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Wire, Rope, Sling and Chain

Company expands into the US

     15th September 2017 This year, rope and lifting technology specialist The PFEIFER Group’s opened another branch office in the US, in Houston, Texas, which will see the rope and lifting technology specialist continue to grow its business in conjunction with the group’s other US existing branch, which was launched in... 

Partnership to supply world-class chain slings in South Africa

     15th September 2017 Specialty steel products integrated producer Scaw Metals Group's operation, Distribution Network, has extended its cooperation with lifting, rigging and securement applications manufacturer Crosby by adding Crosby Platinum Line Grade 100 chain fittings to its product offering. Having made the... 

Partnership to supply world-class chain slings in South Africa
Photo by Bloomberg
FACILITY REVAMPED Scaw Metals Group has expanded its chain-manufacturing factory

Rope access pivotal in enhancing NDT inspection

     15th September 2017 The effectiveness of non-destructive testing (NDT) is enhanced by rope access, as it ensures the rapid deployment of skilled technicians to carry out this critical inspection work, posits industrial rope access specialist Skyriders. NDT is an ideal form of preventative maintenance, and is used... 

Polyflat belt an alternative to steel ropes

     9th September 2016 Technical rubber supplier ContiTech notes that the Polyflat can be used as an alternative to steel ropes in lifting and conveying technology as it extends service life, lasting up to three times longer than a comparable steel rope. The company details that the Polyflat consists of steel cords... 

Wire products’ importance in the microworld emphasised

     9th September 2016 Progress in areas such as transport and power engineering are closely related to ongoing developments in the wire and wire-processing industry and the increasing miniaturisation in many areas of technology is only possible with the help of suitable wire products. These are based on wire made from... 

Wire products’ importance in the microworld emphasised
Photo by Duane Daws
WIRE-PROCESSING The wire in wre-processing is made from a variety of metals and with a diameter between 0.5 mm and 2.5 mm

Ropes Group begins business

     9th September 2016 Belgium-based steel wire transformation and coating technologies group Bekaert, and Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, the previous owner of wire and fibre rope solutions provider Bridon, have successfully closed the definitive merger of their ropes and advanced cords businesses.  Bekaert and... 

Company optimises wired data transfer with new cable solution

     9th September 2016 Technical products and systems developer and producer Leoni has optimised all the components for wired data transfer involving flexible use of Cat 5e cable. Leoni offers a novel and flexible solution for wired, 100 MHz, Cat 5e data transfer. 

Rope achieves world record

     9th September 2016 Wire rope specialist Casar has set a new world record at Northparkes copper and gold mine, with the Turboplast M used for the work establishing a new milestone after 652 239 completed working cycles, attaining a service life of 46 months and moving more than 22-million tons rock, and subsequently... 

Need for rope condition assessment emphasised  

By: Sascha Solomons     9th September 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) highlights that regular testing of samples from ropes forms a vital part of ongoing monitoring and evaluation. “Testing ropes in service helps the users . . . to understand the condition in which the ropes are in order to make an informed... 

Need for rope condition assessment emphasised
CSIR mining initiatives acting business manager Riaan Bergh discusses the need for rope testing in the engineering industry. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Growth potential for ropes manufacturer in export market

By: Dylan Slater     11th September 2015 The export market for locally made fibre ropes has proven highly beneficial for Cape Town-based ropes manufacturer Southern Ropes, says MD Chris King. 

Growth potential for ropes  manufacturer in export market
AS STRONG AS WIRE ROPE A fibre rope being used to recover a dump truck from mud

Strategic partnership enhances guy line lubrication

By: Dylan Slater     11th September 2015 The imminent strategic partnership between wear control company Filter Focus and broadcasting signal distributor Sentech will result in faster, safer and more efficient application of lubrication to transmission tower guy lines in South Africa, says Filter Focus COO Craig FitzGerald. 

Strategic partnership  enhances guy  line lubrication
VIPER IN ACTION The Viper collar at work on a wire rope

Winch enhancements improve safety, usability

     11th September 2015 Off-road products manufacturer Warn has launched a new wire rope winch, the Zeon Platinum winch for trucks and suburban utility vehicles, with added safety features. 

Winch enhancements  improve safety, usability
IMPROVED SAFETY Remote operability ensures winch users can operate the winch from a safe distance and position


     11th September 2015 Established in 2012, equipment rental company Targen specialises in the rental of minining-specific cranes, tractor/loader/backhoe units and telehandlers. Targen also focuses on the supply and rental of all site-related equipment used in the mining-construction industry. Further, Targen is one of... 


Rope access teams maintain access network, ensure safety

     11th September 2015 Rope access specialist company Skyriders was in early-2015 commissioned by a large listed, multi-disciplinary construction and engineering group to establish, inspect and maintain access systems at a petrochemical plant for a 14 month period. 

Rope access teams maintain access  network, ensure safety
SAFETY AT HEIGHT Rope access technicians are able to carry out numerous tasks relating to inspection, protective coating, maintenance and surveying

Inspection contract awarded

     12th September 2014 Swiss-based inspection, verification, testing and certification services provider Société Générale de Surveillance (SGS-SA) was awarded a contract in February to provide statutory inspection services and training on lifting equipment for Egypt-based engineering, procurement and construction (EPC)... 

South African manufacturing industries in decline

By: Jonathan Rodin     12th September 2014 Specialist wire supplier Nockers Engineering Products notes that the manufacturing decline, which started in all local sectors in 2002 has either led to industry consolidation or company closure. “Many local component manufacturers have become importers of finished products, which they supply to... 

Safety training successful across Africa

     12th September 2014 Height safety consulting and training provider Height Wise, a subsidiary of rope access provider Skyriders, has trained more than 1 200 people from several industries, including Africa’s mining, telecommunications and energy sectors, in the basic principles of the company’s fall-arrest systems.... 

Company launches confined-space training

By: Jonathan Rodin     12th September 2014 Rope access provider Skyriders, in conjunction with dedicated working-at-height training provider Height Wise Training Academy, started offering accredited confined-space training in July. The training aims to prevent accidents and negligence in confined-space operations and includes a newly... 

Significant growth for slings manufacturer

     12th September 2014 Since its decision to invest in existing equipment instead of buying new products, nylon web slings and endless round polyester slings manufacturer and distributor Kelmeg Lifting Services (KLS) has experienced significant growth over the past two years, with manufacturing output increasing by... 

New chain-assembly facility established

By: Jonathan Rodin     12th September 2014 Engineering solutions provider Bearing Man Group (BMG) established a new facility early this year at BMG Park, in Johannesburg, where special attachment chains are assembled to exact requirements in less than one week. “BMG’s special delivery service enables customers to specify a wide range of... 

SA’s rope access industry growing

By: Anine Kilian     13th September 2013 South Africa’s rope access industry is growing, owing to the high demand for jobs that require cost-effective means of doing work at height, says rope access specialists Skyriders Access Specialists marketing manager Mike Zinn. “The rope access industry can be divided into two main sectors in... 

SA’s rope access industry growing
EASY ACCESS Barriers to entry in the rope access industry are relatively low, which, ironically, is a major industry challenge

Wire expo a first for South America

     13th September 2013 The first-ever wire South America - International Wire and Cable Fair – will be staged at the Exposições Imigrantes exhibition centre in São Paulo in October. The conditions in the run-up to the wire South America and Tubotech events in São Paulo are promising. According to a report by Germany... 

Rope safety product facilitates fast reaction time

By: Anine Kilian     13th September 2013 Safety products manufacturer MSA South Africa in February launched a modular device, Smart Arm, which enables workers to quickly set up flanged horizontal or vertical rope access points for easier entry or exit from a confined space. Smart Arm is a mobile, metal arm that is fastened above an... 

Heavy-lifting manufacturer launches rope-repair technology

By: Anine Kilian     13th September 2013 Heavy-lifting equipment manufacturer and services provider Konecranes in March supplied State-owned freight logistics group Transnet’s City Deep upgrading project with RailQ, an alignment survey technology developed to provide faster, safer and more accurate analysis to measure rail-to-rail... 

Demand for rope access services increasing

By: Yolandi Booyens     14th September 2012 Safety equipment and training provider Vertical Safety Systems (VSS) sales manager Shaun Wakelin states that easier access to rope-access services and the availability of better-qualified technicians are contributing to rising demand for such services. He adds that growing awareness among... 

Maintenance needed to reduce wire, sling and chain corrosion

By: Yolandi Booyens     14th September 2012 Corrosion is a common occurrence in iron, as well as steel wire, sling and chain that have not been treated for protection against the elements, says corrosion control specialist Galvaspin owner Henning van Wyk. Regular maintenance checks have to be performed on these materials to ensure... 

Low-quality imports affect manufacturers

By: Yolandi Booyens     14th September 2012 Like many other industries in South Africa, the local wire industry is faced with imports of lower-priced finished product, which undermines the local manufacture of those products, says South African Wire Association (Sawa) director Keith Campbell. “These imports are not the same standard as the... 

Skills building crucial in wire, rope, sling and chain industry

By: Yolandi Booyens     14th September 2012 The demand for skills in the wire, rope, sling and chain industry is high and companies are increasingly realising the importance of ensuring that workers at all levels receive a higher education, says adult education provider Triple E director Paula Whitaker. She adds, however, that the skills... 

Wire, rope manufacturer making inroads into Africa

     14th September 2012 Global wire and rope manufacturer Bridon International reports that it is making inroads into Africa, with a replenished work force and a new sales office in Randfontein, Gauteng. The company, which manufactures steel wire ropes for deep shaft and surface mining applications, has recently secured... 

Electric fencing an affordable security solution

By: Yolandi Booyens     14th September 2012 Wire plays an important role in the functionality of security systems, such as alarm systems and electric fencing, says security solutions company Live Wire technical manager Mike Penny, who notes that 90% of the security systems the company sells run on wire. Penny points out that demand for... 

Fall-arrest systems ensure safety of personnel

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     9th September 2011 Rope access specialist Skyriders is installing fall-arrest systems at Palabora Mining Company’s copper mine and smelter complex, in Limpopo. 

Wire supplier warns of ongoing industry challenges

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     9th September 2011 The wire industry is still struggling to overcome the after effects of the recession and it will take some time before companies resume normal buying and stockholding patterns, says diversified wire supplier Nockers Engineering Products (NEP). 

Company undertakes 440 t testing project

     9th September 2011 Testing and rigging services provider Anchor Testing & Rigging Services has successfully completed a 440 t testing project in Cape Town harbour using stud link chain. 

Largest vessel-towing kite to be installed in 2012

     9th September 2011 International producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services Cargill will install the world’s largest kite on Greek ship management company Anbros Maritime’s Aghia Marina vessel by early 2012. 

Growing demand for height safety training

     9th September 2011 The rapid development of industries across Africa serves as a potential growth platform for growth for height safety consulting and training provider Height Wise Training Academy. 

Lever hoists offer safe and efficient operation

     9th September 2011 Diversified engineering services company Becker Engineering has introduced the Kito L5 series lever hoists, which are designed for safe and efficient operation in heavy-duty applications in the mining, freight and logistics, construction, forestry, woodworking and shipbuilding industries, to its... 

Company launches new master link

     9th September 2011 Fastening and lifting products and solutions provider Gunnebo Industries has added the Master Link Hybrid (MLH) to its product range. 

New technology developed to assist zip line operators

     9th September 2011 US-based Advanced Wire Rope Inspections has developed a new technology to assist zip line operators in assessing the exact conditions of wire rope cables. 

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