South Africa’s steel industry master plan is a case of close, but no cigar

Opinionista • Ludovico Sanges The steel master plan is a good start, but certain key issues need to be addressed in order to revive the downstream steel industry. The steel industry master plan was signed on 11 June 2021, with the laudable aim of revitalising the country’s ailing downstream steel industry, which turns “raw” steel into products. The concept of a master plan has considerable merit, especially when it comes to saving a critical strategic industry, but important issues need to be resolved to make it a success. Duferco, which represents a…

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ArcelorMittal SA vows to address SA’s steel shortages

  JOHANNESBURG – ARCELORMITTAL South Africa (Amsa) said in its 2020 integrated annual report that it was committed to addressing the country’s steel shortages. Chief executive Kobus Verster said on Friday the group had experienced considerable delays with starting the N5 blast furnace in Newcastle. Verster said the N5 setbacks were frustrating, particularly because of the group’s intense focus on addressing customers’ steel shortages that had been building up since before Covid-19. “In the new year we have budgeted and planned to fix the problems caused by the unusual post-pandemic…

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Numsa protesting nationwide to demand that ‘retrenched’ workers be reinstated

It is simply inhumane to retrench workers during a deadly pandemic, especially during Christmas, which is what this management did’, the trade union said. The National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa) will be embarking on a nationwide protest against steel manufacturing giant Macsteel, following the alleged retrenchment of 99 workers.  Macsteel has branches in Port Elizabeth, the Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng and Mpumalanga. Numsa members said they would be picketing at “various offices and workplaces nationally” from Monday morning.    Their only demand, they said, was that all 99 workers that…

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ArcelorMittal SA says it’s addressing the steel products shortage

  Says all three of its blast furnaces will be operational again from January. By Roy Cokayne 11 Nov 2020  00:01 Ready to increase production – ArcelorMittal South Africa. Image: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg JSE-listed steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa is implementing a number of measures to address the critical shortage of steel products, which has severely negatively impacted the building and construction and manufacturing sectors. ArcelorMittal SA group manager stakeholder engagement and communications Tami Didiza said the company aims to significantly reduce the temporary supply backlogs during December, which is traditionally a quieter period…

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No flash in the pan’: Betterect and DryTech achieve a trio of mineral concentrate drying plant successes

  Betterect, a South African fabricator and erector of large processing equipment structures, undertakes steel fabrication projects within the mining, petrochemical and other industries, for clients as far afield as Austria, Italy, Germany and Australia, as well as throughout Southern and Central Africa. With more than four decades in the industry, they are the recognised leaders within their field. As such, Betterect has conceptualised and developed the ‘Team Africa’ concept, in which steel industry suppliers and manufacturers join forces and share skills and expertise to supply mining, power generation, industrial…

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New carbide inserts for productive and efficient steel turning

  ~ Sandvik Coromant carbide grades offer greatly extended tool-life and more reliable performance ~     Sandvik Coromant is upgrading its range of turning inserts for machining ISO-P steels. The tooling specialist has launched two new carbide grades that are designed for external and internal machining of low-alloyed and unalloyed steels. The new inserts, called GC4415 and GC4425, deliver increased toughness, heat resistance and predictable wear.   GC4415 and GC4425 are ideal for manufacturers operating in mass and batch production set-ups machining low alloyed (P 2.1 to 2.6) and…

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ArcelorMittal South Africa to restart furnace on higher steel demand

  JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa ACLJ.J said on Tuesday it would restart the second blast furnace at its Vanderbijlpark operations in January due to higher steel demand. Africa’s biggest steel producer, which is majority-owned by Luxembourg-based ArcelorMittal SA MT.LU, said steel demand had increased quicker than expected due to lockdown-affected construction projects now being completed, increased sales at retail outlets and running at lower stock levels prior to the nationwide lockdown. The company decided to idle the Blast Furnace C at Vanderbijlpark and the Vereeniging Electric Arc Furnace in…

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Unions agree to a wage-freeze in the steel and manufacturing sector

Incentivised manufacturing is the key to economic growth, says the writer. Picture: SUPPLIED Employers in the metals and engineering sector got a reprieve from unions’ demands for higher wages after entering into an agreement to freeze wages until 2021 due to Covid-19. The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa), the largest union in the sector, said the wage-freeze agreement was  brought on by the lockdown that came into effect in March as the government moved to limit the spread of the coronavirus in the country. The three-year wage agreement…

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Betterect’s bolted thickeners for FLSmidth: Collaboration and alignment for a perfect fit in record time

Betterect’s bolted thickeners for FLSmidth

Betterect’s bolted thickeners for FLSmidth: Collaboration and alignment for a perfect fit in record time

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Veer Steel Mills’ women commemorate Women’s Day

  On August 7, women of Veer Steel Mills took to the streets of Alrode to demonstrate and redo the march that happened on August 9, 1956. The day kicked off with a presentation where attendees were addressed on burning topics and those who outshined themselves in their departments were also recognised. While observing lockdown regulations, they continuously took turns in addressing attendees and encouraged each other as women in a male-dominated field. Members of the Alrode company later marched hoisting placards which stood against gender-based violence and which also…

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