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Stainless Steel News

Steel distributor confident of overcoming steel industry challenges

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th February 2014 Steel distributor BSi Steel reports that it has fulfilled its aim of reaching growth of 28% in 2013. “Although South Africa’s steel consumption declined by at least 6% in the domestic steel market, BSi Steel has been on a sustained growth drive, which has resulted in a material increase in... 

Steel distributor to introduce new products 

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th February 2014 Steel distribution and processing company Duferco Distribution Services’ steel sales have increased by about 300% since January last year, as more industries, such as mining, transport, recycling and cement, are expressing interest and buying its Quard and Quend steel, S355 and pressure vessel... 

Steel distributor to  introduce new products
STEEL INCREASE Duferco Distribution Services will introduce new quench and tempered steel materials in a width of 3 m onto the South African market this year

Engineering components distributor installs new, low-maintenance cable carrier system

28th February 2014 Engineering components distributor Bearing Man Group (BMG) has recently completed the installation of a new steel cable carrier system, of undisclosed value, at a straightening mill of one of the largest steel producers in Africa. “This project in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal, encompassed the removal... 

Engineering components distributor installs new,  low-maintenance cable  carrier system
LOW MAINTENANCE The Tsubaki Kabelschlepp cable carrier system feature self-cleaning links, and advantages include high-load carrying capacity and high-impact resilience

Modest recovery forecast for South African steel industry

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th February 2014 International credit insurer Coface noted a 40% increase in the number of steel company liquidations in 2013. “Coface encountered 55 cases of liquidation in the local steel industry last year,” Coface industry analyst Warrick Robertson says, adding that the credit insurer observed a 56% increase... 

Modest recovery  forecast for South African steel industry
WARRICK ROBERTSON Although international credit insurer Coface forecasts a modest recovery for the steel industry, the company emphasizes that sub-Saharan Africa is a growing market for South African steel products

New version of marking system to mark two dimensional code

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th February 2014 The new version of the InfoDent 8400-20 pin marking system, designed for marking hot, primary metals or steel products, which was launched in mid-2013, has an improved controller, which increases the marking speed and can print machine-readable information, or two-dimensional codes, says supplier... 

New version of marking system to mark two dimensional code
MARKING SMART The new InfoDent 8400-20 pin marking machine can print on uneven surfaces and machine-readable information or two-dimensional code onto hot steel products

Crane contracts increased by 142% in 2013

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th February 2014 Lifting equipment and service company Konecranes Southern Africa (SA) is manufacturing nine overhead cranes, with an estimated value of R8-million, for the steel industry and continues its inspection and service contracts for local and multinational steel manufacturers and distributors, states... 

Crane contracts increased by 142% in 2013
CRANE OPERATION The Konecranes service procedure and service manual has proven to reduce crane operating costs and thus increasing production capacity, reliability and efficiency

Capital investment programmes can boost industry

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th February 2014 Specialist foundry Steloy Castings will complete a multimillion dollar order for stanchion support assemblies, this month, which will be sent to a petrochemicals refinery in China. “The order comprised an assembly of castings, the bulk of which consists of tubes, which are used in the stanchions.... 

Capital investment programmes can boost industry
CASTING OPPORTUNITY Capital investment programmes, such as the Strategic Integrated Projects, will provide opportunities for the casting industry to supply cast and centrifugally cast products

Survey reveals increase in use of light steel frame building method

28th February 2014 An industry survey conducted by the Southern African Light Steel Frame Building Association (SASFA) revealed an increase in the use of the light steel frame building (LSFB) method in South Africa.   “Mainly, the survey showed that the mass of steel used in South Africa to profile light steel... 

Overcapacity in China's steel sector is 'beyond imagination'

By: Reuters     25th February 2014 Overcapacity in China's steel sector is so severe that it is "probably beyond our imagination", an official at the Chinese steel industry association said on Tuesday. China's iron-ore imports are expected to rise 6% from a year ago to reach 870-million tonnes in 2014, said Li Xinchuang,... 

Overcapacity in China's steel sector is 'beyond imagination'

AMSA COO appointed acting CEO as Nyembezi-Heita set to depart

By: Natalie Greve     4th February 2014 Following the December announcement that steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) CEO and executive director Nonkululeko Nyembezi-Heita would step down on February 18, COO Dr Hans Ludwig Rosenstock has been appointed acting CEO and executive director while the board embarks on a search... 

AMSA COO appointed acting CEO as Nyembezi-Heita set to depart
AMSA acting CEO Dr Hans Ludwig Rosenstock

African market seen as key to local steel industry growth

6th December 2013 To spur the local steel industry to grow by at least 5% a year over the next 10 years, the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) will increase its focus on improving relationships with its counterparts in other African countries. Recently appointed Saisc CEO Paolo Trinchero... 

African market seen as key to local steel industry growth
Photo by Saisc
PAOLO TRINCHERO The steel construction industry is ready to benefit from the employment opportunities and growth that will come with the National Development Plan

‘Buy local’ campaign to impede steel industry job losses

22nd November 2013 The Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) has launched a ‘buy local’ campaign in an attempt to impede the unnecessary loss of jobs in the steel construction industry. The campaign, which started with the erection of a billboard on the R21 Edenvale off-ramp, is supported by... 

Steel fabricators to remain competitive in Africa through turnkey solutions

22nd November 2013 South African steel fabricators will need to focus on offering a competitive, turnkey value-added solution to win market share in sub-Saharan Africa and further north on the continent, International Steel Fabricators of South Africa (ISF) director Neels van Niekerk states. “South African... 

New Saisc CEO appointed

22nd November 2013 The Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) has appointed Paolo Trinchero as its new CEO. He takes over from Dr Hennie de Clercq, who has retired after being at the helm of Saisc for the last 13 years. Trinchero says he looks forward to the challenges he will face in the new... 

Company produces stainless steel wire for robotic welding systems

By: Ilan Solomons     7th November 2013 Stainless steel bar and wire producer Wire Products Stainless Steel (WPSS) can now manufacture stainless steel MIG welding wire on 15 kg wire baskets for hand-held and robotic welding systems, WPSS director Clinton Lautenberg tells Engineering News. This has enabled the company in the past two to... 

Company produces stainless steel wire for robotic welding systems
STAINLESS STEEL WIRE Wire Products Stainless Steel has been manufacturing stainless steel MIG wire locally since late 2010

Africa key to company’s expansion plans

By: Ilan Solomons     25th October 2013 Sheet-metal component manufacturer Fabrinox intends to expand its footprint in Africa by partnering with multinational companies, which are already active in Africa or aim to secure a foothold on the continent, Fabrinox MD Andre Visser tells Engineering News. “Fabrinox is continuously forming... 

Africa key to company’s expansion plans
PLANNING AHEAD Fabrinox is continuously forming strategic partnerships with multinational companies, which supply products to mines, as Fabrinox manufactures on behalf of these companies

Sassda launches new online learning programme

By: Ilan Solomons     25th October 2013 The Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) launched an online learning programme this month, targeted at nontechnical staff, such as administrative and warehousing staff, Sassda training manager Mankabe More tells Engineering News. “This course is targeted at staff... 

Sassda launches new  online learning programme
SKILLS DEVELOPMENT The Southern African Stainless Steel Development Association’s basic introductory courses are run three times a year in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban

Company aims to provide stainless steel strapping for additional industries

By: Ilan Solomons     25th October 2013 In the upcoming months, sole Band-It stainless steel clamping and identification systems distributor Banding & Identification Solutions Africa (Bisa) will use traditional and social media platforms to target specific industries, such as the food processing industry, the hose market, mining... 

Company aims to provide stainless steel strapping for additional industries
STAINLESS STEEL STRAPPINGThere are about 150 grades of stainless steel, but only about 12 of these grades can be used for stainless steel strapping

Four new power tools for stainless steel launched

By: Ilan Solomons     25th October 2013 In response to changing demands in the metal-working industry, technology supplier Bosch South Africa last month extended its range of products for the professional finishing of stainless steel to include four new competitively priced power tools, Bosch Industrial Power Tools senior brand manager... 

Four new power tools for stainless steel launched
STAINLESS STEEL SPECIFIC The new additions to the Bosch product line for stainless steel finishings include the GRB 14 CE Professional pipe belt sander, the GEF 7 E Professional power file, the GSI 14 CE Professional burnisher and the GWS 15-125 Inox Professional angle grinder

Local range of cost-effective lean duplex stainless steels launched

By: Ilan Solomons     25th October 2013 Stainless steel flat products producer Columbus Stainless introduced a new range of lean duplex stainless steels in 2010, which offers a cost-effective alternative to conventional austenitic stainless steels, Columbus Stainless CEO Dave Martin tells Engineering News. He says that type UNS... 

Local range of cost-effective lean duplex stainless steels launched
DAVE MARTIN Columbus Stainless is also developing a 301 grade stainless steel as a cheaper alternative to 304 for use in the manufacturing of a variety of products

New fastener division to stock stainless steel range

By: Ilan Solomons     25th October 2013 Stainless steel, specialist alloys and valve supplier Energy Engineered Products (EEP) says that, since establishing the new Energy Bolts fastener division at its head office in Kyalami, Johannesburg, it has been well received by the local market. The new division will stock a range of 304 and... 

New fastener division to stock stainless steel range
STAINLESS STEEL FASTENERS Energy Bolts’ 304 and 316 stainless steel grade range of fasteners will provide customers with full traceability and certification of the product, owing to these specific stainless steel grades

SA stainless steel industry holding steady, imports a problem – Sassda

By: Ilan Solomons     25th October 2013 The South African stainless steel industry is experiencing steady growth, but government needs to ensure that the playing field for importers and local industry players is level, Southern African Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) executive director Bill Scurr tells Engineering... 

SA stainless steel industry holding steady, imports a problem – Sassda
STAINLESS STEEL Stainless steel is regarded by some an aspirational material for use in kitchens and consumer ware item

Sept global steel production up 6.1% y/y

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st October 2013 Global crude steel production for September increased 6.1% year-on-year to 133-million tonnes. The World Steel Association (worldsteel) reported that China’s crude steel production increased 11% year-on-year to 65.4-million tonnes in September, while Japan’s output of 9.3-million tons represented... 

Sept global steel production up 6.1% y/y

New black-owned engineering company gears up for big railways prospects

By: Terence Creamer     15th October 2013 Amid high-level calls for the emergence of black industrialists, a new black-owned manufacturing company has been formed through a merger of pipe-bending specialist Delberg Engineering and metals trader Corrotherm Special Metals Africa. The company began trading under the name Delberg Engineering... 

New black-owned engineering company gears up for big railways prospects
Photo by Duane Daws
Edwin Dreyer, Louis Delport and Owen Maroleni

Evraz Q3 production, price dented

By: Natalie Greve     11th October 2013 South African steel producer Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium on Friday reported sweeping quarter-on-quarter production decreases for the third quarter ended September 30, after contending with limited access to electricity and maintenance-induced delays over the three months. The company said... 

Evraz Q3 production, price dented

H1 global stainless crude steel output up 4.6%

By: Leandi Kolver     9th October 2013 Global stainless steel crude steel production for the first half of this year increased by 4.6% compared with that produced in the first half of 2012, preliminary figures released by the International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) has shown. Total production for the first half of the year amounted... 

H1 global stainless crude steel output up 4.6%

Kumba, AMSA enter talks over new supply, pricing deal

By: Natalie Greve     27th September 2013 Kumba Iron Ore and ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) announced on Friday that they had entered into talks with each other in the hope of finalising a new supply agreement for iron-ore from Kumba’s Sishen and Thabazimbi mines, following more than three years of protracted court battles between the... 

Kumba, AMSA enter talks over new supply, pricing deal

IDC to issue bonds up to R12bn, dangling R2.7bn youth carrot

By: Martin Creamer     9th September 2013 South Africa’s State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), which plans to issue bonds up to R12-billion in the next 18 months, on Monday announced stepped-up R2.7-billion funding to boost youth entrepreneurship. The State-owned corporation, which disbursed a record R16-billion into the... 

IDC to issue bonds up to R12bn, dangling R2.7bn youth carrot
Photo by Duane Daws
IDC CEO Geoffrey Qhena

New McDonald’s restaurant achieves cost, construction time and water and power use reductions

By: Schalk Burger     19th July 2013 A new restaurant of fast-food franchise McDonald’s opened in Goodwood, in Parrow, in the Western Cape last month. The 132-seater restaurant, café and drive-through was built in 105 days and uses 20% less electricity and water than conventional designs, says McDonald’s South Africa MD Greg... 

New McDonald’s restaurant achieves cost, construction time and water and power use reductions
NEW DESIGN The building has a modular design and was built using a light-steel frame design with layered walls to improve insulation

Steel supplier officially opens automated Gauteng facility 

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     19th July 2013 Supplier of steel products NJR Steel Reinforcing has officially launched its fully automated factory in Northlands Industrial Park, Gauteng, last month, during which the facilities and the latest technology in steel reinforcing were introduced. 

Steel supplier officially opens automated Gauteng facility
NJR Steel Reinforcing branch manager Patrick van Gool discusses the latest technology that was introduced at its fully automated factory in Johannesburg

Evraz, Arkien to build waste slag reprocessing plant

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th June 2013 Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium and Arkien Industrial have entered a joint venture for the development of a reprocessing operation for the titanium dioxide-rich waste slag from Evraz’s eMalahleni steelworks operations, in Mpumalanga. The companies would jointly operate the venture, called... 

Adoption of global standards can promote locally manufactured products

By: Zandile Mavuso     31st May 2013 The pressure is on local manufacturers to produce products in line with global standards that can compete with imported alternatives, states stainless steel casting manufacturer Steloy Castings. 

New range of stainless steel welding consumables

By: Zandile Mavuso     31st May 2013 Welding, cutting and gas products company Afrox will launch its new range of Vacuum packaging (DriPac) stainless steel welding consumables this year, which will be beneficial for operations in remote areas. 

Stainless steel apparent consumption increases

By: Zandile Mavuso     31st May 2013 South Africa’s stainless steel apparent consumption hit a high of 228 258 t last year, despite economic difficulties in most countries, as a result of a global financial meltdown, states the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda). 

R&D provides edge over competitors

By: Zandile Mavuso     31st May 2013 Abrasives manufacturer Klingspor says its advanced Germany-based research and development (R&D) department sets the company apart from its competitors, as it provides the stainless steel industry with technology that promotes efficiency in the manufacturing stage and for end-users. 

SA continues to export job opportunities

By: Zandile Mavuso     31st May 2013 Consulting and management services firm Deloitte has called for more action with regard to the implementation of South Africa’s Manufacturing Competitiveness Enhancement Programme (MCEP). 

New taps tackle tough materials

5th April 2013 International solid-carbide and steel rotary cutting tools manufacturer Dormer Tools last month launched a new range of multi application taps which are designed to support a high level of performance in a range of hard-to-machine materials.   

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