BSi Steel Ltd.
Company History

The History Of Our Company From 1985
To Where We Are Today

The history of BSi Steel Ltd from 1985 to the present day

BSi Steel Ltd. - Company History
Our company history from 1985 to present day

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  • May – Discount Steel cc was founded by William Battershill.
  • The company supplied steel through two divisions into Kwazulu-Natal (KZN Stockist) and the rest of South Africa (Bulk Sales).
  • The group started its property division by purchasing its Pietermaritzburg premises through Red Chip Investments (Pty) Ltd.
  • April – Garrison Steel in Gauteng was opened by Ross Teichmann.
  • The business was set up to offer a "just-in-time" service to the region and now trades as BSi Steel Gauteng.
  • Garrison Steel was initially incorporated as a cc in November – The processing division of the group was started under the name Shearcut Precision Steel cc.
  • June – L A Braziers (Pty) Limited was acquired.
  • Growth into Africa was started with the birth of Discount Steel Africa with Grant Mackenzie and Paul Arnott as Executive Directors.
  • September – Discount Steel cc (converted to a (Pty) Ltd) changed its name to BSI (SA) (Pty) Limited.
  • Shearcut Precision Steel was converted to a (Pty) Limited. Garrison Steel cc also converted to a (Pty) Limited.
  • The Gauteng region property was purchased into Doddleprops 6 (Pty) Ltd, expanding the property division of the group.
  • January – The assets of L A Braziers (Pty) Ltd were sold along with the name, leaving the operation now trading as Newcolab (Pty) Ltd.
  • August – The operations of BSI (SA) (Pty) Ltd were split into two, based on geography and method of business.
  • This created the companies of Discount Steel KZN (Pty) Ltd and Discount Steel Trading (Pty) Ltd.
  • Through the procurement of the latest technology cut to length processing line, the processing division expanded and now includes Shearcut (Pty) Ltd.
  • The group's continued expansion into Africa culminated in the purchase of the Zambia and Congo businesses.
  • The group began a restructure process toconvert all subsidiaries within the group to wholly owned subsidiaries.
  • Minority shareholders within the subsidiary groups were converted into shareholders of the holding company BSI (SA) (Pty) Ltd. Through the restructure BSI became the holding company of Garrison Steel, Discount Steel Trading, Discount Steel KZN, Discount Steel Africa, Discount Steel Zambia, Doddleprops 6, Red Chip Investments and Newcolab.
  • October – BSI (SA) Limited was listed on the AltX of the JSE.
  • May – Grant Mackenzie was appointed as theChief Operating Officer of BSI.
  • April – Grant Mackenzie was appointed Joint CEO of BSI.
  • Ross Teichmann was appointed as the Executive Director of the SA based BSI Steel Stockists.
  • Craig Parry was appointed as the Executive Director of BSI Bulk Sales.
  • December '08 to February – Shearcut relocate from Alrode to Kliprivier.
  • Reconditioned slitting line is successfully commissioned.
  • April – William Battershill steps down as Joint CEO, remains as Group Chairman.
  • Grant Mackenzie takes over as Group CEO.
  • Final occupation is taken at the group's new processing, warehousing and distribution facility in Kliprivier.
  • February – Dave Gale opens a new branch in Maputo, Mozambique.
  • Roofing division was established.
  • New Schnutz cut to length line is commissioned.
  • August – new branch opens in Tete, Mozambique.
  • March – New "BSi Express" branch opened in Wychwood, Germiston.
  • New slitting line purchased
  • Group Restructure - Wlliam Battershill appointed as CEO.
  • BSi Steel - Celebrates 30 year milestone.
  • Craig Parry appointed as CEO
  • William Battershill appointed as CEO