Safal Steel is the single largest investment for the Safal Group exceeding R1.5 billion. We are the only producer of Aluminium-Zinc coated products in South Africa – a process that is both capital intensive and dependent on complex modern technology. We also locally manufacture international-quality pre-painted coils, substituting imports and positively impacting the trade deficit.
Our products are ideally suited for Southern African climates and adhere to stringent quality parameters. A proudly South African company, our factory in KwaZulu-Natal supplies coated steel coils to local and global markets, bringing new skills and employment to the area. Furthermore, our corporate social responsibility initiatives focus on local community development.
Our FacilitiesOur state-of-the-art coating facility incorporates a cold rolling mill, an Aluminium-Zinc coating line and a colour coating line. A number of support lines and services have also been installed, including an Acid Regeneration Plant, Rewind and Trim Line, a Nitrogen Generation Plant, a Hydrogen Generation Plant, a Regenerative Thermal Oxidiser, an Effluent Treatment Plant and a Sewerage Treatment Plant. These specialist lines and services ensure that Safal Steel meets its environmental charter in terms of emissions and effluent management.
Our ProcessSafal Steel purchases Hot Roll Coils (HRC) which are then cold rolled on its Cold Rolling Mill (CRM) line to a variety of gauges ranging from 0.25mm to 0.8mm. Thereafter the coils are once again cleaned and then coated with an alloy of Aluminium Zinc in the metal coating process (55% Aluminium, 43.5% Zinc 1.5% Silicon). This is sold to our customer base as Zincal®. A further process involves the painting of the coils, in various paint systems suited for the applicable environment. This is then sold to market as Colorplus® or OPTIMA®.
Safal Steel produces coated steel to world-class standards. All our products undergo regular and extensive quality assurance tests during manufacture.
- Trained quality inspectors are present through production phases
- Hardness, tensile and yield tests are performed regularly
- Coating performance is tested, including paint thickness
- Salt spray testing and UV exposure (artificial weather testing)