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Established in 2001, with the management buyout of Dorbyl’s metal trading divisions, the Stalcor’s success is built on the acquisition of Baldwins Steel and Stalcor. These two long established market leaders jointly offer a range of metal products and distribution channels. The company, which has been an official local distributor for Columbus Stainless since 1994, has recently strengthened its ties with the local mill. its on-going support to the new Stalcor. Columbus’s Bertus Griesel says: “Columbus Stainless is encouraged by the strategic focus of Stalcor. It’s shareholders, investors and staff have certainly demonstrated tenacity and we look forward to forging a bond with the ‘new’ Stalcor for the benefit of the entire domestic market.


Machines produce components for isotope facility

By: Simone Liedtke     28th April 2017 Machine component manufacturer Precision Separators bought six computer numerical control (CNC) machines from machine industry company Hurco to manufacture and produce components for private company Klydon’s medical isotope facility MoF6. 

Robotic solution for machine tools industry

     28th April 2017 When it comes to the automated feeding of machine tools, the choice of the right robot set-up and manipulator is a key element in the planning process, says Japanese robotics company Yaskawa. 

CNC Machines to produce components for isotope separation facility 

     26th April 2017 Machine component manufacturer Precision Separators will be manufacturing and producing components for a medical isotope facility in Pretoria.  

Temperature transmitter ideal for numerous industries

By: Nadine James     21st April 2017 The DT722 relative humidity and temperature transmitter is ideal for the chemicals, food and beverage, as well as heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) industries because it offers accurate, stable measurement and control of humidity and temperature, says instrumentation and... 

Merafe’s Q1 ferrochrome production up 10%

By: Martin Creamer     11th April 2017 The attributable production of ferrochrome company, Merafe Resources, increased by 10% in the first quarter of this year. Attributable production was 113 000 t, up from last year’s first quarter output of 103 000 t. 

Philippines top nickel miners expect firm ore prices on China demand

By: Reuters     11th April 2017 The two biggest nickel miners in the Philippines, Nickel Asia and Global Ferronickel Holdings, on Tuesday said prices for the metal would be robust this year due to growing demand from China. The Philippines is the world's top supplier of nickel ore, used to help make stainless steel, with China... 

Thirteen Weba Chute Systems Set To Increase Material Transfer At Diamond Mine

     6th April 2017 The ability to engineer transfer points for individual application requirements within a plant is a major differentiator for Weba Chute Systems, and it is this capability that enabled the South African OEM to supply a total of 13 custom chute systems to a diamond mine in Botswana. The 13 new Weba... 

Safeguard Against Costly Condensation

     5th April 2017 In today’s manufacturing environment, compressed air is an essential power source and therefore its quality requirements are vital. Even when meeting operational requirements, air moving through pipelines can lay down more moisture through condensation than what is acceptable, causing costly... 

Sanitary Tilt-Down Flexible Screw Conveyor Cleans Rapidly, Rolls Through Doorways

     3rd April 2017 New from Flexicon is a Sanitary Flexible Screw Conveyor that can be tilted down and rolled to serve multiple functions.  Using a manual jack screw, the support boom and conveyor can be raised for discharging into vessels or other process equipment.  Fully lowered, it can be rolled through... 

New LA-25-R LVDT Linear Position Sensor by Alliance Sensors Group for Extreme Environments

     3rd April 2017 Schaevitz LLC, Alliance Sensors Group is proud to release its LA-25-R series LVDT linear position sensors designed to handle the extreme industrial environments found in steam and hydro power plants; paper, steel, and aluminum mills; die and stamping presses; building and bridge monitoring; and... 

Gases for laser cutting and welding processes

     31st March 2017 Laser application technology has seen substantial progress and development since the invention of the laser in the 1960s. At the time it was recognised that nitrogen cutting was possible, giving an unoxidised edge, but laser power was simply too low to make this commercially attractive. The... 

Stainless steel body hopes to boost product demand at event

By: Nadine James     17th March 2017 Industry body and lobby group the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) hopes to drive demand for stainless steel products by exhibiting at Water Show Africa 2017, which runs alongside Power & Electricity World Africa held at the Sandton Convention Centre on March 28... 

Vital Engineering’s ‘powerful’ project wins in many sectors

     9th March 2017 According to a well-known adage: ’Success doesn’t come to you; you go to it.’ This very much applies to Vital Engineering, which has gone more than the extra mile to successfully complete the 2 largest gratings, handrail and stair tread supply contracts so far in Africa. The contracts in question... 

Strong outlook for recovering ferrochrome industry – Merafe

By: Martin Creamer     8th March 2017 Ferrochrome and chrome ore prices recovered from rock bottom in the first quarter of last year to levels twice and four times higher respectively in 2017, a year in which a shortage of electricity supply has ceased to be a constraining factor, ferrochrome company Merafe reports. Despite market... 

Sassda launches competition to promote life cycle costing app

By: Anine Kilian     6th March 2017 The Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) has launched a competition to promote its life cycle costing (LCC) app, which was developed in 2016 to boost the use of stainless steel in the local market. To stand a chance to win a trip to Paris worth R125 000, entrants will... 

Musina-Makhado SEZ to revive steel industry

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th March 2017 The South African Energy and Metallurgical Cluster has entered its implementation phase, following the signing of a R40-billion operator agreement between the State-owned Musina-Makhado Special Economic Zone (SEZ), where the cluster resides, and the Shenzhen Hoi Mor Resources Holding Company.... 

Municipal Stainless Steel Solutions Could Save SA Millions In Water Losses

     15th February 2017 With South Africa experiencing Stage 2 and 3 water restrictions following its worst drought in decades, the spotlight falls on the solution of using stainless steel in water distribution and service pipes in South Africa to reduce leakages and maintenance costs and preserve our already strained... 

Sweet coating solutions for the sugar industry from Thermaspray

     6th February 2017 Thermaspray, South Africa’s surface engineering and thermal spray coating technology specialist, offers a range of high quality coating techniques that assist the sugar industry in reducing maintenance costs by protecting both new and worn equipment parts and components against abrasive,... 

New Cost Effective Weld Purging

     23rd January 2017 It took a long time for engineers to recognise that the use of inert gas purging during the welding of tubes and pipes could not only improve overall weld quality but could save both time and money. Purging using designs based on advanced technology offers dramatic reductions in weld defects,... 

New range to ensure clean tube and pipe welds

     20th January 2017 Pipe welding purging systems specialist Huntingdon Fusion Techniques (HFT) has introduced the PurgElite low-cost range of tube and pipe purging systems to achieve a clean, oxide free, zero colour weld in tubes and pipes, which can be used in any other industry where stainless steel or titanium is... 

New-Look SAIW Welding Challenge off with a blast!

     17th January 2017 The new-look SAIW Welding Challenge, which comprises the Youth and Senior competitions, took place from 21-25 November 2016 at the head office of the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) in Johannesburg and was a whopping success attracting more than 40 competitors from all around the... 

Refined nickel prices under pressure as output forecast to rise 

By: Henry Lazenby     7th January 2017 Refined nickel prices will remain under pressure in the coming weeks as the impending moderation of Indonesia's mineral ore export ban and consequent resumption of nickel exports will increase global nickel supply, new analysis by Fitch-affiliated BMI Research has shown. According to a report... 

Global base metals, US coal and steel prices stabilising – Moody's

By: Henry Lazenby     14th December 2016 The 2017 outlooks for the global base metals, US steel and US coal industries remain stable for the next 12 to 18 months, according to Moody's Investors Service. In a report released Tuesday, the ratings agency said that weak macroeconomic indicators would limit upside movement in the base metals... 

Locally designed cot promotes functionality in paediatric care, potential niche market 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th December 2016 A display of engineering creativity has earned industrial design firm Praestet a contract to supply 50 of its Symba paediatric beds to the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital (NMCH), with three beds already delivered to the Parktown-based paediatric hospital. An improvement on the old “cage bed”... 

PRASA New Rolling Stock Acquisition Programme, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     9th December 2016 The first trains delivered in the R51-billion rolling stock acquisition programme for Metrorail operations are gearing up for service. 

Welding of Vacuum Tubing and Piping

     8th December 2016 Welds in tubing and pipework for vacuum systems should have many important characteristics. They ideally need to be manufactured from stainless steel, leak tight, the joints should have full penetration with excellent sidewall fusion, there should be no porosity and the finish should be free from... 

No Room For Safety Slip-Ups When Times Are Hard

     5th December 2016 Managing risk of incidents in the workplace has become even more vital as margins get thinner under tough economic conditions and there is no longer room for error, according to Elaine van Rooyen, marketing manager at Andrew Mentis. “Few businesses can afford safety-related lawsuits during a... 

Altra Industrial Motion brings flexibility and performance to the Beverage Industry at BrauBeviale 2016

     5th December 2016 Altra Industrial Motion exhibited its myriad of solutions for processing in the beverage industry at BrauBeviale 2016, the world’s premier exhibition for the production of beverages. Altra brands present at the exhibition included Bauer Gear Motor, Huco Dynatork and Warner Electric – who each... 

Sanitary High-Lift Box/Container Tipper

     5th December 2016 A new sanitary TIP-TITE™ High-Lift Box/Container Tipper from Flexicon discharges dust-free into vessels 1830 to 3050 mm above the plant floor. Boxes and other containers are loaded at floor level and hydraulically seated against a discharge hood. The assembly is then hydraulically elevated and... 

Nickel price forecast rises as market tightens into 2020

By: Henry Lazenby     2nd December 2016 The price of nickel is expected to continue its upward momentum over the next four years to 2020 as mine closures are expected to slow market growth, while ambitious US spending plans will potentially boost demand. Analysis by Fitch Group research arm BMI calls for a more bullish nickel price... 

Stainless Steel High-Lift Box/Container Tipper

     1st December 2016 A new stainless steel TIP-TITE™ High-Lift Box/Container Tipper from Flexicon discharges dust-free into vessels 1830 to 3050 mm above the plant floor. Boxes and other containers are loaded at floor level and hydraulically seated against a discharge hood. The assembly is then hydraulically elevated... 

Western Areas gets new offtake partner

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     28th November 2016 ASX-listed nickel miner Western Areas has signed an offtake agreement with Chinese steel maker, the Tsingshan Group, for some 10 000 t/y of nickel contained in concentrate, for a three-year period, starting in February 2017. Western Areas MD Dan Lougher said on Monday that the agreement was many... 

Many benefits to locally produced liquid filtration options

By: Robyn Wilkinson     25th November 2016 Liquid filtration specialist Flow Clear Filtration has had exponential growth in market interest in its locally produced liquid filtration solutions, which are more cost-effective and accessible than imported options. 

Multibag filter housing system has multiple applications

     25th November 2016 Diversified industrial products manufacturer Eaton’s new line of multi-bag filter housings offers effective solutions for a wide variety of filtration applications for industries such as automotive, pulp and paper, paints, coatings and chemicals, and industrial water where a code stamp is not... 

Investments required for positive growth

By: Simone Liedtke     18th November 2016 With the world markets still suffering the after-effects of maladministered and unsustainable macroeconomic policies, there is not much appetite for large capital projects in South Africa. But economic growth will start only once people are investing, which does not happen without a positive... 

Stainless steel industry participants more optimistic about business conditions

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th November 2016 Thirty-eight per cent of the 89 Sassda members who participated in the Southern African Stainless Steel Development Association’s (Sassda’s) Short Track survey for October indicated a positive response to the current order situation. Although a slight deterioration on last month’s 40%, Sassda... 

Food and Beverage Processors Can Use Stainless Steel Cylinders with Confidence

     16th November 2016 SMC, the world’s leading pneumatics and industrial automation provider, has designed a series of stainless steel cylinders that can be used with utmost confidence in the food and beverage industry, and also offers financial and productivity benefits. SMC's CG5-S and CJ5-S series of stainless... 

Craft-Star system debuts in Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     11th November 2016 Food processing technology provider GEA Africa commissioned Africa’s first Craft-Star system at a craft beer brewery in South Africa, last month. 

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