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Manufacturing is seen by government as an important catalyst in the economy. Stainless steel’s quality as a material that can easily be kept hygienically clean, as well as its non-corrosive properties, favours it above other material choices in the consumerware, catering and hospitality industries.It has already seen the growth of consumer goods within traditional and upmarket chain stores as well as in the export of products around the world.Products range from cutlery and holloware to custom-made kitchens and catering applicances.

Affect of Imported Products

The kitchenware and hollowware segments of this market have been seriously affected by imports, mainly from China and Taiwan.  In 2012 and 2013 imports were over 10 000 tons per annum and at prices considerably lower than that offered by the local producers.

Sassda noticed the proliferation of a variety of stainless steel pots and pans on the market, with wide variations in price, and requested the services of Mintek’s Metals Technology Centre (MTC), to analyse a small sample selection of pots and pans readily available to consumers, to identify what they were really made of and if they conformed to the prevailing South African national standard for stainless steelware for domestic and general use, SANS 998:2010.

SANS 998:2010 specifies that a material of manufacture for cookware should be stainless steel type 18/10 or 18/8, these grade descriptions being basically interchangeable for this application.

Mintek tested eight pots, each of a different brand, purchased from six well known retail outlets.  Of the eight pots, two were manufactured locally and conformed to the South African national standard SANS 998:2010, as did two of the imported pots.  The other imported pots were mostly made from low nickel and high manganese grades of stainless steel, which are cheaper than 18/10 and 18/8, and which do not have the corrosion resistance of these grades.



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