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Stainless Steel

Breaking ground: expanding our product range

By: Yolande Botes     5th April 2024 Leading stainless-steel supplier ENERGYMetals is expanding its product range to include instrumentation fittings and tubes. Renowned for its expertise in stainless steels, ENERGYMetals has consistently met customer needs from its extensive stock holding and through direct imports from its global... 

Agreement extends stainless steel reach

By: Nadine Ramdass     5th April 2024 Austenitic stainless steels specialist N’GENIUS Materials Technology has reached an agreement with UK-based stainless steel manufacturer Project Pipeline Supply (PPS) to sell and distribute pipeline and piping packages with products made from the N’GENIUS Series of high-strength austenitic... 

An image of the N'’GENIUS 316LM4N grade wrought mech properties
COVETED SPECS The N’GENIUS 316LM4N grade boasts significantly higher minimum yield and tensile strengths

Awards return following pandemic interruption

5th April 2024 Industry association Southern Africa Stainless Steel Association (Sassda) is set to mark its sixtieth anniversary with the return of the Sassda and Columbus Stainless Steel Awards. The Covid pandemic temporarily halted the biennial awards ceremony event, with the last event held in 2018. The... 

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SHAPING THE FUTURE The Sassda and Columbus Stainless Steel Awardsaims to recognise the resilience of the local stainless steel industry

Converter plants beneficial

27th October 2023 With a focus on future-oriented stainless steelmaking, metallurgical industry plant supplier SMS group offers converter steel plants for carbon and stainless steel worldwide. This includes complex Basic Oxygen Furnace and Argon Oxygen Decarburisation converter steel plants with a higher degree of... 

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COLD PILGERING The SMS group offers its cold pilger technology for the forming of high-quality seamless tubes

More education initiatives needed in local industry

By: Sabrina Jardim     27th October 2023 Education and skills development remain indispensable for the South African stainless steel industry, however, the training and development of productive and skilled staff has become a “major stumbling block” to the growth of the industry, says Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development... 

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MICHEL BASSON Sassda offers various training programmes at technical and academic levels

The new pulse Thermamax APOLLO MATRIX MIG series

27th October 2023 Introducing the revolutionary Thermamax APOLLO MATRIX MIG Series, the ultimate welding solution for professionals seeking unmatched power, versatility and cutting-edge technology. With its synergic multi-process pulse welding inverters, this series sets a new standard in welding excellence.... 

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MULTI ALLOYS: A division of EMVAfrica

27th October 2023 Established in 1997, MULTI ALLOYS is a leading stockist of duplex stainless steel, nickel alloys and specialised metals in the South African market and focuses on the supply of these high-performance alloys in various forms, including plate, pipes, and round bar. MULTI ALLOYS is a division of EMV... 

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Summit outlines industry plans

By: Sabrina Jardim     27th October 2023 International trade limitations, owing to slow market growth in Europe and the US, have in turn sparked the implementation of stringent trade conditions in the South African stainless steel industry, says South African Iron and Steel Institute (Saisi) secretary-general Charles Dednam. Focus must... 

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CHARLES DEDNAM AND DR EDWIN BASSON Saisi’s Southern African Steel Summit provided an opportunity to discuss challenges hindering sector growth

Sector stays sturdy despite challenges

By: Halima Frost     7th April 2023 The stainless steel sector remains steadfast in its resilience, and is even more determined to fight for its well-deserved place in growing the South African economy, says Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) executive director Michel Basson. During a webinar hosted by... 

Large rolls of flat rolled steel, set for distribution to manufactures according to the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association
KEEP IT ROLLING The South African stainless steel sector continues to gain traction after the initial effects of the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic

Steel producer continues to grow manufacturing capacity

7th April 2023 Spain-based global stainless-steel producer Acerinox says its global footprint has transformed it into one of the most competitive producers of stainless steels and nickel alloys. The company boasts significant production capabilities with three fully integrated flat product manufacturing... 

An aerial view of the sizable manufacturing facility at Columbus stainless in Middleburg South Africa, with buildings, storage facilities and waste water facility as well
AIMING HIGH An areal view of the manufacturing plant of Columbus Stainless, a facility owned by Spain-based steel giant Acerinox

Solar power reduces carbon emissions in bolt manufacturing

By: Leah Shelene Asaram     28th October 2022 Fasteners manufacturer SA Bolt Manufacturers installed solar power at its facility, in Nigel, Gauteng to reduce reliance on coal-generated power, thereby also reducing its carbon emissions to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, says SA Bolt Manufacturers MD Derek Cohen.  “We have achieved... 

Scrap export ban detrimental to sector

By: Leah Shelene Asaram     28th October 2022 The Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) supports the proposed legislation to stop the economic damage caused by metal theft and infrastructure destruction. However, this could be detrimental to the stainless steel sector because all metal waste and scrap are subjected... 

Stainless steel industry remains resilient amid post-Covid recovery

By: Leah Shelene Asaram     28th October 2022 The levels of local stainless steel consumption have been declining for the past eight years, however, the industry remains buoyant after having seemingly recovered from the effects of the pandemic, says Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) acting executive director... 

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HOLLOWING OUT 10 000 t of stainless steel finished products are imported every year, mostly hollowware and catering items

Sector initiating strategies to decarbonise by 2050

By: Leah Shelene Asaram     28th October 2022 To achieve carbon-neutrality by 2050, all sectors are initiating strategies to help reduce their carbon footprint, and this includes the stainless steel sector. As the stainless steel sector depends on the steel industry for product input, the sector depends on the steel industry to set the pace... 

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GO GREEN OR GO HOME Water electrolysis uses electricity to split water into hydrogen and oxygen, without releasing carbon emissions

New policy to ensure industry sustainability

By: Leah Shelene Asaram     28th October 2022 In designing the Steel Master Plan (SMP), it is imperative to build consensus on a policy that can aid the creation of a competitive, dynamic and inclusive stainless steel industry, which can provide a stable platform for investment, growth and job creation, says Southern Africa Stainless Steel... 

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COILING IT The green economy provides opportunities for innovation and the development of new stainless steel products

Local mill essential to the stainless steel market

28th October 2022 The South African stainless steel market is at risk given the pressure on local stainless steel manufacturer Columbus Stainless, says steel merchandiser and distributor Macsteel CEO Mike Benfield. For any mill to produce optimally by gaining efficiencies of scale and cost competitiveness, it... 

AM tech ideal for stainless steel parts manufacturing

8th April 2022 Emerging additive manufacturing (AM) technologies have attracted significant attention owing to an attractive set of properties and attributes. A common feature of AM technologies is the build-up of objects by deposition of material layer upon layer driven by a three-dimensional, or 3D, computer... 

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DIRECT METAL DEPOSITION AM technologies allow for new, optimised designs as well as a drastic reduction in lead times

Stainless steel industry perseveres in challenging conditions

By: Nadine Ramdass     8th April 2022 Despite significant challenges, such as the Covid-19 pandemic and its ripple effects, the stainless steel sector has shown adaptivity, innovation and resilience. It is also showing prepandemic consumption levels, with Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) acting... 

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LIGHT AHEAD The stainless steel sector is showing prepandemic consumption levels

Tool distribution for local market simplified

By: Nadine Ramdass     8th April 2022 Through its partnership with South Korea-based original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) YG-1, engineering equipment importer and supplier JTB Industrial Solutions (JTB) can supply the local market with YG-1’s range of cutting tools and indexable inserts. YG-1 is a major global company that exports... 

An image of YG-1's range of cutting tools and indexable carbide inserts
PROUD PARTNERSHIP YG-1's range of cutting tools and indexable carbide inserts

Manufacturer prioritises customer needs

By: Nadine Ramdass     8th April 2022 Stainless steel long products manufacturer Wire Products Stainless Steel’s (WPSS’s) experience of more than 30 years in supplying material to produce cold-formed fasteners and complex parts to the market has resulted in a strong knowledge and understanding of customer requirements, says WPSS... 

Stainless steel solutions added to local market

By: Nadine Ramdass     8th April 2022 Industrial equipment supplier Actum Group supplies manufacturing and solutions company Band-It’s range of quality-engineered band and fastening products to the local market. “The importance of using high-quality products is critical for any industry or application,” says Actum Band-It team leader... 

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BAND-IT Band-It clamps allows joints to be formed without alteration to the items being joined

Production set to grow

22nd October 2021 Global stainless steel production is expected to grow to 54-million tons in 2021 with an improvement in economic activity and stainless steelmaking capacity in parallel, especially in Indonesia, which is forecast to have a greater output than many developed nations, according to a report released... 

Company first stainless steel producer to earn certification

22nd October 2021 Stainless steel producer Aperam’s Stainless Europe operations in September were successfully certified to be operating at the ResponsibleSteel Standard by independent auditors the Association Française de Normalisation (AFNOR). The ResponsibleSteel initiative is the first global sustainability... 

Association supports resilient industry through master plan

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd October 2021 Despite the impact of Covid-19 and a weak economy, the local stainless steel sector has shown its resilience, as the South African Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) continues to support industry through initiatives such as the Steel Master Plan. “When the Steel Master Plan was... 

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LOCALISATION FOCUS Cocal companies have had challenges sourcing products from abroad, emphasising the need for localising the manufacturing of stainless steel products

Suppliers vital to supply chain

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd October 2021 The current shortages of raw materials, which are required for stainless steel fabrication, have highlighted how stainless steel raw material suppliers are vital for the company’s supply chain and economical efficiencies, says water-jet cutting service provider MAXJET director Preeshan Naidoo.... 

Image of Shanghai financial centre, Physical Vapor Deposition stainless steel in rose gold
ALLEVIATING CONSTRAINTS Naidoo argues that during these challenging times, companies particularly in stainless steel need to better analyse markets, trends and deliverables

Company offers diverse conveyor chains

22nd October 2021 Engineering solutions provider BMG’s comprehensive range of power transmission components incorporates chain manufacturer ZMC industrial conveyor chains, which offer dependable service in diverse applications, especially for use in food production. BMG product manager Gavin Kirsten explains that... 

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FOOD-GRADE SOLUTIONS BMG’s specialists advise customers at food and beverage plants to only invest in conveyor components manufactured in food-compliant materials - like stainless steel

Manufacturer mitigates supply challenges

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     28th May 2021 With the global pandemic posing challenges across all industries, the greatest challenge that industrial and electronic supplier Actum faces is the timeous supply of raw materials. “Actum Group is the only authorised manufacturer under licence for BAND-IT stainless steel strapping and buckles... 

FIRM GRIP 
The BAND-IT stainless steel band clamps spread their clamping force out across the full perimeter of the items they are joining
FIRM GRIP The BAND-IT stainless steel band clamps spread their clamping force out across the full perimeter of the items they are joining

Quality stainless steel components supplied during pandemic

28th May 2021 Engineering solutions specialists BMG provided engineering components and support services to all sectors during the Covid-19 pandemic. “The BMG team is committed to making sure industry continues to operate as safely and efficiently as possible during this challenging time. It is absolutely... 

COMPLETE SAFETY 
BMG works closely with its customers in all sectors to ensure that each plant is well-prepared to maintain full production
COMPLETE SAFETY BMG works closely with its customers in all sectors to ensure that each plant is well-prepared to maintain full production

Machine comes to SA shores

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     28th May 2021 With the stainless steel industry need for a smaller and more compact rotary brush machine, deburring machine manufacturers Timesavers International has developed the 22 RB series rotary brush machine, which Timesavers’ local distributor and cutting, welding and grinding solutions provider First... 

NEW TECH 
The 22 RB series is the most compact and affordable model in the company’s RB Series product range
NEW TECH The 22 RB series is the most compact and affordable model in the company’s RB Series product range

Stainless steel industry shows brighter future

28th May 2021 The stainless steel market is still under pressure following years of economic decline in South Africa’s economy. This was exacerbated by Covid-19 and the measures that government imposed to reduce infections, says Africa-based stainless steel mill Columbus Stainless. After the level four... 

LOOKING UP
South Africa's economy is expected to rebound in 2021 and 2022 after the dire impact of Covid-19 last year
LOOKING UP South Africa's economy is expected to rebound in 2021 and 2022 after the dire impact of Covid-19 last year

State of the stainless steel nation

28th May 2021 Against the backdrop of this year’s State of the Nation Address and the Budget speech, Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) acting executive director Michel Basson took an in-depth look at the ‘state of the stainless steel nation’ and how it is expected to fare in... 

Cabinets for use in multiple industries

28th May 2021 Electrical equipment and wire accessories company Legrand’s Atlantic stainless steel cabinets have been designed for safe use in corrosive conditions and in areas requiring a high level of hygiene. These enclosures are designed for maximum safety and the ordered arrangement and optimum protection... 

TIGHT FIT 
These enclosures are designed for maximum safety and the ordered arrangement and optimum protection of electrical components
TIGHT FIT These enclosures are designed for maximum safety and the ordered arrangement and optimum protection of electrical components

Company engages govt for greater awareness of local industry

23rd October 2020 Stainless steel producer Wire Products Stainless Steel Productions (WPSSP) is engaging government to create greater awareness about the local supply of stainless steel long products and wire. The Germiston-based company has met with the Department of Trade and Industry, the Department of Public... 

LOOK LOCAL
WPSSP is calling on government to become more involved in the sector, facilitating deals directly with State-owned enterprises to allow for South African producers
LOOK LOCAL WPSSP is calling on government to become more involved in the sector, facilitating deals directly with State-owned enterprises to allow for South African producers

Steel supplier relaunches flagship store

23rd October 2020 Steel supplier Stewarts & Lloyds has designed a new retail experience, offering a wider range of products and stock at its flagship store in Booysens, which is expected to facilitate the growth of the company’s client base in the area. The Booysens retail store will also provide a blueprint for... 

EXPERIENCED RETAIL OUTLET
Many of the staff at Stewart & Lloyds Booysens branch have worked at the store for more than 20 years
EXPERIENCED RETAIL OUTLET Many of the staff at Stewart & Lloyds Booysens branch have worked at the store for more than 20 years

Hybrid future in sight

23rd October 2020 Global engineering company Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group (WMFTG) predicts a hybrid bioprocessing future, where tried and trusted stainless-steel systems are seamlessly integrated with single-use technology. This flexible approach will enable contract manufacturing organisations (CMOs) and... 

TECHNOLOGY SHAKE UP
Stainless steel is not dead nor dying, but the emergence of new technology continues to shake up the biopharmaceutical industry
TECHNOLOGY SHAKE UP Stainless steel is not dead nor dying, but the emergence of new technology continues to shake up the biopharmaceutical industry

Key issues in welding stainless steels

23rd October 2020 Most stainless steels have good weldability if some key issues are understood and addressed, correct procedures are followed and expert advice is obtained if the organisation is inexperienced, says gases and welding products supplier Afrox manufacturing industries team applications development... 

R&D on hold to keep doors open

By: Tracy Hancock     29th May 2020 Stainless steel cylinder manufacturer Jooste Cylinder & Pump Company has implemented various measures, such as delaying research and development (R&D) projects, to assist staff as much as possible and “keep the doors open” amid the Covid-19 crisis. “Jooste re-invests much of its income in new... 

Local tanks on track for delivery to Zim mine

29th May 2020 Ten large steel tanks for diversified miner RioZim’s Cam and Motor gold mine, in Zimbabwe, are on schedule to be installed by South African stainless steel fabrication and erection specialist Betterect, as part of the mine’s gold processing plant expansion. This is notwithstanding inherent... 

SIGNIFICANT SUPPLY
Columbus Stainless supplied 250 t of grade 2304 duplex steel for the RioZim steel tank fabrication project being undertaken by Betterect
SIGNIFICANT SUPPLY Columbus Stainless supplied 250 t of grade 2304 duplex steel for the RioZim steel tank fabrication project being undertaken by Betterect
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