The winners of the 2018 South African Stainless Steel Development Association Columbus Stainless Awards were recently announced at a glittering banquet in Fourways, Johannesburg with 189 entries from 53 companies resulting in a stellar list of more than 60 finalists.
One Eighty took home the Services Award at the event.
Speaking at the event, SASSDA Executive Director John Tarboton said; “This year, perhaps more than ever, awards of this nature are essential as they celebrate the innovation, strength and durability of the South African stainless steel industry, despite the buffeting winds of change that have beset our country in the two years since the last awards event was held.”
This year, it took ten judges an entire day of going over the entries, taking time to analyse each one, and they were very pleased with the locally originated nature of the submission
One Eighty is proud to announce that we took first place in the Services Category for providing latest technology engineering services and solutions to the stainless steel industry and also were the runner up in the Most Transformed Business category for being a 51% black-owned Level 2 B-BBBE company where black people actively play a part in management control in key positions throughout the company and having a special emphasis on developing skills and staff.
One Eighty Materials Testing has made an invaluable contribution to the stainless steel industry over the past 15 years.
By offering a fully integrated engineering solution to local and international markets, One Eighty Materials Testing works across the oil, gas, marine, fabrication, manufacturing, automotive, aerospace, defence, food and beverage and power generation industries.
It also works in verticals that include failure investigation, technology development, capital projects, non-metallic materials, value added services, welding engineering, auditory function and consulting engineering.
With a team of highly creative, vibrant and well-trained metallurgical, materials and mechanical graduate consulting engineers, One Eighty Materials Testing specialises in solving highly technical problems with reliable skills and abilities to provide efficient and cost-effective engineering solutions.
More than just an organisation however, One Eighty Materials Testing contributes to creating stainless steel awareness through industry presentations to assist the industry to be more knowledgeable and offers a learning culture to support the development of students and young engineers in a tangible way.
In this way it delivers young people to the industry who are well versed, trained and mentored; thereby adding value to the South African economy.
Established in 2002, One Eighty Materials Testing today services a client base of more than 200, both nationally and internationally, and strives to be a technology and integrity partner to their customers, offering solutions, not only answers. This is done in an environment that is supported with an ISO 17025 accredited laboratory, where high-level technology is used to solve real-life problems, with value-added professional solutions in the field of materials science and engineering.
The company has assisted the wine industry with many stainless steel and corrosion issues, the catering industry with mechanical issues relevant to stainless steel, as well as convincing petroleum producers to make use of duplex grades in order to provide cost effective solutions. All these efforts have helped these industries to become more efficient and competitive.
The judges comments on One Eighty being a runner up in the Most Transformed Business category:
For being a 51% black-owned Level 2 B-BBBE company where black people actively play a part in management control in key positions throughout the company. There is a special emphasis on developing skills and staff
Regarded as a 125% B-BBEE contributor, One Eighty Materials Testing has an excellent standing in transformation where black employees actively play a part in management control in key positions with a special emphasis on both skills and personal development.
Preferential procurement policies are in place to support empowering suppliers and One Eighty Materials Testing delivers young people to the industry who are well versed, trained and mentored, adding value to the economy.