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Welding & Cutting News

South Africa’s largest laser-cutting system successfully installed

22nd April 2011 Leading distributors of international capital equipment First Cut has completed the successful installation of a new Maximo – the largest laser-cutting system of its kind in the country. 

Austrian welding academy awarded local accreditation

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     28th January 2011 The Austrian Welding Academy Trust (AWA) has been awarded Authorised Training Board (ATB) status by the South African Institute of Welding (SAIW) and International Institute of Welding Programme (IIW). 

Young Cape welder to represent South Africa 
at London event 

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     22nd October 2010 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) has named Chris van Zijl, from the Western Cape, as the country’s ‘2010 Young Welder of the Year’.

Van Zijl, who won the carbon steel category, will represent South Africa in London next year at the World Skills competition. 

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. 

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.  

Three new robotic welding processes unveiled at mining show

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     15th October 2010 Power and automation solutions company ABB and its partner welding consumables manufacturer Fronius have exhibited three new welding applications and robots at the 2010 Electra Mining expo. 

Demonstration centre to play key role in 
skills transfer

10th September 2010 Local supplier of welding consumables and equipment ESAB has included a demonstration centre at its new offices and warehousing facility, in the Longmeadow Business Estate, east of Johannesburg. 

Work on track at Medupi – JV partner

By: Eleanor Seggie     10th September 2010 Structural steel work producer A Leita Steel Construction reports that its involvement in State-owned power utility Eskom’s Medupi power station project is on track. 

Competitive pricing in the face of Chinese competition

By: Eleanor Seggie     10th September 2010 Welding equipment and consumables supplier Gillingham Welding Systems member Glen Gillingham says that business growth is being hampered by the amount of cheap, dubious-quality equipment available on the market – a challenge for many South African businesses. 

New standard to enhance certification scheme

10th September 2010 The Southern African Institute of Welding’s (SAIW’s) certification division SAIW Certification’s (SCERT’s) welding fabricators certification scheme, which accredits welding fabricators to the South African National Standards (SANS) 3834 standard, will be boosted by the SANS 347:2010, which is... 

Spotlight on the 
newly elected SAIW president

10th September 2010 University of Pretoria (UP) head for the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering Professor Madeleine du Toit has been elected president of the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW).  

Supplier reports 
increased demand for welding equipment

10th September 2010 Industrial gases, welding equipment, consumables and related products supplier Weld-Cut Equipment is experiencing a growing demand for the Gemini range of welding electrodes and the mild steel metal inert gas (mig) range of wires. 

Swapping guns 
for welding rods

10th September 2010 The first group of 30 Niger Delta welder trainers recently graduated from the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW), as international welding practitioners (IWP).  

Institute calls for structured skills development

10th September 2010 Welders need to be trained through a credible programme that delivers the high skill levels required by industry, as all programmes do not do this, Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) executive director Jim Guild claims. 

Steel group to supply training academy with materials

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     27th August 2010 As part of its corporate responsibility initiative, steel producer BSI Steel will provide black empowered engineering training academy Ikhaya Fundisa Techniskills Academy (IFTA) with scrap metal worth R25 000 a month. 

New welding system to slash artisan training costs

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     6th August 2010 Welding supply company Bohler Uddeholm Africa has introduced a virtual welding system, which will contribute to welder training by developing the skills of young, inexperienced artisans and reducing the costs associated with training. 

Contractor reintroduces explosive welding for Eskom water heaters 

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     2nd July 2010 Steinmuller Engineering Services, has re-introduced explosive welding technology for the refurbishment of high pressure feed water heaters. 

Investment made in 
laser-cutting machine from Germany 

By: Dimakatso Motau     18th June 2010 Supplier and installer of quality products to the building industry Aluglass has recently invested in a R350 000 laser-cutting machine from Germany. 

Course developed in cooperation with British expert

11th June 2010 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) Painting Inspector course, which plays a critical role in developing and expanding the skills and expertise of plant and construction inspectors, has been refreshed and revitalised, bringing it in line with worldwide best practice, reports the... 

Association name change part of relaunch

11th June 2010 The Pressure Vessel Manufacturers Association (PVMA) has changed its name to the Pressure Equipment Manufacturers Association (PEMA) in response to changing market conditions. 

R1,5m investment in new machinery

11th June 2010 Specialist engineering services company Allweld Marine & Industrial, in Cape Town, has, following a year of sustained growth, invested R1,5-million in new machines for their expanding machine shop business. 

Local CNC turning and milling service introduced

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     11th June 2010 Laser profiling and cutting specialists General Profiling has expanded its business offerings and opened a new department in the company, that will offer computer numerically controlled (CNC) turning and milling as an added service to its clients. 

Submerged arc welding equipment range launched

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     11th June 2010 Submerged arc welding (SAW) equipment supplier Argon Arc Welding Supplies, successfully launched its new range of the SAW equipment, complemented by Hyundai wire and flux, at the start of the year. 

Developing welding skills among South Africa’s youth 

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     11th June 2010 The South African Institute of Welding (SAIW) executive director Jim Guild tells Engineering news that industry support for the Young Welder of the Year competition has been positive. 

New brand results in increased order book

11th June 2010 Since adding the Lincoln welding brand to its offerings, welding and cutting specialists Goscor Arc, which previously only offered Esab welding consumables, has seen its order book increase. 

Welding and gas giant’s electrode sales remain buoyant

11th June 2010 Welding gas and consumables company Afrox reports that the sales of its Vitemax welding electrodes have remained buoyant despite the economic downturn. 

Specialist adds new product ranges to welding division

11th June 2010 Wear and corrosion specialist Weartech has recently added two more product ranges to its welding division, which currently supplies wear solutions company Deloro Stellite products, alloy specialist Special Metals (previously known as Inco Alloy) as well as welding product suppliers Kiswel, Oxford... 

Linear friction welding machine developed

11th June 2010 A linear friction welding machine, designed for use in aerospace and automotive applications, has been developed by international motion control solutions company Moog and welding specialists Thompson Friction Welding. 

Industrial laser system built at international research centre

11th June 2010 A new hall with a semi-industrial laser system has been built at the GKSS Research Centre, in Geesthacht, Germany, and was officially opened in April by representatives of the GKSS and aircraft manufacturer Airbus. 

Providing materials 
expertise for friction stir welded dome

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     11th June 2010 Aluminium producer Alcoa reports that its aluminum lithium plate is featured in the American space agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (Nasa’s) friction-stir welded, spun-form dome. 

Engineering product specialist feels strain of downturn

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     11th June 2010 Last year’s economic turmoil has negatively affected international engineering product specialist Messer-Eutectic, particularly in its machine sales department, and this year the company is experiencing significantly lower turnover in machine sales, says MD Maurice Mawson. 

New robotic welder reduces thin-metal burn-through risk

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     23rd April 2010 International welding systems company SKS Welding Systems (SKS), with its South African distributor Motoman Robotics has launched a new robotic welder for use on thin sheet metal to counter the challenge of thin metals burning through when using a conventional welder. 

Wired and welded: the ESAB connection

By: sue charlton     2nd April 2010 South African supplier of welding consumables and equipment ESAB Africa Welding and Cutting reports that extensive returns on investment for customers using their OK AristoRod metal innert gas (MIG) welding wire. 

Afrox cautious about 2010 after profit slumps 43%

By: Chanel de Bruyn     18th February 2010 Gases and welding company African Oxygen (Afrox) remained cautious on the outlook for 2010, but was “optimistic” that the cost reduction and productivity enhancement initiatives it had undertaken last year, would improve its market position. The group, led by CEO Tjaart Kruger, on Thursday said... 

Robot raises access automation product firm’s efficiency by 40%

By: Leandi Kolver     30th October 2009 Johannesburg-based gate motors and access automation products manufacturer Centurion Systems, recently acquired the Arcmate 120iB robot from Fanuc Robotics for its computer numerically controlled (CNC) lathe production facility. 

Gear maker establishes service centre in response to growing demand 

By: Leandi Kolver     21st August 2009 Gear manufacturer David Brown Gear Industries has extended its capabilities by adding an in-house gear service centre at its premises in Benoni, east of Johannesburg. 

Afrox says earnings could drop 50% to 60%  

By: Chanel de Bruyn     4th August 2009 Gases and welding company African Oxygen (Afrox) on Tuesday advised that its basic earnings a share and headline earnings a share for the six months ended June 30, 2009, would be between 50% and 60% lower than the year before. Afrox’ results would be published on August 27.  

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