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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. 

Need for environmental awareness in growing industry

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 There is a growing need for the construction industry to become more environmentally aware, which includes considering solvent emissions, recycling and toxicity, and building materials supplier DenBraven national sales and marketing manager Michael Berg says the company has made higher... 

South Africans more conscious of greener ways of living

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 With South Africans being more aware of greener ways of living, multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP regional director and sustainability consultant Alison Groves says this has led to green building becoming integral in the design and construction of buildings. 

South Africans more conscious of greener ways of living
INITIAL FOCUS The rating system developed by the Green Building Council of South Africa was initially only focused on new buildings

Several Green trends expected to emerge this year

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 As the green-building groundswell takes hold globally, construction materials supplier AfriSam says industry can expect to several trends emerge this year. 

Several Green trends expected to emerge this year
VICTOR BOUGUENON Trends include South Africa’s property and construction players committing to greener practices

Rocket technology idea wins Global Impact Challenge Award

By: Mia Breytenbach     16th June 2017 The idea to use innovative rocket technology that uses asteroid metal as fuel to achieve industrial-scale transport of mined asteroid material has been crowned the winner of the 2017 Singularity University Global Impact Challenge (GIC) Southern Africa edition competition. The US-based Singularity... 

Rocket technology idea wins Global Impact Challenge Award
JONATHAN LUN My idea is to use . . . a vacuum arc thruster, that consumes asteroid metal as fuel to achieve industrial-scale transport of mined asteroid material

Eskom downgrade has AMSA CEO worried about steel

By: Anine Kilian     14th June 2017 With ratings agency Moody’s Investors Service cutting State power utility Eskom’s credit to two notches below investment grade on Wednesday, ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) CEO Wim de Klerk expressed his concern about the downgrade’s impact on the local steel industry. Addressing delegates at a... 

Eskom downgrade has AMSA CEO worried about steel
ArcelorMittal South Africa CEO Wim de Klerk

Steel industry needs to pull together to fight import risks 

By: Anine Kilian     14th June 2017 In light of the recently implemented safeguard duty on hot-rolled steel, continued collaboration among stakeholders is necessary to protect the steel industry against the influx of steel imports, said consulting firm XA International Trade Advisors director Donald Mackay on Tuesday. Speaking at a... 

Steel industry needs to pull together to fight import risks
South Africa Institute of Steel Construction CEO Paulo Trinchero

Continuous improvement concept to increase productivity 

     14th June 2017 While implementing a substantial two-year re-engineering process, stainless-steel and aluminium cookware manufacturer Hendler and Hart notes that the company keeps its commitment to stay relevant through innovation based on the concept of continuous improvement. 

Continuous improvement concept to increase productivity
Continuous improvement concept to increase productivity

‘Not one’ CSR locomotive made in South Africa, economic research group claims 

By: Terence Creamer     14th June 2017 Research commissioned by independent economic research institution Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) has found that, despite local-content obligations, not one of the China South Rail (CSR) locomotives being procured by Transnet has been assembled in South Africa and that all have... 

‘Not one’ CSR locomotive made in South Africa, economic research group claims

Industry trends shift towards efficient, intelligent strategies

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th June 2017 The main feature of global demand for energy is a shift to maximising efficiency through delivering energy at the lowest cost per kilowatt per hour, says independent process industry consultant Santosh Gunpath. He tells Engineering News that this was evident from his interactions with industry... 

Industry trends shift towards efficient, intelligent strategies
Photo by Bloomberg
EFFICIENCY PRIORITISED With energy integral to every process, the objective should be to maximise the efficiency of delivering the necessary energy at the lowest cost per kilowatt per hour

Numsa ‘dismayed’ with employers’ proposals in metal and engineering sector talks

By: African News Agency      8th June 2017 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) said on Thursday that it was “dismayed” with proposals made by employers in the engineering sector during the two-day wage talks. This comes after Numsa tabled its demands for a 15% wage increase across the board to the employers in the... 

Patel welcomes reopening of Highveld Steel plant

By: Anine Kilian     7th June 2017 Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel has welcomed the reopening of the Highveld Steel plant, in eMalahleni, Mpumalanga. The plant, which was officially reopened on Tuesday, employs 200 workers in direct production and a further 300 workers on site. The company, which closed in 2015, has... 

Numsa to demand 15% increase in engineering sector wage talks

By: African News Agency      7th June 2017 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has said it would demand a 15% wage increase across the board as wage talks in the metal and engineering sector begin on Wednesday. The metal sector wage talks are brought about as the current wage agreement lapses at the end of this month. 

Protection and recovery in infrastructure spend to determine fate of revived Highveld mill

By: Terence Creamer     6th June 2017 The newly reopened heavy structural mill (HSM) at Highveld Steel, in Mpumalanga, is expected to ramp up to its 18 000 t/m nameplate capacity over the coming few months, having produced 4 100 t since its initial restart in April. However, both Highveld and ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA), which... 

Protection and recovery in infrastructure spend to determine fate of revived Highveld mill

IDC raises black industrialist funding target to R7.4bn for FY18

By: Terence Creamer     5th June 2017 The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is budgeting to pick up the pace of lending to black industrialists during its 2017/18 financial year, during which it aims to increase approvals to around R7.4-billion, from R4.7-billion in 2016/17. Divisional executive for agro, infrastructure and... 

IDC raises black industrialist funding target to R7.4bn for FY18
Divisional executive for agro, infrastructure and new industries Lizeka Matshekga

Steel industry to discuss import challenges at June workshop

By: Anine Kilian     2nd June 2017 Consulting firm XA International Trade Advisors will, on June 14, host a workshop for domestic steel industry participants to meet and discuss possible solutions to the threat posed by rising steel imports. The workshop will look at the trend of increased global protection in the steel industry... 

Members lament impact of imported products on local industry

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd June 2017 n April, the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (sassda) conducted a Short Track Survey that gave an account of the state of the stainless steel industry, compared with this time last year, which had Sassda members lamenting the negative impact of imported stainless steel... 

Members lament impact of imported products on local industry
JOHN TARBOTON Stainless steel finished product imports grew 44% in 2016 compared with 2015

Continuous improvement concept to increase productivity 

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd June 2017 As part of the company’s commitment to stay relevant through innovation, local stainless steel and aluminium cookware manufacturer Hendler and Hart is implementing a substantial two-year re-engineering process, based on the concept of continuous improvement, at its Boksburg manufacturing plant. 

Continuous improvement concept to increase productivity
Hendler and Hart gives a tour of their aluminium and stainless-steel factory facility, in Boksburg. Video Cameraperson: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Euro Steel

By: Zandile Mavuso     2nd June 2017 As part of Afmetco Group of Companies, steel distributor and exporter Euro Steel has evolved into one of South Africa’s largest stainless steel, special steels, aluminium and other corrosion-resistant materials distributor and exporter.  

Euro Steel

Industry teams up to craft road map for ‘a million new manufacturing jobs’  

By: Terence Creamer     29th May 2017 Manufacturing associations across a range of subsectors, including plastics and packaging, chemicals, agroprocessing and steel have endorsed a Manufacturing Circle-led initiative, designed to find ways of creating an additional one-million manufacturing jobs in South Africa. Manufacturing Circle... 

Industry teams up to craft road map for ‘a million new manufacturing jobs’
Manufacturing Circle chairperson André de Ruyter explains the ‘Map-to-a-Million’ initiative. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

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