PE Company Scoops Top 2016 Sassda Columbus Stainless Steel Award

OCTOBER 25, 2016

The 2016 Sassda Columbus Stainless Steel Awards are a clear indication that the local stainless steel sector is home to a wealth of world-class products and skill, with a record 39 world-class winners having been announced (see Table below) - up from the 14 awards presented in 2014.

These winners were drawn from a broader spectrum of sectors due to an expansion in the number of categories. This stems from a desire to broaden the scope of categories to ensure they are fully representative of the depth and diversity of the industry. In addition, not only were the awards over-subscribed in terms of sponsors, but they also exceeded all expectations in terms of the number of entries which increased from 43 in 2014 to 144 in 2016.

This year’s Business Excellence Award, as well as the Overall Winner Award, went to Port-Elizabeth based tank container manufacturer Welfit Oddy. As the only manufacturer of tank containers in South Africa and the second largest tank container manufacturer globally, the company exports 95% of its local production.

Other significant winners were the Lifetime Achievement Award that was given to John Cluett for his contribution to the local brewing industry in and the development and use of stainless steel in various applications within the food & beverage industry. Another lifetime achievement award went to Diego Sella for his outstanding contribution to Sassda and the stainless steel industry.

Raising awareness of stainless steel

Looking at the enhanced stature of this year’s awards Sassda Executive Director John Tarboton says; “After the huge increase in the number of entries and winners as well as the number of categories, we truly feel that the aim of the awards has been realised; namely to boost the growth and development of the local stainless steel sector. The hype created around the awards also means they’ve been invaluable in terms of raising awareness of stainless steel and its myriad of uses and applications within the local and global economy.”

In tandem with the increased number of entries and winners the awards’ judging panel was doubled in size to 12 industry experts from the fabrication, architectural, environmental, catering and welding sectors to name but a few.

Big improvement in award entries

Based on the standard of the entries received, creative expert Luke Hartdegen from Mettle Advertising commented; “The quality of the projects submitted, reflected a vast improvement compared to previous award submissions. For example, in engineering, the complexity of work submitted was far superior this year, and reflected an enormous overall improvement. We also saw more willingness from companies to use stainless steel as opposed to the usage of alternative metals in far more complex ways.”

National Stainless Steel Centre Customer Relations Manager Tholwana Mogowane who was also a judge comments; “I was interested to see that the mining entries revealed many operators upgrading from mild steel to 3CR12 stainless steel. This shows they now appreciate the long-term cost benefits of stainless steel as opposed to short term savings on cheaper alternatives like mild steel that has to be replaced far more often.”

She adds that the award entries also revealed that people are no longer sticking to traditional plate or coil stainless steel formats as there’s obviously increasing awareness of the fact that stainless steel can be used in a variety of formats.

Overall, Tarboton comments; “Our aim was to boost the aspirational value of the awards by ensuring that participants saw the clear return on investment that their participation and winning provides. We’ve also embraced a more modern approach to championing stainless steel across the continent and the awards are the perfect embodiment of this,” concludes Tarboton.

 

AWARDS WINNERS 2016

 

Project

1

Student

 

Winner

Jacobus Petrus van Deventer

Welding Competitions

Winner

Obadele Babatunde

Development of functionally graded stainless steels for engineering applications

 

 

2

Environmental

 

Runner UP

Gerhard Unger

CIP Skid for CSIR

Winner

Transfrig

Truck Refrigeration System using 1000L stainless steel cryogenic vessel

 

 

3

Services

 

Runner Up

Formatube

Tube forming and related

Winner

Cronimet

Supplying raw material solutions to the stainless-steel melting industry

 

 

4

Welding

 

Merit Award

Starweld

Welding machine manufacturer

Runner Up

MAXE

Stainless Steel Automotive Accessories

Winner

ND Engineering

The ongoing development of the orbital welding technology used of the DuPont sweater Acid coolers

 

 

5

Art

 

Merit Award

The Matrix

Helenvale Resource Centre

Runner Up

Chris van der Vyver

Fireballs

Winner

Jacques van der Westhuizen

Sculptures

 

 

6

Catering & Hospitality

 

Winner

Gary i Crawford

Biltong Cutter:  Rage Biltong Cutter

 

 

7

Food & Beverage

 

Joint 1st Runner Up

H C Heat Exchangers

Heat exchangers for Dale Spiral Systems

Joint 1st Runner Up

Qualipak

Food and beverage conveying systems - Open Easy Clean System Design

Winner

Gerhard Unger

Manufacture, installation and commission of a 21 Wet (product) conveyors for a product process plant

 

 

8

Architecture Building & Construction

 

Runner Up

Excel Engineering

Stainless Steel Staircase

Winner

The Matrix

Additions & Alterations to Port Elizabeth Opera House

 

 

9

Engineering

 

2nd Runner Up

H C Heat Exchangers

Heat exchangers for Diesel Electric

1st Runner Up

Efficient Engineering

Modular Sub Station

Winner

ND Engineering

Ongoing development of RDA Technology

 

 

10

Duplex Stainless Steel

 

Winner

Styria

The use of duplex stainless steels in an application that demonstrates innovation, life cycle cost effectiveness, substitution and growth potential.

 

 

11

Ferritic Stainless Steel

 

2nd Runner Up

Tugela Mining & Minerals

Ferrochromium Fines Treatment Plant

Joint 1st Runner Up

Kholeka Engineering

35000lt Drinking Water Tanker

Joint 1st Runner Up

Sky Hill Heavy Engineering

Design and manufacture of municipal water storage tanks in 3CR12 instead of concrete

Winner

Efficient Engineering

Modular Sub Station

 

 

12

Manufacturing Innovation

 

Runner Up

ND Engineering

4 x Falling Fill Evaporator Condensers, Tongaat Hullets (Allidex Project)

Winner

Hazelton Pumps

Hippo Slurry Pump Range

Total

 

 

 

13

Product Development

 

Runner Up

Transfig

Truck Refrigeration System using 1000L stainless steel cryogenic vessel

Winner

Anderson Engineering

Anderson Andpure Magnetic Mixer & Anderson Andpure Contramix

 

 

14

Export Achievement

 

2nd Runner Up

Hazelton Pumps

Hippo Slurry Pump Range

1st Runner Up

Anderson Engineering

Turnkey Projects

Winner

Welfit Oddy

Only manufacturer of tank containers in SA and second largest tank container manufacturer globally

 

 

15

Business Excellence

 

2nd Runner Up

Duvha Foundry

Duvha Foundry (Establishment of a Foundry)

1st Runner Up

Hazelton Pumps

Hippo Slurry Pump Range

Winner

Welfit Oddy

Welfit Oddy - Only manufacturer of tank containers in SA and second largest tank container manufacturer globally

 

 

16

Life Time Achievement

 

Winner

John Cluett

Contribution made on behalf of the brewing industry in SA and the development and use of stainless steel in various applications within the food & beverage industry

Winner

Diego Sella

Outstanding contribution to Sassda and the stainless steel industry

 

 

17

OVERALL WINNER

 

Overall Winner

Welfit Oddy

Only manufacturer of tank containers in SA and second largest tank container manufacturer globally