Today, the company employs 300 people in a modern factory of 20 000 m2, and turns over R150-million a year.
Engineering News visited the company’s industrial LPG cylinder-manufacturing plant in Roodepoort, where it produces 9 kg, 14 kg, 19 kg and 48 kg cylinders for Southern African oil companies, specialised cylinders for Chubb Fire, in the UK, and small acetylene cylinders.
As a result of a R15-million expansion programme, which is still under way, the operation has increased production to 800 industrial cylinders a day in a single shift, and plans to increase this number to 1 000.
Among the latest manufacturing equipment to be installed are a barrel-rolling machine and barrel-welding machine, industrial gas-fired furnace, zinc spray booth, baked-enamel-paint plant, hydraulic pressure testing units and a shroud-welding machine, all fully automated.
A longitudinal welder is yet to be installed.
The operation is ISO 9001-approved, with all cylinders and appliances approved by the South African Bureau of Standards.