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Welding & Cutting News

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. 

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. 

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