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Richard Kuhlmann

     24th November 2017 This week we feature Richard Kuhlmann, MD of Upat South Africa, the sole Southern African distributor of the Upat range of construction fasteners, including anchor bolts, chemical anchors and nylon plugs, besides   

Afrox presents Harvey Shacklock Gold Medal Award in honour of founding CEO

     23rd October 2017 In celebration of 90 years in the gases and welding industry and in honour of Afrox’s founding CEO, Afrox presented the prestigious Harvey Shacklock Gold Medal Award at the 69th annual SAIW dinner held on 20 October at Emperor’s Palace in Johannesburg. The award is significant to Afrox as it was... 

Afrox and communities celebrate Bumbanani Day on 14 October 2017

     16th October 2017 On 14 October this year, over 2000 disadvantaged and underprivileged children across southern Africa will be entertained by Afrox volunteer staff and treated to fun, games, outings and goodie bags as part of the gases and welding company’s annual Bambanani Day nation-wide celebrations. Bumbanani... 

Afrox unveils welding school at LIV Village

     19th September 2017 Afrox’s commitment to assisting young South Africans to acquire welding skills and knowledge recently culminated in the official opening on 7 September of the LIV Welding Academy, a custom container welding school that was developed by Afrox in partnership with LIV and the Southern African... 

Welding key in driving economic growth

By: Nica Schreuder     15th September 2017 Welding has been dubbed the “miracle career” by Johannesburg-based training institute, the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW), owing to the number of opportunities associated with it. Manufacturing is essential for economic growth and with welding forming a significant part of... 

Afrox unveils Genie® Helium N6.0

     12th September 2017 Afrox has unveiled its own genie in a bottle in the form of Genie® Helium N6.0. With a guaranteed minimum purity of 99.9999%, this speciality gas is a certified Helium N6.0 product, and also offers smart technology and portability in a revolutionary new packaging. Andisha Dukkan, Head of... 

Afrox sees 22% increase in headline earnings  

By: Anine Kilian     8th September 2017 JSE-listed African Oxygen (Afrox) has reported a 22% rise in headline earnings a share to 93.3c, though this was at the lower end of the company’s recent guidance for the half-year ended June 30. Delivering the company’s financial results presentation in Johannesburg on Friday, CEO Schalk Venter... 

Afrox anticipates higher interim earnings

By: Anine Kilian     18th August 2017 Higher sales volumes and improved operational efficiencies have contributed to an expected 20% to 32% year-on-year rise in JSE-listed Afrox’s earnings per share (EPS) for the six months to June 30. EPS are likely to be between 93c and 103c, compared with 77.8c in the first six months of 2016. 

Still much uncertainty as LPG stakeholders grapple with market inquiry findings

By: Mia Breytenbach     18th August 2017 In the findings and recommendations of the first-ever market inquiry into the local liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) industry, the Competition Commission urges public and private organisations to improve performance in the sector, yet much uncertainty remains in the wake of the report’s publication.... 

Still much uncertainty as LPG stakeholders grapple with market inquiry findings

By: Mia Breytenbach     18th August 2017 In the findings and recommendations of the first-ever market inquiry into the local liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) industry, the Competition Commission urges public and private organisations to improve performance in the sector, yet much uncertainty remains in the wake of the report’s publication.... 

Preserve freshness with CRYOLINE® freezing solutions from Afrox

     28th July 2017 Afrox is meeting ever-increasing consumer demands in the frozen food industry with its family of CRYOLINE® freezers, designed to improve efficiency, quality and safety of food preservation while minimising cost of ownership and enhancing operational flexibility. Hendrik Pretorius, Applications... 

Afrox maximises efficiency in metal preheating with OXYGON®

     19th July 2017 Afrox is maximising efficiency in the metal production industry with its powerful OXYGON® solutions – effective vessel preheating processes that go beyond conventional burner designs by harnessing the highly efficient power of a flameless oxyfuel combustion system. These advanced and controlled... 

Afrox maximises efficiency in metal preheating with OXYGON®

     18th July 2017 Afrox is maximising efficiency in the metal production industry with its powerful OXYGON® solutions – effective vessel preheating processes that go beyond conventional burner designs by harnessing the highly efficient power of a flameless oxyfuel combustion system. These advanced and controlled... 

Beware of illegally filled LPGas cylinders

     28th June 2017 With the increase in demand for LPGas during winter, the Liquid Petroleum Gas Safety Association of Southern Africa has reported an increase in illegal activities by criminals who threaten public safety and put lives at risk by illegally filling cylinders. A recent statement released by the... 

Equipment supplier introduces four new welding machines

     16th June 2017 Welding equipment supplier African Oxygen (Afrox) has incorporated four new models from equipment manufacturer Miller’s range of welding machines for use in large industrial applications. 

Afrox gas equipment to be manufactured in Europe

     12th June 2017 As part of the international Linde Group, Afrox is supplying the sub-Saharan market with innovative technology and solutions that are customised for local requirements, while at the same time providing the highest possible standards of quality. Innovating for customers is a core value for Afrox... 

Afrox gas equipment to be manufactured in Europe

     9th June 2017 As part of the international Linde Group, Afrox is supplying the sub-Saharan market with innovative technology and solutions that are customised for local requirements, while at the same time providing the highest possible standards of quality. Innovating for customers is a core value for Afrox... 

Afrox appoints new CFO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th June 2017 JSE-listed African Oxygen (Afrox) has appointed Matthias Vogt CFO and executive director, effective August 1. He will succeed Dorian Devers, who will step down as CFO on July 31. 

Afrox appoints Chief Financial Officer

     8th June 2017 Matthias Vogt has been appointed to the Board of Directors of African Oxygen Limited (Afrox), as Chief Financial Officer, and takes up his position on 1 August 2017. He succeeds Dorian Devers who leaves the company at the end of July 2017.   Mr Vogt, 42, was previously General Manager for Finance... 

Revamped stand to encourage positive customer experience

     12th May 2017 Industrial gases company African Oxygen, well known as Afrox, will be featuring a revamped stand at the Nampo Harvest Day show, from May 16 to 19, in the Free State, to enable its agriculture customers to view and experience welding machines and equipment in a proper environment. 

Afrox CFO resigns

     9th May 2017 Dorian Devers has resigned as CFO of JSE-listed African Oxygen (Afrox), effective July 31. He is relocating to New Zealand to pursue opportunities outside Linde Group. 

Afrox expands Mozambique – Maputo business

     4th May 2017 Afrox, sub-Saharan Africa’s leading industrial gases and welding company, is expanding existing operations in Mozambique to support current customer demand and to position itself to service the country’s fledgling gas resources sector. Driving Afrox’s strategy is a new 8 600sqm headquarters hub... 

Afrox invests R10-million on upgrades to Special Gases Propellant Plant

     26th April 2017 Since 2011, Afrox has invested over R10-million in upgrades at its Special Gases Propellant Plant in Roodekop, effectively positioning the company as a well-established supplier to South Africa’s FMCG personal care market. Personal care propellant requires that stringent quality standards are met... 

LPG industry urged to act on non-binding market inquiry findings 

By: Terence Creamer     24th April 2017 South Africa’s Competition Commission has made far-reaching, yet non-binding, recommendations for dealing with prevailing “market distortions” in the domestic liquid petroleum gas (LPG) sector following its first-ever market inquiry, which took nearly three years to complete. The report... 

Growth in laser gas noted by company

     14th April 2017 Laser application technology has seen substantial progress and development since the invention of the laser in the 1960s and gases and welding products supplier African Oxygen (Afrox) has experienced market growth over the years owing to its development of laser gases for different applications... 

Premium Miller welding equipment now available for rental from Afrox

     10th April 2017 As of April 2017, Afrox will be offering tailor-made welding equipment rental packages to the South African market, affording customers the option to rent a selection of premium welding machines for short- to medium-term projects. This first-of-a-kind rental equipment offer from Afrox... 

Gases for laser cutting and welding processes

     31st March 2017 Laser application technology has seen substantial progress and development since the invention of the laser in the 1960s. At the time it was recognised that nitrogen cutting was possible, giving an unoxidised edge, but laser power was simply too low to make this commercially attractive. The... 

Visit your preferred supplier of choice for gases and welding products at NAMPO 2017

     15th March 2017 Afrox will be featuring a fresh and revamped stand at NAMPO this year to encourage customers to view and experience welding machines and equipment in a dynamic and informative environment. Hinging on the theme of ‘Preferred Supplier of Choice’, Afrox will be pulling out all the stops to... 

Safety always a priority after 90 years in the welding business

     9th March 2017 Despite increasing legal pressure to ensure workplace safety, unsafe gas and electrical arc equipment continues to find its way into industry. This presents a legal risk to companies and a risk to the safety of their employees. As sub-Saharan Africa’s market leader in gases and welding products... 

Afrox weathers yet another difficult trading year

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd February 2017 The benefits of its successful restructuring and the litigation settlement with ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) resulted in gas company African Oxygen (Afrox) reporting a 23.2% year-on-year increase in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) to R1.24-billion for... 

Biogas needs favourable REIPPPP allocation for sustainable development

By: Nadine James     17th February 2017 The measureable and sustainable development of South Africa’s biogas industry requires projects, and therefore a favourable  Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) allocation, to prove sufficient financial viability to financial institutions is essential.... 

Safety always a priority after 90 years in the welding business

     9th February 2017 Despite increasing legal pressure to ensure workplace safety, unsafe gas and electrical arc equipment continues to find its way into industry. This presents a legal risk to companies and a risk to the safety of their employees. As sub-Saharan Africa’s market leader in gases and welding products... 

Cape Town plant to convert municipal solid waste to energy

By: Kim Cloete     3rd February 2017 The first large-scale waste-to-energy plant in Africa will be opened in Athlone in Cape Town, on Wednesday, with the aim of converting municipal solid waste into energy. The state-of-the-art R400-million biogas plant is expected to create 80 full-time jobs and few hundred indirect jobs. The plant... 

Afrox secures Western Cape LPG stocks

     1st February 2017 Consumers can expect ongoing security of supply of Handigas thanks to Afrox’s plans to import LPG through the port of Cape Town. The first 2017 stocks of LPG docked and were off-loaded last week into waiting Afrox tankers from the carrier GasChem. “This shipment of LPG marks the ongoing... 

Afrox secures Western Cape LPG stocks

     31st January 2017 Consumers can expect ongoing security of supply of Handigas thanks to Afrox’s plans to import LPG through the port of Cape Town. The first 2017 stocks of LPG docked and were off-loaded last week into waiting Afrox tankers from the carrier GasChem. “This shipment of LPG marks the ongoing... 

Afrox to post higher FY earnings

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th January 2017 JSE-listed African Oxygen (Afrox) expects to report double-digit gains in earnings for the year ended December 31, after reporting improved margins from operational efficiencies and a reduction in fixed costs post its restructuring programme the year before. Earnings a share for the year under... 

On-The-Air (27/01/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     27th January 2017 Innovative waste-to-energy plants have been launched by two of South Africa’s biggest cities in as many months; France this week formally declared its intention to respond to Eskom’s nuclear overture of December 20; and South Africa’s first fuel cell plant is to be launched in Cape Town next month. 

Ground-breaking waste-to-energy plant opens in Cape Town

By: Kim Cloete     24th January 2017 The first large-scale waste-to-energy plant in Africa will be opened in Athlone in Cape Town, on Wednesday, with the aim of converting municipal solid waste into energy. The state-of-the-art R400-million biogas plant is expected to create 80 full-time jobs and few hundred indirect jobs. The plant... 

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