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Steel Construction and Cladding

Artisan development becomes a priority

By: Samantha Herbst     17th August 2012 Change is brewing in terms of accelerating artisan development, says Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of South Africa (Seifsa) skills development executive Janet Lopes. With the implementation of government’s National Skills Development Strategy and a significant infrastructure... 

Manufacturer’s carbon steel division progressing well after acquisition

By: Samantha Herbst     17th August 2012 Local steel tube and pipe manufacturer Robor’s new carbon steel division, Robor Baldwins, is progressing well in its establishment since its introduction to the market in February, says Robor Baldwins MD Andrew Winter. A year has passed since Robor acquired Kulungile Metals Group’s (KMG’s) carbon... 

Construction slowdown continues to impact on steel construction sector

By: Samantha Herbst     17th August 2012 While building confidence among contractors, materials manufacturers and quantity surveyors has increased marginally over the last two years, the immediate outlook for the South African construction industry remains challenging, says credit solutions provider Coface South Africa lead analyst... 

Association seeks greater clarity from government

12th August 2011 Perplexing messages and actions from the government and senior politicians are negatively affecting the steel construction industry. This is the view of Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) executive director Dr Hennie de Clercq, who says that while a number of the larger... 

Residential sector increases use of light steel frame building

12th August 2011 The light steel frame (LSF) building method is gaining popularity in the South African residential sector reports Southern African Light Steel Frame Building Association (Sasfa) director John Barnard. He says Sasfa members are inundated with enquiries about new residential buildings and... 

Steel processor warns of consequences of engineering sector strike

By: Tracy Hancock     12th August 2011 JSE-listed steel processor and supplier BSi Steel has been negatively affected by July’s two-week pay strike in the South African steel and engineering sector; however, the company believes recovery will be quick, owing to customers having healthy order books. BSi Steel CE of South African... 

Use of structural steel increases

12th August 2011 The cost effectiveness and durability of steel, in conjunction with the desire of many educational institutions to create something new and exciting, is making it an increasingly popular construction material with which to build new educational facilities in South Africa. This is the opinion of... 

Council warns of steel construction importation pitfalls

12th August 2011 The International Steel Fabricators of South Africa (ISF) council, which interacts extensively with local and international clients, as well as structural steel contractors, is increasingly being approached to illuminate the benefits and pitfalls of fabricated structural steel importation into... 

Enamelled steel used to build low-maintenance cubicles

12th August 2011 Producer of enamelled steel products for architectural applications Vitrex has supplied ten Vitraflex toilet cubicles for mobile operator Vodacom’s Techno Centre, in Bellville, Cape Town, this year. The cubicles are constructed using a combination of vitreous enamelled steel and rigidised... 

Steel construction project continues to uplift community

12th August 2011 Structural steel fabricator Cosira Group says Soweto’s first mega-shopping complex, the Maponya Mall, is an example of a steel construction project which has benefited the broader community significantly. Cosira Group corporate strategy director Gift Phenethi says the company was proud to be... 

New branch strengthens company’s SA footprint

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th August 2010 Steel and engineering products supplier Stewarts & Lloyds has opened a new branch in George, in the Southern Cape, which is part of its strategy to increase the company’s footprint by having a presence in most of the major centres in South Africa. 

Creating art out of historic waste

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th August 2010 A sculpture, titled ‘Twenty Years Ago’, by Cape Town-based artist Christopher Swift, commemorates the twentieth anniversary of the release of Nelson Mandela from Robben Island prison, and is created out of mesh from the original prison fences and supported by scaffolding. 

Founders regain share
of construction group

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th August 2010 The founders and former owners of lightweight steel technology solutions provider Scottsdale Construction Systems, in New Zealand, have regained a substantial share and control from the construction group Panceltica, which acquired Scottsdale about 30 months ago, reports Scottsdale group’s new... 

Award recognises years of
architectural excellence

13th August 2010 The American Institute of Architects (AIA) 25-year award has been awarded to the Haji terminal at King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, which holds a tensioned membrane roofing system from lightweight roofing systems contractor Birdair. 

New steel mill promotes job creation in Brazil

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th August 2010 An integrated steel mill, the biggest industrial investment in Brazil in the past ten years, is being built by materials and technology group ThyssenKrupp, in Rio de Janeiro, at a cost of €5,2-billion, and promises to provide jobs and training for the local communities. 

Steel construction 
export option grows

13th August 2010 Local structural steel companies with substantial exposure to mining projects in South Africa will have to enter, or further expand, their export markets or face the possibility of having to substantially reduce their operations, reports marketing company International Steel Fabricators (ISF)... 

Institute supports new action plan

13th August 2010 After a consultation with the members of its industry, as well as the general construction industry, the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) says that it fully supports the second Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP2) initiative as outlined by Minister of Trade and Industries... 

Titanium zinc roof for Public Works laboratory 

13th August 2010 A 3 000-m2 roof for the forensic science laboratory, which is currently being built for the Department of Public Works in Plattekloof, in Parow, Cape Town, and set for completion next year, is being covered in Rheinzink titanium zinc and will be one of the largest expanses of its kind in South... 

New technology an alternative to steel cladding and insulation 

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th August 2010 Abrasion, corrosion and insulation solutions company Uretech has introduced Insulair, the company’s latest technology in nanoporous insulation, to cater for the lagging, cladding and insulation of pipelines in the cryogenic industry, reports Uretech operations director Robert Martin. 

Twelve thousand tons of steelwork for Medupi

13th August 2010 Structural steel fabricator and construction company the Cosira Group, which was awarded the turbine hall contract for State-owned power utility Eskom’s Medupi power station, being managed by power generation specialist Alstom, reports that the company’s component for construction on this... 

€13m steel frame 
contract for biomass
fuelled power plant

13th August 2010 Provider of metal-based components and integrated systems to the construction and engineering industries Ruukki has signed a contract to deliver the steel structures needed for a new unit to be built at the coal-fired Połaniec power plant, located on the Vistula river, near Połaniec in the... 

Tensile tester to be used in Cape Town mill

14th August 2009 A tensile tester, manufactured by material testing instrumentation manufacturer Galdabini, has been sold to Cape Town Iron & Steel Works (Cisco) for use in a minimill that melts recycled steel and produces reinforcing bars for the construction industry. 

Russia is ready to protect steelmakers

14th August 2009 The Russian government is prepared to protect the country’s steel industry, says Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. This is in light of producers seeking greater state support. 

Construction company forges 
ahead with new workshop

By: Beth Shirley     14th August 2009 Steel construction company B&T Steel is in the process of erecting a
1 620-m2 floor space workshop featuring the infrastructure for two 10-t cranes and a 3-t crane, as well as double-storey offices, which will be shared by underground mining equipment manufacturer Phillips Mining and... 

Light steel-frame building technology growing fast

14th August 2009 Industry body the Southern African Light Steel Frame Building (Sasfa) director John Barnard says that light steel-frame building (LSFB) technology is undoubtedly the fastest-growing new construction method in South Africa. Further, he confirms that this technology is sustainable. 

A record number of entries reported for steel awards

14th August 2009 Industry association the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) reports that a record number of entries were received for the Steel Awards 2009. “Sixty-eight entries were received, which is more than last year’s record,” says SAISC communications manager Renee Pretorius. 

Construction giant provides in-house training

By: Beth Shirley     14th August 2009 Structural steel fabricator and erector the Cosira Group provides in-house training on efficient project planning and implementation, to instill a holistic knowledge of the construction process, says Cosira Group general manager of planning Mike van Vuuren. 

New freestanding parking structures enter local market

By: Beth Shirley     14th August 2009 Manufacturer and distributor of free-standing parking structures Modular Parking Solutions (MPS) has introduced a free-standing parking deck in South Africa that can double the capacity of an existing or new surface area. 

Economic crisis provides impetus to diversify

By: Beth Shirley     14th August 2009 Erectors of structural steel design, detailing, fabrication and erection provider DSE Steel MD Kobus Marais says that the current economic downturn has given the company impetus to diversify and to focus its business in different industries. This is after the company experienced a quiet period... 

Steel construction institute collaborates with the United Nations

14th August 2009 Industry body the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) is collaborating with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in order to benchmark the South African steel construction industry against other steel construction industries in the world. 

Steel industry significant 
market for machine knives company

14th August 2009 Manufacturer and sharpener of machine knives W. Fearnehough Africa, known as Zanogen Machine Knives explains that the steel industry is one of the company’s biggest markets. 

New course for building 
inspectors developed

14th August 2009 The Southern African Light Steel-Frame Building Association (Sasfa) has developed a training course for building inspectors who play key roles in ensuring that quality is maintained in light steel-frame buildings (LSFB). 

Steel prices plummet by more than 60% since last year

14th August 2009 US steelmaking giant Steel Dynamics, posted a quarterly loss smaller than analysts had estimated as the metal’s price fell amid lower demand. The shares rose in after-hours trading, reports Bloomberg. 

Zirconia producer diversifies product range

By: Beth Shirley     14th August 2009 Producer of zirconia primarily for the steel industry Foskor Zirconia announced its plans to diversify its product range, to reduce its dependency on the refractory and steel making industry. Foskor Zirconia CEO Charles Schmidt says that the recessionary conditions currently faced by local and... 

Collusion claims unsettle steel industry

By: Rozanne Cloete     15th August 2008 The steel industry has been negatively affected following the Competition Commission’s claim that several steel producers have colluded to inflate steel prices, says South African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) executive director Hennie de Clercq. 

Local steel manufacturer completes high profile projects

By: Rozanne Cloete     15th August 2008 Local steel manufacturer, All A Steel, which offers structural steel analysis and design services to the local market, has completed steel projects for State-owned power utility Eskom, as well as for engineering group Alstom. 

Steel construction company offers steel design solutions

15th August 2008 Local steel manufacturer Clotan Steel, based in Vanderbijlpark, has been supplying its steel design and building expertise to the local market for over 20 years, and specialises in roof sheeting, steel trusses and framing, and composite panels. 

New Zealand company offers solutions to local market

15th August 2008 Steel machinery and solutions company, FrameCAD Solutions, offers a range of machinery that produces light-gauge steel frames, which offers practical solutions that streamline the steel frame design and building process and reduces production time. 

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