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Steel

Fluctuating steel prices affect local manufacturers

By: Bruce Montiea     10th July 2015 A significant number of South African manufacturers have been forced to import steel over the past two years instead of buying it locally because local steel prices are high, says steel racking, shelving and mezzanine flooring manufacturer, supplier and installer Universal Storage Systems sales... 

Global steel company launches new high-strength product

10th July 2015 Specialised global steel company SSAB’s new brand of steel, Strenx, is a high strength structural steel in the 600 to 1300 MPa range. Strenx performance steel combines the best properties of the three brands it replaces – Optim, Weldox and Domex – from SSAB and metal-based components and... 

IMPRESSIVE RESULTS
Strenx steel is delivered with a set of guarantees that ensure trouble-free production consistently
IMPRESSIVE RESULTS Strenx steel is delivered with a set of guarantees that ensure trouble-free production consistently

Innovative cartridge filters for effective emissions control

10th July 2015 Filtration products and systems company Donaldson Filtration Solutions has provided steel trading and steel processing company Macsteel Group with Donaldson Torit downflo cartridge type filters for its plate cutting tables. Donaldson Filtration Solutions sales manager Jacques Cato says cartridge... 

INDUSTRY STANDARD
Macsteel Group uses Donaldson Filtration Solutions downflo cartridge type filters for its plate cutting tables
INDUSTRY STANDARD Macsteel Group uses Donaldson Filtration Solutions downflo cartridge type filters for its plate cutting tables

South African steel industry faces global oversupply  

By: Bruce Montiea     10th July 2015 The South African steel industry is under severe stress, an ongoing issue exemplified by steel and vanadium slag producer Evraz Highveld Steel & Vanadium filing for business rescue in April and integrated steel company ArcelorMittal South Africa reducing production capacity at some of its mills... 

Saisc CEO Paolo Trinchero
Saisc CEO Paolo Trinchero and Saisi acting secretary general Johann Nel discuss the challenges currently facing the local steel industry

Energy efficient steel roller benefits materials handling sector

By: Bruce Montiea     10th July 2015 To meet the materials handling industry’s need for a cost-effective, energy efficient and long-lasting steel roller that also creates less noise pollution, conveyor rollers manufacturer and distributor Megaroller launched a new-generation steel roller onto the market in May. The roller is... 

NEW-GENERATION STEEL ROLLER 
Megaroller’s steel roller is designed to ensure accurate bearing alignment
NEW-GENERATION STEEL ROLLER Megaroller’s steel roller is designed to ensure accurate bearing alignment

More projects needed to grow local steel industry

By: David Oliveira     27th February 2015 The Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) is concerned about the number of future infrastructure projects in South Africa, which will impact the revitalisation of the country’s struggling steel industry. Saisc CEO Paulo Trinchero tells Engineering News that, while inconsistent... 

MODULAR ASSEMBLY The entire floor of the multistorey steel-frame system is preassembled and erected in one piece
MODULAR ASSEMBLY The entire floor of the multistorey steel-frame system is preassembled and erected in one piece

Evraz Highveld Q4 production up, prices down

By: Natalie Greve     27th February 2015 JSE-listed Evraz Highveld Steel & Vanadium achieved across-the-board production improvements in the fourth quarter ended December 31, citing improved efficiencies, ore quality and raw product availability. The company lifted the quarter-on-quarter production of hot metal by 9% to 167 975 t in the... 

AMSA furnace downcomer replaced in 14 days

27th February 2015 Fabrication, refurbishment and engineered solutions provider DCD Venco helped prevent further delays on the Blast Furnace N5 Reline Project at steel giant ArcelorMittal South Africa’s (AMSA’s) Newcastle Works facility in KwaZulu-Natal, in August last year, after it remanufactured a new 45-m-long,... 

Seifsa launches Awards for Excellence

27th February 2015 To encourage growth and celebrate excellence in the metals and engineering sector, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has taken the initiative of introducing the yearly Seifsa Awards for Excellence. This year’s winners will be announced on the first day of... 

Improved operating efficiency needed to remain competitive

By: David Oliveira     27th February 2015 The rising conversion cost of steel production, coupled with low steel consumption and oversupply, has prompted steel producers worldwide to implement technological and operational modifications to improve plant efficiencies and reduce operating costs, says the South African arm of Germany-based... 

INJECTOR TECHNOLOGY
Increases the amount of primary energy needed for the melting process, which significantly reduces a steel producer’s grid-based energy consumption
INJECTOR TECHNOLOGY Increases the amount of primary energy needed for the melting process, which significantly reduces a steel producer’s grid-based energy consumption

Steel manufacturer donates hall to KZN community

27th February 2015 Inkatha Freedom Party president and Buthelezi clan chieftain Mangosuthu Buthelezi officially handed over the Goqo Community Hall, in KwaZulu-Natal, in December last year. The hall was donated to the Buthelezi Traditional Council by steel, tube and pipe manufacturer Robor. “The most remarkable... 

No single solution for decreased energy consumption – worldsteel

27th February 2015 Steel industry body the World Steel Association (worldsteel) earlier this month published a new technical report on energy use in the steel industry, highlighting that there is no single solution for steel plants to decrease their energy intensity and identifying the main factors that affect the... 

Global crude steel production increases 1.2% year-on-year

27th February 2015 World crude steel production reached just under 1.7-billion tonnes at the close of 2014 – up by 1.2% from 2013 figures, says steel industry association body the World Steel Association (worldsteel) adding that, last year, the Middle East, which is the smallest region in the world for crude steel... 

Sassda honours local stainless steel fabricators at gala event

27th February 2015 The Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) in November announced the winners of the 2014 Stainless Steel Awards at a gala banquet held at the Indaba Hotel in Fourways, Johannesburg. “We have seen some of the strongest entries in several years for the 2014 Stainless Steel... 

Assore’s H1 headline earnings down nearly 60%

By: Ilan Solomons     27th February 2015 JSE-listed mining holding company Assore’s headline earnings for the six months ended December 31, 2014, declined by 59.2% to R990-million, mainly owing to the lower headline earnings recorded by its 50%-owned iron-ore and ferroalloy subsidiary Assmang. The subsidiary’s headline earnings fell by... 

Steel producer opens new decoiling line in Wales

27th February 2015 India-based multinational steel producer Tata Steel, which is Europe’s second-largest steel supplier, announced in January the opening of its new £11-million state-of-the-art heavy-gauge hot-rolled decoiling line in Llanwern, South Wales. Part of a steel service centre with a hot-rolled... 

Local steel manufacturer receives global certification

27th February 2015 Leading steel and steel products manufacturer Scaw Metals Group’s Cape Town branch in November received DNV accreditation from international certification body DNV-GL, certifying the company’s wire rope slings and attachments in accordance with DNV specification 2.7-1. DNV-GL is acknowledged as... 

Seifsa calls for robust intervention in environmental law

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th February 2015 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) earlier this month said South Africa’s strict environmental legislation was a significant challenge for small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) that could hamper further growth of this sector if not dealt with... 

Acquisition presents business opportunities for steel producer

By: David Oliveira     27th February 2015 The South African division of global advanced high-strength steel (AHSS) and quenched and tempered (Q&T) steel producer SSAB – SSAB South Africa – acquired South African wear specialist company WearClad in October last year, enabling the company to establish its own wear specialist branch –... 

CUT TO SHAPE
SSAB Shape offers steel-processing services, such as plasma and laser cutting, bending and drilling
CUT TO SHAPE SSAB Shape offers steel-processing services, such as plasma and laser cutting, bending and drilling

Duplex stainless steel casting use increasing

By: Ilan Solomons     11th July 2014 The long-established trend of European equipment manufacturers using duplex stainless steel in a variety of their designs is gaining momentum in South Africa, says specialist foundry group Steloy Castings. Steloy sales and marketing director Wynand Labuschagne tells Engineering News that, for the... 

100% LOCAL
Steloy Castings can use 100% local resources to supply duplex stainless components
100% LOCAL Steloy Castings can use 100% local resources to supply duplex stainless components

Africa to provide significant steel opportunities

By: Ilan Solomons     11th July 2014 Steel plant processing technology, equipment and services specialist SMS Siemag, a division of SMS group, supplier of processing technology, equipment and services for the ferrous, ferro-alloy and non-ferrous metals industries, says there is potential to establish new steel plants in Africa in... 

AWAITING OPPORTUNITIES SMS group, through its office in Johannesburg, is well placed to provide plant equipment for steel plants in Africa
AWAITING OPPORTUNITIES SMS group, through its office in Johannesburg, is well placed to provide plant equipment for steel plants in Africa

Institute expands development programmes

By: Ilan Solomons     11th July 2014 Steel construction industry body Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) aims increase its presence in Southern Africa, says Saisc CEO Paolo Trinchero. “We are. . . establishing links with universities and training institutes in other Southern African countries, such as Botswana... 

KNOWLEDGE THIRST
The demand for training programmes in Africa is growing
Photo by Duane Daws
KNOWLEDGE THIRST The demand for training programmes in Africa is growing

Company continues to expand steel offering

By: Ilan Solomons     11th July 2014 Steel and engineering products supplier Stewarts & Lloyds South Africa has expanded its offering to the local market over the past five years. Stewarts & Lloyds South Africa central division MD Forbes Williamson tells Engineering News that the company currently manufactures palisade fencing,... 

TRYING TIMES
The lackluster state of the global economy has had a negative impact on most sectors that Stewarts & Lloyds service
TRYING TIMES The lackluster state of the global economy has had a negative impact on most sectors that Stewarts & Lloyds service

Steel-pipe maker pulls back from brink of closure

By: Ilan Solomons     11th July 2014 Privately owned manufacturer of industrial components Barnes Group has acquired local steel-pipe maker Hall Longmore from construction and engineering group Murray & Roberts (M&R) in February. Hall Longmore MD Kenny van Rooyen tells Engineering News that, prior to the takeover, the company “had... 

IMPROVED PROSPECTS Hall Longmore has a growing order book
IMPROVED PROSPECTS Hall Longmore has a growing order book

Metallurgical plant maintenance stimulates technical services

By: David Oliveira     11th July 2014 The South African arm of Germany-based metallurgical plant and rolling mill technology provider SMS Siemag has registered significant growth in its technical services over the last two to three years. SMS Siemag South Africa MD Pieter Bezuidenhout notes that the growth, despite the lack of major... 

Institute engages DTI to increase local content requirements

By: Ilan Solomons     11th July 2014 Industry body for the promotion of the steel construction industry the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) is in discussions with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to increase local product content requirements for future industrial projects, Saisc CEO Paolo... 

AFRICAN HICCUP
Despite the growth in structural steel use in other parts of Africa, local export tonnages have not increased
AFRICAN HICCUP Despite the growth in structural steel use in other parts of Africa, local export tonnages have not increased

Long-term volatility predicted in M&E sector

By: Ilan Solomons     11th July 2014 Business trends in the metals and engineering (M&E) sector have been highly volatile for the past three years and are likely to remain so for the foreseeable future, national employer federation representing the metal and engineering industry Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of South... 

POSITIVE TRENDS The metals and engineering sector recorded encouraging production and capacity use trends during the first quarter of this year
Photo by Duane Daws
POSITIVE TRENDS The metals and engineering sector recorded encouraging production and capacity use trends during the first quarter of this year

Inaccurate coding distorts structural steelwork imports 

By: Ilan Solomons     11th July 2014 Imported fabricated structural steel is a significant challenge for local South African fabricators, owing to the quantity and price at which it is imported, says industry body for the promotion of the steel construction industry in Southern Africa the Southern African Institute of Steel... 

STEELING THE SHOW For every 100 000 t of structural steel imported, 10 000 potential job opportunities are lost
Southern African Institute of Steel Construction CEO Paolo Trinchero discusses the effects of structural steel imports on South Africa. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

SMS Siemag

11th July 2014 Together with companies such as SMS Meer, SMS Concast and Paul Wurth, SMS Siemag forms part of a strong global network of companies known as SMS group. The SMS group supplies various processing plant, technology, equipment, components, spare parts, and technical services for ferrous (both flat-... 

SMS Siemag

Steel producer wades through subdued market

By: Ilan Solomons     11th July 2014 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) says it is operating in a challenging global steel market, which has been exacerbated by a subdued local market, with low sales volumes and competition from imports, particularly finished goods. “Therefore, we have been on a drive to increase... 

NEWCASTLE UPGRADE ArcelorMittal South Africa is undertaking a R1.6-billion reline of the blast furnace at its Newcastle plant, in KwaZulu-Natal
NEWCASTLE UPGRADE ArcelorMittal South Africa is undertaking a R1.6-billion reline of the blast furnace at its Newcastle plant, in KwaZulu-Natal

South African steel industry needs protection policies  

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th February 2014 Owing to the discovery of and exploration for shale gas in the US and Canada, as well as gas finds off Mozambique and Asia, the global steel industry is set to undergo a radical makeover, but South Africa may not immediately benefit from the lower gas prices, states advisory company Deloitte... 

POLAND SHALE GAS 
The discovery of and exploration for shale gas and gas finds across the world can reduce gas prices which will benefit steel producing companies that use gas to manufacture steel
Photo by Bloomberg
POLAND SHALE GAS The discovery of and exploration for shale gas and gas finds across the world can reduce gas prices which will benefit steel producing companies that use gas to manufacture steel

Steel distributor confident of overcoming steel industry challenges

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th February 2014 Steel distributor BSi Steel reports that it has fulfilled its aim of reaching growth of 28% in 2013. “Although South Africa’s steel consumption declined by at least 6% in the domestic steel market, BSi Steel has been on a sustained growth drive, which has resulted in a material increase in... 

FUTURE CONFIDENCE

BSI Steel is optimistic in its ability to adapt and overcome the challenges currently facing the steel industry
FUTURE CONFIDENCE BSI Steel is optimistic in its ability to adapt and overcome the challenges currently facing the steel industry

Steel distributor to introduce new products 

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th February 2014 Steel distribution and processing company Duferco Distribution Services’ steel sales have increased by about 300% since January last year, as more industries, such as mining, transport, recycling and cement, are expressing interest and buying its Quard and Quend steel, S355 and pressure vessel... 

STEEL INCREASE
Duferco Distribution Services will introduce new quench and tempered steel materials in a width of 3 m onto the South African market this year
STEEL INCREASE Duferco Distribution Services will introduce new quench and tempered steel materials in a width of 3 m onto the South African market this year

Engineering components distributor installs new, low-maintenance cable carrier system

28th February 2014 Engineering components distributor Bearing Man Group (BMG) has recently completed the installation of a new steel cable carrier system, of undisclosed value, at a straightening mill of one of the largest steel producers in Africa. “This project in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal, encompassed the removal... 

LOW MAINTENANCE
The Tsubaki Kabelschlepp cable carrier system feature self-cleaning links, and advantages include high-load carrying capacity and high-impact resilience
LOW MAINTENANCE The Tsubaki Kabelschlepp cable carrier system feature self-cleaning links, and advantages include high-load carrying capacity and high-impact resilience

Modest recovery forecast for South African steel industry

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th February 2014 International credit insurer Coface noted a 40% increase in the number of steel company liquidations in 2013. “Coface encountered 55 cases of liquidation in the local steel industry last year,” Coface industry analyst Warrick Robertson says, adding that the credit insurer observed a 56% increase... 

WARRICK ROBERTSON

Although international credit insurer Coface forecasts a modest recovery for the steel industry, the company emphasizes that sub-Saharan Africa is a growing market for South African steel products
WARRICK ROBERTSON Although international credit insurer Coface forecasts a modest recovery for the steel industry, the company emphasizes that sub-Saharan Africa is a growing market for South African steel products

New version of marking system to mark two dimensional code

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th February 2014 The new version of the InfoDent 8400-20 pin marking system, designed for marking hot, primary metals or steel products, which was launched in mid-2013, has an improved controller, which increases the marking speed and can print machine-readable information, or two-dimensional codes, says supplier... 

MARKING SMART
The new InfoDent 8400-20 pin marking machine can print on uneven surfaces and machine-readable information or two-dimensional code onto hot steel products
MARKING SMART The new InfoDent 8400-20 pin marking machine can print on uneven surfaces and machine-readable information or two-dimensional code onto hot steel products

Crane contracts increased by 142% in 2013

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th February 2014 Lifting equipment and service company Konecranes Southern Africa (SA) is manufacturing nine overhead cranes, with an estimated value of R8-million, for the steel industry and continues its inspection and service contracts for local and multinational steel manufacturers and distributors, states... 

CRANE OPERATION

The Konecranes service procedure and service manual has proven to reduce crane operating costs and thus increasing production capacity, reliability and efficiency
CRANE OPERATION The Konecranes service procedure and service manual has proven to reduce crane operating costs and thus increasing production capacity, reliability and efficiency

Capital investment programmes can boost industry

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th February 2014 Specialist foundry Steloy Castings will complete a multimillion dollar order for stanchion support assemblies, this month, which will be sent to a petrochemicals refinery in China. “The order comprised an assembly of castings, the bulk of which consists of tubes, which are used in the stanchions.... 

CASTING OPPORTUNITY
Capital investment programmes, such as the Strategic Integrated Projects, will provide opportunities for the casting industry to supply cast and centrifugally cast products
CASTING OPPORTUNITY Capital investment programmes, such as the Strategic Integrated Projects, will provide opportunities for the casting industry to supply cast and centrifugally cast products
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