JSE-listed Afrox’s special consumables factory, on Gauteng’s East Rand, has been in operation since 1967, manufacturing stainless-steel electrodes, low-alloy electrodes, cast-iron electrodes, mild-steel electrodes, nickel-based electrodes, hard-facing electrodes and problem-steel electrodes.
The 2 779 m2 factory, in Spartan, near Kempton Park, has a production capacity of 120 t a month. Equipped with two welding electrode production lines, the factory uses input materials sourced both locally and beyond South Africa’s borders. The input materials are mixed according to the formulation and type of electrodes to be produced before undergoing an extrusion process with the ideal wire or rod. Thereafter, the products are dried in holding ovens at set temperatures and then tested as part of the quality control process before being packed.
The factory employs 42 people.