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ArcelorMittal, Competition Commission reach payment agreement

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th December 2017 Local steel manufacturer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has reached an agreement with the Competition Commission to divide its 2017 payment into three separate tranches of R100-million each. In 2016, the parties reached a settlement agreement after AMSA admitted to being involved in the long... 

Proposed carbon tax ‘least-cost manner’ to ensuring greenhouse-gas reduction – Treasury 

By: Schalk Burger     15th December 2017 The National Treasury released the Second Draft Carbon Tax Bill for public comment on Friday and averred that it “seeks to give effect to the polluter pays principle . . . and will assist, in a least-cost manner, in reducing greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions and ensuring that South Africa meets its... 

Mobile lab for polymer powders launched

By: Dylan Slater     15th December 2017 Munich-based chemical company Wacker launched a mobile containerised laboratory – MyLab – together with their long-term distributor IMCD in Randburg at the end of November.  

Mobile lab for polymer powders launched
MYLAB LAUNCH Wacker’s MyLab officially opened at its new South African home at IMCD

Steel tycoon considers bid for Rio Tinto's Dunkirk aluminum smelter - sources

By: Reuters     14th December 2017 Liberty House, the industrial and commodities group buying a number of steel assets around the world, is considering a bid for Rio Tinto's aluminium smelter in northern France, the largest in Europe, three sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters. The Dunkirk plant, which the... 

Decreasing employment in South Africa a sign of ‘deeply troubled economy’ – Seifsa

By: African News Agency      13th December 2017 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) said on Tuesday that South Africa’s employment statistics showed signs of a “deeply troubled economy” and was a serious cause for concern. This comes after Statistics South Africa released its Quarterly Employment... 

China steel futures steady, mill output cuts continue

By: Reuters     12th December 2017 Chinese steel futures held steady on Tuesday, but prices for steelmaking raw material iron ore dropped as steel mills in the world's top producer cut output. China's government has vowed to clear its air, ordering 28 cities to curb industrial production, prompting a shortage of supplies in some... 

AMSA appoints new CEO 

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th December 2017 ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has appointed former Aveng CEO Hendrik ‘Kobus’ Verster to succeed Wim de Klerk, who will step down on January 31, as CEO. Verster will join the company on January 2 as CEO designate to ensure a smooth handover and will assume the position of CEO and executive... 

Metal workers union continues strike action at Agni Steel in South Africa 

By: African News Agency      11th December 2017 Liberated Metalworkers Union of South Africa (Limusa) said on Monday that it will proceed indefinitely with its strike at Agni Steel South Africa in Port Elizabeth due to protracted wage negotiations that started in 2016 with the company. This comes as the protected industrial action entered a... 

Nersa says special power deal for Silicon Smelters must start on July 1 or earlier

By: Terence Creamer     6th December 2017 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has confirmed that a special pricing agreement (SPA) between Eskom and Silicon Smelters, which was approved in August, should commence no later than July 1, 2018, and continue for a maximum of two years. Silicon Smelters, a subsidiary of... 

Nersa says special power deal for Silicon Smelters must start on July 1 or earlier

Heat exchangers made compact

1st December 2017 Wisconsin-based shell and tube heat exchangers company Enerquip has added a new line of compact heat exchangers to meet growing demands from customers with low flow-rate applications. Enerquip is one of the leading providers of heating and cooling equipment for production plants and... 

Heat exchangers  made compact
U-TUBE Heat exchangers are available in U-tube and straight tube designs, and save a significant amount of space due to their size

Local company popularises electrical heat tracing

By: Nica Schreuder     1st December 2017 Amid escalating costs of heating containers using traditional methods, such as steam or gas, a more cost-effective, efficient and controlled method of ensuring the constant heating of containers is electrical heat tracing (EHT), says eltherm South Africa MD Peter Stone. EHT specialist eltherm... 

Local company popularises electrical heat tracing
EFFICIENT HEATING Eltherm’s EHT system makes controlled, efficient and constant heating solutions for tanktainers and road tankers

Highveld agrees to Competition Commission-proposed R1m penalty

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th November 2017 Embattled steel producer Evraz Highveld Steel has agreed to pay a R1-million administrative penalty for conduct allegedly amounting to price fixing and market allocation with ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA). The Competition Commission on Wednesday said it had recommended the approval of the... 

Highveld agrees to Competition Commission-proposed R1m penalty

BHP targets cost cuts; sees upside in copper, steel prices

By: Reuters     28th November 2017 Top global miner BHP Billiton said on Tuesday it will drive further cost cuts across its Australian business, and forecast strong price support from China for steelmaking raw materials. BHP will target $1.6-billion in productivity gains at its Australia iron-ore, copper and coal units over the... 

BHP targets cost cuts; sees upside in copper, steel prices
BHP Minerals Australia president Mike Henry

Company embraces industry trends and challenges

By: Nica Schreuder     24th November 2017 The major  trend in steel construction globally is very much towards high-end automation driven by integrated software solutions, which has led to local industrial manufacturer and distributor First Cut’s embracing this trend through energy- efficient  capital equipment and consumables from their... 

Company embraces  industry trends  and challenges
TIMED INVESTMENT The Bystronic laser, a significant capital investment, is one that is best done at the downturn of the industry, or just after the upturn

Declining industry could compromise steel industry quality standards

By: Nica Schreuder     24th November 2017 Cost-cutting measures have been forced upon companies that wish to remain in business in the steel construction and cladding sector, however, this could have a major impact on product safety and performance, with price considerations often taking precedence over quality and safety.... 

Declining industry could  compromise steel industry  quality standards
DODDS PRINGLE Clients must be aware of advertised quality standards in the steel construction industry

Steel company’s optimism fuels technology investment appetite

By: Nica Schreuder     24th November 2017 Steel supplier and processing company Allied Steelrode’s optimism regarding long-term prospects for South Africa’s economy and steel industry has prompted it to continually invest in quality steel equipment. Such an investment was made through the buying of the BLM Adige LT20 jumbo tube laser in... 

Steel company’s optimism fuels technology investment appetite
Photo by Bloomberg
TUBULAR INNOVATION The LT20 creates new possibilities and innovation for architects and structural designers

BMW plant refurbishment project nabs Steel Award

24th November 2017 This year’s Steel Awards, hosted by the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction and  sponsored by steel manufacturer and supplier Aveng Trident Steel, saw BMW’s heavy electric monorail system (H-EMS) win both the overall winner award, and the Safal Steel Innovation Category award. The... 

BMW plant refurbishment project nabs Steel Award
ROOF ASSEMBLY A new roof structure was erected over the existing B50 while the assembly plant remained fully operational

AMSA welcomes designation of local steel for rail sector  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd November 2017 ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) on Thursday welcomed the latest designations by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) of the local content threshold for local production and content in the rail permanent way sector. A permanent way is the structure, comprising the rails, fasteners,... 

Specialised welding enhances refurbishment capabilities

By: Robyn Wilkinson     17th November 2017 Having proven the benefits of laser beam welding for the refurbishment of industrial components in a range of experimental projects, the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) National Laser Centre (NLC) is working to commercialise this specialised technique for the South... 

Specialised welding enhances  refurbishment capabilities
PRECISION WORK Laser welding is best used in combination with other welding processes for applications that require the highly specialised capabilities

Unique repair solutions have ‘unlimited’ applications

By: Robyn Wilkinson     17th November 2017 Applications for industrial lining solutions provider Groupline Projects’ (GLP’s) Armacoat and Armasteel composite repair systems seem to be “unlimited”, as the company embarks on a quest to tailor the repair solutions – tried and tested in the mining sector – for other industries, says GLP GM... 

Unique repair solutions have ‘unlimited’ applications
AFTER The coatings are highly resilient and have, to date, proven to be completely durable, without a known failure

AMSA lifts Q3 production, sales amid difficult trading environment

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th November 2017 ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) increased its liquid steel production by 11.2%, or 125 000 t, in the third quarter ended September 30, despite tough trading conditions, owing to higher production at Saldanha Works as a result of the mini reline in the third quarter of last year. However, this... 

1 000 locally manufactured valves sold to aid electrical power distribution

By: Nadine James     10th November 2017 National research institution Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) collaboration with valve manufacturer Paltechnologies (Paltech) has led to the first locally manufactured aluminium valve. To date, about 1 000 butterfly valves, each 80 mm in diameter, have been manufactured... 

1 000 locally manufactured valves sold to aid electrical power distribution
PALTECH BUTTERFLY VALVE Forms part of a number of products selected by Eskom for localisation

Maintenance and upgrades on cards for Platinum Corridor in 2018

By: Simone Liedtke     10th November 2017 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) private concessionaire Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concessionaire (Bakwena) will conduct several maintenance and construction projects along the South African N1/N4 routes in 2018. 

Maintenance and upgrades on cards for Platinum Corridor in 2018
Photo by Duane Daws
LIAM CLARKE Construction of a second carriageway on the N4 between the M17 and the R512 will start in January 2018

South African rail operator rebrands, expands offering

By: Mia Breytenbach     10th November 2017 Following the investment by the Pan-African Infrastructure Development Fund 2 (PAIDF2), managed by Pan-African fund manager Harith General Partners, in South African locomotive and rail operator Sheltam Group in June, the company has launched several initiatives to enhance its offering to the... 

South African rail operator rebrands, expands offering
NEW FACE New initiatives for Sheltam Group include the rebranding to Traxtion

Upcoming energy event to showcase African project opportunities  

By: Simone Liedtke     10th November 2017 A key focus point of the African Energy Indaba (AEI) – which celebrates its ten-year milestone next year – is to provide access to project opportunities across the African continent. 

Upcoming energy event to showcase African project opportunities
Africa Energy Indaba (AEI) MD Liz Hart, AEI chairperson Brian Statham and South African Electrotechnical Export Council CEO Chiboni Evans discuss the AEI next year. Camera: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Company expands fluid technology services

10th November 2017 Industrial product supplier Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) strategy to enhance its fluid technology services to meet growing market demand, encompasses the introduction of new products, with the latest developments in design technologies, materials and coatings. The company’s extensive range of... 

Company expands fluid technology services
VERSATILE PRODUCTS FPV diaphragm and pinch valves are available in many different materials, with various pressure ratings, for diverse sectors

Equipment supplier provides spare-part warehousing solution

By: Nica Schreuder     3rd November 2017 Owing to increasing demand for improved quality and the availability of production operations, metallurgical plant and equipment supplier SMS group provides consignment stock or warehousing facilities for their operational and insurance spare parts and components. “The service enables customers... 

Equipment supplier provides spare-part warehousing solution
Photo by Duane Daws
SPARE PART GUARANTEE A constant supply of spare parts for clients will reduce downtime

Seifsa ‘cautiously optimistic’ following improved PMI

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st November 2017 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) is “cautiously optimistic” about the sector’s performance, in light of data released by the Absa Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI),  which indicates an improvement in activity in the manufacturing sector. This was the... 

Transnet looking abroad for growth as it again pares back South Africa capex 

By: Terence Creamer     30th October 2017 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet continues to pare back its investment portfolio in the South African, which is expected to grow by less than 1% in 2017. The group, which operates rail, port and pipelines businesses, expects to invest R229.2-billion over the coming seven years,... 

Transnet looking abroad for growth as it again pares back South Africa capex
Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama outlines how the utility is dealing with ongoing allegations of State Capture and corruption. Recorded: 30.10.2017. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd

M&R sells Genrec to Southern Palace

By: Anine Kilian     30th October 2017 JSE-listed Murray & Roberts (M&R) has sold Genrec to black-owned industrial company Southern Palace Group. Certain assets and liabilities are excluded from the transaction and will remain with the group. 

Seifsa concerned about US investigation into carbon, alloy steel iron rod imports

By: Anine Kilian     30th October 2017 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) says it is extremely concerned that the challenges facing the local steel industry will only worsen if the US Department of Commerce and the US International Trade Commissions’ (ITC’s) parallel investigations to determine... 

International recognition for SA stainless steel innovation

27th October 2017 The Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) was awarded the Bronze Award by the International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) in the category of Best New Applications Featuring New Technology, for the development of municipal water storage tanks that were made from 3 chrome... 

International recognition for SA stainless steel innovation
INNOVATIVE DESIGN Skyhill Heavy Engineering specified the use of 3CR12 for municipal water storage tanks in rural areas with a design that allows for sludge drainage and cleaning without emptying the tanks

Continued volatility impacts on energy and chemicals company

27th October 2017 Continued volatility in the macroeconomic environment, particularly the stronger rand and low oil price, has adversely impacted energy and chemicals company Sasol’s financial performance, says Sasol CFO Paul Victor. 

Continued volatility  impacts on energy and  chemicals company
Photo by Bloomberg
RECORD PRODUCTION Sasol showed great resilience and character through delivering record production volumes at Secunda Synfuels

Monitoring system assists with continuous safety and product quality

By: Simone Liedtke     27th October 2017 Industrial equipment supplier SICK Automation says its LMS511 Pro object detection system assists in decreasing the number of collisions and injuries for the chemicals, petrochemicals and automated bulk handling industries, where continuous process and proximity monitoring plays a critical role... 

Monitoring system assists with continuous safety  and product quality
OBJECT DETECTION The LMS511 Pro object detection system will detect any objects or humans in the reclaimer path

Local stainless steel industry remains optimistic

By: Robyn Wilkinson     27th October 2017 While South African demand for stainless steel is under severe pressure, the potential for growth once the local economy improves is strong and distributors are starting to position themselves strategically to take advantage of this, says stainless steel producer Columbus Stainless CEO Lucien... 

Local stainless steel  industry remains optimistic
CAUTIOUS OPTIMISM The global stainless steel market had a strong run early this year, on the back of substantial chromium and nickel price increases at the end of last year, which continued into 2017

Steady demand for customisable stainless steel products

By: Robyn Wilkinson     27th October 2017 Owing to its strong reputation for customisable turnkey solutions, there is steady and strong demand for stainless steel processing equipment manufacturer Anderson Engineering’s products throughout the African markets that it serves, says Anderson Engineering deputy MD David Nienaber. 

Steady demand for  customisable stainless steel products
CUSTOM DESIGN Anderson Engineering developed several unique processing steps to ensure AR Brands can meet expected demand for its mayonnaise over a five-year period

Positive prospects for synfuels sector with focus on efficient maintenance

By: Simone Liedtke     27th October 2017 Welding and construction equipment-related supplier Renttech South Africa (SA) sees prospects for the synfuels industry improving, as the recent depressed period - owing to the decline globally in hydrocarbon fuel prices - has seen the petrochemicals industry focusing on efficient maintenance,... 

Positive prospects for synfuels sector with focus on efficient maintenance
TO GROW AND PROSPER The country needs to have an efficient, cost-competitive local petrochemicals industry

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