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Steel Construction and Cladding

Steel specialist signs Medupi steel fabrication contract 

15th August 2008 Steel fabrication specialist Genrec Engineering has signed a contract with Murray & Roberts mechanical, electrical and instrumentation division (MEI) to fabricate structural steel for the Medupi power station in Limpopo province, which will entail the supply of 105 000 t of fabricated steel... 

Steel sales increase in first half of 2008

15th August 2008 The South African Iron and Steel Institute (Saisi) reports that domestic carbon steel sales totalled 1,517 t during the second quarter of 2008, which shows an increase of 11,3% when compared to the corresponding quarter of 2007. 

Light steel gains acceptance as sustainable construction method

15th August 2008 Sustainability of construction methods is a fundamental consideration and design requirement for the building industry, and contractors will have to comply with the specific requirements of national building regulations, says South African Light Steel Frame Building Association (Sasfa) director... 

Response to building code raises hopes for method standardisation

15th August 2008 The response to the Southern African Light Steel Frame Building Association's (Sasfa's) recent training seminars on its newly published light-steel frame building code, affirms the association's belief that this method will soon become a standard practice in the South African building industry,... 

Steel profiler launches new product

By: Rozanne Cloete     15th August 2008 Steel profiler SS Profiling has launched its pressed-steel tiles product, or SS Tile, which will tackle the shortcomings of conventional pressed-steel tile products, says SS Profiling CEO Theunis Duvenage. 

Popularity grows for lightweight steel-framed homes

15th August 2008 Orders for lightweight steel-framed homes in Fourways, Johannesburg, are mounting up, as buyers see the benefits of choosing the steel system supplied by local steel manufacturer Vela Steel Building Systems (Vela SBS). 

Technology company offers specialist coatings

15th August 2008 Diversified technology company 3M has joined forces with brand names Copon and Thortex to provide a wide range of innovative and environmentally safer specialist coatings and repair products for industrial applications. 

Steel merchant feels the pinch as steel prices rise 

By: Shannon de Ryhove     17th August 2007 Sharply rising prices have forced steel supply company Edenvale Steel and Tube to look for alternative sources of steel, says company chairperson Denis Rokos, adding that many local steel and piping companies are feeling the pinch of rising steel prices. 

Construction industry steels itself for growth

By: Shannon de Ryhove     17th August 2007 South Africa has become increasingly steel intensive in the construction industry, with the ratio between tons of heavy steel sections to tons of steel rebar reaching equality, Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) executive director Dr Hennie de Clercq tells Engineering News. 

Locally produced steel structures make waves abroad

By: Shannon de Ryhove     17th August 2007 Locally produced steel structure company Cousins Steel International (CSI) is finalising an 8 000-m2 warehouse and office building for Sebenza Forwarding and Shipping in Jacobs, Durban. The steel section of the project is worth R6,2-million. 

Australian specialist conducts light steel frame training course in

17th August 2007 As part of its industry development programme, the Southern African Light Steel Frame Building Association (Sasfa) has engaged Australian Lex Somerville - an expert in light steel frame construction - to conduct a 'train-the-trainer' programme in South Africa. 

Diamond giant wins export steel category award

17th August 2007 Diamond giant De Beers has received the Export Category Award in the 2007 Steel Awards for its installation of modularised diamond recovery plants in an extremely challenging environment. 

Concealed fixed clip system to be launched soon

By: Shannon de Ryhove     17th August 2007 Steel profiler SS Profiling is in the process of developing a patented concealed fixed clip system for an inverted box rib (IBR) roofing profile that eliminates the need for screws or nails. 

Local company rises to international challenge

17th August 2007 Diversified steel fabricator Belmet Marine, of Cape Town, which operates in the marine, oil and gas, and diamond mining industries, has successfully completed one of the largest subsea projects undertaken by PetroSA in recent years. 

Steel construction draughting school to open in September

17th August 2007 The School of Structural Steel Detailing, a joint initiative between the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) and DSE Structural Engineers and Contractors (DSE) will be launched in September 2007. 

Light steel frame building could aid wood shortage

17th August 2007 Any shortage of timber following the destruction of plantations and sawmills by fire will lend impetus to the trend towards the replacement of timber trusses by light steel trusses, especially in the housing industry, Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) executive director Dr... 

Mittal SA extends freeze on forced retrenchments for 2007

16th January 2007 Mittal Steel South Africa has reached an agreement with its three main unions to extend a no forced retrenchment agreement by a further year, until December 2007, it said late on Monday. 

Nine-month domestic steel sales up 26,9%

12th December 2006 South Africa has lifted its domestic carbon steel sales by 26,9% during the first nine months of the year to 4,048-million tons, the South African Iron and Steel Institute (Saisi) reported this week. The institute said in its December issue of its statistical newsletter that the sales of carbon... 

Africa offers substaintial scope for big structural-steel projects

By: Laura Tyrer     1st December 2006 South Africa�s structural steelwork industry must include African market exports in its portfolio if it is to take advantage of the substantial opportunities that these offer, International Steel Fabricators (ISF) chairperson Kobus de Beer told participants at the Steel 50 conference recently. 

Ngqula, Mittal step down from Mittal SA board

By: Matthew Hill     30th November 2006 South Africa's leading steel producer, Mittal Steel South Africa, on Thursday announced that steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal had resigned from its board on November 29. 

Steel industry calls for clarity on sustainability guidelines

10th November 2006 More than 200 members of the international steel industry have called on the South African government and world leaders in general to work rapidly to define guidelines that would give decision makers greater clarity and more measurable goals when pursuing sustainability. 

Steel consolidation trend likely to take hold in China

By: Mariaan Webb     8th November 2006 The trend towards consolidation in the steel sector, out of which the world's largest steel company, Arcelor Mittal, was established earlier this year, was expected to accelerate in China, giving birth to some of the world's strongest steel participants, Investec Asset Management's Michael Power... 

Mittal, DTI resume steel-price talks, both say resolution now urgent

By: Terence Creamer     7th November 2006 Steel producer Mittal Steel South Africa and the South African government met on Monday in a bid to progress talks on a so-called developmental pricing model. These negotiations began back in 2004, when agreement was reached between the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the then LNM (now... 

Mittal's R8bn expansion hit by a new EIA-linked delay

By: Terence Creamer     7th November 2006 It was unlikely that Africa's largest steel producer would begin implementation of its R8-billion capital programme this calendar year owing to new environmental-impact-assessment (EIA)-related delays - the R8-billion programme was designed to lift output by 2,5-million tons to 9-million tons a... 

Mittal confirms fatality and output knock following Vanderbijl mill fire

By: Mariaan Webb     31st October 2006 South Africa's largest steelmaker Mittal Steel South Africa on Tuesday said that it had lost about 100 000 t of liquid steel production at its Vanderbijlpark plant, following a fire seven days ago, which led to the death of one contract worker. Spokesperson Tami Didiza said that a fire, which... 

New draft incorporates exemptions and builds in 'flexibility' for small-medium firms

By: Terence Creamer     20th October 2006 The South African government is set to confirm broad-ranging exemptions form the broad-based black economic-empowerment (BBBEE) codes of good practice for micro and small businesses, as well as more flexible compliance thresholds for small-medium enterprises. 

Indian group rejects 'corruption cesspit'

By: Keith Campbell     20th October 2006 Reports from Zimbabwe increasingly suggest that the Indian company, Global Infrastructures, part of the Indian multinational group, Global Steel Holdings Ltd (GSHL), abandoned its contract to run the Zimbabwe Iron and Steel Company (Zisco) because of massive corruption at the State-owned... 

DTI concerned about impact of higher steel prices, lower rebates

By: Terence Creamer     12th October 2006 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) says it is concerned about a possible double negative effect on those domestic steel users that manufacture steel products for export given news that South Africa's largest steel producer has not only raised prices three times in the past five months but... 

Refractories giant set to move ahead with R65m SA smelting project

By: Terence Creamer     10th October 2006 The world's largest refractory-materials manufacturer, RHI Group of Austria, has approved an initial R65-million project for the construction of a new fusion plant at Isithebe, Kwazulu-Natal. In an announcement made on Tuesday, the company said it would establish a smelting plant, comprising two... 

Reworked BEE codes to incorporate small-firm exemptions and build in 'flexibility' for small-medium firms

By: Terence Creamer     9th October 2006 The South African government is set to confirm broad-ranging exemptions form the broad-based black economic-empowerment (BBBEE) codes of good practice for micro and small businesses, as well as more flexible compliance thresholds for small-medium enterprises. 

As steel sales reach 1981 levels, supply concerns grow

By: Terence Creamer     6th October 2006 Domestic carbon steel sales rose 23,9% to 2 581-million tons during the first six months of 2006, the highest first-half sales since 1981, the South African Iron and Steel Institute (Saisi) reports. 

Mittal SA buys two steel mills in Mozambique

6th October 2006 Africa's largest steel manufacturer Mittal Steel South Africa acquired two steel mills in Mozambique, for $11,45-million, it announced on Friday, when it also said that it planned produce 104 000 t/y, within two years, from the plants. 

Mittal-project Chinese contractors keen on more SA work

By: Matthew Hill     5th October 2006 Chinese companies Acre Coking and Refractory Engineering and Citic Project Managers were negotiating various other capital projects in South Africa, following their construction and commissioning of the new R470-million coke-oven battery in Kwazulu-Natal for steel producer Mittal Steel South... 

Mpahlwa concerned about steel-price hike, says engaging with Mittal

By: Mariaan Webb     4th October 2006 South Africa’s Trade and Industry Minister Mandisi Mpahlwa on Wednesday said that government was concerned about the trend of high input costs and made specific reference to the steel and chemicals sectors. 

New SA steel chief prioritises security of supply as SA demand surges to record levels

By: Terence Creamer     29th September 2006 The decision by the world’s largest steel producer to appoint a South African to the top job at Mittal Steel South Africa should be viewed as a vote of confidence, newly appointed CEO Rick Reato argues. 

SA steel users face third 2006 price increase in November

By: Terence Creamer     29th September 2006 Africa's largest steel producer Mittal Steel South Africa will raise flat- and long-steel prices by a weighted average of 5% from November 1, its third price increase for the year. In a note to customers, a copy of which Engineering News has seen, Mittal says the adjustment is in line with price... 

SA steel sales reach 1981 heyday levels

By: Terence Creamer     22nd September 2006 Domestic carbon steel sales rose 23,9% to 2 581-million tons during the first six months of 2006, the highest first-half sales since 1981, the South African Iron and Steel Institute (Saisi) reported at the weekend. Many observers believe South African steel demand could rise to a record... 

Mittal battling to keep pace with demand, fend off capital creep

By: Terence Creamer     18th September 2006 Africa's leading steel producer, Mittal Steel South Africa, admits to being seriously challenged by faster-than-anticipated domestic demand growth, which is likely to see consumption reaching record levels of 5,5-million tons this year. The company, which traditionally sold about half of its... 

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