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WTO mixed ruling in Indonesia steel import duties case

By: Reuters     18th August 2017 Duties imposed by Indonesia on imports of certain flat-rolled iron or steel products do not constitute WTO safeguard measures, a World Trade Organization (WTO) panel said on Friday, rejecting the key argument of complaints brought by Taiwan and Vietnam. Safeguard duties are emergency tariffs that... 

Fracking jobs prove elusive for coal miners looking to switch

By: Bloomberg     18th August 2017 Robert Dennis has mined coal in West Virginia for 10 years but a recent evening found him in a classroom at his local community college. He came to learn about opportunities in fracking, a drilling technique used to produce natural gas — the very fuel that is threatening coal’s future. “I know... 

IHS materials index posts sixth gain in seven weeks

By: Henry Lazenby     18th August 2017 The materials price index (MPI) from Global Insight by IHS Markit has recovered about half the losses it suffered between February and June. The latest reading of the MPI, an index measuring the weighted average of weekly spot prices for a basket of globally traded manufacturing inputs comprising... 

Act revised to apply tariffs on imported products 

By: Victor Moolman     18th August 2017 Earlier this year, the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act (PPPFA) was adapted to include designation of domestic steel, wire and other industry products, and although it came into effect in April, the South African Wire Association (SAWA) says it is too soon for the steel construction... 

Bentley Systems releases update for AutoPIPE Connect edition

By: Ilan Solomons     18th August 2017 Global infrastructure software manufacturer Bentley Systems has released the most recent update of its AutoPIPE Connect edition, which supports ASME B31J piping code document calculations. AutoPIPE Connect edition provides engineers with a comprehensive and advanced software application for pipe... 

Industrial base growth will stimulate province’s steel industry

     18th August 2017 Growing the Eastern Cape industrial base will assist in stimulating growth in the struggling steel industry, says the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC). 

LSFB expands into student accommodation

By: Victor Moolman     18th August 2017 Student accommodation requires fast, efficient and sustainable building solutions, prompting the increased use of light steel frame building (LSFB) for its construction, explains Southern African Light Steel Frame Building Association (Sasfa) director John Barnard 

Machines, tools prepare steel pipes for successful welding

By: Victor Moolman     18th August 2017 Portable pipe-cutting split frames and orbital welding tools complement each other in the steel pipe construction industry because the split frames are used to prepare pipes for the welding procedure, says industrial product supplier Actum Industrial. 

Manufacturers on receiving end of weak economy

     18th August 2017 Manufacturers in South Africa are on the receiving end of the weak economy as there is little room to pass on cost increases, says Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) economist Marique Kruger. 

Materials handling still a key focus for businesses

By: Robyn Wilkinson     18th August 2017 Even in times of slow economic growth and uncertainty, business continues, with materials handling remaining a crucial operation for companies, especially those operating in the e-commerce, food and beverage and distribution sectors, says global internal logistics products and services supplier... 

Modular buildings supplied to fire-damaged school

     18th August 2017 Owing to the fires that destroyed several buildings at Woodridge College and Preparatory School in the Van Stadens Gorge area, in the Eastern Cape, steel modular buildings supplier Kwikspace Modular Buildings supplied, erected and built 16 classrooms, four ablution blocks and an office for the... 

Upstream and downstream industry has to work together

By: Victor Moolman     18th August 2017 Upstream and downstream steel industries need to work together to overcome the challenges of imports and tariffs in the steel construction industry, says South African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) CEO Paolo Trinchero. 

More flexibility cast into CoreSlab’s processes

     17th August 2017 CoreSlab has taken further steps that have secured its position as a leading designer and manufacturer of pre-cast concrete items. CoreEngineering, Coreslab’s state-of-the-art engineering arm, has commissioned equipment that will now allow the group to manufacture all the “cast-in” components for... 

Atrum appoints Canada coal exec as new CEO and MD

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     17th August 2017 ASX-listed Atrum Coal has appointed Max Wang as its new MD and CEO, with Wang expected to assume his duties prior to the end of August. “We are pleased to advise our shareholders that after an extensive search, we have appointed Wang to lead the company as CEO and MD. Wang is an experienced coal... 

Zinc breaks through $3 000 barrier as metals rally gathers pace

By: Bloomberg     16th August 2017 Zinc surged above $3 000 a metric ton amid persistent global deficits, and aluminium climbed as China reined in illegal capacity, adding fresh impetus to the rally even as some investors expressed concerns. Zinc jumped as much as 2.6% to $3 037/t on the London Metal Exchange, the highest level... 

Solidarity warns of ‘major impact’ should AMSA proceed with job cuts

By: Terence Creamer     16th August 2017 Trade union Solidarity has confirmed receipt of a Section 189A retrenchment notice from steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) and has indicated that it will enter negotiations with the company to ensure alternatives to retrenchments are considered. On Tuesday, AMSA announced that it... 

Electricity intensive firms to approach Nersa for new job-saving tariff deal

By: Terence Creamer     16th August 2017 The Energy Intensive Users Group (EIUG) will approach the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) before the end of September with a proposal for structural changes to Eskom’s tariff for large power users by removing existing cross-subsidies to assist businesses whose future... 

thyssenkrupp Infra-Red rapid drying oven improves turnaround time for Minopex

     16th August 2017 The fast drying capability of thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions‘ Infra-Red rapid drying oven has significantly improved turnaround times for minerals processing operations specialist, Minopex. Developed in-house by thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions South Africa, the Infra-Red (IR) rapid drying... 

Enclosed Bulk Bag Discharger

     16th August 2017 A new BULK-OUT™ Model BFC Bulk Bag Discharger features an enclosure to contain errant dust escaping through the seams or fabric of bulk bags when working with unlined bags. White polymer panels enclose the sides, rear and top of the frame, while clear panels on four hinged access doors allow... 

Cliffs Natural Resources reverts to original Cleveland-Cliffs name

By: Henry Lazenby     15th August 2017 US iron-ore specialist Cliffs Natural Resources has renamed the company to its historical name Cleveland-Cliffs, as part of celebrating its 170th anniversary, the company announced on Tuesday. Under the name Cleveland-Cliffs, the company has been operating for decades as an important part of the... 

Gold trends sideways as greenback climbs on hawkish Dudley comments

By: Henry Lazenby     15th August 2017 Gold prices posted new losses on Monday and overnight as the US dollar index climbed on positive comments by Federal Open Market Committee voting member William Dudley. Dudley on Monday said it was not “unreasonable” to expect the Federal Reserve to release plans in September to start reducing... 

AMSA initiates retrenchment talks as it pushes ahead with restructuring plan

By: Terence Creamer     15th August 2017 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) announced on Tuesday that it had initiated consultations with employees regarding its proposed business-restructuring programme, which could result in job losses. CEO Wim de Klerk said in a statement that it was premature to provide an estimate as... 

Despite delay, US expected to impose steel tariffs

By: Reuters     15th August 2017 US President Donald Trump is still expected to impose steel import tariffs on national security grounds despite the delay of a probe into the matter and pursuit of multilateral talks to reduce excess capacity, industry players and trade experts say. US steel stocks have fallen nearly 10% since... 

Leading the market with LPG and more: Easigas’s ‘hot’ and innovative energy monitoring, optimisation and management value-add

     15th August 2017 As a source of energy, liquid petroleum gas (LPG) is hard to beat. Easy to use, efficient, cost-competitive and environmentally-friendly – for both domestic and industrial use – its excellent properties are playing an active role in contributing towards a gas-powered economy. Furthermore, from an... 

ConCourt upholds scrap metal export provisions

By: Anine Kilian     14th August 2017 The Constitutional Court (ConCourt) has dismissed local scrap metal exporter SA Metal Group’s request for leave to appeal the High Court’s decision to uphold the State’s scrap metal export provisions, known as the price preference system, as well as the International Trade Administration... 

Seifsa calls on govt to protect local manufacturers from cheap imports

By: Anine Kilian     14th August 2017  Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) CEO Kaizer Nyatsumba says government should consider additional measures to protect local metals and engineering manufacturers from subsidised imports.   The influx of cheaper imports, he noted in a statement on Monday, had... 

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... 

Concor Buildings Showcases Flexibility On Makro Riversands Project

     14th August 2017 Visible Felt Leadership is a philosophy that Concor Construction drives and an excellent example of a project where this is reaping significant rewards is the Concor Buildings Makro Riversands contract. Concor Buildings, previously known as Murray & Roberts Buildings, is part of Concor... 

Fibres In Concrete Save Time, Money At Clearwater Project

     14th August 2017 The use of polypropylene fibres in concrete flooring applications has provided major benefits for all stakeholders in the Clearwater Corporate Office Park project on Gauteng’s East Rand. The building will be the first in South Africa to employ the CHRYSO Durus S400 Macro Fibre from concrete and... 

Having problems measuring/monitoring difficult media?

     11th August 2017 KOBOLD, represented locally by Instrotech, has a turbine wheel flowmeter, model DOT, that is perfectly suited to low viscosity applications. Proven turbine wheel technology measures and monitors even difficult media such as distilled water, acids, bases, alcohol and additives as well as several... 

Meaningful transformation is the journey to BEE success

     11th August 2017 Energy Engineered Products and associate companies, Multi Alloys and E-Metals Cape, are proud to announce that they have attained a Level 4 Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) contributor status. From the first codes of good practice more than a decade ago to the new codes, Energy Engineered... 

Safeguard duties on hot-rolled steel coil and plate officially come into force

By: Terence Creamer     11th August 2017 Safeguard duties of 12% have been officially placed on hot-rolled coil (HRC) and plate entering South Africa following publication of the August 11 Government Gazette, which amends schedule two of the Customs and Excise Act. The safeguard duties have been signed by Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba... 

Murray&Dickson Construction Sol Plaatje University

     11th August 2017 Murray & Dickson Construction Group adds finishing touches to showpiece building The completion of the new Sol Plaatje University library and resource centre in September 2017 will reinforce Murray & Dickson Construction Group’s standing as a specialist contractor associated with complex building... 

Beijing halfway to 2020 target to cut 800Mt from coal capacity

By: Reuters     11th August 2017 China has hit the halfway point towards meeting it target of cutting coal mining capacity by 800-million tonnes a year by the end-2020, the state planner said on Friday. Tackling industrial and mining overcapacity has been a priority for Beijing to make China's economy more efficient and... 

Burns Harbor hot-strip mill upgrade project, US

By: Sheila Barradas     11th August 2017 ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor operates two blast furnaces and can produce about five-million tons of raw steel a year. 

Company ships dryers and convection oven

     11th August 2017 Global manufacturer of thermal-processing equipment Thermal Product Solutions has shipped two Gruenberg dryers to a prominent diesel engine manufacturer. The drying ovens – whose shipment was announced in March – will be used to dry diesel particulate filters after they are washed during the... 

Furnaces and kilns manufacturers are feeling the heat

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th August 2017 Furnaces and kilns manufacturers are taking strain, as with many other industries, owing to financial difficulties amid the current economic climate, says furnaces and kilns manufacturer Van Tuyls director and owner Richard McCullough. McCullough indicates that the number of manufacturers in the... 

Local manufacturer looks to bridge skills gap

By: Nadine James     11th August 2017 Sealing products manufacturer Klinger Mzansi has opened its training academy, which offers a learnership programme, joint integrity training as well as an introductory course on all of the company’s products. Klinger sales and marketing director Phillip Herbst notes that the academy opened on... 

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