After the collapse of business confidence last year, caused by the double whammy of 9/12 plus the global commodity price crisis caused by stalling demand, the start to this year, for our industry, was rather gloomy. However, it was always difficult for sassda to gauge current sentiment other than to rely on anecdotal evidence. It thus became clear that we needed better data.
STALCOR – VALUE THROUGH SERVICE
Holding its own in tough conditions
Stalcor, a division of Consolidated Steel Industries, continues to hold its own in an embattled marketplace. Part of their survival strategy has involved moving in with related divisions within the group to share costs, and internalising some processes which used to be outsourced.
By most reckoning, Duvha Foundry shouldn’t still exist. When it was founded in 2012, it was understaffed, under-equipped, and underfunded.
And yet, only four years later, it’s a shining example of South African success. Given how little it had to go on, how did it grow from a tiny operation with just six employees to the medium sized, multi- million rand operation it is today?
A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE
When I think back on how, in the early 80’s, we would get in our cars and drive to visit clients or leave the office in the morning and only pick up messages either later that day or the next, I realise how much life has really changed.
NATIONAL STAINLESS STEEL CENTRE
Nestled in the heart of Johannesburg’s aerotropolis lies one of the industry’s most versatile stainless steel processors.
Founded 8 years ago by owner and Managing Director Mischel Frijak, and his partners, the National Stainless Steel Centre’s shop floor is home to some of the best trained professionals in the business, and at their fingertips, one of the most extensive collections of stainless steel processing equipment you’re likely to find under one roof.
Sassda, as endorsing partner, attended the Global Trade Review conference during March 2016 in Cape Town. Regarded as the market’s leading pan-African trade finance gatherings, the event was attended by more than 300 delegates representing 24 countries to discuss, learn and connect in one of the world’s most exciting and promising regions to do business in.
Doubling delivery with Sasfin Commercial Solutions Incentives
The South African market is already a competitive one and internationally, ranks 50th out of 142 countries on the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitive Index.
Tube and pipe manufacturer OSTP has completed three trials of Outokumpu’s austenitic stainless grade Supra 316plus (EN 1.4420, ASTM UNS S31655), giving the product high marks for performance.
The number one concern for all mining operations is ensuring safety.
Vital Engineering understands this, and over the past few decades has produced a range of products of uncompromising quality which are now found on a growing number of mining operations throughout Africa and other parts of the world.
Anderson Engineering, a business based in Pietermaritzburg in KZN, are leaders in the manufacture of customised stainless steel processing equipment for the processing industry. Now in their 58th year of operation, the business services a wide range of industries including pharmaceutical, cosmetic, dairy, food, beverage and chemical.
The variety of welding procedures and their requisite shielding gases makes welding a complex and intricate process. In this highly specialised field, so critical to many manufacturing processes, it is important to know that you are getting the best advice.
The Sassda Columbus Stainless Awards 2016 are gearing up to recognise a stellar list of award winners in October, with the news that the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (sassda) will provide a free consulting service to assist companies requiring help with the entry process.
A joint sports day with SAIW took place on the 14 April 2016 at De Zalze Golf Club.
There were 96 golfers who participated and the winners were from the Macsteel VRN Team
PERSONALITY PROFILE – STANLEY TSHIVHASE
An inspirational businessman, champion of the community and family man, Stanley Tshivhase spoke to Stainless Steel magazine about the unprecedented growth of his business, which was founded in 2012 and how it feels to own the first black owned foundry.
Stanley was born in a village in Venda called Muhuyu. He matriculated in 1995 at Mphaphuli Secondary school and then studied Metallurgical Engineering, National Diploma and graduated from Vaal University of Technology.