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Stainless fibre-forming capability introduced to SA

By: Deborah Spicer     23rd August 2002 Magaliesburg firm Metalloy Fibres began commercial production of 50 mm and 25 mm stainless steel fibres a month ago, having completed the two-month commissioning phase of the casting machine that produces the fibres. 

Structural steel wind-up is still not complete

By: Joanne Delaurentis     23rd August 2002 Some nine months after the demise of South Africa’s largest independent, privately-owned structural-steel company Girder Naco, there is still no finalisation of the winding up of the estate, which was originally planned for the end of March. 

Steel giant's earnings surge after overhaul

23rd August 2002 South Africa's largest steel producer Iscor posted higher-than-expected profit yesterday and said it saw strong growth in its first full-year earnings report since restructuring as a dedicated steel maker. 

R520m steel-mill clean up gets under way

By: Terence Creamer     23rd August 2002 Africa’s leading steel producer, Iscor, has set aside R520-million for the implementation of an environmental project for its Vanderbijlpark Works in Gauteng, which has been the subject of much attention from environmentalists over the past few years. 

SA steel No. 2 returns to profit

20th August 2002 South African steel maker Highveld Steel and Vanadium said on Monday it returned to profit in the first half of 2002, and expected a further improvement in earnings in the second half of the year. 

Athlone stadium wins steel construction awards

By: Joanne Delaurentis     16th August 2002 The Athlone stadium redevelopment project in Cape Town was awarded the steel construction award and the tubular design award for 2002, at a prestigious banquet hosted by the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction in Johannesburg earlier this month. 

SA to grow its stainless-steel utensil market

16th August 2002 The Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) has identified major opportunities to develop the utensil market in South Africa. This follows a visit by Sassda and the Mpumalanga Investment Initiative to India. 

Stainless Precision

16th August 2002 Stainless Precision Engineering is a sheetmetal jobbing shop that operates from a 1 500 m2 factory based in Robertville, on the West Rand. 

US exludes more steel products from duties

15th August 2002 The US Department of Commerce and the Office of the US Trade Representative have announced the release of the sixth set of products to be excluded from the safeguard measure on steel products. 

Sweden asks US for more steel tariff exemptions

13th August 2002 Sweden has asked Washington to exempt more of its steel exports from US tariffs at the heart of a bitter trade spat with the European Union (EU), the Swedish government has said. 

SA stays at the forefront of the global tank-container industry

By: candice haase     9th August 2002 In 2001, South Africa manufactured 60% of the 9 000 stainless-steel tank containers produced worldwide, according to the South African Tank Containers Association (Satca). 

Control stations standard for fuel tankers

9th August 2002 Bartec ComEx local control stations, industrial participation (IP) 66/67 rated for use in potentially explosive atmospheres, and Bartec junction boxes have been fitted to new fuel tankers to operate decanting pump and valve stations. 

Three new industrial projects get State support

9th August 2002 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has announced the first three approvals of its industrial investment allowance under the Strategic Industrial Projects (SIP) programme, with the remaining four expected to be finalised soon. 

Stainless-steel demand boosted

9th August 2002 The figure for domestic consumption of stainless steel would have been higher if it were not for the fall in demand for tank containers, which showed a sharp decline during 2001 to slightly below 13 000 t. 

Restructuring allows company stronger regional focus

9th August 2002 The recent restructuring of the top management of the 81-year-old consulting engineering group, Knight Pi 

Delivery on R1,2b cat deal next year

By: candice haase     2nd August 2002 The R1,2-billion contract that Bosal signed with Delta in May for catalytic converters is as much a result of its well-established international relationships as it is for the company’s world-renowned quality and expertise. 

Steel firm expands to improve service to the auto industry

2nd August 2002 It was in 1961 that Austrian holding company Bohler Steel decided to open a subsidiary in South Africa. 

Malawi reviews incentives for manufacturers

By: Marcel Chimwala     2nd August 2002 MALAWI – The Malawian government is reviewing the incentive schemes it offers to investors in the manufacturing industry in the hope of luring new investment and to protect the current manufacturers from the effects of cheap imports. 

Treve Hendry Argent Industrial

2nd August 2002 Treve Hendry Argent Industrial Leader of 680 

Baisch Engineering

2nd August 2002 Baisch Engineering specialises in the manufacture of pulleys and assembly of doorlocks for the automotive industry. 

Global auto giant sources stainless steel in S Africa

By: candice haase     2nd August 2002 In the pursuit of its plan to develop and support the local stainless-steel industry, the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) has welcomed the announcement of General Motors' plan to source 15% of its stainless-steel component requirements for automotive exhaust... 

SA's mega mine-winders put on the brakes

By: vanessa vasques     26th July 2002 The mechanical equipment division of energy and transport infrastructure specialist Alstom has been supplying the local and international mining and steel industries with heavy-duty breaks and centrifugal clutch couplings for many years. 

Union Carriage and Wagon

26th July 2002 Union Carriage and Wagon (UCW) specialises in rolling-stock design and manufacture. 

Pakistan plans anti-dumping duty against SA firm

24th July 2002 Pakistan yesterday said it planned to impose a punitive duty of 23% on tin plate imports by a South African firm, in what would be its first ever retaliation against dumping. 

SA firm awarded R3,2m softdrink warehouse contract for Angola

19th July 2002 Clearspan Structures has been awarded a contract by softdrink giant Coca-Cola for the construction of a new warehouse in Luanda, Angola. 

Demand for sophisticated steel castings climbs

19th July 2002 The increasing demand for sophisticated stainless steel and other castings from the basic iron and steel industry has lead to Steloy Castings becoming a preferred supplier to the industry. 

Expanded metal expands market

19th July 2002 Leading manufacturer of expanded metal in southern Africa, Andrew Mentis, has reported an increase in the demand for its expanded metal products. 

Steel-shot, grit manufacturer commissions fourth furnace

By: candice haase     19th July 2002 In the wake of the increased demand for steel-shot and grit products, Thor Foundry, an East-Rand steel-abrasives manufacturer, has begun commissioning its fourth furnace, which cost the foundry an estimated $300 000 to install. 

Bearings ideal for steel milling

19th July 2002 Bearing Man’s bearings division distributes a range of NSK bearings that provides efficient performance and reduced maintenance costs in many steel mill processes, including casting, rolling, finishing, raw materials handling and iron making. 

SA to boost secondary steel exports

By: candice haase     19th July 2002 One of the strategic objectives of the South African steel industry is to promote the export of secondary steel products, whereby the metal is value-added thruogh beneficiation. 

Jhb firm lands first export order

19th July 2002 South African company General Profiling received its first export order last month. The order was placed by the inventor of a new housing system in the US. 

Flux supplied for offshore steel-welding application

19th July 2002 Algoa Oil of Port Elizabeth is using welding company Oerlikon’s OP121TT flux in its offshore welding applications. 

Acquisitions open door to steel-pipe conveyance market

By: candice haase     19th July 2002 The acquisition of Barloworld’s Robor Stewarts and Lloyds distribution centres based in Kwazulu-Natal was effected by Johannesburg-based steel merchant NJR Steel Holdings in March this year. 

Steel Awards just around the corner

19th July 2002 In August this year the steel construction industry will be celebrating the twenty-first year of its Steel Awards. 

Steel construction firm ventures into Africa

By: candice haase     19th July 2002 An opportunity for the development of the steel construction industry’s move into Africa has been identified by West Rand-based construction company Omni Struct. 

High-level steel talks facilitated by OECD

19th July 2002 Governments representing virtually all steel-producing areas have voiced their support for the continuation of the inter-governmental high-level dialogue on steel organised by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). 

Local tube and pipe manufacturer undergoes positive reconstruction

19th July 2002 One of the premier steel tube and pipe manufacturers in Southern Africa and part of global giant Barloworld, Barloworld Robor, has sold the Robor Stewarts and Lloyds steel and tube branches to three of the leading, independent distributors in the country. 

Facelift on the cards for steelworks' furnace

By: candice haase     19th July 2002 Cape Town Iron and Steel Works’ (Cisco) plans to upgrade the existing 35 t electric arc furnace (EAF). 

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