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Steel Construction and Cladding

Steel group moves to review auto deal

By: Terence Creamer     22nd October 2004 Steel group Ispat Iscor has confirmed that it is in early-stage talks with the automotive industry to review its current steel-pricing agreement with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in the sector. 

Seta revamp will pose challenges for the engineering industry

By: Zonika Botha     22nd October 2004 The planned reshuffling of the Seta landscape through mergers, dissolutions and the establishment of new Setas will be one of the key challenges facing the steel and engineering industry from April 2005. 

Auto, steel talks at 'sensitive' stage

By: Terence Creamer     22nd October 2004 Steel group Ispat Iscor yesterday reported that its talks with the automotive industry regarding an existing pricing contract were at a very “sensitive stage”. 

Steel-containing house design competition launched

21st October 2004 The South African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) and the South African Institute of Architects (SAIA) have announced a competition to find the best house designs for mild climate areas, which incorporate the use of steel. 

September global crude steel output up 8,7%

21st October 2004 World crude steel production for the 62 countries reporting to the International Iron and Steel Institute (IISI) stands at 763-million tons for the first nine months of 2004. This is 8,7% higher than for the same period of 2003, the institute reported this week. 

SA auto industry turning to high-strength steel

19th October 2004 The South African automotive industry is increasingly turning to extra high-strength and ultra high-strength steels in order to develop vehicles that are stronger and lighter. 

Steel industry to respond to zero-duty proposal

By: Terence Creamer     15th October 2004 The carbon and stainless-steel industry is planning to respond to the Government Gazette notice issued by the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac), which states that it will review the customs duty structure for primary steel and stainless steel. 

Ispat Iscor signs multimillion rand outsourcing deal

12th October 2004 Steel producer Ispat Iscor recently signed a three-year network outsourcing contract with information technology services provider Dimension Data. 

'SA steel industry skills base depleted'

By: jenny furness     12th October 2004 The South African steel and engineering industries have depleted their skills stock and something must urgently be done about this, Henk Duys, the outgoing president of the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of South Africa (Seifsa), said yesterday. 

All shareholders will have to approve new steel deal

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     8th October 2004 A new business assistance agreement (BAA) between steel-making firm Ispat Iscor and its majority shareholder, Anglo-Dutch group LNM, will only be implemented if it is approved by minority shareholders, the company’s new management has confirmed. 

SA proposes zero duty on steel imports

By: Terence Creamer     6th October 2004 The International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac) has announced in the Government Gazette that it will review the customs duty structure for primary steel and stainless steel. 

Steel body sees 2005 consumption nearing 1bn tons

6th October 2004 The International Iron and Steel Institute (IISI) has issued its short-range outlook for the apparent consumption of finished steel products in 2005, and forecasts that it will come in at between 987-million and 997,8-million tons. 

Ispat Iscor shuts furnace, hopes to make up lost production

5th October 2004 Steel producer Ispat Iscor reported yesterday that it had begun routine repairs to one of its blast furnaces at Vanderbijlpark, which will idle the vessel for approximately seven days. 

Hope in sight for South African steel users?

By: Terence Creamer     1st October 2004 Right from the outset, those advising government on the controversial issue of steel pricing in South Africa have said that it is in the interest of local producers such as Ispat Iscor to price in a way that aids the development of downstream steel sector and increases local offtake. 

Ispat Iscor to grow output by 2-million tons by 2008

By: Martin Czernowalow     28th September 2004 South African steel giant Ispat Iscor revealed yesterday that it plans to up output by two-million tons a year during the next three years, through various debottlenecking projects and investments. 

World steel output continues its strong climb

21st September 2004 World crude steel production for the 62 countries reporting to the International Iron and Steel Institute (IISI) stood at 675,5 million metric tonnes (mmt) for the first eight months of 2004. 

DTI-LNM talks proceeding 'constructively'

By: Martin Czernowalow     21st September 2004 Talks on a new domestic steel-pricing model, between the government of South African and global steel group LNM Holdings, have so far been “constructive” and a deal could be expected before the end of this year, a government official told Engineering News Online yesterday. 

New executive to lead new strategy at steel group

13th September 2004 Steel group has announced far-reaching changes to its executive team, which it says is part of a broader effort to enhance and improve the performance of the company, which has also embraced a new strategy. 

Steel awards highlight industry’s achievements

By: elizabeth rebelo     10th September 2004 The annual Steel Awards, hosted by the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC), once again demonstrated the creativity and innovation found within South Africa’s dynamic structural steel industry. 

Cape Town convention centre voted tops

By: elizabeth rebelo     10th September 2004 The Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) was named overall winner of the 2004 Steel Awards, which were hosted by the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC). 

SA company erecting Asian Games stadium

By: elizabeth rebelo     10th September 2004 South Africa’s Murray & Roberts is involved in the construction of a new sports stadium that is currently being erected inpreparation for the Asian Games, which will be hosted in Doha, Qatar, in 2006. 

Steel - the construction material of the future

By: elizabeth rebelo     10th September 2004 There are several new trends in the steel construction industry that will potentially alter the industry in fundamental ways. 

Youth centre wins award

By: elizabeth rebelo     10th September 2004 The Chatsworth Youth Centre, which was created on a limited budget and with significant input from the children of the area, has been named the winner in the Architectural category of the 2004 Steel Awards, hosted by the South African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) on August 3, 2004. 

Institute publishes study on clean steel

10th September 2004 The International Iron and Steel Institute (IISI) has published a landmark study of the current and future trends in the production of clean steel. 

Ispat Iscor announces further steel price hikes

10th September 2004 South African steel producer Ispat Iscor yesterday announced that it would adjust domestic prices on certain steel products by between 2,5% and 8%, effective from November 2004 - in line with international price movements - and in addition to domestic price increases for hot-rolled coil and... 

Global steel event to take place next month

8th September 2004 The Thirty-Eighth Annual Conference of the International Iron and Steel Institute (IISI) will take place on October 3 to 6 in Istanbul, Turkey. 

Hint of a possible LNM-MacSteel link-up

By: Terence Creamer     3rd September 2004 The head of South Africa’s leading steel producer, Ispat Iscor, pricked the ears of the entire industry recently when he hinted to a possible link-up between MacSteel International and Lakshmi Mittal’s LNM Group. 

Steel group pursues value-addition projects

By: Terence Creamer     3rd September 2004 Beyond seeking about a million tons additional output from its existing operations, steel group Ispat Iscor has revealed that it will be pursuing a host of value-addition projects in the coming months as well as further backward-integration, particularly in the area of coal. 

Ispat Iscor to contest Solidarity's legal action

3rd September 2004 South African steel producer Ispat Iscor yesterday confirmed that it had been served with court papers by the Solidarity trade union and that the company would file opposing papers on the matter in due course. 

Columbus mill starts operation ahead of schedule

2nd September 2004 The new 1 500 mm Sendzimir cold rolling mill at Columbus Stainless rolled its first coil on August 13, 2004, exactly two months ahead of schedule, the company reported this week. 

Cape chamber adds voice to steel-price fight

By: Martin Czernowalow     1st September 2004 The Cape Town Regional Chamber of Commerce has added its voice to the complaints about Ispat Iscor's domestic steel pricing, saying that companies in the Western Cape are being charged for nonexistent transport costs. 

New steel-reinforced 'plastic' pipe!

By: Martin Creamer     27th August 2004 A unique new thin-lined steel piping for water conveyance now being launched is expected to take the market by storm. 

Solidarity takes Ispat-Iscor to court over jobs

27th August 2004 Trade union Solidarity yesterday served legal papers on the steel group Ispat Iscor, in which it is asks that the company's current retrenchment process be declared void. 

Union squares up for legal action against Ispat Iscor

By: Martin Czernowalow     26th August 2004 The Solidarity trade union has indicated that it will most likely launch a legal challenge against Ispat Iscor’s plans to retrench thousands of workers, after the South African steel producer retreated from an agreed moratorium on job cuts. 

World steel production up 8,2% year-on-year

20th August 2004 World crude steel production for the 62 countries reporting to the International Iron and Steel Institute (IISI) stands at 589,7-million tons for the first seven months of 2004, the IISI said yesterday. 

Ispat Iscor prepares to reposition for the ‘China factor’

By: Terence Creamer     19th August 2004 South African steel group Ispat Iscor is working on a revised strategy designed to help it move into the lowest cost quartile globally so as to position it for a possible retreat in the steel-price cycle, which is currently at record levels on the back of boom-market conditions. 

Talks on steel-price model to start soon

By: Terence Creamer     19th August 2004 Steel producer Ispat Iscor – whose steel-pricing model has been under concerted attack for a number of years – has made initial contact with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in a bid to find a solution to the issue. 

Iscor-union eek out job-saving deal

18th August 2004 The ongoing and acrimonious labour dispute between trade union Solidarity and steel group Iscor was resolved yesterday when the parties signed a deal that included a three-year moratorium on forced retrenchments. 

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