Stainless Steel forges Ahead
Sassda looks to grow the local stainless steel market
Despite having been buffeted by a variety of economic headwinds in the past year, the South African stainless steel industry remains hopeful especially in light of the release of the long-awaited Mining Charter
Africa opens up for SA's stainless steel sector
2019 seems to be the year of an ‘opening up’ of Africa, whether it be opening trade borders or opening key infrastructure projects, all of these key developments have positive implications for the South African stainless steel sector.
A Pipe Isn't Just a Pipe
For as long as cities have been built, we have been installing plumbing of some kind. From the terracotta pipes of Babylon back in 4000 BCE, the profession’s simplest component, the pipe, has come a long way. Here we look at a few of the options, and speak to their advantages, disadvantages, and what technological advancements have been made.
Early days for stainless steel in cladding, construction industry
The South African stainless steel industry is in an early developmental stage with regards to construction and cladding, despite many architectural projects having been completed over the past few decades, says South African Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) Western Cape regional manager Michel Basson.
Stainless awards provide welcome boost to local sector
The winners of the 2018 Sassda Columbus Stainless Awards have been announced at a glittering banquet in Fourways, Johannesburg with 189 entries from 53 companies resulting in a stellar list of more than 60 finalists.
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
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.
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.
Sassda Columbus Stainless Awards 2018