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Steel Construction and Cladding

Tough talking continues over metals-sector wages

By: Nicola Mawson     14th June 2005 Steel wage talks look set for a showdown this week after the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) issued a statement saying that it was “not optimistic that the future wage talks will deliver the desired results”. 

New stainless-steel alloy offers many benefits

By: Jade Davenport     3rd June 2005 South African research and development giant Mintek is renowned in the mining and metals industries for its product and process-development for new materials and metallurgical engineering projects. 

Steel giant standardises its global IT systems

3rd June 2005 Mittal Steel has contracted Unisys Africa, through local subsidiary Mittal Steel South Africa, to implement an IT policy framework for the organisation’s global IT operation 

US rust-protection system now in South Africa

By: Jade Davenport     3rd June 2005 Durban-based Epure Coatings has been specialising in rust-prevention in the automotive industry for the past seven years and has recently introduced a new rust-protection system into the South African market called CarWell Rust Protection System. 

Mittal uses technology to offset coking-coal price hikes

By: Nicola Mawson     2nd June 2005 Africa's largest steel producer, Mittal Steel South Africa, is expecting to reduce blast-furnace costs at its Newcastle mill by about R60 a ton, following the successful installation of a R204-million pulverised coal injection (PCI) plant, which was handed over yesterday - four months ahead of... 

Union 'dissatisfied' with steel talks

By: Nicola Mawson     31st May 2005 After a deadlock in steel talks earlier this month, the Numsa and Seifsa are to meet again today to continue negotiations. 

High steel prices hamper reinforcing market

By: Mariaan Webb     20th May 2005 The training committee of the South African Reinforced Concrete Engineers’ Association (Sarcea) has been particularly active over the past few years and, by the end of August, the association will have trained about 180 steel fixers. 

Fibre reinforcement being widely used in cement market

By: Mariaan Webb     20th May 2005 Although fibre-reinforced concrete (FRC) is not a very recent technology, it is being more extensively used in many different areas of the South African concrete market. 

Rise in crude steel output continues

20th May 2005 World crude steel production rose eight per cent year-on-year in April, the International Iron and Steel Institute reports. 

Highveld sells Columbus stake

16th May 2005 South Africa's second largest steel producer Highveld Steel and Vanadium Corporation has reached agreement with Acerinox to dispose of its 12% interest in Columbus Stainless and 1,45% residual interest in Acerinox for €91,4-million. 

Union to ballot auto workers

13th May 2005 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has indicated that it will ballot 6 000 Volkswagen South Africa (VWSA) workers at the company's Uitenhage factory. 

Steel-industry wage talks hit snags

11th May 2005 Trade union Solidarity has joined forces with the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) against employers' organisation in the metal and engineering industry. 

Wage dispute in steel industry confirmed

11th May 2005 Metal and engineering industry negotiations yesterday ended with Numsa and the other five industry trade unions declaring the threatened state of dispute. 

Steel sector wage dispute likely

10th May 2005 Steel-worker union the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) will today declare a dispute with the Steel Engineering Industry Federation of South Africa (SEIFSA). 

SA seeks to integrate pricing and beneficiation strategies

By: Terence Creamer     6th May 2005 The South African government is taking steps to build on progress being made in ensuring competitive domestic prices for key inputs such as steel, chemicals, and aluminium by seeking to integrate its pricing and beneficiation strategies. 

Steel industry wage talks expected to be 'tough'

By: Nicola Mawson     6th May 2005 The steel industry union, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa), has warned the Steel Engineering Industry Federation of South Africa (Seifsa) that wage talks this round will take the form of “hard and serious bargaining”. 

More steel-sector consolidation needed - Fitch

2nd May 2005 International rating agency Fitch Ratings says that further substantial consolidation of the global steel industry is needed if leading steel manufacturers are to achieve better pricing power over raw material suppliers. 

SA steel giant's headline earnings surge

27th April 2005 Assisted by substantially higher global steel prices and tight cost containment, Mittal Steel South Africa yesterday reports a 136% increase in headline earnings for the quarter ending March 2005 over the corresponding period last year. 

Finished-steel product use to exceed 1bn tons in 2005

21st April 2005 The total use of finished-steel products in 2005 will exceed a billion tons for the first time, according to a forecast by the International Iron and Steel Institute (IISI). 

March steel output up 6,5%

20th April 2005 The International Iron and Steel Institute (IISI), which tracks steel output in 61 countries, reports that world crude-steel production was up 6,5% year-on-year in March to 92,9-million tons. 

Bearings reduce maintenance costs in casting processes

15th April 2005 The bearings division of Bearing Man distributes a range of NSK bearings that provides efficient performance and reduced maintenance costs in many steel and metal processes, including casting, rolling, finishing, raw materials handling and iron making. 

New product to improve worker safety

By: Jade Davenport     15th April 2005 South African mining houses, petrochemical industries and heavy-industrial companies are increasingly coming under pressure from trade unions to prioritise the safety standards of all employees working in dangerous areas. 

Fluorescent step-nosings promote mine safety

By: Jade Davenport     15th April 2005 Industrial flooring company Toughflex Polymer Systems has, over the past five years, been introducing a new concept in 

Foundry grows its stainless-steel production

By: Mariaan Webb     15th April 2005 After three years of casting stainless steel, Matt Cast Supplies feels that it is ready to focus more on being a steel and stainless steel foundry and recently installed a new 350 kW furnace to run the plant at full capacity, director Allan Bruggeman tells Engineering News. 

Domestic steel sales, imports rose strongly in 2004

By: Terence Creamer     15th April 2005 Total domestic carbon steel sales increased by 19,8% in 2004 to 4,48-million tons from 3,74-million tons in 2003, the South African Iron and Steel Institute (Saisi) reported this month. 

Steel giant will hold prices until end June

By: Terence Creamer     8th April 2005 In a move possibly designed to quell growing anger over its pricing system, Mittal Steel South Africa announced yesterday that it would not increase its domestic steel prices on flat and long products for May and June, despite an internal study indicating that it would be within its rights to do so. 

Domestic steel sales, imports rose strongly in 2004

By: Terence Creamer     4th April 2005 Total domestic carbon steel sales increased by 19,8% in 2004 to 4,48-million tons from 3,74-million tons in 2003, the South African Iron and Steel Institute (Saisi) reported last week. 

Steeling for yet more change

By: Terence Creamer     21st March 2005 Change, it appears, is the only constant for South Africa’s largest steel producer, now Mittal Steel South Africa, but formerly Ispat Iscor and, before that, simply Iscor. 

Steeling for yet more change

By: Terence Creamer     18th March 2005 From its name through to customer relations and product mix, everything is set to change again at SA's largest steelmaker 

New steel grade increases construction-sector choice

By: elizabeth rebelo     18th March 2005 The introduction of a new-grade steel by South Africa’s second-largest steel maker, Highveld Steel & Vanadium, could be a platform for challenging the mainstream construction method, especially with regard to local high-rise buildings. 

R300-million rehab for major route

By: Nicola Mawson     11th March 2005 This year sees the start of a R300-million maintenance and rehabilitation programme along the N3 freeway. 

China’s white-hot economy a boon for steel industry

By: Nicola Mawson     11th March 2005 Internationally, there can be no argument that the steel trade is booming on the back of China’s increasing demand as a result of what has been referred to as its ‘white-hot economy’. 

Govt, steelmaker mum on pricing talks

By: Martin Czernowalow     11th March 2005 Steel price negotiations, between the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and steel giant Ispat Iscor, continued yesterday, but a government official said no information would be released about the progress of the talks until an agreement is reached. 

DTI seeks to fast-track steel talks

By: Martin Czernowalow     9th March 2005 South Africa's Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will meet with representatives of Ispat Iscor tomorrow to continue discussions around a 'developmental pricing' model for steel, a senior government official said yesterday. 

'Speed' is critical for steel-industry survival

4th March 2005 The business environment is changing rapidly and so, certainly, is the steel industry. 

Global steel market forecast to remain bullish this year

By: Nicola Mawson     4th March 2005 Steel has become a much-discussed topic recently, with pricing policies grabbing the headlines locally, while, internationally, all the buzz is about China and its insatiable demand for the product. 

Sound amplifier engineering with steel

By: Nicola Mawson     4th March 2005 Steel has a rather interesting application when it comes to sound engineering. 

New era for roadside construction

By: Nicola Mawson     4th March 2005 Road-side construction entered a new dimension in February 7, when the first shipment of the Barrierguard 800 arrived at Armco Superlite’s Isando, East Rand, branch. 

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