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Tailored road-freight solutions for SA’s strategic steel industry

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th September 2018 Cargo Carriers, the Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed supply-chain solutions specialist, remains committed to providing a cutting-edge road-logistics solution to the South African steel manufacturing industry. About 190 000 South Africans earn their livelihood in the steel value chain, spanning... 

AMSA studies new Vanderbijl electric arc furnace as it moves to restart Vereeniging mill 

By: Terence Creamer     1st August 2018 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA), which announced its first interim profit in six years and may be on track to deliver its first full year profit since 2010, has initiated a study for the construction of a new electric arc furnace (EAF) at its Vanderbijlpark mill and has also... 

Babcock’s new resource screening centre maximises efficiency on site

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th July 2018 Launched less than a year ago, Babcock’s new resource screening centre is already proving its value in matching skilled labour resources to specific on-site job requirements in the power sector. Over the past 11 months, the centre has significantly contributed to improving efficiencies on site by... 

Planned Rationalisation and Consolidation of the DCD Heavy Engineering Operation

31st March 2017 For the past number of years, DCD’s Heavy Engineering Operation, situated in Vereeniging and Vanderbijlpark, has focused on the manufacturing of large capital equipment components for the mining industry. As a result of the depressed market conditions in the global mining sector, with very few... 

Solidarity stresses importance of saving South Africa’s steel industry

By: Anine Kilian     30th March 2017 Trade union Solidarity on Thursday emphasised the importance of South Africa’s steel industry, stating that it is a “key enabler of every part of the South African economy – including the automotive, mining, construction, energy and infrastructure sectors, all of which have been identified as... 

Solidarity protects local steel industry

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd March 2017 Following the National Treasury’s instruction last month that State-owned entities must use 100% locally manufactured structural steel last month, trade union Solidarity says it will act as a watchdog to ensure that this happens.  

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.  

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... 

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... 

BCCEI accredited by CCMA for nonparty disputes

By: Kimberley Smuts     13th November 2015 The Bargaining Council for the Civil Engineering Industry (BCCEI) received accreditation in September from the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) to handle all its disputes. BCCEI senior case management officer Merle Denson notes that the accreditation means that... 

AMSA adds R4.5bn rights issue to survival plan, as it warns of earnings ‘bloodbath’ 

By: Terence Creamer     6th November 2015 JSE-listed steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) announced a whopping R4.5-billion rights issue on Friday as part of a multipronged survival package, which hinges materially on greater protection for the embattled domestic steel industry. The offer will be fully underwritten by the... 

BCCEI now accredited by CCMA for nonparty disputes

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th September 2015 The Bargaining Council for the Civil Engineering Industry (BCCEI) has been accredited by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) to handle all civil engineering sector disputes. This would mean that companies that were not members of the South African Forum of Civil... 

Bccei Now Accredited By Ccma For Non-Party Disputes

29th September 2015 The Bargaining Council for the Civil Engineering Industry is now accredited by the CCMA to handle all its disputes. This provides a number of benefits to all stakeholders. According to Merle Denson, senior case management officer at BCCEI, the accreditation in essence means that companies that... 

AMSA flags iron-ore import plan as it seeks new pricing deal with Kumba 

By: Terence Creamer     31st July 2015 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) signalled on Friday that it was aiming to reopen historically fraught iron-ore pricing negotiations with Kumba Iron Ore, with CEO Paul O’Flaherty describing the current cost-plus arrangement as unsustainable in light of dramatic declines in... 

Air Products South Africa honours those who continue to ‘go the extra mile’ to ensure high safety and quality standards

15th July 2015 Air Products South Africa has proven that sustainability and market leadership depend, to a large extent, on a company-wide commitment to quality and safety practices. The company has been supplying gases to South African industry for the past 46 years, and one of the critical success factors in... 

AMSA, Solidarity sign 3-year wage deal 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th June 2015 Trade union Solidarity and ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) have signed a three-year wage deal. Solidarity metal industry head Marius Croucamp said AMSA employees would receive an increase of either 6.2% or 6.5%, depending on the employee’s job level, for this year. Wage increases for 2016 and... 

Crane specialist completes Zim project, invests R600m in fleet revamp

By: Pimani Baloyi     17th April 2015 South Africa-based mobile crane hire company Johnson Crane Hire’s (JCH’s) heavy-lifting division in January completed a heavy lift project at platinum mining major Impala Platinum’s Zimbabwe-based subsidiary Zimplats’ Selous Metallurgical Complex for global engineering company FLSmidth. JCH’s... 

Johnson Crane Hire Bolsters Its Heavy Lift Capability And Now Operates, The Largest Crane Fleet In South Africa

27th March 2015 Johnson Crane Hire has bolstered its crane fleet in terms of its heavy lift capability on both the crawler and hydraulic side. It now owns and operates the largest crane fleet in South Africa, with a total of 270 cranes, having completed a four-year fleet replacement programme in 2014 at a total... 

Steel group losing up to R1.5m/hr during ‘uncontrolled’ load shedding 

By: Terence Creamer     13th February 2015 Former Eskom FD and the current head of Africa’s largest steel group, Paul O’Flaherty, has described the latest round of load shedding as “uncontrolled” and reports that, when interrupted, the JSE-listed company is losing the equivalent of R1.5-million an hour. Speaking after ArcelorMittal South... 

Johnson Crane Hire Completes Tall Order For Jeffrey’s Bay Wind Farm In The Eastern Cape

17th November 2014 Jeffrey’s Bay Wind Farm in the Eastern Cape recently had a tall order for Johnson Crane Hire in Port Elizabeth when a rotor from a wind turbine had to be removed in order to repair a damaged blade. Each turbine comprises an 80 m high tower, three 49 m blades, a nacelle with the generator and... 

Particulate matter pollution problematic in some cities – DEA

By: Schalk Burger     17th October 2014 Particulate matter pollution remains a problem in major cities and industrial zones in Gauteng, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal. The most populated and industrial areas are consistently above the Air Quality Act standards for particulate matter and significantly above new air-quality standards set... 

Chicago Pneumatic’s high-pressure compressors make their debut in South Africa

23rd September 2014 South Africa has received its first delivery of two CPS 950-10 portable compressors from Chicago Pneumatic as the company expands its growth strategy in the country. The two high-pressure diesel compressors will be put straight into action for abrasive blasting applications in the Gauteng,... 

Industrial gas company focuses on cost savings for steel sector

15th August 2014 Johannesburg-based industrial gas company Air Products South Africa states that in its 45 years of existence it has maintained a close relationship with the steel and metals sectors and has implemented several measures to ensure cost saving in the steel combustion process. Company national bulk... 

Gas provider launches R800m facility to service Sasol’s swelling gas needs 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th June 2014 In the largest single investment made by a local industrial gas company in the past decade, gas provider Air Products South Africa recently celebrated the launch of its new R800-million air separation unit, or ASU, at the company’s Vanderbijlpark facility, in Gauteng.  

Solidarity, AMSA agree on 7% wage increase

By: Leandi Kolver     11th June 2014 Trade union Solidarity on Wednesday announced that it had reached a wage agreement with steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA), comprising a 7% wage increase and other favourable changes to workers’ terms of employment. The agreement, which was retroactive to April 1, 2014, and would be... 

Jch Provides Holistic Lifting Packages For Any Project

14th April 2014 Ranked amongst the top crane hire companies in the world, Johnson Crane Hire has long been distinguished as the smartest in its field. Qualifying this statement, Peter Yaman, sales executive explains that this accolade was earned through the company’s emphasis on providing more than just a crane... 

Survey finds 70% of Gauteng residents satisfied with govt service delivery  

By: Natalie Greve     25th October 2013 Despite a recent spate of violent service delivery protests, a survey of 16 729 respondents in the Gauteng region has indicated that, with a few exceptions – most notably in Westonaria – over 70% of surveyed residents are “satisfied or very satisfied” with publicly provided dwellings, water... 

Mittal recommissions Vanderbijlpark furnaces

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th April 2013 The share price of JSE-listed ArcelorMittal South Africa (Mittal) rose on Tuesday morning after news that the fire-damaged Vanderbijlpark-based steel-making facility had resumed production. Three basic oxygen furnaces, besides other assets, were damaged in a fire – caused by an unforeseen... 

Kumba, Mittal extend interim supply deal to year-end

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     23rd August 2012 JSE-listed Kumba Iron Ore has agreed to extend the interim pricing arrangement it has with ArcelorMittal South Africa (Mittal), which sees it supplying the steelmaker with iron-ore from its Sishen mine, to the end of December.Subsidiary Sishen Iron Ore would sell a maximum of 1.5-million tons of... 

Company hopes to benefit from local procurement plans

By: Yolandi Booyens     18th May 2012 International manufacturing and engineering company DCD, formerly DCD-Dorbyl, is undertaking R89-million worth of work at State-owned power utility Eskom’s Medupi and Kusile power stations, in Limpopo and Mpumalanga respectively. 

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