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The world’s first coloured escalator steps in South Africa

By: System Author     13th October 2000 Lifts, escalators & passenger conveyors 

Ahead of schedule, under budget – again

By: System Author     6th October 2000 Six months ahead of schedule, and $100-million under budget, Billiton’s $1,2-billion, 250 000 t/y, Mozal aluminium smelter was officially opened by Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano on September 21. 

Aluminium smelter to get more power

By: System Author     29th September 2000 Discussions are under way between the Mozambique Transmission Company and Mozal for an additional 425 MW power supply in 2003, which is in line with the Mozal project plan to double its output. 

Aluminium smelter upgrade studies by mid-2001

By: System Author     29th September 2000 The feasibility studies into possible expansions of aluminium-smelter operations in South Africa and Mozambique will be completed by the middle of next year. 

Stainless-steel partnership surfacing

By: System Author     29th September 2000 South Africa’s only integrated stainless-steel producer, Columbus Stainless, has recommitted itself to the development of the local downstream stainless-steel industry with the announcement of its intention to embark on a market assessment study with German steel trader Ferrostaal. 

Entrepreneur extraordinary

By: System Author     29th September 2000 Still developing product at 80, this engineering innovator has turned over a billion rands and 70 000t of steel product in the past half-century 

Efficiency focus at troubled steel firm

By: System Author     22nd September 2000 South African steelmaker Iscor is determined to achieve continuous improvements in efficiency. 

Cape steel-mill to be among fifth-cheapest within two years

By: System Author     15th September 2000 The Iscor/Industrial Development Corporation-owned hot-rolled coil steel plant at Saldanha in the Western Cape is aiming, over the next 18 to 24 months, to become one of the five lowest-cost producing mills in the world in its quality bracket. 

Past provides base for the future

By: System Author     15th September 2000 World power products 

More downstream stainless being exported

By: System Author     1st September 2000 This year, for the first time ever, the South African stainless-steel industry could convert more product for export than for local consumption. 

Stainless offset think-tank this month

By: System Author     18th August 2000 A team comprising representatives from government, stainless-steel producer Columbus and European steel trader Ferrostaal will meet later this month to develop a marketing and investment plan for the R1,1-billion stainless-steel offset project arising from South Africa’s purchase of German... 

Battery raises hope for vanadium

By: System Author     18th August 2000 While Anglo American may have turned its back on the once much-vaunted Zebra battery programme, one of its subsidiaries is now 

Structural steel firms get export act together

By: System Author     18th August 2000 Members of South Africa’s structural-steel export council, known as International Steel Fabricators, plan on exporting some 25 000 t of value-added structural steel to the value of R210-million this year. 

Colour-coated steel has an improved performance

By: System Author     18th August 2000 A new range of colour-coated steel, which is more durable and cost-effective than post-construction hand- or spray-painted products, has been launched by Iscor. 

Aluminium treatment broadens application

By: System Author     21st July 2000 Developments to Watch 

Submarine deal secures stainless-steel plant

By: System Author     21st July 2000 The South African government has signed off the German Submarine Consortium’s (GSC’s) offset offer, making the proposed stainless-steel facility at Coega a near certainty 

Investment in people and equipment is paying off

By: System Author     21st July 2000 Steel 

Wheels firm profitable again

By: System Author     21st July 2000 Johannesburg chrome-alloy wheel manufacturer Smith’s Wheels is returning to profitability after undergoing extensive organisational change. 

SA produces 61% of African steel

By: System Author     21st July 2000 Steel 

Confidence levels need to increase

By: System Author     21st July 2000 Steel 

Empowerment steel company offering competitive service

By: System Author     21st July 2000 Steel 

Globalisation creating challenges

By: System Author     21st July 2000 Steel 

Why I returned – De Clercq

By: System Author     21st July 2000 Steel 

New structural steel product in August

By: System Author     21st July 2000 Steel 

Restructuring process boosts distribution arm

By: System Author     21st July 2000 Steel 

Advanced steel piping introduced

By: System Author     21st July 2000 Steel 

Record 63% recovery rate

By: System Author     14th July 2000 Packaging 

SA stainless firm won’t support ‘integrated’ Coega project

By: System Author     7th July 2000 While Columbus Stainless has confirmed that it is in discussions with German company Ferrostaal for a possible stainless-steel venture in the Eastern Cape, the company is adamant that it would not proceed with the project if it is on an integrated basis. 

Local consumption of aluminium expected to improve

By: System Author     23rd June 2000 Aluminium 

Local manufacturers are paying more for materials

By: System Author     23rd June 2000 Aluminium 

Shipbuilder uses 140 tons of aluminium every year

By: System Author     23rd June 2000 Aluminium 

New foundry to be commissioned

By: System Author     23rd June 2000 Aluminium 

SA copper, brass and bronze industries still struggling

By: System Author     19th May 2000 Copper, brass and bronze 

Custom-made valves for steel operation

By: System Author     19th May 2000 Valves 

Trident Component Manufacturing

By: System Author     12th May 2000 Factory 

Steel flange price relief

By: System Author     5th May 2000 Local steel producer Iscor has granted a temporary concession on the price of flange steel. 

SA could supply 5% of world aluminium

By: System Author     21st April 2000 A feasibility study into a possible R2,5-billion expansion of Billiton’s Hillside aluminium smelter in Richards Bay, Kwazulu-Natal, is expected to be completed by November. 

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