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Laser machine a first in Africa

By: Kimberley Smuts     3rd June 2016 South African manufacturer and distributor of cutting-edge capital equipment and consumables First Cut is aiming to complete the installation of an energy efficient Bystar fibre laser machine for a steel industry customer in November. “In Switzerland, the Bystronic laser range is currently at... 

Protecting South Africa’s steel industry 

1st June 2016 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about measures being taken to protect South Africa’s primary steel sector, as well as measure to ease strain on the downstream steel industry. 

Protecting South Africa’s steel industry
Protecting South Africa’s steel industry

‘Steel committee’ to be set up to monitor AMSA’s ‘fair pricing’ pledge 

By: Terence Creamer     26th May 2016 Government would, within weeks, finalise a “fair pricing” agreement with steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) and establish a “steel committee” to monitor implementation of the formula, which would be based on a basket of selling prices in Europe, Asia and North America. Department of... 

‘Steel committee’ to be set up to monitor AMSA’s ‘fair pricing’ pledge
Garth Strachan, Dean Macpherson and Dean Subramanian debate the fair-pricing steel 'deal'. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 26.5.2015

Metals sector forfeiting billions as imports capture 55% domestic market share 

By: Terence Creamer     26th May 2016 The share held by South African metals and engineering producers of the domestic market fell to just 45% last year as imports continued to rise, representing a material decline from a peak of over 65% in 2002. In fact, Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa chief economist... 

Metals sector forfeiting billions as imports capture 55% domestic market share
See Kgalema Motlanthe, Dean Macpherson, Dr Martyn Davies, Henk Langenhoven, Philippa Rodseth and Garth Strachan speaking about the performance of manufacturing at the Metals & Engineering Indaba. Camera Work: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva. Recorded: 26.5.2016

AMSA insists fair pricing does not equate to no price increases

By: Terence Creamer     25th May 2016 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) dismissed suggestions again on Wednesday that its deal with government to raise steel import protection in return for fairer pricing – as well as jobs and investment guarantees – precluded it from increasing prices. The JSE-listed company was... 

AMSA insists fair pricing does not equate to no price increases
AMSA chairperson Mpho Makwana

MPs demand to see Davies over steel price hikes

By: African News Agency      24th May 2016 Opposition MPs on Tuesday accused Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies of turning a blind eye to repeated steel price increases and demanded that he be called to explain government’s inaction. Democratic Alliance MP Dean McPherson said four steel price increases so far this year violated an... 

MPs demand to see Davies over steel price hikes

DTI moving to iron out local-content frustrations around Transnet contracts

By: Terence Creamer     24th May 2016 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has confirmed that it is “concerned” about whether all four of the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that have been awarded parts of a R50-billion contract to supply 1 064 electricity and diesel locomotives to Transnet will meet the minimum... 

DTI moving to iron out local-content frustrations around Transnet contracts

Global steel production down 0.5% y/y in April

By: Samantha Herbst     23rd May 2016 Despite clawing its way back in recent months from a brief slump in January and February, global crude steel production fell 0.5% year-on-year to 135-million tonnes in April, according to the World Steel Association’s (worldsteel’s) crude steel production report for April. South America was... 

Global steel production down 0.5% y/y in April

Mozambique steel plant acquired by South African manufacturer

By: Dylan Slater     20th May 2016 Following extensive negotiations with Capital Africa Steel (CAS), LionSteel South Africa (SA) has acquired the Mozambique-based steel pipe manufacturing mill Capital Star Steel SA (CSS), which is located in Matola.  

Mozambique steel  plant acquired by South African manufacturer
APPROVED ACQUISITION Cementing the deal are Capital Africa Steel CEO Edwin Hewitt, LionSteel CEO David Scheepers and LionSteel CFO Pierre Willemse

Transnet Engineering targets big rise in third-party orders as OEM strategy evolves

By: Terence Creamer     19th May 2016 The engineering unit of State-owned Transnet has set a target of securing 40% of its revenue from third-party orders by 2021, which would represent a material increase from current levels of around 12%. The bulk of Transnet Engineering’s R10-billion in yearly revenues is currently derived from... 

Transnet Engineering targets big rise in third-party orders as OEM strategy evolves
Photo by Duane Daws
Transnet chief advanced manufacturing officer Thamsanqa Jiyane

Nair confirmed as TFR chief as Transnet unveils new team

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th May 2016 Freight logistics group Transnet on Wednesday unveiled its new leadership team and structure, which the State-owned company said was in line with revisions to its operating model and its aspiration to capture new market opportunities. Group CEO Siyabonga Gama, who was recently confirmed as the... 

Nair confirmed as TFR chief as Transnet unveils new team
Photo by Duane Daws
Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama

DTI urged to consult widely on new rail, agroprocessing incentives

By: Terence Creamer     17th May 2016 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies reaffirmed on Tuesday that government planned to pursue an increasing number of sector-specific incentive schemes, with an initial focus on the creation of new incentives for the agroprocessing and railways industries. Speaking at a business briefing... 

DTI urged to consult widely on new rail, agroprocessing incentives

South East Asia venture 'part and parcel' of Denel’s growth strategy

By: Samantha Herbst     11th May 2016 Continuing to defend its joint venture (JV) with steel manufacturing group VR Laser Services to establish Denel Asia, State-owned defence industrial group Denel told the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises in Parliament on Wednesday that its decision to extend its business footprint in... 

South East Asia venture 'part and parcel' of Denel’s growth strategy

AMSA insists further protection still required despite recent price increases

By: Terence Creamer     6th May 2016 Safeguard duties, in addition to the 10% protection already introduced on a range of steel products entering South Africa, “remain critical in the short term to ensure the future sustainability of primary steel production”, ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) said on Friday. Releasing an... 

AMSA insists further protection still required despite recent price increases

Patel confirms 10% protection for two more steel products

By: Terence Creamer     21st April 2016 Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel announced on Thursday that that the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac) had recommended the imposition of a tariff duty of 10% on two additional steel products – hot rolled coil (HRC) and certain steel bars and rods.... 

Patel confirms 10% protection for two more steel products

Why are South Africa’s steel prices rising? 

21st April 2016 Creamer Media’s Samantha Herbst speaks to Engineering News editor Terence Creamer about the prospects for the embattled primary steel sector. 

Why are South Africa’s steel prices rising?

AMSA confirms another round of steel price increases from May 1

By: Terence Creamer     19th April 2016 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has confirmed yet another round of price increases on both flat- and long-steel products, announcing average increases of 10% from May 1 and reinforcing what has become an established pricing trend since the start of 2016. However, acting CEO Dean... 

AMSA confirms another round of steel price increases from May 1

Amid perceptions of steel glut, AMSA confirms long-steel shortages

By: Terence Creamer     12th April 2016 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has place allocation restrictions on domestic consumers of rebar and wire rod, owing to a combination of weak domestic orders at the end of 2015, supply disruptions and an unexpected surge in restocking-related domestic orders since the start of... 

Amid perceptions of steel glut, AMSA confirms long-steel shortages
Photo by Duane Daws
Acting AMSA CEO Dean Subramanian

IDC moves to safeguard its Highveld position ahead of asset disposals

By: Terence Creamer     4th April 2016 The State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has instituted urgent court proceedings against Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium and the company’s joint business rescue practitioners to ensure that it is not relegated to a “concurrent creditor” in the event of liquidation. The IDC... 

IDC moves to safeguard its Highveld position ahead of asset disposals

AMSA insists market changes, not protection behind April steel hikes 

By: Terence Creamer     16th March 2016 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) informed its customers this week that it would be increasing prices on a range of steel products by up to 11% from April 1, but the JSE-listed group insisted that the hikes had nothing to do with recent increases in tariff protection from 0% to 10%... 

AMSA insists market changes, not protection behind April steel hikes

Koeberg steam-generator replacement contract at an advanced stage – Areva

By: Terence Creamer     16th March 2016 French nuclear technology group Areva reports that 80% of the procurement associated with a contested contract to supply six replacement steam generators for Eskom’s Koeberg nuclear power station, in the Western Cape, has been completed and that 30% of the forgings have been delivered for... 

Koeberg steam-generator replacement contract at an advanced stage – Areva
A steam generator being manufactured at Areva's Chalon/Saint-Marcel plant

Creamer Media publishes Steel 2016: A review of South Africa's steel sector research report

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th March 2016 Creamer Media’s Steel 2016 Report examines South Africa’s steel industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into the global steel market and and particularly into South South Africa’s steel sector, including production and consumption, main producers and a brief overview of the... 

Creamer Media publishes Steel 2016: A review of South Africa's steel sector research report

R1bn Gibela factory seen as stimulating South Africa’s rail reindustrialisation 

By: Terence Creamer     4th March 2016 Ground was officially broken on Friday at the site of a new 60 000 m2 manufacturing plant, which is being built by the Gibela consortium for the production of new passenger trains for the State-owned Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA). The R1-billion facility, which is being developed... 

R1bn Gibela factory seen as stimulating South Africa’s rail reindustrialisation
Photo by Duane Daws
Transport Minister Dipuo Peters and Gibela CEO Marc Granger at the sod turning

Khumalo to take on new Scaw role after appointment as Foskor CEO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd March 2016 Steel products manufacturer Scaw Metals has announced that its executive chairperson, Ufikile Khumalo, will become nonexecutive board chairperson, in light of his appointment as Foskor CEO from April 1. The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), which owns large interests in both Scaw and... 

Khumalo to take on new Scaw role after appointment as Foskor CEO
Photo by Duane Daws
Ufikile Khumalo

Steel industry faces toughest year

By: Dylan Slater     26th February 2016 As local steel demand stagnates and exports decrease, various steel industry role-players and industry analysts have predicted this year will be the toughest one for local steel manufacturers, as companies have been forced to mothball or sell plants, cut jobs and even close operations.  

Steel industry faces toughest year
SURVIVAL The Southern African Institute of Steel Construction says the local steel construction industry will survive the current challenging environment owing to years of resilience

Scrap metal issue requires inclusive industry debate

By: Dylan Slater     26th February 2016 The recent concerns regarding the proposed amendments to the price preference system (PPS) policy guidelines for local scrap metal require debate and input from all role-players, such as exporters of and domestic users of scrap metal, says steel industry representative organisation the Southern... 

Scrap metal issue requires inclusive industry debate
Photo by Duane Daws
PRECIOUS RESOURCE Scrap metal should be retained in South Africa and used as a national resource to decrease the price of local steel

Steel major punts preferential pricing for scrap metal

By: Dylan Slater     26th February 2016 Steel manufacturing major Scaw Metals is supporting the proposed amendments to the price preference system (PPS) policy guidelines for local scrap metal.  

Steel major punts preferential pricing  for scrap metal
SUSTAINING PRODUCTION Scaw Metals plans to use the new price preference system for scrap metal to sustain jobs in the steel industry

Call for entries for Steel Awards 2016

26th February 2016 Steel construction industry representative organisation the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) is calling for entries for its Steel Awards 2016, which will take place simultaneously in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town on September 15.  

Call for entries for Steel Awards 2016
2015 WINNER The Overall Winner at Steel Awards 2015 was the MeerKAT project of the Square Kilometre Array Africa Radio Antenna Positioner

Equipment provider amasses solutions for steel

26th February 2016 Boksburg-based capital equipment and consumables provider Elquip Solutions provides a range of steel-related products, and products for coil processing and fabrication industries, which it sources from leading brands in the international market.  

Equipment provider amasses  solutions for steel
MIKE CRONIN Elquip has extensive knowledge of the South African tube and pipe industry

Lack of planning to address slow economic growth worrying – Seifsa

By: David Oliveira     25th February 2016 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has welcomed government’s announced efforts to reduce its expenditure; however, the organisation remained concerned about the lack of concrete plans to address the country’s slow economic growth. Speaking a day after... 

Lack of planning to address slow economic growth worrying – Seifsa
Photo by Duane Daws
Seifsa chief economist Henk Langenhoven

Enviro department says it’s not to blame for Highveld Steel closure

By: African News Agency      22nd February 2016 The environmental affairs department on Sunday refuted claims that it had in any way scuppered the possible sale of Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium, thus forcing the company’s closure. “While no direct blame has been laid at the door of the department, business-rescue practitioners have... 

Enviro department says it’s not to blame for Highveld Steel closure

Unions urge govt to prevent Highveld collapse 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th February 2016 Trade unions Solidarity and the National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa) have urged government to intervene in the collapse of Highveld Steel & Vanadium to prevent the loss of a strategic player and thousands of skilled jobs. The steel major on Tuesday issued notice to 1 800 of its staff members as... 

Unions urge govt to prevent Highveld collapse

AMSA’s R1.5bn competition settlement part of bigger image makeover to win steel protection  

By: Terence Creamer     12th February 2016 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has made a R1.5-billion proposal to the Competition Commission to settle all outstanding matters against the company – if approved, it would be the largest competition-related fine ever paid by a single South African entity. Departing CEO Paul... 

AMSA’s R1.5bn competition settlement part of bigger image makeover to win steel protection
Departing ArcelorMittal South Africa CEO Paul O’Flaherty on the new steel pricing model being pursued with government. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 12.2.2016.

Government, steel producers discuss support measures 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th February 2016 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the potential measures that could be implemented to assist the domestic steel producers amid difficult market conditions. 

Government, steel producers discuss support measures
Government, steel producers discuss support measures

Labour department pulls back from Highveld training layoff scheme after deal fails

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th February 2016 Steel producer Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium announced on Wednesday that the Department of Labour had put a “pause” to Training Layoff Scheme (TLS) payments in response to confirmation that the proposed sale of the business to International Resources Limited (IRL), of China, had failed. The... 

Labour department pulls back from Highveld training layoff scheme after deal fails

With steel protection set to widen, focus turns to downstream risks

By: Terence Creamer     10th February 2016 With confirmation that government and the steel industry are close to finalising a package of measures designed to preserve the future of the embattled primary steel sector, there are concerns that domestic steel consuming industries could be squeezed between tariff-protected domestic steel... 

With steel protection set to widen, focus turns to downstream risks

Highveld units for sale as ‘going concerns’ after holistic deal collapses

By: Terence Creamer     8th February 2016 The Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium business rescue practitioners will now seek to sell individual components of the enterprise as going concerns following a failure to consummate the sale of the entire business to International Resources Limited (IRL), of China. The transaction collapsed after... 

Highveld units for sale as ‘going concerns’ after holistic deal collapses

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