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Steel recovery not a given

By: System Author     19th March 1999 While July this year should see the start of a recovery in global sheet steel prices, it should not be taken for granted. Commodities Research Unit of London steel expert John Johnson warns that China and Japan will have negative growth this year and fairly stagnant economies in 2000 as well,... 

Big job-creating projects push

By: System Author     12th March 1999 Twelve manufacturing project ideas worth an estimated R2,6-billion have been identified by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) for immediate further action following extensive scoping studies. The projects have been prioritised from a bank of some 200 employment-intensive projects... 

R4m capex at Gauteng yeast producer

By: System Author     12th March 1999 Yeast producer Yeastpro is rising to the occasion by embarking on yet another capital-investment project at its Industria, Gauteng, plant by replacing the yeast-cream storage tanks in its drying plant. The estimated R4-million project, which has already begun, is scheduled to be completed by the... 

SA sink-maker in UK

By: System Author     12th March 1999 MOBENI-based sink and specialist stainless-steel sanitaryware manufacturer, City Metal Products (CMP), has embarked on a export drive to the UK following the appointment of a distributor in that country. CMP has reached an agreement with Sissons, Europe’s leading fabricator and supplier of... 

Go downstream, SA wire-makers urged

By: System Author     12th March 1999 The formation of a wire cluster in South Africa could see value being added to the 327 000 t or 40% of all locally-produced wire rod, which is being exported from South Africa in primary form at present. Only around 153 000 t of secondary wire products are being exported at present, while 19% of... 

Leading gas manufacturer in expansion drive

By: System Author     12th March 1999 Leading manufacturer, supplier and distributor of industrial and speciality gas products and chemicals into Southern Africa Air Products reports that the main challenge encountered over the last 30 years includes moving from being a new player in the market to establishing itself as one of the... 

R1,4m screening contract completed

By: System Author     5th March 1999 A R1,4-million contract for the supply of a complete plant for the screening of coke at Iscor Pretoria has been completed by Pilot Crushtec. The plant was supplied to Tau Mining and Management Services, of Witbank, for installation at the Iscor Plant at Pretoria, says MD Sandro Scherf. “The... 

New steel-roofing partnership is forged

By: System Author     5th March 1999 Steel roofing company Fielders, of Brakpan, Gauteng, has entered into a strategic partnership with South Africa’s giant steel merchant Macsteel. Fielders MD Chris Woodcock tells Engineering News that the company has established the alliance in a bid to increase its sales and distribution... 

Mill products software solution developed

By: System Author     5th March 1999 South Africa’s metals, forest products and textiles industries have been leading the way for their sectors globally in the enterprise software market. They have been working with world enterprise company SAP to further develop SAP’s core enterprise solution, R/3, making it more... 

R3,7-million Mozal power-supply contract

By: System Author     26th February 1999 A R3,7-million con- tract for the sup- ply of high-voltage (HV) circuit-breakers for the substations and power stations involved in the multimillion-rand 400 kV power-supply project to Maputo has been awarded to Alstom High Voltage Equipment (HVE). Motraco, the joint-venture company established... 

R40-million catalyst-plant expansion a hit

By: System Author     26th February 1999 A R40-million expan- sion of the existing Degussa automotive-catalyst plant in Port Elizabeth has been completed in a record six months, in line with increased demand for coated monoliths for export to European, South American and Far Eastern markets. A new company, Degussa Catalyst, was... 

Environmental certification on the rise

By: System Author     26th February 1999 Why is environmental management so important? The backbone of environmental management is sustainable development, which covers the concept of needs and the idea of limitation imposed by the state of technology and social organisation on the environment’s ability to meet present and future... 

Steel giant urged to grow small; stay tall

By: System Author     26th February 1999 Just as Lewis Carroll’s Alice drank a potion to shrink herself down to a size which would enable her to pass through the door leading to a beautiful garden, so South African steel giant Iscor is hoping to do the same. In ‘growing itself smaller’, the firm hopes to boost margins... 

Non-core rescue bid

By: System Author     26th February 1999 South African steel producer Iscor believes it can release between R1-billion and-R1,5-billion over the next few years by exiting non-core business activities. The group is also still considering separate listings for its mining and steel divisions in an effort to seek a rerating of its stock. At... 

Cooling tower agency won

By: Deborah Spicer     26th February 1999 The sub-Saharan African agency for Tower Tech water coolers has been awarded to Midrand, Gauteng, company Industrial Water Cooling (IWC). These cooling towers, partly imported from the US, have many features not found on conventional cooling towers. The finished products have an 80% local content... 

Free stainless-steel fabrication seminarz

By: System Author     19th February 1999 THE latest developments in the fabrication of stainless steel, both internationally and locally, will be covered in a series of free seminars to be conducted around the country by the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda). Sponsored by Sassda, the seminars are in the... 

Contract ends at expanded aluminium plant

By: System Author     12th February 1999 Gauteng company Marathon Materials Handling (MMH) completed its portion of a R40-million contract for the supply of materials-handling systems for the R2,4-billion Hulett Aluminium Maritzburg plant’s advanced aluminium rolled products expansion in November. The company was subcontracted by... 

Screw-conveyor flighting units

By: System Author     12th February 1999 Helicoid or continuous-screw flighting for the bulk materials-handling industry in South Africa has been manufactured by Bruton Spiralflite since 1972. The screw-conveyor flighting comes in a range of sizes and pitches from 56 mm outside by 16 mm internal diameter to 508 mm outer by 165 mm... 

Pretoria company targets US with invention

By: System Author     12th February 1999 AN associate company of Pro-Hot USA of Pretoria, Action Link International LLC – which markets the Pro-Hot system in the US – was awarded a ‘best booth’ award at the 1998 China Expo held in Los Angeles during December last year. Held yearly in Los Angeles, the China Expo... 

South Africa, China in air-services deal

By: System Author     12th February 1999 TRANSPORT Minister Mac Maharaj has signed an air-service agreement with Liu Jianfeng, the Minister of the General Administration of Civil Aviation of China. The main aim of the agreement, which was negotiated on May 21 and 22 in Beijing last year, is to modernise the current bilateral framework... 

Cryogenic air-separation plant commissioned

By: System Author     12th February 1999 A cryogenic air-separ- ation plant, said to be the largest oxygen-producing plant in the Southern Hemisphere, was commissioned by Air Liquide for Saldanha Steel, in the Western Cape, in December, reports Air Liquide central sales and marketing manager Lee Furby. The plant, which is able to... 

Gas change ups output

By: System Author     12th February 1999 Steel processors and fabricators can improve their steel-plate output by switching to high-performance acetylene fuel gas, reports Afrox Fabrication process development manager Craig Fourie. “By replacing low-performance fuel gases with acetylene, steel processors and fabricators could... 

SA aeroconveyor exported to Vietnam

By: System Author     12th February 1999 Bulk solids conveyor company Aeroconveyors is at present involved with contracts totalling R5-million, with one of them being the company’s first export contract which is destined for Vietnam, reports manager Lee Thain. Valued at over R350 000, the contract is for a German company that... 

Integrated flow of information

By: System Author     12th February 1999 A multimillion-rand information technology project designed to enable Iscor Speciality Steels (ISS) to achieve world-class operational excellence has begun to bring benefits. “To compete in the world market today requires integrated information, and that is what is being delivered by the... 

Asbestos alternatives favoured

By: System Author     5th February 1999 DUE to the increasing pressure on asbestos, alternative materials are fast finding acceptance in South Africa, despite being more costly to install. “In the long run, considering that asbestos products and processes might soon have to be removed and replaced, alternative materials are less... 

Prospects sink in R65m sanitary market

By: System Author     5th February 1999 THE R65-million-a-year stainless-steel sink industry is likely to shrink by at least 10% during the coming year. City Metal Products (CMP) MD Gerhard Kotzee says the fall-off in residential building, combined with high interest rates, will have an impact on the sink-manufacturing industry.... 

Foundry assists business

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 WELL-known Cape-based aluminium foundry Ajax Manufacturing has invested a considerable sum in its toolroom facility over the last decade. Director Roger Fife, who is responsible for the toolroom, commented that the original plan was to provide the necessary up-to-date equipment and technology for... 

South African steel producers set for a bumpy ride this year

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 SOUTH Africa’s steel producers are in for a tough time this year in the face of two big obstacles. These are the expected sharp decline in world steel prices, and European Union (EU) anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigations into South African steel producers. The first of these... 

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