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Steel

R70m construction project uses 158 t of structural steel

By: Chantelle Kotze     12th July 2013 Consulting engineering firm Aurecon’s R70-million project involving the construction of a study centre at the University of Pretoria’s Engineering 1 building, which comprises 158 t of structural steel, is scheduled for completion this month. 

Steel construction industry to focus on areas of growth potential

12th July 2013 The global steel industry, including the steel industry in South Africa seems to be in a constant state of flux.This was one of the trends identified at the SteelFuture conference, hosted by the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc), in March, which saw authorities from all... 

Steel construction industry to focus on areas of growth potential
INCREASED CONSUMPTIONSome 45% of the steel produced in the world goes into construction, and increasingly more is used in developing countries, such as Brazil, India, Russia and South Africa

Heat-transfer technology increasingly used in global steel-processing industry

By: Chantelle Kotze     12th July 2013 Heat transfer technology company TKEnergizer’s patented thermal kinetic energizer (TKEnergizer) technology – which delivers heat in a uniform stream of high kinetic energy – took some time to gain momentum, but currently has an increasing presence in the steel-processing industry, says South... 

SA steel industry to recover moderately, investment unlikely

By: Sashnee Moodley     1st March 2013 Several years of decline in the South African steel industry will come to an end by way of a moderate recovery in steel production over the coming years, forecasts global professional services firm KPMG industrial, automotive and pharmaceutical director Anthony Berrange. 

Local industry to benefit from decline in demand for Chinese imports

By: Sashnee Moodley     1st March 2013 A decrease in steel exports from China will increase African countries’ demand for South African steel, says JSE-listed steel processor and supplier BSi Steel trading exports and roofing chief executive director Craig Parry. 

New technology promotes electric steelmaking

By: Sashnee Moodley     1st March 2013 A new energy efficient iron-making technology, SupaScrap, by Iron Mineral Beneficiation Services (IMBS), could replace the blast furnaces that are traditionally used in steelmaking, as the technology’s high-iron, low-impurity content product will be predominantly used as a feedstock for electric... 

Book aims to standardise structural steel connections

By: Sashnee Moodley     1st March 2013 To promote standardisation and reduce project costs and design time among steel fabricators, engineers and draftspeople, the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) has launched a new book called Structural Steel Connections or more commonly known as The Green Book.  

LSF building gaining popularity

By: Sashnee Moodley     1st March 2013 The use of light steel framing (LSF) is steadily expanding in Southern Africa, despite a slow recovery in the building sector, with LSF manufacturers reporting a throughput increase of 10% during 2012, reports the Southern African Light Steel Frame Building Association’s (Sasfa’s) yearly survey. 

Stainless steel beneficial for biofuels sector

1st March 2013 Stainless steel is the material of choice for many applications in the bioethanol, biodiesel and biogas sectors as it presents a cost-efficient and reliable material solution, says international nonprofit organisation the Nickel Institute. 

Expansions worth R750 000 completed

By: Sashnee Moodley     1st March 2013 The 1 000 m2 office extension for Pretoria West-based retail outlet Kit Kat Cash & Carry was officially completed last month, following modifications of the initial expansion in January.  

Long-steel producer to receive first electric-arc furnace

1st March 2013 Electric steelmaking and casting technology supplier SMS Concast is supplying long-steel producer El Marakby Steel, in Giza, Egypt with its first electric-arc furnace, which is scheduled to be commissioned at the end of 2013.  

Steel supplier implements cost-effectiveness initiatives, mitigates losses

By: Samantha Herbst     13th July 2012 Steel and vanadium supplier Evraz Highveld Steel has identified 2015 as the target year for commissioning its cogeneration plant, which will produce between 75 MW and 150 MW of power, depending on the final process design and capacity converted, says COO Franz Holy. 

Cottage, secondary steel industries hold biggest growth potential – ISF

By: Samantha Herbst     13th July 2012 South Africa’s small-scale steel sector, also known as the cottage steel industry, has the potential to develop into a more pertinent sector, which, if developed, could create downstream benefits for the rest of the steel industry, says International Steel Fabricators of South Africa (ISF)... 

Industry outlook depends on R800bn infrastructure spend – Saisc

By: Samantha Herbst     13th July 2012 The outlook for the local steel industry, which is valued at about R20-billion a year, is cloudy at present, says Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) education director Spencer Erling. 

Steel merchant processing division now ISO 9001 accredited

By: Samantha Herbst     13th July 2012 AltX-listed steel merchant BSi Steel’s processing division, Shearcut, is now ISO 9001 accredited; an accreditation that Shearcut director and BSi COO Jerry Govender believes will eventually extend to other divisions in the company. 

SA to host mining conference, plans to move it abroad in future

By: Samantha Herbst     13th July 2012 The Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) plans to move the Structures for Mining and related Materials Handling (SMMH) conference abroad at some point, education director Spencer Erling tells Engineering News. 

Local inventor goes global with new heat transfer technology 

By: Samantha Herbst     13th July 2012 Sovereign Tec, an associate company of local steel merchant Sovereign Steel, has gone global, owing to a new technology will, according to the company, significantly alter thermal processing in various industries around the world. 

Heavy-duty engineering company benefits from German bandsaw

By: Samantha Herbst     13th July 2012 Local industrial equipment, electronic and mechanical components supplier Elquip Solutions has supplied and successfully commissioned two Behringer high-performance bandsaws, valued at more than R5-million, for a heavy-duty engineering company in the steel industry. 

Industry body highlights environment, pricing as priorities

2nd March 2012 Among its priorities for this year and beyond, there are none more crucial to the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) than the promotion of steel as a green product, the protection of the local consumer – especially from the importation of substandard and dangerous products,... 

Local changes required to exploit African explosion

2nd March 2012 For the South African steel construction industry to be competitive in Africa – where the world’s next major economic growth spurt will occur - and especially the sub-Saharan Africa region, some important changes will have to be made, says Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc)... 

Steel outlook for 2012 cloudy, world economy a major factor

By: Reggie Sikhakhane     2nd March 2012 The risk of the current global economic difficulties unravelling further may have a detrimental influence on export demand supplied by local industries, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of South Africa (Seifsa) tells Engineering News. 

Govt infrastructure development holds promise for LSFB industry

By: Reggie Sikhakhane     2nd March 2012 President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation address, which focused largely on government infrastructure development plans, holds promise for the future of the light steel frame building (LSFB) sector, says the Southern African Light Steel Frame Building Association (Sasfa) director John Barnard.  

Consumables, capital equipment supplier plans to grow market share

By: Reggie Sikhakhane     2nd March 2012 Cutting consumables and capital equipment supplier First Cut plans to continue increasing its market share and add new products to its existing range, says sales director Gary Willis.  

Power pylon designation will create 1 500 jobs

2nd March 2012 During the seventeenth Conference of the Parties, or COP 17, in Durban last year, a major job creation initiative went almost unnoticed, says Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) industry development director Kobus de Beer. 

SMMEs hardest hit by tough trading conditions

By: Reggie Sikhakhane     2nd March 2012 Surging steel prices continue to contribute to tough trading conditions, especially for small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs), Western Cape-based steel products manufacturer Any Steel director Hendrik Groenewald tells Engineering News.  

Growth strategy key for SA retail expansion

By: Reggie Sikhakhane     2nd March 2012 The growing importance for companies to strategically position themselves within a reachable radius of end-users has resulted in JSE-listed steel distributor BSi Steel accelerating its plans to expand its Express outlets nationwide.  

R30m power generation contract on track

By: Dimakatso Motau     8th July 2011 Screen products specialist Meshcape Industries is supplying a power station, in Mpumalanga, with 430 A steel tube plates for its boilers. 

Institute works to keep power pylon manufacturing local

8th July 2011 The Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) is in the process of convening a working committee to discuss and implement strategies to keep the manufacture of power pylons local. 

Processing company invests R20m in new capacity

By: Dimakatso Motau     8th July 2011 Steel processing company Extreme Beams, which was established in Cape Town early this year, has invested R20-million in machinery that will increase its plate girder manufacturing capacity. 

Facility expansion to support company’s growth

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     8th July 2011 Gauteng-based structural steel product manufacturer the Structa group is expanding its manufacturing facilities and equipment to support its growth over the next several years. 

Lydenburg dealership to be completed by year-end

8th July 2011 Structural engineering company B&T Steel has been commissioned by Toyota Lydenburg to construct a new 4 600 m2 dealership in the Mpumalanga town. 

Steel Awards entries reflect aesthetic quality of industry – SAISC

8th July 2011 The character of the 2011 Steel Awards entries reflects a shift in the activity of the steel construction industry since the frantic period leading up to the 2010 FIFA World Cup, reports the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC). 

Steel company completes R2.6m contract

By: Dimakatso Motau     8th July 2011 Structural steel company Cousins Steel International (CSI) has completed a R2.6-million contract to provide a retail and property development client, at Ngqeleni, in the Eastern Cape with a steel structure for a rural grocery store incorporating two specialised composite deck mezzanines. 

Company satisfied with quality of materials sourced from China

By: Dimakatso Motau     8th July 2011 Importer of certified engineering steel for sub-Saharan Africa, Special Steels, is confident about the quality of steel it sources from China, despite the industry’s doubts about the quality of products from the country. 

New building to aid in training more engineers

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     8th July 2011 Consulting engineering firm Aurecon’s R400-million project to construct the new Engineering III building and parkade, at the University of Pretoria’s Hatfield campus, is scheduled for completion early this month.  

Association presents course for light steel frame building contractors

8th July 2011 The Southern African Light Steel Frame Building Association (Sasfa) is presenting a light steel frame (LSF) building training course, in Kwazulu-Natal, this month. 

R5.6m science centre to be launched

By: Dimakatso Motau     8th July 2011 South Africa's largest steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (Mittal) will launch a third science centre, at Madadeni, in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal, in August this year. 

Acquisition to increase manufacturer’s turnover 

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     8th July 2011 Local steel tube and pipe manufacturer Robor’s acquisition of Kulungile Metals Group’s (KMG’s) carbon steel division from investment company Blackstar Group will increase its annual turnover by at least one-third, says Robor CEO Gordon Gilmer. 

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