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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 […]

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Sassda Uncovers a Wealth of Opportunity in Kenya and Tanzania

Against the backdrop of fast industrialisation and a call for the development of stainless steel within the agricultural and food and beverage industries, Tanzania and Kenya are primed for increased bilateral trade with South Africa, with confirmed sourcing enquiries already received at Sassda. This is according to Sassda Market Intelligence and Export Specialist Lesley Squires […]

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Returning Sassda member champions stainless steel in military applications

With a reputation for creating some of the world’s toughest off-road stainless steel trailers, manufacturer and exporter Desert Wolf has recently reinstated its Sassda membership. The company’s unique designs, together with its significant stainless steel components, are recognised by commercial and military customers as indestructible and its product range now includes more than 70 specialised […]

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Renewed optimism in industry for Middelburg-based Columbus Stainless steel plant

Middelburg-based Columbus Stainless aims to remain committed to the growing domestic stainless steel market, while the South African Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) believes that 2018 may be the year to break the downward trend of consumption in South Africa. Simone Liedtke tells us more.

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2018 Sassda Columbus Stainless Awards celebrating innovation

Sassda is proud to announce the official launch of its biennial stainless steel awards which this year centre around the theme ‘Celebrating Innovation’ with the aim of rewarding world-class thinking and success at a local and international level. The awards are open to individuals and companies (locally and abroad) that are involved in the design, […]

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Competition proves long term value of stainless steel

https://www.engineeringnews.co.za/article/competition-proves-long-term-value-of-stainless-steel-2017-10-27 The winner of the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association’s (Sassda’s) Eiffel Tower life cycle costing competition was announced earlier this month, having proven the success of the association’s new cellphone application (app) and the long-term value of stainless steel as a structural material. “In 2013, during a training programme, the International Stainless Steel Forum asked students to consider the cost savings that could have […]

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Local stainless steel industry remains optimistic

https://www.engineeringnews.co.za/article/local-stainless-steel-industry-remains-optimistic-2017-10-27/rep_id:4136 While South African demand for stainless steel is under severe pressure, the potential for growth once the local economy improves is strong and distributors are starting to position themselves strategically to take advantage of this, says stainless steel producer Columbus Stainless CEO Lucien Matthews. He notes that the global stainless steel market had a strong run early this year, on the back of […]

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International recognition for SA stainless steel innovation

https://www.engineeringnews.co.za/article/international-recognition-for-s-african-stainless-steel-innovation-2017-10-27/rep_id:4136 The Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) was awarded the Bronze Award by the International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) in the category of Best New Applications Featuring New Technology, for the development of municipal water storage tanks that were made from 3 chrome (CR)12 stainless steel to replace concrete. Continuing its well-established practice of awarding excellence for projects involving new applications for stainless steel, the ISSF presented […]

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Sassda announces R125 000 Lifecycle Costing competition winner!

Along with sixty other accurate finalists in sassda’s 2017 Lifecycle Costing Competition, the overall winner Amrish Punwasi proved that while stainless steel can be costlier than other materials initially, it often delivers lower long-term costs in the life-cycle of the construction. The competition required that entrants download sassda’s Lifecycle Costing app to calculate the cost […]

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Stainless steel has a crucial role to play in fixing SA’s water woes

Globally, as much as 35% of all treated water is lost to leaking piping systems with South African levels reaching as high as 60%. This has prompted a stainless steel test project to get underway in Paarl between sassda, local municipal authorities and South African manufacturers in search of the most environmental and economic solution […]

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