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Welding & Cutting News

Steel specialist moves to 22 000 m2 premises 

By: Natalie Greve     6th April 2012 Steel plate processing and fabrication specialists VR Laser Services has recently moved to a new 22 000 m2 manufacturing facility, in Boksburg, east of Johannesburg, effectively doubling its factory size and enabling it to meet increased international demand. 

Consumables, capital equipment supplier plans to grow market share

By: Reggie Sikhakhane     2nd March 2012 Cutting consumables and capital equipment supplier First Cut plans to continue increasing its market share and add new products to its existing range, says sales director Gary Willis.  

Manufacturers looking to control supply chain to curtail price rises

By: Schalk Burger     10th February 2012 Concrete-products equipment company PMSA is building a factory for steel component manufacturer TWR Steel Services, who will give preferential supply to PMSA’s equipment manufacturing division, in an effort to control its supply of critical parts, says PMSA sales and marketing manager Quintin... 

Afrox appoints new MD

9th December 2011 Industrial gases, welding and safety products group Afrox has appointed Brett Kimber as MD. Kimber, who is currently the CEO of Linde Korea, would take over as CEO from January 1.  

Swedish range of cutting machines offers more benefits

14th October 2011 Supplier of cutting consumables and capital equipment First Cut has started distributing a new range of cutting machines and consumables from Swiss-based supplier of solutions for the processing of sheet metal and other sheet materials Bystronic. 

Companies need accreditation to be globally competitive – institute

By: Sinette Goosen     9th September 2011 It would be beneficial to South African welding fabrication companies that want to be globally competitive to have ISO 3834 accreditation says the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW). 

NMPP structural steel work contract to be completed mid-December

By: Sinette Goosen     9th September 2011 Kinross-based structural steel construction and specialised welding company Kinross Industrial Supplies Manufacturing Engineering (Kisme) reports that construction work on a structural steel project for State-owned freight logistics group Transnet’s new multiproduct pipeline (NMPP) will be... 

Sophisticated equipment cannot compensate for lack of skills – supplier

9th September 2011 Local supplier of welding consumables and equipment Esab says it has, from a supplier’s viewpoint, observed a tendency in the industry to try to compensate for a lack of skilled welders by acquiring sophisticated welding equipment. 

Manufacturer assists in narrowing welding skills gap

9th September 2011 Industrial gases and products manufacturer and distributor Afrox is contributing towards alleviating the shortage of skilled welders in South Africa by donating equipment and consumables, as well as by providing training for its own staff and customers’ staff. 

Institute invests in materials testing laboratory

9th September 2011 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) reports that it has made a significant investment to enhance the offering of its technology centre, by introducing a state-of-the-art material testing laboratory. 

Welding institute invests in strategic technology expansion plan 

By: Sinette Goosen     9th September 2011 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) reports that it has established a two- to three-year strategic plan to improve on and expand the institute’s welding technology and training courses. 

Engineering company establishes repositioning strategy

9th September 2011 Local diversified engineering company DCD-Dorbyl Heavy Engineering Vereeniging reports that it is exploring new welding methods as part of a three-year repositioning strategy, initiated to ensure the company will be fully prepared to participate in the future manufacture of components for nuclear... 

Seifsa ‘cautiously optimistic’ about wage negotiations

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     11th July 2011 The Steel Engineering Industries Federation of South Africa (Seifsa) remained “cautiously optimistic” that an agreement could be reached to end the nationwide metals and engineering worker’s strike, Seifsa executive director David Carson said on Monday. Seifsa and the National Union of... 

New institute aims to train 500 artisans a year

By: Eleanor Seggie     8th July 2011 A new engineering artisan training facility, which aims to deliver 500 artisans into the South African economy every year, has been launched by private higher education institution Production Management Institute (PMI), in Johannesburg.  

Acquisition strengthens group’s solid waste recycling services

24th June 2011 Engineering and technology corporation Metso has signed a contract with recycling technology company Swiss Holzmag to acquire the latter’s technology rights, for an undisclosed amount. 

SA lacks sufficient international welding engineers

By: Schalk Burger     10th June 2011 South Africa must produce more welders who are able to meet international welding standard requirements if the local industry is to attract the business of international project houses, says industrial gas manufacturer and supply company Air Products South Africa marketing research and strategy... 

Industry body urges govt to assist in increasing training programme scope

By: Schalk Burger     10th June 2011 South Africa needs funding for a national training programme for welders, rather than the current model of selective funding for a few initiatives, says industry body Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) executive director Jim Guild. 

Automation can contribute to job creation

By: Schalk Burger     10th June 2011 The creation of high-quality manufacturing industries, aimed at export markets and able to compete with other emerging market economies, will create jobs for South Africans but can only be achieved through automation, says robotics specialist company Motoman Robotics Systems MD Terry Rosenberg. 

Company supports youth employment

By: Schalk Burger     10th June 2011 Steel service centre and cutting specialist General Profiling will endeavour to employ more young people, if government provides incentives other than those aimed at promoting apprenticeships, says MD Gavin Poplak. 

Skills, productivity and quality key drivers in welding industry

By: Schalk Burger     10th June 2011 Improving the productivity of the welding and manufacturing industry and the quality of products it produces, as well as mitigating the negative impact of a lack of skills, are focus areas for the industry, says welding and manufacturing products and services supplier African Oxygen (Afrox)... 

Steel cutting circular saws improve productivity

10th June 2011 Steel merchant Special Steels has added two Everising circular saw machines to its production line, an investment that has positively impacted on the company’s customer service offering and its productivity, says GM Theuns van der Merwe. 

Virtual training machine to accelerate welding training

By: Schalk Burger     10th June 2011 A virtual welding training machine, made by global welding specialist Lincoln Electric, is being proffered to the South African market and will help to accelerate the training of welders by simulating different welding machines and welds on a variety of materials, says Lincoln Electric South... 

Heat treatment training hots up

10th June 2011 The inaugural class of students has completed industry body the Southern African Institute of Welding’s (SAIW’s) heat-treatment course, with the subsequent courses fully booked, says executive director Jim Guild. 

New inverter welders added to rental equipment range

10th June 2011 Equipment rental company Lambson’s Hire has introduced a new range of inverter welders to its equipment range. The units have been launched at seven of its branches where the greatest demand has been registered, namely Germiston, Springs, Witbank, Middelburg, Vereeniging, Vanderbijlpark and... 

SA offices facilitate access to African market

10th June 2011 Sweden-based international welding equipment and consumables producer Elektriska Svetsnings-Aktiebolaget (Esab) has, since opening offices in South Africa last year, rapidly increased its footprint in countries such as Angola, Nigeria, Gabon, Kenya, Zambia and Tanzania, says Esab Africa welding &... 

Software reduces cutting times

10th June 2011 Computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software developer for computer-aided design systems SolidCAM has launched a CAM programme that reduces cutting times by optimising tool engagement and cutting feed through the entire tool path, the company reports. 

South Africa’s largest laser-cutting system successfully installed

22nd April 2011 Leading distributors of international capital equipment First Cut has completed the successful installation of a new Maximo – the largest laser-cutting system of its kind in the country. 

Austrian welding academy awarded local accreditation

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     28th January 2011 The Austrian Welding Academy Trust (AWA) has been awarded Authorised Training Board (ATB) status by the South African Institute of Welding (SAIW) and International Institute of Welding Programme (IIW). 

Young Cape welder to represent South Africa 
at London event 

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     22nd October 2010 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) has named Chris van Zijl, from the Western Cape, as the country’s ‘2010 Young Welder of the Year’.

Van Zijl, who won the carbon steel category, will represent South Africa in London next year at the World Skills competition. 

New, used machine 
tool markets evened out, says supplier

By: Eleanor Seggie     15th October 2010 Equipment supplier TH Machine Tools sales consultant Nico Hugo says that, currently, both the new and used machine tool markets are stable. 

Cutting tools for wind 
energy industry

15th October 2010 The wind energy industry offers significant growth for manufacturing firms that aim to diversify into this exciting sector, reports cutting tool and tooling systems specialist Sandvik Coromant.  

Three new robotic welding processes unveiled at mining show

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     15th October 2010 Power and automation solutions company ABB and its partner welding consumables manufacturer Fronius have exhibited three new welding applications and robots at the 2010 Electra Mining expo. 

Demonstration centre to play key role in 
skills transfer

10th September 2010 Local supplier of welding consumables and equipment ESAB has included a demonstration centre at its new offices and warehousing facility, in the Longmeadow Business Estate, east of Johannesburg. 

Work on track at Medupi – JV partner

By: Eleanor Seggie     10th September 2010 Structural steel work producer A Leita Steel Construction reports that its involvement in State-owned power utility Eskom’s Medupi power station project is on track. 

Competitive pricing in the face of Chinese competition

By: Eleanor Seggie     10th September 2010 Welding equipment and consumables supplier Gillingham Welding Systems member Glen Gillingham says that business growth is being hampered by the amount of cheap, dubious-quality equipment available on the market – a challenge for many South African businesses. 

New standard to enhance certification scheme

10th September 2010 The Southern African Institute of Welding’s (SAIW’s) certification division SAIW Certification’s (SCERT’s) welding fabricators certification scheme, which accredits welding fabricators to the South African National Standards (SANS) 3834 standard, will be boosted by the SANS 347:2010, which is... 

Spotlight on the 
newly elected SAIW president

10th September 2010 University of Pretoria (UP) head for the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering Professor Madeleine du Toit has been elected president of the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW).  

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