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Wire, Rope, Sling and Chain

Lever hoists offer safe and efficient operation

9th September 2011 Diversified engineering services company Becker Engineering has introduced the Kito L5 series lever hoists, which are designed for safe and efficient operation in heavy-duty applications in the mining, freight and logistics, construction, forestry, woodworking and shipbuilding industries, to its... 

Company launches new master link

9th September 2011 Fastening and lifting products and solutions provider Gunnebo Industries has added the Master Link Hybrid (MLH) to its product range. 

New technology developed to assist zip line operators

9th September 2011 US-based Advanced Wire Rope Inspections has developed a new technology to assist zip line operators in assessing the exact conditions of wire rope cables. 

Regulations could limit industry’s productivity

By: Tracy Hancock     10th September 2010 The Institute for Work at Height (IWH) has identified specific issues in the May 11 amended draft of the Construction Regulations 2010, under section 43 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, No 85 of 1993, which could lead to a backlog in permit authorisation, and a decrease in construction... 

Overregulation of steel, economic downturn 
suffocate wire industry

By: Tracy Hancock     10th September 2010 The South African wire industry has been adversely affected by the economic downturn, especially since stadium contracts for the 2010 FIFA World Cup were completed, while the overregulation of the steel industry by government is resulting in the closure of factories and job losses, says South... 

New webbing slings and tie-downs for local market

10th September 2010 South African company Anchor Industries recently introduced Vertex webbing slings and tie-downs to the local market, as part of their range of lifting and rigging products.

With offices in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban, Anchor Industries is a major supplier of lifting and rigging, as well... 

Lifting equipment 
manufacturer expands 
its footprint in Africa

By: Kelly Farthing     11th September 2009 Manufacturer of complete lifting systems Gunnebo Industries South Africa is acquiring a number of distribution partners throughout sub-Saharan Africa. 

Professionalism encouraged in work-at-height industry

By: Kelly Farthing     11th September 2009 Work at height training provider Height Wise Training Academy is promoting professionalism within the work at height industry by encouraging and adhering to standards that are often overlooked by certain companies that employ rope access and fall arrest technicians. 

Lifting equipment 
supplier focused 
on training

By: Kelly Farthing     11th September 2009 Supplier of lifting and rigging equipment, as well as marine and offshore mooring, Anchor Industries is focused on the training and development of its staff and clients. 

Rope access company 
completes major projects

By: Kelly Farthing     11th September 2009 Specialist rope access company Skyriders has completed two major projects involving the extension of a chimney stack at Syama gold mine in Mali and the building of a recreational bungee jumping facility at the Orlando Cooling Towers in Soweto, Johannesburg. 

New biodegradable 
lubricant launched

11th September 2009 New to Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) portfolio of power transmission components are locally manufactured environmentally-friendly Go chain wax lubricants suitable for industrial chain applications. 

Capital equipment 
provider secures first 
rope attachment contract

11th September 2009 Capital equipment division Becker Mining Africa of the Becker Group of Companies, has recently secured a contract for mining giant Rio Tinto for the manufacture of multi-rope Koepe winder systems that will be installed at the Palaborwa Mining Company, in Palaborwa.

The contract, which is valued... 

New carbon belts 
designed for clean
power transmission

11th September 2009 Industrial consumables and engineering firm Bearing Man Group’s power transmission division distributes the complete range of Gates Poly Chain belts, which encompass new carbon belts designed for clean power transmission in diverse applications, including the food and beverage sector. 

Associations merge to benefit work at height industry

By: Darren Parker     12th September 2008 Talks between the executive committees of the Rope Access and Fall Arrest Association (Rafaa) and the Specialist Access Engineering and Manufacturers Association (Saema) have led to an agreement to integrate the two associations into one all encompassing entity, the Institute for Work at Height... 

SA lifting and rigging company sees substantial growth

By: Darren Parker     12th September 2008 South African supplier of lifting and rigging as well as marine and offshore mooring equipment Anchor Industries has experienced significant growth over the past four years, culminating in the rental of new premises in Johannesburg. 

Wire export council urges local production, export

By: Darren Parker     12th September 2008 Ever since a decision was made by government in 2006 to abolish import duties on wire, the South African Wire Association (Sawa) has been working harder to encourage more local production and exportation of wire products and discourage the importation of such products. 

Skills shortage a threat to safety in industry

By: Darren Parker     12th September 2008 The CSIR's rope testing facility in Cottesloe Johannesburg is continuing to contribute to worker safety after more than 100 years, but notes that the lack of appropriately skilled people in industry is a problem that could undermine those efforts if not addressed. 

Manufacturer to establish international business centre

By: Darren Parker     12th September 2008 Swedish lifting and rigging equipment manufacturer Gunnebo Industries has announced its intentions to set up an international business centre (IBC) in Johannesburg, through the restructuring of local branch Gunnebo Lifting. 

Lube-free chain another link in product portfolio

14th September 2007 Engineering consumables distributor Bearing Man has extended its portfolio of chain products to include the new third-generation of Tsubaki lubrication-free free roller chain, designed for high-power transmission efficiency and reduced down time in industrial applications. 

Ultradeep hoisting ropes under manufacture for ultradeep mining

By: Neal Goldwyer     14th September 2007 The local operation of international steel products manufacturing group Scaw Metals, Scaw South Africa, is engaged in manufacturing additional ultra deep hoisting (UDH) ropes for Gold Fields� 3 000 m South Deep shaft in Weston Aria, South Africa, to which it is already the exclusive supplier. 

Design feature enhances hoist safety

14th September 2007 Becker Engineering’s hand-operated machines for suspended access and man-riding applications are designed to provide maximum safety for workers at heights. 

New training standards for rope access, fall-arrest industry

By: Neal Goldwyer     14th September 2007 The rope access and fall arrest industry will be changing over to National Qualifications Framework (NQF) standards from October this year. This will also include separate standards for fall arrest technicians. 

Stainless-steel heat-treatment furnace completed

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     15th September 2006 A specialised heat-treatment furnace will be commissioned by Salchain, a Baughan subsidiary, this month. 

New drive chains reduce noise pollution

15th September 2006 A newly-designed low noise drive chain that fights noise pollution has been launched by Bearing Man as part of the Tsubaki chain product range. 

Chain, hoist range get SABS approval

15th September 2006 Manufacturer of lever blocks, chain hoists and electric chain hoists Kito Corporation has recently been awarded SABS certification for its model L5 and M3 manual units. Kito Corporation products are exclusively distributed to Southern Africa by Bellambie, part of the Becker group of companies.... 

Energy chains 'the umbilical cord' of plant engineering

15th September 2006 “Energy chains are the umbilical cord of the machine and plant engineering industry,” says Igus sales executive Ryan Hancock. 

African tyre-chain firms join forces.

15th September 2006 In a strategic move that consolidates their position in Africa, the German-based RUD-ERLAU Group and Fochville-based Tyre Chain Services (TCS) have merged in order to better serve the needs of their customer base. 

Local firm secures rights to UK metal mesh products

15th September 2006 An agreement has been signed between South African Lokers Engineers and British company Potter & Soar, to market an exclusive range of architectural metal mesh products in Southern Africa. 

Industry trade fairs draw record numbers

15th September 2006 From April 24 to 28 this year, two high-profile industry-specific trade fairs were held in Dusseldorf, Germany. 

New galvanising bath to be supplied.

15th September 2006 South African manufacturers of galvanised wire, Consolidated Wire Industries (CWI) has undertaken a supply project with DCD-DORBYL Heavy Engineering. 

Interest grows in induction-heating technology

15th September 2006 The wire division of UK-based induction heating technology specialists, Radyne located in Berkshire, enjoyed considerable interest in their products and services at the recent Wire Dusseldorf 2006 Exhibition at the International Wire and Cable Trade Fair. During the April show, Radyne Wire... 

New rope to help fire-fighters

15th September 2006 n September last year, Sterling Rope was awarded a contract with the New York Fire Department (FDNY) to provide each fire-fighter throughout the city with its latest product Fire Tech-32. 

Sling supplier plans African expansion

15th September 2006 In order to raise its profile in sub-Saharan Africa, Gunnebo Industrier is now is in the process of changing the name of its daughter company, Cargo Control Systems to Gunnebo Industries. 

Screening firm unveils new empowered ownership

15th September 2006 New ownership makes wire-weaving manufacturer Screenex a black economic-empowered screening supplier. 

UK mine museum gets hooked on safety

15th September 2006 An order from the UK for two sets of safety-detaching hooks represents a significant first for Johannesburg-based Becker Mining Systems. 

Twenty-five years of wire manufacturing

By: Liezel Hill     15th September 2006 Established by Norman Elrix in 1981 as a wire tradingcompany, one of South Africa’s leading wire manufacturers, Wire Supplies and Manufacturing, celebrates 25 years in the industry this year. 

Assisting industry to meet new lifting standards

By: Mariaan Webb     16th September 2005 There are a number of possible dangers associated with operating lifting equipment and machinery and thus, to maintain and improve a safe lifting industry, regulations regarding driven machinery have been published by the Department of Labour (DoL) in the Government Gazette, earlier this year. 

Plant expanded to cope with high scraper-rope demand

By: Mariaan Webb     16th September 2005 Local manufacturer of stay wire, scraper rope and highway barrier cables Ndlovu Wire Ropes is in the process of expanding its scraper rope plant in Kempton Park, on the East Rand. 

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