Vereeniging Works is the country’s major supplier of speciality steel products, seamless tube and forge products. The ISO 14001 certified plant employs 908 staff and produces 0.4 million tonnes of final product per annum, of which some 32% is exported.
Its strategic priorities are focused on retaining and expanding its share of the Southern African market, whilst supplying high quality, value added steels to select international markets.
It supplies input material for the manufacture of safety critical components (SCC’s) for the automotive industry, seamless tube for the petrochemical, oil and gas industries and wire rod wire for fencing and hoisting rope used in deep shaft mining.
The plant’s seamless tubes are manufactured and tested in accordance with API standards and meet the requirements of the petrochemical oil and gas industries. It is manufactured via a mini-mill, incorporating a multi-stand pipe mill and in-line downstream finishing facility. The manufacturing facility consists of a rotary hearth furnace, a cone-type rotary piercer and a multi-stand pipe mill. In addition it has a 22-stand stretch reducer followed by two straighteners, cutting and beveling facilities, as well as an EMI and ultrasonic testing unit.
Forge products includes an extensive range in sizes from 90 mm to 1 400 mm. The Vereeniging plant produces rounds, squares, flats, thick-wall tubes, step-forgings, rings, disks and blocks. Products are supplied in the “as-forged” condition or heat-treated to specification. Extensive machining facilities are available.
Special profiles, which are produced at a scaled down Pretoria operation, includes a full range of window sections, which are used for manufacturing of residential and industrial windows. Other products include Y and I standard fencing posts, T-section droppers and palisade fencing sections.
The Vereeniging operation utilises an electric arc furnace in its manufacturing of profile products from scrap and DRI.