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Steel

Stainless awards highlight industry's innovation, competitiveness and determination

18th October 2002 Once again the Southern African Stainless Steel Development Association’s (Sassda’s) Stainless Steel Awards has highlighted the competitive nature, innovation and determination of the South African stainless steel industry. 

February commissioning for water-jet cutter

By: marisa rodrigues     18th October 2002 What will reportedly be the most sophisticated and powerful water jet cutting machine in the country, is due to be commissioned by local company General Profiling in February next year. 

Dial 911 for steel supplies

18th October 2002 Stainless steel, aluminium and steel supplier Kulungile, through its two subsidiary companies Stalcor and Baldwins, has made a new commitment to the steel, stainless and aluminium industry by launching a new share-call number – 0860 086 911. 

Tube-manufacturing facility commissioned

18th October 2002 A state of the art tube manufacturing plant was commissioned in the middle of this year by fisher E C, one of the three companies that make up fischer SA. 

The winners and finalists of the 2002 Stainless Steel Awards’ 13 categories:

18th October 2002 Architectural Building and Construction The Architectural, Building and Construction Projects category of the Stainless Steel Awards programme, sponsored by Rimex Metals (UK), was won by Bryco-Gutco JV. 

Growing industry is moving closer to white-goods programme implementation

By: marisa rodrigues     18th October 2002 The local stainless steel industry continues to be one of the fastest growing markets in the world and it is expected that local consumption will grow from 120 000 t last year to 300 000 t by 2006 and one million tons by 2010. 

Auto industry's stainless use growing rapidly, but can it be sustained?

By: marisa rodrigues     18th October 2002 Last year, Columbus Stainless supplied 33 000 t of stainless steel to the automotive industry, making this sector the stainless steel industry’s largest consumer. 

Container company grabs world market share

By: marisa rodrigues     18th October 2002 Cape Town manufacturer Consani Engineering is the world’s leading supplier of liquid and gas intermodal tank containers. 

Company to expand tank range

By: marisa rodrigues     18th October 2002 Randburg-based manufacturer of four-wheel drive equipment makes long-range stainless steel tanks predominately for four wheel drive vehicles. 

Steel firm in transformation process

By: marisa rodrigues     18th October 2002 Since its name change earlier this year, Barloworld Eastern Steels, formerly trading as Eastern Steels, has undergone a transformation process in a bid to establish its position as a leading supplier of stainless steel primary products to the Southern African market. 

Foundry plans to expand exports

By: marisa rodrigues     18th October 2002 Having doubled its export sales last year and expecting to do it again this year, South Africa’s largest stainless steel foundry, Rely Precision Castings is planning to expand its export market to 50% of production within three years. 

Fabricator calls for project register

By: marisa rodrigues     18th October 2002 In order for stainless steel fabricators to have the capacity and resources to cope with large projects, a project register needs to be set up. 

Fabricator's East Rand workshop expanded

By: marisa rodrigues     18th October 2002 In order to take best advantage of opportunities for growth within the local stainless steel industry, Styria Stainless Steel Fabrication is placing its focus on improving its facilities and the quality of its products. 

Steel giant offers R125/t for auto tooling fund

By: Terence Creamer     17th October 2002 South Africa’s leading steel company, Iscor, has offered to contribute R20-million a year towards the development of the secondary steel industry in South Africa as part of an innovative pricing proposal to the automotive industry. 

US trade panel nixes duties on cold-rolled steel

17th October 2002 The US International Trade Commission on Wednesday voted for the second time in the past few months to deny the US steel industry's request for additional duties on imports of cold-rolled steel. 

Exchange rate, buoyant mining industry sees market conditions improve – for now

By: nkolola halwindi     11th October 2002 Market conditions for the rationalised fasteners industry have been reasonably buoyant and have improved from three years ago, observes CBC Fasteners MD Rob Pietersma. 

Steel price surge endangering exports, says company

By: nkolola halwindi     11th October 2002 The escalating prices of steel, with an about 42% increase in just nine months, has not only increased the cost of production, but has also resulted in the cancellation of some export deals, laments Nedschroef Johannesburg MD Peter Swanson. 

Still long way to go in steel-price case

By: Joanne Delaurentis     11th October 2002 The investigation into the complaint against Iscor that was launched with the Competition Commission by Harmony Gold Mining and supported by Durban Roodepoort Deep, could take anything between a month and a year to be carried out, reports Competition Commission spokesperson Karin Coode. 

What auto component makers need from the MIDP

By: Martin Creamer     11th October 2002 Import price parity in steel and aluminium is threatening the competitiveness of local manufacture and the government is urged to act 

Steel price surge endangering fastener exports

By: nkolola halwindi     11th October 2002 The escalating price of steel, with an about 42% increase in just nine months, has not only increased the cost of production, but has also resulted in the cancellation of some export deals, laments Nedschroef Johannesburg MD Peter Swanson. 

Metals sectors in growth phase

By: Terence Creamer     8th October 2002 South Africa’s metals and engineering sector is in a strong growth phase, with sales during the first half of 2002 showing growth of between 16% and 25%. 

Competition body to probe steel firms

8th October 2002 South Africa's Competition Commission said yesterday it had launched a probe into Iscor after receiving complaints from several companies accusing the steel group of acting anti-competitively. 

German torch test yields positive results

By: candice haase     4th October 2002 A local supplier of welding equipment has tested a German torch at a local automotive manufacturer with success. Johannesburg-based Weld-Cut Equipment, which has the exclusive right to distribute Team Binzel Industries (TBI) torches to the South African market has had positive feedback from the... 

Local company manufactures semiautomatic armature welding machine

By: candice haase     4th October 2002 To cut the costs associated with importing overseas manufactured semiautomatic armature welding machines, state-owned rolling-stock company Transwerk’s Cape Town operation commissioned Argon Arc Welding Supplies to design and manufacture a tungsten inert gas (Tig) armature welding machine... 

New range of gases for welding applications

By: candice haase     4th October 2002 Using the formula developed and commercialised by its US-based parent company Air Products South Africa introduced its new range of premier gases for welding applications, called Maxx Gases, to the local market at the beginning of this month. 

Yag laser system to be introduced to SA

By: candice haase     4th October 2002 Ever since government began to intensify the development of the automotive component industry, the potential for laser technology has been identified by tooling technology company Retecon. 

Local manufacture of electrodes achieved

4th October 2002 Gauteng-based Oesa has achieved 100% local manufacture of coated welding electrodes at its Spartan factory. 

Ni NiMag group

4th October 2002 Involved in the manufacture of master alloys, ferrosilicon magnesium alloys, stainless steel reinforcing fibres, and chrome metal. 

Gas key to iron project's success

By: Deborah Spicer     4th October 2002 The decision as to whether Mintek’s hot-briquetted iron (HBI) project should be located in Saldanha Bay or in Kathu, formerly known as Sishen, is being negotiated at present, reports president and CEO Paul Jourdan. 

World steel industry gathers next month

27th September 2002 The 36th annual conference of the International Iron and Steel Institute (IISI) will be held in Rome, Italy from October 6 to 9. 

Steel maker fined over share trading

27th September 2002 The Johannesburg stock exchange said yesterday it had fined giant steel producer Iscor R200 000 ($19 000) for failing to disclose share dealings by its director Lakshmi Mittal on time. 

Company moots wire beneficiation

By: candice haase     20th September 2002 Developing the worldwide market for its wire-products, East Rand-based Barnes Fencing Industries has seen potential for its products. 

Foundry alleges price fixing in scrap sector

By: Martin Czernowalow     18th September 2002 The South African scrap-metal industry may face a serious shake-up, after a referral of complaint was lodged with the Competition Commission by one of the country’s major foundries. 

New twist in US-EU steel fight

17th September 2002 The United States on Monday forced establishment of a World Trade Organisation (WTO) dispute panel against the European Union over measures taken by Brussels to counter the effects of special U.S. steel tariffs. 

Saldanha goes below $200/t level

By: Terence Creamer     13th September 2002 South Africa’s west coast steel mill, Saldanha Steel, has at last gone below the $200/t cash-cost level and is currently producing at between $190/t and $200/t. 

US to offer plan to slash steel subsidies globally

12th September 2002 Six months after imposing its own sweeping steel tariffs, the Bush Administration plans to put forward an "ambitious agenda" to slash steel subsidies and protections around the world, the Wall Street Journal reports. 

The steel price war heats up

By: Terence Creamer     9th September 2002 This month, South Africa's largest steel producer, Iscor, raises its domestic prices on hot-rolled steel by 14,9%, while prices on other types of steel product will rise by between 10% and 17%. 

The steel price war heats up

By: Terence Creamer     6th September 2002 This month, South Africa’s largest steel producer, Iscor, raises its domestic prices on hot-rolled steel by 14,9%, while prices on other types of steel product will rise by between 10% and 17%. 

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