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Steel major calls for drastic measures to counter current steel industry crisis

9th October 2018 Currently, the South African downstream steel sector is beset by numerous severely challenging issues which - if the situation continues unabated - will be severely detrimental to the ongoing viability of the entire steel sector in this country. One of the primary issues to be addressed is the... 

Sean Blake

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     7th September 2018 This week we feature Sean Blake, executive director of the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW), an industry association involved in the implementation of standards in industry, offering training and consulting services   

2018 Metals and Engineering Indaba to contribute in shaping policy

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th July 2018 Delegates attending the 2018 Southern African Metals and Engineering Indaba at the IDC Conference Centre in Sandton on 20 and 21 September will have an opportunity to influence economic policies that have a direct impact on the businesses they operate. The Indaba, now in its fourth year of... 

Solidarity launches four-pronged steel industry initiative amid global steel crisis

By: Schalk Burger     5th June 2018 Trade union Solidarity on Tuesday launched a four-pronged initiative to address and mitigate the impacts of the global steel crisis on local steel producers in an attempt to save jobs and local manufacturing capacity. Solidarity deputy general secretary for metals engineering Marius Croucamp... 

Hydraulics industry on the rise

By: Paige Müller     4th May 2018 After a two-year-long hydraulic industry slump, the South African Fluid Power Association (Safpa) predicts a sustainable boom in demand for new hydraulic equipment. Safpa VP Dustin Pereira told Engineering News that the hydraulics industry has been in a slump since the last quarter of 2015. He... 

Iron Plant 1 at Highveld Industrial Park for sale

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th February 2018 Production at the Highveld Steel complex, in Witbank Mpumalanga was halted after the steel producer, EVRAZ Highveld Steel and Vanadium Limited, was placed into business rescue in April 2015. However, a business strategy was set in motion to convert the steel complex, into the Highveld Industrial... 

Steel and Vanadium complex finds new life as industrial park 

19th October 2017 A closed steel complex in Mpumalanga is finding new vigour as an industrial park, by focusing on providing key facilities for specialist services companies. 

Highveld to pursue safeguard protection on heavy structural steel products 

By: Terence Creamer     14th August 2017 Highveld Steel, which recently reopened its heavy structural mill in Mpumalanga despite still being in business rescue, has welcomed the institution of 10% import-duty protection on certain heavy steel sections and shapes. However, CEO Johan Burger tells Engineering News Online that Highveld... 

The story behind the partial restart of Highveld Steel 

22nd June 2017 There are some signs of life at the vast Highveld Steel complex, in Mpumalanga, where all production at was halted in 2015 after the country’s second-largest steelmaker was placed into business rescue. 

Patel welcomes reopening of Highveld Steel plant

By: Anine Kilian     7th June 2017 Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel has welcomed the reopening of the Highveld Steel plant, in eMalahleni, Mpumalanga. The plant, which was officially reopened on Tuesday, employs 200 workers in direct production and a further 300 workers on site. The company, which closed in 2015, has... 

Upcoming Mining Charter to include designation of strategic minerals – Zwane

By: Terence Creamer     6th June 2017 Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane says the updated Mining Charter to be Gazetted next week will include the “designation of minerals” in support of government’s policy of mineral beneficiation. Speaking in Mpumalanga, on Tuesday, at the reopening of the Highveld Steel heavy structural... 

Protection and recovery in infrastructure spend to determine fate of revived Highveld mill

By: Terence Creamer     6th June 2017 The newly reopened heavy structural mill (HSM) at Highveld Steel, in Mpumalanga, is expected to ramp up to its 18 000 t/m nameplate capacity over the coming few months, having produced 4 100 t since its initial restart in April. However, both Highveld and ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA), which... 

Air Liquide opposes Evraz Highveld court proceedings

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th March 2017 Embattled Evraz Highveld Steel’s business rescue practitioners (BRPs) have instituted court proceedings against Air Liquide in the High Court seeking to cancel certain obligations under a supply agreement between the two companies. The application also seeks declaratory relief from Air Liquide’s... 

Solidarity to launch campaign to support the local steel industry

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd February 2017 Trade union Solidarity has set its sights on the expansion and sustainability of South Africa’s domestic steel industry for the year ahead and will soon launch a Support Our Steel (SOS) campaign. The domestic steel industry had suffered significant setbacks in recent times, particularly after the... 

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... 

Continued diversification drives Afrimat earnings growth in H1

By: Anine Kilian     3rd November 2016 Empowered openpit mining group Afrimat, which on Thursday celebrated ten years of being a JSE-listed company, lifted its headline earnings a share by 25.3% and its revenue by 15% year-on-year for the six months ended August 31. Revenue increased to R1.2-billion, profit to R109-million and cash... 

Largo on track for further quarterly ops improvement as vanadium market turns 

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd October 2016 A string of quarterly performance improvements by Canadian vanadium producer Largo Resources bodes well for third-quarter numbers at the Maracás Menchen mine, in Bahia state, Brazil, to follow the same record-setting trend. “The company is looking to beat previous numbers,” president and CEO Mark... 

IDC seeks strategic partner for struggling Scaw unit

By: Terence Creamer     30th August 2016 The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has initiated a process to find a strategic equity partner for its struggling steel subsidiary Scaw Metals, which reported a loss of over R1-billion for 2016. Speaking at the IDC’s financial results at the Coega Industrial Development Zone, in the... 

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... 

Creditors to receive Highveld business rescue update on July 11

By: Terence Creamer     27th June 2016 The business rescue practitioners at Highveld Steel and Vanadium will hold a meeting in early July to update creditors and shareholders of the progress being made regarding the sale of assets, following the failure of an earlier proposal to sell the business as a going concern. The meeting will... 

On-The-Air (29/04/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     29th April 2016 South Africa’s oldest cement company is looking to Africa to double in size every ten years. A black-led mining junior has stepped up to the plate to buy Highveld Steel’s vanadium assets. The export of vehicles from South Africa have become a crucial contributor to this country’s... 

RED-HOT CRISIS

29th April 2016 The steel industry globally is in crisis. There is a glut of material, exports from countries such as China have surged, placing strain on steel industries in many other parts of the world. South Africa has already seen the closure of Highveld Steel and Vanadium, as well as parts of ArcelorMittal... 

South Africa faces retrenchment crisis – Solidarity 

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th April 2016 With South Africa facing a direct “jobs bloodbath”, the peripheral consequences in the wake of the retrenchment of some 60 000 workers would be five times the impact expected, a new report by trade union Solidarity revealed on Tuesday. The current pattern and wave of retrenchments was a greater... 

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... 

Superior Quality Hard Rock Dolerite Aggregates Readily Available From Howard Quarry

22nd March 2016 Good dolerite sources are being systematically depleted and quality aggregates produced from this igneous rock have become scarce. The result is often that quality materials have to be hauled over ever increasing distances adding to the overall cost of a project. In a proactive move that will see... 

Enviro department says it’s not to blame for Highveld Steel closure

By: African News Agency      22nd February 2016 The environmental affairs department on Sunday refuted claims that it had in any way scuppered the possible sale of Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium, thus forcing the company’s closure. “While no direct blame has been laid at the door of the department, business-rescue practitioners have... 

Unions urge govt to prevent Highveld collapse 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th February 2016 Trade unions Solidarity and the National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa) have urged government to intervene in the collapse of Highveld Steel & Vanadium to prevent the loss of a strategic player and thousands of skilled jobs. The steel major on Tuesday issued notice to 1 800 of its staff members as... 

Highveld’s future under spotlight as Evraz questions bidder's capacity to deliver

By: Terence Creamer     10th November 2015 The battle over the future of Evraz Highveld Steel & Vanadium (Highveld) has intensified with Evraz seeking to urgently interdict the business rescue process, alleging that shareholder and creditor rights have been violated. The business rescue practitioners (BRP), on the other hand, contend that... 

Solidarity opposes urgent court application by Evraz

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th November 2015 Trade union Solidarity is preparing to challenge an urgent High Court application to have embattled steelmaker Evraz Highveld Steel & Vanadium’s (Highveld’s) business rescue plan halted and set aside. Two companies linked to Highveld's parent company LSE-listed Evraz – East Metals and Mastercroft... 

Filteg

23rd October 2015 Filtration specialist and filtration products provider Filteg boasts a combination if skills, versatility, experience and top-quality equipment that give the company a distinct advantage over other companies handling similar types of equipment. Filteg services a broad range of clients across... 

Evraz Highveld creditors vote in favour of rescue plan 

By: Terence Creamer     13th October 2015 Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium (Highveld) creditors on Tuesday voted in favour of a business rescue plan, which includes a buy-out offer from International Resources Limited (IRL), of Hong Kong, China. The vote, attended by some 300 people, took place at a hall on the steel producer’s... 

Price, jobs, investment conditions placed on beneficiaries of first round of steel duties

By: Terence Creamer     28th August 2015 The first applications for protection on several steel products were approved on Friday, with Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies confirming that duties across eight tariff subheadings would be increased to the World Trade Organisation bound rate of 10%. However, government insisted that... 

‘Poor citizen’ AMSA promises to mend ways as it seeks support to save Vereeniging and company 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd July 2015 South Africa’s largest steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) gave notice on Thursday that it was weighing the partial or full closure of its Vereeniging Works, in southern Gauteng, and would make a decision of the plant’s future by the end of August. At the same time, CEO Paul... 

Decreasing Downtime And Increasing Safety With Superior Floor Grating Products

2nd March 2015 Downtime and maintenance cost companies billions of rands annually. While not all factors can be controlled, ensuring that plant structures and their equipment are kept in good condition are primary contributors to a productive and profitable operation. Not only does the choice of appropriate... 

Largo Resources reports Brazil flagship is 99.8% complete

By: Henry Lazenby     11th April 2014 TSX-V-listed Largo Resources announced that the Maracás vanadium project, in Bahia, Brazil, is 99.8% complete and only auxiliary items still need to be installed. The Toronto-based firm, which also has a portfolio of other projects in Brazil and Canada, said that first vanadium production would... 

Beneficiating Ironveld unveils plans for large new pig iron plant in Limpopo

By: Martin Creamer     18th March 2014 London Aim-listed Ironveld, which has nailed its colours firmly to South Africa’s minerals beneficiation mast, on Tuesday outlined its plans to build a pilot smelter in Limpopo province as a precursor to a far larger pig iron plant, which will be fed by magnetite from the northern limb of the... 

On site in the 1980s

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     11th October 2013 South Africa of the 1980s had many important construction projects on the go: Sasol III, the Matimba power station, Highveld Steel, Southern Cross Steel, Middelberg Iron & Steel, a number of coal mines . . . a long list.  

Stewarts & Lloyds Holdings (Pty) Ltd is celebrating 110 years in South Africa and is very positive about the future of the local industry

12th July 2013 AN OVERVIEW OF THE LOCAL STEEL INDUSTRY “Volatile times are the norm for the South African steel distribution business” says Derek Franks, Director of the company. “Steel merchants have had to contend with unstable steel prices for several years as well as unreliable supply from some of the main... 

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