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Transdeco GTMH

31st May 2002 Transdeco was established in 1970 to design, fabricate and erect steel lattice structures for high-voltage overhead transmission lines 

SA's steel exports to the US remain stable

By: Joanne Delaurentis     31st May 2002 There are rare occasions when it pays to be small. Supplying less than 3% of US and European steel imports means that South Africa, and other developing nations, are exempt from US and all but two product groups from the European Union (EU) steel safeguard measures, and allows local producers to... 

Metals sector reaches wage accord

31st May 2002 The employer parties to the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council, represented by Seifsa, and representatives of the eight trade unions on the bargaining council (including NUMSA, NETU and CEPPAWU) yesterday reached agreement on the terms and conditions of employment for workers in... 

Stainless sector hopes to replicate motor industry

By: Irma Venter     31st May 2002 The South African Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) is investigating the possibility of the stainless steel sector duplicating the success of the Motor Industry Development Programme (MIDP). 

Showcase for stainless excellence

31st May 2002 Engineers have the opportunity of raising the level of awareness of their companies and services, locally and internationally, through the Stainless Steel Awards programme. 

Structured steel survey highlights challenges

28th May 2002 The South African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) recently did a survey among its steel contractor members to determine what are their most critical areas of concern. 

SA steel firm exempted from Chinese tariffs

27th May 2002 Steel firm Iscor welcomed a decision by the Peoples Republic of China to exempt South African steel products from safeguard duties that the Chinese have imposed for a six-month period. 

Making a fortune from waste

By: Zonika Botha     24th May 2002 To turn a product that was once regarded as waste material into a multi-million rand strong business sounds like an unlikely pipe dream. 

High-purity carbon project on the way

By: Marius Roodt     24th May 2002 Construction of a R163-million plant to produce high-purity carbon from calcined coke is due to start in Secunda, Mpumalanga, by June 2002. 

Sasol consults with parties affected by natural-gas project

By: Marius Roodt     24th May 2002 Sasol has been in consultation with the Mozambican government and other parties affected by the $1,2-billion Sasol natural gas project that will bring gas from Temane in Mozambique to Sasol’s Secunda operations in the Mpumalanga Province. 

Big growth prospects for stainless in car parts

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     24th May 2002 The Stainless-Steel Cooperative Development Initiative (SSCDI), launched in 1999 to stimulate growth in downstream manufacturing, has started producing results, with South Africa’s apparent consumption of stainless-steel last year increasing by 11,7% to 136 000 t. 

Big steel, enviro case set for Sept

24th May 2002 A groundbreaking environmental case will be heard in South Africa’s courts in September. 

SA steel group makes $105m acquisition

24th May 2002 South African steel group Scaw Metals, a wholly owned subsidiary of Anglo Ferrous Metals, has acquired the Moly-Cop grinding media businesses of GS Industries for $105-million. 

Cure for 'concrete cancer'

By: marisa rodrigues     24th May 2002 A stainless steel rebar, known as 3CR12, utility ferritic stainless steel or 3CR12, is proving to be the long-awaited solution to the ever-present problem of ‘concrete cancer’. 

World stainless output set to reach 20m t

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     24th May 2002 The world’s stainless-steel production this year is forecast to reach a record level of just under 20-million tons, with a significant proportion of the increase coming from the cold-rolled flat-products sector. 

Granular stainless emerges as an alternative for scrap

By: Martin Creamer     24th May 2002 The use of granular stainless steel as an alternative to scrap has many benefits which are being recognised far more widely overseas than in South Africa, Thos Begbie MD Eugene Rossouw tells Engineering News. 

Australian steel group's prospects debated

23rd May 2002 Analysts are divided over the prospects of BHP Steel, which is being spun off from its parent BHP Billiton, with an attractive dividend yield matched against increasing commoditisation of its products. 

Stainless industry sets up database to ensure supply balance

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     21st May 2002 A new initiative by the International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) entails the creation of a database to illustrate the medium- and long-term supply balance and to provide information concerning real end-user demand as well as supply-chain stock levels. 

UK firm seeks SA steel, aluminium partners

17th May 2002 UK firm Tyne Tube Services will be visiting South Africa as part of a trade delegation organised form July 1 to July 5. 

IMF reacts to US protectionism

17th May 2002 The US decision to impose tariffs up to 30% on steel imports is not in accord with international trade rules, IMF Deputy MD Anne Krueger said. 

Three die in steel mill accident

17th May 2002 Three men were killed and two others were injured when parts of a filtration system collapsed in South African steel producer Iscor’s hot strip mill at its Saldanha plant yesterday, the company said. 

Window of opportunity for valve manufacturers

17th May 2002 The dramatic fall in the value of the rand has further opened a window of opportunity for the local valve manufacturing industry. 

SA escapes US steel pipe ban

13th May 2002 The US International Trade Commission on has voted, 4-1, against imposing countervailing or anti-dumping duties on imports of steel pipe and other tubular goods used in oil production. 

Global steel wars and SA

By: Terence Creamer     6th May 2002 While the world slugs it out over market access, South Africa battles to boost its steel beneficiation cause. 

Foundation laid for new steel era

By: Terence Creamer     3rd May 2002 South Africa’s largest steel producer Iscor has faced its fair share of challenges over the last few years. Questions about its very survival have lingered, while change, re-engineering and retrenchments have been an ever-present reality. 

Richards Bay gets new substation

By: Terence Creamer     3rd May 2002 A R16,5-million project that included the establishment of a new 132 kV multipurpose substation and the replacement of two 132 kV oil-filled underground cables by overhead lines, was completed in Richards Bay earlier this year. 

Turning upstream competitiveness to downstream advantage in SA

By: Terence Creamer     3rd May 2002 From a South African perspective, it is safe to say that all the work done to secure the survival of the primary steel industry will be rendered meaningless unless it helps spur development in the downstream steel manufacturing sector. 

Steel consolidation: no special cases

By: Terence Creamer     3rd May 2002 Any further consolidation of the South African steel industry will hinge strongly on what view the competition authorities take on the matter. 

Beneficiation remains the State's key policy driver

By: Terence Creamer     3rd May 2002 The multilateral process designed to deal with chronic steel over capacity appears set to continue despite a US-prompted steel war, which has led to the raising of protective barriers for steel right across the globe. 

The world's biggest cruise liner handed over

By: Karel Smrcka     3rd May 2002 At Finland’s Turku shipyard the biggest world cruise liner, ‘voyager class’ Adventure of the Seas was handed over to the royal Caribbean Cruise Line shipping company at the end of last year. 

Does corrosion industry need a surface-technology association?

By: vanessa vasques     3rd May 2002 Moves are currently under way to assess the need for a Surface Technology Association (STA) in South Africa to represent the surface technology and coating industry. 

Hot-dip galvanised steel and mining

3rd May 2002 The Hot Dip Galvanizers Association of Southern Africa has released a paper entitled, “Evaluation of the use and performance of hot dip galvanized steel at a PGM concentrator facility”. 

Tubing to deal with 'sweet' corrosion

3rd May 2002 Five years of extensive laboratory tests, negotiations and trials have resulted in the successful introduction of Salmac Stainless Tube’s SQ28 stainless-steel tubing, which is resistant to stress corrosion cracking, to the South African market. 

Steel wars

By: Terence Creamer     3rd May 2002 Enron aside, the biggest international business story of 2002, without doubt, has been the state of global steel. 

The ‘realpolitik’ behind the Iscor unbundling

By: Terence Creamer     3rd May 2002 For Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) CE Khaya Ngqula, steel has been a foremost priority since he joined the development finance institution in 1997. 

Iron-ore deal boosts steel company

2nd May 2002 The iron-ore procurement deal struck during the unbundling of South African steel company Iscor last year is beginning to show through on the company’s financial results, despite the inclusion of an operating loss from Saldanha Steel. 

Stainless firm forecasts better prices

29th April 2002 The world’s third-largest stainless steel maker AvestaPolarit says stainless prices were likely to rise in the near term. 

R65m rail wagon export to Mauritania

26th April 2002 A division of Johannesburg-based Dorbyl, RSD, will start work shortly on a R65-million contract signed with SNIM, of Mauritania, for the design, manufacture and commissioning of 150 iron-ore wagon bodies. 

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