Headquartered in Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng, ArcelorMittal South Africa is Africa’s largest steel producer with a production capacity, in a normal year, of 6.5 million tonnes of liquid steel which, after taking into account various yield factors, amounts to approximately 5.5 million tonnes of saleable steel products. This year, with the Newcastle blast furnace reline, we produced some 4.5 million tonnes of saleable steel. Our primary goal is to supply into the local and nearby markets and currently we supply over 60% of the steel used in South Africa and export the rest to sub-Saharan Africa and elsewhere. In 2014, we directly employed 8 825 people, with an estimated economy-wide employmentcreating impact of over 100 000 jobs. A proudly South African company, we are part of the ArcelorMittal group, the world’s leading steel producer with industrial sites in over 20 countries and a presence in more than 60.
Our steel is produced in flat and long products that are further processed by downstream manufacturers. We also have a Coke and Chemicals operation which produces commercial grade coke for use by the ferro-alloy industry, and processes steelmaking by-products.
Flat steel products
Produced at Vanderbijlpark and Saldanha Works. Products include slabs and heavy plate as well as hot-rolled coil, cold-rolled and coated products. Major consumers are the construction, piping, packaging and automotive industries.
Long steel products
Produced at Newcastle and Vereeniging Works. Products include bar, billets, blooms, hotfinished and cold-drawn seamless tubes, window and fencing profiles, light, medium and heavy sections, rod and forged products. Long steel products are used primarily in the construction industry.
Coke and Chemicals
Coke and Chemicals’ core business is the production of commercial coke for the ferro-alloy industry from coke batteries located at Pretoria and Newcastle Works. The business also processes and beneficiates metallurgical and steel by-products, including coal tar. These are sold as raw materials for a wide variety of uses.
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For an overview of the production process employed at each of our plants, see http://southafrica.arcelormittal.com/Operations/ProductionProcesses.aspx