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Metals & Engineering News

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.  

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

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... 

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

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... 

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

Transnet appoints Werksmans to probe locomotive corruption claims  

By: Terence Creamer     3rd July 2017 State-owned freight logistics utility Transnet reports that Werksmans Attorneys has been appointed to oversee a board-level probe into allegations of corruption relating to its purchase of locomotives from China South Rail (CSR). Opposition party the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) recently laid... 

Transnet appoints Werksmans to probe locomotive corruption claims
Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama outlines nature of board-led probe into locomotive corruption allegations. Camera Work: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva. Recorded: 3.7.2017

Hudaco maintains resilience amid tough economic environment 

By: Mia Breytenbach     30th June 2017 Despite a difficult economic and trading environment, JSE-listed industrial products provider Hudaco remains cash-generative, with operations having generated net cash of R247-million for the six months to May 31. Speaking at a presentation of the group’s results on Friday, CEO Graham Dunford... 

Hudaco maintains resilience amid tough economic environment
Industrial products provider Hudaco CEO Graham Dunford discusses the group's results for the six months ended May 31, and provides an outlook for the second half of the year. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd

New Tshwane light-steel frame building erected at speed

By: David Oliveira     30th June 2017 South African light-steel frame (LSF) construction company Futurecon has completed the construction of a R7-million 454 m2 facility, in Tshwane, for optometric service provider Spectacle Warehouse last month. Project architect Base Architects & Associates MD Darren Ogden explains that the only... 

Argent’s FY profit increases to R106m

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th June 2017 Steel-based beneficiation group Argent Industrial on Thursday reported a R106-million operating profit for the year ended March 31, up from R91-million in the prior year. The JSE-listed company said this was despite its manufacturing division being adversely impacted on by the downturn in the... 

Neasa, AMSA at odds over service delivery and import duties

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th June 2017 The National Employers Association of South Africa (Neasa) has accused steel manufacturer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) of inadequate service delivery, following a survey polling some of the country’s downstream steel companies. Neasa CEO Gerhard Papenfus said in a statement released... 

Neasa, AMSA at odds over service delivery and import duties

Numsa reiterates demands as it prepares for further negotiations in metals, engineering sector

By: Anine Kilian     27th June 2017 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has confirmed it will participate in further meetings with employers in the metals and engineering sector to resolve a wage disputes. Further negotiations will take place on June 28 and 29, and again on July 5 and 6. 

Musina Intermodal Terminal to improve cross-border trade

By: Schalk Burger     26th June 2017 The Musina Intermodal Terminal (MIT), launched on Monday, is set to reduce the cost of cross-border trade, especially for bulk commodities, on the North-South trade corridor. The terminal, about 3 km outside Musina and about 13 km from the Beitbridge border post, will serve to move commodities,... 

Musina Intermodal Terminal to improve cross-border trade
Photo by Duane Daws
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies is taken on a tour of the Beitbridge Border Post on Monday

Blanket increases in import duty put industry under pressure

By: Robyn Wilkinson     23rd June 2017 Although the implementation of a hot-rolled coil (HRC) safeguard duty in South Africa aims to protect and support the local steel manufacturing industry, its unintended consequences for downstream customers are placing further pressure on an economy already under stress, says fastener products... 

Blanket increases in import duty put industry under pressure
ENSURING PRETENSION FORCE The HEICO-TEC Tension nut has been developed for applications where it is difficult to use a pneumatic, electric or hydraulic tool to tighten the nut

Company to expand its fastener market share

By: Robyn Wilkinson     23rd June 2017 Industrial equipment supplier Rutherford’s fastener division FTS Fasteners and Fixings is working steadily to expose its customers to its new product range and aims to increase its South African fastener market share by increasing the product range, improved stockholdings as well as through... 

Increased customs duty on stainless steel fasteners an ‘oversight’

By: Robyn Wilkinson     23rd June 2017 Cape Town-based fastener supplier Fastenright is appealing to the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac) to remove the customs duty that was implemented on stainless steel fasteners on April 1. 

Increased customs duty on stainless steel fasteners an ‘oversight’
ROBUST PRODUCT Stainless steel fasteners are far more resistant to staining, corrosion and rust than ordinary steel

Manufacturer gears up to meet growing fastening systems demand

By: Robyn Wilkinson     23rd June 2017 Owing to its recent move to larger premises, fastening systems manufacturer Easyhold will increase its stockholding and provide better service for its growing customer base, says operations director Simon Barnard. 

Manufacturer gears up to meet growing fastening systems demand
SIMPLE BUT SECURE Easyhold’s wall plugs can be used with a quality cable tie to secure cables and pipes into mortar

The story behind the partial restart of Highveld Steel 

     22nd June 2017 There are some signs of life at the vast Highveld Steel complex, in Mpumalanga, where all production at was halted in 2015 after the country’s second-largest steelmaker was placed into business rescue. 

The story behind the partial restart of Highveld Steel
The story behind the partial restart of the Highveld Steel

Transnet denies claim that no CSR locomotives made in South Africa 

By: Terence Creamer     21st June 2017 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet has described as “inaccurate” the claim that none of the locomotives procured from China South Rail (CSR) have been manufactured locally. Research commissioned by independent economic research institution Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS)... 

Transnet denies claim that no CSR locomotives made in South Africa

Numsa deadlock on wage agreement with employers in engineering sector

By: African News Agency      21st June 2017 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) said on Wednesday that wage negotiations and employers in the engineering sector have deadlocked after the union rejected the 5.3% wage increase earlier this month. Numsa has been meeting employers under the auspices of the bargaining... 

South Africa’s steel production fell 3.5% y/y in May

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st June 2017 World crude steel production reached 143.3-million tonnes in May, a 2% year-on-year increase, the World Steel Association (worldsteel) reports. South Africa’s output, however, dropped by 3.5%, from 581 000 t in May 2016, to 561 000 t, indicating the ongoing challenges facing the local steel... 

Company aims for positive impact on environment

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 Environmental management company I-CAT Environmental Solutions aims to deliver a product and service offering that impacts the environment favourably when compared with traditionally used products. 

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