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Steel Construction and Cladding

Enamel steel cladding supplied to new ATC tower

By: Victor Moolman     12th August 2016 South Africa-based Vitrex’s vitreous enamel steel cladding has been used at the new air traffic control (ATC) tower in Muscat, in Oman, and can withstand the corrosive, abrasive and high saline coastal conditions. 

LSFB demand shows steady growth

By: Victor Moolman     12th August 2016 The use of light steel frame (LSF) building has been growing steadily for the last seven years, partially owing to architects looking for alternative building methods to overcome the inefficiencies of conventional masonry building, says the Southern African Light Steel Frame Building Association... 

Steel construction company receives major contracts in Saudi Arabia

     12th August 2016 Steel fabricator Zamil Steel Construction Company (ZSCC) was awarded a new contract in July valued at R23.1-million by Chinese contractor Sepco 3 for the Riyadh Power Plant (PP) 14 project in the central region of Saudi Arabia. 

Steel construction  company receives major contracts in Saudi Arabia
Photo by Duane Daws
STEEL CONSTRUCTION Zamil will be building a prebuilt steel building for the Saudi Electricity Company

Cladding weatherproofs buildings for design working life

     14th August 2015 The main function of a cladding system is to weatherproof a building for its design working life or a period specified by the owner, says Southern African Metal Cladding and Roofing Association (Samcra) director Dennis White. However, as environments differ, it is imperative that the protective... 

Cladding weatherproofs buildings for design  working life
CORRODED FASTENER Fasteners and washers with inferior protective coatings may initially save money, but will ultimately create more maintenance costs

Global use of vitreous enamel steel increasing

By: Bruce Montiea     14th August 2015 The global market, with knowledge of and a demand for vitreous enamel steel, particularly for use in public areas, is maturing, says custom-made vitreous enamelled steel products manufacturer Vitrex. Vitrex sales and marketing director Cristian Cottino tells Engineering News that this maturation... 

Global use of vitreous enamel steel increasing
GLOBAL APPLICATION Vitraclad has been used at Liverpool Central Station

Protection of locally produced structural steel paramount  

By: Bruce Montiea     14th August 2015 Local designation is industry’s most effective tool when protecting the local steel construction industry against imported fabricated structural steel, says steel construction industry body the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc). Saisc industry development executive Kobus de... 

Protection of locally produced  structural steel paramount
Kobus de Beer, SAISC Industry Development Executive, discusses challenges faced by the SA steel construction industry

Record LSFB entries for 2015 Steel Awards

     14th August 2015 The record number of light steel frame building (LSFB) project entries for the 2015 Steel Awards is a sign of the growing impact that LSFB is having on the steel construction and building industries, says steel construction industry body the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction... 

Record LSFB entries for 2015 Steel Awards
EXCELLENT INVESTMENT The Kirstenbosch Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway in Cape Town is one of the more eye-catching entries at this year’s steel awards

Steel construction companies advised to invest in training

     14th August 2015 Steel construction companies should use quieter business periods, caused by negative economic conditions, to improve the skills of their workers, says steel construction industry body the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) education director Spencer Erling. He says one of... 

Steel construction  companies advised to  invest in training
From left: interns from Vaal University of Technology at Saisc offices Mpho Mukhudwani, Lugisani Mavhimbi and Ritshidze Mavhungu

Steel institute to increase presence in Africa

By: Bruce Montiea     14th August 2015 Steel construction industry promoter  the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) believes its renewed strategic focus involving increasing its presence in the rest of the African continent will help the local steel construction industry survive the current trying economic... 

Steel institute to increase presence in Africa
BETTER BUILDING PRACTICES Saisc offers training courses to improve the workmanship of its members

Weld-cladding services benefit petrochemicals industry

By: Bruce Montiea     14th August 2015 Stakeholders in the petrochemicals industry are reaping the benefits of using welding specialist Hydra-Arc’s method of weld cladding, as it enables vessels to contain corrosive material. Hydra-Arc engineer Ewan Huisamen tells Engineering News that weld cladding is the most robust and durable form... 

Weld-cladding services benefit petrochemicals industry
EFFECTIVE CLADDING Hydra-Arc considers weld cladding to be the most robust and durable form of cladding

Awards honour innovative steel construction

     15th August 2014 Steel construction industry body, the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), has recognised the innovation and creativity of 12 structural steel building projects at the 2014 Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel awards program (IDEAS2). The IDEAS2... 

Awards honour innovative steel construction
STEEL BUILDING Steel continues to provide excellent solutions for the entire design and construction of buildings

Awareness of steel building method growing

By: Pimani Baloyi     15th August 2014 The South African construction community is becoming more aware of the advantages associated with the innovative construction method of light-steel- frame building (LSFB), which has led to a 21% growth in the sector, says Southern African Light Steel Frame Building Association (Sasfa) director... 

Awareness of steel building method growing
JOHN BARNARD Builders are becoming more aware of the advantages of light-steel-frame building

Company constructs light-steel-frame home in Hout Bay

     15th August 2014 Light-steel-frame building (LSFB) specialist the Silverline Group has constructed one of the very few LSFB homes in the country for a Hout Bay resident, in the Western Cape. Home-owner Dieter Losskarn says he was inspired by a similar building on a smaller plot in the area. 

Company constructs light-steel-frame  home in Hout Bay

First black-owned steel mill starts production

     15th August 2014 Agni Steel South Africa started production at its R400-million, state-of-the-art steel mill in the Coega industrial development zone (IDZ) in Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape, in April. The company is a joint venture between Agni Steel India and Afro Asia Empowerment Holdings and its founding... 

Industrial gas company focuses on cost savings for steel sector

     15th August 2014 Johannesburg-based industrial gas company Air Products South Africa states that in its 45 years of existence it has maintained a close relationship with the steel and metals sectors and has implemented several measures to ensure cost saving in the steel combustion process. Company national bulk... 

LSFB method adds to skills set 

By: Pimani Baloyi     15th August 2014 Light-steel-frame (LSF) franchised construction company and engineering service provider Silverline Group has had to prioritise workforce training to ensure the transfer of quality LSF building skills in a country that has a long history of brick and mortar construction. Silverline project... 

LSFB method adds  to skills set
Silverline Group project manager and co-owner of the Silverline Group franchise Robbie Meyer discusses the ‘green’ benefits of light steel frame building.

Mining plant designer constructs steel bridge

     15th August 2014 Johannesburg-based mining, infrastructure and mineral process plant design and construction company DRA has constructed a steel footbridge that links its campus, split on either side of Leeuwkop road in Sunninghill, Johannesburg. The company also entered the bridge in this year’s Southern African... 

NDP boosts steel construction sector

By: Pimani Baloyi     15th August 2014 The implementation of the National Development Plan (NDP) – government’s long-term strategy for building infrastructure, creating employment opportunities and developing the country – will create ample business opportunities for the local steel construction industry, says steel construction... 

NDP boosts steel construction sector
PAOLO TRINCHERO The National Development Plan provides ample opportunity for the steel construction industry

Powerline association growing steadily

By: Pimani Baloyi     15th August 2014 Steel construction industry body the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction’s (Saisc’s) newly launched Powerline Association of South Africa (Polasa) has grown exponentially and registered more than 30 members since formation in August last year, says Polasa chairperson Gary Whalley.... 

Powerline association growing steadily
POWERLINES Saisc founded a powerline association last year to consolidate the sector’s voice

Structural steel manufacturer constructs timber treatment plants

     15th August 2014 Johannesburg-based structural steel construction company SpecPipe has over the years collaborated with wood preservative company Dolphin Bay to construct timber treatment plants. Together the companies have constructed six treatment plants this year. SpecPipe MD Bertus Coetzee believes that the... 

Study reveals steel’s low environmental impact

     15th August 2014 UK-based organisation that offers advice, technical information, consultancy services and membership for manufacturers, engineers, designers and specifiers for steel construction, the Steel Construction Institute (SCI), in February conducted an on-site study that found that steel construction has... 

Company expands South African steel operations

By: Ilan Solomons     16th August 2013 In the last two years JSE-listed steel distributor BSi Steel has opened a total of six branches in Gauteng and the North-West pronince, and has enjoyed strong support from its respective markets to date, BSi Steel South African stockists division CE Ross Teichmann tells Engineering News. “By... 

Company expands South African steel operations
POSITIVE RESPONSEBSi Steel’s range of carbon-steel products include sections, sheet and plate, tubing, cold-formed sections, roofing and selected mining products

Difficult choices ahead for institute’s Steel Awards judges

By: Ilan Solomons     16th August 2013 A workers accommodation project, which used the light-steel frame building (LSFB) method on Saint Helena island, in the South Atlantic Ocean, about 1 770.2 km west of Luanda, Angola, and the new office building of banking firm Standard Bank in Rosebank, Johannesburg, are among the 50 entries for... 

Difficult choices ahead for institute’s Steel Awards judges
LIGHT-STEEL-FRAME HOUSINGLight-steel-frame building offered the best solution for creating a village on Saint Helena islan

Industry tough for newcomers, shortage of black engineers

By: Ilan Solomons     16th August 2013 The South African steel construction industry is monopolised by the larger companies, which possess significant customer bases, making it extremely difficult for new smaller companies to break into the industry, says Boksburg-based steel solutions provider SPM Engineering MD Sejako Morejwane. She... 

Industry tough for newcomers, shortage of black engineers
Photo by Duane Daws
STEEL CONVEYER SPM Engineering is supplying a steel conveyer structure to a coal mine in Mpumalanga and hopes to complete the contract by the end of the year

LSFB continues to gain popularity in SA

By: Ilan Solomons     16th August 2013 Restaurant group McDonald’s South Africa is changing the way it builds its restaurants and has, according to McDonald’s South Africa MD Greg Solomon, embarked on rolling out sustainable light steel frame building (LSFB) restaurants across the country. In June 2013, McDonald’s opened its LSFB... 

LSFB continues to gain popularity in SA
LIGHT-STEEL FRAME BUILDINGNew McDonald’s South Africa restaurants will be built using the light-steel frame building method and energy efficient cladding and insulation systems

SA fasteners safe and meet global standards

     16th August 2013 The bolt and fastener industry is in excellent shape, in South Africa with the product easily meeting international safety standards, Krugersdorp-based fastener manufacturer CBC Fasteners MD Robert Pietersma. “By way of example, the manufacturing process at CBC Fasteners is monitored by a... 

SA vitreous enamel steel cladding panels used internationally

By: Ilan Solomons     16th August 2013 South African-based vitreous enamel-product manufacturer Vitrex is supplying projects in the Sultanate of Oman, in Asia, and in the UK, with its Vitraclad panels. The company’s most recent local project was in April 2012, when it supplied Vitraclad vitreous enamel steel cladding panels for the... 

SA vitreous enamel steel cladding panels used  internationally
CLADDING FOR CAPE TOWNThe Cape Town Civic Centre project required the installation of about 400 m2 of Vitraclad cladding around the entrances and across the lower levels of the building

Steel used to uplift local communal infrastructure

By: Ilan Solomons     16th August 2013 Steel and aluminium building products supplier and manufacturer Duro has supplied many hospitals and schools with steel windows and doors in support of the South African government’s development projects, in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), during the past year. The most prominent developments in which Duro... 

Steel used to uplift local communal infrastructure
STRENGTHENING COMMUNAL STEELThe most prominent developments in which Duro has been involved, is the supply of steel to the Empangeni and Emmanus hospitals, in KwaZulu-Nata

Artisan development becomes a priority

By: Samantha Herbst     17th August 2012 Change is brewing in terms of accelerating artisan development, says Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of South Africa (Seifsa) skills development executive Janet Lopes. With the implementation of government’s National Skills Development Strategy and a significant infrastructure... 

Company to launch cost-effective solution for galvanising industry

By: Samantha Herbst     17th August 2012 Marking and identification company Traceability Solutions will soon release a lower-cost identification system for the galvanising industry, reveals sales manager Kyle Parker. He explains that the traceability of steel becomes a problem after a product has been galvanised because common... 

Construction slowdown continues to impact on steel construction sector

By: Samantha Herbst     17th August 2012 While building confidence among contractors, materials manufacturers and quantity surveyors has increased marginally over the last two years, the immediate outlook for the South African construction industry remains challenging, says credit solutions provider Coface South Africa lead analyst... 

Industry body predicts rapid growth for LSF

By: Samantha Herbst     17th August 2012 Public interest in light steel frame building (LSFB) continues to grow, despite the slowdown in the building industry in South Africa, which is operating at about half of its prerecession capacity, says Southern African Light Steel Frame Building Association (Sasfa) director John Barnard.... 

Manufacturer’s carbon steel division progressing well after acquisition

By: Samantha Herbst     17th August 2012 Local steel tube and pipe manufacturer Robor’s new carbon steel division, Robor Baldwins, is progressing well in its establishment since its introduction to the market in February, says Robor Baldwins MD Andrew Winter. A year has passed since Robor acquired Kulungile Metals Group’s (KMG’s) carbon... 

Profound interest in Moz resources benefits steel construction industry

By: Samantha Herbst     17th August 2012 Local and foreign steel fabricators are pursuing business potential in sub-Saharan Africa, with many focusing on opportunities in Mozambique, says International Steel Fabricators (ISF) director Neels van Niekerk. He tells Engineering News that the number of South African and international... 

Steel Awards 2012 focus on sustainability

By: Samantha Herbst     17th August 2012 This year’s Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) Steel Awards will focus on sustainability and green living, hence the decision to make the theme for 2012 ‘Steel Leaves a Legacy’. The institute feels it is important to recognise steel structures that reflect a responsible... 

Association seeks greater clarity from government

     12th August 2011 Perplexing messages and actions from the government and senior politicians are negatively affecting the steel construction industry. This is the view of Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) executive director Dr Hennie de Clercq, who says that while a number of the larger... 

Council warns of steel construction importation pitfalls

     12th August 2011 The International Steel Fabricators of South Africa (ISF) council, which interacts extensively with local and international clients, as well as structural steel contractors, is increasingly being approached to illuminate the benefits and pitfalls of fabricated structural steel importation into... 

Enamelled steel used to build low-maintenance cubicles

     12th August 2011 Producer of enamelled steel products for architectural applications Vitrex has supplied ten Vitraflex toilet cubicles for mobile operator Vodacom’s Techno Centre, in Bellville, Cape Town, this year. The cubicles are constructed using a combination of vitreous enamelled steel and rigidised... 

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