The Association of Steel Tube and Pipe Manufacturers (ASTPM) and the Steel Tube Export Association of South Africa (Steasa) have been absorbed into the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) group.
“Both these organisations will retain their independence but will now be part of a team that will assist their respective industries in moving forward,” says Saisc CEO Paolo Trinchero.
Saisc has undertaken to grow its customer base by creating a new association and absorbing other well-established counterparts such as the ASTPM and Steasa. “The economies of scale will enable us to be more effective in the steel construction industry and ensure that the combined effort does more for the members of each association. We are currently experiencing tough trading times but Saisc’s new structure is really good news for the industry,” he adds.
The ASTPM was established in 1983 and represents welded carbon steel tube and pipe manufacturers in South Africa. Its members account for 70% of the core capacity for conveyance and mechanical and structural tubular products, which are supplied to international specifications.
The ASTPM members include many blue chip companies, such as pipe manufacturer for the oil and gas markets Africa Pipe Industries, steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa, the Barnes group incorporating steel pipe manufacturer Hall Longmore and tube and pipe supplier Macsteel Tube and Pipe. The organisation aims to promote the use of welded carbon steel tube and pipe, represent common interests of its members and the industry at large to government and other relevant organisations, as well as promote import replacement products where feasible, the export of welded carbon steel tube and pipe and cooperation without collusion bet- ween its members.
Trinchero says the ASTPM has been effective with respect to its overall aims and adds that what many people are not aware of is that the ASTPM and Saisc have been working together over many years to realise these goals. “The new structure is just an extension of a collaboration that has done a great deal to protect and promote the tubular sector and, gladly, will, in the future, also include the piping industry.”
He continues to explain that one cannot in any way underestimate the importance of the tubular sector in the steel construction industry and there is no finer indication of the role that it plays than the ASTPM-sponsored tubular category of Saisc’s Steel Awards – this category having won the awards overall in 2014 and 2015. Trinchero adds that these projects show what can be achieved by manufacturers and fabricators with tubular products in pro-jects with exacting quality and standards.
From an export perspective, Steasa members continue to export their products and the new structure will enable greater collaboration with all the other associations that now form part of Saisc. This will increase the impact that Steasa can have from a global perspective. This aspect was emphasised by a recent trip to the US where local expertise was promoted for oil and gas projects in Mozambique – which could provide significant volumes of work for ASTPM and Steasa members through the International Steel Fabricators of South Africa, another Saisc partner.
Steasa was established to develop a sustainable, internationally competitive carbon steel and low-alloy steel tube and pipe manufacturing industry that met the broader national objectives of job and wealth creation.
“We are most optimistic about having these two successful associations under the Saisc banner. In a business environment where the greatest efficiencies are required, the members of ASTPM and Steasa will benefit greatly from the inherently cooperative nature of the new Saisc structure,” emphasises Trinchero.