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Sassda Provides Vital Springboard to Zambian Stainless Entrepreneur

The ability of Sassda to boost entrepreneurial development in the African stainless steel market is clearly illustrated by the success of Zambian Inventor Arnold Nyendwa who as a result of his win at the 2018 Sassda Columbus Stainless Awards, is now poised to open his first production facility thanks to a R1.4-million grant from the […]

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SA’S Oil & Gas Discovery – Huge Potential or Major Hype?

As South Africans woke up to petrol costing them a whopping 76c/l more yesterday, Sassda Western Cape Regional Manager Michel Basson investigates the significance of the discovery of a ‘multi-million barrel’ oil field off the Western Cape Coast and whether it has any real potential to alleviate our reliance on imported fuel or the potential […]

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Africa opens up for SA’s stainless steel sector

2019 seems to be the year of an ‘opening up’ of Africa, whether it be opening trade borders or opening key infrastructure projects, all of these key developments have positive implications for the South African stainless steel sector. Free at last The objective of the Africa Free Trade Agreement is “a single African market for […]

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Early days for stainless steel in cladding, construction industry

The South African stainless steel industry is in an early developmental stage with regards to construction and cladding, despite many architectural projects having been completed over the past few decades, says South African Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) Western Cape regional manager Michel Basson. This early stage, he adds, provides an opportunity for the local stainless […]

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The 4th Industrial Revolution is Looming…does SA have the skill set?

Here Sassda’s Western Cape Regional Manager Michel Basson gives an analysis of what the 4th Industrial Revolution really means for the South African stainless steel sector. In it he states; “The Fourth Industrial Revolution is not looming, it is already upon us” and asks will South Africa have the skillset to compete…? The South African […]

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Stainless awards provide welcome boost to local sector

The winners of the 2018 Sassda Columbus Stainless Awards have been announced at a glittering banquet in Fourways, Johannesburg with 189 entries from 53 companies resulting in a stellar list of more than 60 finalists. Speaking at the event, Sassda Executive Director John Tarboton said; “This year, perhaps more than ever, awards of this nature […]

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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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