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Welding & Cutting News

Health and safety to be championed at conference

     18th June 2004 The UK’s only welding, joining, cutting and fabrication exhibition, Weldex, will draw on the success of last year’s show by hosting a health and safety pavilion. 

Industrial welders available

     18th June 2004 Diesel- and petrol-driven Buddy Welder industrial welders have been launched by LMech Engineering. 

Inverter range launched

By: zeena isaacs     18th June 2004 The welding division of Metabo subsidiary Elektra Beckum, established in 2002, launched a new range of Inverters, called the E-Hand range, last month. 

KZN business grows through acquisition

     18th June 2004 Holding company Thermadyne South Africa bought Kwazulu-Natal-based Selrod Welding in February this year. 

Lightweight inverter welder comes on to the market

     18th June 2004 Welding supply company Main Welding Supplies SA has launched a new Selco inverter for welding coated electrodes (MMA) and non-consumable tungsten electrodes (TIG). 

New tool cutter speeds up production

     18th June 2004 The laminations division of Alstom Electrical Machines has recently speeded up the manufacture of slot tooling for lamination production for large motors due to the acquisition of a state-of-the-art electrical discharge machine (EDM). 

Pipe systems supplier buys top pipe-tools technology

     18th June 2004 Leading pipe systems supplier Amitech has ordered four Rothenberger butt-fusion welding machines for its Gauteng factory and its subsidiary company in Richards Bay. 

R1,3m order received for cutting machine

By: zeena isaacs     18th June 2004 One of South Africa’s oldest welding suppliers and sole distributor of world-leading ESAB welding and cutting equipment in the country, Arc Engineering, has sold its first ESAB Eagle Precision Plasma mechanised cutting machine to Catovent, in Gauteng, in March. 

R2,2m wire-mill project increases production speeds

     18th June 2004 In line with constant development and improvements in quality, the South African division of the Welding Alloys Group, Wasa, replaced one of its wire manufacturing mills at a cost of R2,2 million. 

Shielding-gas solution found

By: zeena isaacs     18th June 2004 South African welding product innovator Shield Surface Technologies developed and patented a solution to the shielding-gas waste problem, called the Shielding Gas Economiser (SGE), in February this year. 

Short stub fittings accommodated

     18th June 2004 One of the world’s most respected orbital welding equipment manufacturers, Orbimatic GmbH, is pleased to announce the details of its Orbiweld 12 micro weld head. 

South and sub-Saharan Africa distribution rights secured

     18th June 2004 A new brand of locally-maunfactured welding consumables, Techniweld, has granted Wilec exclusive distribution rights throughout South and sub-Saharan Africa. 

Technical database on welding is launched

By: zeena isaacs     18th June 2004 South Africa’s leading supplier of welding and cutting equipment Afrox will be launching its subscriber-based Website, called Inform, this month. 

Three new cutting machines for profiling company

     18th June 2004 Johannesburg steel and stainless steel service centre company general profiling reports that, as part of its latest expansion project, it will be importing three new machines. The machines are due to be commissioned between October and November, this year. 

Welding range back in SA

     18th June 2004 Making its long-awaited return to South Africa, ITW has awarded the distributorship for its Hobart BetaMig range of welding machines to Oerlikon South Africa (OESA). 

Welding skills shortage worsens

By: zeena isaacs     18th June 2004 The South African Institute of Welding (SAIW) reports that there remains a significant skills shortage in the South African welding industry. 

Welding group forecasts global upturn

     27th April 2004 The first quarter of 2004 saw record sales for UK-based weld-purging and welding accessories company, Huntingdon Fusion Techniques (HFT), which it claims could indicate a global upturn. The results follow on from a year in which the company’s sales grew at the fastest rate since the 1980s. 

R7m gear-cutting upgrade

     16th April 2004 Long-established company Mesh Gear has spent R7-million in the past three years on new equipment. 

New mill for SA cored welding wire group

     19th March 2004 In line with constant development and improvements in quality, the South African division of the Welding Alloys Group, Wasa, has decided to replace one of it’s wire manufacturing mills at a cost of R2,2-million. 

3D plasma cutting introduced by robotics group

By: candice haase     3rd October 2003 South African robotics company Motoman Robotic Systems is integrating plasma- cutting technology, suited to plane and three-dimensional (3D) cutting applications, with the robotic technology it assembles for local industry. 

Award-winning air-plasma cutting technology further refined

By: candice haase     3rd October 2003 A local welding and cutting equipment wholesaler and distributor has refined air-plasma cutting technology for light industrial and do-it-yourself applications. 

Cutting company to expand its premises

By: candice haase     3rd October 2003 A Johannesburg cutting company will expand its facilities to accommodate organic growth, and to meet the manufacturing requirements stipulated by many of its clients. 

Gas supplier goes interactive

By: candice haase     3rd October 2003 Drawing on its intellectual capital and experience in the field of welding processes, gas producer Afrox will later this year launch an Internet site that will serve as a resource for South African organisations that use welding as part of their manufacturing process. 

Upgraded steel inspection line to feature laser welding

By: candice haase     3rd October 2003 The upgrade of steel producer Iscor’s inspection line, due for final commissioning this month, incorporates synthetic single-crystal yttrium aluminium garnet (Yag) laser technology. 

Wanted: Skilled welders

By: candice haase     3rd October 2003 In April this year, the Southern African Institute of Welders convened a workshop to discuss the state of skills levels among welders in South Africa. 

Welding and cutting company diversifies

By: candice haase     3rd October 2003 A tool that will enable rural communities to control their water consumption is now being produced by a company previously focused solely on providing welding and cutting services. 

Welding equipment supplier investigates e-business opportunities

By: candice haase     3rd October 2003 Johannesburg welding and cutting equipment and consumable supplier Weld-Cut Equipment is weighing up the benefits of electronic business.? 

Welding equipment supplier investigates e-business opportunities

By: candice haase     3rd October 2003 Johannesburg welding and cutting equipment and consumable supplier Weld-Cut Equipment is weighing up the benefits of electronic business. 

TFM Industries

     9th May 2003 TFM Industries is a specialist manufacturer of load bodies for commercial vehicles. 

Firm diversifies to include water-jet cutting

     7th March 2003 One of the most sophisticated and powerful water-jet cutting machines in the country has been commissioned by engineering company General Profiling. 

Equipment-rental firm expands service base

By: Taryn Leicher     18th October 2002 East Rand-based company Pro-Durity specialises in the rental of welding and construction equipment throughout South Africa, as well acting as a hiring company with on-site offices at some of the biggest developments in the country. 

February commissioning for water-jet cutter

By: marisa rodrigues     18th October 2002 What will reportedly be the most sophisticated and powerful water jet cutting machine in the country, is due to be commissioned by local company General Profiling in February next year. 

Gas-cutting machine designed, manufactured for steel giant

     4th October 2002 A local company is designing and manufacturing a portal gas-cutting machine to meet the specific requirements of Iscor Vanderbijlpark. 

German torch test yields positive results

By: candice haase     4th October 2002 A local supplier of welding equipment has tested a German torch at a local automotive manufacturer with success. Johannesburg-based Weld-Cut Equipment, which has the exclusive right to distribute Team Binzel Industries (TBI) torches to the South African market has had positive feedback from the... 

Local company manufactures semiautomatic armature welding machine

By: candice haase     4th October 2002 To cut the costs associated with importing overseas manufactured semiautomatic armature welding machines, state-owned rolling-stock company Transwerk’s Cape Town operation commissioned Argon Arc Welding Supplies to design and manufacture a tungsten inert gas (Tig) armature welding machine... 

Local manufacture of electrodes achieved

     4th October 2002 Gauteng-based Oesa has achieved 100% local manufacture of coated welding electrodes at its Spartan factory. 

Local welding skills attain international recognition

By: candice haase     4th October 2002 As non-tariff barriers begin to assume a more prominent role in preventing South African-manufactured products from entering overseas markets, the Southern African Institute of Welding has taken precautionary steps to ensure South African qualifications meet international standards. 

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