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Women’s network growing steadily

By: Darren Parker     14th August 2020 The Protea Network – for women working in the predominantly male-dominated steel and other market sectors – is growing steadily and organically since its launch in April, says steel fabrication company Betterect MD Nicolette Skjoldhammer. She launched the network to provide women in the industry... 

Steel awards go virtual

By: Darren Parker     14th August 2020 The South African Institute for Steel Construction’s (SAISC’s) yearly Steel Awards will be judged and hosted virtually through a dedicated application (app) this year. This comes on the back of efforts to mitigate restrictions on social gatherings and take advantage of the digital marketing... 

Steel awards go virtual
VIRTUOSITY ASSESSED Small teams of judges attend sites physically, observing Covid-19 health and safety protocols, while others attend site visits virtually

Greater collaboration needed in steel supply chain

By: Darren Parker     14th August 2020 To ensure security of steel supply, the South African Institute for Steel Construction (SAISC) is calling for greater collaboration among all players in the local steel supply chain, from upstream producers to downstream merchants. Local steel demand was low before the Covid-19 pandemic, which... 

Greater collaboration needed  in steel supply chain
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RELIABLE ROLLOUT? The security of steel supply is a key concern for downstream merchants and fabricators

Modular panel bridge project makes headway

By: Darren Parker     14th August 2020 Machinery and tools supplier Bosch Specialised Equipment (BSE) has successfully delivered 11 new modular panel bridges to Dunnottar Military Base in Nigel, in Gauteng, which will, in turn, be delivered to various locations across KwaZulu-Natal, to be erected over the next 18 months. BSE director... 

Modular panel bridge project makes headway
OVER TROUBLED WATERS The bridges help to prevent incidents of drowning and attacks on pedestrians

Market disruption expected to continue after Covid-19

By: Darren Parker     14th August 2020 The world will most likely never revert to pre-2020 norms, says steel grating and related products supplier Vital Engineering director Glen Pringle. He tells Engineering News that he expects continued market disruption and the rethinking of various elements of the market, including supply chains. 

Market disruption expected to continue after Covid-19
GRATE CHANGE AHEAD Vital Engineering needs to ensure that it is as agile as possible to take advantage of the ever-changing status quo

Andrew Mentis

19th November 2019 Established in 1950, Andrew Mentis started as a precision engineering works and has grown into a leading supplier of steel grating on the African continent. Grating is an engineered product and Andrew Mentis manufactures it in such a way as to ensure that it has the appropriate load-bearing... 

Andrew Mentis

M&E Indaba focuses on Industry 4.0

By: Mamaili Mamaila     16th August 2019 For its fifth annual indaba in September, the Southern African Metals and Engineering Indaba (M&E Indaba) will focus on Industry 4.0, as it affects the metals and engineering (M&E) sector. 

M&E Indaba focuses  on Industry 4.0
KAIZER NYATSUMBA South Africa needs to be able to produce steel domestically and cost efficiently

MultiAlloys, a member of EMVAfrica

16th August 2019 MultiAlloys is a leading supplier of nickel alloys, duplex and high alloy stainless steel, titanium and other niche products. Established in 1997, MultiAlloys has grown in experience and expertise joined with Energy Metals and Energy Valves to form EMVAfrica. The group of companies uses its... 

MultiAlloys, a member of EMVAfrica

Steel crucial in Africa’s industrialisation aspirations

By: Mamaili Mamaila     16th August 2019 South Africa and Africa more broadly are attempting to develop their economies through industrialisation and steel forms the basic material of choice for this economic transformation, says the Steel Tube Export Association of South Africa (Steasa) executive director Keitumetse Moumakoe. 

Steel crucial in Africa’s industrialisation aspirations
GOOD INTENTIONS Steasa intends to foster closer collaborative agreements between the downstream steel tube and pipe industry and the primary industry

More membership enquiries for Saisc in challenging environment

By: Mamaili Mamaila     16th August 2019 The Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) has witnessed a marked increase in membership enquiries and applications this year, amid challenging market conditions impacting on its membership base 

More membership enquiries for Saisc in challenging environment
PAOLO TRINCHERO Inclusive representation is very important for the institute, the larger steel sector and the country overall

Sasfa aims to increase LSFB market share locally

By: Mamaili Mamaila     16th August 2019 The Southern African Light Steel Frame Building Association (Sasfa) aims for light steel frame building (LSFB) to be used for at least 10% of all new building projects in South Africa. 

Sasfa aims to increase LSFB market share locally
MARKET GROWTH The sub-Saharan Africa market for LSFB has grown as much as the South African market, and it continues to grow

Institute aims to lead in transitioning to 4IR

By: Mamaili Mamaila     16th August 2019 The steel construction sector has an important role to play in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), and the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) aims to lead the charge on behalf of the sector, says Saisc technical director Amanuel Gebremeskel. 

Institute aims to lead  in transitioning to 4IR
AMANUEL GEBREMESKEL Enhancing the competitiveness of the local steel sector is critical as competition with other regions is expected to be even fiercer in the future

Fiber laser available locally for steel industry

17th August 2018 With the developments in sheet metal cutting technology over the past 30 years having been remarkable, the latest developments in fiber laser technology are taking sheet steel component production to even higher output and quality levels, and are now available locally, according to a March... 

Fiber laser available  locally for steel industry
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INDUSTRY PROVIDER Bystronic offers the steel industry solutions for enhanced productivity

Resistance thermometer on offer

17th August 2018 Control instrumentation distributor and manufacturer Instrotech has on offer international instrumentation engineering enterprise Kobold’s TNK resistance thermometers, which have applications in a number of industries, including steel.  The TNK resistance thermometers, owing to their extreme... 

Resistance thermometer on offer
MULTI-FACETED TNK resistance thermometers find application in shipbuilding, diesel engines, engine building, mechanical engineering, and power unit construction

Industry membership set to stimulate sector

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th August 2018 Steel supplier and processing company Allied Steelrode will use its new membership of the SA Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) to play a positive role in the development and regeneration of the downstream steel industry, Allied Steelrode executive director Warne Rippon tells Engineering... 

Industry membership set to stimulate sector
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UNDER PRESSURE The downstream steel sector is experiencing severe challenges

Opportunities for growth, innovation for steel

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th August 2018 Despite the challenging period that the steel industry is facing, with the difficult economic climate and policy issues, progress is being made within the industry in terms of projects, and current developments present much scope for further growth and innovation. This was the sentiment conveyed... 

Opportunities for growth, innovation for steel
IT’S A CONSTRUCTION STEEL Owing to rapid urbanisation, there are a number of opportunities for steel construction that the industry can capitalise on

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 

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

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

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... 

Act revised to  apply tariffs on imported products
SAWA director Keith Campbell explains what the effect of the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act will be on the industry. Video and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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... 

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

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

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 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

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

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
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