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South African cutting consumables distributor has delivered the first laser sheet-metal processor and nitrogen generator in Zimbabwe to its customer Sawpower. The NitraCut nitrogen generator was ordered by Sawpower to supply assist-gas to the new laser sheet steel processor, a Bystronic Bysprint 3015.

Photo1FirstCutSawpowerDec2018Founded 24 years ago, Sawpower is a family-owned business. The company is the agent and distributor for international lawnmower, chainsaw, brush cutter and related equipment brands. As a supplier of blading, which ranges from domestic hacksaws to large industrial bandsaws, the company runs a full service centre as well as a well-equipped saw shop where blades are refurbished.

Managing Director Ralph Stead says that the company has been considering retooling and becoming involved in manufacturing for about six years now. “At present, because of our history, much of Zimbabwe's manufacturing capability is outdated. If we can supply a value-added process for components to be manufactured and used locally, we will be helping alleviate the expenditure of scarce foreign currency on imports. With the purchase of the Bysprint, we will be able to make the standard of components at prices that are competitive in the export arena and thereby contribute to Zimbabwe's future prosperity,” he says.

According to First Cut Managing Director Andrew Poole, the Bysprint is a sound proposition for Sawpower as it enables the company to achieve high component output at very competitive prices. The Bysprint is also very suitable for use in areas where mains power is either unreliable or very expensive. This is because the Bysprint uses a fraction of the electricity compared to earlier CO2 lasers.

The addition of the NitraCut generator allows Sawpower to be independent of third-party suppliers, circumventing issues around local gas pricing and availability. “When we need to cut, we need to cut,” Stead says. With foreign currency restraints as well as the parallel market rates, gas availability can be something of an issue, he explains.

“The installation of this type of equipment is not a straightforward process. However, the combined support of First Cut, Bystronic and NitraCut was absolutely exceptional to say the least. Their combined assistance, for example, where we required answers or other problem-solving, has been absolutely world-class. To date, the performance of the BySprint has been great. It is a new investment of this type into Zimbabwe, and the quality and the performance of the Bysprint fibre and the Nitracut has been outstanding,” Stead sys.

With the delivery of the Bysprint to the Harare-based company, Sawpower has now been appointed as the official representative of Bystronic in Zimbabwe. With the Bysprint now commissioned, Sawpower has become a working showroom for the Bystronic bran.

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