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SA Institute of Welding

Welding industry growth relies on skills development

By: Kimberley Smuts     11th September 2015 The biggest potential driver of growth in the local welding industry lies in skills development, says nonprofit technical organisation the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW). SAIW president Morris Maroga says one of the biggest challenges facing the local industry is the  importing of... 

Transnet Engineering SAIW-certified

11th September 2015 Locomotive business Transnet Engineering, a division of Transnet, has been ISO 3834 certified at its Durban and Koedoespoort facilities. This is an important step as ISO 3834 is the basis for EN 15085 certification, which is a railway specific quality standard. Transnet Engineering’s EN 15085... 

TRANSNET RECEIVES CERTIFICATION 
Transnet Engineering’s certification process is part of its preparation for the work it will do for the main contractors in Transnet’s impending R50-billion locomotive upgrade
TRANSNET RECEIVES CERTIFICATION Transnet Engineering’s certification process is part of its preparation for the work it will do for the main contractors in Transnet’s impending R50-billion locomotive upgrade

Distribution partnership demonstrates shared vision for the future

11th September 2015 With a strong focus on supply chain efficiencies, industrial and specialty gas products and chemicals supplier Air Products South Africa has built up strong relationships with its distributors, creating partnerships which are mutually beneficial, and which are in support of the gas industry as a... 

POSITIVE PARTNERSHIP 
Air Products distributor business manager Jorg Scholz, Cosmo industrial sales manager Jaques Uys, Cosmo general manager  Petrus Pretorius, Cosmo training manager Leazle van Rooi
POSITIVE PARTNERSHIP Air Products distributor business manager Jorg Scholz, Cosmo industrial sales manager Jaques Uys, Cosmo general manager Petrus Pretorius, Cosmo training manager Leazle van Rooi

Joint call for skilled NDT personnel

11th September 2015 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) and the South African Institute of Non Destructive Testing (SAINT) have called for a harmonized South African NDT Qualification and Certification scheme, which will not only improve the quality of nondestructive testing (NDT) technicians in South... 

Hydra-Arc Group wins SAIW gold medal

By: Kimberley Smuts     11th September 2015 Project services corporation Hydra-Arc Group is this year’s winner of the South African Institute of Welding (SAIW) gold medal. Hydra-Arc consists of associated companies that operate primarily in the petrochemical, construction, mining and power generation industries and water storage solutions.... 

SKYHILL FABRICATION FACILITY, SECUNDA
Project services corporation Hydra-Arc Group is this year’s winner of the SAIW gold medal
SKYHILL FABRICATION FACILITY, SECUNDA Project services corporation Hydra-Arc Group is this year’s winner of the SAIW gold medal

SAIW Foundation provides career opportunities in welding sector

By: Kimberley Smuts     11th September 2015 The first ever group of trainees brought to nonprofit technical organisation Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) for training by the SAIW Foundation is doing well, says SAIW executive director Sean Blake. “Each learner has shown a commendable enthusiasm and dedication and their progress... 

SAIW FOUNDATION STUDENTS
The SAIW Foundation provides training to previously disadvantaged individuals
SAIW FOUNDATION STUDENTS The SAIW Foundation provides training to previously disadvantaged individuals

SAIW welding inspectors programme a proven success

By: Kimberley Smuts     11th September 2015 Nonprofit technical organisation the Southern African Institute of Welding’s (SAIW’s) Welding Inspector programme has been a success locally and internationally, says the institute, which regards the course as one of its most significant achievements to date. The Welding Inspector suite of... 

TRAINING PROGRAMMES THRIVE There is global demand for SAIW's Welding Inspector qualification
TRAINING PROGRAMMES THRIVE There is global demand for SAIW's Welding Inspector qualification

SAIW director appointed chair of global body

12th September 2014 Nonprofit technical organisation Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) executive director Jim Guild was appointed chairperson of the International Institute of Welding’s (IIW’s) International Authorisation Board (IAB) at the IIW’s sixty-seventh Annual Assembly, held in Seoul, South Korea,... 

JIM GUILD The first chairperson of the International Institute of Welding’s International Authorisation Board from outside of Europe or the US
JIM GUILD The first chairperson of the International Institute of Welding’s International Authorisation Board from outside of Europe or the US

Sugar producer and SAIW team up in Moz

12th September 2014 Agricultural and agroprocessing group Tongaat Hulett’s Mozambique-based sugar mill and sugar cane estates’ subsidiary Acucareira de Moçambique (Mafambisse) ran a nonprofit technical organisation the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) training course for its staff at the company’s... 

MOZAMBIQUE COURSE TRAINEES Some of the participants in the Appreciation of Welders for Engineers course at Tongaat Hulett-Acucareira de Moçambique
MOZAMBIQUE COURSE TRAINEES Some of the participants in the Appreciation of Welders for Engineers course at Tongaat Hulett-Acucareira de Moçambique

Fabrication company achieves accreditation

12th September 2014 Local fabrication company ND Engineering, which has extensive experience in the manufacture of equipment for industrial processes using a variety of standard and exotic grades of materials, achieved ISO 3834:2005 compliance for the quality requirements for fusion welding of metallic materials... 

ISO 3834:2005 CERTIFICATION Receiving the certificates (Front row left to right) Mark Ackerman, Sean Blake, Elvis Green and John Creamer
ISO 3834:2005 CERTIFICATION Receiving the certificates (Front row left to right) Mark Ackerman, Sean Blake, Elvis Green and John Creamer

Welder competition receives positive response

12th September 2014 Entries for the nonprofit technical organisation the Southern African Institute of Welding’s (SAIW’s) 2015 Young Welder of the Year (YWoY) competition opened last month and, to date, the SAIW says that the interest expressed in the competition throughout South Africa has been “unprecedented”. The... 

YOUNG WELDING WIZARD 2013 Young Welder of the Year winner Houston Isaacs with the Southern African Institute of Welding’s Etienne Nell and Frans Vorster
YOUNG WELDING WIZARD 2013 Young Welder of the Year winner Houston Isaacs with the Southern African Institute of Welding’s Etienne Nell and Frans Vorster

Institute assists State-owned freight and logistics group

By: Ilan Solomons     12th September 2014 State-owned freight and logistics group Transnet Engineering (TE) says its membership and association with nonprofit technical organisation the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW), has ensured that all TE’s welding inspectors have been correctly trained and certified to provide a... 

EDUCATION DRIVER Transnet Engineering is passionate about the learning and development of youth and is continuously investing in its technical skills pipeline
Photo by Duane Daws
EDUCATION DRIVER Transnet Engineering is passionate about the learning and development of youth and is continuously investing in its technical skills pipeline

Emphasis placed on pressure vessel inspectors

12th September 2014 Pressure equipment that is not manufactured, repaired, modified, operated and maintained correctly can be extremely dangerous, particularly to a plant’s operating personnel and to the public, as the system failure of pressure equipment can result in significant bodily damage to those who are... 

PRESSURE TEST
Manufacturers and users of pressure equipment have to ensure compliance with local pressure equipment regulations
PRESSURE TEST Manufacturers and users of pressure equipment have to ensure compliance with local pressure equipment regulations

David Brown

12th September 2014 Global leader in industrial gear system design, manufacture and service, David Brown has been delivering highly reliable gear systems to the mining industry for more than 150 years. From CX conveyor drives, large girth gears and mill drives to complete gearbox service, repair and upgrade, David... 

David Brown

SAIW proceeds with Mpumalanga centre plan  

By: Ilan Solomons     12th September 2014 The Mpumalanga provincial government and nonprofit technical organisation Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) aim to establish a R130-million training facility in Mpumalanga. SAIW executive director Jim Guild tells Engineering News that, in the past five years, the institute has made... 

ALLEVIATING PRESSURE The SAIW wants to channel additional demand at the Johannesburg facility to other training centres in South Africa
South African Institute of Welding executive director Jim Guild discusses recent developments and initiatives under way at the institute

Regulatory improvement calls  

By: Ilan Solomons     12th September 2014 The Thermal Spray Association of Southern Africa (TSASA), a subcommittee of nonprofit technical organisation the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) aims to increase thermal spray use while improving standards in local industrial sectors. TSASA chairperson Adam Wintle tells Engineering... 

IMPLEMENTATION IMPERATIVE 
Implementing industry standards will enable end-users to insist that companies show that their thermal spray operators are certified
Thermal Spray Association of Southern Africa chairperson Adam Wintle discusses the state of the thermal spray industry in Southern Africa.

Gaining ground in boosting thermal spray industry

By: Chantelle Kotze     13th September 2013 To redress the negative perceptions of thermal spraying in some market sectors in Africa and to increase the awareness of its uses, the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) will bolster the position of thermal spraying through its newly launched Thermal Spray Association of Southern... 

THERMAL SPRAYING The primary objective of the Thermal Spray Association of South Africa is to implement existing internationally-accepted standards in the industry
THERMAL SPRAYING The primary objective of the Thermal Spray Association of South Africa is to implement existing internationally-accepted standards in the industry

R200k in consumables donated to SAIW

By: Chantelle Kotze     13th September 2013 The South African supplier of welding consumables and equipment ESAB Africa Welding & Cutting, which is the sub-Saharan Africa subsidiary of UK-based industrial company ESAB Holdings, donated more than R200 000 in welding consumables last month to the institute for training purposes. 

Institute investigates use of e-learning

By: Chantelle Kotze     13th September 2013 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) says that one of the highest priorities in its training programmes is the implementation of e-learning as a teaching method. 

Institute undertakes several certifications

By: Chantelle Kotze     13th September 2013 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) has certified 82 companies and sites to date and has more than 30 additional companies that are interested in obtaining ISO 3834 certification before the end of the year to ensure all aspects of welding and fabrication are properly managed and... 

CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS Competent persons undergoing training through the Southern African Institute of Welding will only be certified once they successfully complete a theoretical training course and a period of practical training
CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS Competent persons undergoing training through the Southern African Institute of Welding will only be certified once they successfully complete a theoretical training course and a period of practical training

SA’s welding industry remains strong beside weak manufacturing sector

13th September 2013 The future of welding is closely linked to the manufacturing and construction sectors; therefore, when manufacturing does well, plenty of welding work is available and vice versa. 

PROMISING OUTOOKWith improving standards, training and new technologies and techniques, the future of welding looks bright(Source: Bloomberg)
Photo by Bloomberg
PROMISING OUTOOKWith improving standards, training and new technologies and techniques, the future of welding looks bright(Source: Bloomberg)

R12m laboratory to assist welding industry  

By: Ilan Solomons     13th September 2013 The newly launched Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) laboratory will test and evaluate the quality of welds, while the technology centre will assist in improving the quality of welding in South Africa. The R12-million metallurgical testing laboratory, officially launched in July at the... 

IMPACT TESTING MACHINE The metallurgical testing laboratory equipment was supplied by Toolquip & Allied and IMP Innovative Solutions
Southern African Institute of Welding discusses the significance of its newly launched metallurgical testing laboratory.

Lab undertakes work to improve quality of welding

By: Chantelle Kotze     13th September 2013 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) has undertaken about 40 testing and evaluation jobs at its R12-million metallurgical testing laboratory, based at its head office in City West, Johannesburg, since the lab opened in late April. 

Afrox ploughs skills and technology back into SA industry

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th September 2013 A top performing welder, Houston Isaacs, of welding, cutting and gas products company Afrox, recently returned from participating in the WorldSkills competition in Leipzig, Germany. This follows Isaacs being named the winner of the South African Institute of Welding’s (SAIW) Young Welder of the... 

Institute to introduce new welding safety course

By: Gia Costella     14th September 2012 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) plans to introduce a new training course by year-end, which is aimed at improving welding safety in many industries, including the mining sector, says SAIW executive director Jim Guild. Although the course has not yet been named officially, Guild... 

Welding institute highlights importance of ISO 3834 certification

By: Gia Costella     14th September 2012 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) continues to highlight the importance and value of International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) certification, specifically ISO 3834 certification for organisations in the welding industry. SAIW qualification and certification manager... 

Engineering solutions provider awarded ISO 3834 certification

By: Gia Costella     14th September 2012 The Southern African Institute of Welding’s (SAIW’s) Certification division awarded global engineering solutions provider Kentz Southern Africa’s Chamdor fabrication facility, in Johannesburg, ISO 3834 certification last month. The certification was awarded following the facility’s ISO 3834 Part... 

Institute organises international conference

By: Gia Costella     14th September 2012 The International Institute of Welding (IIW) Regional Congress, organised by the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW), will be held on November 7 and 8 at Emperors Palace, in Johannesburg. The theme of the congress is ‘Advancing science and technology of welding in sub-Saharan Africa’,... 

Gas-mix important for quality welding

14th September 2012 Achieving a high-quality welded joint not only has an impact on the aesthetics of an item, but also on its integrity, durability, strength and safety, says manufacturer, supplier and distributor of industrial and speciality gas products and chemicals Air Products South Africa. The company... 

Youngest-ever winner of SAIW award announced

14th September 2012 Quentin Schoombie, GM of dished ends manufacturing company Tank Ends, last month became the youngest ever winner of the Southern African Institute of Welding’s (SAIW’s) Harvey Shatlock Gold Award for the best technical paper. The 30-year old former boilermaker won the award for his presentation... 

Welding institute notes gap between qualification, competence

14th September 2012 Although there are industry players such as the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) providing training and, as such, career development for welding professionals, the gap between qualifications and competence levels in the industry remains, says SAIW executive director Jim Guild. “This... 

Local welding company stresses importance of unified approach

By: Gia Costella     14th September 2012 A shortage of skilled welders, volatile exchange rates and low productivity levels, paired with a lack of capital investment, continue to challenge the South African welding industry, states welding consulting, training and metallurgical services provider Spesmet Technology owner John du Plessis.... 

Companies need accreditation to be globally competitive – institute

By: Sinette Goosen     9th September 2011 It would be beneficial to South African welding fabrication companies that want to be globally competitive to have ISO 3834 accreditation says the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW). 

NMPP structural steel work contract to be completed mid-December

By: Sinette Goosen     9th September 2011 Kinross-based structural steel construction and specialised welding company Kinross Industrial Supplies Manufacturing Engineering (Kisme) reports that construction work on a structural steel project for State-owned freight logistics group Transnet’s new multiproduct pipeline (NMPP) will be... 

Sophisticated equipment cannot compensate for lack of skills – supplier

9th September 2011 Local supplier of welding consumables and equipment Esab says it has, from a supplier’s viewpoint, observed a tendency in the industry to try to compensate for a lack of skilled welders by acquiring sophisticated welding equipment. 

Manufacturer assists in narrowing welding skills gap

9th September 2011 Industrial gases and products manufacturer and distributor Afrox is contributing towards alleviating the shortage of skilled welders in South Africa by donating equipment and consumables, as well as by providing training for its own staff and customers’ staff. 

Institute invests in materials testing laboratory

9th September 2011 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) reports that it has made a significant investment to enhance the offering of its technology centre, by introducing a state-of-the-art material testing laboratory. 

Welding institute invests in strategic technology expansion plan 

By: Sinette Goosen     9th September 2011 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) reports that it has established a two- to three-year strategic plan to improve on and expand the institute’s welding technology and training courses. 

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