R/€ = 18.26 Change: -0.07
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Innovative air-belt conveyor system

By: System Author     27th October 2000 Sugar refiner Tongaat-Hulett contracted Hoksas & Craven, along with Cargill & Associates, to carry out the design, manufacture and installation of an air-belt conveyor system to replace the existing conventional system at its refinery in Durban. 

Entrepreneur extraordinary

By: System Author     29th September 2000 Still developing product at 80, this engineering innovator has turned over a billion rands and 70 000t of steel product in the past half-century 

Stainless-steel partnership surfacing

By: System Author     29th September 2000 South Africa’s only integrated stainless-steel producer, Columbus Stainless, has recommitted itself to the development of the local downstream stainless-steel industry with the announcement of its intention to embark on a market assessment study with German steel trader Ferrostaal. 

Efficiency focus at troubled steel firm

By: System Author     22nd September 2000 South African steelmaker Iscor is determined to achieve continuous improvements in efficiency. 

Cape steel-mill to be among fifth-cheapest within two years

By: System Author     15th September 2000 The Iscor/Industrial Development Corporation-owned hot-rolled coil steel plant at Saldanha in the Western Cape is aiming, over the next 18 to 24 months, to become one of the five lowest-cost producing mills in the world in its quality bracket. 

Past provides base for the future

By: System Author     15th September 2000 World power products 

More downstream stainless being exported

By: System Author     1st September 2000 This year, for the first time ever, the South African stainless-steel industry could convert more product for export than for local consumption. 

Structural steel firms get export act together

By: System Author     18th August 2000 Members of South Africa’s structural-steel export council, known as International Steel Fabricators, plan on exporting some 25 000 t of value-added structural steel to the value of R210-million this year. 

Colour-coated steel has an improved performance

By: System Author     18th August 2000 A new range of colour-coated steel, which is more durable and cost-effective than post-construction hand- or spray-painted products, has been launched by Iscor. 

Stainless offset think-tank this month

By: System Author     18th August 2000 A team comprising representatives from government, stainless-steel producer Columbus and European steel trader Ferrostaal will meet later this month to develop a marketing and investment plan for the R1,1-billion stainless-steel offset project arising from South Africa’s purchase of German... 

Wheels firm profitable again

By: System Author     21st July 2000 Johannesburg chrome-alloy wheel manufacturer Smith’s Wheels is returning to profitability after undergoing extensive organisational change. 

SA produces 61% of African steel

By: System Author     21st July 2000 Steel 

Confidence levels need to increase

By: System Author     21st July 2000 Steel 

Empowerment steel company offering competitive service

By: System Author     21st July 2000 Steel 

Globalisation creating challenges

By: System Author     21st July 2000 Steel 

Why I returned – De Clercq

By: System Author     21st July 2000 Steel 

New structural steel product in August

By: System Author     21st July 2000 Steel 

Restructuring process boosts distribution arm

By: System Author     21st July 2000 Steel 

Advanced steel piping introduced

By: System Author     21st July 2000 Steel 

Submarine deal secures stainless-steel plant

By: System Author     21st July 2000 The South African government has signed off the German Submarine Consortium’s (GSC’s) offset offer, making the proposed stainless-steel facility at Coega a near certainty 

Investment in people and equipment is paying off

By: System Author     21st July 2000 Steel 

Record 63% recovery rate

By: System Author     14th July 2000 Packaging 

SA stainless firm won’t support ‘integrated’ Coega project

By: System Author     7th July 2000 While Columbus Stainless has confirmed that it is in discussions with German company Ferrostaal for a possible stainless-steel venture in the Eastern Cape, the company is adamant that it would not proceed with the project if it is on an integrated basis. 

Custom-made valves for steel operation

By: System Author     19th May 2000 Valves 

Trident Component Manufacturing

By: System Author     12th May 2000 Factory 

Steel flange price relief

By: System Author     5th May 2000 Local steel producer Iscor has granted a temporary concession on the price of flange steel. 

Stainless wins gold

By: System Author     14th April 2000 Following strict assessment by a team of Southern African Maintenance Association evaluators, the winner of the ABB/Sama Mainenance Excellence Award was announced at a gala evening held in Midrand last month. 

Steelwork inspections outsourced

By: System Author     31st March 2000 Innovative inspection services 

Redundant-stock trader

By: System Author     31st March 2000 Believed to be the only company specialising in the purchase and resale of excess valve stock, Big H Metal & Trading, of Sebenza, Gauteng, has an entire storeroom and courtyard filled to capacity with a variety of valves and stainless-steel fittings, flanges, tubing, plate and instrumentation items. 

SA/Japan steel JV forms on-line firm

By: System Author     24th March 2000 Steel trading company Macsteel has formed an alliance with steel giant Nippon Trading, of Japan, to create an on-line trading site. 

Nelro Engineering

By: System Author     17th March 2000 Factory 

Steel price crippling flange maker

By: System Author     10th March 2000 The high price of South African-made steel is forcing a local flange manufacturer out of volume manufacturing and into trading – with dire possible consequences for its 26 employees. 

Columbus weighs anchor at good production levels

By: System Author     25th February 2000 The steel plant at SA’s only integrated stainless-steel mill has begun exceeding nameplate design capacity – yet another indication that the corner seems to have been turned at Columbus. 

Full-steam ahead for steel exports

By: System Author     25th February 2000 One of South Africa’s leading steel producers, Highveld, is convinced prospects for steel have improved so much that it will attempt to capitalise on this trend by producing at higher levels during 2000. 

Stainless take-off expected

By: System Author     11th February 2000 South Africa’s stainless-steel producer, Columbus, appears to be in for a better year with signs of a serious take-off in stainless-steel prices. 

SA steel still going to US

By: System Author     21st January 2000 Steel producer Iscor reports that it is still able to market its products in the US market despite steps already taken against it in a pending anti-dumping suit concerning cold-rolled steel exports. 

Industry steels itself to cope with a severe downturn in prospects

By: System Author     21st January 2000 Steel Fabrication & Cladding 

R12,5m stone preheater is built

By: System Author     21st January 2000 Steel Fabrication & Cladding 

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