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Stainless Steel News

Steel sector to see slow growth in demand in 2016/17 – worldsteel

By: Anine Kilian     13th April 2016 Global steel demand is expected to contract by 0.8% to 1.48-billion tonnes in 2016, following a 3% contraction in 2015; however, the World Steel Association (worldsteel) estimates that global steel demand will return to growth of 0.4% to 1.49-billion tonnes in 2017. Worldsteel stated in its... 

Modernisation and expansion programme in final phase

By: Kimberley Smuts     1st April 2016 Construction product supplier and subsidiary of the Chryso Southern Africa Group, a.b.e. Construction Chemicals, is in the final phase of completing its modernisation and expansion programme that involves the installation of new high-technology equipment at its Boksburg and Isipingo factories.... 

Modernisation and expansion programme in final phase
PRODUCTION RATE INCREASED First component of the a.b.e expansion programme at the bulk emulsion stainless steel tank in Boksburg

Sasol sees another R8bn half-year capex going into Southern Africa

By: Martin Creamer     18th March 2016 After spending half-year capital of R8.6-billion in Southern Africa in the six months to December 31, integrated chemicals and energy group Sasol expects to invest a similar capital amount in the region in the current half year. Speaking to Creamer Media’s Engineering News Online after the... 

Exxaro’s De Klerk appointed AMSA CEO

By: Anine Kilian     8th March 2016 Wim de Klerk has been appointed CEO and executive director of steel producer Arcelormittal South Africa (AMSA), effective September 1. De Klerk last week announced that he would resign as FD and executive director of diversified miner Exxaro Resources at the end of August. He had previously also... 

Exxaro’s De Klerk appointed AMSA CEO

Creamer Media publishes Steel 2016: A review of South Africa's steel sector research report

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th March 2016 Creamer Media’s Steel 2016 Report examines South Africa’s steel industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into the global steel market and and particularly into South South Africa’s steel sector, including production and consumption, main producers and a brief overview of the... 

Creamer Media publishes Steel 2016: A review of South Africa's steel sector research report

R1bn Gibela factory seen as stimulating South Africa’s rail reindustrialisation 

By: Terence Creamer     4th March 2016 Ground was officially broken on Friday at the site of a new 60 000 m2 manufacturing plant, which is being built by the Gibela consortium for the production of new passenger trains for the State-owned Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA). The R1-billion facility, which is being developed... 

R1bn Gibela factory seen as stimulating South Africa’s rail reindustrialisation
Photo by Duane Daws
Transport Minister Dipuo Peters and Gibela CEO Marc Granger at the sod turning

Government, steel producers discuss support measures 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th February 2016 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the potential measures that could be implemented to assist the domestic steel producers amid difficult market conditions. 

Government, steel producers discuss support measures
Government, steel producers discuss support measures

Second metals, engineering indaba set for May

By: Anine Kilian     8th February 2016 The metals and engineering sector, which has been underperforming in recent years, will come under microscopic scrutiny when stakeholders from business, labour and government meet at the second Southern African Metals and Engineering Indaba in May. Former Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe would... 

Second metals, engineering indaba set for May
Seifsa CEO Kaizer Nyatsumba

Robust, nonclogging materials extend life of cooling towers

5th February 2016 The upgrading of a cooling tower’s fill media with components constructed out of robust and non-clogging materials such as polypropylene (PP), polyvinyl chloride (PVC) or stainless steel can lead to cost-effective ways of extending the life of a cooling tower. According to cooling tower... 

Robust, nonclogging materials extend life of cooling towers
RENOVATION Regularly upgrading the cooling tower reduces maintenance downtime

Big scrap looms over proposed new scrap export rules 

By: Terence Creamer     29th January 2016 South African scrap merchants and domestic scrap consumers are taking strongly opposing positions regarding proposed amendments to the price preference system (PPS) policy guidelines, which will govern the future exportation of ferrous and nonferrous scrap metal. The proposed changes were... 

Big scrap looms over proposed new scrap export rules

S Africa posts 16.3% uptick in 2015 steel output to 7.6Mt

By: Natalie Greve     25th January 2016 While crude steel output from the 66 steel producing countries reporting to industry body worldsteel saw a 2.8% year-on-year drop to 1.62-billion tonnes, South Africa managed to lift its output by 16.3% over the 12 months, delivering 7.6-million tonnes of steel and becoming the world’s... 

S Africa posts 16.3% uptick in 2015 steel output to 7.6Mt

AMSA rights offer undersubscribed

By: Natalie Greve     18th January 2016 After announcing in December that it would undertake a R4.5-billion fully underwritten renounceable rights offer, ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) said on Monday that the offer, which closed on January 15, was undersubscribed, with only 68.1% of the offered shares being taken up. In respect of... 

AMSA rights offer undersubscribed

SA govt moves to protect domestic steel industry with 10% duty

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd December 2015 South Africa has instituted rates on five categories of steel wire rod and steel reinforcing bar, increasing protection for an industry battered by slower demand and dumping from China. Effective December 18, certain steel products would attract a 10% duty. 

SA govt moves to protect domestic steel industry with 10% duty

AMSA CEO resigns, but to stay on as nonexecutive director

By: Natalie Greve     14th December 2015 ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) CEO and executive director Paul O’Flaherty has resigned, citing a wish to “pursue other interests”. He would step down after the announcement of the 2015 year-end results on February 12, 2016, after which he would be appointed as a nonexecutive director, with... 

AMSA CEO resigns, but to stay on as nonexecutive director
Photo by Duane Daws
Paul O’Flaherty

South African stainless sector expected to track sideways in 2016 

By: Terence Creamer     11th December 2015 South Africa’s stainless steel consumption, which has recovered from the slump experienced during the 2009 recession, is expected to track sideways in 2016. Apparent consumption in 2015 rose 1.9% year-on-year to 190 000 t, which is below the post-crisis peak of nearly 210 000 t, but still... 

South African stainless sector expected to track sideways in 2016
Sassda executive director John Tarboton in conversation with Engineering News editor Terence Creamer on the performance of the stainless steel sector in 2015 and the outlook for 2016. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Highveld seeks alternatives to retrenchment, inks deal with DoL

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th December 2015 In an attempt to limit the impact of business rescue on employees, Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium has inked a deal with trade unions and the Department of Labour (DoL) that would see 600 staff placed on a six-month skills improvement programme. Funded by the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF),... 

Highveld seeks alternatives to retrenchment, inks deal with DoL

S Africa’s October steel production up 23.8% y/y

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th November 2015 South Africa’s crude steel production increased by 23.8% year-on-year to an estimated 650 000 t in October. Global crude steel production for the 66 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) was down 3.1% year-on-year to 134-million tons. 

S Africa’s October steel production up 23.8% y/y

Neasa’s Steel Lobby to take on ‘unequal’ antidumping duties

By: Natalie Greve     9th November 2015 Industry body, the National Employers Association of South Africa (Neasa) has launched a South African Steel Lobby that will advocate for the shelving of the antidumping application by primary steel producers and will look to negotiate an improved model for downstream manufacturers, it said on... 

Neasa’s Steel Lobby to take on ‘unequal’ antidumping duties

Macneil Steel

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th November 2015 Established in 1983, Macneil Steel & Valves (MSV) is involved in the importing, stocking, sales and distribution of many types of industrial valves. It is also the official distributor of South African valve manufacturer, Dynamic Fluid Control (DFC), which includes carrying extensive stocks of... 

Macneil Steel

Stainless steel fabricator completes malting plant installation

By: Kimberley Smuts     23rd October 2015 Stainless steel solutions provider Styria Stainless Steel will complete its installation of tanks, kilns and germination beds at a South African malting plant, in Gauteng by December, the company tells Engineering News. Styria’s manufacturing and supply contract for the malting plant comprises 20... 

Stainless steel fabricator completes malting  plant installation
STEEPING TANKS Styria has a potential future project lined up in Democratic Republic of Congo as well as various small projects around South Africa

Stainless steel Shark Rover manufactured for Discovery Channel shoot

By: Kimberley Smuts     23rd October 2015 Stainless Steel manufacturer Seascape Stainless Steel Services  – a Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) member – has developed a Stainless steel shark cage, the Shark Rover, for a film production company, allowing for the shooting of a documentary on great white... 

Stainless steel Shark Rover manufactured for Discovery Channel shoot
SHARK ROVER MANUFACTURED Seascape Stainless Steel Services has developed a Stainless steel shark cage, the Shark Rover, for a film production company, allowing for the shooting of a documentary on great white sharks in local waters

Stainless steel producer indicates local market pressures and challenges

By: Kimberley Smuts     23rd October 2015 Flat stainless steel products producer Columbus Stainless Steel expects its 2015 production at 500 000 t to remain similar to that of the past two years, says Columbus CEO Lucien Matthews, noting that given the challenging commodity prices the company is satisfied with its performance.   Columbus... 

Stainless steel producer indicates local market pressures and challenges
MARKET UNDER PRESSURE The South African stainless steel market shrunk by 4% to 5% in 2014 and the same is expected for this year

Quality and safety certification system increases product uptake

By: Kimberley Smuts     23rd October 2015 Distributor for the Band-It range of stainless steel clamping and identification systems Banding and ID Solutions Africa has noted positive market uptake for its stainless-steel strapping and buckles since the introduction of its quality and safety certification procedure last year, which ensures... 

Quality and safety  certification system  increases product uptake
STAINLESS STEEL STRAPPING AND BUCKLES Band-It stainless steel strapping provides an efficient economical solution for all stainless steel strapping applications

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

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
Photo by Bloomberg
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

S Africa lifts steel output 24.5% to 625 000 t in Sept

By: Natalie Greve     21st October 2015 South Africa’s crude steel production rallied 24.5% year-on-year to 625 000 t in September, bucking a global trend that saw global crude steel production for the 66 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) dipping 3.7% to 131-million tons. Turkey registered the largest... 

S Africa lifts steel output 24.5% to 625 000 t in Sept

Numsa calls for nationalisation of steel companies, mining 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th October 2015 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) on Tuesday called on the National Treasury to investigate the noncompliance of the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act and its local content regulation as part of its list of demands ahead of its anticorruption march, in... 

Numsa calls for nationalisation of steel companies, mining

Seifsa calls for protection throughout steel value chain

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     30th September 2015 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has called on government to extend the protection of the metals and engineering sector throughout the value chain. Seifsa, which supported the introduction of a 10% tariff on imported steel by the International Trade... 

Seifsa calls for protection throughout steel value chain

Steel production down 3% y/y in August

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd September 2015 World crude steel production dropped 3% year-on-year to 132-million tons in August, the World Steel Association said on Tuesday. The biggest contributor to the drop in production – out of the 65 countries reporting to the association – was Turkey, which saw its crude steel production for August... 

Steel production down 3% y/y in August

Evraz inches closer to revealing preferred bidder

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd September 2015 Vertically integrated steel producer Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium is one step closer to announcing a preferred bidder to buy the business, which is currently under business rescue. The company’s creditors’ committee met on Tuesday to consider three final binding offers and expected to... 

Evraz inches closer to revealing preferred bidder

Govt, business, labour in rare show of unity amid threat of steel jobs ‘bloodbath’  

By: Natalie Greve     24th August 2015 In a rare show of collective force, labour and business in the steel sector appear to have successfully lobbied government to back efforts to raise protection for the embattled sector by hiking import duties on steel imports to the 10% “bound rate” allowed for under South Africa’s World Trade... 

Govt, business, labour in rare show of unity amid threat of steel jobs ‘bloodbath’

S Africa lifts July crude steel output 41% y/y

By: Natalie Greve     21st August 2015 While world crude steel production for the 65 countries reporting to the World Steel Association dropped 3.8% year-on-year to 133-million tons in July, South African output rose 41% year-on-year to 645 000 t. China’s crude steel production for July narrowed 4.6% year-on-years to 65.8-million... 

S Africa lifts July crude steel output 41% y/y

Trade unions threaten strike action over looming steel job cuts

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th August 2015 Trade unions, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa, Solidarity and Uasa on Wednesday threatened to start mass pickets and demonstrations to defend jobs and highlight “the brutal plight” faced by workers in South Africa’s industry. This followed a bilateral meeting with steel... 

Trade unions threaten strike action over looming steel job cuts

Numsa, steel companies discuss job losses

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     11th August 2015 National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) general secretary Irvin Jim on Tuesday said the dumping of steel by Chinese producers in South Africa was a “crisis”. He added that customs tariffs would be one of the main issues to be discussed at a meeting between Numsa, the management of... 

Numsa, steel companies discuss job losses
Photo by Duane Daws
Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim

Scaw may retrench workers as it considers restructuring 

By: Natalie Greve     5th August 2015 Steel product manufacturer Scaw Metals Group announced on Wednesday that the company was contemplating restructuring and had issued a notice in terms of Section 189A of the Labour Relations Act, which could result in a reduction in employee numbers. "This unfortunate decision has been... 

Scaw may retrench workers as it considers restructuring

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