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Welding & Cutting News

NLC to start production on LENS additive manufacturing system ‘asap’ 

By: Samantha Herbst     1st March 2013 As part of its additive manufacturing programme launched last year, the National Laser Centre (NLC) hopes to start production work on its Laser Engineered Net-Shaping (LENS) technology system as soon as possible, says NLC laser-enabled manufacturing (LEM) manager Hansie Pretorius. The LENS... 

Biomedical robot use on growth path – Yaskawa

By: Martin Creamer     26th February 2013 The use of robots in the biomedical field is expected to grow significantly, says the Japanese Yaskawa, which is investing in its newly acquired Southern African growth platform. Yaskawa Europe COO Manfred Stern told Engineering News Online that 25 of the company’s dual-arm robots were being put... 

Afrox to report higher 2012 basic earnings

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th February 2013 Industrial gases and welding group Afrox on Wednesday said it expected its basic earnings a share for the 2012 financial year to be between 38% and 58% higher than that of 2011. The increase in basic earnings a share was primarily derived from the consequences of the significant impairments... 

Afrox concludes R41m Lindoflamm and bulk gases deal

8th February 2013 Gas products and services company Africa Oxygen (Afrox) concluded a R41-million Lindoflamm and bulk gases deal with Secunda-based welding, fabrication and maintenance company Hydra-Arc. 

Cape Town gets new marine artisans training centre

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     12th October 2012 Shipyard and service provider to international marine, oil and gas industries, DCD Marine, has committed to the advancement of artisans in the South African engineering sector, with the development if a marine industry-specific training facility in Cape Town. 

Eskom sets up school to train specialist welders  

By: Terence Creamer     5th October 2012 Eskom CEO Brian Dames says the utility has taken on board criticism over the fact that it is continuing to employ foreign specialist welders at its power station projects and has established an internal welding school to redress the situation. Speaking at a South African Chamber of Commerce and... 

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... 

Gas purity, quality critical for laser-cutting applications 

31st August 2012 Cognisant of the impact that impure oxygen can have on the final product produced by laser oxygen cutting, industrial and specialty gas products and chemicals company Air Products South Africa has a specialised plant that produces Lasox. Air Products’ Cryoease division produces and supplies the... 

Key focus on technical competence as competition rises

By: Schalk Burger     31st August 2012 The number of medium- and heavy-steel projects in South Africa and globally should ensure medium growth for industrial holding company VBV Holdings, but the company must remain globally competitive to grow, says VBV Holdings chairperson Gary van den Berg. 

Steel fabricator accelerates welder training programme

By: Schalk Burger     31st August 2012 Local steel fabricator Carbon Steel Fabricators (CSF) has trained 45 welders in its newly opened welding training facility, in Vanderbijlpark, and aims to train welders from all its sister companies under industrial holding company VBV Holdings, says CSF GM Duncan Viljoen. 

SA welding skills stagnant 

By: Sashnee Moodley     27th July 2012 South African industry is constrained by the increasing gap between the number of available skilled welders and the demand for skilled welders, asserts Free State-based specialist welder training organisation SIH Training Expertise training manager Styles Hood. 

SA needs to accelerate expert welder training programmes

By: Schalk Burger     22nd June 2012 Expert training programmes to develop internationally accredited welding personnel are needed for South Africa’s manufacturing industry to compete on the international stage and to meet South Africa’s infrastructure development aspirations, says University of Pretoria welding expert and... 

National approach needed to grow SA’s GDP, says institute

By: Gia Costella     15th June 2012 South Africa’s failure to pay sufficient attention to the welding industry has resulted in a higher level of imported products and labour, which negatively impacts on the manufacturing sector, the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) and employment, says Southern African Institute of Welding... 

Research body says lack of laser technology knowledge a concern

By: Gia Costella     15th June 2012 A lack of knowledge about the advantages and availability of laser cutting and welding technologies is a challenge for the industry, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Laser Materials Processing competence area manager Dr Federico Sciammarella tells Engineering News. 

New machinery to improve quality of butt welds

By: Gia Costella     15th June 2012 The Installation and Fabrication Plastic Pipe Association (Ifpa) and its parent body, the Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma), have made a bend testing machine available to Plastics SA for training and testing purposes.  

Supplier develops new welding technique

By: Gia Costella     15th June 2012 Air-cooled heat exchangers supplier GEA Aircooled Systems has developed and applied for a full patent on a new method for the orbital welding of tubes, welding engineer Angel Krustev tells Engineering News. 

International partnerships offer solutions provider growth opportunities

By: Gia Costella     15th June 2012 Cutting consumables and capital equipment supplier First Cut says partnering with international companies has given it a competitive edge in the cutting industry, enabling it to provide its clients with total solutions. 

Sweden-based company continues to grow in Africa

By: Gia Costella     15th June 2012 International welding equipment and consumables manufacturer ESAB continues to grow its offering to the South African market, welding consumables product manager Kim Brightwell tells Engineering News. 

South Korean product range success

By: Gia Costella     15th June 2012 Welding equipment and consumables supplier Gillingham Welding Systems member Glen Gillingham says its distribution of South Korean equipment manufacturer Daewoo’s welding equipment has been indispensable to the company’s growth and success.  

Manufacturer introduces new power cutter

15th June 2012 Machinery and diamond tools manufacturer Husqvarna has produced a modern, compact and streamlined power cutter that enables users to improve productivity. 

More office-to-apartment conversions planned for Joburg

By: Schalk Burger     1st June 2012 Two more office blocks are being converted into apartments on the corner of End and Bree streets, in Johannesburg, by low-income housing developer Affordable Housing Company (Afhco), which also developed the adjacent park, including building jungle gyms, and sports and action soccer courts, says... 

Company provides heat solution for stainless steel industry

By: Yolandi Booyens     1st June 2012 Technology company 3M reports a growing interest in its abrasive system technology, which assists in reducing the risks associated with heat build-up in the stainless steel industry. 

New welding products use less power 

By: Dimakatso Motau     6th April 2012 Large supplier of welding consumables ESAB introduced gas-cutting apparatus and welding electrodes specifically for the South African market, in March, to further meet the growing demands of its customers. 

Steel specialist moves to 22 000 m2 premises 

By: Natalie Greve     6th April 2012 Steel plate processing and fabrication specialists VR Laser Services has recently moved to a new 22 000 m2 manufacturing facility, in Boksburg, east of Johannesburg, effectively doubling its factory size and enabling it to meet increased international demand. 

Consumables, capital equipment supplier plans to grow market share

By: Reggie Sikhakhane     2nd March 2012 Cutting consumables and capital equipment supplier First Cut plans to continue increasing its market share and add new products to its existing range, says sales director Gary Willis.  

Manufacturers looking to control supply chain to curtail price rises

By: Schalk Burger     10th February 2012 Concrete-products equipment company PMSA is building a factory for steel component manufacturer TWR Steel Services, who will give preferential supply to PMSA’s equipment manufacturing division, in an effort to control its supply of critical parts, says PMSA sales and marketing manager Quintin... 

Afrox appoints new MD

9th December 2011 Industrial gases, welding and safety products group Afrox has appointed Brett Kimber as MD. Kimber, who is currently the CEO of Linde Korea, would take over as CEO from January 1.  

Swedish range of cutting machines offers more benefits

14th October 2011 Supplier of cutting consumables and capital equipment First Cut has started distributing a new range of cutting machines and consumables from Swiss-based supplier of solutions for the processing of sheet metal and other sheet materials Bystronic. 

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. 

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