By Dickens Tukamushaba,
Uganda’s Steel Manufacturing giant, Steel & Tube Industries has been honored with BEST QUALITY STEEL MANUFACTURER AWARD IN UGANDA at the Ministry of Trade Industry and Cooperatives BUBU Corporate Awards.
The BUBU Expo is an annual three (3) day event under the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives (MTIC). The Best Quality Award was handed over to Steel & Tube during at the just concluded three (3) day EXPO that run from Friday 6th – Sunday 8th May 2022 at Kololo Airstrip.
In the Steel Quality Awards Segment, Steel & Tube industries came out No.1 on top ahead of steel titans Roofing’s Group, Yogi Steels Ltd, Pramukh Steel Ltd, Tian Tang Group Company (U) Ltd, Uganda Baati, Mesha Steel Limited, East African Steel Corporation Ltd and MM Integrated Steel Mills (U) Ltd and Tembo Steels (U) Ltd.
The BUBU Awards Committee was chaired by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives MTIC, supported by: Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS), Uganda Investment Authority (UIA), Uganda Revenue Authority (URA), Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB), Uganda Manufacturers’ Association(UMA), Private Sector Foundation(PSFU), Public Procurement & Disposal of Public Assets Authority(PPDA) and Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning.
When this reporter contacted the Marketing Manager Steel & Tube Industries, Mr. Oscar Kamukama at Kololo Airstrip on Sunday night 8th May 2022 at the Awards Dinner, Mr. Kamukama said
“This recognition is special for Steel & Tube and we are proud to be winning on Quality and Service this consistently. As a Great Lakes Region top steel maker, we have managed to navigate some very challenging times of Covid19 while we continue to show and mantain leadership in Quality Steel products in the Ugandan Market like never before. This award is an outcome of the hard work put in by Steel & Tube Executive Management and Staff. We thank Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives for honoring us with this award, which motivates us to keep pushing the benchmarks of quality and excellence in Steel products even further” – Oscar Kamukama.
Steel & Tube is the leading Steel Manufacturing Company not only in Uganda but also in the East African region. They are the most reliable manufacturer and supplier of steel profiles in with in the Great Lakes region.
Steel & Tube are the pioneers of Steel TMX Bar technology in Uganda having started production back in 2016. They were the 1st to introduce the 1st ever high grade TMX Re-bar using German Technology on the Ugandan market. They are the pioneer manufacturers of the STIL TMX B500 Rebars in Uganda which are stronger and reliable compared to TMT.
In 2002, Steel & Tube introduced the 1st ever Stainless Steel Tanks and Mat Tile roof sheets to the Ugandan market.
In 2011, Steel & Tube were the ones who launched the 1st ever S-Wire Nails, Chequered Plates and Ribbed BRC in the Ugandan market.
In 2014, Steel & Tube added new production lines of Expanded Metal, Barbed Wire, Smart Link, Smart Tile Sheets and box type Chequered Plates.
In 2015, they introduced the 1st Stainless Steel food grade Grain Silos on the Ugandan Market.
In 2017, Steel & Tube undertook expansion of existing production lines and today the total installed capacity is 360,000 MT annually.
In 2018, the Official commissioning of the Namanve factory was done by His Excellency, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of Uganda.
In 2021, Steel & Tube introduced the 1st ever D – Pipe Sections manufactured in the Ugandan market. Added a new product, Smart Razor Wire, to their product portfolio.
Steel & Tube started in 1985 under Hardware Deals (U) Ltd that started trading steel and hardware products.
Buy Uganda, Build Uganda (BUBU) is a government policy that was approved by Cabinet in 2014 and launched in 2017 to promote the consumption and procurement of goods and services produced locally. This will encourage foreign and local investors to produce locally; improve capacity of local producers to supply government, enhance the quality and competitiveness on the local and international market, create jobs and drive the country to achieve middle Income status.
The 1st Buy Uganda Build Uganda BUBU Expo held 7-9th March 2019 at Kololo Airstrip attracted 350 exhibitors, 45 sponsors in various categories and hosted 500 delegates to the BUBU Expo Awards Gala Dinner.he BUBU Expo is now one of the biggest events on the Ugandan calendar where Made in Uganda goods and services are displayed, viewed, and purchased by thousands of Ugandans who flock to Kololo Independence Grounds and millions view the activities over the various media platforms that cover the event.
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