Sassda Media Coverage

JULY 2017

SA’s R15-Billion stainless steel industry feels the pressure

South Africa’s R15-billion stainless steel industry has felt the strain of a contraction in its apparent consumption figures in the last two years, exacerbated by a flood of Chinese imports and resulting stagnant demand for locally fabricated products. This was the view of our Executive Director John Tarboton at the recent sassda 2017 AGM where he pointed out; “Declining apparent consumption is of particular concern. Prior to 2015 our figures mirrored what was going on in the rest of the world, whereas now we’re deviating from the global trend”.

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Online

21 July – Crown Publications – 21 July_Crown.co.za_Local stainless steel industry battles SAs economic storm

14 July – Steel Guru – 14 July_Steelguru.com_SA stainless steel industry battles economic storm

13 July – Crane Designs – SA stainless steel industry battles economic storm

13 July – Biz Community – SA stainless steel industry battles economic storm

Publications

01 July – Mech Chem Africa Pg33 –  A message from sassdas chairman 

01 July – Mech Chem Africa Pg32 – Local stainless steel industry battles SAs economic storm p.32

JUNE 2017

Sassda lobbies to increase stainless steel import tariffs

Given that imported finished products, primarily Chinese, surged by 44% last year and the export of finished products dropped by 20% resulting in a situation where we now import 40 000 tons of stainless steel finished products more than we exported, sassda is seeking to start the process of increasing the import tariff i.e. increasing the applied rate to the bound rate) on six HS codes in the downstream stainless steel industry.

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Online

05 July – Engineering News – South African stainless steel imports surged by 44 in 2016

Publications

02 June – Engineering News Pg46 – Members lament impact of imported products on local industry

APRIL 2017

Promise of Stainless Steel underminded by fly-by-night Fabricators

In a tough economy, consumers veer towards the cheapest option and some contractors may be tempted to cut corners. Unfortunately, contractor mistakes cost a fortune, mistakes kill profits and both parties usually blame the other, and often stainless steel itself, through angry exchanges that waste time – so what happens when stainless steel contractors fail to deliver on promises?

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Online

28 April – Leadingarchitecture.co.za – Promise of stainless steel undermined by fly by night fabricators

24 April – Leads2Business Blog – Fly-by-night fabricators undermine stainless steel promise

24 April – BizCommunity.com – Fly-by-night fabricators undermine stainless steel promise

Publications

01 June – SA Roofing Pg 8 – Promise of stainless steel undermined p.8

19 May – Crown Publications – Promise of stainless steel undermined

11 May  – Mech Chem Africa Pg 26 – Promise of stainless steel undermined

01 May – Architect & Specifier Pg 46 – Dont blame the steel 

MARCH 2017

Stainless Steel app gives users chance to win R125 000 trip to Paris!

The Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (sassda) has launched an exciting new competition in which entrants (e.g. engineers, architects, quantity surveyors, end-users and specifiers and members of the public) stand to win a trip to Paris worth R125 000!  Entrants need to download and use sassda’s life cycle costing (LCC) app to calculate the significant long-term maintenance savings that could have been achieved had the Eiffel Tower been constructed from stainless steel.

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Online

04 April – Leads2Business Blog – Did you know Sassda Lifecycle Costing App

08 March – Bizcommunity.com – Sassda launches app-based life cycle costing competition

10 March – Africandesignmagazine.com – Sassda launches R125 000 lifecycle costing competition

13 March – SADeco.co.za – SASSDA competition Win a trip to Paris

17 March – Engineeringnews.co.za – Stainless steel body hopes to boost product demand at event

20 March – Constructionreviewonline.com – Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association launches major app

22-March – Specifile.co.za – Stainless steel app gives users chance to win R125 000 trip to Paris

Publications

01 July – SA Affordable Housing Pg 12 – Want to win a trip to Paris worth R125 000 p.12

01-May – SA Roofing p.4 – App offers users a chance to win R125 000 trip to Paris

01 April – Castings SA p.24 – Sassda launches competition to promote lifecycle costing app

17 March – Engineering News p.14 – Stainless body launches competition to promote lifecycle costing app

17 March – Engineering News p.4 – Stainless steel body hopes to boost product demand at event

17 March – Engineering News p.46 & 48- Stainless steel body hopes to boost product demand at event

FEBRUARY 2017

14 February 2017

Municipal Stainless Steel Solutions could save SA Millions in Water Losses

With South Africa experiencing Stage 2 and 3 water restrictions following its worst drought in decades, the spotlight falls on the solution of using stainless steel in water distribution and service pipes in South Africa to reduce leakages and maintenance costs and preserve our already strained water resources into the long-term future.

The importance of tightening up South Africa’s water supply infrastructure comes into sharp focus when one considers statistics cited in a Timeslive.co.za report, which stated that up to 40% of Johannesburg’s water goes unaccounted for annually, costing the city R1.16-billion in the year (ending June 30, 2015). Of that about R851-million of water was lost to leaks.

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Publications 

01 March 2017 – The Build – Water Woes

11 May – Mech Chem Pg 27 – Stainless steel could save millions 

23 May – Baydu – SA MILLIONS IN WATER LOSSES

24 May – Blueclube Media – MUNICIPAL STAINLESS STEEL SOLUTIONS COULD SAVE SA MILLIONS IN WATERLOSSES

01 June – Mechanical Engineering Pg 16 – Stainless for piping and fittings p.16

 

Radio 

05 May – Good HopeFM News 2pm/Good HopeFM News 3pm/Radio 786 News 5pm/Voice of the Cape News 5pm

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