Blockchain can transform logistics and supply chain management in SA

While blockchain in logistics is not fully matured, it holds huge potential and companies should seek to understand its functionality, value, and tangible rewards 22 AUGUST 2019 – 13:12 MICHAEL ADE Businesses the world over are still struggling to understand the opportunities and challenges presented by the next-generation technologies of the fourth industrial revolution (4IR), and SA is no exception. Although a lot has been written and spoken about the pioneering technological concepts underpinning the 4IR — artificial intelligence (AI), automation, robotics, the Internet of Things, 3D printing and blockchain —…

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Amsa’s ageing mill is slowly paralysing industry in SA

    Government attempts to keep loss-making South African steelmaker ArcelorMittal SA (Amsa) alive are killing the country’s downstream steel industry and costing thousands of jobs, says Gerhard Papenfus, CEO of the National Employers Association of SA (Neasa).Amsa, the country’s only steel producer, is protected by 20% import duties, forcing manufacturers in the domestic steel sector to pay cripplingly high prices for steel.The world selling price of steel is $513 (R7,800) a ton. Amsa’s cost price to make the same steel is $632 a ton. Its selling price is a…

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Women in Steel: SAISC leads the steel industry towards a fully empowered female future.

It has been said that a country that does not fully exploit the potential of its women is only using half the nation’s intellectual capacity, putting it at a huge disadvantage in the global market. “The steel industry, like many other ‘heavy’ industries is still very much seen as male-dominated, even though we have many women in different professional capacities and roles doing great things in steel. The Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) is determined to challenge the perception that the steel industry is a club for men…

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First Cut’s new Garboli and Comac agencies add greater polish and more bending versatility for profitable steel processing

First Cut, GARBOLI LPC300

For more than six decades, First Cut has been a leading distributor and manufacturer of cutting consumables as well as representing world-class OEMs in the field of steel processing equipment. Throughout this growth trajectory, the foundation of the company’s growth has been its dedication to enhancing the productivity of its customers – which has been achieved by unfailingly providing them with the world’s most advanced technology solutions. First Cut’s capital equipment division is responsible for and represents a range of international OEMs which offer customers a combined and complementary range…

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‘Reframing’ construction in Southern Africa: light steel frame building offers quality, energy-efficient and affordable construction which is growing in popularity

The growth trajectory and incremental increase in the popularity of light steel frame building (LSFB) in South Africa has been nothing short of remarkable. In 2004, when the CEO of the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) visited Australia to evaluate light steel frame building, this construction technique was little-known in South Africa. Today, this relatively new building method is now both widely accepted and frequently used locally. “The growth in the popularity of LSF construction locally is due to its inherent innovation, and to the fact that it…

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Numsa to lead an indefinite shutdown of ArcelorMittal

JOHANNESBURG – The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) will lead an indefinite shutdown of ArcelorMittal South Africa’s (Amsa) operations amid a strike over labour brokers.Numsa yesterday accused Amsa, South Africa’s steel giant, of abusing workers through labour brokers, an allegation the company has denied. The union went on strike on Monday to demand that Amsa permanently place Real Tree Trading and Monyetla Services as employees, with a combined number of about 1000 people. Numsa’s regional secretary in Sedibeng, Mokete Makoko, said Numsa members had endured poor wages…

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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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