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Act revised to apply tariffs on imported products 

By: Victor Moolman     18th August 2017 Earlier this year, the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act (PPPFA) was adapted to include designation of domestic steel, wire and other industry products, and although it came into effect in April, the South African Wire Association (SAWA) says it is too soon for the steel construction... 

Industrial base growth will stimulate province’s steel industry

     18th August 2017 Growing the Eastern Cape industrial base will assist in stimulating growth in the struggling steel industry, says the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC). 

LSFB expands into student accommodation

By: Victor Moolman     18th August 2017 Student accommodation requires fast, efficient and sustainable building solutions, prompting the increased use of light steel frame building (LSFB) for its construction, explains Southern African Light Steel Frame Building Association (Sasfa) director John Barnard 

Machines, tools prepare steel pipes for successful welding

By: Victor Moolman     18th August 2017 Portable pipe-cutting split frames and orbital welding tools complement each other in the steel pipe construction industry because the split frames are used to prepare pipes for the welding procedure, says industrial product supplier Actum Industrial. 

Machines, tools  prepare steel pipes  for successful welding
PIPE CUTTING The cutters are capable of cutting pipes while out in the field

Manufacturers on receiving end of weak economy

     18th August 2017 Manufacturers in South Africa are on the receiving end of the weak economy as there is little room to pass on cost increases, says Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) economist Marique Kruger. 

Manufacturers on receiving end of weak economy
STEEL MANUFACTURING Steel manufacturers face the most damage from the weak economy

Modular buildings supplied to fire-damaged school

     18th August 2017 Owing to the fires that destroyed several buildings at Woodridge College and Preparatory School in the Van Stadens Gorge area, in the Eastern Cape, steel modular buildings supplier Kwikspace Modular Buildings supplied, erected and built 16 classrooms, four ablution blocks and an office for the... 

Upstream and downstream industry has to work together

By: Victor Moolman     18th August 2017 Upstream and downstream steel industries need to work together to overcome the challenges of imports and tariffs in the steel construction industry, says South African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) CEO Paolo Trinchero. 

Upstream and downstream industry has to work together
STEEL WAREHOUSES New warehouses across the country are being considered for the Steel Awards

Eastgate Shopping Centre wins Saisc Award 2016

By: Simone Liedtke     18th November 2016 The group of companies responsible for the multimillion-rand refurbishment of Eastgate Shopping Centre, in Bedfordview, were named as overall winners at the 2016 South African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) Steel Awards. 

Eastgate Shopping Centre wins Saisc Award 2016
EASTGATE SHOPPING CENTRE The refurbishment project, completed last month, received the award from SAISC

Investments required for positive growth

By: Simone Liedtke     18th November 2016 With the world markets still suffering the after-effects of maladministered and unsustainable macroeconomic policies, there is not much appetite for large capital projects in South Africa. But economic growth will start only once people are investing, which does not happen without a positive... 

Investments required for positive growth
HYDRA ARC Offshore capital investment will reignite the mining industry and new independent power producer projects

Local LSFB market worth R1-billion yearly

By: Simone Liedtke     18th November 2016 The South African light steel frame building (LSFB) market is estimated to be worth about R1-billion a year. This is based on the steel used by LSF manufacturers, as well as volumes of the major materials – including gypsum board, fibre cement board, insulation, vapour permeable membranes and... 

Local LSFB market worth R1-billion yearly
MALL OF AFRICA PROJECT The latest large-scale project completed using LSF was the external walling of the 131 000 m2 floor area of the multibillion-rand Mall of Africa

Survival of steel construction industry top priority

By: Simone Liedtke     18th November 2016 This year, the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction’s (Saisc’s) focus has been on ensuring that steelwork is sourced locally to save the local steel industry. 

Survival of steel construction industry top priority
2016 STEEL AWARDS The yearly Saisc Steel Awards provide an excellent platform for members to network

Welding shares steel industry standards

     18th November 2016 The quality and standards of welding are critical to the quality and standards of the steel construction industry owing to the role welding plays in joining the steel sections together in the creation of a steel structure, says the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW). 

Welding shares steel industry standards
EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING From the left, Wijnberger from In2Structure with Mthebula and Michelle Warmback from In2Structure

Draughting students shine at bridge building event

     20th November 2015 Students from the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) School of Draughting at Genrec Engineering, in Wadeville, Germiston, have excelled in the recently held on October 2nd  University of Johannesburg Department of Civil Engineering Technology’s yearly bridge building... 

Entries on a par with previous years despite tough times

     20th November 2015 Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) Awards convenor Spencer Erling says the quality of the entries for this year’s Steel Awards easily matched the outstanding quality of previous years. “We are going through very tough times in the steel construction industry yet, in spite of... 

Entries on a par with previous years despite tough times
OVERALL WINNER The Square Kilometre Array Africa Radio Antenna Positioner was the overall winner of Steel Awards 2015, as well as the event's Tubular category

Institute absorbs other industry bodies to mitigate sector’s challenges

     20th November 2015 The Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) is certainly not pessimistic about the future, even though the steel construction industry is currently under significant pressure, notes CEO Paolo Trinchero. He says: “To consolidate the efforts of industry associations and to optimise... 

Institute absorbs other  industry bodies to mitigate  sector’s challenges
PROJECTS OF SUBSTANCE NEEDED The most important issue facing the steel construction today is the lack of meaningful projects

Light steel frame building no longer ‘alternative’

     20th November 2015 It can be argued that light steel frame building (LSFB) is no longer an alternative building method in South Africa as it has become the first choice of many leading contractors and developers, says Southern Africa Light Steel Frame Building Association (Sasfa) director John Barnard. “Among the... 

Light steel frame building no longer ‘alternative’
KFC RESTAURANT IN UMTATA Several high-profile users, including the leading fast food chains in South Africa, are changing their building philosophy to include the rolling out of sustainable light steel frame building restaurants

Local content designation breakthrough for power line association

     20th November 2015 As localisation has become a critical issue in the South African steel industry, government’s recent designation of steel power pylons, monopole pylons, steel substation structures, powerline hardware, street lighting steel poles and steel lattice towers and masts is a major breakthrough. This is... 

Local content designation breakthrough for power line association
KOBUS DE BEER Local content designation indicates government’s commitment to protect the jobs and capabilities in the steel industry

Steel tube organisations merge under steel construction institute

     20th November 2015 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... 

Steel tube organisations merge under steel  construction institute
PAOLO TRINCHERO Many people are not aware that the Association of Steel Tube and Pipe Manufacturers and the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction have been working together over many years

Structural engineer cuts costs but retains skills amid harsh environment

By: Kimberley Smuts     20th November 2015 Structural engineering company Tass Engineering has streamlined its business by reducing expenses and concentrating on maintaining its skills set to remain competitive, despite a stagnant demand for skills and a lack of development in the steel construction industry in South Africa. The company,... 

Structural engineer cuts costs but retains skills  amid harsh environment
NATAL SPRUIT BRIDGE Tass Engineering is building an architectural bridge that is 32 m long, 3.5 m wide and 7.7 m high at its premises for a Natalspruit project, in Heidelberg

Australia still good playing ground for SA steel fabricators

     21st November 2014 South African steel fabrication companies wishing to continue successfully doing business in the Australian mining industry need to maintain regular contact with their clients, says marketing consortium for the South African structural steel construction industry the International Steel... 

Australia still good playing ground for SA steel fabricators
NEELS VAN NIEKERK The yearly visit to Australia ensures effective exposure to a wider client audience

Company launches mini cranes in SA

By: Bruce Montiea     21st November 2014 Specialist access platforms rental company Eazi Access Rental introduced the Maeda range of mini cranes to the market in September at mining and industrial trade show Electra Mining Africa Expo. The Maeda cranes can be used in a multitude of sectors such as steel, construction, mining, rigging... 

Company launches mini cranes in SA
MINI CRANE Maeda mini cranes boast accessibility and compact power

Crane rail fastening system reduces wear and tear

     21st November 2014 Automated warehouses, steel mills, power stations, airports, wastewater treatment works, harbours and container handling depots can cut production time losses, when cranes fail, as engineering company Horne Group is now distributing a crane rail fastening system that extends the life of crane... 

Crane rail fastening system reduces wear and tear
FASTENING SYSTEM Gantrail MK7 has been designed specifically for crane rail fastening applications in facilities that use cranes for their operations

Light steel frame building industry increases steel consumption

     21st November 2014 Steel consumption by the light steel frame building (LSFB) industry has grown to 25 000 t a year, mostly in the form of high strength galvanised steel sheets. This growth was spurred by double digit annual growth rates over the past five years, says Southern African Light Steel Frame Building... 

Light steel frame building industry increases steel consumption
ANNUAL GROWTH Light steel frame building is growing every year, particularly in multi-storey office and commercial buildings

Metal roofing industry body releases standard for cladding

     21st November 2014 Metal roofing industry body Southern African Metal Cladding and Roofing Association (Samcra), a division of the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction, completed the draft of the new standard for cladding, aimed at assisting engineers and specifiers with cladding work, says association... 

Metal roofing industry body releases standard  for cladding
CLADDING WORK Samcra is regulating the industry to benefit metal roofing professionals

Multifunctional warehousing facility completed

By: Bruce Montiea     21st November 2014 Steel building solutions provider Cousins Steel International (CSI) completed a value project in Mobeni, Durban, which entailed supplying the structural steel for and constructing a “highly functional” warehousing facility in September for property development company Shree Property Holdings, CSI... 

Multifunctional  warehousing facility completed
SPACIOUS The Cousins Steel International engineering team was responsible for the design, fabrication, supply and erection of the superstructure, as well as for all the cladding, doors and louvres of the warehouse

Power line industry supports power transmission plans

     21st November 2014 Engagement between the power line industry, State power utility Eskom and government is necessary to develop a strong and sustainable power line industry that is capable of servicing the electricity transmission requirements of the country as well as protecting jobs in the industry, says Power... 

Power line industry  supports power  transmission plans
GARY WHALLEY The power line industry supports Eskom’s power transmission plans in the short and medium term

South African skills evident at steel awards

     21st November 2014 That South African architects and engineers have the ability to build aesthetic steel structures becomes increasingly apparent at the yearly Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) Steel Awards, its 2014 convenor Spencer Erling says. The awards took place in Johannesburg, Cape... 

South African skills evident  at steel awards
PLEASING TO THE EYE South African architects and engineers have the ability to build aesthetic steel structures

Steel academy to provide training for industry

     21st November 2014 In response to the need for a properly skilled workforce in South Africa, the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) is in the process of launching a steel academy to provide the necessary training within the industry, says institution CEO Paolo Trinchero. “With the academy, we... 

Steel academy to  provide training  for industry
PRACTICAL TRAINING Saisc’s plan is to include theoretical training and practical training under one umbrella in its steel academy

Steel provider strengthens relationship with automotive industry

     21st November 2014 Multinational steel manufacturer ArcelorMittal South Africa supplies around 170 to 180 kiloton of flat steel products to the country’s vehicle manufacturers. “This is as part of our strategy to continue our good relationship with the automotive industry,” says marketing manager for product and... 

Steel provider strengthens relationship with  automotive industry
Photo by Bloomberg
HOT ROLLED BARS ArcelorMittal supplies hot rolled steel, pickled and oiled steel, cold rolled steel and electro galvanised steel to the automotive industry

Technological advances reduce costs

By: Bruce Montiea     21st November 2014 Keeping up with technological advances is enabling steel industry engineering services provider Steel Services & Allied Industries (SS & AI) to “cut overhead costs and reduce the handling of materials throughout the fabrication process”, says MD Lawrence Bartlett. SS & AI, which is a member of... 

Technological advances  reduce costs
FACTORY FLOOR Automation keeps Steel Services & Allied Industries at the forefront of technology and also makes it a leader in productivity

After 18 years of service, De Clercq retires from Saisc

     22nd November 2013 The South African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) bade farewell to its long-serving CEO, Hennie de Clercq who is going on retirement in style. At its annual general meeting earlier this month, the organisation set aside time to say goodbye to the 68 year old who had served the institute... 

Eco-friendly building method takes off in South Africa  

     22nd November 2013 The South African Light Steel Frame Building Association (Sasfa) says, that in the past seven years, light steel frame building (LSFB) has become the most viable alternative building method for low to medium rise buildings. Sasfa recently released a report, which revealed that “the steel... 

Focusing on the African market will grow local steel industry – Saisc CEO

     22nd November 2013 To spur the local steel industry to grow by at least 5% a year over the next 10 years, the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) will increase its focus on improving relationships with its counterparts in other African countries. 

Focusing on the African market will grow local steel industry – Saisc CEO
Recently appointed Saisc CEO Paolo Trinchero says that this will require the institute to be proactive in looking for opportunities in the relevant existing and emerging sectors in South Africa and the sub-Saharan region.

Green building takes the first prize in steel awards

     22nd November 2013 International financial and risk services provider Alexander Forbes’ new head office building in Sandton, Johannesburg, has won this years’ Architectural Category award in the South African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) Steel Awards. The judges said at the awards, which were held on... 

New Saisc CEO appointed

     22nd November 2013 The Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) has appointed Paolo Trinchero as its new CEO. He takes over from Dr Hennie de Clercq, who has retired after being at the helm of Saisc for the last 13 years. Trinchero says he looks forward to the challenges he will face in the new... 

Saisc branches into the power line, metal cladding and roofing sectors

     22nd November 2013 In a bid to further grow the steel industry and curb job losses, the South African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) is aiming to expand into the metal  and power line sectors. The institute recently launched two independent sub-associations: the Power Line Association of Southern Africa... 

Steel fabricators to remain competitive in Africa through turnkey solutions

     22nd November 2013 South African steel fabricators will need to focus on offering a competitive, turnkey value-added solution to win market share in sub-Saharan Africa and further north on the continent, International Steel Fabricators of South Africa (ISF) director Neels van Niekerk states. “South African... 

‘Buy local’ campaign to impede steel industry job losses

     22nd November 2013 The Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) has launched a ‘buy local’ campaign in an attempt to impede the unnecessary loss of jobs in the steel construction industry. The campaign, which started with the erection of a billboard on the R21 Edenvale off-ramp, is supported by... 

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