2018 Sassda Columbus Stainless Awards celebrating innovation

Johannesburg, 2 March 2018 – Sassda is proud to announce the official launch of its biennial stainless steel awards which this year centre around the theme ‘Celebrating Innovation’ with the aim of rewarding world-class thinking and success at a local and international level.

The awards are open to individuals and companies (locally and abroad) that are involved in the design, production, conversion, distribution and use or specification of stainless steel and entrants do not need to be a member of Sassda.

Looking at the enhanced stature of the awards Sassda Executive Director John Tarboton says; “We would like to encourage participation in what we believe is now the ‘Oscars’ of the stainless-steel industry and an initiative which has become synonymous with world-class products and skill.  This year’s winners will also be the recipients of an ‘Award Winner’ logo that has been created, for them to use in their marketing and company collateral, to ensure that the awards add value to their business on a day to day basis.”

The Awards draw winners from a broad spectrum of sectors to ensure they are fully representative of the depth and diversity of the industry thereby generating commercial awareness and a real return on investment. Tarboton adds; “At a practical level, they also serve to strengthen the confidence and belief of industry players in both their sector and their own company culture, with employees becoming more cognisant of the pivotal role they play in underpinning the economy of a country.”

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In 2016, the Sassda Columbus Stainless Awards recognised a record 39, world-class winners, up from the 12 awards presented in 2014 and saw an over-subscription of sponsors. The 2018 Awards promise to be as spectacular and will draw winners from an expanded number of categories as there are now 17 for entrants to choose from.

The full list is as follows: Student, Environmental, Services, Welding, Manufacturing Innovation, Art, Consumerware Catering and Hospitality, Agro-Processing, Food & Beverage, Architecture Building & Construction, Engineering, Duplex Stainless Steel, Ferritic Stainless Steel, Product Development, Most Transformed, Export Achievement, Business Excellence, Lifetime Achievement, as well as an Overall Winner.

Tarboton concludes; “We’ve embraced a more modern approach to championing stainless steel across the continent and the awards are the perfect embodiment of this. This is evident in how we are seeing stainless steel being used in more complex ways and in a variety of formats with real, working examples of the long-term cost benefits of stainless steel as opposed to short term savings, on cheaper alternatives such as mild steel.”

To enhance the entry process, Sassda representatives will be available to visit prospective entrants’ offices and assist them with completing the entry form to ensure the process is as quick and easy as possible. To set up a meeting for a Sassda representative to visit you please contact Francis Le Roux via email francis@sassda.co.za or call 011 883 0119.


Issued by: MediaInk Communications on behalf of the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (sassda): Contacts: John Tarboton john@sassda.co.za  (011) 883-0119

Luise Allemann luise@mediaink.co.za  (082) 376-6716/(011) 467-0484

About sassda: The Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (sassda) has been in existence for more than 50 years and is made up of members that distribute, market, manufacture and fabricate products and services relevant to stainless steel.  With 400 members in sub-Saharan Africa, the association provides a platform for its members to collectively promote the sustainable growth and development of the industry, with the main emphasis on stainless steel converted within the South African economy. 

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