June 2016

PERSPECTIVE

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After the collapse of business confidence last year, caused by the double whammy of 9/12 plus the global commodity price crisis caused by stalling demand, the start to this year, for our industry, was rather gloomy. However, it was always difficult for sassda to gauge current sentiment other than to rely on anecdotal evidence. It thus became clear that we needed better data.

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STALCOR – VALUE THROUGH SERVICE

Stalcor Business

Holding its own in tough conditions

Stalcor, a division of Consolidated Steel Industries,  continues  to hold its own in an embattled marketplace.  Part  of  their survival strategy has involved moving in with related divisions within the group to share costs, and internalising some processes which used to be outsourced.

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DUVHA FOUNDRY

duvha foundryFrom the fires of the furnace, a great success

By most reckoning, Duvha Foundry shouldn’t still exist. When it was founded in 2012, it was understaffed, under-equipped,  and underfunded.

And  yet,  only  four  years  later,  it’s  a shining example of South African success. Given how little it had to go on, how did it grow from a tiny operation with just six employees to the medium sized, multi- million rand operation it is today?

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A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE

charles-cammellJanuary  2016  marked  my  30th year participating in the stainless steel industry.  With  this  came some reflection on the challenges facing us both as an industry and an association.

When I think back on how, in the early 80’s, we would get in our cars and drive to visit clients or leave the office in the morning and only pick up messages either later that day or the next, I realise how much life has really changed.

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NATIONAL STAINLESS STEEL CENTRE

National Stainless Centre AdvertThe right material, in the form you need it

Nestled in the heart of Johannesburg’s aerotropolis lies one of the industry’s most versatile stainless steel processors.

Founded 8 years ago by owner and Managing Director Mischel Frijak, and his partners, the National Stainless Steel Centre’s shop floor is home to some of  the best trained professionals in  the business, and at their fingertips, one of the most extensive collections of stainless steel processing equipment you’re likely to find under one roof.

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TRADE REVIEW

sustainable tradeTwo extreme scenarious setting the scene for Sustainable Global Trade

Sassda, as endorsing partner, attended the Global Trade Review conference during March 2016 in Cape Town. Regarded  as the market’s leading pan-African trade finance gatherings, the event was attended by more than 300 delegates representing 24 countries  to  discuss,  learn  and  connect in one of the world’s most exciting and promising regions to do business in.

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SASFIN

sasfin commercial bankDoubling delivery with Sasfin Commercial Solutions Incentives

The South African market is already a competitive one and   internationally, ranks 50th  out of 142 countries on the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitive Index.

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INDUSTRY NEWS

outokumpu supra 316OUTOKUMPU’S SUPRA 316 PLUS TRIUMPHS IN TUBE TRIALS

Tube and pipe manufacturer OSTP has completed three trials of Outokumpu’s austenitic stainless grade Supra 316plus (EN 1.4420, ASTM UNS S31655), giving the product high marks for performance.


dodds pringleVITAL ENSURES SAFE MINE WALKWAYS

The number one concern for all mining operations is ensuring safety.
Vital Engineering  understands  this,  and  over the  past  few  decades  has produced  a range of products of uncompromising quality which are now found on a growing number of mining operations throughout Africa and other parts of the world.


anderson engineeringANDERSON – EXPERTS IN HYGIENE

Anderson   Engineering,  a business based in Pietermaritzburg in KZN, are leaders in the manufacture of customised stainless  steel  processing equipment for the processing industry. Now in their 58th year of operation, the  business services a wide range of industries including pharmaceutical, cosmetic, dairy, food, beverage and chemical.


sean youngAIR PRODUCTS: PROVIDING A PERFECT WELD

The variety of welding procedures and their requisite shielding gases makes welding a complex and intricate process. In this highly specialised field, so critical to many manufacturing processes, it is important to know that you are getting the best advice.​


SASSDA NEWS

Sassda Awards 2016 AdvertNEW-LOOK STAINLESS STEEL AWARDS ‘IN PURSUIT OF BRILLIANCE’ IN 2016

The Sassda Columbus Stainless Awards 2016 are gearing up to recognise a stellar list of award winners in October, with the news that the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (sassda) will provide a free consulting service to assist companies requiring help with the entry process.

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DSC_0156-220x150SASSDA / SAIW SPORTS DAY

A joint sports day with SAIW took place  on the 14 April 2016 at De Zalze Golf Club.

There were 96 golfers who participated and the winners were from the Macsteel VRN Team

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PERSONALITY PROFILE – STANLEY TSHIVHASE

stanley tshivhaseAn inspirational businessman, champion of the community and family man, Stanley Tshivhase spoke to Stainless Steel magazine about the unprecedented growth of his business, which  was founded  in  2012  and how it feels to own the   first black owned foundry.

Stanley was born in a village in Venda called Muhuyu. He matriculated in 1995 at   Mphaphuli   Secondary   school   and then studied Metallurgical Engineering, National Diploma and graduated from Vaal  University  of Technology.

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