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Metals News

Redundant-stock trader

By: System Author     31st March 2000 Believed to be the only company specialising in the purchase and resale of excess valve stock, Big H Metal & Trading, of Sebenza, Gauteng, has an entire storeroom and courtyard filled to capacity with a variety of valves and stainless-steel fittings, flanges, tubing, plate and instrumentation items. 

Steelwork inspections outsourced

By: System Author     31st March 2000 Innovative inspection services 

SA/Japan steel JV forms on-line firm

By: System Author     24th March 2000 Steel trading company Macsteel has formed an alliance with steel giant Nippon Trading, of Japan, to create an on-line trading site. 

Nelro Engineering

By: System Author     17th March 2000 Factory 

Aluminium: the new gold of the east coast

By: System Author     10th March 2000 The announcement by resources group Billiton that it is considering increasing its Southern African aluminium production capacity by as much as 400 000 t/y. 

Steel price crippling flange maker

By: System Author     10th March 2000 The high price of South African-made steel is forcing a local flange manufacturer out of volume manufacturing and into trading – with dire possible consequences for its 26 employees. 

Full-steam ahead for steel exports

By: System Author     25th February 2000 One of South Africa’s leading steel producers, Highveld, is convinced prospects for steel have improved so much that it will attempt to capitalise on this trend by producing at higher levels during 2000. 

Columbus weighs anchor at good production levels

By: System Author     25th February 2000 The steel plant at SA’s only integrated stainless-steel mill has begun exceeding nameplate design capacity – yet another indication that the corner seems to have been turned at Columbus. 

SA design staves off imports

By: System Author     11th February 2000 The first furnace-tending vehicle to be developed in South Africa has been delivered to the $1,3-billion Mozambique Aluminium (Mozal) smelter. 

Stainless take-off expected

By: System Author     11th February 2000 South Africa’s stainless-steel producer, Columbus, appears to be in for a better year with signs of a serious take-off in stainless-steel prices. 

R7,9m roll-grinder rebuilding contract

By: System Author     28th January 2000 Machine Tools 

SA stainless steel wins container maker’s favour

By: System Author     21st January 2000 World leader in tank container manufacture Consani Engineering is very bullish about the industry’s future prospects. 

Novel luminaire is a first for South Africa

By: System Author     21st January 2000 Steel Fabrication & Cladding 

New stainless-steel colouring company

By: System Author     21st January 2000 Steel Fabrication & Cladding 

SA-made braider exported to the US

By: System Author     21st January 2000 What is believed to be the biggest stainless-steel wire hydraulic hose-braiding machine ever to be built in South Africa was exported to the US last month. 

Iron project put on the back burner

By: System Author     21st January 2000 The State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has pulled back from the promotion of the Maputo Iron and Steel Project, which could well mean that the project will never see the light of day. 

SA steel still going to US

By: System Author     21st January 2000 Steel producer Iscor reports that it is still able to market its products in the US market despite steps already taken against it in a pending anti-dumping suit concerning cold-rolled steel exports. 

Industry steels itself to cope with a severe downturn in prospects

By: System Author     21st January 2000 Steel Fabrication & Cladding 

R12,5m stone preheater is built

By: System Author     21st January 2000 Steel Fabrication & Cladding 

Washing plant for colliery

By: System Author     21st January 2000 Steel Fabrication & Cladding 

Structural steel: material of choice

By: System Author     21st January 2000 Steel Fabrication & Cladding 

Alloy selection is critical for brazing

By: System Author     21st January 2000 Steel Fabrication & Cladding 

New grating product is taking the floor

By: System Author     21st January 2000 Steel Fabrication & Cladding 

First metal forecast by end of next year

By: System Author     10th December 1999 Mozal 

Phase two presents continued involvement

By: System Author     10th December 1999 Mozal 

R133m-worth of Mozal contracts tied up

By: System Author     10th December 1999 Mozal 

R5-million contract for fabricated steelwork

By: System Author     10th December 1999 Top Prison Projects 

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’. 

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