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Global steel output up 6.3% y/y in August

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd September 2017 Global crude steel production for the 67 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) increased by 6.3% year-on-year to 143.6-million tonnes in August. China’s crude steel output increased by 8.7% year-on-year to 74.6-million tonnes, while India’s output increased by 4.1%... 

Necsa plans to restart nuclear pebble-fuel production

By: Keith Campbell     22nd September 2017 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) is reactivating its ability to manufacture nuclear pebble fuel, originally created to support South Africa's Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) programme. The corporation is also looking for a strategic equity partner for its speciality... 

The graphite fix: Inside China's newest commodity addiction

By: Reuters     21st September 2017 China's aggressive environmental protection campaign has tightened supplies of graphite electrodes used in steelmaking, boosting the fortunes of big producers like Fangda Carbon as mills search far and wide for a material now in short supply. Beijing's campaign for clearer skies has closed... 

ELB sees 143% increase in profitability

By: Anine Kilian     20th September 2017 With profit for the year ended June 30 up 143% to R82-million, from a loss of R189-million in 2016, JSE-listed engineering services provider ELB has seen a 147% increase in headline earnings a share to 243c, from a loss per share of 519c. “Despite political uncertainty, the volatile currency and... 

Seifsa supports Empowered Engineering and Manufacturing initiative

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th September 2017 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has partnered with Smart Procurement World to launch the Empowered Engineering and Manufacturing initiative, which is aimed at driving economic transformation and industrial progress in engineering and manufacturing. “The... 

Thyssenkrupp considered breakup before plumping for Tata JV

By: Reuters     20th September 2017 German industrial group Thyssenkrupp considered options including a breakup of the company before deciding to pursue a European steel joint venture with Tata Steel, it said on Wednesday. "Before deciding on a joint venture the Thyssenkrupp executive board examined and worked out all the available... 

Thyssenkrupp works council softens opposition to Tata Steel deal

By: Reuters     19th September 2017 Thyssenkrupp's works council is prepared to consider a merger of the group's European steel operations with those of Tata Steel, even though it remains opposed to such a move as a way to restructure the business. "Negotiations will be difficult," Wilhelm Segerath, head of Thyssenkrupp's works... 

Electric London cabs spur reopening of UK aluminium plant

By: Reuters     18th September 2017 Norwegian aluminium components producer Sapa is reopening a British plant to supply material for the country's first electric vehicle factory that will produce London black cabs. The move is a welcome one for Britain as it negotiates a divorce from the European Union that some fear will dampen... 

South Africa’s collective bargaining system on a knife-edge

By: Terence Creamer     15th September 2017 South Africa’s centralised collective bargaining system is at a critical “turning point”, with the sustainability of the current model being widely questioned in light of growing opposition to the extension of wage settlements to non-parties to the negotiations. Steel and Engineering Industries... 

South Africa’s collective bargaining system on a knife-edge

BMG launches R400m World site facility in Gauteng

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th September 2017 Technical solutions provider BMG, which is part of Invicta Holdings, has officially launched its BMG World site, in Johannesburg, which is the culmination of a consolidation and supply chain re-engineering strategy that began nearly ten years ago. “The company’s R400-million investment to upgrade... 

BMG launches R400m World site facility in Gauteng
BMG World site, Johannesburg, Gauteng

Laser cuts time and costs for welders

By: Nica Schreuder     15th September 2017 The link between welding, cutting and grinding is an intricate one, as refining and perfecting one aspect of these three processes will greatly enhance the proficiency of all of them, says cutting consumables and capital equipment supplier First Cut. Owing to this, First Cut has optimised the... 

Partnership to supply world-class chain slings in South Africa

     15th September 2017 Specialty steel products integrated producer Scaw Metals Group's operation, Distribution Network, has extended its cooperation with lifting, rigging and securement applications manufacturer Crosby by adding Crosby Platinum Line Grade 100 chain fittings to its product offering. Having made the... 

Partnership to supply world-class chain slings in South Africa
Photo by Bloomberg
FACILITY REVAMPED Scaw Metals Group has expanded its chain-manufacturing factory

Welding company aims to bridge skills gap

By: Nica Schreuder     15th September 2017 Despite challenging economic conditions and a dire lack of welding skills, steel welding and fabrication service provider Federal Steel Company is committed to welding skills development initiatives that will expand nationally. Federal Steel Company MD Phakamile Buthelezi explains that the lack... 

Welding company aims to bridge skills gap
PHAKAMILE BUTHELEZI The Federal Steel Company has invested in initiatives to monitor and facilitate the proper training of young artisans

Consortia, skills, logistics key factors for South Africa to make its mark in Africa

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th September 2017 Consortia, skills and logistics have become the most critical elements in ensuring South Africa’s input in a growing Africa, delegates at the Southern African Metals and Engineering Indaba heard on Thursday. Within a rapidly changing landscape, South Africa urgently needs to start planning... 

Improving manufacturing value-add key to a more equal society

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th September 2017 The revival and expansion of the manufacturing sector could play a critical role in South Africa’s challenging battle against deepening levels of inequality. High levels of manufacturing value add (MVA) can unlock opportunities for employment and greater equality in a country that suffers high... 

Improving manufacturing value-add key to a more equal society
Photo by Duane Daws
Dr Martyn Davies

China steel, iron-ore climb as traders restock for peak season

By: Reuters     13th September 2017 Iron-ore futures in China jumped more than 2% on Wednesday, rising with steel prices for a second day as traders build stocks to cash in on the peak season for demand in the world's top steel market. Chinese steel demand picks up in September and October after the summer lull as construction... 

Task team set up to address lack of adherence to local-content regulations

By: Terence Creamer     12th September 2017 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies reports that a task team has been established to assess how to improve local-content enforcement across government departments and the State-owned companies (SoCs) in line with instruction notes issued by the National Treasury. The instruction notes... 

Task team set up to address lack of adherence to local-content regulations
Photo by Duane Daws
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies

China steel, iron-ore drop for 5th day; but outlook still upbeat

By: Reuters     11th September 2017 Chinese iron-ore futures fell to their weakest level in almost a month on Monday, dropping for a fifth session along with steel prices as investors pared positions in the two commodities although the outlook for demand remained bright. The losses were in line with a retreat in other China-traded... 

Shareholders urge Thyssenkrupp to get on with Tata Steel deal

By: Reuters     8th September 2017 Thyssenkrupp shareholders are urging the group to clinch a deal with Tata Steel to merge their European steel businesses this year, warning failure to do so would be a blow to its credibility. Talks between the two firms over a potential combination have been dragging on for a year and a half,... 

Voestalpine's Texas plant reopens after hurricane shutdown

By: Reuters     8th September 2017 Austrian specialty steelmaker Voestalpine said on Friday its direct reduction plant in Texas had fully resumed operation after it was shut down for several days due to hurricane Harvey. The $1 billion plant in Corpus Christi, Voestalpine's largest foreign investment so far, opened in October 2016... 

Organisation advocates a local recycling culture

By: Nadine James     8th September 2017 Despite numerous recycling initiatives and incentives in communities across the country – including collection points in close proximity to neighbourhoods – metal packaging recycling organisation MetPac-SA believes that an inherent recycling culture still needs to be established in South Africa.... 

Organisation advocates a local recycling culture
ONE MAN'S TRASH Aluminium and metal cans are regarded as high-value items by recyclers

SA’s export strategy aims to boost capacity for value-added goods, services trade

By: David Oliveira     8th September 2017 South Africa's Department of Trade and Industry's (DTI's) Integrated National Export Strategy (INES) to help improve the global competitiveness of South African exporters and tap the export-led economic growth benefits that have flowed to other developing countries in recent decades. The strategy... 

SA’s export strategy aims to boost capacity for value-added goods, services trade

Thermal spray coatings provide protection for refineries

     8th September 2017 Thermal spray coatings can produce significant cost savings for refineries by reducing the amount of piping maintenance required to guard against the consequences of corrosion under insulation (CUI), says wear solutions provider Weartech director Adam Wintle.  

Thermal spray  coatings provide  protection for refineries
PROTECTIVE LAYER Coatings produced with thermal spraying are formed when millions of particles are deposited on top of each other and are bonded to the substrate

Thyssenkrupp sees boost for steel from shift to electric cars

By: Reuters     7th September 2017 Thyssenkrupp's European steel business, expected to be merged soon with its counterpart at Tata Steel, will get a boost from the auto industry's shift towards electric vehicles, a senior executive at the group said. Investors and analysts are closely watching any hints from Thyssenkrupp over the... 

Brazil watchdog arm recommends rejecting ArcelorMittal-Votorantim tie-up

By: Reuters     6th September 2017 A body of Brazil's antitrust watchdog Cade has recommended the rejection of ArcelorMittal's proposed acquisition of Votorantim Siderurgia, saying the tie-up would impact competition in the nation's long steel market. In a statement on Tuesday, Cade's general superintendency said the merger of two... 

Black industrialist bemoans lack of government support

By: Dylan Slater     1st September 2017 Engineering and fabrication company Oro Projects is struggling to make headway in the engineering and fabrication industry, owing to a lack of support from government departments and financial support institutions, which have been vocal about their willingness to assist black-owned industry.  

Black industrialist bemoans  lack of government support
Photo by Duane Daws
BLACK INDUSTRIALIST Oro Project’s Benoni-based plant is a large industrial fabricator with significant potential to skill and employ people

Level measurement probe an alternative to traditional systems

By: Simone Liedtke     1st September 2017 The Level Transmitter Mining-2 (LTM-2) level measurement probe from Pretoria-based measuring instrument supplier Instek Control aims to be an alternative to traditional measurement systems, as it provides accurate level measurement in various difficult and sometimes seemingly impossible measuring... 

Level measurement  probe an alternative  to traditional systems
PRODUCT APPLICATION Level Transmitter Mining-2 probes are typically installed in flotation banks, tanks, individual flotation cells or in columns and sumps

Manufacturer to improve efficiency through software and sensors

By: Simone Liedtke     1st September 2017 With industry moving towards embracing the technology advancement of Industry 4.0, manufacturing company DMG MORI aims to improve machine tools operation efficiency through remote maintenance, operation status management and accurate failure prediction for machines using networking, software and... 

Manufacturer to improve efficiency through  software and sensors
DMU210P The DMU210P is available with up to 5-axis and is valued at about €1.2-million

Range of radar level transmitters extended

     1st September 2017 Process instrumentation solutions supplier Krohne has added six new 24 GHz and 80 GHz transmitters to its Optiwave series of frequency-modulated continuous-wave (FMCW) radar level transmitters, which are aimed at liquid and solid applications in a range of industries. 

Range of radar level transmitters extended
RADAR LEVEL MEASUREMENT Each device has a particular target area of application

Uncertain power price path heightening grid-defection risk, EIUG warns

By: Terence Creamer     31st August 2017 Energy Intensive Users Group of Southern Africa’s (EIUG’s) Piet Van Staden has expressed serious anxiety about the near-term sustainability of South Africa’s electricity industry in light of the prospect of yet more tariffs hikes, which would further damage industrial demand and, in turn, trigger... 

Uncertain power price path heightening grid-defection risk, EIUG warns

Germany's Salzgitter has no plans to close US factories – CEO in Die Welt

By: Reuters     31st August 2017 German steelmaker Salzgitter is not planning to close factories in the United States, where it is suffering from import duties that were slapped on some of its products, the group's chief executive told a German newspaper. In March, the US Department of Commerce issued a final finding that... 

China's R&F to invest up to $2bn to revive Zimbabwe steelmaker Zisco – Minister

By: Reuters     31st August 2017 China's R&F plans to invest up to $2-billion to revive operations at Zimbabwe Iron and Steel Company (Zisco), the southern African nation's industry and commerce minister said on Tuesday. Saddled by high debt and gross mismanagement, Zisco ceased production in 2008 at the height of Zimbabwe's... 

New Transnet, DBSA finance scheme set up to support African rail exports

By: Terence Creamer     28th August 2017 State-owned entities Transnet and the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) have agreed to create a new facility that will extend favourable financing to African and Middle Eastern buyers of Transnet Engineering’s (TE’s) rail rolling stock and port equipment. The financing scheme will be... 

New Transnet, DBSA finance scheme set up to support African rail exports
Photo by Duane Daws
Transnet chief officer in advanced manufacturing Thamsanqa Jiyane

AMSA’s new incubator to develop industrialists for its procurement supply chain 

     24th August 2017 ArcelorMittal South Africa has completed the first phase of its new 1 600 m2 Matlafatso steel industry incubation hub, in Vanderbijlpark, to help develop and absorb young emerging industrialists into its procurement supply chain. Natasha Odendaal tells us more. 

AMSA’s new incubator to develop industrialists for its procurement supply chain
Amsa’s new incubator to develop industrialists for its procurement supply chain

Global steel production up 6.3% y/y in July

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th August 2017 Global steel production increased by 6.3% year-on-year to 143.2-million tonnes in July. The World Steel Association (worldsteel) on Thursday reported that China’s crude steel production had increased by 10.3% year-on-year to 74-million tonnes, while India’s output increased by 3.5% year-on-year... 

Seifsa, unions ink three-year wage agreement 

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd August 2017 For the first time in a decade, the metals and engineering sector has settled a three-year wage agreement without resorting to industrial action, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) said on Wednesday. While none of the parties who signed the agreement are... 

Seifsa, unions ink three-year wage agreement
Photo by Duane Daws
Seifsa CEO Kaizer Nyatsumba

Carbon capture tech will recycle ferroalloys sector’s emissions

     18th August 2017 South African green-technology company Swayana is collaborating with US-based carbon recycling company LanzaTech to introduce its proprietary carbon capture technology to South Africa. Swayana, a level 2 broad-based black economic-empowerment company established in 2016, uses carbon-footprint... 

Carbon capture tech will recycle ferroalloys sector’s emissions
IMMITATION GAME LanzaTech’s Chinese facility will produce fuel grade ethanol from captured steelmaking off-gas and Swayana hopes to implement this strategy in South Africa
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