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De Klerk to retire as AMSA CEO in January

By: Anine Kilian     24th October 2017 Wim de Klerk will step down as CEO and director of ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) on January 31. The board will immediately implement a process to identify a suitable successor. "On behalf of the board, we would like to thank De Klerk for his leadership during this challenging period. We have... 

EU steelmakers' profits to peak this year, then soften slightly – Moody's

By: Reuters     24th October 2017 European steelmakers' profits will peak this year before softening next year, but not back to levels seen in 2016 when the market was recovering from a crisis, Moody's Investor Services said on Tuesday. The ratings agency kept its 'stable' outlook on the sector, in place since April. 

Global steel production for 9 months to Sept up 5.6% y/y

By: Anine Kilian     23rd October 2017 Global crude steel production for the first nine months of this year reached 1.27-billion tonnes – a 5.6% year-on-year increase. The World Steel Association (worldsteel) on Monday reported that Asia had produced 876.3-million tonnes of crude steel in the first nine months of this year, an... 

Japan govt wants to get actively involved in Kobe Steel issue – trade minister

By: Reuters     20th October 2017 The Japanese government wants to get actively involved in the issue of Kobe Steel's data fabrications, Hiroshige Seko, the minister of economy, trade and industry, said on Friday, as the company's widespread misconduct has sent a chill along global supply chains. Kobe Steel, Japan's third-biggest... 

IDC will invest in infrastructure that unlocks industrialisation

By: Keith Campbell     20th October 2017 The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), South Africa’s development finance institution which exists to fund entrepreneurs and projects in the industrial sector, also seeks to use investments in infrastructure to free up industrial development opportunities. This was highlighted by IDC... 

Insimbi’s H1 earnings rise

By: Anine Kilian     19th October 2017 JSE-listed Insimbi Refractory and Alloys’ earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation increased by 273% year-on-year to R179.8-million for the six months ended August 31. Earnings a share were up by 142% year-on-year to 11.97c and headline earnings a share increased by 150%... 

Steel and Vanadium complex finds new life as industrial park 

     19th October 2017 A closed steel complex in Mpumalanga is finding new vigour as an industrial park, by focusing on providing key facilities for specialist services companies. 

Steel and Vanadium complex finds new life as industrial park
Steel and Vanadium complex finds new life as industrial park

Seifsa president laments slow pace of metals sector transformation

By: Terence Creamer     13th October 2017 The slow pace of transformation in the metals and engineering sector continues to be of concern, Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) president Michael Pimstein said during his presidential address in Johannesburg on Friday. He urged the sector, which represents... 

Seifsa president laments slow pace of metals sector transformation

Western Cape municipality begins master plan to combat water loss

     13th October 2017 The Drakenstein local municipality in Paarl, Western Cape, has begun a 20-year master plan to replace old or ageing asbestos pipes in the region with high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipes, which will achieve significant success in reducing water loss throughout the municipal area. Water leakage... 

Western Cape municipality begins master plan to  combat water loss
MASTER PLANNERS Willem Liebenberg and André Kowalewski (right) of the Drakenstein municipality are at the forefront of the master plan

Drainage system helps manufacturer achieve international standards

By: Robyn Wilkinson     13th October 2017 Drainage technology provider ACO Systems South Africa has completed the first phase of the installation of its flagship hygienic solution at food manufacturer Simba Pepsico’s production plant, in Johannesburg. 

Drainage system helps manufacturer achieve international standards
MARCO CASSOL Effective drainage systems are important for protecting building infrastructure and production plants from the destructive effects of water damage

Insurance plays vital role in construction project success

By: Simone Liedtke     13th October 2017 Owing to insurance playing a vital role in the ultimate success of a construction project, insurance provider Risk Benefit Solutions (RBS) says contractors and engineers need to ensure that a contract includes the contractor all risk policy, which includes cover against damage and any liabilities... 

Insurance plays vital role in construction project success
GEORGE DAVIS Every construction project is unique and has its own set of risks

Transnet locomotive corruption probe extended as Parliament gears up for inquiry

By: Terence Creamer     9th October 2017 Democratic Alliance (DA) Shadow Minister of Trade and Industry Dean Macpherson is preparing a list of witnesses to appear before a Parliamentary Portfolio Committee for Trade and Industry inquiry into the failure of China South Rail (CSR) to meet local-content obligations as part of its supply of... 

Transnet locomotive corruption probe extended as Parliament gears up for inquiry

Routine mechanical maintenance emphasised as preventive measure

     6th October 2017 UK-based pump supplier SPP Pumps has emphasised the importance of routine mechanical maintenance, among other preventive measures, to improve pump reliability. SPP Pumps’ products comply with mandatory UK and European regulations and approvals, which guarantee extensive testing of all pumps. 

Routine mechanical  maintenance emphasised  as preventive measure
QUALITY IN CONFORMING SPP Pumps conforms to various UK and European standards to ensure quality and longevity in their pumps products

Companies to benefit from work apparel innovation

By: Simone Liedtke     6th October 2017 Ongoing innovation in fabric manufacturing has led to greater durability and flexibility in the material used for work apparel, and companies need to ensure that workers wear such apparel consistently and correctly to benefit from these innovations, says personal protective equipment (PPE)... 

Companies to benefit from work apparel innovation
CLEAR UNDERSTANDING A clear understanding of health, safety and environmental (HSE) challenges is essential for proper HSE management and procedures

Work apparel company sees further growth in sales

By: Simone Liedtke     6th October 2017 Since the beginning of the year, industrial supplier and solutions provider Total Blasting – a subsidiary of Total Product Solutions Group – has sold more than 50 sets of water blast and water jet personal protective equipment (PPE) and the company foresees this number steadily growing at a... 

Work apparel company sees further growth in sales
SPECIAL DESIGN The personal protective equipment was designed to not restrict operator movement and flexibility

Geospatial products distributor launches world’s smallest image laser scanner locally

By: Mia Breytenbach     6th October 2017 Geospatial products distributor Aciel Geomatics has officially locally launched the Leica BLK360 imaging laser scanner – the world’s smallest and lightest image laser scanner. Aciel Geomatics, the appointed distributor for Switzerland-based Leica Geosystems AG, launched the scanner at the... 

Geospatial products distributor launches  world’s smallest image laser scanner locally
EASE OF USE The integration of the Leica BLK360 laser image scanner and Autodesk software streamlines the reality capture process

Closed steel mill discovering new life as an industrial park

By: Mia Breytenbach     6th October 2017 Following the implementation of the business strategy to convert Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium complex, in Mpumalanga, into an industrial park, the park is capitalising on its strategic location, says Highveld Industrial Park CFO Andrew Maralack. Highveld Industrial Park is situated close to... 

Closed steel mill discovering new life as an industrial park
CAPITAL LOCATION in less than a year of being operational, Highveld Industrial Park has set up a sustainable business

Sassda promotes the use of stainless steel water pipes

     5th October 2017 The Southern African Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) is, along with the Drakenstein municipality in Paarl, in the Western Cape, and South African stainless steel product manufacturers, evaluating the use of stainless steel pipes to reduce water leaks. Sassda states that as much... 

Absa PMI rises slightly in September; remains below 50

By: Anine Kilian     2nd October 2017 The Absa Purchasing Manager’s Index (PMI), compiled by the Bureau for Economic Research (BER), nudged slightly higher to a still weak level of 44.9 in September from 44 in August. The index has been well below its neutral level of 50 for four consecutive months. 

Metalworkers to intensify wage strike at South32 smelter in South Africa

By: African News Agency      2nd October 2017 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) on Monday vowed to intensify the strike against Australian miner South32 in Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal, after a marathon negotiation session to resolve the strike was deadlocked. The global mining company has an aluminium smelter in... 

NSBE-SA to host AGM, conference in October

By: Anine Kilian     29th September 2017 The National Society of Black Engineers of South Africa (NSBE-SA) will hold its annual general meeting (AGM), conference and gala dinner on October 20. The theme of this year’s conference is ‘20 Years of transforming the Engineering Profession and Making the National Development Plan (NDP) a... 

Recovery rate growth lies in metals from landfills

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     29th September 2017 With South Africa already boasting a recovery rate of about 72% for used beverage cans, metals packaging industry body MetPac-SA believes that further potential lies in diverting other metal packaging such as aluminium foil, containers and empty tin cans from landfills. “With regards to aluminium... 

Recovery rate growth lies in metals from landfills
CAN-DO ATTITUDE Many households in South Africa already undertake excellent work in recycling components such as beer and soft drink beverage cans

Small businesses remain optimistic, despite volatility and uncertainties

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th September 2017 Despite economic volatility, South African small business owners remain optimistic and are actively pursuing growth, according to research from cloud based accounting software company Xero.   The research report, titled ‘State of South African Small Businesses’ surveys the challenges facing the... 

Small businesses remain optimistic,  despite volatility and uncertainties
Photo by Bloomberg
HELPING HAND Some small business owners want the government to provide more funding and some believe government should grant tax breaks for their business

Expanded steel services firm eyeing specialist construction, industrial markets

By: Schalk Burger     29th September 2017 Stainless steel fabricator and welding services firm Hlakani Engineering aims to provide end-to-end services for specialist construction and industrial projects after it acquired Middleburg-based structural steel company F&K Engineering, says Hlakani director Gerhard Holtshauzen. The acquisition... 

Expanded steel services firm eyeing  specialist construction, industrial markets
Photo by Victor Moolman
STEEL SKILLS Hlakani is focused on the internal development of expert welders and artisans

Turbine installations at wind project completed ahead of schedule

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th September 2017 Khobab Wind Farm, in the Northern Cape has completed all 61 wind turbine installations, ahead of schedule this month. Further, Khobab, together with its adjacent wind farm, the Loeriesfontein Wind Farm, in the Hantam municipality, in the Northern Cape province, have achieved more than two-million... 

Turbine installations at wind project completed ahead of schedule
SOARING CONSTRUCTION The 100-m-tall Siemens wind turbines, which allow for optimum energy production, take between one and three days to construct, assuming favourable weather

BMG invests R400m in Joburg distribution centre 

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th 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 invests R400m in Joburg  distribution centre
BMG MD Gavin Pelser discusses the upgraded BMG World site facility in Johannesburg. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Aluminium company achieves positive results

     29th September 2017 Aluminium supplier and exporter Hulamin delivered a strong manufacturing performance and improved financial results for the half-year ended June 30, despite difficult market conditions and the rand being 14% stronger compared with the corresponding period in 2016, says Hulamin CEO Richard Jacob.... 

Aluminium company achieves positive results
Photo by Bloomberg
STRONG RESULTS Aluminium supplier and exporter Hulamin’s unaudited interim results for the half-year indicated noteworthy headline earnings a share up 17% to 56c a share

Company provides solutions to facilitate progress in industry

     29th September 2017 Aluminium has a “brilliant” future, as the light-weight material offers impressive solutions for sustainable mobility, durable packaging or urban construction projects, and the SMS group is perfectly positioned to further growth, avers systems supplier SMS group aluminium business head Michael... 

Company provides solutions to facilitate progress in industry
MICHAEL SCHÄFER The aluminium industry benefits from the fact that the SMS Group knows its material, its products and all its complex production processes

Strategic review at Aveng likely to trigger noncore disposals

By: Terence Creamer     26th September 2017 Aveng executive chairperson Eric Diack, who has stepped in as acting CEO at the construction group following Kobus Verster’s surprise resignation, says a “no-holds-barred” strategic review is currently under way in a bid to improve the company’s immediate liquidity position and position it for a... 

Strategic review at Aveng likely to trigger noncore disposals
Aveng executive chairperson Eric Diack

AHI changes name to SBI

By: Anine Kilian     26th September 2017 Members of the Afrikaanse handelsinstituut (AHI) have adopted a new memorandum of incorporation and a new name, the Small Business Institute (SBI). “We would be proud if, over time, SBI becomes synonymous with credible research and public positions on all matters of interest to small business.... 

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... 

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... 

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 MD Gavin Pelser discusses the upgraded BMG World site facility in Johannesburg. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

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... 

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