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Welding & Cutting News

Mobile sewage cleaning unit available locally

By: Halima Frost     24th April 2020 Local high-pressure pump supplier Werner South Africa Pumps & Equipment has joined forces with sewer cleaning equipment manufacturer Baroclean to supply South Africa’s first rapid response vehicle for sewage cleaning operations. Werner has imported a high-pressure jetting and vacuum pump unit... 

Business is booming for supplier

By: Darren Parker     10th April 2020 Stainless steel vessels and tanks supplier Metal Tank Industries has noted a definite market upswing in the past eight months, particularly in the food and beverage sector, as well as in the industrial sector, in terms of mineral oils, petroleum oils, chemicals and agrochemicals production.... 

Business is booming for supplier
MAKING IT WORK Metal Tank Industries’ streamlined production processes has helped it become more competitive in terms of costing

Cluster emphasises importance of local manufacturing

By: Halima Frost     20th March 2020 It is of utmost importance to be able to draw a definitive line between locally manufactured and imported products in the South African pumps sector, as locally manufactured products need to take precedence over imports in projects, says industry association South African Pump Cluster chairperson... 

Cluster emphasises importance of local manufacturing
HOWARD JONES There is a need for a definitive line between locally manufactured and imported products in the South African pumps sector

Facility upgrades help to ramp up supply

By: Halima Frost     20th March 2020 Local high pressure pump supplier Werner South Africa Pumps & Equipment has successfully improved its turnaround time from between four and six months to between two and three months to manufacture a truck mounted pump system, depending on the unit ordered. “This is subsequent to the... 

Facility upgrades help to  ramp up supply
UNDER THE PUMP Werner Pumps has managed to increase its turnaround time, to relieve the pressure of increased demand, by upgrading its facilities

Ramaphosa presents sustainability award to casting producer

24th January 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa presented local automotive casting producer Atlantis Foundries with the prestigious Best Brownfield / Expansion Project award at the 2019 Investment Conference in Sandton held in November. The award is in recognition of the company’s efforts towards its continued... 

Ramaphosa presents sustainability award  to casting producer
CREATING LOCAL VALUE The award is in recognition of automotive component manufacturers in SA who create value in South Africa and contribute to exports and GDP

First group of MSI welder trainees graduate

By: Yvonne Silaule     22nd January 2020 More than 20 aspiring welding entrepreneurs have graduated after completing a training course under the Mpumalanga Informal Welders Recruitment Programme, which was organised by the Mpumalanga Stainless Initiative (MSI), the Small Enterprise Development Agency and the Manufacturing, Engineering... 

Company expands into boiler manufacturing

By: Cameron Mackay     17th January 2020 Boiler management, consulting, engineering and quality-assurance services provider GM Boiler and Steam Consulting Engineering (GMB) will continue to expand its business this year to include the manufacturing of boilers and boiler components for plant and production industries. Last year, the... 

Company expands into boiler manufacturing
BOILER UPKEEP The company’s knowledge and expertise in refurbishment services has become vital for the maintenance of second- and third-hand boilers

Cloud-based software anchors steel construction design

By: Halima Frost     22nd November 2019 Construction industry services and technology provider Hilti South Africa’s new, fully cloud-based steel anchor design software Profis has been well received in the South African construction sector. Launched in July, Profis Engineering is customised software used in the design of steel anchor... 

Cloud-based software anchors steel construction design
HARD JOB The new cloud-based software makes the design of steel erections, stiffeners and welding associated with the connection easier

Welding safety extends to petrochem industry

By: Theresa Bhowan     22nd November 2019 Welding fumes are known to be particularly poisonous and a contaminant to the surrounding air, which is why welding solutions provider Unique Welding focuses on advanced welding safety, particularly in the petrochemicals industry for companies such as integrated chemicals and petrochemicals... 

Welding safety extends to petrochem industry
BREATHING EASY The powered, air-purifying respirator system not only eliminates welding fumes, but also petrochemical fumes

Industry boasts third positive year despite global downturn

By: Halima Frost     22nd November 2019 Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) chief economist and commercial executive Dr Michael Ade says the local metals and engineering (M&E) industry has thus far had a third ‘good year’ in a row. This is in spite of the current challenge of increasing intermediate... 

Industry boasts third positive year despite global downturn
BRIGHT FUTURE Improved trade to to the Southern African Development Community brings with it a positive outlook for the steel construction industry

Large contracts taking up fire rated cladding

By: Halima Frost     22nd November 2019 South African steel supplier Stalcor has successfully negotiated to supply its Alubond mineral core (A2) noncombustible façade cladding panels for State-owned Airports Company South Africa’s Western Precinct development, which is currently under way. “This is the fourth notable project where the... 

Large contracts taking up fire rated cladding
PRETTY LADY The A2 cladding on the Katherine towers is not only aesthetically pleasing but also noncombustible

Modular installation systems fitted in abattoir

By: Darren Parker     15th November 2019 Multinational construction services company Hilti designed and supplied the modular installation systems to support wet services for chicken producer Early Bird Farms, in Olifantsfontein. Early Bird Farms has been refurbishing and refitting its operations as part of Project Phoenix, which... 

Modular installation systems fitted in abattoir
CRIZETTE VAN DEN BERGH The modular installation system is beneficial in terms of maintenance because of reduced downtime

Correct use of consumables makes a good weld

By: Halima Frost     25th October 2019 Branded welding supplier Unique Welding has significantly upgraded its range of stainless steel consumables to improve weld performance to combat a market flooded with low-quality imported stainless steel welding consumables, Unique Welding CEO Nazmi Adams tells Engineering News. In addition,... 

Correct use of consumables makes  a good weld
IMPORTANT ROLE The welding of stainless steel can be successfully achieved if the welder adheres to the industry rules and standards

Trio makes for steely supply

By: Halima Frost     25th October 2019 Three of South Africa’s most prominent companies in the stainless steel supply chain are completing a substantial supply to a gold mine in the Southern African Development Community. The project entails the supply of 250 t of grade 2304 stainless steel for the manufacture of ten tanks – the... 

Trio makes for  steely supply
RECOIL The knock-on effects of local supply were seen across the project in costs and time saved

Acquisition benefits cutting equipment supplier company

By: Theresa Bhowan     13th September 2019 Taking over plasma and large format laser equipment supplier Messer Cutting Systems’ South African operations has enabled local capital equipment and consumables supplier First Cut to access new products and expand its offering. 

Acquisition benefits cutting equipment supplier company
HIGH-QUALITY ELECTRODES First Cut ensures that South African fabricators can buy high-quality Messer electrodes at a very reasonable price

Innovations lead to versatile marking solutions for warehouse applications

13th September 2019 Identification and traceability company Traceability Solutions is the distributor of laser marking systems Telesis Technologies laser and Dot Meen Marking solutions in South Africa. 

Innovations lead to versatile marking solutions  for warehouse applications
UV/ONE LASER The all-in-one laser can be used for the traceability and identification of products and is designed to mark challenging materials

Laser technology expands company’s service offerings

By: Theresa Bhowan     13th September 2019 Coating technology specialist Thermaspray has recently launched and installed its new laser cladding system, which has broadened the scope of the industries it serves. 

Laser technology expands company’s service offerings
LASER PRECISION Thermaspray’s laser cladding system was launched at its Olifantsfontien facility

Partnership provides value to fabrication industry

By: Theresa Bhowan     13th September 2019 Local nitrogen generator manufacturer NitraLife’s partnership with Swiss steel processing original-equipment manufacturer Bystronic is adding significant value to end-user customers in the fabrication sector. 

Partnership provides value to fabrication industry
NITROGEN GENERATION The NitraCut system was specifically designed for the laser cutting market

Company becomes first validation facility in South Africa

9th September 2019 Welding and construction equipment-related supplier Renttech South Africa has become the first local validation facility which is able to provide a service to industry validating welding equipment according to ISO 17662 standards. Renttech is a company within the Bidvest Group’s Commercial... 

Foundation partners with companies to develop welding skills

6th September 2019 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) Foundation is inviting players in the welding industry to channel their social responsibility budgets towards a noble cause – helping train young people to give them a life-time career in the welding industry. The SAIW Foundation is currently... 

Foundation partners with companies to develop welding skills
SIDE BY SIDE SAIW provides the required institutional training, while the partner company can either provide workplace training or assist in placing the apprentices with an employer organisation Seen here is:Landi Xaba, SAIW lecturer David Makoge and Mmaphete Boipeto Robin Phete

Institute focused on upskilling of welders

6th September 2019 The welding industry and the economy in South Africa are experiencing challenging times, which has an impact on the business of the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW),  says caretaker executive director Jim Guild. “In tough times perhaps more than any other time, it’s important for... 

Institute focused on upskilling of welders
JIM GUILD Welding is a primary production process across all industries and offers opportunities at all levels of education and in all types of fields

Positive response to SAIW’s newly launched programme

6th September 2019 There has been an encouraging response to the revamped Welding Inspectors Programme recently launched by the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW), says training services manager Shelton Zichawo. “After a deep analysis, extensive research and taking into account the needs and desires of... 

Positive response to SAIW’s newly launched programme
SHELTON ZICHAWO From a local industry perspective, the advantages of the new Welding Inspectors programme are enormous

SAIW ventures into Kenyan training programme

6th September 2019 For many years, the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) has been extending its services all over Africa. In the latest venture, the SAIW partnered with a local organisation and played a major role in training two Kenyan trainers to be able to run training courses in Shielded Metal Arc... 

SAIW ventures into Kenyan training programme
SETTING UP SHOP The SAIW works with local organisations to help them set up and establish suitable training facilities with skilled staff

Company becomes first validation facility in South Africa

6th September 2019 Welding and construction equipment-related supplier Renttech South Africa has become the first local validation facility which is able to provide a service to industry validating welding equipment according to ISO 17662 standards. Renttech is a company within the Bidvest Group’s Commercial... 

NDT provider invests in growing capacity

By: Halima Frost     19th July 2019 Over the past year, heating and testing contractor NDT Projects has taken on new technologies and moved to new premises to bolster its nondestructive testing (NDT) capabilities. The larger facility not only enables the company to accommodate bigger workloads comfortably but also offers more... 

Additional air compressor installed at pharmaceuticals company

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     12th July 2019 Air compressor products distributor and solution provider Tru Compressor Solutions assisted pharmaceutical company Union Swiss in installing an additional 132 kW oil-free air compressor at its facility, in Boksburg, last month. Union Swiss needed a new oil free compressor owing to the fact that... 

Additional air compressor installed at pharmaceuticals company
INCREASED AIR FLOW By supplying 3 inches of piping with a header it will increase the flow of air to the customers plant

Industry needs to ‘normalise’ to foster growth

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     21st June 2019 The local gas and welding industry is still a reflection of what it was about 20 years ago and the industry is using less than 20% of the productive economy, which subsequently inhibits growth and development of the industry, says integrated gas and welding solutions provider Unique Welding... 

Industry needs  to ‘normalise’  to foster growth
NAZMI ADAMS Unique Welding Alloys is actively educating its clients about the risks it faces as well as the solutions it employs to ensure their health and safety

Welding industry shows steady growth and stability

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     21st June 2019 The welding industry is more stable, compared with other industries, such as civil engineering and construction, says mainstream industrial plant and equipment rental company Afritech Equipment Solutions projects manager Mornay Nortje. He tells Engineering News that demand for welding equipment... 

Welding industry shows steady growth and stability
COMPLETE SOLUTION Afritech Equipment Solutions offer clients on-site turnkey equipment and consumable solutions

Welding industry still offers viable opportunities

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     21st June 2019 Owing to minimal project work being undertaken in the private and public sectors, many companies involved in welding activities are reliant on maintenance projects, says nonprofit technical organisation Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) caretaker executive director Jim Guild. However,... 

Welding industry still offers viable opportunities
WELDING WANT There is a shortage of welding industry professionals and a need for highly-skilled individuals

Unique cutting tool enhancing SA projects

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     21st June 2019 Construction products and fastener distributor Upat, which exclusively distributes power tools manufacturer Milwaukee power tool products in Southern Africa, is supplying the Milwaukee M18 FMCS metal-cutting saw to several projects in South Africa. Upat provides solutions for construction,... 

Unique cutting tool  enhancing SA projects
IMPROVED DESIGN The Milwaukee M18 FMCS metal-cutting saw uses a Powerstate brushless motor, which improves the motor life of the tool by up to ten times that of the competition

Regular boiler maintenance key in stable power

7th June 2019 Multinational conglomerate GE is aware of the pressures faced by power producers, especially utilities, to improve efficiency and productivity within their steam plants. For South Africa, regular maintenance to major upgrades and retrofits of utility power plants and in particular the boilers, is... 

Regular boiler maintenance key in stable power
OHHH SO STEAMY GE offers a comprehensive range of steam power solutions to the continent

Rust preventive coating now available in aerosol

31st May 2019 Last month, corrosion control technology developer Cortec Corporation launched the EcoAir Tool & Die Rust Preventative to cut costs and meet the needs of mold, tool, and die manufacturers and end-users. This liquid rust preventative comes in a non-flammable spray can that makes it easier to use... 

Rust preventive coating now available in aerosol
CAN IT The rust preventative is now easier to use and store in the aerosol can

Provider develops specialised stainless steel roll

By: Cameron Mackay     31st May 2019 Stainless steel technical services and products provider SMS group has developed a specialised roll for its stainless steel plants. “Reliable and precise flatness measurement is of paramount importance. These rolls carry the brand name X-Shape and are part of the X-Pact product family, which... 

Provider develops specialised stainless steel roll
DIGITAL COMMITMENTS The Manufacturing Execution System and Genius Condition Monitoring System illustrate the company’s commitment to digitalisation and smart plants

Inaugural event to highlight local manufacturing capabilities

By: Halima Frost     17th May 2019 The first Local Southern African Manufacturing Expo (LME), which aims to highlight the capabilities of local manufacturers and, subsequently the ability to export, will be held from May 21 to 23, 2019 at the Expo Centre Nasrec, in Johannesburg. The expo will be hosted by the South African Capital... 

Inaugural event to highlight local manufacturing capabilities
CENTRE OF ATTENTION The inaugural Local Southern African Manufacturing Expo is set to feature more than 130 exhibitors

Welding machines and services on show

10th May 2019 Gas supplier Afrox will be showcasing its integrated range of services and solutions for the agricultural sector at the Grain SA Nampo Harvest Day, which will be held from May 14 to 17, near Bothaville, in the Free State. This includes Afrox’s latest cutting, heating and welding equipment and... 

Welding machines and services on show
SPARKING INTEREST Afrox hopes to generate an interest at its stand by offering daily prizes for best welder

Assembly-line extension ensures efficient automotive production

By: Cameron Mackay     12th April 2019 An assembly-line extension at a major automotive producer in Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape, which included replacing the existing MOVITRANS contactless energy transfer system with the latest version, has allowed for more efficient assembly of vehicles on the production line, says... 

Assembly-line extension ensures efficient  automotive production
NEW HEIGHTS A height table needs to be built into the system, providing flexibility in changing the height of the stations as the requirement changes

Projects in DRC keep local businesses afloat

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     12th April 2019 With a lack of investment and new projects locally, stainless steel fabricator Vessel Fab has expanded its offering into Africa and has been working on a few projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and its neighbouring countries. Over the past decade there has been an exponential... 

Projects in DRC keep local businesses afloat
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