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Welding & Cutting News

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.  

SA company invests in high-tech steel-profiling machine

By: Leandi Kolver     17th July 2009 Specialist dished-head manufacturing company Tank Ends Engineering has unveiled a three-dimensional computer numerically controlled CNC Profiler - one of only three profilers in the world.  

Merged gas and welding company opens new premises

By: Darren Parker     29th May 2009 Gas and welding company Cosmo Industrial officially opened its new R50-million premises in Silverton, Pretoria, last week. 

Welding Institute makes quality history

16th January 2009 At a ceremony held at the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) in November 2008, South Africa's first local welding fabricators were certified to the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) 3834 standard. 

French welding brand finds SA home

By: Guy Copans     21st November 2008 Industrial gases, welding equipment, consumables and related products supplier Weld-Cut has been awarded the exclusive rights to distribute SAF-FRO equipment, a brand owned by French group Air Liquide Welding (ALW), in South Africa. Weld-cut is a wholly owned subsidiary of Air Liquide Southern... 

Vibration specialist expands product range

By: Loni Prinsloo     10th October 2008 Sound and vibration specialist Vibranalysis Instrumentation Southern Africa has released an all in one tri-axial accelerometer data collection and analysis system, the Svantek SV 100 human vibration meter, to the South African market. 

In-house training protects welding company from skills dearth

By: Jonathan Faurie     13th June 2008 While many companies in South Africa are feeling the ill effects of the current skills crises, specialised welding maintenance and fabrication company JJ Engineering reports that the company has not yet been affected. 

Top awards for KZN company

13th June 2008 Diversified engineering company Elgin Engineering has been awarded the Southern African Institute of Welding’s (SAIW’s) 2007 Gold Medal in recognition of its achievements in the design and manufacture of equipment for the sugar, petrochemical and pulp and paper industries. 

Tooling company releases new butt welding heating element

13th June 2008 Diversified machine tooling company Rothenberger has launched a new heating element for use in butt welding machine applications. 

Multitasking welding system contains costs, boosts efficiency

By: Jonathan Faurie     13th June 2008 Advanced arc welding technologies can be applied to contain costs and improve efficiencies, reports welding consumables and welding gas-focused company Afrox. 

Company certification scheme approved by international body

13th June 2008 The International Institute of Welding (IIW) has approved the Southern African Institute of Welding's (SAIW's) company certification scheme, which has been accredited by the European Welding Federation (EWF). 

Welding association initiates international standards-based training

13th June 2008 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) has initiated a scheme where four South African students are currently completing a course that qualifies them as international fillet welders. 

Local laser research to improve surface weld process quality

By: Jonathan Faurie     13th June 2008 Ongoing research conducted at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) National Laser Centre is hoping to improve the quality of weld surfacing processes, reports the organisation. 

Capital expansion fires up gas company's key business areas

13th June 2008 Welding gas and consumables company Afrox is hoping that its capital expansion programme, which is nearing completion, will allow the company to improve on key business areas. 

Industrial gas company takes next BEE step

13th June 2008 Medical and industrial gas company Air Liquide Southern Africa, part of the Air Liquide Group, has increased its black economic-empowerment rating to a broad based black economic-empowered (BBBEE) rating. 

Institutes join forces to grow African skills 

By: Jonathan Faurie     13th June 2008 A skills development programme running in partnership between the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) and the Nigerian Institute of Welding (NIW) is making progress. 

New power source to electrify short arc welding

13th June 2008 Welding consumables, equipment, and automation company Esab’ QSet power source, which has been introduced to South Africa by Arc Engineering, will reinvigorate short arc welding, reports Arc Engineering MD Rob Pirie. 

Afrox issues upbeat trading update

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     6th February 2008 Industrial gas and welding products group Afrox said on Wednesday that it expected core headline earnings a share for the 15 months ended December 30, 2007, to improve by between 50% and 60%, compared with the 12 months ended September 30, 2006. 

Global group targeting SA's big in-sourced industrial-gas market

By: Terence Creamer     28th September 2007 Global industrial-gases group Air Liquide is hoping to materially expand its sales and operations in Southern Africa, principally through a strategy designed at convincing large industrial facilities to set aside their current preference for in-house gas production to a specialist outsourced... 

Infrastructure spending to spur welding industry

By: Guy Copans     14th September 2007 Public and private infrastructure spending to 2010 and beyond will have a substantial impact on the South African welding industry, says Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) executive director Jim Guild. 

Technology centre adds value to welding training

14th September 2007 The Southern African Institute of Welding�s (SAIW) Technology centre, launched last year, is playing an important role in adding value to the institute�s training activities, says SAIW technology manager John Du Plessis. 

Awards highlight SA welding industry professionalism

14th September 2007 To acknowledge contributions made to the industry, and to recognise excellence and achievement in the field of welding, a number of awards were recently presented by the Southern African institute of Welding (SAIW) to an array of high achievers in the welding industry. 

Academic praises welding institute�s skills development endeavours

By: Guy Copans     14th September 2007 The financial support that the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) receives from the steel industry in South Africa through the South African Iron and Steel Institute is evidence of SAIW's importance to local industry, says Associate Professor at the University of Pretoria�s... 

Growth demands 12 500 welders a year

14th September 2007 It is estimated that South Africa will need to train 50 000 welding artisans by 2010 in order to fulfill infrastructural growth commitments, which means that 12 500 artisans will need to be trained every year, says SAIW training manager Etienne Nell. 

Welding electrode manufacturer acquires Botswana plant

By: Guy Copans     14th September 2007 Submerged arc welding consumable manufacturer specialist Vorarc Welding expanded its business eight months ago through the acquisition of a welding manufacturing plant from Gaborone, Botswana. This acquisition means that the company will be able to produce a much larger scale of welding... 

Local company rises to international challenge

17th August 2007 Diversified steel fabricator Belmet Marine, of Cape Town, which operates in the marine, oil and gas, and diamond mining industries, has successfully completed one of the largest subsea projects undertaken by PetroSA in recent years. 

Young Welder of the Year to represent SA in Japan in November

By: Christy van der Merwe     6th July 2007 Twenty-year-old Phillip Janse van Rensburg scooped the accolade of �Young Welder of the year’ at an awards ceremony held last week at the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) headquarters in Gauteng. 

New bandsaw blades let rip in South Africa

15th June 2007 Blade and cutting supply company Elquip Solutions is making a name for itself as a supplier of top-end cutting equipment to the South African metal working industry. 

Cutting company patents blade-manufacturing technology

15th June 2007 Cutting company LS Starrett has patented the manufacturing of its new bi-metal bandsaw, hacksaw and jigsaw blades and has trade named the product Bi-Metal Unique. 

SA attracts international underwater welder aspirants 

By: Jonathan Faurie     15th June 2007 Local diving centre Professional Diving Centre has become a popular choice for international students hoping to start careers as commercial divers. 

Welding company upgrades Rosslyn plant

By: Jonathan Faurie     15th June 2007 The existing air extraction system at BMW�s Rosslyn manufacturing plant has undergone an upgrade by local welding consumables company Enduro Welding. 

Welding project hopes to accredit 600 welders yearly

By: Jonathan Faurie     15th June 2007 Local training authority Manufacturing Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authorities (Merseta) hopes to establish 30 centres of excellence, to accredit 600 welders a year by 2009. In its obligation to establish five such centres of excellence by 2010, Merseta... 

Growing industry inspires capital expenditure

By: Jonathan Faurie     15th June 2007 Steel profiling company General Profiling plans to further its capital expenditure on new equipment. 

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