keyboard_arrow_upImporting of fabricated structural steel significantly impacts South African economy
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“The large quantities of fabricated structural steel coming into South Africa from countries such as China, Saudi Arabia, India, Turkey, Thailand and elsewhere, continue to have a significant impact on the South African economy”, says Kobus de Beer, the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC)industry development director.

keyboard_arrow_upManufacturing structural steel to exact specifications
keyboard_arrow_downManufacturing structural steel to exact specifications

Structural steel specialist Portal Frame Structures, a member of the Proroof Group, is supplying steel beams – manufactured to specification – for the Euro Steel production and storage facility, currently under construction in Vereeniging, Gauteng and due for completion by March 2013. 

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_upThe best of steel structures 2012
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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_upFresh vision for key building industry supplier
keyboard_arrow_downFresh vision for key building industry supplier

Established in 1955, Duro Pressings continues to uphold its reputation as one of the country’s leading suppliers to the building industry. With a Johannesburg-based head office and branches across South Africa as well as in Botswana and Namibia, Duro is known for quality products ranging from window and door frames, to roll-up doors, awnings, paint supplies and do-it-yourself products. Alternative asset management company Capitalworks recently acquired a majority share of the company and with a new perspective and fresh inspiration Duro is looking forward to generating continuing successes, building on the solid foundations that have helped make the company what it is today.

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_upSteel Awards 2011 – all the winners
keyboard_arrow_downSteel Awards 2011 – all the winners

The overall winner and the winning projects in each of the different categories of Steel Awards 2011 reflect the outstanding quality of the steel construction industry in all its diversity. Dr Hennie de Clercq, executive director of the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC), said at the awards ceremony, “We congratulate the winners and, at the same time, emphasise the exceptional quality of all the entries, which augurs so well for the future of our industry.”  The Steel Awards, hosted by the SAISC, with the Aveng Group as the main sponsor, were staged simultaneously in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town on 15th September 2011.

keyboard_arrow_upStretching the limits with structural steel
keyboard_arrow_downStretching the limits with structural steel

This year’s Steel Awards, presented by the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) and announced on 15th September, range from a railway station in Durban to the steel headgear for a mining ventilation shaft in Gauteng, from a pedestrian bridge in Cape Town to a King’s college in the North West, and from the Athletes Village in Maputo to a skywalk in Johannesburg.

keyboard_arrow_upA preview of entries for Steel Awards 2011
keyboard_arrow_downA preview of entries for Steel Awards 2011

The character of entries – 57 in all – received for the Steel Awards 2011 reflects a shift in the activity of the steel construction industry since the high intensity period leading up to the World Cup last year.

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.

keyboard_arrow_upTwin technologies for fast-track building
keyboard_arrow_downTwin technologies for fast-track building

Fast-track building combining prestressed hollow-core concrete panel flooring with a lightweight steel frame structure enabled contractors to erect a three-storey, 90-room barracks building for the Botswana Defence Force in barely 20 weeks. This project marked a first for the use of these twin technologies in Botswana – and it was completed in record time.

keyboard_arrow_upSteel construction systems company regains its focus
keyboard_arrow_downSteel construction systems company regains its focus

Newly appointed executive chairman of the Scottsdale Group, Peter Brennan, recently announced that the founders and former owners of Scottsdale Construction Systems have regained a substantial share and control of Scottsdale from the Panceltica Group which purchased Scottsdale some 30 months ago. 

keyboard_arrow_upTrue performance from lightweight steel
keyboard_arrow_downTrue performance from lightweight steel

Multinational steel supplier, BlueScope Steel, notes that few elements in the construction process are as important as the core structure of the building. Trusses and structural frames are critical to the security, value and service life of a building. The company highlights the fact that steel frames can be pre-punched to allow electrical and plumbing services to be installed quickly and efficiently. Furthermore, waste is minimised by taking advantage of off-site fabrication of steel building frames.

keyboard_arrow_upAccreditation for light steel frame building systems
keyboard_arrow_downAccreditation for light steel frame building systems

In a first for the local building industry, three companies have received accreditation from the Southern African Light Steel Frame Building Association (SASFA) www.sasfa.co.za for their light steel frame building (LSFB) systems: Metal Roll Forming SA, MiTek and Vela SBS.