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Stainless Steel

Mittal details R9bn capex plans

8th December 2005 Steel-maker Mittal Steel South Africa yesterday briefed contractors and suppliers on the various projects Mittal Steel South Africa needs for its R9-billion capital expenditure programme to increase its production by 2,5-million tons a year. 

Local steel-cladding panels installed on Irish project

25th November 2005 Vitreous-enamelled (porcelain) steel-cladding panels, produced locally by Vitrex, are being installed on a new prestige project in Ireland. 

SA steel fabricator completes R200m Middle East project

By: Mariaan Webb     25th November 2005 This year marked the completion of the R200-million structural steel contract for one of South Africa’s largest steel fabricators, Genrec, a Murray & Roberts company, which constructed the new Sports Hall at the Khalifa sports city in Doha, Qatar. 

New business model boosts firm’s commercial success

25th November 2005 By employing a different business model for its structural-steel business within the general commercial sector, Cosira’s Cheetah Team has increased its shareholding in this highly-competitive arena. 

Steel’s innovativeness taking construction industry by storm

By: Mariaan Webb     25th November 2005 As time and money are critical factors in the construction industry, innovative uses of structural steel in commercial and industrial applications are being implemented to overcome industry challenges. 

Opportunities galore for steel-framing technology

By: Mariaan Webb     25th November 2005 Lightweight steel-framing technology first emerged in the US during the 1950s, in a response to a similar array of issues as those currently affecting South Africa – productivity, quality control and availability of skilled trade labour. 

Big project portfolio for BEE steel supplier

By: Mariaan Webb     25th November 2005 One year after the opening of black-empowered Shosholoza Steel’s Kwazulu-Natal branch in Richards Bay, the company is well positioned to be a main steel supplier in one of South Africa’s fastest-growing industrial areas. 

Good times ahead

25th November 2005 Institute predicts bumper period for steel construction sector 

Tata hopes to start building SA ferrochrome plant in Jan

By: Terence Creamer     22nd November 2005 Despite being somewhat disappointed about the extended time it had taken to clear South Africa's environmental hurdles, Indian giant Tata Steel expects to begin construction of a new R600-million high-carbon ferrochrome smelter in Richards Bay, Kwazulu-Natal, in January. 

Installing wedgewire throughout Southern Africa’s malting plants

18th November 2005 Johannesburg-based Multotec Manufacturing’s Optima stainless-steel wedgewire has been used successfully as flooring material in brewery malting plants where it has proved to offer several advantages in the steep tanks and germinating kiln vessels. 

Cadac submits more evidence of how local steel users are prejudiced

By: Terence Creamer     4th November 2005 South African barbecue manufacturer Cadac, which lodged a complaint with the Competition Commission in 2004 alleging unfair pricing practices and producer-merchant collusion, has submitted its third and final update to the authority in anticipation of a ruling by the end of November. 

IDZ confounds critics as international investments flow in

By: Keith Campbell     4th November 2005 With some R2,9-billion in international investments announced since May, the once much-derided Coega Industrial Development Zone seems set fair to have the last laugh. 

Domestic manufacturers say de-industrialisation threat is all too real

By: Terence Creamer     21st October 2005 After a decade of rolling with the punches, local industrialists have started to speak out strongly against a range of government policies, which they claim could lead to further de-industrialisation in the years ahead unless checked. 

Stainless-steel giant eyeing domestic projects

By: Jade Davenport     14th October 2005 As South Africa’s sole stainless-steel producer Columbus Stainless consolidates its successful high production output of the first half of this year, it would seem that the stainless-steel giant is under increasing pressure to maintain this output due to the significant slowdown of global... 

New company to supply automotive components

By: Jade Davenport     14th October 2005 Internationally-renowned and German-based manufacturer and supplier of stainless-steel tubing fischer group has secured a three-year contract with a European-based company to supply automotive components to Germany through its subsidiary in South Africa. 

Antidumping application creates tension in industry

By: Jade Davenport     14th October 2005 There is tension between South Africa’s stainless-steel pipe and tubing manufacturing industry, which includes the companies Barloworld Stainless, fischer Stainless Steel Tubing, Jaguar Stainless Steel Tube and Pipe, Mpumatech Stainless Tube, Stainsol Tube, and importers as a result of the... 

Profiling firm boosts its cutting machine capacity

By: Jade Davenport     14th October 2005 Johannesburg-based steel and stainless-steel profiling company General Profiling is presently experiencing significant growth, which is evidenced in the company’s recent procurement of new equipment and human resources. 

Shiny future for stainless steel

14th October 2005 In spite of challenging times, the level of debate and optimism in the Southern African stainless-steel industry augurs well for the future of this sector says Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (SASSDA) executive director Dr Oliver Damm. 

Stainless-steel growth slows - report

14th October 2005 In a report released by the International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) last month, world stainless-steel production reached 12,9-million t for the first half of 2005. 

Stainless-steel foundry casts its petrochemical net worldwide

14th October 2005 Operating South Africa’s two premier stainless-steel foundries, Steloy Castings has become a force to be reckoned with internationally, particularly in the supply of castings to the petrochemical industry. 

Local company awarded Chinese consultancy

14th October 2005 South Africa’s largest manufacturer and distributor of stainless-steel finishing products Rebuff has been appointed as the quality consultant for one of China’s biggest ?stainless-steel cutlery manufacturers. 

Leading architect praises stainless steel

14th October 2005 In South Africa, stainless steel is increasingly becoming the metal of choice in situations where corrosion-resistance, aesthetic appearance and long-term savings are important. 

New stainless-steel tanker developed for explosives company

14th October 2005 The special projects division of TFM Industries, the Olifantsfontein-based specialist truck body builder, is one of the companies producing specialised stainless-steel road tankers for African Explosives Limited (AEL). 

Stainless-steel fire doors for JIA

14th October 2005 The versatility and other advantages of stainless steel were used by Bitcon Industries in the manufacture of the fire doors and window frames for the renovation and extension of Johannesburg International Airport’s (JIA’s) domestic terminals. 

Stainless-steel hydraulic punching made easy

14th October 2005 Johannesburg-based specialist in lifting and pulling equipment Bellambie Mining & Industrial’s range of Simplex hydraulic and ?mechanically-powered tools and equipment includes a 35-ton portable punch, designed for easy operation, portability and efficient punching of stainless steel. 

Screen panels assist in magnetite recovery

14th October 2005 Stainless-steel screen panels, manufactured by the Multotec group under the Multotec Polywedge brand, are playing an important role in the efficient recovery of magnetite on dense-medium circuits, ensuring the media does not go to the dilute circuit where it can be lost through downstream processes. 

Rustproof cabinets ensure good hygiene

14th October 2005 Johannesburg-based Legrand has launched a range of stainless-steel cabinets designed for use in corrosive conditions and in areas requiring a high level of hygiene. 

Industrialists fume as they lose business to BEE importers

By: Terence Creamer     11th October 2005 Local industrialists have expressed concern that the unfolding broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) strategy could seriously undermine local manufacturing as well as job creation and retention. 

'State's narrow focus on steel prices short-sighted'

By: Terence Creamer     10th October 2005 Incoming Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of South Africa (Seifsa) president Michael Pimstein has questioned prevailing assertions that import-parity pricing (IPP) of primary steel is crimping downstream competitiveness and enterprise development. 

Mittal to host contractor lekgotla ahead of R8bn spend

By: Terence Creamer     30th September 2005 South Africa's leading steel producer Mittal Steel South Africa will host a contractors' briefing in Johannesburg before the end of the year in a bid to inform current and potential suppliers about the resources it might need for its R8-billion, three-year capital-expenditure programme. 

Stainless-steel growth slows

By: Liezel Hill     20th September 2005 World stainless steel production reached 12,9-million tons for the first half of this year, the International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) said yesterday. 

Sasol has 'sympathy' for State's pricing concerns

By: Nicola Mawson     15th September 2005 Petrochemicals giant Sasol claims to be cooperating with the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) on the contentious question of import parity pricing (IPP) and says it is “sympathetic to the IPP concerns of government. 

Weak demand forces steel price cuts

6th September 2005 The recent collapse in steel prices has tended to support this view GFMS Metals Consulting's bearish stance towards price projections. 

Corrosion control kudos

By: peter cromberge     2nd September 2005 The overall joint winners of the 2005 Eskom Hot Dip Galavanizing Awards, hosted by the Hot Dip Galvanizers Association on August 19 in Johannesburg, are the MTN Headquarters Building and the Kwik Fab Projects (KFP) Tread Steer Bogie project. 

Steel giant sets aside some R2bn for value-added products

By: Terence Creamer     26th August 2005 Nearly R2-billion of Mittal Steel South Africa’s R8-billion project suite will be directed towards value-added-type projects, with the balance geared to incrementally raise production by 2-million tons. 

What is stainless steel?

26th August 2005 Stainless Steel is a common name for metal alloys that consist of 10,5% or more chromium (Cr) and more than 50% iron (Fe). 

New export council to give stainless steel a boost

By: warren robertson     26th August 2005 Stainless Steel development is to be given a boost with the establishment of a South African Stainless Steel Export Council (Sassec). 

The ‘ABC’ of future stainless-steel growth

By: warren robertson     26th August 2005 There are many of the opinion that future growth in the stainless-steel industry could very likely be derived from the architectural, building and construction (ABC) sector. 

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