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Stainless Steel

Stainless steel producer orders tube-bending machine from specialist

By: Kimberley Smuts     23rd October 2015 Intelligent tube technology specialist Unison last month received its first order for an all-electric computer numerically controlled (CNC) tube-bending machine, just five weeks after opening. The order was placed by industrial precision metal fabricator Byers Precision Fabricators (Byers) for a... 

Stainless steel manufacturer orders cold-rolling mill

By: Kimberley Smuts     23rd October 2015 Global systems provider for the metallurgical industry SMS Group has been contracted to supply a 20-roll cold rolling mill and a bright annealing line to US-based stainless steel company North American Stainless (NAS), a subsidiary of Spain-based stainless steel manufacturer Acerinox Group. NAS... 

Stainless steel manufacturer orders cold-rolling mill
COLD ROLLING MILL ORDERED SMS Group has been contracted to supply a 20-roll cold rolling mill and a bright annealing line to US-based stainless steel company North American Stainless

Rope access specialist successfully repairs stainless steel capping

By: Kimberley Smuts     23rd October 2015 In May this year rope access specialists Skyriders successfully repaired the stainless steel coronal capping on the tip of a 106-m-high smokestack located at a copper mine in, Phalaborwa, Limpopo. Skyriders marketing manager Mike Zinn explains that a vast amount of corrosive gasses comes out of... 

Rope access specialist successfully repairs  stainless steel capping
CAPPING SUCCESSFULLY REPAIRED Skyriders successfully repaired the stainless steel coronal capping on the tip of a 106-m-high smokestack

Steel materials designer introduces BLDRmetal powders for 3D printing

By: Kimberley Smuts     23rd October 2015 Nano-structured steel materials designer NanoSteel last month introduced the company’s first powders designed for a binder jet three-dimensional (3D) printing process, showcasing the company’s initial commercial application in additive manufacturing. The BLDRmetal J-10 and BLDRmetal J-11 powders... 

Steel materials designer introduces BLDRmetal powders for 3D printing
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EQUIVALENT RESISTANCE OF STAINLESS STEEL NanoSteel developed the capability to print a security tool, which is being used by a global avionics company to remove and replace aircraft panels

Stainless steel industry body predicts decrease in demand

By: Kimberley Smuts     23rd October 2015 Stainless steel industry association the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) predicts a 5% to 10% decrease in  stainless steel apparent consumption for 2015 compared to last year. Sassda chairperson Charles Cammell tells Engineering News that the decrease in industry... 

Stainless steel industry body  predicts decrease in demand
SLOWDOWN IN GLOBAL PRODUCTION Chinese stainless steel production more than tripled from 2008 to 2014, while production in the rest of the world grew only 3.7% in the same period

Sassda

23rd October 2015 The Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) is one of the most active stainless steel industry associations in the world and has, since 1964, been actively increasing the use and awareness of stainless steel in Southern Africa. The organisation provides a platform for its... 

Sassda

Large stainless steel localisation potential in power generation industry

By: Dylan Slater     29th May 2015 The production of specialised products, such as stainless steel heat-exchanger tubing, for the industrial power generation industry could hold significant benefits for local stainless steel manufacturer Fischer South Africa (SA). 

Large stainless steel localisation  potential in power generation industry
MARKET POTENTIAL Fischer SA will receive an additional tube mill by 2016 to complement the current five mills at its Centurion-based factory

Company attributes success to diverse offering

29th May 2015 Stainless steel stockist and distributor NDE attributes its business success to catering to a diverse range of customers. 

Company attributes success to diverse offering
ADDING VALUE NDE has long-serving, experienced professionals who are structured into teams dedicated to delivering on product, sales, projects and exports

Stainless steel motors offer hygienic solution

29th May 2015 Stainless steel air motors are a good option for the food and beverage industry, which has to focus on hygiene when implementing automated production processes, says automation and air-motor company Deprag. 

Stainless steel motors  offer hygienic solution
ADVANCED LINE The robust, sealed design of this motor line's external parts in noncorrosive stainless steel means that the vane motors are predestined for use in the food industry

Stainless steel improves handrailing safety

29th May 2015 Stainless steel handrailing can be used in various industries to ensure the safety of personnel and compliance with hygiene standards, says precision engineering company Andrew Mentis. 

Stainless steel improves handrailing safety
BENEFICIAL MATERIAL Stainless steel handrailing offers numerous benefits among which is increased safety

Company launches new stainless steel processing range

29th May 2015 Tools company Dormer Pramet has developed a new range of chipbreaker inserts with positive NF geometry for the process of turning stainless steel. 

Company launches  new stainless steel  processing range
THREAD MILLING CUTTERS The new cutters of the tread milling range are recommended for machining steel, stainless steel, cast-iron, titanium, nickel, copper, aluminium and plastics

SA stainless steel industry should remain stable – Sassda

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th October 2014 The local stainless steel industry remained stable during the first six months of the year, but Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) forecasts a 3% to 4% drop in apparent stainless steel consumption by the end of the year, newly appointed Sassda executive director John... 

SA stainless steel industry  should remain stable – Sassda
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SUPPLY DEMAND Local primary supply of stainless steel in the industry increased from 68 262 t in the first half of 2013 to 73 913 t for the first half of this year

Local steel wire compares well to European counterparts

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th October 2014 Stainless steel metal and inert gas (MIG) welding wire, locally produced by stainless steel bar and wire producer Wire Products Stainless Steel (WPSS) since 2010, was tested by the Italian Welding Institute, in Genova, in the past two months and was found to be similar to products of European... 

Local steel wire compares well to European counterparts
COMPARABLE QUALITY The Italian Welding Institute indicated favourable quality, welding ability and penetration results for the stainless steel MIG wire

New series of stainless steel castors launched

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th October 2014 Castor manufacturer Tente Castors South Africa introduced its stainless steel 8499/ 8470/ 8477/ 8478 series of stainless steel castors this year, says company technical manager Steve Thomas. The series comprises swivel, swivel with total lock, fixed and P67 plate central- locking castors, he... 

New series of stainless steel castors launched
OPERATIONAL LONGEVITY The most prominent benefit of the 8499/ 8470/ 8477/ 8478 series of stainless steel castors is corrosion resistance

Stainless steel marker introduced

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th October 2014 Stainless steel clamping and identification systems distributor Banding & Identification Solutions Africa (Bisa) acquired a PRO-Mark liquid crystal display (LCD) pin-marking machine at the end of last year and demonstrated the machine’s capabilities at the Electra Mining Africa Expo last month.... 

Stainless steel marker introduced
EASY PRINTING The PRO-Mark LCD pin-marking machine uses programmable marking and component identification

Fabrication projects provide exposure to diverse markets

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th October 2014 Sheet-metal component manufacturer Fabrinox expects to complete four projects with a collective value of about R50-million for the mining, water treatment, laboratory, and the food and beverage industry within the next six months, Fabrinox MD André Visser tells Engineering News. “These projects... 

Fabrication projects provide exposure to diverse markets
NEW COMMISSION The ACF Cornerformer Multiflex machine can be used for the corner forming mild steel of up to 4 mm and stainless steel of up to 3 mm

Safety hinge solution released for local industry

24th October 2014 Local sensor solutions company Countapulse Controls is locally distributing a new stainless steel safety hinge switch from Germany-based sensor solutions company Leuze, which offers a solution for mechanically and hygienically challenging problems in sectors such as the food and beverage,... 

Safety hinge solution released for local industry
SAFETY SOLUTION The Leuze S420 stainless steel switch is ideal for the food and beverage industries where strict cleanliness and hygiene control are critical

Coil and sheets supplied to PRASA project

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th October 2014 Stainless steel flat products producer Columbus Stainless received the first order in February this year to supply coils and sheets for the first 20 passenger train sets that form part of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) passenger coach replacement project. “The majority of... 

Coil and sheets supplied to PRASA project
FIRST ORDER Columbus Stainless supplied type 301 and 304L coils and sheets for the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s passenger coach replacement project

Increasing enthusiasm in industry to use different stainless steel material

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th October 2014 There is a growing willingness from industry to accept newer stainless steel materials, particularly duplex stainless steels, Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association Fabricator Sector chairperson Gary Crawford tells Engineering News. He says that, for example, 2304 duplex... 

Increasing enthusiasm in  industry to use different stainless steel material
DUPLEX GRADE INCREASE Over the past thirteen years, the market share of duplex stainless steels worldwide has doubled

Demand for more efficient mill concepts – rolling technology supplier

24th October 2014 While increasing energy costs and the necessity to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions call for more energy efficient cars, trucks, machines and plants, the steel and stainless steel industries have focused on developing new steel grades with higher strength for lighter constructions, rolling... 

Demand for more efficient mill concepts – rolling technology supplier
MILL EFFICIENCY Large stainless steel producers are looking for mill concepts offering high capacity and reduced operation costs

South African ferrochrome capacity shows consistency

By: Jonathan Rodin     30th May 2014 South Africa’s ferrochrome industry used 85% of its capacity in the first quarter, more or less in line with the fourth quarter of 2013, says consultancy service provider Core Consultants MD Lara Smith.  The company estimates that the first quarter realised 760 000 t in ferrochrome, slightly... 

South African ferrochrome capacity shows consistency
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ABOVE AVERAGE South Africa’s ferrochrome industry used 85% of its capacity

Global stainless steel sector to grow

By: Jonathan Rodin     30th May 2014 Consultancy group MEPS has, with cautious optimism, forecast stainless steel production growth in 2014 will be better than 2013 for all traditional steelmaking countries and regions, including the EU, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. According to the consultancy, this will be the first time since... 

Analyst launches new index

By: Jonathan Rodin     30th May 2014 Steel market analyst Steel First has introduced a new Stainless Steel 304 Europe Raw Materials Index to its pricing portfolio. The index reports the cost of the raw materials needed to produce the steel alloy, explains Steel First editor Vera Blei. The index models the components of a typical... 

Local export barriers towards Europe could continue

By: Jonathan Rodin     30th May 2014 The recently introduced export barriers for stainless steel scrap in South Africa indicate that the trend could continue towards more protectionism in scrap markets, says Germany-based Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW). Already, since 2002, an increase in export restrictions was... 

Company produces stainless steel wire for robotic welding systems

By: Ilan Solomons     7th November 2013 Stainless steel bar and wire producer Wire Products Stainless Steel (WPSS) can now manufacture stainless steel MIG welding wire on 15 kg wire baskets for hand-held and robotic welding systems, WPSS director Clinton Lautenberg tells Engineering News. This has enabled the company in the past two to... 

Company produces stainless steel wire for robotic welding systems
STAINLESS STEEL WIRE Wire Products Stainless Steel has been manufacturing stainless steel MIG wire locally since late 2010

Africa key to company’s expansion plans

By: Ilan Solomons     25th October 2013 Sheet-metal component manufacturer Fabrinox intends to expand its footprint in Africa by partnering with multinational companies, which are already active in Africa or aim to secure a foothold on the continent, Fabrinox MD Andre Visser tells Engineering News. “Fabrinox is continuously forming... 

Africa key to company’s expansion plans
PLANNING AHEAD Fabrinox is continuously forming strategic partnerships with multinational companies, which supply products to mines, as Fabrinox manufactures on behalf of these companies

Sassda launches new online learning programme

By: Ilan Solomons     25th October 2013 The Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) launched an online learning programme this month, targeted at nontechnical staff, such as administrative and warehousing staff, Sassda training manager Mankabe More tells Engineering News. “This course is targeted at staff... 

Sassda launches new  online learning programme
SKILLS DEVELOPMENT The Southern African Stainless Steel Development Association’s basic introductory courses are run three times a year in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban

Company aims to provide stainless steel strapping for additional industries

By: Ilan Solomons     25th October 2013 In the upcoming months, sole Band-It stainless steel clamping and identification systems distributor Banding & Identification Solutions Africa (Bisa) will use traditional and social media platforms to target specific industries, such as the food processing industry, the hose market, mining... 

Company aims to provide stainless steel strapping for additional industries
STAINLESS STEEL STRAPPINGThere are about 150 grades of stainless steel, but only about 12 of these grades can be used for stainless steel strapping

Four new power tools for stainless steel launched

By: Ilan Solomons     25th October 2013 In response to changing demands in the metal-working industry, technology supplier Bosch South Africa last month extended its range of products for the professional finishing of stainless steel to include four new competitively priced power tools, Bosch Industrial Power Tools senior brand manager... 

Four new power tools for stainless steel launched
STAINLESS STEEL SPECIFIC The new additions to the Bosch product line for stainless steel finishings include the GRB 14 CE Professional pipe belt sander, the GEF 7 E Professional power file, the GSI 14 CE Professional burnisher and the GWS 15-125 Inox Professional angle grinder

Local range of cost-effective lean duplex stainless steels launched

By: Ilan Solomons     25th October 2013 Stainless steel flat products producer Columbus Stainless introduced a new range of lean duplex stainless steels in 2010, which offers a cost-effective alternative to conventional austenitic stainless steels, Columbus Stainless CEO Dave Martin tells Engineering News. He says that type UNS... 

Local range of cost-effective lean duplex stainless steels launched
DAVE MARTIN Columbus Stainless is also developing a 301 grade stainless steel as a cheaper alternative to 304 for use in the manufacturing of a variety of products

New fastener division to stock stainless steel range

By: Ilan Solomons     25th October 2013 Stainless steel, specialist alloys and valve supplier Energy Engineered Products (EEP) says that, since establishing the new Energy Bolts fastener division at its head office in Kyalami, Johannesburg, it has been well received by the local market. The new division will stock a range of 304 and... 

New fastener division to stock stainless steel range
STAINLESS STEEL FASTENERS Energy Bolts’ 304 and 316 stainless steel grade range of fasteners will provide customers with full traceability and certification of the product, owing to these specific stainless steel grades

SA stainless steel industry holding steady, imports a problem – Sassda

By: Ilan Solomons     25th October 2013 The South African stainless steel industry is experiencing steady growth, but government needs to ensure that the playing field for importers and local industry players is level, Southern African Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) executive director Bill Scurr tells Engineering... 

SA stainless steel industry holding steady, imports a problem – Sassda
STAINLESS STEEL Stainless steel is regarded by some an aspirational material for use in kitchens and consumer ware item

R&D provides edge over competitors

By: Zandile Mavuso     31st May 2013 Abrasives manufacturer Klingspor says its advanced Germany-based research and development (R&D) department sets the company apart from its competitors, as it provides the stainless steel industry with technology that promotes efficiency in the manufacturing stage and for end-users. 

Domestic consumption, imports expected to rise

By: Sashnee Moodley     26th October 2012 Despite the numerous short-term challenges facing the South African stainless steel industry, the long-term outlook is positive, says Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) executive director Bill Scurr. 

eThekwini municipality undertakes R80m WWTW revamp

By: Sashnee Moodley     26th October 2012 Water and wastewater treatment equipment supplier Circuit Water Engineering Equipment is providing mechanical equipment, of which about 80% is made from stainless steel, for the eThekwini municipality’s Northern Wastewater Treatment Works (WWTW), in KwaZulu-Natal. 

Upgrade leads to successful 2012 harvest

By: Sashnee Moodley     26th October 2012 Project management and contracting company Vinquip Projects has successfully completed the design and supply of equipment, as well as the project management, for the expansion and upgrade of a Paarl winery’s cellar. 

Additional capacity to sustain market demand

By: Sashnee Moodley     26th October 2012 Sheet metal component manufacturer Fabrinox is undertaking a capacity expansion programme at its operations in Paarl, says MD Andre Visser.  

Stainless steel supplier to participate in Phase 2 of Cape Town BRT system

By: Sashnee Moodley     26th October 2012 Metals finishing provider Rimex Metals South Africa will supply stainless steel for Phase 2 of Cape Town’s bus rapid transit (BRT) system, the construction of which is planned to start in early 2013. 

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