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Stainless Steel News

Seifsa calls for robust intervention in environmental law 

9th February 2015 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) on Monday said South Africa’s strict environmental legislation was a significant challenge for small-, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) that could hamper further growth of this sector if not dealt with “as a... 

Neasa to contest Labour Minister’s metals industry extension

9th February 2015 The National Employers' Association of South Africa (Neasa) on Monday lodged a review application in the Labour Court in Johannesburg to set aside the decision by Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant to extend the 2014 to 2017 wage agreement between the Steel and Engineering Industry Federation of... 

Neasa to contest Labour Minister’s metals industry extension

AMSA expects lower FY loss a share

4th February 2015 JSE-listed ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) expects to report a lower loss a share of between 33c and 43c for the 2014 financial year. This would be an improvement of between 92% and 94% on the loss a share of 535c posted in the 2013 financial year, when AMSA had recorded a R1.95-billion... 

AMSA expects lower FY loss a share

Africa seen as increasingly big player in producing raw materials for the steel industry

By: Kim Cloete     12th December 2014 Give its large mining potential, African economies are expected to play an increasingly important role in producing raw materials for the production of steel. The Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said it was expecting growth from  South Africa, in particular, which accounted for 74% of... 

Africa seen as increasingly big player in producing raw materials for the steel industry

China sparks shifts in global steel industry

By: Kim Cloete     12th December 2014 Growth in the steel industry worldwide has stabilised following substantial fluctuations during the recession, but a fair amount of uncertainty remains, particularly as a result of structural change in the Chinese economy, according to World Steel Association director-general Edwin Basson. The... 

China sparks shifts in global steel industry

SA steel demand set to grow over next decade

By: Kim Cloete     12th December 2014 The government’s substantial infrastructure programme outlined in the National Development Plan is expected to drive demand for steel over the next decade, says Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Mzwandile Masina. He told over 250 delegates to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and... 

SA steel demand set to grow over next decade

Metal sector strike cost SA growth – SARB

By: Sapa     8th December 2014 The month-long strike in the metal sector knocked back the third-quarter growth rate of the South African economy by more than half of what it could have been, the SA Reserve Bank (SARB) said on Monday. In its latest Quarterly Bulletin, the bank said the annualised real economic growth rate... 

Metal sector strike cost SA growth – SARB

Domestic ferrous scrap consumers say price preference system is not working

By: Terence Creamer     28th November 2014 There is widespread consensus that the Price Preference System (PPS) –introduced in September 2013 to restrict the export of scrap metal before it had first been offered for sale to the domestic consumers at a 20% discount to an international benchmark price – has not been effective. There is... 

Domestic ferrous scrap consumers say price preference system is not working

Battered Evraz swings to loss in nine months to end-Sep

By: Natalie Greve     24th November 2014 Increased maintenance costs, poor rolling mill yields and strike action have widened Evraz Highveld Steel’s operating loss, from R149-million in the nine months ended September 30, 2013, to R483-million for the comparative 2014 period. The company added on Monday that earnings before interest,... 

Battered Evraz swings to loss in nine months to end-Sep

SA to host OECD steel conference in Dec

By: Natalie Greve     21st November 2014 South Africa will become the first African country to host the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD’s) Steel Committee Conference when the committee’s seventy-seventh session takes place in Cape Town between December 11 and 12. The committee’s participants accounted for... 

SA to host OECD steel conference in Dec

Five mineral value-chains prioritised in South Africa’s draft beneficiation plan 

By: Terence Creamer     21st November 2014 The Mineral Beneficiation Action Plan (MBAP), which is currently in draft form, should be finalised by the end of March 2015, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has confirmed. The department is leading the drafting process, which also involves the National Treasury, the Economic... 

Five mineral value-chains prioritised in South Africa’s draft beneficiation plan
Photo by Duane Daws
Steel among the five resource value-chains being prioritised

Seifsa unveils indaba as part of steel, engineering revival plan 

By: Terence Creamer     31st October 2014 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) announced on Friday that it would host a high-level Metals and Engineering Indaba in Gauteng next May as part of efforts to revive the fortunes of the important, yet embattled, manufacturing subsector. Lamenting the... 

Seifsa unveils indaba as part of steel, engineering revival plan
Seifsa CEO Kaizer Nyatsumba on the context driving the decision to host a Metals and Engineering Indaba in 2015. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 31.10.2014.

Rival metals union likely should Numsa, Cosatu split – Friedman  

By: Terence Creamer     31st October 2014 Centre for the Study of Democracy director Professor Steven Friedman believes the prevailing view that a possible expulsion of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) from the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) would lead to “a Cosatu minus a metalworkers union and... 

Rival metals union likely should Numsa, Cosatu split – Friedman
Professor Steven Friedman on the implications of a Cosatu, Numsa split on the labour environment. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 31.10.2014

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... 

SA stainless steel industry  should remain stable – Sassda
Photo by Bloomberg
SUPPLY DEMAND Local primary supply of stainless steel in the industry increased from 68 262 t in the first half of 2013 to 73 913 t for the first half of this year

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
Photo by Duane Daws
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
Photo by Duane Daws
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
Photo by Bloomberg
ABOVE AVERAGE South Africa’s ferrochrome industry used 85% of its capacity

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