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Steel

Steel consolidation some way off

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     12th October 2001 While the resolution of the stalemate between mining and steel company Iscor and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) regarding the unbundling of the former may have raised hopes that the way has been paved for the consolidation of South Africa’s steel industry, observers caution... 

Electrical industy faces skills crisis

By: Keith Campbell     12th October 2001 THE geatest challenge facing the engineering industry today is the shortage of skilled workers. 

Steel consolidation some way off

12th October 2001 While the resolution of the stalemate between mining and steel company Iscor and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) regarding the unbundling of the former may have raised hopes that the way has been paved for the consolidation of South Africa’s steel industry, observers caution... 

UK bargains for SA steel

12th October 2001 UK-based LNM Group, the world’s number-four steel producer, is in talks to buy a stake in South African steelmaker Iscor, an LNM spokesperson said. 

Steel output not hurt by protests

10th October 2001 South African steel producer Iscor said production at its Vanderbijlpark plant had not been affected by a five-hour stoppage by workers protesting its plans to split into two divisions. 

Strike action over company split

9th October 2001 Workers at South African steel and mining firm Iscor will hold a one-day stoppage today over the company’s plan to split into two divisions, their union said. 

Steel integration deal paves way for multi-phase industry consolidation

By: Terence Creamer     5th October 2001 The conclusion of the long-awaited unbundling deal between mining and steel company, Iscor, and State-owned development financier, the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), is viewed by the IDC as the first phase in a multi-phased project to consolidate the South African steel industry. 

Steel firm enhances inventory management

28th September 2001 Giant steel processor Macsteel has chosen RangeGate’s Intermec mobile barcoding hardware as a standard for managing its warehouse inventory. 

SA smarting at loss of big steel contract

By: Keith Campbell     28th September 2001 Dorbyl Heavy Engineering is angry at the fact that ECL, a subsidiary of Pechiney, won the contract for the supply of steel superstructures for Mozal phase 2. 

Stainless-steel e-study under way

By: Laura Franz     28th September 2001 E-business remains the final frontier for several industries, but it is about to be overcome by the South African stainless-steel industry with the imminent launch of a study to establish a collaborative e-business strategy for the sector. 

300 000-t-by-2010 stainless target set

By: Laura Franz     28th September 2001 South Africa is home to one of the fastest-growing stainless-steel industries in the world. However, even though both total primary production and the subsequent conversion into fabricated products are currently growing at rates in excess of twice the world average, South Africa is not resting on... 

World moves to end steel output glut

25th September 2001 Delegates from the South African government and a major steel producer joined more than 30 countries in France last week to discuss the world’s ailing steel industry. 

Increased capacity grows firm's exports

By: Deborah Spicer     21st September 2001 From its humble beginnings as a car and trailer wire-selling operation, bedding and seating wire manufacturer Wire Suppliers is growing from strength to strength. 

Firm ropes in contracts

By: Deborah Spicer     21st September 2001 A cost-effective wire-rope sling is making inroads into the mining industry at a time when many gold-mines are struggling to survive. 

Canada plans defence in US steel attack

19th September 2001 The Canadian steel industry will vigorously defend itself during hearings that began in Washington on Monday to examine if the US steel industry is being hurt by unfairly traded steel from overseas. 

Steel firm unruffled by unbundling preconditions

18th September 2001 SA steel and mining company Iscor remains committed to its unbundling process, as well as to the September timeframe for the listing of separate steel and mining companies, despite the three unbundling preconditions raised by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) at the weekend. 

Still long way to go for Shilowa Express

By: Irma Venter     14th September 2001 Consortia interested in constructing the Gautrain Rapid Railway, linking Johannesburg, Pretoria and Johannesburg International Airport (JIA), have been invited to bid. 

New online service launched

14th September 2001 An online shopping service has been launched by Multi-Alloys, a supplier of nickel alloys and special grades of stainless steel. 

Welding accessories available

14th September 2001 Johannesburg firm Distinctive Industrial Products has become the exclusive stocking distributors for the Huntingdon Fusion Techniques range of stainless-steel welding accessories. 

Equipment exports grow 200%

14th September 2001 Exports of stainless-steel equipment with stainless-steel cast parts from Steloy Stainless Castings have grown by 200 % during the last 12 months. 

Lower nickel price besets scrap dealers

By: Deborah Spicer     14th September 2001 Stainless-steel scrap dealers are carefully watching the price of nickel, the most expensive element contained in stainless steel. 

Inlet work contracts awarded

By: Deborah Spicer     14th September 2001 The Lebalelo water-supply scheme and the Welgedacht water-care works have awarded contracts for their water-purification inlet works to stainless-steel fabricator Benfab. 

Roofsheeting producer to expand

By: Deborah Spicer     14th September 2001 A significant manufacturer of stainless-steel roofsheeting and special roofsheeting in South Africa will start up a new production line by March next year. 

Residential balustrading re-emphasised

By: Deborah Spicer     14th September 2001 Balustrade manufacturer Steel Studio is making a comeback to the residential balustrading market, after having largely ignored this market while establishing itself as a manufacturer of commercial balustrading. 

Tubing a sweet deal for SA sugar sector

By: Deborah Spicer     14th September 2001 The sugar industry can buy locally-manufactured tubing, specifically for use in kestners, evaporators and juice heaters, now that Barloworld SST – previously known as Salmac – together with Columbus Stainless have developed the SQ28TMa dual-stabilised ferritic-stainless-steel tube for... 

Stainless exports exceed local demand

By: Deborah Spicer     14th September 2001 Last year marked the first time that South Africa exported more stainless-steel finished goods than it acquired for domestic demand, with exports at 62 000 t exceeding domestic demand by 700 t. 

Education to assist exports

By: Deborah Spicer     14th September 2001 East Rand manufacturer Rebuff – which supplies polishing buffs, compounds and grinding products to stainless-steel product manufacturers – is turning to education to make it even more export orientated in a market in which local stainless-steel product manufacturers are feeling the... 

Experimental vessel developed

14th September 2001 Over the years, important strategic mutually-beneficial partnering alliances have been implemented by South African Breweries (SAB) with key suppliers of materials, equipment and services, that have been to the mutual benefit of all parties. 

Stainless-steel wire contract awarded

14th September 2001 Local firm OESA has been awarded a contract by Transwerk for the supply of 309L stainless-steel wire. 

Canadians confirm dumping duties against SA

12th September 2001 The Canada Customs and Revenue Agency confirmed that provisional trade duties on certain cold-rolled steel sheets remained against nine countries until a trade tribunal, which began on Monday, completed its inquiry. 

Automation system rollout at steel mill

7th September 2001 South Africa’s largest privately-owned steel mill, Cape Gate has contracted PQ Africa’s Tetra division for the installation and rollout of an advanced planning and scheduling (APS) system from UK firm Preactor at its head office and factory in Cape Town. 

Klamflex

7th September 2001 Klamflex specialises in the manufacture of flexible pipe couplings and flange adaptors. 

Efforts afoot to change stainless sector's pale face

By: Laura Franz     7th September 2001 In an effort to promote the black ownership of companies in the South African stainless-steel industry, Sher Steel & Alloy Suppliers MD Jackie Palani is in the process of formalising a Black Stainless Steel Development Forum (BSSDF) committee. 

US steel war of attrition continues

4th September 2001 The US steel industry fired yet another salvo in its war of attrition against the international steel industry – including South Africa’s – when it announced that it would petition for new anti-dumping measures ahead of the US Labor Day public holiday. 

The ironic tale of two S African steel mills

By: Terence Creamer     31st August 2001 It could be described as the tale of two steel mills. One is old, the other new. The first is landlocked, the other coastal. One a symbol of blast-furnaces past, the other the epitome of the new mini-mill age. Indeed, it should have been a simple chronicle of the old yielding to the new, but... 

Scot-Rack

31st August 2001 Scot-Rack designs and manufactures light- and heavy-duty scaffolding, made from SABS 657/1 hot-rolled round tube. 

SA steel groups continue to struggle

29th August 2001 South African metals group Highveld Steel and its partial subsidiary Columbus Steel reported dismal results for the half-year ended June 30, 2001 on the back of poor market conditions. 

SA steel giant rejects anti-dumping ruling

21st August 2001 South African steel giant Iscor has rejected insinuations that it had caused injury to either the US or Canadian steel market as a result of its exports to these countries. 

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