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Steel Construction and Cladding

Tata hopes to start building SA ferrochrome plant in Jan

By: Terence Creamer     22nd November 2005 Despite being somewhat disappointed about the extended time it had taken to clear South Africa's environmental hurdles, Indian giant Tata Steel expects to begin construction of a new R600-million high-carbon ferrochrome smelter in Richards Bay, Kwazulu-Natal, in January. 

Cadac submits more evidence of how local steel users are prejudiced

By: Terence Creamer     4th November 2005 South African barbecue manufacturer Cadac, which lodged a complaint with the Competition Commission in 2004 alleging unfair pricing practices and producer-merchant collusion, has submitted its third and final update to the authority in anticipation of a ruling by the end of November. 

Domestic manufacturers say de-industrialisation threat is all too real

By: Terence Creamer     21st October 2005 After a decade of rolling with the punches, local industrialists have started to speak out strongly against a range of government policies, which they claim could lead to further de-industrialisation in the years ahead unless checked. 

Industrialists fume as they lose business to BEE importers

By: Terence Creamer     11th October 2005 Local industrialists have expressed concern that the unfolding broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) strategy could seriously undermine local manufacturing as well as job creation and retention. 

'State's narrow focus on steel prices short-sighted'

By: Terence Creamer     10th October 2005 Incoming Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of South Africa (Seifsa) president Michael Pimstein has questioned prevailing assertions that import-parity pricing (IPP) of primary steel is crimping downstream competitiveness and enterprise development. 

Mittal to host contractor lekgotla ahead of R8bn spend

By: Terence Creamer     30th September 2005 South Africa's leading steel producer Mittal Steel South Africa will host a contractors' briefing in Johannesburg before the end of the year in a bid to inform current and potential suppliers about the resources it might need for its R8-billion, three-year capital-expenditure programme. 

Stainless-steel growth slows

By: Liezel Hill     20th September 2005 World stainless steel production reached 12,9-million tons for the first half of this year, the International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) said yesterday. 

Sasol has 'sympathy' for State's pricing concerns

By: Nicola Mawson     15th September 2005 Petrochemicals giant Sasol claims to be cooperating with the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) on the contentious question of import parity pricing (IPP) and says it is “sympathetic to the IPP concerns of government. 

Weak demand forces steel price cuts

6th September 2005 The recent collapse in steel prices has tended to support this view GFMS Metals Consulting's bearish stance towards price projections. 

Corrosion control kudos

By: peter cromberge     2nd September 2005 The overall joint winners of the 2005 Eskom Hot Dip Galavanizing Awards, hosted by the Hot Dip Galvanizers Association on August 19 in Johannesburg, are the MTN Headquarters Building and the Kwik Fab Projects (KFP) Tread Steer Bogie project. 

Steel giant sets aside some R2bn for value-added products

By: Terence Creamer     26th August 2005 Nearly R2-billion of Mittal Steel South Africa’s R8-billion project suite will be directed towards value-added-type projects, with the balance geared to incrementally raise production by 2-million tons. 

SA firm justifies cheaper Chinese steel imports

22nd August 2005 The decision by Metpro, a division of DCD-Dorbyl, to import steel backing plates from the Jiangsu Veectory Group in China is about sustainability and the need to manufacture composite brake blocks that are more competitive against imported products. 

Steel production up 5% year-on-year globally

22nd August 2005 World crude steel production for the 61 countries reporting to the International Iron and Steel Institute was estimated to be 90,3-million tons in July. This is 4,5% higher than for the same month of 2004. 

Steel market's greening shoots of recovery

By: Liezel Hill     19th August 2005 The international steel cycle, having suffered of late from higher input costs and downward pressure on demand and prices, is already beginning to show signs of recovery, Mittal Steel South Africa CEO Davinder Chugh said last week. 

Higher-grade steel could benefit exporters

By: Mariaan Webb     12th August 2005 The recent introduction of the new grade 350WA structural steel, which replaces the grade 300WA as the standard steel for structural purposes, provides an increase in nominal yield strength of 50 Mpa, which is equivalent to some 17% compared to grade 300WA. 

New steel construction 'Bible' available soon 

12th August 2005 The Southern African Steel Construction Handbook, which has long been the primary resource for participants in the steel construction sector, including architects, design engineers, draftsmen and quantity surveyors, has been revised by the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC),... 

Steel projects shine at awards ceremony

12th August 2005 The Steel Awards, the annual event held under the auspices of the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC), was again a testimony to the excellent work currently being undertaken in steel by South African companies. 

Steel's planets are being aligned

12th August 2005 From ancient times people have attached great importance to planets and other heavenly bodies being aligned. 

Steel pricing issue continues to simmer

By: Nicola Mawson     11th August 2005 Speaking at the Cape Town International Convention centre this week, as part of a women's day celebration, Minister of Trade and Industry Mandisi Mpahlwa reaffirmed that government was focusing on bringing down the cost of steel in South Africa and moving away from an import-parity-pricing... 

Mittal sees green shoots of steel-price recovery

By: Liezel Hill     11th August 2005 The international steel cycle, having suffered of late from higher input costs and downward pressure on demand and prices, is already beginning to show signs of recovery, Mittal Steel South Africa CEO Davinder Chugh said yesterday. 

Potjie pots now made in China

By: Terence Creamer     5th August 2005 As unbelievable as it may sound, a Chinese manufacturer is now producing potjiekos pots for sale in South Africa - yet another startling reminder of just how globally integrated the South African economy has become over the past 11 years, as well as of the domestic manufacturing sector’s... 

Hiveld reports record H1 earnings, outlook softer

2nd August 2005 South African steel and vanadium producer Highveld yesterday reported record interim headline earnings of R1,038-billion on the back of significantly improved market conditions for the group's range of vanadium products. 

BHP Billiton in iron and steel-making agreement with Chinese firm

1st August 2005 Diversified miner BHP Billiton and China's Baosteel Corporation have signed an agreement to facilitate joint technical research to enhance the use of raw materials in iron and steel making. 

Steel group in freight deal

22nd July 2005 Specialised transport and logistics management company Cargo Carriers has announced the signing of a R60-million contract with steel manufacturer Highveld Steel and Vanadium Corporation. 

Structural engineers urged to be more responsible

15th July 2005 It’s time that structural engineers in South Africa realised that they have a unique responsibility in the engineering domain. 

Oven-feed modifications increase steel output

15th July 2005 Extensive modifications to the oven feeds at the Saldanha Steel plant by Weba Chute Systems have contributed to a 20% increase in production in recent months, positioning the steel manufacturer as one of Mittal Steel’s most profitable sectors. 

Large US order for local engineering firm

15th July 2005 DCD-Dorbyl Heavy Engineering, of Vereeniging, recently received an order from FFE, in the US, to manufacture a sag mill, two ball mills and a crusher for the San Cristobel Project. 

Record number of entries for steel awards

15th July 2005 There has been an unprecedented response from the industry to the 2005 Steel Awards and, according to Renee Pretorius, communications manager of the South African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC), a record number of entries has been recieved. 

Local steel cladding a hit in the Far East

15th July 2005 The capability of handling both small and large orders for vitreous-enamelled steel-cladding panels, coupled with the expertise of matching existing colours, has led to Vitrex securing yet another export order to the Far East. 

New product line increases production output

By: Jade Davenport     15th July 2005 Internationally-recognised Genrec Engineering is renowned for the steel fabrication of some of the most innovative high-rise buildings, hotels and stadiums in the world, including the Burj-Al-Arab Hotel in Dubai, the Emirates Towers Dubai and the Zayed cricket stadium in Abu Dhabi. 

Steel merchant benefits from industrial expansion

By: Jade Davenport     15th July 2005 In 2004, South Africa was ranked as the twentieth largest crude-steel producing country in the world and the largest in Africa, producing 57% of the total crude-steel production on the continent. 

US cryogenic treatment system is now in SA

By: Jade Davenport     15th July 2005 The science of extreme low-temperature engineering in the form of US-based Cryogenics International’s patented controlled deep cryogenic treatment systems and processes to improve the metallurgical and structural properties of metals, plastics and other materials is now available in South... 

BEE company enters steel market 'club'

By: Jade Davenport     15th July 2005 The South African government defines black economic empowerment (BEE) as an integrated socioeconomic process that directly contributes to the transformation of South Africa and brings about a significant increase in the numbers of black people that manage, own, and control the economy, as well as... 

Significant growth for local steel fabricator

By: Jade Davenport     15th July 2005 South Africa’s largest privately-owned and black economic empowerment (BEE) compliant structural steel fabricator, the Cosira Group, is experiencing significant growth and expansion as a result of the increased expenditure in the petrochemical and power generation sectors. 

Showdown creating steel industry deadlock

By: Jade Davenport     15th July 2005 South Africa’s steel sector is facing four significant challenges, Engineering News can today report. 

Lone metals union in wage protest

By: Nicola Mawson     15th July 2005 Some 24 000 steelworkers were yesterday to start protesting over increases in the steel sector. 

Secondary raw material processor considers downstream prospects

By: Terence Creamer     1st July 2005 A large South African scrap collector and processor, the Reclamation Group (Reclam), is considering a range of downstream value-addition projects, across various materials, as it bids to consolidate its position as a leading secondary-resources company. 

World steel conference to be held in October

By: Nicola Mawson     27th June 2005 The thirty-ninth Annual Conference of the International Iron and Steel Institute (IISI) will take place on October 2 to October 5 in Seoul, Korea. 

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