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Steel

Steel coatings company secures major pipeline project

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     13th July 2007 Protective Coatings company Sigma Coatings has secured the supply for the internal lining of a second large water steel pipeline project termed the Western Aquaduct. 

Steel exports fuel SA's production growth

13th July 2007 The South African steel industry is growing and keeping up with world trends,the South African Iron and Steel Institute (SAISI) reports. 

China's stomach for steel

13th July 2007 Global crude steel production increased some 9% last year from 1,14-billion tons to 1,24-billion tons, with China, the world�s largest steel producer, contributing some 34% to total global production and some 64% of production growth recorded during the year reports Creamer Media�s Research... 

New fastening tool hopes to tie up construction-site loose ends

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     13th July 2007 A new automated steel reinforcement fastener promises to cut down on time spent fastening rebar on construction sites. 

African giant looks 'long' for next million

By: Guy Copans     29th June 2007 Mittal Steel South Africa�s capital expenditure (capex) programme is guaranteed to contribute, by the end of 2008, an additional million tons of capacity a year to its steel plants at Vanderbijlpark, Saldahna and Newcastle, says Mittal Steel SA CEO Rick Reato. 

Refractory reline contract completed

29th June 2007 Turnkey refractory project specialist The Dickinson Group was awarded a contract for the installation of refractories of blast furnace d in Mittal Steel�s capital expenditure programme. The contract included the supply of in excess of 1500 t of refractory materials and anchors. 

R80m boiler part of waste-to-energy plan

By: Jonathan Faurie     29th June 2007 South African company Babcock Africa, through its division, Babcock Engineering, will design, supply, manufacture, install and commission two 55-t/h waste-heat boilers for the Vanderbijlpark steel plant. 

Multiple-contract civils model being deployed

By: Guy Copans     29th June 2007 Civil engineering company Group Five was awarded a civils maintenance-and new-projects contract in July 2005, to commence work on Mittal Steel�s capital expenditure (capex) project. The contract included standard maintenance work, civils work for the blast furnace d reline, the construction of an... 

SA cooling systems for DRI kilns

By: Jonathan Faurie     29th June 2007 Cooling Tower company Industrial Water Cooling (IWC) is providing cooling systems for the new direct-reduction iron (DRI) kilns installed at Mittal Steel South Africa�s Vanderbijlpark plant as part of Mittal�s capital expansion programme. 

Compressors upgrade

By: Jonathan Faurie     29th June 2007 Cooperation between Man Turbo South Africa and Man Turbo�s main offices in Europe made the upgrade of four compressors and he installation of a new fifth machine at Mittal Steel South Africa Vanderbijlpark plant possible. 

Blast furnace reline to boost capacity

29th June 2007 Steel producing company Mittal Steel South Africa says that its R578-million relining of its Vanderbijlpark blast furnace d will increase the plants overall steel capacity. 

Expanding value addition

29th June 2007 Mittal Steel South Africa is to begin construction of two direct reduction (DR) kilns at its Vanderbijlpark plant at a cost of R600-million to increase its liquid steel capacity by around 250 000 t/y. 

Filtration relations extended to capex

By: Guy Copans     29th June 2007 Filtration company Donaldson Filtration Systems is responsible for a large portion of the filtration work at Mittal Steel�s Vanderbijlpark facility, says sales engineer Deon Cilliers, who provides technical support to the site. 

Weakening rand improves South Africa’s steel export prospects

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     2nd March 2007 The weakening of the rand last year allowed several metal exporters, who had previously been driven out of the export market, to return, says Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of South Africa (Seifsa) economist Michael McDonald. McDonald says that Seifsa launched a survey into the... 

Highveld purchase under ECC microscope

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     2nd March 2007 The sale of Anglo American’s 79% share of Highveld Steel and Vanadium Corporation to the Russian Evras, has been slightly delayed by the European Competition Commission. 

Steady growth predicted for steel

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     2nd March 2007 In 2006, world crude steel production reached it’s highest level of output in world history. 

Second Living Steel challenge is under way

2nd March 2007 Living Steel’s second international architecture competition for sustainable housing, is under way. The competition was launched on world architecture day last year and has since drawn interest from over 1 100 entries in 88 countries. 

Tons of steel for Sishen

2nd March 2007 Ginaker-LTA Mechanical and Electrical’s new Metal and Minerals division has started construction on the Sishen Expansion Project (SEP). Grinanker-LTA, in a joint venture with Murray and Roberts, was awarded the contract for civil construction at the SEP. 

Scratching the surface of steel abrasives

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     2nd March 2007 Advanced metallurgy has seen the emergence of stainless steel abrasives in a similar size and form to the better known carbon steel shot and grit, used for surface treatment of non-ferrous items, says Simple Active Tactics (SAT) director Charles Dominion. Through specific heat treatment... 

Steel: its forms and functionality

2nd March 2007 Steel is very often overlooked in the processes of everyday life. There is hardly any object that we use, that does not contain steel or that is not created with equipment made from steel, states the International Iron and Steel Institute’s (IISI) Steel and You publication. Mass production... 

New roll former rolls out first grinding media

2nd March 2007 Scaw South Africa has manufactured its the first grinding media on its newly commissioned roll former at its Germiston plant. 

Local company acquires plasma arc cutting machine for steel products

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     2nd March 2007 Profile Cut Dynamics, specialists in profiling and guillotining, has acquired a high definition plasma arc cutting machine. Imported from Germany, the machine can cut up to 38 mm thick steel. The Hypertherm hyperformance plasma HPR260 reduces operating costs and eliminates the need for secondary... 

China’s hunger for steel outstrips demand

2nd March 2007 In 2006, China dominated world production of crude steel by producing 418,8-million tons of steel, accounting for about 34% of the entire world production. 

Sishen bridge gets legs to stand on

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     2nd March 2007 DCD-Dorbyl Heavy Engineering Venco has been commissioned to manufacture the bridges and portal legs for the 2 drum reclaimers at the Sishen Expansion Project (SEP). 

Welding institute gears up for infrastructure boom

2nd March 2007 The South African Institute of Welding (SAIW) is gearing up to assist with welding advice and support for the upcoming infrastructural boom, said SAIW technology manager, John du Plessis in a recent press release. 

Locally proven product spreads international wings

2nd March 2007 SMS Demag AG, Germany, has been awarded the contract for the supply of two separate steel making plants. Bhushan Steel & Strips in New Delhi, India, and Essar Steel (Hazira) in the federal state of Gujarat will both be boasting a conarc furnace in the near future. 

Heavyweight player enters lightweight steel sector

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     2nd March 2007 South Africa has seen another addition to the participants in the growing industry of lightweight steel frame construction. 

New association to monitor lightweight steel construction

2nd March 2007 The light steel framing industry has seen the formation of the Southern African light steel frame building association (Sasfa), a division of the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC). 

Sundance in $20m placement to accelerate iron-ore project in Cameroon

14th November 2006 Emerging Australian iron-ore company Sundance Resources announced on Tuesday that it planned to accelerate the prefeasibility study on the development of its Mbalam iron-ore project in Cameroon, west Africa, as a high-grade hematite export project after the appointment of high-profile mining... 

Fitch affirms and withdraws Kumba's credit rating

14th November 2006 International rating agency Fitch Ratings on Tuesday affirmed Kumba Resources' national long-term 'A(zaf)' and Short-term 'F1(zaf)' ratings, resolved the rating watch evolving and assigned a stable outlook. 

Steel industry calls for clarity on sustainability guidelines

10th November 2006 More than 200 members of the international steel industry have called on the South African government and world leaders in general to work rapidly to define guidelines that would give decision makers greater clarity and more measurable goals when pursuing sustainability. 

Steel consolidation trend likely to take hold in China

By: Mariaan Webb     8th November 2006 The trend towards consolidation in the steel sector, out of which the world's largest steel company, Arcelor Mittal, was established earlier this year, was expected to accelerate in China, giving birth to some of the world's strongest steel participants, Investec Asset Management's Michael Power... 

Mittal, DTI resume steel-price talks, both say resolution now urgent

By: Terence Creamer     7th November 2006 Steel producer Mittal Steel South Africa and the South African government met on Monday in a bid to progress talks on a so-called developmental pricing model. These negotiations began back in 2004, when agreement was reached between the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the then LNM (now... 

Mittal's R8bn expansion hit by a new EIA-linked delay

By: Terence Creamer     7th November 2006 It was unlikely that Africa's largest steel producer would begin implementation of its R8-billion capital programme this calendar year owing to new environmental-impact-assessment (EIA)-related delays - the R8-billion programme was designed to lift output by 2,5-million tons to 9-million tons a... 

Kumba unveils special unbundling dividend

3rd November 2006 Diversified miner Kumba Resources, which, later this month, will be split to form a black-controlled diversified miner and a pure iron-ore play, revealed on Friday that it would pay a special unbundling dividend of 185 c a share, following the approval of its empowerment transaction with Eyesizwe... 

Kumba fights Faleme battle on two fronts

By: Mariaan Webb     1st November 2006 Diversified-miner Kumba Resources told Business Day that Canadian mining company Lithos Corporation, which was suing the South African group for a breach of contract over an iron-ore project in Senegal, based its $196-million claim on what it believed it could have earned from the Faleme project. 

Mittal confirms fatality and output knock following Vanderbijl mill fire

By: Mariaan Webb     31st October 2006 South Africa's largest steelmaker Mittal Steel South Africa on Tuesday said that it had lost about 100 000 t of liquid steel production at its Vanderbijlpark plant, following a fire seven days ago, which led to the death of one contract worker. Spokesperson Tami Didiza said that a fire, which... 

Kumba rejects $196m Senegal legal claim

31st October 2006 South African iron-ore producer Kumba said that Lithos Corporation had served the company a legal summons, claiming $196-million for breach of contract in Senegal, West Africa. 

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