Stainless-steel manufacturer acquires tube and pipe specialist

24th January 2003 By: vanessa vasques

East Rand stainless-steel specialist manufacturer Metquip has acquired stainless-steel tube and pipe specialist Jaguar Stainless Steel Tube and Pipe.

The company was bought in October last year and moved from its factory in Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, to Metquip’s premises on the East Rand, Gauteng, in December.

Jaguar manufactures three products – round, square and rectangular tubes – out of a range of stainless steel with three finishes, namely direct-off-mill, polished and perforated.

The round tubes are manufactured in a range of thicknesses from 1,2 mm to 3 mm and in diameters from 25,4 mm to 154 mm.

The squares can be manufactured in sizes from 20 mm by 20 mm, up to 100 mm by 100 mm, and the rectangular tubes range from sizes of 40 mm by 20 mm, up to as large as 100 mm by 50 mm.

Metquip group MD Roy Morreira says although the company is only a small producer in the stainless-steel tube and pipe market, it fits in well with the group’s overall strategy in that it is a manufactured stainless-steel product like all the other products in Metquip’s range.

The other companies in the Metquip group are Styria Stainless Steel Fabrication, Styria Grating and Flooring (which is one of only two manufacturers in South Africa of stainless-steel flooring), Tank House Technology (which manufactures stainless steel, aluminium and titanium cathodes) and Gerhard Unger (which manufactures stainless-steel plants for use in the food and beverage and hygiene industries).

Jaguar was established 19 years ago by John Lang, who has been retained as the company’s operations director. The company was recently accredited with the ISO 9001:2000 quality management system and Morreira says it will continue the legacy of the company regardless of having moved provinces.

The company believes it is differentiated from others in the stainless-steel pipe and tube manufacturing industry by the fact that it is small and thus able to make short runs, have quick die-changes, quick delivery and generally be more flexible than some of the high-volume mass-production plants.

The tubes and pipes manufactured by Jaguar have applications in a number of industries.

The square tubes, for example, are used in the catering and baking industry as structural members for the fabrication of racks, trolleys and trays.

The smaller round tubes and pipes are used in the architectural and ornamental sector, mainly for balustrading and handrailing, while the larger sizes are used in the pulp and paper industry and process plants.

The company’s perforated round tubes are used for the manufacturing of exhausts.

Metquip is transferring the tube-rolling mills and other equipment from the previous site in Durban to its premises on the East Rand, in order to consolidate all the manufacturing of the Metquip group onto one site.

Extensions have been made to an already-established workshop in order to house the new stainless-steel tube and pipe manufacturing facility.