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Steel

Expansions worth R750 000 completed

By: Sashnee Moodley     1st March 2013 The 1 000 m2 office extension for Pretoria West-based retail outlet Kit Kat Cash & Carry was officially completed last month, following modifications of the initial expansion in January.  

Long-steel producer to receive first electric-arc furnace

1st March 2013 Electric steelmaking and casting technology supplier SMS Concast is supplying long-steel producer El Marakby Steel, in Giza, Egypt with its first electric-arc furnace, which is scheduled to be commissioned at the end of 2013.  

Steel supplier implements cost-effectiveness initiatives, mitigates losses

By: Samantha Herbst     13th July 2012 Steel and vanadium supplier Evraz Highveld Steel has identified 2015 as the target year for commissioning its cogeneration plant, which will produce between 75 MW and 150 MW of power, depending on the final process design and capacity converted, says COO Franz Holy. 

Cottage, secondary steel industries hold biggest growth potential – ISF

By: Samantha Herbst     13th July 2012 South Africa’s small-scale steel sector, also known as the cottage steel industry, has the potential to develop into a more pertinent sector, which, if developed, could create downstream benefits for the rest of the steel industry, says International Steel Fabricators of South Africa (ISF)... 

Industry outlook depends on R800bn infrastructure spend – Saisc

By: Samantha Herbst     13th July 2012 The outlook for the local steel industry, which is valued at about R20-billion a year, is cloudy at present, says Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) education director Spencer Erling. 

Steel merchant processing division now ISO 9001 accredited

By: Samantha Herbst     13th July 2012 AltX-listed steel merchant BSi Steel’s processing division, Shearcut, is now ISO 9001 accredited; an accreditation that Shearcut director and BSi COO Jerry Govender believes will eventually extend to other divisions in the company. 

SA to host mining conference, plans to move it abroad in future

By: Samantha Herbst     13th July 2012 The Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) plans to move the Structures for Mining and related Materials Handling (SMMH) conference abroad at some point, education director Spencer Erling tells Engineering News. 

Local inventor goes global with new heat transfer technology 

By: Samantha Herbst     13th July 2012 Sovereign Tec, an associate company of local steel merchant Sovereign Steel, has gone global, owing to a new technology will, according to the company, significantly alter thermal processing in various industries around the world. 

Heavy-duty engineering company benefits from German bandsaw

By: Samantha Herbst     13th July 2012 Local industrial equipment, electronic and mechanical components supplier Elquip Solutions has supplied and successfully commissioned two Behringer high-performance bandsaws, valued at more than R5-million, for a heavy-duty engineering company in the steel industry. 

Industry body highlights environment, pricing as priorities

2nd March 2012 Among its priorities for this year and beyond, there are none more crucial to the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) than the promotion of steel as a green product, the protection of the local consumer – especially from the importation of substandard and dangerous products,... 

Local changes required to exploit African explosion

2nd March 2012 For the South African steel construction industry to be competitive in Africa – where the world’s next major economic growth spurt will occur - and especially the sub-Saharan Africa region, some important changes will have to be made, says Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc)... 

Steel outlook for 2012 cloudy, world economy a major factor

By: Reggie Sikhakhane     2nd March 2012 The risk of the current global economic difficulties unravelling further may have a detrimental influence on export demand supplied by local industries, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of South Africa (Seifsa) tells Engineering News. 

Govt infrastructure development holds promise for LSFB industry

By: Reggie Sikhakhane     2nd March 2012 President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation address, which focused largely on government infrastructure development plans, holds promise for the future of the light steel frame building (LSFB) sector, says the Southern African Light Steel Frame Building Association (Sasfa) director John Barnard.  

Consumables, capital equipment supplier plans to grow market share

By: Reggie Sikhakhane     2nd March 2012 Cutting consumables and capital equipment supplier First Cut plans to continue increasing its market share and add new products to its existing range, says sales director Gary Willis.  

Power pylon designation will create 1 500 jobs

2nd March 2012 During the seventeenth Conference of the Parties, or COP 17, in Durban last year, a major job creation initiative went almost unnoticed, says Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) industry development director Kobus de Beer. 

SMMEs hardest hit by tough trading conditions

By: Reggie Sikhakhane     2nd March 2012 Surging steel prices continue to contribute to tough trading conditions, especially for small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs), Western Cape-based steel products manufacturer Any Steel director Hendrik Groenewald tells Engineering News.  

Growth strategy key for SA retail expansion

By: Reggie Sikhakhane     2nd March 2012 The growing importance for companies to strategically position themselves within a reachable radius of end-users has resulted in JSE-listed steel distributor BSi Steel accelerating its plans to expand its Express outlets nationwide.  

R30m power generation contract on track

By: Dimakatso Motau     8th July 2011 Screen products specialist Meshcape Industries is supplying a power station, in Mpumalanga, with 430 A steel tube plates for its boilers. 

Institute works to keep power pylon manufacturing local

8th July 2011 The Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) is in the process of convening a working committee to discuss and implement strategies to keep the manufacture of power pylons local. 

Processing company invests R20m in new capacity

By: Dimakatso Motau     8th July 2011 Steel processing company Extreme Beams, which was established in Cape Town early this year, has invested R20-million in machinery that will increase its plate girder manufacturing capacity. 

Facility expansion to support company’s growth

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     8th July 2011 Gauteng-based structural steel product manufacturer the Structa group is expanding its manufacturing facilities and equipment to support its growth over the next several years. 

Lydenburg dealership to be completed by year-end

8th July 2011 Structural engineering company B&T Steel has been commissioned by Toyota Lydenburg to construct a new 4 600 m2 dealership in the Mpumalanga town. 

Steel Awards entries reflect aesthetic quality of industry – SAISC

8th July 2011 The character of the 2011 Steel Awards entries reflects a shift in the activity of the steel construction industry since the frantic period leading up to the 2010 FIFA World Cup, reports the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC). 

Steel company completes R2.6m contract

By: Dimakatso Motau     8th July 2011 Structural steel company Cousins Steel International (CSI) has completed a R2.6-million contract to provide a retail and property development client, at Ngqeleni, in the Eastern Cape with a steel structure for a rural grocery store incorporating two specialised composite deck mezzanines. 

Company satisfied with quality of materials sourced from China

By: Dimakatso Motau     8th July 2011 Importer of certified engineering steel for sub-Saharan Africa, Special Steels, is confident about the quality of steel it sources from China, despite the industry’s doubts about the quality of products from the country. 

New building to aid in training more engineers

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     8th July 2011 Consulting engineering firm Aurecon’s R400-million project to construct the new Engineering III building and parkade, at the University of Pretoria’s Hatfield campus, is scheduled for completion early this month.  

Association presents course for light steel frame building contractors

8th July 2011 The Southern African Light Steel Frame Building Association (Sasfa) is presenting a light steel frame (LSF) building training course, in Kwazulu-Natal, this month. 

R5.6m science centre to be launched

By: Dimakatso Motau     8th July 2011 South Africa's largest steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (Mittal) will launch a third science centre, at Madadeni, in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal, in August this year. 

Acquisition to increase manufacturer’s turnover 

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     8th July 2011 Local steel tube and pipe manufacturer Robor’s acquisition of Kulungile Metals Group’s (KMG’s) carbon steel division from investment company Blackstar Group will increase its annual turnover by at least one-third, says Robor CEO Gordon Gilmer. 

Environmental projects at Vanderbijlpark works well under way 

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     8th July 2011 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa’s (Mittal’s) rehabilitation projects at its Vanderbijlpark waste disposal facilities are well under way. 

Multimillion-rand contract on track 

By: Dimakatso Motau     8th July 2011 South African steel fabrication and construction company Cosira Group (Cosira) reports that the multimillion-rand contract it is executing at nuclear giant Areva Resources’ Trekoppje mine, in Nambia, is on schedule and within budget. 

Light steel frame building activity to improve in 2011

25th February 2011 After a prolonged and significant slump in activity in the local building industry, there are signs of a recovery which will positively affect the light steel frame building (LSFB) industry, says Southern African Light Steel Frame Building Association (Sasfa) director John Barnard.  

Multiplier effect affirms that support for local firms is imperative

25th February 2011 The Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) has called on the South African business community to take note of the powerful ‘multiplier effect’ and to do whatever is in its power to award contracts to local firms wherever possible. 

R7m contract completed on schedule

By: Dimakatso Motau     25th February 2011 Steel structure company Cousins Steel International (CSI) reports that it has completed a nine-storey process plant project, in Isando, Johannesburg, for expressers of oilseeds and refiners of edible oils Willowton Oil and Cake Mills.  

Steel fabricator making progress on Kusile contract

By: Dimakatso Motau     25th February 2011 Structural steel fabricator and construction company the Cosira Group (Cosira) reports that it is making progress on a turnkey contract, in consortium with global power generation specialist Alstom, for the wet flue gas-desulphurisation (WFGD) project for power utility’s Eskom Kusile power... 

Supplier installs SA’s largest laser-cutting machine

By: Dimakatso Motau     25th February 2011 Supplier of cutting consumables and capital equipment First Cut says that it has installed the largest laser-cutting machine in South Africa, the Maximo, for laser and profile cutting company TW Profile Services. 

Supervisors course for steel construction industry

25th February 2011 The Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) plans to launch a supervisors training programme, which will assist in meeting the need to train more supervisors for the steel construction industry, by the second quarter of this year.  

Structural steel company optimistic about growth

25th February 2011 Structural engineering company B&T Steel warns that recent increases in steel prices, as a result of the flooding in Queensland, Australia, is having a devastating impact on the profit margins of projects for which prices were quoted in 2010. 

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