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OCTOBER 2018

Stainless awards provide welcome boost to local sector

The winners of the 2018 Sassda Columbus Stainless Awards have been announced at a glittering banquet in Fourways, Johannesburg with 189 entries from 53 companies resulting in a stellar list of more than 60 finalists.

2018 Sassda awards celebrate innovation

The Southern Africa Stainless SteelDevelopment Association (Sassda) Columbus Stainless Awards is testament to the strength and durability of the South African stainless steel industry, says Sassda executive director John Tarboton.

Manufacturer supplies stainless steel diesel field stoves to SANDF

Manufacturer and exporter Desert Wolf plays an instrumental role in projectteamster, which is the new South African National Defence Force (SANDF) project to upgrade the complete field kitchen facilities for the defence force and is currently supplying it with a range of stainless steel diesel field stoves and dieselmodules.

Air Products, Weldamax and Bohler geared towards complete stainless steel applications solution

When you refer to arc welding, metal inert gas (MIG), metal active gas(MAG), tungsten inert gas (TIG), plasma cutting, welding gases, abrasives, and consumables, there are companies who have formed strong relationships over the years to provide a total solution to customers.

JUNE 2018

Govt commits to saving jobs in steel industry

The South African government said on Tuesday that it will continue to work with the steel industry towards averting job losses in the sector, adding that it has put in place measures to save the steel industry from collapsing.

US tariffs cause global trade uncertainty in steel sector

The stainless steel sector is currently experiencing global trade uncertainty, owing to trade barriers being considered globally, as a result of the US duties on steel and aluminium, says Middelburg-based stainless steelproducer Columbus Stainless CEO Lucien Matthews.

Water pipes, electric vehicles potential growth markets for stainless steel

The South African stainless steel sector can benefit from the rise in electric vehicles and the replacement of water pipes, says Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) executive director John Tarboton.

South African steel companies urged to diversify markets in wake of US tariff setback

South African steel companies need to continue to look for new markets, particularly in Africa, following the recent setback in which the US government decided not to grant South Africa an exemption on steel and aluminum tariffs, says Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel.

MAY 2018

Sassda calls for entries to 2018 Awards

The biennial Sassda Columbus Stainless Awards will once again take place in 2018. The theme for this year’s Sassda Columbus Stainless Awards is “Celebrating Innovation”.

South Africa views itself as ‘collateral damage’ in global trade war

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) believes South Africa has become “collateral damage in the trade war of key global economies” after the country was excluded from a list of countries exempted from tariffs imposed by the US on steel and aluminium imports.

APRIL 2018

Afrox secures contract to supply medical gases to State healthcare facilities

JSE-listed African Oxygen (Afrox) has been awarded a contract to supply medical gases to government hospitals and clinics across all provinces.

MARCH 2018

South Africa willing to accept metals quotas as it intensifies bid for US tariffs exclusion

Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies revealed on Monday that South Africa was willing to accede to quotas on its steel and aluminium exports to the US as part of the country’s ongoing bid to be excluded from tariffs imposed on March 23 following a proclamation signed by President Donald Trump earlier in the month.

South Africa makes formal request for exclusion from US metals tariffs

Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has made a formal submission to the US requesting the exclusion of South Africa from the imposition of duties on steel and aluminium products.

2018 brings renewed optimism for South African stainless steel industry

This year may break the downward trend of reduced consumption in the South African stainless steel industry, says South African Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) director John Tarboton.

South Africa to make tariffs submission as Trump leaves door open for exclusions

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) says it is studying US President Donald Trump’s proclamations to impose a new 10% tariff on aluminium productsand a new 25% tariff on steel products from March 23. However, the department also confirmed that it would be making a formal submission to the US on the tariffs as provided for in the proclamations.

Columbus aims to export competitively, while growing local market consumption

Columbus Stainless is positioned well to export competitively to the international market, while remaining committed to growing domestic demand for stainless steel.

Sassda to celebrate innovation at 2018 stainless steel awards

Sassda has announced the launch of its biennial stainless steel awards, this year under the theme Celebrating Innovation, acknowledging world-class thinking and success at a local and international level.

FEBRUARY 2018

Local Certification Not Accepted Internationally Forces SA Hippo To Set Up Companies In Canada And USA

When HAZLETON PUMPS exported the first HIPPO Flameproof Medium-High Voltage; High Volume; Submersible Slurry Pump to Canada in 2003 many challenges and had to be overcame. The main challenge was that the South African certification done on these pumps was not accepted by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA)

Seifsa worried about potential impact of proposed US steel import tariff increases

The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) warns that the difficulties facing the local steel industry will continue to worsen in the year ahead if the US Department of Commerce’s recommendation for a tariff of at least 53% on all steel imports from 12 countries – including South Africa – is accepted.

JANUARY 2018

IDC assessing 21 applications under R1.5bn downstream steel incentive

The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is currently assessing 21 potential transactions, worth a combined R437-million, arising from applications for support under a R1.5-billion industrial financing scheme set up in 2017 to support manufacturers of value-added steel products.

Seifsa warns US antidumping duties could hurt local steel industry

The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) is worried about the potential impact on the local steel industry of the US Department of Commerce’s (DoC’s) affirmative final determinations in an antidumping duty investigation into imports of carbon and alloy steel wire rod from South Africa and other countries.

A brave new world for South African stainless steel producers

Here are some of the ‘hot spots’ in the local stainless steel sector over the next year..

improving the investment climate.

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