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Welding & Cutting News

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).  

Supplier reports 
increased demand for welding equipment

     10th September 2010 Industrial gases, welding equipment, consumables and related products supplier Weld-Cut Equipment is experiencing a growing demand for the Gemini range of welding electrodes and the mild steel metal inert gas (mig) range of wires. 

Swapping guns 
for welding rods

     10th September 2010 The first group of 30 Niger Delta welder trainers recently graduated from the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW), as international welding practitioners (IWP).  

Institute calls for structured skills development

     10th September 2010 Welders need to be trained through a credible programme that delivers the high skill levels required by industry, as all programmes do not do this, Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) executive director Jim Guild claims. 

Steel group to supply training academy with materials

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     27th August 2010 As part of its corporate responsibility initiative, steel producer BSI Steel will provide black empowered engineering training academy Ikhaya Fundisa Techniskills Academy (IFTA) with scrap metal worth R25 000 a month. 

New welding system to slash artisan training costs

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     6th August 2010 Welding supply company Bohler Uddeholm Africa has introduced a virtual welding system, which will contribute to welder training by developing the skills of young, inexperienced artisans and reducing the costs associated with training. 

Contractor reintroduces explosive welding for Eskom water heaters 

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     2nd July 2010 Steinmuller Engineering Services, has re-introduced explosive welding technology for the refurbishment of high pressure feed water heaters. 

Investment made in 
laser-cutting machine from Germany 

By: Dimakatso Motau     18th June 2010 Supplier and installer of quality products to the building industry Aluglass has recently invested in a R350 000 laser-cutting machine from Germany. 

Course developed in cooperation with British expert

     11th June 2010 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) Painting Inspector course, which plays a critical role in developing and expanding the skills and expertise of plant and construction inspectors, has been refreshed and revitalised, bringing it in line with worldwide best practice, reports the... 

Association name change part of relaunch

     11th June 2010 The Pressure Vessel Manufacturers Association (PVMA) has changed its name to the Pressure Equipment Manufacturers Association (PEMA) in response to changing market conditions. 

R1,5m investment in new machinery

     11th June 2010 Specialist engineering services company Allweld Marine & Industrial, in Cape Town, has, following a year of sustained growth, invested R1,5-million in new machines for their expanding machine shop business. 

Local CNC turning and milling service introduced

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     11th June 2010 Laser profiling and cutting specialists General Profiling has expanded its business offerings and opened a new department in the company, that will offer computer numerically controlled (CNC) turning and milling as an added service to its clients. 

Submerged arc welding equipment range launched

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     11th June 2010 Submerged arc welding (SAW) equipment supplier Argon Arc Welding Supplies, successfully launched its new range of the SAW equipment, complemented by Hyundai wire and flux, at the start of the year. 

Developing welding skills among South Africa’s youth 

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     11th June 2010 The South African Institute of Welding (SAIW) executive director Jim Guild tells Engineering news that industry support for the Young Welder of the Year competition has been positive. 

New brand results in increased order book

     11th June 2010 Since adding the Lincoln welding brand to its offerings, welding and cutting specialists Goscor Arc, which previously only offered Esab welding consumables, has seen its order book increase. 

Welding and gas giant’s electrode sales remain buoyant

     11th June 2010 Welding gas and consumables company Afrox reports that the sales of its Vitemax welding electrodes have remained buoyant despite the economic downturn. 

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