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The Southern African Stainless Steel Development Association (sassda) held its 2017 AGM in Sandton, Johannesburg on June 14. This article summarises executive director John Tarboton’s annual report.

John Tarboton sassdaSouth Africa’s R15-billion stainless steel industry has felt the strain of a contraction in its apparent consumption figures in the last two years, caused by a flood of Asian imports mainly from China, a drop in exports of finished products and the resultant huge decrease in the conversion of primary to finished products, said Tarboton in summarising the state of the stainless steel industry.

“Our declining apparent consumption is a concern. Prior to 2015 our figures mirrored what was going on in the rest of the world, whereas now we’re deviating from the global trend,” he said in opening his presentation.

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