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Steel

Steelworks undergoes safety, heaalth, and environmental upgrade

29th February 2008 South Africa's biggest steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa announced that it has given approval for R343,8-million in capital expenditure at its Newcastle works to improve the plant's production capacity as well as improve its safety, health and environmental impact to bring it in... 

World Cup elation for steel company

By: Jonathan Faurie     29th February 2008 Steel producer DSE, part of the Aveng Group of companies, has contributed a significant amount of steel to the World Cup stadiums that are currently under construction for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. 

New testing solution for steel industry

29th February 2008 Through an extensive research process, a new testing solution for the steel industry has been found. 

Stainless steel growth slows but trend remains positive

By: Jonathan Faurie     29th February 2008 The Southern African stainless steel industry grew by just over 1% in calendar 2007 to a total apparent consumption of 197 070, surpassing 2006 figure of 194 916 tons, reports the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda).  

Capacity expansion for steel foundry

By: Jonathan Faurie     29th February 2008 Steel foundry Matt Cast Supplies has recently purchased a new spectrometer as part of the company’s ongoing capacity expansion programme. 

Steel construction industry rides demand wave peak

13th July 2007 The steel construction industry in South Africa is probably at its most buoyant in history says Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) executive director Dr Hennie de Clercq. 

Heavy steel structure designers in high demand

13th July 2007 The Southern African Institute of Steel Construction�s (SAISC) first short course on the design of heavy industrial buildings which ran in May 2007 in response to the huge demand for heavy industrial structure designers in South Africa, was so successful that the institute plans to run it again... 

Structural steel junior has major ambitions

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     13th July 2007 Structural steel fabricator Midvaal Structures of Randvaal is expanding capacity at its facility to 40 000 m2 and building a new workshop, which will feature a gantry measuring 1500 m2 and lifting capacity of five t, CEO Mario Stoltz reports. 

Steel fabricator scales up to meet SA infrastructure boom

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     13th July 2007 Local structural steel company DSE, a division of Grinaker LTA M&E which is in the JSE-listed Aveng stable, is gearing up for a sharp rise in structural steel demand. 

New high-strength steel matches roll-forming requirements

13th July 2007 Steel company SSAB Swedish Steel has developed Docol Roll, an advanced high strength steel matched specifically to roll forming. 

Steel structures impress at 2007 steel awards

13th July 2007 The entries received for the 2007 Steel Awards, the 26th such event to be hosted by the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC), displayed creativity, ingenuity and innovation in the design and use of structural steel, SAISC executive director Dr Hennie de Clercq says. 

Successful steel industry needs skills development - Seifsa

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     13th July 2007 With demand for skills on the increase in the construction arena, a shortage of skilled workers in the steel industry is no exception. 

Steel fabricator expands as construction economy boils over

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     13th July 2007 Steel profiler, SS Profiling is expanding its facilities near Brits, in South Africa’s North West province, to cater for future demand from its customers, which are engaged mostly in construction-related activities. 

Steel coatings company secures major pipeline project

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     13th July 2007 Protective Coatings company Sigma Coatings has secured the supply for the internal lining of a second large water steel pipeline project termed the Western Aquaduct. 

Steel exports fuel SA's production growth

13th July 2007 The South African steel industry is growing and keeping up with world trends,the South African Iron and Steel Institute (SAISI) reports. 

China's stomach for steel

13th July 2007 Global crude steel production increased some 9% last year from 1,14-billion tons to 1,24-billion tons, with China, the world�s largest steel producer, contributing some 34% to total global production and some 64% of production growth recorded during the year reports Creamer Media�s Research... 

New fastening tool hopes to tie up construction-site loose ends

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     13th July 2007 A new automated steel reinforcement fastener promises to cut down on time spent fastening rebar on construction sites. 

Lightweight steel frames lighten the load for local construction

13th July 2007 Lightweight steel roof trusses are making an impact on the local market, Vela Steel Building Systems (Vela SBS) managing director Brent Harris says. 

African giant looks 'long' for next million

By: Guy Copans     29th June 2007 Mittal Steel South Africa�s capital expenditure (capex) programme is guaranteed to contribute, by the end of 2008, an additional million tons of capacity a year to its steel plants at Vanderbijlpark, Saldahna and Newcastle, says Mittal Steel SA CEO Rick Reato. 

Refractory reline contract completed

29th June 2007 Turnkey refractory project specialist The Dickinson Group was awarded a contract for the installation of refractories of blast furnace d in Mittal Steel�s capital expenditure programme. The contract included the supply of in excess of 1500 t of refractory materials and anchors. 

R80m boiler part of waste-to-energy plan

By: Jonathan Faurie     29th June 2007 South African company Babcock Africa, through its division, Babcock Engineering, will design, supply, manufacture, install and commission two 55-t/h waste-heat boilers for the Vanderbijlpark steel plant. 

Multiple-contract civils model being deployed

By: Guy Copans     29th June 2007 Civil engineering company Group Five was awarded a civils maintenance-and new-projects contract in July 2005, to commence work on Mittal Steel�s capital expenditure (capex) project. The contract included standard maintenance work, civils work for the blast furnace d reline, the construction of an... 

SA cooling systems for DRI kilns

By: Jonathan Faurie     29th June 2007 Cooling Tower company Industrial Water Cooling (IWC) is providing cooling systems for the new direct-reduction iron (DRI) kilns installed at Mittal Steel South Africa�s Vanderbijlpark plant as part of Mittal�s capital expansion programme. 

Compressors upgrade

By: Jonathan Faurie     29th June 2007 Cooperation between Man Turbo South Africa and Man Turbo�s main offices in Europe made the upgrade of four compressors and he installation of a new fifth machine at Mittal Steel South Africa Vanderbijlpark plant possible. 

Blast furnace reline to boost capacity

29th June 2007 Steel producing company Mittal Steel South Africa says that its R578-million relining of its Vanderbijlpark blast furnace d will increase the plants overall steel capacity. 

Expanding value addition

29th June 2007 Mittal Steel South Africa is to begin construction of two direct reduction (DR) kilns at its Vanderbijlpark plant at a cost of R600-million to increase its liquid steel capacity by around 250 000 t/y. 

Filtration relations extended to capex

By: Guy Copans     29th June 2007 Filtration company Donaldson Filtration Systems is responsible for a large portion of the filtration work at Mittal Steel�s Vanderbijlpark facility, says sales engineer Deon Cilliers, who provides technical support to the site. 

Weakening rand improves South Africa’s steel export prospects

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd March 2007 The weakening of the rand last year allowed several metal exporters, who had previously been driven out of the export market, to return, says Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of South Africa (Seifsa) economist Michael McDonald. McDonald says that Seifsa launched a survey into the... 

Highveld purchase under ECC microscope

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd March 2007 The sale of Anglo American’s 79% share of Highveld Steel and Vanadium Corporation to the Russian Evras, has been slightly delayed by the European Competition Commission. 

Steady growth predicted for steel

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd March 2007 In 2006, world crude steel production reached it’s highest level of output in world history. 

Second Living Steel challenge is under way

2nd March 2007 Living Steel’s second international architecture competition for sustainable housing, is under way. The competition was launched on world architecture day last year and has since drawn interest from over 1 100 entries in 88 countries. 

Tons of steel for Sishen

2nd March 2007 Ginaker-LTA Mechanical and Electrical’s new Metal and Minerals division has started construction on the Sishen Expansion Project (SEP). Grinanker-LTA, in a joint venture with Murray and Roberts, was awarded the contract for civil construction at the SEP. 

Scratching the surface of steel abrasives

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd March 2007 Advanced metallurgy has seen the emergence of stainless steel abrasives in a similar size and form to the better known carbon steel shot and grit, used for surface treatment of non-ferrous items, says Simple Active Tactics (SAT) director Charles Dominion. Through specific heat treatment... 

Steel: its forms and functionality

2nd March 2007 Steel is very often overlooked in the processes of everyday life. There is hardly any object that we use, that does not contain steel or that is not created with equipment made from steel, states the International Iron and Steel Institute’s (IISI) Steel and You publication. Mass production... 

New roll former rolls out first grinding media

2nd March 2007 Scaw South Africa has manufactured its the first grinding media on its newly commissioned roll former at its Germiston plant. 

Local company acquires plasma arc cutting machine for steel products

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd March 2007 Profile Cut Dynamics, specialists in profiling and guillotining, has acquired a high definition plasma arc cutting machine. Imported from Germany, the machine can cut up to 38 mm thick steel. The Hypertherm hyperformance plasma HPR260 reduces operating costs and eliminates the need for secondary... 

China’s hunger for steel outstrips demand

2nd March 2007 In 2006, China dominated world production of crude steel by producing 418,8-million tons of steel, accounting for about 34% of the entire world production. 

Sishen bridge gets legs to stand on

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd March 2007 DCD-Dorbyl Heavy Engineering Venco has been commissioned to manufacture the bridges and portal legs for the 2 drum reclaimers at the Sishen Expansion Project (SEP). 

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