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Could Nickel price volatility herald a new era in Stainless Steel Innovation?


One of the key components of stainless steel is nickel, which has recently felt the severe knock-on effects of the war in Ukraine. This is because Russia is the world's third-largest producer of nickel - a key ingredient in stainless steel and a major component in lithium-ion batteries

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Annual South African Stainless Steel Statistics


Amidst the flux of COVID-19 and other societal and economic upheavals we thought it would be helpful to undertake a more in-depth look at the South African stainless steel consumption figures. Here Acting Executive Director Michel Basson presents a longer-term view of Sassda’s renowned industry statistics…

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Women's Economic Assembly Launch - 06 October 2021


On Wednesday, 6 October 2021 Sassda Market Intelligence Specialist Lesley Squires championed the role of women in the future of the stainless steel industry during a speech at the launch of the Click here to view on You Tube. During the event she stated; There is a need to create an environment that is diverse and inclusive, and that is not based on gender, but rather on capabilities, skills, potential, value systems and having the right attitude and work ethic.

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Stainless Steel industry perseveres in challenging conditions


Despite significant challenges, such as the Covid-19 pandemic and its ripple effects, the stainless steel sector has shown adaptivity, innovation and resilience.

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Association supports resilient industry through Master Plan


Despite the impact of Covid-19 and a weak economy, the local stainless steel sector has shown its resilience, as the South African Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) continues to support industry through initiatives such as the Steel Master Plan.

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Master Plan to Boost Local Market


Speaking on the steel master plan, which is a blueprint for the industry to re-energise itself and expand production, the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) states that the broad structure demanded is in place and export councils are now working to boost the local stainless steel sector.

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Government and Stakeholders Sign Master Plan for the Steel and Metal Fabricator Sector


The Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition, Ebrahim Patel, along with industry stakeholders from the steel and metal fabrication sector signed a Master Plan for the sector on Friday 11 June 2021. The Master Plan, which has been developed in consultation with all stakeholders from the industry – including primary steel producers, downstream steel players, met fabricators, and organised labour – provides a blueprint for the industry to re-energise itself and expand production.

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Expedited change in Stainless Steel industry expected


The Covid-19 pandemic will have long-term ramifications, including permanent change in the South African stainless steel industry. 
“The stainless steel industry could be on the brink of taking an S-curve upwards, owing to the crisis, which may result in the local industry’s adopting Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies sooner than expected.”
 

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The Steel Master Plan


At this difficult and unprecedented stage in the history of the world, our country and industry; Sassda is working with the Department of Trade Industry and Competition (dtic) as major partner to alleviate pressure in, and create positive outcomes for, the stainless steel sector. We are therefore committed to keep you up to date with the latest news regarding new developments. 

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Stainless Hotspots for Growth


As part of the latest phase of the Steel Master Plan development, the Department of Trade Industry & Competition is investigating proposals from industry including ourselves regarding initiatives to kick start industry. Sassda has therefore supplied proposals around the gas field developments in Mozambique and increased domestic LPG/LNG gas use in South Africa as well as import replacements and the rejuvenation of the local hollowware sector. 

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National and Regional Support


The dti is also continuing to drive the Steel Master Plan forward, and Sassda attended a very positive meeting hosted and chaired by the Minister of Trade & Industry Ebrahim Patel last Friday regarding this plan.

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Economic Policy Dialogue African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCTA)


Sassda recently attended the dti’s Economic Policy Dialogue on the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) which aims at providing a single continental market for goods and services, with free movement of people and investments. Its goal is to boost Intra-Africa trade from an existing level of about 13% to 25% or more over the next decade, thus contributing to economic growth and attracting investments from both within Africa and the world. 

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Lets’s Talk about Tariffs…


When it comes to the minefield of trade tariffs, Sassda is not a policy creator or implementer but rather acts as an invaluable facilitator based on its strong relationships with the relevant government bodies, to ensure all our members’ interests are equitably represented in an independent and objective manner. Tariffs expert and Sassda Market Intelligence Specialist Lesley Squires explains how this complex relationship works.

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Sassda’s Input for Steel Master Plan to Ebrahim Patel


In an effort to fulfil our purpose statement, and with the current lack of projects within South Africa, we have been actively working with Trade Export South Africa and subsequently the Trade Invest Africa units of the dti to facilitate trade between South Africa and other countries on the African Continent.   Our particular focus is Africa as the nature of our members’ products tend to be large and therefore logistical costs hamper a lot of exports to the rest of the world.

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2022

The 1st Stainless Steel Magazine of 2022 is ready for you!

The latest edition is a worthy testament to the hard work and dedication our sector has continued to display in 2022 despite uncertainty in local and global markets. The articles in this issue include:

  • INDUSTRY INSIGHT AND ANALYSIS
    The State of the Stainless Steel Nation
  • MARKET INTELLIGENCE
    The Best of the GPS e-newsletter
  • AFRICA FOCUS
    What to expect of Business in Africa in 2022 plus Country Profiles on Tanzania and global gas hot spot Namibia
  • CASE STUDY
    3CR12 in action in the sugar industry
  • PROFESSIONAL PROFILE
    Air Liquide’s Bridget Zuma is passionate about stainless steel
  • NETWORKING
    Sassda & Columbus Stainless Golf Day

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2021

The latest edition of the Sassda magazine is a worthy testament to the hard work and dedication our sector has displayed in 2021, against seemingly insurmountable odds.

Despite the ongoing challenges, we feel there couldn’t be a better time to celebrate our industry’s accomplishments with the latest issue which features:

  • Industry insight and analysis in the form of our State of the Stainless Steel Nation column
  • Localisation and its potentially far reaching benefits
  • Women in stainless steel and how Sassda is boosting female participation in the stainless steel economy
  • Case studies on how 3CR12 stainless steel is providing new solutions to age old problems
  • Professional Profile: Wire Products Stainless Steel Director Tanya Papadopoulos
  • An update on Mozambique’s $60-Billion Mozambique oil & gas project which is back in business and holds great potential for local stainless steel sector participation

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OCTOBER 2021

Association supports resilient industry through master plan

Despite the impact of Covid-19 and a weak economy, the local stainless steel sector has shown its resilience, as the South African Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) continues to support industry through initiatives such as the Steel Master Plan.

When the Steel Master Plan was first released last year, the stainless steel subsector received recognition for its work and the potential it offers the steel industry. Sassda’s role in the plan is aligned with its mandate, which is to promote the growth of the local conversion of stainless steel to the benefit of our members, industry and the country,” states Sassda acting executive director Michel Basson.

Source Engineering News 

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AUGUST 2021

Women’s Economic Assembly Launch

On Wednesday, 6 October 2021 Sassda Market Intelligence Specialist Lesley Squires championed the role of women in the future of the stainless steel industry during a speech at the launch of the Women’s Economic Assembly (Watch on YouTube) . During the event she stated; There is a need to create an environment that is diverse and inclusive, and that is not based on gender, but rather on capabilities, skills, potential, value systems and having the right attitude and work ethic…There are also many opportunities in the downstream industries. Women can get involved in the manufacturing of stainless steel products, become wholesalers and distributors of stainless steel. The benefit of this, is that women will bring diversity and a new way of thinking to a traditionally male dominated industry.”

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JULY 2021

Master plan set to boost local market

Speaking on the steel master plan, which is a blueprint for the industry to re-energise itself and expand production, the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) states that the broad structure demanded is in place and export councils are now working to boost the local stainless steel sector.

Source Engineering News 

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The latest issue of the Stainless Steel magazine is here !

The latest edition of the Sassda magazine is our biggest issue yet and is full of interesting information and insight including:

  • The potential the mining sector holds for driving local stainless steel demand
  • an in-depth Case Study of the lifecycle cost benefits of using stainless steel
  • the importance of the development of the SME sector to grow the local industry
  • Africa Market Intelligence reports on Botswana and Namibia
  • a highlights package from our monthly GPS eNewsletter – complete with live digital links
  • An industry news roundup.

Enjoy this window on the world of stainless steel!

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JUNE 2021

Government and Stakeholders Sign Master Plan for the Steel and Metal Fabrication Sector

The Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition, Ebrahim Patel, along with industry stakeholders from the steel and metal fabrication sector signed a Master Plan for the sector on Friday 11 June 2021.

The Master Plan, which has been developed in consultation with all stakeholders from the industry – including primary steel producers, downstream steel players, met fabricators, and organised labour – provides a blueprint for the industry to re-energise itself and expand production.

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MAY 2021

We’ve worked incredibly hard to bring you this latest edition of the Sassda Stainless Steel Magazine which is packed with up to date insight and information.

Articles in this issues include:

  • A full overview of the current state of the stainless steel sector with key industry stats
  •  The best of local and global news and insight
  • Our new ‘Professionals with Passion’ profile
  • The truth behind the magnetism myth
  • An in-depth case study that focuses on the use of stainless steel in saltwater applications

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Stainless steel industry shows brighter future

The stainless steel market is still under pressure following years of economic decline in South Africa’s economy. This was exacerbated by Covid-19 and the measures that government imposed to reduce infections, says Africa-based stainless steel mill Columbus Stainless.

Source Engineering News

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FEBRUARY 2021

STATE OF THE STAINLESS STEEL NATION

Against the backdrop of the recent State of the Nation Address and the forthcoming budget speech later this month Sassda Acting Executive Director Michel Basson takes an in-depth look at the ‘state of the stainless steel nation’ and how it is expected to fare in 2021.

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JANUARY 2021

WASTING FRESH WATER : STOPPING SYSTEMIC FAILURES

Water loss through leaking water pipes is a problem for cities all over the world. Some of them are losing water at upwards 40% per year, and this is all water which has already been treated. A recent study by the OECD has shown that it is not only the under developed or even the developing cities that are so affected – even the capital cities of major economies are losing far more water than is sustainable or even viable. The International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) has published a brochure which reports their research into the service pipe lines in the cities of Tokyo, Seoul and Taipei. All three cities have started to use stainless steel corrugated pipes for transporting potable water from the water mains to the interior of the building.
Source : ISSF

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