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Steel Construction and Cladding

Metals sector welcomes new strategy, but concerned that import-substitution opportunities are going begging

By: Terence Creamer     8th September 2006 A metals-industry working group, which met last week to discuss a newly-released Department of Trade and Industry draft metals-sector development strategy, welcomed the initiative, but called for particular emphasis to be given to local-content in South Africa’s R372-billion... 

Mittal SA extends wage deal with unions

4th September 2006 Africa's largest steel group Mittal Steel South Africa and its three major unions, the National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa, Solidarity and the United Association of South Africa, reached an agreement to extend the long-term wage agreement by a further year to June 2008. 

Russian steelmaker still assessing Highveld's strategic fit

By: Terence Creamer     1st September 2006 Russian mining and steel group Evraz is engaged in a thoroughgoing analysis of South Africa’s Highveld Steel & Vanadium in a bid to assess whether it meets its criteria for a so-called “value” investment. 

Macsteel announces sale of 25,5% of SA unit to empowerment consortium

By: Terence Creamer     30th August 2006 Africa's largest steel merchant, Macsteel Service Centres South Africa (MSCSA) announced its much-anticipated black economic-empowerment (BEE) transaction on Wednesday, involving a consortium comprising staff and a series of well-known empowerment companies, led by Kagiso and Cyril Ramaphosa's... 

Reato appointed to replace Chugh at Mittal SA

By: Terence Creamer     30th August 2006 Africa's largest steel group, Mittal Steel South Africa, has appointed Enrico “Rick” Reato as its new CEO to take over from Davinder Chugh, who it leaving to play a role in the bigger Arcelor Mittal group, the world's largest steel company. 

New metals strategy unveiled, stakeholders meet on 45 000-job action plan

By: Terence Creamer     28th August 2006 A working group of metals-industry participants would meet on Tuesday (August 29) to refine an action agenda aligned to a newly-released metals-sector development strategy, which would seek to create 45 000 new and sustainable jobs in the industry over the next five years. It was estimated that... 

Structural steel JV offers full turnkey solution

18th August 2006 South African companies Cosira Group and Tubular Holdings have established a joint venture, Cosira Tubular, which now offers a cost-effective solution to large infrastructure projects, providing significant fabrication and plant resource capacity for site construction. “The companies have a... 

Still going strong

18th August 2006 The Andrew Mentis guardrail, known as Mentrail, has been used by the mining and road-construction industries since the com-pany started manufacturing it some 15 years ago, the firm reports. 

Inverter ensures ease of operation

18th August 2006 Local manufacturer Bearing Man’s electric and gear motors, Power Drives, has installed Nord drive equipment for de-centralised control at a new steel coil banding and packing line in Mpumalanga. 

Portable punch offers weighty solution

18th August 2006 A local subsidiary of the Becker Group of companies, Bellambie’s range of Simplex hydraulic and mechanically powered tools and equipment includes a 35 ton portable punch, designed for easy operation, portability and efficient punching of steel. 

‘Development will continue well after 2010’

18th August 2006 Pretoria-based A Leita Steel Construction is optimistic about the next few years in the steel industry and disregards the general perception that 2010 is the deadline for all major projects. 

Mittal Steel South Africa mulls Sub-Saharan Africa acquisition prospects

By: Terence Creamer     18th August 2006 Africa’s largest steel producer, Mittal Steel South Africa, defended its decision to retain its dividend-distribution policy despite its cash pile rising to R6-billion, by stressing that its already-confirmed R9-billion capital-expenditure programme to 2010 excluded possible expenditure... 

SA domestic steel sales showing real strength

By: Helene Le Roux     18th August 2006 South Africa is on the way to setting new records for carbon-steel sales. 

Institute to mark half-century with far-reaching conference

18th August 2006 The Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC), which celebrates its fiftieth anniversary this year, has lined up an impressive array of local and international speakers for its Steel 50 Conference in November. With the spotlight firmly on the sector in light of the... 

Heat-exchanger refurbishment on track

18th August 2006 One of the principal designers and suppliers of power station feedwater plant heat exchangers, Krisch WeCam Engineering, in conjunction with its affiliate company, Active Industrial Engineering, is in the process of completing two heat-exchanger contracts for Eskom’s Hendrina and Matla... 

New bearing range reduces maintenance

18th August 2006 Equipment supplier Bearing Man’s NSK range of robust bearings has been designed for use in diverse applications, including the steel industry. 

Institute to ensure domestic suppliers participate in big local projects

18th August 2006 Although the stated mission of the South African International Steel Fabricators (ISF) is to promote exports of fabricated construction steel from South Africa, it must also assist local fabricators to benefit from the foreign companies expected to win contracts in South Africa leading up to 2010... 

Local firm completes offshore drilling unit strip-down

18th August 2006 Industrial firm DCD-Dorbyl Marine’s capacity to deliver high-quality steel fabrication on time has ensured the company’s ability to secure contracts for which it competes internationally. 

Local firm fabricates steel for Nigerian waste project

18th August 2006 Construction of a facility for the very first of eight environmentally friendly composting systems which will be implemented in Africa is about to kick off in Nigeria. 

Celebrating 30 years of steel excellence

18th August 2006 Ramfab, one of South Africa’s most successful steel manufacturers and fabrication companies celebrates 30 years of operation this year. 

Abramovich completes purchase of 41,3% of Evraz

By: Bloomberg     10th August 2006 Roman Abramovich, Russia's richest man, bought 41,3% of Evraz Group SA, the country's biggest steelmaker, as mergers accelerate in the world's fourth-biggest supplier of the metal amid rising prices. 

R1,1bn Coega stainless offset gets enviro green light

10th August 2006 A proposed R1,1-billion stainless-steel precision strip mill for the Coega Industrial Development Zone has received environmental authorisation from the Eastern Cape's Department of Economic Affairs, Environment and Tourism, the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) reports in a statement. 

SA steel prices won't rise again in September, but outlook uncertain

By: Terence Creamer     2nd August 2006 South African steel prices would not rise again in September, after successive increases in July and August, despite a positive steel-price outlook elsewhere in the world and extremely strong domestic demand, Mittal Steel South Africa CEO Davinder Chugh told Engineering News on Wednesday.... 

Mittal says R9bn capex excludes mine projects

By: Terence Creamer     2nd August 2006 Africa's largest steel producer, Mittal Steel South Africa, defended its decision to retain its dividend at three times cover despite its cash-pile rising to R6-billion, partly by stressing that its already-confirmed R9-billion capital-expenditure programme to 2010 excluded possible expenditure... 

Highveld expects domestic steel demand to strengthen

By: Terence Creamer     27th July 2006 South Africa's second-largest steel producer and the world's largest vanadium producer announced a sharp fall in headline earnings to R401-million for the six months to June 30, compared with its record R1-billion for the corresponding period last year. 

South African steel prices set to rise again in August

By: Terence Creamer     21st July 2006 After a brief hiatus in 2005, South Africa’s domestic steel prices are back on the rise. 

Development boom highlights industry challenges

By: Amy Heydenrych     14th July 2006 With industrial development booming and exciting projects on the horizon, the South African steel industWith industrial developmentbooming and exciting projects on the horizon, the South African steel industry needs to address a number of issuesto ensure that it runs smoothly duringa time when... 

Institute celebrates half-century of service

By: Amy Heydenrych     14th July 2006 This year, promoter of the health and wealth of the steel construction industry, the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC), celebrates its 50th anniversary. Twenty five of these years have seen the commencement and success of Steel Awards, a competition recognising excellence... 

Eskom capex programme boosts specialised-steel demand

By: Amy Heydenrych     14th July 2006 With national power upgrades reaching frenzied proportions, companies across the board are feeling the positive effects of a pressing demand for a range of related products. 

New flow-control technology for local firm

By: Amy Heydenrych     14th July 2006 With a steely resolve to keep its services up to date with international trends and optimise costs, LTM Mulondo Holdings has invested in sourcing new flow-control technology. This technology will primarily serve the steel and foundry business in South Africa. 

Sophisticated equipment for the steel industry

14th July 2006 Cape Town based Petrel Engineering has developed and manufactured sophisticated refractory relining machines for RHI- world leader in the supply of refractory material for the steel producing industry. ? 

Evolution of a brand

By: Amy Heydenrych     14th July 2006 As of 1 April 2006, VAE’ s corporate identity changed. David Marite, CEO of VAE, officially explains the strategy behind the brand change. The VAE logo will be featured under the umbrella logo voestalpine, as the recognised worldwide product logo. 

Swing-arm sampler supplied to iron-ore terminal

14th July 2006 Local firm Multotec Process Equipment secured the order to supply a sophisticated swing arm sampler for the ship loading facility at Saldanha. 

‘Earnings down but outlook strong’

14th July 2006 Local manufacturer Mittal Steel South Africa reported headline earnings for the quarter ended 31 March 2006, of R684 million. This is a 21% decline in headline earnings when compared to the previous quarter and a 57% decline when compared to the corresponding period last year. 

Winners of sustainable housing competition are announced

By: Amy Heydenrych     14th July 2006 Global industry body Living Steel last month announced the winners of its international competition for sustainable housing at the UN-Habitat World Urban Forum lll. 

New range of pins and collars

14th July 2006 Fasteners specialist Springset, a division of Bearing Man, has launched a new range of locally manufactured Lock Bolt pins and collars, which meets stringent quality and safety specifications. 

Rebranding into the future

14th July 2006 Stockholding and logistics capability, leveraged by combined expertise tracing back a century, has placed NJR Steel holdings in a strong position to support customers in taking advantage of current and future market trends. 

Market still riding Chinese, Indian growth

By: Amy Heydenrych     14th July 2006 According to the International Iron and Steel Institute (IISI), world crude steel production increased by 5,9% in 2005, to reach a total of 1129,4-million metric tons (mmt). While crude steel production has registered, on average, a 2% yearly growth rate over the past two or three decades, the... 

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