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Rock Solid Industries

For the manufacture of stainless steel canopies

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Rock Solid Industries has developed an industry first using stainless steel for the manufacture of canopies for various construction, transport, commercial and leisure industries.

Rock Solid Industries (RSI) was established in 2007 as a polyurethane coating specialist, which, through its involvement in the mining industry, felt it could compete in the niche field of service as well as the commercial and leisure canopy market.

RSI in collaboration with RidgeBack Marketing conducted a four month market research on the canopy market. What was discovered was that aluminium is the most commonly used material for canopies.
However, RSI manufactured 17 units using aluminium and field tested each one in various field applications. Over the following 4 months, the units were returned for various failures, such as, weld fatigue cracking, draws bent out of shape, and units no longer water and dust tight.

Through a process of research and development, RSI discovered that grade 409 stainless steel was a much better option. Corrosion resistance is significantly improved using 409. The stainless steel
grade can be readily cold-formed by all standard processes and forces needed are similar to those for low-alloyed carbon steels.

Sheets are double folded creating a safety edge, improving component strength. 409 has low carbon and nickel contents, stabilized with titanium, which reduces or prevents weld sensitation and formation of martensite. The stabilization thus gives this ferritic steel good weldability.

From the Swakopmund Coast through to the intense corrugations of the Savuti, grade 409 has undoubtedly been the reliable “Rock Solid” choice for RSI.

RSI canopies have recently achieved Ford Global Approval and become AA Fleet Specified.


Contact :

Rock Solid Industries – 031 700 5925

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