The Fabricator Sector represents fabricators engaged in the manufacture of equipment for chemical, petrochemical, power generation, pulp and paper, water treatment and sanitation, mining (beneficiation and refining), sugar, food and beverage, transport and other industries.Formed shortly after the inception of Sassda and known as the HFA (Heavy Fabricators Association), after objections from “lighter” fabricators, in the mid-1990s it was decided to rename the group to reflect its status as home of all stainless steel fabricators – Fabricator Sector.

This sector maintains a close association with the South African Institute of Welding (SAIW), the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC), International Steel Fabricators of South Africa (ISF), the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) (regarding standards relating to Stainless Steel fabrication, pressure equipment and welding), the Technology Localisation Implementation Unit (TLIU)(hosted by the CSIR on behalf of the Department of Science and Technology; successor to the Supplier Partner Exchange programme of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization), the National Tooling Initiative, the Corrosion Institute of Southern Africa, and others.

It supports the drive for education and training of specific skills required by the fabrication industry, especially welding and boiler-making.

The sector maintains a close relationship with major end-users such as SAB, especially in technical, engineering, and QMS activities. It engages end-users and project houses in the selection of appropriate Stainless Steel grades for specific applications, and assists in problem solving. It promotes networking between members and between members and potential end users, as well as project and engineering houses.

The sector identifies potential projects via interaction with end-users, project houses, research houses, government and complementary organisations such as the dti.

The sector is committed to developing the industry and to ensuring it is the leader in technology, training and management philosophy.

The sector facilitates member involvement in trade shows and industry conferences (e.g. 2015 Mining Indaba).

It provides day-to-day advice and problem solving suggestions to members, professionals and the general public on all aspects of Stainless Steels, from applications to material sourcing.

It maintains a database of the capacity and capability of fabricator members.

For more information please contact General Enquiries or call (011) 883 0119

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