Whether it is pipe, roof sheeting or fencing, South African buyers can easily find whatever steel products – in any size or shape – they require.
Steel Rebar products can be broadly categorized into long or flat products. Long products are typically used in construction, for example re-enforcing bar (rebar) or pipes, while flat products are most often used in the manufacture of cars, ships and white electric goods such as fridges and washing machines. Stainless steel is used in the manufacture of cutlery and surgical equipment.
As these products are used in such a wide variety of applications, different types of steel are used to comply with different requirements. Depending on the production process, steel can be made stronger, non-corrosive or more flexible.
Hot-rolled steel – steel that is processed while hot – is rougher in appearance than cold-rolled steel and less expensive, but also stronger. High-quality products, such as cars and fridges, are usually made using more expensive cold-rolled products.
Stainless steel is manufactured by adding chromium and nickel, leaving the end product resistant to rust, stains and corrosion.
Galvanised steel products – steel that are covered in a layer of zinc – are also widely used in applications where rust resistance is needed, for example roof sheeting. Aluminized steel – steel covered with aluminium and silicon – is commonly used for heat exchangers in residential ovens, water heaters, fireplaces and baking pans.
With steel products being used in anything from irrigation to security, steel suppliers offer a wide variety of products and value-adding services, allowing buyers to have products rolled, cut, bent or welded to specification.
Some of the available products include seamless piping, valves, gaskets, nuts and bolts, window sections, construction bars, beams, palisade and wire fencing, and walkway grating.