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Steel

Survey reveals increase in use of light steel frame building method

28th February 2014 An industry survey conducted by the Southern African Light Steel Frame Building Association (SASFA) revealed an increase in the use of the light steel frame building (LSFB) method in South Africa.   “Mainly, the survey showed that the mass of steel used in South Africa to profile light steel... 

SA vitreous enamel steel cladding panels used internationally

By: Ilan Solomons     16th August 2013 South African-based vitreous enamel-product manufacturer Vitrex is supplying projects in the Sultanate of Oman, in Asia, and in the UK, with its Vitraclad panels. The company’s most recent local project was in April 2012, when it supplied Vitraclad vitreous enamel steel cladding panels for the... 

CLADDING FOR CAPE TOWNThe Cape Town Civic Centre project required the installation of about 400 m2 of Vitraclad cladding around the entrances and across the lower levels of the building
CLADDING FOR CAPE TOWNThe Cape Town Civic Centre project required the installation of about 400 m2 of Vitraclad cladding around the entrances and across the lower levels of the building

Steel used to uplift local communal infrastructure

By: Ilan Solomons     16th August 2013 Steel and aluminium building products supplier and manufacturer Duro has supplied many hospitals and schools with steel windows and doors in support of the South African government’s development projects, in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), during the past year. The most prominent developments in which Duro... 

STRENGTHENING COMMUNAL STEELThe most prominent developments in which Duro has been involved, is the supply of steel to the Empangeni and Emmanus hospitals, in KwaZulu-Nata
STRENGTHENING COMMUNAL STEELThe most prominent developments in which Duro has been involved, is the supply of steel to the Empangeni and Emmanus hospitals, in KwaZulu-Nata

Company expands South African steel operations

By: Ilan Solomons     16th August 2013 In the last two years JSE-listed steel distributor BSi Steel has opened a total of six branches in Gauteng and the North-West pronince, and has enjoyed strong support from its respective markets to date, BSi Steel South African stockists division CE Ross Teichmann tells Engineering News. “By... 

POSITIVE RESPONSEBSi Steel’s range of carbon-steel products include sections, sheet and plate, tubing, cold-formed sections, roofing and selected mining products
POSITIVE RESPONSEBSi Steel’s range of carbon-steel products include sections, sheet and plate, tubing, cold-formed sections, roofing and selected mining products

SA fasteners safe and meet global standards

16th August 2013 The bolt and fastener industry is in excellent shape, in South Africa with the product easily meeting international safety standards, Krugersdorp-based fastener manufacturer CBC Fasteners MD Robert Pietersma. “By way of example, the manufacturing process at CBC Fasteners is monitored by a... 

Difficult choices ahead for institute’s Steel Awards judges

By: Ilan Solomons     16th August 2013 A workers accommodation project, which used the light-steel frame building (LSFB) method on Saint Helena island, in the South Atlantic Ocean, about 1 770.2 km west of Luanda, Angola, and the new office building of banking firm Standard Bank in Rosebank, Johannesburg, are among the 50 entries for... 

LIGHT-STEEL-FRAME HOUSINGLight-steel-frame building offered the best solution for creating a village on Saint Helena islan
LIGHT-STEEL-FRAME HOUSINGLight-steel-frame building offered the best solution for creating a village on Saint Helena islan

Putting LFSB in the public frame

12th July 2013 The South African mainstream building market has been cautious in accepting light-steel frame building (LSFB), unlike in the US, Australia and New Zealand where it is being used increasingly, yet the building method’s advantages – substantially faster construction time, energy and cost... 

Can SA steel fabricators remain competitive in Africa?

By: Chantelle Kotze     12th July 2013 To remain competitive in the African market, South African structural steel fabricators must ensure they add more value to steel products and move away from the current commodity model, which is based on supplying ex-works fabricated products. 

Unisa building entered in Steel Awards

12th July 2013 The extension project at the existing University of South Africa (Unisa) Cape Town Campus, situated in Parow, displays the power of local ingenuity for an institution that ranks among the greatest of its kind in the world and is one of several good entries in this year’s Steel Awards, says... 

Versatile laser system introduced to SA

By: Chantelle Kotze     12th July 2013 US-based laser-cutting and engraving systems manufacturer Kern Laser Systems’ new HSE 150 W and HSE 400 W laser systems can be equipped with technology that enables the laser systems to accurately cut sheet metals made from stainless steel, mild steel, aluminum and brass. 

Steel suited to manufacture of low-cost housing window frames

12th July 2013 Manufacturer and supplier of steel windows, doors, doorframes and garage doors Duro Pressings says the advantages of using steel in the manufacture of its products, specifically its inner and outer South African Bureau of Standards- (SABS-) approved Cliscoe windows, is significant. 

Measures taken to meet demand

By: Chantelle Kotze     12th July 2013 Sheet-metal component manufacturer Fabrinox will take receipt of the last of three newly acquired pieces of machinery no later than mid-August, as part of an equipment investment programme to increase its manufacturing capacity, MD Andre Visser tells Engineering News. 

Focus on adding value, despite depressed steel market

By: Chantelle Kotze     12th July 2013 US-based laser-cutting and engraving systems manufacturer Kern Laser Systems’ new HSE 150 W and HSE 400 W laser systems can be equipped with technology that enables the laser systems to accurately cut sheet metals made from stainless steel, mild steel, aluminum and brass. 

Investment improves services offering

By: Chantelle Kotze     12th July 2013 Sheet-metal component manufacturer Fabrinox will take receipt of the last of three newly acquired pieces of machinery no later than mid-August, as part of an equipment investment programme to increase its manufacturing capacity, MD Andre Visser tells Engineering News. 

R70m construction project uses 158 t of structural steel

By: Chantelle Kotze     12th July 2013 Consulting engineering firm Aurecon’s R70-million project involving the construction of a study centre at the University of Pretoria’s Engineering 1 building, which comprises 158 t of structural steel, is scheduled for completion this month. 

Steel construction industry to focus on areas of growth potential

12th July 2013 The global steel industry, including the steel industry in South Africa seems to be in a constant state of flux.This was one of the trends identified at the SteelFuture conference, hosted by the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc), in March, which saw authorities from all... 

INCREASED CONSUMPTIONSome 45% of the steel produced in the world goes into construction, and increasingly more is used in developing countries, such as Brazil, India, Russia and South Africa
INCREASED CONSUMPTIONSome 45% of the steel produced in the world goes into construction, and increasingly more is used in developing countries, such as Brazil, India, Russia and South Africa

Heat-transfer technology increasingly used in global steel-processing industry

By: Chantelle Kotze     12th July 2013 Heat transfer technology company TKEnergizer’s patented thermal kinetic energizer (TKEnergizer) technology – which delivers heat in a uniform stream of high kinetic energy – took some time to gain momentum, but currently has an increasing presence in the steel-processing industry, says South... 

SA steel industry to recover moderately, investment unlikely

By: Sashnee Moodley     1st March 2013 Several years of decline in the South African steel industry will come to an end by way of a moderate recovery in steel production over the coming years, forecasts global professional services firm KPMG industrial, automotive and pharmaceutical director Anthony Berrange. 

Local industry to benefit from decline in demand for Chinese imports

By: Sashnee Moodley     1st March 2013 A decrease in steel exports from China will increase African countries’ demand for South African steel, says JSE-listed steel processor and supplier BSi Steel trading exports and roofing chief executive director Craig Parry. 

New technology promotes electric steelmaking

By: Sashnee Moodley     1st March 2013 A new energy efficient iron-making technology, SupaScrap, by Iron Mineral Beneficiation Services (IMBS), could replace the blast furnaces that are traditionally used in steelmaking, as the technology’s high-iron, low-impurity content product will be predominantly used as a feedstock for electric... 

Book aims to standardise structural steel connections

By: Sashnee Moodley     1st March 2013 To promote standardisation and reduce project costs and design time among steel fabricators, engineers and draftspeople, the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) has launched a new book called Structural Steel Connections or more commonly known as The Green Book.  

LSF building gaining popularity

By: Sashnee Moodley     1st March 2013 The use of light steel framing (LSF) is steadily expanding in Southern Africa, despite a slow recovery in the building sector, with LSF manufacturers reporting a throughput increase of 10% during 2012, reports the Southern African Light Steel Frame Building Association’s (Sasfa’s) yearly survey. 

Stainless steel beneficial for biofuels sector

1st March 2013 Stainless steel is the material of choice for many applications in the bioethanol, biodiesel and biogas sectors as it presents a cost-efficient and reliable material solution, says international nonprofit organisation the Nickel Institute. 

Expansions worth R750 000 completed

By: Sashnee Moodley     1st March 2013 The 1 000 m2 office extension for Pretoria West-based retail outlet Kit Kat Cash & Carry was officially completed last month, following modifications of the initial expansion in January.  

Long-steel producer to receive first electric-arc furnace

1st March 2013 Electric steelmaking and casting technology supplier SMS Concast is supplying long-steel producer El Marakby Steel, in Giza, Egypt with its first electric-arc furnace, which is scheduled to be commissioned at the end of 2013.  

Steel supplier implements cost-effectiveness initiatives, mitigates losses

By: Samantha Herbst     13th July 2012 Steel and vanadium supplier Evraz Highveld Steel has identified 2015 as the target year for commissioning its cogeneration plant, which will produce between 75 MW and 150 MW of power, depending on the final process design and capacity converted, says COO Franz Holy. 

Cottage, secondary steel industries hold biggest growth potential – ISF

By: Samantha Herbst     13th July 2012 South Africa’s small-scale steel sector, also known as the cottage steel industry, has the potential to develop into a more pertinent sector, which, if developed, could create downstream benefits for the rest of the steel industry, says International Steel Fabricators of South Africa (ISF)... 

Industry outlook depends on R800bn infrastructure spend – Saisc

By: Samantha Herbst     13th July 2012 The outlook for the local steel industry, which is valued at about R20-billion a year, is cloudy at present, says Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) education director Spencer Erling. 

Steel merchant processing division now ISO 9001 accredited

By: Samantha Herbst     13th July 2012 AltX-listed steel merchant BSi Steel’s processing division, Shearcut, is now ISO 9001 accredited; an accreditation that Shearcut director and BSi COO Jerry Govender believes will eventually extend to other divisions in the company. 

SA to host mining conference, plans to move it abroad in future

By: Samantha Herbst     13th July 2012 The Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) plans to move the Structures for Mining and related Materials Handling (SMMH) conference abroad at some point, education director Spencer Erling tells Engineering News. 

Local inventor goes global with new heat transfer technology 

By: Samantha Herbst     13th July 2012 Sovereign Tec, an associate company of local steel merchant Sovereign Steel, has gone global, owing to a new technology will, according to the company, significantly alter thermal processing in various industries around the world. 

Heavy-duty engineering company benefits from German bandsaw

By: Samantha Herbst     13th July 2012 Local industrial equipment, electronic and mechanical components supplier Elquip Solutions has supplied and successfully commissioned two Behringer high-performance bandsaws, valued at more than R5-million, for a heavy-duty engineering company in the steel industry. 

Industry body highlights environment, pricing as priorities

2nd March 2012 Among its priorities for this year and beyond, there are none more crucial to the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) than the promotion of steel as a green product, the protection of the local consumer – especially from the importation of substandard and dangerous products,... 

Local changes required to exploit African explosion

2nd March 2012 For the South African steel construction industry to be competitive in Africa – where the world’s next major economic growth spurt will occur - and especially the sub-Saharan Africa region, some important changes will have to be made, says Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc)... 

Steel outlook for 2012 cloudy, world economy a major factor

By: Reggie Sikhakhane     2nd March 2012 The risk of the current global economic difficulties unravelling further may have a detrimental influence on export demand supplied by local industries, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of South Africa (Seifsa) tells Engineering News. 

Govt infrastructure development holds promise for LSFB industry

By: Reggie Sikhakhane     2nd March 2012 President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation address, which focused largely on government infrastructure development plans, holds promise for the future of the light steel frame building (LSFB) sector, says the Southern African Light Steel Frame Building Association (Sasfa) director John Barnard.  

Consumables, capital equipment supplier plans to grow market share

By: Reggie Sikhakhane     2nd March 2012 Cutting consumables and capital equipment supplier First Cut plans to continue increasing its market share and add new products to its existing range, says sales director Gary Willis.  

Power pylon designation will create 1 500 jobs

2nd March 2012 During the seventeenth Conference of the Parties, or COP 17, in Durban last year, a major job creation initiative went almost unnoticed, says Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) industry development director Kobus de Beer. 

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