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Three new paramotors available for South African market

By: Victor Moolman     26th May 2017 Paramotor manufacturer Parajet has started the distribution of the Maverick, Volution 3 and Zenith paramotors as well as the Falco paratrike, in South Africa, all of which can be used for recreational flying as well as many other applications including antipoaching and aerial surveillance in... 

Valves association provides platform for training

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th May 2017 With poor product design, poor selection and inefficient processes in the manufacture of valves becoming a concern, the South African Valve and Actuator Manufacturers Association (Savama) says there is a need for training to be emphasised to avoid this reality becoming entrenched.  

Guinea town's unrest a cautionary tale for African mining

By: Reuters     12th May 2017 When the frustration of youths in this Guinean mining town finally erupted, they looted shops, pillaged government buildings and smashed up dozens of vehicles, dispersing only when police opened fire. "It was an immense crowd," said Lieutenant Souare Abdoul, a fireman who had to shelter in a... 

Revamped stand to encourage positive customer experience

     12th May 2017 Industrial gases company African Oxygen, well known as Afrox, will be featuring a revamped stand at the Nampo Harvest Day show, from May 16 to 19, in the Free State, to enable its agriculture customers to view and experience welding machines and equipment in a proper environment. 

Welding Alloys South Africa

     12th May 2017 To lead the market in engineered wear protection solutions and flux cored welding wire technology, Welding Alloys South Africa (WASA) is focused on responding to its customers’ needs. Part of the Welding Alloys group, which covers more than 150 countries through a network of 30 subsidiaries... 

Afrox expands Mozambique – Maputo business

     4th May 2017 Afrox, sub-Saharan Africa’s leading industrial gases and welding company, is expanding existing operations in Mozambique to support current customer demand and to position itself to service the country’s fledgling gas resources sector. Driving Afrox’s strategy is a new 8 600sqm headquarters hub... 

Robotic solution for machine tools industry

     28th April 2017 When it comes to the automated feeding of machine tools, the choice of the right robot set-up and manipulator is a key element in the planning process, says Japanese robotics company Yaskawa. 

Winging it

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     28th April 2017 Not too long ago, I asked a young engineer to build an item of equipment. It was not very complicated; when the temperature rose above a certain level, a relay should close, which would energise a socket outlet to power a cooling device. At the same time, if the temperature fell below a certain... 

Afrox invests R10-million on upgrades to Special Gases Propellant Plant

     26th April 2017 Since 2011, Afrox has invested over R10-million in upgrades at its Special Gases Propellant Plant in Roodekop, effectively positioning the company as a well-established supplier to South Africa’s FMCG personal care market. Personal care propellant requires that stringent quality standards are met... 

Goscor Group to showcase agricultural solutions at NAMPO 2017

     25th April 2017 Industrial equipment supplier the Goscor Group, a part of Industrial Services Holdings (InServe), will have a major presence at Grain SA's NAMPO Harvest Day 2017 from 16 to 19 May near Bothaville in the Free State. Last year the 50th anniversary of the annual four-day event attracted a record 75... 

Growth in laser gas noted by company

     14th April 2017 Laser application technology has seen substantial progress and development since the invention of the laser in the 1960s and gases and welding products supplier African Oxygen (Afrox) has experienced market growth over the years owing to its development of laser gases for different applications... 

Kenyan fabricator enters partnership with welding institute

     14th April 2017 The Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) facilitated a visit for Kenya-based stainless steel fabricator Desbro Engineering to several South African counterparts, resulting in a training partnership between Desbro and the South African Institute of Welding (SAIW).... 

R&D capitalises on global growth

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th April 2017 The National Laser Centre (NLC), part of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), is undertaking a Photonics Prototyping Facility (PPF) programme and is exploring advance manufacturing technologies, leveraging on the strong global growth of the laser technology sector. NLC PPF... 

Premium Miller welding equipment now available for rental from Afrox

     10th April 2017 As of April 2017, Afrox will be offering tailor-made welding equipment rental packages to the South African market, affording customers the option to rent a selection of premium welding machines for short- to medium-term projects. This first-of-a-kind rental equipment offer from Afrox... 

New fastening solution introduced onto market

By: Johane Turkstra     7th April 2017 To mitigate welding, bolting and clamping, construction company Hilti introduced to the South African market its Threaded Stud S-BT technology for multipurpose fastenings, including grating, onto coated structural steel in mildly and highly corrosive environments. “Welding channel mounts or... 

Gases for laser cutting and welding processes

     31st March 2017 Laser application technology has seen substantial progress and development since the invention of the laser in the 1960s. At the time it was recognised that nitrogen cutting was possible, giving an unoxidised edge, but laser power was simply too low to make this commercially attractive. The... 

South Deep Reaffirms Rebase Plan 

     30th March 2017 Gold mining major Gold Fields has reinforced its rebase plan for its South Deep mine with renewed focus being put into safety, production and mechanisation.  

Nuclear build programme will bring immense benefits 

By: Kelvin Kemm     24th March 2017 South Africa builds and exports Mercedes-Benz vehicles from East London.  BMW cars are built in Pretoria, as are Ford cars. Other vehicle brands are also built are this country.  I have toured the BMW and Ford plant several times, and I can assure you that what you see is South African workers... 

Peristaltic hose pumps to mitigate challenges

By: Simone Liedtke     24th March 2017 Owing to the high air entrainment and shear sensitivity of froth pulp, mixing equipment and peristaltic pump manufacturer Afromix applied its AFX065 peristaltic hose pump – which is already associated with arduous mining and industrial applications – to mitigate this challenge.  

Visit your preferred supplier of choice for gases and welding products at NAMPO 2017

     15th March 2017 Afrox will be featuring a fresh and revamped stand at NAMPO this year to encourage customers to view and experience welding machines and equipment in a dynamic and informative environment. Hinging on the theme of ‘Preferred Supplier of Choice’, Afrox will be pulling out all the stops to... 

Rope access company continues maintenance for petrochemicals giant

By: Nadine James     10th March 2017 Rope access solutions provider Skyriders Access Specialists is continuing maintenance work at a petrochemicals company, in Mpumalanga, as part of a five-year service contract that extends  to 2019. Skyriders marketing manager Mike Zinn says the company is providing maintenance solutions for the... 

Safety always a priority after 90 years in the welding business

     9th March 2017 Despite increasing legal pressure to ensure workplace safety, unsafe gas and electrical arc equipment continues to find its way into industry. This presents a legal risk to companies and a risk to the safety of their employees. As sub-Saharan Africa’s market leader in gases and welding products... 

Steel-related products’ safety emphasised

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd March 2017 Owing to the use of cheaper, often lower quality steel products, which are copies of high quality products, across industry, serious consequences, and even lead to fatalities, can result, says manufacturer of gratings, flooring and hand railing, Vital Engineering.  

Rio-Carb appoints Wesco Engineering as its Namibian agent

     28th February 2017 Rio-Carb, a leading manufacturer of R-C700 CrC wear liners and pipes for heavy materials-handling applications in the mining and allied resources industries, has announced that Wesco Engineering has been appointed as its official agent in Namibia. Sias Suurd from Wesco Engineering has been tasked... 

Dunnottar train manufacturing complex project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     24th February 2017 Gibela Rail Transport Consortium has expressed concern about ongoing community unrest in Duduza, in Ekurhuleni, which is impacting on construction activities at its Dunnottar train manufacturing plant. 

Wear solutions firm provides hands-on experience for ‘engineers of tomorrow’

By: Dylan Slater     24th February 2017 An internship programme offered by Alberton-based wear solutions company Rio-Carb aims to upskill the engineers of the future.  

Biogas needs favourable REIPPPP allocation for sustainable development

By: Nadine James     17th February 2017 The measureable and sustainable development of South Africa’s biogas industry requires projects, and therefore a favourable  Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) allocation, to prove sufficient financial viability to financial institutions is essential.... 

Efforts to salvage wind-tower plant shut in wake of Eskom’s refusal to sign new IPP contracts

By: Terence Creamer     17th February 2017 The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is hoping to salvage the domestic manufacturing capability established to produce wind-tower sections in the Eastern Cape that was set up in response to government’s demand for higher levels of local content in the renewable-energy sector. However, it... 

Balledge® Design Gives Apex Welding Screens The Edge On Safety

     15th February 2017 The patented Balledge® design used on Apex Welding and Safety Screens is a major advantage as this aids access into cordoned off areas for workers without snagging or scratching, increasing safety in the workplace. Wim Dessing, managing director of Apex Strip Curtains, explains that the... 

Gibela starts recruiting staff for Dunnottar manufacturing facility

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th February 2017 The Gibela Rail Transport Consortium has started recruiting operators and artisans for its new manufacturing facility, as well as trainees for its new training centre, at Dunnottar, in Ekurhuleni, prioritising historically disadvantaged residents of Ekurhuleni East. The consortium, which was... 

Balledge® Design Gives Apex Welding Screens The Edge On Safety

     15th February 2017 The patented Balledge® design used on Apex Welding and Safety Screens is a major advantage as this aids access into cordoned off areas for workers without snagging or scratching, increasing safety in the workplace. Wim Dessing, managing director of Apex Strip Curtains, explains that the... 

Plastics training crucial for the automotive industry

     10th February 2017 In light of the growing trend within the automotive industry to increase dependency on plastic components and the greater demand this places on employers to train, upskill and transfer skills to employees in South Africa, local plastics industry representative Plastics|SA has been playing an... 

Up the uptime with high quality electrical products from Powermite

     9th February 2017 Component, equipment and system specialist, Hudaco company Powermite, leads the southern African market in the supply of a fully comprehensive range of high quality, locally manufactured electrical products for a wide range of mining, marine and industrial machinery including mobile generators,... 

Safety always a priority after 90 years in the welding business

     9th February 2017 Despite increasing legal pressure to ensure workplace safety, unsafe gas and electrical arc equipment continues to find its way into industry. This presents a legal risk to companies and a risk to the safety of their employees. As sub-Saharan Africa’s market leader in gases and welding products... 

IDC hopes to salvage wind-tower plant, but warns liquidation can’t be ruled out 

By: Terence Creamer     8th February 2017 The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is hoping to salvage the domestic manufacturing capability established to produce wind-tower sections in the Eastern Cape that was set up in response to government’s demand for higher levels of local content in the renewable-energy sector. However, it... 

SMS group to modernize entry section of a pickling line at SSAB in Finland

     6th February 2017 SSAB has awarded SMS group www.sms-group.com an order covering the modernization of a continuous pickling line entry section in its Hämeenlinna plant. This modernization will significantly increase the line’s availability and its output as well as the degree of automation and safety. Especially... 

Sweet coating solutions for the sugar industry from Thermaspray

     6th February 2017 Thermaspray, South Africa’s surface engineering and thermal spray coating technology specialist, offers a range of high quality coating techniques that assist the sugar industry in reducing maintenance costs by protecting both new and worn equipment parts and components against abrasive,... 

Camden power station to receive last of 164 burners 

By: Victor Moolman     27th January 2017 Engineering company Hlakani Engineering will deliver the last of the 164 custom made burners to State-owned power utility Eskom’s Camden power station, in Mpumalanga, in the second half of this year. 

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