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Nitrogen partnership creates opportunities in local market 

By: Victor Moolman     16th June 2017 A distribution partnership between nitrogen filtration systems manufacturer NitraLife and cutting and bending solutions provider First Cut will see it become the exclusive distributor of NitraLife’s NitraCut nitrogen generators, allow its Swiss principal, sheet processing systems manufacturer... 

Demand for welders decreases as power stations near completion 

By: Victor Moolman     16th June 2017 Owing to major projects, such as the Medupi and Kusile power stations, nearing completion, the South African Institute of Welding (SAIW) says fewer welders have enrolled for its training courses in the past year. 

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... 

Cost-saving protective coating solutions for hostile chemical & petrochemical environments

8th June 2017 The unmatched protection and wear properties of Thermaspray’s range of superior quality, highly dependable coating and welding solutions offer excellent protection against surface wear and corrosion and assist in enhancing the lifespan of parts and components in the chemical and petrochemical... 

Conference to focus on heavy haul rail industry

2nd June 2017 The International Heavy Haul Association (IHHA), in partnership with State-owned freight logistics group Transnet and the South African Heavy Haul Association (SAHHA), will host its eleventh IHHA conference on September 2 to 6 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, in South Africa.  

Babcock provide cranage and rigging services for economiser replacement project

1st June 2017 Operating a 500-tonne mobile crane for 24-hours a day, at heights of 50 metres and a load exceeding 100 tonnes in highly constricted work conditions is no mean feat. Despite these challenges, Babcock’s plant services business concluded an economiser replacement project in March for Sappi Saiccor... 

Three new paramotors available for South African market

By: Victor Moolman     26th May 2017 Paramotor manufacturer Parajet has started the distribution of the Maverick, Volution 3 and Zenith paramotors as well as the Falco paratrike, in South Africa, all of which can be used for recreational flying as well as many other applications including antipoaching and aerial surveillance in... 

Valves association provides platform for training

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th May 2017 With poor product design, poor selection and inefficient processes in the manufacture of valves becoming a concern, the South African Valve and Actuator Manufacturers Association (Savama) says there is a need for training to be emphasised to avoid this reality becoming entrenched.  

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 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... 

Robotic solution for machine tools industry

28th April 2017 When it comes to the automated feeding of machine tools, the choice of the right robot set-up and manipulator is a key element in the planning process, says Japanese robotics company Yaskawa. 

Winging it

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     28th April 2017 Not too long ago, I asked a young engineer to build an item of equipment. It was not very complicated; when the temperature rose above a certain level, a relay should close, which would energise a socket outlet to power a cooling device. At the same time, if the temperature fell below a certain... 

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... 

Goscor Group to showcase agricultural solutions at NAMPO 2017

25th April 2017 Industrial equipment supplier the Goscor Group, a part of Industrial Services Holdings (InServe), will have a major presence at Grain SA's NAMPO Harvest Day 2017 from 16 to 19 May near Bothaville in the Free State. Last year the 50th anniversary of the annual four-day event attracted a record 75... 

R&D capitalises on global growth

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th April 2017 The National Laser Centre (NLC), part of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), is undertaking a Photonics Prototyping Facility (PPF) programme and is exploring advance manufacturing technologies, leveraging on the strong global growth of the laser technology sector. NLC PPF... 

Kenyan fabricator enters partnership with welding institute

14th April 2017 The Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) facilitated a visit for Kenya-based stainless steel fabricator Desbro Engineering to several South African counterparts, resulting in a training partnership between Desbro and the South African Institute of Welding (SAIW).... 

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... 

New fastening solution introduced onto market

By: Johane Turkstra     7th April 2017 To mitigate welding, bolting and clamping, construction company Hilti introduced to the South African market its Threaded Stud S-BT technology for multipurpose fastenings, including grating, onto coated structural steel in mildly and highly corrosive environments. “Welding channel mounts or... 

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... 

South Deep Reaffirms Rebase Plan 

30th March 2017 Gold mining major Gold Fields has reinforced its rebase plan for its South Deep mine with renewed focus being put into safety, production and mechanisation.  

Peristaltic hose pumps to mitigate challenges

By: Simone Liedtke     24th March 2017 Owing to the high air entrainment and shear sensitivity of froth pulp, mixing equipment and peristaltic pump manufacturer Afromix applied its AFX065 peristaltic hose pump – which is already associated with arduous mining and industrial applications – to mitigate this challenge.  

Nuclear build programme will bring immense benefits 

By: Kelvin Kemm     24th March 2017 South Africa builds and exports Mercedes-Benz vehicles from East London.  BMW cars are built in Pretoria, as are Ford cars. Other vehicle brands are also built are this country.  I have toured the BMW and Ford plant several times, and I can assure you that what you see is South African workers... 

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... 

Rope access company continues maintenance for petrochemicals giant

By: Nadine James     10th March 2017 Rope access solutions provider Skyriders Access Specialists is continuing maintenance work at a petrochemicals company, in Mpumalanga, as part of a five-year service contract that extends  to 2019. Skyriders marketing manager Mike Zinn says the company is providing maintenance solutions for the... 

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... 

Steel-related products’ safety emphasised

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd March 2017 Owing to the use of cheaper, often lower quality steel products, which are copies of high quality products, across industry, serious consequences, and even lead to fatalities, can result, says manufacturer of gratings, flooring and hand railing, Vital Engineering.  

Rio-Carb appoints Wesco Engineering as its Namibian agent

28th February 2017 Rio-Carb, a leading manufacturer of R-C700 CrC wear liners and pipes for heavy materials-handling applications in the mining and allied resources industries, has announced that Wesco Engineering has been appointed as its official agent in Namibia. Sias Suurd from Wesco Engineering has been tasked... 

Wear solutions firm provides hands-on experience for ‘engineers of tomorrow’

By: Dylan Slater     24th February 2017 An internship programme offered by Alberton-based wear solutions company Rio-Carb aims to upskill the engineers of the future.  

Dunnottar train manufacturing complex project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     24th February 2017 Gibela Rail Transport Consortium has expressed concern about ongoing community unrest in Duduza, in Ekurhuleni, which is impacting on construction activities at its Dunnottar train manufacturing plant. 

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.... 

Efforts to salvage wind-tower plant shut in wake of Eskom’s refusal to sign new IPP contracts

By: Terence Creamer     17th February 2017 The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is hoping to salvage the domestic manufacturing capability established to produce wind-tower sections in the Eastern Cape that was set up in response to government’s demand for higher levels of local content in the renewable-energy sector. However, it... 

Balledge® Design Gives Apex Welding Screens The Edge On Safety

15th February 2017 The patented Balledge® design used on Apex Welding and Safety Screens is a major advantage as this aids access into cordoned off areas for workers without snagging or scratching, increasing safety in the workplace. Wim Dessing, managing director of Apex Strip Curtains, explains that the... 

Gibela starts recruiting staff for Dunnottar manufacturing facility

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th February 2017 The Gibela Rail Transport Consortium has started recruiting operators and artisans for its new manufacturing facility, as well as trainees for its new training centre, at Dunnottar, in Ekurhuleni, prioritising historically disadvantaged residents of Ekurhuleni East. The consortium, which was... 

Balledge® Design Gives Apex Welding Screens The Edge On Safety

15th February 2017 The patented Balledge® design used on Apex Welding and Safety Screens is a major advantage as this aids access into cordoned off areas for workers without snagging or scratching, increasing safety in the workplace. Wim Dessing, managing director of Apex Strip Curtains, explains that the... 

Plastics training crucial for the automotive industry

10th February 2017 In light of the growing trend within the automotive industry to increase dependency on plastic components and the greater demand this places on employers to train, upskill and transfer skills to employees in South Africa, local plastics industry representative Plastics|SA has been playing an... 

Up the uptime with high quality electrical products from Powermite

9th February 2017 Component, equipment and system specialist, Hudaco company Powermite, leads the southern African market in the supply of a fully comprehensive range of high quality, locally manufactured electrical products for a wide range of mining, marine and industrial machinery including mobile generators,... 

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