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High-quality weld preparation for oil and gas industry

8th September 2017 Orbital cutting and bevelling machines for high-purity piping from international weld preparation products supplier EH Wachs are now available in South Africa from industrial equipment supplier Dowson & Dobson Industrial, a division of Actum Industrial, to serve the unique needs of the oil and... 

Black investor acquires majority stake in precision manufacturing firm

By: David Oliveira     8th September 2017 A recent acquisition of 51% of Johannesburg-based precision manufacturing company Bay Engineering by Black Industrialists Group (BIG) for R6.5-million is being held up as an example of transformation in the manufacturing sector. Bay Engineering MD Etienne Labuschagne points out that the deal,... 

Thermaspray showcases thermal spray coating technologies and welding capabilities in Limpopo

7th September 2017 Thermaspray showcased its ground-breaking thermal spray coating technologies and Plasma Transferred Arc (PTA) welding process capabilities at the Mining & Technical Exhibitions (MTE) which took place in Mogalakwena and Lephalale, Limpopo, on 1st and 3rd August 2017 respectively. Thermaspray’s... 

Benefits Of Mentis Fibre Glass Grating Increase Its Popularity

1st September 2017 The significant benefits offered by Fibreglass Floor Grating has seen this composite material product increase in popularity, especially in applications where it is necessary to guard against environmental factors or corrosive chemicals. Lance Quinlan, marketing manager at Andrew Mentis, says... 

Local aviation industry needs to be technology ready

By: Victor Moolman     1st September 2017 With commercial aviation a market that is rapidly growing globally, aviation components supplier Aerosud Aviation MD Johan Steyn says there is a need to stay abreast of technological advancements if South Africa is to remain competitive in aviation manufacturing. Owing to this, he notes that,... 

Toyota Empowerment Trust to focus on training, enterprise development

By: Irma Venter     1st September 2017 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) has announced the creation of the Toyota Empowerment Trust (TET). The TET has been seeded with R42-million in start-up funding and will focus on skills and enterprise development initiatives in the automotive industry. 

Taking the stress out of cutting: First Cut endorses the use of high-quality stretcher-levelled steel from Allied Steelrode for production cost-savings of up to 15 percent

25th August 2017 Change in one type of technology often dictates change in another. The changes to steel cutting technology in the past three decades have been very significant and, with the development of high-speed fibre lasers, are now influencing the quality of steel that the industry uses. Swiss steel... 

Unique bevelling, cutting and welding reduces chance of microbial growth 

By: Victor Moolman     25th August 2017 Owing to the existence of pipes and tubes in the food and beverage industry with improper welds – making them more susceptible to the growth of micro bacteria and organisms – industrial product supplier Actum Industrial says the high-quality end results of its Orbitalum orbital cutting, bevelling... 

Toyota to begin Durban assembly of Hino trucks in November

By: Irma Venter     25th August 2017 Assembly of the new Hino 500 Series truck will start at Toyota South Africa Motors’ Durban plant in November. The first prototypes have already been built, says Hino South Africa senior manager Leslie Long. 

Resources Watch 

24th August 2017 This week: Krugerrand demand resurgence anticipated to result in record sales Harmony ups South African capex, pays 70% higher dividend And, ‘Next-gen’ butt-welding machine keeps mine start-up on track 

Fracking jobs prove elusive for coal miners looking to switch

By: Bloomberg     18th August 2017 Robert Dennis has mined coal in West Virginia for 10 years but a recent evening found him in a classroom at his local community college. He came to learn about opportunities in fracking, a drilling technique used to produce natural gas — the very fuel that is threatening coal’s future. “I know... 

Machines, tools prepare steel pipes for successful welding

By: Victor Moolman     18th August 2017 Portable pipe-cutting split frames and orbital welding tools complement each other in the steel pipe construction industry because the split frames are used to prepare pipes for the welding procedure, says industrial product supplier Actum Industrial. 

Toyota SA creates R42m empowerment trust

By: Irma Venter     10th August 2017 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) has announced the creation of the Toyota Empowerment Trust (TET). The TET has been seeded with R42-million in start-up funding and will focus on skills and enterprise development initiatives in the automotive industry. 

Local assembly of new Hino 500 to start in Durban in November

By: Irma Venter     1st August 2017 Assembly of the new Hino 500 Series truck will start at Toyota South Africa Motors’ Durban plant in November. The first prototypes have already been built, says Hino South Africa senior manager Leslie Long. 

Rope access enhances cost-effectiveness of NDT inspection

31st July 2017 Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) is an ideal form of preventative maintenance, and is used extensively by electricity utility Eskom during shutdowns. The effectiveness of NDT is enhanced even further by rope access, which ensures the rapid deployment of skilled technicians to carry out such critical... 

Gibela says first SA-made train to be delivered by the end of 2018

By: Irma Venter     28th July 2017 The Gibela consortium will deliver the first locally built X'Ttrapolis Mega commuter train to State-owned Metrorail operator the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) by the end of 2018, says Gibela CEO Marc Granger. Production of the first car-body shell of the first car of the first... 

Training facility to improve skills deficit in artisan industry 

By: Simone Liedtke     28th July 2017 Industrial rope access specialist Skyriders Access Specialists aims to bridge the rope access skills deficit in the artisan industry through offering training at its Midrand-based facility, states Skyriders marketing manager Mike Zinn. 

Gibela says first SA-made train to be delivered by the end of 2018

By: Irma Venter     28th July 2017 The Gibela consortium will deliver the first locally built X'Ttrapolis Mega commuter train to State-owned Metrorail operator, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), by the end of 2018, says Gibela CEO Marc Granger. Production of the first car-body shell of the first car of the first... 

Coal mine switches to Atlas Copco LED light towers

25th July 2017 Atlas Copco Portable Energy supplied four state-of-the-art HiLight V5+ LED light towers mounted on custom-built double-axle trailers to trading partner, Tracpart Mining Supplies. The end-user, a coal mine in Mpumalanga, uses the light towers for above ground lighting applications. When approached... 

Need for NDT personnel to be competent

21st July 2017 To perform nondestructive testing (NDT) in accordance with code requirements and customer expectations, Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) systems and quality manager Harold Jansen says there is a need for NDT personnel to be competent. 

Maxiflex PVC strip curtains improve the bottom line – strip by strip

12th July 2017 Flexible PVC strip curtains from door and loading dock specialist, Maxiflex, are economical, practical, efficient, versatile and cost-effective partition solutions. The strip curtains present a flexible barrier across internal and external apertures providing seamless traffic flow, protecting... 

Thermal spray coating and Plasma Transferred Arc cladding solutions from Thermaspray protect power generation components against corrosion and wear

12th July 2017 South Africa’s Thermal Spray and Plasma Coating technology specialist, Thermaspray, delivers world-class refurbishing, manufacturing and repair services to numerous power stations around the country. Equipment and components such as steam generators, pumps and turbines that handle steam and water... 

Composite repair systems an alternative to welding and most steel repairs

11th July 2017 Industrial lining solutions providers Groupline Projects (GLP) – a subsidiary of Wonderstone, which forms part of the Assore Group of companies – now offer revolutionary alternatives to welding, in the form of Armasteel and Armacoat composite repair systems, in South Africa. Since 2008, the... 

New Transair® aluminium pipework products ease installation and give weight, space and cost savings in technical room applications

11th July 2017 The Transair® business unit of The Fluid System Connectors Division Europe of Parker Hannifin Corporation, the global leader in motion and control technologies, has announced the launch of new Transair aluminium pipework products designed for compressed air, vacuum and inert gas applications in... 

Welding Alloys South Africa

4th July 2017 To lead the market in engineered wear protection solutions and flux cored welding wire technology, Welding Alloys South Africa (WASA) is focused on responding to its customers’ needs. Part of the Welding Alloys group, which covers more than 150 countries through a network of 30 subsidiaries... 

New factory increases monthly production

By: Victor Moolman     30th June 2017 14 new plastic extruder machines have been moved to plastic pipes manufacturer DPI Plastics’ new factory in Roodekop, Johannesburg, which is next to the already existing Roodekop polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipe factory. The extruders can produce 2 200 t/m of new high-density polyethylene (HDPE). 

Pipe supply for Tekwane project ongoing

By: Victor Moolman     30th June 2017 Fluid conveyance solutions provider Incledon is supplying 6 km of PE100 800 mm steel-reinforced, spirally wound high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe for the Tekwane South integrated human settlement project in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, which will cost about R12-million upon completion. 

High-quality products and superior service provide competitive edge

By: Victor Moolman     30th June 2017 As a means to overcome competition from larger plastic pipe providers, plastic pipes, fittings and welding machines company Plastitech offers superior service levels and a complete range of high-quality pipe products. 

EM introduces latest Italian electrical connection systems into SA

26th June 2017 Cembre SpA, a leading Italian manufacturer of electrical connectors, crimping and cutting tools, railroad products, identification and labelling systems, concluded an exclusive distribution agreement with ElectroMechanica (EM) of Johannesburg on 1 March. The family-owned Cembre SpA has its main... 

LEM completes its surface mounted SO8 & SO16 isolated current transducers range with an integrated current conductor

22nd June 2017 Key points: Open-loop Hall effect ASIC-based current transducers to measure from 4 A up to 30 A DC, AC or pulsed Cost effective, 2 x IC packaging for SMD automatic assembly Excellent immunity to external fields Good offset and gain drifts Wide operating temperature range from -40 to +125ºC Up to... 

MB Crushers Distribution To Q-Fab In Qatar

21st June 2017 The italian company has confirmed exclusive agreement with the leading company in Qatar MB Crusher has appointed Q-FAB - Qatar Welding & Fabrication Supplies – as exclusive distributor for Qatar. “We’re very pleased to have confirmed this agreement – underlines Najmeddine Sahraoui, MB Crusher... 

Cold cutting machine minimises explosion risks

16th June 2017 Portable weld prep-machine tool manufacturer E.H. Wachs’ low clearance split frame (LCSF) operates on a cold cutting machining process, resulting in a safe and clean operation that minimises the risk of explosion. 

Distribution network helps facilitate equipment access

16th June 2017 Fabricators can now access welding consumables and equipment aupplier ESAB’s welding machines, consumables, automation equipment and gas apparatus following the its partnership with industrial equipment supplier Howden Donkin’s distribution and logistics network. 

Weld purge monitor required to measure oxygen accurately

16th June 2017 In order to accurately read the residual oxygen level inside a tube, pipe, welding chamber or enclosure during the act of purging, weld purging experts Huntingdon Fusion Techniques (HFT) has designed a range of weld purge monitors, including the PurgEye Desk, the PurgeNet and the Purge Monitor,... 

Partnership distributes consumables to customer network

16th June 2017 Steel distributor Böhler Uddeholm Africa and welding products supplier Unique Welding Alloys have joined forces to offer fabricators a range of high-quality welding consumables that is easily accessible through a national customer-focused network. 

Engineering company divests welding and wire cutting businesses

16th June 2017 Engineering company Sandvik Materials Technology intends to divest its welding and stainless steel wire cutting businesses in order to consolidate its product portfolio and improve its long-term performance. 

Hürner CNC ECO 2.0 Butt-welding machine.

By: Victor Moolman     16th June 2017 The new Hürner CNC ECO 2.0 computer numerically controlled (CNC) plastic pipe butt-welding machine range available from the company Plasti-tech, is a high quality and durable, next generation pipe butt-welding machine. 

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. 

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