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Welding & Cutting News

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). 

Gas welding and cutting accessories are available

18th June 2004 Part of Matus’s industrial division Matweld has launched a range of gas-welding and cutting accessories. 

Lightweight inverter welder comes on to the market

18th June 2004 Welding supply company Main Welding Supplies SA has launched a new Selco inverter for welding coated electrodes (MMA) and non-consumable tungsten electrodes (TIG). 

Welding group forecasts global upturn

27th April 2004 The first quarter of 2004 saw record sales for UK-based weld-purging and welding accessories company, Huntingdon Fusion Techniques (HFT), which it claims could indicate a global upturn. The results follow on from a year in which the company’s sales grew at the fastest rate since the 1980s. 

R7m gear-cutting upgrade

16th April 2004 Long-established company Mesh Gear has spent R7-million in the past three years on new equipment. 

New mill for SA cored welding wire group

19th March 2004 In line with constant development and improvements in quality, the South African division of the Welding Alloys Group, Wasa, has decided to replace one of it’s wire manufacturing mills at a cost of R2,2-million. 

Upgraded steel inspection line to feature laser welding

By: candice haase     3rd October 2003 The upgrade of steel producer Iscor’s inspection line, due for final commissioning this month, incorporates synthetic single-crystal yttrium aluminium garnet (Yag) laser technology. 

Welding equipment supplier investigates e-business opportunities

By: candice haase     3rd October 2003 Johannesburg welding and cutting equipment and consumable supplier Weld-Cut Equipment is weighing up the benefits of electronic business. 

3D plasma cutting introduced by robotics group

By: candice haase     3rd October 2003 South African robotics company Motoman Robotic Systems is integrating plasma- cutting technology, suited to plane and three-dimensional (3D) cutting applications, with the robotic technology it assembles for local industry. 

Award-winning air-plasma cutting technology further refined

By: candice haase     3rd October 2003 A local welding and cutting equipment wholesaler and distributor has refined air-plasma cutting technology for light industrial and do-it-yourself applications. 

Welding equipment supplier investigates e-business opportunities

By: candice haase     3rd October 2003 Johannesburg welding and cutting equipment and consumable supplier Weld-Cut Equipment is weighing up the benefits of electronic business.? 

Welding and cutting company diversifies

By: candice haase     3rd October 2003 A tool that will enable rural communities to control their water consumption is now being produced by a company previously focused solely on providing welding and cutting services. 

Cutting company to expand its premises

By: candice haase     3rd October 2003 A Johannesburg cutting company will expand its facilities to accommodate organic growth, and to meet the manufacturing requirements stipulated by many of its clients. 

Gas supplier goes interactive

By: candice haase     3rd October 2003 Drawing on its intellectual capital and experience in the field of welding processes, gas producer Afrox will later this year launch an Internet site that will serve as a resource for South African organisations that use welding as part of their manufacturing process. 

Wanted: Skilled welders

By: candice haase     3rd October 2003 In April this year, the Southern African Institute of Welders convened a workshop to discuss the state of skills levels among welders in South Africa. 

TFM Industries

9th May 2003 TFM Industries is a specialist manufacturer of load bodies for commercial vehicles. 

Firm diversifies to include water-jet cutting

7th March 2003 One of the most sophisticated and powerful water-jet cutting machines in the country has been commissioned by engineering company General Profiling. 

February commissioning for water-jet cutter

By: marisa rodrigues     18th October 2002 What will reportedly be the most sophisticated and powerful water jet cutting machine in the country, is due to be commissioned by local company General Profiling in February next year. 

Equipment-rental firm expands service base

By: Taryn Leicher     18th October 2002 East Rand-based company Pro-Durity specialises in the rental of welding and construction equipment throughout South Africa, as well acting as a hiring company with on-site offices at some of the biggest developments in the country. 

Yag laser system to be introduced to SA

By: candice haase     4th October 2002 Ever since government began to intensify the development of the automotive component industry, the potential for laser technology has been identified by tooling technology company Retecon. 

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