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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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Early days for stainless steel in cladding, construction industry

27 November 2018 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 […]

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

13 November 2018 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…? […]

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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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The 4th Industrial Revolution is here – are you ready?

With 400 000 manufacturing jobs lost since 2008, elevated labour costs and a 3% drop from 15% to 12% in the manufacturing industry’s contribution to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) over the period, the potential of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) to revolutionise the output of local manufacturers has never been more significant to the long-term sustainability […]

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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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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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