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Light steel frame building sector recovers

26th February 2010 The light steel frame building (LSFB) sector is recovering from the recession trend, having shown growth of about 10% for the 2009 calendar year and a forecast for similar results for 2010, reports the Southern African Light Steel Frame Building Association (Sasfa). 

New machine increases production

By: Eleanor Seggie     26th February 2010 Steel construction company B&T Steel is confident that the steel demand in the county will increase and, in preparation for this, has bought an in-line computer numerical-controlled drilling and cutting machine from Germany. 

Steel industry lags behind in skills development

By: Eleanor Seggie     26th February 2010 The South African steel industry lacks technical and engineering skills and training given that, from 1998 to 2007, only 12,9% of the students enrolled across all engineering courses at universities and technikons achieved a degree or diploma (41 480 of the almost 321 460 enrolments). 

Industry buckling under price fluctuations

By: Eleanor Seggie     26th February 2010 Steel service centre VR Laser Services marketing director Benny Jiyane says that the South African steel industry is buckling under fluctuations in steel prices and the economic cycle. 

Supplier remains positive, despite strain on sales

By: Eleanor Seggie     26th February 2010 Technical products and services supplier Yale Engineering Products sales director Steven Claase reports that the company’s sales in the steel industry have dropped by between 30% and 40%, over the past year. 

Steel major seeks new iron-ore partnerships

By: Terence Creamer     26th February 2010 JOHANNESBURG ( - South African steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa is intensifying its efforts to secure control of additional iron-ore and coking coal resources in Southern Africa, and was ready to partner with black economic empowerment (BEE) companies that have secured... 

Lightweight steel solution for shopping centre

26th February 2010 A unique lightweight steel walling solution has been provided by steel solutions company Vela Steel Building Systems to construction and engineering group Grinaker-LTA for the new foodcourt and restaurant area, at the Eastgate shopping centre, in Bedfordview. Grinaker-LTA’s Building Inland... 

Local steel producer will soon be on the market

By: Petronel Smit     27th November 2009 South African steel producer Scaw Metals is one of the assets to be sold off by diversified mining group Anglo American (Anglo) in an effort to focus its activities on mining.


Global steel demand expected to grow in 2010

27th November 2009 Industry association the World Steel Association forecasts that apparent steel use will contract globally by -8,6% to 1,104-million tons in 2009 after declining by -1,4% in 2008, while global steel demand in 2010 is forecast to grow by 9,2% to 1,206-million tons. 

Production declines, 
but recovery expected

27th November 2009 Preliminary figures released by nonprofit research organisation the International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) show that stainless steel crude steel production decreased in the first half of 2009 by 26,7% compared with the same period of 2008. Total production for the first six months of 2009 was... 

Steel giant expects stronger fourth-quarter results

27th November 2009 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa expects results in the fourth quarter of 2009 to strengthen as improved domestic demand drives higher sales and the impact of lower raw material prices is felt for a full three-month period. 

Steel mesh producer broadens its market base

By: Julian Kraft     18th September 2009 A leading manufacturer and supplier of steel welded mesh, wire coils and bars Steeledale Mesh has steadily broadened its market base in recent years. The 40-year-old company, which is also a member of the listed Aveng group, has grown its yearly turnover by more than 30% over the past five years... 

Steel construction industry weathering the economic crisis

10th July 2009 The Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) reports that its members are weathering the current economic crisis owing to the need for steel in the construction of power stations, says SAISC executive director Dr Hennie de Clercq. 

Steel tubing and piping giant to build 20 000-m2 facility

By: Beth Shirley     10th July 2009 Steel tubing and piping giant Robor is currently building a 20 000 m2 value-added facility, valued at R100 000, in order to produce greater structural tubing for the infrastructure market.  

Steel industry focuses on its environmental footprint

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     10th July 2009 Industries across the world have mobilised to improve their environmental footprints, and the steel industry is no stranger to this commitment.  

Global steel giant must be transparent in its environmental master plan, says report

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     10th July 2009 A report entitled ‘ArcelorMittal: Going nowhere slowly’, which is a review of the global steel giant’s environmental and social impacts for 2008/9 states that the company continues to use corporate spin, evasion, and the bureaucracy of meetings in South Africa to delay the inevitable: peoples’... 

Court sends excessive pricing ruling back to Competition Tribunal

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th July 2009 Lawyers for gold miner Harmony, which referred the complaint of excessive pricing against ArcelorMittal South Africa to the Competition Tribunal in 2004, expressed disappointment, in May, with the Competition Appeal Court’s decision to uphold the steel producer’s appeal against the tribunal’s... 

EU, US complain at WTO over Chinese 
export curbs

By: Bloomberg     10th July 2009 The European Union (EU) and the US complained at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) about Chinese export restrictions on raw materials such as magnesium, coke and zinc. 

US and European world crude steel production falling sharply

10th July 2009 World crude steel output fell by 21% in May, with production from the US and European producers falling sharply. 

Structural-steel export council promotes international business relations

10th July 2009 South Africa’s structural-steel export council International Steel Fabricators (ISF) has returned from a successful marketing excursion to Argentina where it organised for three of its leading engineering company members, Cosira, DSE and Vital Engineering, to network with a selection of steel... 

Steel producers want 
competition probe of 
Rio/BHP iron-ore deal

10th July 2009 Competition authorities should interrogate the potential anticompetitive consequences for the iron-ore market should the newly-unveiled Rio Tinto/BHP Billiton joint venture (JV) be allowed to proceed, the World Steel Association (Worldsteel) said at the weekend. 

ArcelorMittal may 
restart two furnaces

By: Bloomberg     10th July 2009 The world’s biggest steelmaker ArcelorMittal may restart two blast furnaces at its Indiana manufacturing facility to take advantage of higher demand, CEO Lakshmi Mittal said. 

Stainless steel output in first quarter slumped to worst level since 2000

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th July 2009 Only 4,8-million tons of stainless steel was produced worldwide in the first quarter of 2009, the lowest quarterly output level since 2000, the International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) reported last month. 

Local cladding panels 
supplied for London based school upgrade

10th July 2009 Vitreous enamelled product manufacturers Vitrex has exported its Vitreous enamelled steel panels to England for the cladding of ground floor extensions at a 112-year-old school, in London.


Youth integral to steel 
construction industry

10th July 2009 Industry association the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) has announced that 3D structural modelling tool provider Cadex SA is the new generation sponsor for the 2009 Steel Awards. 

Steel Dynamics says 
output has risen to about 60% of capacity

By: Bloomberg     10th July 2009 The third-largest US-based steelmaker by sales Steel Dynamics said its output has risen to about 60% of capacity in the past two months, from 45%, because of higher demand from automakers. 

BSI reports improved FY results, targets organic growth

By: Chanel de Bruyn     10th July 2009 Organic growth would remain central to steel processing and distribution group BSI’s growth programme, with new products and services expected to boost the company’s growth. 

China Steel says orders 
rebound since May as 
stockpiles fall

By: Bloomberg     10th July 2009 Taiwan’s largest steelmaker China Steel said orders rebounded after customers depleted stockpiles, signaling a recovery from the sales plunge in May. 

Training critical 
to bridging the skills gap

10th July 2009 Industry association the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) is currently undertaking more training than at any other time in its history. SAISC executive director Dr Hennie de Clercq says that skills training in an industry must be present, whether times are good or... 

Steel market weak and declining

27th February 2009 The most notable recent change in the steel industry is the price decline, as a result of lower consumer demand, states risk analysis firm Coface senior underwriting manager, Wayne Basson. 

2008 sees 1,2% world steel production decrease

By: Beth Shirley     27th February 2009 The World Steel Association (WSA) reports that world crude steel production reached 1,3-billion tons in 2008. 

Commodities supplier anticipates growth

By: Beth Shirley     27th February 2009 Resource-based commodities supplier to the steel, aluminium, cement and foundry industries Insimbi Refractory and Alloy Supplies is confident about sustained business growth in South Africa and Africa, despite the slump in steel demand. 

Composite friction material manufacturer gains ground in Australia

By: Beth Shirley     27th February 2009 Manufacturer and supplier of composite friction material Metpro, a division of mechanical engineering company DCD-Dorbyl, has been approached to quote on products for Australia’s Queensland Rail. 

Steel construction industry active, despite economic slump

By: Beth Shirley     27th February 2009 The Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) executive director Hennie de Clercq says that although the current economic climate is characterised by lower prices and slumping demand, the South African steel construction industry remains active 

Steel giant launches 
partnership with Department of Education

By: Beth Shirley     27th February 2009 Steel giant ArcelorMittal has partnered with the South African Department of Education to build ten schools throughout the country using new steel technology. 

Stadium projects enhance expertise

27th February 2009 A division of multidisciplinary company Grinaker-LTA, structural steel fabricator DSE’s decision to participate in the stadium projects has enabled it to enhance and increase its technical experience and expertise. 

Advantages emerge from economic recession

By: Beth Shirley     27th February 2009 Smelter technology equipment manufacturer Metix marketing director Pat Davies says that although the implications of the global economic crisis on ferrochrome production are serious for the company, the reduction of steel and other commodity prices, is a positive for furnace manufacturing. 

Steel fabricator ventures into power generation

By: Fatima Gabru     27th February 2009 Structural steel fabricator and construction company Cosira has been adding a number of power generation and government infrastructure projects to its portfolio in the past year, says Cosira Group CEO John Da Silva. 

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