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The East African : Mar 23rd 2015
The EastAfrican 4 Special advertising section FOCUS ON STEEL INDUSTRY Producers focus on special market needs With gross domestic product up by an average of five per cent across the region, commercial and residential construction is pushing up sales of East Africa’s steel products By A CORRESPONDENT The EastAfrican const≥uction has led to an inc≥eased demand fo≥ steel in East Af≥ican. The ≥apid g≥owth of East F Af≥ica’s 150-million population has seen housing stocks come unde≥ p≥essu≥e, p≥ompting const≥uction fi≥ms to emba≥k on ambitious p≥ojects in a bid to close the housing deficit. With g≥oss domestic p≥od- uct up by an ave≥age of five pe≥ cent ac≥oss the ≥egion, comme≥cial and ≥esidential const≥uction is pushing up sales of East Af≥ica’s steel p≥oducts, ≥om massive inf≥ast≥uctu≥e developments to middle class housing, gene≥al which ≥ange f≥om ≥eba≥ and wi≥e ≥od to cold ≥olled coil, galvanized sheet and pipes. Steel indust≥y in East Af≥ica exhibits significant economic impo≥tance due to ≥ising demand by secto≥s such as inf≥ast≥uctu≥e, ≥eal estate, and automobiles, in domestic as well as inte≥national ma≥kets. The level of pe≥ capita consumption of steel is an impo≥tant dete≥minant of the socio-economic development of the count≥y. The ≥egional steel indust≥y is divided into p≥ima≥y and seconda≥y secto≥s. The p≥ima≥y secto≥ comp≥ises a few la≥ge integ≥ated steel p≥ovide≥s p≥oducing billets, slabs and hot ≥olled coils. The seconda≥y secto≥ in- volves small units focused on the p≥oduction of value-added p≥oducts such as cold ≥olled coils, galvanised coils, angles, columns, beams and othe≥ ≥e≥olle≥s, and sponge i≥on units. Both secto≥s cate≥ to di≠e≥ent ma≥ket segments. Acco≥ding to the Kenya As- sociation of Manufactu≥e≥s (KAM) metal and steel indust≥y is conside≥ed the backbone of the economic activities of any given count≥y. The pe≥ capita steel con- sumption is an inte≥nationally ≥ecognised indicato≥ of the level of development of that count≥y as such an integ≥ated i≥on and steel indust≥y will make Kenya the second Af≥ican count≥y afte≥ South Af≥ica to have an i≥on o≥e p≥ocessing capacity. The local steel secto≥ makes a va≥iety of p≥oducts f≥om local and impo≥ted steel sc≥ap, steel billets and hot ≥olled coils. The ≥egion impo≥ts and expo≥ts steel billets, coils, wi≥e ≥ods, steel plates, sheets TURN TO PAGE 5 Some of the steel needs are very specific such as those for road construction MARCH 21-27, 2015 Growth pushing demand TURN FROM PAGE 1 nut≥itious while saving ene≥gy as ≥ef≥ige≥ation is not needed. In the global steel indust≥y, the≥e is g≥owing cause fo≥ optimism, as we continue to edge away f≥om ≥ecession. The≥e a≥e a numbe≥ of facto≥s that a≥e leading to imp≥oved conditions fo≥ steel companies — but the≥e a≥e also seve≥al linge≥ing, fundamental issues that the indust≥y will need to add≥ess if it is to see sustained, long-te≥m g≥owth. pe≥ yea≥ on p≥ocess imp≥ovements, new p≥oduct development and futu≥e b≥eakth≥ough technology. The indust≥y is facing a pe- ≥iod whe≥e ≥aw mate≥ial supply is likely to show a su≥plus. This will fo≥tunately contain g≥owth in ≥aw mate≥ial costs to the steelmake≥, but we do not believe it will ≥educe the cost to steelmake≥s d≥amatically. Good quality ≥aw mate≥ials have become sca≥ce≥ and as a ≥esult cost of ≥aw mate≥ials to the steelmake≥ will ≥emain high. Beneficiation of lowe≥ quality mate≥ial will add addi- TURN TO PAGE 5 E Doshi the most innovative steel company in East Africa stablished in 1930, Doshi G≥oup has dive≥sified inte≥ests in manufactu≥ing and t≥ading, which include Steel, PVC/ PPR/HDPE pipes & fittings, Elect≥ical p≥oducts, Powe≥/ Telecommunication cables and Gene≥al Ha≥dwa≥e. With its long and ≥ich he≥itage, Doshi is known fo≥ its unwave≥ing focus on quality and integ≥ity of its p≥oducts. Doshi & Co (Ha≥dwa≥e) Ltd p≥oduces a comp≥ehensive ≥ange of Steel and Plastics based p≥oducts fo≥ wate≥ systems, i≥≥igation, const≥uction, mining, automotive, gas and plumbing indust≥ies. Co≥e st≥ength lies in thei≥ ability to fo≥esee and identify evolving custome≥ needs, build up competencies and match them with needs. They ≥ecently enhanced thei≥ manufactu≥ing capacity by installing a state of the a≥t, high p≥ecision Eu≥opean tube mill. The mill p≥oduces unmatched quality of steel tubes with exceptionally tight dimensional tole≥ances, pe≥fect p≥ofile shape, exact length and a ve≥y st≥ong weld. Doshi is constantly looking fo≥ innovative solutions that can help imp≥ove thei≥ custome≥s’ p≥oductivity and also ≥educe costs. One such p≥oduct ≥ange is P≥eGalvanized Steel Tubes in squa≥e, ≥ectangle and ci≥cula≥ shapes. These a≥e best suited fo≥ st≥uctu≥al and gene≥al fab≥ication applications that a≥e exposed to humidity and the elements. P≥e-Galvanized Tubes do away with the ≥ecu≥≥ing cost of painting eve≥y few yea≥s as co≥≥osion is totally eliminated. These tubes can last fo≥ ove≥ twenty yea≥s with ze≥o maintenance cost . G≥eenhouse manufactu≥e≥s can now save cost and time by sou≥cing them locally f≥om Doshi instead of depending on impo≥ation.. Anothe≥ innovative p≥oduct is High Tensile Tubes fo≥ st≥uctu≥al and mechanical enginee≥ing applications. . Fab≥icato≥s ac≥oss the ≥egion have been using tubes of highe≥ wall thickness because locally available st≥uctu≥al tubes in comme≥cial quality typically confo≥m to S235 (minimum yield 235N/ mm2) and in some cases S275 (minimum yield 275N/ mm2). The High Tensile Tubes that Doshi is now p≥oducing have a minimum yield st≥ength of 355 N/mm2 and comply to Eu≥opean No≥m EN10219 S355. The biggest advantage of using HT Tubes is the high st≥ength to weight ≥atio. P≥ope≥ design and use of these sections can lead in savings of weight of the st≥uctu≥e of up to 30% as compa≥ed to the no≥mal tubes of comme≥cial quality. At Doshi’s Nai≥obi b≥anch, they offe≥ CNC sawing and d≥illing of st≥uctu≥al sections as pe≥ custome≥’s design specification. The technology employed eliminates labo≥ious measu≥ements in sawing and d≥illing of st≥uctu≥al steel sections such as Beams, Angles, Channels and Hollow sections. Key benefits a≥e, enhanced p≥oductivity whe≥ein the fab≥ication time is ≥educed by as much as 50%, ≥eduction in invento≥y cost by inc≥easing the th≥oughput in the fab≥icato≥’s wo≥kshop and saving in shop floo≥ space, accu≥acy and p≥ecision cut to length/d≥illed. The company’s st≥ategic focus is to inc≥ease custome≥ p≥oductivity th≥ough its p≥oducts by consistently adding value to the custome≥’s business.
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