Who we are
The Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (sassda), is one of the most active stainless steel industry associations in the world and has, since 1964, been involved in increasing the awareness and use of stainless steel in Southern Africa.
The organisation provides a platform for Sassda members to collectively promote the sustainable growth and development of the industry with the main emphasis on stainless steel converted within the South African economy.
Sassda also provides a comprehensive list of services to its member database including technical information and advice, education, training and skills upgrading, a range of publications and marketing industry and business development support.
Stainless Steel…beyond ‘Ramaphoria’ hesitantly hopeful
President Cyril Ramaphosa’s maiden State of The Nation speech in February this year highlighted a number of areas such as job creation, boosting the manufacturing industry and key infrastructure projects where the local stainless steel sector has an instrumental role to play. Unfortunately, in tandem with this the South African stainless steel sector is facing increased trade tariffs from the United States under the ‘leadership’ of Donald Trump.
Multiple international award wins for Columbus Stainless
Columbus Stainless won a number of awards at the recent ISSF Annual Workshop held in Shanghai, China most impressive of which was the overall Gold Award in the Safety Awards Programme‘s workplace improvement category
Sassda visits ‘Tesla’ of the Stainless Steel Industry
With the global commodity cycle bouncing back, the demand for stainless steel is intensifying, underpinned by backward integration and the recent developments in 4-in-1 stainless steel plants, which cut costs of production, rendering stainless steel even more competitive against comparable materials
The 4th Industrial Revolution is here - are you ready?
With 400 000 manufacturing jobs lost since 2008, elevated labour costs and a 3% drop from 15% to 12% in the manufacturing industry’s contribution to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) over the period, the potential of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) to revolutionise the output of local manufacturers has never been more significant to the long-term sustainability of this ‘engine room’ of South Africa’s economy
Sassda Zeros in on Zambia
Sassda Western Cape Regional Manager Michel Basson continued Sassda’s African odyssey, this time in Zambia, where he forged strong new ties across the country via a stand at the Caminex Exhibition and talks with the Zambian Engineering Council