its new owner, steel merchant and processing company Trident Steel, to achieve its objective of moving up the beneficiation chain. 

Steel consolidation some way off

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     12th October 2001 While the resolution of the stalemate between mining and steel company Iscor and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) regarding the unbundling of the former may have raised hopes that the way has been paved for the consolidation of South Africa’s steel industry, observers caution... 

Electrical industy faces skills crisis

By: Keith Campbell     12th October 2001 THE geatest challenge facing the engineering industry today is the shortage of skilled workers. 

Steel consolidation some way off

12th October 2001 While the resolution of the stalemate between mining and steel company Iscor and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) regarding the unbundling of the former may have raised hopes that the way has been paved for the consolidation of South Africa’s steel industry, observers caution... 

UK bargains for SA steel

12th October 2001 UK-based LNM Group, the world’s number-four steel producer, is in talks to buy a stake in South African steelmaker Iscor, an LNM spokesperson said. 

Steel output not hurt by protests

10th October 2001 South African steel producer Iscor said production at its Vanderbijlpark plant had not been affected by a five-hour stoppage by workers protesting its plans to split into two divisions. 

Strike action over company split

9th October 2001 Workers at South African steel and mining firm Iscor will hold a one-day stoppage today over the company’s plan to split into two divisions, their union said. 

Steel integration deal paves way for multi-phase industry consolidation

By: Terence Creamer     5th October 2001 The conclusion of the long-awaited unbundling deal between mining and steel company, Iscor, and State-owned development financier, the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), is viewed by the IDC as the first phase in a multi-phased project to consolidate the South African steel industry. 

Steel firm enhances inventory management

28th September 2001 Giant steel processor Macsteel has chosen RangeGate’s Intermec mobile barcoding hardware as a standard for managing its warehouse inventory. 

SA smarting at loss of big steel contract

By: Keith Campbell     28th September 2001 Dorbyl Heavy Engineering is angry at the fact that ECL, a subsidiary of Pechiney, won the contract for the supply of steel superstructures for Mozal phase 2. 

World moves to end steel output glut

25th September 2001 Delegates from the South African government and a major steel producer joined more than 30 countries in France last week to discuss the world’s ailing steel industry. 

Increased capacity grows firm's exports

By: Deborah Spicer     21st September 2001 From its humble beginnings as a car and trailer wire-selling operation, bedding and seating wire manufacturer Wire Suppliers is growing from strength to strength. 

Firm ropes in contracts

By: Deborah Spicer     21st September 2001 A cost-effective wire-rope sling is making inroads into the mining industry at a time when many gold-mines are struggling to survive. 

Canada plans defence in US steel attack

19th September 2001 The Canadian steel industry will vigorously defend itself during hearings that began in Washington on Monday to examine if the US steel industry is being hurt by unfairly traded steel from overseas. 

Steel firm unruffled by unbundling preconditions

18th September 2001 SA steel and mining company Iscor remains committed to its unbundling process, as well as to the September timeframe for the listing of separate steel and mining companies, despite the three unbundling preconditions raised by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) at the weekend. 

Still long way to go for Shilowa Express

By: Irma Venter     14th September 2001 Consortia interested in constructing the Gautrain Rapid Railway, linking Johannesburg, Pretoria and Johannesburg International Airport (JIA), have been invited to bid. 

Canadians confirm dumping duties against SA

12th September 2001 The Canada Customs and Revenue Agency confirmed that provisional trade duties on certain cold-rolled steel sheets remained against nine countries until a trade tribunal, which began on Monday, completed its inquiry. 

Automation system rollout at steel mill

7th September 2001 South Africa’s largest privately-owned steel mill, Cape Gate has contracted PQ Africa’s Tetra division for the installation and rollout of an advanced planning and scheduling (APS) system from UK firm Preactor at its head office and factory in Cape Town. 


7th September 2001 Klamflex specialises in the manufacture of flexible pipe couplings and flange adaptors. 

US steel war of attrition continues

4th September 2001 The US steel industry fired yet another salvo in its war of attrition against the international steel industry – including South Africa’s – when it announced that it would petition for new anti-dumping measures ahead of the US Labor Day public holiday. 

The ironic tale of two S African steel mills

By: Terence Creamer     31st August 2001 It could be described as the tale of two steel mills. One is old, the other new. The first is landlocked, the other coastal. One a symbol of blast-furnaces past, the other the epitome of the new mini-mill age. Indeed, it should have been a simple chronicle of the old yielding to the new, but... 


31st August 2001 Scot-Rack designs and manufactures light- and heavy-duty scaffolding, made from SABS 657/1 hot-rolled round tube. 

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