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Call made for intervention to sustain Gauteng’s key industrial heartland

By: Dylan Slater     10th February 2017 Travelling about 60 km south of Johannesburg through Vereeniging and Vanderbijlpark, a general state of decay is visible in the once thriving industrial heartland known as the Vaal Triangle.  

Thabazimbi mine to be transferred to AMSA

By: Anine Kilian     9th February 2017 Kumba Iron Ore has agreed to transfer its Thabazimbi mine, in Limpopo, to ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA). Until 2014, the mine was a captive mine owned and run by Kumba subsidiary Sishen Iron Ore Company (SIOC), but was funded by and supplied ore exclusively to AMSA. AMSA is, therefore,... 

AMSA wants customers to unite behind call for industry-wide protection 

By: Terence Creamer     9th February 2017 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has appealed to its downstream customers to join it in a united lobbying effort for higher levels of tariff protection on both primary and value-added steel products, which, it claims, are being displaced by cheap, subsidised imports that are... 

AMSA to report narrowed FY16 losses

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th February 2017 JSE-listed ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) expects to report narrowed losses for the year to December 31, which is attributed to the nonrecurrence of the 2015 financial year’s R2.55-billion in one-off items and a R4.25-billion impairment, as well as an increase in steel sales prices and... 

Mining Indaba remains pivotal to Africa

By: Ilan Solomons     3rd February 2017 The mineral resources sector remains “critically important” to the African continent, which is why the Investing in African Mining Indaba has consistently been regarded as an event of “paramount significance”, says Mining Indaba MD Alex Grose. This is also a key motivation for the at least 24... 

Afrox to post higher FY earnings

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th January 2017 JSE-listed African Oxygen (Afrox) expects to report double-digit gains in earnings for the year ended December 31, after reporting improved margins from operational efficiencies and a reduction in fixed costs post its restructuring programme the year before. Earnings a share for the year under... 

Mining Indaba remains pivotal to Africa 

By: Ilan Solomons     27th January 2017 The mineral resources sector remains “critically important” to the African continent, which is why the Investing in African Mining Indaba has consistently been regarded as an event of “paramount significance”, says Mining Indaba MD Alex Grose. This is also a key motivation for the at least 24... 

Construction steel designation confirmed after intensive lobbying effort

By: Terence Creamer     26th January 2017 The long-awaited stipulation that domestic steel, as well as locally made steel products and components, be used in public-sector construction projects has been welcomed by South Africa’s leading steel producer, as well as by the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC). It is the... 

Kumba earnings soaring on higher iron-ore prices

By: Martin Creamer     25th January 2017 The earnings of Kumba Iron Ore, the Anglo American iron-ore mining company up for sale, are soaring on higher export prices – but whether or not its rocketing performance will dissuade Anglo from disposing of the asset remains to be seen. The JSE-listed company, headed by new CEO Themba... 

Rehabilitation work begins to prepare Highveld structural mill for restart

By: Terence Creamer     23rd January 2017 Rehabilitation work at Highveld Steel’s heavy structural mill, located at the mothballed steel plant’s expansive site in Mpumalanga, is under way to prepare the facility for recommissioning, following the conclusion of a supply and marketing deal with ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) in... 

Competition authorities approve Kgalagadi Manganese takeover

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th January 2017 The Competition Tribunal has approved the merger between Kgalagadi Alloys and Kalagadi Manganese without conditions. Kgalagadi Alloys will acquire Northern Cape-based Kalagadi Manganese. 

AMSA, Highveld conclude manufacturing agreement 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd December 2016 Steel manufacturer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has concluded a contract manufacturing agreement with embattled Evraz Highveld Steel & Vanadium (Highveld) and its HSM subsidiary, whereby AMSA would supply blooms and slabs to HSM for processing into heavy structural steel. This will result in... 

AMSA shareholders back R2.2bn empowerment deal

By: Terence Creamer     18th November 2016 Shareholders in ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) voted on Friday in favour of a R2.2-billion broad-based black economic empowerment transaction, involving Likamva Resources. The approval was carried by 99.9% of the shares that were eligible to vote. The deal will see Likamva initially hold a 17%... 

AMSA reiterates call for safeguards as Itac probe advances

By: Terence Creamer     8th November 2016 JSE-listed steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has reiterated its call for additional import protection through safeguard duties, despite a “slight fall” in imports during the third quarter. In a quarterly operational update, CEO Wim de Klerk argued that imports remained high,... 

At last, residual mining right returned to Kumba Iron Ore’s Sishen 

By: Martin Creamer     13th October 2016 A long-running legal dispute, which arose in 2010, came to a head on Thursday when South Africa’s Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) returned the residual 21.4% undivided share of the mining right for the Sishen mine to Kumba Iron Ore subsidiary, Sishen Iron Ore Company (SIOC). The 21.4%... 

AMSA insists R2.27bn empowerment deal meets highest governance standards

By: Terence Creamer     28th September 2016 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has unwrapped its long-awaited R2.27-billion broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) transaction, which chairperson Mpho Makwana insists meets the highest standards of probity and governance. An earlier 2010 attempt by the JSE-listed company... 

Govt, AMSA reach accord on steel price basket

By: Kim Cloete     23rd August 2016 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) and government have agreed to remove import parity pricing with immediate effect in a bid to boost South Africa’s steel industry. The local price for flat steel products will be based on an import-weighted basket. 

CompComm approves AMSA’s R1.5bn settlement proposal

By: Samantha Herbst     22nd August 2016 The Competition Commission has approved steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa’s (AMSA’s) proposal to pay R1.5-billion to the commission for its involvement in long steel and scrap metal cartels. This will be the largest competition-related fine ever paid by a single South African entity and... 

AMSA chief says rising rand to take gloss off recovery

By: Terence Creamer     17th August 2016 ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) CEO Wim de Klerk says he still expects the steel group to enjoy a better second half than was the case in the six months to June 30, but admits that the recent strengthening in the rand against the US dollar is likely to weigh on financial performance. The... 

DTI's absence on steel price committee questioned

By: News24Wire      16th August 2016 Parliament is still waiting for a response from Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies on why no one from his department is being represented on the recently established steel price committee. At the end of June, Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel announced the members of the... 

LSFB demand shows steady growth

By: Victor Moolman     12th August 2016 The use of light steel frame (LSF) building has been growing steadily for the last seven years, partially owing to architects looking for alternative building methods to overcome the inefficiencies of conventional masonry building, says the Southern African Light Steel Frame Building Association... 

Steel designations, Highveld supply to shore up AMSA demand amid weak market

By: Terence Creamer     29th July 2016 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) expects a proposed deal to reopen the heavy-section mill at Evraz Highveld Steel & Vanadium (Highveld), together with recent moves by government to stipulate the use of local steel when calculating local content on certain infrastructure... 

AMSA calls for more support as loss increases

By: African News Agency      29th July 2016 ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) called for more state support for the steel sector as it reported a loss of R450-million for the six months to the end of June, a hefty increase on the loss of R111-million recorded for the corresponding period a year before. The company acknowledged the support... 

AMSA seeks more protection as it warns of bigger H1 loss

By: Terence Creamer     22nd July 2016 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) warned on Friday that its loss for the six months to June 30 could be up to 64% higher than the loss of 28c a share reported for the same period in 2015. However, the interim loss of between 42c and 46c a share represented a significant improvement... 

Import prices on steel not the best solution

By: Robyn Wilkinson     1st July 2016 International trade credit insurer Coface credit analyst Kyle Mason says that government would do better to provide benefits to local entities using locally-produced steel than to further impose import and anti-dumping tariffs. 

Modernisation of steel plants crucial in South Africa  

By: Robyn Wilkinson     1st July 2016 Global metallurgical processing plant supplier SMS group’s South African MD, Pieter Bezuidenhout, says the modernisation of South African steel plants is crucial in boosting the industry’s ability to remain internationally competitive in a difficult economic environment. 

Portfolio committee chair questions DTI’s exclusion from ‘steel committee’

By: Terence Creamer     24th June 2016 The Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry has raised serious concern about the exclusion of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) as a direct participant in so-called ‘steel committee’ set up to monitor interventions made to shore up the domestic primary steel industry, which is under... 

De Klerk to start as AMSA CEO in July

10th June 2016 Wim de Klerk’s appointment as CEO of ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) will now be effective July 1, two months earlier than initially expected. The steel producer on Friday said De Klerk would vacate his position as FD of Exxaro on June 30, instead of the end of August, enabling him to start in... 

Serious questions being asked about composition of ‘fair’ steel price basket 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd June 2016 South African steel consumers are raising serious concerns about the composition of the steel-price basket being proposed by ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) as a mechanism for regulating domestic flat-steel prices and are seeking urgent talks with government to air their anxieties ahead of any... 

Prasa begins open line testing on new commuter trains 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd June 2016 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa, along with the Gibela Rail Transportation Consortium, began open line testing on the first test train imported from Brazil last month. Anine Kilian tells us more. 

‘Steel committee’ to be set up to monitor AMSA’s ‘fair pricing’ pledge 

By: Terence Creamer     26th May 2016 Government would, within weeks, finalise a “fair pricing” agreement with steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) and establish a “steel committee” to monitor implementation of the formula, which would be based on a basket of selling prices in Europe, Asia and North America. Department of... 

AMSA insists fair pricing does not equate to no price increases

By: Terence Creamer     25th May 2016 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) dismissed suggestions again on Wednesday that its deal with government to raise steel import protection in return for fairer pricing – as well as jobs and investment guarantees – precluded it from increasing prices. The JSE-listed company was... 

The Industry of Steel – to reboot or to boot?

By: Riaan de Lange     13th May 2016 “The Industry of Steel” - Reboot or Boot? Superman, now the intellectual property of DC Comics, debuted in June 1938, when it appeared on the cover of the Action Comics #1, having been published on April 18, 1938. If you should have a copy, it is worth more than $137 000. David Gonzalez recently... 

Long-steel shortages to persist until midyear

By: Terence Creamer     22nd April 2016 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has place allocation restrictions on domestic consumers of rebar and wire rod, owing to a combination of weak domestic orders at the end of 2015, supply disruptions and an unexpected surge in restocking-related domestic orders since the start of... 

AMSA confirms another round of steel price increases from May 1

By: Terence Creamer     19th April 2016 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has confirmed yet another round of price increases on both flat- and long-steel products, announcing average increases of 10% from May 1 and reinforcing what has become an established pricing trend since the start of 2016. However, acting CEO Dean... 

Amid perceptions of steel glut, AMSA confirms long-steel shortages

By: Terence Creamer     12th April 2016 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has place allocation restrictions on domestic consumers of rebar and wire rod, owing to a combination of weak domestic orders at the end of 2015, supply disruptions and an unexpected surge in restocking-related domestic orders since the start of... 

Seifsa bemoans lack of ‘concrete plans’ to tackle slow pace of economic growth  

By: David Oliveira     18th March 2016 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has welcomed government’s announced efforts to reduce its expenditure; however, the organisation remained concerned about the lack of concrete plans to address the country’s slow economic growth. Speaking a day after... 

AMSA insists market changes, not protection behind April steel hikes 

By: Terence Creamer     16th March 2016 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) informed its customers this week that it would be increasing prices on a range of steel products by up to 11% from April 1, but the JSE-listed group insisted that the hikes had nothing to do with recent increases in tariff protection from 0% to 10%... 

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