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Steel Construction and Cladding

Global crude-steel production falls 2,2%

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 Total May crude-steel production reported by 63 steel-producing nations to the International Iron and Steel Institute was 65,2-million tons, 2,2% less than in May last year. Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) crude-steel production continues its upward trend. Asian production rises above... 

R90m investment in new tube facilities

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 Welded-steel tube manufacturer Robor Tube has a new name to boast of, and a string of manufacturing achievements which put it some way ahead of the competition. The company has been formed through the merger of Brollo and Tosa, making it the biggest manufacturer of longitudinally-welded steel... 

Thin-slab casting

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 With an increasing demand for higher-quality steel grades, especially in the field of thin-gauge flat products, smaller steel mills are looking to alternative strategies and more efficient production techniques. Taking a lead in this world trend, Saldanha Steel has followed the route of... 

Steel-mill safety

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 A new publication by the International Iron and Steel Institute (IISI) reveals that there is no inherent reason why a steelworks should not have a zero-accident performance. It is necessary to “challenge the implicit acceptance that we operate in a potentially-dangerous industry where some... 

Confidence in SA emerges from UK trade mission

By: System Author     9th July 1999 Positive, optimistic and confident was the general feeling about the potential of the South African economy among the representatives of a group of nine British companies visiting South Africa last week. The trade mission, organised by the North East Development Agency (NEDA) with the support of... 

Control buoy only second of its kind

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 A special unmanned control buoy, which is at the cutting edge of technology and only the second of its kind in the world, will be the only visible sign of EM gasfield activity once the development of the field has been completed. The bright yellow buoy, currently under construction by J Ray... 

Lowest-cost aluminium corrosion control

By: System Author     25th June 1999 The new Sulzer Metco SmartArc arc spray system has been designed to produce the lowest-cost aluminium corrosion-control coatings available in industry today. This has been achieved by the redesign of the arc head to ensure a low-turbulence air flow, resulting in higher deposit efficiencies, lower... 

Steel giant sells off refractories business

By: System Author     18th June 1999 Steel giant Iscor has announced an agreement with the Hernic Industrial group for the sale of its refractories business as part of an ongoing strategy to divest itself of its non-core assets. Executive chairperson Hans Smith states that the sale would release more than R100-million and is in line... 

Innovative techno for jetty construction

By: System Author     11th June 1999 PILING for the new dry bulk terminal jetty at Richards Bay, part of the third export expansion project, has been constructed using technology never before seen in a South African marine application. It involved the use of an environment-friendly polymer drilling fluid which poses no threat to... 

Steel under pressure

By: System Author     11th June 1999 STEEL export markets have been under severe pressure as a result of the drop in demand in the Far East and large-scale dumping of surplus production particularly by Japan, Korea and ex CIS countries. US dollar export prices in respect of hot-rolled coil have now reached the level of US$180 (Fobs)... 

Crane hire contract

By: System Author     11th June 1999 LOCAL company Johnson Crane Hire has been awarded a crane-hire contract by SLE, an SNC-Lavalin-EMS joint venture, for the Mozal site. Johnson’s ability for handling an intricate contract of this nature was instrumental in the company securing this contract. Not only is the company able to... 

Global crisis tarnishes local industry’s shine

By: System Author     21st May 1999 What is the current state of the copper, brass and bronze industry? Things are fairly depressed – much in line with the economy of the country, but there are interesting opportunities on the horizon. Much of the market for copper and its alloys is related to the building and construction... 

Brass beats steel

By: System Author     21st May 1999 In many industries, even the automotive industry, tradition dominates materials selection. Many designers, engineers and purchasing managers are convinced that brass is too expensive for simple repetition-turned products. While the off-the-shelf cost of brass raw material may be more than twice... 

Low-cost housing must not be an eyesore

By: System Author     14th May 1999 Low-cost housing developments in Kwazulu-Natal are becoming more aesthetically pleasing with the supply of seamless tiled roofs, which are taking the place of traditional corrugated-iron covering, reports Harvey Roofing Products Knights divisional product manager Dion Perotti. The company is... 

R11-million pedestrian bridge on schedule

By: System Author     14th May 1999 Construction of an R11-million pedestrian bridge, which will span Philippi station and the adjacent staging yards, is on schedule. The bridge, which is being constructed by Stocks South, will incorporate a novel 127 m skywalk and provide a safe route for pedestrians. The main centre portion of... 

SA steel traders encouraged to add value

By: System Author     7th May 1999 The South African steel merchant sector is increasingly going to have to embrace value-adding activities if it hopes to remain a major part of the domestic steel environment, Macsteel co-chairperson Michael Hoffman says. Making a rare public statement at a steel seminar organised by Investec, and... 

Pneumatic system for trenchless piping

By: System Author     7th May 1999 A range of pneumat- ic equipment used to install underground pipes and cables without digging trenches is available from Reef Trenchless Technology SA (RTT), a wholly-owned company of Reef Pneumatics and Industrial Supplies. “The conventional method of digging trenches when one needs to... 

Acquisition paves way for exports

By: System Author     7th May 1999 PNEUMATIC specialist Parker Hannifin, of Kempton Park, Gauteng, has bought Global Fluid Power (GFP), a manufacturer of pneumatic cylinders, ISO subplates and directional valves. The company was established ten years ago, and is located in Middelburg, in Mpumalanga. It will form part of the Parker... 

High-temp polymer for corrosion protection

By: System Author     7th May 1999 Research and development chemists have introduced a new, high-temperature polymer coating that provides protection against erosion-corrosion under conditions of full immersion at temperatures of up to 185?C. The new coating is expected to open the door to markets which, until now, have not been... 

Coatings for buried steel

By: System Author     7th May 1999 SEVERAL coating systems for the corrosion-protection of buried steel pipelines are available in South Africa. These include liquid epoxies, both solvent-borne and solvent-free; bituminous coatings consisting of fibre-reinforced bitumen; and extruded, modified bitumen and powder coatings with... 

Steel processor secures 15-year gas supply

By: System Author     16th April 1999 A R25-million-a-year 15-year contract for the total gas requirements at Duferco Steel Processing in Saldanha Bay, Western Cape, has been awarded to industrial gas supplier Afrox. The joint-venture project between the Industrial Development Corporation and Swiss-based steel trader Duferco to... 

Satellite dishes supplied for Africa

By: System Author     16th April 1999 Telecom manufacturer and equipment supplier Skywave supplies satellite dishes to the local industry. Powder-coating of these dishes is carried out at the company’s powder-coating facility, featuring a camel-back oven and a motorised continuous line. The pretreatment process is available for... 

R14m structural steel contract

By: System Author     16th April 1999 A R14-million structural steel contract for the casthouse at the Mozal smelter in Mozambique has been awarded to Cemenco Steel Structures, a Cementation group company. Awarded by project manager SLE, the contract involves fabrication and erection of about 1 300 t of steel. Detailing and... 

R39-million Mozal steelwork contract

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 A R39-million contract for the supply of steelwork for the pot-room superstructures for the US$1,8-billion Mozal aluminium smelter in Maputo has been awarded to Dorbyl Engineering’s (DHE) Vereeniging works. Construction of the smelter got off the ground in the latter half of last year, with... 

Steel giant tackles gas emissions

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 Steel giant Iscor has reportedly become the first company in South Africa to launch a project in partnership with foreign firms to study methods to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases (GHG), such as carbon dioxide, which are produced at its steelworks as a result of the its commercial... 

New range improves bearing load rating

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 Manufacturer of split roller-bearings Cooper Bearings, of the UK, will be launching its new range of 01E series roller-bearings through local distributor Bearings International, a subsidiary of Hudaco, this month. “The new 01E range is an upgraded version of the 01 series, and will replace... 

Robust bearing pullers

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 A RANGE of steel-grip bearing pullers, which are robust, lightweight and user-friendly devices designed for efficient performance and reduced downtime, is available from Bellambie Mining & Industrial. “Due to the different sizes, shapes and condition of bearings being removed, it is... 

Worldwide steel production declines

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Worldwide steel production for the first month of this year has declined by almost 10% in comparison with the same period last year, the International Iron and Steel Institute (IISI) reveals. Total January crude steel production reported by 63 steel-producing nations to the IISI was 60,8-million... 

Company steels itself for outsourced inspection

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Telecom-infrastructure company Brolaz Projects, of Gauteng, has outsourced steelwork inspections to local government-approved inspection authority Innovative Inspection Services (IIS) of Midrand. Brolaz is a turnkey service company supplying infrastructure for telecom projects, including the... 

South Africa sets international precedent in stainless steel

By: System Author     26th March 1999 INDIA is following South Africa’s example with the establishment of a stainless- steel awards programme this year. In 1999 India will launch its own awards programme, the aims of which are to encourage innovation and entrepreneurial development while promoting excellence in the... 

Special steel set to boost Newcastle works

By: System Author     19th March 1999 A breakthrough has been made in the production of special bar quality (SBQ) steel at Iscor’s Newcastle works in Kwazulu-Natal, which will see a boost in production of this high-value-added steel. A loss-making activity until February this year, SBQ steel production is now set to become a... 

Steel recovery not a given

By: System Author     19th March 1999 While July this year should see the start of a recovery in global sheet steel prices, it should not be taken for granted. Commodities Research Unit of London steel expert John Johnson warns that China and Japan will have negative growth this year and fairly stagnant economies in 2000 as well,... 

Leading gas manufacturer in expansion drive

By: System Author     12th March 1999 Leading manufacturer, supplier and distributor of industrial and speciality gas products and chemicals into Southern Africa Air Products reports that the main challenge encountered over the last 30 years includes moving from being a new player in the market to establishing itself as one of the... 

New steel-roofing partnership is forged

By: System Author     5th March 1999 Steel roofing company Fielders, of Brakpan, Gauteng, has entered into a strategic partnership with South Africa’s giant steel merchant Macsteel. Fielders MD Chris Woodcock tells Engineering News that the company has established the alliance in a bid to increase its sales and distribution... 

Mill products software solution developed

By: System Author     5th March 1999 South Africa’s metals, forest products and textiles industries have been leading the way for their sectors globally in the enterprise software market. They have been working with world enterprise company SAP to further develop SAP’s core enterprise solution, R/3, making it more... 

Steel giant urged to grow small; stay tall

By: System Author     26th February 1999 Just as Lewis Carroll’s Alice drank a potion to shrink herself down to a size which would enable her to pass through the door leading to a beautiful garden, so South African steel giant Iscor is hoping to do the same. In ‘growing itself smaller’, the firm hopes to boost margins... 

Non-core rescue bid

By: System Author     26th February 1999 South African steel producer Iscor believes it can release between R1-billion and-R1,5-billion over the next few years by exiting non-core business activities. The group is also still considering separate listings for its mining and steel divisions in an effort to seek a rerating of its stock. At... 

Cryogenic air-separation plant commissioned

By: System Author     12th February 1999 A cryogenic air-separ- ation plant, said to be the largest oxygen-producing plant in the Southern Hemisphere, was commissioned by Air Liquide for Saldanha Steel, in the Western Cape, in December, reports Air Liquide central sales and marketing manager Lee Furby. The plant, which is able to... 

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