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Steel

Steel producer to improve health and safety standards

11th July 2008 The world’s largest steel production company, ArcelorMittal has signed health and safety agreements with a number of workers’ unions in order to improve health and safety standards at its operations. 

100%-plus membership growth for light steel frame building association

11th July 2008 Light-steel frame building association, the Southern African Light Steel Frame Building Association (Sasfa) has reported a growth rate of more then 100% in member companies in the past year, reports the association. 

Steel producer initiates African expansion

11th July 2008 The continent's biggest steel producer, ArcelorMittal South Africa, has initiated the establishment of its sub-Saharan footprint by opening a rod mill in Mozambique, reports the company. 

Steel facility expansion to streamline manufacturing process

By: Jonathan Faurie     11th July 2008 The capacity expansion of steel fabrication company Cosira Group's production facility in Vulcania, Brakpan, is on track to significantly streamline the company's manufacturing process and improve production, reports the company. 

Competition Tribunal could force steel industry divestiture

By: Jonathan Faurie     11th July 2008 South African fair-business watchdog, the Competition Tribunal, could enforce divestiture in South Africa's steel industry should it feel that steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa is not adhering to rulings placed onto it by the Competition Commission late last year, a top competition-law... 

Building company introduces green building system.

By: Jonathan Faurie     11th July 2008 Steel framework building company Vela Steel Building Systems has successfully introduced its 'green' building system into the building industry. 

BEE deal benefits steel company

By: Jonathan Faurie     11th July 2008 The recent R270-million black economic-empowerment (BEE) deal between steel company VR Laser Services and steel industry businessman Benny Jiyane has benefited the company by opening it up to be eligible for Government tender contracts, reports VR Laser Services marketing director Jiyane.  

Energy crisis a concern for South African steel industry

By: Jonathan Faurie     29th February 2008 The current national energy crises that is affecting the country is set to have far reaching effects in the South African steel industry, report a number of industry stakeholders. 

Green demand inspires automotive body reinvention

29th February 2008 In the quest for more environmentally friendly automobiles, global steel companies have expressed aims to reinvent the steel automobile body industry. 

Steel producers results raise the bar for 2008

29th February 2008 After achieving its second best financial year in the company’s history in 2007, steel producer Highveld Steel & Vanadium has a positive outlook for the year ahead. 

Steel producer begins furnace reline project

29th February 2008 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa has started work on a R273-million reline of its Saldanha Works furnaces. 

Project house improves stainless steel offering

29th February 2008 To improve its service to French stainless steel customers, and in line with its strategy to increase sales to end-users and project customers, project house Outokumpu will expand its stock and processing capability in France. 

Skills shortage threatens the steel construction industry

By: Jonathan Faurie     29th February 2008 The current worldwide skills shortage is a matter of increasing concern reports the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc). 

Training programme to improve health and safety at iron and steel companies

29th February 2008 The Department of Labour is offering to train health and safety shop stewards in an effort to increase health and safety standards at iron and steel plants. 

Association releases new low-rise light steel frame building code 

29th February 2008 The Southern African Light Steel Frame Building Association (Sasfa) has released new building codes for low-rise light steel frame buildings. 

Steelworks undergoes safety, heaalth, and environmental upgrade

29th February 2008 South Africa's biggest steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa announced that it has given approval for R343,8-million in capital expenditure at its Newcastle works to improve the plant's production capacity as well as improve its safety, health and environmental impact to bring it in... 

World Cup elation for steel company

By: Jonathan Faurie     29th February 2008 Steel producer DSE, part of the Aveng Group of companies, has contributed a significant amount of steel to the World Cup stadiums that are currently under construction for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. 

New testing solution for steel industry

29th February 2008 Through an extensive research process, a new testing solution for the steel industry has been found. 

Stainless steel growth slows but trend remains positive

By: Jonathan Faurie     29th February 2008 The Southern African stainless steel industry grew by just over 1% in calendar 2007 to a total apparent consumption of 197 070, surpassing 2006 figure of 194 916 tons, reports the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda).  

Capacity expansion for steel foundry

By: Jonathan Faurie     29th February 2008 Steel foundry Matt Cast Supplies has recently purchased a new spectrometer as part of the company’s ongoing capacity expansion programme. 

Steel construction industry rides demand wave peak

13th July 2007 The steel construction industry in South Africa is probably at its most buoyant in history says Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) executive director Dr Hennie de Clercq. 

Heavy steel structure designers in high demand

13th July 2007 The Southern African Institute of Steel Construction�s (SAISC) first short course on the design of heavy industrial buildings which ran in May 2007 in response to the huge demand for heavy industrial structure designers in South Africa, was so successful that the institute plans to run it again... 

Structural steel junior has major ambitions

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     13th July 2007 Structural steel fabricator Midvaal Structures of Randvaal is expanding capacity at its facility to 40 000 m2 and building a new workshop, which will feature a gantry measuring 1500 m2 and lifting capacity of five t, CEO Mario Stoltz reports. 

Steel fabricator scales up to meet SA infrastructure boom

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     13th July 2007 Local structural steel company DSE, a division of Grinaker LTA M&E which is in the JSE-listed Aveng stable, is gearing up for a sharp rise in structural steel demand. 

New high-strength steel matches roll-forming requirements

13th July 2007 Steel company SSAB Swedish Steel has developed Docol Roll, an advanced high strength steel matched specifically to roll forming. 

Steel structures impress at 2007 steel awards

13th July 2007 The entries received for the 2007 Steel Awards, the 26th such event to be hosted by the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC), displayed creativity, ingenuity and innovation in the design and use of structural steel, SAISC executive director Dr Hennie de Clercq says. 

Successful steel industry needs skills development - Seifsa

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     13th July 2007 With demand for skills on the increase in the construction arena, a shortage of skilled workers in the steel industry is no exception. 

Steel fabricator expands as construction economy boils over

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     13th July 2007 Steel profiler, SS Profiling is expanding its facilities near Brits, in South Africa’s North West province, to cater for future demand from its customers, which are engaged mostly in construction-related activities. 

Steel coatings company secures major pipeline project

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     13th July 2007 Protective Coatings company Sigma Coatings has secured the supply for the internal lining of a second large water steel pipeline project termed the Western Aquaduct. 

Steel exports fuel SA's production growth

13th July 2007 The South African steel industry is growing and keeping up with world trends,the South African Iron and Steel Institute (SAISI) reports. 

China's stomach for steel

13th July 2007 Global crude steel production increased some 9% last year from 1,14-billion tons to 1,24-billion tons, with China, the world�s largest steel producer, contributing some 34% to total global production and some 64% of production growth recorded during the year reports Creamer Media�s Research... 

New fastening tool hopes to tie up construction-site loose ends

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     13th July 2007 A new automated steel reinforcement fastener promises to cut down on time spent fastening rebar on construction sites. 

Lightweight steel frames lighten the load for local construction

13th July 2007 Lightweight steel roof trusses are making an impact on the local market, Vela Steel Building Systems (Vela SBS) managing director Brent Harris says. 

African giant looks 'long' for next million

By: Guy Copans     29th June 2007 Mittal Steel South Africa�s capital expenditure (capex) programme is guaranteed to contribute, by the end of 2008, an additional million tons of capacity a year to its steel plants at Vanderbijlpark, Saldahna and Newcastle, says Mittal Steel SA CEO Rick Reato. 

Refractory reline contract completed

29th June 2007 Turnkey refractory project specialist The Dickinson Group was awarded a contract for the installation of refractories of blast furnace d in Mittal Steel�s capital expenditure programme. The contract included the supply of in excess of 1500 t of refractory materials and anchors. 

R80m boiler part of waste-to-energy plan

By: Jonathan Faurie     29th June 2007 South African company Babcock Africa, through its division, Babcock Engineering, will design, supply, manufacture, install and commission two 55-t/h waste-heat boilers for the Vanderbijlpark steel plant. 

Multiple-contract civils model being deployed

By: Guy Copans     29th June 2007 Civil engineering company Group Five was awarded a civils maintenance-and new-projects contract in July 2005, to commence work on Mittal Steel�s capital expenditure (capex) project. The contract included standard maintenance work, civils work for the blast furnace d reline, the construction of an... 

SA cooling systems for DRI kilns

By: Jonathan Faurie     29th June 2007 Cooling Tower company Industrial Water Cooling (IWC) is providing cooling systems for the new direct-reduction iron (DRI) kilns installed at Mittal Steel South Africa�s Vanderbijlpark plant as part of Mittal�s capital expansion programme. 

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