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News Article taken from the www.engineeringnews.co.za
January 2008

Structural steel fabricator Midvaal Structures, of Randvaal, is expanding capacity at its facility to 40 000 m2 and building a new workshop, which will feature a gantry measuring 1 500 m2 and lifting capacity of 5 t, CEO Mario Stoltz reports.

The company supplies and erects steel structures for end-user clients, and also sells turnkey solutions wholesale to property developers.

It specialises in the design of structures, using digital rendering tools on both architectural- and engineering-driven projects. But the company is also equipped to oversee the full erection and sheeting of the structure.

Stoltz says that the company works with a variety of roofing solutions, from small portal frame-type structures, through to 60-metre-span lattice girder designs.

The company mainly serves the commercial and industrial markets, with smaller contracts in the domestic market and exports its solutions to various African countries, such as Angola, Mozambique, Malawi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Swaziland.

“We cater for every market from churches to shopping centres, factories, warehouses and motor showrooms,” Stoltz says.

Established in 1998 to focus on the supply of commercial steel structures, the company was acquired by Stoltz in June 2003 and the company was refocused to supply small-scale projects. It began with light I-beam structures for local community projects and has evolved to the point where it has the capacity to produce about 30 000 m2 of steel structures a month.

One of the company’s contracts included the new board plant for Lafarge Gypsum.

The principle contractor for the project was Van Achterbergh Projects & Properties, which appointed Midvaal Structures to supply the steel structures for the project.

Midvaal Structures was involved from the concept design phase up to completion and handover of the R31-million project. The plant measures 23 000 m2 and about 1 000 t of structural steel was used in its various design combinations. The pro-cess plant is 25 m high on the eaves, with a gantry crane fitted at 23 m from ground level. Stoltz says that working at that height with roofing material was a feat in itself, considering the windy conditions.

The project started in March 2006 and was completed 16 months later. The project was also completed without any loss-time injuries on site.

The company is currently busy with the expansion of China City, near the Crown interchange, south of Johannesburg. The main contractor for the project is Masoncraft, and Stoltz says that the project will cost R17-million. Midvaal Structures is supplying about 1 008 t of structural elements for the project, which measures about 21 000 m2 with a 21 000-m2 mezzanine floor.

The company has also acquired 15 000 m2 of land in Stormill, on the West Rand, where it plans to develop 12 000 m2 of full-title minifactories. The estimated project cost is R57-million, with the completion date set at April 2008, Stoltz says.

The company also recently acquired Midvaal Steel, a mini- merchant in the steel supply market.

Stoltz says that it is the com- pany’s long-term aim to become one of the top five steel construction com- panies in South Africa through a combination of organic and acquisi- tive growth, with its main focus remaining on property development.

Article taken from the www.engineeringnews.co.za
Structural steel junior has major ambitions
16 January 2008
By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout
Published: 13 Jul 07 - 0:00

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