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Welding & Cutting News

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. 

SA company launches new welding machine

15th June 2007 South African welding company Arc Engineering has sold the first of welding and cutting company Esab�s new mechanised Tungsten Inert Gas (Tig) welding machines to a client for use on various projects in South Africa including a new heat exchanger for Sasol. 

Worker safety standards grow demand for welding screens

15th June 2007 Apex Welding and Safety Screens are increasingly in demand owing to an increased emphasis on worker health and safety in the South African industry says Apex Strip Curtains MD Wim Dessing. 

Flux-cored wire increase productivity, cuts costs

15th June 2007 Fabricators in the dairy and food industries can benefit from improved productivity and reduced gas use when welding stainless steel pipes through the use of flux-cored tungsten inert gas (Tig) wires. 

Competition builds welding skills

15th June 2007 The 2007 Young Welder of the Year competition has attracted entrants from all over the country, and looks set to surpass the success of the 2005 competition. 

Welding institute keeps watchful eye on industry standards

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     15th June 2007 While the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW)'s foremost purpose is to provide training in welding technology, SAIW executive director Jim Guild is also pleased with the roll the institute plays in helping monitor the standards of the welding industry as a whole. 

Supply company expands to meet industry demand

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     15th June 2007 Welding and cutting supply company Afrox is moving to expand and invest in capacity to meet demand. 

German group to invest R100m in SA boiler-manufacturing capacity

By: Terence Creamer     29th May 2007 A leading German civil construction and industrial services group has approved a R100-million investment in a South African pressure part manufacturing facility, which will effectively revive the country's moribund boiler-engineering and -manufacturing capacity. The investment is being... 

Merseta sets up welding partnerships with coastal colleges

By: Dennis Ndaba     16th March 2007 The shortage of welding skills in South Africa, which has necessitated the recruitment of foreigners possessing such skills, is a cause for concern. This has led the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Traning Authority (Merseta) to establish partnerships with the... 

Welding screens ensure worker safety

17th June 2005 With greater significance being placed on safety in the workplace, more companies are looking for ways to protect personnel against the harsh ultraviolet (uv) light and dangerous uv radiation, which occurs during the welding process. 

A new lease on life

By: Jade Davenport     17th June 2005 Unemployed welders benefit from training initiative 

Top butt-welder sold to plastics firm

17th June 2005 The first Wegener SV-320 butt-welding machine has been sold into South Africa, to PFF Plastics, of Robertville, Johannesburg. 

Falcon soars while prices plummet

17th June 2005 Johannesburg-based Arc Engineering, local distributor of world-leading ESAB products, has launched a new cutting machine, which produces such excellent quality and so significantly reduces both upfront and ongoing costs, many expect it will revolutionise the cutting industry. 

Stud welding is saving time and money

By: sarah-leigh paul     17th June 2005 In June 1989 Rivet and Weldstud Manufacturing was established with the intention of becoming a significant competitor in the stud-welding industry. 

Funding required to tackle skills shortage

By: Jade Davenport     17th June 2005 The South African welding industry is experiencing a severe shortage of highly-skilled welders and, according to Jim Guild, executive director of the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW), the shortage is going to get significantly worse in the near future. 

Products to keep welders safe and healthy

By: Jade Davenport     17th June 2005 Health and safety has become a key concern in the South African mining, petrochemical and manufacturing industries in recent years and, in particular, the health and safety of welders in these key sectors has recently received more attention as welding represents a significant percentage of... 

New plasma cutting technology now in SA

By: Jade Davenport     17th June 2005 Plasma cutting is generally considered to be a technologically-advanced system of cutting, but this has recently been taken to a new level as supplier of plasma cutting machines, Messer Cutting Systems, has introduced a new range of plasma cutting technology to South Africa. 

Beware of pirate equipment

By: abdul cook     17th June 2005 A leading gas equipment supplier has warned users and operators of cutting and welding equipment to carefully check the origin and quality standards of their equipment for safety reasons. 

Belgian welding specialist appoints South African agent

17th June 2005 Internationally-renowned welding consumable and equipment manufacturer Lastek, of Belgium, has appointed East Rand-based Weartech as its official distributor in South Africa. 

Welding-wire specialist sticks to core business

By: abdul cook     17th June 2005 The world’s leading manufacturer of tubular welding wire – commonly termed flux-cored wire – 

Company looking to expand into Africa

By: Mariaan Webb     17th June 2005 Formed in the 1980s, Reeflex Welding is still, after more than 20 years, innovative in the design and manufacture of its proudly-South African welding machines. 

Capacity gap has to be welded shut

By: peter cromberge     17th June 2005 Planned capital investment programmes amounting to R165-billion in the next five years are expected to spotlight South Africa’s chronic shortage of skilled welding and cutting artisans. 

Top SA welder heads for skills Olympics

By: Helene Le Roux     29th April 2005 Next month, South Africa’s best young welder will for the first time take part in the WorldSkills competition, which will be held in Helsinki, Finland. 

Petrochemical project for welding machine specialist

By: abdul cook     25th March 2005 Port Elizabeth-based Fabinox Projects is taking delivery of three more Orbital welding machines, increasing its total Orbital equipment to seven. 

Taking a closer look at the future of welding and joining

By: Karel Smrcka     3rd December 2004 Research and development activities across the world are evaluating friction stir welding, or FSW. 

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