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Market needs education on plastic pipe advantages

     20th January 2017 The South African market is not well educated to look for, and know, the difference between high-quality plastic pipes and low-quality plastic pipes, says plastic producer DPI Plastics technical and product manager Renier Snyman. 

New range to ensure clean tube and pipe welds

     20th January 2017 Pipe welding purging systems specialist Huntingdon Fusion Techniques (HFT) has introduced the PurgElite low-cost range of tube and pipe purging systems to achieve a clean, oxide free, zero colour weld in tubes and pipes, which can be used in any other industry where stainless steel or titanium is... 

EnerMech Acquires Electrical & Instrumentation Specialist In Largest Deal To Date

     18th January 2017 Engineering services specialist EnerMech has made its first entry in to the electrical and instrumentation (E&I) sector with the acquisition of EPS Group in Australia and the Americas. EPS Group employs 250 staff in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Darwin, Houston and Louisiana, and has annual... 

New-Look SAIW Welding Challenge off with a blast!

     17th January 2017 The new-look SAIW Welding Challenge, which comprises the Youth and Senior competitions, took place from 21-25 November 2016 at the head office of the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) in Johannesburg and was a whopping success attracting more than 40 competitors from all around the... 

Road-rail vehicle firm tailors new offering to rail maintenance market

By: Dylan Slater     16th December 2016 A new 20 t Crane road-rail vehicle (RRV) was launched to the South African market last month by Olifantsfontein-based rail systems manufacturer RailPro, and is intended to meet domestic requirements of rail infrastructure construction and general rail-related maintenance.  

Welding of Vacuum Tubing and Piping

     8th December 2016 Welds in tubing and pipework for vacuum systems should have many important characteristics. They ideally need to be manufactured from stainless steel, leak tight, the joints should have full penetration with excellent sidewall fusion, there should be no porosity and the finish should be free from... 

SASSDA Facilitates Cross Border Initiatives With Leading Kenyan Stainless Steel Fabricator

     5th December 2016 A sassda facilitated visit by one of its members, Kenyan-based stainless steel fabricator Desbro Engineering to a number of South African counterparts has resulted in a training partnership between the South African Institute of Welding as part of a joint initiative to boost the skills base... 

Company extends range to meet demand for portable power

     2nd December 2016 Having identified a growing need for dependable portable power, particularly for use in agriculture and mining, for maximum efficiency of power tools in construction and for small-scale commercial and residential applications, custom power solutions provider Vert Energy is extending its range of... 

LINDOFLAMM from Afrox for optimal heating applications

     1st December 2016 Whether preheating, postheating, flame straightening, flame hardening, flame brazing, fusing or hot forming, LINDOFLAMM flame solutions from Afrox ensure optimum performance at the lowest processing costs for precision manufacturing processes. LINDOFLAMM is a range of innovative preheating, flame... 

Meridian takes up TSX-V listing as it prepares for two-pronged BMC exploration approach

By: Henry Lazenby     29th November 2016 Amsterdam, Netherlands-based Meridian Mining has completed its acquisition of Canadian junior Cancana Resources, the companies announced Monday – a deal that is expected to streamline the ownership structure of Cancana and Meridian's joint venture (JV) exploration and development project Brazil... 

Rio-Carb celebrates 35 years of innovation and service excellence

     23rd November 2016 Rio-Carb, a leading manufacturer of R-C700 Chromium Carbide (CrC) clad liner plates for the materials-handling industry, celebrates its 35th anniversary this year. Founder and CEO Martin Maine has extensive experience in physical metallurgy, and has participated in several international... 

NUCOR-JFE STEEL MEXICO orders a hot-dip galvanizing line and recoiling line from SMS group

     22nd November 2016 SMS group was awarded the order to supply a continuous hot-dip galvanizing line and a recoiling line for a new plant in Mexico by NUCOR-JFE STEEL MEXICO. The hot-dip galvanizing line will produce 400,000 tons of steel strips per year, most notably deep-drawing grades and... 

Pipe Plugging and Blocking of all shapes and sizes with Pipestoppers®

     22nd November 2016 Pipe plugs and stoppers are in use globally for a large variety of applications. This includes leak testing, weld purging, debris stopping and pipe freezing for repair or maintenance work for thousands of different industries. Manufacturing a wide range of plugs and stoppers of up to two meters... 

Investments required for positive growth

By: Simone Liedtke     18th November 2016 With the world markets still suffering the after-effects of maladministered and unsustainable macroeconomic policies, there is not much appetite for large capital projects in South Africa. But economic growth will start only once people are investing, which does not happen without a positive... 

Medupi power station project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     18th November 2016 SNC-Lavalin has been awarded the inspections work of Unit 6 at the Medupi power station. 

Welding shares steel industry standards

     18th November 2016 The quality and standards of welding are critical to the quality and standards of the steel construction industry owing to the role welding plays in joining the steel sections together in the creation of a steel structure, says the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW). 

Perfectly positioned in PE: New Renttech SA sales outlet offers customers greater convenience and service levels

     16th November 2016 Renttech South Africa, a leader in the sales and rental of top quality welding, lifting, rigging and construction equipment, has moved its Port Elizabeth branch into a new, spacious, state-of-the-art sales outlet. The move is in line with Renttech South Africa's strategy of expanding and... 

Launch of New Weld Purge Monitors® at Fabtech 2016

     14th November 2016 Weld Purging Experts Huntingdon Fusion Techniques HFT® will have a major presence at Fabtech 2016 and will be displaying their entire range of weld purging products. Georgia Gascoyne, CEO for HFT® said: “Fabtech 2016 will be the launch platform to demonstrate our updated range of PurgEye® Weld... 

Organisation responds to skills shortage in industry

By: Kimberley Smuts     11th November 2016 Credit and investment insurance solutions provider Export Credit Insurance Corporation of South Africa (ECIC) highlights that its belief in the socioeconomic development potential of the country has led it to adopt skills development for the construction industry as one of the focus areas at its... 

Rob Powell, Commercial Director, Lantek UK talks about Industry 4.0 for sheet metal manufacturers

     10th November 2016 Industry 4.0 is the next stage on from the automation systems that many companies within the sheet metal industry are already embracing. We have supplied many CADCAM systems and we see that manufacturers understand the need for sheet handling systems such as stacker systems for the automated... 

Locomotive fleet to benefit from electromotive diesel technology

     4th November 2016 A South African locomotive fleet that is powered by an electromotive diesel two piston V8, V12 and V16 diesel engine configuration will be the first to benefit from comprehensively equipped heavy diesel engine and component remanufacturing company Metric Automotive Engineering’s sophisticated... 

New technology extended to wagon and passenger bogies

By: Simone Liedtke     4th November 2016 Having become the first rolling stock company in the southern hemisphere to pioneer its own fabricated lightweight, cost-competitive locomotive bogie, South Africa-based locomotives company DCD Rolling Stock is extending its technology to wagon and passenger coach bogies aimed at the global market. 

Welding certification to become unavoidable for rail industry

By: Simone Liedtke     4th November 2016 With infrastructure development planned to take place rapidly in the rail industry, the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) believes that EN 15085 certification is crucial to upholding the quality and safety of railway vehicles and components in the local industry.  

SAIW Foundation learner get internship

     2nd November 2016 The SAIW Foundation is a company started by the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) as a public benefit organisation to provide training to disadvantaged individuals in a wide range of areas including welding and inspection, the training of trainers for welding and related technologies... 

Amada Miyachi Europe offers Weld Monitoring Devices to Support Quality System Requirements

     31st October 2016 Amada Miyachi Europe announces powerful high performance weld monitoring equipment ideal for process development, production monitoring, data collection and analysis to support quality system requirements. Amada Miyachi Europe weld monitoring devices can be smoothly integrated into the production... 

Rail engineering breakthrough from DCD Rolling Stock

     28th October 2016 Having become the first rolling stock company in the southern hemisphere to pioneer its own fabricated lightweight, cost-competitive locomotive bogie, South Africa-based DCD Rolling Stock is now also extending its technology into wagon and passenger coach bogies aimed at the global market.... 

Switch to MultiStrike® for an improved and safer Tungsten Electrode performance

     26th October 2016 Tungsten Electrodes are used when arc welding with the GTAW/Tungsten Inert Gas  process or PAW/Plasma welding. Other than to start the process, it is necessary to grind tungsten electrodes after they have touched the molten weld pool or the filler rod to the tungsten, which is not only time... 

EuroBLECH 2016 presents digitisation in sheet metal working on record exhibition space

     26th October 2016 EuroBLECH 2016, the 24th International Sheet Metal Working Technology Exhibition, has opened its doors today at the Hanover Exhibition Centre in Germany. Until Saturday, the 29th October 2016, a total of 1,503 exhibitors from 41 countries will present the latest technologies along the entire... 

Inspecting Rubber Wear Plates Just Became Simple And Safe

     24th October 2016 Inspection of rubber wear plates just became easier with the recent introduction of Multotec’s Yellow Belly wear indicator. The Multotec Yellow Belly Liner is the same quality rubber liner or plate that the market has come to accept, but now it is supplied with an integral yellow rubber compound... 

2016 Sassda Columbus Stainless Steel Awards’ world-class winners announced 

     24th October 2016 The 2016 Sassda Columbus Stainless Steel Awards are a clear indication that the local stainless steel sector is home to a wealth of world-class products and skill, with a record 39 world-class winners having been announced (see full list of winners below) - up from the 14 awards presented in... 

SKF launches resilient mount Vibracon kit at SMM 2016

     21st October 2016 SKF is using the SMM 2016 trade fair (Hamburg, 6-9 September) to introduce a new one-box kit version of its proven Vibracon technology for the quick, accurate and clean alignment and chocking of resilient mounts. SKF has introduced a new Vibracon kit for the clean and permanent alignment and... 

2016 steel awards uptake proves to be the most successful

By: Aarifah Nosarka     21st October 2016 For this year’s Columbus Stainless Steel Awards, the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) has doubled the number of judging panellists, increased the number of awards and winners, having received more than 50 project entries, which followed the addition of ten more... 

Awards sponsor commits to promoting welding profession

     21st October 2016 Welding equipment supplier African Oxygen’s (Afrox’s) sponsorship of the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) Columbus Stainless Steel Awards 2016 Student category is part of its commitment to promote the welding industry and to encourage the youth to consider this as... 

Rail Road Association to hold inaugural career expo

By: Mia Breytenbach     21st October 2016 In support of Transport month, the Rail Road Association (RRA) of South Africa will host an inaugural career expo day this month for all rail industry players to meet learners and youth to expose them to the opportunities in the industry. According to RRA officials Trevor Mohlala and Mesela... 

Schalk Venter

     21st October 2016 This week we feature Schalk Venter, CEO of African Oxygen, an industrial gases and welding technologies company 

Stainless steel art becomes part of community upliftment centre

By: Aarifah Nosarka     21st October 2016 The 2016 Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association art category award finalist for the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality’s Helenvale Resource Centre project is unusual as it is not often that community project budgets allow for art work, let alone those conceived of stainless steel,... 

Increased interest in machine tools trade exhibition

By: Victor Moolman     14th October 2016 With the machine tools market having grown significantly over the past few years, exhibition specialists Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery plans to expand Machine Tools Africa by extending it from one hall at the Nasrec exhibition centre, in Johannesburg, to two halls in 2017. 

New range showcased at Electra Mining

     14th October 2016 Hytec, Hytec Fluid Technology (HFT), Hydraulic & Automation Warehouse (HAW), Hytec Services Africa and Hytec Engineering – all part of hydraulic components supplier Hytec Group – collaborated at Electra Mining Africa 2016 to showcase their range of products and solutions for the hydraulics... 

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