As the year draws to a close on what has been a challenging time for many in our industry, one wonders whether next year will be any better. Stainless steel apparent consumption (SSAC) for the past 12 months is 2.1% down compared with the previous 12 months. The global economic outlook does not look rosy either.
It’s no secret that the South African economy is under pressure. And yet, in an environment where mere survival is considered an achievement, Stalcor continues to grow – in fact, its business has almost doubled in the past three years alone. Clearly, it’s mantra of “Delivering the Exceptional” has some basis.
LIFE CYCLE COSTING – DUPLEX
When Outokumpu created LDX 2101, they were aiming, as with all duplex grades, to find the best balance between austenitic and ferritic characteristics. What they achieved, however, is a resilient, versatile stainless steel that, over the course of its life cycle, actually costs less than many competing materials.
STELOY CASTINGS LOOKS AHEAD TO ITS NEXT ERAFounded in 1984 by Danie Slabbert, Steloy Castings has revolutionised despite trying market conditions and is currently positioned as one of the leading foundries in South Africa. During its early years, Steloy Castings began as a foundry supplying pump and valve parts in steel and stainless steel and soon expanded its services to encompass a number of different sectors.
STAINLESS STEEL IN RESIDENTIAL GATES
Stainless steel is best known for its corrosion resistance and good mechanical properties. In the Architectural Building and Construction sector, along with the functional structural requirement of a material, aesthetics is deemed an important characteristic. This is why stainless steel is best suited for the successful application in residential and commercial gates. The choice of stainless steel in outdoor applications is dependant on some of the factors listed:
STAINLESS STEEL DELOREANUsually when you think of stainless steel in cars, the exhaust system, the trim or the DeLorean DMC-12 from the “Back to the Future” movies come to mind.The unpainted stainless body panels of the DeLorean made for a unique looking sports car/time machine, sure, but that seems to have done nothing for the mainstreaming of stainless steel use in the manufacture of passenger cars.
NO SACRED COWS
I’M GOING TO BE A CURMUDGEON *
It rather surprised my mother. Not the sort of thing expected from an eight year old. “Mom, I’m going to be a curmudgeon,” I stated with conviction. The fact that I used an uncommon word didn’t faze her at all. Not since Mrs White took me in hand.
- Stainless Steel in Architecture
- Western Cape Sports Club
RENTTECH TOP IN WELDING RENTALS
Renttech South Africa, a leader in the sales and rental of top brands in welding, lifting and rigging and construction equipment, has launched a new, stateof-the-art sales outlet adjacent to its premises in Wadeville.
Craig Du Plessis is the managing director of Stalcor and a proud member of a fantastic team that continues to deliver the extraordinary!
He thrives on new experiences, purposefully stepping out of his comfort zone to explore his weaknesses and understand his strengths, questioning everything along the way. He believes his greatest achievements are ongoing, being a father to three wonderful children and a husband to his beautiful wife.