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Unique repair solutions have ‘unlimited’ applications

By: Robyn Wilkinson     17th November 2017 Applications for industrial lining solutions provider Groupline Projects’ (GLP’s) Armacoat and Armasteel composite repair systems seem to be “unlimited”, as the company embarks on a quest to tailor the repair solutions – tried and tested in the mining sector – for other industries, says GLP GM... 

Specialised welding enhances refurbishment capabilities

By: Robyn Wilkinson     17th November 2017 Having proven the benefits of laser beam welding for the refurbishment of industrial components in a range of experimental projects, the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) National Laser Centre (NLC) is working to commercialise this specialised technique for the South... 

Specialised welding enhances  refurbishment capabilities
PRECISION WORK Laser welding is best used in combination with other welding processes for applications that require the highly specialised capabilities

China's Chalco plans to launch Guinea bauxite mine by early 2018

By: Reuters     16th November 2017 A unit of China's biggest state-run aluminium firm, Chinalco, plans to start producing bauxite at its project in the West African nation of Guinea later this year or early in 2018, a company executive said on Thursday. Guinea's mines ministry said in August that Chalco, Chinalco's listed arm,... 

South Korea scores partial win in WTO ruling on US steel pipe duties

By: Reuters     15th November 2017 South Korea won a partial victory on Tuesday when a World Trade Organization panel ruled on its legal challenge to US anti-dumping duties on steel pipe used in the oil industry, but Seoul lost most of the arguments it had made. The WTO dispute panel faulted the US Department of Commerce for the... 

China iron-ore, steel prices rise ahead of output curbs

By: Reuters     14th November 2017 China's iron ore futures edged up on Tuesday along with prices for steel rebar, buoyed as some steel mills ramped up production a day before winter output cuts take full effect. Industrial plants in northern China have been ordered to curb output by up to 50% during the heating season that kicks... 

Japan aluminium industry may consider crafting quality assurance guidelines after Kobe Steel scandal

By: Reuters     13th November 2017 Japan's aluminium industry may consider crafting sector-wide quality assurance guidelines if it gets requests from member companies to do so in the wake of the data fabrication scandal that has engulfed Japan's Kobe Steel, the head of Japan's aluminium industry association said on Monday. Mitsuru... 

AMSA lifts Q3 production, sales amid difficult trading environment

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th November 2017 ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) increased its liquid steel production by 11.2%, or 125 000 t, in the third quarter ended September 30, despite tough trading conditions, owing to higher production at Saldanha Works as a result of the mini reline in the third quarter of last year. However, this... 

Company expands fluid technology services

     10th November 2017 Industrial product supplier Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) strategy to enhance its fluid technology services to meet growing market demand, encompasses the introduction of new products, with the latest developments in design technologies, materials and coatings. The company’s extensive range of... 

Company expands fluid technology services
VERSATILE PRODUCTS FPV diaphragm and pinch valves are available in many different materials, with various pressure ratings, for diverse sectors

1 000 locally manufactured valves sold to aid electrical power distribution

By: Nadine James     10th November 2017 National research institution Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) collaboration with valve manufacturer Paltechnologies (Paltech) has led to the first locally manufactured aluminium valve. To date, about 1 000 butterfly valves, each 80 mm in diameter, have been manufactured... 

1 000 locally manufactured valves sold to aid electrical power distribution
PALTECH BUTTERFLY VALVE Forms part of a number of products selected by Eskom for localisation

Maintenance and upgrades on cards for Platinum Corridor in 2018

By: Simone Liedtke     10th November 2017 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) private concessionaire Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concessionaire (Bakwena) will conduct several maintenance and construction projects along the South African N1/N4 routes in 2018. 

Maintenance and upgrades on cards for Platinum Corridor in 2018
Photo by Duane Daws
LIAM CLARKE Construction of a second carriageway on the N4 between the M17 and the R512 will start in January 2018

South African rail operator rebrands, expands offering

By: Mia Breytenbach     10th November 2017 Following the investment by the Pan-African Infrastructure Development Fund 2 (PAIDF2), managed by Pan-African fund manager Harith General Partners, in South African locomotive and rail operator Sheltam Group in June, the company has launched several initiatives to enhance its offering to the... 

South African rail operator rebrands, expands offering
NEW FACE New initiatives for Sheltam Group include the rebranding to Traxtion

Upcoming energy event to showcase African project opportunities  

By: Simone Liedtke     10th November 2017 A key focus point of the African Energy Indaba (AEI) – which celebrates its ten-year milestone next year – is to provide access to project opportunities across the African continent. 

Upcoming energy event to showcase African project opportunities
Africa Energy Indaba (AEI) MD Liz Hart, AEI chairperson Brian Statham and South African Electrotechnical Export Council CEO Chiboni Evans discuss the AEI next year. Camera: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

EU antitrust regulators to investigate ArcelorMittal-Ilva deal

By: Reuters     9th November 2017 EU antitrust regulators will investigate whether ArcelorMittal's proposed purchase of Italian steel plant Ilva will lead to price hikes, a move likely to force the steelmaker to offer more concessions to address competition concerns. ArcelorMittal, the world's largest steelmaker, reached a... 

Steelmaker Voestalpine upbeat on global economic upswing

By: Reuters     8th November 2017 Austrian speciality steelmaker Voestalpine expects sales and earnings to rise further in the first half of next year, supported by a global economic upswing, its chief executive said on Wednesday. After reporting an expected 27 percent increase in second-quarter earnings before interest and taxes... 

China iron-ore hits six-week high, but steel output curbs to weigh

By: Reuters     7th November 2017 Iron ore futures in China rallied to their highest in nearly six weeks on Tuesday, extending recent gains along with steel prices, although steel production curbs over winter suggest further price increases in the raw material may be limited. Chinese cities have ordered their steel mills to cut... 

China turns to WTO in aluminium foil dispute with United States

By: Reuters     6th November 2017 China's Ministry of Commerce has asked the World Trade Organization (WTO) for consultations on a recent US move to impose antidumping duties on imports of Chinese aluminium foil. The ministry, which accused Washington of breaking world trade rules after the United States on Oct. 27 imposed duties... 

Kobe Steel executives to decide whether to resign after external probe – sources

By: Reuters     6th November 2017 Kobe Steel executives, including President Hiroya Kawasaki, will decide whether to resign to take responsibility for a cheating scandal after a report from independent investigators due by year-end, two sources told Reuters. The company also plans to release an internal report on the... 

China's Hebei province exceeds steel, other capacity cut targets for year

By: Reuters     3rd November 2017 China's top steel producing region Hebei province has surpassed its cutting targets for this year in steel, coal, cement and glass, under efforts to cut air pollution and overcapacity, state media service Xinhua reported on Friday. Hebei, which lies close to Beijing, has cut 25.55-million tonnes... 

Equipment supplier provides spare-part warehousing solution

By: Nica Schreuder     3rd November 2017 Owing to increasing demand for improved quality and the availability of production operations, metallurgical plant and equipment supplier SMS group provides consignment stock or warehousing facilities for their operational and insurance spare parts and components. “The service enables customers... 

Equipment supplier provides spare-part warehousing solution
Photo by Duane Daws
SPARE PART GUARANTEE A constant supply of spare parts for clients will reduce downtime

Rusal launches green aluminium brand to drive sales

By: Reuters     2nd November 2017 Russian aluminium giant Rusal launched a low-carbon certification programme and new brand on Wednesday in an effort to get more value from the green footprint of its smelters. Some customers are willing to pay $20 to $50 a tonne more for low-carbon metal, although no fixed premium will be... 

Seifsa ‘cautiously optimistic’ following improved PMI

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st November 2017 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) is “cautiously optimistic” about the sector’s performance, in light of data released by the Absa Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI),  which indicates an improvement in activity in the manufacturing sector. This was the... 

Japan's steelmakers in rare sweet spot, but Kobe Steel may miss out

By: Reuters     1st November 2017 Japan's steelmakers are in the midst of the best market conditions in at least three years as steel prices rise with construction in full swing for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo and automakers boosting production. But the country's third-biggest steelmaker, Kobe Steel Ltd , is likely to be left out... 

JSW Steel second quarter profit up 27%

By: Reuters     31st October 2017 Indian steel producer JSW Steel reported a 27% rise in quarterly profit on Tuesday, helped by higher steel sales. Favourable international markets during early part of the quarter and an increased domestic demand helped the company to post its highest ever consolidated quarterly saleable steel... 

Transnet looking abroad for growth as it again pares back South Africa capex 

By: Terence Creamer     30th October 2017 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet continues to pare back its investment portfolio in the South African, which is expected to grow by less than 1% in 2017. The group, which operates rail, port and pipelines businesses, expects to invest R229.2-billion over the coming seven years,... 

Transnet looking abroad for growth as it again pares back South Africa capex
Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama outlines how the utility is dealing with ongoing allegations of State Capture and corruption. Recorded: 30.10.2017. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd

M&R sells Genrec to Southern Palace

By: Anine Kilian     30th October 2017 JSE-listed Murray & Roberts (M&R) has sold Genrec to black-owned industrial company Southern Palace Group. Certain assets and liabilities are excluded from the transaction and will remain with the group. 

Seifsa concerned about US investigation into carbon, alloy steel iron rod imports

By: Anine Kilian     30th October 2017 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) says it is extremely concerned that the challenges facing the local steel industry will only worsen if the US Department of Commerce and the US International Trade Commissions’ (ITC’s) parallel investigations to determine... 

International recognition for SA stainless steel innovation

     27th October 2017 The Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) was awarded the Bronze Award by the International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) in the category of Best New Applications Featuring New Technology, for the development of municipal water storage tanks that were made from 3 chrome... 

International recognition for SA stainless steel innovation
INNOVATIVE DESIGN Skyhill Heavy Engineering specified the use of 3CR12 for municipal water storage tanks in rural areas with a design that allows for sludge drainage and cleaning without emptying the tanks

Competition proves long term value of stainless steel

By: Robyn Wilkinson     27th October 2017 The winner of the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association’s (Sassda’s) Eiffel Tower life-cycle costing competition was announced earlier this month, having proven the success of the association’s new cellphone application (app) and the long-term value of stainless steel as a... 

Competition proves long term value of stainless steel
A WINNING FORMULA Sassda Western Cape manager Michel Bassson hands Amrish Punwasi his prize for having proven the success of Sassda’s new app

Local stainless steel industry remains optimistic

By: Robyn Wilkinson     27th October 2017 While South African demand for stainless steel is under severe pressure, the potential for growth once the local economy improves is strong and distributors are starting to position themselves strategically to take advantage of this, says stainless steel producer Columbus Stainless CEO Lucien... 

Local stainless steel  industry remains optimistic
CAUTIOUS OPTIMISM The global stainless steel market had a strong run early this year, on the back of substantial chromium and nickel price increases at the end of last year, which continued into 2017

Manufacturer expands international reach

By: Robyn Wilkinson     27th October 2017 Having secured its reputation for cost-effective, but high-quality and fit-for-purpose stainless steel hydraulic products in South Africa, manufacturer Wekaba is expanding its reach and targeting new international markets. 

Manufacturer expands  international reach
STRONG BASE Wekaba is a top manufacturer in South Africa of one-piece 90° and 45° stainless steel fittings, producing hose fittings and collars for industrial markets

Steady demand for customisable stainless steel products

By: Robyn Wilkinson     27th October 2017 Owing to its strong reputation for customisable turnkey solutions, there is steady and strong demand for stainless steel processing equipment manufacturer Anderson Engineering’s products throughout the African markets that it serves, says Anderson Engineering deputy MD David Nienaber. 

Steady demand for  customisable stainless steel products
CUSTOM DESIGN Anderson Engineering developed several unique processing steps to ensure AR Brands can meet expected demand for its mayonnaise over a five-year period

Steel company raises the bar in Africa with new technologies

By: Robyn Wilkinson     27th October 2017 Taking a long-term view that predicts significant growth in demand for stainless steel products in Africa in the next few years, steel supplier and processing company Allied Steelrode has invested in advanced processing technologies that will cement its position as a market-leader in product... 

Continued volatility impacts on energy and chemicals company

     27th October 2017 Continued volatility in the macroeconomic environment, particularly the stronger rand and low oil price, has adversely impacted energy and chemicals company Sasol’s financial performance, says Sasol CFO Paul Victor. 

Continued volatility  impacts on energy and  chemicals company
Photo by Bloomberg
RECORD PRODUCTION Sasol showed great resilience and character through delivering record production volumes at Secunda Synfuels

Monitoring system assists with continuous safety and product quality

By: Simone Liedtke     27th October 2017 Industrial equipment supplier SICK Automation says its LMS511 Pro object detection system assists in decreasing the number of collisions and injuries for the chemicals, petrochemicals and automated bulk handling industries, where continuous process and proximity monitoring plays a critical role... 

Monitoring system assists with continuous safety  and product quality
OBJECT DETECTION The LMS511 Pro object detection system will detect any objects or humans in the reclaimer path

Positive prospects for synfuels sector with focus on efficient maintenance

By: Simone Liedtke     27th October 2017 Welding and construction equipment-related supplier Renttech South Africa (SA) sees prospects for the synfuels industry improving, as the recent depressed period - owing to the decline globally in hydrocarbon fuel prices - has seen the petrochemicals industry focusing on efficient maintenance,... 

Positive prospects for synfuels sector with focus on efficient maintenance
TO GROW AND PROSPER The country needs to have an efficient, cost-competitive local petrochemicals industry

US finds seven countries dumped steel wire rod

By: Reuters     26th October 2017 The US Commerce Department on Wednesday said it made an initial finding that carbon and alloy steel wire rod from Italy, South Korea, South Africa, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine and Britain were being sold in the US market at less than fair value and imposed antidumping duties of up to 147.63%. Wire rod... 

US finds seven countries dumped steel wire rod

India slaps anti-dumping duty on some stainless steel imports

By: Reuters     25th October 2017 India imposed anti-dumping duty on some cold-rolled flat products of stainless steel from China, the United States, South Korea and the European Union, to curb the influx of cheaper imports and help local producers. The duty, which will be in effect until December 10, 2020, exempts certain grades... 

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