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Stainless Steel News

SA stainless steel industry should remain stable – Sassda

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th October 2014 The local stainless steel industry remained stable during the first six months of the year, but Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) forecasts a 3% to 4% drop in apparent stainless steel consumption by the end of the year, newly appointed Sassda executive director John... 

Local steel wire compares well to European counterparts

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th October 2014 Stainless steel metal and inert gas (MIG) welding wire, locally produced by stainless steel bar and wire producer Wire Products Stainless Steel (WPSS) since 2010, was tested by the Italian Welding Institute, in Genova, in the past two months and was found to be similar to products of European... 

Local steel wire compares well to European counterparts
COMPARABLE QUALITY The Italian Welding Institute indicated favourable quality, welding ability and penetration results for the stainless steel MIG wire

New series of stainless steel castors launched

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th October 2014 Castor manufacturer Tente Castors South Africa introduced its stainless steel 8499/ 8470/ 8477/ 8478 series of stainless steel castors this year, says company technical manager Steve Thomas. The series comprises swivel, swivel with total lock, fixed and P67 plate central- locking castors, he... 

New series of stainless steel castors launched
OPERATIONAL LONGEVITY The most prominent benefit of the 8499/ 8470/ 8477/ 8478 series of stainless steel castors is corrosion resistance

Stainless steel marker introduced

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th October 2014 Stainless steel clamping and identification systems distributor Banding & Identification Solutions Africa (Bisa) acquired a PRO-Mark liquid crystal display (LCD) pin-marking machine at the end of last year and demonstrated the machine’s capabilities at the Electra Mining Africa Expo last month.... 

Stainless steel marker introduced
EASY PRINTING The PRO-Mark LCD pin-marking machine uses programmable marking and component identification

Fabrication projects provide exposure to diverse markets

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th October 2014 Sheet-metal component manufacturer Fabrinox expects to complete four projects with a collective value of about R50-million for the mining, water treatment, laboratory, and the food and beverage industry within the next six months, Fabrinox MD André Visser tells Engineering News. “These projects... 

Fabrication projects provide exposure to diverse markets
NEW COMMISSION The ACF Cornerformer Multiflex machine can be used for the corner forming mild steel of up to 4 mm and stainless steel of up to 3 mm

Safety hinge solution released for local industry

24th October 2014 Local sensor solutions company Countapulse Controls is locally distributing a new stainless steel safety hinge switch from Germany-based sensor solutions company Leuze, which offers a solution for mechanically and hygienically challenging problems in sectors such as the food and beverage,... 

Safety hinge solution released for local industry
SAFETY SOLUTION The Leuze S420 stainless steel switch is ideal for the food and beverage industries where strict cleanliness and hygiene control are critical

Coil and sheets supplied to PRASA project

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th October 2014 Stainless steel flat products producer Columbus Stainless received the first order in February this year to supply coils and sheets for the first 20 passenger train sets that form part of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) passenger coach replacement project. “The majority of... 

Coil and sheets supplied to PRASA project
FIRST ORDER Columbus Stainless supplied type 301 and 304L coils and sheets for the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s passenger coach replacement project

Increasing enthusiasm in industry to use different stainless steel material

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th October 2014 There is a growing willingness from industry to accept newer stainless steel materials, particularly duplex stainless steels, Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association Fabricator Sector chairperson Gary Crawford tells Engineering News. He says that, for example, 2304 duplex... 

Increasing enthusiasm in  industry to use different stainless steel material
DUPLEX GRADE INCREASE Over the past thirteen years, the market share of duplex stainless steels worldwide has doubled

Demand for more efficient mill concepts – rolling technology supplier

24th October 2014 While increasing energy costs and the necessity to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions call for more energy efficient cars, trucks, machines and plants, the steel and stainless steel industries have focused on developing new steel grades with higher strength for lighter constructions, rolling... 

Demand for more efficient mill concepts – rolling technology supplier
MILL EFFICIENCY Large stainless steel producers are looking for mill concepts offering high capacity and reduced operation costs

Worldsteel lowers global demand forecast for 2014, 2015

By: Leandi Kolver     6th October 2014 The World Steel Association (worldsteel) on Monday lowered its global steel demand growth forecast to 2% for 2014 and 2015, as the positive momentum seen during the second half of 2013 abated in 2014, with a weaker-than-expected performance in emerging and developing economies, worldsteel... 

Worldsteel lowers global demand forecast for 2014, 2015

Metals and engineering sector set to contract in 2014 - Seifsa

By: Terence Creamer     3rd October 2014 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) warned on Friday that the metals and engineering sector could contract by between 2% and 3% in 2014, owing primarily to the fallout from a month-long strike in July. The sector, which made up about 30% of the broader... 

Metals and engineering sector set to contract in 2014 - Seifsa
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Henk Langenhoven

H1 global stainless steel production up 10.6%

By: Leandi Kolver     18th September 2014 Global stainless steel melt shop production increased 10.6% year-on-year to 20.9-million tons in the first half of 2014, the International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) revealed on Thursday. Production increased in all regions, except for Central and Eastern Europe, which recorded a year-on-year... 

H1 global stainless steel production up 10.6%

Mineral beneficiation, industrialisation key to development – Finance Minister 

By: Martin Creamer     29th August 2014 The key to the development of South Africa lay in mineral beneficiation and industrialisation in joint development with its regional neighbours, South Africa’s new Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene told the Centre for Education In Economics and Finance (CEEF). Speaking at a CEEF dinner in... 

Mineral beneficiation, industrialisation key to development – Finance Minister
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Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene

SA crude steel production declines 4.7% amidst growing global output

By: Leandi Kolver     22nd July 2014 South African crude steel production declined by 4.7% year-on-year in June to an estimated 590 000 t, falling behind the 3.1% average production uptick of the 65 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) in the same month. As a collective, the 65 countries, which accounted... 

SA crude steel production declines 4.7% amidst growing global output

Q1 global stainless steel production up 6.8% – ISSF

By: Leandi Kolver     11th July 2014 Global stainless steel melt shop production increased 6.8% year-on-year to 10.2-million tons during the first quarter of 2014, the International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) said this week. Production increased in all regions, with China and the Americas showing the largest year-on-year increases... 

Q1 global stainless steel production up 6.8% – ISSF

Hulamin prepares for 95% rise in H1 Heps

By: Natalie Greve     11th July 2014 Aluminium supplier Hulamin expects normalised earnings a share for the six months ended June 30, 2014, to be some 40% higher than in the corresponding period the year before, while headline earnings per share (Heps) and basic earnings per share (Eps) were likely to increase by 95%. The company... 

Hulamin prepares for 95% rise in H1 Heps

Metallurgical plant maintenance stimulates technical services

By: David Oliveira     11th July 2014 The South African arm of Germany-based metallurgical plant and rolling mill technology provider SMS Siemag has registered significant growth in its technical services over the last two to three years. SMS Siemag South Africa MD Pieter Bezuidenhout notes that the growth, despite the lack of major... 

SMS Siemag

11th July 2014 Together with companies such as SMS Meer, SMS Concast and Paul Wurth, SMS Siemag forms part of a strong global network of companies known as SMS group. The SMS group supplies various processing plant, technology, equipment, components, spare parts, and technical services for ferrous (both flat-... 

SMS Siemag

Light-steel-frame building for Katlehong 
early-childhood development centre

By: Schalk Burger     4th July 2014 A light steel frame building is providing a structured, safe space to learn and play for preschool children, as early childhood development is critical to providing them with the confidence and social skills to succeed in life, says early childhood development Breakthrough Centre programme... 

Government to reconvene iron-ore, steel task team 

By: Leandi Kolver     30th June 2014 Government would reconvene the Interdepartmental Task Team (IDTT) on Iron-Ore and Steel to “exhilarate” mineral beneficiation, which would add value to the economy and contribute towards the country achieving 5% economic growth, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has announced. He said... 

Government to reconvene iron-ore, steel task team

WBHO likely to impair Moz steel business

By: Natalie Greve     27th June 2014 Engineering and construction group Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO) has warned that it expects to impair its Mozambique-based steel business Capital Star Steel (CSS), following insufficient production and aggressive competition in the international project pipe market.  CSS is a subsidiary of... 

WBHO likely to impair Moz steel business

Construction on Dunnottar rail industrial park to start 2015 

By: Irma Venter     26th June 2014 The first 20 trains in the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) ten-year, R51-billion deal to procure 600 new trains, should be shipped from Brazil by the end of 2015, said Gibela CEO Marc Granger on Thursday. Speaking in Johannesburg, he said PRASA should start using these first new... 

Construction on Dunnottar rail industrial park to start 2015
Gibela CEO Marc Granger discusses the timeline of the R51-billion rolling stock programme. Camerawork and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Solidarity, AMSA agree on 7% wage increase

By: Leandi Kolver     11th June 2014 Trade union Solidarity on Wednesday announced that it had reached a wage agreement with steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA), comprising a 7% wage increase and other favourable changes to workers’ terms of employment. The agreement, which was retroactive to April 1, 2014, and would be... 

Solidarity, AMSA agree on 7% wage increase
Solidarity metal industry head Marius Croucamp

South African ferrochrome capacity shows consistency

By: Jonathan Rodin     30th May 2014 South Africa’s ferrochrome industry used 85% of its capacity in the first quarter, more or less in line with the fourth quarter of 2013, says consultancy service provider Core Consultants MD Lara Smith.  The company estimates that the first quarter realised 760 000 t in ferrochrome, slightly... 

South African ferrochrome capacity shows consistency
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ABOVE AVERAGE South Africa’s ferrochrome industry used 85% of its capacity

Global stainless steel sector to grow

By: Jonathan Rodin     30th May 2014 Consultancy group MEPS has, with cautious optimism, forecast stainless steel production growth in 2014 will be better than 2013 for all traditional steelmaking countries and regions, including the EU, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. According to the consultancy, this will be the first time since... 

Local export barriers towards Europe could continue

By: Jonathan Rodin     30th May 2014 The recently introduced export barriers for stainless steel scrap in South Africa indicate that the trend could continue towards more protectionism in scrap markets, says Germany-based Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW). Already, since 2002, an increase in export restrictions was... 

Growth in world steel demand ‘good news’ for SA – Seifsa

By: Leandi Kolver     29th May 2014 The growth in global steel demand, as stated by the World Steel Association (worldsteel) in its World Steel in Figures 2014 report, was “good news” for South Africa, Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) chief economist Henk Langenhoven said on Thursday.... 

Growth in world steel demand ‘good news’ for SA – Seifsa

AMSA lobbies Treasury for ‘special' carbon tax arrangement 

By: Natalie Greve     28th May 2014 South African steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) is currently lobbying National Treasury around the country’s proposed carbon tax, appealing that large-scale industrial steel manufacturers be exempt from the proposed carbon tax and rather be beholden to a separate, “special”... 

AMSA lobbies Treasury for ‘special' carbon tax arrangement

2013 world steel demand up 3.6%, production at record levels

By: Leandi Kolver     28th May 2014 Despite challenging industry conditions, world steel demand grew by 3.6% during 2013, the World Steel Association (worldsteel) said on Wednesday. In its World Steel in Figures 2014 report the association also noted that world crude steel production totalled 1.6-billion tonnes for the year, up... 

2013 world steel demand up 3.6%, production at record levels

Creamer Media publishes Steel 2014 research report

20th May 2014 Creamer Media’s Steel 2014 report provides an overview of 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 producers. 

Creamer Media publishes Steel 2014 research report

Indian mining, steel heavyweight opens up shop in SA 

By: Natalie Greve     25th April 2014 Multinational Indian mining, steel and power conglomerate Jindal Steel & Power has officially launched its new Jindal Africa head office, in Johannesburg, marking the company’s fifth year of activity in South Africa and creating a springboard for its penetration into other Southern African... 

Indian mining, steel heavyweight opens up shop in SA
Jindal Steel & Power MD and CEO Ravi Uppal launches Jindal Africa, in Johannesburg

SA’s March steel output climbed well ahead of global norm

By: Natalie Greve     22nd April 2014 South Africa increased crude steel production by 21.1% year-on-year in March, producing 615 000 t of the metal and outperforming the global production pace, which increased by 2.7% year-on-year to 141-million tons for the third month of 2014. World Steel Association (worldsteel) reported on... 

SA’s March steel output climbed well ahead of global norm

Evraz appoints Valenta as CEO

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th April 2014 Steel and vanadium producer Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium on Wednesday appointed executive director and FD Jan Valenta CEO, with immediate effect, after Michael Garcia stepped down. Olga Luzik would replace Valenta, who was appointed FD and director in 2011. 

Evraz appoints Valenta as CEO
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Michael Garcia

Ghana bans export of scrap ferrous metal to support local industry

By: Reuters     15th April 2014 Ghana has banned the export of ferrous scrap metal immediately in a bid to make more raw material available to sustain the West Africa country's steel industry, Trade Minister Haruna Iddrisu said on Tuesday. Iddrisu said the government was also drafting legislation to establish an international... 

Ghana bans export of scrap ferrous metal to support local industry

SA outperforms global steel output in Feb

By: Natalie Greve     20th March 2014 Global crude steel production for the 65 countries reporting to worldsteel remained relatively flat in February, increasing by a marginal 0.6% year-on-year to 125-million tonnes. South Africa, however, increased its crude steel output year-on-year by an impressive 19.3% to an estimated 555 000 t... 

SA outperforms global steel output in Feb

Massive energy savings for Western Cape steel plant

28th February 2014 Effective energy management is showing significant cost savings at South Africa’s largest steel producer, ArcelorMittal’s Western Cape plant in Saldahna, says the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA). Energy savings were achieved at the Saldanha plant with the help of... 

South African steel industry needs protection policies  

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th February 2014 Owing to the discovery of and exploration for shale gas in the US and Canada, as well as gas finds off Mozambique and Asia, the global steel industry is set to undergo a radical makeover, but South Africa may not immediately benefit from the lower gas prices, states advisory company Deloitte... 

South African steel industry needs protection policies
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POLAND SHALE GAS The discovery of and exploration for shale gas and gas finds across the world can reduce gas prices which will benefit steel producing companies that use gas to manufacture steel

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