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Welding & Cutting News

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.  

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. 

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