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Machine Tools

Company to host first local machine tools conference

17th October 2014 Taiwan-headquartered nonprofit trade promotion organisation Taiwan External Trade Development Council (Taitra) hosted the first conference and technology forum on machine tools in Midrand, Johannesburg, this week. Representative of Taipei Liaison Office-South Africa Pei-Yung Hsu states that the... 

Several orders pending for advanced wall-saw range

By: Ilan Solomons     18th October 2013 Professional sawing and drilling contractors have shown significant interest in the new Titan high-frequency wall saw, which is apparent in the several orders pending final financial clearance by companies, diamond tools and equipment manufacturer and supplier Diamond Products director Darryl... 

Several orders pending for advanced wall-saw range
SPECIALISED PURPOSE The Titan wall saws are usually used for the specialised demolition of reinforced concrete structures and on walls and floors

Distribution agreement for Richards Bay to aid expansion

By: Ilan Solomons     18th October 2013 Industrial products supplier Dowson & Dobson (D&D) Industrial expects its distribution agreement with industrial products supplier Pneumatic & General Supplies for Richards Bay, in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) to expand its reach to industries that include the coal, agriculture, sugar and pulp and paper... 

Distribution agreement for Richards Bay to aid expansion
NEW BEGINNINGS Richards Bay is an important geographical area for Dowson & Dobson Industrial, as it is home to numerous metal processing plants, the Richards Bay Coal Terminal, the sugar industry and large pulp and paper plants

Upgrade may be deemed field proven this year

By: Ilan Solomons     18th October 2013 Local lathe manufacturer FAS Machine Tools has upgraded its FAS Synchroturn computer numerically controlled (CNC) lathe to offer improved machining capability and is expected to be deemed field proven by the end of the year. 

Upgrade may be deemed field proven this year
FASTER MANUFACTURING The Synchroturn can accommodate up to four tools working simultaneously on a single workpiece

New user-friendly machine tools in South Africa

By: Ilan Solomons     18th October 2013 A modern computer numerically controlled (CNC) turning machine must be productive, flexible and easy to operate, says local machine tools distributor Retecon MD Hans-Peter Neth. He tells Engineering News that the new monoBlock and CTX ecoline series of machine tools from global machine tools... 

New user-friendly  machine tools  in South Africa
INTERFACE OPTIONS The CTX ecoline machine practice-orientated SLIMline user interface is available with Operate 4.5 on Siemens 840D solution line or Heidenhain CNC Pilot 640

Compromising on quality for cost short-sighted, says equipment supplier

By: Sashnee Moodley     19th October 2012 The South African machine tools industry is slowing down in certain areas, particularly in terms of supplying products and services to the steel industry, which has been significantly affected by the economic recession; therefore, many companies shift their focus from quality to pricing, says... 

New range of industrial screwdrivers available in SA

By: Sashnee Moodley     19th October 2012 Industrial equipment supplier Dowson & Dobson Industrial introduced a new range of battery-operated EC angle-head industrial screwdrivers, manufactured by Deprag Industrial, a subsidiary of Germany-based machine-building company Deprag Schultz at Electra Mining Africa in Johannesburg last month. 

SA tooling sector positioning for growth

By: Sashnee Moodley     19th October 2012 Despite some weakness in South Africa’s tooling sector, the industry is preparing for growth, says Toolmakers Association of South Africa (Tasa) Gauteng chairperson Ron MacLarty. 

A strategic overview of the production turning industry in SA

19th October 2012 A vast number of industries, including the automotive, appliance, electronics, bathroom fittings and other industries, and products make use of turned components. Some of these components are made in-house by the product manufacturer, while others are subcontracted to specialist repetition... 

Tooling sector to benefit from DTI’s MCEP

By: Sashnee Moodley     19th October 2012 Tool, die and mould-making (TDM) companies in South Africa will benefit directly from the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI’s) Manufacturing Competitiveness Enhancement Programme’s (MCEP’s) cost-sharing grants for activities undertaken within their operations, DTI chief director of the... 

2D marking system suitable for machine tools

By: Joanne Taylor     14th October 2011 Two-dimensional- (2D-) code marking offers more benefits than traditional barcode marking systems, says marking and identification company Traceability Solutions sales executive Kelby Parker.  

Supplier to market German assembly technologies in SA

By: Joanne Taylor     14th October 2011 A new range of screwdrivers and feeding technology has entered the South African market. 

Swedish range of cutting machines offers more benefits

14th October 2011 Supplier of cutting consumables and capital equipment First Cut has started distributing a new range of cutting machines and consumables from Swiss-based supplier of solutions for the processing of sheet metal and other sheet materials Bystronic. 

Preventive maintenance and training key in cutting industry

14th October 2011 Preventive maintenance and training are key issues in the cutting industry, according to steel merchant Special Steels GM Theuns van der Merwe. 

Trade fair stimulates new business in international industry

14th October 2011 An order volume of at least €4.5-billion was reached during the Exposition Mondiale de la Machine Outil (EMO) Hannover international trade fair, held in September, says German Machine Tool Builder’s Association (VDW) executive director Dr Wilfried Schäfer. 

Trade fair boost for tooling industry

14th October 2011 The trade fair for mouldmaking, tooling, design and application development AfriMold boosted the South African tooling industry and highlighted the significant growth potential for local companies. The exhibition was held in Johannesburg at the end of September. 

New range of CNC lathes introduced to local market

By: Joanne Taylor     14th October 2011 A new range of computer numerically controlled (CNC) lathes is available on the market and is three times quicker than conventional CNC lathes, according to lathe manufacturer FAS Machine Tools. 

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.  

Apprenticeship programme in place for tooling industry

By: Eleanor Seggie     15th October 2010 The National Tooling Initiative Programme (NTIP) will embark on a new competency-based apprenticeship programme with 450 students, in 2011, reports Gauteng Tooling Initiative CEO Henk Snyman. 

New laser on the cards for aerospace industry

By: Eleanor Seggie     15th October 2010 Laser system supplier SDI Lasers will soon be releasing a new environment-friendly and cost-effective laser-based paint removal system.  

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. 

R15-m programme will help produce 80 000 artisans

By: Philippa Levenberg     29th May 2009 The National Tooling Initiative (NTI), which is aimed at rehabilitating and growing the South African tool, die and mouldmaking (TDM) industry, pre-apprenticeship programme aims to assist, in producing about 80 000 qualified artisans at the basic, core and specialised skills level over the next... 

Computerised permanent marking system enters 
local market

By: Philippa Levenberg     29th May 2009 Marking and identification solutions company Traceability Solutions has introduced a computerised permanent-marking system, in the form of a two-dimensional (2D) data matrix code, through its US-based agency, Telesis.  

Skills deficit threatens industry

By: Philippa Levenberg     29th May 2009 The contribution of used machine tools to South African industry is being compromised by the dearth of artisans who are able to operate, refurbish and maintain second-hand machines, says Used Machine Tools Merchants Association of South Africa (UMTMA) vice-chairman Fred Thompson.  

Machine tool companies weather the global recession

By: Philippa Levenberg     29th May 2009 Machine tool companies that are hybrids in the services and products that they offer are in an advantageous position to navigate the economic downturn, says Thompson Machine Tools Group MD Philip Thompson.  

Weathering the global recession

By: Philippa Levenberg     29th May 2009 Machine tool companies that are hybrids in the services and products that they offer are in an advantageous position to navigate the economic downturn, says Thompson Machine Tools Group MD Philip Thompson. 


Dewatering-wells project the biggest in Southern Africa

By: abdul cook     3rd December 2004 A joint venture between France-based Soletanche Bachy and Dura Piling, of Gauteng, constructed a single-phase self-hardening slurry cut-off wall and installed deep dewatering wellpoints and piezometers at the Port of Ngqura. 

Industry requires skilled equity artisans

By: Nicola Mawson     22nd October 2004 A lack of skilled artisans is hampering further economic development in the machine-tool industry. 

New-concept machine tool

By: Karel Smrcka     5th December 2003 Trijoint 900 H came into being as a special case of the new concept of machine tools, so-called redundant parallel kinematics. 

Atlas Copco sees bright demand outlook

18th July 2003 Swedish machinery and compressor maker Atlas Copco AB posted better-than-expected second-quarter profits yesterday and issued a more upbeat near-term outlook, boosting its shares. 

$40m chemicals investment announced

14th July 2003 The Sasol-Merichem joint venture, Merisol, announced on Friday that it would invest more than $40-million in the raw material recovery and streamlining of its processing operations. 

Foundry with rare flair wins world recognition

By: Martin Creamer     19th April 2002 Thos Begbie is a company with rare expertise. The historic South African foundry, which turns 115 years old this year, is one of only two in the world – the other being in the US – that has the ability to produce high-tonnage copper castings, while still retaining optimum levels of... 

Swedes to help train furniture manufacturers

22nd June 2001 Swedish training instructors have joined Furntech, the new furniture manufacturing training centre in George, which is situated at the Port Elizabeth Technikon's Saasveld Campus. 

Diecaster's five-year plan to be the best

22nd June 2001 Diecaster Zealous Pressure acquisition of R5-million worth of equipment is all part of a five-year plan by an ambitious and young management team to dominate the high-pressure high casting field. 

Keeping the flame alive after 30 years

22nd June 2001 Flame and laser cutting specialist General Profiling is commemorating its thirty-year anniversary as the longest-established independent-profiling company in South Africa. 

Company has supplied market for 61 years

22nd June 2001 International company LVD was established in Belgium in the 1940s as a supplier of farming equipment, but quickly turned its talents to the manufacture of hydraulic presses, press brakes and shears. 

Sophisticated products for the sheet-metal industry

22nd June 2001 Designers and manufacturers of presses, presses, forging presses, press brakes, guillotines, press feeders and coil lines Walch Engineering Company is the sole agent and distributor for Belgium made LVD products in South Africa. 

Laser technology on the increase in welding and cutting applications

By: System Author     6th October 2000 Welding & cutting 

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