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Metals & Engineering News

Get Steel invites comment on proposed foundry project in Benoni

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th May 2024 Local steel processing company Get Steel has invited interested and affected parties to submit comments on a draft scoping report into the refurbishment of the Naledi Foundry, in Benoni, Gauteng. The company also intends to install additional infrastructure and equipment to establish a new... 

Industry organisation eagerly anticipates Machine Tools Africa event

17th May 2024 With a few days to go until the 2024 iteration of the Machine Tools Africa event, to be held from May 21 to 24 at the Nasrec showgrounds, in Johannesburg, industry organisation Machine Tools Merchants’ Association (MTMA) chairperson Mike Lee says all exhibitors are “getting ready to put the... 

Seifsa, unions commit to addressing access to housing for sector employees

By: Schalk Burger     15th May 2024 The Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC) negotiations have concluded with a 7% wage increase over the next year for entry-level workers in the metals and engineering industry and a 6% wage increase over the next year for skilled workers. Entry-level workers will receive a... 

Seifsa president Elias Monage
Seifsa president Elias Monage

Tribunal orders Emfuleni municipality to provide documents to Cape Gate in excessive pricing matter

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th May 2024 The Competition Tribunal has ordered the Emfuleni local municipality to provide various documents to steel producer and electricity consumer Cape Gate, which alleges that the municipality excessively charged it for electricity in 2016/17. In its answering affidavit to the tribunal, the... 

Seifsa, Numsa conclude three-year metals, engineering sector wage agreement

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th May 2024 After three formal engagements, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) and trade union the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) have concluded the terms of a three-year wage agreement for the metals and engineering sector. The agreement is... 

New clean cooking equipment factory opened in Paarl

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th May 2024 Clean and renewable energy solutions company Ener-G-Africa (EGA) on Thursday officially opened its new biomass stove and cookware manufacturing facility, in the Western Cape province town of Paarl. The factory will produce two different types of stoves, and two different ranges of cooking pots.... 

A Multi-Application Fuel Efficient Cookstove
A Multi-Application Fuel Efficient Cookstove

Enhanced regulation, law enforcement needed to combat scrap metal theft 

By: Darren Parker     3rd May 2024 Enhanced regulation and enforcement are needed to address the challenges of scrap metal theft in South Africa and potentially lift the ban on scrap metal exports, research and advisory firm Birguid analyst Noquele Dube says. She explains that the scrap metal industry contributes R15-billion to... 

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Ongoing investment underscores commitment 

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd May 2024 Anchored fundamentally in the principle of efficiently managing its manufacturing processes, conveyor belt solutions manufacturer and supplier Tru-Trac Rollers’ ongoing investments in “state-of-the-art technology” and its adherence to strict international quality standards underscore its... 

Ongoing investment underscores commitment
Tru-Trac Rollers' Shaun Blumberg and Franco Cloete give insight into the company's development thus far, and what has made it so successful

AMSA to convert one Vanderbijlpark blast furnace to an electric arc furnace by 2028 

By: Darren Parker     2nd May 2024 Steelmaker ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) CEO Kobus Verster has confirmed that the company will be converting one of its three blast furnaces into an electric arc furnace (EAF) within the next four years. The company currently has two blast furnaces in operation at its Vanderbijlpark facility.... 

blast furnace at AMSA
In this video, AMSA CEO Kobus Verster tells Engineering News about the company's plans to decarbonise.

AMSA expects to break ground on Vanderbijlpark’s 200 MW solar plant this year

By: Darren Parker     2nd May 2024 Steelmaker ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) is planning to start construction on a 200 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant at its Vanderbijlpark facility, in Gauteng, towards the end of the year, CEO Kobus Verster has told Engineering News. He explained that the installation would serve as... 

AMSA's Vanderbijl Park facility with open ground in the foreground
The ample open ground at AMSA's Vanderbijl Park facility will be used to build a 200 MW solar power plant

Opinion: Pollution in the Vaal Triangle – progress, but more must be done

2nd May 2024 In this article, ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) CEO Kobus Verster writes that industry across the Vaal Triangle, together with responsible corporate citizens in the steel industry, must constantly improve their overall environmental performance above and beyond air quality indicators. 

AMSA CEO Kobus Verster
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
AMSA CEO Kobus Verster

Decarbonisation investment while paying carbon tax is impossible, says AMSA's Verster 

By: Darren Parker     30th April 2024 Paying billions of rands in carbon tax while simultaneously investing in decarbonisation efforts is impossible, steel maker ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) CEO Kobus Verster has said. In South Africa, the carbon price is currently fixed at R308/t of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) Scope 1... 

AMSA CEO Kobus Verster
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AMSA CEO Kobus Verster

Firm reports on successful global turnkey projects

26th April 2024 With the promise that its customised transfer point solutions will always perform to expectations, transfer chute technology provider Weba Chute Systems tackles its turnkey projects in a highly systematic and controlled manner. The company has successfully carried out more than 25 turnkey... 

The above image depicts the team at Weba Chute Systems discussing a design
OPEN COMMUNICATION Turnkey projects demand clear channels of communication and agreement with the customer on a regular meeting schedule to ensure that all stakeholders are kept informed throughout the project cycle.

New cable carriers ideal for harsh conditions

26th April 2024 Tsubaki chain, power transmission and motion control products distributor BMG supplies and supports Tsubaki Kabelschlepp cable carriers that have been developed to withstand operation in many industries, including highly corrosive environments. “The Kabelschlepp solution is ideally suited for use... 

The abive image depicts the BMG Kabelschlepp cable carrier installation
Photo by BMG
PERFECTLY SIZED The design of the heavy-duty steel and corrosion-resistant stainless steel Tsubaki Kabelschlepp range allows for increased unsupported lengths and large additional loads without sagging, when perfectly sized to the application

Fabricator offers one-stop solution

By: Lynne Davies     26th April 2024 Turnkey steel service centre Fargo Steel Fabrication aims to streamline the complexities that occur during engineered projects by eliminating the need for companies or individuals to utilise multiple service providers to complete a project. “With our team of highly-skilled individuals, we have... 

The above image depicts Fargo Steel Fabrication’s recently purchased Amanda Tube Laser has allowed the company to enter new markets, with the constant purchase of new machinery diversifying its capabilities, benefitting clients and markets
MARKET DIVERSITY The Amanda Tube Laser has allowed the company to enter new markets, with the constant purchase of new machinery diversifying its capabilities, benefiting clients and markets

Decarbonised iron production possible using sodium, company says

By: Darren Parker     19th April 2024 A new process being pioneered by energy companies such as Israel-based Helios and Netherlands-based Alkalium proposes the use of sodium metal rather than coal or hydrogen to refine iron-ore into direct reduced iron (DRI). Traditionally, iron is beneficiated by mixing iron-ore fines with coal. The... 

direct reduced iron pellets

Fog fluid product highlighted to prevent corrosion

19th April 2024 Global corrosion protection company Cortec Corporation highlights that its CorroLogic VpCI-339 fogging fluid is fast, effective and convenient in addressing the challenges of void and corrosion in equipment, piping and structures. This fogging fluid protects void spaces, complex internal... 

An image of industrial equipment
INDUSTRIAL PRESERVATION Cortec Corporation asserts that the latest iteration of its fogging fluid is well-equipped to address the challenge of corrosion in industrial equipment

Report questions role of CCUS in steel decarbonisation

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th April 2024 A new report by the Institute of Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) has shown that carbon capture use and storage (CCUS) is unlikely to play a major role in steel decarbonisation despite support for the technology at the 2023 COP28 climate conference. Direct reduced iron- (DRI-)... 

Wind energy poses increased fall risks

By: Halima Frost     12th April 2024 As the demand for greener energy helps drive the increased uptake of wind energy, the dangers that face workers in the sector are becoming even more evident. As reported by the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration in a report named ‘Green Job Hazards’, workers in the wind energy... 

Two men wearing PPE and safety harnesses working on teh turbines of a wind turbine stack
TALL ORDER Maintaining safety standards especially in the wind turbine installation and maintenance sector has come to the fore as the development of green energy gains impetus

South Africa's science, innovation dept launches circular minerals, metals initiative 

By: Darren Parker     11th April 2024 South Africa's Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), through the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), has launched the first of three new government-led collaborative circular economy initiatives focusing on priority economic sectors that were identified by government in... 

DSI technology innovation deputy director general Mmboneni Muofhe
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DSI technology innovation deputy director general Mmboneni Muofhe

Unions, industry prepare for ‘tough’ talks as metals, engineering negotiations set to get under way

By: Darren Parker     9th April 2024 Trade unions and industry associations expect negotiations at the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC), which are set to start on April 10, in Boksburg, to be tough. Trade union Solidarity says the negotiations will be challenging because of an agreement that was reached... 

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Mill highlights benefits of stainless steel for sugar industry

By: Simone Liedtke     5th April 2024 Using stainless steel in the sugar industry, where processing conditions can be particularly corrosive, has proven to be an effective solution in mitigating wear-related challenges, says South African stainless steel mill Columbus Stainless market development manager Lerato Mashigo. Stainless... 

The integrated facility has been instrumental in advancing stainless steel production and application
MPUMALANGA FACILITY The integrated facility has been instrumental in advancing stainless steel production and application

Agreement extends stainless steel reach

By: Nadine Ramdass     5th April 2024 Austenitic stainless steels specialist N’GENIUS Materials Technology has reached an agreement with UK-based stainless steel manufacturer Project Pipeline Supply (PPS) to sell and distribute pipeline and piping packages with products made from the N’GENIUS Series of high-strength austenitic... 

An image of the N'’GENIUS 316LM4N grade wrought mech properties
COVETED SPECS The N’GENIUS 316LM4N grade boasts significantly higher minimum yield and tensile strengths

Awards return following pandemic interruption

5th April 2024 Industry association Southern Africa Stainless Steel Association (Sassda) is set to mark its sixtieth anniversary with the return of the Sassda and Columbus Stainless Steel Awards. The Covid pandemic temporarily halted the biennial awards ceremony event, with the last event held in 2018. The... 

AN image of Sassda trophies for the Sassda and Columbus Stainless Steel Awards
SHAPING THE FUTURE The Sassda and Columbus Stainless Steel Awardsaims to recognise the resilience of the local stainless steel industry

Metals and engineering industry must find common purpose in negotiations - Seifsa

By: Schalk Burger     27th March 2024 While more incendiary rhetoric related to the main agreement negotiations in the metals and engineering industry can be expected in the run-up to the negotiations later this year, common purpose must be found between stakeholders to craft solutions to entrenched differences, Steel and Engineering... 

Seifsa CEO Lucio Trentini
Seifsa CEO Lucio Trentini

ArcelorMittal South Africa appoints Gavin Griffiths CFO

By: Schalk Burger     22nd March 2024 JSE-listed steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa has appointed Gavin Griffiths CFO and executive director from April 1. Griffiths is currently the company's chief strategy officer but has been serving as interim CFO since July 17, 2023.  

Sizable trunnion cast for SAG mill breakdown

By: Halima Frost     8th March 2024 Mill roll and ring manufacturer South Africa Roll Company (Sarco) has delivered what it believes to be the largest locally cast semi-autogenous grinding (SAG) mill trunnion casting to grinding mill manufacturer New Concept Projects (NCP). NCP needed the cast for a client that experienced an... 

A large metal trunnion hanging from supports before being loaded on to a truck for transport
MILLING MILESTONE The trunnion cast by Sarco for a SAG Mill is believed to be one of the largest ever cast in South Africa

AI tech reduces foundry’s energy consumption

8th March 2024 Danish iron foundry Birn announced in December it had completed an artificial intelligence (AI) project in cooperation with automatic pouring technology developer and manufacturer Pour-tech AB to optimise dosing of molten iron from casting machines into moulds. The project aimed to reduce energy... 

New analysers launched at Indaba

By: Halima Frost     8th March 2024 International elemental analysis company Innov-X Africa has taken delivery of the newly launched Vanta Max and Vanta Core X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analysers, which were showcased at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, held in Cape Town last month.   The company also plans to promote... 

The newly launched Vanta Max and Vanta Core X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analysers one blue and one yellow
NEXT-GEN PRODUCTS The new Vanta Max and Vanta Core X-ray fluorescence analysers being distributed by Innov-X Africa were launched at this year's Investing in African Mining Indaba

Dry ice blaster popular in cleaning applications

By: Halima Frost     8th March 2024 With more than 30 units of the Intelblast (IBL) 3000 having been sold to foundries, forges and die-casting companies across South Africa, blasting machine manufacturer Dry Ice Blasting Services continues to maintain its foothold in the sector. More than 200 of the industrial-sized dry ice... 

The new IBL 3000 dry ice blasting machine sold by Dry Ice Blasting Solutions
AS DRY AS ICE The use of solid carbon dioxide, or dry ice, reduces wet waste during the cleaning for foundries, forges and die-cast companies

BMI expects good year for steel pricing before prices decrease again

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th March 2024 Research agency BMI expects steel prices to improve from current levels in coming months and maintains its 2024 global average steel price forecast of $740/t. The average steel price is, however, expected to decrease again to $730/t, $700/t and $650/t in the next three years, respectively.  

Steel rolls

Hulamin volumes down as it simplifies mix, weathers softer global markets

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th March 2024 Softer global markets and business simplification resulted in JSE-listed Hulamin’s volumes decreasing by 15% year-on-year to 169 149 t for the year ended December 31, 2023. Hulamin undertook strategic plant shuts to reduce its production capacity in line with constrained demand owing to global... 

Customs increase aims to level out steel products field

By: Nadine Ramdass     1st March 2024 Industry association Southern Africa Coil Coaters Association (SACCA) has applied for an increase in the general rate of customs duty on certain coated or plated flat-rolled steel. The proposed increase, from duty free to the World Trade Organisation-bound rate of 10% ad valorem, has gained... 

An image of galvanised steel sheets
LEVEL FIELD The proposed tariff increase aims to eliminate loopholes exploited and enhance the competitive position of domestic manufacturers

Low demand threatens sustainability

By: Nadine Ramdass     1st March 2024 The South African steel sector is facing significant challenges, primarily because of oversupply, in addition to very little demand, coupled with economic constraints. Resolving these issues requires strategic alignment among steel mills, downstream merchants and policymakers to optimise... 

An image of sparks on steel
SPARKING GROWTH A stable, supportive business environment is essential for the long-term viability of the steel sector

Association remains steadfast amid challenging conditions

By: Nadine Ramdass     1st March 2024 On the back of the energy crisis and poor economic growth, steel consumption has decreased, resulting in the steel and steel-related industries contracting over the past decade. Despite these challenges, industry association Hot Dip Galvanizers Association Southern Africa (HDGASA) remains... 

An image of trainees in the HDGASA's hot dip galvanising programme
MEETING NEEDS HDGASA offers an array of training programmes tailored to industry needs

Itac finds steel dumping harming Sacu industry, recommends anti-dumping duties against Chinese imports

By: Schalk Burger     26th February 2024 Trade agency the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac) has, following an investigation into alleged dumping of steel products from the People’s Republic of China, determined that dumping of products originating in or imported from China is taking place. Itac also... 

Global steel output down 1.6% y/y in January

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd February 2024 Global crude steel production for the 71 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) decreased by 1.6% year-on-year to 148.1-million tonnes in January. The world's biggest steel producer China is estimated to have produced 77.2-million tonnes of crude steel in January – a 6.9%... 

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