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Stainless Steel

Mittal, DTI resume steel-price talks, both say resolution now urgent

By: Terence Creamer     7th November 2006 Steel producer Mittal Steel South Africa and the South African government met on Monday in a bid to progress talks on a so-called developmental pricing model. These negotiations began back in 2004, when agreement was reached between the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the then LNM (now... 

Mittal's R8bn expansion hit by a new EIA-linked delay

By: Terence Creamer     7th November 2006 It was unlikely that Africa's largest steel producer would begin implementation of its R8-billion capital programme this calendar year owing to new environmental-impact-assessment (EIA)-related delays - the R8-billion programme was designed to lift output by 2,5-million tons to 9-million tons a... 

Mittal confirms fatality and output knock following Vanderbijl mill fire

By: Mariaan Webb     31st October 2006 South Africa's largest steelmaker Mittal Steel South Africa on Tuesday said that it had lost about 100 000 t of liquid steel production at its Vanderbijlpark plant, following a fire seven days ago, which led to the death of one contract worker. Spokesperson Tami Didiza said that a fire, which... 

Judges panel boasts high-profile names

By: thamashni naidoo     27th October 2006 The 2006 Stainless Steel Awards hosted by the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) will be adjudicated by a distinguished panel of judges representing the full spectrum of stainless steel application from products to projects and services. 

Cable ties designed for harsh environments

27th October 2006 For applications in corrosive environments such as those exposed to chemical fumes or salt air, Grafoplast Wiremarkers offers specialised cable ties manufactured in stainless steel. 

Decorative metal strip boosts productivity

27th October 2006 Sandvik Decorex - the innovative, colour coated strip material from Sandvik Materials Technology, is providing productivity benefits for decorative component producers in the consumer electronics, domestic appliance, automotive and interior design industries. 

Gas giant renews sponsorship commitments

27th October 2006 Industrial gas and welding giant Afrox is once again a sponsor of the Stainless Steel Awards, hosted by the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda). 

Creativity key to ensuring competitiveness – new association chief

27th October 2006 The value-adding component of the stainless steel industry in South Africa must work to improve its competitiveness in order to avail itself of the global opportunities being created by the emergence of the power house economies of the East – especially China and India – says incoming... 

SA metal finisher clinches Harley Davidson deal

27th October 2006 Rebuff, leading manufacturer and distributor of stainless steel and other metal finishing products has won a major contract to supply OEM’s for Harley Davidson accessories, for the buffing of all stainless steel, chrome and other high-end metal finishes for the famous motor cycl 

Submarine rescue system takes top honours

27th October 2006 Paarl-based HG Molenaar has scored a world-first for the South African fabrication industry with the development of a submarine rescue system for deployment in any ocean under the jurisdiction of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO). 

Tube and housing wins runner-up award

27th October 2006 The Fischer Group South Africa, which invested R60-million in facilities and machinery in order to manufacture a small, highly-specialised tube and housing for an exhaust gas return (EGR) heat-exchange unit, was named runner-up in the project category at the 2006 Stainless Steel Awards. 

Airport chair sets get judges thumbs-up

27th October 2006 Remkor Technologies won the Product category at the 2006 Stainless Steel Awards, hosted by the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda), for chair sets it designed and manufactured for the new departure lounge at Lanseria International Airport. 

Inflatable-boat seat awarded runner-up prize

27th October 2006 Stellenbosch University department of mechanical engineering’s Charl Barnard and Professor Wikus van Niekerk were runners-up in the product category at the 2006 Stainless Steel Awards, hosted by the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda), for a suspension seat for... 

Bird-flight diverter hailed as ‘global breakthrough’

27th October 2006 Innovative Technologies (Inotec) won a Merit Award in the Product category at the 2006 Stainless Steel Awards, hosted by the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda), for a bird-flight diverter hailed as a global breakthrough in the search for the ideal long-term device to... 

Coloured, textured stainless-steel sheets create new applications

27th October 2006 Rimex Metals SA and Remkor Technologies received a merit award in the Product category at the 2006 Stainless Steel Awards, hosted by the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda), for producing an alternative to Formica and laminated plastic in the form of coloured and... 

‘Smart’ fence also offers cost benefits

27th October 2006 Alcatraz Integrated Intelligent Systems won a Merit Award in the Product category at the 2006 Stainless Steel Awards, for its ‘smart’ 3CR12 perimeter fence. 

Award recognises research-station project

27th October 2006 Centurion-based Endecon has clinched a Merit Award in the Project category at the 2006 Stainless Steel for its work on the new research station on Marion Island, the remote and most southerly building constructed on South African soil. 

Municipal building coat of arms wins recognition

27th October 2006 Mpumalanga Stainless Initiative’s (MSI) designer and developer Volker Koch has clinched a merit award in the project category at this year’s Stainless Steel Awards. 

High-pressure filter vessels supplied to Zambian mine

27th October 2006 Another merit winner in the project category of the Stainless Steel Award event was Styria Engineering for its fabrication of two electrolyte dual-media high-pressure filter vessels for Kansanshi Mining, Zambia. 

39-year-old pump company receives special recognition

27th October 2006 The Jooste Cylinder and Pump Company, established in 1967 by Christiaan Jacobus Johannes Jooste, received a special award for services rendered to the industry at this years Stainless Steel Awards. 

Stainless-steel bus shelters supplied for Durban CBD

27th October 2006 Bus shelters designed and built for Durban’s Interim People Mover (IPM) strategy, have won Rebcon Engineering a merit award in the product category at the Stainless Steel Awards. 

Investment made in new processing equipment

By: thamashni naidoo     27th October 2006 One of the continent’s largest stainless steel merchants, Macsteel VRN Stainless – a division of Macsteel Service Centre South Africa – is continually investing in equipment to process stainless steel. 

New draft incorporates exemptions and builds in 'flexibility' for small-medium firms

By: Terence Creamer     20th October 2006 The South African government is set to confirm broad-ranging exemptions form the broad-based black economic-empowerment (BBBEE) codes of good practice for micro and small businesses, as well as more flexible compliance thresholds for small-medium enterprises. 

Indian group rejects 'corruption cesspit'

By: Keith Campbell     20th October 2006 Reports from Zimbabwe increasingly suggest that the Indian company, Global Infrastructures, part of the Indian multinational group, Global Steel Holdings Ltd (GSHL), abandoned its contract to run the Zimbabwe Iron and Steel Company (Zisco) because of massive corruption at the State-owned... 

DTI concerned about impact of higher steel prices, lower rebates

By: Terence Creamer     12th October 2006 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) says it is concerned about a possible double negative effect on those domestic steel users that manufacture steel products for export given news that South Africa's largest steel producer has not only raised prices three times in the past five months but... 

Refractories giant set to move ahead with R65m SA smelting project

By: Terence Creamer     10th October 2006 The world's largest refractory-materials manufacturer, RHI Group of Austria, has approved an initial R65-million project for the construction of a new fusion plant at Isithebe, Kwazulu-Natal. In an announcement made on Tuesday, the company said it would establish a smelting plant, comprising two... 

Reworked BEE codes to incorporate small-firm exemptions and build in 'flexibility' for small-medium firms

By: Terence Creamer     9th October 2006 The South African government is set to confirm broad-ranging exemptions form the broad-based black economic-empowerment (BBBEE) codes of good practice for micro and small businesses, as well as more flexible compliance thresholds for small-medium enterprises. 

As steel sales reach 1981 levels, supply concerns grow

By: Terence Creamer     6th October 2006 Domestic carbon steel sales rose 23,9% to 2 581-million tons during the first six months of 2006, the highest first-half sales since 1981, the South African Iron and Steel Institute (Saisi) reports. 

Mittal SA buys two steel mills in Mozambique

6th October 2006 Africa's largest steel manufacturer Mittal Steel South Africa acquired two steel mills in Mozambique, for $11,45-million, it announced on Friday, when it also said that it planned produce 104 000 t/y, within two years, from the plants. 

Mittal-project Chinese contractors keen on more SA work

By: Matthew Hill     5th October 2006 Chinese companies Acre Coking and Refractory Engineering and Citic Project Managers were negotiating various other capital projects in South Africa, following their construction and commissioning of the new R470-million coke-oven battery in Kwazulu-Natal for steel producer Mittal Steel South... 

Mpahlwa concerned about steel-price hike, says engaging with Mittal

By: Mariaan Webb     4th October 2006 South Africa’s Trade and Industry Minister Mandisi Mpahlwa on Wednesday said that government was concerned about the trend of high input costs and made specific reference to the steel and chemicals sectors. 

New SA steel chief prioritises security of supply as SA demand surges to record levels

By: Terence Creamer     29th September 2006 The decision by the world’s largest steel producer to appoint a South African to the top job at Mittal Steel South Africa should be viewed as a vote of confidence, newly appointed CEO Rick Reato argues. 

SA steel users face third 2006 price increase in November

By: Terence Creamer     29th September 2006 Africa's largest steel producer Mittal Steel South Africa will raise flat- and long-steel prices by a weighted average of 5% from November 1, its third price increase for the year. In a note to customers, a copy of which Engineering News has seen, Mittal says the adjustment is in line with price... 

SA steel sales reach 1981 heyday levels

By: Terence Creamer     22nd September 2006 Domestic carbon steel sales rose 23,9% to 2 581-million tons during the first six months of 2006, the highest first-half sales since 1981, the South African Iron and Steel Institute (Saisi) reported at the weekend. Many observers believe South African steel demand could rise to a record... 

Mittal battling to keep pace with demand, fend off capital creep

By: Terence Creamer     18th September 2006 Africa's leading steel producer, Mittal Steel South Africa, admits to being seriously challenged by faster-than-anticipated domestic demand growth, which is likely to see consumption reaching record levels of 5,5-million tons this year. The company, which traditionally sold about half of its... 

Metals sector welcomes new strategy, but concerned that import-substitution opportunities are going begging

By: Terence Creamer     8th September 2006 A metals-industry working group, which met last week to discuss a newly-released Department of Trade and Industry draft metals-sector development strategy, welcomed the initiative, but called for particular emphasis to be given to local-content in South Africa’s R372-billion... 

Mittal SA extends wage deal with unions

4th September 2006 Africa's largest steel group Mittal Steel South Africa and its three major unions, the National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa, Solidarity and the United Association of South Africa, reached an agreement to extend the long-term wage agreement by a further year to June 2008. 

Russian steelmaker still assessing Highveld's strategic fit

By: Terence Creamer     1st September 2006 Russian mining and steel group Evraz is engaged in a thoroughgoing analysis of South Africa’s Highveld Steel & Vanadium in a bid to assess whether it meets its criteria for a so-called “value” investment. 

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