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Metalworking & Fabrication

ERP solutions can mitigate industry challenges

By: Sabrina Jardim     29th April 2022 Software development company SYSPRO assists fabrication businesses by providing enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions that assist in delivering consistency throughout the value chain, from the initial quote to final product delivery. “The metal fabrication industry is largely in survival... 

Fasteners, bearings and welding equipment all within supplier’s ambit

By: Sabrina Jardim     29th April 2022 Fasteners, bearings and welding products and equipment are relevant for the metal fabrication sector, which is built on cutting metal and welding it. If metal cannot be bolted together with fasteners, then it can be welded together, 

An image depicting the WAAM 3D printing process for metal
WAAM The WAAM 3D Printing for Metal: Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing with Cold Metal Transfer (CMT) from Fronius

Merger results in beneficial services

By: Sabrina Jardim     29th April 2022 Abrasives supplier First Cut and gas safety training and equipment company Gas Safety International’s (GSI’s) aim - through their merger of interests – is to mitigate the challenges in the metal fabrication industry through increased value proposition, welding training and safety expertise. These... 

An image depicting a smiling man wearing a red shirt and black vest
ANDREW POOLE The merger with GSI enables First Cut to offer customers welding safety consulting, analysis and assessments, which has strengthened the company’s welding division

Covid clouds metal fabrications industry

By: Nadine Ramdass     23rd April 2021 The Covid-19 pandemic has had a ripple effect on the metal fabrications industry, resulting in low investment, job losses and a decrease in opportunities and development, among other challenges, says structural, mechanical and welding engineering provider New Age Engineering Solutions operational... 

Shadow Work
New Age Engineering Solutions prioritises skills development
Shadow Work New Age Engineering Solutions prioritises skills development

Investment needed to revive industry

By: Nadine Ramdass     23rd April 2021 South African metal fabricators and government have to invest in the industry to compete with cheap imports from countries such as China, says valve manufacturer Dynamic Fluid Control executive director and COO Mlungisi Cele. Although there is demand for metal fabricators, owing to construction... 

Mlungisi Cele 
Only locally manufactured products should qualify as local content
Mlungisi Cele Only locally manufactured products should qualify as local content

4IR key to advanced NDT service

By: Tracy Hancock     2nd October 2020 The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) is an extremely significant focus for material testing and inspection services specialist Dekra Industrial because the collection and interpretation of data plays a vital role in forecasting, strategic growth and decision-making in organisations. While... 

Some of South African metal fabricators only undertaking non-destructive testing to ensure that they are fabrication- and design-code compliant
GRUDGE PURCHASE Some of South African metal fabricators only undertaking non-destructive testing to ensure that they are fabrication- and design-code compliant

Safety up but costs hamper industry uptake

By: Tracy Hancock     2nd October 2020 Safety is improving in the local metal fabrication sector as more companies realise the importance of having stricter safety protocols in place, says local blades and electrodes manufacturer, and cutting consumables and capital equipment supplier First Cut machine division GM Anthony Lezar. “Some... 

Some companies are putting only the bare minimum in place to ensure safety within their manufacturing processes
TICKING THE BOX Some companies are putting only the bare minimum in place to ensure safety within their manufacturing processes

Lonmin killings hurt SA as mining destination

10th September 2012 The violence that erupted near South Africa’s third-largest platinum producer Lonmin’s Marikana mine, in which over 44 people were killed this week, has dealt another blow to the country’s already struggling platinum industry. On Thursday, 34 striking workers were killed and 78 injured in a... 

Magnetic-stand drilling machines launched

16th October 2009 Diversified machine tooling company Rothenberger has launched German manufacturer of drilling and countersinking tools Ruko’s magnetic-stand drilling machines to the South African market. 

Technology group launches computer-based control 

16th October 2009 In the face of growing global competition in the sheet metal working industry computer-based automation technology company Beckhoff has launched a range of computer-based control solutions for metal forming and sheet metal working.


International group
 sees opportunities in machine tool solutions

16th October 2009 Electronics and electrical engineering group Siemens views the current economic environment as an ideal opportunity to increase its market share in the field of machine tool solutions. 

New control automatic cutter for local market

By: Carla Thomaz     16th October 2009 South African importer and distributor of high-end automation products, electrical and capital equipment Elquip Solutions, who is the sole agent for Italian-based machine tool manufacturer Pedrazzoli, is introducing the Pedrazzoli MCL 120 intelligent motion system (IMS) control automatic cutter... 

International manufacturer appoints local agent

By: Carla Thomaz     16th October 2009 International industrial laser systems manufacturer Miyachi Unitek has signed an exclusive representation agreement with local manufacturing equipment, software, materials and technical support provider Zetech.  

Localisation of local 
innovation critical 
for South Africa

By: Carla Thomaz     16th October 2009 South Africa’s competitiveness as a manufacturing destination and export country is under threat and a stronger focus of the localisation of local innovation should become a priority, reports the the public-private partnership National Tooling Initiative (NTI). 

Weakening tooling industry pushes recapitalisation agenda

By: Carla Thomaz     16th October 2009 Long-term decay and the current economic slump has weakened the tooling industry, resulting in the National Tooling Initiative (NTI) focusing one of its programmes on the recapitalisation of the industry. 

Tool supplier launches multipurpose lightweight welding kit launched

By: Fatima Gabru     17th October 2008 The mobile energy division of tool supplier Rothenberger has launched a multipurpose, lightweight, user-friendly welding and brazing kit, the Roxy Kit Plus, which reaches flame temperatures of up to 3 100°C. 

Lightweight aluminium lowers transport operators costs

17th October 2008 The use of aluminium in the fabrication of vehicle bodies is significantly reducing the payload to unproductive gross load ratio of transport operators. 

Imports challenge local metals fabrication industry

By: Fatima Gabru     17th October 2008 The stiff competition challenging the mass-manufacturing of South African metals fabrications would not be affected by a 50% import levy on the importation of the Chinese products, says Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of South Africa (Seifsa) economic and commercial manager Michael... 

Skills loss gloom misplaced - union

By: Fatima Gabru     17th October 2008 There is a misplaced gloom in the metals fabrication sector, created by the lack of artisans and the loss of highly skilled artisans who are leaving the country says National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa)national spokesperson Mziwakhe Hlangani. 

Artisan aid prior learning, experience to be recognised 

By: Fatima Gabru     17th October 2008 Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education Training Authority (Merseta) has identified the need for the recognition of prior learning (RPL) of artisan aids in the metals sector industry and has extended the pilot phase of its RPL programme to the end of March 2009, after... 

New pressbrake expands company's offerings 

By: Fatima Gabru     17th October 2008 Heavy-duty engineering, sheet-metal fabricator and manufacturer Efficient Engineering has imported a 1 250-t pressbrake from the US, valued at about R10-million, for its newly expanded premises. 

Global metal products demand drives sales of local metal-bending machine sales 

By: Jonathan Faurie     19th October 2007 The global demand for processed metal products has been the driving force behind the sales of a locally manufactured metal bending machine, reports diversified engineering firm Unique Engineering. 

Local construction boom increases power tool sales 

By: Jonathan Faurie     19th October 2007 The current construction boom under way in South Africa, coupled with the worldwide demand for metal products, has significantly increased the sales of metal processing power tools reports power tool manufacturing and distribution company Metabo. 

Steel fabrication company outsources terminal skip fabrication

19th October 2007 Richards Bay steel-fabrication, construction and erection company Mechgen has commissioned specialists in fabrication, machining, proof loading and maintenance, Arlona Engineering, to manufacture 40 eight-cubic metres capacity skips for Transnet Port Terminals (TPTs). 

New machine for local manufacturer

19th October 2007 A local manufacturer of standard machine tooling centres, such as vertical turning CNC lathes, has recently developed a new machine with the assistance of engineering company Tectra Automation. 

Metalworking company invests in advanced industrial machinery

19th October 2007 Steel and metalworking technologies have advanced considerably in the last couple of years, and the Cosira Group has taken advantage of internationally available technologies and international best practices to invest in advanced and efficient industrial machinery, methodologies and processes,... 

Industry boom welcome, but comes with challenges

By: Jonathan Faurie     19th October 2007 The current high price of commodities and the growing worldwide demand has created a welcome boom economy in the metalworking industry in South Africa, reports DCD-Dorbyl Heavy Engineering Vereeniging GM Gary Colegate. 

Metal finishing company doubles output

19th October 2007 Local metal finishing company, Rebuff, reports that it has more than doubled its output as a result of its investment in new sewing machines, which represent the latest technology available in this sector. 

Engineering company launches new mechanical and hydraulic press range

19th October 2007 Diversified engineering company Becker Engineering, part of the Becker group of companies, has launched a range of mechanical and hydraulic presses that can be used in the metal working industry. 

Zambian school expands though shipping container donation

19th October 2007 South African multi shipping line Safmarine has recently donated 25 ship containers, which have been converted into classrooms, to Zambia�s Amano Christian School (Amano). 

New speciality alloy facility in China

19th October 2007 Global aluminium producer Alcan broke ground at the Tianjin airport industrial park in China for its specialty alloy cable manufacturing facility. The $40-million facility will produce specialty alloy cable products for commercial, institutional and industrial applications. The new plant is... 

CSIR buys high tech measuring machine

By: cheryl reddy     20th October 2006 As part of its project on the development of dimensional standards, the Council for Scientific and Indus-trial Research (CSIR) recently bought a new measuring machine from Johannesburg-based machine tool and measuring equipment supplier RGC Engineering. 

Metalworking firm irked by sluggish training authority

By: cheryl reddy     20th October 2006 While the value of aluminium welding in the metalworking industry is on theincrease, a severe lack of skills development threatens to hinder its future growth. Metalworking firm, Castweld’s director Patrick Anderson claims to be fighting a losing battle with the manufacturing, engineering... 

DTI, local industry mull aluminium export duties

By: cheryl reddy     20th October 2006 Most Western countries are battling with a surge in eastern exports and technology. 

Metal-finishing firm sponsors stainless steel awards

20th October 2006 Rebuff, leading manufacturer and distributor of stainless steel and other metal finishing products is again a sponsor of the Stainless Steel Awards, hosted by the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda). 

Linear actuators promise enhanced safety

20th October 2006 German-owned Becker Engineering’s Simplex hydraulic and mechanical products include a new series of Uni-Lift linear actuators that provide smooth, efficient operation and enhanced safety in metalworking applications. 

Horizontal machining centre launched

20th October 2006 Mori Seiki has started taking orders for its NMH6300 DCG, a high-rigidity, high-precision, horizontal machining center for five-axis machining, which is packed with the company’s latest technology. 

Many hurdles to be cleared by SA's metalworking sector

By: thamashni naidoo     21st October 2005 Firms producing output from secondary steel products are facing many challenges, one of which is the inability to source sufficient amounts of input material in order to meet supply demands. 

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