What is Happening in the World of Stainless Steel

16 November 2021

Market Intelligence from across the Globe - November 2021
MARKET INTELLIGENCE FROM ACROSS THE GLOBE
 
As we wind down towards the end of yet another incredibly challenging year we know our industry will not only survive but ALSO thrive in 2022! In light of that, there couldn’t be a better time for our GPS monthly aggregator of local and global market intelligence to add insight to your day to day business operations. We have picked these articles based on their ability to add a broader view to our current stainless steel focused repertoire of content, to provide you with up to the minute news and insight from news platforms across the globe. If, however, there is a particular project or sector you feel we’ve missed please e-mail michel@sassda.co.za as we’d love to get your feedback on the content we produce. 
 

SA EXPLORES INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS TO WATER CHALLENGES 

SA Explores Innovative Solutions to Water Challenges
Water and sanitation minister Senzo Mchunu has urged the Water Research Commission to continue addressing water quantity and quality challenges through innovation and new technologies. A prime example of this type of approach to 21st Century water challenges is stainless steel water pipes. Mchunu has called on stakeholders in the water sector to rally behind ensuring that water supply exceeds demand. Mchunu made the call while addressing the fifth Water Research Commission Symposium held earlier this week. He said the ongoing drought that continues to be experienced in some parts of the country and the COVID-19 pandemic have exacerbated water and sanitation challenges.
 
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EU STAINLESS STEEL BUYERS CONCERNED ABOUT TIGHT SUPPLY

EU Stainless Steel Buyers concerned about tight supply
Scarcity of materials and high prices will remain key features of the European stainless-steel market, in the last few months of 2021. The pandemic-induced supply/demand imbalance continues to disrupt global supply chains. Manufacturing companies worldwide are still battling with shortages of materials and components. The most publicized effect is the reduction in vehicle output, resulting from the semiconductor shortfall. However, this is just one of the many bottlenecks.
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R500M UPGRADE FOR PINETOWN PACKAGING PLANT

R500 million upgrade for Pinetown Packaging Plant
A project with potential for stainless steel usage…Tetra Pak has announced a R500-million upgrade of its packaging material factory in Pinetown, KwaZulu-Natal. Factory Director Waqas Ali said the work would take place over several years, starting in the first quarter of 2022 and increase the production capability to the benefit of sectors in the liquid food industry value chain. Stefan Fageräng (pictured), Managing Director of Tetra Pak South Africa said while the investment was primarily a business decision, “it cannot be ignored that it also represents a timeous morale booster in the KwaZulu-Natal province and South Africa”.
 
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THE POSSIBILITIES OF WIRE MESH IN ARCHITECTURAL FACADES

The possibilities of Wire Mesh in Architectural Facades
From creating a new parking structure with an awe-inspiring aesthetic to retrofitting an existing building, architectural wire mesh provides versatility and durability which makes it unique from other design material options. commonly referred to as "wire cloth" or "wire fabric" this versatile metal product can be used effectively in countless applications. Popular uses for wire mesh include steel wire mesh partitions, wire mesh for building facades, and PVC wire mesh for machine guards.
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316 STAINLESS PLAYS AN INTEGRAL ROLE IN THE NEW HUDSON YARDS DEVELOPMENT IN NEW YORK
316 Stainless Plays an Integral Role in the New Hudson Yards development in New York The largest private development in US history, Hudson Yards boasts a modern, sustainable design. Its prime location near the Hudson River in New York City comes at the price of exposure to both marine and de-icing salts. Discover how, with corrosion resistance in mind, stainless steel emerges as an integral part of the mini-city.
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MOLYBDENUM-CONTAINING MARTENSITIC STAINLESS STEEL ENSURES SWISS ARMY KNIVES ARE STILL AT THE CUTTING EDGE

Molybdenum-Containing Matensitic Stainless Steel
From preparing meals around a campfire in the wilderness to fixing a faulty toaster in the city, the multi-purpose Swiss Army Knife embodies both adventure and reliability in a pinch. With the help of Molybdenum, this durable product ‘still cuts it’ and remains popular around the world.