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Machine Tools

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. 

Preventive maintenance and training key in cutting industry

14th October 2011 Preventive maintenance and training are key issues in the cutting industry, according to steel merchant Special Steels GM Theuns van der Merwe. 

Trade fair stimulates new business in international industry

14th October 2011 An order volume of at least €4.5-billion was reached during the Exposition Mondiale de la Machine Outil (EMO) Hannover international trade fair, held in September, says German Machine Tool Builder’s Association (VDW) executive director Dr Wilfried Schäfer. 

Trade fair boost for tooling industry

14th October 2011 The trade fair for mouldmaking, tooling, design and application development AfriMold boosted the South African tooling industry and highlighted the significant growth potential for local companies. The exhibition was held in Johannesburg at the end of September. 

New range of CNC lathes introduced to local market

By: Joanne Taylor     14th October 2011 A new range of computer numerically controlled (CNC) lathes is available on the market and is three times quicker than conventional CNC lathes, according to lathe manufacturer FAS Machine Tools. 

Cutting tools for wind 
energy industry

15th October 2010 The wind energy industry offers significant growth for manufacturing firms that aim to diversify into this exciting sector, reports cutting tool and tooling systems specialist Sandvik Coromant.  

Apprenticeship programme in place for tooling industry

By: Eleanor Seggie     15th October 2010 The National Tooling Initiative Programme (NTIP) will embark on a new competency-based apprenticeship programme with 450 students, in 2011, reports Gauteng Tooling Initiative CEO Henk Snyman. 

New laser on the cards for aerospace industry

By: Eleanor Seggie     15th October 2010 Laser system supplier SDI Lasers will soon be releasing a new environment-friendly and cost-effective laser-based paint removal system.  

New, used machine 
tool markets evened out, says supplier

By: Eleanor Seggie     15th October 2010 Equipment supplier TH Machine Tools sales consultant Nico Hugo says that, currently, both the new and used machine tool markets are stable. 

R15-m programme will help produce 80 000 artisans

By: Philippa Levenberg     29th May 2009 The National Tooling Initiative (NTI), which is aimed at rehabilitating and growing the South African tool, die and mouldmaking (TDM) industry, pre-apprenticeship programme aims to assist, in producing about 80 000 qualified artisans at the basic, core and specialised skills level over the next... 

Computerised permanent marking system enters 
local market

By: Philippa Levenberg     29th May 2009 Marking and identification solutions company Traceability Solutions has introduced a computerised permanent-marking system, in the form of a two-dimensional (2D) data matrix code, through its US-based agency, Telesis.  

Skills deficit threatens industry

By: Philippa Levenberg     29th May 2009 The contribution of used machine tools to South African industry is being compromised by the dearth of artisans who are able to operate, refurbish and maintain second-hand machines, says Used Machine Tools Merchants Association of South Africa (UMTMA) vice-chairman Fred Thompson.  

Machine tool companies weather the global recession

By: Philippa Levenberg     29th May 2009 Machine tool companies that are hybrids in the services and products that they offer are in an advantageous position to navigate the economic downturn, says Thompson Machine Tools Group MD Philip Thompson.  

Weathering the global recession

By: Philippa Levenberg     29th May 2009 Machine tool companies that are hybrids in the services and products that they offer are in an advantageous position to navigate the economic downturn, says Thompson Machine Tools Group MD Philip Thompson. 


Dewatering-wells project the biggest in Southern Africa

By: abdul cook     3rd December 2004 A joint venture between France-based Soletanche Bachy and Dura Piling, of Gauteng, constructed a single-phase self-hardening slurry cut-off wall and installed deep dewatering wellpoints and piezometers at the Port of Ngqura. 

Industry requires skilled equity artisans

By: Nicola Mawson     22nd October 2004 A lack of skilled artisans is hampering further economic development in the machine-tool industry. 

New-concept machine tool

By: Karel Smrcka     5th December 2003 Trijoint 900 H came into being as a special case of the new concept of machine tools, so-called redundant parallel kinematics. 

Atlas Copco sees bright demand outlook

18th July 2003 Swedish machinery and compressor maker Atlas Copco AB posted better-than-expected second-quarter profits yesterday and issued a more upbeat near-term outlook, boosting its shares. 

$40m chemicals investment announced

14th July 2003 The Sasol-Merichem joint venture, Merisol, announced on Friday that it would invest more than $40-million in the raw material recovery and streamlining of its processing operations. 

Foundry with rare flair wins world recognition

By: Martin Creamer     19th April 2002 Thos Begbie is a company with rare expertise. The historic South African foundry, which turns 115 years old this year, is one of only two in the world – the other being in the US – that has the ability to produce high-tonnage copper castings, while still retaining optimum levels of... 

Swedes to help train furniture manufacturers

22nd June 2001 Swedish training instructors have joined Furntech, the new furniture manufacturing training centre in George, which is situated at the Port Elizabeth Technikon's Saasveld Campus. 

Diecaster's five-year plan to be the best

22nd June 2001 Diecaster Zealous Pressure acquisition of R5-million worth of equipment is all part of a five-year plan by an ambitious and young management team to dominate the high-pressure high casting field. 

Keeping the flame alive after 30 years

22nd June 2001 Flame and laser cutting specialist General Profiling is commemorating its thirty-year anniversary as the longest-established independent-profiling company in South Africa. 

Company has supplied market for 61 years

22nd June 2001 International company LVD was established in Belgium in the 1940s as a supplier of farming equipment, but quickly turned its talents to the manufacture of hydraulic presses, press brakes and shears. 

Sophisticated products for the sheet-metal industry

22nd June 2001 Designers and manufacturers of presses, presses, forging presses, press brakes, guillotines, press feeders and coil lines Walch Engineering Company is the sole agent and distributor for Belgium made LVD products in South Africa. 

Laser technology on the increase in welding and cutting applications

By: System Author     6th October 2000 Welding & cutting 

What is on the cards for 2019

By: System Author     28th January 2000 Machine Tools 

Sector is in steady decline

By: System Author     28th January 2000 Machine Tools 

Tough trading year

By: System Author     28th January 2000 Machine tools 

Bearing up under hi-tech demands

By: System Author     28th January 2000 Machine Tools 

R7,9m roll-grinder rebuilding contract

By: System Author     28th January 2000 Machine Tools 

Fifth generation of pneumatic tools offered

By: System Author     28th January 2000 Machine Tools 

Machine tool merchants diversifying

By: System Author     21st January 2000 Facing tough times in the Western Cape market, machine tool merchants have begun diversifying in order to survive. 

SA's biggest locally-made machine tool

By: System Author     10th December 1999 What is believed to be the largest computer numeric control machine tool ever manufactured in South Africa is being built by company Machine Tool Technologies. 

Torque limiters from the UK put on brakes

By: System Author     30th July 1999 Torque limiters perform an invaluable service by protecting machinery in the event of overload, and preventing machinery from being damaged. One application is in paper-manufacturing plants, where pulp stock is carried through pipes to various machines in the paper factory. Once a stock thickener... 

Industrial hub plans for Ivory Coast

By: System Author     9th July 1999 As is the case with most West African countries, the Ivory Coast imports the bulk of machinery and manufactured goods at present, a situation the country plans to reverse to become the industrial hub of the subregion. The country produces only 21% of all manufactured products consumed and hopes... 

Bleak year ahead for machine tool sector

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 High interest rates, the fall in the rand and the general lack of growth in the South African economy suggest a bleak outlook for the machine tool industry in 1999. “Because interest rates are expected to remain abnormally high for at least the next six months in order to protect the... 

Used equipment sector toughs it out

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 How would you describe the state of the used machine tool industry? The used machine tool industry went through a rough year in 1998. Orders were hard to achieve owing chiefly to the lack of confidence in the economy and the country. Our industry is affected just the same as any other which deals... 

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