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Stainless Steel News

Steel giant sells off refractories business

By: System Author     18th June 1999 Steel giant Iscor has announced an agreement with the Hernic Industrial group for the sale of its refractories business as part of an ongoing strategy to divest itself of its non-core assets. Executive chairperson Hans Smith states that the sale would release more than R100-million and is in line... 

Major German merger benefits SA subsidary

By: System Author     18th June 1999 The merging of two large German companies – and a new alliance with a US engineering firm – has helped a wholly-owned South African subsidiary to win a refinery-upgrade contract. Following the coming together in Germany of steel contender Thyssen and stainless-steel giant Krupp,... 

Innovative techno for jetty construction

By: System Author     11th June 1999 PILING for the new dry bulk terminal jetty at Richards Bay, part of the third export expansion project, has been constructed using technology never before seen in a South African marine application. It involved the use of an environment-friendly polymer drilling fluid which poses no threat to... 

Steel under pressure

By: System Author     11th June 1999 STEEL export markets have been under severe pressure as a result of the drop in demand in the Far East and large-scale dumping of surplus production particularly by Japan, Korea and ex CIS countries. US dollar export prices in respect of hot-rolled coil have now reached the level of US$180 (Fobs)... 

Crane hire contract

By: System Author     11th June 1999 LOCAL company Johnson Crane Hire has been awarded a crane-hire contract by SLE, an SNC-Lavalin-EMS joint venture, for the Mozal site. Johnson’s ability for handling an intricate contract of this nature was instrumental in the company securing this contract. Not only is the company able to... 

Moves to drive catalytic converters further

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Producers of one the main components of a catalytic converter, the ceramic substrate, have been approached by members of the South African catalytic converter industry, together with the Catalytic Converter Interest Group (CCIG), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and the Stainless Steel... 

Frail SA foundries mull over Swedish ‘lifeline’

By: System Author     11th June 1999 The introduction locally of Swedish technology could see foundries switching to a new input raw material which reportedly holds significant benefits for the frail foundry industry. This follows a R7,8-million investment by foundry and engineering business Thos Begbie & Company in Middelburg,... 

Stainless-steel fabrication seminar

By: System Author     4th June 1999 The latest global developments in the fabrication of stainless steel will be tackled in a free seminar to be conducted in Durban by the Southern African Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda). Sponsored by Sassda in the interests of promoting cost-effective use of stainless steel, the... 

Global crisis tarnishes local industry’s shine

By: System Author     21st May 1999 What is the current state of the copper, brass and bronze industry? Things are fairly depressed – much in line with the economy of the country, but there are interesting opportunities on the horizon. Much of the market for copper and its alloys is related to the building and construction... 

Brass beats steel

By: System Author     21st May 1999 In many industries, even the automotive industry, tradition dominates materials selection. Many designers, engineers and purchasing managers are convinced that brass is too expensive for simple repetition-turned products. While the off-the-shelf cost of brass raw material may be more than twice... 

South African stainless steel sales increase

By: System Author     21st May 1999 Sales in the local stainless-steel market have increased by 18% since December 1997. which Columbus Stainless – South Africa’s only producer of stainless steel – views as a positive move as it strives to enhance the domestic market wherever possible. The local demand for... 

Low-cost housing must not be an eyesore

By: System Author     14th May 1999 Low-cost housing developments in Kwazulu-Natal are becoming more aesthetically pleasing with the supply of seamless tiled roofs, which are taking the place of traditional corrugated-iron covering, reports Harvey Roofing Products Knights divisional product manager Dion Perotti. The company is... 

R11-million pedestrian bridge on schedule

By: System Author     14th May 1999 Construction of an R11-million pedestrian bridge, which will span Philippi station and the adjacent staging yards, is on schedule. The bridge, which is being constructed by Stocks South, will incorporate a novel 127 m skywalk and provide a safe route for pedestrians. The main centre portion of... 

SA steel traders encouraged to add value

By: System Author     7th May 1999 The South African steel merchant sector is increasingly going to have to embrace value-adding activities if it hopes to remain a major part of the domestic steel environment, Macsteel co-chairperson Michael Hoffman says. Making a rare public statement at a steel seminar organised by Investec, and... 

Pneumatic system for trenchless piping

By: System Author     7th May 1999 A range of pneumat- ic equipment used to install underground pipes and cables without digging trenches is available from Reef Trenchless Technology SA (RTT), a wholly-owned company of Reef Pneumatics and Industrial Supplies. “The conventional method of digging trenches when one needs to... 

Acquisition paves way for exports

By: System Author     7th May 1999 PNEUMATIC specialist Parker Hannifin, of Kempton Park, Gauteng, has bought Global Fluid Power (GFP), a manufacturer of pneumatic cylinders, ISO subplates and directional valves. The company was established ten years ago, and is located in Middelburg, in Mpumalanga. It will form part of the Parker... 

High-temp polymer for corrosion protection

By: System Author     7th May 1999 Research and development chemists have introduced a new, high-temperature polymer coating that provides protection against erosion-corrosion under conditions of full immersion at temperatures of up to 185?C. The new coating is expected to open the door to markets which, until now, have not been... 

Coatings for buried steel

By: System Author     7th May 1999 SEVERAL coating systems for the corrosion-protection of buried steel pipelines are available in South Africa. These include liquid epoxies, both solvent-borne and solvent-free; bituminous coatings consisting of fibre-reinforced bitumen; and extruded, modified bitumen and powder coatings with... 

R4m lining contract for big cobalt plant

By: System Author     7th May 1999 The contract for the lining of vessels and bund areas on the Kasese cobalt process plant in Western Uganda, reported to be worth R4-million, has been awarded to corrosion-control company Gordon Bennett (GB), of Kliprivier, Gauteng, by Bateman Mineral and Industrial on behalf of Kasese Cobalt... 

Image of stainless steel as a corrosion panacea

By: System Author     7th May 1999 SUCH is the image of stainless steel that it is usually viewed as the panacea to every problem of metal degradation in a corrosive environment. However, according to the Southern African Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) spokesperson Dave Rowlands, it would be na 

Liquid-ring vacuum pumps

By: System Author     30th April 1999 iquid-ring vacuum pumps and compres- sors from Nash have been in existence for more than 85 years. High reliability, ease of operation, low power requirements and environmental acceptability ensure that this type of pump is widely used in a broad range of industrial applications worldwide. Main... 

Steel processor secures 15-year gas supply

By: System Author     16th April 1999 A R25-million-a-year 15-year contract for the total gas requirements at Duferco Steel Processing in Saldanha Bay, Western Cape, has been awarded to industrial gas supplier Afrox. The joint-venture project between the Industrial Development Corporation and Swiss-based steel trader Duferco to... 

Satellite dishes supplied for Africa

By: System Author     16th April 1999 Telecom manufacturer and equipment supplier Skywave supplies satellite dishes to the local industry. Powder-coating of these dishes is carried out at the company’s powder-coating facility, featuring a camel-back oven and a motorised continuous line. The pretreatment process is available for... 

R14m structural steel contract

By: System Author     16th April 1999 A R14-million structural steel contract for the casthouse at the Mozal smelter in Mozambique has been awarded to Cemenco Steel Structures, a Cementation group company. Awarded by project manager SLE, the contract involves fabrication and erection of about 1 300 t of steel. Detailing and... 

Sewer-catchpit cleaner launched

By: System Author     9th April 1999 THE tender for the supply of a novel sewer catchpit/stormwater cleaner machine has been clinched by Goscor Industrial. A specialised machine manufactured in the US, the Vactor meets the requirements of this broad description. The unit is the latest in the Goscor range of specialised equipment for... 

R39-million Mozal steelwork contract

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 A R39-million contract for the supply of steelwork for the pot-room superstructures for the US$1,8-billion Mozal aluminium smelter in Maputo has been awarded to Dorbyl Engineering’s (DHE) Vereeniging works. Construction of the smelter got off the ground in the latter half of last year, with... 

Steel giant tackles gas emissions

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 Steel giant Iscor has reportedly become the first company in South Africa to launch a project in partnership with foreign firms to study methods to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases (GHG), such as carbon dioxide, which are produced at its steelworks as a result of the its commercial... 

New range improves bearing load rating

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 Manufacturer of split roller-bearings Cooper Bearings, of the UK, will be launching its new range of 01E series roller-bearings through local distributor Bearings International, a subsidiary of Hudaco, this month. “The new 01E range is an upgraded version of the 01 series, and will replace... 

Robust bearing pullers

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 A RANGE of steel-grip bearing pullers, which are robust, lightweight and user-friendly devices designed for efficient performance and reduced downtime, is available from Bellambie Mining & Industrial. “Due to the different sizes, shapes and condition of bearings being removed, it is... 

Nuclear fuel cranes produced locally

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 THE manufacture of 5 t and 10 t stainless-steel overhead gantry cranes for the movement and storage of nuclear fuel in a controlled environment for a UK client has been completed by Strachan & Henshaw South Africa. A first for the local company, the contract was secured after British Nuclear Fuel... 

Worldwide steel production declines

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Worldwide steel production for the first month of this year has declined by almost 10% in comparison with the same period last year, the International Iron and Steel Institute (IISI) reveals. Total January crude steel production reported by 63 steel-producing nations to the IISI was 60,8-million... 

Company steels itself for outsourced inspection

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Telecom-infrastructure company Brolaz Projects, of Gauteng, has outsourced steelwork inspections to local government-approved inspection authority Innovative Inspection Services (IIS) of Midrand. Brolaz is a turnkey service company supplying infrastructure for telecom projects, including the... 

South Africa sets international precedent in stainless steel

By: System Author     26th March 1999 INDIA is following South Africa’s example with the establishment of a stainless- steel awards programme this year. In 1999 India will launch its own awards programme, the aims of which are to encourage innovation and entrepreneurial development while promoting excellence in the... 

No stain from Y2k bug

By: System Author     26th March 1999 South African integrated stainless-steel producer Columbus Stainless, of Middelburg, Mpumalanga, has taken up the challenge of ensuring that, when the new millennium rolls around, it can rest easy. As the only stainless-steel producer in South Africa, the company sold more than 337 000 t of... 

Millionth switch delivered

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Fruit-juice manufacturer Ceres Fruit Juices has taken delivery of its millionth Liquiphant level switch manufactured by Endress + Hauser. The unit, the Liquiphant FTL 330L, is one of more than 100 units installed throughout the company’s Cape plant over the last year. This particular model... 

Novel portable filter system introduced

By: System Author     26th March 1999 A revolutionary new mechanically-oper- ated portable filter system known as the Bewasan Classic, which is especially suited for use in the mining industry for purifying battery water, has been introduced to South Africa by Pure Water Technology. Marketing manager Franco Diederiks explains that... 

Special steel set to boost Newcastle works

By: System Author     19th March 1999 A breakthrough has been made in the production of special bar quality (SBQ) steel at Iscor’s Newcastle works in Kwazulu-Natal, which will see a boost in production of this high-value-added steel. A loss-making activity until February this year, SBQ steel production is now set to become a... 

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