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Steel Construction and Cladding

Cabinet backs plan to end import-parity pricing

By: Terence Creamer     17th January 2006 The South African Cabinet resolved late last year to pursue a policy that seeks to phase out the controversial practice of import -parity pricing (IPP), employed by a number of large resources-linked businesses, most notably the steel sector. It is understood that the decision will be... 

Downstream users say Columbus' cutbacks have hurt

By: Terence Creamer     9th December 2005 South African stainless-steel producer Columbus has blamed an inventory build-up, lower world prices, a semifinished-product glut, dampened domestic demand on the back of a stronger domestic currency and delays in key public-infrastructure projects for some significant cutbacks in the second half... 

Steel merchant hits back at excessive-pricing claim

By: Terence Creamer     9th December 2005 South African steel merchant Macsteel has strongly countered allegations by barbecue manufacturer Cadac - carried in the November 4-10 edition of Engineering News - of unfair and discriminatory pricing in the domestic market. 

Mittal details R9bn capex plans

8th December 2005 Steel-maker Mittal Steel South Africa yesterday briefed contractors and suppliers on the various projects Mittal Steel South Africa needs for its R9-billion capital expenditure programme to increase its production by 2,5-million tons a year. 

Local steel-cladding panels installed on Irish project

25th November 2005 Vitreous-enamelled (porcelain) steel-cladding panels, produced locally by Vitrex, are being installed on a new prestige project in Ireland. 

SA steel fabricator completes R200m Middle East project

By: Mariaan Webb     25th November 2005 This year marked the completion of the R200-million structural steel contract for one of South Africa’s largest steel fabricators, Genrec, a Murray & Roberts company, which constructed the new Sports Hall at the Khalifa sports city in Doha, Qatar. 

New business model boosts firm’s commercial success

25th November 2005 By employing a different business model for its structural-steel business within the general commercial sector, Cosira’s Cheetah Team has increased its shareholding in this highly-competitive arena. 

Steel’s innovativeness taking construction industry by storm

By: Mariaan Webb     25th November 2005 As time and money are critical factors in the construction industry, innovative uses of structural steel in commercial and industrial applications are being implemented to overcome industry challenges. 

Opportunities galore for steel-framing technology

By: Mariaan Webb     25th November 2005 Lightweight steel-framing technology first emerged in the US during the 1950s, in a response to a similar array of issues as those currently affecting South Africa – productivity, quality control and availability of skilled trade labour. 

Big project portfolio for BEE steel supplier

By: Mariaan Webb     25th November 2005 One year after the opening of black-empowered Shosholoza Steel’s Kwazulu-Natal branch in Richards Bay, the company is well positioned to be a main steel supplier in one of South Africa’s fastest-growing industrial areas. 

Good times ahead

25th November 2005 Institute predicts bumper period for steel construction sector 

Tata hopes to start building SA ferrochrome plant in Jan

By: Terence Creamer     22nd November 2005 Despite being somewhat disappointed about the extended time it had taken to clear South Africa's environmental hurdles, Indian giant Tata Steel expects to begin construction of a new R600-million high-carbon ferrochrome smelter in Richards Bay, Kwazulu-Natal, in January. 

Cadac submits more evidence of how local steel users are prejudiced

By: Terence Creamer     4th November 2005 South African barbecue manufacturer Cadac, which lodged a complaint with the Competition Commission in 2004 alleging unfair pricing practices and producer-merchant collusion, has submitted its third and final update to the authority in anticipation of a ruling by the end of November. 

Domestic manufacturers say de-industrialisation threat is all too real

By: Terence Creamer     21st October 2005 After a decade of rolling with the punches, local industrialists have started to speak out strongly against a range of government policies, which they claim could lead to further de-industrialisation in the years ahead unless checked. 

Industrialists fume as they lose business to BEE importers

By: Terence Creamer     11th October 2005 Local industrialists have expressed concern that the unfolding broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) strategy could seriously undermine local manufacturing as well as job creation and retention. 

'State's narrow focus on steel prices short-sighted'

By: Terence Creamer     10th October 2005 Incoming Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of South Africa (Seifsa) president Michael Pimstein has questioned prevailing assertions that import-parity pricing (IPP) of primary steel is crimping downstream competitiveness and enterprise development. 

Mittal to host contractor lekgotla ahead of R8bn spend

By: Terence Creamer     30th September 2005 South Africa's leading steel producer Mittal Steel South Africa will host a contractors' briefing in Johannesburg before the end of the year in a bid to inform current and potential suppliers about the resources it might need for its R8-billion, three-year capital-expenditure programme. 

Stainless-steel growth slows

By: Liezel Hill     20th September 2005 World stainless steel production reached 12,9-million tons for the first half of this year, the International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) said yesterday. 

Sasol has 'sympathy' for State's pricing concerns

By: Nicola Mawson     15th September 2005 Petrochemicals giant Sasol claims to be cooperating with the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) on the contentious question of import parity pricing (IPP) and says it is “sympathetic to the IPP concerns of government. 

Weak demand forces steel price cuts

6th September 2005 The recent collapse in steel prices has tended to support this view GFMS Metals Consulting's bearish stance towards price projections. 

Corrosion control kudos

By: peter cromberge     2nd September 2005 The overall joint winners of the 2005 Eskom Hot Dip Galavanizing Awards, hosted by the Hot Dip Galvanizers Association on August 19 in Johannesburg, are the MTN Headquarters Building and the Kwik Fab Projects (KFP) Tread Steer Bogie project. 

Steel giant sets aside some R2bn for value-added products

By: Terence Creamer     26th August 2005 Nearly R2-billion of Mittal Steel South Africa’s R8-billion project suite will be directed towards value-added-type projects, with the balance geared to incrementally raise production by 2-million tons. 

SA firm justifies cheaper Chinese steel imports

22nd August 2005 The decision by Metpro, a division of DCD-Dorbyl, to import steel backing plates from the Jiangsu Veectory Group in China is about sustainability and the need to manufacture composite brake blocks that are more competitive against imported products. 

Steel production up 5% year-on-year globally

22nd August 2005 World crude steel production for the 61 countries reporting to the International Iron and Steel Institute was estimated to be 90,3-million tons in July. This is 4,5% higher than for the same month of 2004. 

Steel market's greening shoots of recovery

By: Liezel Hill     19th August 2005 The international steel cycle, having suffered of late from higher input costs and downward pressure on demand and prices, is already beginning to show signs of recovery, Mittal Steel South Africa CEO Davinder Chugh said last week. 

Higher-grade steel could benefit exporters

By: Mariaan Webb     12th August 2005 The recent introduction of the new grade 350WA structural steel, which replaces the grade 300WA as the standard steel for structural purposes, provides an increase in nominal yield strength of 50 Mpa, which is equivalent to some 17% compared to grade 300WA. 

New steel construction 'Bible' available soon 

12th August 2005 The Southern African Steel Construction Handbook, which has long been the primary resource for participants in the steel construction sector, including architects, design engineers, draftsmen and quantity surveyors, has been revised by the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC),... 

Steel projects shine at awards ceremony

12th August 2005 The Steel Awards, the annual event held under the auspices of the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC), was again a testimony to the excellent work currently being undertaken in steel by South African companies. 

Steel's planets are being aligned

12th August 2005 From ancient times people have attached great importance to planets and other heavenly bodies being aligned. 

Steel pricing issue continues to simmer

By: Nicola Mawson     11th August 2005 Speaking at the Cape Town International Convention centre this week, as part of a women's day celebration, Minister of Trade and Industry Mandisi Mpahlwa reaffirmed that government was focusing on bringing down the cost of steel in South Africa and moving away from an import-parity-pricing... 

Mittal sees green shoots of steel-price recovery

By: Liezel Hill     11th August 2005 The international steel cycle, having suffered of late from higher input costs and downward pressure on demand and prices, is already beginning to show signs of recovery, Mittal Steel South Africa CEO Davinder Chugh said yesterday. 

Potjie pots now made in China

By: Terence Creamer     5th August 2005 As unbelievable as it may sound, a Chinese manufacturer is now producing potjiekos pots for sale in South Africa - yet another startling reminder of just how globally integrated the South African economy has become over the past 11 years, as well as of the domestic manufacturing sector’s... 

Hiveld reports record H1 earnings, outlook softer

2nd August 2005 South African steel and vanadium producer Highveld yesterday reported record interim headline earnings of R1,038-billion on the back of significantly improved market conditions for the group's range of vanadium products. 

BHP Billiton in iron and steel-making agreement with Chinese firm

1st August 2005 Diversified miner BHP Billiton and China's Baosteel Corporation have signed an agreement to facilitate joint technical research to enhance the use of raw materials in iron and steel making. 

Steel group in freight deal

22nd July 2005 Specialised transport and logistics management company Cargo Carriers has announced the signing of a R60-million contract with steel manufacturer Highveld Steel and Vanadium Corporation. 

Structural engineers urged to be more responsible

15th July 2005 It’s time that structural engineers in South Africa realised that they have a unique responsibility in the engineering domain. 

Oven-feed modifications increase steel output

15th July 2005 Extensive modifications to the oven feeds at the Saldanha Steel plant by Weba Chute Systems have contributed to a 20% increase in production in recent months, positioning the steel manufacturer as one of Mittal Steel’s most profitable sectors. 

Large US order for local engineering firm

15th July 2005 DCD-Dorbyl Heavy Engineering, of Vereeniging, recently received an order from FFE, in the US, to manufacture a sag mill, two ball mills and a crusher for the San Cristobel Project. 

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