Mitak foundry: global castings heavyweight offers highest quality HCWI mill and ore-chute lining solutions.

– improving wear life for better grinding performance and lower cost-per-ton milled High chrome white irons (HCWI) are renowned in mining ore processing plants for their hard-wearing, abrasion-resistant qualities. They have proven ideal for highly durable mill liners and for protecting ore-chutes. The Johannesburg-based Mitak is one of the largest dedicated HCWI foundries globally. “Mitak was established in 1973 and, over the years, we have developed a great understanding of the HCWI alloy range. This has laid the foundation for our competence and capability,” says Graham Anderson, Business Development Director…

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Women of Steel: ‘tempered’ by empathy and experience and taking the industry forward

Despite the many women making a sterling contribution to many facets of the local steel industry today – from management, finance and procurement, sales, marketing, production and on the shop floor itself – the pivotal role women play in this sector is not widely known and seldom acknowledged. With this in mind, the South African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) recently held what is envisaged as the first in a series of events to highlight and showcase the increasingly influential role which women are playing in the sector. Speakers included…

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Downstream steel sector to be championed by CEO Task Force – Allied Steelrode a driving member

Currently South Africa’s steel industry – the key component of South Africa’s manufacturing sector – is facing serious challenges. In order to coordinate decision-makers, South African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) members, and other associations to find actionable solutions to the current challenging industry environment – and to provide opportunities for steel industry leadership to raise key issues and propose potential solutions – on the May 4th, the SAISC held an industry mobilisation meeting. Under the auspices of the SAISC, and with Allied Steelrode’s driving support, it was decided at the…

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Fluctuating primary pricing threatens the mettle of South Africa’s steel industry

At present, companies in the local steel industry are finding the market very challenging. According to industry sources, much of this can be attributed to the extreme volatility of the primary pricing. “This level of volatility poses an enormous and very urgent challenge to the entire sector,” explains Warne Rippon, Executive Director of steel major Allied Steelrode. These price fluctuations result in a knock-on effect which is very hard to contend with. “If we are experiencing this, then our downstream customers must be even more adversely affected,” he remarks. “What…

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BBD’s ‘sisters of steel’ win at the South African Premier Business Awards

On the 30th January 2018, at a gala event, the South African Premier Business Award winners were announced. The event was hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry (dti), in partnership with Proudly South African and Brand South Africa. Rosslyn-based company BBD Steel Supplies are very proud to have been selected as winners in the category, ‘Women-Owned Businesses’. The Awards seek to recognise entrepreneurs and companies which have invested in both human and technical resources; and are producing premier products and services. The awards also honour local enterprises which…

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Allied Steelrode supports the ‘sisters of steel’ in serving the Pretoria region

The steel business has always been perceived as a male preserve. However, in Rosslyn, north of Pretoria, there are two vibrant women who are challenging this traditionally-held perception on a daily business – literally, the ‘sisters of steel’. Gwen Mahuma and Monika Pretorius are respectively Business Development Director and Managing Director of BBD Steel Supplies. Since its inception in 2014 – and despite the extremely tough economy of recent years – the business has doubled its turnover every year since then. From a three-person start-up, it now employs 27 people…

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Allied Steelrode: stretching steel, customer service and product quality to new levels of excellence

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Since the merger of Steelrode and Allied Chemical and Steel in 2014 which created Allied Steelrode, the business has fast earned its leadership position in the South African steel industry. Today it is the largest procurer of product from South Africa’s primary steel processor; and is also a major importer of steel from abroad. “There have been two keys that have unlocked our success – customer service and product excellence, underpinned by our unwavering investment and dedication to both,” explains Rippon. Since inception, customer service has been the company’s main…

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Innovation the key to reviving SA’s manufacturing sector: steel federation

JOHANNESBURG – Innovation was crucially important for the future survival of South Africa’s manufacturing sector, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa said on Tuesday. Speaking at the Industrial Development Conference held in Sandton, SEIFSA Chief Executive Officer Kaizer Nyatsumba said innovation would ultimately be the difference between thriving manufacturers and those that were merely surviving. Nyatsumba said that the South African manufacturing sector was going through a “structural adjustment phase, rather than a cyclical downturn” and a “rethink of South Africa’s approach to manufacturing was, therefore, most…

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Scaw Metals dismisses US claims about steel dumping

Scaw confirms it has not exported wire rod to the US ‘for many years’ as US finds ‘critical circumstances’ exist with respect to ‘producers and exporters in SA’ South African steel producer Scaw Metals has dismissed an “affirmative preliminary determination” by the US department of commerce that states the company was involved in dumping carbon and alloy steel wire rod in America, along with firms from Italy, South Korea, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine, and the UK. Dumping occurs when a foreign company sells an imported product at less than fair value.…

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MARKET AND SHOWCASE YOUR PRODUCTS AT WIRE AND TUBE 2018 IN DUSSELDORF, GERMANY, 16 TO 20 APRIL 2018

Assistance is provided to qualifying South African exporters to introduce South African products into foreign markets, in a cost effective manner. the dti extends an invitation to your firm and other exporters of wire and tube products to apply to participate on the National Pavilion at the International Wire and Tube Trade Fair 2018 scheduled to take place from 16 to 20 April 2018 in Dusseldorf, Germany. The deadline date for the submission of duly completed National Pavilion application forms is 20 November 2017. This bi-annual trade fair is recognised…

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