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China iron-ore futures snap 3-day losing streak on robust steel sector

By: Reuters     25th July 2017 Chinese iron ore futures broke a three-day losing streak on Tuesday, showing strong gains as investors refocused on China's robust steel sector and as some of the world's biggest suppliers struggle to meet output targets. Hefty price gains in copper and nickel markets, closely linked to China's... 

Arteor Exclusive developed for global projects

     21st July 2017 Global electrical and digital building infrastructures specialist Legrand’s range of Arteor wiring devices now encompasses the new ‘Arteor Exclusive’ portfolio, which has been developed for projects globally. Legrand highlights that these demand more than standard electrical fittings. The range... 

Arteor Exclusive developed for global projects
IMPRINTED Legrand’s Tattoo collection, with intricate patterns, is the inspiration of urban culture

Global steel output up 3.2% y/y in June

     20th July 2017 Global steel production rose by 3.2% year-on-year to 141-million tonnes in June, the World Steel Association (worldsteel) has reported. This brought global steel output for the six months to June 30 to 836-million tonnes, a 4.5% year-on-year increase. 

AMSA predicts sharply higher H1 loss

By: Reuters     20th July 2017 Steelmaker ArcelorMittal South Africa expects first-half headline losses to increase by over 200% because of higher costs, the company said on Thursday. The company, majority-owned by ArcelorMittal, forecast a headline loss per share in a range of 143 and 152 cents for the six months ended 30... 

US steel tariffs likely to trigger swift EU 'safeguard' – sources

By: Reuters     20th July 2017 US President Donald Trump's plan to impose steel import tariffs for national security reasons would likely trigger a swift "safeguard" action by the European Union, political and industry sources said. Resorting to a Cold War-era law, Trump has initiated a 'Section 232' review of the US steel... 

Over halfway into the year, steel outshines oil markets

By: Reuters     19th July 2017 Over halfway into 2017, China's steel market has been the best performer among key Asian commodities because of cuts in low-grade steel production capacity that have reduced supply as demand has remained surprisingly strong. However, oil markets have been the worst performer despite a pledge by... 

Numsa warns ‘intransigent’ employers in engineering sector of possible strike 

By: African News Agency      18th July 2017 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) on Tuesday slammed “intransigent” employers in the engineering sector and warned of a “total shutdown” in the industry. This comes after Numsa declared a dispute with employers in the engineering sector following deadlock in wage... 

Process Pipes

By: Zandile Mavuso     18th July 2017 With 47 years’ expertise in the pipes industry, wholesale carbon and mild steel pipes, fittings and flanges wholesaler Process Pipe has established a national footprint in South Africa, with branches in Gauteng (Alrode), KwaZulu-Natal (Jacobs) and two branches in the Western Cape (Belville and... 

Impending strike could lead to more retrenchments in steel industry, Solidarity warns

By: Anine Kilian     17th July 2017 Trade union Solidarity on Monday said the impending strike in the steel industry would have a negative impact, both on the domestic steel industry and the country’s economy, as well as on job opportunities in the sector. This comes after the South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) had... 

Seifsa appoints new economists

By: Anine Kilian     17th July 2017 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has appointed Dr Michael Ade chief economist and Marique-Mari Kruger economist with effect from July 17 and August 1, respectively. Ade will join Seifsa from the South African Revenue Service where he is capacity director... 

Supplier completes first phase of cable-clamping project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th July 2017 Industrial equipment supplier Banding & Identification Solutions Africa completed the first roll-out phase of its Ultra-Lok cable clamping system at petrochemicals giant Sasol’s facility in Secunda, Mpumalanga, last month.  

Supplier completes  first phase of  cable-clamping project
NO-STEAL SOLUTION The Ultra-Lok tool modernises the process of cable bundling, resulting in the cables being secured on cable trays with tamperproof clamps that are difficult to remove

Solidarity ready to pursue bilateral talks to avoid metals sector strike

By: Terence Creamer     13th July 2017 Trade union Solidarity announced on Thursday that it would pursue bilateral talks with employer organisations in the metals and engineering sector in a bid to break a three-week deadlock in wage negotiations. Talks at the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC) broke down on... 

Solidarity ready to pursue bilateral talks to avoid metals sector strike

Seifsa and Neasa in war of words as metals sector strike looms

By: Terence Creamer     12th July 2017 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has described suggestions that it is only representing the interests of large employers in the metals and engineering sector as malicious “propaganda”, arguing that it “fights hard” to represent both small and big... 

Seifsa and Neasa in war of words as metals sector strike looms

Manufacturing output down 0.8% y/y in May

By: Reuters     11th July 2017 South Africa's manufacturing output fell 0.8% year-on-year in May, contracting less than expected, after falling by 4.2% in April, Statistics South Africa said on Tuesday. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast manufacturing volumes would contract by 4.5% year-on-year in May. 

Scaw Metals partners with Crosby

By: Anine Kilian     10th July 2017 Specialist steel manufacturer Scaw Metals Group’s Distribution Network has extended its cooperation with rigging extension manufacturer Crosby by adding Crosby platinum line Gr100 chain fittings to its product offering. The Crosby platinum line of chain fittings is a complete range of grade 100... 

Eurofer ups EU steel demand forecast, warns on 'disastrous' US tariff plan

By: Reuters     10th July 2017 European steel association Eurofer raised its 2017 EU steel demand forecast on Monday but said isolationist measures such as a US plan to levy steel tariffs on national security grounds could be disastrous for global trade flows. Eurofer said apparent EU steel demand, which includes inventory... 

Merkel calls for G20 compromise as crunch climate talks start

By: Reuters     7th July 2017 German Chancellor Angela Merkel pressed fellow Group of 20 leaders to compromise at the start of talks on climate and trade that have pitted US President Donald Trump against virtually every other country in the club of leading economies. The host of the G20 summit addressed her counterparts on... 

AMSA unveils first phase of incubation hub to support emerging industrialists

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th July 2017 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) on Friday unveiled the completed first phase of its new 1 600 m2 steel industry incubation hub, in Vanderbijlpark, which has been set up to help develop industrialists to be absorbed into its procurement supply chain. The R30-million Matlafatso... 

Numsa warns of imminent metals, engineering industry strike

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     7th July 2017 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) on Friday warned of an imminent strike in the local metals and engineering sector, after the latest round of negotiations reached a deadlock on Thursday. The union is demanding a two-year 15% wage increase across the board, based on the... 

CSIR collaboration leads to the first locally manufactured aluminium valve

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th July 2017 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) collaboration with local butterfly valve manufacturer Paltechnologies (Paltech) has resulted in the successful development of a standard 80 mm diameter aluminium butterfly valve for use on electrical power transformers. The Paltech... 

Commissioning activities under way at pipeline

By: Simone Liedtke     7th July 2017 Packaging company Nampak Glass in May commissioned a 1-km-long, high-pressure underground gas pipeline that was constructed by multidisciplinary corporation Saiyl. 

Commissioning activities under way at pipeline
NAMPAK STATION This underground pipeline ties into the newly constructed Nampak Pressure Reduction Station in Germiston

Control system minimises dust escape during grab discharge

By: Simone Liedtke     7th July 2017 Materials handling equipment supplier BLT South Africa’s Samson travelling Eco-Hoppers have an effective dust control system that minimises the escape of dust during the grab discharge cycle. 

Control system minimises dust escape during grab discharge
DUST CONTROL The grab discharge cycle includes transferring materials down the line using handling systems

Domestic steel demand forecast to grow despite industry challenges

     7th July 2017 While domestic demand for steel and steel products is expected to grow by 1.2%, forecasts South African trade union Solidarity deputy general secretary Marius Croucamp, he adds that the steel industry is facing serious challenges, both at a primary steel producing level and in the downstream... 

Filter standard replacement to occur over 18-month transition period

     7th July 2017 The new test standard for International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 16890, for filter testing and assessment, replaced European Standard (EN) 779 as of January this year, with a transition period of 18 months. 

Filter standard replacement to occur over 18-month transition period
SHIFTING PARADIGM This new method for the evaluation of air filter elements represents a paradigm shift

Locally produced engineering steel declining

By: Nica Schreuder     7th July 2017 It has become cheaper to import finished products manufactured  overseas  than to manufacture engineering steel in the country, which has resulted in more than half the country’s foundries closing down, laments specialised steel and industry expertise company Special Steels MD Byron Ferguson. He... 

Locally produced engineering steel declining
HIGH PROFILE Hydraulic cyclinder components being cut from a 300 mm carbon steel plate at Special Steels

Need for accurate designs of dosing systems 

By: Simone Liedtke     7th July 2017 The designs for dosing systems in the gas and fumes industries have to be accurate to ensure safety, says chemical dosing and pumping applications supplier Packaged Metering and Pumping Solutions (PMPS) technical director David O’Neill. 

Need for accurate designs of dosing systems
Packaged Metering and Pumping Solutions’ David O’Neill talks about the company’s strategies with regards to the fracking process. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

New-generation Sentient hand-held unit for gas detection

     7th July 2017 The new generation Ingress Protection 68 rated Sentient handheld unit is widely regarded as the most cost effective, sophisticated and low maintenance gas detection device in the mining industry today. 

New-generation Sentient hand-held unit for  gas detection
GAS DETECTION SYSTEMS This instrument was developed by Booyco Electronics, specifically to improve safety in any confined spaces

Particulate matter a national concern

By: Simone Liedtke     7th July 2017 Owing to government’s 2020 target that air quality in all low-income settlements should be in full compliance with ambient air quality standards, mineral processing company MIP Process Technologies (MIP) MD Philip Hoff says particulate matter is, therefore, a national concern. 

Particulate matter a national concern
PHILIP HOFF MIP invests in young engineers and has, in the past, offered bursaries to chemical engineering students

Rustenburg scrubber upgrade project set for completion

By: Simone Liedtke     7th July 2017 Chemicals and process engineering company Lodestone Engineering is set to complete the supply of equipment as part of an upgrade to an existing large wet scrubber for a major platinum producer in Rustenburg by the end of this month. 

Rustenburg scrubber upgrade project set for completion
UPGRADED SCRUBBER Valued at about R10-million the overall project upgrades an existing 3.6-m-diameter scrubber

Steel remains invaluable commodity, despite decline

By: Nica Schreuder     7th July 2017 Despite the decrease in demand in the local steel industry, the industry remains invaluable to South Africa’s economy, says local provider of high-quality global electrical, automation, mechanical, consumable and capital equipment products, Elquip Solutions MD Mike Cronin. He explains that steel... 

Steel remains invaluable commodity, despite decline
DYNAMIC AUTOMATION Tooling and machinery company Elquip Solutions’ dynamic bandsaw, the Behringer HBE 312

Thermometer designed and tested for industry use

     7th July 2017 Handheld-products supplier Fluke - represented locally by distribution service provider Comtest - has launched the Fluke 64 MAX IR thermometer with internal memory, unattended monitoring, improved accuracy, increased battery life, as well as the precision needed to do the job accurately. 

Thermometer  designed and tested  for industry use
THERMOMETER APPLICATIONS Applications include the industrial maintenance, the electrical as well as the heating, ventilation and air conditioning industries

Strike would threaten MEIBC's continued existence – Solidarity

By: Samantha Herbst     6th July 2017 With wage negotiations in the metals and engineering sector coming to a standstill, Solidarity fears that if a strike is the result it would jeopardise the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC), the trade union said on Thursday. Trade unions and employers reached a deadlock... 

Strike would threaten MEIBC's continued existence – Solidarity
Solidarity deputy general secretary Marius Croucamp

G20 to discuss steel overcapacity as tensions simmer over US tariff plan

By: Reuters     6th July 2017 G20 leaders will discuss steel overcapacity at this week's summit in Germany, European officials said, as tensions rise over US President Donald Trump's plan to use a Cold War-era law to restrict steel imports for national security reasons. Trump launched an investigation into the matter in... 

South African stainless steel imports surged by 44% in 2016

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     5th July 2017 Imports of finished stainless steel products into South Africa surged by 44% in 2016, a survey by Southern African Stainless Steel Development Association (sassda) has revealed. This was largely owing to a flood of imported product, primarily from China. In comparison, the export of finished... 

Germany says remains to be seen what US says on steel at G20

By: Reuters     5th July 2017 Germany said it was waiting to see what US President Donald Trump's delegation had to say on the issue of over capacity in the steel industry at a summit of the Group of 20 leading economies starting in Hamburg on Friday. "I can't say in advance what the results - or individual results - of this... 

Nersa calls for comment on special pricing deal to unlock ferrosilicon production 

By: Terence Creamer     4th July 2017 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) is calling for written comments on an application by Eskom to implement a two-year incentive pricing package that will enable the restart of ferrosilicon production in the Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces. The regulator turned down an earlier... 

Nersa calls for comment on special pricing deal to unlock ferrosilicon production

China's top steel province to cut capacity to make way for new one

By: Reuters     4th July 2017 China's Hebei province will slash 11.48-million tonnes in outdated steelmaking capacity to accommodate the expansion of a new plant, part of efforts by the country's top steel-producing region to rein in surplus production. China, the world's biggest steel producer, has been shutting outdated... 

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