In what was one of the toughest years the steel industry has had to face in terms of economic reasons and policy uncertainty, industry players continued to produce outstanding work, demonstrating their capabilities and expertise.
“This year we had 74 entries, reflecting steel as the material of choice and a signal that we have an industry to be proud of. Steel structures of all types are on display due to the all-round efficiency and sustainability of the material, no wonder steel is being used more and more,” says Paolo Trinchero, chief executive officer of the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC).
“The broad range of projects from residential houses to commercial projects, warehouses, factories and refurbishment were most encouraging. A number of projects displayed characteristics of an exceptional industry. They showed innovation in every process with the integration of design, detailing, fabrication and erection, using modern CNC equipment and software which our industry has invested in so heavily.”
The Steel Awards 2018 winning projects were:
• Time Square Sun Arena
Overall, ASTPM tubular category and commercial category
• Discovery Head Office
• Shoprite Checkers Cilmor Distribution Centre
Safintra factory and warehouse category, and Global Roofing Solutions metal cladding category
• House Matthews
• Rissik Street Post Office
Safal Steel innovation category
• Gateway West, Mall of Africa
Light steel frame building category winner
“This year will be recorded as another one of enormous challenges for our industry, but as always, we show that we are indeed men and women of steel. I would like to congratulate the winners and encourage our members to continue to participate and grow our industry into the future,” Trinchero says.
Full thanks and acknowledgement are given to the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction for the information and images provided.
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