Crushing’ the competition: Betterect builds semi-mobile crushing plant for Mozambique mine

Loading of bottom section of sizer base frame on SMCP project.

Crushing’ the competition: Betterect builds semi-mobile crushing plant for Mozambique mine

Read More

Allied Steelrode’s top technology – ‘steel support’ for the only independent automotive chassis manufacturer in SA

KLT Automotive is the only independent chassis manufacturer in Africa, supplying chassis frames and other high-tech components to well-known motor vehicle manufacturers. It is also one of a group of eight automotive component manufacturers which, according to a recent statement by the National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (NAACAM), has and is investing substantially in expanding their local footprint or gearing up their South African operations for new business both in the automotive and non-automotive sectors. When it comes to the supply of steel for its local manufacturing…

Read More

Allied Steelrode’s heavy-duty slitter: first-of-its-kind in Africa ‘cuts’ customers in on increased productivity and profitability

In the past decade, leading steel merchant and value-added steel processor Allied Steelrode has made very substantial investments in several items of advanced steel processing technology. These included two stretcher levellers, which produce the hugely popular Allied Steelrode Stretcher Material (ASSM); as well as a remarkably versatile LT 20 tube laser which opens up new possibilities in terms of the cutting and application of steel tube. However, when steel is delivered from the primary steel mill, it is in the form of 32 ton coils which are 1,950 mm wide.…

Read More

Women of Steel: ‘tempered’ by empathy and experience and taking the industry forward

Despite the many women making a sterling contribution to many facets of the local steel industry today – from management, finance and procurement, sales, marketing, production and on the shop floor itself – the pivotal role women play in this sector is not widely known and seldom acknowledged. With this in mind, the South African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) recently held what is envisaged as the first in a series of events to highlight and showcase the increasingly influential role which women are playing in the sector. Speakers included…

Read More

Fluctuating primary pricing threatens the mettle of South Africa’s steel industry

At present, companies in the local steel industry are finding the market very challenging. According to industry sources, much of this can be attributed to the extreme volatility of the primary pricing. “This level of volatility poses an enormous and very urgent challenge to the entire sector,” explains Warne Rippon, Executive Director of steel major Allied Steelrode. These price fluctuations result in a knock-on effect which is very hard to contend with. “If we are experiencing this, then our downstream customers must be even more adversely affected,” he remarks. “What…

Read More

Allied Steelrode supports the ‘sisters of steel’ in serving the Pretoria region

The steel business has always been perceived as a male preserve. However, in Rosslyn, north of Pretoria, there are two vibrant women who are challenging this traditionally-held perception on a daily business – literally, the ‘sisters of steel’. Gwen Mahuma and Monika Pretorius are respectively Business Development Director and Managing Director of BBD Steel Supplies. Since its inception in 2014 – and despite the extremely tough economy of recent years – the business has doubled its turnover every year since then. From a three-person start-up, it now employs 27 people…

Read More

Allied Steelrode: stretching steel, customer service and product quality to new levels of excellence

ALLIEDSTEELRODEdecember2017WRandAC

Since the merger of Steelrode and Allied Chemical and Steel in 2014 which created Allied Steelrode, the business has fast earned its leadership position in the South African steel industry. Today it is the largest procurer of product from South Africa’s primary steel processor; and is also a major importer of steel from abroad. “There have been two keys that have unlocked our success – customer service and product excellence, underpinned by our unwavering investment and dedication to both,” explains Rippon. Since inception, customer service has been the company’s main…

Read More