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New research data set to stimulate trade growth for Stainless Steel sector

22 September 2016 Two years of intensive research by the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (sassda) in association with the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa; now gives local stainless steel fabricators insight into growth opportunities in new export markets as well as import substitution within the South African market. Sassda Executive […]

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Multimillion Rand Africa Projects Offer Huge Potential For SA Stainless Steel Supply

15 August 2016 Strategic trips by the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (sassda) to Tanzania, Senegal and Mozambique as part of the dti’s Export Marketing and Investment Assistance Scheme (EMIA) have yielded a number of exciting, ‘new market’ opportunities for local companies wishing to ramp up their returns on existing or potential African investments. […]

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Stainless Steel in Architecture Workshops

20 July 2016 The Steel in Architecture workshop was held on the 13th and 14th July 2016 at sassda’s new offices. The aim of the workshop is to increase awareness and educate architects of stainless steel in architecture, building and construction.  The event attracted about 70 architects over two days from the Gauteng Institute for […]

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Stainless Steel in Municipal Applications Could Save SA Millions in Water Costs

Market developments in the international stainless steel industry have revealed the high value potential of using stainless steel piping in the service delivery of municipal water that can potentially save millions of Rands lost in leakage and filtration costs as well as see a reduction in the usage of water per capita. [Read More]   […]

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Minister Rob Davies launches Industrial Policy Action Plan IPAP 2016/17 – 2018/19

18 May 2016 The Minister of Trade and Industry,  Dr Rob Davies says there is now an even more pressing need for structural change in the economy, to break out of commodity dependence and move to a more diversified base in which increasing manufacturing-based value addition, employment creation and export-intensity come to define South Africa’s […]

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Manufacturing Circle Quarterly Review Fourth Quarter 2015

23 February 2016 The fourth quarter of the 2015 (Q4 2015) Manufacturing Circle Survey reveals that South African manufacturers are experiencing difficult times, in keeping with global trends. Large and leading economies indicated downward trends in Industrial Production indices towards the end of 2015. Similarly, emerging markets are facing challenging times driven by the impact of a […]

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Columbus Stainless: A plant tour

28 January 2016 MechTech takes a tour of South Africa’s Columbus Stainless plant in Middelburg and talks to Lucien Matthews, the company’s CEO. Founded in 1966 in the heart of the chrome- and coal-rich Mpumalanga province of South Africa, Columbus Stainless is Africa’s only producer of stainless steel flat products and one of the few […]

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Towards a sustainable stainless steel industry in SA

28 January 2016 MechTech talks to sassda executive director, John Tarboton, about the current state of the stainless steel industry in South Africa and the association’s outlook. Sassda, the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association, one of the most active stainless steel industry associations in the world, provides a platform for members to collectively promote […]

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South African stainless sector expected to track sideways in 2016

14 December 2015   South Africa’s stainless steel consumption, which has recovered from the slump experienced during the 2009 recession, is expected to track sideways in 2016. Apparent consumption in 2015 rose 1.9% year-on-year to 190 000 t, which is below the post-crisis peak of nearly 210 000 t, but still marginally better than pre-crisis […]

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Safety of using stainless steel in food preparation

ISSF welcomes the publication of an independent report, commissioned by Team Stainless, confirming the continuing safety of using stainless steel in food preparation, following the introduction of new test criteria in Europe.The Council of Europe (CoE) published a guideline regarding metals and alloys in food contact materials in 2013, defining specific release limits (SRLs) for […]

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