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Welding & Cutting News

Funding required to tackle skills shortage

By: Jade Davenport     17th June 2005 The South African welding industry is experiencing a severe shortage of highly-skilled welders and, according to Jim Guild, executive director of the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW), the shortage is going to get significantly worse in the near future. 

Products to keep welders safe and healthy

By: Jade Davenport     17th June 2005 Health and safety has become a key concern in the South African mining, petrochemical and manufacturing industries in recent years and, in particular, the health and safety of welders in these key sectors has recently received more attention as welding represents a significant percentage of... 

New plasma cutting technology now in SA

By: Jade Davenport     17th June 2005 Plasma cutting is generally considered to be a technologically-advanced system of cutting, but this has recently been taken to a new level as supplier of plasma cutting machines, Messer Cutting Systems, has introduced a new range of plasma cutting technology to South Africa. 

Beware of pirate equipment

By: abdul cook     17th June 2005 A leading gas equipment supplier has warned users and operators of cutting and welding equipment to carefully check the origin and quality standards of their equipment for safety reasons. 

Belgian welding specialist appoints South African agent

17th June 2005 Internationally-renowned welding consumable and equipment manufacturer Lastek, of Belgium, has appointed East Rand-based Weartech as its official distributor in South Africa. 

Welding-wire specialist sticks to core business

By: abdul cook     17th June 2005 The world’s leading manufacturer of tubular welding wire – commonly termed flux-cored wire – 

Company looking to expand into Africa

By: Mariaan Webb     17th June 2005 Formed in the 1980s, Reeflex Welding is still, after more than 20 years, innovative in the design and manufacture of its proudly-South African welding machines. 

Capacity gap has to be welded shut

By: peter cromberge     17th June 2005 Planned capital investment programmes amounting to R165-billion in the next five years are expected to spotlight South Africa’s chronic shortage of skilled welding and cutting artisans. 

Top SA welder heads for skills Olympics

By: Helene Le Roux     29th April 2005 Next month, South Africa’s best young welder will for the first time take part in the WorldSkills competition, which will be held in Helsinki, Finland. 

Petrochemical project for welding machine specialist

By: abdul cook     25th March 2005 Port Elizabeth-based Fabinox Projects is taking delivery of three more Orbital welding machines, increasing its total Orbital equipment to seven. 

Taking a closer look at the future of welding and joining

By: Karel Smrcka     3rd December 2004 Research and development activities across the world are evaluating friction stir welding, or FSW. 

Auto industry drives welding innovation

By: Karel Smrcka     26th November 2004 The automotive industry sector represents close to one third of the welding market in Western Europe. 

Big personal stamp

By: Martin Creamer     26th November 2004 Different strategy still has Ngcaba's adrenalin pumping 

What's next in the world of welding

By: Karel Smrcka     19th November 2004 Since the introduction of the coated electrode 100 years ago, several other processes have been invented, for instance SAW (submerged arc welding), TIG (tungsten inert gas) welding, MIG/MAG (metal inert gas/metal active gas) welding, plasma cutting and FCAW (flux cored arc) welding. 

Gauteng firm secures bandsaw agency

1st October 2004 Electroplated-diamond, sapphire and cubic-boron-nitride tool manufacturer, EFS Super Abrasives of Bedfordview, Gauteng, has secured the sole South African agency for the bandsaw-blade range produced by S 

Rail equipment supplier goes the BEE route

By: Zonika Botha     25th June 2004 In what has been described as an important step in transforming the South African railway sector, Thermitrex, the country’s leading manufacturer and supplier of oil thermal welding consumables and equipment for rail application, has acquired a black equity partner. 

Shielding-gas solution found

By: zeena isaacs     18th June 2004 South African welding product innovator Shield Surface Technologies developed and patented a solution to the shielding-gas waste problem, called the Shielding Gas Economiser (SGE), in February this year. 

Inverter range launched

By: zeena isaacs     18th June 2004 The welding division of Metabo subsidiary Elektra Beckum, established in 2002, launched a new range of Inverters, called the E-Hand range, last month. 

R1,3m order received for cutting machine

By: zeena isaacs     18th June 2004 One of South Africa’s oldest welding suppliers and sole distributor of world-leading ESAB welding and cutting equipment in the country, Arc Engineering, has sold its first ESAB Eagle Precision Plasma mechanised cutting machine to Catovent, in Gauteng, in March. 

Welding skills shortage worsens

By: zeena isaacs     18th June 2004 The South African Institute of Welding (SAIW) reports that there remains a significant skills shortage in the South African welding industry. 

Technical database on welding is launched

By: zeena isaacs     18th June 2004 South Africa’s leading supplier of welding and cutting equipment Afrox will be launching its subscriber-based Website, called Inform, this month. 

Three new cutting machines for profiling company

18th June 2004 Johannesburg steel and stainless steel service centre company general profiling reports that, as part of its latest expansion project, it will be importing three new machines. The machines are due to be commissioned between October and November, this year. 

KZN business grows through acquisition

18th June 2004 Holding company Thermadyne South Africa bought Kwazulu-Natal-based Selrod Welding in February this year. 

Short stub fittings accommodated

18th June 2004 One of the world’s most respected orbital welding equipment manufacturers, Orbimatic GmbH, is pleased to announce the details of its Orbiweld 12 micro weld head. 

Backing tape increases weld productivity

18th June 2004 Backing tape used in the welding of seams or runs help to prevent weld failures and produce flat, slag-free welds, requiring no grinding or backgouging. 

Industrial welders available

18th June 2004 Diesel- and petrol-driven Buddy Welder industrial welders have been launched by LMech Engineering. 

Agency products complement local company’s range

18th June 2004 South African-based CNC manufacturer Efamatic Machine Tools was recently appointed as the sole agent for the full range of Euma-Spinner Machining Centres. 

Cheap flashback arrestors are a safety hazard

18th June 2004 A flood of low-quality flashback arrestors from the East could be putting fabricators at odds with the provisions of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), according to gas equipment distributor Harris Calorific. 

South and sub-Saharan Africa distribution rights secured

18th June 2004 A new brand of locally-maunfactured welding consumables, Techniweld, has granted Wilec exclusive distribution rights throughout South and sub-Saharan Africa. 

Pipe systems supplier buys top pipe-tools technology

18th June 2004 Leading pipe systems supplier Amitech has ordered four Rothenberger butt-fusion welding machines for its Gauteng factory and its subsidiary company in Richards Bay. 

New tool cutter speeds up production

18th June 2004 The laminations division of Alstom Electrical Machines has recently speeded up the manufacture of slot tooling for lamination production for large motors due to the acquisition of a state-of-the-art electrical discharge machine (EDM). 

Girder use in fabricated-steel structures increases

18th June 2004 ISO 9001-accredited structural steel fabricator the Cosira Group has reported a marked increase in the use of girders in fabricated steel structures. 

R2,2m wire-mill project increases production speeds

18th June 2004 In line with constant development and improvements in quality, the South African division of the Welding Alloys Group, Wasa, replaced one of its wire manufacturing mills at a cost of R2,2 million. 

Automatic welding solution installed

18th June 2004 Following a review of the company’s development programme, leading indigenous supplier of high-purity water solutions in Ireland, Waterman Purification, decided to expand its in-house high-purity welding ability at its plant last year. 

Health and safety to be championed at conference

18th June 2004 The UK’s only welding, joining, cutting and fabrication exhibition, Weldex, will draw on the success of last year’s show by hosting a health and safety pavilion. 

Demand increases for welding and safety screens

18th June 2004 With greater significance being placed on safety in the workplace, more companies are looking for ways to protect personnel against the harsh ultra violet (UV) light and dangerous UV radiation, which occurs during welding processes. 

Welding range back in SA

18th June 2004 Making its long-awaited return to South Africa, ITW has awarded the distributorship for its Hobart BetaMig range of welding machines to Oerlikon South Africa (OESA). 

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