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Metals & Engineering News

2017 a watershed year for Insimbi

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th May 2017 Insimbi Refractory and Alloy Supplies is no longer the company it was a year ago, with significant changes undertaken in a year described as watershed for the Johannesburg-listed group. During the year ended February 28, the Fred Botha-led company underwent significant changes in its market... 

Solutions specialist expands product range

By: Simone Liedtke     26th May 2017 Electrical solutions specialist Magnet Electrical – a subsidiary of Magnet Group – has extended its range of automation solutions with the addition of automation systems company Schneider Electric’s new Altivar ATV320 variable-speed drives (VSDs). 

Solutions specialist expands product range
ALTIVAR ATV320 This system has been developed to optimise design and engineering costs

New tube-bending machine launched at MTA 2017 

By: Mia Breytenbach     26th May 2017 In collaboration with international tube-bending technology specialist BLM Group, cutting consumable and capital equipment supplier First Cut launched the latest version of the E-TURN32 tube-bending machine at trade exhibition Machine Tools Africa 2017, held in Johannesburg, earlier this month.... 

New tube-bending machine launched at MTA 2017
The E-TURN32 as it is a fully electric, computer numerically controlled machine, with all axes using Siemens drive technology and servo-motors. It can bend in 15 axes movements, roll and punch different sizes of tube up to 50.8 mm in diameter, and in any material, such as ferrous, non-ferrous and specialty metals, except plastic

Chairside milling beneficial for dental industry

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th May 2017 With the dental industry moving towards chairside milling for clinics, digital production solutions company Telpro Management launched electronics manufacturer Roland’s DWX-52DC tooth milling machine last month.  

Chairside milling beneficial for dental industry
ROLAND DWX-52DC The dental industry is moving towards chairside milling to shorten teeth replacement manufacturing time and reduce production costs

Hazleton Pumps, Weir Minerals win big at Seifsa Awards for Excellence

     25th May 2017 Family-owned Hazleton Pumps and engineering solutions provider Weir Minerals were the big winners at the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa’s (Seifsa’s) Awards for Excellence. Almost 100 guests representing small and large companies in the metals and engineering sector... 

CompCom approves AMSA’s buyout of Thabazimbi mine

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     25th May 2017 The Competition Commission has recommended the Competition Tribunal approve ArcelorMittal South Africa’s (AMSA’s) proposed acquisition of the Thabazimbi mine, in Limpopo. Kumba Iron Ore in February agreed to transfer the mine to AMSA. Until 2014, the mine was a captive mine owned and run by Kumba... 

Applications for new R1.5bn steel incentive open on June 1

By: Terence Creamer     25th May 2017 Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel released details on Thursday of a new R1.5-billion incentive for downstream steel manufacturers, which would be implemented from June 1. The incentive, officially named the ‘Downstream Steel Industry Competitiveness Fund’ is to be administered by the... 

Applications for new R1.5bn steel incentive open on June 1
Photo by Duane Daws
Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel

AMSA secures R4.5bn funding facility

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th May 2017 ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has secured a R4.5-billion revolving structured commodity trade finance facility, which will allow the steel manufacturer to finance its working capital as part of its balance sheet restructuring. CEO Wim de Klerk said in a statement that the company had... 

DTI refuses to release list of black industrialist scheme beneficiaries for fear they will be ‘harassed’ 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd May 2017 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies showcased four recipients of government’s flagship Black Industrialist programme (BIP) during his Budget Vote on Tuesday, but astonishingly refused to release the names of all 46 recipients of the non-refundable government grants and concessional loans.... 

DTI refuses to release list of black industrialist scheme beneficiaries for fear they will be ‘harassed’
Photo by Duane Daws
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies

Global steel production rises 5% y/y in April

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd May 2017 Global steel production, as reported by the 67 member countries of the World Steel Association (worldsteel), rose by 5% year-on-year to 142.1-million tonnes in April. China’s steel production increased by 4.9% to 72.8-million tonnes, while Japan’s output rose 3% year-on-year to 8.8-million tonnes. 

Thos Begbie’s global quality status boosted by on-the-spot Dekra 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd May 2017 The same-site working relationship that Thos Begbie has established with global quality inspectorate Dekra Industrial RSA is giving the prolific exporter of copper castings a commercial edge in its global dealings with mining and smelter-related customers worldwide. Thos Begbie now hosts the... 

Thos Begbie’s global quality status boosted by on-the-spot Dekra
Engineering News Online’s Martin Creamer talks to Thos Begbie’s Edwin Dreyer and Dekra’s Johan Gerber. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Chinese steel industry policies to boost iron-ore demand – Rio Tinto CEO

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th May 2017 Rio Tinto CEO Jean-Sébastien Jacques is confident China will continue to drive demand for mining products and iron-ore in particular, despite introducing new policies that will make environmental permits for steel mills harder to obtain and slow capacity. The country plans to eliminate... 

AMSA insists 12% hot-rolled-coil safeguard won’t translate into abrupt price hike

By: Terence Creamer     15th May 2017 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) insists that the institution of a 12% safeguard duty on hot-rolled coil (HRC) from July 1 will not result in a commensurate rise in domestic prices for the primary-steel product, owing to a pricing agreement with government that regulates the... 

AMSA insists 12% hot-rolled-coil safeguard won’t translate into abrupt price hike
Photo by Duane Daws
AMSA CEO Wim de Klerk

AMSA expects HRC steel safeguards from July 1

By: Terence Creamer     12th May 2017 JSE-listed steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) expects imposition of safeguard duties on hot rolled coil (HRC) to come into effect on July 1, but says certain stakeholder processes still have to be completed before the decision is confirmed. Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies... 

AMSA expects HRC steel safeguards from July 1

Vertical roller mills enhance cement plant

     12th May 2017 High-quality cement manufacturer and supplier United Cement Company of Nigeria (Unisem) is using two vertical roller mills (VRMs) from export-oriented engineering company Loesche at its successfully commissioned new Cement Plant 2 at Mfamosing, in Cross River state, Nigeria. Loesche received the... 

Vertical roller mills  enhance cement plant
INNOVATIVE ENGINEERING The biggest Loesche mill type, LM 70.4+4 CS, in successful operation with the new COPE drive at cement plant Mfamosing

Additional protection for SA’s embattled steel industry 

     11th May 2017 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has confirmed that additional protection is on the way for South Africa’s embattled steel industry. Engineering News editor Terence Creamer speaks to Creamer Media's Sashnee Moodley about the development. 

Additional protection for SA’s embattled steel industry
Additional protection for SA’s embattled steel industry.

Davies promises support for downstream firms as he confirms steel safeguard duty  

By: Terence Creamer     8th May 2017 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies confirmed on Monday that he had signed off on a hot-rolled coil (HRC) safeguard duty, but refused to be drawn on the duty level proposed until the Word Trade Organisation (WTO) had been notified. Speaking in Johannesburg at the release of the ninth... 

Davies promises support for downstream firms as he confirms steel safeguard duty
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies on the link between the Industrial Policy Action Plan and Radical Economic Transformation. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 8.5.2017

Company expands in key African markets

By: Robyn Wilkinson     5th May 2017 Despite challenging macroeconomic headwinds causing a slowdown in consumer spending in many African markets in 2016, packaging company Nampak remains confident of the demographic fundamentals underpinning long-term packaging growth on the continent. 

Company expands in key African markets
ANDRE DE RUYTER Nampak aims to uphold good relationships with all relevant authorities and contribute meaningfully to the manufacturing sector in the African countries in which it operates

Hydraulic pumps market set to grow until 2021

     5th May 2017 The global hydraulic pumps market is anticipated to grow at a steady rate and will post a compound annual growth rate of close to 5% during the forecast period 2017 to 2021, says market research company Technavio. 

Hydraulic pumps market set to grow until 2021
HYDRAULIC PUMPS The hydraulic pumps market will grow steadily in the next four years

Pneumatics specialist showcases intelligent pneumatics

     5th May 2017 At the 2017 Hannover Messe, in Germany, which took place last month, pneumatics manufacturer Aventics will show how the company’s intelligent pneumatics can anticipate system maintenance, using already available sensors and a new smart pneumatics monitor which is the company’s first Internet of... 

Pneumatics  specialist showcases intelligent pneumatics
Photo by Victor Moolman
SMART PNEUMATICS Smart pneumatics from Aventics has been created to help with maintenance of pneumatic systems

ABB responds to South Africa’s rail localisation demand with traction transformer investment

By: Terence Creamer     3rd May 2017 Technology multinational ABB has responded to South Africa’s tightened local-content requirements in the railways sector by opening a new state-of-the-art traction transformer factory in eastern Johannesburg. Traction transformers direct power, at safe voltages, to support train functions such as... 

ABB responds to South Africa’s rail localisation demand with traction transformer investment
Photo by Duane Daws
ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer

April PMI slumps to well below neutral 50 mark

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd May 2017 After a solid first-quarter performance, the seasonally adjusted Absa Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) slumped in April 2017. The Bureau for Economic Research (BER) index fell to 44.7 index points from an average of 51.9 during the first quarter. 

April PMI slumps to well below neutral 50 mark

Robotic solution for machine tools industry

     28th April 2017 When it comes to the automated feeding of machine tools, the choice of the right robot set-up and manipulator is a key element in the planning process, says Japanese robotics company Yaskawa. 

Robotic solution for  machine tools industry
CONTROL CONCEPT Finding the right software structure is just as important as the hardware

Control and instrumentation play rugged role in industry

By: Simone Liedtke     28th April 2017 The uptake of new information technology (IT) in industrial automation has traditionally been at a slower rate compared with that of the broader information, communications and technology (ICT) sector, says the Society for Automation Instrumentation, Measurements and Control (SAIMC) professional... 

Control and instrumentation play rugged role in industry
TRIED AND TESTED Companies still use more traditional tried and tested architectures for projects locally

New tandem horizontal boring to be fully operational in July

By: Simone Liedtke     28th April 2017 Installation of the new tandem horizontal boring mill – which can perform multiple tasks simultaneously – will be complete and fully operational by July, enthuses project services corporation Hydra Arc. 

New tandem horizontal boring to be fully operational in July
Photo by Petrus Saayman
FULLY AUTOMATED The tandem horizontal boring mill is fully automated and programmable

Expo to showcase latest developments in machine tools industry

By: Simone Liedtke     28th April 2017 This year’s Machine Tools Africa (MTA) is set to showcase the latest technology developments, machinery, products, services and solutions, says event management company Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery portfolio director Charlene Hefer. 

Expo to showcase latest developments in machine tools industry
MACHINE TOOLS AFRICA 2017 Interactive displays at the MTA will include live demonstrations and technical presentations

Coega industrial zone outlines R1bn investment pipeline

By: David Oliveira     28th April 2017 The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) announced earlier this month that investment projects worth more than R1-billion are ready for implementation in the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), in the Eastern Cape. This announcement follows the unaudited 2016 financial year results, during... 

Machines produce components for isotope facility 

By: Simone Liedtke     28th April 2017 Machine component manufacturer Precision Separators bought six computer numerical control (CNC) machines from machine industry company Hurco to manufacture and produce components for private company Klydon’s medical isotope facility MoF6. 

Machines produce components for isotope facility
Machines produce components for isotope facility

Distributor emphasises lubricant’s cost benefits

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th April 2017 Southern Africa-focused bearings and power transmission products distributor Bearings International (BI) recently conducted a product focus designed to educate staff on the benefits of using reaming, tapping and drilling lubricant RTD, to strengthen its long-standing supplier-distributor... 

Junior iron-ore miner outlines ambitious aims, supports local steel production

By: Ilan Solomons     26th April 2017 Junior iron-ore miner Manngwe Mining plans to expand its asset base and increase production at its existing operation over the next five years to provide integrated steel and mining company ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) with between four-million and five-million tons of iron-ore a year.... 

Junior iron-ore miner outlines ambitious aims, supports local steel production
Wim de Klerk, Mathatha Tsedu and Matodzi Nesongozwi at official opening of Manngwe plant

Competition Commission approves buyout of ASA Metals' ferrochrome production assets

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th April 2017 The Competition Commission has recommended that the Competition Tribunal approve the proposed merger between ferrochrome producer ASA Metals and Newco. Newco is a newly created joint venture between Sinosteel and Samancor. Sinosteel operates globally in the production, supply and procurement of a... 

Global steel production reaches 410Mt in Q1

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th April 2017 South Africa produced an estimated 1.56-million tonnes of steel in the first quarter of the year, the World Steel Association (worldsteel) said on Monday. This was roughly the same as the 1.54-million tonnes  produced in the first quarter of 2016 and came on the back of flat year-on-year... 

Steel demand to grow in 2017/18 as recession risk decreases

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st April 2017 Global steel demand will increase by 1.3% to 1.53-billion tonnes this year, and by a further 0.9% to 1.55-billion tonnes in 2018, following growth of 1% in 2016, the World Steel Association (worldsteel) said in its latest short-range outlook (SRO), published on Friday. Worldsteel economics... 

New concept crane being developed

By: Simone Liedtke     21st April 2017 Global engineered heavy lifting and transportation specialist Mammoet and engineering specialist Stoof Engineering and Innovation (E&I) are joining forces to develop a containerised heavy lifter named Focus.  

New concept crane being developed
FULLY ASSEMBLED Mammoet uses a jacking system to lift the dragline and place it on a specialised transport system to move it to its new location

Fabrication facility to expand to accommodate heavy lifting fleet

By: Simone Liedtke     21st April 2017 Manufacturing company Sky Hill Heavy Engineering - a part of project services corporation Hydra-Arc in Secunda, Mpumalanga - has already commenced with the 100 m expansion of three of its four fabrication bays, to accommodate its heavy lifting fleet, says Hydra-Arc. 

Fabrication facility to expand to accommodate heavy lifting fleet
Photo by Petrus Saayman
IN-HOUSE PROJECTS Fabrication and refurbishment projects are executed from the engineering to transportation stages

Local equipment supplier upgrades product offering

By: Simone Liedtke     21st April 2017 Machine manufacturer Meclift has added the ML1812R variable reach truck series to its heavy-lifting equipment range, which has a lifting capacity of 18 t and operates swiftly in confined spaces, including warehouses and cargo vessels. 

Local equipment supplier upgrades product offering
ML1812R MECLIFT The variable-reach truck is designed for swift, efficient and safe handling of heavy loads in diverse industries

Alcoa swaps New York for the city of steel as Harvey simplifies

By: Bloomberg     20th April 2017 Alcoa is giving up the glamour of New York City and going back to Pittsburgh, as new CEO Roy Harvey steps up efforts to streamline the aluminium maker. Changing headquarters and closing seven locations across the US, Europe and Asia is part of a push to lower costs after the producer of the... 

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