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Steel

Company introduces steel-tracking system

By: Dimakatso Motau     25th February 2011 Marking and identification solutions company Traceability Solutions reports that it is introducing a new steel-tracking system for steel merchants.  

Contract to supply fencing materials ongoing

By: Dimakatso Motau     25th February 2011 Steel and engineering products supplier Stewarts & Lloyds says that it has an ongoing contract to supply one of its clients with fencing material for a contract to upgrade the fencing around a number of Gauteng government department buildings. 

Steel tube manufacturer expands product range

By: Dimakatso Motau     25th February 2011 Steel tube manufacturer Tubecon reports that it is extensively expanding its product range this year to enable it to reach more customers in a variety of industries. 

Wire manufacturer receives ISO 9001 certification

By: Dimakatso Motau     25th February 2011 High carbon steel wire manufacturer Wire Supplies & Manufacturing has received ISO 9001 certification. 

New industry standards dealt with by industry body

9th July 2010 The Southern African Light Steel Frame Building Association (SASFA) reports that the response to its specialised training courses, which aims to assist local designers with two new South African standards (what standards-awaiting verification from Suzie), has been encouraging.  

New range of high-pressure sight glasses launched

9th July 2010 Specialist steam systems company Spirax Sarco reports that it has released details of its latest range of 40 barg high-pressure sight glasses in carbon and stainless steel.  

Shop fabrication drawings of about 70 000Mt 
of steelwork achieved

9th July 2010 Engineering, procurement and construction management and consulting firm Hatch Africa reports that its detailing groups have prepared shop fabrication drawings for close to 70 000-million tons of steelwork, including steel structures of about 13 000 t.  

Special steel cladding for London railway station

9th July 2010 Producer of enamel steel products for architectural applications Vitrex reports that it has supplied the Vitraclad, a vitreous-enamelled steel cladding for the refurbishment of the Stratford railway station, in London.  

Lightweight hybrid 
structure speeds up 
project delivery

9th July 2010 Steel tube and pipe manufacturer Robor reports that its new lightweight Robor hybrid structure accounted for the successful fabrication and erection of the structural steel for local company Eureka DIY’s 11 800-m2 factory, in Stormill, Gauteng province. 

Volatile steel commodity markets demand inventory management, financing

9th July 2010 Specialist provider of trade, bridging and equity finance Chester Finance reports that over the past few years, the steel price has had an unpredictable span.  

Second quarter of 2010 may be more promising

By: Dimakatso Motau     9th July 2010 http://preditor.creamermedia.co.za/images/icons/lightning.pngStockist and distributor of steel, stainless steel and aluminium Kulungile Metals (KMG) Group steel services centres CEO Sampie van Rooyen says that the second quarter of 2010 may prove to be more promising for the steel industry, as... 

Steel supplied to major infrastructure projects

By: Dimakatso Motau     9th July 2010 Supplier of imported pressure vessels and special steel, high-grade plate and pipes Steel Services Direct (SSD) reports that it is supplying steel, pipes and wax plants to the Medupi and Kusile power stations and chemicals company Sasol. 

Growing South African footprint through acquisitions

By: Dimakatso Motau     9th July 2010 Steel processing and distribution group BSI Steel aims to grow its South African footprint and expand and reach its customer base through acquisitions. 

Turnkey project completed on schedule

By: Dimakatso Motau     9th July 2010 Manufacturer of steel structures the All A Steel Group reports that it has completed a turnkey project for transport logistic company DCB Logistics. 

Association reports low levels of steel consumption

By: Dimakatso Motau     9th July 2010 The Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) reports that the construction industry in South Africa is experiencing low levels of activity. 

Steel fabricator focuses on ongoing mining projects

By: Dimakatso Motau     9th July 2010 Structural steel fabricator Cosira reports that its work with global resources company BHP Billiton is on track. 

Steel construction company 
part of $33,8bn cement plant construction

9th July 2010 Steel construction company B & T Steel has been appointed by construction company Forca, which is one of the subcontractors working on the construction of a maintenance workshop for the $33,8-billion Ohorongo cement plant.  

World association reports steel production increase

By: Loni Prinsloo     9th July 2010 The World Steel Association reports that global steel production increased by 29,1%, in May, to 124,8-million tons of steel, compared with just over 96-million tons of steel produced in the corresponding period of 2009. 

China to remove tax rebates for some steel grades

By: Bloomberg     9th July 2010 The world’s biggest steel producer China will remove export tax rebates on some products, the first move to reduce tariffs in almost three years, amid concern that rising shipments will prompt tariffs by other countries. 

Raising the bar in steel frame construction

By: Henry Lazenby     9th July 2010 The Southern African Light Steel Frame Building Association (Sasfa) has been instrumental in the creation of a national standard for light steel frame building (LSFB) for this fledgling industry. 

Steel giant aims to expand iron-ore capacity by 66% in five years

By: Bloomberg     9th July 2010 The world’s biggest steelmaker ArcelorMittal plans to expand its iron-ore capacity by two-thirds within the next five years to protect against price volatility, says CEO Lakshmi Mittal. 

Japan steelmaker expects acceptance of steel price hikes

By: Bloomberg     9th July 2010 Japan’s second-largest steelmaker JFE Holdings reports that is expects automakers and other customers to accept increased steel prices, as raw material costs rise. 

Chinese steel 
capacity expansions continue, despite government ban

9th July 2010 Steel and raw materials research company SBB Research & Consulting reports that Chinese steel producers are ignoring government rules that ban capacity expansions. 

Global steel life-cycle inventory released

26th February 2010 The World Steel Association (Worldsteel) has released its 2010 global steel life-cycle inventory (LCI). The data sets provide data on the environmental profile of 16 key products, representative of the spectrum of steel production. 

Institute reports 
industry growth 
over next ten years

26th February 2010 There will be substantial development in the local steel construction industry over the next ten years, says Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) executive director Dr Hennie de Clercq. 

Steel factory 
refurbishment complete

By: Eleanor Seggie     26th February 2010 The upgrading project on structural engineers and contractors DSE’s Vanderbijlpark facility has been completed and launched at the end of January. The original 28 000-m2 facility, has been extended by 6 000 m,2 with total production output of the factory at 4000 t/m of steel. The facility offers... 

Local steel fabricator breaks into the South American market

By: Eleanor Seggie     26th February 2010 Steel fabrication company the Cosira group opened a new office in Santiago, Chile, in January this year. The office will service emerging and expanding mining and infrastructural sectors in South America. 

Structural steel detailing school yields first graduates

By: Eleanor Seggie     26th February 2010 Construction firm Grinaker-LTA, through its structural engineers and contractors DSE division, supplied and fabricated 3 900 t of structural steelwork for the Moses Mabhida stadium says DSE MD Kobus Marais. 

Restructured operations enhance service

By: Eleanor Seggie     26th February 2010 Steel tube and pipe manufacturer Robor has restructured its Elandsfontein operations to expand its service offering and deliver a more comprehensive, simplified approach to projects. This initiative groups all value-added services under one division with one management structure for improved... 

Light steel frame building sector recovers

26th February 2010 The light steel frame building (LSFB) sector is recovering from the recession trend, having shown growth of about 10% for the 2009 calendar year and a forecast for similar results for 2010, reports the Southern African Light Steel Frame Building Association (Sasfa). 

New machine increases production

By: Eleanor Seggie     26th February 2010 Steel construction company B&T Steel is confident that the steel demand in the county will increase and, in preparation for this, has bought an in-line computer numerical-controlled drilling and cutting machine from Germany. 

Steel industry lags behind in skills development

By: Eleanor Seggie     26th February 2010 The South African steel industry lacks technical and engineering skills and training given that, from 1998 to 2007, only 12,9% of the students enrolled across all engineering courses at universities and technikons achieved a degree or diploma (41 480 of the almost 321 460 enrolments). 

Industry buckling under price fluctuations

By: Eleanor Seggie     26th February 2010 Steel service centre VR Laser Services marketing director Benny Jiyane says that the South African steel industry is buckling under fluctuations in steel prices and the economic cycle. 

Supplier remains positive, despite strain on sales

By: Eleanor Seggie     26th February 2010 Technical products and services supplier Yale Engineering Products sales director Steven Claase reports that the company’s sales in the steel industry have dropped by between 30% and 40%, over the past year. 

Steel major seeks new iron-ore partnerships

By: Terence Creamer     26th February 2010 JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) - South African steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa is intensifying its efforts to secure control of additional iron-ore and coking coal resources in Southern Africa, and was ready to partner with black economic empowerment (BEE) companies that have secured... 

Lightweight steel solution for shopping centre

26th February 2010 A unique lightweight steel walling solution has been provided by steel solutions company Vela Steel Building Systems to construction and engineering group Grinaker-LTA for the new foodcourt and restaurant area, at the Eastgate shopping centre, in Bedfordview. Grinaker-LTA’s Building Inland... 

Local steel producer will soon be on the market

By: Petronel Smit     27th November 2009 South African steel producer Scaw Metals is one of the assets to be sold off by diversified mining group Anglo American (Anglo) in an effort to focus its activities on mining.

 

Global steel demand expected to grow in 2010

27th November 2009 Industry association the World Steel Association forecasts that apparent steel use will contract globally by -8,6% to 1,104-million tons in 2009 after declining by -1,4% in 2008, while global steel demand in 2010 is forecast to grow by 9,2% to 1,206-million tons. 

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