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Steel

R48-million bearing-supply contract signed

By: System Author     30th July 1999 A contract was signed between bearing- distributor Hudaco and steel giant Iscor last month, covering bearing supplies worth about R16-million a year. “The contract makes us one of two preferred suppliers, whereby we pick up a significant portion of Iscor’s bearing business,”... 

Firm’s quality listing

By: System Author     30th July 1999 CONVEYOR-belt fastening system manufacturer Mato Products has officially received its accreditation from Lloyds Register. The company has been operating as an ISO 9002 manufacturer since November 1998, and is belived to be the only local manufacturer of conveyor-belt fastening systems to have... 

German steel deal for Gauteng company

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 n exclusive trading agreement has been finalised between Abkins Steel, of Germiston, Gauteng, and Universal Iron & Steel and Thyssen Krupp, of Germany. The deal, signed hot on the heels of Abkins’ purchase by Speedroll in December last year, adds a welcome import string to the... 

Global steel news

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 The merger of British Steel and Koninklijke Hoogovens has been announced, reports the International Iron and Steel Institute (IISI). The resulting company, provisionally called BSKH, will rank as the world’s largest steel producer after Nippon Steel and Posco, and Europe’s largest... 

SA economy making ‘all the right moves’

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 South Africa’s economy is making all the right moves to aid growth in its embattled steel industry, says British Steel International Distribution SA (Bsidsa) MD George Shaw. The sales arm of British Steel, the world’s sixth-largest steel producer, is enjoying sustained growth since... 

Co-operative spirit is forged between suppliers

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 The co-operative spirit that has prevailed between steel-pipe producer Hall Longmore, of Wadeville, Gauteng, and its primary-product suppliers, Iscor and Highveld Steel, has opened the doors for a wealth of export opportunities for the companies. In order to run Hall Longmore’s new... 

Steel giant keeps beady eye on managing capex

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 heavy emphasis on cashflow manage- ment is dominating Iscor Steel’s strategic vision and, as a result, capex has been managed strictly, commercial GM Ed Coetzer tells Engineering News. “We are investing only in things that we consider essential; with the steel price at the level that... 

Strategy to drum up more business in Africa

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 A co-ordinated export marketing drive is being undertaken by South Africa’s embattled steel-construction industry, spearheaded by the South African International Steel Fabricators’ Business Council (ISF). Formed under the auspices of the South African Institute of Steel Construction... 

26 000 orders for steel-structure system

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 South Africa’s booming brick-and-mortar low-cost housing sector is set for a radical shake-up with the entry of a tested steel-structure construction system which has already secured firm orders for 26 000 units over five years. The design, developed by Pika Construction MD Pieter Botma in... 

New head for global body

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 The International Iron and Steel Institute has announced the appointment of Daniel L Holy as its deputy secretary-general as from the beginning of this month. Holy is currently a global economist working in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in the US, for the Cargill Steel group, which includes North Star... 

Over 3 000 catalogued steel grades available

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 Steel is a metal composed of iron plus varying amounts of carbon, as well as other elements such as chromium, nickel, molybdenum, zirconium, vanadium, tungsten, and so on. Different types of steel – that is, steel with different properties and characteristics – are produced by... 

Light-truck study a heavyweight cost-saver

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 The UltraLight Steel Auto Body (ULSAB) validation phase has grabbed much of the attention lately in the automotive-steel market. The proof-of-concept body-structure design demonstrates how carmakers can reduce the weight of a passenger car, drop the cost, and increase performance and safety all... 

Global crude-steel production falls 2,2%

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 Total May crude-steel production reported by 63 steel-producing nations to the International Iron and Steel Institute was 65,2-million tons, 2,2% less than in May last year. Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) crude-steel production continues its upward trend. Asian production rises above... 

R90m investment in new tube facilities

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 Welded-steel tube manufacturer Robor Tube has a new name to boast of, and a string of manufacturing achievements which put it some way ahead of the competition. The company has been formed through the merger of Brollo and Tosa, making it the biggest manufacturer of longitudinally-welded steel... 

Thin-slab casting

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 With an increasing demand for higher-quality steel grades, especially in the field of thin-gauge flat products, smaller steel mills are looking to alternative strategies and more efficient production techniques. Taking a lead in this world trend, Saldanha Steel has followed the route of... 

Steel-mill safety

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 A new publication by the International Iron and Steel Institute (IISI) reveals that there is no inherent reason why a steelworks should not have a zero-accident performance. It is necessary to “challenge the implicit acceptance that we operate in a potentially-dangerous industry where some... 

Export critical to ensure industrial growth

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 ocal demand for stain- less steel should equal or surpass international growth figures of between 5% and 6% for this year, says Southern African Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) executive director Dave Slater. Although this picture is decidedly rosier than the outlook for the... 

The ins and outs of blast-furnace operation

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 The purpose of a blast-furnace is to chemically reduce and physically convert iron oxides into liquid iron called ‘hot metal’. A blast-furnace is a huge steel stack lined with refractory brick, where iron ore, coke and limestone are dumped into the top, and preheated air is blown into... 

SA steel producers win anti-dumping case

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 A significant anti- dumping victory has been won against Russia and the Ukraine by South Africa’s steel producers, Engineering News can today report. In a coup for the local industry, attempts by the erstwhile communist states to dump low-price plate and hot-rolled sheet onto the South... 

Novel steel reheat furnace

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 The metals industry has long recognised the need for new and improved heating methods to further enhance production, and to reduce operating costs. Conventional methods are ill-suited for the emerging heating needs of many producers. As they adopt more continuous processes, such as direct... 

South Africa remains complacent about quality

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 A range of new products is being launched on to the pneumatic market by Pro-vost Africa, of Pretoria West, Gauteng. “They are state-of-the-art products that stand to revolutionise the industry,” claims director Michal Grobbelaar. The products include safety quick couplings for... 

180 projects envisaged for Mpumalanga

By: System Author     16th July 1999 More than 180 investment projects worth US$7-billion have already been identified in Mpumalanga in order to unlock its potential as part of the Maputo development corridor (MDC), reports Mpumalanga Investment Initiative (MII) CEO Gordon Griffiths. These projects in the stainless steel, timber,... 

Confidence in SA emerges from UK trade mission

By: System Author     9th July 1999 Positive, optimistic and confident was the general feeling about the potential of the South African economy among the representatives of a group of nine British companies visiting South Africa last week. The trade mission, organised by the North East Development Agency (NEDA) with the support of... 

Control buoy only second of its kind

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 A special unmanned control buoy, which is at the cutting edge of technology and only the second of its kind in the world, will be the only visible sign of EM gasfield activity once the development of the field has been completed. The bright yellow buoy, currently under construction by J Ray... 

Development project boosts Cape economy

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 THE multibillion-rand development project for Mossgas in Mossel Bay is set to boost the Cape economy. Although the managing contractor is Dresser-Kellogg Energy Services, of the UK, care has been taken to ensure a maximum of local-company involvement in the R2,2-billion project. Fully South... 

R700 000 silo, conveyor supplied to cassava factory

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Gauteng firm Bulk Pneumatic Handling has designed and managed the supply of a silo and conveyor equipment to South Africa’s first commercial cassava-starch plant, in the Northern Province, reports director Tony Chiappini. The company managed the design and installation of a silo, motorised... 

Lowest-cost aluminium corrosion control

By: System Author     25th June 1999 The new Sulzer Metco SmartArc arc spray system has been designed to produce the lowest-cost aluminium corrosion-control coatings available in industry today. This has been achieved by the redesign of the arc head to ensure a low-turbulence air flow, resulting in higher deposit efficiencies, lower... 

World record steel production achieved

By: System Author     25th June 1999 STAINLESS steel giant Columbus Steel, of Middelburg, has achieved a record production of 5 400 tons of stainless steel in three days. This achievement even exceeds the acceptance criteria of 51 heats in three days for the equipment. The steel melting plant was the first section of the Columbus... 

Local company wins madagascar wheel contract

By: System Author     25th June 1999 LOCAL company Rely Precision Casting has been awarded a contract to cast 1,4-m-diameter Pelton-wheels for Madagascar’s Mandraka power station. Through main contractors Sulzer, the company has been contracted to cast four stainless-steel wheels, which are required to build the two... 

Steel giant sells off refractories business

By: System Author     18th June 1999 Steel giant Iscor has announced an agreement with the Hernic Industrial group for the sale of its refractories business as part of an ongoing strategy to divest itself of its non-core assets. Executive chairperson Hans Smith states that the sale would release more than R100-million and is in line... 

Major German merger benefits SA subsidary

By: System Author     18th June 1999 The merging of two large German companies – and a new alliance with a US engineering firm – has helped a wholly-owned South African subsidiary to win a refinery-upgrade contract. Following the coming together in Germany of steel contender Thyssen and stainless-steel giant Krupp,... 

So much complex technology hangs on a thread

By: System Author     18th June 1999 When you think about it, nuts and bolts play a vital, but seldom-recognised role in our lives. Although based on a simple helical thread, they represent a highly complex niche of technology, which impinges on virtually every facet of the manufacturing industry. The Greek mathematician Archimedes... 

Innovative techno for jetty construction

By: System Author     11th June 1999 PILING for the new dry bulk terminal jetty at Richards Bay, part of the third export expansion project, has been constructed using technology never before seen in a South African marine application. It involved the use of an environment-friendly polymer drilling fluid which poses no threat to... 

Steel under pressure

By: System Author     11th June 1999 STEEL export markets have been under severe pressure as a result of the drop in demand in the Far East and large-scale dumping of surplus production particularly by Japan, Korea and ex CIS countries. US dollar export prices in respect of hot-rolled coil have now reached the level of US$180 (Fobs)... 

Crane hire contract

By: System Author     11th June 1999 LOCAL company Johnson Crane Hire has been awarded a crane-hire contract by SLE, an SNC-Lavalin-EMS joint venture, for the Mozal site. Johnson’s ability for handling an intricate contract of this nature was instrumental in the company securing this contract. Not only is the company able to... 

Moves to drive catalytic converters further

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Producers of one the main components of a catalytic converter, the ceramic substrate, have been approached by members of the South African catalytic converter industry, together with the Catalytic Converter Interest Group (CCIG), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and the Stainless Steel... 

Frail SA foundries mull over Swedish ‘lifeline’

By: System Author     11th June 1999 The introduction locally of Swedish technology could see foundries switching to a new input raw material which reportedly holds significant benefits for the frail foundry industry. This follows a R7,8-million investment by foundry and engineering business Thos Begbie & Company in Middelburg,... 

Stainless-steel fabrication seminar

By: System Author     4th June 1999 The latest global developments in the fabrication of stainless steel will be tackled in a free seminar to be conducted in Durban by the Southern African Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda). Sponsored by Sassda in the interests of promoting cost-effective use of stainless steel, the... 

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