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Stainless Steel 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... 

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... 

scrap metal

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

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

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... 

MPUMALANGA FACILITY
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

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... 

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

Seifsa calls for alternatives to scrap metal export ban

By: Sabrina Jardim     5th February 2024 In anticipation of Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel’s decision on the way forward regarding scrap metal regulations, and following the extended public comment period which closed on January 12, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) is... 

Regulator approves Eskom tariff discounts for ferrochrome groups  

By: Terence Creamer     6th November 2023 The Energy Regulator has approved six-year negotiated pricing agreements (NPAs) for ferrochrome smelters operated in South Africa by both Glencore-Merafe Chrome Venture and Samancor Chrome. The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) issued a statement on November 6 confirming NPAs had... 

Ferrochrome smelter

Converter plants beneficial

27th October 2023 With a focus on future-oriented stainless steelmaking, metallurgical industry plant supplier SMS group offers converter steel plants for carbon and stainless steel worldwide. This includes complex Basic Oxygen Furnace and Argon Oxygen Decarburisation converter steel plants with a higher degree of... 

an image depicting a cold pilger mill
COLD PILGERING The SMS group offers its cold pilger technology for the forming of high-quality seamless tubes

More education initiatives needed in local industry

By: Sabrina Jardim     27th October 2023 Education and skills development remain indispensable for the South African stainless steel industry, however, the training and development of productive and skilled staff has become a “major stumbling block” to the growth of the industry, says Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development... 

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MICHEL BASSON Sassda offers various training programmes at technical and academic levels

Summit outlines industry plans

By: Sabrina Jardim     27th October 2023 International trade limitations, owing to slow market growth in Europe and the US, have in turn sparked the implementation of stringent trade conditions in the South African stainless steel industry, says South African Iron and Steel Institute (Saisi) secretary-general Charles Dednam. Focus must... 

an image depicting Charles Dednam and Dr Edwin Basson
CHARLES DEDNAM AND DR EDWIN BASSON Saisi’s Southern African Steel Summit provided an opportunity to discuss challenges hindering sector growth

Local sector facing pressures

By: Sabrina Jardim     6th October 2023 Amid power outages, poor service delivery, a depressed global economic environment and a declining domestic economy, the South African steel and engineering sector is described as a “sector in distress”, with supply-side and demand-side pressures becoming increasingly prevalent, says Steel and... 

An image depicting Tafadzwa Chibanguza
TAFADZWA CHIBANGUZA The trends driving the steel and engineering sector’s performance – domestic economic growth and gross fixed capital formation – have recorded poor outcomes

Seifsa attends Brics Summit

6th October 2023 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has commended South Africa and the South African segment of the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (Brics) Business Council on its successful hosting of the Brics Summit – held from August 22 to 24 – and... 

Seifsa celebrates eightieth anniversary

By: Sabrina Jardim     6th October 2023 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of South Africa (Seifsa) – after 80 years of representing and promoting the interests of the South African metals and engineering industry – attributes its success to strong leadership through the direct involvement of individual member companies in... 

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LUCIO TRENTINI In light of its anniversary, Seifsa aims to continue offering its members – and potential new members – products, services and training across traditional industrial relations, economics, human capital, safety, health, environmental and quality platforms

Stainless steel sector fights for right to supply local parastatal projects

By: Cameron Mackay     18th September 2023 The use of local stainless steel is crucial to driving demand and the subsequent beneficiation of this highly prized metal, but work still needs to be done to cement the correct specifications of South African stainless steel components in key strategic projects, states the Southern African... 

Sassda has identified and placed a focus on the following projects that can positively impact the local conversion of stainless steel
Sassda has identified and placed a focus on the following projects that can positively impact the local conversion of stainless steel

Firm launches smart tools range

By: Bridget Lepere     1st September 2023 Food safety hygiene, equipment efficiency, plant modernisation, sustainability and upgrades to reduce downtime are the key focus areas for the food and beverage industry, following increased local demand, says steel supplier Voestalpine High-Performance Metals (HPM) Africa marketing officer... 

Image of hole plate tool for sausages
MAKING THE CUT The technology developed by the food and beverage segment offers significantly reduced total cost of ownership, higher machine availability and efficiency, extended part life, prolonged regrinding cycles, less product contamination and reduced energy consumption, depending on the product.

SABS cautions suppliers, consumers to be wary of associations that appoint themselves as regulators, watchdogs or governing bodies

23rd August 2023 The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) has noticed an increasing trend of some associations and industry bodies trying to derail the credibility of the SABS and creating confusion by publishing misleading information about their authority to regulate or govern certain industries. The SABS... 

Global crude steel production up 6.6% y/y in July

By: Darren Parker     22nd August 2023 Global crude steel production for the 63 countries reporting to the World Steel Association increased by 6.6% year-on-year to 158.5-million tonnes in July. Africa witnessed a surge in production to 1.4-million tonnes, marking a 26.1% increase compared with July 2022. 

Steel rolls

Green steel producer receives clean audit on low CO2 emissions

11th August 2023 After officially releasing its steel plants’ cabon dioxide (CO2) emissions results, special steel products producer Swiss Steel Holding AG commissioned assurance and risk management provider DNV Business Assurance Germany to perform an independent audit for the 2021 financial year. DNV carried... 

Image of Frank Kock in a white shirt and black blazer
FRANK KOCH The clean audit on low CO2 emissions reinforces Swiss Steel Holding as a leader in green steel manufacturing

Furnace upgrades enhance productivity

By: Bridget Lepere     11th August 2023 Heat induction specialist firm Electroheat Induction recently undertook an induction melting furnace upgrade project at a steel plant located in New Jersey to improve its efficiency, performance, and productivity within a period of six months. Electroheat Induction used advanced simulations,... 

Image of a man handling hot liquid
TAKING THE HEAT Induction melting produces minimal greenhouse-gas emissions compared to traditional melting method, lowering a plant’s carbon footprint owing to low resource consumption

Non-competitiveness, non-use plague South African steel industry

By: Simone Liedtke     7th July 2023 The current state of the South African steel industry is one where a lack of competitiveness and the non-use of its installed production capacity continue at a concerning rate, relative to other steel-producing developing countries. This has, in part, spurred the Competition Commission to... 

COVID CAUSE AND EFFECT
The post Covid-19 lockdown phase saw an acute shortage of hot rolled coil, which compromised the demand of the steel tube and pipe mills over successive quarters
COVID CAUSE AND EFFECT The post Covid-19 lockdown phase saw an acute shortage of hot rolled coil, which compromised the demand of the steel tube and pipe mills over successive quarters

Increased interest in XRF, OES from steel sector

By: Nadine James     7th July 2023 Portable X-ray fluorescence (XRF) and Optical Emission Spectroscopy (OES) equipment provider Innov-X-Africa has noted increased interest in its products from the steel sector, with salesperson Craig Bateman observing that the primary applications are for quality control and scarp sorting... 

‘Brand for hire’ concept raises profiles

7th July 2023 An innovative Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) initiative will give member companies and other industry professionals the opportunity to directly benefit from its substantial brand credibility, boosting their profiles across South Africa and the rest of Africa. The SAISC... 

AMANUEL GEBREMESKEL
The initiative will also unlock new sources of revenue for the institute, which until now has relied largely on membership fees for its income
AMANUEL GEBREMESKEL The initiative will also unlock new sources of revenue for the institute, which until now has relied largely on membership fees for its income

Firm takes another step towards decarbonisation goals

7th July 2023 Despite volatile markets and a difficult geopolitical environment, metal supplier Swiss Steel Group is not wavering in its decarbonisation strategy and is working consistently on tracking carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from its supply chain. The company, which produces in the long steel and green... 

Msikaba project harnesses local steel

7th July 2023 Steel company ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) is one of the suppliers to the iconic Msikaba Bridge Project, which is currently under construction near Lusikisiki in the Eastern Cape. The cable-stayed steel deck bridge spans the Msikaba river and forms part of the N2 Wild Coast Road (N2WC)... 

PYLON SUPPORT
When complete, the bridge will have a main span of 580 m, supported from a pair of 127-m-tall pylons
PYLON SUPPORT When complete, the bridge will have a main span of 580 m, supported from a pair of 127-m-tall pylons

Upgrades, expansion drive satisfaction

By: Simone Liedtke     7th July 2023 As part of its ongoing commitment to customer satisfaction and industry leadership, steel and technology group Voestalpine has recently conducted facility upgrades at its Isando-based steel warehouse, and has expanded its product offering and services to include machining. These strategic... 

UPGRADES
Voestalpine has recently conducted facility upgrades at its Isando-based steel warehouse, and has expanded its product offering and services
UPGRADES Voestalpine has recently conducted facility upgrades at its Isando-based steel warehouse, and has expanded its product offering and services

Manufacturing output up 3.4% y/y in April

By: Schalk Burger     8th June 2023 Manufacturing production increased by 3.4% year-on-year in April, Statistics South Africa has reported. The largest contributions were made by the basic iron and steel, nonferrous metal products, metal products and machinery division, having increased by 5.3% and contributing 1.1 percentage... 

Vehicles on a production line

DTIC calls for comments on proposal to extend prohibition of exports of certain waste, scrap metal

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     16th May 2023 Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel has proposed to issue a Trade Policy Directive and Notice that scrap metal may not be exported from South Africa for a further temporary period of nine months and that the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac)... 

Scrap metal

AMSA, Numsa sign new wage agreement

By: Darren Parker     8th May 2023 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has signed a new wage agreement with steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA).   The agreement – which is valid from April 1 this year to March 31, 2026 – will be binding on all permanent AMSA employees in Newcastle,... 

Amsa worker at work

Producer’s branch targets safety critical applications

28th April 2023 According to steel fabricator Macsteel Special Steels Bright Bar in Meyerton, Gauteng, a division of Macsteel South Africa, its Bright Bar range has been created for safety critical applications. “A hot-rolled black bar, obtained from a producer mill, is converted with a drawing or peeling... 

a grey scale image of various configurations of Bright bar ready for dispatch
BRIGHT FUTURE Bright Bar a business unit of Macsteel supplies its Bright Bar range to local clients, ad has been created for safety critical applications

Global steel demand to rebound by 2.3% this year

By: Darren Parker     19th April 2023 The World Steel Association (worldsteel) expects steel demand to rebound by 2.3% this year to reach more than 1.82-billion tonnes.  In its Short Range Outlook (SRO) for steel demand for 2023 and 2024, released on April 18, worldsteel notes that global steel demand is likely to grow by 1.7% next... 

Global steel demand to rebound by 2.3% this year

Sector stays sturdy despite challenges

By: Halima Frost     7th April 2023 The stainless steel sector remains steadfast in its resilience, and is even more determined to fight for its well-deserved place in growing the South African economy, says Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) executive director Michel Basson. During a webinar hosted by... 

Large rolls of flat rolled steel, set for distribution to manufactures according to the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association
KEEP IT ROLLING The South African stainless steel sector continues to gain traction after the initial effects of the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic
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