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Sassda

Adoption of global standards can promote locally manufactured products

By: Zandile Mavuso     31st May 2013 The pressure is on local manufacturers to produce products in line with global standards that can compete with imported alternatives, states stainless steel casting manufacturer Steloy Castings. 

New range of stainless steel welding consumables

By: Zandile Mavuso     31st May 2013 Welding, cutting and gas products company Afrox will launch its new range of Vacuum packaging (DriPac) stainless steel welding consumables this year, which will be beneficial for operations in remote areas. 

R&D provides edge over competitors

By: Zandile Mavuso     31st May 2013 Abrasives manufacturer Klingspor says its advanced Germany-based research and development (R&D) department sets the company apart from its competitors, as it provides the stainless steel industry with technology that promotes efficiency in the manufacturing stage and for end-users. 

SA continues to export job opportunities

By: Zandile Mavuso     31st May 2013 Consulting and management services firm Deloitte has called for more action with regard to the implementation of South Africa’s Manufacturing Competitiveness Enhancement Programme (MCEP). 

Stainless steel apparent consumption increases

By: Zandile Mavuso     31st May 2013 South Africa’s stainless steel apparent consumption hit a high of 228 258 t last year, despite economic difficulties in most countries, as a result of a global financial meltdown, states the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda). 

Association aims to improve training programme accessibility

By: Yolandi Booyens     1st June 2012 The Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) plans to introduce e-learning courses to make its training and skills development programmes more accessible to industry, the association’s skills development manager, Mankabe More, tells Engineering News. 

Company provides heat solution for stainless steel industry

By: Yolandi Booyens     1st June 2012 Technology company 3M reports a growing interest in its abrasive system technology, which assists in reducing the risks associated with heat build-up in the stainless steel industry. 

Imports curbing local industry’s potential

By: Yolandi Booyens     1st June 2012 South Africa is importing thousands of tons of consumerware products, such as cookware and cutlery, from Asian countries, despite having the capability to manufacture these products itself, says Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) executive director Bill Scurr. 

Sassda joins global centenary celebration

By: Yolandi Booyens     1st June 2012 To mark the global celebration of the 100 years since stainless steel was first produced, the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) has themed its Stainless Steel Awards for 2012 ‘A century of innovation’. 

Sassda members face product imitation concerns

By: Yolandi Booyens     1st June 2012 Counterfeit products in the consumer industry are of increasing cause for concern and impact negatively on businesses that are targeted by counterfeiters, says stainless steel and aluminium cookware manufacturer Hendler & Hart CEO Nash Soni.  

Association to drive growth through interaction with all role-players

By: Tracy Hancock     27th May 2011 The South African Stainless Steel Development Association’s (Sassda’s) drive to increase the local production of stainless steel through increased interaction with all role-players in South Africa will promote awareness of stainless steel and benefit members through increasing demand.  

New labour law bills cause for concern – Sassda

By: Tracy Hancock     27th May 2011 The South African Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) is concerned about the consequences of government’s four proposed labour laws on the local stainless steel industry, should the laws be implemented as is. 

Project to revive stainless steel cutlery manufacturing in South Africa under way

By: Tracy Hancock     27th May 2011 The South African Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) aims to revive local cutlery manufacturing and reduce the country’s dependence on Chinese imports by implementing its Ama Izi Puni Teaspoon project.  

SA industry aims for 7% production increase

By: Tracy Hancock     27th May 2011 With global stainless steel production expected to grow by 7% this year, steelmaker Columbus Stainless CEO David Martin says the South African market will aim to match this growth. 

Association implements new programme to promote job creation

By: Dimakatso Motau     28th May 2010 The Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association’s, (Sassda’s) role is to grow the conversion of stainless steel into finished and semifinished products to create employment, says Sassda chairperson Sampie van Rooyen. 

Combustion technology tackles environmental issues

By: Dimakatso Motau     28th May 2010 Designer, manufacturer and supplier of burner equipment and combustion systems for furnaces in the stainless steel industry, The Combustion Group, points to combustion technology available in the industry to improve eco-efficient and cost effectiveness processes and address environmental issues,... 

Developing local manufacturers in the tools and fasteners industries

By: Dimakatso Motau     28th May 2010 Industrial supply company Bolt & Engineering Distributors (BED) says that it makes an effort to support local manufacturers and develop skills in the tools and fastener industry. 

Project cost management and scheduling tools key

     28th May 2010 The synchronised use of project cost management and scheduling tools can significantly enhance the capacity for project success 

Surging price of nickel 
impacts on price of nickel-containing grades of stainless steel

     28th May 2010 The past two years have seen some frenetic activity in all commodities with speculation, supply interruptions, surges in demand, currency fluctuations and ballooning stocks having all contributed to an unpredictable market and often inexplicable price movements, says Durban-based manufacturer and... 

Trailers for the World Cup

By: Dimakatso Motau     28th May 2010 Local designers and manufacturers of stainless steel trailers Desert Wolf has just completed the manufacturing of two satellite communication trailers for all the 2010 FIFA World Cup stadiums. These are mobile trailers, which can be moved from one stadium to the next throughout the tournament.  

Bursary scheme aims to close skills gap

By: Jacqueline Holman     29th May 2009 The Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) has launched a bursary scheme, which aims to bridge the country’s skills gap. 

Engineering company ships converters to Madagascar

     29th May 2009 Engineering company Metso ND Engineering recently shipped two converters, each weighing 395 tons, and reaching as tall as an eight-story building, from the Durban Harbour, to Tamatave, in Madagascar. 

Local bolt distributor 
completes large contract

By: Jacqueline Holman     29th May 2009 Stainless steel bolt distribution company Bambalela Bolts has completed a large contract for the supply of hold-down bolts, bolts, nuts washers in different grades and sizes and other structural steel items for a copper mine that is being constructed in the Democratic Republic of Congo. 

Local manufacturer gets busy with R1m trailer contract

By: Jacqueline Holman     29th May 2009 Local manufacturer of stainless steel trailers, Desert Wolf, also a member of the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda), is currently manufacturing R1-million worth of trailers for the South African National Defence Force (SANDF).

 

Local stainless steel industry takes strain

By: Jacqueline Holman     29th May 2009 The South African stainless steel industry has been negatively affected by the global financial crisis, says Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) chairperson Sampie van Rooyen. 

Mobile modular 
catering unit ready for 2010

By: Jacqueline Holman     29th May 2009 Sheet metal component and sub-assembly manufacturer Fabrinox has recently launched its Mobi Chef mobile modular catering unit. 

Powder metallurgy component producer invests locally

     29th May 2009 Powder metallurgy (PM) component producer GKN Sinter Metals, a division of GKN plc, has recently started local production of stainless steel and other PM components for the local and international markets. 

SA must position itself as a stronger, global stainless steel player

By: Jacqueline Holman     29th May 2009 The South African Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) says that there is a need for the South African stainless steel industry to become more globally competitive. 

Technology company helps boost skills development

By: Jacqueline Holman     29th May 2009 Diversified technology company 3M has provided the South African Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) with access to its customer technology centre and auditorium at its Woodmead premises, north of Johannesburg, to assist with the training of Sassda members. 

Artisan development receives practical boost

     30th May 2008 In a move that will help alleviate the shortage of trained artisans in the food and beverage manufacturing sector, a group of learner artisans will be given the opportunity to gain the practical work experience needed to complete their apprenticeships. 

Association encourages quality checks ahead of inferior grade influx

     30th May 2008 The introduction of inferior grades of stainless steel, at a primary consumer and finished goods level, has prompted the Southern African Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) to encourage stainless steel consumers to request stainless steel test certificates upon delivery of the product. 

Engineering company develops R140-m housing estate

     30th May 2008 Diversified engineering company, UWP Consulting, a member of the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association, is in the process of developing a R140-million complex residential development in Woodmead. 

Local company rolls out internal social responsibility programme

By: Jonathan Faurie     30th May 2008 Catering equipment manufacturing company and member of the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association, Mac Brothers Catering Equipment, has established a social responsibility programme that aims to provide housing for staff members working for the company. 

Nickel price collapse slows stainless steel consumption

By: Jonathan Faurie     30th May 2008 The significant decline in the nickel price, which occurred in May 2007, has slowed 2007 Southern African total stainless steel consumption to 197 070 t, a meagre 1,1% increase over 2006 Southern African total stainless steel consumption. 

Stainless steel association appoints new MD

By: Jonathan Faurie     30th May 2008 The Southern African Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) has announced that the association has appointed a new MD. 

Stainless steel producer envisions 1-Mt/y production

By: Jonathan Faurie     30th May 2008 South Africa’s sole producer of stainless steel, Columbus Stainless, part of the Acerinox South Africa Group of Companies, reports that the company has the capacity to produce 1-million tons a year of stainless steel, however, this is dependent on a number of variables. 

Stainless steel service centre expansion increases company's service offering

By: Jonathan Faurie     30th May 2008 The expansion is taking place at Macsteel VRN's major service centre in Roodekop just outside Johannesburg. Most of the new equipment has been delivered to the plant and is in the process of being commissioned and brought on line.  

Steel trailer company contributes to African peacekeeping efforts

By: Jonathan Faurie     30th May 2008 Local manufacturer of stainless steel trailers and member of the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association, Desert Wolf, is hoping to make a contribution to the peacekeeping efforts throughout Africa through its current contract with the Armaments Corporation of South Africa (Armscor). 

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