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Shanghai rebar hits 10-month top as China's pollution fight intensifies

By: Reuters     12th July 2018 China's rebar steel futures rallied more than 3% to their highest in 10 months on Thursday amid potentially tighter supply as the government intensifies efforts to clean up its skies. China's cabinet launched on Wednesday a new cross-ministerial leadership group, headed by vice-premier Han Zheng,... 

Switzerland launches WTO action over US steel, aluminium tariffs

By: Reuters     10th July 2018 Switzerland has launched a complaint at the World Trade Organization against US tariffs on steel and aluminium, it said on Tuesday, the eighth WTO member to start such a challenge. "From Switzerland's point of view, the additional duties, which according to the US have been introduced to protect... 

US to initiate ‘exploratory talks’ on post-Agoa model at Washington forum

By: Terence Creamer     9th July 2018 United States Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer will use this week’s African Growth and Opportunities Act (Agoa) Forum in Washington DC to initiate “exploratory talks” with African governments on a possible trade model that could be implemented when the unilateral programme expires in... 

US to initiate ‘exploratory talks’ on post-Agoa model at Washington forum
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US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer

Nissan admits to more testing misconduct for cars sold in Japan

By: Reuters     9th July 2018 Nissan Motor said on Monday it had improperly measured exhaust emissions and fuel economy for 19 vehicle models sold in Japan, the second case in less than a year where misconduct has been discovered in its inspection processes. Nissan said it had found sample test environments for emissions and... 

Agni Steel South Africa’s expansion approved

By: Nadine James     6th July 2018 The Eastern Cape Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism has authorised the phase 2 and 3 expansion of steel recycling and processing company Agni Steel South Africa. Agni Steel’s plant is located in Zone 6 of the Coega Special Economic Zone. 

Growth potential of B grade steel in Africa evident

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     6th July 2018 The growth of various economies in Africa and the reliance on agriculture, means there will be a growing market for B grade steel for use in agriculture equipment, fencing and security in addition to its traditional use in decorative additions, says steel supplier Edenvale Steel and Tube Co. B... 

Growth potential of B grade steel in Africa evident
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OPTION B B grade steel can be a cost-saving method for non-essential construction

Hot dip galvanising offers significant cost savings, extends service life

6th July 2018 Steel is an ecofriendly construction material as it is durable and renewable, however, there is a need to extend the service life of the steel, which hot dip galvanising is well suited for, says Hot Dip Galvanizers Association Southern Africa (HDGASA). Hot dip galvanizing offers benefits... 

New division to focus on diversification, innovation

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     6th July 2018 Midvaal-based structural and reinforcing steel supply company Fabcon Steel is developing a new engineering division to diversify into different market segments. The company provides turnkey solutions based on engineering services, such as drawing, design and certification, followed by the actual... 

New division to focus on diversification, innovation
Andrew van Gool Fabcon Steel will focus on innovation, with its new division focused on specialised products

New range of ZAP fasteners released

6th July 2018 Johannesburg-based roofing, cladding and steel frame fastener supplier Kare Industrial Suppliers has introduced a new range of ZAP fasteners designed for fixing roof sheeting to light steel battens and purlins. Over the last few years, there has been an increase in the use of light steel battens... 

Seifsa expects 1.7% expansion in local steel industry

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     6th July 2018 Following its initial forecast of a 1.1% expansion of the metals and engineering cluster at the beginning of the year, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) says upon review, preliminary data now suggest a 1.6% expansion of the sector, with all sub-industries... 

Seifsa expects 1.7% expansion in local steel industry
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MICHAEL ADE The local steel industry should look to new markets in the rest of Africa, given existing logistics constraints to servicing external markets

Alternative solution for composite construction

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     6th July 2018 Construction industry supplier Hilti South Africa’s Hilti X-HVB system – an alternative composite deck shear connector – makes composite construction more convenient and cost effective, says Hilti South Africa head of engineering Christiaan Davel. Composite construction consists of a concrete... 

Alternative solution for composite construction
WELD FREE The Hilti X-HVB shear connector system does not require welding

Africa expansion can boost local industry growth

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     6th July 2018 With South Africa being under new leadership since Cyril Ramaphosa became president, Alberton-based steel supplier and value-added processing company Allied Steelrode executive director Warne Rippon says that policy direction now finally appears to be heading in a positive and clear direction,... 

Africa expansion  can boost local  industry growth
WARNE RIPPON Slow and steady is the name of the game for the future of the steel industry

Steel a sustainable choice for building addition

6th July 2018 Knysna-based light steel frame (LSF) construction company Rancor has completed the addition of a 570 m2 second floor to the Kaap Agri building in Paarl, Western Cape.  The requirements for the new structure were clear; it had to be cost-effective, comply with building regulations, be acoustically... 

Steel a sustainable choice for building addition
SUSTAINABLE BUILDING Rancor has completed the addition of the second floor to the Kaap Agri building in Paarl

EU countries set for vote on steel import curbs on Thursday

By: Reuters     5th July 2018 European Union countries will discuss and likely vote on Thursday on measures proposed by the European Commission to curb steel imports into the bloc, EU sources said. The Commission has proposed a combination of a quota and a tariff to prevent a surge of steel imports that is threatened, notably... 

KLT’s community partnerships in South Africa recipe for meeting global production standard

By: Anine Kilian     3rd July 2018 India-based automotive component manufacturer KLT Automotive and Tubular Products South Africa plans to add 1 000 people to its 900-strong work force in the next eight years. The company has a major contract with the Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) for the Ford Ranger, and... 

KLT’s community partnerships in South Africa recipe for meeting global production standard

Moody’s warns of credit implications for Africa as China shifts to consumption-led growth

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd July 2018 China's shift to consumption-led growth will have mixed credit implications for African sovereigns, flattening the trade volumes of oil and ferrous metal exporters, while benefitting other exporters and tourist destinations, Moody's Investors Service said in a report published on Tuesday. "China... 

SA Mint celebrates the CT scan with commemorative crown, tickey coins

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd July 2018 The South African (SA) Mint will celebrate the computed tomography (CT) scan, a medical technology developed by South African-born Allan McLeod Cormack, with the 2018 edition collectible crown and tickey coins. With modern medicine relying heavily on tools for medical diagnosis and imaging... 

SA Mint celebrates the CT scan with commemorative crown, tickey coins
The set contains the R2 crown with the reverse depicting a stylised representation of the human head, which indicates the area to be scanned, the denomination, the words ‘Computed Tomography’, and the year ‘1956’

Decrease in June PMI a ‘cause for concern’ – Seifsa

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd July 2018 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) is concerned about the general dip in overall business activity in the broader manufacturing sector as reflected in the composite Absa Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), which was released on Monday. Seifsa economist... 

Tiso Blackstar to sell non-core steel subsidiary to Macsteel

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd July 2018 Publishing group Tiso Blackstar is in the process of selling 100% of the issued share capital of its non-core asset Consolidated Steel Industries (CSI) to Macsteel Service Centres South Africa.  

EU could have measures to curb steel imports by mid-July

By: Reuters     26th June 2018 The European Union could start measures by mid-July to curb steel imports, which could be surging due to US tariffs, EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said on Tuesday. The European Commission launched an investigation into possible "safeguard" measures at the end of March. It is set to last... 

Global steel production rises 6.6% y/y in May

By: Anine Kilian     25th June 2018 Global crude steel production increased by 6.6% year-on-year to 154.9-million tonnes in May, the World Steel Association (worldsteel) reported on Monday. China’s crude steel production increased by 8.9% year-on-year to 8.1-million tonnes in May, while Japan produced 9.1-million tonnes of crude... 

Import duty causes fallout for stainless steel fastener suppliers

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd June 2018 Stainless steel nuts, bolts and fasteners supplier Fastenright has been forced to increase the selling prices of its stainless steel fasteners, a detrimental consequence of the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa’s (Itac’s) changing import duties, Fastenright MD Rainer... 

Import duty causes fallout for stainless steel fastener suppliers
IMPORT BUSINESS Fastenright imports its stainless steel fasteners from approved suppliers, mainly the Far East, specifically China and Taiwan; and Europe

Improving industry presents opportunities for fastener portfolio

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd June 2018 While the local fasteners industry has experienced a “downfall”, the proposed increase in government spend on power generation points to an upswing during the course of 2019, with this holding significant opportunities for technical solutions provider BMG’s portfolio of fastener products, says... 

Improving industry presents opportunities for fastener portfolio
RELIABLE SOLUTION The Nord-Lock wheel nuts use tension, instead of friction, to secure bolted joints

Strong attendance growth at Fastener Fair Turkey 2018

22nd June 2018 Exhibitors at the fourth edition of the Fastener Fair Turkey 2018 welcomed high calibre Turkish and international visitors for three days, with a total of 2 900 managers, engineers and buyers visiting the event. This represents an impressive 70% growth, compared with the 2016 show. 

Selloff in iron-ore to rubber in China as US trade war widens

By: Reuters     19th June 2018 Prices of commodities from iron ore to rubber tumbled in China on Tuesday, with investor sentiment shaken by an intensifying trade war between Beijing and Washington that could hurt the world's No. 2 economy. The selloff also hit steel, copper, cotton and palm oil, as Chinese investors returned... 

Thyssenkrupp boards working hard to get Tata Steel deal-staff memo

By: Reuters     18th June 2018 Thyssenkrupp needs to quickly clinch a deal for a planned European steel joint venture with Tata Steel, its chief executive said in an internal letter, adding this was necessary to determine the group's long-term strategy. "Therefore we are in close consultations with the supervisory board,"... 

Company hits 500 mark in sales

By: Halima Frost     15th June 2018 Over the past 23 years, industrial services company The Dickinson Group has sold more than 500 specialised stud welding machines, says company refractory anchor division manager Miles Simpson. The machines were provided by Germany-based welding machine suppliers Soyer and UK-based welding... 

Company hits 500  mark in sales
MULTIFUNCTIONAL STUD WELDER A Soyer BMH-22i characterised by its invariably high welding capacity.

Improved quality and productivity reduce production costs

15th June 2018 As the leading supplier of gases and welding equipment and machinery in sub-Saharan Africa, industrial gases company Afrox continues to provide innovative welding solutions to the Southern African market by introducing new products and technology. The latest of these is welding equipment... 

Improved quality and  productivity reduce  production costs
MULTIPURPOSE PIPE WELDING SOLUTION Miller Electric’s PipeWorx process improves quality and productivity

Industry body assumes consultancy role in DHET initiative

By: Halima Frost     15th June 2018 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) has been appointed by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) to act as the consultants in the welding aspect of the Centres of Specialisation Programme. Higher Education and Training Minister Naledi Pandor outlined in March that the... 

Industry body assumes consultancy role in DHET initiative
SEAN BLAKE A good skills set, local labor and governments investment are what is needed

Supplier outlines simple welding equipment compliance test

By: Halima Frost     15th June 2018 Power tool and hardware wholesaler Matus has introduced a two-year guarantee on all its Matweld welding machines, which contrasts with the industry norm of one year. “The testing of our Matweld range is done in compliance with ISO standards and we take pride in the fact that we can offer the... 

Supplier outlines simple welding equipment compliance test
ALL IN ONE UNIT 500 A Inverter MIG welder supplied by Matweld complete with a separate wire feeder

Technology at the fore

By: Halima Frost     15th June 2018 Various speakers discussed new technologies and applications in the thermoplastic welding industry at the Thermoplastics Welding Technology Day, hosted by industry body Plastics SA last month. The discussions ranged from single-user welding technology to new applications (apps) revolutionising... 

Technology at the fore
PRODUCTS ON DISPLAY The new Hurner Smartline butt welding machine and clamp was on show

Understanding weld standards crucial to the welding industry

By: Halima Frost     15th June 2018 To ensure quality in the welding industry, pipes supplier Marley Pipe Systems product specialist Ian Venter says it is important to not only use the standards required in welding but also understand them. Delivering a keynote address at the Thermoplastic Welding Technology Day, hosted by industry... 

Understanding weld standards crucial to the welding industry
CONFORMING PIPE SYSTEMS Marley Pipes Systems SA supplies the well known international Frialen brand.

WTO deputy chief advises EU caution in response to US tariffs

By: Reuters     14th June 2018 There is no basis in World Trade Organisation rules for US tariffs on steel and aluminium, but the European Union should proceed cautiously when responding to the measures, WTO deputy director-general, Karl Brauner, told a German magazine. "I see no basis in WTO law for the tariffs imposed by the... 

South African company develops new generation field kitchens for army

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th June 2018 South African company Desert Wolf has started Phase 2 of its contract to design, manufacture and deliver stainless steel diesel-fired field kitchens to the South African National Defence Force, ordered under Project Teamster. The company only uses stainless steel to make its trailers. “During... 

South African company develops new generation field kitchens for army
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One of the new Desert Wolf field kitchens for the South African Army

Govt commits to saving jobs in steel industry 

By: African News Agency      13th June 2018 The South African government said on Tuesday that it will continue to work with the steel industry towards averting job losses in the sector, adding that it has put in place measures to save the steel industry from collapsing.  This emerged when officials from the Department of Trade and Industry... 

Govt commits to saving jobs in steel industry

Barloworld concludes sale of Iberian Equipment operations

By: Anine Kilian     12th June 2018 The sale of JSE-listed Barloworld’s lossmaking Iberian Equipment operations to Italian group for R2.18-billion has closed. “The closing of the sale of Iberia is the first milestone in redeploying the group’s capital,” the company said in a statement on Tuesday. 

China's Tsingshan mulls $1bn steel plant in Zimbabwe

By: Reuters     12th June 2018 China's unlisted Tsingshan Holding Group on Monday signed a $1-billion outline agreement with Zimbabwe to build a steelmaking plant there after completing a feasibility study. President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government is trying to woo foreign investors, especially in mining, as part of efforts to... 

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