2016 Sassda Columbus Stainless Steel Awards worldclass winners announced

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 full list of winners below) - up from the 14 awards presented in 2014.

Sassda Chairperson Charles Cammell delivers the opening address at the 2016 Sassda Columbus Stainless Steel Awards

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.

Overall Winner at this year's Sassda Columbus Stainless Steel Awards Frank van der Burg from Welfit Oddy






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.

John Cluett celebrates winning the 2016 Sassda Columbus Stainless Steel Lifetime Achievement Award flanked by Sassda Chairperson Charles Cammell and Executive Director John Tarboton

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. 

SASSDA COLUMBUS STAINLESS STEEL AWARD 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

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
Published 27/10/2016 10:30:41 Last Modified 27/10/2016 10:35:08

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