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Stainless Steel

Local steel wire compares well to European counterparts

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th October 2014 Stainless steel metal and inert gas (MIG) welding wire, locally produced by stainless steel bar and wire producer Wire Products Stainless Steel (WPSS) since 2010, was tested by the Italian Welding Institute, in Genova, in the past two months and was found to be similar to products of European... 

New series of stainless steel castors launched

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th October 2014 Castor manufacturer Tente Castors South Africa introduced its stainless steel 8499/ 8470/ 8477/ 8478 series of stainless steel castors this year, says company technical manager Steve Thomas. The series comprises swivel, swivel with total lock, fixed and P67 plate central- locking castors, he... 

OPERATIONAL LONGEVITY
The most prominent benefit of the 8499/ 8470/ 8477/ 8478 series of stainless steel castors is corrosion resistance
OPERATIONAL LONGEVITY The most prominent benefit of the 8499/ 8470/ 8477/ 8478 series of stainless steel castors is corrosion resistance

Stainless steel marker introduced

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th October 2014 Stainless steel clamping and identification systems distributor Banding & Identification Solutions Africa (Bisa) acquired a PRO-Mark liquid crystal display (LCD) pin-marking machine at the end of last year and demonstrated the machine’s capabilities at the Electra Mining Africa Expo last month.... 

EASY PRINTING
The PRO-Mark LCD pin-marking machine uses programmable marking and component identification
EASY PRINTING The PRO-Mark LCD pin-marking machine uses programmable marking and component identification

Fabrication projects provide exposure to diverse markets

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th October 2014 Sheet-metal component manufacturer Fabrinox expects to complete four projects with a collective value of about R50-million for the mining, water treatment, laboratory, and the food and beverage industry within the next six months, Fabrinox MD André Visser tells Engineering News. “These projects... 

NEW COMMISSION
The ACF Cornerformer Multiflex machine can be used for the corner forming mild steel of up to 4 mm and stainless steel of up to 3 mm
NEW COMMISSION The ACF Cornerformer Multiflex machine can be used for the corner forming mild steel of up to 4 mm and stainless steel of up to 3 mm

Safety hinge solution released for local industry

24th October 2014 Local sensor solutions company Countapulse Controls is locally distributing a new stainless steel safety hinge switch from Germany-based sensor solutions company Leuze, which offers a solution for mechanically and hygienically challenging problems in sectors such as the food and beverage,... 

SAFETY SOLUTION
The Leuze S420 stainless steel switch is ideal for the food and beverage industries where strict cleanliness and hygiene control are critical
SAFETY SOLUTION The Leuze S420 stainless steel switch is ideal for the food and beverage industries where strict cleanliness and hygiene control are critical

Coil and sheets supplied to PRASA project

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th October 2014 Stainless steel flat products producer Columbus Stainless received the first order in February this year to supply coils and sheets for the first 20 passenger train sets that form part of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) passenger coach replacement project. “The majority of... 

FIRST ORDER
Columbus Stainless supplied type 301 and 304L coils and sheets for the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s passenger coach replacement project
FIRST ORDER Columbus Stainless supplied type 301 and 304L coils and sheets for the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s passenger coach replacement project

Increasing enthusiasm in industry to use different stainless steel material

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th October 2014 There is a growing willingness from industry to accept newer stainless steel materials, particularly duplex stainless steels, Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association Fabricator Sector chairperson Gary Crawford tells Engineering News. He says that, for example, 2304 duplex... 

DUPLEX GRADE INCREASE
Over the past thirteen years, the market share of duplex stainless steels worldwide has doubled
DUPLEX GRADE INCREASE Over the past thirteen years, the market share of duplex stainless steels worldwide has doubled

Demand for more efficient mill concepts – rolling technology supplier

24th October 2014 While increasing energy costs and the necessity to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions call for more energy efficient cars, trucks, machines and plants, the steel and stainless steel industries have focused on developing new steel grades with higher strength for lighter constructions, rolling... 

MILL EFFICIENCY
Large stainless steel producers are looking for mill concepts offering high capacity and reduced operation costs
MILL EFFICIENCY Large stainless steel producers are looking for mill concepts offering high capacity and reduced operation costs

South African ferrochrome capacity shows consistency

By: Jonathan Rodin     30th May 2014 South Africa’s ferrochrome industry used 85% of its capacity in the first quarter, more or less in line with the fourth quarter of 2013, says consultancy service provider Core Consultants MD Lara Smith.  The company estimates that the first quarter realised 760 000 t in ferrochrome, slightly... 

ABOVE AVERAGE
South Africa’s ferrochrome industry used 85% of its capacity
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ABOVE AVERAGE South Africa’s ferrochrome industry used 85% of its capacity

Global stainless steel sector to grow

By: Jonathan Rodin     30th May 2014 Consultancy group MEPS has, with cautious optimism, forecast stainless steel production growth in 2014 will be better than 2013 for all traditional steelmaking countries and regions, including the EU, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. According to the consultancy, this will be the first time since... 

Analyst launches new index

By: Jonathan Rodin     30th May 2014 Steel market analyst Steel First has introduced a new Stainless Steel 304 Europe Raw Materials Index to its pricing portfolio. The index reports the cost of the raw materials needed to produce the steel alloy, explains Steel First editor Vera Blei. The index models the components of a typical... 

Local export barriers towards Europe could continue

By: Jonathan Rodin     30th May 2014 The recently introduced export barriers for stainless steel scrap in South Africa indicate that the trend could continue towards more protectionism in scrap markets, says Germany-based Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW). Already, since 2002, an increase in export restrictions was... 

Company produces stainless steel wire for robotic welding systems

By: Ilan Solomons     7th November 2013 Stainless steel bar and wire producer Wire Products Stainless Steel (WPSS) can now manufacture stainless steel MIG welding wire on 15 kg wire baskets for hand-held and robotic welding systems, WPSS director Clinton Lautenberg tells Engineering News. This has enabled the company in the past two to... 

STAINLESS STEEL WIRE
Wire Products Stainless Steel has been manufacturing stainless steel MIG wire locally since late 2010
STAINLESS STEEL WIRE Wire Products Stainless Steel has been manufacturing stainless steel MIG wire locally since late 2010

Africa key to company’s expansion plans

By: Ilan Solomons     25th October 2013 Sheet-metal component manufacturer Fabrinox intends to expand its footprint in Africa by partnering with multinational companies, which are already active in Africa or aim to secure a foothold on the continent, Fabrinox MD Andre Visser tells Engineering News. “Fabrinox is continuously forming... 

PLANNING AHEAD Fabrinox is continuously forming strategic partnerships with multinational companies, which supply products to mines, as Fabrinox manufactures on behalf of these companies
PLANNING AHEAD Fabrinox is continuously forming strategic partnerships with multinational companies, which supply products to mines, as Fabrinox manufactures on behalf of these companies

Sassda launches new online learning programme

By: Ilan Solomons     25th October 2013 The Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) launched an online learning programme this month, targeted at nontechnical staff, such as administrative and warehousing staff, Sassda training manager Mankabe More tells Engineering News. “This course is targeted at staff... 

SKILLS DEVELOPMENT The Southern African Stainless Steel Development Association’s basic introductory courses are run three times a year in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban
SKILLS DEVELOPMENT The Southern African Stainless Steel Development Association’s basic introductory courses are run three times a year in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban

Company aims to provide stainless steel strapping for additional industries

By: Ilan Solomons     25th October 2013 In the upcoming months, sole Band-It stainless steel clamping and identification systems distributor Banding & Identification Solutions Africa (Bisa) will use traditional and social media platforms to target specific industries, such as the food processing industry, the hose market, mining... 

STAINLESS STEEL STRAPPINGThere are about 150 grades of stainless steel, but only about 12 of these grades can be used for stainless steel strapping
STAINLESS STEEL STRAPPINGThere are about 150 grades of stainless steel, but only about 12 of these grades can be used for stainless steel strapping

Four new power tools for stainless steel launched

By: Ilan Solomons     25th October 2013 In response to changing demands in the metal-working industry, technology supplier Bosch South Africa last month extended its range of products for the professional finishing of stainless steel to include four new competitively priced power tools, Bosch Industrial Power Tools senior brand manager... 

STAINLESS STEEL SPECIFIC The new additions to the Bosch product line for stainless steel finishings include the GRB 14 CE Professional pipe belt sander, the GEF 7 E Professional power file, the GSI 14 CE Professional burnisher and the GWS 15-125 Inox Professional angle grinder
STAINLESS STEEL SPECIFIC The new additions to the Bosch product line for stainless steel finishings include the GRB 14 CE Professional pipe belt sander, the GEF 7 E Professional power file, the GSI 14 CE Professional burnisher and the GWS 15-125 Inox Professional angle grinder

Local range of cost-effective lean duplex stainless steels launched

By: Ilan Solomons     25th October 2013 Stainless steel flat products producer Columbus Stainless introduced a new range of lean duplex stainless steels in 2010, which offers a cost-effective alternative to conventional austenitic stainless steels, Columbus Stainless CEO Dave Martin tells Engineering News. He says that type UNS... 

DAVE MARTIN Columbus Stainless is also developing a 301 grade stainless steel as a cheaper alternative to 304 for use in the manufacturing of a variety of products
DAVE MARTIN Columbus Stainless is also developing a 301 grade stainless steel as a cheaper alternative to 304 for use in the manufacturing of a variety of products

New fastener division to stock stainless steel range

By: Ilan Solomons     25th October 2013 Stainless steel, specialist alloys and valve supplier Energy Engineered Products (EEP) says that, since establishing the new Energy Bolts fastener division at its head office in Kyalami, Johannesburg, it has been well received by the local market. The new division will stock a range of 304 and... 

STAINLESS STEEL FASTENERS Energy Bolts’ 304 and 316 stainless steel grade range of fasteners will provide customers with full traceability and certification of the product, owing to these specific stainless steel grades
STAINLESS STEEL FASTENERS Energy Bolts’ 304 and 316 stainless steel grade range of fasteners will provide customers with full traceability and certification of the product, owing to these specific stainless steel grades

SA stainless steel industry holding steady, imports a problem – Sassda

By: Ilan Solomons     25th October 2013 The South African stainless steel industry is experiencing steady growth, but government needs to ensure that the playing field for importers and local industry players is level, Southern African Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) executive director Bill Scurr tells Engineering... 

STAINLESS STEEL Stainless steel is regarded by some an aspirational material for use in kitchens and consumer ware item
STAINLESS STEEL Stainless steel is regarded by some an aspirational material for use in kitchens and consumer ware item

R&D provides edge over competitors

By: Zandile Mavuso     31st May 2013 Abrasives manufacturer Klingspor says its advanced Germany-based research and development (R&D) department sets the company apart from its competitors, as it provides the stainless steel industry with technology that promotes efficiency in the manufacturing stage and for end-users. 

Stadium façade overall winner 

By: Sashnee Moodley     26th October 2012 Architectural metalwork, structural steelwork and sheet metal contractor Rebcon Engineering took top honours at the South African Stainless Steel Development Association’s (Sassda’s) 2012 Stainless Steel Awards, walking away as the overall winner for the stainless steel fabrication work it... 

Flexible IT system supplied to stainless steel producer

By: Sashnee Moodley     26th October 2012 Stainless steel flat products producer Columbus Stainless has implemented a new information technology (IT) software system, which has enabled it to develop a new operations planning system to improve the facilitation of the planning and execution of its manufacturing processes at its facilities... 

US rust-protection system now in South Africa

By: Jade Davenport     3rd June 2005 Durban-based Epure Coatings has been specialising in rust-prevention in the automotive industry for the past seven years and has recently introduced a new rust-protection system into the South African market called CarWell Rust Protection System. 

Stainless-steel initiative makes headway

By: nkolola halwindi     1st August 2003 Re-established two years ago, the Mpumalanga Stainless Initiative (MSI) is making strides in the stainless-steel industry with a number of projects in the pipeline and several success stories from completed and existing projects. 

Incubator gives birth to stainless enterprise

By: Irma Venter     7th June 2002 The Mpumalanga Stainless Initiative’s (MSI’s) stainless-steel incubator, which opened its doors in December last year, is showing good progress, says MSI marketing manager Richard Chetty. 

Granular stainless emerges as an alternative for scrap

By: Martin Creamer     24th May 2002 The use of granular stainless steel as an alternative to scrap has many benefits which are being recognised far more widely overseas than in South Africa, Thos Begbie MD Eugene Rossouw tells Engineering News. 

Foundry with rare flair wins world recognition

By: Martin Creamer     19th April 2002 Thos Begbie is a company with rare expertise. The historic South African foundry, which turns 115 years old this year, is one of only two in the world – the other being in the US – that has the ability to produce high-tonnage copper castings, while still retaining optimum levels of... 

SA stainless seeks a passage to India

By: Keith Campbell     25th January 2002 MPUMALANGA province is seeking to develop downstream stainless steel manufacturing by encouraging Indian stainless steel companies to enter joint ventures (JV) with local companies. 

Frail SA foundries mull over Swedish ‘lifeline’

By: System Author     11th June 1999 The introduction locally of Swedish technology could see foundries switching to a new input raw material which reportedly holds significant benefits for the frail foundry industry. This follows a R7,8-million investment by foundry and engineering business Thos Begbie & Company in Middelburg,... 

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