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Metals & Engineering News

Industry steels itself with new developments

By: System Author     10th December 1999 Developments to Watch 

Stainless producer set to break even soon

By: System Author     3rd December 1999 South Africa’s integrated stainless-steel producer, Columbus Stainless, is nearing the end of a long and painful teething period. 

Stainless steel viewed as strategic in industrial development

By: System Author     3rd December 1999 The formation of the South African Stainless Steel Co-operative Development Initiative (SSCDI) has elevated the stainless-steel industry to the level where it is a strategic industry sector in government’s national strategy for industrial development. 

Russians roll in with ball mills

By: System Author     5th November 1999 Russia is seeking to market ball-rolling mills to the South African steel industry. 

Advanced precision-blanking methods

By: System Author     29th October 1999 Developments to Watch 

Steel service centre listed

By: System Author     29th October 1999 FE2 Holdings had a disappointing listing on the building, construction and engineering board of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange last week. 

Vessels breakthrough realised

By: System Author     29th October 1999 Approval of the use of locally-invented 3CR12 steel for the fabrication of pressure vessels is set to provide a lower-cost alternative for users. 

Aluminium smelter reaches halfway mark

By: System Author     15th October 1999 Construction on the US$1,3-billion Mozambique Aluminium (Mozal) plant outside Maputo is on schedule and on budget. 

Fixing method for millennium

By: System Author     15th October 1999 Fasteners 

Mini-merchants forced to import stainless

By: System Author     8th October 1999 Stainless-steel mini-merchants report that they are increasingly having to import stainless steel as the local distribution structure is ‘unfair’ and ‘uncompetitive’. 

Economic upturn predicted for welding

By: System Author     8th October 1999 Welding & Cutting 

Metal alloys with high corrosion resistance

By: System Author     1st October 1999 Developments to Watch 

SA hurt as brewery contracts go abroad

By: System Author     1st October 1999 There is some disquiet in the domestic stainless-steel sector following a decision by South African Breweries to go offshore for the supply of 41 stainless-steel vessels for its new R750-million greenfields brewery being built near Port Elizabeth. 

What South Africa will get for its R21-billion

By: System Author     1st October 1999 The list of national or non-defence industrial participation projects which will be undertaken in South Africa in return for the country’s R21-billion purchase of defence equipment is long and varied, ranging from stainless steel to tourism. 

Aluminium project approaches final straight

By: System Author     24th September 1999 The R2,4-billion expansion project at the Hulett Aluminium plant in Maritzburg, Kwazulu-Natal, is 97% complete, within schedule and on budget. 

Africa’s huge cladding potential outlined

By: System Author     24th September 1999 The African continent has great potential for the cladding industry as markets open up and financing from organisations such as the World Bank and Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) becomes available. 

Reinforcing-steel sector below 1985 levels

By: System Author     24th September 1999 With a radical downturn in the construction industry over the last few years, the reinforcing-steel industry is experiencing the same slumo in demand. 

New plate grab makes its global debut in SA

By: System Author     24th September 1999 Wire, Rope, Sling & Chain 

Local manufacturers encouraged to team up to exploit potential of aluminium sector

By: System Author     17th September 1999 State-owned development financier, the Industrial Development Corporation has completed a four-year study into the competitiveness of the South African aluminium industry. 

Wheel turns again as stainless cycle bottoms out

By: System Author     17th September 1999 Stainless Steel 

R2,5m gas converter built

By: System Author     17th September 1999 Stainless Steel 

R20m project on the brew

By: System Author     17th September 1999 Stainless Steel 

R5-million office development

By: System Author     17th September 1999 Stainless Steel 

Will Cinderella be transformed into the belle of the Eastern Cape’s industry?

By: System Author     17th September 1999 Stainless Steel 

R800-million nickel plant for Eastern Cape

By: System Author     17th September 1999 Stainless Steel 

Sink-maker is acquired

By: System Author     17th September 1999 Stainless Steel 

Gasket material proves a hot hit at steel plant

By: System Author     17th September 1999 Seals, Gaskets & Sealing Mechanisms 

SA to fight US steel unfairness

By: System Author     10th September 1999 The South African steel industry will request the World Trade Organisation to review article 6, which relates specifically to the issue of dumping, of the general agreement on tariffs and trade, and particularly its use by the US, at the third ministerial conference in Seattle in November. 

One-day low-cost housing design developed 

By: System Author     10th September 1999 A revolutionary low-cost housing design which makes use of steel shuttering to allow for the full erection and completion of a housing unit in just one day. 

Friction stir welding for aluminium

By: System Author     3rd September 1999 Developments to Watch 

Saldanha debt could be R1-billion in 2000

By: System Author     3rd September 1999 Although steel producer Iscor is convinced of reaching full production at Saldanha Steel during the course of next year, the big question now facing it is the size of the debt. 

R28m installation for aluminium project

By: System Author     27th August 1999 The R28-million mechanical installation contract at the pot-rooms of Billiton’s Mozambique aluminium smelter (Mozal) in Maputo is due to start later this month (August) 

R3-million conveyor contract for Mozal

By: System Author     27th August 1999 Materials-handling and logistics 

Labour joins Cooper’s plea for industry

By: System Author     27th August 1999 The non-existence of a national manufacturing strategy or policy is costing South Africa jobs every day. 

Millennium do for Thabo’s tent

By: System Author     13th August 1999 Consuling Engineers 

Gear failure explained

By: Roelf Diedericks     30th July 1999 When it comes to gear failure, there is good news and there is bad news. The bad news is that the cause of gear failure can range from excessive wear to catastrophic breakage; the good news is that gear failure can be prevented. In order for gear failure to be prevented, however, one needs to... 

R192m investment creates 1 610 local jobs

By: System Author     30th July 1999 A PROJECT to encourage the establishment of new business in South Africa has created 1 610 new jobs and brought in R192-million in fixed investments in 1998. A team of just 11 people, employed under Eskom’s new-business promotion (NBP) department, was instrumental in creating nearly 2 000... 

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