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Price reduction aimed at gaining competitive edge

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     27th November 2009 In a bid to achieve competitiveness in the market and to gain revenue and new business during these difficult economic times, drive and gearbox specialists SEW Eurodrive reduced prices by 7,5% in August. 

Fibre-glass soccer ball shows commitment to 2010

27th November 2009 Drive specialist SEW Eurodrive, in conjunction with Wideopen Platform, a subsidiary of the media group Primedia, designed and executed a fiber-glass soccer ball. Wideopen Platform refurbished the existing steel structure which had been the main feature of SEW Eurodrive’s parking area for the last... 

Twenty-four-hour repair service introduced

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     27th November 2009 To assist customers with express assembly, repairs and replacements of units in the event of a breakdown, industrial drive and gearbox specialist SEW Eurodrive has introduced a 24-hour shift. 

Exports to play a significant role as a catalyst for growth

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     27th November 2009 Gearbox specialist SEW Eurodrive MD Urs Roos reports that exports will play a significant role in the company’s future and that industry activities in Africa are on the rise. He tells Engineering News that, once political discrepancies are put aside, the potential for growth and opportunity is... 

Association aims to develop standards for quality control laboratories 

By: Jacqueline Holman     27th November 2009 One of the most recent projects undertaken by the Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma) is to develop up a set of minimum standards for the quality control laboratories of its members. This will cover the minimum equipment required, as well as the skills to operate it. 

Plastic pipes could prevent leaks, reduce maintenance costs

By: Schalk Burger     27th November 2009 Plastic pipes could be used as a slip lining to rehabilitate existing pipelines, preventing leaks without the need to replace the old pipe system, says Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma) CEO Jan Venter. 

Geared motors supplied to local saw mill

27th November 2009 Heavy lifting company Lowveld Cranes approached gear and drive specialist SEW Eurodrive to assist them with the selection of geared motors for its 10-t crane at a local saw mill, in Graskop, in Mpumalanga province. 

New materials and installation to benefit industry

By: Schalk Burger     27th November 2009 Modern polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and high-density polyethylene (HDPE) products coupled with innovative installation methods could improve the lifetime of pipe systems and decrease the impact of installation, says PVC internal restraint designers Bulldog Systems president Jim Jones and PE product... 

Altino da Silva

27th November 2009 Position: MD
 Date and Place of Birth: October 22, 1957, Porto, Portugal Education: Diploma in Strategic and Business Management, Johannesburg Technical College, Damelin College, 1989 

Increased demand spurs new facilities

By: Eleanor Seggie     27th November 2009 As a result of increased demand from client industries, electrical and mechanical repairer LH Marthinusen (LHM) in Cape Town, a division of Savcio Holdings group, has upgraded and built two facilities in the last four years, says LHM GM for Cape Town Andre Maree. Previously, as a result of... 

Replacing low voltage motors proves challenging

By: Eleanor Seggie     27th November 2009 Electrical and mechanical repairer LH Marthinusen’s (LHM’s) Phalaborwa office reports that businesses are choosing to replace low voltage motors rather than repair them. The cost of repairing a motor compared with the cost of a replacement is becoming a challenge for the company, as more... 

New markets identified to promote new facilities

By: Eleanor Seggie     27th November 2009 Transformer rewinding and repairer LH Marthinusen (LHM) in Durban, is targeting new markets, which include State-owned power utility Eskom, municipalities and the local transport sector, to promote the company’s new facilities.

This Durban-based branch is developing a transformer coil winding... 

James Ernest Boddy

27th November 2009 Position: GM
 Date and Place of Birth: July 13, 1950
 Education: Qualified tradesperson, Mansfield High, 1967 to 1972; Business management, Dale Carnegie, 1983
 First Job: Apprentice armature winder, LHM Durban, 1968
 

New full traction motor manufacturing service

27th November 2009 Electrical and mechanical repairer LH Martinusen (LHM), a division of Savcio Holdings group, is now offering full traction motor manufacturing.

The LHM traction division has recently manufactured four complete traction motors for the commuter rail industry. For decades, the company has been... 

Steel mesh producer broadens its market base

By: Julian Kraft     18th September 2009 A leading manufacturer and supplier of steel welded mesh, wire coils and bars Steeledale Mesh has steadily broadened its market base in recent years. The 40-year-old company, which is also a member of the listed Aveng group, has grown its yearly turnover by more than 30% over the past five years... 

Precision welded mesh developed for new 
ultrathin freeway paving

By: Julian Kraft     18th September 2009 Special custom-made precision reinforcing mesh developed by Johannesburg-based Steeledale Mesh, at the request of the South National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral), is being used in ultrathin concrete paving being installed on one of the freeway sections forming part of Sanral’s multibillion rand... 

Institute focuses on 
supervisor training

11th September 2009 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) has made a strategic decision to focus heavily on the training of welding supervisors.  

New qualification for welding-related inspection technologies

11th September 2009 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW), in conjunction with leading industry players, has announced the creation of a new diploma in Inspection Technology. 

Cape Town refinery receives welding certification

11th September 2009 JSE-listed infrastructure firm Group Five Oil & Gas (GFOG), a division of Group Five Energy, has received an International Standards Organisation (ISO) 3834 accreditation from the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) Certification, for its Chevron refinery operation in Cape Town. 

Manufacturer benefits from local infrastructure projects

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     11th September 2009 Submerged arc welding consumable manufacturer specialist Vorarc Welding managing member George Vorster says that the company, being the only manufacturer of submerged arc welding wires and fluxes in South Africa, is greatly benefiting from local infrastructure projects.  

Institute focuses on skills development, elevating standards

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     11th September 2009 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) is stronger now than it has ever been in its 60-year history, says SAIW executive director Jim Guild.  

Nigerian delegation visits South Africa

11th September 2009 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) says that its Train the Trainers project, which it has undertaken in conjunction with the Nigerian Institute of Welding (NIW), achieved a significant milestone with the visit of a high-powered delegation from the Nigerian Petroleum Technology... 

Local fabrication industry in development stage

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     11th September 2009 Medium-to-heavy engineering company Stainless Fabricators says that the South African fabrication industry is still in its development stage and that the company is committed to contributing to the future growth of this industry. 

Qualified welders critical to steel construction industry

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     11th September 2009 Structural steel fabricator and erector, the Cosira Group, says that trained and qualified welders are an important part of the steel construction industry. 

Solutions supplier 
launches new division

11th September 2009 Welding and cutting solutions supplier Goscor Arc, a corporate member of the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW), has launched a new division which will focus on welding consumables manufacturer Lincoln Electric’s branded gas welding and cutting apparatus. 

Regulations will effect 
pressurised equipment stakeholders

11th September 2009 The new pressure equipment (PE) regulations contain changes that will have a significant effect on all parties involved in the manufacture, repair, modification and operation of pressurised equipment, says Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) executive director Jim Guild. 

Multiservice provider focuses on power-generation sector

By: Janice Healing     28th August 2009 Engineering services company Steinmüller is intent on entrenching itself as the leading contractor for the manufacture and installation of steam boilers for the South African power-generation sector, while at the same time extending its product and services base and broadening its geographic reach. 

Engineering firm widens 
its scope of capabilities

By: Janice Healing     28th August 2009 With the intention of broadening its scope of capabilities, multiservice provider Steinmüller will re-activate a workshop, in its substantial Pretoria complex, for the manufacture of turbine feedwater heating plants, which will include high and low pressure feed heaters, deaerator/feed water... 

Local manufacturer’s niche product meets vital need in multiple applications

By: Julian Kraft     7th August 2009 Specialist dished-ends manufacturing company Tank Ends established 42 years ago, remains the dominant player in a vital industry niche in South Africa, producing dished-ends for pressure vessels, process columns, heat exchangers, furnace ladle bases and tanks of various kinds, including fuel... 

Robotic CNC profiler provides added value for fabricators

By: Julian Kraft     7th August 2009 Local producer of dished-ends Tank Ends recently commissioned a robotic three-dimensional (3-D) computer numeric controlled (CNC) cutting profiler for the benefit of its fabricator customers. 

Local companies selected as exclusive original-equipment manufacturers

By: Julian Kraft     7th August 2009 The local subsidiary of Pall Corporation, a leading global supplier of fluid filtration, separation and purification solutions, Pall South Africa has selected VBV Holdings companies Stainless Fabricators (SF) and Carbon Steel Fabricators (CSF) of Chamdor, Krugersdorp, as its exclusive... 

Young female makes history with top welding award

By: Julian Kraft     7th August 2009 Dish-ends manufacturer Tank End’s sister company Stainless Fabricators’ quality assurance coordinator Emily van der Schyff has been named the top student of the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) for 2008.  

Fabricator praised for speedy manufacture of high-tech boilers

By: Julian Kraft     7th August 2009 Local company Carbon Steel Fabricators (CSF) has been praised by the management of National Petroleum Refiners of South Africa (Natref) for its efficient and rapid manufacture and supply of two high-tech sulphur waste-heat boilers for the Natref refinery, at Sasolburg, in the Free State. 

Additional investment to strengthen market position

By: Loni Prinsloo     28th November 2008 South African industrial gases company, Afrox, is strengthening its position in the liquid petroleum gas (LPG) market with a further multimillion rand investment in new storage facilities. 

Training projects develop retail teams

28th November 2008 Gas and welding products group Afrox states that it has invested significant time and resources in enhancing training projects that will develop its retail teams. 

End in sight for capex programme

28th November 2008 Gas and welding products company Afrox is currently conducting a R1-billion capital expenditure programme, which began in 2006 and is due for completion in 2009. 

Switchboard manufacturer marks milestone

By: Jacqueline Holman     28th November 2008 Low-voltage switchboard manufacturer Shaw Controls move towards supply of products on a turnkey project basis is a milestone for the company, says company MD Bevan Richards.  

Acquisitions grow local content

By: Jacqueline Holman     28th November 2008 Motors, drives and switchgear group Zest has almost achieved its goal of having 50% imported content and 50% local content through its strategic investments and acquisitions, says Zestchairperson James Blakemore. 

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