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The South African Iron and Steel Sector: The South African steel industry is a key strategic industry, which contributes 1.5% to the country’s GDP and employs 190,000 people directly plus another 100,000 people who are employed by suppliers to the sector. Steel is a key enabler of every part of the economy, and is critically linked to the automotive, mining and construction sectors, which combined contributed 17% or R570bn to GDP in 2014 and employed 8 million people. However, the future of the entire South African steel industry is under severe threat with steel producers unable to compete with cheap Chinese imports flooding into the South African market and selling at 25% below local production costs.


Recent Developments: There have been a number of important developments in the local steel sector during 2015. The announcement in April by Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium that it had filed for business rescue, followed by ArcelorMittal South Africa threatening to close its plants in Vereeniging and Scaw Metals, South Africa’s third-largest steel producer, closing three plants emphasised the catastrophic impact of cheap imports and reduced consumption on the steel industry. Losses of between 10,000 and 16,000 jobs are inevitable despite the approval by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTi) in August of the imposition of a 10% duty on certain imported steel products. The establishment of an emergency task team consisting of representatives from business, labour and government has resulted in a list of measures that need to be implemented if the closure of most steel producers in the country is to be prevented.



Report Coverage:

The report on the Iron and Steel sector discusses the latest developments in the industry and the range of government interventions aimed at stimulating local manufacture in the upstream and downstream sectors. The report also profiles 31 industry players, including manufacturer Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium Ltd, which received a buy-out offer of R350m from Hong Kong-based International Resources Limited (IRL), thus managing to avoid liquidation. Also profiled are a number of steel merchants and downstream manufacturers such as Pro Roof Steel Merchants (VRN) (Pty) Ltd. and Africa Pipe Industries (Pty) Ltd.

Table Of Contents

Manufacture and Wholesale of Basic Iron and Steel in South Africa 2015
1. INTRODUCTION 1
2. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 1
2.1. Industry Value Chain 2
2.2. Geographic Position 3
3. SIZE OF THE INDUSTRY 5
4. STATE OF THE INDUSTRY 9
4.1. Local 9
4.1.1. Corporate Actions 13
4.1.2. Regulations and Government Programmes 13
4.1.3. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 15
4.2. Continental 17
4.3. International 18
5. INFLUENCING FACTORS 21
5.1. Government Intervention 21
5.2. Economic Environment 25
5.3. Growth in End-user Markets 25
5.4. Rising Input Costs 26
5.5. Power Supply Issues 27
5.6. Technology 27
5.7. Labour 28
5.8. Information Technology 31
5.9. Environmental Concerns 31
6. COMPETITION 32
6.1. Barriers to Entry 33
6.2. Research and Development (RandD) and Innovation 33
7. SWOT ANALYSIS 34
8. OUTLOOK 35
9. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 36
10. REFERENCES 36
10.1. Publications 36
10.2. Websites 37
COMPANY PROFILES 38
A Holman Trading Company (Pty) Ltd 38
Aeroton Steel (Pty) Ltd 40
Africa Pipe Industries (Pty) Ltd 42
Allied Steelrode (Pty) Ltd 44
Andrew Mentis (Pty) Ltd 46
ArcelorMittal South Africa Ltd 48
Argent Industrial Ltd 53
Aveng Ltd 58
Barnes Reinforcing Industries (Pty) Ltd 63
Barnes Tubing Industries (Pty) Ltd 65
Bosal Afrika (Pty) Ltd 67
BSi Steel Ltd 69
Cape Gate (Pty) Ltd 73
Capital Africa Steel (Pty) Ltd 75
Clotan Steel (Pty) Ltd 78
Consolidated Steel Industries (Pty) Ltd 80
Columbus Stainless (Pty) Ltd 83
Consolidated Wire Industries (Pty) Ltd 86
Everite Pipes (Pty) Ltd 89
EVRAZ Highveld Steel and Vanadium Ltd 91
Fischer South Africa Facilities (Pty) Ltd 95
Garsin Engineering CC 97
Group Five Ltd 99
Hall Longmore (Pty) Ltd 104
Industrial Metal Profiling CC 106
Innovative Mining Products (Pty) Ltd 108
Insimbi Refractory and Alloy Supplies Ltd 110
Iron Mineral Beneficiation Services (Pty) Ltd 113
Jaguar Metals (Pty) Ltd 115
Mazor Group Ltd 117
Meshrite (Pty) Ltd 119
Neven Matthews (Pty) Ltd 121
Macsteel Service Centres SA (Pty) Ltd 123
NJR Steel Processing (Pty) Ltd 130
Pro Roof Steel Merchants (VRN) (Pty) Ltd 132
Robor (Pty) Ltd 134
Saldanha Steel (Pty) Ltd 137
Sandvik (Pty) Ltd 139
Scaw South Africa (Pty) Ltd 141
Stewarts and Lloyds Holdings (Pty) Ltd 145

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