Steel Services and Allied Industries

In 1985 an employee left the security of working for a company and decided, “I am going to do my own thing”. As a qualified boilermaker, he ventured into the field of ventilation services and Rand Ducting was subsequently established. The company was very successful and after a couple of years was sold off to Murray & Roberts. But this entrepreneur did not stop there as within a short period of time he again started his own company named Steel Services. Who is this entrepreneur? No other than Ron Bartlett the CEO of Steel Services and Allied Industries.
From the early days when Ron started this new company, they have developed into one of the real stalwarts in the mining and construction industry. Also referred to as SS & AI they offer a wide range of services, products and facilities by diverse companies in the group. They are united by key strengths and common values. The main operation is in Carletonville with further sites in the Northwest, Mpumalanga and Limpopo provinces.

The group consists of Steel Services, Steel Trading, Crane Corporation, Ventilation Support Systems, John Richards Engineering and Avron Properties. Their two workshops are situated on almost
50 000m² of land in Carletonville and Rustenburg which include 11 000m² of covered area where they can fabricate complex jobs. They boast modern equipment as well as use the most advanced computer software to facilitate and deliver high-quality projects on time.

Steel Services and Allied Industries (SS & AI) is renowned for their steel solutions and bring many an architect’s and engineer’s vision to life. They work hand in hand with their customers as well as their group of companies and are able to deliver exactly what their customers require. They offer creative and technical expertise with detailed engineering to deliver appealing and practical solutions and have an unsurpassed reputation for quality, excellent service and reliability.


Steel Trading was founded by Lawrence (Group MD) in 2008. This company specialises in medium and light engineering and has developed an excellent reputation in the manufacturing, construction and mining industries. They provide a great variety of services and products which include detailing, fabrication, welding, cleaning, procurement, sandblasting, painting, galvanizing, pre-assembly, delivery and erection of various steel products and structures.

Steel Trading’s services and products include:

  • Headgears
  • Plant steel and plate work
  • Shaft steel – buntons, guides, cages, penthouse, etc.
  • Suspended shaft and tower steel
  • Winder house and compressor house buildings
  • Silo steel and silo conveyors surface
  • Underground transfer conveyors
  • Ore passes and tips
  • Dip conveyors
  • Strike conveyors
  • Conveyor belt systems complete with mechanicals
  • Workshops / buildings
  • Underground tip steelwork
  • Ore pass support steel and ore pass
  • Control chutes
  • General steel fabrication, construction
  • Floor grating
  • Expanded metals
  • Flatex products
  • Hand railing systems and stair treads

Commissioning of steelwork includes:

  • Building of underground distribution sub-stations
  • Machining of bushes, wheels and shafts
  • Repairing of lifting equipment
  • Civil construction for all associated steelwork installed
  • Installation of main vent fans

A little more about their other subsidiaries:

Ventilation Support Systems is committed to the design, development and production of high-performance ventilation products. They are able to create ventilation bends in a fraction of the time it would normally take. Their products are manufactured to the highest standards, ensuring maximum efficiency of airflow and ease of installation. While custom sizes are manufactured according to customer requirements, they can manufacture diameters ranging from 280mm up to and including 1 220mm, with pipe lengths ranging from 1 to 6 metres. Their systems ensure ease of installation and recovery and are designed to be leak free. Other products manufactured by them range from general fabrication to material handling solutions.

Crane Corporation was established in 2008 by Lawrence Bartlett and specialises in mobile crane hire, specialised transport and rigging and associated services such as CAD–rigging studies. They have an extensive fleet of well-maintained equipment and whether you need one or several cranes, conducting a 5 or 1 000 tonne lift, simple or complicated, Crane Corporation can provide the perfect solution.

The SS & AI Group is committed to Employment Equity and to DTI’s Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment with a 26% black ownership. They believe in genuine economic transformation and the future success of South Africa and its people. The company invests in the skills development of their staff. All staff are trained, qualified and certified in their various disciplines. On-going staff training is essential and they encourage their people to be flexible and dynamic and grow their potential.

The visionary board of directors headed up by Ron Bartlett (Group CEO) and Lawrence Bartlett (Group Managing Director) understand the value and significance of adapting which encourage the development of innovative solutions that are focused on fulfilling the needs of their customers. The company’s board inspires all their staff and says “Let’s not adapt to survive, let’s adapt to THRIVE!”