Clotan Steel started off on a very small scale in 1983 by selling blanked galvanized sheets that were decoiled manually from mother coils and cut to specified lengths with a primitive guillotine.
The client base consisted exclusively of informal businesses that manufactured handmade galvanized items such as buckets etc. This low overhead business was conducted in order to maintain some sort of cash flow while, simultaneously, an IBR profile roof sheeting roll former was being manufactured from scratch on the premises. The IBR roll former went into operation after 21 months. With limited finances, hard work and endurance by the owners and staff of four, a new business was born.
One thing led to another and more roof sheeting roll formers were built so that by 1990 a total of two corrugated plants, the original IBR plant and an additional wide span plant were all in operation. Additional value was added to the profiled products when curving, bull nosing and cranking of sheets to customer specification were introduced. A trading section for steel and roofing accessories also came into operation soon afterwards.
Continuous growth brought further capital investments in the form of a second IBR line, a state-of-the-art slitting and open section roll forming line that were housed in a factory specially constructed for that purpose.
The turn of the millennium has coincided with a period of unprecedented growth for Clotan Steel. State-of-the-art roll forming lines, flashing benders, Craft-Lock® concealed fixing systems, a Cut-to-length line and mobile gutter units have all successfully been added to our arsenal of products.
A successful farming division in the Southern parts of the Free State province emphasizes the company’s entrepreneurial spirit, and furthermore proves that no horizon is unreachable.