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Steel Construction and Cladding

'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. 

Transporter increases vehicle size as milk demand soars

By: Nicola Mawson     4th March 2005 A surge in demand for milk led Clover to increase the size of the vehicles transporting bulk milk. 

Cape stainless-steel industry is buoyant and future looks bright

4th March 2005 The stainless-steel industry in the Cape region is buoyant and the future looks bright, say Metalquip MD Gideon Hugo. 

Chock liners in steel roll mills reduce downtime and working costs

4th March 2005 In February this year, Poly Hi Solidur SA, in cooperation with a big South African steel manufacturer, announced that it had successfully developed a range of chock wear blocks, complete with wing liners for use in steel mills. 

Air-separation plant delivered to Chinese steel company

4th March 2005 Technology group Linde and Shanghai’s Baosteel group, the largest steel-production company in China, have signed a contract for the delivery of an air-separation plant. 

Big steel-sector BEE deal

4th March 2005 Newly-formed black economic-empowerment (BEE) firm Mediro Industrial Holdings has bought a 19% stake in Kulungile Metals and its wholly-owned trading divisions – Baldwins Steel and Stainless Steel & Aluminium Corporation (Stalcor). 

Garsin Engineering

4th March 2005 Garsin Engineering is a steel tube merchant and manufacturer of drawn round, square and rectangular steel tubes. 

Metals firm enlarges its empowered base

By: Zonika Botha     4th March 2005 South Africa’s leading metals group Kulungile Metals has brought a new black-economic empowerment (BEE) partner on broad, bringing the company’s total BEE shareholding to 49% 

New stronger same-priced structural steel expected to challenge concrete

By: Martin Creamer     4th March 2005 The new stronger but same-priced structural steel announced this week is expected to have design engineers and architects reaching for their calculators. 

Stronger structural steel to hit SA market soon

By: Martin Creamer     4th March 2005 The new stronger but same-priced structural steel announced yesterday is expected to have design engineers and architects reaching for their calculators. 

Fledgling firms drive demand for smaller construction machines

By: abdul cook     18th February 2005 Below-20-t multipurpose utility machines for the building and construction industry, classified by Caterpillar as general construction (GC) products, have dramatically gained in popularity in South Africa. 

Giant sees steel-price-cycle paradigm shift

By: Martin Czernowalow     15th February 2005 Global steel demand, driven mainly by China's economic boom, is still in its infancy and is likely to rise substantially in the future, despite the Chinese government's interventions to slow the country's phenomenal growth, Africa's biggest steel producer said last week. 

Tariff review adds to steel-price pressure

By: Terence Creamer     11th February 2005 The International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa’s (Itac’s) review of the five per cent duty on South Africa’s steel tariffs is well advanced and the investigation should be completed within two months. 

Developmental steel price model closer

By: Terence Creamer     11th February 2005 Steel producer Ispat Iscor - soon to be renamed Mittal South Africa in line with an international rebranding of the world's largest steel group to which it belongs - says it has submitted all the necessary price-comparison information required by the Department of Trade and Industry and expects a... 

SA stainless mill budgets 10% output growth in 2005

By: Terence Creamer     4th February 2005 South Africa’s only integrated stainless-steel producer, Columbus Stainless, plans to consolidate a pattern of incremental growth now that its R1,1-billion cold-rolling mill expansion, which was initiated in 2002, has come to an end. 

Steel-price talks slow as Ispat Iscor withholds key information

By: Terence Creamer     25th January 2005 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is still awaiting confidential technical information from steel giant Ispat Iscor relating to prices and costs. 

Coega sand bypass among firm's big contracts

By: Nelendhre Moodley     14th January 2005 Johannesburg-based steel-fabrication and construction company Concor Engineering is involved in three large projects. 

A world first for Cape Town’s ship-repair industry

By: Nelendhre Moodley     14th January 2005 The ultra-deepwater drill ship Pride Africa, designed to drill for oil in water depths of more than 3 000 m and drilling depths of 4 500 m, was dry-docked in Cape Town during November. 

Shopping-centre projects galore for steel fabricator

By: Nelendhre Moodley     14th January 2005 Johannesburg-based steel-construction and -fabrication company Cosira International is involved in numerous shopping-centre projects. 

Erection of Sasol's R45m warehouses under way

By: Nelendhre Moodley     14th January 2005 Steel-fabrication specialist Genrec Engineering has been contracted by Technip South Africa to fabricate and erect three warehouses for the Sasol plant in Secunda. 

BEE firm spreads its wings

By: Nelendhre Moodley     14th January 2005 Steel giant Shosholoza Steel has ,for the first time, expanded out of Gauteng and opened a new branch in Richards Bay. 

Still no steel-pricing deal between SA and LNM

By: Martin Czernowalow     5th January 2005 The South African government has still not reached an agreement with global steel group LNM Holdings, through local subsidiary Ispat Iscor, regarding a new domestic steel-pricing model, but a senior government official said a deal could be clinched within the next few months. 

Domestic carbon steel sales up 23% in 2004

4th January 2005 South Africa's total domestic carbon steel sales increased by 23,7% during the first nine months of 2004, compared with the first nine months of 2003, the South African Iron and Steel Institute (Saisi) said in its latest quarterly statistical newsletter. 

Steel industry to raise support for secondary exporters

10th December 2004 The South African steel industry has announced that it will boost its financial support to the country’s exporters of secondary steel products. 

Cape Town steel firm appeals incentive refusal

By: Martin Czernowalow     7th December 2004 A Cape Town producer of steel billets and reinforcing bars has lodged an appeal against the Department of Trade and Industry's (DTI) decision not to approve the company's expansion as a strategic industrial project (SIP). 

Steel industry to raise support for secondary exporters

26th November 2004 The South African steel industry has announced that it will boost its financial support to the country's exporters of secondary steel products. 

SA mulls scrapping of antidumping duty on Russian steel

By: jenny furness     25th November 2004 The International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac) has made the interim decision to recommend to the Minister of Trade and Industry, Mandisi Mpahlwa, that the antidumping duties on hot-rolled plates and sheets of steel originating in or imported from the Russian Federation... 

Now chemicals, aluminium, stainless pricing comes under the spotlight

By: Terence Creamer     23rd November 2004 The South African government is broadening its intervention into the controversial issue of import parity pricing (IPP) beyond carbon steel, with studies now beginning into the influence of the pricing model on the chemicals, stainless-steel and aluminium sectors. 

What's next in the world of welding

By: Karel Smrcka     19th November 2004 Since the introduction of the coated electrode 100 years ago, several other processes have been invented, for instance SAW (submerged arc welding), TIG (tungsten inert gas) welding, MIG/MAG (metal inert gas/metal active gas) welding, plasma cutting and FCAW (flux cored arc) welding. 

Auto, steel talks at 'sensitive' stage

By: Terence Creamer     5th November 2004 Steel group Ispat Iscor last week reported that its talks with the automotive industry regarding an existing pricing contract were at a very “sensitive stage”. 

Matt Cast Supplies

5th November 2004 Matt Cast Supplies Is a jobbing foundry casting a range of materials, ranging from 1 kg to 650 kg. 

Steel group moves to review auto deal

By: Terence Creamer     22nd October 2004 Steel group Ispat Iscor has confirmed that it is in early-stage talks with the automotive industry to review its current steel-pricing agreement with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in the sector. 

Seta revamp will pose challenges for the engineering industry

By: Zonika Botha     22nd October 2004 The planned reshuffling of the Seta landscape through mergers, dissolutions and the establishment of new Setas will be one of the key challenges facing the steel and engineering industry from April 2005. 

Auto, steel talks at 'sensitive' stage

By: Terence Creamer     22nd October 2004 Steel group Ispat Iscor yesterday reported that its talks with the automotive industry regarding an existing pricing contract were at a very “sensitive stage”. 

Steel-containing house design competition launched

21st October 2004 The South African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) and the South African Institute of Architects (SAIA) have announced a competition to find the best house designs for mild climate areas, which incorporate the use of steel. 

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