African Fusion

In support of short and long term African growth, Cummins Southern Africa has appointed Thierry Pimi as managing director. Pimi is now responsible for the leadership, operations and strategic direction for Cummins’ distribution business in South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Mozambique, Malawi and Madagascar.

Having been awarded the seat-manufacturing contract for the next-generation VW Polo, Adient Pasdec is investing in a significant upgrade to its manufacturing facility in Port Elizabeth.

On October 14 at the CSIR, the Southern African Institute of NDT (SAINT) organised a day of inspiration for women to both celebrate the success of women in the NDT industry and to encourage more women to take up careers in NDT.

Earlier this year, GEA Aircooled Systems and GEA Nilenca became Kelvion Thermal Solutions and Kelvion Services, respectively. African Fusion visits the Roodekop premises of the two adjacent companies and talks to Alex Dreyer of Kelvion Thermal Solutions, Pieter Herbst of Kelvion Services and welding engineer Angel Krustev, who supports both entities.

Jim Guild, winner of the SAIW Gold Medal Award for 2016, is one of the most deserving Gold Medal winners in the Institute’s history. This highly successful organisation owes its current status and achievements almost entirely to his inimitable, charismatic and professional management.

The 68th SAIW Annual Dinner and Awards Presentation was held on September 23 at the Gold Reef City Casino Convention Centre. Compèred by Bongani Nxumalo with entertainment by Coda Africa, the South Africa welding fraternity attended in numbers to celebrate, following a difficult year.

At Electra Mining Africa 2016, Renttech SA debuted its new Uniarc Twinpro twin pack welder/generator with two 300/400 A welding units, 30 kVA three-phase power and two 6.0 kVA, 230 V power outlets. African Fusion visits the stand and talks to MD, Gerrit van Zyl.

African Fusion attends Lincoln Electric’s Welding Technology Centre open day and reports on the company’s high deposition rate submerged-arc welding process.

African Fusion talks to Tim Sivewright, general manager for the Welding division at Böhler Uddeholm Africa, voestalpine Böhler Welding Group’s South African distribution partner.

African Fusion visits Air Liquide’s stand at Electra Mining and highlights the novel Migatronic range of welding equipment now available through the company’s subsidiary, Weld-Cut, Southern Africa.

On 21 September 2016, Afrox unveiled a new flagship facility in Riverhorse Valley, Durban North, a filling and engineering services hub that represents an investment of more than R60-million. African Fusion attends and reports.

Yaskawa’s Robot-based spot welding system with two 7-axis units: an all-in-one solution.

SAIW executive director Sean Blake shares experiences of his visit to France, where he toured the Chalon Saint-Marcel manufacturing plant of Areva Heavy Equipment before visiting Alstom Transport in Le Creusot.

At the launch of South African Institute for Non-destructive Testing’s (SAINT) bi-annual Yearbook, African Fusion talks to current president, Keith Cain about advancing the creditability and professionalism of NDT in South Africa.

African Fusion visits the Roodepoort facilities of Stainless Precision Engineering (SPE) and talks to Reginald Diedericks, the responsible welding coordinator and technical quality manager, about the company’s ISO 3834 quality accreditation and its EN/ISO 15085 and railway aspirations.

African Fusion talks to Jannie Bronkhorst of Renttech about tank farm construction using mechanised submerged arc, automatic girth (AGW) and electrogas welding (EGW) processes.

New Rapid-XTM welding process technology from Lincoln Electric has been shown to improve welding productivity for stainless steel process pipe, increasing welding speed by 15% while reducing heat input by 20%.

ESAB South Africa will be launching its new Rebel™ multi-process welding machine into southern Africa at Electra Mining Africa (EMA) next month. African Fusion talks to Kim Brightwell, sub-Saharan Africa country manager and marketing director for ESAB Middle East & Africa, about this and other innovations being showcased in 2016.

Afrox, in partnership with non-profit upliftment organisations, POPUP, has established and equipped a 12-bay welding school in Soshanguve. African Fusion talks to Johan Pieterse about the development.

African Fusion talks to ABB South Africa’s robotics business unit manager, Ragnar Tonnessen about the new IRB 1660ID, a high performance mid-range robot that allows cables and hoses to be routed inside the upper arm making it ideally suited to arc welding.

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