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November 2019

Times of uncertainty lie ahead

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November 2019

Doosan Machine Tools exhibits product line-up ranging from 5-axis multitasking tools to large-size machine tools

During EMO 2019, Doosan Machine Tools placed particular emphasis on hands-on experiences that allowed visitors to experience the actual application of multitasking technologies and automation solutions that are currently attracting keen attention in the industry, and the enhanced operator convenience provided by the latest cutting-edge machine tools.
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Aerosud Aviation commissions state-of-the-art CMS Antares 5-axis CNC machining center

South Africa’s leading manufacturer of parts and assemblies for production lines of some of the world’s major aerospace manufacturers, as well as a supplier of aircraft interior systems, has recently commissioned a new state-of-the-art CMS Antares 5-axis CNC machining center. The machine will be used initially to machine complex carbon fibre components for the company’s aerospace customers.
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Qinisa Steel increases cutting and processing capacity with the purchase of two additional BLM CO2 tube lasers

Qinisa Steel Solutions (Pty) Ltd is a BEE Level 1 black-owned business based in Alrode, Gauteng that specialises in tube laser cutting, robotic welding and component manufacture. The move into tube laser cutting began in 2017 with the purchase of a new BLM LT Fiber tube laser from Italy, which is adept at cutting mild steel, aluminium and stainless steel tubes at high speeds and with great accuracy.
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Fight or flight? Raptor Rescue and the race against time for the Cape and White-backed Vulture

Laser sintered AM tracking device in the fight to save a species. With vulture populations in decline, Raptor Rescue director Ben Hoffman uses a tracking device to respond quickly to emergencies. Design of the component posed ergonomic, weight and durability challenges that only DfAM and laser sintering technology could solve.
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Bystronic South Africa inaugurates new showroom and offices

Bystronic South Africa, a subsidiary of Bystronic Laser AG, a Switzerland-based company that develops and sells systems for processing sheet metal, has celebrated the opening of its new showroom and offices facility in Spartan, Gauteng with over 150 clients, suppliers, staff and friends attending the opening function.
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Albrecht Präzision appoint Hi-Tech Machine Tools as their distributor

German precision chuck manufacturer Albrecht Präzision GmbH & Co. KG has announced a partnership with Hi-Tech Machine Tools as the new exclusive distributor for the sales and service of Albrecht Präzision products in South Africa. Family-owned Albrecht Präzision was established in Esslingen, Germany in 1908 as a small precision mechanics workshop, under the name of Josef Albrecht Bohrfutterfabrik.
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Job losses in the metal and engineering industry to continue

Numerous studies and articles have been published in recent years about the extent of job losses and high levels of unemployment in South Africa and the main reasons therefor. Many of these point to the fact that a major cause of these is unsustainably high wage levels, particularly for unskilled positions. Legislated high entry level wages in some sectors also prevent many companies from taking on young inexperienced workers.
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Extreme Machines appointed agents for Der Shin Metal Technology EDM wire

Extreme Machines have been appointed the agents for Taiwanese EDM wire manufacturer Der Shin Metal Technology. The company’s EDM wires, including brass EDM wire, coated EDM wire (DSZ type and DSH type) and other copper related wires are sold in more than 40 countries. All Der Shin Metal Technology’s wires are very suitable for wire cut EDM machines such as CHMER, Agie Charmilles, Sodick, Mitsubishi, Fanuc, Makino, Seibu, Accutex, Exetek and many others.
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Pfisterer changes name to Vexila

“In keeping with our strategy, we are pleased to confirm that the company has rebranded as a leading, independent South African, electrical technology enterprise. Our new brand represents our commitment to continue delivering exceptional service to our customers with the most sustainably innovative products at our disposal. We strive to be the standard setting and leading enterprise in the industry that we serve,” says newly appointed CEO, Gary Whalley.
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Robor Steel closes its doors

One of South Africa’s biggest steel pipe producers blames Eskom and cheap Chinese imports, among other factors. Tiso Blackstar said it would write off its R137.6 million investment in Robor. The 90-year-old Robor, once one of Southern Africa’s largest suppliers of steel, tube and pipe, has closed its doors resulting in the region of 900 employees looking for new positions.
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Duncan Macdonald to market pL Lehmann rotary tables and clamping systems

Duncan Macdonald Company Ltd, an importer of engineering tools and accessories for the metalworking industry, as well as a local manufacturer of Tapmatic cutting fluids and coolants, has added Swiss manufacturer pL Lehmann’s products to the list of international companies and products that they market in South Africa. pL Lehmann, based in Bärau, Switzerland, has been developing and producing CNC rotary tables for over 45 years.
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WD Hearn appointed agents for dimensional metrology solutions provider Mahr

Cape Town-headquartered WD Hearn Machine Tools have announced that they have been appointed the agents for Mahr, a worldwide operating, medium-sized family-run business whose name is traditionally connected with the terms dimensional metrology, quality and innovation. Even today, the family business is still owner-managed.
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EMO Hannover 2019 finishes on a positive note but are there nasty’s lurking in the background?

EMO Hannover 2019, the world’s leading metalworking trade show, which was themed ‘Smart technologies driving tomorrow’s production’ finished recently on a high note, but the the current state of the economy in Europe and the shifting trends in the automotive industry are making the machine tool OEMs jittery.
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Mazak declares EMO 2019 an ‘enormous success’

Yamazaki Mazak has returned from EMO 2019 buoyed by strong machine orders and record visitors to its stand. The company has reported a stand visitor increase of circa 5% in comparison to 2017 numbers during the five-day Hannover show, along with strong enquiries for the 27 machines and 15 different automation solutions exhibited.
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Cape Metal Pressings installs new 200 ton metal press

Cape Metal Pressings, based in Capricorn Business Park in Cape Town, has recently reaffirmed itself as a preferred component supplier to leading brands in the automotive industry including Gabriel. With a combined total of 130 years of experience in the tool making and metal pressings industries, Cape Metal Pressings is poised to chalk up any future market share the global automotive industry may send South Africa’s way.
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Metal Chip Machinery to host technology open house on 27 and 28 November 2019 to celebrate opening of new showroom

Metal Chip Machinery, a provider of precision electric CNC press brakes, welding, laser and plasma cutting machines will be hosting its Technology Open House on 27 and 28 November 2019, at the company’s newly-expanded facility in Wadeville, Gauteng. The event is highlighted by the grand opening of its new showroom.
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September 2019

Set new benchmarks with the Bystronic 12kW fiber laser

Higher speed and an expanded cutting spectrum. The ByStar Fiber from Bystronic is being enhanced with a 12kW laser and the new ‘BeamShaper’ function. In addition, a newly designed cutting head ensures consistent cutting quality up to a sheet thickness of 30mm. To compete for cutting jobs, sheet metal workers need to manufacture quickly, flexibly, and cost-effectively.
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Afrit introduces more advanced technology into their manufacturing processes

South Africa’s leading trailer and side tipper manufacturer Afrit, has recently introduced the latest equipment and processes available into their manufacturing facility in Rosslyn, north of Pretoria, that will see the company realise substantial efficiency improvements and cost savings in their already technologically advanced capabilities.
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TH Machine Tools appointed agents for Hurco

Hurco Europe Ltd have announced that they have appointed TH Machine Tools cc as their exclusive agents for sales and service of Hurco CNC machining centers and turning centers in South Africa from the 1st October 2019. TH Machine Tools (THMT) is a family-owned South African company established in 1999 by founder Theron Hugo. The company specialises in the sales and service of new and used CNC and manual machine tools.
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Somta Tools flies South African flag at EMO Hannover 2019

This year marks the 11th time that KwaZulu-Natal-based Somta Tools will participate at the international metalworking exhibition. Somta Tools will once again be flying the South African flag by exhibiting at the internationally renowned EMO exhibition, which is taking place from 16 to 21 September 2019 in Hannover, Germany.
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Africa Wire, Cable & Tube 2019 conference taking shape

The first major gathering designed to boost wire and cable trade and productivity across Africa. As international interest in African development continues to grow, the inaugural CRU Africa Wire, Cable & Tube Conference is perfectly timed to address the opportunities for companies looking to boost their business with clients and partners in the African wire and cable industries.
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Trumpf open dedicated showroom in South Africa

High-tech German family-owned company the Trumpf Group, with its head office in Ditzingen near Stuttgart and one of the world’s biggest manufacturers of machine tools has recently opened a dedicated showroom at the premises of its long-term South African representative Retecon Machine Tools.
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Akhani 3D commercial additive manufacturing service bureau launched by local experts

“Akhani 3D, a newly established venture between Rapid 3D and Kemtek, has been created to meet the rising demand from within the manufacturing sector for a turnkey AM (Additive manufacturing/3D printing) production service that translates ideas into objects as efficiently as possible,” said Akhani 3D Managing Director David Bullock.
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LRS helps two patients in Israel

A medical first in Israel: 3D printed ankle-bone implants allow two women to walk freely again. South African companies LRS Implants and Executive Engineering involved in design and manufacturing of implants. Two Israeli women who were told they’d never have full ankle movement again following accidents they each suffered are the first Israeli recipients of 3D printed ankle bones that will allow them to move freely.
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Leuze electronic appoints Technological Environmental Project Managers as their distributors

Switching and measuring sensors manufacturer Leuze electronic has appointed Technological Environmental Project Managers as their distributors in South Africa to market their range of optical sensor products that also include identification, image processing, data transmission/control and safety at work products.
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EMO Hannover 2019 organisers VDW give journalists an insight into what to expect at the show in September 2019 [WATCH]

Metalworking News takes part in EMO 2019 Press Preview. More than 80 international editors and journalists from over 30 countries were guests of the VDW (Verein Deutscher Werkzeugmaschinenfabrikenn – German Machine Tool Builders’ Association) at the EMO Hannover 2019 Preview held in Germany at the Hannover exhibition grounds on the 3rd and 4th July.
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Local suppliers get together to showcase their latest innovations and technology for metalworking in September 2019

Nine leading suppliers to the manufacturing and engineering industry, with an emphasis on metalworking, have joined forces to hold their first Manufacturing Innovators Showcase (MIS). The event will take place on Thursday, 5 September 2019 at the Stillam CNC Programming Solutions premises in Sunnyrock, Germiston.
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Mazak to celebrate its 100th anniversary at EMO Hannover 2019

In its centenary year, Yamazaki Mazak is heading to EMO 2019 with plans for its biggest ever stand, hosting the largest number of machines and automation solutions ever exhibited by the company. The international trade fair for the metalworking industry, EMO 2019 will see Mazak give seven machines their world debuts, along with two further European debuts.
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Organisers say wire 2020 and Tube 2020 will be even bigger

30 March to 3 April 2020 – Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre will turn into the global information and communication hotspot for the key players in the wire, cable and tube industries. In 2020 the trade fair heavyweights for these industries will again bring together some 2 600 exhibitors on a total net space of 115 000m² in 15 exhibition halls.
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Macsteel enables B2B e-commerce platform

Saying that it is a first for the steel sector, Macsteel has launched an e-commerce B2B platform to sell steel online, giving customers access to a sales and an enquiry environment all day, every day throughout the year. “Business is no longer constrained to the hours between 8am and 5pm, and we found that many of our customers handle their administration and place their orders after hours.
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FEIMEC 2020 – Brazil international machinery and equipment exhibition

New economic measures in Brazil promise to rejuvenate the economy and favour the Latin American market. The third edition of the machinery and industrial equipment trade show FEIMEC will have even more exhibition space than in previous years. Its official launch occurs within a time moment of positive expectations for the Brazilian market. The exhibition will take place in Sao Paulo from 5 to 9 May 2020 and will have 700 exhibitors.
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July 2019

TaeguTec launches new products

Korean cutting tool manufacturer TaeguTec has recently launched new products with promises that there will be new developments that will be launched at the upcoming EMO 2019 exhibition that takes place in Hannover, Germany in September 2019. First introduced two years ago the TaeguTec Chase2Mill series of end mill tools is being extended with the arrival of two additional insert designations.
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First Cut appointed agents for Garboli tube finishing machines and Comac tube and section profiling and bending machines

First Cut, one of South Africa’s leading distributors of capital equipment, cutting consumables and precision measuring tools for the metal, timber, textile, meat, DIY, paper and plastic industries has announced that they have been appointed as the South African representatives of Italian companies Garboli Srl and Comac Srl.
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OSG Corporation gives Somta Tools factory thumbs up with R60 million investment

OSG Corporation, regarded as a global leader in the manufacture of round cutting tools and a company that is listed on the Tokyo stock exchange, has given the thumbs up to its South African manufacturing operation by earmarking a further significant investment in the Somta Tools factory in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal.
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Inaugural Africa Wire, Cable & Tube Conference launched

To be held from 11 to 13 November 2019 at Emperors Palace, Johannesburg. The global supply chain for steel, copper and aluminium products is set to gather in Johannesburg for the inaugural Africa Wire, Cable & Tube Conference. Metallic wire, cable, tube and pipe products are crucial to industries that are key pillars of economic development across Africa such as mining, power supply and construction.
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RAPDASA 20th Annual International Conference

The Rapid Product Development Association of South Africa (RAPDASA) will hold its 20th Annual International Conference from 6 to 8 November 2019. The conference will be hosted by Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT) and will be held at the Emoya Estate, Bloemfontein in the Free State province. 3D Printing has matured from a prototyping technology into a fully-fledged manufacturing technology.
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What comes after industry 4.0?

Artificial intelligence is the next big step for manufacturers, and it’s happening now. But the implementation of Industry 4.0 in a plant or factory is not an end-point or checklist exercise. Rather, it is an ever-evolving philosophy that will continue to incorporate new concepts and to branch out into different, unexpected directions. So what comes next?
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Could Mercedes C-Class US production be heading to South Africa?

In a move that speaks volumes about the evolution of Mercedes-Benz and US consumers, the luxury automaker is considering booting its best-selling sedan out of US production, say sources familiar with the situation, to make way for the vehicles Americans want most – light trucks, according to a report in Automotive News.
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United Grinding Group hosts grinding symposium

The United Grinding Group, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of precision machines for grinding, eroding, laser, measuring and combination machining held its celebrated Grinding Symposium in Thun, Switzerland over three days from 8 to 10 May 2019. This is only the fourth time in the group’s history that such a symposium has been held and it brought together over 1 500 international visitors.
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A look at EXPOMAFE 2019 – Brazil’s machine tool industry is fully embracing Industry 4.0

Metalworking News was privileged to be invited by ABIMAQ – The Brazilian Machine Tool Builders’ Association – to attend the second edition of the highly successful and largest Latin American trade show for the machine tool and industrial automation industries in Brazil – EXPOMAFE 2019. Brazil looks to grow revenue both locally and abroad.
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Yamazaki Mazak Corporation announces leadership transition


Manufacturing technology leader Yamazaki Mazak Corporation has announced that President Tomohisa Yamazaki will become the company’s chairman while Vice President Takashi Yamazaki has been named the new president. The transition, which will take effect June 24 and coincides with the company’s 100th anniversary, is the result of a long-planned leadership evolution designed to position the company for continued growth.

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May 2019

CoroBore BC from Sandvik Coromant is easier to order and less expensive than engineered tools

Latest boring cutters offer up to four operations in a single tool. Cutting tool and tooling system specialist Sandvik Coromant is introducing its CoroBore® BC (Boring Combination) range of solutions, which comprises Tailor Made tools for high-volume applications. Using CoroBore BC it is possible to perform different operations such as semi-finishing and chamfering with a single tool.
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Bystronic opens South African subsidiary

Looks to the future and expresses confidence in South Africa, while at the same time conveying the importance with which it regards the local market and customers. Bystronic Laser AG, a Switzerland-based company that develops and sells systems for processing sheet metal, has announced that it has opened a fully fledged subsidiary in South Africa.
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New Doosan vertical machining center cuts production time at Matthew And Son Engineering

Matthew And Son Engineering, a Sebenza Gauteng-based general engineering machine shop that specialises in CNC multi-axis machining and milling, has recently invested in a new Doosan DNM 750L II CNC vertical machining center that was supplied by Puma Machine Tools.
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Hypertherm seizes tens of thousands of dollars of fake product in China

Hypertherm is pursuing legal action against four manufacturers and distributors of counterfeit product in China. This action is the result of four separate raids, the arrest of five executives, and the seizure of tens of thousands of dollars of fake Hypertherm consumables. Hypertherm is concerned about the impact and safety risks of counterfeit product for its customers and their businesses.
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Optimising your tube cutting experience at Qinisa Steel Solutions

“It’s hard to imagine achieving optimal tube and pipe cutting, whether the finished parts are round, square or rectangular in shape, without lasers. Laser systems have revolutionised the process of tube cutting, especially when cutting complex shapes. This type of machine requires a significant initial investment, especially if your investment is in best of breed equipment,” says Grant Mackenzie, a Director at Qinisa Steel Solutions.
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Business rescue for AHRLAC?

Not so say developers Aerospace Development Corporation. In a statement issued on March 26, South African private-sector company Aerospace Development Corporation (ADC) clarified that it, and not the Paramount group, was the original equipment manufacturer, design authority and manufacturer of the AHRLAC aircraft. (AHRLAC is an acronym for Advanced High Performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft.)
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GOM acquired by Zeiss Group

Customers will benefit from combined industrial quality and research portfolio. Zeiss is expanding the industrial metrology and quality assurance portfolio of its Industrial Quality & Research segment by acquiring GOM, a leading provider of hardware and software for automated 3D coordinate measuring technology. Both Zeiss and GOM have enjoyed strong growth in the past years and proved successful on the market.
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Yaskawa opens new production facility in Slovenia

Following two years of construction, Japanese technology group Yaskawa has now opened its new robot production facility with the European robotics development centre at Kočevje/Slovenia. Yaskawa had already started European production of its Motoman robots at the end of 2018. The investment volume is about 25 million euros. The new plant supplements the existing production facilities in Japan and China and will satisfy about 80% of the European demand for Motoman robots.
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Hypertherm acquires Omax

Omax Corporation, a manufacturer of abrasive waterjet systems, and Hypertherm, a US-based manufacturer of industrial cutting systems and software, have announced the successful closing of a previously announced agreement to establish Omax as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hypertherm. The agreement, first announced on March 20, formally combines Omax’s direct drive pumps, software, and applications technologies with Hypertherm’s.
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TW Tube Laser and Processing increases service offerings

A dedicated beam processing line has been purchased. Ficep Orient CNC controlled beam drilling and cutting line introduced. When TW Tube Laser and Processing was established over four years ago, management did not realise that the demand for its specialised services would increase to the extent that it would have to invest in more equipment to cope with processing orders.
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March 2019

Mitsuibishi Wire EDM – an electrifying innovation

For decades wire cutting has been synonymous with the efficient, high-precision machining of electrically conductive materials. Machine manufacturers regularly introduce innovative refinements such as automatic wire threading and the tubular shaft motor. However, no less important for cost-effective eroding processes are suitable software solutions.
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Gueffroy and Hanwith-Horden join forces and launch Spectrum Machine Tools Africa

Company to focus on marketing the Durmazlar (Durma) range of forming equipment and Hyundai Wia CNC machining equipment. Two well-known personalities in the metalworking equipment sales environment in South Africa have teamed up to form a joint partnership company – Spectrum Machine Tools Africa.
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Big-time cutting adds new dimension to TWR Steel Service Centre

TWR Steel Service Centre has emerged as a metal cutting service centre that wants to offer more than the rest and where very few others dare to venture. With the addition of a new large format TTM Bystronic fiber laser with a 12.4 x 3.4 metre bed the company can now take on large and complex jobs that other service centres might not want to or, frankly, might not have thought of taking on.
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Rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing in orthopaedics

On 15 February 2019 approximately 50 delegates from various industries ranging from jewellery manufacturers to academics gathered at Zevenwacht Wine Estate’s conferencing facilities to experience the exciting world of rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing in orthopaedics.
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First Renishaw Equator™ 500 gauging system in Africa installed in Cape Town

When quality and efficiency are what you measure your business and personal growth by on a daily basis, then only the best will do. To achieve this goal Superexcel Precision Engineering CC, based in Blackheath, Cape Town purchased and installed the first Renishaw Equator™ 500 gauging system on the African continent in February 2019.
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New strategic shareholders invest in General Profiling for further growth

General Profiling has announced the successful introduction of two new shareholders into the General Profiling Group, effective 1 November 2018. Nedbank Private Equity (part of Nedbank Limited) and Heritage Capital have each acquired a strategic stake in General Profiling. The rest of the company is still owned by the existing management team.
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Local Manufacturing Exhibition 2019 to take place 21 to 23 May 2019

Organised by the South African Capital Equipment Export Council (SACEEC), in association with Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery, and endorsed by the Premier of Gauteng the exhibition is scheduled to take place at the Expo Centre, Nasrec, Gauteng from 21 to 23 May 2019.
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EMO Hannover 2019 around the corner – start packing your bags

EMO Hannover 2019 which exhibits a whole new range of products ranging from that of turning machines, drilling machines, boring machines, milling machines, flexible manufacturing cells and systems, transfer machines, grinding machines, tool grinding machines, planning, shaping, slotting and broaching machines, gear cutting and finishing machines, sawing and cutting off machines, and screwing and threading machines.
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Trade Fair Tours and Castings SA tour to GIFA, METEC, THERMPROCESS and NEWCAST 2019

As focus begins to shift toward the most important international exhibition for the foundry industry – GIFA/NEWCAST/METEC/THERMPROCESS 2019 (GMTN) – that takes place in Düsseldorf, Germany, if you are involved in any way in the South African foundry industry you are encouraged to attend the world’s number one foundry exhibition and its accompanying conferences.
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Western Cape surgeons use 3D printing to plan and practice procedures

Doctors from Tygerberg Hospital’s Division of Orthopaedics along with those from the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Stellenbosch University have created a 3D printing laboratory and are now utilising 3D printing techniques to create models of patients’ anatomy as preparation for surgical procedures.
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January 2019

A virtual approach to CNC machine training – Ikusasa addressing skills shortage

Company launches CNC training centre to train employees in G-Code programming, CNC setting and CNC machine operating. Training centre includes a 10 and a 12- seater training room and a 3-axis CNC milling machine and a 2-axis CNC lathe that are located alongside the lecture rooms.
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First Cut appointed distribution partner for Messer Cutting Systems

First Cut has announced the addition of Messer Cutting Systems’ plasma, oxyfuel, and large-plate processing equipment to its metal fabrication equipment product lines. The machines are suitable for solutions for various sectors, such as automotive and vehicles, construction, custom cutting/steel service centers, energy, material handling, mechanical engineering, metal products and more.
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In memory of a true visionary – Professor Dimiter Marinov Dimitrov (1944 – 2018)

It was with great sadness that we learned about the passing of Professor Dimiter (Dimitri) Marinov Dimitrov on Thursday 8 November 2018 after a short illness. The timing of his passing was poignant as it happened during the RAPDASA 2018 Conference – an association and conference where he had a great influence.
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Atlantis Foundries casts its one-millionth Daimler HDEP engine block

Earlier this year, the Bosnian family conglomerate Hastor acquired the Saarbrücker Foundry Group Neue Halberg-Guss (NHG) through its Prevent Group. A further restructuring of Atlantis Foundries within the new group means that Atlantis Foundries is now 100% owned by a South African based investment company Ukuvela Holdings (Pty) Ltd.
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French Engineering Works celebrates 100-year milestone

French Engineering Works (FEW) is a manufacturer, exporter and importer of standard and premium quality high-speed steel cutting tools. Established as a manufacturer of rock drill spares in 1918 the family-owned company celebrates being a pioneering enterprise and serving the manufacturing industry, both here in South Africa and internationally.
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Autonomous factories are the future – EuroBLECH 2018

The 25th International Sheet Metal Working Technology Exhibition, EuroBLECH 2018 has always has been the industry’s technological forum for you to view the world’s sheet and plate machine manufacturers and software developers’ new products and innovations aimed at reducing the time between component development and final delivery.
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Accelerating technology through IoT connection at JIMTOF 2018

Having just visited EuroBLECH 2018 in Hannover, Germany where there was a big emphasis by exhibitors on digitalisation, artificial intelligence (AI) and Industry 4.0, I did not expect anything less at JIMTOF 2018, especially as the theme for the exhibition was ‘Connected by technology for the future’.
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Battery Ventures acquires manufacturing and fabrication software company SigmaTEK Systems

Battery Ventures, a global, technology-focused investment firm, announced it has acquired software company SigmaTEK Systems, the maker of SigmaNEST, a “nesting” product with advanced CAD/CAM functionality that helps professional fabrication and manufacturing companies operate more efficiently on the shop floor.
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Impacting Airbus aircraft design

University of Cape Town (UCT) researchers from the Industrial Computational Fluid Dynamics (InCFD) Research Group have made their mark in the field of international aircraft design, specifically the Airbus A320. The group’s novel CFD software Elemental enabled Airbus to effect a design improvement to their A320 aircraft that won the research team the Best Innovations in Flight Physics award for 2017/18.
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Robotic system introduced to help fight cancer at Cape Town hospital

Called the da Vinci X, the robot is the first of its kind to be introduced not only to the South African operating sphere, but it is also the very first model in Africa. The da Vinci Surgical Systems are designed to help surgeons perform minimally invasive surgery. Patients benefit too from shorter hospital stays, minimised post-operative pain and reduced recovery time.
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Robor given the all clear to acquire Macsteel’s tube and pipe business but with conditions

The Competition Commission has recommended to the Competition Tribunal that it approve Robor’s proposed acquisition of Macsteel’s tubes and pipes business (MT&P), but with conditions. Robor intends to acquire Macsteel, in respect of its tubes and pipes business (MT&P). As a consideration for the acquisition of MT&P, Robor will issue controlling shares to Macsteel.
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November 2018

Which 5-axis machining center is right for you? DMG MORI explains

With so many choices in 5-axis machining technology, how do you know which is best for your shop? First, consider the parts. Then, look at existing processes and potential 5-axis benefits. There are plenty of reasons to take advantage of today’s 5-axis machining technology. First, it gives you access to all five sides of a prismatic workpiece.
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LRS Implants takes the lead in additive manufacturing of orthopaedic implants

Keen competition in a growing market segment and maintaining necessary standards of quality make the medical implant industry a challenging business. Manufacturing of prosthetic devices and implants is one important segment of this burgeoning industry. However, medical implant work is not just small in terms of workpiece sizes and batch sizes – lead times can also be small and one size does not fit all.
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Yaskawa Southern Africa donates robot-welding system to SAIW

Automation and robotic system solution providing company Yaskawa Southern Africa has handed over a complete robot welding system to the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) to enable learners to have practical training when completing the SAIW’s new robot-welding training programme. The programme comprises the training of robotic-welding operators, skilled welders and welding engineers.
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Durmazlar South Africa opens associate company – Spectrum Machine Tools – in Belfast

Durmazlar South Africa, the sole importer in South Africa of the Durmazlar range of forming equipment, has opened up an associate company in Belfast, Northern Ireland’s capital city. “We have been one of Durmazlar’s most successful agents in the world since we were appointed to represent them in South Africa for the sales and servicing of their equipment in 2009,” explained Byron Gueffroy, owner of Durmazlar South Africa.
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French Engineering Works reaches 100-year milestone

This year marks a significant anniversary in the history of a company that continues to manufacture and supply a comprehensive range of cutting tools. Founded by Leon Robert and Hermann Moser, who came to Southern Africa in 1897 to seek his fortune when in his early 20s, French Engineering Works (FEW) is still owned by the descendants of Hermann Moser, although today the family members leave the running of the company to executive directors David Aldridge and Jenny Thobois.
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10 years on Traceability Solutions has diversified and expanded

Just over 10 years ago Kyle Parker, who was already a ‘veteran’ in the marking industry having spent 16 years of his working career in the industry, ventured out on his own and started his company Traceability Solutions. At the time the company’s focus was marking traceability, accountability and track and trace products and solutions to companies across all industries.
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Fanuc South Africa appoints Marc Mahl as Managing Director

Fanuc South Africa (Pty) Ltd, a leading supplier of CNC systems, robotics and factory automation has announced the appointment of Marc Mahl as the company’s new Managing Director. As the Managing Director he will have the responsibility for all of Fanuc South Africa’s operations. Marc joined Fanuc South Africa in 2004 as a service engineer and later moved on to sales of CNC controls.
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Electra Mining Africa 2018

Electra Mining Africa 2018 took place at the Johannesburg Expo Centre in September, attracting more than 29 000 visitors from 59 countries. Thousands of potential buyers had an opportunity to network and meet with over 850 exhibitors, as well as industry experts and advisers. This year’s event focused on the five themes of local manufacturing, safety, diversity, skills development and new products.
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SigmaNEST celebrates a quarter century of CAD/CAM innovation and automation this year – recognition of a South African entrepreneur

SigmaTEK Systems LLC successfully continues to provide CAD/CAM nesting software and services to enhance the efficiency and profitability of flat material and tube cutting under the SigmaNEST brand. “We are known worldwide as the producers of the most efficient nesting engine in the world,” says Ben TerreBlanche, SigmaTEK founder and CEO during an interview with comSpark. Hence, the company’s tag line, “Nest With The Best.”
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Ford to spend an additional R160 million in readiness for production expansion in 2019

In preparation for full-scale production of the Ford Ranger Raptor, the Silverton Assembly Plant produced its first 10 official Ranger Raptor units as part of the Tooling Trials build-up phase, validating its high-tech assembly line that received an extensive upgrade through Ford’s R3 billion investment in its local operations, announced last year. This high-speed off-road bakkie will set an entirely new benchmark for its segment when it is launched in South Africa during the first half of 2019.
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Solidworks 2019 launched – Desktop to remain the pillar

Dassault Systèmes has recently launched Solidworks 2019, announcing improvements to the portfolio of 3D design and engineering applications that, according to the company, decrease design-to-production times and improve design flexibility. Local reseller Mecad Systems held events around the country to give users an insight to what is new in Solidworks 2019. Solidworks 2019 delivers enhancements and new functionalities that help millions of innovators improve the product development process to get products into production faster.
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September 2018

First Cut faces up to the challenge of representing Bystronic

Seven years ago, First Cut, one South Africa’s leading manufacturers and distributors of capital equipment, cutting consumables and precision measuring tools for the metal, timber, textile, meat, DIY, paper and plastic industries, was appointed the distributor for Bystronic, a Swiss manufacturer of laser and waterjet cutting systems, press brakes and system software.
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Levelling beyond the coil – Second stretcher leveller line gives Allied Steelrode flexibility and the ability to shorten delivery lead times

In response to a growing demand for steel sheet that arrives flat and stays flat after laser, plasma or water-jet cutting in 2015 Allied Steelrode invested R150 million in a new 9 000m² facility and a dedicated Red Bud Industries’ cut-to-length line with Suregrip® stretcher leveller technology incorporated.
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Brink Towing Systems installs new Yaskawa Motoman twin six-axis welding robot

Brink Towing Systems has commissioned a new Yaskawa twin six-axis welding robot at its plant in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal. The Motoman MH24 arc welding robot has been installed to increase productivity and to minimise wear. This is the second system that Yaskawa Southern Africa has supplied to Brink Towing Systems.
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Celebrating the life of Frank Thompson – a stylish legend in the machine tool industry

The death of a loved one is the single most difficult experience everyone goes through. Whether it has been anticipated or it came as a shocking surprise, it is truly unlike any other ordeal. Despite the pain, anger, guilt or depression we are overwhelmed with, funerals are aimed not at the loss but at the celebration of the departed’s life.
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CNC Clear Cut celebrates 10 years of manufacturing South African designed plasma tables

What started out as a simple process to cut metal is now a fast, productive tool. Back in 2007 Paul van Niekerk, CEO of CNC Clear Cut, needed a plasma cutter but couldn’t afford one. However, with two decades of experience in steel manufacturing, it occurred to him that he could probably design one himself.
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Boschpick Engineering announces new business partners

Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal-based Boschpick Engineering has announced that it has concluded a successful agreement with local entrepreneurs Bongani Khumalo and Phillip Majali and their company Lipsobex, a 100% black youth owned industrial investment company backed by the IDC, whereby the new partners will acquire a 70% shareholding in the company.
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Metal Chip Machinery moves to new home

“We only started trading four years ago and started off small. However, we have got to a position now where we needed more office space and an area to showcase the machinery that we market. Rather than rent we have decided to purchase our own office and showroom facility, which needed renovating and modernising before we moved in,” said Malcolm Moriarty, owner and founder of Metal Chip Machinery.
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Stillam CNC Programming Solutions launches Vero Software’s WorkNC solution

In a series of workshops around the country Stillam CNC Programming Solutions has launched WorkNC, a CAM solution from Vero Software that the company now markets. Walter Wade, Business Development Manager of Vero Software in the UK and Miguel Johann, WorkNC Brand Manager based in France, were part of the roadshow giving insightful comment on where the industry and the company is headed.
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Electra Mining Africa 2018: five days, five themes

Taking place from 10 – 14 September 2018 at the Expo Centre in Nasrec, Johannesburg, Gauteng leading players in the mining, manufacturing, electrical and power industries are looking forward to engaging with visitors and sharing information on their latest products, services and solutions.
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EuroBLECH 2018 – The technological showcase for the sheet metal working industry

From 23 to 26 October 2018 the international sheet metal working industry will meet again for its leading industry exhibition EuroBLECH 2018 in Hannover, Germany. A total of 1 550 exhibitors from 40 countries will put their innovative products and services on display in eight exhibition halls.
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The 29th Japan International Machine Tool Fair (JIMTOF) to connect exhibitors, visitors and technology

The exhibition will be held at the Tokyo Big Sight (Tokyo International Exhibition Center) from 1st November to Tuesday, 6th November 2018. As is customary the organisers of Japan’s machine tool exhibition JIMTOF link the exhibition to an appropriate theme in the engineering field. The theme for JIMTOF2018 will be Connect.
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July 2018

Rhinogroove – ideal for parting and grooving

Taegutec has extended the range of the Rhinogroove family by adding 4 and 5mm inserts to the current 2 and 3mm line. Further, single-ended “C” and “J” chip breaker type inserts for deep machining are now available in 2, 3, 4 and 5mm sizes. The Rhinogroove is an enhanced insert with an overall reduced length developed for efficiency in shallow depth of cut parting and grooving machining.
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Lucchini invests a further R25 million to cope with increased demand

Last year Lucchini RS, the Italian manufacturer of forged railway products, invested R260 million in a new production facility in Germiston in Ekurhuleni to machine railway wheels. It was the first international forged wheel manufacturer to make some investment in manufacturing facilities in South Africa. The group partnered with black South African investors Kusini Investments who currently hold a substantial amount of shares in the local company.
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WD Hearn Machine Tools has partnered with CAMplete Solutions Inc. to supply its software across South Africa

WD Hearn Machine Tools has joined forces with CAMplete to supply an integrated suite of post processing, verification and optimisation tools dedicated to 5-axis machining centers. “We have signed this deal to help our clients avoid expensive collisions and interferences, whilst also optimising processes to ensure the best possible machine cycle time.” said Graeme Cooper.
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High Tech Machine Tools to cooperate with Open Mind to market hyperMILL CAM solution

“After you decide to purchase a new CNC machine, it is essential to get the software, training and support required to make your investment pay off. Although 5-axis milling is one of the most challenging forms of CNC machining, Open Mind’s hyperMILL CAM software makes it possible for programmers to generate 5-axis NC programmes quickly and easily, with short machining times and high quality surface finish.”
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Adding Logiq to the Iscar range

The range is an extension of its IQ concept, the new Logiq range offers an array of machining solutions for applications in parting off, turning, milling and drilling. Iscar has introduced a new range of cutting tools designed to make the most out of manufacturing advances promised by the fourth industrial revolution. This new ‘Chess Line’ series of cutting tools is intended to be fit for the coming era of Industry 4.0 and the smart factory.
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Invicta SA Holdings to acquire Forge Industrial Group

Purchase includes the businesses of Toolquip & Allied and F&H Machine Tools. Invicta Holdings subsidiary Invicta SA Holdings has entered into an agreement to buy Forge Industrial Group, it has been announced. The value of the deal, which will entrench Invicta’s position in the industrial and engineering industry, was not disclosed. The acquisition will be complete after the fulfilment of certain conditions precedent, including Competition Commission approval.
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Sandvik’s Prime Turning Open Day held at Hi-Tech Machine Tools

Following last year’s launch of PrimeTurning methodology and tools for external turning operations, Sandvik Coromant held an event at Hi-Tech Machine Tools, the exclusive agents for Mazak CNC machine tools in South Africa, to introduce the new tooling and allow delegates to actually see the tooling operate on the latest Mazak CNC machine tools. Revolutionary in concept – it might even be called radical – the PrimeTurning methodology could very well turn turning on its head.
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Competition Commission approves Naledi Forging’s acquisition of DCD Ringrollers

The Commission has recommended to the Tribunal that the proposed merger be approved, without conditions, whereby Naledi Forging intends to acquire DCD Ringrollers, a division of the DCD Group. As part of its localisation programme the Naledi Group will invest an estimated R180 million to improve the quality systems and machining capability in the Ringrollers facility.
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EuroBLECH 2018: Step into the digital reality

EuroBLECH 2018, the 25th International Sheet Metal Working Technology Exhibition, takes place from 23 to 26 October 2018 at the Hanover Exhibition Grounds in Germany. Six months ahead of the show, around 1 400 exhibitors from 38 countries had already secured their stand space at the world’s leading trade exhibition for the sheet metal working industry. Currently, major exhibitor countries are Germany, Italy, Turkey, China, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, Austria and the USA.
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Trade Fair Tours and Metalworking News tour to EuroBLECH 2018

Book your space on the EuroBLECH 2018 Trade Fair Travel and Metalworking News travel package. Trade Fair Tours, a specialist travel agency for trade fairs internationally and in particular Germany, in conjunction with Metalworking News, have put together a very reasonable tour package to visit this exhibition. The tour includes return airfare Johannesburg/Hanover, airport taxes, airport/hotel transfer, accommodation, full breakfast daily and medical and travel insurance.
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Locally manufactured evaporator units reduce the cost of water recycling and coolant disposal

Wastewater treatment has become an increasingly critical component of manufacturing operations. Whether you are in the metalworking, foundry, surface treatment or wire and tube industries, along with many other industries, you will need water during some stage of your manufacturing process. However, rising water, energy and waste management costs continue to increase and this affects the overall operating costs of your business.
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WD Hearn appointed agents for ANCA tool and cutter CNC grinding machines

WD Hearn Machine Tools has signed an agreement to represent Australian machine tool manufacturer ANCA, in South Africa. “ANCA is a market leading manufacturer of high quality CNC tool and cutter grinders. ANCA has tool grinders to meet everything from large scale manufacturing to entry-level production requirements. ANCA is renowned for the flexibility of its tool design software and machines that enable you to produce a wide variety of complex tools.
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RPC Astrapak acquires Spec Group

In terms of the transaction, all three of the businesses that make up the Spec Group – Spec Tool & Die, Spec Design and Spec Molders – will be acquired as going concerns. Three of the main shareholders – Dave Murgatroyd, Kenny Moore and Leanne Suarez – will be staying on along with the rest of their team, while Norman Hancock will be taking a well-deserved retirement, though he will still consult to the business from time to time.
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DCD Rolling Stock offloaded to Russians

As part of its international growth strategy, Russian rolling stock manufacturer Transmashholding (TMH) is to invest R500 million in a South African manufacturing facility through its newly acquired subsidiary, TMH Africa. TMH Africa, which is 70% owned by TMH and 30% owned by empowerment partner Mjisa Investments, has acquired railing contractor DCD Rolling Stock and will modernise and develop the 42 000m² manufacturing facility, in Boksburg, Gauteng that was formerly owned by DCD.
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Fuchs Lubricants invests R125 million in new grease plant

Fuchs Lubricants South Africa has opened a R125 million grease plant expansion at its factory in Isando, Gauteng. “Fuchs sees the importance and demand for specialty grease growing significantly and wants to be in a position to support this increase in demand from our customers. But importantly, the reasons for building the new grease plant are not only for capacity but to inject new levels of process excellence and quality into our grease manufacturing.”
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Cape Town Iron and Steel Works (Cisco) reopens

The company, based in Kuils River, Western Cape, was established in 1967. Murray and Roberts closed its doors eight years ago resulting in 360 job losses. In 2012, Turkish company DHT Holdings took ownership to expand and upgrade the steel plant, which produces steel from scrap. DHT have invested R550 million to expand and upgrade the steel plant and expects to produce 500 000 t/y.
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May 2018

Precision coolant helps fasten thread-turning operations – Sandvik

Over- and under-coolant provides unique thread-turning solution. The CoroThread® 266 thread-turning tool from Sandvik Coromant is available from 1st March 2018 with precision over- and under-coolant to improve process security and maximise efficiency. The addition of over-coolant improves chip formation for more secure machining, while under-coolant controls temperature for long and predictable tool life.
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Somta invests in new equipment to enhance productivity and quality

“What is especially exciting is that most of this equipment is developed and used by OSG, and designed to give an advantage over competitors. Japanese engineers from OSG conducted the training at our factory in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal to ensure optimum use of the technology,” said Allan Conolly, Managing Director of Somta Tools.
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New Takumi allows BMW Engineering to alleviate bottlenecks and enhance capabilities

It doesn’t matter if you’re producing the highest-quality components if they’re not getting to the customer on time. Many machine shops invest in resources to improve quality requirements – such as new machine technology and improved process design – but unpredictable backlogs and bottlenecks can remain difficult to manage.
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King Bull appointed distributor for Schumacher threading tools

Although threading tools (taps and forming taps) manufactured by German specialist manufacturer Schumacher Precision Tools GmbH have been available in South Africa for some time it has always been on a limited basis. That is until now. King Bull has been appointed to be the official marketing agent and distributor of Schumacher’s specialist products in South Africa and in future products will be available ex-stock from the company’s facility in Edenvale, Gauteng.
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Stillam adds WorkNC to its portfolio of CAD/CAM software it markets

“We have a strong background in the CAD/CAM space and we understand the needs of the metalworking and manufacturing companies in South Africa. With WorkNC’s solutions, we can expand our offering to these companies, alongside the CAD/CAM and Vero software that we already distribute,” says Ryan Scott, CEO and founder of Stillam CNC Programming Solutions.
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U & L Engineering invests in MTool vertical boring mill

Strong growth in the last few years has necessitated investment in equipment and factory and office space for U & L Engineering, based in Putfontein, Benoni, Gauteng, an engineering shop that offers machining of new, as well as repairs. rebuilding and refurbishment of equipment and components for the mining, construction, earth-moving and agricultural industries.
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TWR Steel moves into fiber laser cutting of thin gauge and is loving it

“We have always wanted technology to be a key enabler in our business so that it could leverage us into a position of strength. The benefits that are derived from using modern technology are self-explanatory. Up until now we have been skeptical about fiber laser cutting fitting into our business profile and we were uncertain whether the technology had reached a point whereby it was worth investing in it,” explained Tony Windt.
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InnovMetric and South African business partner launch PolyWorks South Africa

InnovMetric Software Inc., a leading provider of universal 3D metrology software solutions, and its South African business partner George Sansoni have announced the launch of PolyWorks SouthAfrica, a joint venture created to expand the sales of the PolyWorks® universal 3D metrology software platform in South Africa.
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Atlantis Foundries well advanced in Smart Foundry ambitions

Last year Atlantis Foundries revealed that the company had embarked on an ambitious plan to turn the company’s Atlantis, Western Cape facility into a Smart Foundry. The announcement attracted worldwide attention in the foundry industry, from both equipment suppliers and other interested foundries.
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Cast Products South Africa established as IDC awaits Competition Commission approval

Last year South Africa’s state-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) announced that the restructuring of its steel subsidiary Scaw Metals into three standalone entities was at an advanced stage, as were plans to secure strategic equity partners (SEPs) for each of the units.
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UK plasma cutting table manufacturer enters South African market

“This is just the beginning of a journey. Swift-Cut Automation has an established name worldwide in the USA, Europe Russia, UAE & Middle East, Australia & New Zealand and we intend to grow that reputation locally. The local metal working industry will now be able to benefit from having a dedicated team that will only concentrate on supplying the Swift-Cut products to a broad spectrum of engineering companies,” said Le Roux.
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EuroBLECH 2018 – The technological showcase for the sheet metal working industry

From 23 to 26 October 2018 the international sheet metal working industry will meet again for its leading industry exhibition EuroBLECH 2018 in Hannover, Germany. A total of 60 636 visitors from some 102 different countries came to Hannover in 2016 to get an overview of the latest technological developments in sheet metal processing and invest in new production equipment.
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March 2018

Multitrade Distributors reaches 35th anniversary milestone

This year will mark the 35th anniversary in business of Multitrade Distributors, a wholly owned South African company that supplies tungsten carbide cutting tools as well as holding tools to the engineering and manufacturing industries. It all started over 40 years ago. Straight after finishing school Johny Hansen joined his father’s company Hansen Engineering in Port Elizabeth, where he spent 12 years.
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Leisure and lifestyle manufacturer Roadque upgrades with Ermaksan fiber laser

South Africa is famous for its sunshine, even in winter, which has allowed South Africans to live the great outdoors. Equally, we love the outdoor life and we as South Africans take advantage of the natural beauty, an aspect that the country is renowned for and one that attracts millions of international tourists. It does help that South Africa is also one of the top adventure destinations in the world.
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More than 1 300 exhibiting companies announced for BIEMH 2018

Anticipating a very ambitious and highly technical exhibition and conference: 28 May to 1 June 2018. According to the data recorded so far for companies, products, services and innovations, this year’s exhibition is expected to be very ambitious in terms of its approach, content and technology. It will help to tackle companies’ challenges when creating new and more competitive industrial solutions in the field of advanced manufacturing.
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Specialist cutting tool supplier Star Tooling gets closer to the action

After being comfortable and settled in the same location for the past 22 years specialist cutting tool supplier Star Tooling has decided to leave its comfort zone and move to a new office and warehouse factory in the Spartan Industrial area of Gauteng, which is located in close proximity to OR Tambo International Airport. Now in its 37th year of business Star Tooling has always been based in the Springs, Gauteng area since the company was established by Helmut Schmidt in 1981.
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Family ethos still high on the agenda at High Duty Castings

“There might have been changes in some of the shareholders recently but as one of the original shareholders I am still very much involved in the day-to-day operations of High Duty Castings and have been since the company was established in 1991,” said Fred Venter. Venter’s career in the foundry industry started in the 1960s when he began studying metallurgy. After completing his four-year diploma he then spent time with the Dorbyl Group’s foundry division with a major period at Salcast.
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5-axis machining and automation simplifies production at Wam Metals

The manufacture of electrical plugs, sockets and couplers for the mining industry is one of the motivations behind the investment in two mill turn CNC 5-axis machines. Wam Metals has traditionally been a company manufacturing components for companies who need these components for their own branded products. Although Wam will continue making the components for customer products, a decision was made by management that the company needed to manufacture their own branded product.
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Robor invests in new steel mill

Steel manufacturer Robor has replaced two older steel mills with a new one designed to use the latest technology. Designed in conjunction with some of the leading equipment builders from around the world, this fully automated, state of the art mill, is claimed to be one of the most advanced ø219 pipeline mills in the world. The machine’s capability is to roll a size range from 114 outer diameter to 219 outer diameter with wall thickness up to 8mm.
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Competition Commission approves Barnes Southern Palace’s acquisition of wire rod products and rolled products divisions of Scaw from the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC)

The Competition Commission has recommended that the Competition Tribunal approve the proposed transaction, with conditions, in which Barnes Southern Palace will buy Scaw Metals Group from the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC).
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Hurco to celebrate 50th anniversary on top of record results

The Indianapolis-based company, which makes CNC machines for the metal cutting industry, has reported a profit of $6.7 million, or $1 per share, in the quarter ended October 2017. That was up from $3 million, or 45 cents per share, in the same quarter of 2016. Revenue rose 14 per cent, to $75.9 million in the latest quarter, up from $66.4 million in the year-ago period. Total profit for fiscal 2017 came in at $15.1 million, or $2.25 per share, compared with $13.3 million, or $1.99 per share, in fiscal 2016.
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Hypertherm celebrates 50 years in business

Hypertherm, a manufacturer of industrial cutting systems and software, is celebrating its 50th year of industrial cutting innovation by introducing new programmes designed to deliver greater value to the company’s long-time customers. In addition, the company’s anniversary year events will include the unearthing of a long-buried time capsule, and celebrations at all its global locations with Founder Dick Couch.
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YG-1 opens subsidiary in South Africa

South Korean-based company engaged in the manufacture and distribution of cutting tools also investigating the possibility of opening a local manufacturing plant. YG-1, whose cutting tools have been widely distributed in South Africa for many years, has decided to open up a subsidiary in South Africa. The South African subsidiary company – YG-1 South Africa Pty Ltd – is based in the Brentwood Park, Benoni area of Gauteng and is headed up by Lance Hockly.
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January 2018

The Nikon Story – Industrial measuring systems and solutions

The “Nikon Metrology” division today offers the broadest range of metrology solutions for applications ranging from miniature electronics to the largest aircrafts. Nikon Metrology’s innovative measuring and precision instruments contribute to a high performance design-through-manufacturing process that allows manufacturers to deliver premium quality products in a shorter time.
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MSC Technical Durban invests to attract more business

Over the past few years, the Port of Durban has seen larger vessels calling and this has put a strain on the resources that are at hand to speed up turnaround times and reduce the cost of doing business. The Port of Durban is a relatively small, but busy port, where large vessels have to be moved over shorter distances quickly.
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Time and quality influence Mesh Gear to invest in five-axis capabilities

Mesh Gear specialises in the manufacture of gears, associated components and an array of other industrial consumables on a production basis for the local as well as international heavy equipment industry such as the mining, construction, agricultural, railway, military and industrial sectors.   

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Custom fabrication shop PQJ invests in Lincoln Electric Torchmate plasma cutting system

The launch of PQJ by Johnson came about when he saw an opportunity after becoming frustrated with the maintenance company that had been contracted to look after his property portfolio. The idea was galvanised after visiting his son’s cattle farm and observing the frustrations he was experiencing getting replacement components for gates and fences that were damaged during transit.
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Significant milestones for Ford Struandale engine plant, expanded production for 2018 and beyond

In December 2017, the Struandale Engine Plant assembled its 500 000th Duratorq TDCi turbodiesel engine since the program was launched in 2011 for the new Ford Ranger, which is built at Ford’s Silverton Assembly Plant in Pretoria and exported to over 148 markets in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
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GOM and RGC Engineering to hold a one day conference on optical measuring techniques for industrial casting processing

GOM, a global industrial company that develops, produces and distributes software, machines and systems for industrial and automated 3D coordinate measuring technology and 3D testing and local partner RGC Engineering will hold a one day conference on 15 March 2018.
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Murray & Roberts sells Genrec to black-owned group

Murray & Roberts has sold its Genrec steel engineering and fabrication business to black-owned and managed Southern Palace Group for R185 million. Henry Laas, Murray & Roberts group CE, said that Genrec would now have greater opportunity to unlock its order book potential in the public sector. Southern Palace had been involved in the steel services business as an investor for the past 15 years.
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Local Manufacturing Exhibition 2019 launched

Organised by the South African Capital Equipment Export Council (SACEEC), in association with Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery, and endorsed by the Premier of Gauteng the exhibition is scheduled to take place at the Expo Centre, Nasrec, Gauteng from 21 to 23 May 2019. The exhibition aims to showcase South Africa’s local manufacturing capabilities.
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EuroBLECH 2018 – The technological showcase for the sheet metal working industry

From 23 to 26 October 2018 the international sheet metal working industry will meet again for its leading industry exhibition EuroBLECH 2018 in Hannover, Germany. A total of 60 636 visitors from some 102 different countries came to Hannover in 2016 to get an overview of the latest technological developments in sheet metal processing and invest in new production equipment.
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Strong interest for Wire and Tube 2018

As before, the two number one trade fairs in their industries will occupy 16 exhibition halls, mapping the entire spectrum. They will cover manufacturing and finishing, process automation, measurement and control engineering, cable technologies, tube manufacturing and processing, raw materials, the raw material trade, pipelines, OCTG technology, profiles, pre-used machinery and plastic tubes.
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International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) 10 to 15 September, 2018

IMTS 2018 will be the 32nd edition of the premier manufacturing technology show in North America. IMTS 2016 hosted the highest number of exhibiting companies ever (2 407) and was the third largest in number of registrations (115 612) and in net square feet of exhibit space (1 370 256) at the McCormick Place complex. IMTS is held every even-numbered year in Chicago and attracts buyers and sellers from 120 countries.
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JIMTOF2018 – One of the world’s foremost machine tool tradeshows

As is customary the organisers of JIMTOF link the exhibition to an appropriate theme in the engineering field. The theme for JIMTOF2018 will be Connect. Currently, the public and private sectors are proactively deploying various measures to realise “Connected Industries” in which new value is created through different kinds of connections.
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Atlas Copco acquires South African exploration manufacturing business

Leading provider of sustainable productivity solutions, Atlas Copco, has agreed to acquire the assets of Renegade Drilling Supplies Proprietary Ltd, a South African manufacturer and distributor of drilling consumables for mining exploration. Renegade Drilling is based in Johannesburg, South Africa, and sells its products throughout the Southern African region.
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ZF Lemförder South Africa celebrates the production of its one millionth axle set

ZF Lemförder South Africa, a subsidiary of global technology giant ZF Friedrichshafen AG, recently celebrated the production of its one millionth axle set at its Rosslyn plant. To commemorate the milestone achievement, the facility hosted a family day with its employees, executives from the global division and local customer representatives.
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