March 2015

PERSPECTIVE

johnWelcome back, I hope 2015 bodes well  for  all  our  members.  This year  the  South  African market will face many challenges, but we hope that this is an opportunity for alternative solutions and growth in our market.

In November last year I was able to virtually “attend” a summit held by CARISA, the Centre for Association Research and Intelligence, on “Professional Bodies, Associations and Societies Summit 2014.”

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TOUGH YEAR AHEAD

COMPARITIVEThe total amount of stainless steel  produced globally has reached a new record high every year since 2013, a trend that seems set to continue in. By contrast, the capacity utilisation for South Africa’s stainless steel industry is still below the benchmark  of  85%.  Figures  released by Statistics South Africa in February show that the average capacity utilisation lags behind at 78.8%. The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has    ascribed the under-utilisation in 2014 to labour disputes and other production disruptions.

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SOUTH AFRICAN APPARENT CONSUMPTION

apparent consumption
Sassda has revised its formulas, in line international norms, for  calculating apparent consumption, net imported finished products, and total local market consumption

 

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INTERNATIONAL STEEL SCRAP PRICES

scrapIn India, each metric tonne of stainless steel scrap reportedly costs $100 more than in European markets. India buys the largest amount of scrap of any steel producing region in Asia, although its purchasing habits are driven by short-term production requirements and are therefore relatively spot-driven, with Indian steel mills tending not to keep large stocks of scrap.

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COMPARATIVE DATA FROM INDIA

CTOUGH YEARompetition from Association of Southeast Asian  Nations  (ASEAN) and free trade agreement (FTA) countries, particularly cheap imports from Chinese manufacturers, is putting pressure on the price of steel globally.

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EASY FLEX


easyflex
Steve Jobs once said, “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” 

Providers of corrugated stainless steel piping, Easyflex SA, are certainly proof of that. With an inventive product and progressive plans for the future, Easyflex SA has hit the market in a big way.

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LIFE CYCLE COSTING

figure 1The  Long-Term Benefits of Stainless Steel

Stainless Steel 

Stainless   steels  have traditionally been specified in applications where the primary requirement is for corrosion resistance. However,since their invention over 100 years ago, stainless steels have also been recognised for other attributes such as durability, versatility, quality, sustainability, hygiene and aesthetic appeal.

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NO SACRED COWS

GARYOn Belonging 

Grandfather, Major Jock Irvine Crawford, active military duty done, involved  himself  with the Memorable Order of Tin Hats (MOTH) which was founded to help fellow comrades in need.

No visit to his home was without mention  of  a  ‘comrade  in  arms.’  To him, these people were family. He cared intensely about them … most of whom I’m sure he had never met. So, to me ‘comrade’ came to mean a ‘brother.’

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SASSDA NEWS

  • Young Welders 2015
  • Sassda revamps online database, publishes Buyers Guide
  • Overview of Africa Initiative
  • Sassda Training
  • The New Main Committee
  • Editorial Committee

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PERSONALITY PROFILE

lucienLucien Matthews completed his Masters Degree in Material Physics in 1983. During his working career at Mintek he spent a year studying in the field of Metallphysik (with emphasis on texture analysis of metals) at Claustahl-Zellerfield in Germany.

He spent the first seven years of his career at the Council for Mineral Technology as a Research Engineer, and then moved on to Columbus Stainless (Pty) Ltd in 1990 in the position of Head, New Product Technology. Altogether, Lucien enjoyed 21 years at Columbus in various positions before embarking on an exciting challenge as CEO of Bahru Stainless in Malaysia, also a subsidiary of Acerinox, in 2011.

Three years later, and Lucien is back in SA and returns to his old stomping ground, taking his place at the helm of Columbus Stainless as CEO.

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