|Phoenix Steel - Richards Bay
Richards Bay (now Phoenix Steel - Richards Bay) was born out of Phoenix
Steel Empangeni, a satellite branch started by Phoenix Steel Natal. In essence,
the company is a hybrid between a steel merchant and a steel service centre.
On the merchanting side, Argent Richards Bay specialises in the supply of
plate, hot rolled sheets, galvanised sheets, light and heavy sections, tubing,
cold formed sections and roof sheeting.
The company is also thinking of venturing into the supply of standard stainless
steel and aluminium sheet and plate market. In addition, Argent Richards
Bay also distributes Centurion gate motors, Jetmaster braais and fireplaces
and Mentis handrailing and grating. In 2002 a reinforcing cutting and bending
line was commissioned. This can handle up to 32 mm diameter high tensile
The service centre includes profile cutting (up to 200mm), plate bending,
plate rolling, punching, guillotining, plasma cutting and light fabrication
facilities. The company is currently modernising and increasing the capacity
of its service centre especially in the plasma cutting and plate rolling
areas. Current customers include Umhlatuze Municipality, Mondi, Tongaat-Hulett,
Protekon, Illovo Sugar, R.B.C.T., S.A. Port Operations and Ticor as well
as many other structural steel fabricators who have contracts with the major
corporations in the area. Argent Richards Bay services areas as far afield
as Pongola, Glencoe, Newcastle, Vryheid, Ulundi and Isithebe.
Phoenix Steel - Gauteng
Steel Gauteng is the main steel stockholding centre for the Argent Group
and is also a supplier to other customers in the Gauteng,North West,Namibia
and Botswana. A wide range of steel products is kept here and converted
from basic steel into sheets blanks and tubes. The company runs a fleet
of 11 heavy vehicles and has a staff of approximately 120 people. The steel
is loaded day and night by 10 overhead cranes ranging in capacities from
5 ton to 32 ton. The product range of standard products consists of:
Angles from 25x25 to 100x100
Channels from 76x38 to 300x100
IPE 100x55 to 160x82
Flats 20x3 up to 130x10
Rounds and squares
Universal Beams and Universal columns
We offer a cutting service on these above with two large band saws capable
of cutting the largest U Beam.
Commercial Quality Plates from 2500x1200x4.5 to 3600x2000x250 thick
Certified Plates to SABS1431 GR300WA, Wear Plates.Boiler Plates,BS4360 Gr
50B/ En10025 Plates and Roqlast and Roqtuf plates in the range from 6mm
up to 25mm.We also supply Vastrap plates cut from coils.
Hot Rolled sheets are kept in standard sizes on the floor but we can cut
non-standard sizes on our cut to length lines and guillotines. Thicknesses
from 1.60 to 4.00 and commercial quality,Pickled and oiled and Supraform
qualities are kept in stock in coil form.
Cold Rolled and Galvanised sheets are kept in standard sizes from 0.50 to
2.00 thick and we can provide a cutting service on our lines and guillotines.
Our equipment consists of:
A light cut to length 0.50 to 1.60
Medium cut to length 1.60 to 6.00
2 slitters capable of cutting up to 3mm coils
Guillotines and a bending brake
The material is slit and manufactured into tubes on our premises
Our range is:
Rounds: 19.7ODx1.6 to 101.6OD x2.5
Squares: 19x19 x1.6 to 76x76x2.5
Rectangles: 25x19x1.6 to 100x50x2.5
We have two tube mills in operation and will be adding finishing equipment
to these in the 2005 financial year.