Launch of the Macsteel activity to support the construction industry

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Steel products distributor Macsteel has created Macsteel Foundation Solutions, which provides construction industry customers with innovative steel and lateral support construction services and products.

The new business is part of the company’s strategy to reinvent and redesign its business model to drive business growth and create value for customers in the construction industry and in untapped markets in Africa.

“The foundation solutions we offer are steel-based construction and innovative lateral support services and products. With the incorporation of Foundation Solutions, Macsteel can now offer a basket of steel products and a full range of turnkey solutions to our customers,” said Macsteel Foundation Solutions Business Development Specialist. Alex Fernandes said.

“An important part of our strategy is focused on partnering with our customers in the early stages of a project so that we are able to provide strategic support from design to installation in delivering cost effective steel solutions to our clients for temporary and permanent structures.

“We understand the importance of staying nimble and relevant and pursuing reinvention means finding new ways to grow our business and enabling our customers to grow at the same time,” he said.

Given South Africa’s struggling economy, Macsteel has focused on learning to do more with less by investing in expertise, equipment and stock to deliver more products and more services to new and existing customers in the construction industry, through its existing sales channels.

Macsteel Foundation Solutions differentiates itself from conventional construction services in Southern Africa and the rest of Africa, by providing sheet pile application. Sheet piling has been used in construction for over 100 years for traditional water conservation, civil engineering, transportation networks, environmental remediation and control of sudden onset disasters.

“The use of sheet piles is proving to be a modern and innovative solution to solve the problems of costly construction and lateral support, especially in Africa. With the threat of extreme weather events, the use of sheet piles will become more widespread in future, used to protect vulnerable communities and infrastructure in Africa,” adds Fernandes.

The sheet piling solution is a set of continuously interlocking vertical sheet piles that form a flexible vertical wall called a retaining wall, which is constructed to retain earth, water or any other fill material, to protect the work area from the collapse, he explains.

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