keyboard_arrow_upGrowing SA’s steel construction industry
keyboard_arrow_downGrowing SA’s steel construction industry

Paolo Trinchero, who recently took over from Dr Hennie de Clercq as CEO of the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC), would like to see the southern African steel construction industry grow by at least by 5% per year for the next 10 years. “This will require improving relationships with our African counterparts and being proactive in looking for opportunities in the relevant existing and emerging sectors in South Africa and the sub-Saharan region,” he says.

keyboard_arrow_upAlternative building technologies for Southern Africa
keyboard_arrow_downAlternative building technologies for Southern Africa

South African exports of home grown alternative building technologies (ABTs) into Southern Africa are extending across an increasingly wider footprint as regional economic growth and infrastructural development continues. 

keyboard_arrow_upSteel supplier targets projects from conception
keyboard_arrow_downSteel supplier targets projects from conception

Steel manufacturer and distributor BSi Steel recently launched a Projects Division through which it aims to provide a service to professionals and contractors from the conceptual stages of a project. 

keyboard_arrow_upSpecialist technical support in steel supplies
keyboard_arrow_downSpecialist technical support in steel supplies

Providing added value in its customer services is high on the agenda for JSE-listed steel manufacturer BSi Steel. The company has contracted technical and metallurgical consultant, Bruce Saxby, not only to provide in-depth product and technical training to its sales staff, but also to offer a comprehensive technical support and advisory service to clients. 

keyboard_arrow_upCorrosion protection for steel products
keyboard_arrow_downCorrosion protection for steel products

Galvaspin, based in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, has been in business for 16 years, providing corrosion control products and services to the building industry.  Where steel is used in construction, corrosion control has to be applied, sometimes for aesthetics but, essentially, to prevent weaknesses developing in the structure or product over time. 

keyboard_arrow_upThe best of steel structures 2012
keyboard_arrow_downThe best of steel structures 2012

The Steel Awards 2012 judges broke with tradition this year in presenting a combined award for the usually separate ‘Architectural’ and ‘Light Steel Frame Building’ (LSFB) categories. The award went to the new Deloitte Head Office, designed by Boogertman + Partners Architects, at Riverwalk Office Park in Pretoria.  This decision was motivated by the unique qualities of the building which unites excellence in the use of architecturally exposed steel with cutting-edge application of light steel frame building in a commercial building. 

keyboard_arrow_upSustainability in steel – Steel Awards 2012
keyboard_arrow_downSustainability in steel – Steel Awards 2012

The underlying theme for Steel Awards 2012 is all about sustainability. With the Aveng Group as the main sponsor, the 2012 Steel Awards programme is looking for steel structures that reflect a responsible approach to the environment. “While the judges always consider a range of criteria in judging the submissions, including technical excellence, innovation and aesthetics, this year, ‘green’ issues, in a broad sense, are an important factor,” says Spencer Erling, education director at the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC). 

keyboard_arrow_upCelebrating the best in stainless steel
keyboard_arrow_downCelebrating the best in stainless steel

The Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) will stage the Stainless Steel Awards again this year. The awards were last presented in 2008 but, as 2012 marks 100 years of the development of stainless steel, the awards will form part of the industry’s celebrations of ‘a century of innovation’.  Sassda’s new executive director, Bill Scurr, says, “The awards are an industry highlight. They aim to recognise and promote excellence, innovation and entrepreneurial development in the stainless steel industry by profiling innovative thinking and successes in the industry.” 

keyboard_arrow_upSteel stalwart extends its product range
keyboard_arrow_downSteel stalwart extends its product range

In February this year Robor celebrated a new addition to its stable with the introduction of Robor Baldwins to the construction sector.  Having acquired the carbon steel division from KMG Steel Service Centres in 2011, Robor is now able to offer a wide range of hot rolled, cold rolled, galvanised and pre-painted, sheet, coil and plate as well as structural steel profiles to the construction industry.

keyboard_arrow_upSteel Awards 2012 call for entries
keyboard_arrow_downSteel Awards 2012 call for entries

The Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) has issued the call for entries for Steel Awards 2012. The closing date for nominations is 30 April 2012.  Although special attention will be given to sustainable development projects – looking at green building, low environmental impact, community development and other such factors – there are, as usual, no fixed categories in which projects should be entered, with the exception of the Tubular Steel Structures and Light Steel Frame Building categories. The judges decide on categories based on the actual entries received each year. Last year’s categories offer a guideline. They included Mining and Industrial, Architectural, and Bridges, as well as the Tubular Steel and Light Steel Frame Building categories.

keyboard_arrow_upNew supplier of structural steel
keyboard_arrow_downNew supplier of structural steel

Despite the volatility in the local steel market, the Gauteng branch of BSi Steel aims to increase its sales volume by 20% over the next year by expanding its product range and production capabilities.  BSi Steel Gauteng divisional director Curtis Read says that with the implementation of BSi Steel’s growth strategy two years ago, the company identified opportunities for the Gauteng branch to increase its slitting capabilities, expand into the structural steel market, and provide clients with technical advice on product selection.

keyboard_arrow_upStrong growth for steel products supplier
keyboard_arrow_downStrong growth for steel products supplier

Contrary to the general slowdown in the construction sector, BSi Steel has experienced substantial growth over the past financial year and has come to be recognised as an industry-leading distributor of steel products.  Started in 1986 as a backyard business in Pietermaritzburg, BSi Steel is today a JSE AltX-listed company and employs more than 600 staff in its operations across sub-Saharan Africa.

keyboard_arrow_upSteel Awards 2011 – call for entries
keyboard_arrow_downSteel Awards 2011 – call for entries

The Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) has issued the call for entries for Steel Awards 2011. The closing date for entries is 6 May 2011. SAISC communications manager, Renee Pretorius, says that this year the online entry facility on the Steel Awards website will be easier to use and the SAISC encourages all nominators to use this route. She adds that the institute will be using social media networks such as Facebook and YouTube to give the projects of Steel Awards 2011 wider exposure.