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Harrismith Galvanizing & Steel Products



   Author: Kamal Rupnarain
Location: Harrismith, South Africa


TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN
The directors of this new company were involved in the stationery manufacturing business from 1969. Firstly with Republic Stationery and then from 1979 with New Age Stationery (Pty) Ltd. In 1997 they ventured in the Harrismith region and started their stationery manufacturing business under the name of Excel Stationery [Free State] (Pty) Ltd. They purchased land of 60,000m2 with two warehouses, office block and staff quarters of 4800m2.

Late last year the directors decided to venture into other lines, unrelated to stationery. The idea of opening a Hot Dip Galvanizing plant was the first for this region and the Free State Province. In line with this operation we intend putting up a Pipe, Tube and Profile making machinery up to 150mm diameter cut into various lengths. Steel rolls from 2 to 15mm thick are fed into the automated machine, cut in various sizes, welded automatically into round, square or rectangle.

The civil work is nearly complete and the ten steel tanks will be installed in February 2005 and hope to start our Galvanizing line by middle of March, 2005. The pipe & tube in May, 2005. The hot dip Galvanizing plant will be housed in our warehouse measuring 125m long x 20m wide with a roof height of 6,2m for the pre-treatment line and 10m roof height for the zinc kettle.

The Galvanizing will comprise of 11 steel tanks each measuring 12m long x 1,2m wide x 2,5m deep. The main zinc tank is made by Pillings in Germany with 50mm thick steel which is heated up to 450oC, to provide a clean surface of optimum adhesion to Zinc coating to steel. Structures of considerable dimension can be undertaken in a single dip. Hot dip Galvanizing is one of the most effective and economical process and has unique physical properties, hardness, ductibility and adherence provide the galvanized coating with excellent resistance against mechanical damage. The main zinc tank will hold 350tons of zinc and aluminium. The other pre-treatment tanks will hold approx 40,000lt of acid, degreaser and flux.

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
The company will be building housing facilities on the property to cater for the much needed staff that would include experienced sales and marketing executive, two foreman and two managers for both our operations. This comprises of 2 x 3 bedroom, with kitchen lounge and dining room with all the facilities. We also have existing staff facilities comprising of 10 bedrooms with all facilities. Total coverage is approx 1000m2

The office block is being extended in the ground floor and additional first floor to included 6 bedrooms with all facilities for the directors and office staff. Total coverage is 400m2

MANAGEMENT COMMITMENT
A strong and focused management team drives the company forward. The management team is broken down into eight sectors, namely:- Production, Quality Assurance, Despatch, Transport Marketing, Maintenance, Human Resource and Finance.

The company's ability to provide training and career-pathing for our staff, through our strong training capacity, has allowed us a high level of retention amongst staff. We are a 100% Black Empowerment Company and we are very committed to it. 95% of our black staff will be sourced locally. Being the first manufacturer in the Free State Province we will definitely enhance this industry with a fully Hot Dip Galvanizing and Pipe and Tube making machine and save the local industry with transport cost and turn around time.

Once production starts in the middle of March, 2005 we hope to comply with the SABS specification and will pride ourselves in maintaining these standard


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