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Global steel body hikes demand forecasts, but says risks remain

By: Reuters     16th October 2018 The World Steel Association on Tuesday doubled its 2018 and 2019 forecasts for growth in global demand for the material used in everything from cars to construction, but said that trade tensions were clouding the outlook for the sector. The caution over trade from a body that represents 85% of... 

Connecting international expertise to South African opportunities

By: Shannon de Ryhove     12th October 2018 European alliance partner company GC Top Technologies — an Italian company based in South Africa — aims to connect international suppliers of the best available technologies with South African clients that require improved efficiency, enhanced productivity and environment-friendly solutions. The... 

AMSA seeks growth opportunities in sub-Saharan Africa amid muted domestic steel demand

By: Nadine James     10th October 2018 In light of weak domestic demand, ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has implemented a strategy to enhance its short-term profitability and cashflow, thereby, ensuring the business’ sustainability and positioning it to exploit growth in the sub-Saharan Africa region, says CEO Kobus Verster. During... 

 AMSA seeks growth opportunities in sub-Saharan Africa amid muted domestic steel demand
Photo by ARCELORMITTAL
ArcelorMittal Vanderbijlparjk Works

Trade rules need to address Chinese excess capacity – EU's Moscovici

By: Reuters     10th October 2018 Any rewrite of global trading rules must deal with the issue of excess industrial capacity in China, European Commission Economic Commissioner Pierre Moscovici said on Wednesday. "We absolutely need to address the issue of overcapacities in China. Nobody can say that this is not a problem. This... 

Turkey puts import quotas on steel – WTO filing

By: Reuters     8th October 2018 Turkey will introduce quotas on the amount of steel it imports from Oct. 17, with an additional 25% duty on any imports above the quotas, it said in a filing published by the World Trade Organization on Monday, blaming a surge in imports. It said it had begun investigating the case for emergency... 

Dube TradePort continues to inject billions into local economy, job creation – MEC

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd October 2018 The Dube TradePort, which incorporates the King Shaka International Airport, has in the past ten years invested R11.5-billion into the South African economy and created nearly 100 000 jobs, KwaZulu-Natal Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs MEC Sihle Zikalala said on Tuesday.... 

China's at 'peak steel' right now, top iron-ore shipper says

By: Bloomberg     2nd October 2018 The world’s largest steel market is about to go into reverse. Production in China will peak in 2018 and then shrink next year as local demand drops, according to forecasts from the Australian government, which says the shift will add to headwinds for core ingredient iron ore. Mainland steel... 

Absa PMI weakens further in September

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st October 2018 The Absa Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) remained virtually unchanged at a weak level of 43.2 points in September. The latest figure dashed hopes that the sharp PMI decline in August – to 43.4 points, down from July’s 51.5 points – was a one-off occurrence. The August figure was already an... 

AMSA to finalise Macsteel sale by Dec

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th September 2018 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa’s (AMSA’s) shareholders on Thursday approved the sale of AMSA’s 50% indirect interest in Netherlands-based Macsteel International Holdings (MIH) to a subsidiary of Macsteel Holdings Luxembourg for $220-million, or R2.8-billion. AMSA advised that the... 

WTO cuts world merchandise trade forecasts for 2018 and 2019

By: Reuters     27th September 2018 World trade growth is likely to be slower than previously thought in 2018 and 2019, although the direct economic effects of a trade war that has blown up this year have been modest so far, the World Trade Organization (WTO) said on Thursday. The WTO forecast world trade in goods would grow by... 

EU regulators to rule on Thyssenkrupp, Tata Steel venture by Oct 30

By: Reuters     26th September 2018 European Union (EU) antitrust regulators will decide by October 30 whether to allow Germany's Thyssenkrupp and India's Tata Steel to create Europe's No. 2 steelmaker, the European Commission said on Wednesday. The companies unveiled their plan for a steel joint venture in July after two years of... 

Global crude steel production rises 2.6% y/y in August

By: Simone Liedtke     25th September 2018 Global crude steel production increased by 2.6% year-on-year to 151.7-million tonnes in August, the World Steel Association (worldsteel) reports. According to the data, which was released on Tuesday, China’s crude steel production for August was 80.3-million tonnes, an increase of 2.7% compared... 

Africa’s metals, engineering cluster needs to do more to attract investment 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st September 2018 Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) chief economist Dr Michael Ade has declared Africa’s metals and engineering sector open for business. Ade was addressing delegates on the second day of Seifsa’s fourth annual Metals and Engineering Indaba, in Johannesburg. 

Africa’s metals, engineering cluster needs to do more to attract investment
Seifsa chief economist Dr Michael Ade talks about the need for South Africa's metals and engineering sector to increase its exports throughout Africa, while IFC senior investment officer Paul Mukasa discusses financing in Africa. Video and editing: Darlene Creamer.

AMSA appoints new CFO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st September 2018 Avinash Desmond Maharaj has been appointed CFO and executive director of ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA), effective October 1. He has a Master’s degree in Finance and is a qualified chartered accountant. 

PIC foresees great opportunity in investing in early stage tech-driven companies

By: Kim Cloete     14th September 2018 The Public Investment Corporation (PIC) has outlined its vision for its recently launched R2-billion fund aimed at early-stage tech-driven companies. PIC executive head of research Sholto Dolamo told a Frost & Sullivan CEO Think Tank, in Cape Town, that the PIC was venturing beyond its... 

India's steel minister wants import duty on coking coal scrapped

By: Reuters     13th September 2018 India's steel minister said on Thursday he wanted the finance ministry to scrap the 2.5% duty on imports of coking coal, a key steelmaking raw material, to limit input costs. "We are pursuing a cut," Chaudhary Birender Singh told reporters. "We want to make it zero. It cannot be 2.5% to 2%." 

Aveng expects to wrap up noncore disposals by June 2019

By: Terence Creamer     7th September 2018 Embattled construction group Aveng expects to finalise the disposal of all noncore businesses by June 2019. Following a strategic review, the JSE-listed company identified Aveng Trident Steel, Aveng Grinaker-LTA, Aveng Manufacturing, as well as certain properties and other assets, for sale. 

Aveng expects to wrap up noncore disposals by June 2019

South African farmers play chicken with Trump tariffs

By: Reuters     29th August 2018 Herman Pretorius is just the kind of white South African farmer US President Donald Trump expressed concern for when he barged into the country's delicate land reform debate by ordering an investigation into the "large-scale killing of farmers". But for the greying, bespectacled 58-year-old,... 

US poultry industry to urge retaliation if South Africa ends quota

By: Reuters     22nd August 2018 The United States poultry industry will press its government to retaliate if South Africa suspends a quota that excludes some US imports from an anti-dumping tariff, the head of a poultry trade group said. The South African Poultry Association (SAPA) has filed a lawsuit seeking to force the... 

Turkey initiates WTO dispute complaint over additional US tariffs

By: Reuters     21st August 2018 Turkey has initiated a dispute complaint with the World Trade Organisation (WTO) against additional tariffs imposed by the US on Turkish steel and aluminium imports, the WTO said on Monday. The move was previously flagged by Turkish officials and comes after President Donald Trump this month said... 

Trump says his steel tariffs will save the US industry – WSJ

By: Reuters     16th August 2018 President Donald Trump said on Wednesday his tariffs on foreign steel are saving the US industry and he predicted that in the future American steelmakers will mostly face domestic competition, the Wall Street Journal reported. In a 20-minute interview with the newspaper, Trump said some people... 

China coal output hits lowest in years, but heatwave boosts power generation

By: Reuters     14th August 2018 China's coal output fell 2% in July to its lowest in years as Beijing's crackdown on polluting industries crimped mining in the world's top consumer of the fuel, driving import demand as hot weather boosted thermal power generation. The country produced 281.5-million tonnes of coal in July, down... 

India's Tata Steel Q1 profit more than doubles, lags forecasts

By: Reuters     13th August 2018 Indian steelmaker Tata Steel said on Monday quarterly net profit more than doubled, but it was well below market expectations as a result of a one-off charge. Net profit was 19.34-billion rupees ($276-million), compared to a profit of 9.21-billion rupees a year earlier, Tata said. 

Solidarity reaches wage agreement with AMSA

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th August 2018 Trade union Solidarity has reached common ground with steel giant ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) and has signed a wage agreement that is “favourable to all parties”. This follows after the union on July 13 referred its dispute with AMSA to the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining... 

Mathe Group ups tyre processing by 35%, grows steel exports

By: Irma Venter     7th August 2018 The KwaZulu-Natal-based Mathe Group, South Africa’s largest tyre recycler, has developed two steel by-products that are being exported to Australia and Korea in growing quantities. Dr Mehran Zarrebini, head of British investment group PFE International, which is one of the major shareholders in... 

Mathe Group ups tyre processing by 35%, grows steel exports

Steel mills in China's Hebei cut output due to power shortage

By: Reuters     6th August 2018 Some steel mills in Hebei, China's top steelmaking province, have been ordered to curb operations due to power shortages in the region, industrial sources said. Power grid loading in late July in southern areas of Hebei reached 36.57 gigawatts (GW), the highest on record, as a heatwave spurred... 

Eskom pilots incentive designed to claw back 5 TWh of energy-intensive demand 

By: Terence Creamer     6th August 2018 State-owned electricity producer Eskom has confirmed that it has entered into a sales incentive pilot programme with nine large industrial customers in a bid to stabilise sales to electricity-intensive industries. The two-year sales incentive pilot programme, which commenced on June 1, has the... 

Eskom pilots incentive designed to claw back 5 TWh of energy-intensive demand

Japan steelmakers shrug off US tariffs in earnings but warn on automobile duties

By: Reuters     2nd August 2018 Japanese steelmakers reported little fallout in their first-quarter earnings from the US import tariffs on steel, but they all voiced growing concerns over possible US duties on automobiles which could hurt a wide range of Japan's industries. US President Donald Trump ordered a national security... 

New graphite factory bolsters mining, foundry product offerings

By: Schalk Burger     2nd August 2018 A new graphite facility, Graphite Freezeline Solutions, was opened last month on industrial engineering firm Thos Begbie’s manufacturing campus, in Middelburg. It will reduce the time to manufacture products that include graphite components, especially for the mining and foundry industry, says... 

New graphite factory bolsters mining, foundry product offerings
GFS FACILITY OPENING Hercules van der Merwe at the Graphite Freezeline Solutions facility opening

AMSA studies new Vanderbijl electric arc furnace as it moves to restart Vereeniging mill 

By: Terence Creamer     1st August 2018 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA), which announced its first interim profit in six years and may be on track to deliver its first full year profit since 2010, has initiated a study for the construction of a new electric arc furnace (EAF) at its Vanderbijlpark mill and has also... 

AMSA studies new Vanderbijl electric arc furnace as it moves to restart Vereeniging mill
AMSA CEO Kobus Verster

AMSA swings to H1 profit

By: Reuters     1st August 2018 ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) swung back to a modest profit in the first half of the financial year, boosted by higher steel prices and upbeat sale volumes, the firm said on Wednesday. Diluted headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the six months ended 30 June, 2018, is 5c a share compared... 

AMSA swings to H1 profit

IDC open to ‘all options’ for turning around Foskor as impairments surge  

By: Terence Creamer     31st July 2018 The State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) reported a sharp rise in impairments during its 2018 financial year, which surged 178% to R2.7-billion, from R954-million in 2017. Impairments as a percentage of total financing also increased to R4.9-billion (R2.1-billion), or 17.4%, only... 

IDC open to ‘all options’ for turning around Foskor as impairments surge
IDC CFO Nonkululeko Dlamini and CEO Geoffrey Qhena discuss the rise in impairments in the 2018 financial year, while IDC chairperson Busisiwe Mabuza outlines the need for policy certainty. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Turkish steel makers eye exports to West Africa amid US tariff setbacks

By: Reuters     31st July 2018 Turkish steel makers are looking to expand in West Africa and other emerging markets in response to tariffs and planned quotas which threaten their sales to the United States and the European Union (EU), a senior sector official said. Namik Ekinci, board chairperson for the Turkish Steel Foreign... 

Global steel output jumps in H1 as strong margins tempt mills to ramp up

By: Reuters     26th July 2018 Global crude steel output, a gauge of economic health, rose 4.6% in the first half of this year versus the same period last year, as strong margins prompted mills in major producing countries to ramp up, industry data showed on Thursday. Crude steel production for the 64 countries reporting to... 

WTO chief sees trade war ending in political talks

By: Reuters     26th July 2018 The nascent global trade war will have to be ended by a political agreement between world leaders, because continuing down the current path will only damage the global economy, the head of the World Trade Organization said on Wednesday. WTO Director General Roberto Azevedo said that world leaders... 

South Africa 'collateral damage' in US-led global trading war – Davies

By: African News Agency      25th July 2018 South Africa has become "collateral damage" in the trading war involving mainly the United States, China, Canada and the European Union, with tariffs imports on its steel exports, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies said on Wednesday. Global tensions have flared up as other countries hit... 

South Africa 'collateral damage' in US-led global trading war – Davies

Solidarity unhappy with AMSA's wage offer

By: Simone Liedtke     24th July 2018 Trade union Solidarity has called ArcelorMittal South Africa’s (AMSA’s) proposed wage offer for this year “nothing but a slap in the face of hard-working employees”. The union on Tuesday said AMSA had proposed an increase of 6.5% in its contribution to employees’ medical aids. 

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