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Stainless Steel News

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 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
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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

‘Reasonable’ prospect of Evraz Highveld recovering from business rescue, say practitioners 

By: Natalie Greve     5th August 2015 Despite missing an initial three-month deadline to conclude the business rescue proceedings of Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium, the South African steelmaker’s appointed business rescue practitioners (BRPs) say there is a “reasonable prospect” that the company will be rescued in accordance with... 

‘Reasonable’ prospect of Evraz Highveld recovering from business rescue, say practitioners

Evraz Highveld moves to cut half its workforce

By: Natalie Greve     21st July 2015 After earlier this week confirming that it had temporarily ceased steel production at its steelworks, citing working capital constraints and reduced domestic demand, Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium on Tuesday said it had issued a proposed restructuring notice in terms of Section 189 that could... 

Evraz Highveld moves to cut half its workforce

Global steel company launches new high-strength product

10th July 2015 Specialised global steel company SSAB’s new brand of steel, Strenx, is a high strength structural steel in the 600 to 1300 MPa range. Strenx performance steel combines the best properties of the three brands it replaces – Optim, Weldox and Domex – from SSAB and metal-based components and... 

Global steel company launches new  high-strength product
IMPRESSIVE RESULTS Strenx steel is delivered with a set of guarantees that ensure trouble-free production consistently

Creamer Media publishes Real Economy Insight: Steel 2015 brief

8th July 2015 This eight-page brief is a synopsis of key developments in the steel industry over the past 12 months. It provides an overview of the global and South African steel markets, South Africa’s major steel producers and events that have shaped these markets. 

Creamer Media publishes Real Economy Insight: Steel 2015 brief

Evraz CFO steps down

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th June 2015 Vertically integrated steel and vanadium slag producer Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium announced on Monday that Valery Borisov had resigned as executive director and CFO, effective immediately. The company had, however, announced last month that its business rescue practitioners (BRPs) had... 

Evraz CFO steps down

Commission gives conditional approval for Hebei, Duferco merger

By: Sashnee Moodley     11th June 2015 The Competition Commission has given its approval for the intermediate merger between Chinese-owned Hebei Iron and Steel Group and Swiss steel trader Duferco International Trading Holding SA, with conditions.  

Commission gives conditional approval for Hebei, Duferco merger

Hazleton Pumps, Scaw come out top in Seifsa Awards

29th May 2015 South African pump manufacturer Hazleton Pumps International took top honours in the Most Innovative Company and Customer Service of the Year categories of the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa’s (Seifsa’s) Awards for Excellence, on Thursday night. Steel products... 

Hazleton Pumps, Scaw come out top in Seifsa Awards

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

Seifsa reiterates energy constraint, cost concerns

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th May 2015 The local metals and engineering sector cannot grow as a result of South Africa’s unreliable energy supply and the fact that, on average, energy costs in the sector account for about 8% of intermediary input costs, Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) CEO Kaizer... 

Seifsa reiterates energy constraint, cost concerns

Seifsa alarmed by unhealthy metals and engineering data 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th May 2015 Economic data released during the first quarter of the year show alarming trends in the metals and engineering sector, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) said on Tuesday. The data also confirmed the organisation’s forecasts from earlier this year that the... 

Seifsa alarmed by unhealthy metals and engineering data

Evraz subsidiary joins parent company in business rescue proceedings

By: Natalie Greve     30th April 2015 Two weeks after itself filing for business rescue, vertically integrated steel and vanadium slag producer Evraz Highveld Steel & Vanadium announced on Thursday that subsidiary Mapochs Mine would also enter business rescue proceedings following “historical operational difficulties” that had... 

Evraz subsidiary joins parent company in business rescue proceedings

Global stainless steel production up 8.3% in 2014

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th April 2015 Global stainless steel melt shop production increased by 8.3% year-on-year, to 41.7-millions tonnes in 2014, the International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) revealed on Tuesday. Output had increased in all regions except for Central and Eastern Europe, where output fell by 6.3% year-on-year to 296... 

Global stainless steel production up 8.3% in 2014

Creamer Media publishes Steel 2015: A review of South Africa's steel sector research report

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st April 2015 Creamer Media’s Steel 2015 report provides an overview of the key developments in the global steel industry and particularly of South Africa’s steel sector over the past year, including details of production and consumption, as well as the country's primary carbon steel and stainless steel... 

Creamer Media publishes Steel 2015: A review of South Africa's steel sector research report

Slow growth ahead for global steel demand – worldsteel

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th April 2015 A slowdown in China’s demand for steel is set to restrain global steel industry growth over the next two years, the World Steel Association’s (worldsteel’s) latest Short Range Outlook (SRO) for 2015 and 2016 revealed on Monday. Following a marginal 0.6% uptick in 2014, global apparent steel use... 

Slow growth ahead for global steel demand – worldsteel

Evraz Highveld Q1 output down 6.9% q/q

By: Natalie Greve     20th April 2015 Vertically integrated steel and vanadium slag producer Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium, which has filed for voluntary business rescue proceedings, produced 149 000 t of crude steel in the quarter ended March 31, a 6.9% decrease on the 160 000 t produced in the quarter ended December 31, 2014.... 

Evraz Highveld Q1 output down 6.9% q/q

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