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The versatility and other advantages of stainless steel were used
by Bitcon Industries in the manufacture of the fire doors and
window frames for the renovation and extension of Johannesburg
International Airport’s (JIA’s) domestic terminals.
Bitcon fire-door frames, which are normally supplied in mild steel,
were especially produced in stainless steel for this installation
to match the decor of the terminals. The end-result combined the
elegance of high-precision stainless steel with Bitcon’s
advanced fire-door technology, says Bitcon director Bob Vollmer.
“The benefits of producing the JIA doors in stainless steel
included, for example, corrosion-, denting-, and
abrasion-resistance. Consequently, in a high-traffic area such as
JIA, stainless steel was the most cost-effective option. “The
stainless-steel fire doors and matching stainless-steel window
frames supplied for JIA also provided ease of cleaning and inherent
hygienic properties, as the doors and frames can be maintained in a
germ-free, clean condition merely with a detergent wash,”
adds Vollmer. Stainless steel’s higher strength allows for
the use of lighter gauges in the manufacture of window frames.
“Today’s stainless steel can be cut, welded, formed,
machined and fabricated as readily as conventional steels, which is
another positive factor that led to the selection of the material
for the JIA fire doors and window frames,” contends Vollmer.
“Stainless-steel fire doors also resist scaling and retain
their strength even at high temperatures.” The JIA
stainless-steel fire doors and matching window frames were
specified by the JIA fire consultant, Protection Projects, of
Johannesburg. The architect for the airport renovation project was
Kishore Magar Architects.