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Stainless Steel

Production set to grow

22nd October 2021 Global stainless steel production is expected to grow to 54-million tons in 2021 with an improvement in economic activity and stainless steelmaking capacity in parallel, especially in Indonesia, which is forecast to have a greater output than many developed nations, according to a report released... 

Company first stainless steel producer to earn certification

22nd October 2021 Stainless steel producer Aperam’s Stainless Europe operations in September were successfully certified to be operating at the ResponsibleSteel Standard by independent auditors the Association Française de Normalisation (AFNOR). The ResponsibleSteel initiative is the first global sustainability... 

Association supports resilient industry through master plan

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd October 2021 Despite the impact of Covid-19 and a weak economy, the local stainless steel sector has shown its resilience, as the South African Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) continues to support industry through initiatives such as the Steel Master Plan. “When the Steel Master Plan was... 

Image of a stainless steel production process
LOCALISATION FOCUS Cocal companies have had challenges sourcing products from abroad, emphasising the need for localising the manufacturing of stainless steel products

Suppliers vital to supply chain

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd October 2021 The current shortages of raw materials, which are required for stainless steel fabrication, have highlighted how stainless steel raw material suppliers are vital for the company’s supply chain and economical efficiencies, says water-jet cutting service provider MAXJET director Preeshan Naidoo.... 

Image of Shanghai financial centre, Physical Vapor Deposition stainless steel in rose gold
ALLEVIATING CONSTRAINTS Naidoo argues that during these challenging times, companies particularly in stainless steel need to better analyse markets, trends and deliverables

Company offers diverse conveyor chains

22nd October 2021 Engineering solutions provider BMG’s comprehensive range of power transmission components incorporates chain manufacturer ZMC industrial conveyor chains, which offer dependable service in diverse applications, especially for use in food production. BMG product manager Gavin Kirsten explains that... 

Image of a ZMC chain for bakeries
FOOD-GRADE SOLUTIONS BMG’s specialists advise customers at food and beverage plants to only invest in conveyor components manufactured in food-compliant materials - like stainless steel

Manufacturer mitigates supply challenges

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     28th May 2021 With the global pandemic posing challenges across all industries, the greatest challenge that industrial and electronic supplier Actum faces is the timeous supply of raw materials. “Actum Group is the only authorised manufacturer under licence for BAND-IT stainless steel strapping and buckles... 

FIRM GRIP 
The BAND-IT stainless steel band clamps spread their clamping force out across the full perimeter of the items they are joining
FIRM GRIP The BAND-IT stainless steel band clamps spread their clamping force out across the full perimeter of the items they are joining

Quality stainless steel components supplied during pandemic

28th May 2021 Engineering solutions specialists BMG provided engineering components and support services to all sectors during the Covid-19 pandemic. “The BMG team is committed to making sure industry continues to operate as safely and efficiently as possible during this challenging time. It is absolutely... 

COMPLETE SAFETY 
BMG works closely with its customers in all sectors to ensure that each plant is well-prepared to maintain full production
COMPLETE SAFETY BMG works closely with its customers in all sectors to ensure that each plant is well-prepared to maintain full production

Machine comes to SA shores

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     28th May 2021 With the stainless steel industry need for a smaller and more compact rotary brush machine, deburring machine manufacturers Timesavers International has developed the 22 RB series rotary brush machine, which Timesavers’ local distributor and cutting, welding and grinding solutions provider First... 

NEW TECH 
The 22 RB series is the most compact and affordable model in the company’s RB Series product range
NEW TECH The 22 RB series is the most compact and affordable model in the company’s RB Series product range

Stainless steel industry shows brighter future

28th May 2021 The stainless steel market is still under pressure following years of economic decline in South Africa’s economy. This was exacerbated by Covid-19 and the measures that government imposed to reduce infections, says Africa-based stainless steel mill Columbus Stainless. After the level four... 

LOOKING UP
South Africa's economy is expected to rebound in 2021 and 2022 after the dire impact of Covid-19 last year
LOOKING UP South Africa's economy is expected to rebound in 2021 and 2022 after the dire impact of Covid-19 last year

State of the stainless steel nation

28th May 2021 Against the backdrop of this year’s State of the Nation Address and the Budget speech, Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) acting executive director Michel Basson took an in-depth look at the ‘state of the stainless steel nation’ and how it is expected to fare in... 

Cabinets for use in multiple industries

28th May 2021 Electrical equipment and wire accessories company Legrand’s Atlantic stainless steel cabinets have been designed for safe use in corrosive conditions and in areas requiring a high level of hygiene. These enclosures are designed for maximum safety and the ordered arrangement and optimum protection... 

TIGHT FIT 
These enclosures are designed for maximum safety and the ordered arrangement and optimum protection of electrical components
TIGHT FIT These enclosures are designed for maximum safety and the ordered arrangement and optimum protection of electrical components

Company engages govt for greater awareness of local industry

23rd October 2020 Stainless steel producer Wire Products Stainless Steel Productions (WPSSP) is engaging government to create greater awareness about the local supply of stainless steel long products and wire. The Germiston-based company has met with the Department of Trade and Industry, the Department of Public... 

LOOK LOCAL
WPSSP is calling on government to become more involved in the sector, facilitating deals directly with State-owned enterprises to allow for South African producers
LOOK LOCAL WPSSP is calling on government to become more involved in the sector, facilitating deals directly with State-owned enterprises to allow for South African producers

Steel supplier relaunches flagship store

23rd October 2020 Steel supplier Stewarts & Lloyds has designed a new retail experience, offering a wider range of products and stock at its flagship store in Booysens, which is expected to facilitate the growth of the company’s client base in the area. The Booysens retail store will also provide a blueprint for... 

EXPERIENCED RETAIL OUTLET
Many of the staff at Stewart & Lloyds Booysens branch have worked at the store for more than 20 years
EXPERIENCED RETAIL OUTLET Many of the staff at Stewart & Lloyds Booysens branch have worked at the store for more than 20 years

Hybrid future in sight

23rd October 2020 Global engineering company Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group (WMFTG) predicts a hybrid bioprocessing future, where tried and trusted stainless-steel systems are seamlessly integrated with single-use technology. This flexible approach will enable contract manufacturing organisations (CMOs) and... 

TECHNOLOGY SHAKE UP
Stainless steel is not dead nor dying, but the emergence of new technology continues to shake up the biopharmaceutical industry
TECHNOLOGY SHAKE UP Stainless steel is not dead nor dying, but the emergence of new technology continues to shake up the biopharmaceutical industry

Key issues in welding stainless steels

23rd October 2020 Most stainless steels have good weldability if some key issues are understood and addressed, correct procedures are followed and expert advice is obtained if the organisation is inexperienced, says gases and welding products supplier Afrox manufacturing industries team applications development... 

R&D on hold to keep doors open

By: Tracy Hancock     29th May 2020 Stainless steel cylinder manufacturer Jooste Cylinder & Pump Company has implemented various measures, such as delaying research and development (R&D) projects, to assist staff as much as possible and “keep the doors open” amid the Covid-19 crisis. “Jooste re-invests much of its income in new... 

Local tanks on track for delivery to Zim mine

29th May 2020 Ten large steel tanks for diversified miner RioZim’s Cam and Motor gold mine, in Zimbabwe, are on schedule to be installed by South African stainless steel fabrication and erection specialist Betterect, as part of the mine’s gold processing plant expansion. This is notwithstanding inherent... 

SIGNIFICANT SUPPLY
Columbus Stainless supplied 250 t of grade 2304 duplex steel for the RioZim steel tank fabrication project being undertaken by Betterect
SIGNIFICANT SUPPLY Columbus Stainless supplied 250 t of grade 2304 duplex steel for the RioZim steel tank fabrication project being undertaken by Betterect

Lockdown further strains stainless steel recycling

By: Tracy Hancock     29th May 2020 Prior to the national lockdown, South Africa’s stainless steel recycling industry was under strain, facing a dramatic drop in available recycling material and increasing input costs, says Johannesburg-based stainless steel recycler Cronimet director Bernard Maguire. The stainless steel recycling... 

SIGNIFICANCE OF SCRAP 
The cost of recycled stainless steel is much less than that of virgin primary alloys
SIGNIFICANCE OF SCRAP The cost of recycled stainless steel is much less than that of virgin primary alloys

Expedited change in stainless steel industry expected

By: Tracy Hancock     29th May 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic will have long-term ramifications, including permanent change in the South African stainless steel industry, Southern African Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) acting executive director Michel Basson tells Engineering News. “The stainless steel industry could... 

ADDED STRESS
The national lockdown has compounded the challenges faced by the already stressed stainless steel industry
ADDED STRESS The national lockdown has compounded the challenges faced by the already stressed stainless steel industry

Correct use of consumables makes a good weld

By: Halima Frost     25th October 2019 Branded welding supplier Unique Welding has significantly upgraded its range of stainless steel consumables to improve weld performance to combat a market flooded with low-quality imported stainless steel welding consumables, Unique Welding CEO Nazmi Adams tells Engineering News. In addition,... 

IMPORTANT ROLE
The welding of stainless steel can be successfully achieved if the welder adheres to the industry rules and standards
IMPORTANT ROLE The welding of stainless steel can be successfully achieved if the welder adheres to the industry rules and standards

Medium-term investment buoying stainless steel industry

By: Halima Frost     25th October 2019 Despite a marked downturn in the global stainless steel industry, there are a few medium-term developments on the horizon for Southern Africa, notes research institute Afriforesight Commodities chief commodity economist Nathan Musson. “There are glimmers of hope in terms of investment in Southern... 

SPARKING INTEREST The stainless steel albeit somewhat stagnant offers a few sparks of investment interest
SPARKING INTEREST The stainless steel albeit somewhat stagnant offers a few sparks of investment interest

New membership structure set for stainless steel sector

By: Halima Frost     25th October 2019 The Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) is at a turning point in its history as it gears up for the future with the introduction of a new tiered membership model that will launch in March 2020, says Sassda acting executive director Michel Basson. As opposed to a... 

HOT TOPIC
The restructuring of Sassda’s membership model aligns each member based on individual needs
HOT TOPIC The restructuring of Sassda’s membership model aligns each member based on individual needs

Trio makes for steely supply

By: Halima Frost     25th October 2019 Three of South Africa’s most prominent companies in the stainless steel supply chain are completing a substantial supply to a gold mine in the Southern African Development Community. The project entails the supply of 250 t of grade 2304 stainless steel for the manufacture of ten tanks – the... 

RECOIL
The knock-on effects of local supply were seen across the project in costs and time saved
RECOIL The knock-on effects of local supply were seen across the project in costs and time saved

Euro Steel

25th October 2019 Part of AFMETCO Group of Companies, Euro Steel has evolved into one of South Africa’s largest stainless steel, special steels, aluminium and other corrosion-resistant materials distributors and exporters. The company operates predominantly in all major cities in South Africa, but also has... 

Euro Steel

AI-embedded solution solves IoT data challenges

31st May 2019 Software solution and analytics developer SAS Analytics was chosen by stainless steel manufacturer Ulbrich Stainless Steel to provide an artificial intelligence- (AI-) embedded Internet of Things (IoT) solution to analyse data created by Ulbrich’s plant sensors. This was done in order to deal... 

ANALYTICS UNDERSTANDING

Ulbrich Stainless Steel uses SAS analytics to understand the IoT data streaming from its connected factories
ANALYTICS UNDERSTANDING Ulbrich Stainless Steel uses SAS analytics to understand the IoT data streaming from its connected factories

Chrome ore exports contribute to stainless steel production

By: Cameron Mackay     31st May 2019 The export of chrome ores from South Africa for use in the ferrochrome smelter of Chinese stainless steel group Tsingshan’s stainless steel plant has contributed to global growth in chrome ore supply. “Although the plant receives supply from China, which is re-routed South African material, and... 

BISA Stainless Steel Strapping

31st May 2019 Banding and Identification Solutions Africa (BISA) has been the exclusive distributor of BAND-IT, the leading global manufacturer of premium stainless-steel strapping and cable management solutions. BISA offers a wide range of imported and locally manufactured stainless-steel cable management... 

BISA Stainless Steel Strapping

Fastenright

31st May 2019 As an importer and distributor of industrial fasteners, Fastenright has built a reputation for expert customer service, superior stockholding and competitive pricing. Located at 27 Mail Street, Western Province Park, Cape Town, South Africa, Fastenright has a site area of about 2 000 m2, with 1... 

Fastenright

Unique Welding Alloys provides an Integrated Gas and Welding solution to the stainless steel fabrication industry.

31st May 2019 Unique Welding Alloys provides an Integrated Gas and Welding solution to the stainless steel fabrication industry. Unique Welding Alloys (UWA), through its national branch network, comprehensive product range, global partnerships and 40 years of expertise is uniquely able to assist fabricators to... 

Unique Welding Alloys provides an Integrated Gas and Welding solution to the stainless steel fabrication industry.

Dope-free tech used in three stand CRA pipes’ first run

31st May 2019 Stainless steels developer and manufacturer Sandvik’s SAF 2507 corrosion resistant alloy (CRA) pipes were used with dope-free technology to conduct the first ever run of CRA tubes in stands of three pipes (triples). The pipes were used by an international operator in a project involving wells to... 

CRA TRIPLES TUBES

CRA pipes have traditionally been run in singles as the threaded connections exhibit a higher tendency to galling and require a careful make-up
CRA TRIPLES TUBES CRA pipes have traditionally been run in singles as the threaded connections exhibit a higher tendency to galling and require a careful make-up

New stainless steel enclosure systems presented at trade fair

31st May 2019 Earlier this month, industrial enclosures provider Rittal presented its new stainless steel versions of the company’s AX and KX small and compact enclosure series and the VX25 enclosure system at this year’s international meat industry trade fair IFFA in Frankfurt, Germany, from May 4 to 9. While... 

CORROSION PROTECTION

The VX25 large enclosure system is now available in a 100% stainless steel version to meet the strictest corrosion resistance standards
CORROSION PROTECTION The VX25 large enclosure system is now available in a 100% stainless steel version to meet the strictest corrosion resistance standards

Company drives new stainless steel applications

By: Cameron Mackay     31st May 2019 Owing to stainless steel being 100% reusable, local stainless steel distributor Stalcor is engaged in a drive to find new applications for stainless steel in which the metal can be used as an alternative to materials such as plastic, thereby providing a green solution, says Stalcor projects... 

CRUCIAL SAVINGS

Cost-effective solutions and savings have become crucial as local and global markets contract, and as profitability in the sales cycle becomes more difficult
CRUCIAL SAVINGS Cost-effective solutions and savings have become crucial as local and global markets contract, and as profitability in the sales cycle becomes more difficult

Ruland makes stainless steel oldham couplings

31st May 2019 Flexible couplings manufacturer Ruland Manufacturing now makes oldham coupling hubs from 303 stainless steel. This addition gives designers an off-the-shelf coupling to choose from when designing systems in corrosive, vacuum or cleanroom environments. 

MISALIGNMENT CAPABILITIES 

Stainless steel oldham couplings are well suited for corrosive, cleanroom and vacuum applications that require high misalignment capabilities
MISALIGNMENT CAPABILITIES Stainless steel oldham couplings are well suited for corrosive, cleanroom and vacuum applications that require high misalignment capabilities

Provider develops specialised stainless steel roll

By: Cameron Mackay     31st May 2019 Stainless steel technical services and products provider SMS group has developed a specialised roll for its stainless steel plants. “Reliable and precise flatness measurement is of paramount importance. These rolls carry the brand name X-Shape and are part of the X-Pact product family, which... 

DIGITAL COMMITMENTS

The Manufacturing Execution System and Genius Condition Monitoring System illustrate the company’s commitment to digitalisation and smart plants
DIGITAL COMMITMENTS The Manufacturing Execution System and Genius Condition Monitoring System illustrate the company’s commitment to digitalisation and smart plants

Local stainless steel products promoted

26th October 2018 The Southern African Pump Systems Development Association (Sapsda) and Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) continue to promote the local manufacture of stainless steel products such as pumps, valves and sealing systems to compete internationally and stimulate growth.... 

ROLLING Stainless steel is a durable low maintenance material
Photo by Dylan Slater
ROLLING Stainless steel is a durable low maintenance material

2018 Sassda awards celebrate innovation

By: Thabi Madiba     26th October 2018 The Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) Columbus Stainless Awards are a testament to the strength and durability of the South African stainless steel industry, says Sassda executive director John Tarboton. With this year’s awards theme being “celebrating innovation”,... 

Easy-to-read characters made from stainless steel

26th October 2018 Band-It range of stainless steel clamping and identification systems distributor Banding & Identification Solutions Africa offers an easy-to-read and -install identification system for equipment from hoses to heavy equipment. Banding & Identification sales representative Matthew Campbell explains... 

HARD 
Easy-to-read characters are made of grade 316 stainless steel
HARD Easy-to-read characters are made of grade 316 stainless steel

Incorrect tools can contaminate stainless steel

By: Thabi Madiba     26th October 2018 Any tradesmen will highlight the importance of using the right tools to get a project done as efficiently as possible. Stainless steel is a hard, heat-conductive metal, which can be quite severe on a tools’ consumables. Stainless steel necessitates an extremely slow cutting and drilling rate to... 

ACTION Slow cutting is implemented on stainless steel
ACTION Slow cutting is implemented on stainless steel
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