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Welding & Cutting News

Youngest-ever winner of SAIW award announced

     14th September 2012 Quentin Schoombie, GM of dished ends manufacturing company Tank Ends, last month became the youngest ever winner of the Southern African Institute of Welding’s (SAIW’s) Harvey Shatlock Gold Award for the best technical paper. The 30-year old former boilermaker won the award for his presentation... 

Gas purity, quality critical for laser-cutting applications 

     31st August 2012 Cognisant of the impact that impure oxygen can have on the final product produced by laser oxygen cutting, industrial and specialty gas products and chemicals company Air Products South Africa has a specialised plant that produces Lasox. Air Products’ Cryoease division produces and supplies the... 

Key focus on technical competence as competition rises

By: Schalk Burger     31st August 2012 The number of medium- and heavy-steel projects in South Africa and globally should ensure medium growth for industrial holding company VBV Holdings, but the company must remain globally competitive to grow, says VBV Holdings chairperson Gary van den Berg. 

Steel fabricator accelerates welder training programme

By: Schalk Burger     31st August 2012 Local steel fabricator Carbon Steel Fabricators (CSF) has trained 45 welders in its newly opened welding training facility, in Vanderbijlpark, and aims to train welders from all its sister companies under industrial holding company VBV Holdings, says CSF GM Duncan Viljoen. 

SA welding skills stagnant 

By: Sashnee Moodley     27th July 2012 South African industry is constrained by the increasing gap between the number of available skilled welders and the demand for skilled welders, asserts Free State-based specialist welder training organisation SIH Training Expertise training manager Styles Hood. 

SA needs to accelerate expert welder training programmes

By: Schalk Burger     22nd June 2012 Expert training programmes to develop internationally accredited welding personnel are needed for South Africa’s manufacturing industry to compete on the international stage and to meet South Africa’s infrastructure development aspirations, says University of Pretoria welding expert and... 

International partnerships offer solutions provider growth opportunities

By: Gia Costella     15th June 2012 Cutting consumables and capital equipment supplier First Cut says partnering with international companies has given it a competitive edge in the cutting industry, enabling it to provide its clients with total solutions. 

Manufacturer introduces new power cutter

     15th June 2012 Machinery and diamond tools manufacturer Husqvarna has produced a modern, compact and streamlined power cutter that enables users to improve productivity. 

National approach needed to grow SA’s GDP, says institute

By: Gia Costella     15th June 2012 South Africa’s failure to pay sufficient attention to the welding industry has resulted in a higher level of imported products and labour, which negatively impacts on the manufacturing sector, the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) and employment, says Southern African Institute of Welding... 

New machinery to improve quality of butt welds

By: Gia Costella     15th June 2012 The Installation and Fabrication Plastic Pipe Association (Ifpa) and its parent body, the Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma), have made a bend testing machine available to Plastics SA for training and testing purposes.  

Research body says lack of laser technology knowledge a concern

By: Gia Costella     15th June 2012 A lack of knowledge about the advantages and availability of laser cutting and welding technologies is a challenge for the industry, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Laser Materials Processing competence area manager Dr Federico Sciammarella tells Engineering News. 

South Korean product range success

By: Gia Costella     15th June 2012 Welding equipment and consumables supplier Gillingham Welding Systems member Glen Gillingham says its distribution of South Korean equipment manufacturer Daewoo’s welding equipment has been indispensable to the company’s growth and success.  

Supplier develops new welding technique

By: Gia Costella     15th June 2012 Air-cooled heat exchangers supplier GEA Aircooled Systems has developed and applied for a full patent on a new method for the orbital welding of tubes, welding engineer Angel Krustev tells Engineering News. 

Sweden-based company continues to grow in Africa

By: Gia Costella     15th June 2012 International welding equipment and consumables manufacturer ESAB continues to grow its offering to the South African market, welding consumables product manager Kim Brightwell tells Engineering News. 

Company provides heat solution for stainless steel industry

By: Yolandi Booyens     1st June 2012 Technology company 3M reports a growing interest in its abrasive system technology, which assists in reducing the risks associated with heat build-up in the stainless steel industry. 

More office-to-apartment conversions planned for Joburg

By: Schalk Burger     1st June 2012 Two more office blocks are being converted into apartments on the corner of End and Bree streets, in Johannesburg, by low-income housing developer Affordable Housing Company (Afhco), which also developed the adjacent park, including building jungle gyms, and sports and action soccer courts, says... 

New welding products use less power 

By: Dimakatso Motau     6th April 2012 Large supplier of welding consumables ESAB introduced gas-cutting apparatus and welding electrodes specifically for the South African market, in March, to further meet the growing demands of its customers. 

Steel specialist moves to 22 000 m2 premises 

By: Natalie Greve     6th April 2012 Steel plate processing and fabrication specialists VR Laser Services has recently moved to a new 22 000 m2 manufacturing facility, in Boksburg, east of Johannesburg, effectively doubling its factory size and enabling it to meet increased international demand. 

Consumables, capital equipment supplier plans to grow market share

By: Reggie Sikhakhane     2nd March 2012 Cutting consumables and capital equipment supplier First Cut plans to continue increasing its market share and add new products to its existing range, says sales director Gary Willis.  

Manufacturers looking to control supply chain to curtail price rises

By: Schalk Burger     10th February 2012 Concrete-products equipment company PMSA is building a factory for steel component manufacturer TWR Steel Services, who will give preferential supply to PMSA’s equipment manufacturing division, in an effort to control its supply of critical parts, says PMSA sales and marketing manager Quintin... 

Afrox appoints new MD

     9th December 2011 Industrial gases, welding and safety products group Afrox has appointed Brett Kimber as MD. Kimber, who is currently the CEO of Linde Korea, would take over as CEO from January 1.  

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. 

Companies need accreditation to be globally competitive – institute

By: Sinette Goosen     9th September 2011 It would be beneficial to South African welding fabrication companies that want to be globally competitive to have ISO 3834 accreditation says the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW). 

Engineering company establishes repositioning strategy

     9th September 2011 Local diversified engineering company DCD-Dorbyl Heavy Engineering Vereeniging reports that it is exploring new welding methods as part of a three-year repositioning strategy, initiated to ensure the company will be fully prepared to participate in the future manufacture of components for nuclear... 

Institute invests in materials testing laboratory

     9th September 2011 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) reports that it has made a significant investment to enhance the offering of its technology centre, by introducing a state-of-the-art material testing laboratory. 

Manufacturer assists in narrowing welding skills gap

     9th September 2011 Industrial gases and products manufacturer and distributor Afrox is contributing towards alleviating the shortage of skilled welders in South Africa by donating equipment and consumables, as well as by providing training for its own staff and customers’ staff. 

NMPP structural steel work contract to be completed mid-December

By: Sinette Goosen     9th September 2011 Kinross-based structural steel construction and specialised welding company Kinross Industrial Supplies Manufacturing Engineering (Kisme) reports that construction work on a structural steel project for State-owned freight logistics group Transnet’s new multiproduct pipeline (NMPP) will be... 

Sophisticated equipment cannot compensate for lack of skills – supplier

     9th September 2011 Local supplier of welding consumables and equipment Esab says it has, from a supplier’s viewpoint, observed a tendency in the industry to try to compensate for a lack of skilled welders by acquiring sophisticated welding equipment. 

Welding institute invests in strategic technology expansion plan 

By: Sinette Goosen     9th September 2011 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) reports that it has established a two- to three-year strategic plan to improve on and expand the institute’s welding technology and training courses. 

Seifsa ‘cautiously optimistic’ about wage negotiations

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     11th July 2011 The Steel Engineering Industries Federation of South Africa (Seifsa) remained “cautiously optimistic” that an agreement could be reached to end the nationwide metals and engineering worker’s strike, Seifsa executive director David Carson said on Monday. Seifsa and the National Union of... 

New institute aims to train 500 artisans a year

By: Eleanor Seggie     8th July 2011 A new engineering artisan training facility, which aims to deliver 500 artisans into the South African economy every year, has been launched by private higher education institution Production Management Institute (PMI), in Johannesburg.  

Acquisition strengthens group’s solid waste recycling services

     24th June 2011 Engineering and technology corporation Metso has signed a contract with recycling technology company Swiss Holzmag to acquire the latter’s technology rights, for an undisclosed amount. 

Automation can contribute to job creation

By: Schalk Burger     10th June 2011 The creation of high-quality manufacturing industries, aimed at export markets and able to compete with other emerging market economies, will create jobs for South Africans but can only be achieved through automation, says robotics specialist company Motoman Robotics Systems MD Terry Rosenberg. 

Company supports youth employment

By: Schalk Burger     10th June 2011 Steel service centre and cutting specialist General Profiling will endeavour to employ more young people, if government provides incentives other than those aimed at promoting apprenticeships, says MD Gavin Poplak. 

Heat treatment training hots up

     10th June 2011 The inaugural class of students has completed industry body the Southern African Institute of Welding’s (SAIW’s) heat-treatment course, with the subsequent courses fully booked, says executive director Jim Guild. 

Industry body urges govt to assist in increasing training programme scope

By: Schalk Burger     10th June 2011 South Africa needs funding for a national training programme for welders, rather than the current model of selective funding for a few initiatives, says industry body Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) executive director Jim Guild. 

New inverter welders added to rental equipment range

     10th June 2011 Equipment rental company Lambson’s Hire has introduced a new range of inverter welders to its equipment range. The units have been launched at seven of its branches where the greatest demand has been registered, namely Germiston, Springs, Witbank, Middelburg, Vereeniging, Vanderbijlpark and... 

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